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Twitch Plays Halo

Twitch Plays Halo is ambitious, but surprisingly not completely rubbish

The whole “Twitch Plays” craze has amused the Internet for quite some time now, spawning all sorts of unusual ways to either interact with a game as a collective, or watch a fish direct how a game unfolds. The latest game to get the “Twitch Plays” treatment is the original Halo, and so far, the Twitch Plays Halo effort is actually surprisingly impressive. The collective has managed to get past the entire first level, which in itself is a pretty amazing feat. Check out the feed below if you’re interested in seeing how they’re going: Watch live video from TwitchPlaysHalos on www.twitch.tvUnfortunately, it appears they’ve hit a temporary roadblock as they need to enter the Warthog, but the parser controlling the motions filters each command individually, meaning any even multiples of the press “e” (used for entering and exiting vehicles) are causing the Master Chief to end up outside of the ...

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teaser trailer for Ant-Man

Marvel trolls everyone with an ant-sized teaser trailer of a teaser trailer for Ant-Man

Marvel is probably the biggest proponent in the film industry of making teaser trailers of teaser trailers, to pretty much everyone’s chagrin, and it appears they’ve gone to a new level of trolling. Many fans are excited about the new Ant-Man movie and today Marvel released the teaser trailer of the teaser trailer for Ant-Man, however, there’s something a little off about the video itself. Take a look for yourself: Yes, the video is ant-sized. There’s no real way to see what’s in the tiny footage that plays during this teaser (I guess unless you’re an ant), so we’ll just have to wait until January 6th when the human-sized teaser trailer is released. Let us know in the comments whether you like this kind of thing or if you think it’s a bit excessive. Source: YouTube

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The Interview into North Korea

South Korean activist plans to drop DVDs and USBs of The Interview into North Korea

We can’t imagine that North Korean citizens would take too kindly to watching their Shining Leader in a comedy flick – unless they all have wonderful senses of humour – but one South Korean activist seems to think that airdropping 100,000 DVDs and USBs containing The Interview into North Korea is a good idea. The film, starring James Franco and Seth Rogan, has most recently become embroiled in a confusing affair that has involved the hacking of Sony Pictures, but has since looked like an elaborate public relations and political stunt to implicate North Korea, though we will probably never know the whole truth. Park Sang-hak, who now lives in South Korea after defecting from the North, is working with the non-profit Human Rights Foundation to fund Park’s unique gesture including adding Korean subtitles to The Interview. It may be all for nothing, however, as what little we know of North Korea suggests ...

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Game of Thrones is the 'most pirated' TV show of the year

Game of Thrones is the ‘most pirated’ TV show of the year. Again.

The headline is becoming a regular fixture at the end of every year: “Game of Thrones is the ‘most pirated’ TV show of the year”. In no way is it surprising given the show’s runaway success, and for the third year in a row, no less, but just how far ahead it is of the competition in terms of downloads boggles the mind. Torrentfreak released some interesting figures in its annual review, estimating that episodes of Game of Thrones were downloaded over 8.1 million times, which when compared to the number of viewers in the U.S. (7.16 million) who (legally) watched it on TV, is rather large. A distant second and third are The Walking Dead (4.2 million downloads) and The Big Bang Theory (3.6 million downloads), and it also appears that the number of downloaded TV episodes has risen in the past year. Also take into account that this is ...

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Amazon Prime Instant Video

Amazon adds 4K Ultra HD movies and TV shows to the streaming line up

Amazon Prime offers a number of benefits beyond  just free two-day shipping on your purchases. You get free unlimited photo storage, unlimited music streaming, early access to some lightening deals, access to 500,000 free books and a few other little things. Prime also gives you access to a decent sized library of movies and TV that are easily streamable. Only recently has Amazon given access to the Prime Instant video service to Android users, after what seemed like ages. Today Amazon has made a new announcement in regards to the Prime Instant Video that now brings you 4K Ultra HD streams. The available titles in 4K are somewhat limited at this moment, with many being Amazon Original Series shows like Alpha House, Transparent and Gortimer Gibbons Life on Normal Street. Future shows like Mozart in the Jungle, Bosch, Hand of God,The After and Red Oaks will land in 4K later this year ...

