Month: November 2017

Destiny 2's Ghost Gets an Amazon Alexa Skill and Replica Speaker

Destiny 2’s Ghost Gets an Amazon Alexa Skill and Replica Speaker

Your long-held dream of owning your own Ghost companion is becoming a reality. Sort of.  Activision and Amazon have announced a new Alexa Skill that allows you to issue voice commands to Destiny 2, along with a Ghost replica speaker.

So what exactly does this do for Destiny 2 players? Shouting voice commands at your little Alexa device will normally allow you to ask it to play music, order pizza, set up a timer, and other typical tasks. With the new Ghost skill, players can ask Alexa to interact directly with Destiny 2, whether that be transferring weapons or just asking about the many intricacies of the Destiny universe.

Take for example one of your loadouts. Did your current setup work really well with that last strike mission? Ask Alexa to save it for you. Whenever you want to pull out that exact loadout, just let Alexa know and it’ll pop right up. This also works for specific weapons. Ask for your most powerful rocket launcher or the weapon with the best solar damage to get it without ever having to step into a menu.

The Ghost skill can also be used for the social side of Destiny 2. Ask Alexa to check who is online and to send messages to anyone you want to play with. Clan levels and rewards are a few of the other things you can ask about.

If the Ghost skill is not enough, Amazon is also releasing a Ghost replica speaker. The speaker syncs with your Alexa devices and lets your Ghost’s voice output from the replica. It’s a limited-edition item and it won’t be available until next month.

The Ghost Skill for Amazon Alexa is available as a free download right now, but you’ll need a copy of Destiny 2 and of course, an Alexa device. The Ghost replica speaker is set at a $89.99 USD price tag and will be released on December 19.


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Hyakki Castle (PC) Review: A Tense Dive into Japanese Folklore 7

Hyakki Castle (PC) Review: A Tense Dive into Japanese Folklore

Hyakki Castle is a mythological monster fan’s dream. For those who are sick of thumping orcs, goblins, and knights in their dungeon crawlers, Hyakki Castle offers a ton of monster variety, pitting players against incredible, unsettling creatures from Japanese folklore. It’s a joy just to see what new beasts lurk on each floor, even if they might spontaneously stomp the life out of you and force you to redo a half-hour of play time.

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Hyakki Castle (PC) – gameplay image via Asakusa Studios and Happinet

Hyakki Castle puts players in control of a party of self-made characters, all of whom are looking to defeat Doman Kigata, a sorcerer who was banished after trying to overthrow the Shogunate during the Edo period. Players can pick from ninja, samurai, monks, and more, all of whom come with their own special skills. Players are also given the choice to play as human, Tengu, Oni, or Nekomata. Races offer little boosts and drawbacks, making some more useful for certain classes than others. It’s up to the player to cobble together the party they want—brute force, distance fighting, and magic are all viable builds, as is a mixture of all of them.

Once players choose their party, they’ll notice they’ve been dumped in the castle alone, the rest of their party having been captured. Hyakki Castle lets players split their party up into different groups, and this introduces the ability to move the split parties independently. Despite how much the game seems enamoured with this ability, it’s not all that useful in practice. It allows players to leave a character to hit a switch while they go do something else, or do pincer attacks on monsters, but the former is the only real use for this ability. Shuffling a second party around in the game’s clunky, block-based movement style is far too slow and unwieldly when you can just hammer away at attacks from the front and move the whole party out of damage range when the monster’s going to hit back.

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Hyakki Castle (PC) – gameplay image via Asakusa Studios and Happinet

Party splitting being largely useless in combat also means that some of the character abilities aren’t that handy either. Players are free to select from several powers as they level their characters, choosing where to go on each class’ skill tree in terms of party buffs or character attacks. Buffs often affect the whole party, which is highly useful, although the most damaging abilities tend to kill monsters so fast there’s not often much point in buffs (sidestepping attacks is much more effective). Also, some attacks build up Hate like a tank would in an MMO, which would be useful if the two-party system was all that great, but it is typically not that useful.

You will want to get that sidestepping/dodge timing down to live long in Hyakki Castle. Early enemies don’t hit that hard, allowing players time to fiddle with their attacks without having to get out of the way. This is nice, as it lets players click around their various attacking/buffing/healing abilities (of which each character can have four equipped at one time, and can click through them in a hurry), getting used to where those selections are on-screen so they can slam monsters in a hurry. That way, players will know their attack layouts well for when harder beasts show up. Expect many single-hit defeats from monsters even three floors into the game, so players need to know their attacks and movements well.

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Hyakki Castle (PC) – gameplay image via Asakusa Studios and Happinet

Dodging can be as simple as stepping back or to one side, but knowing the monster is important. Each one has an attack timing that players can get to learn, as well as which attacks they can use. If players learn them well, they can often easily get out of danger with a few well-timed steps, then get back in to lay more hurt down. However, many monsters hit extremely hard or for lethal damage, and save points are infrequent (often only at the beginning of each floor), so it’s imperative to learn the timing of these attacks to avoid death.

