Square Enix Brings Life is Strange Photo Contest to Reality with $10,000 #Everydayheroes Scholarship Fund!

 

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LOS ANGELES (Jan. 26, 2016) – Square Enix® today announced a new creative scholarship fund with a Grand Prize of $10,000, based on its award-winning episodic series LIFE IS STRANGE™ – the#EverydayHeroes Scholarship Fund. Aimed at students and amateur photographers, the program is accepting entries starting today through February 16, 2016.
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Days of Future Past: Back to the Future II

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Review by Amanda Pampuro

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The cleverly named trilogy of Back to the Future (1985), Back to the Future II (1989), Back to the Future III (1990) is a staple from every eighties baby’s childhood. We have long awaited the wonders promised by Robert Zemeckis’ visions of 2015, with its dehydrated pizza, big screen television phones, and electric jackets.

Originally Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) pulls Marty McFly back to 1955 in order to complete a time loop: one day in 1955, Emmett Brown saw Marty and a strange car from the future, a Delorean that time traveled, thus he set out to build said car and meet said kid. Once built in 1985, the eccentric Doc Brown brought Marty back to meet him, so that he would know the time machine existed and create it.

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As Doc Brown continues to explore the stream of time, he finds out something terrible will happen to the McFly family in the future, and recruits Marty to help stop it. This is where Doc Brown begins to meddle with time in ways that are questionable. Doc Brown pulls Marty into the time machine and says, “we have to save your son, before he goes to jail!”

© Universal Studios / © USA Today – USA Today made a full-sized reprint of the “Hill Valley edition” front page as seen in the movie, available to the public, for their October 21, 2015 issue last year, to commemorate “Back to the Future Day.” Were you fortunate enough to find a copy on the news stands?

Wizards Of The Coast & Viz Media Announce Second Magic: The Gathering Art Book

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WIZARDS OF THE COAST AND VIZ MEDIA ANNOUNCE A SECOND MAGIC: THE GATHERING ART BOOK –

THE ART OF MAGIC: THE GATHERING  – INNISTRAD

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VIZ-Media-logo-transSan Francisco, CA, November 30, 2015 VIZ Media and Wizards of the Coast have jointly announced the expansion of the Magic: The Gathering® publishing catalog with the addition of a second art book to the collection. Set for release in Summer 2016, THE ART OF MAGIC: THE GATHERING – INNISTRAD will feature full color illustrations showcasing the mysteries of Innistrad – its peoples, provinces, and monsters.

In THE ART OF MAGIC: THE GATHERING – INNISTRAD, terror falls from the skies on blood-spattered wings and nameless horrors lurk in the shadows. These pages, lavishly illustrated with the award-winning art of Magic: The Gathering, are your entry into a world beset by terrible evils on all sides and betrayed by the hope it held most dear. Tread lightly as you follow the heroic Planeswalkers of the Gatewatch as they investigate these dark mysteries.

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Activision Blizzard Launches ‘Activision Blizzard Studios’ to Create Original Film & TV Content Based on Iconic, Globally-Recognized Franchises

Initial Productions to Include Skylanders™ TV Series and Call of Duty™ Film Series

Disney Veteran Nick van Dyk Named Studio Co-President

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With the release today of the first FULL trailer of Legendary Pictures’ highly anticipated World of Warcraft movie, set to release next summer on June 10, 2016, it is fitting that today it has also been announced that Activision Blizzard has launched their own studios to create original film and TV content, based on their multiple IPs.  This is a very exciting time in history to be a gamer, indeed!

images (1)November 10, 2015 — SANTA MONICA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Activision Blizzard (Nasdaq: ATVI) today announced the launch of Activision Blizzard Studios, a new film and television studio devoted to creating original content based on the company’s extensive library of iconic and globally-recognized intellectual properties. Activision Blizzard’s owned content includes some of the most popular entertainment franchises in the world, including Call of Duty®, Skylanders®,Diablo®, Hearthstone® and StarCraft®. Former Disney executive Nick van Dyk has been tapped to co-head the division, along with a senior creative executive who will be announced soon.

skylandersActivision Blizzard Studios’ first production will be “Skylanders™ Academy,” an animated TV series based on the award-winning Skylanders® game. Currently in production under the supervision of showrunner Eric Rogers (“Futurama”), “Skylanders™ Academy” will feature the voices of Justin Long (“Alvin and the Chipmunks,” “Ask Me Anything”) as Spyro, Ashley Tisdale(“Phineas and Ferb,” “High School Musical”) as Stealth Elf, Jonathan Banks (“Breaking Bad,” “Better Call Saul”) as Eruptor and Norm Macdonald (“Saturday Night Live”) as Glumshanks. Additional voice talent includes Harland Williams and Richard Horvitz. The award-winning, $3 billion Skylanders® franchise has sold through more than 250 million toys since pioneering the toys-to-life category in 2011i.

Turtle Beach Corporation’s New Sandtrooper Gaming Headset For Star Wars Battlefront & X-wing Pilot Headset For Star Wars: The Force Awakens Hit Retail Shelves!

