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Bungie: Activision let us do awesome things with Destiny

By: Derek Strickland | Gaming | Posted: 3 hours, 21 mins ago

Activision is blamed most for Destiny 2's overmonetization with microtransactions, season passes, and piecemeal expansion purchases, but Bungie says the publisher gave them tremendous power with the series.

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Destiny has changed over the years, and for a bit Destiny 2 was an expensive hobby that required separate purchases of multiple expansions and a season pass for good measure. Microtransactions were thrown in too. This was all a result of Activison's attempt to "re-engage" (which really means re-monetize) Destiny 2's playerbase with Forsaken content. It was quite contentious and the attempt didn't work. Shortly after, Activision jettisoned the Destiny franchise because it was "tying up our resources" and sold it back to Bungie, who now holds publishing rights to the Destiny franchise.

Despite the live service red tape, Bungie is thankful for Activision's help. Years ago, Activision put up a whopping $500 million to fund Destiny across a big ten-year plan that culminated across three mainline releases. Without the publisher, Destiny would've never manifested--at least not in the way it did. Now that Destiny is free, Bungie can do whatever they want. And they are, starting first with cross-saves on PS4, Xbox One and PC, and then with a F2P version on all platforms. But would Activision approve of Bungie's new plans? Maybe not.

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Disney+ includes free 4K streaming, supports 4 simultaneous streams

By: Derek Strickland | HT & Movies | Posted: 7 hours, 29 mins ago

Disney's new $6.99 a month streaming service Disney+ has some big advantages over Netflix, and will let subscribers stream 4K content at no extra cost.

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Disney isn't playing around with its new service. Disney+ is shaping up to be a titanic endeavor that offers classic Disney films, all Star Wars films, a smattering of Marvel movies, and a ton of original shows like The Mandalorian, a new Home Alone reboot, and The Simpsons.

The biggest selling point of Disney+ is its price compared to Netflix, but Disney+ also offers extras like no-cost 4K streaming and letting users stream to up to 4 screens at once per account. Netflix charges $15.99 for 4K UHD streaming and 4-screen streaming, and $12.99 a month for 2 screens and HD streaming. Disney+ on the other hand includes both for $6.99.

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Bandai Namco: Epic Store exclusivity isn't our vision

By: Derek Strickland | Gaming | Posted: 9 hours, 59 mins ago

Not everyone wants in on Epic's lucrative exclusivity deals. Some publishers like Bandai Namco still want maximum long-term reach instead of short-term gains.

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Epic is still spending big money on exclusivity contracts to fill up its games store. But its Fortnite billions can't buy everyone. Even as major players like Ubisoft and Take-Two jump on the Epic Games Store for that big 88-12 revenue split, Japanese games-makers like Bandai Namco simply aren't interested in trading exposure and potential sales for upfront cash or promised earnings. Japanese publishers like SEGA, Capcom, and Bandai Namco are still relatively new at PC ports but they still recognize the power of Steam's massive userbase.

Now Bandai Namco says Epic's exclusivity really isn't part of its grand vision--a vision that sees the company selling its games to 2 billion gamers worldwide. In order to do that they can't pick either Steam or the Epic Games Store. It has to be both or the biggest one.

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El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie announced, drops October 11 on Netflix

By: Anthony Garreffa | HT & Movies | Posted: 12 hours, 10 mins ago

We all knew it was coming, and now it has been not only confirmed -- but a trailer, and a release date for the Breaking Bad movie is here. It is called El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie, with its trailer below:

El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie is coming to Netflix on October 11, with the trailer squared on Skinny Pete who won't tell teh authorities where Jesse Pinkman is. The movie is written and directed by Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan, with Aaron Paul returning to star as Jesse.

Netflix explains El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie: "In the wake of his dramatic escape from captivity, Jesse must come to terms with his past in order to forge some kind of future".

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The best destruction physics in a game EVER, also features ray tracing

By: Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Posted: 12 hours, 33 mins ago

I am a massive fan of destruction physics in games, riding the wave from the 90s of Red Faction (how good were those destruction physics for the 90s) through to DICE and multiple Battlefield games with kick ass destruction.

All of those games pale in comparison to this demo, from developer Dennis Gustafsson. I stumbled up on the video, with Gustafsson running the game on an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070, and a quad-core CPU with it hitting that liquid-smooth 60FPS mark.

It shows off what I will claim here, as the best destruction physics I've ever seen. It's not just buildings and pipes and cars, but internally the engine handles fire and smoke like I've never seen before.

