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FTC Gives Warner Bros a Slap on the Wrist for Shadow of Mordor Promotional Videos

middle-earth-shadow-of-mordor-bannerThere was a fair bit of controversy over Warner Bros’ promotion of the then-upcoming Middle-Earth Shadow of Mordor. WBIE was very selective about who they gave early access of the game to and who would be able to post video about it before release. This was part of a promotional effort with YouTube influencers to promote the game in the run up to launch.

The US Federal Trade Commission doesn’t have a problem with paid promotional videos for video games. They do have a problem when those videos try to hide or not disclose that they were paid advertisements as was the case with the Shadow of Mordor videos. The FTC and WB reached a settlement over the matter and WB got off fairly lightly.

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E3 2016: Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens Demo Impressions

lego-star-wars-the-force-awakens-headerMost people have to go all the way to Los Angeles to try slices of upcoming games at E3. Some companies, though, have made demos of their games available to the general public so you don’t have to be one of the permitted few that are allowed to see games up close before they reach your living room. One of those companies is Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment who gave us a short, early look at their upcoming Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Trailer Premieres, Gives Away Whole Movie

The latest trailer to next year’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice premiered on Wednesday night. The three-minute trailer answers a lot of the questions that fans had coming into the movie including who the villain would be, why would Batman and Superman fight and how would Ben Affleck and Jesse Eisenberg manage in their new roles. So suffice to say that there are spoilers in the trailer.

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WB Games Montreal is Working on Two DC Comics Games

wb-games-logoSometimes, you don’t need an insider leak to tell you what a developer and publisher are up to. You might just want to look at the job listings. On the front page of their website, Warner Bros Games Montreal announced that they starting work on two new games that are “focused on expanding the DC Comics universe in the interactive space.”

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Batman: Arkham Knight Gets Re-Released on PC, Still Broken

batman-arkham-knight-headerIt’s been four months since its release and hasty withdrawal from sale but Batman: Arkham Knight is back on sale. The final part of Rocksteady’s Batman: Arkham trilogy was such an unmitigated disaster on PC that it was withdrawn from sale and subject to an unconditional refund through Steam.

After nearly four months of work, Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment has re-released Arkham Knight. And they almost instantly extended the unconditional refund availability to a deadline of the end of 2015. Yes, it’s still fairly broken.

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The New Batman v Superman Trailer Looks Like Anything but a Lawsuit

While I can question the thinking at Warner Bros over not doing a Man of Steel sequel before doing a Justice League movie, naming this movie in the same style as a legal proceeding and seemingly borrowing from Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns, the fact of the matter is that this is the hand that DC Comics and Superman fans are being dealt.

In the neverending quest to beat Marvel at the box office, DC Comics had their new trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice leaked early, just like Avengers: Age of Ultron. We have the officially released trailer and analysis after the jump.

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Is Warner Bros. Working on a Steam Competitor?

wb-play-bannerJust when you thought that we were up to the saturation level for online gaming clients and distributors, another publisher wants in on the action. While it was logical for heavyweights like EA and Ubisoft to launch their own stores to make a few extra dollars off of their and other publishers’ games, it may surprise you that Warner Bros. has recently filed a number of trademark filings that they’re looking to launch a Steam/Origin/Uplay competitor.

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Get Your First Look at Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman

As you’d expect, Warner Bros. and DC gave us a little treat from the upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice at their Comic Con panel. In addition to showing a short clip and parading the principal heroes out on stage, we also got our first look at Gal Gadot in her Wonder Woman armour.

Good news! All your worst fears about Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman have been confirmed!

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Man of Steel 2 Now Called “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”

batman-v-superman-dawn-of-justice-logoJust when you thought that Superman was back in a big way with last year’s blockbuster Man of Steel, DC Comics and Warner Brothers want to remind you who is on top of the DC food chain.

The sequel to the Superman reboot is not only not a Superman-focused movie but Superman doesn’t even get top billing. The Man of Steel sequel is now officially known as “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.”

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Zack Snyder Shows Off Ben Affleck’s New Batsuit and Batmobile for Batman vs. Superman

Man of Steel 2 (AKA Batman vs. Superman) director Zack Snyder didn’t go through the usual PR channels for a big reveal of the upcoming DC Comics epic. Snyder took to his Twitter account to show off the first official image of Ben Affleck as Batman along with his new Batmobile.

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