Ancient Solar Storm Helps Scientists Pinpoint Exactly When Vikings Were in America

Ancient Solar Storm Helps Scientists Pinpoint Exactly When Vikings Were in America

Scientists have analysed wood samples from trees using a bygone cosmic storm as a reference point to reveal an exact year that Vikings were present in America.According to a study published in the Nature journal, per National Geographic, researchers examined wooden artefacts to determine the exact year that Vikings journeyed to the L'Anse aux Meadows in Newfoundland, Canada. The data retrieved indicated that European seafarers were felling trees in the area as early as A.D. 1021, exactly 1,000 years ago.While the precise date corroborates previous evidence of Viking sagas, it also provides the earliest known record of a transatlantic crossing. "This is the first time the date has been scientifically established," archaeologist Margot Kuitems, a researcher at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands and the study's co-author, told NBC News."Previously the date was based only on sagas — oral histories that were only written down in the 13th century, at least 200 years after the events they described took place," she added.The new evidence derives from preserved pieces of wood that were excavated in and around the L'Anse aux Meadows site, with three samples all pointing to the same year.A solar storm in A.D. 993 released an enormous pulse of radiation that was absorbed and recorded in the rings of the world's trees. Scientists examined the signals that were left behind by the preceding "cosmogenic radiocarbon event" in the rings to determine the exact radiocarbon dates for the felling of the trees at the Vikings settlement."If you have a tree with lots of rings and have the bark edge, it's just a question of counting," Michael Dee, a radiocarbon dating expert at the University of Groningen, who led the new study, told NatGeo. "The [previous] radiocarbon dates stretch between the beginning and the end of the Viking Age. We're proving it happened by 1021 at the latest."This study is particularly significant as it offers a secure juncture for late Viking chronology and presents the earliest known year for the presence of Europeans across the Atlantic.Various aspects of the Viking Age have made the headlines in recent times. A DNA study last year revealed that most Vikings were not as fair-haired and blue-eyed as pop culture would have us believe. A month later, archaeologists unearthed the 1200-year-old remains of a large Viking temple in Norway that was dedicated to the worship of Thor and Odin.For more on Marvel's very own…
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Sopranos Creator in Talks for an HBO Max Prequel Series

Sopranos Creator in Talks for an HBO Max Prequel Series

The Sopranos creator David Chase is in talks for a new Sopranos TV show – a prequel that could eventually head to HBO Max.Ann Sarnoff, WarnerMedia CEO of Studios and Network, told Deadline that the studio is “thrilled” with the success of The Many Saints of Newark. “We’re talking to David about a new series, Sopranos related, on HBO Max,” she said.The decision seems to have been spurred by the success of The Many Saints of Newark, which despite only earning $11.4 million worldwide, has sparked huge interest in The Sopranos once more.“You see The Sopranos pop into the top ten of viewed series on [HBO Max] and it’s given it an entirely new life,” she added. “It’s literally lifted all of The Sopranos franchise in a new way. You can’t measure just by the box office.”Chase previously told Deadline that he would consider returning to make a sequel to The Many Saints of Newark. Now, it looks as though that may have become a TV series all of its own.“There’s only one way that I would do it,” he said about creating another Sopranos movie. “And that was if Terry and I could write the script together. That I would do.”The story would potentially take place after The Many Saints of Newark but before the start of the original series, bridging the gap between the movie and TV show. It’s unclear whether The Sopranos writer Terry Winter is already on board.The Many Saints of Newark recently answered a long-lingering question for Sopranos fans, so a new series seems like a very timely addition. But while a new Sopranos show is an intriguing possibility, Warner executive Ann Sarnoff admitted that the series could become a movie sequel in time.Either way, it looks as though there’s plenty more Sopranos yet to come. And The Many Saints of Newark is just the beginning. We awarded the prequel movie a 7/10 review, calling it "a solid and fan-friendly prequel to the classic HBO series, even if it does try to add too much to the Sopranos Universe."Ryan Leston is an entertainment journalist and film critic for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter.
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New World Is Stuck In a Currency Crisis

