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Nintendo TVii

Nintendo is cancelling Wii U TVii this August


Tuning out
Jul 25
// Kyle MacGregor
It's with a heavy heart that I must tell you that the Wii U's strange television guide Nintendo TVii is shutting down on August 11, an announcement that is sure to sadden dozens around the globe. The service began on the heel...
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Cake!

Nintendo finally reaches out to its core audience with appearance on Cake Wars


Too little too late for Wii U?
Jul 16
// Robert Summa
Even though the Wii U hasn't captured that coveted soccer mom demographic with its followup to the Wii, Nintendo isn't giving up. Like any good company, you have to know your audience and you have to cater to that audience --...
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Business giants

Well-liked, not-hated EA and Comcast partner for Xfinity Games


I'm not even mad, but actually happy
Jul 14
// Steven Hansen
Two companies with whom even the average consumer has no qualm, Electronic Arts and Comcast, have partnered on a new streaming game service, a series of connected words that will cause no one to bristle or dejectedly swipe th...

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Video games on Fallon

The Tonight Show's (lack of) video game coverage has been disappointing


Show some Fallout, Fallon
Jun 30
// Darren Nakamura
I have been a fan of Jimmy Fallon for a long time now. I used to have to qualify that statement with something like, "I know it's not cool, but..." These days it's a lot more acceptable to enjoy his playful take on late night...
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OP Gamers

New show for gamers might be the worst thing I've ever seen


We've achieved maximum awkwardness
Jun 16
// Nic Rowen
Do you like forced memes? Sure you do. Want to see some YouTube clips you've probably already seen six months or more ago? Of course! How do you feel about awkwardly inserted slang and grown-ass men talking about &ldquo...
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Mega Man TV

Mega Man will celebrate his 30th birthday with a new animated show


27-episode series airing in 2017
Jun 02
// Jordan Devore
More Mega Man stuff that isn't an attempt at making a good, new video game. Okay. Dentsu Entertainment USA has tapped Man of Action Entertainment, the group behind Ben 10 and Marvel's Avengers Assemble, to "create, write, and...
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Mega Man Star Force

Mega Man Star Force anime is now streaming online


13 episodes, dubbed
Jun 02
// Chris Carter
Viz Media has just announced that the Mega Man Star Force anime is up for streaming on Hulu and Neon Alley. It's the dubbed version of the show, which only featured 13 episodes -- a misnomer of sorts as it mixed in multi...
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Microsoft

Microsoft reveals Over-the-Air TV Tuner for Xbox One


Out now in the US and Canada
May 20
// Chris Carter
In addition to the built-in HDMI cable box input slot on the Xbox One, Microsoft has announced a new Over-the-Air TV Tuner device, which launches today on the Microsoft Store for $60. In short, it basically hooks up to a...
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Roku

You can now watch Twitch on your Roku box


Because you (apparently) asked for it
May 14
// Kyle MacGregor
Twitch is one step closer to world domination and enslaving all mankind, as the Amazon subsidiary has now wrapped its tendrils around streaming media platform Roku. "The Twitch community has been asking for a Roku channel for...
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The Witcher 3 Conan

Watch Conan O'Brien's The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt playthrough


Our review next week
May 08
// Chris Carter
I always enjoy Conan O'Brien's Clueless Gamer segments. He's stuck with them for roughly three years now, and never claims to be a fan of gaming in general -- but he still looks like he has fun doing it. This time he takes o...
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Nick Arcade

Remember Nick Arcade? The creators are bringing that concept back


With spirtual successor Enthlevel
May 07
// Chris Carter
Well this is unexpected. We've gotten word from James Bethea, co-creator of Nick Arcade, that a spritual successor is in the works. Bethea has reunited with his co-creator Karim Miteff and the original host Phil Moore for a "...
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Myst show

