What's New To Netflix This Week?

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If you're looking to unravel events from the past, then this week's new Netflix offerings will be right up your alley. While the streaming service is also known for its movie options, the majority of March's selections came out earlier this month.

Coming out on March 22 is ReMastered: The Miami Showband Massacre. The documentary tells the tale of the murder of most of the members of the Miami Snowband who some called "The Irish Beatles" during the 1970s. Almost 40 years later, the documentary seems to get closer to the truth of who killed the band.

Speaking of music, also coming to Netflix on March 22 is The Dirt, which tells the tale of '80s rock band Motley Crue, based on the best-selling book. If you know anything about the band, you know their off-stage antics were extremely over-the-top, which this movie will cover.

GDC: Google Forms First-Party Games Studio For Stadia

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Google has finally given the world its first look at its big video game initiative: Stadia, an ambitious cloud gaming platform that will allow players to stream games across smartphones, tablets, computers, and TVs. The company has already announced a handful of third-party titles coming to the platform, but it'll also be venturing into game development with its own internal studio.

During its Game Developers Conference presentation, Google announced the formation of Stadia Games and Entertainment, a first-party studio that will develop titles exclusively for the platform. No projects have been announced just yet, but Google revealed the studio will be led by Jade Raymond, a former studio head at Ubisoft and EA.

We first learned that Raymond was hired by Google last week, when she announced she was joining the company as a vice president. At the time, her exact role was unclear, but her hiring further signified Google was making a serious attempt at entering the video game space.

GDC 2019: Google Stadia Will Be "Complementary" To PCs And Consoles, Says Ubisoft CEO

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Google announced its cloud gaming platform, Stadia with an in-depth presentation detailing the tech and its features. The idea promises to open up high-fidelity gaming to everyone regardless of whether they can afford a gaming PC or console. Still, some areas of the US have low broadband penetration, which is why Ubisoft's Yves Guillemot says the platform is likely to be used alongside consoles and PCs, not as an outright replacement--at least for the time being.

"You have to look at Stadia as complementary," Guillemot told GameSpot during an interview at GDC. "If you get internet you play on the machine that gives you a chance to experience your game. What's good in this industry, either you play on the mobile or you play on PC, and now it's starting to be the same game. I think this is a way to play differently depending on where you are as well."

He said Ubisoft recognizes that quality internet isn't available everywhere, but that the studio will be able to "scale the game to the quality of the internet experience." He also suggested that 5G, the next generation of cellular communications tech, could be a big boon and that cities will have to compete with each other for it.

All Of The Best PS4 Game Deals In The PlayStation Store This Week

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It's a great time to be a PS4 owner. Some of the best games in recent years--Bloodborne, God of War, Horizon Zero Dawn, Marvel's Spider-Man, etc.--have been released as PS4 exclusives, and over in the PlayStation Store, there are always special sales going on in addition to the rotating weekly deals.

This week is particularly loaded with deals, starting with the Great Indoors Sale, which has hundreds of games steeply discounted, like Horizon Zero Dawn ($17), Borderlands 2 ($5), The Last Guardian ($14), and The Witcher 3: Complete Edition ($20). There's even an entire section of budget-friendly deals with games that are mostly under $10, so be sure to take a peek at that if you're trying to curb your game spending. Plus, most of these games are even cheaper if you're a PS Plus member. Game deals within the Great Indoors Sale will be live until March 29 at 8 AM PT / 11 AM ET, so you have a little extra time to claim those.

Fans of online multiplayer, take note: The PlayStation Store has also slashed the price of one-year PS Plus membership by 25% for the next week. Instead of paying $60 for a one-year subscription, you'll only pay $45--and even if you already have a membership, you can stack subscriptions to save yourself money down the road. This particular offer is only valid until March 26 at 8 AM PT / 11 AM ET.

Destiny 2: Ascendant Challenge Week 5 Guide (March 19-26)

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Destiny 2: Ascendant Challenge Week 5 Guide (March 19-26)

We're deep into the Jokers Wild expansion of Destiny 2, with lots of new content for players to tackle. There are new Gambit activities, Gambit Prime and The Reckoning, which give out new loot. There's the allegiance quest, which comes complete with special rewards depending on if you choose to side with the Drifter or the Vanguard. And there's the quest to capture Thorn, the powerful Exotic hand cannon that's becoming a big part of the story of the Season of the Drifter. It even has a hidden start.

With the increase in the Power level cap with Jokers Wild, there's plenty of reason to dig back into various activities, including the Ascendant Challenges in the Dreaming City. Finishing the challenge earns you Powerful gear, which can help you climb your way up to the new top level of 700.

