Schools aren't there just to teach kids a lesson. They exist to teach parents a thing or two as well.
This seems, at least, to be the attitude of a group of schools in Cheshire, England, which is fed up with underage kids playing overblown games such as "Grand Theft Auto" and "Call Of Duty."
So fed up is the Nantwich Education Partnership that it has written to parents of kids in 16 schools. The letter said that if they don't start policing their childrens' games, they might be getting a visit from the men and women in blue.
As Britain's Sunday Times reports (paywall), the letter explains that playing such games could lead to "oversexualized behavior" on the part of kids.
It states: "If your child is allowed to have inappropriate access to any game, or associated product, that is designated 18+ we are advised to contact the police and children's social care as this is deemed neglectful."
Mary Hennessy Jones, principal of Pear Tree Primary School, told the Sunday Times: "Parents find it helpful to have some very clear guidelines."
Clear guidelines are, of course, marvelous. This does, though, seem like a clear threat.
A vicious serial killer is targeting top martial arts masters, and convicted criminal and kung-fu master Hahou (Donnie Yen) is the only one with the skills to stop him. Released from jail and into police custody, they soon have their doubts about Hahou’s true allegiance after a series of mysterious events. Hunted by an unstoppable killer (Wang Baoqiang) and the entire police force, Hahou finds himself on his own, leading to a final battle you have to see to believe in this action-packed, kung fu crime thriller from director Teddy Chen (Bodyguards & Assassins, The Accidental Spy).
Ten years on from the events of Monsters, and the 'Infected Zones' have now spread worldwide. In the Middle East a new insurgency has begun. At the same time there has also been a proliferation of Monsters in that region. The Army decide to draft in more numbers to help deal with this insurgency.
Sources tell Latino Review that CBS is working to bring Star Trek back to your TV sets. They don’t offer much in the way of details, but the biggest tidbit they share is that X-Men: Days of Future Past director Bryan Singer has been bandied about as an executive producer through his Bad Hat Harry Productions. We’ll have to wait and see if this news pans out, but there’s definite potential, and Singer is a well-known fan and has a history with the franchise.
It's been about a decade since the last TV series. I hope this is true. I've enjoyed them all, for different reasons, and have binge-watched them all at various times online (Netflix primarily).
Game director Hajime Tabata explains the reason for the all-male cast in Final Fantasy XV. IGN has the story.
Final Fantasy XV's core cast is comprised entirely of male characters, a decision that was made to make the game "more approachable," according to game director Hajime Tabata.
"Speaking honestly, an all-male party feels almost more approachable for players," Tabata told GameSpot in a recent interview. "Even the presence of one female in the group will change their behaviour, so that they'll act differently. So to give the most natural feeling, to make them feel sincere and honest, having them all the same gender made sense in that way,"
Boom. Nintendo has crushed the dreams of the sixteen people still playing games on the Wii U, announcing that the Wii U version of Zelda will be delayed until sometime in 2016 and that the game will not even be shown during E3 in June.
Well, that’s a one-two punch for the Wii U: Nintendo said today that its highly anticipated new Legend of Zelda game won’t make its planned 2015 release date, and in case that wasn’t enough, the game won’t even be shown at this year’s E3 Expo in June.
Zelda was set to be the tentpole release for the beleaguered Wii U console this year, so its loss is a pretty massive blow to Nintendo’s holiday lineup. Then again, if you didn’t see this one coming a mile away, you haven’t been paying attention: Nintendo regularly delays its games, especially when said game is a new entry in the Zelda series.
Marvel’s Secret Wars event is going to be massive, to say the least. And to help readers prepare for the upcoming tome of Secret Wars material, Marvel is releasing, well, another tome of Secret Wars material.
This June, Marvel will release Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars: Battleworld Box Set Slipcase, a massive collection of 11 hardcover graphic novels containing every Secret Wars story to-date. The 11 hardcovers will come bundled in a snazzy display box featuring past Secret Wars art, and with an Alex Ross-painted poster homaging Marvel’s classic Secret Wars #1.
“Not only do you get the entire history of Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars along with a complete hardcover jam packed with extras and bonus material, but they are all presented in one of the most stunning packages we’ve ever produced,” Marvel's SVP Sales & Marketing, David Gabriel, said in a statement.
Rockstar Games has released a fresh batch of high resolution screenshots of Grand Theft Auto V on PC.
Today, we've got an all new set of high resolution screenshots for you from the forthcoming PC version of GTAV. Arriving on April 14th, GTAV for PC is fully optimized to support all the latest and greatest hardware with an abundance of PC-specific enhancements (system specs).
Look for the official GTAV PC trailer next week - and also, if you plan on getting the digital download version, make sure to pre-order by next week Tuesday March 31st to get $1.5 million in in-game bonus money to spend (GTA$500K for Story Mode and GTA$1M for GTA Online use).
The Nintendo Wii had a ton of great On-Rail Light Gun games for the console, both original and arcade ports. I show you some of my favorites from the collection!
