The E3 Game Announcements That Made Us Giddy With Excitement

The annual Electronic Entertainment Expo, a.k.a. E3, has come and gone. From eagerly awaited sequels to brand new IPs, publishers announced their upcoming video games.

Here are the ones we’re most excited for.

EA

First out of the gate was EA. Though to be fair, EA wasn’t really “at” E3; the studio ran its own EA Play event.

It was a quiet press conference, all things considered. Announcements included Unraveled 2 and Sea of Solitude.

Most importantly, fans learned there’s a Star Wars game being developed by Respawn — the studio that brought us the Titanfall games. It’s called Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order and it takes place between Episode III and IV. Players will play a Jedi who survived the Order 66 massacre and is hunted by Imperial forces. We have some ideas on the game’s antagonists and settings, which you can read about here.

While there was no gameplay from Fallen Order, we got a look at Battlefield V‘s Grand Operations mode. There will also be a Battle Royale mode coming to the game. Surprise?

We also got the chance to see Anthem in action. It won’t have any romance options, so we rounded up a few of BioWare’s best romances over the years.

Finally, Command & Conquer is heading to mobile with Rivals. That sentence alone is probably enough to break your heart.

Read more about the E3 EA press conference here.

Microsoft

The usual suspects made an appearance for Microsoft. We’re getting a new Gears of War (and two spin-offs), a new Forza Horizon, and a new Halo.

But the publisher and manufacturer surprised everyone by announcing the acquisition of five new studios. They aren’t lightweights, either — we’re talking big players like Ninja Theory. Clearly, Microsoft was out to show it’s dedicated to solving its first-party title crisis.

Truth be told, the best parts of this hype-filled conference were the third-party games. Leading the way was Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, one of several Asian-themed action games.

Speaking of Asian-themes, a huge roar came when footage from Jump Force — a kinetically charged Dragon Ball ZNaruto-One Piece fighting game — was shown. The anime style is brought to life in fleshed-out 3-D models.

We saw trailers for Kingdom Hearts 3 (featuring the Frozen characters), and the highly anticipated Cyberpunk 2077 — all of which look absolutely fantastic. Oh, a little NES game called Battletoads was announced, too.

Yep, the fighting frogs are back.

Read more about the E3 Microsoft Xbox press conference here.

Bethesda

Also known as Pause for Applause: The Press Conference, this at times awkward show dilly-dallied a bit before getting to the Fallout 76 section we all wanted to see.

Then we had the huge announcement that each other person from your vault in 76 will be a real person, in a 100% online experience. Fallout Shelter was also announced to be on new platforms on the same night.

Gameplay from another post-apocalyptic first-person shooter, Rage 2, was shown including some wild vehicles and weapons.

On the fantasy front, an Elder Scrolls: Blades game was revealed: a procedurally generated dungeon crawler. An Elder Scrolls Legends relaunch is coming with all new visuals, and lastly, we were shown a beautiful logo for The Elder Scrolls VI with some rolling hills in the background, leaving us to speculate on where it could be set.

Read more about the E3 Bethesda press conference here.

Square Enix

Square Enix had perhaps the most disappointing presentation of the convention. Their pre-recorded announcement included looks at the previously announced Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Kingdom Hearts III, and Dragon Quest XI, but nothing that was particularly enticing.

Another prestige RPG, Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood will have a crossover with Capcom’s Monster Hunter World.

There was a sneak peak of Babylon’s Fall, the new game from Platinum Games, maker of Bayonetta and Nier: Automata. Not much was revealed, but due to the quality Platinum is known for, all eyes are on that one.

We also got quick looks into Just Cause 4 and The Quiet Man, the latter of which features a deaf protagonist who seems up for a bit of a scuffle.

Read more about the E3 Square Enix press conference here.

Ubisoft

The majority of what Ubisoft showed off was Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, The Division 2, and Skull & Bones. All three titles were playable at E3, and all of them were received very positively. Stay tuned for our impressions.

There’s also a new Trials game in the works: Trials Rising. It looks to increase the number of players in a multiplayer match and hopefully will have just as much in the way of level building and sharing.

A good deal of time was spent on previously released titles, and in this case, we see that as a good thing. The amount of post-release love Ubisoft has given Rainbow Six Siege has seen it become one of the most popular FPS games today, offering a different kind of information war that Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 will be doing its best to emulate this year.

For Honor boasts a similar story. After a disastrous launch and a year of fixing, Ubisoft made it into a playable, fun experience worthy of competitive play, and it had more content to show off at E3.

The Crew 2 was also on display, as was a new IP from Ubisoft in Starlink: Battle for Atlas.

Read more about the E3 Ubisoft press conference here.

PC Games

Not to be forgotten, there was the PC Gaming Show at E3. We got to see some progress on Star Citizen, which won’t be out anytime soon, and some more quirky indie titles that look promising on PC.

Maneater is one of those titles, in which you play a shark preying on humans who stray too far from the beach. Stormland is an open world VR game in which you play a robot who can continually upgrade itself.

We also got a look at Mavericks, a battle royale game aiming for a ridiculous 1,000 players in one game. We got the chance to play a smaller scale demo of the game and speak to the developers, so stay tuned for more info on FANDOM.

Read more about the E3 PC press conference here.

PlayStation

It might not have had the 50 games shown in Microsoft’s presser, but the PlayStation conference was all about quality. Trailer after trailer was shown of some seriously sweet looking games, starting with a long gameplay demo of The Last of Us Part 2.

We were also treated to a stretch of gameplay from Ghost of Tsushima, a brilliant open-world samurai simulator from Sucker Punch, the studio behind the Infamous games.

Nioh 2 was announced, and the brief trailer made it seem like the protagonist will have some kind of demon transformation available.

Another long stretch of Death Stranding was shown, and still nobody has any idea what the game will be like other than the protagonist is a Norman Reedus-lookalike carrying a big backpack. Oh, there’s also a mysteriously de-aged Lindsay Wagner (our article image).

Marvel’s Spider-Man featured the Arkham-brand of choreography combat seems made for Spidey, but we were a little worried about its quick-time events. The web-slinger has his hands full with a slew of foes.

A remake for Resident Evil 2 is in the works, and the Remedy game we were all expecting to be Alan Wake 2 is instead Control, which is looking very interesting indeed. Control features a female protagonist who has telekinetic abilities.

Read more about the E3 Playstation press conference here.

Nintendo

Nintendo had the last press conference of the event. There were many things we would’ve loved to see — a new Star Fox, a new Advance Wars, the new Metroid, to name a few — but the main announcement came in the form of a new Smash Bros game: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. The changes to gameplay look great, and fans were delighted. Every character from the previous games will be playable.

Fortnite will be Fortnite, and the battle royale phenomenon stole many of the headlines with the announcement that it was coming to Switch.

We also saw Pokémon Let’s Go, and Fire Emblem: Three Houses, which look great, but we really do wonder when Nintendo will give the Fire Emblem treadmill a break in favor of an Advance Wars game.

We’re big fans of Killer Queen here at FANDOM, and Killer Queen Black looks great as well.

Read more about the E3 Nintendo press conference here.

Let it never be said that 2018 was a quiet year for E3 game announcements. There’s a lot there to feast your eyes upon, and a lot to get excited about. The second half of this year just got a lot more crowded, and the early months of 2019 are looking to be almost as packed.

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Sophie Turner has drawn parallels between Game of Thrones and the #MeToo movement

‘[My storyline] is kind of mirroring what’s happening in real life, in every industry right now.’

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The women of Game of Thrones battle no end of horror in the fantasy epic, fighting sexual harassment, sexism and political machinations to find their place in Westeros. Sound familiar? Well, you’re not the only one who’s noticed as cast member Sophie Turner has drawn parallels between Game of Thrones and the #MeToo movement.

