The Rock & Saturday Night Live Spoof Bambi

Dwayne Johnson hosted this weekend’s Saturday Night Live during which time the show took aim at Disney’s wave of live-action adaptations of their animated classics.

Behold then The Rock and SNL stars Jay Pharaoh, Taram Killam, and Cecily Strong putting a decidedly Furious 7 spin on the beloved Disney toon Bambi:

Furious 7 opens in the UK and US on April 3 and in AU on April 2.

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EA Origin Locking Out PCs with Too Many Hardware Configurations

PC gamers who have altered their machine over five times within a 24 hour period might get locked out of Electronic Arts’ online service, Origin.

This DRM safeguard was first discovered when a user who was testing out a number of different graphics cards for Battlefield Hardline was locked out of Origin and greeted with the message: “Too many computers have accessed this account’s version of Battlefield Hardline Digital Deluxe recently. Please try again later.”

We reached out to EA regarding this matter and the publisher provided the following comment: “Origin authentication allows players to install a game on up to five different PCs every 24 hours. Players looking to benchmark more than five hardware configurations in one 24 hour period can contact our Customer Support team who can help.”

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Box CEO Aaron Levie Talks IPO Delay And Growth Strategies

Aaron Levie, Box CEO, speaking at TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin in 2013.

Regardless, Levie didn’t have much time to savor the moment. He told TechCrunch in a wide-ranging interview last month that Box has no intention of standing still and he discussed his plans to keep the company growing, while trying to find ways to get more efficient. He also talked about the long road to IPO and what was behind Box’s thinking in delaying it for so long. One of the… Read More —> Read More

Xenoblade Chronicles 3D Raises the bar for RPGs on portable devices, Dev Says

Xenoblade Chronicles for Wii

Tetsuya Takahashi, director at Xenoblade Chronicles 3D developer Monolith Software says that he never imagined the game would be available to play on handheld devices when it was originally made for Nintendo’s Wii, but now that it is, it raises the bar for portable role-playing games.

“Now we can play Xenoblade Chronicles on the New Nintendo 3DS XL, and…now, this may sound a little egotistical, but I thought, ‘This is really going to raise the bar for RPGs on portable devices,'” Takahashi said in the latest Iwata Asks interview series, in which Nintendo president and CEO Satoru Iwata sits down with different developers.

Takahashi said he was surprised the game found an audience in the West, and discussed the differences between protagonists in Western RPGs and Japanese RPGs.

“One difference is that [Xenoblade Chronicles] did a good job of incorporating the innate heroism of JRPGs…allowing the user to become the hero, to become the protagonist,” Takahashi said. “On the other hand, games made in the West – and this is only my personal opinion – they are very well made, down to the last detail, but there’s something stoic about them, and often the heroism aspect seems to take a bit of a back seat.”

“In JRPGs, the protagonists aren’t very strong,” Iwata said. “They seem like people you could meet on the street who just happen to be born to a certain destiny, and are drawn by some force into doing things that they could have never believed possible… But if Westerners really didn’t like that kind of story, Star Wars wouldn’t have become such a hit. Because that movie is just this type of story.”

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This US Senator Has Appeared in More Batman Films Than Bale

Turns out U.S. Senate hearings can also serve as a source for news on Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

BvS star Ben Affleck appeared before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Diplomacy and National Security on Thursday to discuss foreign aid to Eastern Congo (the Oscar winner founded the Eastern Congo Initiative).

During his opening remarks to the panel, Affleck revealed that committee member Senator Patrick Leahy (D – Vermont) appears in Batman v Superman.

See for yourself at roughly the 1:40 mark in this C-SPAN video:

There was reportedly a sequence shot for BvS last summer in Detroit that involved Superman and the United States Capitol building in Washington D.C. This would seem the most likely point for Senator Leahy to make his cameo.

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‘Gears of War’ Behind The Scenes Tweet Shows off Lancer

Gears of War 4 Lancer

Although the upcoming Gears of War game might change the series’ canon, one of the franchise’s distinguishing features looks to remain unchanged – the lancer, the go-to weapon for the COG. During motion capture sessions, Gears of War developer Jack Felling treated fans to a photo of the motion capture team’s lancer via Twitter. It looks like the classic design will stand the test of time.

Microsoft acquired the Gears of War property in early 2014, and the game has reportedly made big steps since then. If developer Black Tusk is working on motion capture scenes, that means that the story is finished, as cutscenes require detailed scripts, and are expensive to re-do. Feller’s tweet indicated that the photo was captured on the last day of motion capture – if that’s true, fans might see some official Gears of War content later this year.

