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Daily Scoop: April 28, 2017 – Last chance for April’s Games With Gold and PS Plus freebies

Good news, everyone! We made it — it’s Friday! And, yes, still here sitting in for Nicole. If you’ve been following the Scoop this past week, you know she is on location in the Amazon conducting covert research for persons unknown. We were all excited for her for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to spend time in the rainforest, but today I received an eerie postcard from her: “The forest is alive. In ways man cannot fathom. The leaves see all. Send Pocky.” I wonder what that’s about. Anyway, sales and shirts!

The Humble Store has some good deals this weekend with The Elder Scrolls Online: Imperial Edition 67% off, and the Gold Edition for 50% off. And if you’re a fan of zombie plagues, they’ve got you covered with Resident Evil for 50% off, Resident Evil 7: Biohazard for 25% off, Resident Evil 4 for 65% off, Resident Evil 6: Complete Pack 79% off, Arizona Sunshine 20% off, and Plague Inc: Evolved for 50% off. Wow, that is a lot of frugal zombie plague-ing!

Reminder that it’s your last chance to get Ryse: Son of Rome (Xbox One) and Assassin’s Creed: Revelations (Xbox 360) as Games With Gold freebies in the Xbox Games Store because those deals end April 30th.

In the PlayStation Store, it’s also your last chance to snag these PlayStation Plus free games: Drawn To Death (PS4), Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime (PS4), Invizimals: The Lost Kingdom (PS3), Alien Rage: Extended Edition (PS3), 10 Second Ninja (PS4 + Vita Cross-Buy), and Curses ‘n Chaos (PS4 + Vita Cross-Buy). These go bye-bye on May 2nd, so get on it, people!

Okay, shirts! There are a few today, so let’s get started. (more…)

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Daily Scoop: April 26, 2017 – Humble Fantasy Sale and Steam turns on the Bat Signal

So, I’m still here, and still not Nicole. :( We have had some communique from her, but are still unclear as to her exact whereabouts. But we believe she has most certainly entered the forest by now. We wish her luck during the coming days and weeks and hope her top secret research assignment from an unknown entity has very fruitful results. Onto the sales, kids!

The Humble Store is doing a Fantasy Week sale with up to 80% off a variety of games. They’ve got Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor – Game of the Year Edition for $9.99, Child of Light for $7.49, and Pillars of Eternity (and its expansions) ranging from 40-60% off.

They’ve got a few great weekly deals going on at the Xbox Games Store. For the Xbox One, there is the awesome Axiom Verge for 50% off, and various Madden NFL 17 editions from 50-67% off, as well as Marvel: Ultimate Alliance and Ultimate Alliance 2 each for 50% off.

At Steam, they’ve got serious Batman fever with some crazy Midweek Madness sales on Batman: Arkham Knight and its Season Pass for $7.99 each, as well as Batman: Arkham Origins, Arkham Asylym – Game of the Year Edition, and Arkham City – Game of the Year Edition for $4.99 each. As if that’s not enough Batman, they’ve also got Lego Batman and Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes for $4.99 each, and Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham for $7.49. All these deals end April 28th!

And now shirts, of which there are a bunch today! (more…)

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Daily Scoop: April 25, 2017 – Wild Frontier Bundle is now available at Humble Bundle

Hello! I’m still here sitting in for Nicole; thus, you have my condolences. All we know of her whereabouts right now is that she is in South America en route to the Amazon rainforest, or has possibly already reached its moist perimeter, ready to begin her research and correspondence of the aforementioned (in yesterday’s Scoop) secret assignment. This assignment is so secret, we are not even sure who or what assigned it. Anyway, I was not told that this was going to be everyday. I guess that’s what “daily” means, but I thought maybe it was a metaphor? Oh geez, I’m much too lazy for this. Now, the sales!

Since I’m new to this and didn’t do the Humble Bundle yesterday, I guess I should do it today? Maybe? Can we edit out my lack of confidence later? Good. So, the current Bundle of Humbleness (the Wild Frontier Bundle) includes several interesting-looking titles, and if you slap $13+ down on the imaginary countertop, you can also imaginarily walk away with Gods Will Be Watching, Ice Lakes, Frontiers, Hard West, Renowned Explorers: International Society, Spintires, and (the one I’m vaguely excited about) Slime Rancher! How does one even ranch slime? There is so much I, and perhaps we as a society, have to learn about slime, but I can’t wait to find out!

And a quick reminder that Humble’s Intergalactic Bundle ends in a few hours, and includes these games: Space Hulk Ascension, Sins of a Solar Empire: Trinity, Galactic Civilizations 2, Planetary Annihilation: Titans, Rebel Galaxy, Galactic Civilizations 3, and Offworld Trading Company. Hurry up if you want these!

Elsewhere at the PlayStation Store, there is a weekly special on Tom Clancy games including Ghost Recon: Wildlands, The Division, Rainbow Six: Siege, and several others for the PS4 and PS3. It’s definitely worth a look!

Over at Steam, there are two particular games I wanted to mention, and they are Superhot on sale for $16.74 and Flinthook for $13.49.

So grab yourself some games! Good night! Oh, do you want shirts, too? Okay… (more…)

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Daily Scoop: April 24, 2017 – Nicole is on top secret assignment

Hi, Scoopers! I’m not Nicole. Sorry about that. Nicole is on top secret assignment in the Amazon, or possibly she’s just using Amazon.com, and will be away for a bit. But, fear! I am here! Yes, I did mean that rather than “never fear,” because she has set really high standards for the Scoop (plus she scares me a little) and I do not want those angry Hogwarts-esque Howlers delivered by toucan when I screw this up! Now, to the sales!

