Monthly Archives: February 2016

GameTrailers Closes After 13 Years

gametrailers-logo-headerAfter thirteen years, the internet’s oldest and longest running video-focused video game news site has come to a close. On Monday, GameTrailers announced via its Facebook page that it would be closing up shop with immediate effect.

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Play and Book Coming This Summer

harry-potter-and-the-cursed-child-headerIt’s been laid to rest for nine years but you knew that it wouldn’t stay dead forever. Harry Potter is coming back. This July, Harry, friends and family will be taking to the stage in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. If you can’t make it to London, the story will be available worldwide as the eighth book of the Harry Potter series one day after it opens on stage.

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Titanfall 2 Out By March 2017, Will Include Single-Player

titanfall-headerIt’s amazing how much can change in the span of two years. When Titanfall came out in the spring of 2014, it was the first triple-A game to eschew a traditional single-player campaign for a multiplayer-only experience. I suggested that it’s success would cause other games to go that route, though Evolve and Battlefront were the only noteworthy games to take this approach to middling critical reviews.

Two years later, Respawn is starting to divulge details of Titanfall’s sequel and it looks to be dropping for the format it pioneered. The devs say that Titanfall 2 will have a single-player campaign to tell its story.

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Movie Trailers Roundup for February 10, 2016

This week’s set of ten movie trailers is mostly the festival crop of movies. High-Rise, Demolition and The Lobster all feature in this week’s movie trailers roundup but they were also gala presentations at TIFF. I couldn’t get tickets to them because TIFF tickets are really damn hard to get. I mean, the second showing of Freeheld (only worth it for Ellen Page’s performance) was almost sold out and that was a Monday matinee.

And it all kicks off with Jaime Lannister vs. King Leonidas in Gods of Egypt. I get the feeling this might that many, many people would enjoy those two in a kick-ass brawl.

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Everything That’s Wrong with YouTube According to GradeAUnderA

In the wake of the Fine Bros disaster, a video by YouTuber GradeAUnderA is making the rounds on Twitter and Reddit. It takes a look at the broken copyright protection system in place on YouTube and how that’s impacting business on YouTube. I mention the Fine Bros at the start because a good portion of GradeA’s video is about how many reaction videos (with the noted exception of The Fine Bros) violate YouTube’s community guidelines and copyright law with their videos for their own financial gain at the expense of those who created the videos being reacted to.

Comic Book Pull List for February 10, 2016

injustice-year-five-3Ahead of this week’s comic book pull list, I’d like to call attention to the numerous video game offerings in the comic world. This week, there are four video game comics for you to read.

Injustice: Gods Among Us is in what appears to be the final “year” of its run. The Injustice comic has been running since 2013 and this week is the 111th issue in its run. Assassin’s Creed is wrapping up a five issue arc about a new assassin character. Meanwhile, Street Fighter and Deus Ex both have miniseries that act as preludes for their upcoming installments later this year. It kind of makes me wonder when Telltale’s The Walking Dead gets a comic adaptation to bring it full circle.

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The Division Dev Says PC Version “Kept In Check” with Consoles, Ubisoft Denies

the-division-headerWhen you’re a PC gamer, you’re used to terrible ports. I’m on AMD hardware so I get it worse than most. Considering that it’s easier to optimize the game for consoles and, anecdotally, there are more people whose primary gaming platform is a console, it makes sense to prioritize them when launching a game. Not everyone is Rockstar who spent two years perfecting their GTA V PC port.

It’s seldom that companies are up front with information that might make gamers concerned about a PC version of a game so no wonder why Ubisoft sprang into action to backtrack. A developer on Tom Clancy’s The Division told YouTube’s Team Epiphany that Ubisoft Massive had to “keep [The Division] in check with consoles.” Ubisoft quickly fired back with a statement saying “this is simply not true.”

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Sony Teases Crash Bandicoot Again

crash-bandicoot-returns-fan-bannerIt’s not a year at Sony Computer Entertainment if they aren’t teasing the return of one of their most iconic characters. PlayStation’s Middle East Twitter account added fuel to the never-ending fire that Crash Bandicoot is coming back to PlayStation soon.

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Game Trailers Roundup for February 8, 2016

Do we have a busy edition of the game trailers roundup for you this week. There are twelve trailers for you to watch (or skip) this week.

Most of the trailers are from the big triple-A companies. We have the launch trailer for XCOM 2 along with various announcements and reveals for the likes of Doom, Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst, Hitman and Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens. We also saw an announcement for The Culling which looks like Battle Royale. I’m actually surprised that hasn’t been done sooner.

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Ant Simulator Cancelled After Team Spends Money on Strippers and Booze

ant-simulator-headerDon’t click away. You haven’t actually landed on The Onion. This is a real story. At least, Eric Tereshinski, former lead developer of Ant Simulator, claims this is a true story.

Tereshinski resigned from ETeeski LLC, the developers of the Kickstarter-funded game Ant Simulator, after finding out that two of his business partners took proceeds from the crowdfunding and investments into the game and spent it on “liquor, restaurants, bars and even strippers.”

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