In an interview with Screen Daily, the actress delved into her character Sansa Stark’s harrowing and sometimes difficult-to-watch storyline which includes her rape at the hands of Ramsay Bolton, frequent imprisonment and political relationships. While she started as one of the show’s weakest characters, she’s now become a fully fledged avenging angel ready to take her place on the world’s stage.

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‘It’s funny the way [my storyline] is kind of mirroring what’s happening in real life, in every industry right now,’ Sophie said. ‘It’s really interesting how all of these women who were subjected to a lot of horror and oppression are taking a stand against the people who have done this to them. I think that’s why I connected with the #MeToo movement so much. Not just because of being a woman and obviously being a feminist, but also that character.’

Sophie Turner is a staunch supporter of the TIMES UP and #MeToo movement, as she previously helped fundraise for TIMES UP’s legal defense fund on Instagram and posted a message ahead of the all-black Golden Globes to show her solidarity with those affected. (She wasn’t actually in attendance, however.)

Sophie reflected on her character’s arc, saying, ‘It’s a really powerful message, the fact that she went through all of those things and she’s come out the other side. She’s used everything she’s learnt up until now to her benefit. She endured so much horror and really was a prisoner season-by-season. She took all of that, and now she has become stronger for it.’

The #MeToo movement has fiercely raged on, with this year’s recent Cannes festival led by Cate Blanchett becoming one of the most political yet and actors like Frances McDormand and Brie Larson calling for greater diversity in the industry. As women and their allies shine a light on the dark parts of Hollywood, Sophie also feels that entertainment needs to both respond to and also be a getaway from reality.

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She said, ‘Our role as filmmakers is to hold a mirror up to society. At the same time, I think it’s very important to have that escapism. That’s why Game Of Thrones is such a wonderful show. It provides both of those things.’

The next series of Game of Thrones will be its final run, with just six episodes to wrap up the mammoth story. While a release date hasn’t been formally been announced, the series has finished filming and will be screened at some point next year.

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Game of Thrones filming locations you can visit in real life

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HBO’s fantasy drama Game of Thrones is a massive hit with fans. It has become one of the most watched TV shows in history, and is the most pirated TV show ever. The drama is intense, and many of the scenes are incredibly violent. That all makes for great TV, but it is all set to some amazing real-life backdrops that help to set the scene and transport the characters and viewers to the fictional world of Westeros and beyond. If you want to get closer to the show check out some of the real-life Game of Thrones locations you can actually visit.

Dubrovnik, Croatia – King’s Landing

King’s Landing is an incredibly important location in Game of Thrones. It is where the ruling monarch will sit on the Iron Throne, and it is the closest thing Westeros has to a sprawling metropolis. Filming for King’s Landing was done in the Croatian city of Dubrovnik. King’s Landing is where Cersei had to do her walk of shame, as well as the fighting arena where Prince Oberyn Martell met his demise fighting The Mountain in the most bloody of fights. As well as being the location for King’s Landing, fans of Daenerys Targaryen will be familiar with the city as it is where The House of the Undying was shot.

Northern Ireland – Various

Northern Ireland has been the location for many of the scenes in the seven seasons so far of the show. Ballintoy Harbor is where Theon Greyjoy returned to his birthplace of The Iron Islands. The Dark Hedges is the iconic setting of the Kingsroad where many of the cast are spotted entering or exiting King’s Landing. The home of the Stark family, Winterfell, was shot primarily at Castle Ward and fans can head to the historic site and utter the famous words “Winter is coming” if they really want to feel like a Stark.

Iceland – Beyond The Wall

Many of the scenes shot beyond The Wall were actually filmed in Iceland. Fans of snow (both the weather and Jon) can head to this Nordic country to take in some of the most beautiful scenery found in the world. Famous locations from the show include Jon and Ygritte’s love cave, the wilding camps, as well as the location where Brienne bests the Hound in hand-to-hand combat. Fans should head to Lake Myvatn for scenes beyond the wall. Tours are available from the capital city of Reykjavik that will take you to where Drogon attacks a herd of goats and many of the scenes used as backdrops for the white walkers.

Spain – Dragonstone

In season seven few could hardly believe that the location used for Dragonstone was real. The perfect sand and the crazy rock formations looked almost too unnatural to be real, but they are and can be found beside the small town of Zumaia. That long winding pathway Jon Snow meets Daenerys Targaryen on is also very real and is a short trip to the west of Zumaia at San Juan de Gaztelugatxe.

Those were some of the most incredible filming locations Game of Thrones used that people can go and visit. While other locations may have used a large amount of green screen and special effects, these places are true to their depiction on the hit fantasy series.

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Sophie Turner’s Interesting New Game of Thrones Tattoo May Hint at Sansa’s Ultimate Fate

Sophie Turner has a new Game of Thrones tattoo that may just reveal Sansa Stark’s fate in the eighth and final season of the HBO drama.

Tattoo artist Lauren Winzer of Hunter and Fox Tattoo Studio shared the first photo of Turner’s ink on Saturday, debuting the 22-year-old actor’s new House Stark direwolf sigil above the words, “The pack survives.”

The design seems to be a direct reference to the quote, “When the snows fall and the white winds blow, the lone wolf dies but the pack survives,” a maxim that Ned Stark shared with his children. However, it may also have a more explicit meaning in regard to Sansa’s chances for survival.

After Turner and co-star Maisie Williams got matching Thrones tattoos last year, Turner revealed that the onscreen sisters were hoping to double down on their brands.

“We got them together just the other day,” she told E! on the 2017 Emmys red carpet. “With Thrones, we were like, if we make it all the way through, hopefully we could all get a matching wolf but we don’t know if we’re going to make it, so Maisie and I were like, ‘Let’s get this before anyone kills us.’”

Interesting, very interesting indeed.


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Elder Scrolls 6 Location Guide – Where Could Bethesda’s Next Game be Set?

If there’s one game that’s probably on most gamers’ wishlist, it’s Elder Scrolls 6. Bethesda is keeping incredibly tight-lipped on the topic however, especially regarding the game’s existence and where the Elder Scrolls 6 location would be.

Whether it’s Valenwood or Argonia, there’s been plenty of speculation as to what the Elder Scrolls 6 setting will be.

Here we take a look at the possibilities and top fan favourites for the Elder Scrolls 6 locations.

A brief history of Elder Scrolls

Of course, the location for the game is more than just a setting, it also gives us an idea of what the game’s called.

For example, Elder Scrolls 2: Daggerfall was set across the High Rock and Hammerfell provinces, while Elder Scrolls 3: Morrowind took you to the island of Vvardenfell.

Elder Scrolls 4: Oblivion was set in Cyrodil and finally Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim took us to… well, Skyrim.

All these locations were featured in the original game, Elder Scrolls Arena. It’s the only Elder Scrolls game to date to allow you to explore the full empire of Tamriel, but sadly because it was 1994 it was very basic and repetitive.

The original map from Elder Scrolls Arena looks something like this:


Elder Scrolls Arena map
From left to right: Summerset Isle, High Rock, Hammerfell, Valenwood, Skyrim, Imperial Province, Elsweyr, Black Marsh and Morrowind

In fact, this awesome map from a Reddit user sums up where the events of all the Elder Scrolls events have taken place so far:


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All the events of every Elder Scrolls game since have taken place within Tamriel, so it’s safe to believe that it’ll be the same for Elder Scrolls 6.

With that in mind, here are all the potential Elder Scrolls 6 locations currently up for games within Tamriel.

Elder Scrolls 6: Valenwood


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The Valenwood province of Tamriel

Location: Valenwood is a south-western province of Tamriel, west of Elsweyr, south-west of Cyrodiil and east of the Abecean Sea.

