What Potential Changes To Internet Privacy Laws Could Mean For You

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What Potential Changes To Internet Privacy Laws Could Mean For You

Amidst news of online multiplayer games getting overhauls, new maps, and retail posters, something happened that could end up affecting anyone who regularly browses the web between Overwatch or Destiny matches. The United States Senate voted in favor of a resolution that, if the House of Representatives also votes in favor of it, could change how accessible your browsing data is to Internet Service Providers (ISPs), and whether those companies would need your permission to sell sensitive information to advertisers.

What happened?

On May 23, 2017, the Senate voted 50-48 in favor of a resolution that would repeal a set of internet privacy rules that would have required ISPs like Comcast, Cox Communications, or CenturyLink to ask for users' consent before selling those users' browsing data to advertisers. The rules in question are not yet in place (they're scheduled to take effect on December 4, 2017), but the resolution would effectively kill internet privacy regulations before they've had a chance to take effect.

Justice League Film Trailer Reveals Heroes, Covers Faces

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Justice League Film Trailer Reveals Heroes, Covers Faces

DC and Warner Bros.' attempts to create their own cinematic universe similar to Marvel's haven't quite landed as well as they would have liked, but you can't deny they make great trailers. The Batman vs. Superman trailer was pretty good. The Suicide Squad trailer was maybe the best part of the movie. The first official trailer for Justice League doesn't quite reach that high bar, but it does have some decent moments.

For one, we get to see Ben Affleck's Batman play a little more coy this time, dropping two (two!) jokes in the trailer below. We also get to see The Flash, Aquaman, and Cyborg, the latter of which has some retractable helmet action similar to a certain other machine-oriented hero from another cinematic universe.

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Multiplayer Brawler Lethal League Coming To Xbox One, PS4

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Multiplayer Brawler Lethal League Coming To Xbox One, PS4

Lethal League is a fun, four-person brawler that's sort of like a hyper-stylized version of air hockey, except the target is your opponent instead of a goal (and let's face it, your opponent is the target when you're playing air hockey, too). It's gotten a lot of positive buzz on PC through Steam (where it released back in 2014), but later this year, console players will be able to see what that buzz is all about.

Lethal League will launch on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on May 10, featuring several stages, characters, and online multiplayer. You have really have to play Lethal League to understand why it's so fun, but if you want to do the next best thing, you can watch the latest trailer for the game below.

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What to Watch This Weekend: The Halo World Championships, Hearthstone, And Street Fighter V

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What to Watch This Weekend: The Halo World Championships, Hearthstone, And Street Fighter V

It's going to be a big weekend for Halo, but that doesn't mean people are getting out of the way. Several major events are going on this weekend, and as we venture further into the competitive season, splits and seasonal tournaments continue to give way to invitationals and major tournaments.

After a few tournaments to determine who would make it there, the Halo 5: Guardians World Championships are finally upon us. Watch as twelve teams compete for the game's biggest prize pool of the year: $1 Million. (Stream 1 / Stream 2 / Schedule)

The 2GGC tournament hosts a number of events centering around Super Smash Bros. For Wii U, including a team battle, round robin, and more. (Stream 1 / Stream 2Schedule)

Weekend Warrior – Pointless Reboot #32832: Go Go Power Rangers!

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Weekend Warrior – Pointless Reboot #32832: Go Go Power Rangers!

First, it was Transformers and GI Joe, then they massacred the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and now Hollywood has set their sights on the next kids' show in line, Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers. Like all the rest of Tinseltown's big-budget reboots of dated-yet-beloved franchises, Power Rangers is sure to be little more than a cynical cash grab. Still, maybe there's a chance that the film might actually be Morphenomenal.

The GI crew will be busy doing their own things this weekend, mostly trying to wean off of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild in an effort to give a chance to Mass Effect: Andromeda. What are you up to this weekend? Let us know in the comments below!

Manon Hume (@ManonHume) – I started rereading the Death Note manga the day before the Netflix trailer came out, so I’m excited to finish that this weekend. I also got sucked back into Sunless Sea by the iPad announcement this week, so between the two of those, I’m ready for a dark, chill weekend – just how I like it.

Rare’s Former All-Star Composers Talk About Reuniting For Yooka-Yaylee

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Rare’s Former All-Star Composers Talk About Reuniting For Yooka-Yaylee

Nearly two years after it brought in over $2.6 million on Kickstarter, Yooka-Laylee is almost here. The project has been a labor of love for the folks at Playtonic, a team comprised of ex-Rare developers who worked on a number of N64 classics like Banjo-Kazooie and Donkey Kong 64.

