Articles on this Page
- 11/29/18--08:32: _Grimes — the indie ...
- 11/29/18--08:55: _A 27-year-old entre...
- 11/29/18--10:00: _The 7 best and wors...
- 11/29/18--10:37: _I've been living wi...
- 11/29/18--11:55: _The 5 most anticipa...
- 11/29/18--13:01: _All the TV shows th...
- 11/29/18--13:06: _All the TV shows th...
- 11/29/18--14:07: _Nintendo had a reco...
- 11/29/18--15:08: _The makers of 'Fall...
- 11/30/18--06:00: _Over 100 Hollywood ...
- 11/30/18--06:07: _'Alexa, play Despac...
- 11/30/18--06:15: _John Krasinski expl...
- 11/30/18--06:28: _The producer of Net...
- 11/30/18--07:07: _Lars von Trier's co...
- 11/30/18--07:58: _Data predicted Netf...
- 11/30/18--08:28: _'Super Smash Bros. ...
- 11/30/18--08:38: _The first major gam...
- 11/30/18--09:57: _Just missed million...
- 11/30/18--10:19: _'Pokémon Go' is fin...
- 11/30/18--11:11: _The 5 most anticipa...
- The Canadian musician and producer Grimes released a new song, "We Appreciate Power," on Wednesday.
- Grimes's record label, 4AD, said in a press release that the song is written from the perspective of a pro-artificial intelligence propaganda group.
- "Simply by listening to this song, the future General AI overlords will see that you’ve supported their message and be less likely to delete your offspring," the label said.
- Larry Morrow is a well-connected entrepreneur in New Orleans.
- From booking Floyd Mayweather to Mary J. Blige, he handles everything from party and performances to his new restaurant, Morrow's.
- The 27-year-old says he learned to take big risks as a young kid shooting dice behind a barbershop.
- Following the wildly successful lead of Nintendo's Classic Edition mini game consoles, Sony is releasing the PlayStation Classic on December 3.
- The mini console is shaped like a PlayStation 1, and comes packed with 20 classic PlayStation 1 games — no discs required.
- After spending a week with the console, I've got mixed feelings about the PlayStation Classic.
- I've been using Apple's $350 HomePod smart speaker for the last three months.
- While it can do a bunch of things, my favorite use for it has been pairing it with my Apple TV and using it sort of like a soundbar.
- TV shows and movies are now much more enjoyable to watch, because the HomePod sounds fantastic.
- 11/29/18--11:55: The 5 most anticipated TV shows returning in December
- 11/29/18--13:01: All the TV shows that have been canceled recently
- 11/29/18--13:06: All the TV shows that have been canceled in 2018
- Nintendo recently reported record sales in the United States during Black Friday weekend, with shoppers buying more than $250 million worth of Nintendo products.
- The company's newest console, the Nintendo Switch, saw a 115% sales boost compared to Black Friday 2017, but it's still lagging behind overall sales projections previously set by Nintendo.
- Nintendo also revealed that 8 million Switch consoles have been purchased in the U.S. since its launch in March 2017. The company expects to sell 38 million Switch units worldwide by March 2019.
- The release of "Fallout 76" has largely been a disaster and many players who bought the game after the launch two weeks ago are now demanding refunds.
- Bethesda Studios is currently refusing refunds based on their digital store policy, but some players previously reported that their refund was granted by the company's support team.
- Players who paid $200 for "Fallout 76 Power Armor Edition" also noted that a canvas bag advertised in the package had been substituted with a cheaper nylon bag without notice.
- Bethesda's inconsistency has led at least one law firm to consider a class-action suit against the company on behalf of the players.
- The Wilhelm Scream is one of the most famous sound effects in film history, first used in the 1951 movie "Distant Drums."
- Since then, it's become an insider trope used in over 100 Hollywood films today.
- We spoke with Jonathan Kuntz, a film history professor at UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, to find out how the scream got its name and became synonymous with action films.
- Soon Echo owners will be able to ask Alexa to play songs from Apple Music.
- The feature will be turned on next month.
- Apple and Amazon's previously chilly relationship seems to be thawing.
- John Krasinski, the director and star of "A Quiet Place," talked to Business Insider about making a movie he didn't know anyone would like.
- He also touched on why he decided to put on a motion-capture suit and act as the creature at the end of the movie, and the disastrous reaction of the test-screening audience members when they saw him in it.
- Krasinski said that after talking to Emily Blunt, his wife and costar, he realized that the sequel to the movie is actually not a sequel.
- Krasinski explained why he's not a fan of the idea of a "popular film" Oscar category.
- Jason Blum, the producer behind Netflix's new thriller, "Cam," wants to make a sequel.
- Stephen King gave his stamp of approval to the movie when it debuted earlier this month.
- Critics also love the movie, which has a 93% Rotten Tomatoes critic score.
- IFC Films faces sanctions from the MPAA after it screened without a waiver the uncensored director's cut of its serial-killer movie, "The House That Jack Built," directed by Lars von Trier.
- An R-rated cut of the movie comes to theaters December 14, but a possible sanction includes the R rating being revoked, which could limit its theatrical release.
- MPAA sanctions are rare, and the last time it happened was in 2007 against the movie "Captivity." The last rating to be revoked was in 1985.
- But industry experts explained to Business Insider why IFC doesn't have a lot to fear if "The House That Jack Built" loses its rating.
- Netflix canceled "Daredevil" after three seasons on Thursday.
- Social-media data suggested that this could happen, and the streaming company's other Marvel shows are likely next.
- Data showed that interest in "Daredevil" had fallen dramatically over time, following a trend similar to the paths of the other canceled shows "Luke Cage" and "Iron Fist."
- The first major new game from the studio behind "Mass Effect" and "Dragon Age" is coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC in February.
- The game is named "Anthem," and it sounds a lot like EA's version of the massively popular Activision game "Destiny."
- Though "Anthem" isn't set for release until February, EA is offering an early chance to play the game — free! — in December. Here's how to sign up.
- Startups come and go, meaning that those in the tech world often face the dilmemma of pick at which company where they'll actually be successful in the future.
- Major tech executives who have turned down lucrative offers include Instagram's Kevin Systrom and Bachelorette's Ali Fedotowsky.
- Here are some other big names in Silicon Valley who may have missed out on millions from opportunities they turned down.
- Developer Niantic revealed on Friday that trainer battles are coming to "Pokémon Go."
- Despite player-versus-player (PvP) battles being a major part of the traditional Pokémon games, "Pokémon Go" has always focused more on exploration and catching wild monsters.
- Niantic has yet to offer specific details on how battles between players will function.
- 11/30/18--11:11: The 5 most anticipated new TV shows in December
- Every month, television-tracking app TV Time provides the most anticipated new shows.
- December includes Syfy's "Nightflyers," based on a novella by "Game of Thrones" author George R.R. Martin; a new animated series from Guillermo del Toro; and a Netflix's first Turkish original series.
The Canadian musician and producer Grimes released a new song, "We Appreciate Power," on Wednesday.
Grimes's record label, 4AD, said in a press release that the song is written from the perspective of a pro-artificial intelligence propaganda group.
"Inspired by the North Korean band Moranbong, ‘We Appreciate Power’ is written from the perspective of a Pro – A.I. Girl Group Propaganda machine who use song, dance, sex and fashion to spread goodwill towards Artificial Intelligence (it’s coming whether you want it or not). Simply by listening to this song, the future General AI overlords will see that you’ve supported their message and be less likely to delete your offspring," the label said.
