PlayStation Kills Music Service, Adds Spotify

Posted by Bob Muir on Jan 29, 2015 in Videogames

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Did you ever use Sony’s Music Unlimited service on PlayStation or other devices? It’s okay if you didn’t, not many people did. So it’s not a surprise that Sony is ending the service on March 29, 2015 in all 19 countries it was offered. But don’t worry, people who actually use streaming music on a console: Sony is adding a Spotify app to PS3 and PS4, as well as various Xperia phones and tablets. You’ll be able to stream the music while in a game on PS4, and Sony is promising more exclusive features. And nearly all of those 19 countries that had Music Unlimited will be in the 41 markets that have access to Spotify. Best of all, both free and premium accounts will be able to use Spotify, so if you’re fine with ads, you can add new music to your games for free. Not bad! Could the next step be persuading Spotify to actually pay artists a decent fee for their music? Read more…

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Dragon’s Dogma Online Coming Soon As Free-To-Play

Posted by Bob Muir on Jan 28, 2015 in Videogames

Dragon's Dogma Online

Capcom’s 2012 fantasy game Dragon’s Dogma was surprisingly enjoyable, so it’s good to hear about a new sequel. Capcom is bringing Dragon’s Dogma Online to PC, PS3, and PS4 sometime in 2015. Players can form groups with up to three friends (which can also be AI pawns) in an online lobby towns (up to 100 people) and fight giant enemies. The story will be a follow-up to Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen, with a new storyline, new setting and new characters. The game will be free, but supported by item-based microtransactions, similar to Dragon’s Dogma Quest on Vita. I’d rather just purchase the game outright, but I suppose this is the way a lot of games are going, so as long as the microtransactions aren’t obnoxious, this could be a good sequel. Read more…

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Fantastic Four Teaser Trailer Looks Almost Alright

Posted by Bob Muir on Jan 28, 2015 in Cinema, Comic Books

Fantastic Four

Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four reboot is not part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, just like X-Men and Spider-Man. A lot of Marvel fans are upset about that and would rather Fox hand the rights back over to Marvel so they can make a proper adaptation. But that’s not happening, so let’s look at what we’ve got. Despite all the talk of stupid decisions like Doctor Doom being a blogger and a fantastic team being “grounded,” this actually looks pretty good. Despite being Marvel’s first superhero team, a lot of the aspects of the comic could seem more like a horror story; one guy gets turned into a monster! It’s not a bad idea to move their origin from space to an alternate-dimension experiment, taking inspiration from Ultimate Fantastic Four. So while I’d prefer this to be a lighter, more “out there” story in the vein of Marvel’s other films, I have to admit Trank and Fox’s version doesn’t look half-bad. Read more…

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Mexican Company Selling Dragon Ball Z Sneakers

Posted by Bob Muir on Jan 27, 2015 in Anime

Dragon Ball Z shoes

Look at these freaking shoes. The Mexican clothing company Heredia Clothing is putting out these Dragon Ball Z sneakers, inspired by Vegeta, Goku, and Trunks. They’re coming out at 400 pesos (about $27), which isn’t too bad, but there is no way you’d catch me wearing these things. They’re way too bright! Still, if you want your feet to feel like Super Sayin feet, maybe you’d enjoy them more than I would. Read more…

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David Tennant Cast In A.K.A. Jessica Jones As Villain

Posted by Bob Muir on Jan 27, 2015 in Comic Books, Television

The Purple Man

Part of my enjoyment of all these new Marvel movies and TV series is getting to know characters I never knew of before. The Netflix series fit that bill pretty well, because non-comic fans likely have no idea who Jessica Jones is. But A.K.A. Jessica Jones is the second Netflix series in production (after this April’s Daredevil), telling the story of a retired superhero who becomes a detective. We’ve learned that Krysten Ritter is the titular hero, while Mike Colter is potential love-interest Luke Cage (with his own Netflix series at least a year out). Now Marvel has cast their villain: David Tennant. Read more…

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Why: The Jetsons Animated Film In The Works

Posted by Ben Huber on Jan 26, 2015 in Animation, Cinema

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I’m going down the list of classic cartoons that have been rebooted as CGI films, and I’m actually surprised the Jetsons hasn’t happened yet. We’re running out of cartoons though… soon we’re going to be scraping the bottom of the barrel with Snorks or something! Anyway, I digress… Warner Bros. is putting together a Jetsons animated theatrical film, and they’ve nabbed a scriptwriter for it as well in Matt Lieberman. About two years ago, Kanye West said he was creative director on a Jetsons film, but I highly doubt this is the same project now. But yet — if Kanye was involved, I’d be somewhat interested! Are the Jetsons on the cusp of making a comeback? Read more…

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Homeworld Remastered Collection Coming February 25th

Posted by Ben Huber on Jan 26, 2015 in Videogames

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If you’re looking to replay Homeworld, things just got good: Gearbox has announced the release date for the Homeworld Remastered Collection as February 25th. The package with feature redone versions of the space-themed strategy games Homeworld and Homeworld 2, as well as their original versions. This will also feature access into a multiplayer beta, as the multiplayer aspect is still under construction, apparently due to the difficulty in getting old code updated. You can pre-order the collection now on Steam for a discounted $29.74. On February 25th, it’ll launch and go up to its normal price of $34.99. Check out the trailer below! Read more…

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Guild Wars 2 Heart of Thorns Expansion Announced

Posted by Ben Huber on Jan 25, 2015 in Videogames

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The first expansion for Guild Wars 2 has been announced at PAX South and titled Heart of Thorns. While there’s no release date yet, they have listed a bunch of the new features that the expansion will add, such as: a new region (Maguuma Jungle), a new profession (Revenant), guild halls, a new PvP game mode titled Stronghold, and a new WvW map called Borderlands. It appears to be a pretty hefty chunk of new content, especially for hardcore fans of the game. If you want to jump into Guild Wars 2, they’re making it extra easy for you, as right now the game is on sale for $9.99. That’s a pretty nice price, especially with no monthly MMO fees! Check out the Heart of Thorns trailer below. Read more…

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Lego Scooby-Doo Sets Announced

Posted by Ben Huber on Jan 25, 2015 in Hobbies and Collections

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If you pay attention to the Lego community, you probably know that Scooby-Doo sets had been rumored for the past few months. Now, as the London Toy Fair wraps up, Lego has officially announced that yes, they’re real. There are currently four sets listed: a Mystery Machine, Mystery Mansion, Mummy Museum Mystery, and Haunted Lighthouse. The minifigures for these sets look really nice! They’ve definitely captured the characters well. It  appears there will be definitely versions of Scooby as well. As of right now we only have images of the Mystery Machine and the mansion. Check it out below! Read more…

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New Pokkén Tournament Trailer and Images

Posted by Ben Huber on Jan 24, 2015 in Videogames

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Some new footage has come out of Pokkén Tournament, Nintendo and Bandai Namco’s Pokémon fighting game. As far as we know, it’s still exclusive to arcades, but I’m still betting on an eventual Wii U release. The new trailer shows off more playable Pokémon, as well as new support characters.They also streamed some matches and it… definitely looks like a fighting game. Pikachu looks a little odd fighting against some of these larger Pokémon with his little punches and kicks — plus that crossed-arms pose at the end gives the impression that Pikachu is hardcore. He’ll mess you up! Check out more videos here and more images here. Read more…

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