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  1. This review contains spoilers for the series finale of Schitt's Creek, titled "Happy Ending." [poilib element="accentDivider"] There is no better and no worse time for Schitt's Creek to be ending. Given the current state of the world - and the seemingly constant cloud of anxiety we're all living under - the final season of this wholesome Canadian comedy has been a balm to soothe even the most cynical soul, and while the show couldn't possibly be going out on any more of a high, there's no denying what a void it will leave as Johnny and Moira Rose drive off into the sunset, leaving the titular town and its eccentric characters in the rearview mirror. The benefit of the show ending on its own terms is that co-creators and stars Daniel and Eugene Levy have been able to craft a meticulous and prolonged farewell over the course of Season 6, bringing the series full circle and allowing the Roses to bloom (sorry) into the people they always had the potential to be, while still keeping them unabashedly true to themselves. [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2020/03/26/new-to-netflix-for-april-2020"] The previous 13 episodes have cemented the character development we've been watching in our core four over the past six years, tying up the loose ends of Moira's career resurgence, Alexis' struggle for independence, Johnny's shift in priorities, and David's fear of commitment, to allow the series finale to serve as pure fan-service in the best way - a celebration of the bonds these people have forged, whether they're family by blood or by choice. While Schitt's Creek has continually broken new ground in its portrayal of queer relationships, its true power is in treating the remarkable as unremarkable - so although there's something undeniably powerful about the series culminating in David and Patrick's wedding, to anyone who has watched and loved the show, really, they're just David and Patrick, two humans we love and root for, so why shouldn't they get the happiest of happy endings (complete with a literal happy ending) for the series finale? Like any sitcom couple, their wedding day is beset by complications, but everything turns out just fine in the end, thank goodness, capped off with another welcome musical interlude or three (complete with callbacks to two of the show's best needle drops - the Season 2 finale's Rose family dance party to "Precious Love," and Noah Reid's game-changing serenade of "Simply the Best," plus a nod to David and Patrick's Mariah Carey-inspired "I love yous") and a typically bonkers Moira Rose performance from the unparalleled Catherine O'Hara. [widget path="global/article/imagegallery" parameters="albumSlug=every-tv-show-cancelled-or-announced-to-be-ending-in-2020%20&captions=true"] Schitt's Creek has always felt like a rare comedic gem because of the empathy it has for its characters, even at their most ridiculous - the characterization is every bit as important as the punchlines, evoking the same good-hearted spirit as Parks and Recreation - and in the finale more than ever, I'm struck by how much I just enjoy spending time with these people, who somehow never manage to be grating, even when they're at their most self-centered. (Watching the post-finale documentary special, Best Wishes, Warmest Regards, it's obvious that the cast feels the same - it's easy to imagine just how many of those tears in the finale were real.) You can't help but wish for a supersized, hourlong finale to try to prolong the inevitable - to luxuriate in the absurdity of these characters for just a little longer - but in truth, the last three episodes have felt like a cohesive closing arc, only separated by the necessity of a weekly rollout. For those who will binge the entire season, it's likely that this will feel like a perfectly formed send-off, so it seems silly to nitpick the finale for feeling too brief, too quick to leave us - but that doesn't alter the bittersweet feeling that lingers as the credits roll, knowing that this is the last time we're all going to be here like this, able to pop in and say hey to one of the most dysfunctional and lovable families to ever grace our screens. In the immortal words of Tina Turner, Schitt's Creek was simply the best, and we were lucky that we got to visit, even if the stay was shorter than we might've wanted.View the full article
  2. Be sure to check out our reviews of other popular streaming services: Netflix, Disney+, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, and Apple TV+. [poilib element="accentDivider"] Quibi, or "Quick Bites," is the newest challenger to enter the great streaming war against rivals Netflix, Amazon, Disney+, Hulu, Apple TV+, and the upcoming HBO Max and NBCUniversal Peacock services. But where those aforementioned companies offer more traditional TV and movie viewing experiences, Quibi charts its own course with a mobile-only streaming platform that features videos with runtimes of ten minutes or less. Co-founded by former DreamWorks Animation boss Jeffrey Katzenberg and tech executive Meg Whitman, Quibi will be home to 175 original programs in its first year of operation. Katzenberg told the Los Angeles Times that he hopes Quibi will be "the third generation of film narrative," by combining the strengths of movies and episodic television into one cohesive force. The service was initially intended to provide entertainment for subscribers who commute to work via public transportation or want to watch something quick during a lunch break. However, with the current state of our world forcing many people to stay at home with ample amounts of time to binge, Quibi’s original plan could be in jeopardy. So, with an already crowded market of streaming services vying for your attention (and money), does Quibi offer enough at launch to stand apart? Check out the gallery below to see what we thought of Quibi's movies and TV shows at launch: [widget path="global/article/imagegallery" parameters="albumSlug=quibis-movie-and-tv-shows-reviewed&captions=true"] [poilib element="accentDivider"] Quibi's TV Shows and Movies [caption id="attachment_233315" align="alignnone" width="720"] Photo courtesy of Quibi[/caption] Quibi's video streaming platform is split into three categories: "Movies in Chapters," long-form narratives split into 10-minute episodes; "Unscripted and Docs," reality TV shows and docuseries; and "Daily Essentials," news shows from outlets like NBC, ESPN, and the BBC. While the streamer has a long way to go before it catches up with Netflix and Disney+ in terms of the size of its library, Quibi launched with over 25 titles that each offered three episodes, with new installments released daily. Compared to Apple TV+'s meager debut, which included just a handful of shows, Quibi gets a gold star here for offering a variety of content to new subscribers. Starting with Quibi's "Movies in Chapters," the initial titles appear impressive at first, especially with star-studded casts that include Sophie Turner, Liam Hemsworth, and Christoph Waltz, among