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Spider-Man developers thought the story wasn't funny enough

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 hour, 13 mins ago

During this week's D.I.C.E Summit 2019, Insomniac Games' Creative Director, Bryan Intihar was interviewed by CEO on Insomniac Games, Ted Price. The interview revealed some thoughts the developers had about Spider-Man before it was released.




There is no doubt that Spider-Man was a massive hit on the PS4, Insomniac Games truly did out-do themselves from a developers stand-point but that doesn't mean there wasn't internal doubts before the release. Insomniac's Creative Director, Bryan Intihar expressed some of the developers doubts regarding the comical level of the games story. "When the story was still not totally there, I think there were concerns about 'was the story gonna be funny enough?' And do we have to add more humor? We knew more was coming, it just wasn't in the game yet, and I said 'no, we're gonna be totally fine'."


Intihar also mentioned that coming to the end of the shooting of Spider-Man, Sony allows the studio to reshoot some scenes to add some small qualities. "We had the story we wanted, then some things weren't there, but we actually went back and did some reshoots, and we actually found moments that were already in the game where we could literally just add a 15-second sequence to the end of a certain scene, or something at the beginning. That helped at the end of the day."

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Warner Bros. release teaser for Pokemon: Detective Pikachu

By: Jak Connor | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: 2 hours, 13 mins ago

Back at the beginning of November, we first heard about the upcoming Pokemon Detective Pikachu movie scheduled to hit theatres around the world on May 10th. Now, Warner Bros. has released a new teaser for the movie and it showcases some never before seen Pokemon.



If you are unaware that their is live-action Pokemon movie currently in the works then here is some background on what you will be seeing. The Warner Bros. published movie will be following the story of 21-year old Tim who is looking for his missing dad when he encounters a Pikachu that can talk. Funnily enough, Tim is the only one who can hear Pokemon talk and after some quick bonding, Pikachu and Tim decide to team up to solve the missing persons case.


Warner Bros. has teased the release of Pokemon Detective Pikachu with a newly released trailer that can be seen above. From the trailer we can some great examples how certain Pokemon will be looking like if they were in real life, examples include - Bulbasaur and Mr. Mime. I can truly say that the CGI team that has worked on both the Pokmeon mentioned above have done some amazing work, as both Mr. Mime and Bulbasaur look absolutely fantastic on screen. I have provided screenshots in the entirety of this post for Mr. Mime and Bulbasaur.

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China sprouts the first life ever made on the Moons surface

By: Jak Connor | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 3 hours, 13 mins ago

China has solidified themselves in the human history books for being the first country to ever grow any biological life on the Moons surface.




China recently launched their space mission titled 'Chang'e 4', the mission's goal was to land successfully on the far side of the moon to gather intelligence and perform tests that have never been done before. 'Chang'e 4' had a successful soft landing and within its cargo there was soil containing cotton and potato seeds, yeast and fruit fly eggs. Now, information has been relayed back to China from the craft with news that the cotton seeds have now grown buds, marking "the completion of humankind's first biological experiment on the Moon".


Why is this relevant and extremely important? Well, now that we have proof that biological life can begin growing in extremely different levels of gravity, future astronauts with goals of colonizing the moon now have the option of growing food naturally in controlled environments. This would be useful when the human race decides to start building infrastructure on the moon with the ultimate goal in mind of eventually using the moon as a space port to travel to and from Earth to Mars or surrounding planets.

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Zelda: Link's Awakening Switch & GameBoy comparison video

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming | Posted: 4 hours, 13 mins ago

At the end of the Nintendo Direct that was streamed last week, Nintendo revealed to us that they would be bringing out a remaster of a classic Zelda title, The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening.



While many die-hard Zelda fans were more than happy to see a remaster coming to fruition from Nintendo, some fans weren't convinced. To really showcase the graphical improvements that have been made to the game, GameXplain has thrown together a side-by-side comparison video which can be seen above.


From the above video, we can obviously see massive improvements in the games graphics, smoothness, shadows, character movement, viewing angles and much, much more. Overall, the comparison video perfectly showcases all the hard-work that Nintendo have gone through to bring to life this remaster. In the entirety of this post you will find the official announcement trailer from Nintendo. The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening is planned for release on the Nintendo Switch sometime throughout 2019.

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Apex Legends mods have banned over 16,000 cheaters so far

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 6 hours, 55 mins ago

Respawn has been busy banning cheaters in the massively popular battle royale surprise Apex Legends, with the team already taking down over 16,000 cheaters since the game launched on February 5.




Apex Legends in its current form doesn't have a feature where gamers can report hackers and cheaters, but a community manager said yesterday that Respawn "have heard your feedback about a report feature in the game" and that it's a "very good idea". There is a way that you can report people, where you'll need to report their offenders ID through this support website.


The game will have a second patch this week, but we don't know what to expect with the upcoming Apex Legends patch. Respawn will have to be on top of it all as Apex Legends' first season kicks off on March 1 and it'll need a sure fire way to have gamers reporting hackers and cheaters, and a permanent way of dealing with them, too.