Gunblade NY & LA Machineguns Arcade Hits Pack
Sin & Punishment: Star Successor
Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles
Mad Dog McCree Gunslinger Pack
Dead Space Extraction
House of the Dead Overkill
What other games should I add to the Wii on-rail/Light gun game collection?
Bottom Line: It's the best new, isometric RPG to come out in years.
Recommendation: While Pillars of Eternity is certainly banking on a nostalgic fan base, it's still an excellent RPG in its own right. It's a game rich with player agency, giving you tons of control to craft your story or explore different solutions to the presented problems. You know, actual roleplaying not simply a game with a leveling and stat system stapled on.
This is a big, fat, deep adventure that lets you carve your own unique path through a fantasy world that’s been brilliantly brought to life with rich, evocative writing. It’s a game steeped in a bygone era of computer RPG design, but somehow it doesn’t feel archaic. Obsidian have always been bound to other peoples’ worlds—Fallout, Dungeons & Dragons, Star Wars, South Park—but in creating their own from scratch, they’ve made not only their best game to date, but one of the best RPGs on PC.
Pillars of Eternity embodies nearly everything that’s great about old-school RPG experiences. and the quality of its writing and the attention given to every little detail of its world is such that it sometimes feels like Neil Gaiman is playing dungeon master here. Most importantly, Pillars of Eternity paves the way for what should become a landmark RPG series in its own right. It honors the classics, brings great ideas of its own, and in the process it emerges as a classic itself. Games like this are always about the journey, and it's sure as hell a journey worth taking.
Is Pillars of Eternity the perfect game? No, but it is an incredibly good one. When fans backed the Kickstarter to the tune of nearly four million dollars, they did so on the promise of Obsidian returning to their roots; more than that, that they would return we RPG players to our roots. By taking cues from the past, Pillars of Eternity bears lessons for future developers. Accessibility is fine, but players learn to love depth. Cutscenes are important, but less so than a well-crafted story. And the world itself should be the reason to explore, not the experience from the 100th bandit. Pillars isn’t perfect, no, but it may just be a modern classic.
Marking the series', and indeed Codemaster's, debut on current-gen platforms, this year's annual F1 title will be racing onto PS4, Xbox One and PC on June 12th. Unlike previous entries which were traditionally released in September just as the championship was coming to a close, this means F1 2015 will coincide with the current F1 season much earlier.
F1 2015 will run on a new version of Codemasters' EGO engine built specifically for the current-gen platforms. Of course, the extra horsepower of the new consoles means you can expect greater visual fidelity than ever before, which you can see for yourself in the work-in-progress screenshots showcasing some of the new 2015 cars and the Mexico track, but it's not just the visuals that have been overhauled. Encouragingly, Codemasters place a firm emphasis on what should be the most important aspect to racing game fanatics: the physics.
Over 20 areas of the handling model have been tweaked and enhanced, including engine and transmission, aerodynamics, fuel tank, force feedback, suspension and also a brand new tyre physics model.
Activision sent out an infographic for the 2015 Call of Duty Championship, which revealed that the series has sold more than 175 million copies, had more than 300 billion grenades thrown, over 100 billion multiplayer games played, and 579 billion in-game awards earned.
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The Tales Of series is a long running cult JRPG saga created back in 1995! The different iterations over 20 years all kept the emblematic features fans loved like the sense of fantasy adventure and the trademark battle system, while crafting new universes, characters and stories every time. The games focus on humanist themes such as family, love, friendship and duty, and its battle system would go on to spread across the JRPG landscape. The upcoming Tales of Zestiria is a tribute to the series’ 20th anniversary.
Tales of is available on: Super Nintendo, PlayStation 1, PlayStation 2, Nintendo DS, Nintendo GameCube, PlayStation Portable, Xbox 360, Wii, Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita!
Xbox Wire brings word on the titles available for free during select times in April for Gold members:
* Pool Nation FX ($9.99 ERP): Available all month on Xbox One
* Child of Light ($14.99 ERP): Available all month on Xbox One
* Gears of War: Judgment ($19.99 ERP): Available from April 1-15 on Xbox 360
* Terraria ($14.99 ERP): Available from April 1-15 on Xbox 360
* Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag ($29.99 ERP): Available from April 16-31 on Xbox 360
* Army of Two: The Devil’s Cartel ($19.99 ERP): Available from April 16-31 on Xbox 360
Obsidian Entertainment and Paradox Interactive today released Pillars of Eternity, the role-playing game (RPG) that was funded by over 70 thousand backers more than two years ago. Pillars of Eternity, created in the spirit of the classic Infinity Engine titles like Baldur's Gate and Icewind Dale, and crafted by Obsidian with careful attention to fan and backer feedback, is now available for Windows, Mac, and Linux PC.
Sony has announced that PlayStation 4 system update 2.50 will be released tomorrow.
