Christopher Nolan Apologized to Netflix Chief Content Officer

Christopher Nolan has apologized to Netflix for his statement on their “mindless” release policy.

Nolan previously slammed Netflix over its policy on theatrical releases during a promotional circuit for Dunkirk, saying the company has “a bizarre aversion to supporting theatrical films.”

Nolan still believes Netflix’s decision to forgo theaters in favor of launching films directly to their streaming service is a mistake, but upon reflection, he told Variety, “I should have been more polite. I said what I believe, but I was undiplomatic in the way I expressed it.”

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NBA 2K18 Microtransaction Concerns Acknowledged By Exec

NBA 2K18‘s microtransaction system has proven controversial with some amount of the audience, but in large part, the reception to the game overall has been positive, Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick said during an earnings call today. Zelnick pointed out that critics and fans alike are enjoying the game, as evidenced in part by the number of average daily players rising year-over-year. Sales are also up year-over-year, coming in at 6 million shipped by Take-Two’s latest count.

Still, Zelnick said if fans are concerned, that’s something the company will look at and potentially make changes as a result. “We take consumer feedback very, very seriously indeed,” Zelnick said. “There has been some pushback about monetization in the industry. The good news is the title was reviewed extraordinary well. People love it. The other news is that entertainment is a want-to-have business, not a must-have business.”

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“People vote ultimately with the usage. And the usage on this title is up 30 percent in terms of average daily users,” he added. “The title itself, unit sales are up 20 percent year-over-year. So people are clearly voting that they love NBA 2K18 and the reviews reflect that as well. That said, we are concerned about any perception, any negative feedback .. and we’re taking it really seriously.”

At the center of the controversy around NBA 2K18’s microtransactions is the Virtual Currency system. It’s been present in past entries, but for the new game, our review and others pointed out that VC doesn’t flow as freely. That means it can feel like you need to spend money to advance your character. “Microtransactions are everywhere, and trying to advance without them feels nearly impossible,” our review said.

2K Sports has made some changes to NBA 2K18’s VC system. For example, 2K dropped the VC values for things like haircuts and facial hair. For some, however, the changes to the VC system haven’t been enough. As Zelnick says, 2K is listening to feedback, but it remains to be seen just how extensive future changes will be.

Zelnick’s comments about NBA 2K18 came as part of Take-Two’s latest earnings report where the company confirmed GTA V has now shipped 85 million copies.

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This Week’s PS4, PS3, And Vita Deals Announced

A new batch of deals are now available in the US PlayStation Store. This week’s selection is fairly slim compared to previous weeks, but PS4 owners can find discounts on a slate of titles from Warner Bros. Interactive.

The Warner Bros. Sale is going on now and offers deals on a handful of the publisher’s PS4 games, with PS Plus subscribers saving an extra percentage off on many of them. NetherRealm’s Mortal Kombat XL and Injustice 2 Deluxe Edition are on sale for $13 (or $15 without PS Plus) and $42 ($49), respectively. Some other notable discounts include Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor – Game of the Year Edition ($8/$10), Dying Light: The Following – Enhanced Edition ($21/$24), and Batman: Arkham Knight Premium Edition ($16/$20).

PS4 owners can also find discounts on a number of Lego titles this week. Most notably, Lego City Undercover is available for $20 ($24), Lego Worlds costs $12 ($15), Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens runs for $6 ($8), and Lego Marvel’s Avengers Deluxe Edition is available for $12 ($15).

While there aren’t any other special sales going on this week, players can still find a handful of other games on sale in the PlayStation Store. Among them is LawBreakers: Deadzo Deluxe Edition, which is available for $20. Also on sale is Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue; PS Plus subscribers can download it for $36, while everyone else can pick it up for $48.

On PS3, players can find discounts on Binary Domain ($10), Rock of Ages ($2), and Zeno Clash 2 ($3). Meanwhile, Vita games on sale this week include Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars ($6), Claire: Extended Cut ($6), and Corridor Z ($4).