Hyakki Castle makes learning these monster attacks quite pleasant, as each monster in the game stands out. Monsters range from piles of living flesh and undead samurai to ghosts of old ladies and a woman’s head on a foot. They all stand out in their design, offering delightful looks into monsters from Japanese folklore. Since they’re all unique, it’s often easy to remember which monster attacks and moves in what way, making them a visual treat AND a learning aid in how to fight.

The rest of the game’s visuals can be a little on the dull side, although it works in tandem with the music to create an eerie, almost horror game-like atmosphere. Hyakki Castle is filled with dimly-lit halls and stark corridors, creating this strange monotony, and is typically filled with the sounds of dripping water or whistling wind. It’s technically kind of plain, but when you’re being stalked by extremely odd monsters, it delivers a sense of unease (especially when combined with how easy you can die) that makes the experience a pleasingly fearful one.

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Hyakki Castle (PC) – gameplay image via Asakusa Studios and Happinet

To increase that tension (and to keep players from spamming saves), they have to deal with Hunger as the party wanders the dungeon. Health and magic will regenerate on their own, letting players freely use the best of their abilities often, but Hunger drains with every step and attack. Once it is far down, characters do less damage and receive more. This can be fixed with food, but there isn’t a lot of it and it doesn’t restore much hunger. This encourages players to be aggressive, pushing to fight and explore more, and adds a pressure that keeps play exciting.

Hyakki Castle is a solid dungeon crawler with some fun classes, mechanics, and amazing monsters to keep drawing the player deeper into the labyrinth. While the party-splitting ability isn’t especially useful, the rest of the game offers some tense journeys and tenser fights against truly unique, powerful monsters.

Hyakki Castle (PC) Review: A Tense Dive into Japanese Folklore
Hyakki Castle (PC) – gameplay image via Asakusa Studios and Happinet

 


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Life is Strange: Before the Storm Bonus Episode Brings Back Original Voice Actors

Life is Strange: Before the Storm has created a schism in the fan community and for fans of voice acting in general. After the voice actor’s strike of 2016, the original voices of Max and Chloe, Hannah Telle and Ashly Burch respectively, didn’t reprise their roles from the first game. This upset many, both because many people associated the voice acting with an iconic character, and because new voice actors would be performing as SCABs, delegitimizing the strike. Thankfully for all involved, the strike is over, and the original voices of Max and Chloe are returning to their roles.

Specifically, the two will reprise their roles for a special bonus episode called “Farewell“. Before the Storm is a prequel, starring Chloe before the events of Life is Strange. A new actor, Rhianna DeVrie, was cast to play young Chloe, and she will be performing both voice and motion capture for the final episode of the series, “Hell is Empty“. Ashly Burch will be performing voice for Chloe in “Farewell“, but Rhianna DeVrie will still be performing the motion capture.

According to Square Enix, “Farewell” is a special bonus for fans of the games, and may be the last time Max and Chloe interact in Life is Strange. No specifics on plot have been confirmed for this episode, save for that you’ll play as Max one last time, but Square Enix is assuring they will reveal information after they’re done with “Hell is Empty“.

Farewell” is poised to release sometime in early 2018, with episode three of the main release, “Hell is Empty“, set sometime before the end of the year. “Farewell” can be purchased in Life is Strange: Before the Storm‘s Deluxe Edition. For a more detailed look at the process of creating “Farewell“, Square Enix has also released a behind the scenes video.


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SteelSeries Rival 110 (Hardware) Review- The Core Essentials 4

SteelSeries Rival 110 (Hardware) Review- The Core Essentials

Instead of rolling out their next generation of gaming peripherals, SteelSeries has opted for a different approach by deciding to update their fan favourite products to match the current industry standards that consumers desire. Most notably, the Rival series of eSports-geared mice. This lineup contains a rich legacy of products that continue to be go-to recommendations from many prominent players in the field across multiple titles, including Overwatch and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. The subject of this review is the Rival 110, the cheapest mouse currently offered by the manufacturer that still contains the core essentials for competitive PC play.

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SteelSeries Rival 110 Professional Gaming Mouse (image credit: CGM Staff)

Starting with design, the SteelSeries Rival 110 features the same streamlined chassis as its previous iteration, the Rival 100. It’s understandable why there was no need to update the chassis because the Rival 100 is a very accommodating mouse for right-handed players that feels comfortable to use due to its small form-factor and low profile. Unfortunately, this still leaves left-handed players with the SteelSeries Sensei as the companies only ambidextrous offering. As is standard with Rival mice, the left and right sides of the mouse are covered with textured gripping to take advantage of the variety of grip styles players use. The only true weakness of this Rival 110’s design and 6-button layout is that the USB cable only uses a stiff sleeve instead of a more durable and flexible braided cable. This feels like the only real compromise that comes from the mouse’s affordable price tag of $49.99 CAD.

