Reader Discussion – When's The Last Time You Chose Replaying An Old Game Over A New Release?

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Reader Discussion – When's The Last Time You Chose Replaying An Old Game Over A New Release?

Look: I really was going to play through Shadow Of The Tomb Raider (Kim's review here), I promise. I installed it, played through the first two hours and...well, I kept hoping it would get better but It didn't hook me so I gave up on it.

That's half of the story at least. I mean, it didn't help matters that Grand Theft Auto IV was right there, with Niko Bellic's enthralling tale of getting lost in the drenches of the American Dream and Roman's rapturous voice singing COUSIN, LET'S GO BOWLING right there. How could I resist?

I didn't. Now, three days later, I've got 20ish hours logged into my fourth playthrough of GTA IV, setting up Niko with hilariously awful dates when he's not doing dirty work for the government or your local wannabe kingpin. Guess what, gang? More than a decade later, Grand Theft Auto IV still rocks. Shocker.

Reader Discussion – When's The Last Time You Chose Replaying An Old Game Over A New Release?

about X hours ago from
Reader Discussion – When's The Last Time You Chose Replaying An Old Game Over A New Release?

Look: I really was going to play through Shadow Of The Tomb Raider (Kim's review here), I promise. I installed it, played through the first two hours and...well, I kept hoping it would get better but It didn't hook me so I gave up on it.

That's half of the story at least. I mean, it didn't help matters that Grand Theft Auto IV was right there, with Niko Bellic's enthralling tale of getting lost in the drenches of the American Dream and Roman's rapturous voice singing COUSIN, LET'S GO BOWLING right there. How could I resist?

I didn't. Now, three days later, I've got 20ish hours logged into my fourth playthrough of GTA IV, setting up Niko with hilariously awful dates when he's not doing dirty work for the government or your local wannabe kingpin. Guess what, gang? More than a decade later, Grand Theft Auto IV still rocks. Shocker.

Bungie Files Trademark For New Project

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Bungie Files Trademark For New Project

Let the speculation begin. Bungie has filed a trademark for something called "Matter."

No big details have been leaked or revealed about Matter but the keen eyes over at Eurogamer noticed that the trademark has been filed under two categories: "computer game software" and "online entertainment services." The chances here are pretty good that whatever Matter is, it's game-related.

Also, here's a logo that's possibly work-in-progress placeholder art filed with the trademark:

Bungie Files Trademark For New Project

about X hours ago from
Bungie Files Trademark For New Project

Let the speculation begin. Bungie has filed a trademark for something called "Matter."

No big details have been leaked or revealed about Matter but the keen eyes over at Eurogamer noticed that the trademark has been filed under two categories: "computer game software" and "online entertainment services." The chances here are pretty good that whatever Matter is, it's game-related.

Also, here's a logo that's possibly work-in-progress placeholder art filed with the trademark:

Venom Director Defends PG-13 Rating

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Venom Director Defends PG-13 Rating

For many people, the upcoming Venom movie (alongside the success of Deadpool) has stirred hopes that we'd be seeing darker, more violent films with Marvel characters. However, fair or otherwise, some of the wind went out of those sails when Sony revealed that the movie was PG-13.

On a recent press tour, Polygon asked director Ruben Fleischer about the rating. The director explained that he was baffled by the expectation it was going to be rated R.  "”We didn’t want to make a movie that excluded any fans,” he explained to Polygon. “Venom fans actually are of all ages, and so we wanted to be inclusive to all the fans that were excited about the movie.”

For a more in-depth, slightly-spoilerly look at what specifically was tweaked violence-wise during the making of the film, check out Polygon's report here.

Venom Director Defends PG-13 Rating

about X hours ago from
Venom Director Defends PG-13 Rating

For many people, the upcoming Venom movie (alongside the success of Deadpool) has stirred hopes that we'd be seeing darker, more violent films with Marvel characters. However, fair or otherwise, some of the wind went out of those sails when Sony revealed that the movie was PG-13.

On a recent press tour, Polygon asked director Ruben Fleischer about the rating. The director explained that he was baffled by the expectation it was going to be rated R.  "”We didn’t want to make a movie that excluded any fans,” he explained to Polygon. “Venom fans actually are of all ages, and so we wanted to be inclusive to all the fans that were excited about the movie.”

For a more in-depth, slightly-spoilerly look at what specifically was tweaked violence-wise during the making of the film, check out Polygon's report here.

Adam Driver Makes Judicious Use Of Dance Emote In Saturday Night Live Fortnite Skit

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Adam Driver Makes Judicious Use Of Dance Emote In Saturday Night Live Fortnite Skit

Last night, Saturday Night Live teamed up with Adam Driver once again but instead of a hilarious Star Wars sketch, this time we got a Fortnite sketch. Your mileage may vary laughs-wise here, with Driver taking on the role of a befuddled parent eager to learn how to play Fortnite in order to impress his estranged son.

You can watch the whole skit right here:

For more on Fortnite, check out our rundown of the recently launched sixth season.

Adam Driver Makes Judicious Use Of Dance Emote In Saturday Night Live Fortnite Skit

about X hours ago from
Adam Driver Makes Judicious Use Of Dance Emote In Saturday Night Live Fortnite Skit

Last night, Saturday Night Live teamed up with Adam Driver once again but instead of a hilarious Star Wars sketch, this time we got a Fortnite sketch. Your mileage may vary laughs-wise here, with Driver taking on the role of a befuddled parent eager to learn how to play Fortnite in order to impress his estranged son.

You can watch the whole skit right here:

For more on Fortnite, check out our rundown of the recently launched sixth season.

Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford Alleges Former Assistant Stole Millions Of Dollars From Him

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Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford Alleges Former Assistant Stole Millions Of Dollars From Him

Gearbox Software CEO Randy Pitchford has had hundreds of thousands of dollars stolen from him by his former assistant John Wright Martin, according to a report from Dallas News.

The report, which details how Martin has committed, been convicted, gone to jail for, and evaded several counts of fraud and theft, honed in on his dealings with Randy and his wife Kristy Pitchford, who estimate they've lost around $3 million due to Martin's fraud.

As Randy Pitchford's assistant, Martin made $45,000 a year, but regularly showcased purchases that far outstripped his means.  "Martin regularly shopped at high-end furniture stores in Dallas," the News reports. "His closet was dominated by expensive designer labels." Using the Pitchfords' business expense account, Martin allegedly chartered a jet from Texas to Florida for himself and a few friends. He also donated tends of thousands of the Pitchfords' money to various charity, such as The Trevor Project (which helps prevent suicide among LGBTQ people) and Best Buddies International (which helps provide employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and development disabilities). The News' entire report is worth a read.

Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford Alleges Former Assistant Stole Millions Of Dollars From Him

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Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford Alleges Former Assistant Stole Millions Of Dollars From Him

Update 9/30 2:20pm: Gearbox has sent Game Informer a statement regarding the Pitchfords' notice of a lack of funds to make payroll.

"This is actually referring to payroll for Kristy’s @nerdvana business. John Martin had drained a holding account that Kristy never uses but was going to use to replenish an operating account prior to payroll.  The empty account is what initially showed her something was wrong (which led to her beginning to discover his theft).  But she was able to immediately replenish the operating account from another account.  No one was ever in danger of not getting payroll at @nerdvana and @nerdvana is totally separate from Gearbox."

This article has also been updated to reflect that Martin was never a Gearbox employee.