Monthly Archives: August 2015

Why High Profile Movies Are Switching From Netflix to Hulu

In a blog post from Netflix this past weekend, the company's Chief Content Officer, Ted Sarandos, explained that as they turn their focus to original movies (that will sometimes be released simultaneously in theaters) - from creators such as Brad Pitt, Ricky Gervais, Judd Apatow, Angelina Jolie, Sofia Coppola and Adam Sandler - they've decided not to renew their agreement in the U.S. with Epix, the cable network. Which means that "some high profile movies including Hunger Games: Catching Fire, World War Z and Transformers: Age of Extinction, will expire at the end of September in the US."

Netflix in Sept: Walking Dead, Person of Interest, More

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Play Evolve Free This Weekend on Xbox One, PC

This weekend, those who have not played Evolve on either PC or Xbox One will be able to access the game's content for free.

Including the four monsters, eighteen hunters, five modes, and nineteen maps, this allows for people to try out Evolve and, following the weekend-long event, purchase a copy of Evolve and carry over all of their progress.

Additionally, all Evolve players can download the alternate character variant Meteor Goliath, a version of the original Goliath monster with new looks, effects, and attacks with which players can fight the Hunters.

During this weekend event, players can also gain access to all currently-available DLC characters on specific dates. On September 4, all Season One DLC will be availble starting at 12 am PT. Likewise, on September 5, all of the DLC characters from Season 2 will be available starting at 12:01 am PT.

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Disney Infinity Appeals Equally to Male and Female Gamers

The Disney Infinity franchise appeals to both boys and girls at an equal rate. According to a report at The Wall Street Journal, the demographic split for players of Disney's toys-to-life franchise is almost 50/50.

Disney's John Vignocchi told the Journal the demographic split between male and female gamers was initially expected to skew around 70% male and 30% female, but the actual numbers showed an even split.

Vignocchi credited the appeal to young females being attributed to "Disney’s IP treasure chest of powerful and strong female characters."

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Out This Week: Metal Gear Solid V, Mad Max

With so many new games and movies coming out, it can be hard to keep up. Lucky for you, IGN is here to help with a weekly round-up of the biggest releases each and every week. Check out the latest releases for this week, and be sure to come back next Monday for a new update.

Note: The prices and deals compiled below are accurate at the time we published this story, but all are subject to change.


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Daredevil Photo Teases New Romance for Hero

A photo snapped of the Daredevil: Season 2 set teases a new romance for Matt Murdock himself.

Possible spoilers follow!

Comic Book Movie noticed a tweet that captured a picture of Murdock (Charlie Cox) walking hand in hand with Karen Page (Deborah Ann Woll) on the set. While Page and Foggy Nelson (Elden Hensen) spent more time together in the premiere season, this image might point to a new relationship brewing between Page and Murdock.

Nuketown Is Coming Back in Black Ops 3

The fan favorite Call of Duty multiplayer map, Nuketown, is coming back in Black Ops 3.

Called "Nuk3town," the map will be free for those who pre-order the game for Xbox One, PS4, and PC. Check out the concept art below.


"The Nuketown maps have a special place in Call of Duty multiplayer history and we can't wait to build upon that heritage in Black Ops 3," said Mark Lamia, Head of Treyarch. "We carefully adapted the design of the map to make sure that it fit with our new movement system, but also to make sure that we retained the spirit and the fun that made fans fall in love with it in the first place.

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NASA Seals Six People in a Dome for Mars Research

In an effort to simulate the conditions in which astronauts would have to live during a hypothetical mission to Mars, NASA has organized and started an experiment that locks away six people in a dome for the space of a year.

The experiment will study the participant's reactions to isolation, providing them shelter in a place with limited privacy and no fresh air or fresh food.

The BBC reports all six willing participants - an Astrobiologist, physicist, pilot, architect, journalist, and soil scientist - will live together in this 36x20 space beneath a barren volcano in Hawaii. To maintain the simulation, each of the participants must completely suit up before venturing outside.

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Top Comics to Buy This Week

We all want the best of the best, so let us point out the top comics and collectibles released each week. We spotlight our favorite comics that we know are money-well-spent, new books that look cool, and any toys we can't wait to play with.

Check out our picks, then take to the comments to let us know what looks good to you.


Written by Matt Fraction & Michael Chabon & Drawn by Fabio Moon & Gabriel Ba | Image

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Koko the Gorilla Shows Burgeoning Speech Capabilities

Koko the gorilla, already famous for her ability to communicate with humans via sign language, is now exhibiting behaviors associated with speech.

According to a report by the Daily Mail, Koko is displaying breathing and vocal behaviors scientists previously believed were impossible for gorillas. This means that she is calling into question the long-held notion that humans are the only primates capable of vocalized speech.

Postdoctoral researcher at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Marcus Perlman initially intended to study Koko's gestures, but while watching video of her he observed "all these amazing vocal behaviors."

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Final Fantasy Versus 13 Was ’20-25%’ Done Before it Became FF 15

Final Fantasy Versus XIII was roughly a quarter complete before it shifted to become Final Fantasy XV.

Speaking to IGN at PAX in Seattle, Final Fantasy XV director Hajime Tabata explained the transition.

“It’s a little bit rough, but in terms of how much it had progressed in terms of development, Versus XIII was around 20 to 25 percent,” Tabata told IGN via translator. “In terms of character designs or visuals, nothing really had been fixed at that point. We were still working on updating it and revising those designs.”

Tabata says that development on Final Fantasy XV started around three years ago, and Versus XIII “was being developed up to the point that XV started development.”

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