While the design of the Rival 110 has not been updated, the sensor certainly has. Previously the heart of the Rival 100 was a custom 3059-SS sensor, which had a max of 4000 CPI, 143 IPS, and 20g acceleration. This sensor has instead been swapped out for the new line of SteelSeries TrueMove sensors, which the company advertises as being the world’s first true 1-to-1 tracking mouse. The Rival 110 specifically uses the TrueMove 1 sensor, which touts specs of a max of 7200 CPI, 240 IPS, and 30g acceleration. These numbers can be hard to interpret for casual readers, but what these values equate to is a mouse that has no latency, pinpoint precision, and the ability to keep up perfectly with the quick flick movements of players who lower their DPI settings.

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SteelSeries Rival 110 Professional Gaming Mouse (image credit: CGM Staff)

Performance-wise I would rank the SteelSeries Rival 110 right up there with the likes of some of my favourite mice, such as the Logitech G403 Prodigy and the classic Rival 300. All three of these mice deliver a great pinpoint experience and feature the in-depth customization software required to fit the user’s personal needs. What makes SteelSeries products competitive-player friendly is that the user’s settings can be saved to the Rival 110 and taken anywhere on-the-go without the need for additional software or drivers. The Rival 110 may not have any of the innovative features of its more expensive brothers, but the mouse can still sync up with a variety of lighting effects using the SteelSeries Engine Software and other Prism Sync enabled products.

The SteelSeries Rival 110’s greatest strength is that it offers a fantastic 1 to 1 sensor experience to budget users at an affordable price. While I personally prefer mice with a bit more bulk and additional features, this mouse delivers the core essentials that every player requires from their hardware with no hassle. Users who already have similar hardware don’t need to upgrade and should wait for the next generation of gaming peripherals if they are looking for more innovation.

SteelSeries Rival 110 (Hardware) Review- The Core Essentials
SteelSeries Rival 110 Professional Gaming Mouse (image credit: CGM Staff)

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HyperX Now the Official Gaming Headset Partner of the Dallas Mavericks and the Future Dallas NBA 2K League Team

HyperX Now the Official Gaming Headset Partner of the Dallas Mavericks and the Future Dallas NBA 2K League Team

HyperX’s First NBA 2K Sponsorship Underscores Endemic Gaming Brand
Commitment to NBA Gaming Community

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. & DALLAS–#CloudAlphaHyperX®,
the gaming division of Kingston®
Technology Company
, Inc., announced its first NBA 2K team
sponsorship, becoming the official gaming headset partner of the future
Dallas NBA 2K League team and the Dallas
Mavericks
. HyperX will participate with the Dallas
Mavericks at NBA home games with in-arena activities including digital
signage, giveaways and concourse activities. The Dallas esports team is
the first professional NBA 2K League team to partner with HyperX, and
will announce the team’s identity with other NBA 2K teams later this
winter. With the inaugural NBA 2K draft and season to begin in spring of
2018, HyperX has taken the lead in the gaming market to co-develop
activities with the Mavericks in and around traditional sports and
esports gaming at the American Airlines Center.

“We see the NBA 2K League as a great way to provide entertainment value
and partnering with HyperX is a valuable part of our plan to build a
competitive NBA 2K League team,” said Mark
Cuban
, owner of the Dallas Mavericks and the Dallas NBA
2K League team. “HyperX brings an abundance of experience in the gaming
community and will be a valuable partner both on and off the court
during esports tournaments and events.”

The Dallas 2K League team will participate in a range of activities with
HyperX, including branding on NBA 2K team jerseys, social activations,
testimonials and appearances at events, conventions, product launches
and custom video activities. HyperX and the team will share social media
activities including live streaming, product giveaways and other
promotional activities. As part of their daily activities, the team will
be using HyperX
gaming headsets
, including the new Cloud Alpha gaming headset, to
practice for major tournaments and enjoy their favorite music, movies
and more.

The first HyperX concourse activation is planned for Saturday, Dec. 2,
during the Star Wars Day game between the Dallas Mavericks and the Los
Angeles Clippers at American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. NBA fans
will have the opportunity to try out HyperX gear and play NBA 2K18 or
Battlefront II games while using HyperX gaming headsets. As part of the
inaugural event with the Mavs, HyperX plans to extend special pricing
for its award-winning Cloud Stinger gaming headset. Details will be
available at the arena.

“HyperX is pleased and excited to partner with the Dallas Mavericks and
their esports team,” said Mark Leathem, general manager of HyperX
peripherals. “The HyperX tagline is We’re All Gamers, and by adding the
Mavs into our family of NBA influencers we are growing our support of
the gaming community. If you are a gamer or a professional athlete, you
are part of the HyperX family.”

“We’re confident in the huge crossover potential of NBA and gaming
fans,” said Dustin Illingworth, HyperX influencer marketing
manager. “Our partnership with the Dallas Mavericks will help us deliver
the HyperX story to a massive new audience with in-arena inventory,
activations, and compelling social and digital offerings.”