New World Is Stuck In a Currency Crisis
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New World is currently being affected by a deflationary currency crisis so bad that on some servers, players have started bartering raw materials with one another instead of spending their increasingly valuable coins. As per an article by Player Auctions, Amazon's latest MMORPG is currently facing a troubling time with deflation. Unlike other MMOs, which often have to combat inflation caused by players generating more money through grinding out quests and amassing small fortunes, New World is facing quite the opposite problem. According to the article, the game's primary methods for distributing New World's currency to players across the land – through monster drops, salvage, and completing quests – aren't offering enough coins to keep up with the rate that they're exiting circulation as players spend their hard-earned coins. As circulation in the game decreases, this has resulted in prices on in-game items such as crafting materials falling "not necessarily because there isn’t enough coin to afford them, but because the value of the currency is so much higher than the value of goods". While the issue of deflation poses a number of problems to players in-game, the falling price of raw materials alone could affect the way that fans play the game in the future. As prices lower, this could potentially disincentivize players from leveling up certain skills in order to generate income. For example, if the price of raw materials fell sharply enough, then players may be less likely to sink time into mining them as the return for ore being sold would become so negligible that it wouldn't be worth their time. In some servers, Player Auctions reports that the value of the currency is now so high that players have regressed back to a barter economy where resources are being traded instead of coins. Players are now seemingly entering into transactions like "1000 linen, for 600 ore and 20 eggs, or star metal tools for 40 steel bars," in order to be able to hoard the coins that they have. While perhaps an apt way of trading in terms of the game's setting and environment, for New World's players this only further exemplifies the problems that deflation causes in the game.How New World developer Amazon Games will look to address the issue remains to be seen. However, with the effects of deflation likely set to worsen should the issue be left untouched, players will be hoping…
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Charlie Cox On Calls For Daredevil Return: ‘Be Careful What You Wish For’

Charlie Cox On Calls For Daredevil Return: ‘Be Careful What You Wish For’

Daredevil star Charlie Cox knows that Marvel fans want to see him back as the Man Without Fear – but he warns it might not be for the best.During an interview with The Pop Culture Spotlight on SiriusXM, the 38-year-old Daredevil actor explained why suiting up as the Marvel hero again might not be such a good idea.“You’ve got to be careful what you wish for,” he said. “You come back and it’s not as good or it doesn’t quite work or… too much time has passed, it doesn’t quite come together in the same way.”Marvel’s Daredevil, which ran for three seasons on Netflix, received critical acclaim for its punchy fight scenes and the occasionally brutal tale of Matt Murdock’s story. Now, Charlie Cox is worried about letting fans of the show down.“You don’t want to taint what you’ve already got,” he explained. “If we never come back, you’ve got these three great seasons — and our third season was our best-reviewed. So, the trajectory was up. I am tremendously proud and grateful for what we have.”Despite this, Cox admits that he would consider returning as Daredevil – as long as it’s under the right circumstances. “If there was an opportunity for me to come back as Daredevil, whatever that would look like, I imagine it would be a reimagining of the character and the show,” he said. “If they choose me to do it, there are going to be some elements that are, of course, the same. Or they might choose someone else and reboot it all over again.”Interestingly, the rights to Daredevil recently reverted to Marvel studios, making a return far more likely. But while there have been rumours that Charlie Cox would be back in the upcoming Spider-Man: No Way Home, the actor has previously stated that he won’t back: “It's certainly not with my Daredevil,” he said. “I'm not involved in it." Whether or not Daredevil will return to the MCU remains to be seen – but it looks as though Charlie Cox’s time as the Man Without Fear may be over.Ryan Leston is an entertainment journalist and film critic for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter.
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Daily Deals: New Incredible Discounts on PS5 Games and Accessories

Daily Deals: New Incredible Discounts on PS5 Games and Accessories

Secured a PS5 this week? Here are all the very best accessories and games on sale you will need to make the very most out of your new console. From a brand new Midnight Black controller to the game of the year contender Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, there's plenty of impressive PS5 deals to check out right now. Facebook is also running a great promotion on its set of Portal devices. You can currently buy two Portal devices and save £100 on your purchase, including the brand new Portal+ and Portal Go.TL;DR – Best DealsBest PS5 Deals: Games and AccessoriesBuy Two Portal Devices and Get £100 Off Your PurchasePortal devices are all about immersive video calling, including Smart Camera tracking that will keep you on screen and in focus throughout a video call. It works with most video calling apps such as Zoom, and you can use it to call others who don't have a Portal device as well. Buying two of these is the perfect Christmas present in my opinion, as you can gift a Portal device to a relative or a friend, and instantly connect with them whenever you need to.Apple AirPods on Sale at AmazonResident Evil Village Down to £27.97 at Currys (was £54.99)Metroid Dread Down to £34.99 with GAMENEXDAY at CurrysRobert Anderson is a deals expert and Commerce Editor for IGN. You can follow him @robertliam21 on Twitter.
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Aussie Deals: Up to 92% Off Metal Gear and 84% Off Capcom Franchise Sales!

Aussie Deals: Up to 92% Off Metal Gear and 84% Off Capcom Franchise Sales!

