The Way TV Ratings Are Determined Is Getting A Big Change

The Way TV Ratings Are Determined Is Getting A Big Change

In what has increasingly been a transformative year for TV and film due to COVID-19, Nielsen–an information, data, and measurement firm synonymous with TV ratings–has finalized a decision that could signal greater potential growth in television. Michael Mulvihill, the executive vice president and head of strategy and analytics for Fox Sports, revealed on Twitter that today is a “significant day” as “for the first time TV viewing outside the home will be fully integrated into Nielsen’s national TV ratings.”This isn’t a decision spurred on by the coronavirus pandemic–the move to measure ratings with new methods has been in the works for several years–but the overlap will answer “a lot of interesting questions… this year,” Mulvihill said, including: “How will news and business networks, already soaring during the pandemic, grow with OOH? What time periods will suddenly become more attractive for sports events? Which sports will benefit most?”Nilsen’s shift is meant to reflect the changing habits of modern TV viewers, and comes after years of testing. (You can read more about the firm’s thinking here) The updated system could mean the ever-popular fan campaigns to “save” certain series could be rendered either moot or much more infrequent–in addition to there now being so many more platforms to house content and popular series, marketers and networks alike will now have ways to make time watching TV not on TV “count.”Continue Reading at GameSpot
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Post Malone Invests In Envy Gaming, A Texas Esports Company

Post Malone Invests In Envy Gaming, A Texas Esports Company

In an unexpected crossover between the music and gaming industry, Post Malone now owns part of Envy, a big esports organization located in Texas. According to The Hollywood Reporter, he holds an “undisclosed equity stake” in the company. Envy is home to Dallas Fuel from the Overwatch League and Dallas Empire from the Call of Duty League.Happy to announce i’m now part owner of @DallasEmpire Let’s take this throne and win these playoffs:) pic.twitter.com/5Fz282Xeot — Posty (@PostMalone) August 28, 2020Explaining his motivation behind the investment, Post Malone stated, “I grew up in Texas and I’ve been gaming my whole life, so this just really felt right. I have always wanted to be a part of bringing gaming into the professional sports world, so to be involved with what Envy is doing in my hometown feels like such a perfect fit.”Post Malone and Envy’s CEO, Adam Rymer, first met through Mike Rufail, the company’s founder and chief gaming officer. Malone and Rufail are both Dallas Cowboy fans and developed a “natural, mutual admiration for gaming, Texas, and the idea of how working together could be a big deal for them.”Continue Reading at GameSpot
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Netflix Has A Free Section, And Here's Everything You Can Watch Right Now

Netflix Has A Free Section, And Here's Everything You Can Watch Right Now

While Netflix may be the most-popular and well-known streaming service, there are still people who have access to high-speed internet that aren’t signed up for it. In order to try to get those people on board, Netflix is offering up some of its higher-profile content for free.The watch free section of Netflix offers up a wide variety of programming for those still on the fence about the streaming service. From original movies to TV shows, it’s a very small taste of what the service has to offer. The only real downside is that as far as the TV shows are concerned, you’re only getting Season 1, Episode 1 for all of them, and that’s it.The library of free content isn’t overwhelmingly extensive, but there are a few things newbies to Netflix will want to check out. Below, you’ll find everything in the free section. And again, for TV series, it’s just the first episode of the first season that’s available.Continue Reading at GameSpot
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A Ton Of First-Party Nintendo Switch Games Are Discounted Right Now

A Ton Of First-Party Nintendo Switch Games Are Discounted Right Now

Over the past year or so, we’ve started to see more regular discounts on first-party Nintendo Switch games. It seems the days of Zelda and Mario games selling for list price for literal years are in the rearview mirror. That said, Switch games still hover around full price for longer than PlayStation and Xbox games, which makes any discount on a fairly recent title noteworthy. Walmart has loads of great Nintendo Switch games on sale for $49.94 right now, including Animal Crossing: New Horizons and Fire Emblem: Three Houses.Animal Crossing: New Horizons has been discounted to $50 before, but it’s never gone for less, and this discount is still pretty rare. If you haven’t picked up the massively popular simulation game yet, now’s your chance to get it for a stellar price. Fire Emblem: Three Houses, one of the best tactical RPGs on Switch, doesn’t get discounted often, and this is the best price we’ve seen.Zelda fans can pick up the adorable remake of The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening for $49.94 as well. Released in 2019, Link’s Awakening is often still sold for full price. Whether you want to revisit your childhood or introduce your kids to old-school top-down Zelda, Link’s Awakening is a gem that every Switch owner should play.Continue Reading at GameSpot
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Stephen King's The Stand CBS All Access Series Gets First Teaser