One of the key ingredients of the mascot platformer genre is a charming soundtrack, and Yooka-Laylee has an all-star team of ex-Rare composers, including Grant Kirkhope (Banjo-Kazooie, Viva Piñata) David Wise (Donkey Kong Country, Battletoads), and Steve Burke (Kameo: Elements of Power, Jetpac Refueled). Laced Records is pulling out all the stops for Yooka-Laylee’s soundtrack, opting to release the score on digital, CD, and even 180g vinyl for hardcore audiophiles.

We spoke to this trio of video game music veterans and asked them about the new game, what it was like to reunite for a brand-new, old-school adventure, how composing for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One compares to the old NES and Game Boy days, and how Chris Sutherland’s cake shop helped them found a game company.

Rare’s Former All-Star Composers Talk About Reuniting For Yooka-Laylee

about X hours ago from
Rare’s Former All-Star Composers Talk About Reuniting For Yooka-Laylee

Nearly two years after it brought in over $2.6 million on Kickstarter, Yooka-Laylee is almost here. The project has been a labor of love for the folks at Playtonic, a team comprised of ex-Rare developers who worked on a number of N64 classics like Banjo-Kazooie and Donkey Kong 64.

One of the key ingredients of the mascot platformer genre is a charming soundtrack, and Yooka-Laylee has an all-star team of ex-Rare composers, including Grant Kirkhope (Banjo-Kazooie, Viva Piñata) David Wise (Donkey Kong Country, Battletoads), and Steve Burke (Kameo: Elements of Power, Jetpac Refueled). Laced Records is pulling out all the stops for Yooka-Laylee’s soundtrack, opting to release the score on digital, CD, and even 180g vinyl for hardcore audiophiles.

We spoke to this trio of video game music veterans and asked them about the new game, what it was like to reunite for a brand-new, old-school adventure, how composing for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One compares to the old NES and Game Boy days, and how Chris Sutherland’s cake shop helped them found a game company.

The Witcher Author Made A Huge Miscalculation With The CD Projekt Red Licensing Deal

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The Witcher Author Made A Huge Miscalculation With The CD Projekt Red Licensing Deal

The person responsible for creating the wonderful characters and universe of The Witcher has never been a fan of video games. When CD Projekt Red approached him about creating an interactive take on his fiction, the writer had one thought. "What I expect from an adaptation: a big bag of money. That is all," Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski told Eurogamer.

"I was stupid enough to sell them rights to the whole bunch," he continued. "They offered me a percentage of their profits. I said, 'No, there will be no profit at all – give me all my money right now! The whole amount.' It was stupid. I was stupid enough to leave everything in their hands because I didn't believe in their success. But who could foresee their success? I couldn't."

Talk about an extreme miscalculation. CD Projekt Red's successful Witcher trilogy has catapulted the studio's worth, which was recently valued at $1.6 billion. Missing out on that much profit for a game set in the universe you created could turn you bitter, but Sapkowski doesn't have any hard feelings. "The game is made very well," he says, "and they merit all of the beneficiaries they get from it. They merit it. The game is very good, well done, well done."

Nioh Update Adds New Sub-Missions

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Nioh Update Adds New Sub-Missions

Today Team Ninja released a new patch for Nioh, the surprise PS4 exclusive hit that has captured the imaginations of gamers who enjoy difficult action games like Dark Souls. 

The 1.06 patch includes a number of minor tweaks and stability changes, but the most notable alteration is the addition of new submissions that open up after you reach the final part of the game. The update didn't say how many of these submissions are being added, but the ones included in the game were basically full-length missions full of stuff to do.

Dan Tack gave Nioh a 9.0, saying, "Nioh will break you down before it lifts you up, but you soon crave the thrill of mastering a new weapon or toppling a titanic boss." You can read the full review here.

Haunting New Alien: Covenant Poster Taps Into Art History

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Haunting New Alien: Covenant Poster Taps Into Art History

As any fan of the Alien franchise is aware, xenomorphs are bad news. Death follows wherever they go, and the devastation they bring is reflected in the latest poster for Alien: Covenant, the upcoming entry in the series of films. 

This gruesome scene of humans and aliens tangled together made a powerful impact on eager fans. Art history buffs noticed the poster's resemblance to classic pieces such as Auguste Rodin's The Gates of Hell (La porte de l'Enfer).

The sculpture, which stands just under 20 feet tall, depicts a scene from the Inferno chapter of Dante Aligheri's Divine Comedy. Users posting on this Alien Covenant fan site noticed that the poster shares a similar approach to The Gates of Hell, with the Xenomorph standing above the fallen and twisted bodies below.