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  3. With the news of Zack Snyder's cut of Justice League being slated for HBO Max in 2021, some fans have rekindled their interest in David Ayer's original take on 2016's Suicide Squad, which was originality supposed to end with a different villain and a much larger Justice League connection. Director David Ayer, who recently revealed that his "heart breaks" for Joker actor Jered Leto because of the work he did on the movie that went unseen due to cuts, recently responded to a question on Twitter regarding the scene in Suicide Squad between Leto's Joker and Common's Monster T. As you can see, the original question comes with the hashtag "#ReleaseTheAyerCut," which might now gain momentum in the wake of the Snyder Cut finally seeing the light of day. Many fans have always wanted to see the Joker scenes that got left out of the finished product. Even Leto himself told IGN, back in 2016, that "there’s so much that we shot that’s not in the film." With Justice League so much in the news now, we recently tracked the history of the Snyder Cut. Could it be that we wind up, at some point, if fan fervor persists, tracking the history of the Ayer Cut? [widget path="global/article/imagegallery" parameters="albumSlug=every-dceu-movie-review-score&captions=true"] [poilib element="accentDivider"] Matt Fowler is a writer for IGN and a member of the Television Critics Association. Follow him on Twitter at @TheMattFowler and Facebook at Facebook.com/MattBFowler.View the full article
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  7. Celebrating Pac-Man’s 40th anniversary this Friday, Bandai Namco has announced that the iconic yellow gobbler will come to Minecraft as a new DLC. Bandai Namco also announced Pac-Man Live Studio, a free version of the game that you can play literally on a Twitch stream. Bandai Namco worked with Amazon Games to bring Pac-Man Live Studio to life. The game allows up to four players to compete in one maze to eat the most pellets while surviving. Pretty standard Pac-Man stuff, but Live Studio will also let players create and share their own mazes, or just play the original Pac-Man map if they choose. Every public maze will go into a leaderboard which can be used to discover popular mazes from other streamers and creators. [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2020/05/22/pac-man-40th-anniversary-join-the-pac-trailer"] The Pac-Man Minecraft DLC shifts things to a more modern perspective, with ten 3D mazes to explore, and some seriously oversized ghosts hunting you down. Players can compete for high scores, or create their own maps, too. Some of Minecraft’s familiar items will also be usable in these new Pac-Man mazes, like a stick of TNT, which blows ghosts and the surrounding maze walls to smithereens. That’ll show Blinky. Check out the trailer at the top of the page. As if all that weren’t enough, GPU company Nvidia has developed something called GameGAN, a “generative adversarial network trained on 50,000 PAC-MAN episodes.” Basically, Nvidia used AI to develop a playable version of the classic Pac-Man game without using an actual game engine. The AI watched 50,000 playthroughs of Pac-Man and was able to replicate it in a fully playable form without actually understanding the rules of the game, generating new visuals for every bit of player input. “We were blown away when we saw the results, in disbelief that AI could recreate the iconic PAC-MAN experience without a game engine,” said Koichiro Tsutsumi from BANDAI NAMCO Research Inc., the research development company of the game’s publisher BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc., which provided the PAC-MAN data to train GameGAN. “This research presents exciting possibilities to help game developers accelerate the creative process of developing new level layouts, characters, and even games.” You can check out a video of the GameGAN version of Pac-Man here. Bandai Namco has plenty of other stuff in store for Pac-Man fans, and you can find details on their official Pac-Man site. [poilib element="accentDivider"] Joseph Knoop is a wokka-wokka-wokka-wokka.View the full article
  8. Manchester United, one of Europe’s top football clubs, has sued Football Manager series creator Sega Publishing and Sports Interactive (SI Games) for allegedly infringing on the use of its trademarked club name “extensively throughout the game” according to the Guardian. The football club also alleged that SI Games infringed on their trademark by not using the actual Manchester United logo, and instead using a simpler default red and white logo. Manchester United stated that this “deprives the registered proprietor of its right to have the club crest licensed.” [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2019/11/18/football-manager-2020-announce-trailer"] Sega and SI Games have rebutted by saying that the use of Manchester United’s name is “a legitimate reference to the Manchester United football team in a football context” and added that the club name has been used in the video game franchise since 1992, when it was known as Championship Manager, according to the Guardian. Both sides of the lawsuit exchanged statements asserting their own control over or freedom to use the club name. [widget path="global/article/imagegallery" parameters="albumSlug=21-football-manager-2020-screenshots&captions=true"] Manchester United lawyer Simon Malynicz QC stated that the club’s name is one of the most valuable brands in the world, adding that the money received from licensing is “very significant,” and that Sega’s use of the Manchester United name benefits their own properties. “Consumers expect to see the club crest next to the name Manchester United,” Malynicz said, “and this failure to do so amounts to wrongful use.” Malynicz asked Mr. Justice Morgan, the judge overseeing the lawsuit proceedings, to allow