Stephen King's The Stand CBS All Access Series Gets First Teaser

The next highly-anticipated original program coming to the CBS All Access streaming service is The Stand, based on the Stephen King novel of the same name. During MTV’s Video Music Awards, a new teaser was released for the show.The nine-episode limited series arrives December 17 to the ViacomCBS streaming service. The new 30-second teaser gives us a better look at the upcoming show. Check it out below.The limited series takes place in a future where a plague has wiped out most of the population, and there is a struggle between the forces of good and evil. “The fate of mankind rests on the frail shoulders of the 108-year-old Mother Abagail (Whoopi Goldberg) and a handful of survivors,” reads the official description. “Their worst nightmares are embodied in a man with a lethal smile and unspeakable powers: Randall Flagg (Alexander Skarsgård), the Dark Man. THE STAND will close with a new coda written by the famed author himself.”Continue Reading at GameSpot
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The Making of Aliens: Mutiny, Lawsuits, and James Camer-who?

The Making of Aliens: Mutiny, Lawsuits, and James Camer-who?

When James Cameron’s Aliens was released in 1986, it was an unknown quantity, a sci-fi/action/war film coming some seven years after Ridley Scott’s iconic outer-space horror picture. Did Alien even need a sequel? And how could a follow-up possibly match the 1979 Scott film? In an age when quality sequels were less than a sure thing, Cameron and Aliens faced an uphill battle. Of course, 34 years later Aliens is a bona fide classic itself, a worthy successor to the original Alien that not only continued the story of Sigourney’s Weaver’s Ellen Ripley, giving her an emotional arc that she was lacking in the first film, but which also fleshed out the world of the Xenomorphs in way that ensured that Alien would become a franchise for decades to come. And now the detailed story of how Aliens was created, including the many ups and downs Cameron and his producer Gale Anne Hurd faced, has been told in Titan Books’ The Making of Aliens by J.W. Rinzler. Rinzler is well known among fans of behind-the-scenes filmmaking tomes, having authored the definitive making of books on the original Star Wars films as well as a variety of other works on iconic movies like Planet of the Apes, the Indiana Jones series, and Alien. The author spoke to IGN recently about the process of writing The Making of Aliens, and the challenges Cameron and Hurd faced while bringing their vision to the screen. [poilib element=”accentDivider”] From Star Wars to Alien Rinzler began working at Lucasfilm in 2001 and was hired as the nonfiction editor, which is what led to his penning what would become the acclaimed Making of books on the Original Trilogy. First, he undertook a book on Revenge of the Sith, which was in production at the time, but eventually, he pitched George Lucas on doing one on A New Hope. Lucas liked the way the first one turned out and gave the OK to follow-ups on The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi… and Rinzler hasn’t looked back since. “And then when I left Lucasfilm, I was able to keep writing for Fox because my ex-boss at Lucasfilm was working at Fox [as the] head of publishing,” says Rinzler. “And then other people I knew offered me other projects. So I’ve been fortunate in that regard.” Rinzler’s books are usually easily identified by the specific style and…
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Crusader Kings 3 Review

Crusader Kings 3 Review

Empress Hamam accomplished a lot in her 71 years. Hailing from a meager tribe in what would be modern Sudan (eastern Africa), she restored the organized worship of the ancient Egyptian gods and cemented the rule of a new pharaonic dynasty in the medieval Nile Valley, finally ending centuries of foreign rule. Her passion in life, however, was her 12 children, some of whom would go on to rule in their own right. Raising that many kids is stressful, though, which led her to develop a drinking habit and a taste for elaborate feasts, ultimately ingratiating her in the eyes of her more revelrous subjects even further. This is just one of the countless human stories that emerged organically over more than 100 hours I’ve already spent in Crusader Kings 3. And its marriage of the personal and the political, the grand and the intimate, is nothing short of glorious. Crusader Kings has always been a series about how individual characters, and their interactions, shape history, and this third installment finds new and intriguing ways to portray that. Like its predecessors, Crusader Kings 3 lets court drama, dynastic feuds, and marriage alliances underpin the more familiar grand strategy game tasks of constructing castles, researching technology, and waging war. A personal slight between two neighboring rulers can plunge the entire region into bloodshed and chaos worthy of a great historical fiction novel, while a well-planned betrothal can forge a mighty alliance and eventually unite kingdoms under one crown. Fundamentally, it’s a game more about people than things – and that focus is what makes it truly special and memorable. [ignvideo url=”https://www.ign.com/videos/6-minutes-of-crusader-kings-3-gameplay”] Paradox Development Studio has deepened and expanded upon most of the key elements that made Crusader Kings 2 work. The stress system, which led our merry matriarch Hamam to find solace in the bottom of a bottle, is emblematic of this. In Crusader Kings 2, characters have personality traits that affect their stats, but they didn’t do much to guide your behavior. In Crusader Kings 3, a cruel character will build up stress if you often offer your enemies mercy, while an honest one will chafe at dark dealings in the shadows. This encouraged me to roleplay the traits of my characters rather than just seeing them as numerical modifiers, or live with the consequences of denying their natural tendencies, which I really enjoyed. Understandably, Crusader Kings 3’s system doesn’t…
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Hasbro PulseCon to Spotlight New Marvel, Star Wars, Transformers Toys