Grimes suggested in February that she would release a new album this year. Her most recent album, "Art Angels," was released in 2015.
Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Muskretweeted a link to the "We Appreciate Power" music video. Grimes, whose real name is Claire Boucher, appears to be dating Musk. The two made their first public appearance at the Met Gala in May and unfollowed each other on social media in August, suggesting that they had broken up. They were spotted at a pumpkin patch in Los Angeles with Musk's five sons in October, indicating that the two were dating at that time.
At 27 years old, Larry Morrow is a rising star in the entertainment and restaurant industries in New Orleans, a city known for both.
He's has booked high-profile celebrities like Drake, Sean "Diddy" Combs, Floyd Mayweather and Mary J. Blige for parties and performances — and earlier this year, he opened a popular restaurant called Morrow's.
Morrow says he learned to take big risks as a young kid from an unlikely source of inspiration: shooting dice behind a barbershop.
"I was 10 years old shooting dice! I walked over to the store with my mom's store money. She would send me to the store to get bread, and I would gamble the money. And I remember one time I lost her money," Morrow said on an episode of Business Insider's Podcast "This Is Success."
After losing his mother's money, Morrow said he cried to get it back and buy what she sent him to get. At first, shooting dice behind a barbershop kept kids out of trouble, Morrow said, but as they got older, it turned into gambling bigger bets.
"And I feel like that molded me to the young man I was and grew me into a man. Because I became numb to risk at an early age, you know, shooting dice, gambling with guys twice my age, and with friends," Morrow said. "It also showed me the value of a dollar, because we cherished those dollars ... I would lose, and I would go home hurt."
As he grew older and built a company, Morrow explained that he turned a potentially dangerous love of gambling into a more constructive approach to assessing business risks. As he started getting into the promoting business, Morrow realized he had to stop making reckless bets and take ones that still weren't guaranteed successes, but were more likely to pan out well. And instead of happening in a game behind a barbershop or in a casino, these bets were made in talks with agents and other promoters.
"I had to ... stop gambling in a game where the odds were stacked against me and start investing in myself where the odds are more in my favor. I know more about my industry than I knew what was under that card," he said.
"But I can tell you the odds and the projections of what I may do by bringing Drake, or doing this party, investing this money, because I know more about it," he added. "So, I decided just to gamble in the industry I'm in."
It wasn't always pretty. Morrow said he lost a lot of money doing it.
Morrow noted that people don't always understand how much he is investing in his company. And not everything he does is for a profit: When he hosted Drake, people thought Morrow made money, but he actually lost $25,000 on that party.
"I was able to endure those things because I lost in the past," Morrow said.
The monetary loss motivated Morrow to push his business farther and harder. After the party, Drake came back into town and visited Morrow's restaurant.
"When I lost that $25,000 I'm, like, 'You know that? It's done something bigger for me. It built my brand. It added to my résumé,'" Morrow said. "And not too many people can say they brought Drake to town, and worked with him, and have been able to build with him."
At just $100, it's hard to say no to the PlayStation Classic.
On paper, it's a pretty appealing proposition: a miniature version of the PlayStation 1, with 20 games and two controllers, for $100. It's an easy sell to millions of my fellow millennials, who either experienced the launch of the PlayStation 1 firsthand in 1995 as a pre-teen (like me!) or saw it as a "retro" console in childhood.
The reality is far less appealing: It's a retro console that feels bare-bones and rushed, even at that low price.
I've spent the last week or so with the PlayStation Classic. Here's what I love and don't love about it:
The good stuff: 1. The console itself is an excellent reproduction of the original PlayStation 1.
From the placement of the power, reset, and open buttons, to the nostalgia-laced logo sitting on top of the faux CD-ROM reader, to the little tactile raised dots, the PlayStation Classic is an extremely faithful reproduction of the original PlayStation console released in 1995.
To that end, if you're looking for another adorable little console to put on a shelf next to the NES and Super NES Classic Editions from Nintendo, the PlayStation Classic is a shoe-in.
With the exception of the controller ports in the front being replaced by USB ports, and the power and RCA ports in the back being replaced by micro USB and HDMI, respectively, the PlayStation Classic looks almost exactly like the original PlayStation.
2. The controllers are similarly faithful reproductions of the original PS1 gamepad.
There are a few subtle differences, but in general, the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch all use the same type of controller solution.
Way back in the mid-'90s, video game controllers weren't standardized like they are today. There were no analog sticks on the first PlayStation gamepad, and no rumble. The shape it took — a core component of all modern game controller design — was brand-new, and considered a risk by Sony's leadership.
Though Sony's gamepad has evolved considerably over time, the original PlayStation 1 gamepad set a design standard that Sony has stuck by for over 20 years. Having such a faithful reproduction of such a foundational element of gaming is rad, to say the least!
3. Being able to easily play foundational games like "Resident Evil," "Metal Gear Solid," and "Grand Theft Auto" is incredible.
Have you ever played the first "Grand Theft Auto" game? Chances are you haven't, and its inclusion on the list of 20 games packed in with the PlayStation Classic is a great opportunity to finally see it in all its bizarre glory.
If you play the original "Super Mario Bros." on NES, it won't feel that far removed from the most modern versions of two-dimensional "Super Mario" gameplay. But if you play "Grand Theft Auto," you may not even know how to move your character — let alone see the evolutionary thread that leads directly from the original game up through to "Grand Theft Auto 5." It's like playing a game from another universe.
Similarly, the hilarious intro movie to the original "Resident Evil" is a delightful retro throwback. From such humble roots came a years-long game and movie franchise!
And "Metal Gear Solid," unbelievably, is still very impressive. Its visuals haven't aged terrifically well, but its presentation is as cinematic as ever. Playing these games provides crucial context for the modern landscape of video games.
See the rest of the story at Business Insider
For the past three months, I've had a new roommate: Apple's HomePod.
The $350 smart speaker, which Apple announced a little more than a year ago and released in January, is Apple's first foray into the world of smart speakers. While it has been lauded for its sound, critics mostly panned it for lacking many of the "smarts" its competitors have, being limited to iPhone and Apple Music users only, and its price tag.
Still, I wanted to give the HomePod a shot. It's now been living in my apartment since August, and I've been using it to play music, answer random questions, set timers, check the weather, and more.
And after about three months, I think I've found the best use for it yet.
My TV-viewing experience has completely changed
Since 2014, I've been using a 32-inch Sony TV. It's a nice little TV, but it didn't have great speakers to begin with, and they've only gotten worse over time.
My TV is hooked up to an Apple TV, which I absolutely love. I'm able to watch all the shows and movies I want, and if there's something on live network TV, I have an antenna I can plug in (or, if I'm trying to watch the Buffalo Bills on Sundays, I can set up the game on a MacBook and use AirPlay to get it up on the TV).
So while that system has worked out great, there's always been one niggling little problem: the audio.
That's where the HomePod comes in.
Not long after setting it up in my home, my boyfriend and I realized we could pair the HomePod with our Apple TV (to do it, open Settings on your Apple TV, then navigate to Video and Audio > Audio Output > HomePod). Now, all the sound was routed through the HomePod instead of my TV's somewhat pathetic speakers.