Manchester United to amend the claim against Sega and SI Games to include the use of patches and mods, arguing that the use of such modifications allows players to incorporate the Manchester United logo into their game without proper licensing. [widget path="global/article/imagegallery" parameters="albumSlug=igns-top-25-modern-pc-games&captions=true"] Defense lawyer Roger Wyand opposed Manchester United’s attempts to amend their claim. “The claimant has acquiesced in the use by the defendants of the name of the Manchester United football team in the Football Manager game and cannot now complain of such use,” Sega and SI Games said in a written defence. Sega and SI Games also added that efforts to prevent the companies from using the Manchester United name “would amount to an unreasonable restraint on the right to freedom of expression to restrain the use of the words ‘Manchester United’ to refer to a team in a computer game.” Wyand also pointed out that SI Games and Manchester United have already established a mutually agreeable business relationship of sorts. [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2020/04/29/euro-2020-in-football-manager-feat-football-ramble-daily-part-1"] “Copies of the game have also been sent by SI to a number of officials and players at the [club] for a number of years and there have been a number of positive press comments and tweets about the game by them,” Wyand stated, adding “further, the claimant’s staff working in the data analytics and scouting teams have contacted SI on various occasions asking for access to the Football Manager database for scouting and research purposes.” Justice Morgan has reserved his judgement on United’s proposal to amend its claim for a later date, the Guardian reported. IGN has reached out to SI Games for additional comment. Football clubs in Europe certainly do hold a vast amount of financial and political sway, much like American football clubs across the United States and other major leagues. Manchester United has in recent months come under increased pressure to address its rapidly growing debt, with the Guardian reporting the club’s debt had risen by £127.4 million to £429.1 million in the 12 months prior to March 31, 2020. Sega’s Football Manager series has managed to establish itself as one of the top sports management games of its kind, and has only risen in popularity with the onset of shelter-in-place restrictions. Forbes recently reported that the game had reached 130,000 peak concurrent players, with a total weekly player count of 875,000. Football Manager’s player database is also a widely lauded feature of the game -- so much so that real-world player scouts often use it to discover new and rising talent. Manchester United coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer himself has credited the game for helping prepare him for running the club, according to Manchester Evening News. Check out our review of Football Manager 2020, which IGN dubbed “still addictively enormous, but more open to newcomers than ever.” [poilib element="accentDivider"] Joseph Knoop is a writer/producer/ignorant American for IGN.View the full article
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  10. Best Buy is kicking off the unofficial start of summer with a huge sale running the entire weekend, and there are a whole lot of chances to get video games, PCs, laptops and more electronics on sale. Best Buy also offers curbside pick-up at many locations, but if you'd rather visit your nearest Best Buy, I'd check online beforehand just to make sure. There are a TON of chances to save right now. Below you'll find some of the best deals happening right now. Click on the text below to jump to the section instantly. Best Buy TV Deals Best Buy Video Game Deals Best Buy PC and Laptop Deals Best Buy Memorial Day 2020 TV Deals [poilib element="commerceDeal" parameters="slug=best-buy-memorial-day-tv-deals"] Back to the Top Best Buy Memorial Day 2020 Video Game Deals [poilib element="commerceDeal" parameters="slug=best-buy-nintendo-switch-memorial-day-deals"] [poilib element="commerceDeal" parameters="slug=best-buy-ps4-memorial-day-deals"] [poilib element="commerceDeal" parameters="slug=best-buy-xbox-one-memorial-day-deals"] Back to the Top Best Buy Memorial Day 2020 Gaming PC and Laptop Deals [poilib element="commerceDeal" parameters="slug=best-buy-memorial-day-laptop-deals"] [poilib element="commerceDeal" parameters="slug=best-buy-memorial-day-pc-deals"] Back to the Top More Memorial Day Deal Coverage All the Best Memorial Day 2020 Deals and Sales Best Memorial Day 2020 PC and Laptop Deals Best Memorial Day 2020 Video Game Deals Best Memorial Day 2020 4K UHD TV Deals Best Memorial Day 2020 Dell Deals Best Memorial Day 2020 Mattress Deals Best Buy Memorial Day 2020 Deals and Sales View the full article
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    Minecraft Dungeons Review

    When I first saw Minecraft Dungeons gameplay, I was like "Is that Diablo, but with Minecraft?" Now that I’ve played it, I’m like, yeah: Minecraft Dungeons is basically Diablo with a Minecraft skin. Sure, it doesn't mine the same mechanical depths as Diablo, and plays it safe with the formula instead of blazing its own path with bold Minecraft-inspired ideas, but it has all the fun combat, and loot it needs, and it’s accessible to just about anyone. I don't understand how Minecraft's intentionally low-res art style can look so high quality, but Minecraft Dungeons is the most beautiful Minecraft world I think I've ever seen. The Diablo series’ hellish inspirations and iconography are swapped out for Mojang’s blocky creepers and zombies, and it’s set in familiar locations like swamps, mountains, and villages made with vivid and gorgeous color. Even in the dark recesses of caverns and dungeons, everything looks great. I was particularly struck by some of the more subtle lighting effects: heat emanating from lava warps and bends the light behind it, for example, and in one level a lightning storm rages outside as you storm a castle and flashes through stained-glass windows to throw colored light on the floors and walls below. It's just lovely. [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2019/09/30/minecraft-dungeons-opening-cinematic-trailer"] [poilib element="quoteBox" parameters="excerpt=Even%20in%20the%20dark%20recesses%20of%20caverns%20and%20dungeons%2C%20everything%20looks%20great."]Music and sound, too, are excellent. It has a soundtrack different from the main game, but it does a phenomenal job of keeping the lo-fi style of the original's music while tweaking the feel just enough to make it thematically appropriate for a dungeon-crawling adventure. Levels with higher stakes near the end, for example, have much more dramatic music, but it never goes overboard or feels out of place in the Minecraft universe. You could transplant the Minecraft Dungeons soundtrack into Minecraft proper and it would feel right at home. One of my favorite levels is an autumn-themed village that’s been pillaged by the forces of the Arch Illager. Its orange and yellow foliage sways gently in the breeze, and jack o'lanterns and harvested wheat bundles lay by the wayside in the ruins of the town. The rustling leaves and whispering winds of the ambient sounds took some primordial part of my brain to the same place it goes at the start of the actual fall season. I feel like I could just sit in the middle of the level and soak it up and still enjoy it. [widget path="global/article/imagegallery" parameters="albumSlug=every-xbox-one-first-party-review&captions=true"] [poilib element="quoteBox" parameters="excerpt=You%20could%20transplant%20the%20Minecraft%20Dungeons%20soundtrack%20into%20Minecraft%20proper%20and%20it%20would%20feel%20right%20at%20home."] As far as graphical performance goes, I'm playing Minecraft Dungeons on a GeForce GTX 1080-powered gaming PC, and all the graphical settings automatically maxed out to their highest by default when I first started it up. I also set the frame rate to 120 (my monitor has a 144Hz refresh rate), which also caused no problems or hesitation, and I could probably go higher. It's a pretty low-impact game, and even when the screen fills with mobs, projectiles, and magic, I didn't notice any performance issues. There's a definite advantage to a world constructed from the intentional low-fidelity building blocks of the Minecraft universe, especially with none of that pesky building or destroying to complicate things. The story is simple and exists only to tie together the dungeon-crawling levels. The main villain, the Arch Illager, stole an Orb of Power from the other Illagers and uses it for generic evil. You spend next six to eight hours chasing him down and defeating his minions until finally you face him in his castle. That's pretty much it – don’t expect the kind of swing-for-the-fences attempt at storytelling that Telltale went for with its Minecraft: Story Mode spin-off adventure. Good Family Fun When I first started a new game, I was thrilled to see a massive selection of what I initially thought were player classes, but it turned out you just choose from a list of pre-made skins. There's nothing different about them from a gameplay perspective, which is a bummer, especially since that’s all there is as far as character customization. Some of them do look pretty cool, though – I went with the guy with the mohawk, because he’s clearly a badass. [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2018/09/29/minecraft-dungeons-announce-trailer"] This isn’t a Diablo game, but fundamentally the gameplay is just as sweet by any other name. You play through a level fighting enemies, searching for treasures of various levels of rarity, battling a boss, and then collecting a chest upon victory. One distinctive tweak is that, rather than a traditional skill tree, leveling up gains you an enchantment point you can use to add different powers to your items. For example, my current suit of armor has an enchantment where melee attacks cause magical thorn damage to any enemy in close range. There's a decent amount of enchantments available on a per-item basis, and some items have two enchantment slots. My most recent bow, for example, throws out a fan of five arrows with each shot; this pairs well with the second enchantment where a certain percent of arrows pass through one enemy and into another, damaging them both. It’s not a ton of depth but it’s something to experiment with and can create formidable weapons. [poilib element="quoteBox" parameters="excerpt=This%20isn%E2%80%99t%20a%20Diablo%20game%2C%20but%20fundamentally%20the%20gameplay%20is%20just%20as%20sweet%20by%20any%20other%20name."] You get two weapons: a close-range melee weapon and a long-range weapon. For a ranged-based character build, I prefer the Hunter's Armor, since it gives bonuses to your arrow capabilities, but there are other armors to suit the needs of a tank playstyle, a fast "assassin" or a soul-collector heavy on soul-infused artifact usage. You can slot three artifacts to your character with different offensive or defensive effects, which is just enough to expand your abilities in battle without overcomplicating things. There are also wolves, llamas, and other creatures you can call upon with artifacts, and they can make a big difference when you're being rushed by dozens of lower-level enemies like zombies and need backup. Combat feels just right in a Fisher-Price: My First Dungeon Crawler sort of way: it's not too complex but still gives you the abilities to confront enemies at range or face to face. Speaking of ease, when I first started playing Minecraft Dungeons I thought the normal difficulty skewed a bit on the easy side. I was able to thoughtlessly hack and slash my way through the first few levels... but as I