Home to the Wood Elves or Bosmer, this is a largely uninhabited forest wilderness. The coastlines are dominated by mangrove swamps and rain forests.

Likelihood: Strong

Valenwood is one of the spots in Tamriel that Bethesda hasn’t yet explored in the Elder Scrolls series beyond Arena.

However, there’s also a purportedly leaked memo from within Bethesda back in 2014 that supports a Valenwood location.

The memo allegedly prohibited Bethesda employees from “using or referencing” a number of terms. These included Fallout: Nuka World, which ended up being part of a Fallout 4 DLC release, Elder Scrolls 6 or something known as Project Greenheart.

Many believe that Project Greenheart is the codename for Elder Scrolls 6 because Greenheart is a city found in the Valenwood region.

Coincidence? Probably not.

Elder Scrolls 6: Elsweyr


The Elsyweyr province of Tamriel

Location: Elsweyr is a region of Tamriel bordered by Valenwood on the west, Cyrodiil to the north and east and Argonia to the east.

The province is separated into two nations: Anequina to the north and Pelletine to the South. Anequina is a desert-like badlands similar to Hammerfell. Pelletine, on the other hand, is a mixture of dense jungles and woodlands like Valenwood.

It’s the home of the feline race of Elder Scrolls, the Khajiit.

Likelihood: Possible.

Bethesda has regularly said that the setting of Elder Scrolls games tends to be based on which province has the most lore.

There’s plenty of information about Elsweyr in the previous games, so could be a great base to build Elder Scrolls 6. 

Elder Scrolls 6: Hammerfell


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The Hammerfell province of Tamriel

Location: Hammerfell is a vast province to the west of Tamriel. The region is bordered by High Rock to the north, Skyrim to the north-east and Cyrodiil to the east and south-east.

It’s a massive region that’s covered by mountain ranges, grasslands and even deserts – just for that real mix of terrains.

The Redguards call Hammerfell their home, who are a race of men known for their cunning and skilled swordsmanship.

Likelihood: Strong.

The only issue with Hammerfell being a potential location for Elder Scrolls 6 is that it was partially featured in Elder Scrolls 2: Daggerfall. 

However, at E3 2018, Bethesda released the first teaser trailer for the game, revealing few details beyond a sweeping view of a mountainous region. This could indicate that Hammerfell will be the location for the upcoming sequel.

Hammerfell is an absolutely massive region so there’s plenty more that Elder Scrolls 6 could explore.

Elder Scrolls 6: Argonia


Elder Scrolls Argonia, or Black Marsh
The Black Marsh or Argonia region of Tamriel

Location: The Black Marsh, known also as Argonia, is a region in the south-east of Tamriel. It’s bordered by Morrowind to the north, Cyrodiil to the west and protected by both the Topal Sea and the Padomaic Ocean.

It’s here that the reptilian Argonians call home, some of which you will encounter in other Elder Scrolls games.

The province is filled with great rivers and impenetrable swamps. It seems to be ruled by the King of Argonia and an Argonian Royal court.

Likelihood: Strong

Online rumours have speculated that Argonia or the Black Marsh will be the setting for Elder Scrolls 6 for years.

Although there don’t seem to be any verified leaks as yet, it is one location that the Elder Scrolls series hasn’t yet explored.

Plus, there’s plenty of knowledge of the Argonian race in previous games to support the next game exploring their homeland region.

Elder Scrolls 6: Akavir


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There are currently only fan-made maps of Akavir, but it could look something like this

Location: Akavir or the “Dragon Land” is one of the only areas in this list that’s outside of Tamriel.

It’s actually a totally different continent that lies to the east of Tamriel and is the homeland of the Akaviri.

These people are made up of unrelated races, the Snow Demons of Jamal, the serpent men of Tsaesci, the Monkey People of Tang Mo and the Tiger Dragons of Ka’Po’Tun.

Little is known about the continent but it is referenced multiple times throughout the series.

Likelihood: Possible.

If Bethesda thinks the Elder Scrolls series is just retreading old ground in Tamriel, moving to the nearby yet historically connected continent of Akavir definitely has potential.

Elder Scrolls 6: Atmora


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Again, there are no real images for Atmora from the game, so this is a fan-created outline of the continent

Location: Atmora, also known as Elder Wood, is a frozen continent way to the north of Tamriel, across the Sea of Ghosts.

It’s described in the Elder Scrolls series as a place of permanent winter, with little life and no sign of habitation.

Likelihood: Very unlikely.

Nothing lives in this land of ice, so what reason would Bethesda have to set Elder Scrolls 6 there?

Elder Scrolls 6: Alinor


Elder Scrolls Summerset Isles

Location: The Summerset Isles, also known as Alinor, is an archipelago consisting of three major islands: Summerset, Auridon and Artaeum.

The archipelago is located to the south-west of Tamriel and west of Valenwood in the Abecean Sea.

It’s home to the Altmer or High Elves/Western Elves. They’re one of the ten default playable races in Elder Scrolls games and are primarily known for their enhanced magic abilities.

Likelihood: Possible.

The High Elves are one of the most popular races in Elder Scrolls, and any player would love to see a game set in their homeland.

There’s plenty of history when it comes to the Summerset Isles too, which could give a major AAA release plenty of source material.

Plus, there’s a couple in Fallout 4 called the Summersets. Is that a little hint from Bethesda?

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Kevin Durant’s Off-Court Contributions Matches His On-Court Game

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Kevin Durant has become something of an antihero of sorts, this after the former Oklahoma City Thunder forward bolted for the greener pastures of the Golden State Warriors en route to his first NBA championship. As evidenced in last night’s (June 6) dagger three-pointer against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the third game of the 2018 NBA Finals, Durant’s ice-cold nature on the court serves his team well but it’s his work off the court that really stands out.

The San Francisco Examiner writes:

Between his commitments to the University of Texas, the “Build It and They Will Ball” program, Colin Kaepernick’s “10 for 10” campaign, the Oakland Elizabeth House/Larkin Street Youth Services and the College Track program in his hometown of Prince George’s County, Md., Durant has committed more than $ 13 million to community causes this year.

Durant, who’s given out 1,600 Warriors tickets to kids, is a shining example of a Golden State team that is among the most generous and socially conscious in all of sports.

“I’m incredibly proud of all of our guys,” head coach Steve Kerr said. “So many of them do so much good in our communities. And, ultimately, that’s the biggest measure of the impact that we make as an organization and as players.”

Durant is building an empire on and off the floor. He runs the Durant Company with Rich Kleiman, his manager and business partner. Best compared to a private equity fund, rather than a venture capital firm, the Durant Company boasts a diverse portfolio, investing in approximately 30 tech companies like Postmates and Acorns.

Durant and Kleiman recently launched Thirty Five Media, which helps athletes create their own programming on YouTube. Durant’s personal channel has racked up more than 22.3 million views in a years’ time.

Nothing is more important than the Kevin Durant Charity Foundation, which serves at-risk youth from low-income backgrounds, providing them with educational, athletic and social programs.

The piece actually zeroes in on Durant’s off-court charitable work but also his propensity to get tossed at games and his acerbic wit online. The fact remains that it’s possible to be a little bit of an ass and a truly giving person without it truly defining the full person.

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LeBron James did not want to relive Game 1 of the NBA Finals, when Cleveland lost to Golden State in overtime after a blunder by JR Smith cost the Cavaliers a chance at winning the game in regulation.

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The 2018 NBA Finals Game 2 is scheduled for Sunday, June 3, with tipoff just after 8 p.m. ET. After the Golden State Warriors beat the Cleveland Cavaliers in overtime in a thrilling Game 1, fans are expecting more excitement in this historic series: It’s the first time ever that two teams in any major sport have faced each other for the championship in four consecutive years.

