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343 is Giving Back to Loyal Players in a Big Way

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In the wake of the botched launch of the Halo Master Chief Collection’s multiplayer, the Head of 343 Industries Bonnie Ross released an open letter on Xbox's official website on December 19th. She states that anyone who has purchased and played the Master Chief Collection from launch through December 19th will be receiving quite a few thank you gifts for sticking with them through the last month of weekly content updates and adjustments.

 

In the letter she lists that loyal players will receive:

·          One Month of Xbox Live Gold ·         An exclusive in game name plate and avatar ·         Free access to the Halo 2: Anniversary multiplayer map “Relic” and Halo 3: Odst

These are hefty rewards for being loyal to the Halo series and I’m glad that 343 has been very open about the state of the game and the work that they are doing to resolve the issue. I’m »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Katy Barber)

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Update on Disciples of the Storm

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Back in August The Fathergamer, Eric Gibbs and I spoke to Nathan J Hunt of Storm Isle Productions about their kickstarter but let me assure you, they are still clicking away at their keyboards to bring us Disciples of the Storm.

If you haven't seen my previous articles Disciples of the Storm is an Rts inspired by the game Netstorm: Islands at War.  In fact Nathan has enlisted some of the original artist from the Netstorm game to assist in making Disciples great.

Nathan officially posted a few new concepts, seen below, of the Rain Faction Power Generators, and the priest selection ring.

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I have been privy to a few other designs that have not yet been posted of the new Acid Barricade and very early sketch of the new Ice Tower.  Alas, as they have not been posted to their Facebook page I cannot share them. »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Mike Petty)

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Simon Pegg Shines in Kill Me Three Times Trailer

19 December 2014 12:23 PM, PST

The first official trailer for Kill Me Three Times has been released and it's crazy in all the right ways.  Come inside to see Simon Pegg play a badass assassin who gets tangled in a few different plots.  

To be entirely honest, I'll watch just about anything that has Simon Pegg in it.  The man does good works and has a fairly strong track record, even if the movies he's in aren't great, he's a highlight.  Based on this first trailer for Kill Me Three Times he'll be one of Many highlights in this movie: 

This looks like a lot of fun.  While it gives off that Whole 9 Yards kind of vibe, in that there are a few overlapping plots and schemes going on, it looks like it's own unique beast as well.  There's a good blend of comedy and action in the trailer, with just a hint of all »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Jordan Maison)

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If You Didn't Like Exodus: Gods and Kings, Give Kingstone's Moses and Exodus Comic Books a Try

19 December 2014 10:44 AM, PST

Moviegoers are underwhelmed by Ridley Scott’s epic attempt at retooling C.C. DeMille’s classic The Ten Commandments and injecting more action into the second book of the Holy Bible. Critics share their opinions that the celebrated director of such films as Alien, Blade Runner, and Gladiator comes up short when trying to adapt the inspirational story from its source material for Exodus: Gods and Kings. If anything, the movie should inspire folks to do a little research on their own.

Kingstone Media has made it easy for comic fans to dig deeper into the story of the Deliverer of Israel from Egypt. Two mini-graphic novels, as I call them, are available which explore different times and event in the life of Moses. Written by Pastor, missionary, evangelist and book author Michael Pearl, Exodus and Moses both condense the tales into 28 to 29 page full-color books which might take some creative license here and there, »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Eric Shirey)

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What's With the Fury Over Hatred?

18 December 2014 4:22 PM, PST

Steam Greenlight is a great tool for indie game developers, but one recent addition, Hatred, seemed to spark a lot of controversy upon it's "release", and even more once it was pulled down.  So what's the big deal and why does it matter?  Cinelinx takes a look. 

