GameSpot

Is Streaming Movies To Friends Through Discord And Zoom Legal?

Streaming movies and other media through platforms like Zoom and Discord is easy and fun, and it provides a small modicum of normality in this abnormal era of social distancing. But there's one question that might be lingering in the back of your mind: Is streaming movies to friends and family this way legal?
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GameSpot

Legion Season 3: Is David Haller Redeemable After What He Did?

"We always knew that Legion is technically a villain character," Aubrey Plaza said. She was speaking to journalists on a phone call just ahead of Legion's Season 3 premiere. We had visited the FX show's set at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles, we'd seen several of the third season's episodes, and one question hung over it all: Can David Haller be redeemed after what he did in Season 2?
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Game Of Thrones: Why The Battle Of Winterfell's Deaths Left Me Cold (Season 8, Episode 3)

Game of Thrones fans figured that a lot of characters to die during the massive battle at Winterfell in Episode 3, "The Long Night." In terms of body count, the episode lived up to those expectations. All told, seven minor-to-main characters were killed, if you include the Night King--to say nothing of the entire Dothraki horde, seemingly down to the last man, and by the looks of it, most of the Unsullied too. On paper, it sounds glorious.
GameSpot

Taco Bell Built Its Demolition Man Restaurant At Comic-Con, And It Was Amazing

The 1993 movie Demolition Man is a science-fiction masterpiece, if you ask the staff of GameSpot Universe. We discuss the inner-workings of John Spartan, Simon Phoenix, and the world of San Angeles way more than anyone in their right minds should. So when Taco Bell announced that it would have a pop-up restaurant at Comic-Con, recreating the Taco Bell scene from the movie, we had to go, and it was the best activation we'd ever participated in the history of the show.
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GameSpot

Hereditary's Ending Explained By The People Who Made It

Hereditary one hell of a horror movie, but it's also a family drama that explores how tragedy and grief can twist people into unrecognizable shapes. Much of the film is spent developing the relationships between the characters, which makes the ending--where the story finally descends into utter, terrifying chaos--a little jarring.
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GameSpot

Venom's Director Addresses The Movie's Biggest Plot Hole

Whether your opinion of Venom is positive or negative, it's hard to ignore one of the movie's biggest plot holes. There's no arguing that it's there--just ask Venom director Ruben Fleischer, like we did.
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Avengers: Infinity War's Creators Address The Guardians Of The Galaxy Time Jump

It's no secret that for Marvel's main cast of cosmic characters, Avengers: Infinity War will be set four years after the events of their last outing, Guardians of the Galaxy 2. The movie in which Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket, Groot, Yondu, and Mantis faced off with Peter Quill's dad, Ego the Living Planet, took place just a few months after the original Guardians of the Galaxy, which was set in 2014.

Avengers: Infinity War's Creators Are OK With Not Pleasing Every Fan

Marvel fans aren't easy to please, which is something few people know better than the directing and writing duos behind Avengers: Infinity War. Brothers Joe and Anthony Russo previously directed Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Captain America: Civil War, while writing partners Chris Markus and Stephen McFeely wrote all three Captain America movies, plus Thor: The Dark World. And since all of them know better, they're not trying to please every fan with Avengers: Infinity War.
GameSpot

Black Panther Review: A Marvel Movie With A Message

Black Panther's core concept--that there's a secretive African country full of otherworldly technology, affluent people, and godlike warriors--is incredibly fun and ripe for storytelling. But it also begs the potentially damning question: Where has Wakanda been while black people suffered all over the world throughout human history? The fact that Black Panther doesn't just address that, but tackles it head on as the movie's central conflict, is a large part of what makes it a fantastic film.
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GameSpot

How Blade Runner 2049 Resurrected That Character From The Original

Like Harrison Ford's character Rick Deckard as he sat in Niander Wallace's water-logged office, Blade Runner 2049 viewers got a shock when Sean Young's character from the original 1982 movie, Rachael the replicant, appeared in the just-released sequel looking fresh as a fabricated daisy.
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Rolling Stone

