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Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order Music Video February 23, 2020

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EA has occasionally created original music to complement their major game releases. You have to look no further than “Still Alive (Theme from Mirror’s Edge)” for the best possible example of that. Now, EA has released a music video for an original song they produced for the multiplatform megabit Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. Take it away!

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is out now for PC, Xbox One and PS4.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Direct February 20, 2020

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Animal Crossing fans have been waiting for news about the next game since it was first revealed last year. The hope was that news about the game would be included in an upcoming Nintendo Direct. Now, Nintendo surprised everyone by having an entire Nintendo Direct revolve around previewing Animal Crossing on Switch. Check it out!

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is coming March 20th 2020 exclusively to the Nintendo Switch.

Building a Spartan – Making Master Chief’s Armor February 20, 2020

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What goes into replicating something as iconic as the Master Chief’s armor from the Halo franchise? 343 Industries released they needed a Master Chief suit ready for this year. Since all of the previous suits they were made could no longer be used, that meant they had to make an all-new one.

Here’s a ten minute video on how they made a brand-new Master Chief armor in glorious 4K!

Halo Infinite is coming Holiday 2020 to PC, Xbox One and Xbox Series X.

How to Use Sony PlayStation Gold Wireless Headset February 19, 2020

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We are back with a brand-new How To video for you guys. Sony’s PlayStation Gold Headset is a perfect companion to the PlayStation VR headset, and can be a great way to get 3D sound out of the PS4 without the need of buying an expensive surround sound amplifier.

But how do you set this headset up and what’s the best way to use it? Watch the video below and we will show you everything you need to know to get the best out of the PlayStation Gold Headset!

Pokemon: Twilight Wings Episode 2 February 19, 2020

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The second episode of the new online-exclusive animated Pokémon series, Twilight Wings, has been released. Take a look!

Just a reminder, Pokémon HOME is out now to download for free on Android, iOS and Nintendo Switch.

Final Fantasy VII Remake Opening Cinematic February 14, 2020

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We are just a few months away from the release of Final Fantasy VII Remake, a game that players have been years waiting to play. To celebrate its upcoming release, Square Enix has released its opening cinematic. People who played the original game might need to sit down for this one.

Final Fantasy VII Remake is coming April 2020 for the PS4.

Marvel’s Avengers Preorder Trailer February 13, 2020

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Since it’s delay, we’ve been waiting on pins and needles to hear anything new about the upcoming multiplaform game, Marvel’s Avengers. Today, they’ve released this new preorder trailer and made some grand announcements. Take a look.

Players who preorder the game’s Deluxe Edition will be entitled to 72-hour access to the game prior to its release. There will also be exclusive skins, emotes and goodies offered by various retailers.

If the Deluxe Edition isn’t big enough for you, consider checking out the Earth’s Mightiest Edition. It includes an exclusive Pin, Iron Man blueprints, Black Widow’s belt buckle, a Hulk Bobblehead, and a scale statue of Captain America.

Marvel’s Avengers is coming September 4th, 2020 to PC, Xbox One, PS4 and Stadia.

Can Anyone Identify this R-Rated 90s HBO VR Flick? February 12, 2020

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We’re doing this again and I apologize. Years back, I asked you guys if you would help me identify an early 90s made for TV movie that aired on the Disney Channel at least once. Sadly, it didn’t work and to this day I STILL don’t have a name for it. However, in the spirit of the season, I humbly ask for you to help me with a different film from a later part of the decade that aired on a different premium cable channel.

When I was a teen I had access to the HBO network and would frequently watch mid-90s action flicks like Demolition Man, Mission: Impossible and Independence Day on it. It was how I first saw classics like Real Genius and Wargames. It also broadcasted tons of different B-movies I never remembered being shown in theaters. Today, I’m going to ask you guys to give me its name, if it is in fact real.

I just want to give a warning here before I talk about the film’s synopsis. This film, if it wasn’t some dream of mine, was a hard-R rated movie. Because of that it is full of sex and violence (and all the visuals that go along with that). The subject matter I’m about to talk about may make some people uncomfortable and if that is the case I recommend skipping the rest of this article.