It’s easy—and free-to watch the NBA Finals on TV, and there are also plenty of options to listen to radio broadcasts or live stream the Cavaliers-Warriors series on a laptop, smartphone, or any other device. Here’s how to watch the 2018 NBA Finals Game 2, as well as the rest of the series.

What channel is the 2018 NBA Finals on?

ABC is broadcasting all of the 2018 NBA Finals games. Just find your local ABC channel on TV to tune in. If you don’t have a pay TV package with free, over-the-air channels like ABC, you can get access to these networks in most of the country for free with a digital antenna.

What time is Game 2 of the 2018 NBA Finals?

The ABC broadcast of Game 2 of the NBA Finals starts at 8 p.m. ET, on Sunday, June 3, at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. Game 3 of the 2018 NBA Finals gets underway at 9 p.m. ET on Wednesday, June 6, in Cleveland. Here’s the full 2018 NBA Finals schedule.

How to live stream the 2018 NBA Finals

You can live stream all 2018 NBA Finals games on the ABC app, but ABC will require you to log in with a participating pay TV provider account.

You can also stream the NBA Finals by using a live-streaming TV service such as Hulu Live, DirecTV Now, Playstation Vue, Sling TV, or YouTube TV. In many markets around the country, streaming packages from these services include free broadcast channels like ABC.

The prices of these streaming services start at $ 20 to $ 40 per month, but all come with free trial periods for new subscribers. In other words, you can live stream the 2018 NBA Finals for free on one or more of these services while testing them out. Just remember to cancel before the free trial period ends if you don’t want to become a paying subscriber.

How to listen to the 2018 NBA Finals on radio or online

There are many ways to listen to the 2018 NBA Finals audio broadcasts. ESPN Radio is broadcasting the game on local ESPN stations around the country. You can listen to play-by-plays of the NBA Finals games on a variety of AM and FM channels based in the greater Ohio region, for Cavaliers broadcasts, and throughout northern California and the West Coast, for Warriors broadcasts. SiriusXM also has 2018 NBA Finals audio broadcasts, if you’re a subscriber to the satellite radio service or are trying it out during a free trial period. All of the above options have broadcasts available in English or Spanish

As for listening to the 2018 NBA Finals radio broadcasts online, you’ve got a choice of options there as well. You can listen to ESPN Radio and other channels live in your browser, and there are apps available for most radio stations, including ESPN Radio. Fans in the San Francisco Bay area can download the free Warriors mobile app if they want to listen to Golden State’s home announcers call the game.

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Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals was approximately even in the ratings with the comparable game in 2017. Thursday night’s game, which again saw the Cleveland Cavaliers take on the Golden State Warriors, drew an 11.9 rating in Nielsen’s metered market households. That is down a scant 5% from the 12.4 drawn by 2017’s […]

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The 2018 NBA Finals tip off Thursday night, with the Golden State Warriors facing the Cleveland Cavaliers in the championship for the fourth year in a row.

It’s the first time ever in NBA Finals history that two teams square off for the league championship in four consecutive years. For that matter, the 2018 NBA Finals marks the first time in any major sport that the same two teams are facing each other for the championship title four times in a row. (In the NHL, the Detroit Red Wings played the Montreal Canadiens in the Stanley Cup Finals three years in a row, and in Major League Baseball the New York Yankees and New York Giants met up in the World Series in three consecutive seasons.)

As for 2018 NBA Finals predictions, Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, and the rest of the Golden State Warriors are strong favorites to beat LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. As many observers have noted, this year probably represents LeBron James’s toughest test yet, seeing as he must face the heavily favored Warriors without All-Star guard Kyrie Irving (who was traded to the Boston Celtics) and without a fully healthy Kevin Love (who was injured in the previous series and may miss at least Game 1 of the NBA Finals).

Here’s everything you need to know about watching Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals, including what time the game starts, what channel it’s on and how to live stream it — no matter if you’re watching on TV or want to live stream the Cavaliers-Warriors.

What channel is Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals on?

The 2018 NBA Finals are being broadcast on ABC. If you have a TV and access to free, over-the-air channels, all you have to do is find your local ABC channel and tune in. If you don’t have a cable TV package with networks like ABC, you most likely can still watch the NBA Finals for free with a digital antenna designed to get reception of free broadcast channels.

What time Is Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals tonight?

The ABC broadcast of Game 1 of the NBA Finals will start at 9 p.m. E.T., on Thursday, May 31. The NBA Finals Game 2—which like the rest of the series is also on ABC—is set to air at 8 p.m. E.T. on Sunday, June 3. Game 1 and Game 2 are both being played at Golden State’s home venue, Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. Here’s the full 2018 NBA Finals schedule.

How to live stream the 2018 NBA Finals

If you prefer to live stream the 2018 NBA Finals online for free on a laptop, smartphone, or other device, you can watch the games via the ABC app. Bear in mind, however, that ABC will require you to log in online with a participating pay TV provider account.

If you don’t have such an account, you can still stream the 2018 NBA Finals by using a live-streaming TV service such as Hulu Live, DirecTV Now, Playstation Vue, Sling TV, or YouTube TV. All of these services have free trial periods of around one week for new subscribers, and in many markets the packages include free broadcast channels like ABC.

Live-streaming TV packages generally range from $ 20 to $ 40 per month, after the free trial period is over. Remember to cancel the service if you don’t want to pay after the trial period ends.

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‘FAR: Lone Sails’: Is This the Best Apocalypse Game Since ‘Fallout’?

We don’t often know what caused the apocalypse, but it’s obvious that happens. The skeletal remains of a dead civilization dot the landscape. Half-buried by the swirling sands that stampede around the globe swallowing oceans, these ruins mournfully watch survivors scavenge for resources in their shadows. Freak storms flashing across the sky: their rain spiked with acid.

It’s bleak. So bleak.

The reason why it all ended up like this is rarely relevant. It’s the stories of those who remain we have a seemingly unquenchable thirst for. Fascinating examinations of what it means to be human. The good, the bad, the frequently ugly. After all these years and all this media, you know the apocalypse well. We’re sure.

Which is why FAR: Lone Sails by developer Okomotive makes such an impact. Out now on PC and heading to Xbox One and PS4 in the future, FAR: Lone Sails is unlike anything we’ve played before. This unique take on the apocalypse is, in its barest form, a sidescrolling platformer. But such labels criminally undersell it.

This is a game that carefully wraps you around its finger and tugs at your heart in bizarre ways, despite the lack of context and dialogue.


Your vehicle in FAR: Lone Sails
Your vehicle in FAR: Lone Sails

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Don’t expect much preamble. It clearly time for our little hero to move on; that’s all you need to know. A small, near-shapeless bright red in a landscape drained of nearly all its colour, our hero has spent their post-apocalyptic time closeted away from the wasteland building a road train. A vehicle capable of carrying them from here to there.

Like something out of Mad Max, via Machinarium, this heaving beast is a fascinating piece of engineering. As soon as you lay eyes on it you’re intrigued and it quickly becomes evident that your first task is to work out how to get it moving.

It’s not much of a brain bender: your natural curiosity will lead you in the right direction. You need to collect rubbish from the world and place it into the train’s furnace to create the fuel needed to move forward. As this fuel burns, steam builds up, which you must release rhythmically to keep your engine from exploding.


How to get your vehicle pas this obstacle and across the bridge?
How to get your vehicle pas this obstacle and across the bridge?

With this simple gameplay mechanic mastered, you bust out the doors of your ramshackle home and begin motoring across the landscape towards… well, towards whatever lies at the other side.

It’s not safe out there. The harsh reality of the apocalypse beats at the side of your new, mobile home relentlessly, right from the off. Inside it’s cosy and warm, and as you’re forced to venture outside to collect more bits to burn or equipment to hang throughout the vehicle, the connection you form with your vehicle grows. It becomes a love affair.

