Monthly Archives: January 2016

Major League Gaming Reportedly Bought by Activision Blizzard

Major League Gaming as we once knew it is through. eSports Observer reports that MLG's Board of Director's have approved an asset purchase agreement that gives Activision Blizzard "substantially all" of the company's assets.

The sale was approved as a "corporate action taken without a stockholders' meeting by less than unanimous written consent" of stockholders. Stockholders not involved in the decision were informed through a letter sent out on December 22, eSports Observer says.

However, Series B shareholder and eSports personality Scott "SirScoots" Smith says he was only notified yesterday.

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NASA Photographs What It Calls a Space Lightsaber

The Force is apparently quite strong in the Milky Way, as a new photo from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope looks an awful lot like a double-bladed lightsaber.

Check out the clip from NASA below to see the image, which was taken of a newborn star within the confines of our very own galaxy. In fact, it was specifically found in the Orion B molecular cloud complex, a "turbulent birthing ground for new stars" that's 1,350 light-years away.

"Science fiction has been an inspiration to generations of scientists and engineers, and the film series Star Wars is no exception," NASA astronaut John Grunsfeld said. "There is no stronger case for the motivational power of real science than the discoveries that come from the Hubble Space Telescope as it unravels the mysteries of the universe."

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Star Trek: USPS Unveils 50th Anniversary Stamps

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Star Trek's television premiere, the United States Postal Service is releasing exclusive stamps inspired by the classic sci-fi franchise.

According to USPS's announcement, a total of four Star Trek Forever stamps are on the way, featuring designs inspired by the show, including the Starship Enterprise and Spock's iconic Vulcan salute.

These new exclusive stamps were designed by Heads of State under the direction of esteemed artist Antonio Alcalá. See each of them below, courtesy of the official Star Trek Twitter account.

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Mark Hamill Says Acting in Star Citizen Like ‘Being a Child Again’

After working on Wing Commander in 1990 with Chris Roberts, Mark Hamill didn't expect to star in a video game again. It's not that he didn't enjoy it—he did, immensely.

"I had such a great time the first time around," Hamill told PC Gamer. When he asked to join the cast of Squadron 42, Hamill said he didn’t need to see the script. "I said ‘count me in!’ Of course my agent said, ‘you didn’t tell him that, did you? Play hard to get for God’s sake!"

The Star Wars actor plays Lt. Commander Steve 'Old Man' Colton, the player's mentor and a seasoned pilot. "He’s a blunt guy, a lifer," Hamill said. "They say he doesn’t teach people as much as hammer them into shape, but he’s a true believer in the cause."

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The Big Games, Movies and TV Shows of 2016

With 2015 drawing to a close, the IGN UK podcast team are taking a look ahead to 2016 to preview the games we’ll be playing and the movies and TV shows we’ll be watching.

First up Rory sets his sights on the likes of Firewatch, No Man's Sky, Allison Road and the Zelda, Dead Island and Final Fantasy sequels.

Gav takes on tele, his picks including The X-Files reboot, the Wolf Creek spin-off and the Westworld adaptation as well as the small-screen superhero exploits of  Heroes Reborn, Legends of Tomorrow and those Marvel Netflix shows.

Finally Chris talks movies, with Independence Day, Star Trek and Bourne all getting sequels, and Warcraft and Assassin’s Creed suggesting that we might see our first great video game movie. Plus, we’ll get our first Star Wars standalone movie in the shape of Rogue One, and lots and lots and lots of superhero flicks.

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