Xbox's Great Weekend With Halo Infinite's Impressive Tech Preview and The Ascent – Unlocked 505

Xbox's Great Weekend With Halo Infinite's Impressive Tech Preview and The Ascent – Unlocked 505

It was a big weekend for Xbox with the Halo Infinite tech preview and the recent release of The Ascent! In this episode we break down the different modes and experiences we tried in the Halo Infinite tech preview, share thoughts on The Ascent, and explore the question that will never go away: does Halo need a Battle Royale? Subscribe on any of your favorite podcast feeds, to our new YouTube channel, or grab an MP3 download of this week's episode. If you haven't already, be sure to check out Destin's preview of the Halo Infinite tech preview and Ryan's review of The Ascent. [ignvideo url=”https://www.ign.com/videos/2021/07/29/the-ascent-review”] You can be featured on Unlocked by tweeting us a video Loot Box question! Tweet your question and tag Ryan at @DMC_Ryan!
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The 15 Coolest Funko Pop Exclusives From FunKon 2021

The 15 Coolest Funko Pop Exclusives From FunKon 2021

For fans of Funko Pop vinyl figures, it’s the most wonderful time of the year! The FunKon 2021 hybrid virtual/in-person convention kicks off on August 4, allowing collectors of designer toys the opportunity to buy some of the newest and rarest items Funko has to offer.GameSpot got the opportunity to preview the offerings at a media preview event. In all, 57 exclusive and limited items are being offered–50 of which are brand new Funko Pop collectibles. After combing through all of the exclusives up for grabs, we’ve boiled it down to the 15 absolute coolest.If you’re actually attending FunKon–online or in-person–these are the Pops you should have your eyes on. If you’re not, take a look below at what you’re missing out on. Chances are they’ll all be available for a much higher price on eBay soon enough.FunKon runs August 4-6, with plenty of news, live streams, and giveaways. While a small in-person gathering will be happening at the company’s Hollywood store, those without tickets can take part in the virtual convention across Funko’s Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. 1. Jumbo Galactus (Galaxy)This is a variant of the original jumbo-sized Galaxtus Pop. Instead of the traditional color scheme, this Galactus is painted to look like a galaxy–and it comes with a miniature Silver Surfer pop colored the same way. 2. Alice in Wonderland’s Walrus and the CarpenterLike Galactus, this particular Pop is technically two–the two minor characters from Alice in Wonderland. While the Walrus is a standard-sized Pop, the Carpenter is a miniature. 3. Alice in Wonderland’s White Rabbit (Blacklight)This new take on the White Rabbit from Alice in Wonderland joins Funko’s blacklight Pops line. Not only does the figure glow brightly when held under a blacklight, but it also comes in a very colorful box that strays from Funko’s traditional offerings. 4. Crash Bandicoot in Kupuna-wa ArmorCrash Bandicoot fans are going to want to take a look at this. The convention’s Crash Bandicoot exclusive finds the titular bandicoot in a Kupuna-wa mask, which first appeared in 2020’s Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time. 5. It’s A Small World: Child from MexicoFor Disney Parks fans, chances are you’ll want to get your hands on this Pop, which represents one of the children from the Mexico section of the iconic ride It’s a Small World. 6. BladeThe MCU movie has yet to materialize, but Funko isn’t waiting. Instead, the Blade Pop is…
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Street Fighter V: Champion Edition – Luke Gameplay Announcement Trailer

Street Fighter V: Champion Edition – Luke Gameplay Announcement Trailer

Announcing the final fighter joining Street Fighter V – brand new character Luke will be released in SFV later this November.
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James Gunn on The Suicide Squad Review Bombing, 'I'll Live'

James Gunn on The Suicide Squad Review Bombing, 'I'll Live'

