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Pokemon franchise made $92 billion, tops all other media franchises

Derek Strickland | Sep 20, 2019 at 12:13 pm CDT

The Pokemon franchise is the best-earning media franchise of all time with over $92 billion in total revenues, most of which is from merchandise.

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Pokemon is the king of media, toppling titans like Star Wars, Mickey Mouse, and even Mario by a substantial margin. When game sales and merchandise are included, Pokemon has made the mighty sum of $92.12 billion in total media.

Merchandise like plush dolls and figures makes up the lion's share with $61.1 billion, or about 66% of total revenues. Pokemon Video games, including the massively popular handheld titles and Pokemon Go mobile game, have made $17.14 billion.

  • Merchandise - $61.1 billion
  • Games -$17.14 billion
  • Trading Cards - $10.25 billion
  • Comics and Manga -
  • $1.46 billion
  • Box Office - $1.31 billion
  • Books - $860 million

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Shenmue 3 backers may not get free Steam keys after all

Derek Strickland | Sep 20, 2019 at 09:31 am CDT

In a Kickstarter update, Ys Net says it's still uncertain if Shenmue 3 backers will get their promised free Steam keys.

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Following the switch to the Epic Games Store, Ys Net offered to give Shenmue 3 backers an extra Steam key once the game's one-year exclusivity ends. Now the devs say the Steam keys may not be sent out. Negotiations with Valve are still underway and Ys Net isn't sure if it can deliver.

"As negotiations with Valve are ongoing, we are not able to make a firm commitment at this point concerning the availability of the Steam keys," Ys Net wrote in the Kickstarter update.

"Requests for Steam keys will be accepted through the survey, however, there is the possibility that Steam keys will ultimately not be distributed depending on negotiations with Valve. An announcement will be posted in the updates with the outcome of the negotiations."

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GRID Autosport releases on Nintendo Switch with 60FPS support

Jak Connor | Sep 20, 2019 at 06:18 am CDT

Feral Interactive has officially announced that that GRID Autosport, the triple A racing game has skidded onto the Nintendo Switch.

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GRID Autosport which was developed and published by Codemasters is a "full-on racing simulator" and according to the press release is the "first full-on racing simulator to come to Nintendo Switch." The game will be arriving on the Switch in three different optimization modes; Graphics Mode, Performance Mode and Energy Saver Mode.

Graphics Mode will bump up the games graphics quality will decreasing the amount of FPS you receive, capping it at 30FPS. Performance mode will decrease the graphics and grant the player more FPS, bringing it up to 60FPS. Energy Saver Mode will put the game at its lowest graphical quality while also dropping frames to 30FPS. GRID Autosport is currently available on the Nintendo eShop for $34.99.

A Total War Saga: TROY officially announced, Achilles and Hector fight

Jak Connor | Sep 20, 2019 at 05:13 am CDT

After the leaks and rumors surrounding the next Total War game, we finally have an officialy confirmation that the next game will be based in the Greek Mythology world of TROY.

Above we see the officialy trailer announcement that has been released onto the Total War YouTube Channel. Its a cinematic trailer and we are introduced to the two main combat characters of the era, Hector of Troy and Achilles of Greece. Developers Creative Assembly have chosen to delve into the Homer's Illiad and Oddyssey which are the books that detail the events of the siege of Troy and what caused the initial war.

From the trailer we can see that players will be able to take control of both the Greeks and the Trojans, as the game will hone in on the events that caused the Trojan War. According to the trailers description, "In this legendary age, heroes walk the earth. Yet it takes only a single impulsive act to spark a conflict that will shake the world. The Greeks set course for Troy, towards inevitable war and slaughter. For there, on the battlefield before the great city, legends will be born..."

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Breaking Bad movie 'El Camino' to have 10 secret TV cameo characters

Jak Connor | Sep 20, 2019 at 04:08 am CDT

Netflix dropped their Breaking Bad movie teaser trailer titled 'El Camino', it showcased Jesse Pinkman's drug dealer Skinny Pete being interrogated about Jesse's whereabouts.

Judging by what the teaser trailer showcased, the El Camino Netflix movie concentrates on the events after the Breaking Bad TV show. Skinny Pete is being interrogated about the location of Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul), so we can assume that the movie will revolve around the police attempting to find Jesse.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Matt Jones will continue his role of Jesse's drug-dealer friend Badger in the movie. THR extends on the list of returning actors from the TV show, saying that El Camino will feature "more than 10 familiar characters from the show." For those that are wondering who is writing and directing the movie, sighs of relief can start now as Vince Gilligan, the writer for the Breaking Bad TV show will also be writing and directing the El Camino movie.

