No Changes To Leia's Role In The Last Jedi Following Carrie Fisher's Death

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No Changes To Leia's Role In The Last Jedi Following Carrie Fisher's Death

During a USC tech conference yesterday, Disney CEO Bob Iger dispelled rumors that Star Wars: The Last Jedi's story would be altered following the death of Carrie Fisher, Variety reports. 

"We are not changing '8' to deal with her passing," he said. "Her performance remains as it was in '8.' In Rogue One, we created digitally a few characters. We're not doing that with Carrie."

This news has led to even more fan speculation about Leia's role in the film. In The Force Awakens, Leia is left with two significant plot points hanging over her. Since The Last Jedi picks up seconds after the conclusion of Force Awakens, we'll undoubtedly see how she copes with the death of Han Solo. She also thought her son Ben could be saved, but her tone on that matter may change after learning what he did.

2D RPG Salt And Sanctuary Coming Soon To PS Vita

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2D RPG Salt And Sanctuary Coming Soon To PS Vita

One year after its launch on PS4, the dark and challenging action game Salt and Sanctuary is coming to PS Vita. The title will be available for Vita starting on March 28, and because it features cross-buy, any current owners of the PS4 version will be able to download it on their Vita for free.

The port was developed by Sickhead Games, who previously brought Darkest Dungeon, Axiom Verge, and Towerfall Ascension to the Vita as well. James Silva, one half of the husband and wife team behind original developers Ska Studios, said in a PlayStation blog post that the couple had initially planned to release the game on PS4 and PS Vita simultaneously, but believes Sickhead's version will be worth the wait.

Check out our review of Salt and Sanctuary, which was picked as one of our top ten underappreciated games of this console generation.

Want In On The Splatoon 2 Testfire? Here's What You Need To Know

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Want In On The Splatoon 2 Testfire? Here's What You Need To Know

Nintendo kicks of the Splatoon 2 global testfire today, which is your first chance to get your hands on the messy, paint-splattering shooter sequel. Want in? Here are the details you need to know.

The testfire pre-load has been available on the eShop for several days now, but if you haven't downloaded it yet log into your Switch and get the process started so you can hit the ground running when the event begins. One important detail to note: Rather than have the testfire run all weekend like a normal publisher, Nintendo is making things complicated by offering six discrete one-hour sessions. Here are the U.S. times the event is taking place:

Friday, March 24Session 1: 12:00 to 12:59 pm PT
Session 2: 8:00 to 8:59 pm PT

GameStop Expects Nintendo Switch, VR Supply Problems To Last All Year

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GameStop Expects Nintendo Switch, VR Supply Problems To Last All Year

Retailers are extremely bullish on the prospects for Nintendo's console/handheld hybrid. GameStop said earlier in week it believes the Switch install base could eventually eclipse the Wii, which sold more than 101 million over the course of its lifespan. But don't expect buying one to be easy in 2017. Yesterday during its earnings call, GameStop revealed that because of strong demand, Switch supply problems won't be going away any time soon.

"The demand is incredibly strong for this," said GameStop COO Tony Bartel. "As soon as we get any in our stores, it's out within hours. We anticipate we're going to be chasing supply this entire year."

GameStop also reported some astounding numbers regarding the Switches that have sold thus far, saying there is nearly a 1:1 attach rate between Switch and its premiere title, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. If you include accessories alongside games in the attach rate numbers, it balloons to 5.5. Considering the lack of compelling games for the Switch beyond Zelda right now, that must mean the company is selling a lot of Pro controllers, cases, and Joy-Con charge grips. 

Blizzard Officially Retires Battle.net Name

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Blizzard Officially Retires Battle.net Name

Last September Blizzard first revealed its plans to phase out the Battle.net name for its cross-brand gaming platform. Today, that change went into effect. 

Moving forward, the launcher is simply called "Blizzard." The change appears to be cosmetic, and minimally so. The interface for accessing Blizzard franchises like Overwatch, Hearthstone, World of Warcraft, Diablo, Heroes of the Storm, Starcraft, and legacy games is otherwise unchanged. 

To help people ease into the slight change, the old URL still works if you're using a browser.

Reader Discussion: What Has Been Your Biggest Video Game Time Sink?

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Reader Discussion: What Has Been Your Biggest Video Game Time Sink?

Some games take a lot of time to complete. Other games can be theoretically played forever. Which games have you spent the most time with over the years?

I've spent more than 50 hours with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild over the last few weeks, and I don't feel like I'm going to slow down anytime soon. This got me thinking about games that I've spent a lot of time with over the years. I know that I spend over 80 hours with The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt a couple years ago, but that doesn't really compare to the time I put into The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, which was well over 200 hours. That's probably the most time that I've spent with a single game, but I have friends who have spent ten times that amount of time playing games like DOTA 2.

What about you? What has been your biggest video game time sink? How much time do you think you've put into your favorite games? Are you happy with your time playing those games?

Learn How To Make A Working Piranha Plant From Legos

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Learn How To Make A Working Piranha Plant From Legos

This is one houseplant that your cats won't try to eat. JK Brickworks Lego creation makes us want to break out our box of childhood adult Legos and see what we can build. Who are we kidding? We always want to play with Legos. Follow the instructions in the video below to make one of the Mushroom Kingdom's nightmare houseplants.

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Ed Fries And The Quest To Uncover The First-Ever Video Game Easter Egg

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Ed Fries And The Quest To Uncover The First-Ever Video Game Easter Egg

The first video game Easter Egg is commonly understood to be the inclusion of Warren Robinett's name within the Atari 2600 1979 classic Adventure. However, former Microsoft Vice President and arcade gaming enthusiast Ed Fries discovered that the 1977 sci-fi space simulator, Starship 1, had its own juicy secret just waiting to be discovered.

While interviewing developer Ron Milner for a separate project, Ron disclosed that he had hidden a message inside Starship 1, and the hunt was on. What followed was a rousing adventure, involving a rummage through the source code of the game (since Milner had forgotten how to actually trigger the secret), spending too much money for an authentic Starship 1 machine, and testing to see if the egg could indeed be accessed through legitimate means.

It's an engrossing tale, and an obvious labor of love for Fries. The full story is an adventure in its own right, and well worth a read.

Interplay Founder Brian Fargo Retiring After Wasteland 3

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Interplay Founder Brian Fargo Retiring After Wasteland 3

Brian Fargo – founder of Interplay and co-designer of the Wasteland series – says he's retiring from the industry after Wasteland 3 (above) ships in 2019.

Speaking to Eurogamer, Fargo says he's looking forward to being able to relax for once. "I love this industry, but I've been at this since 1981..." he said.  "I look at my friends, they have a lot more spare time than I do. It's a very intense business. It's all encompassing. It seems like I should relax for a little bit."

Interplay is best know for the original Fallout series, as well as publishing Baldur's Gate and Descent. Fargo left Interplay in 2000, and founded InXile Entertainment in 2002, which is working on Wasteland 3 and recently published Torment: Tides of Numenera.