Overwatch Monopoly, action figures are on their way

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 7 hours, 42 mins ago

Blizzard may have laid off some 800 people last week, but that doesn't mean the Overwatch franchise is being left in the dark wtih the announcement of a bunch of toys and a Overwatch-themed Monopoly set that will launch this spring.



Monopoly Overwatch Collector's Edition will cost $50 and will see Overwatch maps turned into properies, the cards are loot boxes, and player pieces will be of course... characters from the game. The collection of Overwatch action figures will include 9 of the characters, with it leading in a huge giant-sized fully poseable Reinhardt with an even larger Barrier Field.


Hasbro are the ones making the Overwatch toys, where the single-character kits will sell for $23 and include Lucio, Reaper, Sombra, and Tracer. If you want to spend a bit more, you'll have the huge $50 Reinhardt figure, or the dual-team Mercy and Pharah combo or Ana and Soldier 76 combo for $50, too.

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Samsung bows out of the Blu-ray player market in the US

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: 8 hours, 39 mins ago

Well, it looks like Samsung is done with the entire Blu-ray market in the US with the company spokesperson confirming the news with both Forbes and CNET.




Samsung is stopping production on its 1080p and 4K Blu-ray players, with a Samsung spokesperson telling CNET: "Samsung will no longer introduce new Blu-ray or 4K Blu-ray player models in the US market". We could expect new models to be introduced in the future in other markets, but for the most part Samsung is absolutely done with the Blu-ray player market in the US, and I'm sure eventually, globally.


It's a bad turn of events for both the physical Blu-ray market and Samsung, as the South Korean electronics giant was the first to market with a Blu-ray player in 2016. It shouldn't be surprising that Samsung is shifting away from making Blu-ray players as the physical media market has been dying for years now, and according to research company Nielsen, this has been a downwards trend for a while now.

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NVIDIA's gaming division bleeds out, revenues down 45%

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 9 hours, 26 mins ago

NVIDIA hasn't had the best time with its launch of the GeForce RTX series of graphics cards, which rode in on the tail end of the cryptocurrency market falling into a black hole. Well, things have just gotten worse.




The company has just reported its fourth quarter and fiscal 2019 earnings, with a gigantic 45% year-over-year loss in gaming revenue. NVIDIA's quarter is down 24% in total, with gaming down 45% but professional visualization up 15%, datacenter revenue up 12% and automotive revenues up 34%. OEM and IP revenues dropped hard as well, down 36% for the quarter.


NVIDIA founder and CEO Jensen Huang said that the GeForce RTX launch is a historic one, as it was the first time in NVIDIA's history that it launched with only high-end models first. Normally we see the two higher-end models released with the Ti variant coming later, but this time it launched with the RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti out of the gate.

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AMD rumored to launch 7nm Navi GPUs on 7/7

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 11 hours, 17 mins ago

AMD is ready to take a proper swing at NVIDIA with its upcoming next-gen Navi GPUs, which were reportedly launching in July with the first rumors and then the new 'it's launching in October' rumor surfaced that seems to be squashed with yet another rumor.




The latest on Navi is that it will launch on July 7 which would see AMD using as many 7s as it can to launch Navi, with Navi coming on 7nm (one) and then the rumored 7/7 launch (two, three). If AMD launches a mid-range 'Navi 7' GPU there could be four 7s which would be quite the trick from AMD. The mid-range Navi GPUs will compete with NVIDIA's soon-to-be-released GeForce GTX 1160 Ti graphics card, and whatever other GTX 16 series cards that I'm sure will launch in the coming months.


It looks like AMD will launch its new Navi range of graphics cards during Computex 2019 alongside the second-gen Zen 2 architecture and Ryzen 3000 series of CPUs. It will be a big event for Team Red as they'll have a bunch of new products to launch that will have consumers and gamers alike excited.

Get caught up in 'Girl in the Spider's Web' Blu-ray giveaway

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: 1 day, 19 hours ago

Text: To celebrate the release of 'The Girl in the Spider's Web' on home video, we have ten Blu-ray copies of the season to give away thanks to our friends at Universal Sony Home Entertainment!




A new Dragon Tattoo story comes to the screen starring Golden Globe winner Claire Foy ("The Crown") as Lisbeth Salander, the fierce, outcast vigilante defender from the acclaimed Millennium book series created by Stieg Larsson, in The Girl in the Spider's Web. A first-time adaptation of the recent global bestseller, the film is directed by Fede Alvarez, the director of 2016's breakout thriller Don't Breathe.


To go into the running to win a prize, post this article to your social media profiles, correctly answer the following question and send your postal address to ben at TweakTown dot com before the competition closes on February 22.


Name the writer behind the Millennium novel series.


'The Girl in the Spider's Web' is available to purchase on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray and DVD at Australian retailers from February 20.