THQ Nordic Issues Further Apology For 8Chan Controversy

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THQ Nordic's parent company has issued another apology for the publisher's decision to hold an 'ask me anything' session on infamous message board 8chan last week. The website is known for hosting threads relating to subjects such as child pornography and white supremacy, so THQ Nordic's AMA there drew criticism from across the industry.

"This letter is to offer my sincerest apologies and regret for THQ Nordic GmbH Vienna's interaction with the controversial website 8chan last Tuesday, February 26," said the company's group CEO, Lars Wingefors. "I condemn all unethical content this website stands for. Even if no one within the THQ Nordic Group would ever endorse such content, I realize simply appearing there gave an implicit impression that we did.

"As co-founder and group CEO of [parent company] THQ Nordic AB, I take full responsibility for all of THQ Nordic GmbH's actions and communications. I have spent the past several days conducting an internal investigation into this matter. I assure you that every member of the organization has learned from this past week's events. I take this matter very seriously and we will take appropriate action to make sure we have the right policies and systems in place to avoid similar mistakes in the future."

The Best Xbox Live Game Deals for Xbox One This Week (US, UK)

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The Best Xbox Live Game Deals for Xbox One This Week (US, UK)

A new week means another round of game deals on Xbox Live, and for the next six days, some pretty major titles are discounted on Xbox One. There's an EA publisher sale that just kicked off with huge discounts on some of its best titles, including Dragon Age: Inquisition, Battlefield V, and A Way Out.

Dragon Age: Inquisition won over 130 Game of the Year awards in 2014, and in our review, GameSpot's Kevin VanOrd gave the game a 9 for its relatable cast of characters, compelling story, emphasis on player choice, and huge, diverse map to explore. You can pick up Dragon Age: Inquisition's Game of the Year Edition, which includes all DLC and add-ons, for only $10 (75% off!) this week.

If you've been looking for a story-driven co-op game to play with a partner or friend, A Way Out is an intense, emotional adventure you won't soon forget. Through local or online co-op, you'll play as two prisoners who work together to break out of prison, and as you follow their unpredictable journey, you'll have to make difficult decisions that ultimately determine each of their fates. If you're playing with a friend online, they can play along for free by using the game's Friend Pass. A Way Out is just $18 (40% off) this week on Xbox One.

Xbox Creator Says Don Mattrick Had Little Faith In The Console

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Microsoft, founded by Bill Gates, was--and still is--a hardware and software developer and distributor. Largely known for it's Microsoft Suite of tools, the company ventured into the nascent gaming scene in 2001 with it's Xbox home console. While it went on to sell a total of 24 million worldwide, former Microsoft senior vice president Don Mattrick didn't believe in the hardware.

According to a tweet posted by original Xbox creator Seamus Blackley, Mattrick "nearly blocked" Blackley "from addressing the company." Blackley, who was hired by Microsoft in February 1999, saw Sony's PlayStation introduction in the same year and came up with a console proposal for Microsoft: the original Xbox.

I’ve never talked about this before, but the irony of Don Mattrick as Xbox Chief was huge for me: when I first came to EA Canada to present the idea of a Microsoft console, he nearly blocked me from addressing the company because he didn’t believe it was possible. It was tense. pic.twitter.com/3pqRq4rGBL

Game of Thrones Season 8 Trailer Teases Epic Final Confrontations

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The full trailer for Game of Thrones Season 8 is here. After several months of build-up via teasers, images, and posters, we finally have a good look at what to expect from the last season of HBO's long-running fantasy hit.

The trailer is all about setting up the epic battle against the Night King and his army of the dead at Winterfell. Most of the main characters feature, including Jon Snow, Tyrion Lannister, Daenerys Targaryen, and Arya Stark, together with a taste of the epic battles that we've been promised this season. Check it out above.

Although Game of Thrones is nearing the end, there is a prequel spin-off on the way. X-Men: First Class' Jane Goldman will serve as showrunner and has developed the story with creator George RR Martin. This week it was revealed that the show will start filming early this summer.

Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn Review - Yarn Good Game

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Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn Review - Yarn Good Game

In 2010, Kirby's Epic Yarn spun the traditional formula of Dream Land's favorite hero on its head, reimaging Kirby stuck in a world made entirely of yarn, buttons, and zippers. Extra Epic Yarn ports Kirby's sidescrolling platforming adventure from Wii to 3DS and stitches on a few new features and modes for good measure. Most of Extra Epic Yarn plays as you might remember the original game--and it still looks just as good--but the port's additions craft new, enjoyable ways for you to approach its content.

Kirby does not have his trademark abilities in Patch Land, so you need to rely on his new knitted form to find unorthodox ways of overcoming obstacles and vanquishing foes. To attack, for example, Kirby throws out a whip of yarn to unravel enemies before wrapping the material up into a ball that can be thrown. There are also moments within levels where Kirby will take on a new shape, which briefly alters gameplay--when Kirby is a fighter jet, for example, Extra Epic Yarn becomes a fixed shooter.

Sonic The Hedgehog Movie Version Might Have Been Revealed In Leaked Images

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Sonic The Hedgehog Movie Version Might Have Been Revealed In Leaked Images

Ever since the first poster for the upcoming Sonic The Hedgehog movie was released back in December, there has been much speculation about what the iconic character will look like on the big screen. While everyone knows how the video game version appears, the posters so far suggest that Sonic will have a more humanoid appearance than we are used to. Now images of what could be the full movie Sonic have leaked.

The images were posted by advertising agency Hamagami/Carroll, and appear to be part of a branding guide for the movie. The pictures show Sonic in various action-packed poses, and while his legs are a little less muscular than the early pictures suggested, there are a couple of noticeable changes to his appearance.

Sonic's iconic white gloves have now become furry hands, and his sneakers aren't the red-and-white-striped design we're used to seeing him in. The images have now been removed from the agency site, and there has been no comment from Paramount about whether they are legit or not. Nevertheless, they still exist in other places--check out the image below, and the rest over at Polygon.

Netflix Responds To Steven Spielberg's Controversial Comments About The Oscars

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Netflix has responded to film legend Steven Spielberg's comments about the Oscars that drummed up a lot of debate and controversy recently. In a statement that doesn't mention Spielberg or the Oscars by name, Netflix listed some of the reasons why the streaming network's role in the distribution of film is important.

"We love cinema," the statement starts off by saying. It then lists off some of the ways Netflix's unique distribution model that bypasses theatres helps the film industry overall.

"Access for people who can't always afford, or live in towns without, theatres. Letting everyone, everywhere enjoy releases at the same time," it said. "Giving filmmakers more ways to share art."

New Sherlock Holmes Movie With Robert Downey Jr. And Jude Law Delayed 1 Year

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The new Sherlock Holmes movie starring Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law won't be out on time. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the third chapter was previously expected to hit theatres on Christmas Day 2020, but now it's coming to cinemas on December 22, 2021.

No reasoning for the delay was provided.

In the film, Downey Jr. returns to play the famous fictional British detective Sherlock Holmes, with Law reprising his role as the sidekick Dr. Watson. Chris Brancato (Narcos, Hannibal) wrote the script, while Guy Ritchie--who directed the first two Sherlock Holmes films--is rumoured to return for the third.

Apex Legends Pro Tips: Things You Should Definitely Know

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Apex Legends Pro Tips: Things You Should Definitely Know


Apex Legends is a deceptive game. On the one hand, it's very similar to other battle royale titles on the market, and so a lot of the strategies that work in games such as Fortnite or PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds work in Apex, as well. On the other hand, it adds a lot to the formula, like player characters with unique abilities, a ping-based communications system that changes how teams interact compared to other games, and a whole lot more.

You'll want to spend some time learning how each of the characters in Apex Legends work and how to combine them into effective teams, which guns will serve you best in which situations, and what the game won't tell you. But there are even more tips that can help you win--things that are either a little more high-level, or that aren't especially obvious.

We've gathered a handful of useful tips together that should help you elevate your game to something a little closer to the pros. These are things that might help you stay alive, win fights, and get out of bad situations--and those are all things that will help you win.