Nintendo's Magical 'Breath of the Wild' Brings 'Zelda' Home

It was my second day in the Wild when I first glimpsed a dragon. It was raining – thundering, actually, and I was running for my life. Where there’s thunder, there’s lightning, and lightning in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild spells death for inexperienced players.
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Rolling Stone

Pokemon Go: Inside the Intense World of Hardcore Players

It was a little after 2 a.m. on a cool May night. Up until that point, it was just like any other night. I did what I always do before I hit the sack: I opened Pokemon Go on my phone and checked the gyms surrounding my house. I'm a member of Team Mystic – the blue team – and since I'd moved to Highland Park a year ago, a quiet neighborhood in Northeast Los Angeles, Mystic has consistently dominated the area. The gyms we captured went uncontested for weeks at a time, and I expected to see that reassuring sea of blue when I opened the app before shutting my eyes. But that night, all I saw was yellow. Team Instinct had come to town, and they had utterly destroyed us.
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Rolling Stone

Inside Geoff Keighley's Game Awards Empire

Anyone who's followed video games for a while has probably developed an opinion on Geoff Keighley. To most, he's simply the guy who used to host the Spike TV Video Game Awards, a show whose pandering, tone-deaf production alienated its audience as often as not. To others, he's the dude from that Doritos meme, the "sell-out" who represents everything wrong with enthusiast journalism. Longtime gamers might even remember Keighley from his stint as a host on the now-defunct cable channel G4, or from his extensive work in print and online games journalism over the years, or from one of his many, many other hosting gigs. But Keighley himself wants to be remembered for one thing: The Game Awards.
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Keeping Up with Japan's Premiere Mobile-Game Publisher, from Convention to Hostess Club

I’ve noticed something funny on my two trips to Japan: It’s hard to find accessorries for my big-screened gadgets. I tend to lumber around with a pluz-sized iPhone and an XL Nintendo 3DS in tow, but any cases, skins, decals or screen protectors on sale in Tokyo retailers like the 10-story mega-store Don Quijote are for the smaller versions of these devices only. As a culture Japan values efficient use of space, with dense but smart design infiltrating every corner of life, from Don Quijote’s packed, labyrinthine shelves to the sink in my hotel bathroom that doubles as the showerhead. That efficiency extends to the country’s vast gaming culture.

I Have No Defense For Enjoying 'Dead or Alive Xtreme 3'

Nostalgia isn’t a thing we only feel when remembering something that was great or perfect. I used to play the Dead or Alive Xtreme games, and I still do, and when I play them now I feel nostalgic for junior high, even though these games are pretty much terrible. I didn’t realize it at the time, but they are. Back then it seemed defensible—what could be the harm of ogling huge-breasted anime babes as they prance and frolic on beaches and volleyball courts?

The Insane Dedication it Takes to Beat the Hardest Level in ‘Final Fantasy XIV’

“Thirteen minutes of eight players working together in sync and maintaining their individual responsibilities as well is probably more taxing than people realize,” Layla Bell tells me. He’s one of the leaders of Elysium, the Final Fantasy XIV “Free Company” that just became the first in the world to beat the game’s hardest level. It took them more than five weeks. His primary emotion when they did it? “Relief.”
Playboy

I Sold My Soul for a Ride to the Top in 'Destiny'

Destiny has its very own Mount Olympus, the fire of the gods waiting at its peak. It’s called the Lighthouse. Only the most skilled and dedicated players can climb to the top, and the treasure chest nestled there houses the best guns in the game. Every weekend is a new opportunity for these players to reach the Lighthouse and claim new spoils. I visited three times last weekend, but I didn’t feel like Prometheus stealing the primordial fire. I felt like a cheater, because I bought my way there.
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Mashable

The painstaking process behind making strategy guides, from the guy who’s spent his life doing it

Ancient map-making required mastery over the disciplines of mathematics and astronomy, the means and courage to venture into dangerous uncharted territories, inhuman patience, artistry and attention to detail, and the ability to perch on the cutting edge of every new technological advancement your culture’s most talented minds could muster. David Hodgson’s job is arguably more difficult — and certainly more tedious.
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Mashable