other recognizable Hollywood names. However, although Quibi excels in its ability to acquire star power, the stories in which they are featured lack the creative punch needed to stand out. Take Most Dangerous Game, for example, where Waltz and Hemsworth go head-to-head in an action-thriller where humans hunt other humans for sport. It's a by-the-numbers story that's light on the action for the first few episodes. If anything, Quibi's short-form approach to storytelling doesn't allow the viewer to really get into the narrative because, after seven or eight minutes, the episode (sorry, chapter) is over. [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2019/11/18/netflix-review-2019"] While other titles like When the Streetlights Go On and Flipped are worth checking out if you decide to sign up, Quibi's "shorter is better" model still doesn't make sense if you look at the streaming landscape as a whole. If the recent release of Netflix's popular Tiger King documentary has taught us anything, it's that viewers are game to sit through several hours of content if they deem it to be entertaining... shorter isn't always sweeter. Then there's the way the shows and movies are formatted for mobile viewing. One of the most baffling aspects of Quibi is its choice to opt for a mobile-only streaming service. Amazon, Netflix, and Disney+ (among others) offer mobile streaming options as well, but also allow their content to be watched on your desktop or TV, if you don’t want to squint at your phone. Quibi also films its content in both vertical and horizontal formats, which is a purposeful departure from its rivals. So, if you're watching Most Dangerous Game in vertical mode on your phone, the image fills the screen, offering you a different aspect ratio. In horizontal mode, you get a more cinematic look, with a widescreen perspective that shows you more detail (and characters) in each frame. The Movies in Chapters definitely look better this way, since most prestigious TV shows these days are shot more like films. Maybe it's just me, but the vertical option makes many of the productions look cheap. Where Quibi excels is in its docuseries and daily news shows. One of the standouts is LeBron James' I Promise, which centers on a school in Akron, Ohio founded by James where at-risk youths are given a chance to flourish in a nourishing academic environment. It's a heartwarming look at how the public school system in America could change for the better. Generally, the quality of the docuseries is due to the subject matter and not the shortened running time. And there are still some duds in the bunch, like Will Arnett’s Memory Hole and the underwhelming revival of MTV’s iconic prank show, Punk’d. Quibi's User Interface [caption id="attachment_233341" align="alignnone" width="720"] Photo courtesy of Quibi[/caption] While we do have gripes with the fact that Quibi is only offered via a mobile app, its UI is butter smooth, with no noticeable lag while switching between horizontal and vertical viewing modes. The Quibi app is currently available to download on both Android and Apple devices. And like many of its streaming counterparts, the service allows subscribers to download movies and shows for offline viewing. Depending on your phone's specifications (and Wifi connection), many of the shows are presented in 4K with crisp video and audio quality. Quibi also comes fully equipped with a handy "continue watching" option so you can pick up a show where you left off. This might sound like a resounding "duh," but Disney+ launched with a bug-filled version that caused the company to remove this particular feature in order to work out the kinks. Another convenient (if not expected) feature lets you follow shows if you click the bookmark icon, which notifies you when a new episode is available to stream. If you find yourself unable to decide what to watch, Quibi offers “More to Explore” buckets, which highlight programs that will make you “Laugh out Loud” or “Be Inspired.” There’s also a “Coming Soon” section that gives you a sneak peek of upcoming series like Dummy, starring Anna Kendrick. As far as the "streaming functionality basics" go, Quibi checks all of the boxes so the UI doesn't get in the way of your viewing experience. Quibi's Price [caption id="attachment_2333432" align="alignnone" width="720"] Photo courtesy of Quibi[/caption] Quibi currently offers a 90-day free trial for new subscribers, which is a pretty good deal considering the platform launches with over 25 titles. At $4.99 per month (with ads) Quibi is on the cheaper end compared to Netflix and Amazon's $12.99 price plan. But unlike Netflix, Quibi doesn't charge extra for 4K content, which is a plus. It's just a shame there's no smart TV or set-top box app you can download to enjoy all of that 4K beauty on a big screen. Quibi offers a better value than Apple TV+ (also $4.99), promising to deliver 175 new shows in its first year. Apple, on the other hand, is still lagging behind most of the competition in terms of its library. Disney+, at $6.99 with a digital catalog of over 500 titles, is hard to ignore at this price point if you're looking to just add one new service, but it's important to keep in mind that (so far), Disney+ isn't offering TV-MA content. So if you're looking for more R-rated fare, Quibi might be worth a try, especially with that 90-day free trial.View the full article
  3. Netflix has launched a batch of updated and improved parental controls, allowing more granular control of the content displayed to kids and the ability to lock adult profiles with PINs. Other changes include the ability to see a child’s viewing history and the option to disable autoplay on TV shows in kids’ profiles. Netflix has outlined the updates in a new blog post, attributing the changes to feedback received from members. [caption id="attachment_2333928" align="aligncenter" width="837"] Lock your kids out of your profiles with PINs.[/caption] “Choice and control have always been important for our members, especially parents,” wrote Netflix’s Kids Product Manager, Michelle Parsons. “We hope that these additional controls will help parents make the right choices for their families.” Content can be filtered by rating, and the filters are built using the ratings systems relevant to the country you’re accessing Netflix from. [caption id="attachment_2333932" align="aligncenter" width="1580"] Australian settings pictured, but the ratings slider will be bespoke to your region.[/caption] Additionally, individual shows and movies can be hidden entirely from particular profiles simply by adding the titles to a block list from a simple dropdown menu search. [caption id="attachment_2333934" align="aligncenter" width="1082"] Well, he shouldn't have bitten the mailman.[/caption] The new controls are live now and can be accessed via the control settings in the desktop and mobile Netflix apps. Looking for quality Netflix content to watch while you’re trapped at home? Check out IGN’s list of the best Netflix Original movies. [ignvideo width=610 height=374 url=https://www.ign.com/videos/2020/03/30/netflixs-oscar-worthy-original-films-you-need-to-watch] [poilib element="accentDivider"] Luke is Games Editor at IGN's Sydney office and his dog doesn't really have a Netflix profile. You can find him on Twitter every few days @MrLukeReilly. View the full article
