The Remake Of Classic Horror Movie Jacob's Ladder Will Tackle PTSD, Writer Says

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The remake of the 1990 classic psychological horror film Jacob's Ladder was supposed to be released last month, until it was pushed back to an undisclosed date later this year. Adrian Lyne's film dealt with a haunted Vietnam War veteran who tries to discover a secret from his past by deciphering his own dreams, and over the years it has become a cult classic. This is mostly thanks to a twist near the end of the film that puts everything that came before it in a completely new light.

GameSpot had a chance to catch up with writer Jeff Buhler while he promoted his new film Pet Sematary at SXSW, and we asked him about his approach to the Jacob's Ladder remake and how his script modernizes the classic tale.

"The original has a twist that you can't repeat because without the secret it doesn't have any power," Buhler said. "So we wanted to come up with another twist that could catch people off guard."

Google Stadia Hands-on Impressions From GDC 2019

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Google made a big splash at GDC 2019 with its announcement of Stadia, the cloud-based platform that streams games from a remote data center to nearly any device--laptops, phones, tablets, PCs, Macs, Chromebooks, and TVs with Chromecast. All graphics processing is relegated to off-site hardware, meaning there's little stress on your local hardware; all you need is a strong internet connection. It's a technologically impressive concept that has come to fruition, and we were one of the first to experience what it's like to play games on Stadia. Assassin's Creed Odyssey and Doom (2016) were playable on the GDC show floor, and while they ran and looked great, I couldn't help but notice one significant shortcoming.

Keep in mind, my hands-on time was at the Google stations on the GDC show floor, so your mileage may vary. There are a lot variables at play in addition to the internet connection, and these are early playable builds under unknown conditions. Display response time is another factor that we couldn't account for during the hands-on demo, and it's an important spec to consider, especially for a PC-like experience--these were not gaming-grade monitors at the demo stations.

Apex Legends Season 1 Battle Pass: All The Skins You Can Earn

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Apex Legends Season 1 Battle Pass: All The Skins You Can Earn


Apex Legends' first season has begun, and with it comes the game's first battle pass. As in similar games like Fortnite, the battle pass gives you a bunch of new cosmetics, plus the opportunity to earn a whole lot more as you play the game. There are new character skins and lines, frames, and weapon skins on offer, allowing you to spiff up your arsenal as you work on earning all 100 levels.

The battle pass dishes out a few of the coolest things right out of the gate. Those are three character skins, one each for Lifeline, Mirage, and Wraith. There's also a skin for new character Octane players can unlock or buy even if they haven't purchased the battle pass. But the crowning achievement are two firsts for Apex Legends. They're reactive skins for the Havoc assault rifle, which change based on your performance in a match. The more kills you earn, the cooler the skins become. You'll have to earn all 100 levels of the battle pass to get them, though.

You can snag the battle pass for 950 Apex Coins, the game's premium currency, which amounts to about $10--the same price as Fortnite's battle pass. You can also earn Apex Coins along the way, which can help you purchase the next battle pass in about 90 days. Meanwhile, check out all the various character and gun skins you can earn below.

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.