It's A "F***ing Disgrace" Aquaman Didn't Get Oscar VFX Nod, Director Says

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The DC movie Aquaman is one of the biggest hits that the studio has ever released, and its worldwide box office take that is expected to eclipse Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice this weekend. However, despite the movie's huge success, director James Wan is not happy about the fact the movie hasn't been included in the nominees shortlist for a visual effects Academy Award.

There are 10 semi-finalists for the visual effects category at the upcoming Oscars, including all three of last year's Marvel movies, but Aquaman is not among then. Wan took to Facebook to praise the work of visual effects supervisor Kelvin McIlwain, and made his feelings known about the movie's apparent snub.

"You and your department are the unsung heroes of this film," he wrote. "The fact that your VFX peers in the Academy aren't recognizing or appreciating what we/you've all contributed to the film and cinema is a f***ing disgrace."

New "Mad Box" Gaming Console Looks Like This

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Earlier this week, Slightly Mad Studios CEO Ian Bell announced his company was developing the Mad Box, a new standalone video game console to rival the PlayStation and Xbox. Bell has now revealed a few more details about the mysterious platform, including how it will look.

The first images of the Mad Box were shared on Bell's official Twitter account, which you can see below. The console resembles a PC, with an M-shaped tower and the Slightly Mad Studios logo etched into one side. The system's internal components have been blurred out in the images, however, as Bell says the team is "still in discussions" regarding that.

According to Bell, the Mad Box is very light and features a deployable carry handle on the top so you can easily transport it. He also says the system "will talk to other Mad Boxes without cables," although he didn't elaborate any further on that.

New "Mad Box" Gaming Console's Design Revealed

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Earlier this week, Slightly Mad Studios CEO Ian Bell announced his company was developing the Mad Box, a new standalone video game console to rival the PlayStation and Xbox. Bell has now revealed a few more details about the mysterious platform, including how it will look.

The first images of the Mad Box were shared on Bell's official Twitter account, which you can see below. The console resembles a PC, with an M-shaped tower and the Slightly Mad Studios logo etched into one side. The system's internal components have been blurred out in the images, however, as Bell says the team is "still in discussions" regarding that.

According to Bell, the Mad Box is very light and features a deployable carry handle on the top so you can easily transport it. He also says the system "will talk to other Mad Boxes without cables," although he didn't elaborate any further on that.

First Look At New "Mad Box" Gaming Console's Design Revealed

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Earlier this week, Slightly Mad Studios CEO Ian Bell announced his company was developing the Mad Box, a new standalone video game console to rival the PlayStation and Xbox. Bell has now revealed a few more details about the mysterious platform, including how an early version of it looks.

The first images of the Mad Box were shared on Bell's official Twitter account, which you can see below. The console resembles a PC, with an M-shaped tower and the Slightly Mad Studios logo etched into one side. The system's internal components have been blurred out in the images, however, as Bell says the team is "still in discussions" regarding that. He also notes this is "not the final design."

According to Bell, the Mad Box is very light and features a deployable carry handle on the top so you can easily transport it. He also says the system "will talk to other Mad Boxes without cables," although he didn't elaborate any further on that.

PS4 And Xbox One Remasters Of Two Hitman Games Coming Very Soon

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Warner Bros. is bringing back two classic Hitman games in one package, with some new bells and whistles to take advantage of this console generation. The Hitman HD Enhanced Collection will bring back Hitman Blood Money and Hitman Absolution for $60. It will be available for PS4 and Xbox One, and Warner boasts the games will be 4K resolution and run at 60 FPS. Perhaps the most surprising aspect of the Collection is how close it is: it's coming next week, on January 11.

Along with the improved resolution and framerate, WB promises that the updated games will include increased texture resolution, upgraded texture formats, super-sampling, upscale support, better shadow map and mirror resolutions, better lighting, and updated controls.

Blood Money from 2006 takes Agent 47 around the globe, with iconic locations ranging from Chile to the Paris Opera House to the White House. Absolution told a more personal story about Agent 47 dealing with his own bloody history. These were the last two core Hitman games released until IO Interactive took a new approach with the episodic soft-reboot game in 2016, simply called Hitman.

