Monthly Archives: June 2019

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Sony Says It May Have To Raise PlayStation Price If U.S. Increases Tariffs on China


As the trade war between the United States and China continues, video game hardware manufacturers continue their efforts to convince the U.S. government to reconsider any new tariffs on China. Sony has now warned that it may need to raise the retail price of PlayStation consoles if the U.S. government decides to go through with its trade war with China.

The Wall Street Journal reports that Sony has warned the U.S. government that imposing higher tariffs on China will hurt U.S. customers. "We believe, and therefore have told the U.S. government, that higher tariffs would ultimately damage the U.S. economy," Sony's chief financial officer Hiroki Totoki said in a statement.

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Get A Duel Hand Disaster: Trackher Free With IGN Prime

IGN Prime has partnered with Ask An Enemy Studios to bring you A Duel Hand Disaster: Trackher. IGN Prime members,  join in early access in the only split-screen single player twin stick risk 'em up in which your score is meaningless unless you exist.

You control two ships simultaneously. Your primary goal is to get the highest score possible, but the only way to keep it is to decide when to leave with it. Playing 'til death is not an option.

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Game of Thrones Confirmed for Comic-Con 2019

HBO has announced they are attending San Diego Comic-Con 2019 with panels for Game of Thrones, Westworld, and His Dark Materials. There will also be autograph signing sessions at the event.

His Dark Materials' panel will be on Thursday, July 18 at 4:45 p.m. in Hall H, and will include: James McAvoy, Dafne Keen, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ruth Wilson, and executive producer, Jane Tranter. An autograph signing will be at 2:45 p.m.

Game of Thrones and Westworld SDCC Panel

Game of Thrones will have a panel on Friday, July 19 at 5:30 p.m. in Hall H, with the following cast members: Jacob Anderson, John Bradley, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Liam Cunningham, Nathalie Emmanuel, Iain Glen, Conleth Hill, Maisie Williams, and Isaac Hempstead Wright. Creators and showrunners, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss will be on the panel also, as well as director and executive producer, Miguel Sapochnik. An autograph signing will be at 3:30 p.m.

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Even If It Fails, Google Stadia Can Still Bring Us Into the Game Streaming Future

Though Google is making some big promises with Stadia, I still don't think it'll be universally replacing video game consoles any time soon. People can be slow to adapt to new tech, internet speeds and data caps still pose a barrier, and Stadia won’t be available worldwide at launch (though more regions will be added in 2020).

Entertainment as a whole may have shifted to streaming and subscription services, but that’s( at least in part) because people never grew attachments to their boomboxes or VCRs the way they did for the NES, or that excitement from getting a manual with their game case. Like many others, you’d have to pry my cartridges and discs out of my cold, dead, slightly inconvenienced hands before I gave them away. But despite my old ways, I know an all-digital future is probably inevitable, and Google is clearly ready to capitalize on it.

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How Game of Thrones Developed This Battle From Page to Screen

It takes a village (or more accurately, a small city) to bring Game of Thrones to life. The show employs countless artisans who contribute work that will never be seen on screen, but is still integral to creating the world of Westeros - including storyboard artist Will Simpson, who helps conceptualize the visuals of the show on the page to help the cast and crew realize it on camera.

Simpson's work is getting the spotlight it deserves in a new book, Game of Thrones: The Storyboards, from Insight Editions - which features artwork and sketches from Seasons 1 through 7 of the HBO hit. In IGN's exclusive clip, Simpson takes us inside the conception of the pivotal (and controversial) Battle at the Frozen Lake sequence from Season 7's "Beyond the Wall," specifically breaking down the scene in which Tormund Giantsbane (Kristofer Hivju) has a brush with death during the fight against the wights and White Walkers.

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Pokemon Masters Release Set for This Summer

Today The Pokemon Company and developer DeNA revealed new gameplay details and an animated trailer for the upcoming mobile game Pokemon Masters, as well as a release window of this Summer (or Winter for anyone in the southern hemisphere) on iOS and Android.

Pokemon Masters takes place in a new location called the island of Pasio. Trainers from every region have come to Pasio and are split into “sync pairs” - for example, Red and Charizard, Misty and Starmie, or Brock and Onix - and there will be 65 sync pairs to recruit at launch, with more coming later.

You can watch the video below to see both the new animated trailer and new gameplay.

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14 Classic Comics That Defined DC’s Shuttered Vertigo Imprint

The comic book industry was dealt a blow with the news that DC is shuttering the long-running Vertigo imprint at the end of 2019. Vertigo has played home to some of the most beloved and critically acclaimed comics on the stands. It serves as a crucial piece of DC history and has been a constant, necessary reminder that comics don't always have to revolve around capes and tights.

Even as we mourn the end of this branch of DC's publishing line, we wanted to look back and reflect on the comics that helped define Vertigo as a brand. These books helped push the entire medium forward and served as an early proving ground for some of the biggest and best creators in the industry.

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Star Wars: Daisy Ridley Confirms if Rey Will Appear in Next Trilogy

Rey actress Daisy Ridley confirmed she won't appear in the next Star Wars trilogy following Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

In an interview with Buzzfeed's AM to DM, Ridley was asked if Rey would appear in the next Star Wars trilogy, to which she responded "I can say I'm not in the next trilogy. Because Rian

always said... if it’s the Rian one, or it’s the guys that did Game of Thrones. I’m not sure. Whichever one it was, they always said it was going to be a separate story. So I’m not, no."

Future Star Wars Films

Disney CEO Bob Iger confirmed earlier this year that the next film in the Star Wars series will be the project from Game of Thrones' David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. Rumors suggest this film could take place during the Old Republic era, with later reports claiming it will be based on the classic BioWare game Knights of the Old Republic.

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Paul Rudd Set to Join Ghostbusters 2020 Cast

Paul Rudd is reportedly in final negotiations to join Jason Reitman's upcoming Ghostbusters film.

Reported by Variety, Rudd will allegedly play a teacher in the film. "I’ve been wanting to work with Paul Rudd since my short film opened for Wet Hot American Summer at Sundance," said Reitman. "I’m thrilled he’ll be joining this new chapter in the original Ghostbusters universe."

Other Ghostbusters 2020 Stars

Sigourney Weaver claims she will reprise her role as Dana Barrett alongside former co-stars Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd. Earlier this year, Reitman said this sequel would "hand the movie back to the fans."

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This Power Rangers Twist Changes Everything About the Classic Team

Mighty Morphin Power Ranger #40 kicks off a new era for BOOM! Studios' ongoing series, and in the process it changes what fans thought they knew about the Power Rangers team.

Warning: this article contains spoilers for Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #40!


Up till now, the series had been set in the early years of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, focusing on the original five Rangers plus Tommy in his Green Ranger form. This issue jumps forward in the franchise timeline, skipping ahead to a point where Lord Zedd is the main villain and Tommy now leads the team as the White Ranger.

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