About HyperX
HyperX
was born from Kingston
Technology Company
, Inc., the world’s largest independent memory
manufacturer, with the goal of providing gamers, PC builders, and power
users with high-performance components. For 15 years, the HyperX mission
has been to develop gaming products for gamers – high-speed memory,
solid state drives, headsets, keyboards, mice, USB flash drives, and
mouse pads – to the gaming community and beyond. The award-winning
HyperX brand has carved its name atop the leaderboard by consistently
delivering products that deliver superior comfort, aesthetics,
performance, and reliability. HyperX gear is the choice of pro gamers,
tech enthusiasts, and overclockers worldwide because it meets the most
stringent product specifications and is built with best-in-class
components. HyperX has shipped over 3 million headsets worldwide.

Join the global #HyperXFamily at facebook.com/hyperxcommunity,
and learn how HyperX products can enhance your console experience and
boost performance for both you and your PC at hyperxgaming.com.
Whatever your skill level, whatever genres you play, we embrace all
gaming enthusiasts everywhere with our core belief — We’re All Gamers.

Website: http://www.hyperxgaming.com/
Twitter:
https://twitter.com/HyperX
Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/hyperxcommunity


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Nintendo Download: The World of Alrest Awaits…

Nintendo Download: The World of Alrest Awaits…

REDMOND, Wash.–This week’s Nintendo Download includes the following featured content:

  • Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch
    • Xenoblade Chronicles 2 – Lost in a sea of clouds, entire
      civilizations rest on the backs of Titans. As the giant beasts
      march toward death, the last hope is a scavenger named Rex – and
      Pyra, a living weapon known as a Blade. Can you find the fabled
      paradise she calls home? Command a group of Blades and lead them
      to countless strategic victories before the world ends. Each Titan
      hosts its own distinct cultures, wildlife and diverse regions to
      explore. Search the vast open areas and labyrinthine corridors for
      treasure, secret paths and creatures to battle and index. The Xenoblade
      Chronicles 2
      game will be available on Dec. 1.
    • Xenoblade Chronicles 2 – Expansion Pass – If you own the Xenoblade
      Chronicles 2
      game and buy this Expansion Pass, you’ll gain
      access to some titanic new content, including new story content in
      fall 2018! On Dec. 1, the Helpful Item Pack will roll out, with
      the New Quest Pack opening up in January. Plus, the New Rare Blade
      Pack will be added to the game in spring, with the New Challenge
      Mode Pack next summer.
    • Xenoblade Chronicles 2 – Free Japanese Voice Pack – On
      launch day (Dec. 1), after downloading a free software update,
      users will have the option to download a free DLC pack that will
      allow players to play the Nintendo Switch game with Japanese audio
      and English subtitles.
    • Nine ParchmentsNine Parchments is a co-op
      blast-’em-up game of magic mayhem. The game combines real-time
      spell-shooting action with RPG elements. Level up your character
      and collect magical loot, filling your wardrobe with myriad wizard
      hats and powerful staves. The Nine Parchments game launches
      on Dec. 5.

Nintendo eShop sales:

  • Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch, Nintendo 3DS and Wii U
    • Nintendo eShop Cyber Deals – Treat yourself this holiday season with
      big savings on select digital games. Shop on Nintendo.com or in
      Nintendo eShop on your Nintendo Switch, Wii U or Nintendo 3DS
      family system to purchase and download games to play over the
      holidays. My Nintendo members also earn Gold Points on qualifying
      digital purchases, so it’s a win-win. The sale runs through 8:59
      a.m. PT on Dec. 11.

Activities:

  • Fire Emblem Heroes Update – The recent free
    update to the Fire Emblem Heroes mobile game adds a ton of cool
    features to the mobile game. These new features include:

    • Book II of the Main Story Has Begun – The saga of Fire
      Emblem Heroes
      moves on to the next chapter. Meet Fjorm,
      Princess of Ice, and get her to join your team as an ally by
      clearing Chapter 1: Part 5 of Book II.
    • A Legendary Hero and new Blessings Have Been Added – A new
      Legendary Hero has been added. Fjorm is the first of them, but in
      the future, you’ll have the chance to obtain others, too.
      Legendary Heroes have one of four legendary elements (Water, Wind,
      Earth and Fire) that resonate with the corresponding Blessing to
      give Heroes strength. With these Blessings, different Legendary
      Heroes will give different stat bonuses.
    • Level Up Your Skills with the Weapon Refinery – Strengthen
      the weapon skills of your Heroes! After clearing Chapter 13 in the
      main story and then clearing the Intermission chapter, The Rite of
      Blades, the Weapon Refinery can then be found under Advanced
      Growth. With Weapon Refinery, some existing weapon skills can be
      improved with boosted stats or even additional abilities. Other
      weapons can even be upgraded into high-level weapons skills.
  • Fire Emblem Heroes Bonuses – To celebrate the
    major 2.0.0 update for the Fire Emblem Heroes game, you can receive a
    Log-in Bonus of free Orbs up to 10 times until 10:59 p.m. PT on Dec.
    12. These Orbs can be obtained from your Present List. But that’s not
    all: A double EXP and SP event will also take place until 10:59 p.m.
    PT on Dec. 4.