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The Star Wars X-Wing Pilot Headset is Available at Retail Outlets Nationwide & Features Turtle Beach’s All-New Lightweight & Comfortable Recon Series Design

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turtle+beach+logoSan Diego, CA – November 3, 2015 Turtle Beach Corporation, the leading-edge audio technology company and #1 in gaming audio, today announced the Star Wars™-themed Sandtrooper and X-Wing Pilot gaming headsets are now available at retail. In celebration of the soon to be released Star Wars Battlefront video game, the limited edition Sandtrooper headset is themed after the squad of Stormtroopers donning the signature orange shoulder pauldron, are individually numbered, and come with an extra set of swappable Star Wars speaker plates. The limited edition Sandtrooper headset is available only at Best Buy in the U.S. for a MSRP of $99.99, while the standard edition of theSandtrooper headset is available at participating retailers in the UK and Australia, and in select territories across Europe. Additionally, in anticipation of the theatrical release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the X-Wing Pilot headset is themed after the signature orange jumpsuits worn by Rebel Alliance pilots and is based on Turtle Beach’s all-new lightweight and comfortable entry-level Recon series design. The X-Wing Pilot headset offers a handful of features and functionality no gamer should be without, and is available at participating retailers for a MSRP of $49.95.

SQUARE ENIX Reveals NieR: Automata at Paris Game Week 2015; Check out the Trailer!

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SQUARE ENIX today unveiled the full name for the upcoming action-packed addition to the NIER series as NieR: Automata.

During a stage presentation at Paris Games Week, producer Yosuke Saito (DRAGON QUEST X / NIER) and director YOKO TARO (Drakengard / NIER) provided audience members a first-look at the title’s gameplay, which features PlatinumGames’s signature action-oriented combat.

unnamed (1)NIER struck a chord with many passionate gamers.  It was something so special that we felt compelled to heed the fans’ call for a follow-up, said Saito. To create the ultimate action-RPG, it dawned on me that a collaboration between PlatinumGames and SQUARE ENIX would be a dream come true.

Capcom: Street Fighter V Release Date, New Challenger & Post Launch Details!

street-fighter-v-logoOctober 27th, 2015 — Revealed today during the Sony press conference at Paris Games Week, a host of brand new information for Street Fighter V was shared. Yoshinori Ono took to the stage to confirm that the title will be launching across Europe and North America on February 16, 2016! Additionally, everyone’s favorite yoga-inspired fighter, Dhalsim, has stretched his way into the Street Fighter V roster. Attendees at Paris Games Week will have the opportunity to play the first ever demo build featuring Dhalsim, as well all of the previously confirmed characters: Ryu, Ken, Chun-Li, Cammy, Vega, M. Bison, Birdie, Charlie Nash, Necalli, R. Mika, Rashid, Karin, Zangief and Laura.

Also during the conference today, new details were shared regarding post launch support plans for Street Fighter V. Over the course of 2016, six new characters will be added to the title, bringing the total roster up from 16 at launch to 22 by the end of next year. Additionally, gameplay content, costumes, new challenges and balance system updates will be continually made available throughout 2016 and beyond.

Life is Strange Comes to A Gut-wrenching Finale with Release Of Episode 5: POLARIZED

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Tuesday, October 20, 2015 — Arcadia Bay, OR — The Storm finally hits Arcadia Bay, some nine months after the series’ first began with the release of DONTNOD’s inaugural episodic adventure game; Life is Strange.

Since the launch of the first episode, the response to the game has been overwhelming for our small Parisian studio,said Luc Baghadoust, Producer on Life is Strange.The entire team would like to take this opportunity to offer their complete gratitude and thankfulness for so much love and support over this past year.

The end is here, however, and with the release of Episode 5: Polarized the series draws to a close. In it Max will face the most agonising decision of her life whilst Arcadia Bay is preparing to weather a huge storm as Life is Strange comes to a gripping and gut wrenching conclusion.

Chris Hardwick: The Funcomfortable Tour Continues…

chris-hardwickFriday, October 16th — Boise, ID — Boise’s Morison Center for Performing Arts welcomed comedian, author, podcaster, television personality, and founder of Nerdist Industries, Chris Hardwick, currently on his Funcomfortable Tour, which has been making its way across the country over the past year.   You may recognize Chris as the host of AMC’s Talking Dead, Comedy Central’s @Midnight, and former host of G4’s WebSoup. However, Chris Hardwick has been entertaining us with his quick wit and humor from the mid 90’s, be it acting in various roles, voiceover work, and even as MTV personality and host of Singled Out, along side Jenny McCarthy and Carmen Electra.  Hardwick’s body of work is vast, and he has forged quite the entertainment empire embracing his passion for nerd-culture the Nerdist.com where you can find Nerdist Podcast Network, Nerdist News, Nerdist Presents , and hopefully the return, of All Star Celebrity Bowling!

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The evening started with an opening performance from stand-up comedian, podcaster, and friend of Chris Hardwick, April Richardson, who has been a guest on Hardwick’s @Midnight show on Comedy Central, and had the audience rolling with her tales of relationship follies and hijinks, as well as growing up in the south.  Be sure to check out and enjoy April’s hilarious podcasts.  April Richardson will be opening for Chris Hardwick for the duration of his tour.

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What’s amazing about Chris’ humor and delivery, is how down to earth he is, and how readily is able to take personal character flaw and other serious issues in life that we can all identify on some level, and turn it into something humorous with an optimistic outcome.  Be it humorous anecdotal tales of the life and death of his well-humored father, former Pro Bowling champion, Billy Hardwick, to overcoming personal challenges, to getting through embarrassing moments as a teenager, some may think that sounds to be a bit heavy material for a comedy show, but I interpret Chris’ philosophy as basically ‘Hey, all this stuff happens to the best of us.  You may as well laugh and learn, right?’, with his contagious humor shining through almost everything he says and does.