Most of these deals are available for a limited time and will expire on November 14 at 8 AM PT/11 AM ET. You can find the full list of discounts on the PlayStation Store. This month’s free PS Plus games are also now available to download for Plus subscribers and include Worms Battlegrounds, Bound, and other titles.

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Destiny 2 Faction Rally Token Exploit Lets You Earn Rewards Really, Really Quickly

Destiny 2‘s latest weekly reset has introduced the second-ever Faction Rally event. The first instance saw an exploit that could be utilized to rapidly acquire Faction Tokens, which are redeemed for engram packages that include Faction Rally armor, weapons, and rewards. A new exploit has now been discovered that even more rapidly allows you to acquire Tokens.

The recent Destiny 2 1.0.6 update made changes to how Faction Tokens are obtained. One major adjustment was the removal of Tokens that were handed out for destroying “enemy resources” located in Lost Sectors. In their place, Fireteams now earn three Tokens by opening up the chest at the end of a Lost Sector. This was meant to prevent farming and to address complaints about how enemy resources only provided Tokens to one player. But it appears this isn’t working quite as intended.

As we demonstrate in the video above, following a specific process allows you to rapidly farm Tokens. You first head to the EDZ’s Winding Cove area, and then go to the Lost Sector located just north of where you spawn in. Killing the boss inside unlocks the chest and allows you claim your reward. Open that and you can use a nearby exit to head back outside, but once you’ve gone far enough to trigger the “Winding Cove” pop-up text, just turn back around and you can re-open the chest without having to kill the boss again. This can be repeated endlessly for an essentially unlimited supply of Tokens.

It’s unclear if Bungie plans to patch this exploit, but it’s still active as of this writing. One thing to bear in mind is that only the first 30 engrams you receive from a faction (per character) has a chance to offer item rewards. Beyond that point, you’ll only receive shaders. Still, considering that the three factions are competing to earn the most rewards–which results in that faction’s unique weapon being sold during Victory Week–players may be frustrated if the results are swung by players making use of the exploit.

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GTA 5 Has Sold-In 85 Million Copies

Grand Theft Auto V has shipped 85 million copies, Take-Two announced today.

According to the publisher, citing The NPD Group during its latest earnings report, Grand Theft Auto V is now the U.S.’s best-selling video game ever in terms of units sold and revenue. NPD says this is based on physical and digital sales across all platforms.

Sold-in means copies sold to stores and not sold-through, which are copies bought by customers.

Take-Two last reported Grand Theft Auto V sold-in 75 million copies, meaning it has shipped an additional 10 million units since February. Despite initially being released over four years ago, Rockstar’s hit open-world game continues to appear on NPD’s monthly list of best-selling games in the US, most recently charting seventh in September.

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Justice League’s Budget Reportedly Revealed

Thanks to a switch in directors and substantial reshoots, the reported production budget for Justice League has climbed to nearly $300 million.

This report comes by way of The Wall Street Journal, who cites “people close to the picture.” While the DC superhero ensemble film was originally positioned as the financial linchpin for Warner Bros. in 2017, the success of Wonder Woman and Stephen King’s IT has lessened its importance in that regard.

Director Zack Snyder stepped away from the film earlier this year due to a family tragedy, handing the reigns over to Joss Whedon, who handled the reshoots. Meanwhile, Henry Cavill had to have his mustache digitally removed for the reshoots (thanks to his role in Mission: Impossible 6), which undoubtedly contributed to the rise in Justice League’s production costs.

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10 Marvel/Fox Crossover Movies We’d Love To See

In case you missed the news, Disney is in talks to buy most of 21th Century Fox. As many fans of Marvel Comics know, this is gigantic news as Fox has owned the movie rights to both the X-Men–as well as everything mutant related–and the Fantastic Four for years. If this deal goes through, that more than likely means Disney will have access to some of the best characters and stories from Marvel, which we could see on the big screen. Here’s some of our favorite Marvel Comics stories, featuring the X-Men and Fantastic Four, we’d love to see in theaters.