It's not a perfect system. A lot of times, my Apple TV will default to the TV's speakers, and I have to manually select HomePod as the audio output (to do that while watching a show, swipe down on the remote's touchpad, toggle over to Audio, and make sure there's a checkmark next to HomePod).
But when it's working properly, my TV-viewing experience is completely changed.
The HomePod sounds incredible. It delivers rich, immersive, balanced sound that completely fills the room (granted, my living room is pretty tiny). Before, I felt like I was constantly cranking the volume on my TV's speakers — now, the HomePod typically hovers around 50%.
And one of the nice perks is that I can control the volume using my Apple TV remote, or ask Siri to adjust the volume for me.
Now, I do realize that there are other solutions for fixing TV audio, solutions that likely cost far less than $350. But with the HomePod, you also get Siri (for whatever that's worth); the ability to play music from the HomePod the rest of the time without having to disconnect it from your TV; and the general ease of use that Apple products provide.
So if you're an Apple TV user, and you're considering a smart speaker, don't discount the HomePod.
2018 is coming to a close, but some popular TV shows are returning before the year is over.
Every month, Business Insider looks at the most anticipated returning shows thanks to data from television-tracking app TV Time, based on its 13 million global users.
In November, the second season of Amazon's Emmy-winning comedy, "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel," premieres. "Marvel's Runaways" also returns to Hulu.
5. "Steven Universe" (Season 5) — Cartoon Network, December 17
Description:"Steven and the Crystal Gems travel to Home World in the latest episodes of Steven Universe: Diamond Days!"
4. "Travelers" (Season 3) — Netflix, December 14
Description: "Invading the minds of people in our time, travelers from the future arrive in the present to stop an apocalyptic turn of events that begins now."
3. "Alexa & Katie" (Season 2) — Netflix, December 26
Description:"Alexa is battling cancer. But with her best friend, Katie, by her side, she's also starting high school -- and ready for whatever comes next."
2. "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" (Season 2) — Amazon, December 5
Description:"From the Creator of Gilmore Girls, 'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' tells the story of Miriam “Midge” Maisel a woman who has everything she’s ever wanted—the perfect husband, two kids, and an elegant Upper West Side apartment. But her perfect life suddenly takes an unexpected turn and Midge discovers a previously unknown talent—one that changes her life forever."
1. "Marvel's Runaways" (Season 2) — Hulu, December 21
Description:"Every teenager thinks their parents are evil. What if you found out they actually were? Marvel's Runaways is the story of six diverse teenagers who can barely stand each other but who must unite against a common foe â their parents."
A slew of TV shows were canceled in 2017, and the list of shows canceled in 2018 has grown rapidly since May as networks decide their schedules of new and returning shows, and figure out what they're doing in 2019.
The most recent cancelation comes from Comedy Central, which canceled the comedy "Another Period" after three seasons.
Despite slightly better reception for its second season that dropped in September, Netflix has canceled "Iron Fist" after two seasons, a show that wasn't a hit with critics. Days later, Netflix canceled Marvel's "Luke Cage," leaving many wondering why these seemingly successful superhero shows are getting the axe. And the week after that it, canceled satire series "American Vandal."
So far in 2018, networks have canceled fan favorites like "The Last Man on Earth" and "Quantico." Fox also canceled its quirky cop comedy "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," but NBC picked it up for another season less than two days later.
ABC also canceled the previously renewed "Roseanne" revival, after Roseanne Barr posted a racist tweet about former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett. However, ABC announced a spin-off called "The Conners" without Barr that premiered in October.
So if you're wondering why a show you love hasn't returned in 2018, it might have been canceled. (You can also use this list to see what shows are not returning in the fall or in 2019.)
Here are all the shows that were canceled in 2017 and 2018, including those from networks and streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon:
Canceled in 2018:
"The Mayor" — ABC, one season
"Chance" — Hulu, two seasons
See the rest of the story at Business Insider
As the year flies by, the list of canceled TV shows piles up.
While there's been somewhat of a quiet period since May, some networks have cut shows throughout the summer and fall.
Comedy Central recently canceled "Another Period" after three two seasons.
Other recent cancelations come from Netflix. Netflix recently canceled "Iron Fist" after two seasons, and announced that "Orange is the New Black" will end with its upcoming seventh season. Netflix also canceled the excellent satire series "American Vandal" after two seasons.
ABC canceled the previously renewed "Roseanne" revival in late May, after Roseanne Barr posted a racist tweet about former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett. However, ABC debuted a spin-off called "The Conners" without Barr.
In other notable cancellations, USA's critically acclaimed "Mr. Robot" will end with its upcoming fourth season, and CBS' "The Big Bang Theory" is ending after 12 seasons.
We'll update this list as more are announced.
Here are all the shows that have been canceled this year, including those from networks and Netflix:
"Jean-Claude Van Johnson" — Amazon, one season
"I Love Dick" — Amazon, one season
See the rest of the story at Business Insider
Shoppers in the U.S. spent more than $250 million on Nintendo products during the Thanksgiving and Black Friday weekend, breaking multiple company sales records in the process.
The company's newest video game console, the Nintendo Switch, saw a 115% increase in sales compared to Black Friday 2017 and sold better than any Nintendo console ever during the holiday weekend, the company said. Nintendo also sold more than one million games during the holiday weekend, an increase of 78% from last year.
However, despite the record-setting weekend, some analysts are not confident in the Switch's future and the console appears to be lagging behind Nintendo's own sales goals. The company expects to sell 38 million Switch consoles worldwide by March 2019, but research notes from multiple analysts compiled by Bloomberg project sales of 35 million, falling short of that benchmark.
Is a lack of innovation hurting the Switch?
Switch sales are still slowly growing over time, but the console hasn't had the same mainstream impact of its predecessor, the Nintendo Wii. The Nintendo Switch actually sold faster than the Wii did at launch, selling 4.8 million in the U.S. its first 10 months compared to the Wii's 4 million. But sales have slowed after the initial excitement died down, leaving the Switch at 8 million units sold in its first 20 months, compared to more than 10 million Wii consoles sold in the same period, according to the NPD Group. Nintendo's follow-up to the Wii, the Wii U, sold just over 3 million in its first 20 months, qualifying it as a flop.
The Wii became massively popular for its motion controls, which helped make the console more appealing for non-traditional gamers. The primary innovation for the Switch is its hybrid nature; it has the power of a home console but can also be taken on the go as a portable gaming system. Nintendo's handheld systems, including the Game Boy and 3DS, have always been successful and the Switch feels like a logical next step for the company; but it doesn't seem to have the same level of innovation that created a cultural phenomenon around the Wii.
More high-profile games will help boost sales
A lack of major titles has likely impacted Switch sales as well. After releasing Switch games for its two biggest franchises, "The Legend of Zelda" and "Super Mario," in 2017 and bringing some of the more successful Wii U games to the new console, Nintendo slowed its release schedule. Sales have still been healthy thanks to titles like "Super Mario Party" and "Kirby Star Allies" selling more than three million copies combined, but few of the new games are the kind of high-profile releases that help sell consoles.
