As ‘Minecraft’ Better Together rolls out, PlayStation is still a no-show. Here’s why.

The process of unifying all most Minecraft players under a single version of the game has officially begun. The "Better Together" update is now rolling out to Windows 10, Gear/Oculus VR, Xbox One, and Android/iOS versions of the game. Nintendo's Switch will join that lineup before the end of 2017. Earlier Mac/Windows-friendly Java versions of the game and the newer 3DS version won't ever get the update. Still, there's a notable absence from this … [Read more...]

‘Cuphead’ behind-the-scenes clip speaks to my inner jazz geek

Cuphead draws much of its inspiration from early "Silly Symphony" shorts from Disney, and other musically-inclined cartoons from the medium's youngest days (looking at you, Looney Tunes). And, as we see in this new behind the scenes clip, that extends to the music. This was a Thing with classic cartoon shorts: Music was central to the experience. Big band jazz ensembles didn't just set the mood; in many ways the sound they created guided the … [Read more...]

Colin Kaepernick, shunned by the NFL, named Week 1 MVP by the player’s union

Professional NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick can't find a team to call home in the National Football League, but that didn't stop the NFL Player's Association from celebrating his charity work this week. The official player's union of the NFL named Kap as the organization's Week 1 "Community MVP" on Friday. He received the honor "for his commitment to empowering underserved communities through donations and grassroots outreach," the NFLPA … [Read more...]

‘mother!’ gets a rare F grade from CinemaScore, but what does that really mean?

Moviegoers aren't happy with mother!, but not necessarily because they think it's bad. Writer/director Darren Aronofsky's latest earned an F from CinemaScore. It's rare to see such a low grade from the Las Vegas-based audience polling firm, but when it does happen it's usually because of a marketing fail rather than a creative fail (though sometimes it is just because a movie is that bad). SEE ALSO: Even Jennifer Lawrence thought 'mother!' maybe … [Read more...]

‘World of Warcraft’ supports disaster relief with an adorable pet fox you can adopt

Meet Shadow, an adorable purple-and-white fox that's up for "adoption" (i.e. purchase) in World of Warcraft. What's more: if you open your heart to her, and you'll actually do some good in the wider world. Shadow continues Blizzard's tradition of in-game "charity pets," which are usually (but not always) tied to the annual fan event, BlizzCon. In this case, the $10 cost of adopting the cute, little fox benefits disaster relief. SEE ALSO: Blizzard … [Read more...]

Bungie responded swiftly to a hate symbol appearing in ‘Destiny 2,’ but questions remain

A piece of armor in Destiny 2 bears a logo that looks suspiciously similar to a symbol associated with white nationalists (i.e. racists). Bungie addressed the issue directly on Tuesday morning in a pair of tweets. The short version? Shit's gonna get fixed. SEE ALSO: 'Destiny 2' gives returning players a thoughtful record of their 'Destiny' triumphs 1/2 It’s come to our attention that a gauntlet in Destiny 2 shares elements with a hate … [Read more...]

Hilariously, Nintendo doesn’t want you to overpay for the SNES Classic

Oh, Nintendo. Here we go again. The Super NES Classic Edition is out on Sept. 29 and Nintendo of America boss Reggie Fils-Aime really doesn't want you to pay too much for it. It retails for $80, but it's also very hard to find — so of course eBay flippers are already charging outrageous prices for something they don't even have yet. SEE ALSO: 'Super Mario 64' is now an online game, whether Nintendo likes it or not Speaking to Financial … [Read more...]

‘It’ is a hit! The Stephen King horror flick shattered box office records

Horror movies don't usually land at the box office like this. It, the New Line/Warner Bros. adaptation of Stephen King's classic novel, is expected to end its opening weekend with $117.2 million at the box office. That's a staggeringly huge figure for any movie to open with, and a basically impossible one — until now, apparently — for an R-rated horror movie. SEE ALSO: Critics say 'It' is missing something, but will still scare you … [Read more...]

Barack Obama’s post-election letter to Donald Trump is filled with unheeded advice

"This is a unique office, without a clear blueprint for success." There was a lot of chatter around Barack Obama's welcome letter for Donald Trump, written and left inside the Resolute desk for the incoming 45th president to find after his January inauguration. Obama kept the contents of that letter a secret, and it stayed that way until now. SEE ALSO: Matt Damon explains the obnoxious requirement for filming in a Trump building Trump has … [Read more...]

Are you ‘Ready For It’? Taylor Swift just dropped another song from ‘Reputation’

Taylor Swift's Reputation is out on Nov. 10, but you can get a second taste of it right now. "Ready For It" is the second track released for the upcoming album, after "Look What You Made Me Do," the first single, debuted last week. It's an edgier track than the previous one, with a fast staccato rhythm and thumping bass. SEE ALSO: Taylor Swift just broke another video record A second glance into #reputation...ready for it? … [Read more...]

‘Mario + Rabbids’ reviews are in: Here’s what the critics think

Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battles is truly the most bizarre game for Nintendo Switch. In so many ways. The game was first announced at E3 in June 2017, and now, just over two months later, it's about to be released. That kind of reveal-to-release timeline is unheard of for a major release from top publishers and for a machine that's still new enough that every new game gets time in the spotlight. SEE ALSO: 'Mario + Rabbids' may look cute, but it's … [Read more...]

‘Cuphead’ is like no video game I have ever seen

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The heroes of ‘Overwatch’ face off in a legendary rap battle

The Overwatch fan community always finds a way to outdo itself. Wow, this video. YouTuber ThatPunchKid assembled this epic "Legendary Rap Battles of Overwatch" short using a mix of hand-made animations (that really look like they could have come from Blizzard), hip-hop beats, and voice lines from the game itself. The finished work is astonishingly good. There's nothing more to say. Watch this thing and be amazed. And get hype for the next one, … [Read more...]

‘Assassin’s Creed’ badassery is even cooler with Leonard Cohen behind it

Ubisoft has always had a knack for nailing trailer music, and this latest look at Assassin's Creed Origins is no exception. Leonard Cohen's "You Want It Darker" provides the backbeat for this cinematic peek at the next Assassin's adventure, set in ancient EgyptOrigins changes things up for the series in a big way, with more of a focus on RPG trappings and layered combat than past games have had. It's what the Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag team … [Read more...]