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Furiosa Targets Dementus In New Preview Clip

Tue, 05/14/2024 - 23:35

Anya Taylor-Joy may not have much to say in Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga, but it's always a bad idea to cross her. Marvel's Thor, Chris Hemsworth, is appearing as Warlord Dementus opposite Taylor-Joy's Furiosa, and he's the man who was responsible for tearing her away from her home. Now, in a preview clip from Furiosa, she finally has a chance to get her revenge.

Unfortunately for Furiosa, Dementus is just a little bit faster on the draw, and his rocket launcher dwarfs her riffle. A chaotic scene is unfolding around them, and it's unclear if Furiosa is working with the raiders who have attacked Dementus. Whatever the case, she had her shot and didn't get to make it. That may come back to haunt her.

Warner Bros. has also released a new Furiosa featurette that lets Taylor-Joy, Hemsworth, director George Miller, and more weigh in on the two main characters. The short version is that Furiosa wants to go home, and Dementus is in her way. And she'll stop at nothing to make him pay for what he did to her.

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LOTR: Rings Of Power Season 2 Gets Game-Changing Trailer And Season 2 Premiere Date

Tue, 05/14/2024 - 23:30

After two long years, we finally have our first look at Season 2 of Prime Video's The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power as well as a release date: August 29. While it's a Harfoot-sized reel of things to come, the world of Middle-earth is about to change, and for the worse. Galadriel (Morfydd Clark) and Lord Elrond (Robert Aramayo) gather their forces to take arms up against the recently revealed Sauron (Charles Vickers).

"An evil, ancient and powerful, has returned," Owain Arthur's Prince Durin IV announces at the beginning of the new footage. What follows is a flurry of shots of battles, monsters--including a Great Eagle--magic, and the three rings Narya, Nenya, and Vilya being worn seemingly for the first time. Finally, at the end, we see the frosty creation of a great fortress. It's hard to tell, but it easily could be Orthanc or the foundation of Barad-dur. Amazon wasn't kidding when it said business was about to pick up in Season 2. Check it out below.

"In Season Two of The Rings of Power, Sauron has returned. Cast out by Galadriel, without army or ally, the rising Dark Lord must now rely on his own cunning to rebuild his strength and oversee the creation of the Rings of Power, which will allow him to bind all the peoples of Middle-earth to his sinister will," the official synopsis reads. "Building on Season One's epic scope and ambition, the new season plunges even its most beloved and vulnerable characters into a rising tide of darkness, challenging each to find their place in a world that is increasingly on the brink of calamity. Elves and dwarves, orcs and men, wizards and Harfoots…as friendships are strained and kingdoms begin to fracture, the forces of good will struggle ever more valiantly to hold on to what matters to them most of all...each other."

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Nicolas Cage Will Play Live-Action Spider-Man In New Series

Tue, 05/14/2024 - 23:07

In 2018, Nicolas Cage lent his voice to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse as Spider-Man Noir, a version of Peter Parker from an alternate world in the 1930s. Now, six years later, Cage will reprise his role for Noir, a new live-action series based on Spider-Man Noir.

The series is being produced by MGM+ and Prime Video in association with Sony Pictures Television. The description of the show doesn't mention Spider-Man or Peter Parker, but it does say that "Noir tells the story of an aging and down on his luck private investigator in 1930s New York, who is forced to grapple with his past life as the city’s one and only superhero."

Into the Spider-Verse's Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, and Amy Pascal are attached to Noir as executive producers. Oren Uziel and Steve Lightfoot will be the co-showrunners, while Harry Bradbeer is set to direct the first two episodes and executive produce the series.

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Sydney Sweeney's Barbarella Remake Targets Director Edgar Wright

Tue, 05/14/2024 - 23:05

Director Edgar Wright hasn't made a comic book movie since Scott Pilgrim vs. the World in 2010. But that may change in the near future, because Wright is reportedly circling the upcoming remake of Barbarella, which is based on the French sci-fi comic by Jean-Claude Forest.