I'm taking this opportunity to recommend a criminally under-loved game. Huntdown is now 50% off, it's a damn fine sidescrolling shooter, and it'll give you a purer cyberpunk fix than CDPR's recent efforts. (Extra bonus: the launch trailer for it was money.) Beyond that, I've spotted some terrific first-party PS games, an IGN GOTY going cheap on Xbox, plus a whole bunch of Resi and MGS gems in franchise sales. Get scrolling to get saving…Notable Sales for Nintendo SwitchPurchase Cheaply for PCExciting Offers for XO/XSProduct Savings for PS4/PS5 Adam's an Aussie deals guy who foolishly showed his youngest son how effective Eddy Gordo is. He now complains about low-kicks @Grizwords.
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Everwild Reboot Reports Were a 'Little Extreme,' Xbox Game Studios Head Says

Everwild Reboot Reports Were a 'Little Extreme,' Xbox Game Studios Head Says

Back in June, a report indicated that Everwild, Rare's newest game IP, was being completely rebooted. In a recent interview with Kinda Funny, Xbox Game Studios head Matt Booty said that that report was "more definite and a little more extreme" than the truth.In his Kinda Funny interview (via GamesRadar), Booty elaborated on how game development, particularly the narratively rich and distinct flavor that Rare creates, is a difficult process consisting of thousands of little decisions."What is Rare known for?" Booty said. "They're known for creating new IP and creating worlds. I'll say when you look at it from the outside, when you hear words like 'reset' and maybe 'restructure,' those are probably a little more definite and a little more extreme than what really happens as a game comes to life."Booty also referenced his time working alongside NBA Jam developer Mark Trammell."He used to say that a game gets made a thousand small decisions at a time," Booty said. "Every day you're making hundreds of small decisions and at the end of however long you work on the game, they all add up. I think that's where the Everwild team is right now. They're just trying to make sure that they've got something special."Booty also touched on how, even with how long a game can take to make and release, the state of a game can dramatically change (or improve) with each new build."There's some days where you're just terrified," Booty said. "'What are they making? How is this ever going to come together?' Then you balance that out with a day later, this build comes together and you're like 'this is magic.'"Worries about a reboot of Everwild's development started when the game was absent from Microsoft's game showcase events during 2019. Everwild's creative director Simon Woodroffe also left Rare in 2020. Rare filled the director's chair with veteran designer Gregg Mayles, who previously worked on Donkey Kong Country, Banjo-Kazooie, Viva Pinata, and Sea of Thieves. The initial report of the supposed reboot also stated that Everwild may have changed the game's original concept of third-person adventuring with "god game elements," but didn't confirm if any changes actually happened.Booty said Xbox will have more to share about Everwild when Rare has more to show and that they "don't want to keep things hidden for too long."Joseph Knoop is a writer/producer/nature wizard for IGN.
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PS4 and PS5's Early 2022 Games Lineup Is Packed – Beyond 722

PS4 and PS5's Early 2022 Games Lineup Is Packed – Beyond 722

On this week's episode of IGN's PlayStation podcast, IGN's Podcast Beyond!, host Jonathon Dornbush is joined by Mark Medina and Jada Griffin to discuss all the latest in the world of PS5, PS4, and more.First, with the recent PS4 and PS5 game delays of things like Elden Ring and the PS5 versions of The Witcher 3 and Cyberpunk 2077, we talk about how jampacked early 2022 is with PS4 and PS5 games, including Horizon Forbidden West, Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin, Sifu, Elden Ring, Tiny Tina's Wonderlands, Gran Turismo 7, and so much more. We discuss what we're so excited to play, why we don't mind this fall being a bit quieter, and how we plan to tackle this short span of so many potentially awesome PS4 and PS5 games.We also discuss PS5's sales success in September against the Nintendo Switch, and what that means for PS5 sales going into the rest of the year, as well as the return of custom PS5 faceplates from a third-party company, DBrand, our approach to customizing our hardware or looking for different console and controller color variants, and more. Plus, we also discuss the move of God of War 2018 coming to PC early next year.We also dig into games we've been playing, including Death Stranding: Director's Cut, Hot Wheels Unleashed, New World, Far Cry 6; Jada shares a Memory Card story, and much more!And if you're looking for more places to enjoy the show, check out Podcast Beyond! on all available platforms: https://linktr.ee/podcastbeyondTime codes:00:00:15 – Intro & Game Delays00:07:47 – Platinums we’re chasing00:13:30 – Looking forward to 202200:20:19 – PS5 Tops Sales in September00:29:06 – Customized PS5 Faceplates Return00:40:46 – What We’re Playing00:49:30 – God of War coming to PC in 202200:52:11 – Memory Card & OutroPodcast Beyond! is live every Wednesday. For more on PS5, check out our PS5 console review and our PS5 wiki guide for tips on how to best use your system. And for more Beyond, be sure to watch the first episode of our Bloodborne let's play! Jonathon Dornbush is IGN's Senior Features Editor, PlayStation Lead, and host of Podcast Beyond! He's the proud dog father of a BOY named Loki. Talk to him on Twitter @jmdornbush.
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Netflix's Cowboy Bebop Could Have an Identity Crisis