Ahead of the release for James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad, a small effort is underway to review-bomb the film before it premieres publicly. But director James Gunn isn’t too worried about it.Review bombing is an act in which groups go to sites with user review features and intentionally leave negative reviews on a film or video game for reasons not necessarily related to the quality of said film or game. This is apparently something that is happening to The Suicide Squad despite it not hitting HBO Max and theaters until this weekend.While it’s not clear exactly why The Suicide Squad is getting review bombed, director James Gunn issued a calm response telling fans, “I’ll live.”I’ll live – stuff like this means nothing in the big picture. (And important to point out most the SnyderCut fans have been supportive, it’s only a few who feel it’s worthwhile spending their time doing stuff like this.)— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) August 3, 2021 https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js“I’ll live – stuff like this means nothing in the big picture. (And important to point out most of the SnyderCut fans have been supportive, it’s only a few who feel it’s worthwhile spending their time doing stuff like this,” Gunn tweeted.There could be a couple of competing factors involved in the review bombing ranging from fans who want to see original director David Ayer continue the Suicide Squad (or at least release his AyerCut of it), to the classic Marvel vs. DC rivalry. And Gunn himself says there are only a few SnyderCut fans who are upset with Gunn’s more light-hearted approach.Either way, you can decide for yourself what review to give it when The Suicide Squad premieres on August 5. [ignvideo url=”https://www.ign.com/videos/2021/06/22/the-suicide-squad-official-trailer-3″]If you’re curious, IGN awarded The Suicide Squad a 9 out of 10 in our review, calling it a “gut-wrenching, gut-busting wild ride and DC’s best film in years.”[poilib element=”accentDivider”]Matt T.M. Kim is IGN's News Editor.
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Here's What Activision Blizzard Shareholders Asked its Leaders in First Earnings Call Following Harassment Lawsuit

Here's What Activision Blizzard Shareholders Asked its Leaders in First Earnings Call Following Harassment Lawsuit

Activision-Blizzard, which is currently being sued by the state of California under accusations of a "frat boy culture" and sexual harassment, had an earnings call today, during which it held the usual Q&A session for investors to talk to company leadership. But the majority of those who spoke during this session used that time on other topics, such as Call of Duty, China gaming regulations, and mobile advertising.In the Q&A segment, only two people asked questions about the ongoing lawsuit and subsequent reports of further harassment and toxic culture at the company. The first asked what the company was doing to address the current issues, and if there would be any impact on the company's productivity or game pipeline.In response, COO Daniel Alegre reiterated prior statements by the company given earlier in its earnings call. He mentioned the investigative law firm the company has hired (which an employee coalition has rejected due to numerous cited conflicts of interest with management), a commitment to hiring diverse candidates that he says the company has always had, and the replacement of Blizzard president J Allen Brack with co-leaders Jen Oneal and Mike Ybarra announced earlier today. Alegre did not offer new specifics as to how it would address the numerous allegations against it, adding only that the company's game pipeline was "progressing well" and plugging some upcoming new titles.[widget path="global/article/imagegallery" parameters="albumSlug=activision-blizzard-lawsuit-timeline-the-story-so-far&captions=true"]The investor question that followed this about the global reopening following COVID-19 lockdowns (which the asker opened with "Nice quarter!"). Following this, a second investor brought up the lawsuit, addressing a question to Oneal and Ybarra on how they plan to rekindle Blizzard pride, as well as a follow-up to the previous response on pipelines suggesting that it seemed hard to believe low morale wouldn't impact game production.Ybarra did not respond to the question. Oneal did, by focusing on how great the company's progress on Overwatch 2 and Diablo has been. "There's a lot of work ahead of us but the passion and productivity are already here, and when our people feel safe and supported, the rest is going to take care of itself," she said before Blizzard co-founder Allen Adham stepped in to add his own statement about how great Blizzard has always been for 30 years, and how excited he was about upcoming games.From that point on, no one mentioned the lawsuit. Earlier on the call during the prepared remarks, multiple…
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James Gunn Talks How To Kill Suicide Squad Characters

James Gunn Talks How To Kill Suicide Squad Characters

Who do you kill? Why do you kill them? These are the kinds of tough questions only storytellers can ask without getting arrested, and they’re exactly the kinds of questions James Gunn had to wrestle with while writing The Suicide Squad, which he talks about in a new interview on the official DC Comics blog. Don’t worry–there are no spoilers to be had here.”There were a certain number of characters that I knew were going to die from the time I put them in the movie,” Gunn said. “When I first pitched this idea to Warner Bros., I went into [Warner Bros. Film Chairman] Toby Emmerich’s office and I had made copies or made photos of every single character and I had them all on a wall because it’s a lot of characters. To throw, like, Mongal at Toby Emmerich can be really confusing. Going through them in that way, I knew some characters were going to die early and then other characters died as I told the story.””Some things happened very organically. It was really about what does the story need at this point. How does it work? How do we take a turn here that’s unexpected?” Gunn continued. “That manifests in a number of ways, with character choice being the starting point.Continue Reading at GameSpot
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Peacock's Fresh Prince Reboot Changes Showrunner