Civil War: Written by Mark Millar and Steve McNiven

Yes, the Marvel Cinematic Universe already did this story for the third Captain America movie, and while it’s a fantastic reshaping of the 2006 event, it is extremely underwhelming for fans of the comic. While most of the X-Men took a neutral stance in this conflict, Civil War completely split up the Fantastic Four, as Reed Richards was a major part of the superhuman registration act, working side by side with Iron Man while Sue and Johnny Storm stood with Captain America.

Because of Captain America: Civil War‘s existence, it would be really hard to put a more accurate adaptation of this in the theaters without it feeling like a complete retreading.

Old Man Logan by Mark Millar and Steve McNiven

While 2017’s Logan took a stab at the 2008 Marvel storyline, because of the characters involved, it would never be able to faithfully adapt it. The story takes place 50 years in the future, where most of the heroes in the Marvel Universe are dead and Wolverine went into hiding. President Red Skull has his own plot of land in America and so do the descendants of the Hulk. Logan has his own family and a friend who used to go by the name Hawkeye. Without giving much away, this is an adventure and revenge story that is one of the greatest Marvel stories of the 21st century.

House of M by Brian Michael Bendis and Olivier Coipel

With the news of writer Brian Michael Bendis heading off to DC Comics, it’s would be a great time to honor one of his greatest stories at Marvel Comics: House of M, a story that completely changed the landscape for the publisher for close to a year and had an aftermath that still affects Marvel a decade later. In this story, Scarlet Witch’s powers have become unstable and the heroes of the Marvel Universe decide they have to kill her. Before they can do so, she uses her powers to create a world where mutants are everywhere and now considered the superior species. It’s incredibly crafted and would be an brilliant way to introduce mutants into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Secret Invasion by Brian Michael Bendis and Leinil Francis Yu

Secret Invasion is a nightmare when it comes to the rights of the characters, primarily for the book’s main villain: The Skrulls. The shape-shifting alien race’s film rights are partially owned by Marvel and partially by Fox. In addition, this book does feature Wolverine, as he was a member of the Avengers during this time. The 2008 event follows an invasion by Skrulls, who have been pretending to be both heroes and villains in the Marvel Universe. It was eight issues of the reader asking themselves “who can you trust,” since anyone could secretly be a Skrull.

Skrulls are already coming to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as the Kree/Skrull War will be an inspiration for 2019’s Captain Marvel movie.

Secret Wars by Jim Shooter and Mike Zeck

Secret Wars perfectly combines all the heroes in the Marvel Universe into one, simple story. 33 heroes and villains have been plucked from their homes and brought somewhere unknown. They realize the person behind their kidnapping is the extra-dimensional being known as The Beyonder, who simply wants the heroes to fight the villains. Both Doctor Doom and Galactus are major parts of this story, but the rights to those characters are owned by Fox.

Avengers Vs. X-Men by Brian Bendis, Jason Aaron, Matt Fraction, Ed Brubaker, Jonathan Hickman, and John Romita Jr.

What better way to kick off Marvel owning the rights to the X-Men then having them fight the Avengers? In this 2012 event, the Phoenix Force is on its way to Earth–again–and both the X-Men and Avengers can’t decide whether the cosmic being’s arrival will save mutants or destroy the world. Their disagreement leads to an all-out-war. Much like Civil War, the story gives readers an insight into what makes these characters tick and the lengths they’ll go to protect their own people.

Kang Dynasty by Kurt Busiek and Alan Davis

One of the Fantastic Four’s greatest enemies is Kang The Conqueror, the time-travelling maniac who is incredibly technologically advanced. In 2001, a time when the comic industry was getting back on its footing, Busiek delivered this fantastic story of Kang coming to the present day, but this time, he’s here to save it. Storywise, it’s a little confusing, as in order to save Earth, he must forcibly take it over. It’s one of the better depictions of the villain, and one of the best Avengers stories from that time.