Via Variety, Wright is in negotiations to direct Barbarella, but his deal has not yet been finalized. Sydney Sweeney is already lined up to play Barbarella. However, Sweeney's Anyone But You co-star, Glen Powell, will be the one starring in Wright's remake of The Running Man. That project is expected to be Wright's next movie regardless of whether he signs on for Barbarella.

Wright's previous films include Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, The World's End, Baby Driver, and Last Night in Soho. Additionally, Wright spent several years developing Ant-Man for Marvel Studios before ultimately leaving the project over creative differences.

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Helldivers 2 Is Fastest-Selling PlayStation Game Ever

Tue, 05/14/2024 - 22:42

As part of Sony's earnings announcement, the company revealed that Helldivers 2 sold 12 million units at launch to become the fastest-selling PlayStation game of all time. The sales figure covers sales of the game over its first 12 weeks across PS5 and PC.

The previous fastest-selling PlayStation game ever was God of War Ragnarok, which sold 5 million copies in the first week.

Johan Pilestedt, the CEO of developer Arrowhead Studios, said, "What a massive achievement from everyone involved in realizing Helldivers 2. A massive thank you to the community for your support, passion, and dedication in the fight for democracy!"

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Watch Devs Intentionally Break Their Games By Multiplying A Number By 1,000

Tue, 05/14/2024 - 22:32

The game developers of X {formerly Twitter) have been purposefully introducing glitches into their games this week, just to see what would happen--and the results are hilarious. Challenged with multiplying a random value from their game files by 1,000, multiple game devs have posted varied results including giant enemies, floods of spawned items, and super-powerful attacks.

The trend was started by developer Tyler Glaiel, who is currently working on Mewgenics. Glaiel shared a GIF that showed the game with massively increased gore splatter, and then challenged other developers to post similar results from their own games in development.

— Tyler Glaiel (@TylerGlaiel) May 8, 2024

It's not uncommon for these kinds of bugs to happen unintentionally during game development, when a developer accidentally enters one too many or too few zeros in a data field, but making them happen on purpose can be just as fun.

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New Fallout 4 Patch Released To Address Community Feedback

Tue, 05/14/2024 - 22:23

When Bethesda finally released its "next-gen" upgrade for 2015 game Fallout 4, fans weren't happy after the update was found to be breaking mods, causing glitches, and in some cases providing worse-quality graphics than the pre-update experience. Now, a new update has been released to fix the previous one, patching up some bugs and giving players more options for their next-gen Fallout 4 experience.

The new update, first and foremost, gives more flexibility for players on Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5 when it comes to selecting graphics options. "We highly recommend you run with the default settings but now you can change your options to better fit your playstyle and display," the patch notes read.

The settings will now allow players to choose a frame-rate target no matter what mode they're in, selecting between 30fps, 60fps, or 40fps if their display supports 120hz. The game will try to maintain that frame-rate target whether players choose Visuals or Performance mode for graphics, though Bethesda strongly recommends selecting Performance mode for a target of 60fps. "Both modes may adjust internal resolution dynamically when scenes or action get heavier," the patch notes warn.

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The Best Gaming Chair In 2024

Tue, 05/14/2024 - 08:56
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For avid gamers who spend a lot of time sitting at their desks, investing in a quality gaming chair is a wise decision. A good gaming chair can keep you comfortable and supported through marathon gaming sessions--not to mention everything else you do at a desk, like working from home, streaming, or voice chatting with friends.

To help you find a good chair that fits your lifestyle and needs, we put together this list of the best gaming chairs available in 2024. The list features an array of choices from top brands, from the classic racing-style seats from Razer, sleek ergonomic chairs with lumbar support from Herman Miller, and even a giant beanbag that's perfect for lounging. We've also made sure to include picks from a range of price points. While the best gaming chairs often start at around $400, our comprehensive list includes options for every budget. However, if you're looking for a list full of cheaper alternatives, make sure to check out our guide to the best budget gaming chairs.

Before we dive in, let's briefly discuss the benefits of gaming chairs.