Tell your uncle! Hulu is eying that Myst TV show


Seriously, go tell him
May 06
// Jordan Devore
It sounds like that show based on Myst is one step closer to happening. Legendary Television has the rights already, with Evan Daugherty (Divergent) writing and Matt Tolmach (The Amazing Spider-Man) producing. According to De...
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Powers

'Powers' returning for a second season


More Sharlto Beardly for you
May 06
// Zack Furniss
PlayStation Plus's exclusive take on Brian Michael Bendis' Powers will return in 2016. I'm not quite sure why this is happening, what with the cardboard acting and overall cheese factor, but at least Chris will have another season to watch.  Not that that means much. Dude'll watch anything (and everything) 'Powers' Renewed for Second Season at PlayStation (Exclusive) [Hollywood Reporter]
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eSports on TV

Heroes of the Dorm viewed on ESPN2 less than fishing tournaments


The future is still only in South Korea
Apr 28
// Jed Whitaker
I thought the future was here, but apparently that isn't the case. Heroes of the Dorm, the Heroes of the Storm collegiate tournament, failed to pull viable numbers on ESPN2, having an average viewership of 96,000 pe...
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SPORTS!

The future is here: ESPN2 to air eSports live for the first time


Duh na na, duh na na
Apr 25
// Jed Whitaker
Not ESPN 3, ESPN2 is going to air the finals for the Heroes of the Storm collegiate tournament, appropriately titled Heroes of the Dorm, this Sunday at 6:30pm Pacific / 9:30pm Eastern. This marks the first time an eSports eve...
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Knopflerganger

True Detective's Colin Farrell looks like an incredibly fuckable version of The Walking Dead's Kenny


True Detective season 2
Apr 09
// Steven Hansen
I saw it in a couple Facebook feeds, Twitter posts, my mouse pointer lingering over the text "True Detective: Tease (HBO)" and the picture of southern California highway. "I won't watch," I thought. "I'll save it." I didn't l...
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HBO

Sling TV to get HBO this weekend, right on time for the Game of Thrones premiere


$15 a month
Apr 09
// Chris Carter
Sling TV is a promising service with some issues, but it's getting there. This week, the $20 a month cord-cutting network will add HBO to its lineup for an additional cost of $15, putting it in line with HBO Now. It will be a...
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Sling TV

Sling TV has room for improvement, but the price and service are on point


Impressions from a few months of use
Mar 30
// Chris Carter
Sling TV has been out for a few months, and I've had the opportunity to test it out for myself on iOS, the Xbox One, and my Roku 3. As a method to cut the cord on cable, the price is the most enticing entry-point -- a mere $2...
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Vue

Attention cord cutters: PlayStation Vue launches today for PS3 and PS4


But there's a catch
Mar 18
// Robert Summa
For those who have long abandoned the Hell that is cable television or those wanting to break free of its shackles, Sony is now offering its own alternative, the PlayStation Vue platform for the PlayStation 4 and 3. Pretty mu...
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Sling TV

Sling TV comes to the Xbox One with a month-long free trial


'Two out of three millennials think of themselves as gamers, while nearly nine out of 10 watch live sports on TV'
Mar 17
// Chris Carter
I'm really enjoying Sling TV so far, and today it hits the Xbox One, joining the Roku, iOS, Amazon Fire, and Android platforms. If you spring for it on Xbox One you'll get one month free, and the first "5000 c...
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HBO

HBO unveils 'HBO Now,' its anticipated standalone streaming service


At the Apple conference today
Mar 09
// Chris Carter
Today at Apple's Watch and MacBook conference, HBO announced that HBO Now, its highly anticipated standalone streaming service, is coming in April. That gist is that it allows people to cut the cord on cable if they want HBO...