leveled up, so too did the difficulty. The latter half of the campaign is much more of a challenge, and required me to approach battles thoughtfully and carefully manage my potions and artifact usage. By the end, the difficulty felt just right for a first playthrough. In fact, for the final boss, I'd go so far as to say it was a little harder than I anticipated. Co-Op Options As is the case with basically all loot-based crawlers, Minecraft Dungeons is much more fun to play with friends. It supports up to four players in online multiplayer as well as couch co-op, which is just lovely. Playing with my son on our PCs, I found nothing groundbreaking (get it?) about multiplayer, especially given the lack of player classes to synergize abilities between, but it works great. Beating Minecraft Dungeons unlocks a higher tier of difficulty for the character you beat the game with, and there are more granular grades of difficulty depending on your power for each mission. For example, in the default difficulty set at the outset, you can move up or down a few notches in the individual levels, but beating the game unlocks a higher tier of difficulty with gradated difficulties per mission. That means you can turn the difficulty down if you just want to grind through some enemies for a quick experience build-up, or you can crank it up to earn more experience and better loot by killing tougher enemies, but the very real possibility you'll get smacked down and sent back to your base camp. [poilib element="quoteBox" parameters="excerpt=There's%20no%20penalty%20to%20your%20equipment%20or%20stats%20for%20losing%2C%20so%20even%20when%20you%20lose%20you've%20still%20made%20progress."] You only have three chances per level: get defeated three times, and you're out of luck. It can be frustrating to lose to a final boss and have to crawl through the entire level again, only to face the boss and lose again. As infuriating as it can be, there's no penalty to your equipment or stats for losing, so even when you lose you've still made progress. [poilib element="poll" parameters="id=aed21063-9fe2-47c2-ba5c-783b01fe1ac7"] Gimme the Loot Probably the single most important mechanic in a dungeon-crawler is the loot, and Minecraft Dungeons has plenty of it. Levels are designed to encourage exploration, and if you venture off the beaten path you're often rewarded with money, chests, or even maps unlocking secret levels. Some chests and areas are pretty cleverly hidden, but I found exploration a little inconsistent. Decades of video game loot tropes led me to believe I'd find a chest at the end of a long, dead-ended area on the map, but often they yielded nothing at all. On the flip side, occasionally I'd stumble into an otherwise-nondescript corner and find a chest containing rare loot. [poilib element="quoteBox" parameters="excerpt=Levels%20are%20designed%20to%20encourage%20exploration%2C%20and%20if%20you%20venture%20off%20the%20beaten%20path%20you're%20often%20rewarded."] The loot system doesn't try anything new, and it doesn't have to. You can trade in your cash at your home camp to either a blacksmith (for gear) or a travelling merchant (for artifacts), and there's still a thrill when you pull a Unique-level item. Items are completely randomized, and if you don't get the loot you want you can salvage it for gems. One thing I liked about the salvage system is if you salvage an enchanted item you’ll get those enchantment points back without penalty. What surprised me about the loot system was that it lacks a crafting system, which I don’t usually demand except that this is a spin-off of a game built entirely around that concept and even still has the word “craft” in the name. There's a crafting table in the house in your base camp, and when I first saw it I started clicking it wildly, expecting a crafting dialogue to pop up. There's also no mining or greater-than-typical breaking of things in Minecraft Dungeons, so its source material references are largely skin-deep. That's not to say setting a dungeon crawler in the world of Minecraft is a fail; far from it. It's charming as hell. But it definitely minimizes the "Minecraft" and maximizes the "Dungeons." View the full article
  12. Musicians Sting and Shaggy will both debut new music on Animal Talking, the live-streamed talk show hosted from Animal Crossing by Rogue One writer Gary Whitta. Whitta made the announcement on Twitter and during his wrap-up of season one of the show, which aired Friday morning. Shaggy, the reggae artist known for hits like “It Wasn’t Me” and “Angel,” is scheduled to join the show for the debut of its second season on June 1 to perform new music he is currently working on, Whitta said. Sting, the former frontman for The Police and a solo act since the mid-80’s, will be joining Animal Talking on June 8 to similarly debut new music. “It’s pretty nutty, and I’m excited about where we’re going to be going,” Whitta said on the show. Whitta didn't give any major details beyond those dates, so make sure to keep an eye on his Twitter feed for details. [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2020/05/15/animal-crossing-new-horizons-theme-song-performance"] The two legendary musicians join an increasingly star-studded guestlist on Animal Talking. Season one of Whitta’s show has already included film stars like Elijah Wood, Danny Trejo, and other musicians like T-Pain. The show has also featured some familiar faces from the video game industry, like Double Fine’s Tim Schaefer, Cliff Bleszinski, and Naomi Kyle. Whitta hosts the show alongside band leader and game developer Adam Nickerson. Don't forget to check out our huge list of Animal Crossing guides and tips. Celebrity guests not guaranteed. [poilib element="accentDivider"] Joseph Knoop is a writer/producer for IGN, and he should really get back to those weeds on his island. View the full article
