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Minecraft Entertained 74 Million Active Users in December

Minecraft drew in a staggering 74 million active players in December across all of its platforms, setting a new record for the game, according to its new head.

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There aren’t many things like Minecraft in the entertainment world. It’s hard to remember… well, just about anything that has had such huge impact in terms of the zeitgeist in recent years, especially one that has remained incredibly relevant for so long. It still sells, it’s still played, it’s still got a huge YouTube scene, it still finds its way into schools. One day maybe the game won’t have such a pervasive presence, but it sure isn’t yet.

To illustrate that, here is a pretty incredible statistic. Talking to PopSugar (via PCGamesN), newly appointed Head of Minecraft Helen Chiang revealed that the game is actually as popular as ever, setting a new record for users in December. In an interview, she said:

We just recently set a new record in December for monthly active users, so now we’re at 74 million monthly active users — and that’s really a testament to people coming back to the game, whether it’s through the game updates or bringing in new players from across the world.

That is truly a huge number of people. I’m not sure most any game has ever hit those kinds of numbers, and Minecraft is pretty old now. That said, it is of course just about on any platform that could feasibly run the game, which I’m sure helps. That still being the case, the game truly has been a true phenomenon, and it looks like it is here to stay a while longer.

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Supergirl Season 3: The Enemy of My Enemy is My Teammate

The CW has released a new clip from tonight’s episode of Supergirl season 3, ‘Fort Rozz’. The plot for the new episode is that there is a prisoner from Fort Rozz that knows how to defeat Reign (Odette Annable). Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) and Saturn Girl (Amy Jackson) recruit villains Livewire (Brit Morgan) and Psi (Yael Grobglas) for a mission to go find the prisoner.

Psi, aka Gayle Marsh, was introduced earlier this season and has strong telepathic powers that includes telekinesis and the ability to force people to face their greatest fears. Livewire, aka Leslie Willis, used to work for CatCo and was hit by lightning that passed through Supergirl, giving her the ability of living lightning. She appeared a few times in the first two seasons, with the last appearance having her in an uneasy alliance with Supergirl.

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In the clip we see Supergirl bringing in Livewire, who remembers Mon-El (Chris Wood) trying to save her, calling him ‘Cosplay’, but she doesn’t remember working with Winn (Jeremy Jordan) back at CatCo. When Psi is brought in, she’s wearing some kind of power-dampening headset that J’onn (David Harewood) gives Supergirl the key to, stating his apprehension for bringing Psi along. It’s not clear in this clip why this is the team that is needed while Mon-El, Brainiac 5 (Jesse Rath), and J’onn are staying behind. I’m sure the episode will explain it.

Supergirl airs tonight at 8 p.m. ET on the CW.

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PlayStation Game Mascots Becoming Amiibo-Like Toy Figures

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Nintendo has enjoyed a great deal of success with its Amiibo toy figure line. Those hoping for something similar for PlayStation’s franchises are in luck, as a variety of well-known characters are set to be turned into figurines–albeit ones without any Amiibo-style in-game functionality.

As revealed on GameStop’s website and the video below from the Spanish branch of retailer Game, at least seven different figures are coming in March as part of a new Totaku Collection line. These measure in at 10 cm (about 4 inches) and are described as “a unique series of highly detailed figurines from video game franchises past and present.”

And indeed, they feature more modern titles along with some older PlayStation 1 classics. This first wave of figures includes Bloodborne‘s hunter, God of War‘s Kratos, LittleBigPlanet‘s Sackboy, Crash Bandicoot, and PaRappa the Rapper. We also get one that isn’t technically a character–Wipeout‘s FX350 ship–and another that isn’t explicitly from PlayStation-exclusive games in Tekken‘s Heihachi. You can see all of these in the gallery below.

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In both the US and Spain, the figures will be available on March 23. In the US, they’re priced at $10 a pop and will be available exclusively through GameStop and Think Geek. That makes them slightly cheaper than the MSRP of an Amiibo figure, although again, these can’t be scanned or used to unlock things in games.

There’s no word yet on when or if additional figures will also be released.

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The 2018 Razzie Nominations Are a Reminder That the Razzies Are Useless

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Ugh, here we go. The “funny” Razzie Nominations have been announced, and as usual, they’re bad. Since 1981, the Golden Raspberry Awards have been leading the way in nominating movies they consider to be the worst of the worst Hollywood has to offer. These nominations are meant to be both tongue-in-cheek and “reward” bad films and bad performances, but often, they target movies that are misunderstood or simply bold. If anything, the nominations continually prove that the Razzies are kind of useless. The 2018 Razzie Nominations are below.

We have to cover this, but I want you to know I’m not happy about it. I get it: the Razzies are meant to be a joke and not taken very seriously. But year after year, the Razzies, aka the Golden Raspberry Awards, look at films that are merely different and declare, “This is bad!” I’m not saying every film they nominate is some unheralded masterpiece – there are some true stinkers here. But all you need to know about the credibility of the Razzies is that they once nominated Stanley Kubrick for “Worst Director” for The Shining.