Customising Your Ride

In the belly of the beast you may feel safe, but it’s far from capable of making the long journey across the sands when you begin. Things must have gotten desperate for you to risk all and leave.

At first you’ll fear running out of fuel and having to leg-it across open expanses in search of more. And as you push through the landscape, you will frequently come up against impassable structures. These require you to leave the safety of your mobile home and platform, then puzzle, to a solution.

There’s no timer or immediate threat to these moments, leaving you free to relax, explore, and think. But the solutions to each puzzle always open up the game to more surprises and possibilities. This includes upgrades to your vehicle. Before long your four-story ride is packed with various gadgets, mechanisms, and buttons that each act to help you push on against the odds.

While there are some thrills to be found here in much the same way a Metroidvania game unravels itself alongside ability upgrades, it’s not what makes FAR: Lone Sails sing its merry tune. Instead it’s the way they all combine to meet your single goal: to keep moving.


Setting sail to conserve fuel
Setting sail to conserve fuel

Before long you’re rhythmically dashing about the vehicle, loading fuel into the furnace, pushing the button that drives you forward, releasing steam at the perfect time to get a little nitro boost on a steep hill, and repeating. Then you begin getting mechanical failures or fires. You’ll have to hose down the flames or weld a part. Maybe the wind might turn favourable, allowing you to hoist a sail to try and conserve fuel.

It’s all terribly mundane work, but it’s balanced so well and with such simple and concise controls, that it’s addictive. There’s an instant proof-of-work system here where the analogue nature of every action produces a measurable result. It feels good to keep moving, even though you don’t know where you’re going.

A Stunning Piece of Art

The final and most vital piece to FAR: Lone Sails’ puzzle is its world design. It’s a truly beautiful game, both aurally and visually. In smaller spaces there is such intricate detail in the backdrop, that when you find yourself trundling through vast, barren landscapes, the contrast is just as impactful.

Watching the ruins of civilization come into view and then drift behind you creates an intense sense of isolation and sadness. At night, when the stars come out and darkness grips the play space, it manages to evoke a sense of fear and loss. Especially when electrical storms then ravage your only safe zone: your vehicle.


Inside a broken factory
Inside a broken factory

Special mention has to go to the audio, which does a tonne of the leg work in keeping the game’s pace and emotional resonance on point. The sound of rain hitting the steel body of your vessel is harsh and lonely. The hard, metal-on-metal clunk of your vehicle soldiering through the wasteland feels raw and desperate. Even the subtle change in the wind volume as you step in and out of the vehicle is just right.

Add the sparse, but perfect score that drifts in and out and it all comes together into something that can only be called, “art.”

Vitally, it’s this attention to detail and love in the design that makes you care about pushing on. With no story and no destination driving you forward, it’s the cathartic nature of keeping your vehicle running and the “what’s up ahead” mystery generated by the world design that plays the role of antagonist.

What are you doing here after all? Are you trying to find an end to the apocalypse? Or do you just have to keep moving? Either way, Okomotive’s subtle yet sublime take on post-apocalyptic adventuring is an experience you won’t forget.

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7 Most Frustrating Video Game Enemies in History

Like any form of entertainment, video games have characters we identify with, characters we love, and characters we hate. Those last two categories can often become blurred because while we all support the hero, there’s nothing more exciting than a good villain.

Some of those enemies earn a place in our lives not by being good or memorable, but because they are so annoying that we cringe every time we encounter them. Fill your bag with repels, infrared scopes, and swords and let’s embark on this quest to find the most annoying enemies in video game history.

Regeneradors (Resident Evil 4)


The Regeneradores are ugly, terrifying and can easily kill you if you are not prepared.
The Regeneradores are ugly, terrifying and can easily kill you if you are not prepared.

In a game plagued with disgusting and terrifying enemies, you may think that genetically engineered monsters could be just one more of the same. But these gray nightmares in Resident Evil 4 pack a dark secret. Well, 2-5 dark secrets to be more precise.


The parasites inside the Regeneradores seen using the Infrared Scope.
The parasites inside the Regeneradores seen using the Infrared Scope.

Turns out that to kill the Regeneradors you have to use an infrared scope and locate 2-5 really small parasites inside their bodies and shoot them. Every other damage inflicted can be easily regenerated, including shooting their limbs off.

Besides, you always encounter them in small spaces and you have to kill them super fast. All while protecting Ashley and dodging their attacks. Easy peasy lemon squeezy.

Skeleton Wheel/Wheel Skeletons (Dark Souls)


If hell actually exists, it is plagued with these things.
If hell exists, it is plagued with these things.

Skeleton Wheels are a great example of annoying enemies that are necessary. I assume that the idea behind them was to teach you to be a hunter: silent, deadly, and fast. Because if you’re not, then you are just in for some constant disappointment.

Dark Souls is a punishing game, but come on, fast enemies that attack in packs and break your guard (no matter what you do) causing you to be staggered, even if you are equipped to prevent this? These are just plain unfair, even by Dark Souls standards.

These nasties, who first appeared in the first Dark Souls game, are ready to group up and run down anyone foolhardy enough to drop off the cliffs in the Catacombs. By rolling into you, their rapid attacks would deplete your stamina and effectively stunlock you. We enjoyed a brief respite before they snuck into a side area in Dark Souls III.

Pole Vaulting Zombie (Plants vs. Zombies)


These guys are a nightmare in the early levels of PVZ.
These guys are a nightmare in the early levels of ‘PvZ.’

For gamers like me who place all of our plants symmetrically, the pole vaulting zombie in Plants vs Zombies was a nightmare. He usually jumped over your first line of defense, leaving whatever was behind completely helpless.

This is where most of us started to freak out because you had to hurriedly put some plant there. And if you already used all of your last resource plants like the Cherry Bomb, it meant some poor sunflower had to suffer a slow and agonizing death, or worse, you got a game over screen. Definitely an annoying and frustrating nightmare.

Malboro (Final Fantasy)


You eventually learn to dread those two words.
You eventually learn to dread those two words.

Malboros are dreaded by almost every Final Fantasy fan, and not just because of them being strange and ugly-looking creatures, but rather because of their signature attack — Bad Breath. These two simple words mean that one of your party members is going to be afflicted with most, if not all, possible status ailments in the game.

If you weren’t properly prepared to deal with status ailments, you can easily see how a single Malboro wipes out your entire party. Because these creatures don’t only inflict status ailments, after they’ve done so, they proceed to relentlessly attack your party.

To add insult to the injury, Malboros often have a decent amount of HP and are also kind of heavy-hitters. A round of applause for the FF character creators.

Creepers (Minecraft)


These things are silent, deadly, and destructive.
These things are silent, deadly, and destructive.

Minecraft was a phenomenon that most gamers didn’t understand at first. But once you got the hang of it and started to enjoy the freedom of its open world, everyone did the same: build a house.

So you spent hours farming for the materials needed to create your dream house and when you finally stepped back to admire your polygonal architectural prowess, you suddenly hear that hissing sound. And voilà! Just like that, hours of your life are lost because one of those green hell-spawns decided to spawn close to you. Thank you so much, Markus.

Monks/Missionaries (Age of Empires II)


Their praying fx was one of the most dreaded sounds in AOEII.
Their praying fx was one of the most dreaded sounds in ‘AOEII.’

The Monks and Missionaries were very interesting units in Age of Empires II because they introduced a very cool mechanic: converting enemy units so they instantly became part of your army. A bit overkill, but so far so good, right? No! The thing is, developers also added a healing function transforming the Monks into one of the most powerful (and overpowered) support units in the entire game.