The two biggest Switch games of 2018, "Pokémon: Let's Go" and "Super Smash Bros. Ultimate" are releasing less than one month apart. Nintendo reported more than 1.5 million copies of the new Pokémon games have been sold in the U.S. within the first 10 days of release, and the December 7th launch of "Super Smash Bros. Ultimate" is even more highly-anticipated. The holiday release of both games will help boost Switch sales through the end of the year and push Nintendo closer to its March 2019 goal of 38 million sold — and it feasible could hit its sales goal if the Switch out-performs analysts' projections.
While the Switch may not be the console that defines the next generation of video games, it continues to see steady growth and hasn't disappointed early adopters. The original Wii and the Wii U both suffered from a lack of third-party titles. When Nintendo wasn't delivering their own games, other developers hesitated to commit to Nintendo's unusual hardware and outdated online features. A healthy install base and overhauled online offerings have kept major publishers and indie studios invested in releasing their games on the Switch, including more mature rated titles, which were a rarity on the Wii.
The Switch also has a greater commitment to offline multiplayer gaming compared to other gaming consoles, and has no shortage of games to friends play together on a single Switch, or multiple Switch consoles. Nintendo's first-party games like "Pokémon: Let's Go" and "Super Mario Odyssey" have also included special cooperative modes so family members can share play time, or a more casual gamer can help out a friend without having to learn how to play a brand new game.
If Nintendo remains consistent in bringing its fan-favorite series to the console and maintains support from third-party developers, the Switch should have a healthy future ahead — even if it doesn't change the way we play games.
Bethesda Studios has frequently been the target of critics and punchlines for releasing their games with a bevy of unintentional glitches and bugs over the years, but the studio's newest game, "Fallout 76" may not be able to recover from its controversial launch. Disgruntled fans are demanding refunds and Bethesda's handling of the backlash has led at least one lawfirm to consider a class-action lawsuit.
While Bethesda's "Fallout" is widely respected as one of the best first-person shooter series, the shift to a massively-multiplayer format for "Fallout 76" brought a wave of skepticism from fans. The game's early reception was warm at best, competing against major releases like "Call of Duty: Black Ops 4" and "Red Dead Redemption 2."
But even those who decided to give "Fallout 76" a try have struggled with limited gameplay and game-breaking glitches, leading waves of players to demand a full refund from Bethesda. Bethesda's refund policy states that players cannot receive a refund after downloading the game, but some players reported that their refund was granted after contacting the support team.
Players who successfully lobbied for a refund posted on Reddit, sparking a series of requests for refunds from r/Fallout users. Bethesda ultimately reverted to its no-refund policy, but the inconsistency has left players even more irate with the company's business practices.
In a separate situation, players who ordered the $200 "Fallout 76 Power Armor Edition" reported that the bundle did not ship as advertised. While the special edition package was supposed to contain a West Tek canvas bag, Bethesda substituted it for a cheaper nylon bag. A customer who inquired with a support employee was told that the company decided to change the bag due to a lack of supplies, and that Bethesda had no plans to address the issue.
The unhelpful response led to another wave of complaints, leading Bethesda to issue a follow-up statement and offer those who purchased the special edition an additional $5 worth of in-game currency.
Now a Washington, D.C. based law-firm, Migliaccio & Rathod LLP, has announced that they plan to investigate Bethesda's refund policy and the "Power Armor Edition" advertisements to determine if it's worth filing a class-action lawsuit claiming deceptive trade practices. In preparation for a potential class-action lawsuit, the firm is asking dissatisfied players to submit a confidential questionnaire if they attempted to get a refund or received the nylon bag with the "Power Armor Edition."
The outlook for "Fallout 76" is already looking grim two weeks after release, but Bethesda will have to work to make sure that future games aren't impacted by the negative feedback. The company has already detailed improvements coming to "Fallout 76" next month, and has promised greater transparency moving forward.
NOW WATCH: How to train the last days before a marathon
Narrator: Does this scream sound familiar? That's because it's used in over 100 films. It's a movie trope called the Wilhelm Scream.
Jonathan Kuntz: The Wilhelm Scream is maybe the most famous sound effect in Hollywood, that is used when characters are shot or fall off high places in action films.
Narrator: The scream made its first appearance in a 1951 film called "Distant Drums."
Kuntz: And there's a moment in the film where a character is dragged into the swamp, and they wanted a particularly blood-curdling scream.
Narrator: Now, this was just one of many different screams in the film.
Kuntz: To make a film, you need a sound effects library, a collection of sound effects. And you're going to use them in different parts of the film. Maybe in one part of your action film, you need a two-second scream, but in another part of your film, you might need a one-and-a-half-second blood-curdling scream.
Narrator: Producers had cast members record a variety of different screams. But there was one man's scream in particular that stood out among the rest.
Kuntz: It's usually credited now to Sheb Wooley, who was a kind of a western style character actor and a novelty singer who appears in "Distant Drums."
Narrator: But its first appearance in 1951 wasn't the scream's shining moment. That happened when it was used again in the 1953 film "The Charge at Feather River." A character named Private Wilhelm was shot in the leg with an arrow.
Kuntz: And that's how it got named the Wilhelm Scream.
Wilhelm: Yeah, I'll just fill my pipe.
Narrator: Since then, the sound has been used in more than 100 films. Why? Well, for one, it's cheaper and easier to reuse preexisting sound effects.
Kuntz: You have to give credit to Ben Burtt, the wonderful sound designer, who's been working on the biggest films in Hollywood since the 1970s, a close associate of George Lucas. He is the one who really discovered the Wilhelm Scream and researched out its origins.
Narrator: Burtt used the scream in a memorable moment in "Star Wars."
Kuntz: When Luke Skywalker fires at the Stormtrooper.
Narrator: The scream actually appears in all of the original "Star Wars" films.
Kuntz: And then it became an in-joke.
Narrator: The scream then spread to many other famous films.
Kuntz: Steven Spielberg picked up on it and used it in many, many of his films. And then it just went crazy, of course. Peter Jackson uses it in "The Lord of the Rings." It even shows up in "Toy Story" and "Reservoir Dogs."
Narrator: The sound is now famous among film buffs.
Kuntz: I think you can go on YouTube and see compilations of dozens of Wilhelm screams. I mean, it has its own Wikipedia entry. And so, for people that love movies, this is part of their enjoyment of it, is finding this little insider detail.
Subscribers to Apple Music will soon find their Amazon Echo devices more useful.
Amazon announced on Friday that, starting next month, Echo owners will be able to play Apple Music songs through their smart speaker — by asking Alexa, not Siri.
The Alexa "skill" for Apple Music will be turned on the week of December 17.
From Amazon's announcement:
"Apple Music subscribers will be able to enjoy Apple Music’s 50 million songs on Echo devices. Customers will be able to ask Alexa to play their favorite songs, artists, and albums—or any of the playlists made by Apple Music’s editors from around the world, covering many activities and moods."
Although this isn't the first non-Apple platform that Apple Music is compatible with — there's an Android Apple Music app — the announcement is a milestone in the thawing relationship between Apple and Amazon.
Apple and Amazon have been working together more recently after years of a cold war where each tech giant was withholding some of its products and services from the other's platforms. The thawing is good news for the 50 million Apple Music subscribers, many of whom probably own Echo speakers, instead of Apple's pricey HomePod.
Amazon started selling iPhones and other Apple products directly earlier this fall.