There are several eye-gougingly great sales (as in, if you were trying to buy these games in a store, the deals are so good that you’d all be trying to gouge other shoppers’ eyes out to get them? Okay, I need to work on my adjectives, noted). Amazon has a good sale today on Lego Dimensions and its expansions, including 25% off the Starter Pack and 25-50% off Level Packs including Portal 2, Doctor Who, Sonic the Hedgehog, Back to the Future, and Scooby Doo.

Steam has Ultimate Marvel Vs Capcom 3 for 25% off until noon (Eastern Time), as well as an all-day deal on The Flame in the Flood for $7.49.

GOG is doing Full Throttle Remastered for $11.99. Also at GOG, Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell is $3.74, plus you can get the Full Series Bundle (which also includes the Devil’s Workshop Pack add-on, Saints Row 2, Saints Row: The Third, and Saints Row IV) for only $24.45. Not too shabby!

Now for shirts! (more…)

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Conan’s latest Clueless Gamer features Overwatch, Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey… and butts

Conan O’Brien’s latest “Clueless Gamer” segment featured Blizzard’s Overwatch, where he was joined by two special guests from Game of Thrones, Peter Dinklage and Lena Headey. And a very special Iron Throne. “Clueless Gamer” almost inspires me to want to stream games because it’s so entertaining to watch funny people be bad at them. And that’s totally me: funny and bad at things. Maybe I shouldn’t limit myself to streaming video games but just record myself trying to do anything at all– until the final episode where I visit a botanical garden and, if cartoons have taught me anything, get eaten by a giant venus flytrap.

As explained by Conan, the objective of Overwatch is to “just shoot each other,” and shoot each other they do, with Peter Dinklage either being great at video games or maybe harboring some blood vendetta against the other two (or maybe there’s some residual anger from that Destiny thing). Characters briefly seen or mentioned in the segment include Junkrat, Zenyatta, Hanzo, D.Va, Lucio, as well as some extensive Widowmaker. And I’m sure you can imagine why: Butts, Butts, Butts. So many shiny orbs of buttocks, like glorious reflective garden gazing balls. What was I talking about?

Overwatch was released for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One today.

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Hitman, Brussels, and Showing Restraint After a Tragedy

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This morning, I couldn’t sleep. At about 3:30 or 4:00 AM I went online; the first reports of what had happened in Brussels were just coming in. I switched on BBC News and felt like it was 7/7/05 all over again. Commuters and travelers were targeted just going about their day, just as they had been nearly 11 years ago in the London attacks. Not much was known this morning, as it had pretty much just happened, and amidst the chaos, everyone was just trying to get their bearings and get to safety. About the only thing that was known was that it had to be terrorism. Coordinated explosions in crowded public places during peak travel times are not a coincidence. It was terrorism, and someone had intended to hurt and kill people.

Last week, it was Ankara and Istanbul; in December, it was Tell Tamer and San Bernardino; in November, it was Beirut and Paris. Every time it happens, it catches us momentarily off guard, and we think, “Really? This crap is still going on? When is this going to end? Will it ever end?” And the usual societal discourse ensues: the condolences, avowals of justice and solidarity, strategies to prepare for the future. These we expect. This is how we grieve.

What we don’t generally expect is, I don’t know, let’s say, news for a video game whose objective is to target and kill people to be announced just a few hours after a horrible terrorist attack. (more…)

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Daisy Ridley is “in talks” to play Lara Croft in rebooted Tomb Raider film franchise

tombraiderrebootartAngelina Jolie’s portrayal of famed video game explorer Lara Croft is iconic. But, if you can believe it, almost a generation has gone by since the first Tomb Raider film and a reboot of the film franchise has been in the works since 2011. While there hasn’t been much done in the way of pre-production (there’s no script yet), Daisy Ridley told The Hollywood Reporter on Sunday at the Empire Awards that she has been (to use Hollywood lingo) “in talks” to potentially headline the new movie. That’s right, Rey from Star Wars: The Force Awakens might be jumping into another popular franchise. Not bad for an actor who until recently was relatively unknown.

Her costar in The Force Awakens, John Boyega (maybe better known as rogue Stormtrooper Finn), even endorsed the idea of Ridley portraying Lara Croft after allegedly playing the most recent Tomb Raider game, 2015’s Rise of the Tomb Raider, and immediately envisioning her in the role. “She should be [Lara Croft],” he said Sunday.

While this is pretty cool news, keep in mind it’s all still up in the air. Ridley stressed she had not been offered the role, so fans of hers should keep their fingers crossed but maybe not hold their collective breath just yet. Things in Hollywood do have a way of falling apart even when there are more concrete plans on the horizon. I’m still holding out for a Sam Raimi-directed Spider-Man 4. (Not really, but you know. It’s one of the great tragedies of recent cinema, is it not? I ask you!).

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Conan O’Brien and PewDiePie tame a badger in Far Cry: Primal

Professional Let’s Player and Swedish man PewDiePie joined Conan O’Brien last night to play Ubisoft’s Far Cry: Primal in the most recent “Clueless Gamer” segment. Prepare for the game yourself by time-traveling back to 10,000 BC with the guys, and see their adventures with giant woolly mammoths, rogue corpse-mutilating badgers, and mostly unsuccessful club-throwing and owl-being.

Far Cry: Primal was released yesterday and new episodes of Scare PewDiePie are currently being released every Wednesday on YouTube Red.

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