  4. Expect Disney to shift more movies initially slated for theatrical release to streaming debuts on Disney+ instead due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Disney executive chairman Bob Iger revealed that consumers should expect to see the company push more content (and earlier) to their digital platforms like Disney+ in light of the current global crisis. Iger's comments come just days after the studio announced it had scrapped plans to release Artemis Fowl theatrically, opting to debut the film on Disney+ instead. [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2020/04/03/artemis-fowl-theatrical-release-dropped-will-debut-on-disney-plus"] "There are some we’ve decided to put on Disney+. We already announced one, Artemis Fowl, that would have been released in theaters. Others we’ve simply delayed," Iger informed Barron's. "In terms of movies going ahead after Artemis, there may be a few more that we end up putting directly onto Disney+, but for the most part, a lot of the big tentpole Disney films, we’ll simply wait for slots. In some cases, we’ve announced new ones already, but later on in the calendar." [widget path="global/article/imagegallery" parameters="albumSlug=disney-plus-spotlight-april-2020&captions=true"][poilib element="accentDivider"] Iger's emphasis on non-tentpole films shifting to Disney+ probably doesn't bode well for the likes of former Fox titles The New Mutants, The Personal History of David Copperfield, Antlers, and The Woman in the Window. None of those films were given new theatrical release dates in Disney's recent announcement, leading to speculation that they could end up on Disney-owned streaming platforms such as Disney+ or Hulu. All four films had initially been slated to open in theaters. View the full article
  5. Our Xbox crew analyzes what Head of Xbox Phil Spencer said during our interview with him on last week's episode. We think he said a lot in his clever, indirect way... Plus: an Inside Xbox news recap, rumors about what Resident Evil 8 will be like, and at the very end you'll hear our live as-it-happened reactions to the PS5's DualSense controller reveal. Subscribe on any of your favorite podcast feeds, or grab an MP3 download of this week's episode. For more awesome content, check out the latest episode of IGN Unfiltered, featuring an interview with Valve's Robin Walker and Chris Remo about the past, present, and future of Half-Life: [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2020/03/24/valve-on-the-future-of-half-life-plus-other-inside-stories-ign-unfiltered-49"] It's already an incredibly fun year of Xbox coverage, and the best is yet to come. Join us! [poilib element="accentDivider"] Ryan McCaffrey is IGN’s Executive Editor of Previews. Follow him on Twitter at @DMC_Ryan, catch him on Unlocked, and drop-ship him Taylor Ham sandwiches from New Jersey whenever possible. View the full article
  6. You’ve heard sitting at a desk all day isn’t great for your health, and maybe now you're finally ready to do something about it by getting a standing desk. You're not alone, as this product category has exploded in popularity recently, so there are a ton of options. But what should you look for? Aside from budgetary considerations, the most important feature to look for in a standing desk is one that is comfortable at your actual height; ergonomics are even more important when you’re standing for extended periods. In addition to making sure the desk is tall enough, you'll want to make sure it offers plenty of adjustments too, so you can fine-tune it to your liking. Cable management is another consideration, as is whether you'll be using a monitor arm or not. You might want to budget a soft mat to stand on as well. Whether you’re looking to convert an existing desk into a standing desk, buying a new desk outright, or pitching your boss on an upgrade at the office, these selections will make navigating the waters a lot easier. TL;DR – These are the Best Standing Desks: Varidesk Prodesk 60 Autonomous SmartDesk 2 Ikea Skarsta Jarvis L-Shaped Standing Desk Thermaltake Level 20 RGB Battlestation Uplift V2 4-Leg Standing Desk ApexDesk AirDesk Ergotron WorkFit-T Standing Desk Converter Xdesk Flex EvoDesk Pro Aviator 1. Varidesk Prodesk 60 Best Standing Desk [poilib element="commerceCta" json="%7B%22image%22%3A%7B%22url%22%3A%22https%3A%2F%2Fassets1.ignimgs.com%2F2020%2F04%2F07%2FVarideskProdesk-601586296342103.jpg%22%2C%22styleUrl%22%3A%22https%3A%2F%2Fassets1.ignimgs.com%2F2020%2F04%2F07%2FVarideskProdesk-601586296342103_%7Bsize%7D.jpg%22%2C%22id%22%3A%225e8cf61ae4b0c8e1b49fa897%22%7D%2C%22url%22%3A%22https%3A%2F%2Fr.zdbb.net%2Fu%2Fbs4i%22%2C%22title%22%3A%22Varidesk%20Prodesk%2060%22%2C%22store%22%3A%22Office%20Depot%22%2C%22additionalInfo%22%3A%22%22%2C%22ourPick%22%3Atrue%7D"] See it on Vari Varidesk is a good option if you want a standing desk that's easy to assemble and comes with some essential accessories. The Prodesk 60 features a spacious 60-inch wide work surface. Meanwhile, a pair of motorized legs and electric motor lets you set adjust the height of your setup between 25.5 inches high to 50.5 inches high at the press of a button. The Prodesk 60 is also one of the few standing desks to feature a steel crossbar, which helps reduce vibrations and improve stability on two-legged tables such as this. You also get an included cable management system, however, due to the way it's mounted to the rear of the desk you might be forced to use only monitor arms from Varidesk. Despite added complexity from the crossbar and cable management system, the Prodesk 60 is one of the easiest to assemble and it can even be done in less than 10 minutes. 2. Autonomous SmartDesk 2 Best Budget Standing Desk [poilib element="commerceCta" json="%7B%22image%22%3A%7B%22url%22%3A%22https%3A%2F%2Fassets1.ignimgs.com%2F2020%2F04%2F07%2FAutonomousSmartDesk-21586296507681.jpg%22%2C%22styleUrl%22%3A%22https%3A%2F%2Fassets1.ignimgs.com%2F2020%2F04%2F07%2FAutonomousSmartDesk-21586296507681_%7Bsize%7D.jpg%22%2C%22id%22%3A%225e8cf6c0e4b0c8e1b49fa898%22%7D%2C%22url%22%3A%22https%3A%2F%2Fr.zdbb.net%2Fu%2Fbs4j%22%2C%22title%22%3A%22Autonomous%20SmartDesk%202%22%2C%22store%22%3A%22Autonomous%22%2C%22additionalInfo%22%3A%22%22%2C%22ourPick%22%3Afalse%7D"] If you're looking for something a little simpler and more affordable, look no further than the Autonomous SmartDesk 2. You get a slightly smaller 53- by 29-inch surface area to work with, but it's nearly as versatile with an adjustable height range of 29.5- to 48-inches. For less than $400, the SmartDesk 2 is a plenty strong and sturdy platform for all your work and gaming equipment with a maximum load capacity of 300 pounds. 