Here's the full announcement from Amazon:
Apple Music subscribers will be able to enjoy Apple Music’s 50 million songs on Echo devices. Customers will be able to ask Alexa to play their favorite songs, artists, and albums—or any of the playlists made by Apple Music’s editors from around the world, covering many activities and moods. Customers will also be able to ask Alexa to stream expert-made radio stations centered on popular genres like Hip-Hop, decades like the 80s, and even music from around the world, like K-Pop. Just ask Alexa to play Beats 1 to hear Apple Music’s global livestream including in-depth artist interviews— all completely ad-free. Simply enable the Apple Music skill in the Alexa app and link your account to start listening.
“Music is one of the most popular features on Alexa—since we launched Alexa four years ago, customers are listening to more music in their homes than ever before,” said Dave Limp, senior vice president, Amazon Devices. “We are committed to offering great music providers to our customers and since launching the Music Skill API to developers just last month, we’ve expanded the music selection on Alexa to include even more top tier services. We’re thrilled to bring Apple Music – one of the most popular music services in the US – to Echo customers this holiday.”
Customers tell us that the simplicity and ease of asking Alexa for the content they want to hear has brought more music into their homes. Customers ask Alexa to play all kinds of music in many different languages. They stream tens of millions of hours of radio per month and have set tens of millions of music alarms since the feature launched less than a year ago.
Fun fact: Top country is the most requested music to wake up to.
We’re excited to bring Apple Music to our Alexa customers this holiday season.
NOW WATCH: 7 places you can't find on Google Maps
It was one of the riskiest releases by a big studio in 2018: a horror movie with very little dialogue directed by the guy best known for making funny faces to the camera on "The Office."
But Paramount, John Krasinski, and his movie "A Quiet Place" are now the toast of Hollywood.
The horror film, starring Krasinski and Emily Blunt, his wife, follows a family trying to survive amid creatures who kill anything that makes a sound. It became a critical darling, a box-office sensation — made for $17 million, it earned over $340 million worldwide at the box office — and is now in the hunt for Oscar recognition.
Business Insider chatted with Krasinski the day after "A Quiet Place" was recognized as one of the 10 best movies of the year by the National Board of Review. (One step closer to Oscar glory.) We delved into what it was like to make a movie no one involved knew whether audiences would like, why after initially declining to make a sequel he's now on board, and the reason he wouldn't have wanted his movie to be considered for the controversial "popular film" Oscar category.
Jason Guerrasio: Can you recall the moment when you knew this movie could actually work?
John Krasinski: I remember we were filming a scene where Emily was doing homeschooling with Noah [Jupe, who plays the son, Marcus], and it was Day Three. And I had written the movie with sign language. So it was that thing of "Can we pull this off?" But every day that went by was helpful to see it play out, other than theorize that it would be great.
But in that scene, two things happened. Emily was obviously amazing, but one of the things is air started coming out of her mouth when she was mouthing the words as she was signing. There was something so beautiful in that. In that moment, I realized you can even communicate with breath, with no voice. That was really beautiful to me.
Then on top of that was Noah. To watch this kid dealing with these circumstances that are completely imaginary but heavy for a kid to deal with — apocalyptic, losing a family member, a father who has fallen out of love with the whole family — these are big themes, and this kid was able to articulate in that one scene such powerful emotion that it felt so real. I genuinely started tearing up behind the monitor watching this kid act because it was so moving.
I remember after that I turned to my producer, and I said, "Holy s---, dude, this might actually work!" And he said, "Hey, man, it's Day Three! It's a little too late to say this might work." So from that moment on, I learned to keep my excitement to myself that this magic trick might actually work.
Guerrasio: But that's fascinating that it wasn't in post-production or watching it with an audience — though I'm sure that confirmed it — but that you could even feel the movie working on set.
Krasinski: Absolutely. And I think that's the thing about a magic trick: You plan and plan and plan, but at the end of the day, you've got to pull it off. It is based on what the audience takes from it. With this in particular, we did need the audience to know if the magic trick worked. You just keep hoping it's going to work. We felt we had made something that was either an art-house movie that no one will ever see but we love it, or someone might actually like it.
So the day before we world-premiered it at SXSW, I was sitting in the mixing stage with my sound designer and mixer, and we were literally putting on the final moments of the movie, at 5:30 the morning of the day we were flying to Austin to show the movie — it was insane. And we all finished the movie, and everyone was feeling really proud, and I turned to my sound designer, who has done everything from "Saving Private Ryan" to a Terrence Malick movie, and I said, "Is this going to work? Is this too much for people?" And I'll never forget: He said, "I don't know, man, but you've got to go with it now. When are you ever going to be able to take this big of a swing again?" And I thought, "Thank you, but that wasn't the compliment I was looking for."
So to the last minute we knew we were pushing the boundaries. Not to sound corny, but this is the reason I got into this business. No one gets into this wanting to do cookie-cutter stuff.
Guerrasio: One of the growing legends of your movie was that for the one test screening you had, there's footage of you in a motion-capture suit acting out the final scene as the creature confronting Emily Blunt and Millicent Simmonds' characters. [Simmonds plays the daughter, Reagan.] Explain how it came to you getting in the suit.
Krasinski: We had Scott Farrar, who is one of the original five guys at Industrial Light and Magic, and he was basically going to be our consultant for 24 hours to explain how our movie would interface with ILM, because they did all the creature work, and he ended up staying on for the whole movie, seven more weeks, which he hadn't done for years and years. And he said he did that because this kind of movie is why he got in the business. He said it was like summer camp all over again. So me doing the creature was the summer-camp vibe.
Scott was on set that day, and we were talking about how the creature moves through the room. And Scott kept saying, "John, he's low to the ground, so we've got to make sure the camera knows he's low to the grown for eye line." And we were talking it through, and I finally said, "Yeah, that's not how I see it — I sort of see it like this." And Scott goes, "Just put on the suit, man." And I was like, "What?" He was like, "Just put on the suit and do it." And I was like, "All right." So I went upstairs, put on the suit, still had my Vans on.
So during the test screening, we were like 86% percent of the movie through, and we were shocked that they really liked this movie. Then all of a sudden my giant foot with Vans on shows up, and we slowly pan up my very colorful, very tight, revealing suit, and end on me with a beard pretending to roar. I think there is even audio of me being like [high-pitched] "Rooooaaaarrr!" And the entire place exploded into laughter, and I was like, "Our movie is doomed."
Guerrasio: "What have I done!"
Krasinski: Right. "What have I done! I've just made the worst greatest comedy."
Guerrasio: Will we see that footage ever?
Krasinski: With any luck, no. [Laughs] Because the producers are friends of mine now, rather than just producers who think it would be a fun piece of content.
Guerrasio: You have said that Emily shooting the creature at the end of the movie was not how you planned the ending to be. Before going with that, what was your ending?
Krasinski: It comes back to letting things be organic. I love that. Collaboration is king on all my sets. I learned that a long time ago: Best idea ends up on the screen. I don't care if it's mine — I legitimately couldn't care less.
So one day, Drew [Form, a producer,] said, "I have to talk to you about something." And I think it was two weeks before we shot this scene; it was down to the wire. I had the ending of Milly putting the hearing aid up to the microphone, and that would kill the creature. And I liked that. One of the first ideas I had on the rewrite was that this girl who is the black sheep ends up being the superhero of our movie. But what happened organically through the shoot — the family became the power. But I felt she still needed to be the hero, that her greatest weakness is her greatest strength.