My Nintendo Activities:

  • Happy December! (available on Dec. 1) – The holiday season is
    right around the corner, and we’re celebrating all month long with
    Mario games. Redeem your My Nintendo points and get discounts on
    favorites that the whole family can enjoy:

    • 30 percent discount on Mario & Luigi: Dream Team
      (Nintendo 3DS)
    • 30 percent discount on Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash (Wii U)
    • 50 percent discount on Super Mario Bros. 3 (Nintendo 3DS /
      Wii U)
    • 50 percent discount on Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven
      Stars
      (Wii U)
    • 40 percent discount on Super Mario Maker (Wii U)

    You can also redeem your points and get these full DLC packs for the Mario
    Kart 8
    (Wii U) game*:

    • Mario Kart 8 DLC Zelda
    • Mario Kart 8 DLC Animal Crossing

    You can still redeem your points for these festive Mario rewards, too:

    • Mario Nintendo 3DS HOME menu theme
    • Mario Holiday wallpapers

    And finally, don’t forget to stop by Play.Nintendo.com during the
    holidays for tips about how to create your own Cappy ornament and Toad
    garland
    – the perfect additions to that gaming-themed tree.

  • Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Wallpaper – To celebrate
    the launch of Xenoblade Chronicles 2, My Nintendo is offering a
    special December calendar and wallpapers featuring imagery from the
    game. Redeem your My Nintendo points for these rewards:

    • Xenoblade Chronicles 2 – Kingdom of Uraya Wallpaper
    • Xenoblade Chronicles 2 – Argentum Trade Guild Wallpaper
    • Xenoblade Chronicles 2 – Argentum Trade Guild December 2018
      Calendar

Also new this week:

*The full version of the Mario Kart 8 game is required in order
to purchase the DLC.

In addition to video games available at retail stores, Nintendo also
offers a variety of content that people can download directly to their
systems. Nintendo adds new games weekly to Nintendo eShop on the
Nintendo Switch console, the Wii U console and the Nintendo 3DS family
of systems.

Nintendo eShop is a cash-based service that features a wide variety of
content, including new and classic games, applications and demos. Users
can add money to their account balances by using a credit card or
purchasing a Nintendo eShop Card at a retail store and entering the code
from the card. All funds from one card must be loaded in Nintendo eShop
on Nintendo Switch, Wii U or the Nintendo 3DS family of systems, but can
be used in any Nintendo eShop if the systems are linked to a single
Nintendo Account.

Customers in the U.S. and Canada ages 18 and older can also link a
PayPal account to their Nintendo Account to purchase digital games and
content for the Nintendo Switch system both on-device and from the
Nintendo website. Once the accounts are linked, users may also use
PayPal as a payment option when buying digital content for the Wii U or
Nintendo 3DS family systems from the Nintendo website.

The Wii Shop Channel offers games and applications and uses Wii Points,
which can be purchased via the Wii Shop Channel.

Remember that Nintendo Switch, Wii U, Wii, New Nintendo 3DS, New
Nintendo 3DS XL, New Nintendo 2DS XL and Nintendo 2DS feature parental
controls that let adults manage some of the content their children can
access. Nintendo 3DS players who register a Nintendo Network ID gain
access to free-to-start games and free game demos from Nintendo eShop,
and also get the latest news and information direct from Nintendo. For
more information about this and other features, visit http://www.nintendo.com/switch,
http://www.nintendo.com/wiiu or http://www.nintendo.com/3ds.


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Activision and Bungie Bring Amazon Alexa Skill to Destiny 2, First of Its Kind for Games-Industry

Activision and Bungie Bring Amazon Alexa Skill to Destiny 2, First of Its Kind for Games-Industry

Destiny 2 Ghost Skill for Amazon Alexa is First-of-its-Kind for Video
Games, Lets Players Ask Alexa and Ghost to Perform In-Game Tasks

Destiny 2 Ghost Skill for Alexa Available for Free to All Alexa
Device Owners

Special Limited-Edition Destiny 2 Ghost Compatible with All Alexa
Devices

SANTA MONICA, Calif.–#Amazon–Bungie and Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATVI), announced the introduction of
the Destiny 2 Ghost Skill for Alexa, giving players
of one of the best-selling video games of 2017 to date* the first-ever
Alexa voice integration in a live game experience**. Revealed on stage
by Tom Taylor, senior vice president, Amazon Alexa and Byron Beede,
Activision’s senior vice president of Product Management for Destiny at
the AWS re:Invent 2017 conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, the Destiny 2
Ghost Skill, voiced by the in-game Ghost’s voice actor Nolan North, is
available now for Alexa customers to enable, free of charge, through the
Alexa app.

