Monthly Archives: March 2017

Zelda: Breath of the Wild Patch Reduces Framerate Problems

The newly-released 1.1.1 patch for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild seemingly removes or reduces the severity of many of the game's dips in framerate, on Wii U and Switch (in both handheld and docked mode).

Nintendo's notes for the 167MB patch simply read: "Adjustments have been made to make for a more pleasant gaming experience." However, players on Twitter (including our own Zelda reviewer), RedditNeoGAF, and YouTube have all reported improved performance since installing the update.

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The Dark Tower Release Date Pushed Back Again

Sony has pushed back the release date for its The Dark Tower film adaptation once again.

Entertainment Weekly reports the movie, which was originally slated to release on July 28, will now open in theaters a week later on August 4.

Sony's upcoming The Emoji Movie was reportedly the reason behind the delay, as the animated film has switched release dates with The Dark Tower. The studio wants to give The Emoji Movie “more summertime play” before school kicks off in August, which isn't a point of concern with The Dark Tower as it isn't as reliant on young viewers.

There has been barely any promotional material for The Dark Tower, but Stephen King did reveal a new poster for the film just a few weeks ago. Nikolaj Arcel is directing the movie, which stars Idris Elba as Roland Deschain and Matthew McConaughey as Walter Padick.

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Hearthstone: All 135 Un’Goro Cards

Hearthstone's next expansion, Journey to Un'Goro, will be with us on April 6 (or possibly April 7 depending on where you live), and we've now seen the entire 135 card set. It's a little hard to say how the meta is going to change as a result, but one thing's for sure - Blizzard has introduced some pretty interesting new concepts and mechanics. Every class, for instance, has a legendary Quest card, and if you fulfil the requirements of the quest you'll get a pretty epic - and unique - reward. Crucially, the one mana Quest cards will always be in your opening hand (unless you mulligan it away) so you can build your deck around the quest and get started right away.

There's also a heap of cards with the new Adapt keyword, which functions a little like Discover. Players are presented with three choices, drawn from a pool of ten, and whatever they choose is then instantly applied to the base card. The idea is that players can adapt to the situation at hand, and it's certainly a pretty awesome concept.

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Discussing Shadowverse’s New Control Meta

Shadowverse’s third expansion, Tempest of the Gods, came out yesterday, and the set of 104 new cards promises to significantly shake up the anime-infused CCG’s gameplay. To find out a little more about the development of the set and the future of the game as a whole, I spoke with Game Producer and Executive Director at Cygames, Yuito Kimura. Read on to find out about how the team thinks the game will slow down, their strategy of turning Take Two into a competitive format, why cards like Owlcat exist, why Blood Moon may be OP and more. (Oh, and you should also check out my chat with Lead Game Designer Naoyuki Miyashita and Card Designer Yuichiro Sato, which is more of a class by class, card by card analysis of Tempest.)

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Harmonix Lays Off 17 Staff

Rock Band developer Harmonix has suffered another batch of layoffs, letting go of 17 staff.

“Today we made the difficult decision to say goodbye to 17 talented people as we restructured to align with our current and anticipated development needs,” the studio confirmed via a statement to

“These people all played a role in making Harmonix and its games what they are today and we are more than grateful for their contributions. We are working to ensure that they are taken care of as we make this change.”

Harmonix just released the Oculus-supported Rock Band VR last week and also has the VR karaoke game SingSpace in the pipe for mid-2017. The studio is also working on DropMix, a physical music mixing game where players collect cards to create unique song mixes, which is being developed in partnership with Hasbro. Harmonix continues to produce new downloadable songs for Rock Band 4/Rock Band Rivals.

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Channing Tatum to Voice Netflix’s George Washington

21 Jump Street star Channing Tatum has signed on to voice George Washington in Netflix's first animated film.

Deadline reports the movie, titled America: The Motion Picture, will be an R-rated revisionist history about the founding of the United States. Tatum will be voicing the lead as Washington, but there are no details about additional characters and cast members.

America: The Motion Picture will be directed by Matt Thompson (Sealab 2021, Frisky Dingo) from a script by Dave Callaham (The Expendables). Both Thompson and Callaham are also producing the movie along with Peter Kiernan, Reid Carolin, Phil Lord, and Chris Miller. No details yet on a release date and if the film will be coming to theaters.

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Twitter Handles No Longer Count Toward 140-Character Limit

Twitter has today confirmed that Twitter handles in replies will no longer count toward the 140-character limit on Tweets.

The social media juggernaut has outlined that who you’re replying to will appear in small text above the Tweet, rather than within the text of the Tweet itself, leaving users the maximum 140-character limit to conduct conversations.

“When reading a conversation, you’ll actually see what people are saying, rather than seeing lots of @usernames at the start of a Tweet,” explained Twitter product manager Sasank Reddy in the company’s announcement.

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The Justice League Assembled to Present New Footage

Director Zack Snyder assembled his cast at CinemaCon Wednesday to present some new footage from his next DC movie, Justice League.

Snyder was joined onstage by Ben Affleck (Batman), Henry Cavill (Superman), Jason Momoa (Aquaman), Ray Fisher (Cyborg), and Ezra Miller (Flash). Gal Gadot, who is overseas recuperating from her recent childbirth, sent a pre-recorded greeting to the National Association of Theatre Owners' annual convention.

There wasn't a whole lot of new footage shown so much as an extended trailer with a couple of extra moments and lines of dialogue.

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Comparing the New It to the Original

If you're having trouble sleeping lately, it's probably because the first trailer for It has hit the Internet. This is the second time Hollywood has adapted Stephen King's beloved 1986 novel, after the 1990 TV miniseries, and the remake looks to be even more terrifying than the original.

Despite the change from small screen to big, and the gap of 27 years, we have noticed some pretty direct similarities between the two versions in the new trailer. Check out our slideshow comparison below (drag the slider between images) to see what's changed and what's remained the same in this tale about a demonic clown terrorizing a band of heroic children.

It is directed by Andrés Muschietti (Mama) with the screenplay by Chase Palmer, Cary Fukunaga and Gary Dauberman. The story will be based on King's novel and follows the small town of Derry, Maine, whose children suddenly begin to mysteriously disappear. A group of young kids -- the Loser's Club -- find themselves going up against the evil clown Pennywise, who's been murdering and kidnapping children for centuries.

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The Wonder Woman Footage We Saw Looked Good

Warner Bros. showed attendees at Wednesday's CinemaCon never-before-seen footage from the DC superhero's solo film, opening in June.

Director Patty Jenkins and cast member Chris Pine were on hand to present close to ten minutes of footage to the National Association of Theater Owners. (Gal Gadot was overseas, having just recently given birth, but she sent a pre-recorded greeting.)

Four scenes were shown, the first two being a boat journey sequence followed by an action scene in London and then a major battle set-piece set in World War I Belgium.

Check out the slideshow below for our breakdown of the footage (be mindful of some SPOILERS):

Judging from the footage screened at CinemaCon, Wonder Woman looks pretty good. The scenes provided an overview of the look and tone of the film, Diana's (Gal Gadot) personality, her relationship with Steve Trevor (Pine), and her journey from innocence to the more world-weary warrior we meet in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

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