What's on TV: 'Horizon Zero Dawn,' 'Moonlight'

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What's on TV: 'Horizon Zero Dawn,' 'Moonlight'

This week's big premiere is Horizon Zero Dawn on the PS4. If you're not pulled in by its open-world charms, then remember Planet Earth II is continuing on BBC America, and this week we're visiting the jungles. You can snag Academy Award Best Picture winner Moonlight on Blu-ray or video on-demand, while Amazon Prime instroduces season four of Annedroids. There aren't any big Netflix original premieres this week, but you should know that after tomorrow Clueless is going away, as well as the Jaws movies and the TV series Survivors, while the Jurassic Park flicks (1 - 3) are rotating on to the service. Look after the break to check out each day's highlights, including trailers and let us know what you think (or what we missed).

Visit NASA's newly discovered planets in 'Elite: Dangerous'

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Visit NASA's newly discovered planets in 'Elite: Dangerous'

Sadly, it's unlikely that you'll ever visit the Trappist-1 system's newly-discovered Earth-sized planets in your lifetime... not unless someone develops near-light speed travel, anyway. However, you'll at least have the option of a virtual tour. Frontier Developments is promising Ars Technica that the second Elite: Dangerous version 2.3 beta will let you visit Trappist-1 and its seven worlds. The developers are really just modifying an existing system in a similar location (Core Sys Sector XU-P a5-0), but that still means that you'll get a rough sense of what it would be like. You'll get to land on at least some of them, two of which will be Earth-like.

A first look at Gear VR's motion controller

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A first look at Gear VR's motion controller

Samsung and Oculus are making sure their mobile VR headset keeps up with Google's DayDream VR. The partnership announced a new version of Gear VR and it has a controller now. In fact, that's the major difference, with the headset itself getting marginally lighter and getting a few cosmetic tweaks. I got to handle the controller for a brief spell here at MWC, and while there were no demos to try, Gear VR's take on the mobile controller feels closer the HTC's Vive peripherals more than anything else. That's certainly no bad thing.

The charity that wants video game karts in every hospital

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The charity that wants video game karts in every hospital

In many ways, Jonathan Watson is like other 11-year-olds. He does his homework, dreams of becoming a doctor and plays video games when he can. Depending on the day, his favorite is either Minecraft or The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Unlike most kids his age, though, Jonathan is at the hospital every three weeks for blood transfusions -- a procedure that can take up to six hours at a time. When I visited him at Mott Children's Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan, he wasn't slaying dragons or building a pixelated fortress; he was replaying the opening levels of Rayman Legends on a kart that had just been wheeled in. The kart was donated by a local Eagle Scout who raised funds through the Gamers Outreach Foundation (GO), a nationwide charity that puts medical-grade gaming equipment in hospitals around the country.

The sequel to 'Shadow of Mordor' arrives August 22nd

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The sequel to 'Shadow of Mordor' arrives August 22nd

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor was one of the most important blockbuster games of 2014, proving that an open-world title set in a very familiar fantasy world could still feel fresh and innovative. And apparently, it was popular enough to get a sequel... including on a platform that isn't even out yet. Warner Bros. has unveiled Middle-earth: Shadow of War, a follow-up that will be available on PS4, Windows PCs, the Xbox One and Project Scorpio -- yes, this is one of the first known titles for Microsoft's 4K-capable console. The publisher isn't saying what the Scorpio version will bring to the table, but it'll launch this holiday season. Every other edition arrives on August 22nd.

Twitch goes after Steam with direct game sales

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Twitch goes after Steam with direct game sales

Twitch has a dilemma -- it can get you fired up about a game, but then you've got to head off to Steam or another site when it comes time to buy (insert sad trombone sound). However, the Amazon-owned streaming outfit has some big news that changes all that. Starting this spring, you'll be able to purchase games directly from Twitch -- if you're watching a stream about Tom Clancy's The Division, for instance, you can click on a "buy now" button directly below the stream, as shown above.

Streamer completes every NES game ever made

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Streamer completes every NES game ever made

In May 2014, Piotr Delgado "The Mexican Runner" Kusielczuk wanted a new challenge. His Super Castlevania IV speed runs were leaving him burned out and he wanted to tackle something different for the entertainment of his Twitch followers. Friends suggested that instead of completing NES games as fast as possible, he should perhaps think about beating every game ever made for the platform. Starting with Whomp 'Em on May 28th, 2014, Kusielczuk methodically completed all 714 titles, eventually completing the final world in his final game, Super Mario 3, yesterday.