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    Memorial Day PS4 Deals

    Memorial Day weekend is a great time to replace your aging refrigerator, but you can also score some great deals on games. If you have a PS4 or are looking to pick one up, we have some deals for you. You can save on PlayStation 4 Slim and Pro consoles. You can get discounted games from a variety of retailers. So if you're in the market for new PS4 gear, we have you covered. Don't see the deals below? Click here. Memorial Day PS4 Deals [poilib element="commerceDeal" parameters="slug=gamestop-ps4-memorial-day-deals"] GameStop has a massive Buy 2 Games, Get 1 Free sale going on. [poilib element="commerceDeal" parameters="slug=amazon-ps4-memorial-day-deals"] [poilib element="commerceDeal" parameters="slug=ps4-memorial-day-deals"] [poilib element="commerceDeal" parameters="slug=best-buy-ps4-memorial-day-deals"] More Memorial Day Deal Coverage All the Best Memorial Day 2020 Deals and Sales Best Memorial Day 2020 PC and Laptop Deals Best Memorial Day 2020 Video Game Deals Best Memorial Day 2020 4K UHD TV Deals Best Memorial Day 2020 Dell Deals Best Memorial Day 2020 Mattress Deals Best Buy Memorial Day 2020 Deals and Sales View the full article
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  16. Back to the Future Part II has been restored on Netflix in the USA after a marginally censored version of the movie originally made for a different country was sent to the streamer. Bob Gale, the film's screenwriter and producer, told The Hollywood Reporter that a fan alerted him to the error a couple of weeks ago. The scene where Marty McFly finds the "Oh Là Là" magazine in the sports almanac was cut short so that the magazine cover wasn't seen. Gale got in touch with Universal Pictures to fix the problem and points the finger at them. "The blame is on Universal who somehow furnished Netflix an edited version of the movie," Gale said. "I learned about it some ten days ago from an eagle-eyed fan, and had the studio rectify the error. The version now running is the uncensored, unedited, original version." [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2020/04/23/back-to-the-future-screenwriter-reveals-answer-to-infamous-marty-mcfly-plot-hole"] Gale said that he and the film's director, Robert Zemeckis, didn't know this version of the movie existed and is requesting Universal to delete the censored copy for good. "Apparently, this was a foreign version which neither director Robert Zemeckis nor I even knew existed, for some country that had a problem with the Oh Là Là magazine cover. I asked that the studio destroy this version," Gale told THR. "FYI, Netflix does not edit films — they only run the versions that are supplied to them. So they're blameless. You can direct your ire at Universal, but I think they will be a lot more careful in the future — and with 'the future.'" This comes about a month after Disney+ was caught censoring nudity in Splash, a PG-rated movie from 1984. That movie at least comes with a message at the beginning that claims the movie "has been edited for content." Back to the Future Part II had no message, but has since been fixed. [widget path="global/article/imagegallery" parameters="albumSlug=the-best-sci-fi-movies-on-netflix&captions=true"] A Twitter user shared the Netflix edit for anybody who is curious, but falsely assumed it was Netflix who did the editing. The first two Back to the Future movies became available for streaming on Netflix in the USA on May 1. All three Back to the Future movies are now streaming on the service and will receive a 4K Ultra HD release later this year. Gale recently explained the ending to the original Back to the Future movie for James Gunn and showed up to the Back to the Future virtual reunion on Josh Gad's YouTube series for charity. [poilib element="accentDivider"] Petey Oneto is a freelance writer for IGN. View the full article
  17. Cardy, Joe and Dale are back and ready to chat about Cardy's new Overwatch review update, The Snyder cut and why we're not fans, and (for what feels like the third week in a row) Joe's still going on about Yegor's flappy pink jacket from Call of Duty Warzone. We're also back with the Endless Search and all of your near death, drowning experience stories. Surprisingly, quite a lot of you nearly drowned at some point! Remember, if you want to get in touch with the podcast, please do: ign_ukfeedback@ign.com IGN UK Podcast #540: Drowning in Snyder Cuts [widget path="global/article/imagegallery" parameters="albumSlug=ign-uk-podcast-episode-500-photos&captions=true"] IIGN UK Podcast #539: Tsushima? Unreal! IGN UK Podcast #538: Donkey Kong Schlong IGN UK Podcast #537: Swimming With Dennis Rodman IGN UK Podcast #536: Slamming Dunks and Singing Songs IGN UK Podcast #535: Big Guns and Bolognese Tarts [poilib element="accentDivider"]View the full article
  18. If you've been waiting on the sidelines to pick up a new TV, now is a great time to finally commit. There are plenty of great opportunities to save big on big TVs right now, and if you're looking to make the jump from HD to UHD, there's no time like the present. This article is being updated as more deals come online, so keep checking back through the weekend. Best Buy TV Deals Walmart TV Deals Dell TV Deals Amazon TV Deals Best Memorial Day TV Deals at Best Buy [poilib element="commerceDeal" parameters="slug=best-buy-memorial-day-tv-deals"] Back to the Top Best Memorial Day TV Deals at Walmart [poilib element="commerceDeal" parameters="slug=walmart-memorial-day-tv-deals"] Back to the Top Best Memorial Day TV Deals at Dell [poilib element="commerceDeal" parameters="slug=dell-memorial-day-tv-deals"] Back to the Top Best Amazon TV Deals [poilib element="commerceDeal" parameters="slug=amazon-memorial-day-tv-deals"] Back to the Top More Memorial Day Deal Coverage Best Memorial Day 2020 PC and Laptop Deals Best Memorial Day 2020 Video Game Deals Best Memorial Day 2020 4K UHD TV Deals Best Memorial Day 2020 Dell Deals View the full article