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Fanatical Offers A Slate Of Five Mystery Action Games For Just $5

Tue, 05/14/2024 - 08:12

Fanatical is constantly offering bundles where you get to mix and match a bunch of games together for a steep discount. With the Action Mystery Bundle, however, you trade control for cost--it includes five action games, but you won't know what they are until you pay up.

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According to Fanatical's description, "The Action Mystery Bundle is a carefully crafted selection of pulse-pounding adventures, each handpicked to deliver maximum intensity and intrigue." It also touts one "legendary" game guaranteed in every bundle. If you're looking for something new to play for the price of a latte, it might be worth the gamble.

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One Of The Best Ways To Remotely Play TTRPGs Is Shutting Down

Tue, 05/14/2024 - 06:53

One More Multiverse--a studio that developed TTRPGs and produced tools to make it easier to play tabletop games virtually with others--is shutting down. Game Masters and players who use the virtual tabletop have 90 days to download or screenshot whatever they want before they're gone for good in August.

"All tales come to an end, including ours," Team Multiverse wrote in a press release announcing the shutdown. "It pains us to inform you that One More Multiverse as a whole is closing down. Simply put, One More Multiverse isn't sustainable to run. We're proud of the team we've built and the players we've helped while bringing our wild ambitious dreams to life. We spent the past year working very hard to develop a new path forward, but after careful consideration it's become clear that it's not enough to support the OMM platform. For that, we are sorry."

Using One More Multiverse, a group could create their characters and maps with supplied pixelated assets. You could then play over Discord with your group, using your created world to lend an incredible cinematic feel to the experience. At the same time, One More Multiverse helped groups track information like character skills and dice rolls to make the experience of playing tabletop games more approachable. One More Multiverse created its own custom games for their virtual tabletop portal, but the portal supported other popular tabletop systems, like Dungeons & Dragons 5e and Blades in the Dark.

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George Miller Remembers Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron's Mad Max: Fury Road Feud

Tue, 05/14/2024 - 06:41

In 2015, director George Miller revitalized his Mad Max franchise with Mad Mad: Fury Road. Tom Hardy took over the role of Max Rockatansky from Mel Gibson, while Charlize Theron originated the now iconic part of Imperator Furiosa, who will be portrayed by Anya Taylor-Joy in the upcoming prequel, Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga. Hardy and Theron openly feuded with each other while filming Fury Road, and the stories about their animosity have circulated for years. Now, ahead of Furiosa's release, Miller is reflecting on what drove his Fury Road stars apart, and what brought them back together again.

"They were just two very different performers," Miller told The Telegraph. "Tom has a damage to him but also a brilliance that comes with it, and whatever was going on with him at the time, he had to be coaxed out of his trailer. Whereas Charlize was incredibly disciplined--a dancer by training, which told in the precision of her performance--and always the first one on set."

One of the key sources of friction between Theron and her co-star was reportedly Hardy's chronic lateness to the set. Theron confronted Hardy about the issue, and that ratcheted up the tension between them. While that may have contributed to the on-screen friction between Max and Furiosa, Miller didn't offer that as an excuse for the feud.

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Sealed Super Mario 64 Door Finally Opened Nearly 30 Years Later

Tue, 05/14/2024 - 06:36

Super Mario 64 is almost 30 years old, but the game still has some secrets to offer, especially for those who are willing to dig deep. A SM64 community member named "Alexpalix1" has managed to open a sealed door that's bedeviled players for decades, not to mention countless children across the world in the late '90s.

As shown by YouTuber pannenkoek2012 in a recent video, the door in question is at the bottom of the cottage slide in one of the game's early courses, Cool, Cool Mountain. The door can be opened from the slide-side (which produces a Star), but since it lacks a doorknob, it remains stubbornly closed from the outside.

That is, however, unless you manipulate the mother penguin's position, flip between her, and then turn around so you can clip through the wall and open the door at the same time. If you're curious about the method, it has to do with some of the special properties associated with Mario's turn-around action. The video gets into more details, but all-in-all, it's quite an impressive find for one of the most-played games of its decade.