Powers is a cheesy action romp, but I'll still watch it

Mar 09 // Chris Carter
Described as an "edgy, dramatic series" (I'm a sucker for drama, not so much for the edge if it has to be advertised), Powers focuses on two detectives that investigate crimes of a super-powered nature. The show is going for a Hancock-vibe, where those with powers may not have a propensity for being heroic and are a bit more nuanced. Or in some cases, downright criminal. On paper, Powers has a rather impressive cast. It's not front-loaded with Hollywood stars, but pretty much everyone involved has a long history in TV.  That said, lead actor Sharlto Copley is no stranger to the big screen -- just look no further than his meek role in District 9 as Wikus, or his domineering turn as Agent Kruger in Elysium. The supporting cast is also fairly impressive, boasting the always great Eddie Izzard as one of Copley's mysterious old associates, or Noah Taylor as chain-smoking teleporter Johnny Royalle. The production pedigree is also enticing, with comic writers Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming at the helm. Copley plays the role of Christian Walker, a superhero-turned-detective formerly known as "Diamond" who now works to bring down those with abilities who break the law. Much of the narrative is hinged on Walker's struggle to cope with having a normal life due to the loss of his powers, and with Copley's effortless charm, this gimmick mostly works. He has the beginnings of chemistry with partner Deena Pilgrim (Susan Heyward), but I'm far from sold on the longevity of their relationship. Walker kind of just accepts his new younger partner right off the bat, partially through pure apathy. There's no annoying "you don't understand, rookie" hurdle to cross, but there's also a strong lack of emotional attachment both on and off the screen.  Because of this though there's a distinct lack of a dynamic between them, and any and all conflict stems from Walker's own personal struggle. [embed]288658:57639:0[/embed] Powers may be super, but it does operate under the framework of a police procedural -- though it is thankfully shying away from "villain of the week" for now. Noah Taylor is interesting as chain-smoking teleporter Johnny Royalle, and Izzard's character is central to the overarching plot as well as Walker's hero's journey. As most avid TV-watchers know, dramas often have an underlying hook to keep viewers interested week to week, and the producers have attempted to do that with Calista, played by Olesya Rulin. As a "wannabe" who thinks she has latent powers, she's stuck between a rock and a hard place with Walker and Royalle, who try to bend her to each of their wills. Copley's character, ultimately, is my hook. Elsewhere in the show though the lore is worth exploring, like the origin of certain character's powers, and the possibility of learning how said powers are granted or "discovered" in the first place.With the source material running for so long, there's plenty of storylines to draw from. On a macro-level, Powers is also in part a commentary on the current era we live in, from millennial entitlement to the lack of privacy facilitated by the age of handheld technology. Walker notes that "back in his day" growing up with powers, his friends would go on patrol and strive to "be something." Driving through a youth gathering in the present day, he sees them partying and laments the new generation. It's all fairly trite and not particularly "new" given how other programs do it better. The only benefit is the occasional amusing "TMZ-esque" vignette from guest stars like Mario Lopez. While I'm not a fan of the phrase "edge," there is a fair bit of violence, swearing, and sex to elevate it above what would normally be considered acceptable on network TV -- so giving it a home on the PSN is a smart move. On a technical level the effects are practical, and never really border on the level of cheese that the soap-opera drama sometimes achieves. Royale's teleportation effect is clean and amusing (complete with a signature "pop" sound), and there's some impressive CG aerial work.  The balance of effects is spot-on as Powers is not keen to overdo it, but gives you enough of a spark to keep you interested. Each episode is roughly 45 minutes in length, and at that runtime it has a propensity to overstay its welcome if it ends up giving us filler -- though I think we're safe for now. Aging fans of Heroes will have plenty to enjoy with Powers, as they're already used to plenty of soap-storylines. While I wouldn't necessary run out to recommend it to the general public, I will be watching it week to week to see where Copley's character ends up. You can stream the first episode here on March 10, purchase it on the PlayStation Store as each episode debuts, or if you have PlayStation Plus, you'll get it for free as it airs.
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A review of the first three episodes
Powers, an upcoming TV show from Sony, has an interesting debut on the PlayStation Network on March 10 as the PSN's first real foray into original programming. Powers has been in the making since 2001 (one year after the comi...