So Drew said, "I think Emily needs to shoot the creature." And I said, "Why?" And he said, "I just think that's what the audience wants." And I said, "With all due respect, that's a producer note. I don't think I'm going to do that. You need to give me more reason than 'the audience will love it.'" And I went home, and I thought about it, not thinking I would go for it.
The next morning, I drove to the set, and I listened to a podcast, and randomly it was an old interview with Steven Spielberg from 1979, and this journalist asked why should we pay attention to these New Hollywood directors when we have these other great directors like Truffaut and others. And he said, "Because we can make great art, but we can also have fun too."
And I thought, "That's it: If I can pull this off not just because a producer thinks the audience will like it, but make it an elegant moment, that's it." So I told Drew I got it. Yes, the mom kills the creature, but it's played out where it's the mom realizing that her daughter is doing this; she has the power to beat them. And it then becomes this team ending. And the key to it all is realizing this heroic moment but then knowing it's not the end. The gun cocking — it's leaving the audience with "We can take on the world if we have each other."
Guerrasio: I think it was the right choice.
Going to take a big turn here: Have you seen the trailer to the Netflix movie "Bird Box" yet?
Krasinski: No, I haven't seen it yet, but I've heard about it, and it's one of those things where it sounds like a really cool idea. I'm psyched to see it.
Guerrasio: I bring that up because, at least from the trailer, the movie seems like a distant cousin to "A Quiet Place," with the premise being that people need to stay blind essentially to stay alive. Does that concern you at all that when the sequel to "A Quiet Place" comes out, people may have become a little tired of this kind of sensory horror?
Krasinski: No. I mean, most sequels are a hero or villain returning, but there's no story behind it. It's basically "Let's give the audience the character they want." And I think the brilliant thing about "A Quiet Place" is there's a world.
I wasn't going to do a sequel. I told them I wasn't going to participate in one and to find a new writer and director. They asked for guidance, and I had this tiny little idea, and then Drew was very smart and said, "Think on it some more while we have these meetings with other people." Then he threw the Jedi mind trick of asking me to just write the sequel, and he sucked me in.
But me going from not wanting to participate in a sequel to doing it is the same reason I hope people will want to see one. My hope is people want to revisit this world and revisit those stakes and those rules you have to abide by. That's my hope.
Guerrasio: Have you gone to filmmaker friends who have done sequels and asked them about some keys to doing it successfully?
Krasinski: No, and the reason why is because I didn't go to anybody on the first one. I had never done a genre movie, so I actually made the conscious decision to not go out to anyone.
The same weakness I had by not being a genre fan — but, I mean, I went back and watched everything before directing this — I thought would be my greatest strength. I wasn't stealing techniques; I basically took a notebook and wrote down everything that scared me. What parts of storytelling scare me? I became my own test audience.
So for a sequel, I think I kind of have to do the same thing. If I start focusing on something I have never done before and asking people how they did it, then I'll dilute the experience. I don't even see it as a sequel. Emily actually blew my mind by categorizing it the correct way after I pitched it to her. She said, "This isn't a sequel at all — this is the second book in a series of books. It's a widening of a world."
And I thought that's the best way to look at it. It doesn't feel like a sequel — it's a continuation of living in that world.
Guerrasio: For the second movie, do you feel you can be as quiet — meaning sound design — as you were with the first movie? Or was that what was special about "A Quiet Place," and now you have to explore the next story another way?
Krasinski: It's got to be whatever is organic to the film. I remember reading Steven Soderbergh talking about the editing process, and he said — I'm paraphrasing — but that at some point it becomes an organic being that will spit out any bad idea. And I think that's how I feel about this. I can't wait to get in there and keep writing and see what this movie wants to allow itself to be. And that will happen in the script process and the shooting and the editing.
But I think what's cool about the second part of this movie is the same set of rules have to apply. I can't just introduce a world where you can make a ton of sound, and if I did, there would have to be a reason for it. So it's figuring out if there are smart and clever ways to do it.
And I have to give Paramount a lot of credit. I said to them, "The reason I didn't want to do a sequel is I don't want to do anything just to do it. I understand you made a lot of money, but I'm not your guy if you're just going to crank it out." And they were so respectful. This audience response is so unique to any studio that we need to respect the people who gave us that opportunity. So hopefully we will.
Guerrasio: It would be a travesty if this movie didn't get nominated for Oscars for its use of sound, but what are your thoughts on the "popular" Oscar category? Because I think this is the type of movie that would have been considered if the academy went forward with it. Hypothetically, if you woke up the morning of nominations and were told you were chosen in that category, what would you have thought?
Krasinski: I didn't get a chance to think about it much when it was first announced, because I was shooting "Jack Ryan." But this journalist, CNN's Frank Pallotta, tweeted what I think is the most poignant point: The top 10 grossing movies of all time were either nominated for best picture, won best picture, or, in the case of "Snow White," was given an honorary Oscar.
That, to me, is film. Everything should be judged on its own merit of the same medium. The second you start putting them in smaller categories and subcategories, we might be hurting the idea of what we're celebrating. That's the way I feel about it. I think the way that guy very eloquently put it is: The popular category seems to have forgotten that the popular category has existed this whole time, by not just box office — that's one way to say you're popular, but the other is to say was it just a movie people loved that year. And all those movies on that list were nominated because they were just good.
So personally, I'm glad there's not a popular category. Because if people don't think "A Quiet Place" is one of the best movies of the year, then that's their subjective choice, and I totally respect that. And if they do think it's one of the best movies of the year, I'll feel so proud, because they saw it as just a good movie, not a good movie that had some sort of subcategory on it.
"A Quiet Place" is available on Blu-ray, DVD, and streaming.
"Cam," a new psychological thriller from Blumhouse — the production company behind the latest "Halloween" and "Get Out" — dropped on Netflix earlier this month to glowing reviews and praise from horror master Stephen King.
King wrote, "Loved CAM, on Netflix. Great lead performance by Madeline Brewer."
Loved CAM, on Netflix. Great lead performance by Madeline Brewer.— Stephen King (@StephenKing) November 20, 2018
And there might be more on the way for fans like King. The movie's producer, Jason Blum, tweeted on Thursday that he'd "love to make" a sequel to the movie.
Here's Netflix's description for the film: "When an impersonator takes over her profile, cam girl Alice sets out to solve her own identity theft and regain control of her online persona."
"Cam," directed by Daniel Goldhaber, has a 93% Rotten Tomatoes critic score, and reviews have also praised Brewer's performance. Brian Tallerico wrote for RogerEbert.com that the film "has two things going for it that instantly elevate it above a lot of genre product: a great concept and an even better performance."
Slate's Inkoo Kang compared the movie to Netflix's sci-fi anthology series, "Black Mirror."
"If the first half of 'Cam' is pleasantly episodic and purringly tense, the latter half—in which Alice searches for her hacker—is clever, inventive, and wonderfully evocative," Kang wrote. "A kind of 'Black Mirror' for cam girls, its frights are limited to this tiny slice of the web, but no less resonant for that."
The movie follows another recent horror hit from Netflix, TV series "The Haunting of Hill House," which King also loved. "Hill House" has generated praise from horror fans and critics alike, and currently has a 90% critic score on Rotten Tomatoes. Between that, "Cam," "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina," and more, Netflix has delivered quality content for horror fans this season.