Monks are sneaky, cheap to create, hard to counter, and, in great numbers, capable of converting entire villages. You knew you were screwed when your precious (and very expensive) Trebuchets, Elephants, and War Wagons suddenly faced an army of monks because when they started to pray, there was no turning back.

Zubats (Pokémon)


Your final Pok&amp;eacute;mon is about to faint? It would be a shame if you couldn't scape...
Your final Pokémon is about to faint? It would be a shame if you couldn’t escape…

Caves in Pokémon games are often really dark and full of wild Pokémon. Literally, every step you take has a 50/50 chance of triggering an encounter. That could be great if you got to meet lots of different Pokémon. However, caves feature mostly one Pokémon: the Zubat.

These non-menacing looking bats have one prominent ability: Supersonic. This is a non-elemental attack that confuses your Pokémon leaving them with a 50% chance of causing themselves damage instead of attacking the other Pokémon.

Pair that with the fact that escaping isn’t guaranteed and you are in for a frustrating encounter where if your luck runs out, a single Zubat can whip your entire party.

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YOU JOIN US TODAY TO DISCUSS A SURVEY ABOUT COLLEGE SAVINGS. WHAT DOES IT TELL US?

According to Sallie Mae’s 2018 report, How America Saves for College, parents are making progress when it comes to saving for their children’s college education. The report was based on a survey of more than 2,000 parents of children under 18 and found that the average amount saved is $ 18,135. That is 10% more than the $ 16,380 average in 2016 and is the highest level of savings the survey has found since 2013.

THIS IS GREAT NEWS! WHAT ELSE DID THE SURVEY FIND?

There were two additional positive findings in the survey. First, parents are getting more realistic about paying for college. Specifically, many parents are coming to believe that the cost of college shouldn’t fall only on them, especially as the costs rise. Respondents said they expect to cover about one-third of the total cost of their child’s college costs.

Additionally, close to 60 percent of parents said they expected their child to pay for part of their education, up from around 50 percent in 2016. As parents become more realistic about the costs of college and what they can contribute, I believe we can expect to see more of them planning and focusing on other resources, so that is good news.

On top of this, there was another excellent finding in the survey: Parents are shying away from mortgaging their future to pay for their child’s education. Just 10% of parents said they plan to tap their retirement savings for their child’s education, down from 20 percent in 2016. Let’s hope this the start of a trend, Tom. As I have said many times, there are loans for college, but not for retirement.

WERE THERE ANY AREAS OF CONCERN?

Absolutely. First, the cost of college continues to move higher. According to the College Board, the average private nonprofit college charged $ 46,950 for tuition, fees and room and board in the 2017-2018 academic year, it is expected to continue to climb. This means that even as parents are saving more, they are not necessarily making a dent in the overall shortfall.

On top of that, just 39% of respondents reported that they were planning and saving for their child’s college expenses while, 17% said they were saving but not planning, and 44% said they were not saving at all.

Finally, and of particular importance for our community, there continues to be a significant gap between Black and Hispanic parents and white parents when it comes to college savings. The survey found the average college savings for Black respondents was $ 10,702 this year, compared to $ 23,460 for white families. This is another way the persistent wealth gap between Black and white Americans impacts our children’s future.

IF WE ARE ALREADY SAVING FOR COLLEGE, OR WE WANT TO START, WHAT DO YOU RECOMMEND?

 The most important thing to do is keep saving, or if you haven’t already, to start saving. Once you do, then you want to concentrate on growing that money. The two most common vehicles to do this are 529 plans and Coverdell Education Savings Accounts. 529 plans are offered in various states and can be used for undergraduate or graduate studies.

In these plans, you’re typically given a menu of investment options to choose from. Keep in mind, 529 plans do come with some restrictions. Funds can be withdrawn tax-free only for qualified education expenses such as tuition, books, and room and board.

Coverdell Education Savings Accounts also allow your investments to grow tax-free, as long as they are used for qualified education expenses. But, money from Coverdell accounts can also be used for K-12 expenses, and you can choose your own investment options.

Coverdell accounts are limited to a maximum of $ 2,000 per year, while 529 plans generally have higher contribution limits. Remember, if funds from 529 plans or Coverdell accounts are not used for qualified education expenses, there can be both taxes and penalties.

Remember, you want to be clear on the goals and objectives for these accounts. Consult your financial advisor to determine which type of account makes the most sense for your situation.

Mellody Hobson is President of Ariel Investments, a Chicago-based money management firm that serves individual investors and retirement plans through its no-load mutual funds and separate accounts. Additionally, she is a regular financial contributor and analyst for CBS News.

 

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Spoiler alert: This post contains spoilers from the Snatch Game episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 10. Proceed with caution.

You know how RuPaul used to end each Snatch Game by saying, “And the winner is … who cares?!” Well, it’s never been truer than on the Season 10 iteration of everyone’s favorite Drag Race challenge. (Or at least it used to be our favorite.)

After the tragic performances in the recent All Stars 3 Snatch Game from a couple of months back, we dared to suggest that they put the challenge to rest for good. And yet, we couldn’t help getting tricked into being excited for the annual impersonation challenge yet again. And, sadly, it just may have been the worst one yet.

Before we get into the horror, let’s not take away from Aquaria’s win. She absolutely nailed it as Melania Trump. Her execution was spot-on thanks to thought-out moments like writing “Help me!” inside the Tiffany’s box and signing Michelle Obama’s name on her placard. But if the queen who, even by her own admission, is the least likely to make us laugh is the one winning Snatch Game, it really tells you the caliber of talent that slithered onto the stage.

Things started off with a bang thanks to an entertaining reading challenge and the presence of Bianca Del Rio, but everything from then on was so uncomfortable it was difficult to watch.

From the moment that Asia O’Hara decided to swap out Whitney Houston (a brilliant idea) in favor of Beyonce (an absolutely horrific idea in every single way), I was clutching my metaphorical pearls. Beyonce is a lot of things, but funny is not one of them. And we’ve already proven that on the Snatch Game twice before.

But perhaps that’s why Asia decided to do something a little different with her Queen Bey impression. Unfortunately, that consisted of turning the pop star into an angry unlikeable woman.

Asia had hoped to rely on The Vixen during the game, as she decided to portray Bey’s daughter, Blue Ivy. But what Asia forgot to factor into that plan was the fact that Vixen was going to be just as bad as she was. Their banter back and forth, especially when Monique’s unfortunate Maxine Waters joined in, would have had Latrice Royale rolling in her padding.


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But the cringe-worthy moments didn’t stop there, friends. In fact, we were just getting started.

After the mermaid-themed runway, RuPaul asked the queens in the top and bottom who should be the next to go home and why. And while most of them rightfully pointed out that The Vixen was the weakest link, Vixen naturally named Eureka as the worst on the stage. (Clearly she decided not to take into account the fact that the Elephant Queen won the past two challenges and was on the top this week, too.)

Vixen’s reasoning was simple — she thinks Eureka’s personality is too big and that it doesn’t allow any of the other queens to shine. Now aside from her clearly blaming someone else for her own shortcomings, here’s the real problem with that statement: The Vixen is demanding that Eureka bring her personality down a few notches, but when she has been asked to do the same, she refuses. She declares she can only be at an 11 at all times and is disgusted that anyone would ask her to do anything different.

This double standard is the latest in a long line of bad looks that The Vixen has delivered on the runway this season, and at least it seemed like it was finally going to be her time to sashay away.

But, alas, we were served yet another cringe-worthy moment during the lip sync between Vixen and Monique when the latter simply didn’t know the words. We’re going to brush past the fact that this is a gay man who doesn’t know the words to a Carly Rae Jepsen bop and instead focus on the fact that it’s RuPaul’s Drag Race. And she’s a drag queen. And knowing your words surely must be rule number one. Did she not see Valentina and Maskgate last season?