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NASA investigating first SPACE CRIME, as astronaut is naughty on ISS

By: Anthony Garreffa | Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 13 hours, 16 mins ago

NASA is in the middle of investigating its first space crime, with American astronaut Anne McClain accessing her partners bank account... from the International Space Station. This could be the first ever crime committed in the silence of space.

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McClain is now back on solid ground back here on Earth, where according to her lawyer who spoke with The New York Times, she was only accessing her partners bank account to make sure their family's finances were OK. She wanted to make sure there was enough money to pay for the usual bills, and to care for their son.

Her lawyer added: "She strenuously denies that she did anything improper" and added that she was "totally cooperating".

Summer Worden, McClain's partner, who is a former Air Force intelligence officer based in Kansas, says different. Worden went as far as filing a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) as well as filing another complaint with NASA's own Office of Inspector General -- accusing her partner of identity theft.

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GTA 5 yanked from NVIDIA's GeForce Now streaming service

By: Derek Strickland | Gaming | Posted: 19 hours, 24 mins ago

GTA 5 is no longer playable on NVIDIA's GeForce Now streaming subscription service, and customer service says Rockstar decided to pull the game.

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With over 100 million copies sold to date, GTA 5 is everywhere...except GeForce Now. The pop-culture juggernaut was pulled from NVIDIA's $7.99 a month GeForce Now cloud gaming service overnight, and the game no longer appears on the service's list of supported titles. Subscribers logged in and tried to fire up GTA 5 only to find it was missing.

Customer support indicates Rockstar removed the game arbitrarily, leading some to believe Rockstar signed an exclusive deal with Google's competing cloud service Stadia. It's possible and more likely that Rockstar's license deal with NVIDIA expired. For some, using NVIDIA's remote servers was the only way to play GTA 5 and others feel blindsided by the sudden disappearance.

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The Clone Wars season 7 coming February 2020 on Disney+

By: Derek Strickland | HT & Movies | Posted: 1 day ago

After five years of waiting, fans are finally getting a climatic end to The Clone Wars animated series.

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Disney today confirmed The Clone Wars season 7 will release in February 2020 exclusively on its new $7 a month Disney+ subscription service. The seventh season will run for 12 episodes and is the last and final run for the series, but the show's supervising director Dave Filoni gives hope on some spin-offs.

"It will conclude the story that George and I started together. There could be stories after that that take place with a lot of those characters. But especially for me directing Clone Wars, being that hands-on, I wrote and directed the final four episodes. It's the end of something I feel really good about," Filoni told Entertainment Weekly.

The show will close out an 11-year legacy of Jedi battles, engaging and thought-provoking story arcs, and a unique look at the in-between skirmishes and battles that molded Anakin Skywalker, Ashoka Tano, and Obi-Wan Kenobi.

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The Mandalorian's new trailer is like a Star Wars western

By: Derek Strickland | HT & Movies | Posted: 1 day, 5 hours ago

Disney today dropped a new trailer for its all new original Star Wars show The Mandalorian, showing off a distinct high-tech spaghetti western tone.

An episodic, TV show format is perfect for Star Wars, and will let creators spin unique tales that connect outside of a two-hour window. The Mandalorian is a great example, and the first official trailer shows a lone wolf gunslinger surviving the harsh, Imperial-ruled cosmos as a kind of mercenary lawman hunting down nefarious criminals--all for the right price.

The footage is stylish, striking, and appeals to the inner Star Wars fan in me, complete with exotic planets, AT-ST walkers, blaster gunfights, and lots of marks sealed in carbonite. The show itself takes place in the twilight era between The Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens, and will be exclusive to Disney's new $6.99 Disney+ subscription service.

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Obi-Wan show confirmed for Disney+, Ewan McGregor to star

By: Derek Strickland | HT & Movies | Posted: 1 day, 8 hours ago

Obi-Wan will return to the small screen in a new Star Wars spin-off show, Disney confirmed during its Disney23 expo.

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The rumors were right and it's now official: Ewan McGregor will star as the confident, charming, and powerful Jedi master Obi-Wan Kenobi in a new Star Wars TV show. The series will be exclusive to Disney's new $6.99 a month Disney+ streaming service, and joins a retinue of new shows like The Mandalorian and MCU titles She-Hulk, Moon Knight, and Ms. Marvel.

While no official details have been confirmed on the show's timeline or content, we expect it to be prequel-based and may explore Obi-Wan's side plots and exploits across the galaxy. We've already seen a lot of Obi-Wan's interpersonal relationships and trials in the excellent Clone Wars TV show (which is also getting a 7th season!).

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