3. Ikea Skarsta Ultra Cheap Standing Desk [poilib element="commerceCta" json="%7B%22image%22%3A%7B%22url%22%3A%22https%3A%2F%2Fassets1.ignimgs.com%2F2020%2F04%2F07%2FIkeaSkarsta1586296582503.JPG%22%2C%22styleUrl%22%3A%22https%3A%2F%2Fassets1.ignimgs.com%2F2020%2F04%2F07%2FIkeaSkarsta1586296582503_%7Bsize%7D.JPG%22%2C%22id%22%3A%225e8cf70be4b0de70ed649989%22%7D%2C%22url%22%3A%22https%3A%2F%2Fr.zdbb.net%2Fu%2Fbs4k%22%2C%22title%22%3A%22Ikea%20Skarsta%22%2C%22store%22%3A%22Ikea%22%2C%22additionalInfo%22%3A%22%22%2C%22ourPick%22%3Afalse%7D"] Buying a standing desk doesn’t have to break the bank, so if you want to save some money go with a manually adjustable desk like the Ikea Skarsta. It offers a 47- by 27.5-inch work surface and is available in beige or white. In terms of height adjustments, the unit can go from 27.5-inches to 47-inches via a manual crank. The 110-pound weight capacity should be enough to handle most office or gaming setups, and levelers on the feet and a solid steel frame provide a stable, sturdy workspace. There aren’t a lot of frills here, but if you’re looking for a new desk that doesn't cost a month’s rent, the Ikea Skarsta is a good choice. 4. Jarvis L-Shaped Standing Desk Best L-Shaped Standing Desk [poilib element="commerceCta" json="%7B%22image%22%3A%7B%22url%22%3A%22https%3A%2F%2Fassets1.ignimgs.com%2F2020%2F04%2F07%2FJarvisL-Shaped-Standing-Desk1586296665537.jpg%22%2C%22styleUrl%22%3A%22https%3A%2F%2Fassets1.ignimgs.com%2F2020%2F04%2F07%2FJarvisL-Shaped-Standing-Desk1586296665537_%7Bsize%7D.jpg%22%2C%22id%22%3A%225e8cf75ee4b0de70ed64998a%22%7D%2C%22url%22%3A%22https%3A%2F%2Fr.zdbb.net%2Fu%2Fbs4l%22%2C%22title%22%3A%22Jarvis%20L-Shaped%20Standing%20Desk%22%2C%22store%22%3A%22Fully%22%2C%22additionalInfo%22%3A%22%22%2C%22ourPick%22%3Afalse%7D"] L-Shaped desks are great for workstations and battlestations positioned in the corner of the room and they practically give you double the desk space. The only way you could make it even better is to put it on a trio of motorized legs like the Jarvis L-Shaped Standing Desk. While it's not exactly cheap at $1,250, it’s still more affordable than a lot of motorized L-shaped standing desks. The Jarvis, by Fully, is backed by a seven-year warranty and is available in three color options. This setup gives you two 60-inch wide bamboo work surfaces, and it has a pair of cable management grommets to keep things tidy. The electric motor is also rated to lift 530 pounds. Not satisfied with the available surfaces? The Jarvis also comes as a frame-only option, so you can bolt on any spare tabletop you want. The onboard controller can store up to four height presets, and the frame raises from 23- inches to 48.5-inches, with a soft start/stop. 5. Thermaltake Level 20 RGB Battlestation Best Standing Desk for Gaming [poilib element="commerceCta" json="%7B%22image%22%3A%7B%22url%22%3A%22https%3A%2F%2Fassets1.ignimgs.com%2F2019%2F10%2F17%2FThermaltakeTt-Gaming-Level-20-RGB-Battlestation1571371132655.jpg%22%2C%22styleUrl%22%3A%22https%3A%2F%2Fassets1.ignimgs.com%2F2019%2F10%2F17%2FThermaltakeTt-Gaming-Level-20-RGB-Battlestation1571371132655_%7Bsize%7D.jpg%22%2C%22id%22%3A%225da93880e4b0ed645260a1f7%22%7D%2C%22url%22%3A%22http%3A%2F%2Fr.zdbb.net%2Fu%2Fbqsy%22%2C%22title%22%3A%22Thermaltake%20Tt%20Gaming%20Level%2020%20RGB%20Battlestation%22%2C%22store%22%3A%22Newegg%22%2C%22additionalInfo%22%3A%22%22%2C%22ourPick%22%3Afalse%7D"] The Thermaltake Level 20 RGB Battlestation is the perfect standing desk for users who crave the gamer aesthetic (read: RGB). Jokes aside, this standing desk was made for gaming and you can see it in the mouse pad that completely covers the 65- by 30-inch tabletop. It's also strong enough to lift up to 330 pounds of gaming gear with an adjustable height range of 27.5- to 43.3-inches. Of course, this gaming desk is replete with RGB lighting that goes all the way around the edges of the desk and there are 20 customizable lighting zones you can fully customize to display 16.8 million colors. You can even have it sync to your Razer peripherals thanks to Chrome support or voice control the lighting with Alexa. 6. Uplift V2 4-Leg Standing Desk Best High-Performance Standing Desk [poilib element="commerceCta" json="%7B%22image%22%3A%7B%22url%22%3A%22https%3A%2F%2Fassets1.ignimgs.com%2F2020%2F02%2F06%2FUPLIFTV2-4-Leg-Standing-Desk1581013951325.jpg%22%2C%22styleUrl%22%3A%22https%3A%2F%2Fassets1.ignimgs.com%2F2020%2F02%2F06%2FUPLIFTV2-4-Leg-Standing-Desk1581013951325_%7Bsize%7D.jpg%22%2C%22id%22%3A%225e3c5bc2e4b0e6d43845e671%22%7D%2C%22url%22%3A%22https%3A%2F%2Fr.zdbb.net%2Fu%2Fbni9%22%2C%22title%22%3A%22Uplift%20V2%204-Leg%20Standing%20Desk%22%2C%22store%22%3A%22Uplift%20Desk%22%2C%22additionalInfo%22%3A%22%22%2C%22ourPick%22%3Afalse%7D"] Two-legged standing desks are nice an all but there's always going to be some inherent wobble even with a crossbar. If you want a standing desk that's basically solid as a rock you're going to need the Uplift V2 4-Leg Standing Desk. this is one of the few standing desks on the market that comes with four motorized legs. All that extra support kills any rocking from happening either side to side or from front to back. Another bonus of having a standing desk with four motorized legs is it can lift way more, up to 535 pounds to be exact. 7. ApexDesk AirDesk Best Pneumatic Standing Desk [poilib element="commerceCta" json="%7B%22image%22%3A%7B%22url%22%3A%22https%3A%2F%2Fassets1.ignimgs.com%2F2020%2F04%2F07%2FApexDeskAirDesk1586296885186.jpg%22%2C%22styleUrl%22%3A%22https%3A%2F%2Fassets1.ignimgs.com%2F2020%2F04%2F07%2FApexDeskAirDesk1586296885186_%7Bsize%7D.jpg%22%2C%22id%22%3A%225e8cf839e4b0de70ed64998b%22%7D%2C%22url%22%3A%22https%3A%2F%2Fr.zdbb.net%2Fu%2Fbs4o%22%2C%22title%22%3A%22ApexDesk%20AirDesk%22%2C%22store%22%3A%22Google%20Shopping%22%2C%22additionalInfo%22%3A%22%22%2C%22ourPick%22%3Afalse%7D"] See it at ApexDesk See it at Walmart Standing desks are nice but if you're not a fan of slow and loud electric motors, then maybe a pneumatic-assisted desk is the best option for you. Of all the pneumatic standing desks we've seen the ApexDesk AirDesk hits the best balance of features to price. Instead of using motors, a pneumatic system uses springs and counterweights to help you lift and lower your standing desk between 29 and 48 inches high. You'll have to put in a bit more effort to adjust your desk, but it's also a lot quicker, quieter, and not to mention cheaper. At roughly $400 for a 59-inch wide tabletop, this standing desk is fairly affordable. This model also features a sturdy steel frame complete with a crossbar for added stability, and it can hold up to 180 pounds of weight. 