 

Hatred, an isometric shooter releasing next year, has already come under fire pre-release. On the 15th the game was removed from Steam's Greenlight service, which is a service that allows developers to preview their games to Steam users with trailers and gameplay. Hatred was most likely taken down due to it's extremely controversial vision. You play a homicidal psycopath who vows to kill as many innocent people and police officers as possible before someone takes him down. Just the next day however, Gabe Newell, Co-Founder and managing director of the company that created Steam, put the game back onto Steam Greenlight while offering »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Aaron Hunt)

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Fury Over Hatred

18 December 2014 4:22 PM, PST

Hatred, an isometric shooter releasing next year, has already come under fire pre-release. On the 15th the game was removed from Steam's Greenlight service, which is a service that allows developers to preview their games to Steam users with trailers and gameplay. Hatred was most likely taken down due to it's extremely controversial vision. You play a homicidal psycopath who vows to kill as many innocent people and police officers as possible before someone takes him down. Just the next day however, Gabe Newell, Co-Founder and managing director of the company that created Steam, put the game back onto Steam Greenlight while offering an apology to the games developer Destruction Games. This was Newell's official apology:  

 

 

"Yesterday I heard that we were taking Hatred down from Greenlight. Since I wasn't up to speed, I asked around internally to find out why we had done that. It turns out that it wasn't a good decision, »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Aaron Hunt)

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Nis America Announced Disgaea 5 And More Coming 2015

18 December 2014 12:14 PM, PST

If you are a fan of the series you will be excited to know the latest in the series will be ported to North America in 2015! Nis also has a few more end of the year announcements! Check it out after the jump!

Before the year ends, Nis America wanted to make a few announcements. The first being Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance will be making its way to North America and Europe in Fall of 2015. The game will be released in both physical and digital form on PlayStation 4! 

Next Nis America also stated that dungeon crawler (RPG) Operation Abyss: New Tokyo Legacy  is also making its way to North America and Eurpe in March of 2015! The game will be both digital and physical for the PlayStation Vita!

Lastly, the PS3 will join the party with The Awakened Fate Ultimatum being ported over as well! The game will also be »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Dustin Spino)

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Chris Pratt & His Dino Pal Feature in New Jurassic World Image

18 December 2014 11:25 AM, PST

Director Colin Trevorrow has been pretty good about teasing eager Jurassic World fans with glimpses from the film, and last night he debuted a new one featuring Chris Pratt and one of his newly made dinosaur pals...Come inside to check it out!

One of the more intriguing shots from the Jurassic World teaser trailer was the final one, in which we see Chriss Pratt riding his motorcycle essentially leading a pack of trained velociraptors.  While some people cry foul about it, frankly, I think it's pretty awesome.  Well, like it or not, it's going to happen, and Trevorrow tweeted out this new image last night: 

Honestly I think this is more of a publicity still than soemthing from the movie.  Mostly because the Raptor doesn't seem to be focused on anything and is just kind of there.  Even so, I still think it's neat and it's always great to »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Jordan Maison)

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Minecraft: Story Mode Coming to Consoles and PC From Telltale

18 December 2014 7:44 AM, PST

Minecraft is apparently getting a story mode from the craft developers over at Telltale Games...though no one seems to quite understand why it's happening.  Come inside for more details!

There were very slight rumors of it, and then Sony posted the image seen above on their PlayStation Facebook page. With it are the words "This is a thing. Coming to all PlayStation platforms 2015."  Now it's been confirmed by Telltale games as well with their first press prelease on it: 

Leading and award-winning developer and publisher of digital entertainment Telltale Games, and world-renowned game developer Mojang, today announced that 'Minecraft: Story Mode - A Telltale Games Series' is in development and is set to premiere in 2015.

Minecraft: Story Mode will be an all-new narrative-driven, episodic game series, developed by Telltale in collaboration with Mojang and members of the Minecraft community.  Set in the world of Minecraft, the game series will »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Dustin Spino)

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Game of the Year Awards - The Fathergamer Podcast's Top 5

18 December 2014 6:38 AM, PST

As we wind 2014 down, Tfgp is taking a look at the best games of 2014 leading up to our Cinelinx Game of the Year selection.  Today, as a team, we are presenting our five favorite games of the year and why they’re worth consideration for the top honors.  Come inside and have a look!

Bugs, glitches and a severe lack of undercooked games have plagued us this year. Some of our most anticipated titles were struck down by this blight. Out of the digital ashes some true hero’s have emerged to truly make this a memorable year in gaming. Here, at the spacious Tfgp HQ we have been mulling over our current Goty nominees. This year we  decided to let you in on the process.