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Sling TV

Sling TV gets AMC added to its base package


A big win
Mar 04
// Chris Carter
Sling TV is a pretty neat cable-cutting service that's already live on the Amazon Fire TV, Roku 3, and in the coming weeks, the Xbox One. Today, it debuts AMC in its base package, which is still priced at $20 per month. This ...
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HBO Go

HBO Go is now available on PS4


Go catch up on that show you watch
Mar 03
// Chris Carter
The Xbox One got HBO Go a few months back, and now it's the PS4's turn to join the party. Starting today, you can access the app on Sony's newest console. Just keep in mind that it still needs a cable subscription for no...
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Telltale

Telltale's first original series is a TV show and videogame crossover


Lionsgate is an investor
Feb 24
// Brett Makedonski
Telltale Games has a propensity for surprising when it comes to revealing new projects. The news that it was creating a story-based Minecraft was so far out of left field, that it prompted us to wonder aloud what the nex...
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Gordon Freeman

The 'is Gordon Freeman a character' debate continues with HBO's Looking


A mailman from the future
Feb 23
// Chris Carter
Last night's episode of Looking, airing now on HBO in its second season, tackled the issue of Gordon Freeman's enduring Half-Life legacy. Is he a character, or merely a construct? Preparing for a Halloween party, series ...
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Nintendo TVii

Nintendo reneges on plans to bring TVii to Europe


\_(ツ)_/
Feb 15
// Kyle MacGregor
Nintendo has cancelled plans to launch its Wii U TVii service across Europe. "Due to the extremely complex nature of localising multiple television services across a diverse range of countries with varied licensing systems, r...
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Sling TV

Sling TV launches today on basically every planned platform but the Xbox One


Still on track though
Feb 09
// Chris Carter
Sling TV is here for those of you who own a Roku player, Android or iOS device, or PC. For those of you who haven't heard, it's an online TV service for $20 a month (with packages), that provides you with a number of cable ch...

Casting The Legend of Zelda: A Netflix television series

Feb 06 // Kyle MacGregor
Ryan Gosling as Link Gosling is the perfect leading man. He's a total crowd-pleaser, blonde, handsome, and already has the silent protagonist thing down pat. Did you see Drive? It was great. Gosling stood around looking pretty for about 100 minutes and hardly said a word. What more could you want in a Link? Willem Dafoe as Ganondorf Dafoe is a fan favorite around these parts, and I'm clearly not above pandering to my audience. Just think of the potential for cross-promotion with the Dafoeverse. Think of the possibilities! He's also a skilled actor, you know, one adept at playing the villain. It's truly a match made in heaven. Aubrey Plaza as Zelda Good lord, this needs to happen. Plaza is just the best. She's not going to allow herself to be damseled either. She's liable to lock Gosling in a broom closet somewhere before proceeding to gallivant around Hyrule, rolling her eyes and spewing deadpan, sarcastic one-liners all the way. Horse as Epona Look, we're already over budget and it's not like Mister Ed (or more updated reference) is going to add all that much to the production. Any old horse will do. I'd even be okay with a pony. Morgan Freeman as Navi (or other sidekick) Okay, let's take that cash we skimped on Epona and splurge on Link's sidekick. Since it's probably going to be something supernatural, we're really only looking for voice talent. This makes Morgan Freeman is the only logical choice. Let's put it this way: If the man can send shivers down my spine by saying "More people go with Visa," then just imagine what he can do with "Hey! Listen!"
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Produced by Kyle MacGregor
Netflix is reportedly making a live-action television series based on The Legend of Zelda. The news immediately sent the country, nay the world into mass hysteria. Some folks expressed unfettered glee. Others were upset,...