  19. The long Memorial Day weekend is widely considered the unofficial kick-off of summer, but retailers also use it as a platform for staging deals. This Memorial Day weekend, in spite of everything else happening in the world, still has some top-notch deals to be had on gaming PCs and laptops, as well as PC gaming accessories like gamer chairs, monitors, keyboards and more. This article is being updated constantly as new deals come online and old ones go off, so make sure to keep checking back if you're looking to snag a new PC or laptop on sale for Memorial Day. Best Dell Deals Best Amazon Deals Best HP Deals Best PC Accessory Deals Best Memorial Day Dell Deals [poilib element="commerceDeal" parameters="slug=dell-memorial-day-gaming-laptop-deals"] [poilib element="commerceDeal" parameters="slug=dell-memorial-day-gaming-pc-deals&type=list"] Go Back to the Top Best Amazon Laptop Deals [poilib element="commerceDeal" parameters="slug=amazon-memorial-day-laptop-deals"] Go Back to the Top Best HP Memorial Day Laptop Deals [poilib element="commerceDeal" parameters="slug=hp-laptop-memorial-day-deals"] [poilib element="commerceDeal" parameters="slug=hp-pc-memorial-day-deals&type=list"] Go Back to the Top Best PC Accessory Memorial Day Deals [poilib element="commerceDeal" parameters="slug=best-pc-deals-accessories"] Go Back to the Top More Memorial Day Deal Coverage Best Memorial Day 2020 PC and Laptop Deals Best Memorial Day 2020 Video Game Deals Best Memorial Day 2020 4K UHD TV Deals Best Memorial Day 2020 Dell Deals View the full article
  20. The new trailer for Christopher Nolan's Tenet sheds a bit more light on the plot of the time-bending thriller even as it raises new questions about the film. But one debate that it does seem to settle is whether Tenet might bypass a theatrical release in favor of a VOD debut. The trailer ends with the words "coming to theaters" ... but when? Usually, trailers end with the theatrical release date of the movie, but the Tenet release date is conspicuously absent from the new trailer. Warner Bros. confirms to IGN that Tenet's release date is still July 17, 2020. But will that change? [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/tenet-official-trailer-2"] While the studio declined to address the matter, the reality is that it's entirely possible Tenet's release could be delayed due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Ending the new trailer with simply "coming to theaters" certainly casts some doubt -- or at least offers Warner Bros. some wiggle room to postpone the film's release if needed. Tenet director Christopher Nolan has made no secret of his advocacy for the theatrical experience -- particularly IMAX and 70mm, both of which formats Tenet will be presented in -- so a pivot to a digital debut for the movie was never really in the cards. The question is, how soon can Warner Bros. open Tenet when consumers and theaters agree it's safe to do so -- and will it be commercially viable for the studio? As Deadline recently reasoned, "Warner Bros needs at least 80% of the world’s theaters to be open, including New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco (which rep 25% of a pic’s opening weekend), in order to keep Tenet on its original release date. If such signs don’t appear positive in the next three weeks or sooner, Tenet moves. In order to make bank on a $200M production, Warners needs the globe’s exhibition infrastructure intact." [widget path="global/article/imagegallery" parameters="albumSlug=tenet-images&captions=true"] That gives Warner Bros. basically until early-to-mid June to make the final call on whether Tenet sticks to July 17 or moves to a later date. After all, any later and it will be difficult for them to stage the sort of marketing campaign such a big theatrical release would need. As Deadline notes in their report, if Tenet moves, then everything else on Warners' upcoming release slate -- from Wonder Woman 1984 in August to conceivably even Dune in December -- shifts to later dates as well. So as of right now Tenet is still slated to open in theaters on July 17, 2020. We should know within the next three weeks if that date is truly possible or not.View the full article
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  22. Memorial Day might be on Monday, May 25 but many retailers have already kickstarted their Memorial Day Sale. This is one of the best times of year to score on gaming computers, laptops, and TVs. It's not as big of an event for gaming, but that doesn't stop some video game retailers from dishing out the best PS4, Xbox, and PC deals we've seen so far for 2020. Click on the table of contents below to skip to a particular vendor or just scroll down and browse away. There will be more deals added as we get closer to Memorial Day. Click on a Link to Skip Directly to That Section PS4 ● Xbox ● Apple ● Dell Home ● HP Home ● Laptops ● 4K TVs ● Epic Games Store ● Humble PS4 Memorial Day Sale Make sure you snag the PS Plus deal at 42% off. For those of you still looking for a PS4 console, you can get one directly from Sony for cheap. [poilib element="commerceDeal" parameters="slug=ps4-memorial-day-deals"] Xbox One Memorial Day Sale The Cyberpunk controller is only discounted at Adorama. Like all Xbox One controllers, this one is going to be compatible with the upcoming Xbox Series X. [poilib element="commerceDeal" parameters="slug=xbox-memorial-day-deals-random-vendors"] [poilib element="commerceDeal" parameters="slug=dell-memorial-day-xbox-one-deals"] Apple Memorial Day Sales The Apple AirPods Pro is at the lowest price it's ever been (lower than Black Friday). The newest Apple Watch, Apple iPad, and MacBook Pro 16" are all on sale as well. [poilib element="commerceDeal" parameters="slug=apple-memorial-day-sale"] Dell Memorial Day Sale Click