WWE's "Mean" Gene Okerlund Dies At 76

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It's a sad day for professional wrestling fans around the world. Gene Okerlund, better known as "Mean Gene," has passed away at 76 years old. The news was confirmed by CBS News and WWE, where he became one of the most recognizable interviewers in the history of the industry.

Okerlund got his start in the professional wrestling industry in 1970 when he began working for the American Wrestling Association as a part-time ring announcer and interviewer. During this time, he was given the nickname "Mean Gene" by Jesse "The Body" Ventura. It was in 1983 that he moved to what was known at the time as the WWF, becoming a mainstay on the company's various shows during the pro wrestling boom brought on by the rise of Hulk Hogan.

He stayed with the company for a decade before moving to WCW, where he stayed until WWE purchased the company in 2001. At that point, Okerlund returned to the company that made him famous and appeared sporadically over the years, even filming a reality show for the company called Legends House, which is available on the WWE Network.

New Movies On Netflix And In Theaters This Week (Jan. 2-10)

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New Movies On Netflix And In Theaters This Week (Jan. 2-10)


The past few weeks have been extremely busy for new movie releases, with the likes of Bumblebee, Mary Poppins Returns, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, and Aquaman all competing at the box offices. These films are set to dominate the box office for the next couple of weeks, and as a result the studios are all steering clear of releasing anything particularly notable in the US theaters in early January.

This week is particularly quiet, with the horror movie Escape Room and period mystery The Vanishing the only releases of any note in the US. The UK has some more interesting smaller theatrical releases, such as the acclaimed period comedy The Favourite and the Japanese horror comedy One Shot of the Dead, which arrives with plenty of buzz amongst genre fans.

While the schedule will be quiet for a few weeks, there are some bigger movies on the horizon, in particular M Night Shyamalan's much-anticipated Glass, which will combine characters from his previous hits Unbreakable and Split. In the meantime, here’s the week's new releases in the both the US and UK...

Fallout 76 Will Let You Play Shopkeeper

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Fallout 76 had a tumultuous launch, but Bethesda has been consistently sharing plans to continue improving and iterating on the game well into the future. An update that outlines some planned features includes one big change: the ability to open up your own shops.

In a blog update to celebrate the new year, the studio promises bug fixes upcoming, and then briefly goes over some long-term feature plans. Those include a new PvP mode, new quests, and new Vaults opening, but the biggest feature is mentioned with just two words: Player Vending. That suggests that players will be able to open their own shops and sell unwanted loot, likely for in-game currency.

That would be a shot in the arm to the in-game economy. It would also give players some more non-combat interactions, bringing it that much closer to the community-building aspect that is core to the concept of repopulating the earth. A similar blog post at the end of last year detailed some upcoming plans, including a new mode without PvP restrictions in place.

Pokemon Go January Field Research Brings Back Two Legendaries

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It's the beginning of a new month, which means new Field Research tasks are now available in Pokemon Go. Just as with December's Field Research, if you complete enough tasks to achieve a Research Breakthrough, you'll have a chance to encounter one of several different Legendary Pokemon, including two new possibilities: Ho-Oh and Lugia.

Following their brief return for a special Raid weekend event last month, the Pokemon Gold and Silver cover monsters are now among the Legendaries you can catch when you achieve a Research Breakthrough, joining the previously available Articuno, Zapdos, Moltres, Raikou, Entei, and Suicune. You'll have an opportunity to encounter these Pokemon through the end of February.

In contrast to Special Research quests, which are assigned by Professor Willow and typically lead to an encounter with a Mythical Pokemon such as Meltan, Field Research tasks are acquired by spinning the Photo Disc at Poke Stops. You'll earn a stamp for the first Field Research task you complete each day; collecting seven stamps will lead to a Research Breakthrough.

PS Plus Games For January 2019 Are Now Available (PS4, PS3, PS Vita)

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PS Plus Games For January 2019 Are Now Available (PS4, PS3, PS Vita)

It's a new month and a new year. And because we've breezed passed the first Tuesday in January, a fresh set of six games is available for free to all PlayStation Plus subscribers. So whether you have a PS4, PS3, or PS Vita, you can head to the PS Plus page to add the freebies to your library. Just make sure you do it before Sony changes them out for next month's games on February 5.

PS4 owners can grab the Ubisoft extreme sports game Steep, which takes place on an open-world version of the Alps that you can descend using skis, a snowboard, or wingsuit. The other PS4 game is Portal Knights, a co-op RPG that incorporates Minecraft-like building mechanics.

