This Stranger Things Actor Could Join The New X-Men Spinoff

Stranger Things actor Charlie Heaton, who plays Jonathan Byers on the hit Netflix show, is reportedly in talks to join the new X-Men spinoff film, New Mutants. According to Variety, Heaton is “in negotiations” to play the character Sam Guthrie/Cannonball.
Heaton would join a cast that already includes Game of Thrones actress Maisie Williams (Wolfsbane) and Split actress Anya Taylor-Joy (Magik). Additionally, Daredevil actress Rosario Dawson is rumoured to play Dr. Cecilia Reyes.
The Fault in Our Stars director Josh Boone is directing New Mutants.
According to a report, the film could be departure from the more traditional superhero action of the other X-Men films, with a ComingSoon story describing it as a “teen horror movie.” This ties into comments made last year by X-Men producer Simon Kinberg, who said that it would have “its own unique, original voice.”
New Mutants opens on April 13, 2018.

NBA 2K17 Predicts Epic NBA Finals And Winner

The NBA Finals begin this week with the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors going head to head for the second year in a row to compete for the championship.
2K Sports today released the results of its annual NBA Finals simulation using NBA 2K17, and it's the Warriors who come out on top this year, defeating the Cavs in a thrilling seven-game series.
You can see a full breakdown of the simulated series here on Facebook.
But if you want to know how it ends, it comes down to Game 7 with Kevin Durant scoring a game-high 41 points to help seal the Warriors' 132-106 victory and the title.
Back in October 2016, at the start of the current NBA season, 2K predicted that the Cavs and Warriors would reach the Finals, with the Cavs winning the Finals in seven games. The prediction has now changed, however, as the company believes the Warriors will win.
In the real world, the Cavs completed an epic comeback last year to stun the Warriors and claim the NBA Finals title. It wa..

Payday Designer’s New Game Is Actually Called GTFO

10 Chambers Collective, a studio composed of several ex-Payday developers, announced today that its new game is called GTFO.
That's right–the developer's game tells you to “get the f*** out” right up front. The studio is still being tight-lipped about what GTFO is, but it describes the project as a “four-player hardcore co-op action horror FPS.” How all those different elements are brought together is still unknown.
10 Chambers announced the name via a short teaser trailer, which you can see above. All that you can see in the video is a series of chasms or holes with jagged edges, as light flickers.
The developer isn't even attempting to make GTFO appeal to broad audiences; rather, it is targeting a niche group of players. As founder Ulf Andersson said in a press release, “10 Chambers is completely self funded, meaning there is no board of directors that dictates our creative choices. We can go for a more niche audience–so GTFO goes out to the tight knit, die hard co-o..

Teen Titans, Powerpuff Girls, And Beetlejuice Expansions Announced For Lego Dimensions

Warner Bros. Interactive has announced the latest wave of expansions for Lego Dimensions. This time, players can step into the worlds of The Powerpuff Girls, Teen Titans Go, and Beetlejuice.
The Teen Titans Go expansion comes in the form of a new Team Pack and Fun Pack based on the animated series. The Team Pack includes minifigs of Raven and Beast Boy, as well as a transformable T-Car and Spellbook of Azaroth. The Fun Pack, meanwhile, contains a minifig of Starfire and a 3-in-1 Titan Robot. Each minifig allows players to access the Teen Titans Adventure World, Jump City.
Warner Bros. is also releasing Team and Fun Packs for Powerpuff Girls. The Team Pack contains minifigs of Blossom and Bubbles, as well as a 3-in-1 Octi and PPG Smartphone. The Fun Pack includes Buttercup and a transformable Mega Blast Bot. All three minifigs grant access to the Powerpuff Girls Adventure World.
The Beetlejuice expansion, meanwhile, is only releasing as a Fun Pack. It includes a minifig of the poltergei..