here for all Dell Memorial Day Sale deals The Dell Memorial Day Sale arguably has better deals than the Dell Black Friday Sale. There's a 10% coupon code that works on most Alienware gaming PCs, and it stacks with the sizeable Memorial Day instant discounts that have already gone live on the site. [poilib element="commerceDeal" parameters="slug=dell-coupon-code"] [poilib element="commerceDeal" parameters="slug=dell-memorial-day-gaming-laptop-deals"] [poilib element="commerceDeal" parameters="slug=dell-memorial-day-gaming-pc-deals"] HP Memorial Day Sale HP is the other big name in the PC industry. Their top of the line OMEN gaming PCs are no slouches; they feature premium construction, an excellent design (especially if you like red and black), and premium components. There are currently 5% and 10% off coupon codes that work most of the OMEN PCs, which sweetens the deal. [poilib element="commerceDeal" parameters="slug=hp-coupon-code"] [poilib element="commerceDeal" parameters="slug=hp-laptop-memorial-day-deals"] [poilib element="commerceDeal" parameters="slug=hp-pc-memorial-day-deals"] More Gaming Laptop Memorial Day Sales Want more brand options? There are some more great deals on Razer Blade, Origin PC EVO, and Lenovo Legion laptops as well. [poilib element="commerceDeal" parameters="slug=laptop-memorial-day-sale-random-vendors"] TV Memorial Day Sale It's not a Memorial Day Sale without TV deals. Right now Dell is offering low prices on several LG, Sony, and Vizio TVs. These prices match the best you'll find anywhere else, but in addition you get a bonus gift card that you can spend on anything at Dell's site. [poilib element="commerceDeal" parameters="slug=dell-memorial-day-tv-deals"] Epic Game Store Memorial Day Sale Epic's sale is, for lack of a better word, epic. Not only do you get the outstanding Civ 6 game for free, you get $10 off $15 on any number of games. This deal is hard to beat. [poilib element="commerceDeal" parameters="slug=epic-games-store-memorial-day-sale"] Humble Memorial Day Sale Humble has great deals on a number of games, but the best deal is definitely the Humble Choice bundle. For only $15 you can get XCOM 2 and Jurassic World: Evolution as well as 10% off all your Humble purchases for the rest of May. [poilib element="commerceDeal" parameters="slug=humble-bundle-memorial-day-deals"] Memorial Day Deals on Subscriptions and Services Click here for more free subscription deals Nothing's better than signing up for a great service for free (or close to it). These subscriptions will offer you plenty of enjoyment while you're holed up at home. [poilib element="commerceDeal" parameters="slug=subscriptions-roundup"] Online Learning Courses from Stack Social Want to be more productive at home? Stack Social has plenty of practical courses that can kick start your career. For under $40 per bundle you get dozens of hours of online instruction in programming, game creation, video production, ethical hacking, and more... all from the safety of your home. Learn to Code in 2020 Become a Python Coder Build Your Own Android Apps Develop Your Own Games School of Game Design Lifetime Membership Ethical Hacking 101 Essential Videography Skills Change Your Background Without a Green Screen ______________________________ Eric Song is IGN's deal curator and spends 25% of his pay on stuff he posts.View the full article
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    Carbonite Safe Review

    Carbonite has been one of the biggest names in PC cloud backup for years, thanks to heavy advertising – in fact, there’s a good chance you’ve heard the name before. Since cloud backup has become increasingly necessary for peace of mind and data security, I thoroughly evaluated Carbonite along with several other leading packages based on three main criteria: pricing, features, and performance. Carbonite - Design, Features, and Pricing Carbonite is designed to be friendly to tech-savvy and unsavvy users alike, with a beginner-friendly wizard at the beginning that you can bypass for more advanced options if need be. Once you’re done with the wizard, though, Carbonite’s main goal is to get out of your way. Its window is relatively sparse, with your backup status front and center, and a few extra options hidden behind a button. But you’ll likely spend very little time in the Carbonite app itself, since Carbonite is designed to integrate directly with Windows instead of a standalone interface. Carbonite’s feature set also varies depending on the subscription you purchase. The “Basic” subscription starts at $72 per year, with unlimited cloud storage for one computer. The $112 Plus tier adds the ability to back up your external drives and automatically back up video files (more on that in a moment), and the $150 Prime plan includes a discounted courier recovery service, where Carbonite ships a hard drive to you (if your restore is larger than your internet speed could easily accommodate). Those prices, however, are only for the first year – Carbonite is incredibly sneaky about the fact that its prices for Basic and Plus go up to $84 and $120 per year, respectively. There are discounts for purchasing multiple years up front, and you may also get a coupon in your email during your free trial period (at least, I did). Honestly, these hidden prices are still somewhat reasonable, but I’m not a fan of the deceptive business practice of hiding the real cost of the service. Other services, like IDrive, increase their price after the first year, but at least they’re clear and honest about it. Carbonite - Backup and Recovery Carbonite’s initial wizard offers you a number of choices about what to back up and how to manage your account’s security. If you aren’t sure what you want, Carbonite will use its recommended settings, automatically scanning your drive for personal files (like Word documents, email archives, music, and so on). You can, alternatively, select