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GTA V to get Limited Edition soundtrack box sets

GTA V to get Limited Edition soundtrack box sets which include CD and vinyl versions

Rockstar Games always thinks of cool collector items to produce for their game releases and ahead of their release of GTA V on Xbox One and PS4 on November 18th, they have announced in conjunction with Mass Appeal Records that they are releasing Limited Edition soundtrack box sets on December 9th. The music contained on the soundtrack will include 59 tracks from the likes of The Creator, Flying Lotus, and loads more, as well as the original score for GTA V included as well. The soundtrack box sets will be available in CD format (above) or in vinyl (below). Both look fantastic, the CD version coming with three discs, artwork, a poster and a GTA V branded gold USB drive, and the vinyl version coming with six vinyl records, booklet and a lithographic poster.  Are you going to get one of these soundtrack box sets? Let us know your thoughts ...

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cgi head

Real or not real: Australian designer, Chris Jones, makes a mean CGI head

We always knew that computer generated imaging (CGI) technology would eventually reach a level where we wouldn’t be able to separate computer generated graphics from real life. Despite this, it’s still an awe-inspiring experience to actually see it in action. Australia designer, Chris Jones, has been working on CGI work for some time now and his latest exploits have him trying to replicate the human form, and the results are astounding. Check out this video demoing his CGI head, lovingly nicknamed “Ed”: A trip right through Uncanny Valley, I’d say. You will have noticed the hand pop into the video briefly – that was one of Jones’ earlier works, “Mr Hand”, for whom the demo video is below: You really get the sense that we’re almost at the point where we can perfectly replicate a human body, or really anything, in CGI, and Jones’ work has just showed us how close we really ...

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Robin Williams will live on in World of Warcraft

A Friend Like Me: Robin Williams will live on in World of Warcraft

For many of us, the passing of Robin Williams is still fresh on our minds, and while many of us never knew him personally, his acting career affected all our lives in one way or another. So when people began to ask Blizzard if they could include a NPC (Non-Playable Character) in the latest expansion of World of Warcraft, Blizzard may have taken that request very seriously. It looks very possible that Robin Williams will live on in World of Warcraft, with the above character model being found among the files of the Warlords of Draenor expansion. The model is labelled “Robin” and looks like a very familiar genie, presumably celebrating one Williams’ most popular roles as the Genie in the animated film, Aladdin. While we don’t know what the “Robin” NPC will say, it seems like it would be a waste not to give it an endless supply of Williams’ most iconic lines. There also appear ...

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activision

Activision is considering getting into the entertainment business with game-inspired movies and TV shows

Video game movies have a notoriously bad reputation in the entertainment industry. Often, they fail to capture the essence of the game they were based on and other times they are just downright weird (ahem, Super Mario Bros.). This seems almost counter-intuitive seeing as most games are almost feature length pieces by themselves, so you would think their bombastic action and carefully scripted stories would transfer well to the big screen. Well, Activision is hoping they might be able to buck the trend after it was reported that they are looking at starting a studio that would make movies and TV shows based on their gaming franchises. This seems to be becoming more of a trend lately, with 343 Industries and Microsoft teaming up to push the Halo: Nightfall mini-series as a way of filling out the Halo lore while gamers await the release of new games. Whether Activision is planning ...

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Halo: Nightfall

Halo: Nightfall gets a foreboding trailer and images at SDCC 2014

There’s a lot of cool stuff happening at San Diego Comic Con right now. High on that list, for me at least, was 343 Industries and Scott Free Productions unveiling footage of the upcoming live-action mini-series, Halo: Nightfall. Set between the Halo 4 and Halo 5 video games, the series follows the story of ONI agent, Jameson Locke (played by Mike Colter) as they investigate the existence of an “element” that specifically targets and kills humans. Check out the first look footage that was shown at SDCC: Locke is set to take a starring role in Halo 5: Guardians when it is released on Xbox One in 2015, but it looks like he’s going to have to go through a lot before that even happens, and it looks like they’ll be doing it, naturally, on a Halo ring. 343 Industries and Scott Free Productions also released a number of images from the mini-series ...

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