Hasbro PulseCon to Spotlight New Marvel, Star Wars, Transformers Toys

Hasbro has announced Hasbro PulseCon, a new virtual, Comic-Con-style event aimed at showcasing upcoming releases and exclusives collectibles. Hasbro PulseCon will feature many of the company’s perennial franchises like Marvel, Star Wars, Transformers, Power Rangers, Ghostbusters and Magic: The Gathering. The event will also focus on a newer addition to the Hasbro lineup, giving fans a glimpse of what’s to come from Hasbro’s future Dungeons & Dragons releases. With Hasbro sitting out [email protected] this year, Hasbro PulseCon will also serve as an outlet for a number of different exclusive collectibles, including a Marvel Legends box set featuring X-Men villains The Hellfire Club and a Snake Supreme version of Cobra Commander. Check out the slideshow gallery below to see all the exclusives being offered: [widget path=”global/article/imagegallery” parameters=”albumSlug=all-the-exclusive-figures-at-hasbro-pulsecon&captions=true”] Hasbro PulseCon is hosted by SyFy Wire’s Jackie Jennings and will feature a number of panels, unboxings, interviews, product giveaways and audience Q&A’s. The event will run on September 25 and 26 and will stream exclusively on Hasbro Pulse’s YouTube channel. “We are constantly impressed by our fan community and their unwavering passion for Hasbro brands. The Hasbro Pulse community was built with them in mind, and we’re excited to take fan-first engagement with our Pulse platform even deeper,” says Hasbro’s Chief Consumer Officer Eric Nyman in a statement. “We’re looking forward to celebrating the fans, providing community connection at a time where everyone needs it most, and ultimately delivering a peek behind the curtain on their favorite brands in a way only Hasbro can.” This is the latest example of a company hosting a virtual convention in lieu of a traditional Comic-Con appearance. DC FanDome just gave us our first looks at The Batman, Suicide Squad Kill the Justice League and Justice League: The Snyder Cut, while a second FanDome event in September will spotlight upcoming CW series like Batwoman: Season 2 and Superman & Lois. Other recent virtual conventions include Skybound Xpo and [email protected] [ignvideo url=”https://www.ign.com/videos/2020/08/23/the-batman-trailer-dc-fandome-official-footage”] In other recent Hasbro news, the company is going all-in on X-Men movie toys and kicking off a new themed series called Star Wars: Celebrate the Saga. Hasbro also recently kicked off a crowdfunding promotion for a massive Marvel Legends Sentinel figure, one which blew through its original goal in a matter of hours. [poilib element=”accentDivider”] Jesse is a mild-mannered staff writer for IGN. Allow him to lend a machete to your intellectual thicket by following @jschedeen…
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Crusader Kings 3 Review

Crusader Kings 3 Review

There was a naked man in my court.On June 14, 1073 AD, my steward, vassal and knight, Earl Muiredach mac Carthach of Desmond arrived at the meeting of my small council dressed only in, well… his birthday suit. This was the man I’d entrusted to manage the paperwork of my realm, to ensure taxes were being collected. Was this newfound fashion choice a portent of his impending madness? Was it some bold power move designed to put me off my game? A sign of the contempt in which he held his ruler? Or was it a bug, a highly specific graphical glitch that just happened to leave one of my councillors undressed? I didn’t know.Perhaps it’s a credit to Crusader Kings 3 that I didn’t have an immediate answer, a sign of the depth and complexity of its simulation and its capacity for surprise. Perhaps it was also a failing, a breakdown somewhere between the calculations of a mass of colliding gameplay systems and how their results were communicated to me. Perhaps it’s both. Regardless, this memorable event served only to highlight the singular vision of Crusader Kings 3, a grand strategy game that successfully operates across a bewildering scale, feeling vast and unknowable one moment yet awkwardly intimate the next. It’s a marvel of connectivity, effectively linking together complementary elements plucked from different genres–the role-playing game, the visual novel, the life simulation, the city-builder, the wargame–even if at times you can sense it straining at the seams.Continue Reading at GameSpot
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