Why video game cameras seem to always suck

Final Fantasy XV was in development for 10 years. Hundreds, maybe thousands of people across six different game development studios helped created it. Yet its camera — a fundamental part of the way players interact with the game’s world — is severely flawed. The weight on the game’s metaphorical shoulders was enormous — not just for the future of Final Fantasy as a game series, but possibly for the entire future of game consoles in Japan, according to game director Hajime Tabata. And it delivered on its enormous promise in many ways. How is it possible that a game into which so much was invested can have such a seemingly simplistic flaw?
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ANIMAL New York

Meet the People Making New Games for Atari, Super Nintendo, and Virtual Boy

Between 100 and 200 video game consoles have existed over the last several decades, depending who you ask. One Wikipedia page lists 143, but doesn’t include handheld systems like Nintendo’s Game Boy and 3DS. Michael Thomasson, a noted collector of vintage games, has 108 different systems, and says his lot would be complete but for maybe a dozen more.
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CBR

Belle & Sebastian's Stuart Murdoch Just Wants a Hit, But 'God Help the Girl' Isn't It

Belle & Sebastian frontman Stuart Murdoch has been working to create God Help the Girl for the better part of a decade. The film feels like a culmination of his career in pop culture, the songs perfected, his aesthetic instantly identifiable. However, it’s not the hit he’s always wanted.
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‘Resident Evil 7’ wears its horror influences on its torn, bloody sleeves

In many ways, it’s incredible that Resident Evil 7 turned out the way it did. It was obvious that the series needed a drastic change after the staggeringly negative reaction to Resident Evil 6, yet the path its creators chose — ditching the series’ latter-day action-heavy structure for a slower, first-person frightfest — was by no means the only obvious way forward. Capcom could have easily gone in any of a million, equally wrong directions, but Resident Evil 7 somehow turned out nearly perfect.
Kotaku

How I Realized My Dragon Age: Inquisition Character is Gay

Some hours into Dragon Age: Inquisition, long after I'd made it out of the Hinterlands, I realized something that really surprised me. My character had taken on a life of his own, and it turns out he's gay.
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Taking The Minecraft Vegetarian Challenge

Minecraft is a lot of different things to a lot of different people; a place to build a word processor, recreate Westeros or trap incredible monsters. For many players it's simply about survival, which means making sure you have shelter at night, forging armor and weapons with which you can fend off attackers, and somehow finding food to keep your hunger meter full. It's that last one that presented a problem for me when I picked the game up again recently.

​How Destiny Players Fixed One Of The Game's Biggest Problems

As much as I love it, Destiny is riddled with flaws, many of which Bungie doesn't seem all that interested in addressing. Most of them—like how you still lose ammo when you die—are things players can't do anything about. But the game's lack of matchmaking for its most challenging missions—one of its most glaring problems, depending who you ask—has proved to be something players can address and, by working together, fix.

Most Players Will Never Know About The Best Change In Pokémon X And Y

Pokémon X and Pokémon Y are the friendliest Pokémon games ever, both to new players and to jaded old-guard types like myself. The series has never been easier, and at the same there are more options than ever before. But there's one tiny change in the new Pokémon games that has the hardcore competitive community of players dancing for joy—and it's something average players may never know or care about.

The Only Reason I Still Own An Original Xbox

Every girl I date seriously must eventually pass a trial. It happens at a certain point in every relationship I have; by then she basically knows what she's getting with me, including my tendency to get weirdly obsessed with things. The bands Titus Andronicus and Belle & Sebastian, for one thing, or Game of Thrones. I'm tattooed with 16-bit Mario, a Dark Souls bonfire, and my dog Ricky. Etc. But if she hasn't picked up on that part of my personality, she'll see me in full when I show her my stronghold in The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind.

About

Mike Rougeau is a former pop culture, video game and technology journalist who lives with his wife and dogs in Los Angeles, California.

He now works at Wags and Walks, a nonprofit dog rescue, where he serves as Operations Manager.

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