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Why 'The Great Gatsby' Just Might Turn A Profit

Warner Bros.’ new movie version of <i>The Great Gatsby</i> is a great big risk. The film is a period piece with (spoiler alert) an unhappy ending. It’s in 3-D despite a lack of explosions and it’s from director Baz Luhrmann whose highest-grossing movie to date is the 2008 film <i>Australia</i> which earned $210 …

Pictures: When Snow and Ice Meet Lava

Studying what happens when lava flows meet snow and ice helps researchers track climate change through the ages.

Tumblr Blog Tries to Capture the Essence of a Movie in Only Nine Frames

Here’s an interesting Tumblr we stumbled across that, for all intents and purpose, is trying to do the impossible. The 9 Film Frames Tumblr tries to …

Injustice: Gods Among Us DLC coming to Wii U this summer

Wii U owners will begin to receive DLC for <i>Injustice: Gods Among Us</i> "this summer," despite its current availability on both PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, studio NetherRealm revealed today on the developer's official Twitter account.<p>So far the studio has released downloadable character Lobo to the …

Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate confirmed for PS3, Xbox 360 in North America this fall

<i>Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate</i>, which publisher Tecmo Koei Games refers to as "the definitive <i>Dead or Alive 5</i> package," will be released in North America this fall on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, the company announced today.<p>Tecmo Koei revealed the game earlier this week in Famitsu magazine, but only …

'Total reimagining' of Shadow Warrior coming from Hard Reset dev Flying Wild Hog

<i>Hard Reset</i> developer Flying Wild Hog is working on a "total reimagining" of <i>Shadow Warrior</i>, the 1997 first-person shooter from 3D Realms, Flying Wild Hog announced today on its Facebook page.<p><i>Shadow Warrior</i> will be released by <i>Hotline Miami</i> publisher Devolver Digital, which hinted at the new game …

Assassin's Creed 4 devs talk PS4 development in new developer diary

The latest installment in Sony's "Conversations with Creators" series features Ubisoft developers discussing the creation of <i>Assassin's Creed 4</i> for the next-generation PlayStation 4.<p>In the video, <i>Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag</i> creative director Jean Guesdon and associate producer Sylvain Trottier say …

Diablo 3 Auction Houses to remain offline for 'at least another 24 hours'

<i>Diablo 3</i> developer Blizzard Entertainment was hoping to bring back the game's gold and real-money Auction Houses sometime today, but according to the studio's most recent estimate, they'll remain offline for "at least another 24 hours."<p>Blizzard took the Auction Houses offline earlier this week due …

Speed Run: Sony, PS4, Ouya, empathy games

Sony reported its first net profit in five years today in its fiscal year financial results, despite a "deteriorated" operating income in its video game department. The company is also not expecting to incur the same financial losses during the PS4 launch as it did during the development and launch …

Silicon Knights unloads property, closes office, continues battle with Epic Games

<i>Too Human</i> developer Silicon Knights, still battling a $4.45 million judgment that favored Epic Games, is down to just a few employees, has closed its office and has sold off office equipment and game assets, Polygon has learned.<p>Calls to the company went unanswered, as the phone number listed on …

Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge for Wii U comes to Australia May 11

The Wii U edition of <i>Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge</i> arrives in Australia as a digital download on May 11, Nintendo Australia announced today.<p>The Wii U title hit North America and Japan on Nov. 18, 2012 and Dec. 8, 2012, respectively. Later, on April 2, 2013 it came to Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in …

Watch Dogs' voyeurism, moral choices and clever AI

Ubisoft's upcoming open-world action-adventure game, <i>Watch Dogs</i>, plays on society's voyeuristic tendencies, the nuanced moral choices we make and our desire to affect game worlds, according to senior producer Dominic Guay.<p>In a recent demo of the game shown at a preview event in San Francisco, Guay …

Square Enix 'undecided' on international content inclusion in Final Fantasy 10-2 HD

<i>Final Fantasy 10-2 HD</i> may not include some bonus content featured in the international version of the game, despite previous reports that it would, according to Famitsu.<p>The publication reports Square Enix is currently "undecided" as to wether or not to include extra content from F<i>inal Fantasy 10-2</i> …

The Realm update shows butterfly-collecting, flute-playing bonus features

In a new Kickstarter update, <i>The Realm</i> technical director Tom Szirtes walks players through potential features that Atomhawk and Lantern Interactive plan on adding to the point-and-click adventure game if it reaches enough funding on Kickstarter.<p>The first is an optional collection sidequest in which …

Gears of War: Judgment's second Maxim-sponsored DLC map, Dreadnought, hits May 15

Gears of War: Judgment players will be able to download the game's second Maxim-sponsored multiplayer map, Dreadnought, on May 15 for free, co-developer Epic Games announced today.<p>Maxim previously brought <i>Judgment</i> players a new map and mode in late March.<p>Dreadnought will be playable only in the …

Syfy renews MMO crossover show Defiance for second season

<i>Defiance</i>, the TV half of the transmedia project from Syfy and Trion Worlds, has been renewed for a second season, according to a press release from Syfy.<p>Production for the second season's 13 episodes will begin in August and is scheduled to premiere in 2014. <i>Defiance currently</i> airs on Mondays at 9 …

Ascend: New Gods renamed Ascend: Hand of Kul to focus on story

<i>Ascend: New Gods</i> has been rebranded <i>Ascend: Hand of Kul</i> to focus more on the upcoming role-playing game's story, according to a post on the game's official website.<p>"Although the news came as a sudden shock to us, we agreed with their decision," reads a post on the developer's website, written as if …

Speed Run: Plants vs. Zombies Adventures, Watch Dogs, Silicon Knights, Shadow of the Eternals

<i>Plants vs. Zombies Adventures</i>, PopCap's new spin on the franchise, is coming to Facebook May 20. <i>Watch Dogs</i> will play on society's voyeuristic tendencies and will encourage players to follow data trails and make their own moral decisions. We discovered more information on developer Silicon Knights, …

Ed Boon posts fan poll for future Injustice: Gods Among Us DLC characters

NetherRealm Studios lead and Mortal Kombat co-creator Ed Boon took to Twitter this week to survey fans on which characters they'd like to see added to fighting game <i>Injustice: Gods Among Us</i> in future downloadable content.<p>The DC Universe characters up for consideration in the poll were: Blue Beetle, …

Shadow of the Eternals video shows off nine minutes of gameplay

Developer Precursor Games released a nine-minute gameplay video of its horror game <i>Shadow of the Eternals</i> — the studio's spiritual successor to GameCube game <i>Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem</i> — on its YouTube channel, offering a raw look at the title currently seeking crowdfunding.<p>The gameplay video …

Insomniac Games not working on Wii U titles, may consider PC development, says CEO

Resistance and Ratchet & Clank developer Insomniac Games is not working on Wii U titles, according to CEO Ted Price, who took part in a Reddit AMA today.<p>The Insomniac Games founder said he considers Nintendo's Wii U as more of a current-generation platform, when asked about his thoughts on next-gen …

University student crafts app that helps blind smartphone users snap photos

Dustin Adams, a Ph.D student at the University of California at Santa Cruz, has teamed up with colleagues at his school in order to craft an app that helps visually impaired users line up the ideal snapshot. The project started out as a quiz, asking 54 people with varying degrees of ocular …

Google's rumored Babel chat service will reportedly launch as Hangouts

Google hasn't even officially launched Babel, but word on the street has it that the aforesaid term was being used internally to reference a new, unified chat platform. Now, <i>TechRadar</i> is reporting that Babel will simply become a part of Google Hangouts -- almost certainly as a means to continue the …