Dream cast: I want these actors for Netflix's live-action Legend of Zelda

Feb 06 // Steven Hansen
Kristen Stewart as Zelda  I'm leading with a bit of a dark horse here, but I think Kristen Stewart would be great as the series' titular lead, Zelda. With the show being more narrative-based than the games, acting chops outweigh nailing a look. Stewart has evinced the former post Twilight (and, really, before Twilight too) despite her internet meme status as stone-faced. Seriously, check out the Clouds of Sils Maria trailer. As an added bonus, if Stewart does carry residual clout with teens because of Twilight, that could help sell this show to the zeitgeisty audience Netflix is obviously going after with irresponsible Game of Thrones comparisons. Runner-up: Carey Mulligan. The Drive actor is a safer, more conventional choice for Zelda with her blonde pixie cut and soft features.  Charlize Theron as The Princess Assuming the show goes tried-and-true with the "Zelda has to save the princess" narrative because TV is rarely challenging, I at least want the actor that plays the Princess to be more than just a pretty face to save. I know Theron doesn't do a lot of television, but, hey, this is a dream cast, right? She has a fire in her eyes capable of elevating her above a boring damsel in distress, even if the script is bunk and tries to write her as thus. Oh, and can we give her a name, please?  Runner-up: Liv Tyler. Remember her in Lords of the Rings? There you go. Danny DeVito as Tingle DeVito's made a career out of being a small, impish weirdo (also a good producer and a pretty good director), so, yes, it's low-hanging fruit, but I'll take a bite. Plus, DeVito's been deep into the television game since Always Sunny. At least I didn't go for the dwarf from Game of Thrones. That would have been too easy. I did just spoil my runner up, though, so now I need a new one.  Runner-up: Mickey Rooney. Yes, he just died. Dream cast! Or, slightly more realistically, Capcom's Yoshinori Ono. Oscar Isaac as Ganondorf It was tempting to go Tim Conway for a Dorf on the Diamond joke, but I want to be serious about this cast list so if I nail it I can sue Netflix for royalties. Watch the trailer for A Most Violent Year and tell me you don't get chills. Isaac is finally getting his due as a hot as fuck, but also extremely talented actor (Inside Llewyn Davis, Drive) with appearances in the upcoming Star Wars and X-Men franchises, so I almost want him to cool off with the "young adult fantasy" roles, but no doubt that strong chin slathered in face paint could make for an intense Ganondorf.  Runner-up: Idris Elba. Uhm. Speaking of the literally hottest fucking person on the planet. The Wire's Stringer Bell has gotten a bit more big budget American play with supporting roles in Thor, Pacific Rim, and Prometheus, but god dang does he need some starring roles. Even him as a villain isn't enough. He better be the next James Bond.  They both get pictures because I made the Isaac one first but need an excuse to stare at Idris Elba pictures for a half hour. Rinko Kikuchi as Tetra Now's the time when I remember we have little idea what characters, if any, from Zelda lore will be making an appearance in this possible new TV show that probably won't happen. Now is also the time my dream cast casts its line seaward and I double down on the idea it be a Wind Waker show, because Wind Waker is the best Legend of Zelda. Runner-up: No one. Rinko Kikuchi. Make it happen, Netflix. Roberto Benigni as Linebeck Yes, it's a Wind Waker show, but a show is a show, and a show needs a few more defined supporting characters. Linebeck fits into the nautical journey. And, really, this is some acecasting. I've kind of impressed myself with it. Watch him as a taxi driver in Night on Earth and tell me that isn't a good choice. Runner-up: Al Pacino.  Kang-ho Song as Happy Mask Salesman The actor who sold me on Korean cinema a seeming lifetime ago (The Host; The Good, The Bad and The Weird; Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance) while I shuffled my feet and worked my way up to Old Boy, Kang-ho Song recently showed up in Snowpiercer as an oddball. I think he has Happy Mask range.  - Who do you want to see in the show?
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Produced by Steven Hansen, Executive Produced by whoever got a second season for The Big O
I'm sure you've heard the bizarre news. Netflix is working on a live-action The Legend of Zelda series that is described as, "Game of Thrones for a family audience," which is kind of like if Breaking Bad was ab...


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