files and folders manually in a more old-school style, if you don’t trust the program to back up everything you want to keep. But once you’ve gone through Carbonite’s wizard, there doesn’t seem to be a way to do it again. You can turn on Carbonite’s automatic scanning for recommended files in its settings, but if you want to change your manual backup set, you’ll do so from Windows Explorer. Just right-click a file or folder and choose Carbonite > Back Up to include it in your backup set. It’ll show a small orange or green dot next to the icon, similar to programs like Dropbox, indicating its backup status. This is different than most backup programs – some may offer right-click options similar to Carbonite, but almost all have a menu within the app that allows you to customize your backup. Here’s where things get a little wonky, though. Carbonite has a lot of caveats when it comes to the files it’ll back up. The basic Carbonite Safe plan won’t back up video files automatically; you need to pay extra for a higher-tier plan. It also won’t back up any files over 4GB, nor operating system files like DLLs, or any EXE file. In fact, it’s designed to ignore everything outside of your C:\Users folder. I can understand why they did this – many programs won’t necessarily run properly if you merely back up and restore their folders – but for users that know what they’re doing, this is an annoying limitation. Any of these excluded file types can be backed up by manually right-clicking on them and selecting the backup option. But you literally have to do it for each individual excluded file – you can’t merely select a folder and back it up; Carbonite will still ignore any excluded file types from within that folder unless you manually select each and every one. Typical users probably won’t care about this, but for advanced users looking to back up, say, certain game files, this may very well be a deal breaker. Carbonite does not support deduplication, either, so if you move a large file and re-select it for backup, it’ll back up the entire file from scratch, wasting bandwidth. The service will store deleted or moved files for 30 days on its server, after which point you won’t be able to recover them – another point in favor of competitors like IDrive and Acronis True Image, which can keep deleted files indefinitely. Finally, Carbonite offers two-factor authentication as well as the ability to use a private key for your backups, which adds up to a fairly robust security model. If you want to manage your own encryption key, though, you have to select this during the initial setup – you can’t change it after you’ve gone through that wizard. Choosing this option encrypts your files before sending them to Carbonite, which means that even Carbonite cannot see your data. It does, however, make it doubly important to remember your password, since the company can’t recover it for you. Using a private key also prevents you from using the web to restore files, as it should – but you can still restore them from the desktop app by browsing the “Carbonite Backup Drive” icon in Windows Explorer and right-clicking a file. Carbonite - Recovery Options Carbonite allows you to restore your files in one of two ways: you can download them from the cloud (either from the Carbonite website or through the aforementioned “Backup Drive” icon on your PC), or by using the courier service to have a drive shipped to you. The courier service costs $100 if you have a Basic or Plus plan, but only $10 if you have a Prime plan (though Prime users will have to pay a bit extra for expedited shipping, if they want it). Carbonite will ship you a drive with all your files on it, then you’ll ship it back after restoring. However, private key users will need to hand their key over to Carbonite to use the courier service, negating the entire purpose of its added security. Carbonite - Testing To test Carbonite’s performance, I used a 2GB folder filled with varying files – photos, videos, music, and a few other random things – to see how fast it uploaded and downloaded. Disregarding the fact that Carbonite wouldn’t upload my entire folder without me selecting everything manually – since it was filled with video files and a few portable applications – Carbonite uploaded my backup at around 50Mbps, which is decent (and probably enough to max out a lot of people’s upload connections anyway). The program used 15-20% of my 2.7GHz i7-7500U CPU while doing so, with the main window open and encryption turned on. (I test these programs with private encryption keys, because I recommend everyone use them for security.) It only seemed to use 50MB of RAM, too, which was less than half that of most other programs. Unfortunately, Carbonite’s restore process was unbearably slow. Restoring files through the desktop program crawled at only 3Mbps, which meant it was going to take hours to restore a small test batch of files – and if you have a large restore, forget about it. Restoring from the web is faster – about 32Mbps – but that’s still much slower than competing services, and restoring from the web isn’t possible if you’re using a private encryption key. (It also limits you to 10GB of files at a time – yet another annoying, arbitrary restriction.) Purchasing Guide Carbonite has multiple subscription tiers, depending on the features you want. The cheapest “Basic” plan is $72 per year, going up to $84 after the first year. A Plus subscription eschews the automatic video upload and external drive restrictions for $112 per year, going up to $120. Prime costs $150 per year, and includes a heavily discounted courier service – making it useful if you plan on restoring via shipped drives often. If you want to try Carbonite first, you can sign up for a 15-day trial, which might net you an email coupon during the trial period.View the full article
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