The Destiny 2 Ghost Skill serves as a premier companion for Destiny
2
players, creating brand-new ways to interact with the game,
players can say, “Alexa, ask Ghost to…” with a variety of utterances —
from “…tell me which friends are online,” to asking “…what should I do
next?” giving recommendations for what to play next based on players’
real-time current progress, to “…call for back up,” which offers an easy
way to interact with friends in their clan to enhance the social
experience of Destiny 2, to “… equip my Raid loadout,” equipping
players’ favorite weapons and armor for a number of different gameplay
activities, to learning more about the world and characters of Destiny
2 with a request like, “…tell me who are the Red Legion?”

”The Ghost serves as your guide and companion in Destiny 2
the game, and now players will be able to bring that experience into the
real world with them through Alexa,” said Eric Hirshberg, CEO of
Activision. “The Destiny 2 Ghost skill is the first of its kind
and the most innovative and immersive gaming experience to date on
Alexa. We’re excited to give our community of players, who are among the
most-dedicated fans in the world, new ways to play Destiny 2
with the Ghost skill and Limited-Edition Destiny 2 Ghost.
The lines between in-game and out-of-game have been blurred in an
incredible new way.”

“Alexa is now part of the Destiny 2 experience, and we’re excited
for what that means for Destiny 2 players and the future of games
and voice technology,” said Steve Rabuchin, Vice President, Amazon
Alexa. “Gaming is an example of where voice can create a more engaging
experience in a natural and delightful way for customers. Rather than
interrupting gameplay to navigate menus, players can just ask Ghost
through Alexa to help with certain tasks. Players love the Destiny 2
experience, and now Alexa can make it even more immersive and fun.”

Destiny 2 players being able to interact with a physical Ghost
paired with an Amazon Alexa is just a really fun and unique idea,” said
Pete Parsons, CEO of Bungie. He added, “With our partners at Activision,
it’s been exciting to develop this project into a rich, useful skill
worthy of Amazon’s Alexa.”

Also announced is the Limited-Edition Destiny 2 Ghost, a WiFi
enabled Ghost speaker which is compatible with Alexa devices to bring
the look and sound of the Ghost from inside the game into the real
world. The Limited-Edition Destiny 2 Ghost is available for
pre-order now at an SRP of $89.99, and can be purchased separately as a
companion to Alexa devices. The physical Ghost is not needed to use the
free Destiny 2 Ghost skill, but the game and an Alexa device are
required. The Limited-Edition Destiny 2 Ghost will be available
on December 19, 2017.

Destiny 2 is rated T for Teen by the ESRB and is available
on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC at a suggested retail price of $59.99.
The product line-up also features the Destiny 2 – Game + Expansion
Pass Bundle
at $89.99 SRP, the Destiny 2 – Digital Deluxe Edition
featuring premium digital content at $99.99 SRP, the Limited
Edition at $99.99 SRP, and the Collector’s Edition, featuring a
fully-wearable Destiny 2 – Frontier Bag, Expansion Pass, premium
digital content and a Cabal-themed Collector’s Box for $249.99 SRP. The Destiny
2
Ghost skill for Alexa was developed by Activision and Bungie, with
support from AKQA.

For more game information, visit www.DestinyTheGame.com
and follow the official Destiny social channels on Facebook
and @DestinyTheGame on Instagram
and Twitter.
The community can interact directly with the developers at www.Bungie.net,
Facebook,
@Bungie on Twitter,
Instagram
and www.Twitch.tv/Bungie
on Twitch.

About Bungie

Bungie is an independent, employee-owned game development studio
dedicated to creating hopeful worlds that inspire passionate player
communities. For more than two-and-a-half decades that purpose has led
to the creation of some of the industry’s most celebrated gaming
franchises, including Marathon, Myth, Halo, and Destiny.
Today, Bungie is focused on creating new experiences and adventures for
the Destiny 2 community to share.

About Activision Publishing, Inc.

Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, Activision Publishing,
Inc. is a leading global producer and publisher of interactive
entertainment, including Call of Duty®, Destiny, Skylanders™
and Crash Bandicoot™ some of the world’s most successful
interactive entertainment franchises. Activision maintains operations
throughout the world and is a division of Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ:
ATVI), an S&P 500 company. More information about Activision and its
products can be found on the company’s website, www.activision.com or
by following @Activision.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-looking
Statements:
Information in this press release that involves
Activision Publishing’s expectations, plans, intentions or strategies
regarding the future, including statements about the expected release
dates, features and functionality of the Limited Edition Destiny 2
Ghost, are forward-looking statements that are not facts and
involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Factors that could cause
Activision Publishing’s actual future results to differ materially from
those expressed in the forward-looking statements set forth in this
release include unanticipated product delays and other factors
identified in the risk factors sections of Activision Blizzard’s most
recent annual report on Form 10-K and any subsequent quarterly reports
on Form 10-Q. The forward-looking statements in this release are based
upon information available to Activision Publishing and Activision
Blizzard as of the date of this release, and neither Activision
Publishing nor Activision Blizzard assumes any obligation to update any
such forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements believed to
be true when made may ultimately prove to be incorrect. These statements
are not guarantees of the future performance of Activision Publishing or
Activision Blizzard and are subject to risks, uncertainties and other
factors, some of which are beyond its control and may cause actual
results to differ materially from current expectations.