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RuneScape player harms family by spending $61,000 on microtransactions

Jak Connor | Sep 20, 2019 at 03:11 am CDT

Elrond says in Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings - The Fellowship of the Ring, "I was there Gandalf, I was there 3000 years ago when the strength of men failed". Just like Elrond, I was there when Jagex first introduced microtransactions into the live game.

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I have been playing RuneScape for over 10 years now and never have I seen a community more fired up and worried at the same time then when Jagex first introduced microtransactions into their game. Ultimately, this plus the introduction of Evolution of Combat killed RuneScape, and resulted in the company polling their players opinions on re-rolling the servers back to 2007scape, which is what we now know as Old School RuneScape today.

At first the microtransactions weren't that big of deal because they weren't worth the real-world money for the in-game items or chance through the Sequel of Fortune. That later changed when Jagex started leaning much more towards promotions for the Sequel of Fortune (basically an in-game slot machine) and rewarded players exponentially with experience boosters, gear etc etc. This caused the community to be outraged as players who had extra real-world money to spend had a clear and unsettling advantage over players who just put the time into reaching their set goals.

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Intel Core i9-10980XE: 18C/36T 'Cascade Lake-X' rocks 4.7GHz boost

Anthony Garreffa | Sep 19, 2019 at 11:16 pm CDT

Intel is preparing its next-gen Cascade Lake-X family of CPUs with the new flagship Core i9-10980XE being leaked and detailed in some new juicy benchmarks.

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Intel's upcoming Core i9-10980XE will be a beast CPU with 18C/36T of power with boost CPU clocks of up to 4.8GHz, as well as what we should expect to see as 24.75MB of L3 cache, and 18MB of L2 cache.

The new Core i9-10980XE leaked benchmark is courtesy of Momomo_Us, who teases the beasty 18C/36T chip with some Geekbench results. The Core i9-10980XE utterly destroys the AMD Threadripper 2950X in Geekbench v4.2.2 single- and multi-threaded benchmarks.

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Apex Legends Season 3 kicks off on October 1 with new hero 'Crypto'

Anthony Garreffa | Sep 19, 2019 at 09:42 pm CDT

Respawn Entertainment has confirmed that Season 3 of Apex Legends will kick off on October 1, with its latest hero Crypto joining the fray.

The developer celebrated the S3 announcement of Apex Legends with a new animated character short titled 'Forever Family'. Respawn is already preparing the world of Apex Legends for the arrival of Crypto, with the details on Crypto's backstory and already teasing his arrival into the game.

Season 3 of Apex Legends begins on October 1 and will not just include Crypto but a new charge rifle weapon, tweaked ranked mode, and over 100 new in-game items to collect.

Terminator: Resistance: new FPS based on original Terminator movies

Anthony Garreffa | Sep 19, 2019 at 09:17 pm CDT

Here we go... just as the hype train takes off for Terminator: Dark Fate we have a new Terminator game coming and it looks, well -- judge for yourself:

Terminator: Resistance is set in the world 30 years after Judgement Day, where you will play Private Jacob Rivers who is a soldier in the Resistance Pacific Division. The team developing the game are Teyon, who handled the Rambo game from 2014 (yeah, I didn't even know about it, it must be that good) while Reef Entertainment acts as the publisher.

The new game will release after Terminator: Dark Fate releases, but only focuses on the original James Cameron-directed Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgment Day.

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David Lynch inspired Control's bizarre visuals and surreal overtones

Derek Strickland | Sep 19, 2019 at 06:33 pm CDT

As if it needed to be said, Remedy confirms its strange new game Control was directly influenced by Twin Peaks director David Lynch.

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Even when Control was first announced we could identify the exact vibe Remedy was going for. I described it as The Twilight Zone meets Twin Peaks meets The X-Files, and that comparison still stands today. It's a monument to all sorts of pop culture influences, melded together in a strange brew, a fever dream of weirdness. In many ways it's like travelling to another dimension that doesn't follow the rules of logic, reason, or general physics--it bends the mind and contorts expectations, creating something unique.

Now Remedy discusses how its aesthetics, tone, and visuals came to be, citing influences from Kubric, Lynch, and even FromSoftware's hard-as-nails Dark Souls series.

"We've been lifelong fans of David Lynch and his peculiar take on realistic situations observed through a strange lens: All his movies and TV shows are inspirational as he manages to find that compelling setup with elements that are unexpected and unsettling," Control game director Mikael Kasurinen told The Hollywood Reporter.

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