And, because of that giant fumble, Monique was forced to sashay away while The Vixen remains to make us all miserable for another day.

We’ll ask Monique what happened in our interview with her tomorrow, but for now, we need to watch something happy so we don’t have night terrors about this awkward episode.

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Banned Fan Goes to Great Lengths to Watch Soccer Game by Renting a Crane

Nothing can stop the world’s most dedicated sports fan from supporting his beloved team.

Ali Demirkaya, a soccer fan in Turkey who was banned from Denizli Atatürk stadium for unspecified reasons, has taken the only reasonable course to watch the game. He rented a crane.

From high above just beyond the stadium limits, the diehard Denizlispor fan watched his team vanquish Gaziantepspor 5-0. He even led the crowd in a chant.

Nicknamed “Yamuk Ali” or “Irregular Ali” by the internet, the guy was suspended for a year, according to local news reports. But he just couldn’t miss the game, so he decided to get on that crane quickly.

“That match was very important for our team,” he explained to Yeni Asir newspaper. “I had to go to the police station to sign a paper to show that I am not watching the match in the stadium. Then I quickly went to rent the crane.”

According to him, the stunt only cost him $ 86. And from his vantage point, he was sitting pretty.

The fact that he took the love for the game to such impressive heights has inevitably captured the internet’s whimsy across the world. Eventually, his special VIP viewing party perch had to, like all great things, come to an end. Police lowered the crane.

Was it legal? Was it rational? What did he do to get banned for one year? Whatever the answer, the pictures are internet gold.

Sometimes you just have to rise above it all.

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‘God of War’ review: The first must-have game of 2018

‘God of War’ review: The first must-have game of 2018“God of War” is a triumph. Sony’s Santa Monica Studio, the team behind the latest entry in the series, deftly steered the franchise through its first over-the-top trilogy and off-shoots with seeming ease. The story of Kratos, a Spartan demigod and his quest for vengeance against the Greek gods who used him as a puppet in their twisted games, was always about making the player feel bigger, badder and more powerful through gory violence, massive set pieces and, yes, the occasional virtual sex act for the purpose of taking down the gods of Olympus.



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Another ‘Game of Thrones’ death: George R.R. Martin’s LiveJournal

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George R. R. Martin already has a lot of blood on his hands, as the notoriously ruthless murderer of everyone’s favorite Game of Thrones characters.

But on April 13, the fantasy writer added an unusual yet still tragic victim to his list by removing his blog from LiveJournal and consequently gutting the platform of its last vestiges of relevance. 

Don’t worry too much, though! Martin’s Not a Blog already made like Jon Snow and was resurrected elsewhere, and in much the same form — save for a haircut and other superficial changes. You’ll still be getting updates on his involvement with the Game of Thrones show, progress (or lack thereof) on The Song of Ice and Fire series, and its many companion books. Read more…

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‘What Remains of Edith Finch’ Duo Talk Beating Zelda to a BAFTA & Tease New Game

2017 was a hell of a year for video games. In 12 short months, gamers not only saw Nintendo return to greatness with the double whammy of Breath of The Wild and Super Mario Odyssey, but they were also treated to refreshingly innovative new gaming experiences like Nier: Automata.

Yet, despite many of the biggest publishers bringing their A-game, 2017 was also the year that indie gaming really pushed the boundaries of interactive entertainment. With breakout hits like PUBG turning the industry on its head, Hellblade using interactive entertainment to explore psychosis, and the long-awaited Cuphead finally seeing the light of day, it was a great 12 months for the little guys in gaming too.

Yet, while the likes of Cuphead really captured the imagination of the mainstream, it was the haunting slow burner What Remains Of Edith Finch that really raised the bar for storytelling in gaming.

It has impressed and moved thousands of players, feeling the closest gaming’s come to capturing the essence of a good novel. Despite What Remains Of Edith Finch being a brilliant experience, no one expected it to beat the likes of Zelda for best game at this year’s BAFTAS. Somehow though, against all odds – that’s exactly what it did.

Grabbing the game’s starstruck creators on the red carpet, we found out how this understated masterpiece came about – and even got a hint at what’s coming next from the BAFTA-winning team. With the game starting life as a scuba diving simulator and inspired by the likes of Neil Gaiman and Stanley Kubrick, this ambitious story effortlessly melds together a collection of short stories, each with their own distinct art style and unique mechanics.

If you haven’t played it already, the game is now on sale on Humble bundle — so now’s the time to make that right. You can check out the full interview with Ian Dallas and Joshua Sarfaty — the game’s creative and technical directors — above.

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‘God of War’ Review: Kratos Returns in 2018’s First Essential Game

When it comes to burly video game protagonists, there are few as archetypally angry as Kratos. The antihero has every reason to be a bit ticked off too. Tricked by the god Ares into murdering his wife and child, Kratos’ desire for revenge has motivated the muscular killing machine across three main God of War games and several portable spin-offs, leaving a trail of slain gods and mortals in his wake.

Yet, as fun as most of these violent screen-filling showdowns were, players eventually tired of the revenge-led bloodshed as poor old Kratos must have. By the time they watched the credits roll on the third game, our beloved antihero had slain nearly all the gods of Mount Olympus — and it began to feel like our tortured torturer had finally run out of deities to blame and blood to spill.

It turns out though, it was the Ancient Greek setting that held our hero back. After a five-year absence from gaming, Sony’s Santa Monica Studios has brought everyone’s favorite anti-hero back to PlayStation in the simply titled God of War (2018). But just as its fans have grown and changed since the series’ 2005 debut, players now also find themselves presented with a very different Kratos — and we’re happy to say, it’s a risk that’s paid off.

A Much-Needed Change



Right from the slow-paced introduction, it’s clear that this is a refreshingly different take on God of War. This time around, our Spartan soldier is not motivated simply by a lust for revenge, but by a need to change.

With Kratos now just as tired and worn as the series’ blood-shedding premise, we find our protagonist laying low in a frost-coated Nordic locale after the bloody events of God Of War 3. Predictably, this newfound solace doesn’t last.

After years spent living a peaceful life with his new family and the unexpected death of his second wife, the arrival of some unwelcome visitors forces Kratos to face the ghosts of his past and finally step up and be a father to his young child.

Dad of War



For a series all about bulging muscles and blood-soaked action, having Kratos tackle fatherhood may sound like a bizarre direction for God of War to go in. Yet, what could have easily been a character-ruining attempt at shoehorning in an emotional story instead feels like a surprisingly effortless and logical character progression.

It’s not just a chin-stroking narrative device either — learning to be a father is very much part of the core gameplay experience here. Thanks to events beyond his control, Kratos has no choice but to bring his son, Atreus, along with him on this dangerous journey. While this could have easily felt like a bit of a drag, Atreus is no slouch when it comes to combat.

Wielding a bow and arrow and brandishing his mother’s hunting knife, he’s every bit as competent a warrior as you’d imagine Kratos’ son to be. Thanks to his ability to distract nearby foes and the (much appreciated) option for players to line up Atreus’ shots, within no time at all Kratos Jr. has cemented himself as one of our favorite AI companions.

A New Perspective



It’s a good thing you have Atreus helping you out from a distance too because, in God of War (2018), your field of vision on the battlefield is far more limited than it used to be. Doing away with the zoomed out perspective and frenetic combo-chaining of old, Kratos’ latest adventure instead offers players a far more intense and personal experience.

Here, the camera has been moved claustrophobically close to gaming’s most famous anti-hero, with a new over-the-shoulder view putting you literally and figuratively closer to Kratos than ever before.

