Monthly Archives: December 2016

EA is Taking a ‘Couple of Years’ Break off Battlefield to Focus on Star Wars Battlefront

EA has announced that we won't see another Battlefield game "for a couple of years." Instead, the company is choosing to throw its weight behind production on a new Star Wars Battlefront title set for release in late 2017.

The publisher's chief financial officer, Blake Jorgensen, broke the news at the Nasdaq Investor programme. According to a transcription via Videogamer, the decision to focus on Battlefront centres around EA's desire to address player criticism that the original game was light on content.

"We were really working with the old canvas of Star Wars, the old trilogy," he said. "We weren't using any of the new materials that came out of

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Why THAT Arrow Character Wasn’t in the Crossover

While the big Arrowverse “Invasion!” crossover featured more superheroes than you can shake an Nth Metal mace at, there was one important Arrow character notably absent: Evelyn Sharp, aka Artemis.

According to executive producer Marc Guggenheim, Artemis wasn't included for a reason, and it had something to do with last week's cliffhanger.

Warning: this article contains spoilers for Arrow and the “Invasion!” crossover!

Madison McLaughlin as Evelyn Sharp/Artemis on Arrow Madison McLaughlin as Evelyn Sharp/Artemis on Arrow

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Time After Time: When H.G. Wells Met Jack the Ripper

Filmmaker Nicholas Meyer is best known for his contributions to the Star Trek franchise, including directing The Wrath of Khan and The Undiscovered Country as well as co-writing The Voyage Home. He’s had a varied career before and after Trek, but the film that led to his involvement in Khan was Time After Time.

The 1979 time-travel tale was a unique spin on H.G. Wells’ The Time Machine, depicting the author as the time traveler himself (played by Malcolm McDowell) who instead of visiting the far-flung future of the Eloi and the Morlocks (as in the original book) instead travels to San Francisco of 1979 in pursuit of the one and only Jack the Ripper (David Warner). While dealing with the complexities of what for him is the future, Wells also finds love with a bank clerk played by Mary Steenburgen.

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RDR, Undead Nightmare PS Now Release Date Announced

Red Dead Redemption and the standalone expansion Undead Nightmare will both become available for PlayStation Now subscribers on December 6, Rockstar Games announced today.

Rockstar previously revealed that the original Red Dead Redemption would be hitting PS Now as part of the company's partnership with Sony in the lead-up to the launch of Red Dead Redemption 2. This, effectively, acts as the first time the original RDR is available to play on PC, as PS Now functionality on PC became available earlier this year.

Red Dead Redemption 2 was announced earlier this year after Rockstar began teasing the game on social media with a series of images. The game is currently

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See the New Poster for Doctor Who’s Christmas Special

Ahead of Doctor Who's upcoming Christmas Special, BBC America has released a new poster and plot details for the forthcoming episode.

The special, dubbed "The Return of Doctor Mysterio," will premiere on Sunday, December 25, at 9/8c, during which the Doctor will team up with a masked hero to save New York from an alien attack.

Doctor Who Christmas 2016 The Return of Doctor Mysterio Matt Lucas as Nardole, Charity Wakefield as Lucy, Justin Chatwin as the Ghost and Peter Capaldi as the Doctor in Doctor Who's 2016 Christmas Special

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Are Guns in Video Games Holding the Medium Back?

‘The American Dream’ is a VR game where your hands are a pair of floating guns, and you must complete menial, everyday tasks - feed yourself, go to work, feed your children - using only your bullets, your magazines, and your gosh-darned patriotic attitude. With its Norman Rockwell-kissed aesthetic and a (not unkind) satirical take on the Second Amendment, The American Dream is a very American game.

It is, however, currently being developed in Australia, a country that enacted strict gun control laws in 1996. For many of us who grew up in antipodean countries, our obsession with guns in video games was, and continues to be, in contrast to our nonplussed environment. In New Zealand, for instance, police officers don’t even carry firearms. According to Nicholas McDonnell, whose studio Samurai Punk is behind The American Dream, this mental tug-of-war formed much of the inspiration for the game’s gentle satire. “

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