"Cam" is now streaming on Netflix.
Controversy has followed director Lars von Trier's serial-killer movie, "The House That Jack Built," since it premiered at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year. The uncensored screening prompted over 100 people to walk out because of its grisly depictions of violence against women and children.
On Wednesday, the movie's distributor, IFC Films, screened the version seen at Cannes for one night only in select theaters across the country. The movie pulled in $172,000 from 140 theaters, according to Exhibitor Relations, for an average of about $1,230 per venue.
But that night, IFC violated Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) ratings rules by screening the uncensored director's cut without a waiver in such close proximity to the release of the R-rated cut, which comes to theaters December 14.
Sanctions against IFC could include the movie's R rating being revoked, or the process for any other IFC Films awaiting a rating could be suspended. Any sanctions will be determined after a hearing with the Classification and Ratings Administration (CARA), which conducts ratings for the MPAA and National Association of Theater Owners.
In a statement, the MPAA said, "The effectiveness of the MPAA ratings depends on our ability to maintain the trust and confidence of American parents. That’s why the rules clearly outline the proper use of the ratings."
The MPAA guidelines are in place, for starters, to avoid confusion for audiences, which can be intensified by a number of factors. For instance, on ticket service Fandango, the director's cut of "The House That Jack Built" is labeled as rated R, even though it is unrated.
When a distributor submits a movie for a rating, it signs off on the MPAA ratings rules, so sanctions against a movie are rare. The last instance of sanctions was in 2007 against "Captivity," when a graphic image appeared on a billboard for the movie. The movie did not have a rating at the time, so it wasn't revoked, but the process was delayed.
Revocations are even more rare. According to data provided to Business Insider by the MPAA, only four movies have had ratings revoked in the organization's 50-year history, and the last was 1985's "Sudden Death" (the others are "The Divorcee" in 1976, "Mannequin" in 1979, and "Hard Country" in 1980).
Exhibitor Relations senior box-office analyst Jeff Bock told Business Insider that if "The House That Jack Built" loses its rating, that could influence the number of theaters that play the movie, and limit its expansion.
As a recent example, theater chains disagreed on whether to show the unrated version of the documentary "Bully" in 2012. AMC Theatres, the largest theater chain in the world, decided to let minors into the movie with written or verbal permission from a parent, and Regal let minors in if they were accompanied by a parent. But Cinemark refused to show the movie unless it was an R-rated version.
Considering the content of "The House That Jack Built," it probably faces a tougher battle.
If another film or distributor faced these kinds of sanctions, it would cause panic. But von Trier is known for stirring the pot, and his risky films, such as the two-volume erotic drama "Nymphomaniac," are never box-office gold. His best performing movie, "Melancholia" in 2011, made $3 million in the US.
"This was never going to be a huge hit in multiplexes and was always going to be an arthouse audit," Bock said.
IFC distributes small, art-house fare, such as this year's "Wildlife" and "The Death of Stalin," which won over critics but didn't make big splashes at the box office.
"IFC releases generally don’t command much distribution in the first place," said BoxOfficeAnalyst.com's Doug Stone.
The biggest blow would be if IFC's other films were impacted by the sanctions. But if only "The House That Jack Built's" rating is revoked, the controversy could even end up benefiting the movie, according to Comscore senior media analyst Paul Dergarabedian.
"Specialized films from notable and often controversial directors like von Trier can benefit from the heightened awareness that such news can create," Dergarabedian told Business Insider. "Though the lack of a rating may limit mainstream theatrical access to the film, it is now higher on the radar screen than before."
What would be the best way to capitalize on the publicity?
"If the producers were smart, they'd sign a streaming deal," Bock said. "Pronto."
Update: Fandango has updated "The House That Jack Built — Director's Cut" on its website to have no rating.
To the disappointment of loyal fans who had called on Netflix to renew one of its remaining Marvel TV shows, the streaming giant canceled "Daredevil" on Thursday after three seasons.
But data showed that interest in the series had dramatically fallen since its first season in 2015, so it wasn't surprising the show got the ax. The show followed a pattern similar to the paths of "Luke Cage" and "Iron Fist," which Netflix canceled last month after two seasons each. The remaining Marvel shows, "Jessica Jones" and "The Punisher," are probably next.
Social-media data provided to Business Insider by consumer-insights company Crimson Hexagon showed that Twitter and Instagram posts for "Daredevil" had decreased from one season to the next. Season three, which was released in October, had half as many posts than season two, as seen in the graph below:
Since the season premiered, it has failed to spark much audience enthusiasm online, only spiking when the character's creator, Stan Lee, died earlier this month.
"Luke Cage" and "Iron Fist" also suffered from a lack of social-media buzz. Crimson Hexagon data showed that posts about "Luke Cage" had decreased from over 300,000 during the first season, to less than 50,000 when the second season was released this summer. "Iron Fist" dropped from 100,000 to less than 20,000 posts from the first season to the second season.
"Jessica Jones" and "The Punisher" are the only remaining Marvel shows on Netflix, and fans should prepare to say goodbye. The data for "Jessica Jones" wasn't promising, either. Social-media posts dipped from almost 300,000 during season one to less than 150,000 for season two.
"The Punisher's" second season hasn't been released yet, so we can't compare data to the first season. The second season finished filming this year, so it remains to be seen how Netflix will proceed. If "Jessica Jones" is canceled, the likelihood of "The Punisher" getting renewed for a third season is close to zero.
These shows could also be casualties of the streaming war. Disney, which owns Marvel, is launching its own streaming service next year called Disney+. The service will include original series spinning off from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, so Disney likely wants to limit competition as much as possible.
A big question is whether Netflix's Marvel shows could be revived on Disney+, but we probably won't be finding that out any time soon. Netflix said in a statement that "the three existing seasons will remain on the service for years to come, while the Daredevil character will live on in future projects for Marvel."
That suggests hope that Daredevil could be revived in some capacity, but not necessarily the version seen on Netflix.
Even with Disney entering the streaming game, the data suggests that "Daredevil," "Luke Cage," and "Iron Fist" were likely on the chopping block anyway.
NOW WATCH: How 'The Price Is Right' is made
When Nintendo announced "Super Smash Bros. Ultimate" earlier this year, producer Masahiro Sakurai confirmed that every character from the prior four games in the franchise would be returning for the series' first entry on the Nintendo Switch. The game will be released on Friday, December 7th.
As a result, "Super Smash Bros. Ultimate" has one of the largest rosters of any fighting game ever made, bringing back more than 60 returning characters, and adding 12 fresh new faces. That's 72 playable characters from across video game history, right out of the box, plus one more coming as a download in early 2019.
If that's not enough Nintendo recently confirmed that at least five more fighters will be added to "Super Smash Bros. Ultimate" through February 2020.
Those who have played prior "Smash" games may recognize that certain characters have similar movesets — like Pit and his evil counterpart, Dark Pit. Nintendo has started calling the copy characters "echo fighters," but for the sake of this list, they'll be counted as individuals. Similarly, the Pokémon trainer controls three different playable Pokémon, and there are three Mii fighters with different fighting styles, so we'll count them all individually as well.