This new perspective not only suits the tone of the game perfectly but impressively, the team at Santa Monica have managed to have the entire game play out in a single shot, making every transition from gameplay to cinematic cut-scenes jaw-droppingly seamless. Speaking of jaw-dropping, from start to finish, this reboot is nothing short of a visual tour de force.

Thanks to stunningly detailed texture work, beautiful animations, and almost suspiciously naturalistic lighting, Santa Monica’s latest is a real graphical showcase for the PS4 Pro.

Beautiful Brutality


Kratos in God of War (2018)

Still, it’s not all about aesthetics. This is a God of War game, after all, and as you’d expect from the franchise, this is an experience that lives and dies on its combat. Thankfully, this more emotionally intense and grounded narrative tone is one that’s reflected in the new combat system.

This time around, battles feel just as raw and challenging as the wider situation Kratos and Atreus find themselves in. With age taking its toll on our once-unstoppable Greek god, the team has sensibly opted to swap the fast-paced and fluid combat of old for suitably clunky and intense skirmishes.

Playing like a mix of Dark Souls and Bayonetta, you’ll find yourself constantly dodge-rolling and attempting to parry enemy attacks, as opposed to the God of War of yesteryear, where players simply sprinted around the battlefield joyously juggling ten foes across their spinning blades.

That’s not to say that combat isn’t fun — it just has a very different cadence to what came before. Once it clicks, however, it produces some of the most satisfying virtual combat in recent memory. Somehow, its one of those rare cases where the gameplay both feels familiar and yet quite unlike anything else you’ve played.

Taking Notes



Games have changed a lot in the five years that God of War has been on hiatus, but it looks like during that time, the team at Sony Santa Monica were paying close attention to the competition. Thanks to the shiny new RPG elements, you can vastly upgrade both father and son’s armor and weapons, helping them deal more damage and unlocking more skills for you to play with on the battlefield.

It’s not just the combat that feels like a different beast here either. The whole structure you’d usually expect from a God of War game has been turned completely on its head. No longer is it just the linear slasher the series is known for, this foreign land Kratos now inhabits provides players with a game world that’s grown alongside our hero.

Clocking in at over 40 hours, this is by far Kratos’ longest outing to date. Where previous entries in the franchise merely saw players sprinting from set piece to set piece, this time there’s far more freedom. While it would be a stretch to call Kratos’ new Nordic surroundings an open world, it’s certainly sizable.

With a boat used to get you and Atreus around, locations you can fast travel to and even the odd sidequests waiting to be completed, this is a game world with a fair amount to do. Eschewing the linear environments of old in favor of Metroidvania-style sandboxes has allowed the game’s creators to give the player freedom while still having enough control to keep the tightly-crafted cinematic set pieces that fans expect from the franchise.

A Tale for the Ages



Still, despite the many changes here, it was the more relateable Kratos that came as the biggest shock here. For a franchise known for its killer combos and unrelenting brutality, the story is surprisingly heartfelt and emotional.

While there’s still gore and violence by the corpse-load, this cinematic adventure feels far more reminiscent of the father-daughter relationship in The Last of Us than the testosterone-soaked Devil May Cry challenger the franchise started as.

While Naughty Dog’s post-apocalyptic opus did a better job of delivering high-quality dialogue through character interactions during gameplay, Sony Santa Monica has still commendably managed to keep Atreus’ and Kratos’ relationship believable.

Is God of War Any Good?

This stunning reboot not only manages to set a new standard for combat in action games but equally impressively, it adds layers of complexity and depth to one of gaming’s most grumbling antiheroes – and all without ever making him feel unrecognizable. In short, God of War (2018) is a triumph, let down only by some unnecessary midgame bloat and a disappointingly lazy slew of boss fight repetition. Despite its flaws though, Kratos’ return is a highly enjoyable and surprisingly moving tale — and one that you won’t want to miss.

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Tristan Thompson Booed During Baskeball Game Amid Cheating Scandal

Not the warmest welcome. Tristan Thompson wasn’t exactly well received during his last basketball game of the season before playoffs on Wednesday, April 11, after he cheated on girlfriend Khloé Kardashian.

The Cleveland Cavaliers player, 27, was booed and jeered by attendees as his team went head-to-head against the New York Knicks at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio.

Thompson’s name wasn’t announced when he came into the game in the first quarter, but as soon as his face was shown on the big screen there were audible boos. “Everyone in the stadium could hear it,” an attendee tells Us. “Tristan must have heard, but didn’t change his expression.”

One fan was also shown in a photo on social media holding up a “We Love Khloe” sign.

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Tristan Thompson #13 of the Cleveland Cavaliers looks on during warm-ups before the game against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on April 9, 2018, in New York City. Mike Lawrie/Getty Images

Thompson made headlines on Tuesday, April 10, after the Daily Mail published photos of him locking lips with a mystery brunette, who Twitter users identified as Lani Blair, at a NYC club on Saturday, April 7. The pair were photographed arriving at NYC’s Four Seasons hotel together in the early hours of Sunday, April 8, and she left the following day with a Louis Vuitton overnight bag.

A source exclusively told Us Weekly that Kardashian, 33, was blindsided upon discovering that Thompson, with whom she is expecting a daughter, had been unfaithful. “Khloé was at their home in Cleveland when she found out. She is shell-shocked and beside herself,” an insider said of the nine-month-pregnant reality star, who is “in total disbelief.”

Another pal close to the Revenge Body host added: “Khloé knew going into it that Tristan was an NBA player who would be on the road and facing lots of temptations. She heard the noise and knew what that was all about, but she felt that Tristan was different. They were always FaceTiming and in constant communication. He made her feel on top of the world and unlike any man she has been with. She trusted him.”

Us broke the news in September 2017 that the E! personality and Thompson are expecting their first child. She confirmed the news three months later and revealed the baby’s sex in March.

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What Time Is the NCAA Championship Game? Here’s When and How to Watch Villanova vs Michigan Online for Free

Tonight’s the final night for March Madness 2018, and a national title is on the line. After an amazing tournament full of dramatic upsets that generated both a celebrity nun and free pizza nationwide, the Villanova Wildcats face the Michigan Wolverines in 2018 NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament Championship Game today, Monday, April 2.

Tipoff is scheduled for 9:20 p.m. ET, and the official broadcast begins a 9 p.m. Villanova has the country’s top-ranked offense, and is a 6.5-point favorite to beat Michigan.

If you’re wondering how to watch the 2018 national championship, unfortunately the game is not available on one of the big free networks. The game’s national broadcast is being aired on the pay channel TBS. Two of its sister channels—TNT and TruTV—are also airing the game with commentators specifically for fans of Michigan and Villanova, respectively.

All three networks airing the game are pay TV channels, available with most cable or satellite subscriptions. But even if you don’t have cable, or even a TV, there are still ways to watch the 2018 national championship for free.

How to Watch the 2018 National Championship Game Online for Free

There are several options for live-streaming the national championship on Monday, and yes, you can watch for free. First off, the NCAA March Madness Live app has a Fast Break feature allowing you to watch the game online for free. You are allowed to stream for free during a preview period that lasts roughly three hours, which should be long enough to catch the entire game, assuming you haven’t been using up your free trial period previously.

When the free preview period expires, you will be required to log in with a pay TV account number and password. The Fast Break feature can be used on a browser in your desktop, or on any device after downloading the NCAA March Madness Live app.

The other main option to watch the national championship game online for free comes by way of a free trial period offered by a streaming TV service like Hulu Live, DirecTV Now, Playstation Vue, Sling TV, or YouTube TV. All include channels like TBS with their basic packages, and all come with free trial periods of a week or so for new subscribers.

Streaming TV packages range from roughly $ 20 to $ 40 per month after the free trial period is over. Just be sure to remember to cancel before the free trial ends if you are not interested in paying for the service.

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