AMC CEO Suggests Allowing Texting In Theaters, Then Apologizes
In an interview with Variety, AMC Entertainment CEO suggested allowing texting or cellphone use in their theaters to attract more millenials (this is AMC the theater company, not AMC the television channel). That turned out to be a not very popular suggestion, and AMC quickly realized this, issuing a statement saying that "With your advice in hand, there will be NO TEXTING ALLOWED in any of the auditoriums at AMC Theatres." It's a good thing that they came to their senses, but it makes me wonder if the CEO of this theater company has ever been to a movie theater.
Rust Now Assigns Sex To Your Character, Permanently
Garry Newman's post-apocalyptic middle school simulator Rust made headlines last year when the game added skin tones—and based it on your unique, unchangeable Steam ID. This meant that players were forced to stick with a race they maybe weren't, even if it made them kind of uncomfortable. This has now been taken a step further—players now have a sex, too, and it's also similarly unchangeable. Newman says that this isn't taking choice away from the player, as the player's sex wasn't selectable before.
As one might expect, some players are not taking the decision very well. I guess it's understandable to be confused when presented with such an outlandish concept as "sex and skin color being unchangeable constants from birth."
Mirror's Edge Catalyst Closed Beta Starting Next Weekend
The long-awaited prequel to Mirror's Edge, subtitled Catalyst, is almost here. It's just been announced that the closed beta is starting next weekend, and will go from April 22nd until April 26th. But not everything is sunshine and rainbows! It turns out that some abilities are locked behind XP upgrades. This includes things that seem pretty critical to Mirror's Edge, like rolling and quick turns. Because everyone knows throwing RPG mechanics at anything makes it better!
ARK: Survival Evolved Developer Settles For $40M In Lawsuit
Back in December of 2015, ARK: Survival Evolved developer Studio Wildcard was sued by Trendy Entertainment, the developers of the co-op tower defense action-RPG Dungeon Defenders. The cause? Jeremy Stieglitz, husband of one of the co-founders of Studio Wildcard and designer on ARK, used to be employed at Trendy—and Trendy alleges that he breached the non-compete clause of his contract by working for Studio Wildcard. Instead of going to court in less than two weeks, Studio Wildcard has opted to settle for $40M, rather than potentially face an injunction forcing them to remove ARK: Survival Evolved from sale.
Live Action Pokemon Movie Might Be Coming
We've never had a good live action video game movie. Every time I say that, I always feel like I'm forgetting one, but I can never think of it if I am. I do remember the Pokemon movies being pretty good, but all the Pokemon movies have been animated. That might not be the case for long, though: a live action Pokemon movie might be in the works, and there's reportedly a bidding war between Legendary Entertainment and Warner Bros. over the rights to produce it. Who knows? Maybe it will be fantastic! (It won't be.)