Atari Co-Founder Ted Dabney Dies at Age 81

Ted Dabney, the co-founder of Atari and one of the first figures of the video game industry, has died at the age of 81.

Video game historian and close friend Leonard Herman announced through Facebook that Dabney had passed, stating "Your legacy will live on a long time!"

Eurogamer reported that late last year, Dabney was diagnosed with esophageal cancer and chose not to seek medical treatment.

Ted Dabney Ted Dabney (left) and Nolan Bushnell (right).

Continue reading…

The Expanse Officially Revived by Amazon for Season 4

The Expanse is officially coming back for a new season.

THR reports Amazons Studios has closed a deal for Season 4 of the sci-fi series. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos made the announcement at a panel at the National Space Society with the cast and crew present. A premiere date for the new season has not been set yet.

The Expanse is an adaption of James S. A. Corey's book series. Bezos is said to be a big fan of the novels and wasn't all too happy when Syfy got the TV show. Reports of Amazon potentially picking up the series first surfaced earlier this month.

Continue reading…

E3 Lays Out Security Guidelines for This Year’s Show

Things have gotten a little more strict when it comes to security on the show floor of this year's E3.

Backpacks will no longer be allowed on the show floor unless you are part of the media or an exhibitor at the show. Anyone else attending the show, including those with a Gamer Pass, can bring a small bag that doesn't go over the 12" x 15" x 6" limit.

Swag bags collected on the show floor can be used as well, but once they leave the convention center they cannot be brought back in. Every bag and backpack will be searched before entry, something that hasn't been done in years past. Bringing a mesh or clear bag can help speed up the process.

Cameras and tripods are also restricted, unless you have a media badge. Food and snacks must be left outside the show floor and you must be able to power on all your devices during your bag search. Cosplay weapon props need to be inspected and approved at the designated E3 weapons check. You can find a full list of regulations here.

Continue reading…

Kingdom Hearts 3 Playable at E3 2018

If you are a Kingdom Hearts fan attending E3, you are in luck, because the long anticipated Kingdom Hearts III will be playable at this year's conference.

Square Enix announced on Twitter that fans will finally be able to go hands-on with the game at the developer's booth.

For more on Kingdom Hearts III, be sure to check out IGN's preview of the game, which covers several of the game's many worlds. If you want to read about everything else we know about E3 2018, be sure to visit the IGN Kingdom Hearts 3 Wiki.

Continue reading…

Battlefield 5 Dev: ‘Player Choice and Female Playable Characters Are Here to Stay’

According to Battlefield V's developer, the studio is prioritizing player choice, inclusion, and diversity for the upcoming game, but the highest priority is fun.

DICE General Manager Oskar Gabrielson shared his thoughts on the reactions to the game's recent reveal on Twitter, saying "player choice and female playable characters are here to stay."

After the reveal of Battlefield V, a vocal minority spoke out in protest of the game's cover art, which features a woman soldier. Some said the game's depiction of women WWII soldiers was "unrealistic," even though the inclusion of women fighting in WWII is one of the most realistic things Battlefield does.

Continue reading…

Why Marvel Has Us Excited for the Future of SHIELD

As a longtime Marvel Comics reader, this week was one of mixed emotions. On the one hand, it's great seeing one of my favorite characters, Black Panther, getting such a bold overhaul in his new series. On the other, the release of Invincible Iron Man #600 (check out my review here) officially brought an end to writer Brian Michael Bendis' Marvel career. Bendis has been a hugely influential force at Marvel for most of the past two decades, and it's still strange to think of the company moving forward without him. The silver lining, though, is that he left Marvel with one final parting gift before making the jump to DC. Even as Bendis closes the door on Tony Stark's current journey, he's leaving Marvel with the opportunity to revitalize the SHIELD franchise.

Continue reading…

HBO’s Watchmen: What We Know About the Plot So Far

The critically acclaimed comic series Watchmen is making the transition to live-action again. But this time, it's being adapted as an HBO series, with Lost's Damon Lindelof serving as showrunner. And while little is known about the plot of the series so far, it's clear that the new show will seek to expand on the Watchmen universe rather than retread ground fans have already seen before.

Read on for everything we know so far about the Watchmen HBO show, along with some possible ideas for what the plot might involve based on how the comic ended and DC's various offshoots.

HBO's Watchmen Time Jump

There are only two things we know for sure about the Watchmen series. First, it's an extension of the original story, not an adaptation. Second, it's set in the present day. Showrunner Damon Lindelof described the series as being the New Testament to the original Watchmen's Old Testament. Lindelof also said that the show will be influenced by contemporary politics and figures like Donald Trump, Theresa May and Vladimir Putin in the same way the original was very much a product of the Cold War.

Continue reading…