Young Avengers by Allan Heinberg and Jim Cheung

When the Young Avengers comic was first announced, I couldn’t have been more against its existence. Then, I read it, promptly put my own foot in my mouth, and the book became one of my favorites at Marvel. The 12-issue miniseries follows a group of young heroes called the Young Avengers, and without getting too into the story–because there are tons of twists and turns in the book–the story is a perfect mixture of the characters within the Marvel Universe, combining elements from Fantastic Four, cosmic aliens, and mutants. This first run, along with the follow-up The Children’s Crusade, would make great big screen adaptations.

The Coming of Galactus by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby

Easily, “The Coming of Galactus” could be the next Avengers film, in a post-Infinity War world. The three-issue story from 1966 introduces the world to not only Silver Surfer but also to Galactus, who is off to Earth to eat it. Fox attempted to tell this story in 2007 film Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, but it was widely panned. This would be the perfect way to combine the efforts of the current Avengers and the Fantastic Four as well as a way to introduce a new cosmic threat, seeing as though Thanos will more than likely be out of the picture after Infinity War.

Crossover/Frightful by Mark Millar and Greg Land

The story of Ultimate Fantastic Four is one of the best things to come out of the Ultimate Universe at Marvel, especially when you consider Reed Richard’s turn into the Maker later on. Reed Richards makes contact with a parallel world filled with zombified versions of all the superheroes and villains from Marvel. Eventually, the Fantastic Four gets everything under control, capturing the zombie versions of themselves, but Doctor Doom returns, and nothing goes as planned for the heroes. It is a Fantastic Four-centric story, but it does involve characters from outside the FF, like Magneto–who is a major part of the first half of the story. More than anything else, this is a solid horror story that could work well for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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The Best Cases for the iPhone 8

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So you’ve picked up a brand-new Apple iPhone 8 – congratulations! Considering the price of smartphones nowadays, you probably want to keep your iPhone 8 safe before an accidental slip sends it hurtling to the ground with a shattered screen or worse ― an all-too-common fate for many of our mobile phones. It can happen to even the least clumsy among us.

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Significant Layoffs Hit Batman, Game Of Thrones Dev Telltale Games

Significant layoffs have hit Telltale Games, the developer best known for its licensed episodic adventure games, including those based on Batman, Game of Thrones, and The Walking Dead. As part of a “comprehensive company restructuring,” Telltale has laid off 25% of its employees, which amounts to 90 people.

Specifics regarding individuals were not shared, but these layoffs impact “all divisions” and are effective as of today. A press release states the move will make the company “more competitive as a developer and publisher of groundbreaking story-driven gaming experiences with an emphasis on high quality in the years ahead.” There was similarly little to say about exactly what drove these changes, although Telltale says the projects it has announced won’t be affected.

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“Our industry has shifted in tremendous ways over the past few years,” CEO Pete Hawley said. “The realities of the environment we face moving forward demand we evolve, as well, reorienting our organization with a focus on delivering fewer, better games with a smaller team.”

One criticism of Telltale in recent years has been its continued use of aging technology. The press release says this will be addressed, as Telltale “will use this restructuring as an opportunity to move internal development over to more proven technologies that will fast-track innovation in its core products as it works with new partners to bring its games to new audiences.”

Hawley added, “I’d like to express our respect for all the contributions that these incredibly talented artists, storytellers, and more have made to this company, and that this decision is in no way a reflection on the quality or dedication of their work.”

This news comes on the same day that both Guardians of the Galaxy‘s fifth episode and Minecraft: Story Mode – Season Two‘s fourth episode were released. Among its future projects are a second season of The Wolf Among Us and a final season of The Walking Dead. It’s unclear if Hawley’s comment about releasing fewer games signals a shift away from episodic games, or if it will focus on fewer series overall. We’ll report back as we learn more.

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