8. Ergotron WorkFit-T Standing Desk Converter Best Sit-Stand Desk Converter [poilib element="commerceCta" json="%7B%22image%22%3A%7B%22url%22%3A%22https%3A%2F%2Fassets1.ignimgs.com%2F2020%2F04%2F07%2FErgotronWorkFit-T-Standing-Desk-Converter1586296988322.jpg%22%2C%22styleUrl%22%3A%22https%3A%2F%2Fassets1.ignimgs.com%2F2020%2F04%2F07%2FErgotronWorkFit-T-Standing-Desk-Converter1586296988322_%7Bsize%7D.jpg%22%2C%22id%22%3A%225e8cf8a0e4b0c8e1b49fa899%22%7D%2C%22url%22%3A%22http%3A%2F%2Fr.zdbb.net%2Fu%2Fbs4b%22%2C%22title%22%3A%22Ergotron%20WorkFit-T%20Standing%20Desk%20Converter%22%2C%22store%22%3A%22Dell%22%2C%22additionalInfo%22%3A%22%22%2C%22ourPick%22%3Afalse%7D"] See it at Google Shopping See it at Office Depot See it at Newegg See it at Ergotron You’ve already made a decent investment in your office desk, so why toss it out? Ergotron has a desk add-on that lets you convert your existing desk to a standing model while simultaneously adding a ton of utility to it. With a 35-inch work surface, the WorkFit-T Standing Desk Converter can easily accommodate dual-monitor setups and it doubles as a screen riser. Meanwhile, the lower deck is more than large enough to accommodate a full-sized keyboard and mouse. Unlike the standing desks on this, this sit-stand desk converter requires no setup at all, you just need to plop it down on top of your desktop. After you've placed all your gear on the Ergotron WorkFit-T, give the two side paddles a good squeeze and you'll be able to lift up your whole setup with ease and give it an extra 15-inches in height. 9. Xdesk Flex Best Couch-Side Standing Desk [poilib element="commerceCta" json="%7B%22image%22%3A%7B%22url%22%3A%22https%3A%2F%2Fassets1.ignimgs.com%2F2020%2F04%2F07%2FXdeskFlex1586297244327.jpg%22%2C%22styleUrl%22%3A%22https%3A%2F%2Fassets1.ignimgs.com%2F2020%2F04%2F07%2FXdeskFlex1586297244327_%7Bsize%7D.jpg%22%2C%22id%22%3A%225e8cf9a0e4b0c8e1b49fa89a%22%7D%2C%22url%22%3A%22https%3A%2F%2Fr.zdbb.net%2Fu%2Fbs4t%22%2C%22title%22%3A%22Xdesk%20Flex%22%2C%22store%22%3A%22Xdesk%22%2C%22additionalInfo%22%3A%22%22%2C%22ourPick%22%3Afalse%7D"] The Xdesk Flex brings the flexibility of a standing desk to the comfort of your couch. As wild of a combo as this might seem, there are plenty of people who like working and gaming from their couch, and so a height-adjustable table can make your life much ergonomic while in the living room or the recreational area at work. The Xdesk Flex can go from being a low-sitting coffee table to an upright standing desk in a couple of seconds. Best of all it's completely battery-powered, so you don't need to have to worry about tripping over wires constantly. It also has a weight capacity of 100 pounds, it won't collapse on you if you lean on it. 10. EvoDesk Pro Aviator Best High-End Standing Desk [poilib element="commerceCta" json="%7B%22image%22%3A%7B%22url%22%3A%22https%3A%2F%2Fassets1.ignimgs.com%2F2020%2F04%2F07%2FEvoDesk-Pro-Aviator1586297863242.jpg%22%2C%22styleUrl%22%3A%22https%3A%2F%2Fassets1.ignimgs.com%2F2020%2F04%2F07%2FEvoDesk-Pro-Aviator1586297863242_%7Bsize%7D.jpg%22%2C%22id%22%3A%225e8cfc0ce4b0c8e1b49fa89c%22%7D%2C%22url%22%3A%22https%3A%2F%2Fr.zdbb.net%2Fu%2Fbs4u%22%2C%22title%22%3A%22EvoDesk%20Pro%20Aviator%22%2C%22store%22%3A%22Evodesk%22%2C%22additionalInfo%22%3A%22%22%2C%22ourPick%22%3Afalse%7D"] The EvoDesk Pro Aviator is the ultimate standing desk. Between its arrow-head shaped silhouette, the four motorized legs, and its immense 500-pound load capacity, there isn't a more premium standing desk than this. EvoDesk Pro Aviator's unique shape also gives it 22.7 square-feet of surface area for you to work and yet everything in that space is within easy reach since you stand or sit in the center of it all. [widget path="ign/modules/recirc" parameters="title=More%20Tech%20Round-Ups&type=articles&tags=tech-roundup&count=4&columnCount=4&theme=article"] [poilib element="accentDivider"] Kevin Lee is IGN's Hardware and Roundups Editor. Follow him on Twitter @baggingspam View the full article
  7. Disney executive chairman Bob Iger says the company may implement new procedures to screen visitors when their theme parks reopen after the coronavirus pandemic, including taking attendees' temperatures. (A high temperature is a symptom of COVID-19.) Iger informed Barron's that, as Disney did after 9/11, new safety measures and additional scrutiny will be needed to guarantee customer safety even if it means they will have to wait in line longer to enter the theme parks. A return to normalcy, Iger explained, will only be achieved if customers "feel comfortable that they’re safe." [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2020/03/11/spider-man-at-avengers-campus-disney-california-adventure-park"] "Just as we now do bag checks for everybody that goes into our parks, it could be that at some point we add a component of that that takes people’s temperatures, as a for-instance. We’re studying very carefully what China has been trying to do in terms of their return to normalcy," Iger said. "And one of the things that’s obvious is they’ve conscripted a large segment of their population to monitor others in terms of their health. You can’t get on a bus or a subway or a train or enter a high-rise building there -- and I’m sure this will be the case when their schools reopen -- without having your temperature taken." [widget path="global/article/imagegallery" parameters="albumSlug=avengers-campus-concept-art&captions=true"] Disneyland and Disney World remain indefinitely closed after Disney scrapped their initial hopes of reopening their U.S. theme park resorts at the end of March. For attractions you can look forward to in the future when the parks reopen, get all the details on Disneyland's upcoming Marvel-themed expansion, Avengers Campus, and the land's new Spider-Man ride featuring Tom Holland. Disney recently announced a slate of new release dates for their movies postponed due to COVID-19, and have pivoted to releasing some of their titles, like Onward, earlier than expected on VOD. The studio also scrapped plans to release Artemis Fowl theatrically, opting to debut the film on Disney+ instead. View the full article
  8. Cheers is currently streaming on Netflix, Hulu, and CBS All Access. [poilib element="accentDivider"] Much has been written about how sitcoms like Friends and The Office have found new life and a new generation of viewers on streaming services. But another classic sitcom that's just as watchable -- and re-watchable -- doesn't get nearly as much attention as it should. I'm talking about Cheers, a show that ran from 1982 to 1993 and maintained an astonishingly high bar of quality from start to finish. Binge It! Cowboy Bebop's Still Worth the Trip Even After 20 Years Cheers has everything you'd want in a sitcom you can view in 275 half-hour installments: memorable characters you grow to love, varying levels of dramatic stakes, and a bottomless well of witty jokes that land just as perfectly today as they did decades ago. The setting, a spacious bar with a manager's office and a pool table room in the back, is also important because Cheers almost never ventures away from it. It can go almost entire seasons without straying from those well-worn sets. The bar is run by former baseball pitcher Sam Malone, played by a young Ted Danson, who even back then embodied all the charms on display in his more recent work on The Good Place and Curb Your Enthusiasm. Early seasons find Sam sparring in a will-they-won't-they relationship with Diane (Shelley Long), an Ivy League-educated woman hired as a server at the bar