Rockstar’s Parent Company Talks Microtransactions, VR Doubts, Nintendo Switch Optimism

During a speaking appearance today, Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick discussed a number of interesting topics, including microtransactions, virtual reality, and the Nintendo Switch.
Starting with microtransactions, Zelnick said Take-Two is not trying to nickel-and-dime players, though he did acknowledge that the company has received some amount of criticism on the subject. Microtransactions are part of what Take-Two calls “recurrent consumer spending” and this is big business for the company, and highly lucrative given the margins on digital content.
You can expect Take-Two's future games to continue to make use of microtransactions.
“You can't give stuff away for free in perpetuity; there's no business model in that,” Zelnick said at the Cowen and Company 45th Annual Technology, Media & Telecom Conference today. “But we're not trying to optimise the monetisiation of everything we do to the nth degree.
“My concern is, if you do that, the consumer knows,” he said. “They ..

Nvidia’s Max-Q Design Packs Desktop Power In Ultra-Thin Gaming Laptops

During a keynote address at Computex in Taiwan, Nvidia revealed its breakthrough technology for ultra-thin gaming laptops. It's called Max-Q, and it's made up of several PC hardware and software designs to fit a high-end graphics card into a low-profile form factor without sacrificing much performance.
Nvidia stated that the GTX 1080 can achieve around 90 percent of the performance of other GTX 1080 cards seen in today's gaming laptops. With all that power packed in a tight chassis, the cooling solution and power management should be as efficient as possible, which is where WhisperMode comes in. It's a software solution to emphasize peak efficiency instead of peak performance, though Nvidia stated the performance gap is minimal. Through WhisperMode, the hardware can scale back when a game's frame rate is high enough to decrease power usage and temperature.
In order for a manufacturer to build a laptop with the Max-Q design, Nvidia must be involved in the creati..

Rock Band 4 Gets Big New Update, Here’s What It Does

A big new update for the music game Rock Band 4 is out now, adding a new Seasons mode and a Mission system, while a number of bugs are fixed with the patch as well.
Seasons, a change to the Rivals Challenge format, in Rock Band 4 run for eight weeks. You start with the Bronze ranking and move up from there; no longer can you be demoted if you take time off, which sounds like a nice thing. Of course there are rewards to rack up for moving through the ranks, and you can read more about them here on Harmonix's website.
As for the new Missions system, this is a list of tasks you can take on, examples playing five big rock endings and one that asks you to miss just one note in a song. Some Missions tie in to your Crew, where each member contributes to an overall XP goal. There are also timed missions, themed missions, and “Secret” missions, Harmonix says.
Here are some other notable highlights from Rock Band 4's new update:
You can now press one button to look at the different ite..

PS4/PC’s Last Day Of June Looks Like A Tim Burton Film Crossed With A Watercolor Painting

Murasaki Baby was a strange but beautiful platformer, and it was praised for its art style when it was released back in 2014. Now, the creator of Murasaki Baby, Massimo Guarini, has announced a new game, called Last Day of June, that looks just as unique and evocative.
Last Day of June is an adventure game that tells a story of love and loss between two characters, Carl and June. According to developer Ovosonico, the story begins with a fun outing and progresses into Carl's struggle to save June's life. The announcement trailer shows off some of its gameplay and its beautiful environments. You can watch it above.
To me, it looks sort of like a mixture of a watercolor painting and one of Tim Burton's animated films. The backgrounds are full of soft brushstrokes, undefined edges, and pastel colors. But the characters have the exaggerated proportions and lankiness of Burton characters. This isn't entirely a coincidence: one of the people working on Last Day of June is ..

Pokemon Go Helped Propel The Pokemon Company’s Net Profit By 26x

Fervor around Pokemon Go may have died down since last summer, but the game helped propel The Pokemon Company's profits to impressive heights.
The company revealed that its net profit for the most recent fiscal year, which ended on February 28, was $143.3 million. That's an astounding number in its own right, but it's all the more impressive when you realize it's roughly 26 times more than the $5.6 million net profit the company posted the previous fiscal year.
It's also highest net profit the company has posted in recent memory. While private companies are not required to disclose their financial earnings, The Pokemon Company has regularly shared its net profits. For comparison, here are the company's net profits for the five most recent fiscal years (via Kantan Games blog):
Fiscal year ending February 28, 2013: $16.6 million2014: $10.6 million2015: $18.4 million2016: $5.6 million2017: $143.3 millionOf course, this staggering jump can be attributed to the..