Tomorrow, PlayStation 4 will get an update to system software version 2.50, codenamed “Yukimura,” which will bring an onslaught of features: some you’ve been anticipating, many you’ve requested, and others that might surprise you. This update will make significant improvements to your PS4 experience, making it even more streamlined and enjoyable.
Following the update, you’ll be able to smoothly pick games up right where you left off, find and connect with friends quicker, customize your experience and share your most epic moments in a more meaningful way.
Starz has announced that actor Ray Stevenson has joined the cast of Black Sails for Season 3 as the infamous pirate Blackbeard.
Starz announced today that Ray Stevenson (“Rome,” Thor) has joined the cast of their Emmy-winning original series “Black Sails” as the iconic pirate Blackbeard, also known as Edward Teach. One of the most notorious pirates to have ever lived, Blackbeard returns to settle some unfinished business, but a great deal has changed during his absence, and he will have to disrupt cemented alliances and challenge new ones to achieve the impossible.
I'm hooked on this show, it's fantastic. Jumped the shark a bit with the romance between Captain Flint and Thomas Hamilton, but sometimes you go where the tide takes you.
The long-gestating Ready Player One movie has a director, and it's one perfectly suited to a story full of 1980s references: Steven Spielberg. Deadline reports that he'll take on the film after the Roald Dahl adaptation The BFG.
Written by Ernest Cline, Ready Player One takes place in a dystopian future where everyone jacks into an artificial VR world known as OASIS. After its creator dies, people discover that an elaborate easter egg has been left somewhere inside OASIS, and whoever finds the prize first inherits the creator's entire estate. Central to the search for the easter egg are a litany of pop culture references, many focused around the 1980s. A number of Spielberg films, and the filmmaker himself, are all referenced in the book, opening up the opportunity for a self-referential film that seems right in line with the source material.
Zak Penn (X-Men 2, The Incredible Hulk) wrote the most recent draft for Warner Bros., which will be distributing the film.
Looking for a good Streaming device? Amazon's Fire TV stick may be what you're looking for.
...the Fire TV stick is pretty solid, and certainly worth your money. It’s what I had hoped the Chromecast had been. As I mentioned above, the Fire TV stick isn’t perfect, but it’s pretty damn good, especially for the price. So if you’re looking for a device to stream your favorite shows from, look no further as the Fire TV is just what the doctor ordered.
The Superman films have done many things right through the years, but even Gene Hackman couldn't give the franchise a solid take on the Man of Steel's best-known adversary.
This is the first image we've seen of Jesse Einsenberg as the bald super genius in the upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
"He’s not any of the Lexes that you’ve seen, that’s for sure," director Zack Snyder told Entertainment Weekly, "other than him being a captain of industry and one person to the world and another person to himself. And bald, of course."
Microsoft today announced Halo Online, a PC-exclusive free-to-play title that will launch in Russia only.
The development of the game will be handled by Saber Interactive, who previously helped develop Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary edition and the recently released, Halo: The Master Chief Collection. 343 Industries will oversee the project.
Halo Online will be based after the events of Halo 3. It will feature classic weapons and vehicles from previous Halo games, as well as a bout of fan favorite maps. The game will be powered by a modified version of the Halo 3 engine.
As of yet, Microsoft has no plans to release the game outside of Russia.
Microsoft is clearly focusing on PC gaming once again. In Russia.
Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson’s long-lasting and increasingly fraught relationship with the BBC has finally run its course.
After being suspended from the U.K. public broadcaster’s hit motoring series on March 10 for reportedly throwing a punch at a producer, the BBC has now announced its decision on the 54-year-old following an internal investigation. It said Wednesday it wouldn't renew his contract, which is expiring at the end of the month.
"It is with great regret that I have told Jeremy Clarkson today that the BBC will not be renewing his contract," BBC director general Tony Hall said in a statement. "It is not a decision I have taken lightly. I have done so only after a very careful consideration of the facts and after personally meeting both Jeremy and Oisin Tymon."
He added: "I know how popular the program is and I also know that this decision will divide opinion. The main facts are not disputed by those involved."
Hall continued: "The BBC must now look to renew Top Gear for 2016. This will be a big challenge and there is no point in pretending otherwise. I have asked [BBC Two controller] Kim Shillinglaw to look at how best we might take this forward over the coming months. I have also asked her to look at how we put out the last programs in the current [season]."
The summary of the results of a probe into the altercation that led the BBC to part ways with Clarkson said: "It was not disputed by Jeremy Clarkson or any witness that Oisin Tymon was the victim of an unprovoked physical and verbal attack. It is also clear...that Oisin Tymon is an import ant creative member of the Top Gear team who is well-valued and respected. He has suffered significant personal distress as a result of this incident, through no fault of his own."
Unleashing the full horror of the apocalypse, the Blood & Burning add-on brings blood effects, decapitations, limb-lops, disembowelment and more to Total War: ATTILA. Disease-ridden soldiers can be seen vomiting on the battlefield and decapitations and gore-slicked event pictures feature on the campaign map.