If you have a PS3, you can pick up the trippy music-rhythm game Amplitude (also playable on PS4) and the robot battling bundle Zone of the Enders HD Collection. January's games for Vita owners are the action-RPG Fallen Legion: Flames of Rebellions (playable on PS4 as well) and the arcade action-platformer Super Mutant Alien Assault.

Monster Hunter World Welcomes Assassin's Creed's Bayek

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Monster Hunter World Welcomes Assassin's Creed's Bayek

Monster Hunter World is welcoming another crossover from a fellow franchise, this time bringing in characters and costumes from the Assassin's Creed series. You can earn one of two signature looks straight out of the assassin's guild wardrobe, as long as you have the chops to take down some monsters first.

A new event quest SDF: Silent, Deadly, and Fierce drops you into an arena against some fierce monsters: Odogoron and Deviljho together, followed by Lunastra. Taking down all three will grant you a Senu's Feather item, which Assassin's Creed fans will recognize as a reference to Bayek's eagle from Assassin's Creed Origins. You can trade two feathers for a layered armor that makes you appear as Bayek himself. An Assassin hood gives you a speed boost to running, climbing, and croaching, and deals extra damage if you attack from stealth.

Capcom released a trailer showing off the special duds, complete with a (sort of) leap of faith. This is an event quest, so you'll have a limited time to take part and earn your rewards.

Fortnite Update 7.10.2 Adds Boom Box Item; Full Patch Notes Detailed

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Fortnite Update 7.10.2 Adds Boom Box Item; Full Patch Notes Detailed

You might have been enjoying a rare break over the festive period, but Fortnite definitely was not. Epic Games has been continuing to expand its battle royale phenomenon, and its latest update adds a new item, the Boom Box.

A specialist structure-counter, the Boom Box delivers "blasts of music that deal structure damage in a large area," according to Epic. "Newly built walls in the radius of the box are destroyed with every blast." Boom Boxes are discoverable in chests, and they are destroyed when shot. They deal no direct damage to players, but completely stop buildings and structures from forming and destroy them if already built.

Elsewhere, two new weapons have been added to Save the World. The Pain Train Assault Rifle has a slow rate of fire but high damage, and it's available in the weekly store until January 9. The Tree of Light Sword, meanwhile, is available as a weekly challenge reward, and is also a high-damage weapon--it does take a while to swing, however. Check out the full patch notes below, via Epic.

Fortnite Update 7.10.2 Adds Boom Box; Full Patch Notes Detailed

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Fortnite Update 7.10.2 Adds Boom Box; Full Patch Notes Detailed

You might have been enjoying a rare break over the festive period, but Fortnite definitely was not. Epic Games has been continuing to expand its battle royale phenomenon, and its latest update adds a new item, the Boom Box.

A specialist structure-counter, the Boom Box delivers "blasts of music that deal structure damage in a large area," according to Epic. "Newly built walls in the radius of the box are destroyed with every blast." Boom Boxes are discoverable in chests, and they are destroyed when shot. They deal no direct damage to players, but completely stop buildings and structures from forming and destroy them if already built.

Elsewhere, two new weapons have been added to Save the World. The Pain Train Assault Rifle has a slow rate of fire but high damage, and it's available in the weekly store until January 9. The Tree of Light Sword, meanwhile, is available as a weekly challenge reward, and is also a high-damage weapon--it does take a while to swing, however. Check out the full patch notes below, via Epic.

Top 10 UK Games Chart: Red Dead Redemption 2 Ends 2018 On Top

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Red Dead Redemption 2 was one of the biggest games of 2018, and we now know it ended the year at the top of the UK sales chart. Rockstar's open-world PS4 and Xbox One game was the best-selling physical game in the UK's final trading week of the year after also topping the Christmas chart the week before.

FIFA 19 follows at No. 2 for the week ending December 29, with Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 rounding off a podium of big hitters for the end of 2018. Nintendo Switch exclusive Super Smash Bros. Ultimate rises one place to No. 4, swapping positions with Battlefield V.

No new titles entered the chart this week, though old faces do crop up: both Spyro Reignited Trilogy and Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy are in the top 10 at No. 7 and No. 9, respectively. The continued success of the '90s gaming mascots is an encouraging sign for Activision with Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled coming to Switch, PS4, and Xbox One in June.