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Pokemon Go Fest Adds New Forms To A Legendary Pokemon

Tue, 05/14/2024 - 06:25

Necrozma is set to arrive in Pokemon Go as part of this year's Pokemon Go Fest 2024 celebration, and the legendary Pokemon will be able to assume different forms thanks to a new feature: Pokemon fusion.

Players who purchase a ticket for Pokemon Go Fest 2024 will have access to an exclusive Special Research questline during the event. Completing these quests will reward players with either Solar Fusion Energy or Lunar Fusion Energy, which can then be used to fuse Necrozma with Solgaleo or Lunala to form Dusk Mane Necrozma or Dawn Wings Necrozma, respectively.

According to the official Pokemon Go website, fusing Necrozma will cost 1,000 Fusion Energy, 30 Necrozma Candy, and 30 Cosmog Candy. The two legendary Pokemon will remain fused until players separate them.

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Lord Of The Rings Animated Movie Gets Stunning New Images

Tue, 05/14/2024 - 04:56

The next Lord of the Rings movie, the animated film War of the Rohirrim, releases in theaters this December. There is no trailer yet, but new images have now been released.

The images show off some of the people, creatures, and environments that fans can expect, though whether or not this is concept art or actual stills from the film is not immediately clear. In any event, the art is very impressive-looking and teases some of the battles to come in the movie. The striking art is no surprise given that artists Alan Lee, John Howe, and Richard Taylor--all of whom worked on the original live-action movies--are attached to War of the Rohirrim.

First look at the animated #LordOfTheRings movie 'The War of the Rohirrim'
Hitting theaters on December 13

— Post Cred Culture (@PostCredPod) May 13, 2024

The War of the Rohirrim stars Brian Cox as the voice of Helm Hammerhand, with Miranda Otto coming back to voice Eowyn, the role she played in Peter Jackson's live-action trilogy. Kenji Kamiyama (Eden of the East, Akira, Napping Princess) is directing the film.

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LOTR Boss Talks Games And The Advantage Tolkien Has Over Marvel

Tue, 05/14/2024 - 04:20

Between Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy, and the trilogy that Jackson made out of The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien's best-known works have already been adapted as films. But as revealed earlier this month, there are more LOTR movies on the way. The first new live-action film, The Hunt For Gollum, will be directed by Andy Serkis, who will also reprise his role as Gollum. With the resurgence of the franchise on the big screen, the LOTR video games are also going to play larger role in the future.

Embracer Freemode CEO Lee Guinchard recently spoke with VentureBeat about the company's plans for LOTR video games, games, and the site reported, "games are going to be made to fully explore the new universe being created, and games will be considered as hugely important in the Middle-earth entertainment of the future."

"I think Tolkien has already set the stage for Middle-earth, and all the tales and all the beginnings, the tribulations, the drama," said Guinchard. "They're all set up in a fully fleshed-out world. Marvel came from comic books, so there was a lot of work to do to make the lore for the movies. You start to visualize Middle-earth in your own way. When you see the animated films, and some of the Peter Jackson, which wasn't actually what I imagined, I was still quite happy to. It's already preset, down on paper in the written word. The interesting thing is how we go and tell the story in the future for these new media like video games and all of this new technology for how people immerse themselves in worlds. That's where I'm super interested."

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The Fortnite Island Is Getting Weird Again, As Season 3 Draws Near

Tue, 05/14/2024 - 04:16

Like last season did, Fortnite Chapter 5 Season 2 is about to wrap up with a big ambient event in battle royale--where some big changes will happen to the map while people are playing regular matches. This event should ramp up dramatically over the course of the final 10 days of the season, which concludes early morning on May 24, before the Fortnite Chapter 5 Season 3 start date.

The first stage of these changes is live now: The clouds above Mt. Olympus have turned dark, and are now constantly firing off bolts of lightning. It's not much just yet, though it's certainly ominous, but you can expect the situation to change regularly. For example: a few hours after the storm clouds appeared, the lightning charged up the statue enough that its eyes started glowing.

Robocop isn't intimidated by the new storm clouds around Mt. Olympus.