in the first episode -- much like how Rachel starts working at Central Perk early in Friends. Other characters, like Carla, Frasier, Norm, Cliff, and Coach, are hilarious and lovable in their own right. Each one has unique quirks, but also surprising depths that are revealed as their comedic struggles get time in the spotlight. And that's before heavy hitters like Woody (Woody Harrelson) and Rebecca (Kirstie Alley) join the cast later on. If you want to binge a sitcom that goes down as easy as a sugary cocktail, with wit and charm to spare, Cheers is an easy recommendation. It holds up so much better than other shows of its era thanks to its lovable characters and timelessly sharp writing. There's a reason it was one of the most popular shows on TV for over a decade, and spawned another of the most popular sitcoms of the '90s (Frasier). Give it a watch, and you'll see why. [widget path="global/article/imagegallery" parameters="albumSlug=the-best-comedies-on-netflix-right-now&captions=true"] More From Binge It!... The Gross, Horrifying, Weird World of China Miéville's Bas-Lag Trilogy Outlander Is the Hottest Time-Travel Show Ever Made The Magicians Is a Modern Heartfelt Fantasy for Adult Nerds Secret Wars Is Marvel's Answer to Dune and Game of Thrones Cowboy Bebop's Still Worth the Trip Even After 20 Years [poilib element="accentDivider"] Binge It! is IGN's recommendation series. Movies, TV shows, books, comics, music… if you can binge it, we're here to talk about it. In each installment of Binge It!, we'll discuss a piece of content we're passionate about -- and why you should check it out. [poilib element="accentDivider"] Chris Reed is IGN's shopping and commerce editor. You can follow him on Twitter @_chrislreed. [widget path="ign/modules/recirc" parameters="title=&type=articles%2Cvideos&tags=us-shopping&count=3&columnCount=3&theme=article"]View the full article
  9. For today only, take $450 off the Gigabyte Aorus GTX 1660 Ti gaming laptop or $200 off a Razer Blade 15 GTX 1660 Ti gaming laptop. The new LEGO Super Mario kit is also finally up for preorder. This is a novel interactive set with a Mario that can make all sorts of facial expressions and more with the dynamic LCD displays. Score great deals on Death Stranding, portable hard drives, Xbox controllers, and more. Gigabyte Aorus 15" Intel Core i7-9750H GTX 1660 Ti Gaming Laptop with 16GB RAM, 1TB HDD for $949 This deal is for today only. The Gigabut Aorus 15 boasts a sweet 15" 1080p 144Hz IPS display (LG panel), 9th gen Intel Core i7 6-core processor, Samsung DDR4-2666HMz RAM, Killer DoubleShot Pro LAN and Killer Wireless AC WiFi, USB 3.1 Gen 2, and RGB backlit keyboard. Get it at Adorama for $949 Razer Blade 15" Intel Core i7-9750H GTX 1660 Ti with 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD, 1TB HDD for $1599.99 Save $200 off this premium Razer laptop. The Razer Blade Q is easily one of the nicest gaming laptops you can buy. It has the sleek build quality of a MacBook Pro, but with powerful gaming guts inside. It weighs only 4.6lbs and measures 0.76" thin. Get it at Adorama for $1599.99 Preorder the New LEGO Super Mario Starter Kit Bundle with Gift for $59.99 Preorder it exclusively at the LEGO Shop and you'll receive Free Monty Mole and Super Mushroom expansions. This isn't just any ordinary LEGO set. Mario has color sensors, plus LCD screens in his eyes, mouth and belly to display over 100 different instant reactions to movement. Also included is a speaker that plays iconic sounds and music from the video game. Set up different courses and have Mario run through the track to collect virtual coins. Preorder it at the LEGO Shop for $59.99 $10 Off the Newest Xbox One Controller: Phantom Magenta Special Edition In addition to the gorgeous design, this controller, which retails for $69.99, features a textured grip to help you keep control even when things start to get dicy. It has a 3.5mm stereo headset jack and is compatible with most headsets. Like all Xbox One controllers, works on Xbox One and will be compatible with Xbox Series X when that launches this fall. It also has built-in compatibility with Windows PCs and laptops, as well as mobile devices via Bluetooth. Get it at Adorama for $59.99 1 Month of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate for $1 (Includes Xbox Live Gold and Game Pass) May work for both NEW and EXPIRED accounts This price is reserved for new and expired accounts. Game Pass Ultimate is basically Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass combined into one membership. You even get access to Game Pass for PC. Normally you'd be paying $14.99 for one month, but Amazon is offering an additional month for free. Game Pass gives you access to tons of high profile games like Kingdom Hearts 3, NBA 2K20, Ori and the Will of the Wisps, Gears 5, Forza Horizon 3, The Outer Worlds, Grand Theft Auto 5, State of Decay, and more. Get it at the Microsoft Store for $1 50% Off Death Stranding Standard and Collector's Editions for PS4 Death Stranding, Kojima's latest masterpiece, is 50% off. The Standard Edition drops to only $30 and the Collector's Edition to $100. Collector's Edition includes the Steelbook Case, BB Pod Statue, Ludens Keychain, and BRIDGES Cargo Case. Get the Standard Edition at Adorama for $29.99 Get the Collector's Edition for $99.99 Preorder Cyberpunk 2077 Collector's Edition Cyberpunk 2077 is easily one of the most anticipated games of 2020. The studio CD Projekt Red are the masterminds behind the incredible Witcher games and if you're a huge fan like I am then you will most definitely be getting this game. The Collector's Edition includes the game with steelbook case, 10" statue of V in action, hardcover art book, metal pin set, metal keychain, patches, postcards, sticker set, DLC, and more. Preorder it for PS4 at Adorama for $249.99 Preorder it for Xbox One for $249.99 HORI Nintendo Switch Fighting Stick Mini: Street Fighter II Edition for $44.99 This fight stick is officially licensed by both Nintendo and Capcom and features Cammy and Chun-Li artwork. It's great for games like Street Fighter: 30th Anniversary Collection, Dragon Ball FighterZ, Mortal Kombat 11, and more, but note that it won't work for Smash Bros. Get it at Adorama for $44.99 New PS Plus Free Games Are Live This month's PS Plus members get access to two very excellent games: Uncharted 4: A Thief's End (rated 9/10) and Dirt Rally 2.0 (rated 8.5/10). Get Uncharted 4: A Thief's End for Free for PS Plus Members Get Dirty Rally 2.0 for Free for PS Plus Members Seagate Expansion 2TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive for $55.99, 1TB for $45.99 This portable hard drive is compatible as external storage for your PC, PS4, or Xbox One. Portable drives are physically much smaller than their desktop hard drive siblings. However, they are just as fast and require no additional power other than the USB port. The only tradeoff is the higher cost per GB, but that point is moot with today's deal. Get the 2TB model at Adorama for $55.99 Get the 1TB model for $45.99 Sonos One Gen 2 Wireless Speaker