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Reggie for full effect

Geoff Keighley's The Game Awards will be back this December

Announced in June and no one noticed
Aug 19
// Jed Whitaker
Remember The Game Awards, the Geoff Keighley joint production not to be confused with the train wreck that was the VGAs aka VGXs? Well last year's show must have gone well enough to warrant another this year as it w...
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Deal north

Get an Xbox One and 40-inch TV for $500

Cheap bundle this week
Aug 10
// Steven Hansen
If you need an Xbox One (nope) and a new TV (well...), Best Buy has you covered through August 15. Note, capital BB Best Buy, not Fry's wherein your best buys are always at, guaranteed. You get this specific 40-inch 1080p Sam...
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DVR on Xbox One

Xbox One DVR functionality coming in 2016

A subscription-free serivce
Aug 04
// Kyle MacGregor
Today at Microsoft's gamescom media briefing, the company announced a subscription-free DVR service with the ability to record shows on a schedule or in the background while you're gaming. To utilize the upcoming feature Xbox...
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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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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 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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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' 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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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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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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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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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 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 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'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

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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