Stephen King Tells You What To Watch And Read This Halloween For A Real Scare

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Writer Stephen King knows a thing or two about what's scary. With the spooky holiday Halloween coming up, the author has now shared a list of a movie, TV show, and book that he recommends if you're looking for a fright this Halloween.

Starting with film, King told Entertainment Weekly that he recommends this year's Child's Play remake. He says he missed it in theatres but eventually got around to seeing it. "I just f***ing loved that movie," he said. "I laughed and I cried at the things in there. Everybody who's in the movie does a terrific job. It’s a smart script and it's just a load of fun. It really is. It’s gruesome as hell."

Star Wars actor Mark Hamill voices Chucky, the doll who comes to life and kills people. The movie also stars Aubrey Plaza, Brian Tyree Henry, and Gabriel Bateman.

Conan O'Brien Watches Death Stranding Trailer With Kojima -- "What's Wrong With You?"

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Conan O'Brien Watches Death Stranding Trailer With Kojima --

To hype the upcoming release of Death Stranding, Hideo Kojima invited comedian and late night TV host Conan O'Brien to his office for a behind-the-scenes look at the game.

It went about as well as you would think, as Conan spent his time cracking jokes and ribbing with Kojima through a translator. Upon viewing a Death Stranding trailer and meeting BB for the first time, Conan said to Kojima, "What's wrong with you?"

Also during the silly segment, Kojima reveals that Death Stranding actor Norman Reedus, who plays main character Sam "Porter" Bridges, asked the team to make his muscles bigger.

Persona 5 Scramble New Trailer And Release Date Revealed

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A brand-new trailer for the Persona action game spinoff Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers has arrived. The newest trailer shows off more of the project that Atlus is creating alongside Koei Tecmo and Omega Force (the Dynasty Warriors team).

In addition to showcasing new gameplay and more of the setting and characters, the trailer ends by confirming a release date: February 20, 2020. So far, it's only confirmed for Japan, so there is no word on when or if The Phantom Strikers will be released in the US or other parts of the world.

The Phantom Strikers is coming to Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4. It is the first action-RPG in the Persona series.

Why PS Plus, Xbox Game Pass, And Apple Arcade Worry Devolver

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Subscription services in gaming are growing in popularity and prominence. One of the most recent introductions was Apple's Arcade offering, while Xbox Game Pass and PlayStation Plus came before that. These services, and others like them, are worrying in some regards to boutique games publisher Devolver Digital (Hotline Miami, Genital Jousting).

Co-founder Graeme Struthers told GameSpot that the increasing popularity of subscription services is a worry because it could lead to a situation where games get buried. The thinking is that subscription packages are so stuffed with games that subscribers might have difficulty finding something to play (anyone who has used Netflix is aware of this phenomenon).

"The world of subscription is a worry. And we're active in these areas, so we can't stand on the sidelines and just complain about these things. Game Pass, PlayStation Plus, and Apple Arcade, they are things we are participating in," he explained. "You do wonder if it's going to lead to a situation where there is so much content that you kind of fall off the edge. That's the one that keeps us up at night. That and Donald Trump, and Boris Johnson."

Former Xbox Exec Is Joining Blizzard

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Former Xbox executive Mike Ybarra has announced his next job--and it's a big one. Ybarra confirmed on Twitter that he will join World of Warcraft and Overwatch studio Blizzard.

He will be the company's executive vice president and general manager. He starts at the Irvine, California-based company on November 14, which is after BlizzCon (though he will attend the show). "We will work with all our energy to serve gamers with incredible content and experiences," Ybarra said of his new role. "I can't wait to be part of this team."

I'm very happy to announce I'm joining @Blizzard_Ent as Exec. Vice President and GM starting 11/4 (will be at #blizzcon!). We will work with all our energy to serve gamers with incredible content and experiences. I can't wait to be part of this team. #lucky #humble #gamers #serve

Once Upon A Time In Hollywood Returning To Theatres With 10 Minutes Of New Footage

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Quentin Tarantino's latest movie, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, is returning to theatres. Producer Sony Pictures have announced that Tarantino's ninth movie will be back in theatres this Friday, October 25, with new scenes spanning more than 10 minutes of bonus footage.