The film centers around a detective, an ex-soldier from a future war that had long ended, tasked with protecting an infamous celebrity actress from harm. The actress hadn’t done much work of note at the time the film starts, but had recently seen a resurgence in popularity due to the fact a scene from one of her first movies had been modified into a popular interactive sex game without her knowledge or consent. Following this new notoriety, a police task force had been assigned to protect her after she received several very believable threats. The ex-soldier assigned to the task of protecting her is also recovering from the death of his partner (who ironically before he died was one of the actress’s fans). Along the way the main character and the actress he is protecting fall in love. Essentially, the film is a futuristic version of The Bodyguard.

Unfortunately I can’t remember names, actors or actresses in the film. As far as I know, no actor I recognized at the time was in the film. The only identifying evidence I could remember about the film was that the protagonist was previously addicted to a fictional narcotic the film called “Hellraiser”. No, I’m not kidding that’s what it was called, although it might have been spelled “Hellraizer” or “Hell Raiser”. The narcotic was said to make killing enjoyable to its user. As such it was issued in mass quantities to the soldiers fighting, and after the war ended these soldiers had to deal with the consequences of their addiction. Users would even have a distinctive tattoo on their forearms showing they had used the drug at some point in their lives, looking like a biological hazard symbol. I don’t remember if the film ever mentioned if these tattoos were received as part of the Army unit they were in, if it was the soldier’s choice to get them, or the tattoos were some futuristic side effect of the drug.

At the film’s climax, the main character is forced to play a Virtual Reality game to help him find the person responsible for threatening the actress. I’m assuming that there was no budget for 3D CG gameplay because the VR game is depicted to the audience as live action real footage. However it did have a gameplay announcer that could be heard over a loud speaker (insert your Unreal Tournament narration jokes here) The VR system the protagonist uses was created by an old combat buddy of his who also had to deal with the consequences of addiction. He is even able to find the drug he was addicted to as an in-game power up, and is forced to take it to give himself a badly needed advantage. I believe it is implied in the film any drugs taken in the VR game will actually be administered to the user.

At the end of the film, the actress is safe but the man who protected her tells her he can’t be in a relationship with her anymore as he has become re-addicted (due to the events in the VR game) and must leave her to get clean again.

An IMDB search failed to come up with any leads for this particular film although it succeeded in helping me find some other great B-movie gems I saw on the station at around the same time. It is not the film Cyber Tracker starring Don “The Dragon” Wilson, even though the plot had some similarities and aired on the station around the same time, moments in that film don’t match up to my memory.

That all having been said I wanted to applaud the film, if it turns out it actually existed it dealt with some intense subject matters that are only now being talked about openly. How does an artist that is still alive deal with the consequences of what happens if their work is perverted without their consent? How do former soldiers deal after returning to their lives in peacetime? What is the possible future of VR? This is all addressed in a (presumably) low-budget film full of sex and violence.

Does anyone know it’s name? I can imagine a lot of online reviewers would love to take a look at it.

UPDATE: I have been given a tip it might be the 1996 film Terminal Justice starring Lorenzo Lamas and Peter Coyote.

I won’t know for sure until I can find that film to watch myself as it doesn’t seem to be on any digital or cable streaming service in existence right now. A million thanks to Lammakian for finding this title! Now if only I can find a retailer who will rent or sell me a copy of the film to verify it myself.

Pokemon Home Released February 12, 2020

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Big news this morning. With little notice, The Pokemon Company has just released their highly anticipated Pokémon cloud storage application, Pokémon Home.

Pokémon Home is a cloud service designed to integrate Pokémon storage between games like Pokémon Sword/Shield, Pokémon Go, Pokémon Lets Go Pikachu/Eevee, and the Pokémon Bank on the Nintendo 3DS. They’re offering both paid and unpaid accounts.

We haven’t had time to give the program a look yet so we can’t comment on how well it works yet. If you are interested in checking it out yourself, you can download it right now on your respective devices.

Pokémon Home is out now for iOS, Android and Nintendo Switch.

Mythic Quest Now on Apple TV+ February 7, 2020

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We don’t typically talk about television or films on this website because let’s face it, so little of that media actually talks about video games. Mythic Quest is different. Created by the It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia team with input from Ubisoft, Mythic Quest tells the fictional story of an MMO developer’s quest to release their hit game’s first expansion. Here’s the trailer.

If you’re already an Apple TV + subscriber you can watch nine episodes (at around 30 minutes each). If you have an active iTunes account but aren’t an Apple TV+ subscriber, you can watch the first two episodes of the show for free. You can watch the show on an Apple device like the iPhone, iPad, Mac or Apple TV. I can confirm that the show supports 4K HDR at 24p if you are using high end supported equipment.