Like in past weeks, the Ascendant Challenge involves using a specific item (a Tincture of Queensfoil) to receive the Ascendance buff. This allows you to see a Taken portal that sends you to the Ascendant Plane to do a mission of sorts. But the portal's location and your objective has been different each week, and that's true for Week 5. Before starting, though, be sure to grab the corresponding bounty from Petra, as that's the key to earning a piece of Powerful gear.

GDC: Google Showcases One Of Stadia's Coolest Features

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Google pulled back the curtain on its video game plans during the Game Developers Conference, unveiling its ambitious Stadia cloud gaming platform. Through Stadia, players and developers will not only be able to stream video games across a variety of devices such as smartphones, tablets, and TVs, they'll even be able to share precise in-game moments with others.

During the company's keynote address, veteran game designer Dylan Cuthbert took the stage to discuss Stadia's State Share technology. Using the feature, developers will be able to "instantly share a playable moment from the game," down to the world state, the player's position and inventory, and any other aspects. The state can then be shared as a link that will allow other players to pick up from that exact moment.

Cuthbert discussed some of the examples possible with State Share. "I can create moments specifically for this kind of sharing--challenges to beat my incredible speed runs, or chances for other players to also experience those same tough boss battles. I can build as many shareable moments as I want and let the internet turn my whole game into an infinitely replayable treasure hunt."

Apex Legends: All Of Octane's Best Skins

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Apex Legends: All Of Octane's Best Skins


Apex Legends has a new character on its roster: Octane, an adrenaline junky of a character who can sacrifice his health to increase his speed. He comes along with the game's first battle pass and a bunch of new cosmetic items added to the game--both for all the other characters and weapons, and for Octane himself.

Octane is a daredevil speed freak, and his skins lean on that identity. Among the Legendary versions, he has a couple that evoke a motocross daredevil look, and two more with a Japanese samurai vibe. There's also a skin that can be unlocked for free in Season 1 as players rank up, or as part of its battle pass.

As with the other characters, you can get them out of Apex Legends' loot boxes, known as Apex Packs, or buy them individually with crafting materials you can also get out of packs. Thanks to the rotating inventory in the Apex Store, you might also have a chance to buy Octane's skins from time to time for Apex Coins, the game's premium currency you can buy with real money. Get a load of all the coolest Octane skins below.

Apex Legends has a new character on its roster: Octane, an adrenaline junky of a character who can sacrifice his health to increase his speed. He comes along with the game's first battle pass and a bunch of new cosmetic items added to the game--both for all the other characters and weapons, and for Octane himself.

How Google Stadia Pricing Could Work, According To Ubisoft's CEO

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Google's Stadia announcement shared an in-depth look at the streaming platform, technology, features, and more. One conspicuously missing component was price, either for the first-party controller or for games. Ubisoft's Yves Guillemot, whose company partnered with Google for the Project Stream test last year, shared some thoughts in an interview. Project Stream was a free test of Assassin's Creed Odyssey, but how will we pay for future games offered through Stadia?

"I think we will have a multitude of ways," Guillemot told GameSpot. "Either you buy full price and you play; or you will be able to also register, possibly, to play either one hour or two hours a day. There will be plenty of ways."

The question of price is looming over the Stadia platform, since streaming games from the cloud is such a different model than traditional game sales. As opposed to buying a physical copy that you can hold, or even a digital copy that downloads data onto your console, consumers will have to get accustomed to paying for the ability to stream a game. Guillemot's comments suggest that traditional purchases and subscription models are on the table, and he's had plenty of time to think about the subject.

How Google Stadia Game Pricing Could Work, According To Ubisoft's CEO

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Google's Stadia announcement shared an in-depth look at the streaming platform, technology, features, and more. One conspicuously missing component was price: There was no word on what the first-party controller or--more importantly--games themselves will cost. Ubisoft's Yves Guillemot, whose company partnered with Google for the Project Stream test last year, shared some thoughts in an interview. Project Stream was a free test of Assassin's Creed Odyssey, but how will we pay for future games offered through Stadia?

"I think we will have a multitude of ways," Guillemot told GameSpot. "Either you buy full price and you play; or you will be able to also register, possibly, to play either one hour or two hours a day. There will be plenty of ways."

The question of price is looming over the Stadia platform, since streaming games from the cloud is such a different model than traditional game sales. As opposed to buying a physical copy that you can hold, or even a digital copy that downloads data onto your console, consumers will have to get accustomed to paying for the ability to stream a game. Guillemot's comments suggest that traditional purchases and perhaps a Netflix-style subscription model are on the table, and he's had plenty of time to think about the subject.