Transformers: The Last Knight leads the 2018 Razzie Nominations, and I won’t sit here and defend a Transformers movie. But the Razzies also saw fit to nominate Jennifer Lawrence as “Worst Actress” for mother! Look, I know mother! is a divisive film, and I even said in my review that I thought Lawrence was possibly miscast in the lead. That doesn’t mean she should qualify for “Worst Actress” status, however. Darren Aronofsky netted a “Worst Director” nomination for mother!, and folks, that’s just stupid. Again: mother! is a polarizing film, and I fully admit it’s not for everyone. But if you honestly think that movie is poorly directed, you’re being a silly goose.

Meanwhile, Sofia Boutella nabbed a “Worst Supporting Actress” nom for her role in The Mummy, and while that Tom Cruise blockbuster flop was truly dire, Boutella was perhaps the best element in the entire film. Other nominees include BaywatchThe Emoji Movie and Fifty Shades Darker. You can see the full list of the 2018 Razzie Nominations below.

WORST PICTURE 

Baywatch
The Emoji Movie
Fifty Shades Darker
The Mummy
Transformers: The Last Knight 

WORST ACTRESS 

Katherine Heigl (Unforgettable)
Dakota Johnson (Fifty Shades Darker)
Jennifer Lawrence (mother!)
Tyler Perry (Boo 2! A Madea Halloween)
Emma Watson (The Circle)

WORST ACTOR 

Tom Cruise (The Mummy)
Johnny Depp (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales)
Jamie Dornan (Fifty Shades Darker)
Zac Efron (Baywatch)
Mark Wahlberg (Daddy’s Home 2 and Transformers: The Last Knight)

WORST SUPPORTING ACTOR 

Javier Bardem (mother! and Pirates of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales)
Russell Crowe (The Mummy)
Josh Duhamel (Transformers: The Last Knight)
Mel Gibson (Daddy’s Home 2)
Anthony Hopkins (Collide and Transformers: The Last Knight)

WORST SUPPORTING ACTRESS 

Kim Basinger (Fifty Shades Darker)
Sofia Boutella (The Mummy)
Laura Haddock (Transformers: The Last Knight)
Goldie Hawn (Snatched)
Susan Sarandon (A Bad Moms Christmas)

WORST SCREEN COMBO  

“Any combination of two characters, two sex toys or two sexual positions” (Fifty Shades Darker)
“Any combination of two humans, two robots or two explosions” (Transformers: The Last Knight)
“Any two obnoxious emojis” (The Emoji Movie)
“Johnny Depp & his worn-out drunk routine” (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales)
“Tyler Perry & either the ratty old dress or worn-out wig” (Boo 2! A Madea Halloween)

WORST REMAKE, RIPOFF OR SEQUEL  

Baywatch
Boo 2! A Madea Halloween
Fifty Shades Darker
The Mummy
Transformers: The Last Knight

WORST DIRECTOR 

Darren Aronofsky (mother!)
Michael Bay (Transformers: The Last Knight)
James Foley (Fifty Shades Darker)
Alex Kurtzman (The Mummy)
Tony Leonidis (The Emoji Movie)

WORST SCREENPLAY    

Baywatch
The Emoji Movie
Fifty Shades Darker
The Mummy
Transformers: The Last Knight

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2018 Razzies: It’s Blue Steel vs. the Man of Steel for Best of Worst

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Let’s be honest: even for the most die-hard film buff and awards junkie, this time of year can get to be a bit much. We’re in that cycle now where it feels like you can’t throw a rock in any direction without hitting an awards show. After a while, you start blurring the lines between the “Screen Academy Globes Awards” and the “Golden Actor Guild Awards;” which is why it’s nice to have an awards season palette cleanser like the Razzies.

With their 38th ceremony set to take place on March 3rd, 2018, The Golden Raspberry Awards (“The Razzies“) unveiled their 2018 Razzie nominations; and it looks to be a good-bad year for Ben Stiller‘s Zoolander 2 and Zack Snyder‘s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, who have the “honor” of leading the pack with eight and nine nominations, respectively. But there’s also more than enough “tough love” to spread around to a number of other films and to “highlight” individual “achievements.” You can see the full list of categories and nominees for yourself below.

Co-founded by UCLA film graduates and film-industry veterans, John J. B. Wilson and Mo Murphy and with the first held in March 1981, the annual Razzie Awards ceremony recognizes the worst in film and traditionally precedes the Academy Awards ceremony by one day. The awards are in the form of a raspberry which sits atop a Super 8 mm film reel, with the entire award spray-painted gold.