with Alexa Built-In for $149 (Sonos One SL for $129) Adorama is offering the best price we've seen on the newest generation Sonos One Gen 2. Think of this as a fully-featured Amazon Echo speaker with superior audio quality. If you want multiple speakers, pair it up with the Sonos One SL, which is the same speaker but without the Alexa functionality. You only need one speaker with Alexa to talk to, and the Sonos One SL is also on sale. The Sonos Beam is also on sale; this is a soundbar that's better suited as a home theater system. Again, pair it wth Sonos One SL speakers as rear satellites. Get the Sonos One from Adorama for $149 Get the Sonos One SL for $129 Get the Sonos Beam for $349 The 2020 Premium Learn To Code Certification 10-Course Bundle for $39 Over 120 Hours of Learning Material In this day and age, learning to code is one of the safest ways to job security. There's no lack of programming jobs, especially in growing tech sectors like here in the San Francisco Bay Area. This online package contains ten courses to get you started, or only $3.90 per course. They include topics on JavaScript, HTML5, CS3, Python, Django 2, Flutter, Dart, and more. 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Here's your chance to access all of it, totally free, for 30 60 days. If you're an avid comic reader, you might want to consider continuing on afterwards, since it's only $5.99/month. You can even sign in with your Amazon account. Get a 60-Day Free Trial to ComiXology Alienware m15 15" 1080p 144Hz Intel Core i7-8750H RTX 2070 with 16GB RAM and 512GB SSD for $1749.99 This is one of the best prices we've seen for an RTX 2070 equipped laptop, regardless of brand. The Alienware m15 is the newly designed 15" laptop and weighs only 4.8 pounds, which is remarkable given its payload. We reviewed the m15 and highly recommend it. It's easily one of the best laptops you can get in terms of build quality and under-the-hood power. Get it at Dell for $1749.99 New Alienware Aurora R9 AMD Ryzen 7 3700X AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT Gaming Desktop PC for $1110 For those of you who haven't been keeping up with the Intel vs AMD CPU war, AMD has been giving Intel a run for its money with its flagship processors. The new AMD Ryzen 7 3700X 8-core processor is comparable to the Intel Core i7-9700, both in terms of gaming and workstation performance. It's paired with an RX 5700 XT video card, which is on par with the RTX 2070. If you want to upgrade the RAM or hard drive, I'd suggest doing it on your own. You'll save money, and the Aurora R9 allows for toolless access without voiding your warranty. Use code "50OFF699" to get it at Dell for $1110 Alienware m17 17" Intel Core i7-9750H GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Gaming Laptop for $1086 This is another $50 price drop from yesterday's already excellent price. The m17 is the 17" variant of the new generation of Alienware m-series gaming laptops. Despite the larger screen size, it still clocks in at only 5.8 pounds. Use code "50OFF699" to get it at Dell for $1086 Upgrade to 16GB RAM and 256GB SSD for $1286 New Licensed Castlevania Apparel at the IGN Store Do you enjoy Netflix's original Castlevania animated series? If so, the IGN Store has added a host of officially licensed Castlevania apparel. Sign up for our newsletter and get a 20% off coupon code. Alternatively, save 10% off using coupon code "igndeals10". Check out Castlevania Graphic Tees at the IGN Store Animal Crossing Tees The Legend of Zelda Tees Stranger Things Tees Ghostbusters Tees Marvel Tees DC Tees ______________________________ Eric Song is IGN's deal curator and spends 25% of his pay on stuff he posts.View the full article
  10. Brian Kibler loads a pair of tire-sized rubbery weights to each end of his barbell. In total, he's looking at a 300-ish pound squat, about the density of a panda bear, and well above the capabilities of the many denizens tittering in his Twitch chat. He hits it with ease, of course. This is Brian Kibler we're talking about; Magic the Gathering legend, Hearthstone caster, and workout fiend. His gym addiction was always a part of his gamer mystique -- evidenced by the protein powders and workout bags occasionally framed on his desk next to his Grand Prix cups and Pop! Dolls. But it took a pandemic for us to see his other big life passion up-close. Like everyone else in the country, Kibler is under quarantine. In the absence of his social life, Twitch is the next best option. His broadcast winds down with a gauntlet of skullcrushers, forearm curls, and bench presses. We watch because just like Brian, we're in desperate need of a semblance of normality. [widget path="global/article/imagegallery" parameters="albumSlug=games-to-play-while-stuck-at-home&captions=true"] "I felt like trying to encourage people to stay as active these days is valuable,” he said. “It's easy to just devolve into sitting on the couch and playing video games all day when you can't really leave the house." Of the many tempestuous institutions of gamer culture, Twitch was always the most difficult to describe. You log on to watch other people play video games out of educational interest in a new release, a parasocial relationship with the person in front of the camera, or a vain attempt to recapture the childlike zen of sitting on your sleeping bag while watching your friend beat the Water Temple during a Friday night sleepover. To enjoy Twitch, you need to have spent a lot of time soothing your brain chemistry with video games, which is not an instinct that's won easily. But that's also the irony of COVID-19. For so many who play games regularly, this is our native state, and the world has finally come around to our thinking. To be clear, Twitch has gradually expanded to pleasures outside of games. People knit on stream, or perform ASMR, or tend to their gardens -- all pleasures that don't require a crash course in Crucible meta. The difference is that now, global events have forced us all to mimic the life we had in the Before Times on the internet. Those Twitch exceptions have become Twitch rules. [widget path="global/article/imagegallery" parameters="albumSlug=every-modern-ign-1010-and-where-to-play-them&captions=true"] And so, we've entered a timeline where every major entertainment organization in the world is forced to grapple with live-streaming as a way to appease the desires of us cloistered fans. Death Cab For Cutie isn't going to be playing any live shows in the near future, so instead frontman Ben Gibbard is performing a daily acoustic set from his home studio. (Here he is, covering a semi-deep cut from R.E.M.'s Out of Time.) Bleacher Report has started offering gambling lines on Madden matchups for gamblers who have run out of real sports to bet on. Hip-hop producer Kenny Beats won't be leaving his studio anytime soon. So in the meantime, he's playing music, answering questions, and taking us deep into his creative process for a chorus of languid fans. We're all just trying to stay entertained, in lieu of actually living. The NBA's