Peacock's Fresh Prince Reboot Changes Showrunner

The previously announced dramatic re-interpretation of the popular ’90s sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is getting new co-showrunners in T.J. Brady (The 100) and Rasheed Newson (Narcos). This news comes via The Hollywood Reporter, which is also reporting that Chris Collins (The Wire) is stepping down from his post as showrunner and executive producer on the series.It’s unknown what involvement Collins may now have with the developing series, but Brady and Newson were already working with him on the project previously. No cast members have yet been announced for the series, and it’s also unknown if any of the original series cast members will appear. (A reunion aired last fall, indicating many of the original cast members still have a fondness for the series.) However, there’s still reason to expect this to see the light of day–The Hollywood Reporter is also indicating that the series will debut on Peacock sometime in 2022, with a two-season order.The concept originated from a four-minute viral clip that was originally posted in March 2019 by Kansas City filmmaker Morgan Cooper. The clip, which you can watch above, quickly picked up steam and turned out to be a breakthrough video for Cooper, who has been collaborating with Will Smith on the series. (You can watch a longer, nine-minute video from Smith offering his feelings and reactions to the clip here.)Continue Reading at GameSpot
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Disney Re-Launches Dinseyland Resort Annual Pass as Subscription-Style Magic Key Membership Plan

Disney Re-Launches Dinseyland Resort Annual Pass as Subscription-Style Magic Key Membership Plan

Disney has announced that the the Magic Key program will officially replace Disneyland Resort's Annual Pass Program, and it will even offer a monthly subscription-style membership plan to guests who wish to frequent the happiest place on Earth.Disneyland's Magic Key program will go live on August 25, 2021, and offers four different tiers of membership – Imagine Key, Enchant Key, Believe Key, and Dream Key. These vary in price and the perks they offer. The full breakdown of the Magic Key program is as follows;Dream Key ($1,399/yr or $102/month for 12 months for California residents, after $179 down payment)Reservation-based admission to one or both theme park every day of the yearUp to 6 park reservation holds at a time20% off select merchandise15% of select food & beverageTheme park parking includedBelieve Key ($949/yr or $65/month for 12 months for California residents, after $179 down payment)Reservation-based admission to one or both theme parks most days of the yearUp to 6 park reservation holds at a time10% off select merchandise10% off select food & beverage50% off theme park parkingEnchant Key ($649/yr or $40/month for 12 months for California residents, after $179 down payment)Reservation-based admission to one or both theme parks select days of the yearUp to 4 park reservation holds at a time10% off select merchandise10% off select food & beverageImagine Key ($399/yr or $19/month for 12 months for Southern California residents, after $179 down payment)Reservation-based admission to one or both theme parks select days of the yearAvailable for Southern California residents onlyUp to 2 park reservation holds at a time10% off select merchandise10% off select food & beverage[widget path=”global/article/imagegallery” parameters=”slug=disney-spotlight-august-2021&captions=true”]Throughout the year, Magic Key members "may also be able to enjoy special benefits such as a dedicated dining experience and custom menu items at the Magic Key terrace, special offerings at our festivals just for Magic Key holders, a Magic Key holder celebration month, plus other unique surprises!"Those who sign up for the Magic Key program within its first 66 days (to celebrate Disneyland's 66th anniversary) will receive a special welcome package that will include a premium branded pin, celebratory button, and more. It's important to note that this is just for Disneyland Resort in California. However, Disney has confirmed that new pass sales for Walt Disney World Annual Passes will return in time for the start of the park's 50th anniversary celebrations on October 1, 2021.[ignvideo url=”https://www.ign.com/videos/2018/06/29/the-25-best-disney-animated-movies”]As noted by Nexstar's Scott…
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Street Fighter V Final DLC Character Confirmed As Original Character; Luke To Arrive In November

Street Fighter V Final DLC Character Confirmed As Original Character; Luke To Arrive In November

Street Fighter V’s updates will end with an entirely new character, as Capcom has announced the final downloadable character for the game: Luke, a mixed martial artist.The announcement was made during the Street Fighter V Summer Update livestream, where a small teaser video of the new character was shown. Luke shows off a few of his moves, including being able to charge up moves for extra damage and a quick punch projectile.Not much information was given on the character, other than he represents “the future of the franchise” according to the developers on the livestream. Luke was confirmed for a November release, with more information to come. There is a character named Luke on the official Shadaloo Character Guide website, but it is unknown if this is the same Luke.Continue Reading at GameSpot
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