Twitch Prime Gave Away Over $3,000 In Games And Loot In 2018

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Twitch Prime Gave Away Over $3,000 In Games And Loot In 2018

One of the less-frequently touted perks of being an Amazon Prime member is that you get a free subscription to Twitch Prime for no extra charge. Amazon owns the streaming company and presumably wants to create synergy between the two brands. All Prime members have to do is link their accounts to take advantage the perks Twitch Prime get each month. As it turns out, those perks are valuable: in 2018, Twitch Prime members received over $3,000 worth of free PC games and digital items.

Most of that value came from the games Twitch gives out to Prime members each month. Last year, subscribers received over 70 free games, including well-received titles like SteamWorld Dig 2, System Shock, Pillars of Eternity, Psychonauts, and Gone Home. In addition to games, Twitch also gave out in-game loot for titles like Fortnite, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, Warframe, and Hearthstone.

Right now, Twitch Prime members can grab January's free games and loot on the company's giveaway page. This month's games include the action game Hyper Light Drifter, the cyber-detective game Orwell, and the Devolver Digital Holiday Pack. The latter contains highly acclaimed titles like The Messenger and both Hotline Miami games.

11 Things That Will Definitely Happen In 2019

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11 Things That Will Definitely Happen In 2019

Look into the crystal ball…

With 2018 behind us we've got a whole new year of games and gaming news to look forward to. There are a lot of upcoming games we're already excited about--check them out in our Most Anticipated Games of 2019 hub--but we all know that platform holders and publishers alike love to keep surprises close to their chest. It's the reason why shows like E3 are so exciting, after all.

Though we work in a corner of the video game industry, GameSpot rarely finds out about the biggest announcements ahead of time. So, just like you, we're left wondering "what if?"

As we've done every year in the recent past, we put our heads together and came up with a handful of predictions that we believe are most likely to occur in the new year. Sometimes our hunches are on the money, and other times we're admittedly way off the mark. Only time will tell how our best guesses will pan out in 2019.

Curious what we fared last year? You can hop over to our original predictions from the start of last year, and then check out of recap of everything we got right, and wrong, about gaming in 2018.

Diablo 3 Anniversary Event Returns, Marking First Time On Nintendo Switch

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Diablo 3 has once again kicked off its limited-time event celebrating the anniversary of the original Diablo. The Darkening of Tristram event is running through the end of the month, and offers some exclusive rewards for plumbing the depths of its dungeons and taking down some tough bosses.

The event has you hunting down cultists until you find yourself in a familiar cathedral. The twist is that the event recreates the look and feel of old Diablo, with retro-style graphics and UI, classic bosses, and even limitations to your movement.

Completing challenges and taking down each of the four bosses will grant you banner elements, pets, transmog weapons, and special portraits. This is the first time the event is available to Switch owners, so if you picked it up on that platform you can earn yourself the rewards on the go.

PS4 Deal: Get PUBG And PlayStation Plus Bundle For Cheap

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PS4 Deal: Get PUBG And PlayStation Plus Bundle For Cheap

Anyone who likes shooters and wants a new or renewed PS Plus membership can get a nice discount this week. Between now and January 13, PS4 owners can get a good deal on a bundle containing the new-to-PS4 battle royale game PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds and a year's subscription to PlayStation Plus for just $70. That saves you $20 off the cost of the items if purchased separately. Not a bad deal!

PlayStation Plus grants users access to online multiplayer, free games each month, and exclusive discounts on the PlayStation Store. Your PS Plus subscription doesn't have to be up for renewal when you purchase the bundle, either. When you add it to your account, an additional 12 months will be tacked onto your subscription regardless of when it's due to expire.

PUBG is a battle royale game whose matches involve 100 players dropping onto a map, searching for weapons and armor, and battling it out in a shrinking play area until only one player or team is left alive. The game launched in early access on PC in March 2017 before getting a full release in December of that year. It has since come to Xbox One and mobile, with its PS4 version launching just last month on December 7.