Phoenix Suns were among the first institutions to recognize that very human need. When the Association suspended its season on March 11, after a hectic sequence of events that involved one of its own players testing positive for COVID-19, the Suns social team immediately launched into action. The actual basketball team might not see the floor for the rest of the year, but the organization was committed to completing the season in any way they could. For now, that means NBA 2K. Sure enough, on game night -- the ones that used to be shown live on Fox Sports -- the Suns Twitch account whirrs into action. A Suns representative, like the franchise's power forward Tariq Owens, wrests control of his team and faces off against a chosen rival on the other sideline. A ravioli-sized facecam dots the corner of the screen, so you can witness how even on the virtual paint, it still hurts when you miss a wide-open corner-3. The NBA lives on in a bizarre way suitable for these bizarre times; a population that will take any basketball they can get their hands on rejoices. Allison Harrissis, Senior Social Media Manager at the Suns, explained that the idea was born out of limitations. “We don't have a gaming team, we didn't have any gaming resources internally," she said. "But around 3pm [the day after the season was canceled] we were like, 'Hey, here's our idea, here's our solution,' and we threw out our first tweet that night. We wanted to tell our fans we were here for them, because social media was a place full of fear and negativity. We wanted to bring hoops to our fans." [widget path="global/article/imagegallery" parameters="albumSlug=every-delayed-movie-due-to-coronavirus-so-far&captions=true"] Harrissis told me that the Suns have been surprised at how many people have tuned into those broadcasts. They're reaching so many people, she says, even those who haven't watched a ton of Twitch in the past, and the rest of the NBA is taking notice. Last week, the Association announced a Player's Only tournament, airing on ESPN, where all-world talents like Kevin Durant and Trae Young will face off in the virtual arena. Yes, it is not the same as watching those two play basketball, but given the circumstances, it's the next best option. "I've seen comments of people saying, I don't care if it's a game from 1976 between two teams that didn't have a chance of making the playoffs, or a video game, I want basketball," said Suns Chief Marketing & Communication Officer Dean Stoyer. "It's satisfying that need for basketball." Live-streaming, at its best, is an expression of empathy. The most successful personalities on Twitch usually don't establish themselves for their raw skill, or excellent curator's taste in games. Instead, we watch our favorite streamers out of strange, tender solidarity; the feeling that you would've connected with them in any other context -- co-workers, schoolmates, or just a brief conversation in line for the bathroom. It is weirdly heartwarming to watch these incredible NBA players contend with the tedious perils of quarantine in the same way we are. (Namely, by playing a bunch of video games with your friends, as a way to bring them close no matter where they may be.) [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2020/02/26/15-amazing-original-games-in-dreams"] If there is a silver lining of coronavirus, it is demonstrating how quickly we can pull together some sense of normalcy for beleaguered fans, and how intensely not alone one can feel during the loneliest era in modern memory. Take the Supercars Championship in Australia. That promotion will need to hold off on its races as the country hunkers down for a long pandemic winter, but they've still organized an "ESeries" where their drivers will simulate the action the best they can. The show must go on. "To unlock the opportunity to launch a new series during this enforced break, but with our drivers at the heart of it, was simply a matter of making sure the drivers had the hardware and lining up a TV schedule," says Supercars CEO Sean Seamer. "Our team has done a great job to turn it around so quickly." What will happen in the years ahead? Eventually, coronavirus will taper off. The one good thing about pandemics is that they all have a definitive endpoint. So will we still use live-streaming as a surrogate? Will the NBA fight on with its digital second season after players take the floor again? What of Brian Kibler? He knows full well that for the most part, people use his workout stream as "extra content" during these doldrums, but he still takes pride in the way people find their own motivation in his grind. The Phoenix Suns feel the same way. We are spending so much time and effort creating a cyberspace that can mollify the trauma of the moment. It'd be a shame to let it go to waste. [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2020/04/06/final-fantasy-7-remake-review"] "Once the dust settles, some of these new pastimes that people are adopting will seep back into people's lives," says Stoyer. "We're definitely looking at this and the appetite for it. For us as an organization to work our way into. If [the pandemic] hadn't happened, I don't think this door would be open." The coronavirus will change everything. We already know that. But as this seismic event molds us, I hope we carry this flicker of empathy -- the belief that the best of humanity is only a livestream away -- long after we flatten the curve. [poilib element="accentDivider"] Luke Winkie is a writer and former pizza maker in Brooklyn. He's written for Vox, Vice, The New York Times, Gizmodo, PC Gamer, The Atlantic, Rolling Stone, and wherever else good content can be found.View the full article
  11. E3 2020 will not get a digital-only replacement show, according to the show's organisers. Despite saying it would explore options for a digital showcase after canceling the traditional show, the ESA has now confirmed it will be skipping E3 2020 entirely: "Given the disruption brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, we will not be presenting an online E3 2020 event in June," reads a statement provided to IGN. "Instead, we will be working with exhibitors to promote and showcase individual company announcements, including on www.E3expo.com, in the coming months. We look forward to bringing our industry and community together in 2021 to present a reimagined E3 that will highlight new offerings and thrill our audiences." [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2020/04/03/ign-announces-summer-of-gaming-showcase-for-june"] If you're looking for a new source of game announcements in June, may we suggest IGN's newly-announced Summer of Gaming event? IGN will be collaborating with the likes of 2K, Square Enix, SEGA, and more to bring you publisher presentations with IGN pre- and post-discussions, remote developer interviews, hands-on demos and preview impressions, gameplay, and news segments recapping the biggest announcements. We'll have more information for you in the coming weeks. [poilib element="accentDivider"] View the full article