The "never-before-seen footage bookending the motion picture" will include four scenes in all, according to Collider. The theatrical cut of the movie is 2 hours 41 minutes, and now this new cut is 10 minutes longer.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood's new, longer cut will play in 1,000 theatres, though there is no word on if the re-release is limited to the US or if it will also be in other parts of the world.

GameSpot Battle Pass: How To Unlock Our Extra Life 2019 Stretch Goals

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GameSpot Battle Pass: How To Unlock Our Extra Life 2019 Stretch Goals

After years of post-launch content--ranging from the well-received Universe expansion to the occasionally decent DLC character hire--GameSpot is trying something new. In Year 23, we're kicking off Season 2 with a battle pass.

GameSpot's first battle pass isn't all that extensive, especially in comparison to the multitude of rewards being offered in Fortnite Chapter 2, Season 1 and Apex Legends Season 3: Meltdown, but there are at least a few good rewards in there. The battle pass will be available for a limited time and launches in conjunction with the website's annual 72-hour Extra Life livestream. The event, and the battle pass, will be accessible on October 25 at 12 PM PT / 3 PM ET / 8 PM BST, which is October 26 at 6 AM AEST.

First released in May 1996, GameSpot has followed the traditional three-month system for its seasons (so Year 1, Season 1 was that first May through July, for instance). As you can surmise, this creates an immediate problem with this season's battle pass. Year 23, Season 2 will end with October, leaving the Extra Life stream the only time to make any significant headway in the battle pass before it ends. If you want to unlock its rewards, you'll have to tune in during the Extra Life livestream and participate.

GameSpot Microdonations: How Our Extra Life 2019 Rewards Work

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GameSpot Microdonations: How Our Extra Life 2019 Rewards Work

During this year's Extra Life, GameSpot is introducing several new post-launch changes, including a battle pass. For more immediate gratification, however, you can donate to the stream this year through a loot box microdonation.

Like the battle pass, GameSpot's loot boxes are exclusively tied to this year's Extra Life event, so you'll have to tune in and watch if you want to donate and win one of its prizes. As per tradition, the Extra Life stream will continue for 72 hours. It will go live--alongside the new battle pass and loot boxes--on October 25 at 12 PM PT / 3 PM ET / 8 PM BST, which is October 26 at 6 AM AEST.

Though the battle pass is where you'll find the most grandiose rewards--such as eating challenges and new legendary cosmetic skins for certain GameSpot staff members--there are numerous other prizes to unlock via a loot box microdonation. Don't worry, they're not predatory at all. Our very own executive fiduciary intern, Michael T. Ransactions, assured the rest of GameSpot staff that our new surprise mechanics are very fair.

GameSpot Extra Life 2019: Start Time, Schedule, And Everything You Need To Know

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GameSpot is once again hosting its annual 72-hour Extra Life livestream. For three days, GameSpot's teams will take turns hosting a livestream where staff members play all types of video games and help raise monetary donations for UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital.

Every cent that GameSpot raises will be donated to the San Francisco-based hospital, which has a dedicated and passionate team of doctors, nurses, and other staff devoted to helping kids. By donating, you will be helping them and the children they care for. You'll also be helping GameSpot reach certain stretch goals that unlock a wide variety of rewards--many of which are at our expense and all of which are for your amusement.

Below are details on how Extra Life is going to work this year, including the new loot box microdonations and battle pass. There's also an outline for the overall schedule for the event and a list of the approximate times for when certain GameSpot staff members will be on the stream and the segments they'll be doing.

Extra Life 2019: GameSpot's FFXIV Alliance Raid Party Commences

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It's that time of year again; GameSpot is taking part in gaming's annual charity fundraising campaign, Extra Life! Our traditional 72-hour streamapalooza returns and the objective is the same: raise money for kids in need at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital. We have so many wild and fun segments planned and I want to shout out a big one that I, Michael Higham (GameSpot editor), will be playing in and hosting: The Final Fantasy XIV Raid Party Block Party!

Alongside the great FFXIV players within the Giant Bomb community, we've organized a raid party to run the challenging, large-scale 24-player Alliance Raids. The FFXIV Raid Party segment kicks off Friday, October 25 at 8PM PT (11PM ET) and goes to 12AM PT midnight (3AM PT).

On stream, I will also be joined by Giant Bomb's Matt Rorie and Jan Ochoa, and our own Ben Janca. Of course, we want to see you in the chat as well; these are some of the most difficult challenges in FFXIV, but with all of you all by our side, no fight is too great.