Story-wise, this event is the result of Medusa's questline that was added to the game in the last patch. In that quest, players had to render Zeus mortal and then kill him once and for all. But, of course, you can't just expect things to be normal after you do something like that. As the event ramps up, we'll get the real conclusion to this incursion by the Greek gods, as Fortnite shows them the door and ushers in Season 3.

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Tons Of Great Steam Deck Games Are Steeply Discounted This Week

Tue, 05/14/2024 - 03:07

Green Man Gaming is running a nice sale to celebrate its 14th anniversary. Hundreds of games are discounted as part of the event, and a large portion of its catalog is filled with titles verified to run on Steam Deck.

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Cashing in on the offers is simple. After adding a product to your cart, enter the promo code BDAY14 at checkout. This will automatically apply the discount to your eligible games. Both XP members and non-members can use the promotional code, making this a great way for everyone to stock up on hit Steam Deck titles.

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Marvel Rivals Dev Apologizes For Not Letting Content Creators Criticize The Game

Tue, 05/14/2024 - 03:06

Developer NetEase will make changes to its Marvel Rivals content creator program, after creators took issue with the program's restrictive non-disparagement agreement that forbade them from negatively speaking about the game.

The upcoming free-to-play hero shooter featuring Marvel heroes and villains is currently in closed alpha. As pointed out over the weekend by popular Overwatch streamer Seagull, content creators involved in the Marvel Rivals alpha signed a contract stating they would not be allowed make "disparaging or satirical comments about any game-related material" or engage "in malicious comparisons with competitors or belittling the gameplay or differences of Marvel rivals or providing subjective negative reviews of the game."

Following negative feedback on the contract, NetEase apologized for the "unpleasant experiences or doubts" caused by the non-disparagement agreement, and stated in a post on X that it will make changes to the contract and its content creator program. It now actively wants to encourage creators to "share their honest thoughts, suggestions, and criticisms as they play," NetEase said.

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Furiosa's Chris Hemsworth Felt Rejuvenated By Playing Dementus

Tue, 05/14/2024 - 02:42

Chris Hemsworth has played the heroic Thor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe since 2011, but even he has been vocal about the shortcomings of his latest MCU outing, Thor: Love and Thunder. Hemsworth's next role is in Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga as Warlord Dementus, the film's primary villain. According to Hemsworth, getting the chance to play that part helped break him out of the creative rut that he was in.

"I felt stuck in what I had been doing," Hemsworth told The Times. "I'd run out of things to say creatively and Furiosa reinvigorated the artistic energy that was dormant... I was bored of myself... I was not bored of the opportunities I'd been given, but it all started to feel familiar. I'd done film upon film that fell into a similar space and I wasn't stretching myself. If you play a character again and again you owe it to the audience to bring something new and make it fresh for yourself too. We did so with Thor: Ragnarok. But for Love and Thunder, for me it got a bit jokey. Too improv."

The end credits of Love and Thunder said that Thor will return, but Hemsworth seemed uncertain about whether it will happen. But if Hemsworth does make another Thor movie, he's not sure how his performance would change.

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Assassin's Creed Codename Red Renamed, Official Reveal Coming Later This Week, Release Date Leaked

Tue, 05/14/2024 - 02:26

Ubisoft has announced that it will be doing a full reveal of Assassin's Creed Codename Red on May 15, and also that it will be dropping its colorful codename. Instead, the first Assassin's Creed game set in Japan will now be called Assassin's Creed Shadows. Additionally, the game's release date is apparently November 15, 2024.

The reveal will start on May 15 at 9 AM PT / 12 PM ET and this will be first brand showcase dedicated to Assassin's Creed Shadows. Ubisoft didn't provide any more information on the game, but fans are curious whether it will skip the previous generation of consoles.

According to the Ubisoft Store listing data, it appears that it will come to PC, PS4, PS5, and Xbox Series X|S, skipping the Xbox One. However, one insider claims that the game will not come to PS4. We will most likely get confirmation on available platforms when Ubisoft airs the debut reveal trailer later this week.

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