 

Eric “Fathergamer” Gibbs

Destiny - Yeah, I know what some of you are going to say. I loved Destiny for what it was, a time with friends. »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Jordan Maison)

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The Interview Release Gets Canned as Sony Bows to the Threats

17 December 2014 2:39 PM, PST

After theaters were threatend with terrorist attacks thanks to some nutjobs behind the now infamous Sony Hack, Sony Pictures have caved and decided to cancel the release of Seth Rogen and James Franco's The Interview, and have no plans for how they plan on releasing it later. Come inside for the full story and our thoughts on it. 

I cannot begin to describe exactly how frustrated I am by this turn of events.  The Sony hack has been an issue for a little while now and while we here at Cinelinx have refused to cover the news to come from the various leaks, it's something we've been following very intently.  Yesterday threats from the hackers were made, that essentially boiled down to some form of terroristic attack on any movie theater that showed The Interview.  

Some evidence has pointed to the fact that The Interview, a movie in which »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Jordan Maison)

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Lets Take An Intermission

17 December 2014 2:19 PM, PST

..And talk about the old cinema tradition, the Intermission. This break in between lengthy films was born out of necessity not ambition. Back when everything was projected on film a reel on the projector could only hold so much. This required the projectionist to load the second reel, and this required time, hence the intermission. With digital projection it's a tap of the play button and the computer does it's thing, no intermissions needed. But an idea has arose: Just because we don't have to doesn't necessarily mean we shouldn't.

The 154 minute Exodus Gods and Kings left many movie goers burned out by the first hour and a half (some the first 20 minutes) and too beaten to care much for the coming hour. But would an intermission solve this epics exhaustion? Or would viewers take the opportunity to leave? Or, would they be disappointed that they had lost the films sense of immersion? »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Aaron Hunt)

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Andy Serkis Talks The Force Awakens, Plus New Character Name Revealed

17 December 2014 2:05 PM, PST

Last week gave us the names of some of the new characters in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but it appears as though another name has leaked out. On top of that Andy Serkis answers a few questions about his role in the new film!  Come inside to check out the latest Star Wars news!

Let's talk about the new Star Wars name first, as was discovered by Stitch Kingdom.  Apparently Disney/Lucasfilm registered a bunch of names for copyright from The Force Awakens, but there was one listed that we haven't heard of before: Captain Phasma.  The problem is, we have absolutely No idea which actor this character name belongs to!  It's kind of come out of nowhere, but the leading theory right now is that it's for Gwendoline Christie's character who supposedly is the leader of the Chrome Stormtroopers.  It would make sense, as the leader she'd have a certain rank, »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Jordan Maison)

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Petroglyph's Rts, Grey Goo, Gets a Story Trailer and Developer Diary

17 December 2014 1:25 PM, PST

Grey Goo, the upcoming Rts game from Petroglyph is set to hit PCs in just a little over a month, and today they've revealed a new story trailer and developer diary to help prepare gamers for the new adventure.  

One of the most exciting things for me as a gamer is that 2015 will bring a resurgence of real-time strategy games, and one of my most anticipated ones, from Petroglyph, is only a little over a month away.  To prepare gamers for the sci-fi title, they've released this swanky story trailer (no gameplay sorry), along with a developer diary (there's gameplay in this one) for you to oggle over: 

The award-winning, independent developers at Petroglyph today released two new videos for their upcoming sci-fi real-time strategy game, Grey Goo, published by Grey Box. Diving into the backstory for Grey Goo and the inspiration for its creation, both pieces offer a different »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Jordan Maison)

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Venture Out of Your Shire in Think Geek's Furry Adventure Slippers

17 December 2014 6:07 AM, PST

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is in theaters now and claims to be the last entry in Peter Jackson’s adventures to Middle-Earth. Millions of fans will be heading out to theaters to watch it over and over again. There’s one item they need to make their cosplay outfits complete as they dress up for packed screenings. The Think Geek Furry Adventure Slippers will provide the final touch to anyone attending as their favorite hobbit.

Whether you’re heading out on an adventure beyond the Shire or just darting to the kitchen for a snack, these furry and warm footies will make every step an unexpected journey. One size fits all for adults, so it doesn’t matter if your short or tall in stature. Your feet will be protected from the elements you’ll encounter along the way.