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The Daily Show: Noah Reportedly Frontrunner to Replace Stewart

The Daily Show correspondent Trevor Noah is now considered to be “the most likely candidate” to take over for Jon Stewart as host of the Comedy Central satirical news show.

Deadline reports that they received the tip from a source, but Comedy Central would only respond with, “We are not commenting or providing guidance on any speculation about any individuals.”

Noah toured native South Africa, UK and US as a standup comedian before joining The Daily Show in December 2014 as a contributor. According to his website, Noah was the first South African comedian to appear on both The Tonight Show and the Late Show with David Letterman.

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Game Of Thrones Episode 3: The Sword In The Darkness (2015) Review | FilmGamesEtc

FilmGamesEtc – “With Episode 3 of Telltales Game of Thrones series, we officially reached the midpoint of its 6 part episodic adventure series. Once again Telltale does not disappoint, but it seems that this episode isnt leading up to the climax anytime soon, even though the developing story keeps getting more and more interesting. This episode isnt action packed either, but theres still enough difficult decisions that House Forrester has to make.” —> Read More

Exploring DirectX 12: 3DMark API Overhead Feature Test

Before jumping into our (Anandtech) results, lets quickly talk about testing.

For our test we are using the latest version of the Windows 10 technical preview build 10041 and the latest drivers from AMD, Intel, and NVIDIA. In fact for testing DirectX 12 these latest packages are the minimum versions that the test supports. Meanwhile 3DMark does of course also run on Windows Vista and later, however on Windows Vista/7/8 only the DirectX 11 and Mantle tests are available since those are the only APIs available. —> Read More

Fox Looks to Dismiss $250 Million Simpsons Lawsuit

Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation filed a motion in LA Superior Court this week denying that a character on The Simpson is based on another actor’s character from Goodfellas. The studio wants the lawsuit “dismissed with prejudice.”

Last October, Frank Sivero filed a $250 million lawsuit against the creators of The Simpsons, claiming producer James L. Brooks was “highly aware of who Silvero was, the fact that he created the role of Frankie Carbone, and that The Simpsons character Louie would be based on this character.”

In the 17-page motion obtained by Deadline, Fox “denies that the character ‘Louie’ in the television series was based on Plaintiff or any character that he has ever played.”

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Unboxing the Thrustmaster TM Leather 28 GT wheel rim add-on

VVV: “The Thrustmaster T300 is an irrefutably sublime wheel that no avid racing game fan should be without. However, one blemish that lets it down is the cheap-feeling rubber texture surrounding the wheel rim that my fingers disapprove of. This is where the TM Leather 28 GT comes in, Thrustmaster’s new wheel rim add-on that’s coated in real luxurious leather.

It’s not out until April, but we managed to get our hands on one ahead of release. So we put it to the test to answer a few pertinent questions: how well are the buttons placed? Can you easily swap it over with a T300? And, most importantly, does that lovely leather smell live up? All this and more in Alan’s unboxing video.” —> Read More

‘Mortal Kombat X’ Fatalities Sound As Gross As They Look

Mortal Kombat Fatality Sound Effects

While most developers tend to gravitate towards the creation of in-game models or interesting AI developments, there are a great deal of aspects that do not often make their way into the public’s eye. Of these, some are more flattering than others and in true Mortal Kombat fashion, the developers of Mortal Kombat X have taken the time to shed some light on one of the messier aspects of making the game.

With the release of Mortal Kombat X looming on the horizon, gamers everywhere are dreaming of fatalities, brutalities and quitalities. Having earned a place in the general gaming subconscious due to their graphic portrayals of violence, there’s one aspect of these gruesome finishers that people often overlook: The sound effects. In an effort to give gamers a look under the hood at how the sounds of …

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‘Bloodborne’ Guide: How to Easily Beat the Blood-Starved Beast

Fact: Bloodborne is hard. That shouldn’t come as a surprise, given director Hidetaka Miyazaki’s reputation, but it bears repeating. Like Dark Souls and Demon’s Souls before it, Bloodborne isn’t a game that players can simply bash their way through. Victory in Bloodborne only comes after carefully observing enemies, coming up with plans, and not giving up after those plans inevitably go straight to hell.

So, yes, Bloodborne is hard – but that doesn’t mean that it’s impossible. Every enemy that plagues Yharnam can be beaten with the right strategy. To that end, From Software has filled the game with subtle hints and tips to help make your journey across the gothic metropolis a little easier. Pay close attention: sometimes, the trick to success is hidden in plain sight.

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