© 2017 Bungie, Inc. All rights reserved. Destiny, the Destiny Logo,
Bungie and the Bungie Logo are among the trademarks of Bungie, Inc.
Published and distributed by Activision. Activision is a registered
trademark of Activision Publishing, Inc. All other trademarks or trade
names are the properties of their respective owners.

* Based on NPD 2017 U.S. sales data through October 2017
**
Requires Destiny 2 Ghost skill for Amazon Alexa, Destiny 2 game, Alexa
app, internet connection, Alexa device, and Bungie.net account


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Super Mario Cereal from Kellogg’s® Makes Breakfast a Playful Experience

Super Mario Cereal from Kellogg’s® Makes Breakfast a Playful Experience

Cereal Boxes Have amiibo Functionality Built In!

REDMOND, Wash.–With Super Mario Cereal, Nintendo and Kellogg’s®
have teamed up to take fans on a breakfast odyssey that will continue
long after the cereal box is empty. In addition to collectible Super
Mario Odyssey
box art, each Super Mario
Cereal box functions as an amiibo
accessory, making breakfast a more playful experience.

“This powered-up partnership with Kellogg’s is another exciting way for
us to expand the Nintendo brand in unique and creative ways,” said Tom
Prata, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Strategic
Initiatives. “We are always looking for new opportunities to bring
smiles to people of all ages, and this is a fun way to kick off the day.”

The limited-edition cereal box will begin hitting store shelves across
the U.S. as early as Dec. 11. Those playing the Super Mario Odyssey game
can tap the cereal box on the Nintendo
Switch
system, like you would an amiibo, to receive gold
coins or a heart in the game. Even the cereal itself has a Super Mario
twist, with colorful power-up marshmallows and a blast of mixed berry
flavor in every box.

“We are thrilled to pack so much fun into one box of cereal,” said Brad
Schwan, Senior Director of Morning Foods Marketing. “The package adds
value and excitement for fans, with marshmallow shapes in the cereal
inspired by Super Mario power-ups to tie the theme together.”

For more information about Nintendo, visit https://www.nintendo.com/.
For more information about Kellogg’s, visit https://www.kelloggs.com.

Remember that Nintendo Switch features parental
controls
that let adults manage the content their children can
access. For more information about other features, visit http://www.nintendo.com/switch/.

About Nintendo: The worldwide pioneer in the creation of
interactive entertainment, Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan,
manufactures and markets hardware and software for its Nintendo Switch
system and the Nintendo 3DS family of portable systems.
Since 1983, when it launched the Nintendo Entertainment System,
Nintendo has sold more than 4.5 billion video games and more than 710
million hardware units globally, including Nintendo Switch and the
Nintendo 3DS family of systems, as well as the Game Boy,
Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS family of systems, Super NES,
Nintendo 64, Nintendo GameCube, Wii
and Wii U systems. It has also created industry icons that
have become well-known, household names, such as Mario, Donkey Kong,
Metroid, Zelda and Pokémon. A wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of
America Inc., based in Redmond, Wash., serves as headquarters for
Nintendo’s operations in the Americas. For more information about
Nintendo, please visit the company’s website at http://www.nintendo.com.

About Kellogg’s®: At Kellogg Company
(NYSE: K), we strive to make foods people love. This includes our
beloved brands – Kellogg’s®, Keebler®, Special K®, Pringles®,
Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes®, Pop-Tarts®, Kellogg’s Corn Flakes®, Rice
Krispies®, Cheez-It®, Eggo®, Mini-Wheats
® and more – that nourish
families so they can flourish and thrive. With 2016 sales of $13 billion
and more than 1,600 foods, Kellogg is the world’s leading cereal
company; second largest producer of crackers and savory snacks; and a
leading North American frozen foods company. And we’re a company with a
heart and soul, committing to help create 3 billion Better Days by 2025
through our Breakfasts for Better Days global purpose platform. To learn more, visit www.KelloggCompany.com or www.OpenforBreakfast.com and follow us on Twitter @KelloggCompany, YouTube and on our Social K corporate blog.

The Disaster Artist (2017) Review 1

The Disaster Artist (2017) Review

Tommy Wiseau’s The Room is possibly the most watched and discussed independent American film of the 2000s. In our irony-obsessed age, that doesn’t mean it’s good though. Far from it. The magnum opus by the mysterious Wiseau is arguably the worst movie ever made and one that achieved cult status from those who gleefully giggle away at it’s ineptitude. Wiseau has emerged as an odd pop culture icon out of the wreckage of The Room and it’s behind the scenes tales that grew into Internet folklore. It was almost inevitable someone would make a movie about him. Thankfully, that movie isn’t some sneering doc chasing around an eccentric like a snickering stalker, but a bizarrely committed biopic directed by and starring James Franco. The Disaster Artist offers everything anyone could want out of a movie about Tommy Wiseau and then somehow also manages to be a sweet movie that makes you feel for the misfit at the center. It shouldn’t have been possible, especially with Franco apparently directing his bio in character as Wiseau the entire time. Yet somehow this movie exists and it’s kind of a miracle.