Reviews for the Think Geek Furry Adventure Slippers have been relatively positive. »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Eric Shirey)

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DC / Vertigo Comic Book Releases for December 17, 2014

17 December 2014 4:46 AM, PST

Every week I am sent a package full of comics and graphic novels I’m not able to read from my pals at DC Comics. No matter what I do, I can’t seem to find the time for everything I’d like to take in on an entertainment level. My plan is to showcase these books once a week in an ongoing column. If there’s anything I need to say about one of the titles, I’ll gladly add my two cents worth in. DC’s been good to me over the years and I want to do my best to promote their many excellent books they publish every month.

Just in case you’re not a big comic book consumer, let me give you some quick facts. All new comic books and graphic novels are published on the Wednesday of every week. Also, Vertigo is an imprint »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Eric Shirey)

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5 New Posters for Sony's Pixels Show Retro Games Conquering the World

16 December 2014 12:41 PM, PST

Sony's Adam Sandler starring film about alien invaders using retro video games to take over the world, Pixels, is set to hit theaters next month, and today they've released a series of posters showing your childhood favorites menacing various locales around the world.  Come inside to check them out!

Aside from a couple images of the human characters around the time of Sdcc, we haven't seen much of Sony's upcoming film, Pixels.  We know it's about aliens who are attacking Earth using characters from classic video game series, and a team of expert arcade champions (including Sandler, Peter Dinklage, and Josh Gad) are tasked with saving the world.  It's a goofy premise, but honestly, it could be a lot of fun too.  

The posters are pretty neat, and evoke a certain nostalgia, though pixellated attackers don't necessarily fit in with the backgrounds of the posters.  I'm chalking that up to poor photoshopping, »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Jordan Maison)

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Spielberg's Bfg Casts a Newcomer for Sophie

16 December 2014 10:51 AM, PST

Steven Spielberg's upcoming adaptation of Roald Dhal's classic children's book, The Bfg, has found it's lead actor (portraying the character of Sophie) in the form of a newbie to the acting world, Ruby Barnhill.  Come inside to learn more about the film and how it's coming together!

I love Roald Dahl and his books were frequently found in my hands when I was younger.  Combine his stories with Steven Spielberg you have a recipe (hopefully) for something really special.  Today's update on the film comes in the form of some casting for Sophie.  Check out the press release for the details: 

DreamWorks Studios announced today that newcomer Ruby Barnhill has been cast as the young girl, Sophie, in Roald Dahl’s beloved classic story, “The Bfg.”  Steven Spielberg will direct the film adaptation of the children’s novel.  Published in 1982, “The Bfg” is the tale of a young London »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Jordan Maison)

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Phoenix Comic Con Fan Fest – A Show In Development

16 December 2014 9:45 AM, PST

We got to attend Phoenix Comic Con Fan Fest this year. Don’t look at your calendars, it is December and this was a brand new event in Phoenix, well Glendale.  The Fan Fest is an extension of Phoenix Comic Con that was held in the Cardinals Stadium out in Glendale, and yes it was held in December. Beyond the beautiful weather making it better so we were not dying in 100 degree heat, the event felt promising, but overall is clearly still a new idea that will develop over time.

Fan Fest was never marketed as an event to overtake Phoenix Comic Con, but more or less an event for people in December. Since we really have nothing else most of the year and the weather is beautiful. Instead it was marketed as something smaller in a big venue for fans. Yet they were still making it out to be like some massive event. »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Dustin Spino)

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Game of the Year Awards - Jordan's Top 5

16 December 2014 9:34 AM, PST

As we wind 2014 down, we’re taking a look at the best games of 2014 leading up to our Game of the Year selection.  Today, I’m presenting my five favorite games of the year and why they’re worth consideration for the top honors.  Come inside and have a look!

I’m sure when you look through this list there may be a few head scratchers here and there.  When I look back on my year in gaming, I notice a lot of it is filled up with last year’s titles!  It takes me a while to work through games (being a single parent and all), but that doesn’t mean I missed out on some great ones that hit this year.  For me, however, I like to pick the games that “stuck” with me the most in making a top list of this sort.  So my picks will »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Jordan Maison)

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