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PlayStation Now Beta for PlayStation 4 Starts Tomorrow

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PlayStation Now Beta for PlayStation 4 Starts Tomorrow

 

Earlier this afternoon, Sony announced that their long-awaited streaming service, PlayStation Now will be launching for the PlayStation 4 entertainment system tomorrow, May 20th. Emails with codes to access the PlayStation 4 version of the service will be going out  shortly.

 

The PlayStation 3 Beta has been extant for a short while, but this is the first time that the service will be available for PlayStation 4 users. There is no relevant information available for PS Vita users at this time.

 

If you have yet to register for the PlayStation Now Beta, you may do so here. Stay Tuned to Pixelated Geek for hands-on impressions with Sony’s brand new streaming service in the coming days!

Twitch.TV Reportedly to be acquired by YouTube in $1 Billion Deal (UPDATED)

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Twitch.TV Reportedly to be acquired by YouTube in $1 Billion Deal (UPDATED)

 

Earlier this evening, several sources, including Forbes and Variety, have reported that Google’s YouTube division will shortly be announcing a $1 Billion Dollar deal to acquire the gaming-centric streaming giant Twitch.TV.  The move, if confirmed, would come as something of a surprise to the public, as Google has to date displayed only the vaguest of interests in the mainstream gaming market – and even more so for Twitch.TV, having just landed the exclusive streaming rights to the ESA’s Electronic Entertainment Expo as well as the contract to stream the Interactive Entertainment events at the x-Games.

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Steven Spielberg To Produce “Halo” TV Series

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Steven Spielberg To Produce “Halo” TV Series

Legendary filmmaker Steven Spielberg is set to produce a television series based on the long-running military/sci-fi video game series Halo. The X-Box Live exclusive will premiere sometime in fall 2015 to coincide with the release of Halo 5: Guardians.

This is not the first time the franchise has had a TV show coincide with a game; Halo 4 was released alongside a digital series called Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn. According to Forbes, the show could potentially position Xbox Live to be a greater competitor to other streaming services such as Netflix. No other details about the Spielberg-produced show have been released.

Foward Unto Dawn

The Halo series centers on a war between humanity and an alliance of aliens known as the Covenant. The Covenant, led by religious leaders known as the Prophets, worship an ancient civilization called the Forerunners, who were destroyed in another interstellar conflict. Most of the games in the series focus on Master Chief John-117, a member of a group of elite soldiers called Spartans. The title of the series is derived from the Halo rings, large structures constructed by the Forerunners to destroy all sentient life.

A Halo film was first announced in 2005. 28 Days Later screenwriter Alex Garland had been hired to write the script and Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson was set to produce, with District 9 director Neill Blomkamp at the helm. Unfortunately, high production costs – and much interference by Microsoft – kept the film in development hell. Microsoft insisted on a below-the-line budget and fast-tracked production, in addition to demanding an enormous portion of the film’s profits. Eventually the project collapsed, and Jackson and Blomkamp turned their attentions to District 9.

The failure of the film, says Forbes, is what led to the development of the upcoming TV series.

Review: Child of Light

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Review: Child of Light

This year has been great for role-playing games.

On the 3DS, we were treated to the excellent Bravely Default, and then we got South Park: The Stick of Truth for PS3, Xbox 360, and PC. Now, we have Child of Light by Ubisoft Montreal, developed in the UbiArt Framework (best known as the engine for Rayman: Origins and Rayman: Legends).

Child of Light is a beautifully rendered side-scrolling RPG that takes place in the Kingdom of Lemuria and follows the adventure of a young girl named Aurora. At the beginning of the game, we learn that the year is 1895, and Aurora is the daughter of the Duke of Austria. One night, on the Great Friday before Easter, Aurora fell asleep and awoke in Lemuria.

Confused, but not frightened, Aurora vows to return home to her Father, but before she can, she learns she must defeat the evil Queen of the night who stole the Sun, the Moon, and the Stars from the sky.

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Star Wars Expanded Universe No Longer Canon

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Star Wars Expanded Universe No Longer Canon

In a news post on the official Star Wars site, Lucasfilm has announced that the Expanded Universe – the books, comics and video games that have been produced in the past 35 years – are no longer part of the official Star Wars canon.

While Lucasfilm always strived to keep the stories created for the EU consistent with our film and television content as well as internally consistent, Lucas always made it clear that he was not beholden to the EU.

Now it’s official: The six films have been set as the canon, with upcoming films to further expand on the story’s universe.

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Announcing PixelatedGeek’s Weekly TwitchTV Stream – PXL Play!

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Announcing PixelatedGeek’s Weekly TwitchTV Stream – PXL Play!

Hiya loyal fan-base of excellently clever geeks with good character and awesome taste! We here over at the PixelatedGeek offices would like to extend a warm invitation to our newest weekly tradition, the PixelatedGeek TwitchTV Stream, lately dubbed PXL Play!. Tune in every week at 10PM Eastern/7PM Pacific at http://www.twitch.tv/pixelatedgeek to check out PixelatedGeek staffers go hands on with the latest and greatest, best and the brightest, or the most cherished and beloved of games.

 

Hosts include the wildly handsome and epically charismatic old warhorse and PixelatedGeek veteran James Huneycutt, and the epically handsome and wildly charismatic up-and-coming dry cannon of British wit and sarcasm Jack Fisher and the mysteriously enigmatic walking encyclopedia of geek knowledge that is Jonathan ‘JJ’ Crass.

 

This week’s episode will consist of our valiant trio plunging head-first into the 80’s goodness that is BROFORCE, by Free Lives Games.

 

Make sure to subscribe to our TwitchTV Channel  –  to get notifications of our streams, and enjoy the show! See you Thursday!