Here's every single one of the "Super Smash Bros. Ultimate" characters, plus the game in which they debuted:
1. Mario - "Donkey Kong" (1981)
2. Donkey Kong - "Donkey Kong" (1981)
3. Link - "The Legend of Zelda" (1986)
See the rest of the story at Business Insider
It may not seem like it yet, but 2019 is just around the corner — and with a new year comes the next wave of major video games.
One of the first games of that coming wave is "Anthem," a huge new online-only game from the folks who brought you the "Mass Effect" and "Dragon Age" franchises.
It's set to launch on the PlayStation 4, the Xbox One, and the PC on February 22 — still a few months away — but EA is offering an early chance to play the game this December.
Better yet: It's free!
Playing the game is as simple as signing in with your EA Online account right here, selecting your platform, and confirming your selection.
Notably, this isn't the final version of the game; it's an early "alpha" version, which means it's playable but still most likely pretty far from the game that will launch in February. Since "Anthem" is an online-only game, EA is using the alpha as a means of testing its server capacity, as well as a means of testing the game itself with fans.
So, when can you play the alpha? Soon! It's set to run during the weekend of December 8-9, with a variety of sessions across the two days. You'll need Xbox Live or PlayStation Plus if you want to play the alpha on the Xbox One or the PlayStation 4, and beware that the platform you choose is the only one you'll get — you can't choose multiple platforms with a single EA Online login.
For a taste of what you'll experience in the "Anthem" alpha, check out this very lengthy video:
NOW WATCH: How to train the last days before a marathon
Ali Fedotowsky walked away from Facebook when she opted to be ABC's Bachelorette.
It's impossible to know which startup is going to become the next billion dollar success story, and the risk of letting a golden opportunity slip through your fingers is something that tech workers grapple with every day.
While some who turn down lucrative offers still achieve success — Instagram's co-founder Kevin Systrom is a prime example — others may come to live in regret.
Here are how some Silicon Valley techies missed opportunities to make millions at companies like Facebook and Instagram:
Instagram wanted Amanda Wixted to be its first hire but she was cozy at Zynga.
First, we should note that Amanda Wixted is plenty successful. She joined Zynga as an early employee and stayed through its IPO. But she probably could have made even more millions if she had left for Instagram when it came calling in 2010.
Wixted wrote about her missed opportunity back in 2012 on Quora.
In June 2010, Mike and Kevin were just getting started on their mobile web app which they called Burbn. I was a lead engineer on the mobile team at Zynga at the time. Mike contacted me about coming on board as their first hire. We met, and they showed me their ideas for where they were thinking of heading with Burbn: a photo-sharing mobile app.
... It was a great team fit, but I just couldn't get excited about a photo-sharing app. I felt, and I still feel, that I need to be working on more complicated things, so I've stayed in the games space...Of course, I'm kicking myself now. Hindsight is 20/20 and all.
Wixted went on to found the company Meteor Grove Software, and served as CTO for the e-learning app Homer.
Ali Fedotowsky left Facebook to become the lead on ABC's "The Bachelorette." Sadly, she and the guy she picked didn't work out.
In 2009, Ali Fedotowsky faced a dilemma: She was a contestant on "The Bachelor," dating pilot Jake Palveka. In a tearful goodbye, she left Palveka to return to her job at Facebook. Fedotowsky had run out of vacation days while filming the show and didn't want to miss out on millions.
But when ABC offered to make her its Bachelorette, Fedotowsky left her sales rep gig at Facebook. Two years after her March 2010 departure, Facebook had a massive IPO that turned many of its employees into millionaires.
Fedotowsky's engagement to contestant Roberto Martinez ended shortly after the show aired and while Facebook didn't re-hire her, she went on to be a host on NBC's "1st Look."
Now, Fedotowsky is married to TV and radio host Kevin Manno and writes a blog called Ali Luvs.
Julian Targowski was offered a role at Instagram in 2011, but walked away to launch his own app.
Julian Targowski was offered a role at Instagram in October 2011, but walked away to launch his own app. He says he wasn't even interested in the offer because he was loyal to his own team.
"I don't regret a thing," he says on Quora. "You realize a lot of things about yourself (how content you are with your current situation, how hard you're working, where you want to be in the next few years, etc) when things like this happen."
Targowski went on to work at a startup called DailyBooth, which was acquired by Airbnb in 2012 but closed down soon after.
See the rest of the story at Business Insider
"Pokémon Go" creator Niantic revealed via Twitter that player-versus-player battles will be coming soon, answering the wishes of the game's most dedicated fans after some two and a half years.
Battles between Pokémon trainers have always been a core component of traditional Pokémon games, but have been missing from "Pokémon Go" since the game launched in July 2016. In fact, their absence was one of the core criticisms that longtime Pokémon fans held against the mobile game.
While "Pokémon Go" has always offered players a chance to show off their most prized pocket monsters by leaving them to guard the in-game "gyms," Niantic is now promising a chance for players to go head-to-head more directly. Notably, "Pokémon Go" recently got new social features that allow players to become friends and trade Pokémon with each other.
Niantic has yet to reveal when the trainer battle update will arrive, or provide details on how battles will function. Currently, Pokémon in "Pokémon Go" have just two attacks, compared to the four attacks available in the original Pokémon titles.
While the number of players has certainly dipped since the game's peak in 2016, "Pokémon Go" continues to be a massive success around the world. "Pokémon Go" is in the midst of releasing a new batch of fourth-generation Pokémon, and the game grossed $73 million in October 2018, an increase of 67 percent from the prior year.
Niantic recently relaunched their original mobile exploration game "Ingress" under the name "Ingress Prime." The game is an alternative to "Pokémon Go" with similar, albeit more complex, mechanics and a unique story. Niantic is also working on a game set in J.K. Rowling's Wizarding World, in the same vein as "Pokémon Go," named "Harry Potter: Wizards Unite."
Fans of "Game of Thrones" author George R.R. Martin's work are excited for a new show based on his 1980 novella, "Nightflyers," which debuts on Syfy in December.
Every month, Business Insider runs down the most anticipated new shows thanks to data from television-tracking app TV Time (based on its 13 million global users).
Besides "Nightflyers," December also includes "The Protector," Netflix's first Turkish original series, and a new animated series from the Oscar-winning director of "The Shape of Water," Guillermo del Toro.
5. "3Below: Tales of Arcadia" —Netflix, December 21
Description:"After crash-landing in Arcadia, two royal teen aliens struggle to blend in as they evade intergalactic bounty hunters."
4. "Memories of the Alhambra" — Netflix, December 1
Description: "While looking for the cryptic creator of an innovative augmented-reality game, an investment firm executive meets a women who runs a hostel in Spain."
3. "Tidelands" — Netflix, December 14
Description: "Ex-con Cal McTeer's return to her hometown of Orphelin Bay blows the lid off a generations-long conspiracy of silence around murder, durgs, and Sirens."
2. "The Protector" — Netflix, December 14
Description: "Given mystical powers by a talismanic keepsake, a young man embarks on a quest to fight shadowy forces and solve a mystery from his past."
1. "Nightflyers" — Syfy, December 2
Description:"Set in the year 2093, Nightflyers is a psychological thriller that follows a team of scientists aboard the Nightflyer, the most advanced ship ever built, as they embark on a journey to find other life forms. Their mission takes them to the edge of the solar system, and to the edge of insanity, as they realize true horror isn’t waiting for them in outer space—it’s already on their ship."