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James Franco and Dave Franco in The Disaster Artist (2017) – image via Warner Bros. Entertainment

So for those who don’t already know, the script comes from a book by Greg Sestero who co-starred with Tommy in The Room as Mark—as in, “Oh hi Mark.” So Greg is the protagonist and in an almost inexplicably perfect bit of casting is played by James’ brother Dave Franco. They meet in an acting class where Greg is the only student impressed by the strange man wearing a variety of belts screaming out a Marlon Brando impersonation. Greg’s not so great at the whole acting thing and goes to Tommy for help. A deeply weird friendship forms. Greg learns that Tommy has a mysteriously vast fortune from an unknown place. They become roommates in Los Angeles to pursue acting and when Tommy’s attempts to crack into the business are met with nothing but the harshest of rejections, he decides to write, direct, and self-finance a movie for both of them. It’s called The Room and if you have any interest in the cult of this notorious stinker, you’ll have a pretty good idea of where things go from there.

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Seth Rogen, Paul Scheer, and Dave Franco in The Disaster Artist (2017) – image via Warner Bros.

The Disaster Artist nimbly checks off everything that one would expect from a movie about The Room. We see Tommy inexplicably insist on shooting with two cameras at once, insist on shooting endless sex scenes starring himself, and just generally confuse the hell out of everyone around him at all times. We never get any answers to where the guy came from, how he has so much money to burn, or…you know…what’s wrong with him because no one knows the answers to those questions other than Tommy Wiseau and he’s an unreliable witness at best. There are all the required giggles crammed. But what impresses most about James Franco’s take on the trash culture icon as both an actor and filmmaker is how warm and caring it is. This isn’t a freak show lynching. It clearly comes from a certain place of respect and even awe.

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Sharon Stone and Dave Franco in The Disaster Artist (2017) – image via Warner Bros. Entertainment

Anyone who’s thought about The Room for more than a few consecutive seconds has likely worked out that the movie is a somewhat autobiographical attempt to express inner angst and pain from someone who has no sense of how to tell a story or shoot a movie. Franco presents Wiseau as a mystery, but also a human. He’s a guy whose constantly questioned and misunderstood. Someone with no real friends and a burning desire to be an artist regardless of whether or not he succeeds. Franco clearly somewhat admires Tommy in an odd way and presents him not merely as a punchline, but a strangely tragic antihero. His impression of the odd accent and odder movements of Wiseau is dead on, yet beneath that is someone in pain desperately seeking acceptance without the social skills to connect. It’s a hilarious and heartbreaking performance that’s one of Franco’s best and the movie surrounding it is rather wonderful as well.

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James Franco and Seth Rogen in The Disaster Artist (2017) – image via Warner Bros. Entertainment

In the relationship between Greg and Tommy, the Francos create a beautifully fraught friendship. Greg clearly likes Tommy despite all the horrors of making their movie and Tommy clearly made the movie for Greg despite the fact that all the actor would receive for his troubles was notoriety. It’s sweet and dark and weird and funny and fascinating and if nothing else, a buddy movie unlike any other. Surrounding the Francos are a murderous row of LA comedians and The Room fans like Seth Rogen, Paul Scheer, Judd Apatow, and Bryan Cranston—playing himself because yep, somehow Cranston had direct connection to The Room. Everyone clearly did this one for fun and squeeze out extra laughs from the sidelines without distracting from the movie itself. Franco shoots his film with a slick unobtrusive style and recreates scenes from The Room with an almost Kubrickian attention to detail. It takes a talented filmmaker to make beautifully bad filmmaking into comedy gold and clearly Franco has the goods.

Would The Disaster Artist work for someone with no knowledge of The Room or appreciation for “so bad, it’s good” entertainment? Tough to say. It’s unlikely anyone will come close to this thing without knowing the origins. But, it’s possible. This is such a bizarre human story centred around such a fascinating central character that it’s gotta have trainwreck entertainment value for even those who don’t know Tommy Wiseau from Ed Wood. Still, it’s not like The Disaster Artist will reach a crossover crowd. This is a flick made by and for members of the cult of The Room. It’s far better than anyone could have imagined and the fact that James Franco does some of the finest work of his career as both a performer and director while embodying the worst filmmaker of all time is a delightful meta joke cherry on the sundae that’s likely funnier to Franco than anyone else. The Disaster Artist has cult classic written all over it. Sure, there likely won’t be regular midnight screenings held for The Disaster Artist like The Room, but this will be a flick adored by anyone who falls down the Tommy Wiseau rabbit hole from now on. That’s a good thing.

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James Franco in The Disaster Artist (2017) – image via Warner Bros. Entertainment

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