Netflix's Cowboy Bebop Could Have an Identity Crisis

Rumors of Cowboy Bebop making the jump to live-action are nearly as old as the original anime itself, but it's only recently that this much anticipated adaptation has finally started to take shape at Netflix. Now the first season of the new Cowboy Bebop is nearly upon us. So why are some fans looking forward to the show with more trepidation than excitement?Frankly, there are reasons to be concerned based on the limited footage Netflix has revealed so far. Let's take a look at the warning signs and why Netflix's latest live-action anime adaptation might just be suffering from a major identity crisis.Netflix's Cowboy Bebop: 'An Expansion to the Canon'If we've learned anything from the past several decades of live-action adaptations of animated properties, it's that what works in one medium doesn't always translate to the other. Even if a film or show does survive the jump to live-action, a straightforward, beat-by-beat recreation of the source material only raises the question why an adaptation was necessary in the first place. That's a question that's dogged a number of Disney's live-action remakes over the years. What does 2019's Lion King offer that we didn't already get from the 1994 version? By the same token, what is the new Cowboy Bebop going to do to distinguish itself from a show that is widely regarded as one of the best animated series of all time?Showrunner André Nemec recently addressed this question, telling Entertainment Weekly the new series is "an expansion to the canon" rather than a straightforward remake."I promise we will never take the original anime away from the purists. It will always exist out there," Nemec said. "But I'm very excited about the stories that we're telling. I believe we've done a really nice job of not violating the canon in any direction but merely offering some extra glimpses into the world that was already created."Based on this quote, it would seem as though the cast and crew are going into this series with the intent of expanding the scope and depth of the original story and taking advantage of the new medium. That's an encouraging sign. Nemec's comments could almost be taken as a hint that the live-action series is a companion to the anime set in the same continuity. However, any confusion on that front was quickly cleared up when Netflix revealed the show's intro sequence at Tudum.How Close Is…
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The Best Early Black Friday Deals from Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart, and More

The Best Early Black Friday Deals from Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart, and More

This year Black Friday falls on November 26, but several of the major vendors such as Amazon, Best Buy, and Walmart are trying to spread out their Black Friday deals earlier instead of concentrating their deals on a few days. That means many "guaranteed" Black Friday deals have already gone live in October. The deals are trickling in so there aren't a ton of deals out there, but the number is increasing every day. There are already some great markdowns on Apple products, 4K TVs, headphones, gaming PCs and laptops, and console accessories. We've included all the best deals we've found so far and will continually update this page up to Black Friday proper. Early Black Friday Apple iPad DealsThere's not much here right now, but the one deal listed is excellent for those who want the most powerful tablet on the market. Save $200 on the 256GB model.Early Black Friday TV DealsThere are already plenty of Black Friday deals on 2021 4K TV models. TV prices themselves look like they'll be about the same as what we've seen last year, but quality has increased dramatically. For example, the average 65" TV will still cost between $600-$1K, but the image quality of that TV is significantly improved from last year's 65" TV in the same price range.Early Black Friday Headphone DealsOur favorite noise cancelling headphone is already discounted for Black Friday. The Sony WH1000XM4 active noise cancelling headset is a worthy buy even at MSRP, but you can get it for $100 off right now. If that's still out of your budget, the Beats Studio3 offers much of the same for $80 less, and if you're growing a money tree, the Apple AirPods Max is the best headphone in this roundup.Early Black Friday Consoles and Accessories DealsThere aren't any Black Friday console deals out at the moment, but you can get some nice discounts on next-gen peripherals like the Xbox Series X|S Core controller or the headset.Early Black Friday Hard Drive & SSD DealsYou can never have enough storage. Black Friday is easily the best time of year to add more space to your PS5, Xbox, or PC. You can score deals already on portable hard drives and SSDs, NVME PCIe SSDs (including one for your PS5), and more. Early Black Friday PC DealsRTX 30 series cards are, unfortunately, still very hard to find even during Black Friday. The best…
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