Acer VG270U Gaming Monitor Review

Acer VG270U Gaming Monitor Review

Be sure to visit IGN Tech for all the latest comprehensive hands-on reviews and best-of roundups. Note that if you click on one of these links to buy the product, IGN may get a share of the sale. For more, read our Terms of Use. Two models comprise Acer’s new Nitro VG0 series of affordable AMD FreeSync gaming monitors. There’s the tiny, affordable 21.5-inch, 1080p model that costs only $130, and the 27-inch model I am reviewing here, which is the VG270U Pbmiipx, (See it at Newegg). It costs $450 and serves up a 2560×1440 resolution and a speedy 144Hz refresh rate. You lose out on some of the connections and design flourishes of Acer’s flagship Predator line, but you do get a crisp IPS panel that offers motion blur reduction – Acer calls it Visual Response Boost (VRB) – allowing for a speedy 1ms response time. Continue reading…
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Breaking Down The Grinch's Box Office Debut

Breaking Down The Grinch's Box Office Debut

Illumination Entertainment has another hit on their hands with a new animated adaptation of Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch, which opened with $67.6 million. With an additional $13.1 million coming from foreign markets, its worldwide debt of $80.7 million has already secured a profit for the film, which has a production budget of $75 million. When compared to the other eight films produced by Illumination Entertainment, The Grinch doesn’t stack up as high as you might think, so we’re breaking down its opening weekend when compared to the rest of Illumination’s slate. The Grinch’s opening weekend ranks as the sixth best out of Illumination Entertainment’s nine films, behind another Dr. Seuss adaptation, The Lorax ($70.2 million), Despicable Me 3 ($72.4 million), Despicable Me 2 ($83.5 million), The Secret Life of Pets ($104.4 million) and Minions ($115.7 million). Its debut fared better than the very first Illumination film, the original Despicable Me ($56.4 million), Hop ($37.5 million) and Sing ($35.3 million). All of Illumination’s films have at least broken the $100 million domestic box office barrier, with the lowest-grossing film being Hop at $108.1 million, but oddly enough, a lower debut doesn’t often foreshadow a lackluster domestic performance. Continue reading…
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Best Black Friday PC Deals

Best Black Friday PC Deals

If you buy something through this post, IGN may get a share of the sale. For more, read our Terms of Use. If you’ve been holding off on getting a new laptop, PC, or components to build your own, you made a wise decision. The best Black Friday deals on gaming PCs and everything else computer-related have already started in some cases. If the deals haven’t already started, we have a really good idea of what’s coming down the pike for Black Friday 2018. You can already get a look at the best Best Buy Black Friday deals, as well as the best Dell Black Friday deals, among others. Continue reading…
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The True Legacy of Stan Lee at Marvel Comics

The True Legacy of Stan Lee at Marvel Comics

The pop culture world was dealt a huge blow today with the news that Stan Lee passed away at the age of 95. Lee is widely celebrated as one of the primary architects of the Marvel Universe. He co-created many of the company’s most famous heroes and villains and managed to become the public face of Marvel for decades. But ultimately, Lee’s true legacy at Marvel Comics isn’t any one character or franchise, but the deep inspiration he provided for generations of creators that followed. Lee’s resume includes a laundry list of iconic superhero characters – Spider-Man, the X-Men, the Fantastic Four, the Avengers and on and on. That said, Lee isn’t singlehandedly responsible for creating any of the characters he’s so closely associated with. Spider-Man was a joint creation with Steve Ditko. Thor, Iron Man, Hulk, the Fantastic Four and the X-Men were all developed alongside Jack Kirby. But that’s the beauty of comics – it’s generally a collaborative medium. If you didn’t have Kirby’s boundless imagination and superhuman work ethic paired with Lee’s sense of humor, grandiose storytelling style and marketing skills, none of these characters would be what they are today. It’s safe to say many of them might never have left the drawing board in the first place. Continue reading…
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101 Amazing Little Details in Red Dead Redemption 2

101 Amazing Little Details in Red Dead Redemption 2

Red Dead Redemption 2 promises an unparalleled level of depth, from its vast, sprawling world, to the people and animals within it, and how it all fits together in a way that is quite unlike any open-world game before it. You’re never quite know how each encounter with another character will pan out because each person is different. Similarly, it’s filled with moments where you’ll ask yourself, “I wonder if I can do that?”, and chances are you probably can, no matter how outrageous it is. Continue reading…
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Child's Play: New Poster, Release Date Revealed for Chucky Reboot

Child's Play: New Poster, Release Date Revealed for Chucky Reboot

MGM and Orion Pictures have released a new poster for Child’s Play, the Chucky reboot, that reveals a June 21, 2019 release date. “More than a toy… he’s your best friend,” reads the poster, which depicts a warehouse full of boxes of Buddi toys. A box in the foreground gives a good look at the packaging, which includes a WiFi signal above the “i” in Buddi. Icons along the side of the box indicate Buddi can be controlled by phones, tablets, and computers when connected to WiFi. Continue reading…
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Colonizing Mars Just Got a Lot More Complicated on the National Geographic Series

Colonizing Mars Just Got a Lot More Complicated on the National Geographic Series

Colonizing Mars might seem like a far-future sci-fi fantasy, but National Geographic’s half-documentary, half-scripted drama Mars posits that perhaps it’s not too far off. The hybrid series is back for a second season on Mondays at 9 p.m. ET beginning Nov. 12, and while the second season leans heavier into the soapy, scripted drama, the urgency of scientists’ latest warnings about climate change make it more topical than ever. One thing we learn in the series is that even embarking on the seven-month journey requires years of rigorous training — and there’s no guarantee of a return trip back. “When they go up there, are signing a will. They know there’s a very good chance that they could die, and they could not come back,” star Jihae told IGN and a small group of reporters during a visit to the series’ Budapest, Hungary set in the summer of 2017. “That’s quite a sacrifice.” Continue reading…
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Uncanny X-Men Returns This Week

Uncanny X-Men Returns This Week

With dozens of comic books to choose from, let us show you which are the best coming out this week. Take a look at this list spotlighting our favorite comics that we know are money-well-spent and new books that look cool and are backed by some top-tier talent. Once you check out our picks, head to the comments to let us know what you’ll be buying this week! Uncanny X-Men #1 – $7.99 Writers Ed Brisson, Kelly Thompson & Matthew Rosenberg | Artists Mahmud A. Asrar, Mark Bagley & Mirko Colak | Cover Artist Leinil Francis Yu (Marvel Comics) Continue reading…
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Marvel, Disney Comment on Stan Lee's Death

Marvel, Disney Comment on Stan Lee's Death

Marvel Comics and the Walt Disney Company have released a joint statement regarding Stan Lee’s death, eulogizing his legacy and contributions to both companies. “With a heavy heart, we share our deepest condolences with his daughter and brother, and we honor and remember the creator, voice and champion of Marvel Comics,” the post reads, going on to include a statement from Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger. “Stan Lee was as extraordinary as the characters he created,” he said. “A super hero in his own right to Marvel fans around the world, Stan had the power to inspire, to entertain, and to connect. The scale of his imagination was only exceeded by the size of his heart.” Continue reading…
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