Star Wars: Rogue One Prequel Film Gets Its First Official Set Photo

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Star Wars: Rogue One Prequel Film Gets Its First Official Set Photo

We're still waiting for the release of Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens, but in the meantime, shooting has officially begun on Star Wars: Rogue One.

The film takes place before the events of Star Wars Episode IV – A New Hope and follows a band of resistance fighters as they attempt to steal the plans for the Death Star (spoiler alert: they'll probably retrieve them). You can read more about the film here.

Shooting has begun, and in honor of the event, Disney shared a photo from the set with the cast in full costume, as well as a new logo for the film which identifies the film as "A Star Wars Story".

Rocksteady Offers First Gameplay Footage Of the Burton/Keaton 1989 Batmobile In Arkham Knight

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Revealed last month, Batman: Arkham Knight is getting DLC with Riddler tracks and Batmobile and suit skins based on the 1989's Batman film, and this is the first time we're seeing it in action.

The '89 Batmobile footage begins at the 50 second mark in the video below. Part of the DLC is new Riddler tracks and the one shown in the video is based on the 1989 films. The Keaton/Burton-mobile is longer and more narrow and has better handling than the standard Batmobile. It's unclear if this Batmobile will only be useable on these dedicated courses, or if it will be useable in the main game as a tank mode is not shown in the video. We've reached out to Warner Bros. for confirmation.

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Enjoy The Majesty Of Halo's Start Screens Without Actually Playing The Games

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The Halo series has always had memorable start menus, but they're hard to enjoy when that pesky game keeps getting in the way. This website solves that issue.

By heading to the website halome.nu, you can choose to loop the start screen menus of every Halo game, complete with the music and the background animation that accompanies it. It's a pleasant and somewhat odd way to recall all those times you left the menu running while trying to get some work done in your dorm room, or when you're friend said, "Yeah, let's play Halo!" but then immediately left the room for 20 minutes to use the bathroom.

[Source: halome.nu, via Reddit]

Studio 4℃'s Kickstarted Red Ash Animation Hopes To Extend The Runtime With More Crowdfunding

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Red Ash, the Mega Man Legends spiritual successor that had a strange Kickstarter journey, is getting an animated accompaniment and the studio is hoping to expand it.

Red Ash's Kickstarter may have technically failed, but the Kickstarter run by Studio 4℃ (best known for Tekkonkinkreet, The Animatrix, and animated shorts based on Halo and Batman) to create an animated short based on Red Ash was successful. Despite that success, however, Studio 4℃ is hoping to expand the movie with a longer runtime by continuing its crowdfunding efforts.

The short, titled Red Ash: Magicicada, raised $162,882 of its $150,000 goal on Kickstarter, and is using its own crowdfunding platform, Studio 4℃ Fun, to hopefully raise up to $260,000 in additional funding to make the film 30 minutes long and add add more to the film. The campaign to make the film longer will go until October 14.

Today Is The Last Day For Xbox Live Gold Subscribers To Grab Metro: 2033

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Today marks the last day before Xbox Live's Games with Gold options get a slight refresh, so grab Metro 2033 for Xbox 360 now.

This month's Games with Gold options offers up Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes for Xbox One for the entire month. Starting tomorrow, you will also be able to download How to Survive: Storm Warning Edition for Xbox One.

On Xbox 360, you can grab Metro 2033 until the end of today, and tomorrow you can download Metro: Last Light.

This Week In Mobile: Revive Planets, Survive Deathclaws, And Build Theme Parks

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This Week In Mobile: Revive Planets, Survive Deathclaws, And Build Theme Parks

This week, mobile gaming receives a few new puzzlers and sees a major update in a former fan favorite. Players will also be happy to see a game in the mix that neither costs money nor offers in-app purchases. 

Fallout Shelter Developer: Bethesda Platform(s): iOS, Android
Price: Free (in-app purchases)

Sure, Fallout Shelter isn't exactly a new mobile game, but a recent update has brought it right back into the spotlight. As of this week, the vault management game is now out on Android devices. Those that have already gotten their fill of the game on iOS will be happy to know that the Android release has also brought new content to both versions. Deathclaws and Molerats can now attack vaults and the new, resource gathering Mr. Handy can now be recruited. For more on Fallout Shelter, check out our iOS review of the game here.

Weekend Warrior 8/14/2015

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Weekend Warrior 8/14/2015

Our editors question the universe itself as their journeys in Velen and Gotham City threaten to continue forever. Street Fighter IV makes a surprise comeback, and Destiny remains a strong, steady contender for our weekend time. On a sadder note, intern Hershall Cook participates in his last Weekend Warrior. Read on for the thrilling conclusion to his Rocket League narrative.

What are you playing this weekend? Let us know in the comments.

Jeff Cork (@GIJeff) – Oh god, more The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is this game ever going to end?!

More Than 200 Psychology Scholars Speak Out Against APA Video Game Aggression Task Force

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More Than 200 Psychology Scholars Speak Out Against APA Video Game Aggression Task Force

Yesterday, we reported on a new American Psychological Association (APA) task force report that affirms a link between video games and aggression. Today, we were contacted by one of over 200 academics who issued a statement in 2013 regarding the APA task force and its methodology.

Stetson University psychology professor Chris Ferguson, one of the approximately 230 academics who signed the open letter to the APA reached out to us to share his concerns over the task force report. He identifies issues with the group conducting the research audit and its findings.

“As a researcher in this field, I thought you might be curious to know that there are actually a lot of problems with this report, how the task force was comprised, and the basis for its conclusions on research,” Ferguson told me. “Indeed, the evidence linking violent games to aggression is honestly a lot less clear than the APA report would have one believe.  There are an increasing number of studies coming out now that suggest there is no link whatsoever. Further, the task force appeared to have been selected from among scholars with clear anti-media views (two had previously signed an amicus brief supporting attempts to regulate violent video games in the Brown v EMA 2011 Supreme Court case for instance).”

Iron Maiden Pays Tribute To Gaming In Bloody New Music Video

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Iron Maiden Pays Tribute To Gaming In Bloody New Music Video

Iron Maiden's music video for their new single, "Speed Of Light," has mascot Eddie channeling Kevin Flynn as he travels through video game history. Sucked into an alternate computer dimension Tron-style, Eddie encounters references to Donkey Kong, Blade Runner, and more. Take a look:

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Eddie also engages in a Mortal Kombat-inspired fight and even has his own relatively tame fatality. "Speed Of Light" is the first single off the upcoming album The Book Of Souls, Iron Maiden's first album since 2010.

The Taken King Fixes Destiny's Three Biggest Problems

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Despite Destiny's popularity, it remains a very polarizing game. For every enthusiastic fan, there seems to be another player who quit in disgust. I understand the hate, because I used to be one of the haters. However, sometimes games deserve a second chance, and The Taken King looks to be the perfect time to give Destiny another shot.

I was busy with personal family matters when Destiny launched last year, so I jumped into the game a few weeks later than most. In the grand scheme, a few weeks doesn't seem like much, but with Destiny it was too long. Once I started playing, I felt like I was struggling to catch up to my friends who had already finished the campaign and were well on their way to collecting a full set of exotic equipment.

After making a mad dash to finish a campaign story that made absolutely no sense, I felt like I hit a wall. The grind from 20 to 30 was pretty confusing and since most of my friends were already sitting around level 27 or 28, I was locked out of playing the same strikes they all wanted to grind through. While trying to collect my own set of exotic armor, I got some bad dice rolls and ended up with equipment I already had. I wasn't having fun, so I set the controller down, vowing that I was done with Bungie's new shooter experiment.