Report: Disney Drops YouTube Personality PewDiePie After Anti-Semitic Jokes

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Report: Disney Drops YouTube Personality PewDiePie After Anti-Semitic Jokes

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that popular YouTube personality PewDiePie (Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg) has been dropped by Disney after stirring up controversy with anti-semitic video content. The Journal says that Disney told the publication it was cutting ties with him after reporters reached out to the company to inquire about the YouTuber's use of Nazi imagery in recent videos. 

According to The Wall Street Journal, Disney found the content in the videos to be "inappropriate" and that's why the company is severing ties with him. The report cites several incidents and includes footage of the anti-semitic content, including a video from January 11 where Kjellberg watches two men hold a sign up that says "Death To All Jews." He later created a video defending himself, claiming that media was mischaracterizing him.

The publication notes that YouTube has declined to comment on Kjellberg's comments. Maker Studios, the video distributor for Kjellberg's content, was purchased by Disney back in 2014.

Reader Discussion – What Game Would You Like To See Adapted Into A Television Show

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Reader Discussion – What Game Would You Like To See Adapted Into A Television Show

Today news came that Amazon was greenlighting an animated show of Double Fine's Costume Quest. Costume Quest might not necessarily be a game that the masses have been clamoring to see a television adaptation of but it's definitely got potential, I think.

Anyway, I started thinking about games I'd love to see adapted into shows and I think both a straightforward serialized version of Grand Theft Auto IV or a prequel to Bioshock based on John Shirley's Pretty Good Tie-In Novel would be my choices. I also would dig a Saw-inspired take on Zero Escape.

What about you, readers? What games would you like to see adapted into shows? Let us know in the comments below.

Map Voting, Ribbons, And Higher Class Rankings Coming To Battlefield 1

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Map Voting, Ribbons, And Higher Class Rankings Coming To Battlefield 1

Today EA hosted a livestream that covered the many changes coming via the Battlefield 1 winter update.

First and foremost is the return of the Ribbon system, which grants players a 300 XP bonus each time they complete the outlined criteria. DICE plans to start with 20 ribbons, and unlike the medal system you progress toward earning one counts at all times. You can also earn them repeatedly for the XP bump. 

To give players who are already at the level cap more to do, DICE is also upping the class ranks from 10 to 50. Continuing to rank up will earn you new icons for your kill card and new class-specific dogtags. 

The Witness, Stardew Valley Headline Charity-Focused Humble Freedom Bundle

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The Witness, Stardew Valley Headline Charity-Focused Humble Freedom Bundle

Humble Bundle, an online video game and book retailer that allows consumers to name their own price for bundles of games and books, just announced a new Freedom Bundle. Available until 12 a.m. on February 20, all proceeds from the bundle will go to the American Civil Liberties Union, International Rescue Committee, and Doctors Without Borders (MSF). Humble Bundle further promised to match contributions up to $300,000.

Jonathan Blow tweeted about the bundle, which includes his latest title, The Witness.

We're participating in a YUUUGE fundraiser bundle for the ACLU, Doctors Without Borders, IRC.https://t.co/Od2wCHIBtf

Costume Quest Cartoon Coming To Amazon Video In 2018

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Costume Quest Cartoon Coming To Amazon Video In 2018

Back in 2015 Frederator Studios announced plants to make an animated adaptation to Double Fine's endearingly charming Costume Quest. The talented folks behind Cartoon Network's breakout hit Adventure Time now have a home for the project, which is set to debut sometime in 2018 as an Amazon Original Kids Series.

The show will include the voice talents of beloved voiceover artists like Frank Welker, Rob Paulsen, and Kevin Michael Richardson, among others. Amazon says Costume Quest is targeted toward 6- to 11-year-olds, and will require an Amazon Prime membership to watch.

The latest entry in the game series, Costume Quest 2, released in 2014. Check out Game Informer's review here.

New Ghost In The Shell Trailer Shows Cyborg Scarlett Johansson Wreaking Havoc

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New Ghost In The Shell Trailer Shows Cyborg Scarlett Johansson Wreaking Havoc

Despite cries of whitewashing regarding Scarlett Johansson being cast as the lead in the action film rendition of Japanese manga/anime cult classic Ghost In The Shell, the early trailers have been received quite well. Regardless of whether or not you agree with Paramount tapping Johansson for the starring role of Major Motoko Kusanagi, the gorgeous cyberpunk setting, action sequences, and special effects look promising. 

The latest trailer is our deepest look yet at how director Rupert Sanders (Snow White and the Huntsmen) is bringing Masamune Shirow's iconic manga to life on the silver screen.

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PSA: Overwatch's Year Of The Rooster Event Ends Today

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PSA: Overwatch's Year Of The Rooster Event Ends Today

If you've been waiting to open some fantastic skins from Blizzard's limited time Year of the Rooster event, today's the last day you'll be able to obtain those awesome flavors for your favorite heroes.

The world needs heroes, but maybe you need an A-Mei-Zing new outfit or the perfect emote, voice line, or win-screen loadout. 

Watch us open some loot crates from the event here, and watch us try out the CTF mode that was rolled out with the event here.

Skate 3 Joins EA Access Vault Lineup Today

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Skate 3 Joins EA Access Vault Lineup Today

After joining the Xbox One backward compatibility list late last year, Skate 3 is now available via the EA Vault as well. 

Last month, EA announced a large expansion of back catalog games comes to its EA Access service, including Battlefield: Bad Company 2, Battlefield 3, and Skate 3. Today, the skateboarding game we scored an 8.75 finally went live. In his review, former GI editor Nick Ahrens said, "Skate has always been one of those rare games where you can just aimlessly play with no goals or objectives. With the addition of the park creator, this is only increased with the limitless possibility of player-created content."

For more information on EA Access, you can head here

Forza Franchise Sales Race Past $1 Billion Marker

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Forza Franchise Sales Race Past $1 Billion Marker

Before Forza joined the racing game line-up back in 2005, Sony's sim racer Gran Turismo sat in pole position. Twelve years later, Microsoft's racing franchise is now the undisputed king of racing thanks to the stellar efforts of developers Turn 10 and Playground Games for the sim-focused Motorsport and open-road Horizon series, respectively. 

Today Microsoft announced the two series have combined to surpass $1 billion in retail sales to date. Right now, more than 14 million players have played a Forza game across Xbox One and PC, and Microsoft says it's the best-selling racing franchise of the generation. Its most recent entry, Forza Horizon 3, recently surpassed 2.5 million sales. 

You can read our review of the latest game here.

Assassin's Creed Movie Coming Home In March

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Assassin's Creed Movie Coming Home In March

Assassin's Creed hit theaters in December, but you don't have to wait much longer if you missed it then. Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment and Ubisoft have announced that the Michael Fassbender flick is coming March as a download and in physical formats.

The digital release of the movie is coming on March 10, with the 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, 3D Blu-ray, and DVD releases coming a bit later on March 21. In addition to the film (which is currently sitting in at 18 percent on Rotten Tomatoes), the release also includes 90 minutes of special features. They include a behind-the-scenes look at the stunts; a feature on the costumes and weapons; a look at the first game; and exclusive footage of the cast.