WORST PICTURE

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Dirty Grandpa

Gods of Egypt

Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party

Independence Day: Resurgence

Zoolander No. 2

WORST ACTOR

Ben Affleck

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Gerard Butler

Gods of Egypt & London Has Fallen

Henry Cavill

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Robert De Niro

Dirty Grandpa

Dinesh D’Souza

Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party (as himself)

Ben Stiller

Zoolander No. 2

WORST ACTRESS

Megan Fox

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows

Tyler Perry

Boo! A Madea Halloween

Julia Roberts

Mother’s Day

Becky Turner

Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party (as Hillary Clinton)

Naomi Watts

Divergent Series: Allegiant & Shut-In

Shailene Woodley

Divergent Series: Allegiant

WORST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Julianne Hough

Dirty Grandpa

Kate Hudson

Mother’s Day

Aubrey Plaza

Dirty Grandpa

Jane Seymour

Fifty Shades of Black

Sela Ward

Independence Day: Resurgence

Kristen Wiig

Zoolander No. 2

WORST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Nicolas Cage

Snowden

Johnny Depp

Alice Through the Looking Glass

Will Ferrell

Zoolander No. 2

Jesse Eisenberg

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Jared Leto

Suicide Squad

Owen Wilson

Zoolander No. 2

WORST SCREEN COMBO

Ben Affleck & His BFF (Baddest Foe Forever) Henry Cavill / Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Any 2 Egyptian Gods or Mortals/Gods of Egypt

Johnny Depp & His Vomitously Vibrant Costume / Alice Through the Looking Glass

The Entire Cast of Once Respected Actors / Collateral Beauty

Tyler Perry & That Same Old Worn Out Wig / Boo! A Madea Halloween

Ben Stiller and His BFF (Barely Funny Friend) Owen Wilson / Zoolander No. 2

WORST DIRECTOR

Dinesh D’Souza and Bruce Schooley

Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party

Roland Emmerich

Independence Day: Resurgence

Tyler Perry

Boo! A Madea Halloween

Alex Proyas

Gods of Egypt

Zack Snyder

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Ben Stiller

Zoolander No. 2

WORST PREQUEL, REMAKE, RIP-OFF or SEQUEL

Alice Through the Looking Glass

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice: Dawn of Justice

Fifty Shades of Black

Independence Day: Resurgence

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows

Zoolander No. 2

WORST SCREENPLAY

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Dirty Grandpa

Gods of Egypt

Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party

Independence Day: Resurgence

Suicide Squad

 

Source: Deadline Hollywood

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Disney World is Going All Out for National Polka Dot Day

Today is the big day! January 22nd is National Polka Dot Day, and who better to represent this day than Minnie Mouse? The queen of dots is even getting her own Hollywood Walk of Fame star, so this is truly a momentous day. Walt Disney World is celebrating with special photo ops, merch, food, and more!

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The 2018 Tokyo Auto Salon Is A Delightful Celebration Of Weirdness

I can honestly say there’s no show quite like the Tokyo Auto Salon. There are other tuner shows like SEMA and the Essen Motor Show, but the TAS has its very own and unique style. When the rest of the world is oohing and aah-ing over the latest tech and the latest trucks, this unmistakably Japanese show is where things get wonderfully weird.

Just one of the 11 halls hosting the Tokyo Auto Salon

It’s not a big show, despite over 880 vehicles displayed across 11 halls. You can do a lap of the whole thing in about two hours. Of course, you’ll need more time to take everything in.

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For 2018, 319,030 people were in attendance over the three days it was held, making it the fourth year in a row where attendance has been over 300,000. It’s a show that just gets bigger every year. There’s good reason why TAS is held every year and the Tokyo Motor Show is every two years: It’s just a more enjoyable event to attend.

This year’s Kuhl stand was quite tame compared to previous years

What started off as the “Tokyo Exciting Car Show” back in 1983 (I wish they had kept that name because it is amazing) is now in its 36th year and has become both a custom car and an entertainment show in one. If you want your fix of a pure, unadulterated shot of JDM in one big crazy go, TAS is the place to get it.

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What I love most about this one is it knows it’s not a serious motor show—it leaves that to the Tokyo Motor Show, with its new car reveals and industry news.

While there were a couple of new concept debuts, namely the Toyota GR Super Sports Concept and the Subaru VIZIV Performance STI Concept, most of the cars on display were of the crazy tuner variety.

While we’re on the GR Super Sports Concept, I asked Toshiharu Takasu, Marketing General Manager at Gazoo, if the SSC would ever see the light of day.

He initially said, “Yes, maybe,” before correcting it to, “Hopefully. I wish.”

Toyota GR Super Sport Concept

Every year there are more foreign cars displayed at TAS, but it’s still a very Japanese show. Like the previous three years I’ve been, the obsession with over-fenders is still very much alive, as demonstrated by the controversial Liberty Walk Miura. Once you’ve seen one you’ve really seen them all.

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So instead I’ve focused on some of the non-over-fendered cars that caught my eye, including some clean stanced cars. It’s nice to know simplicity is still something tuners appreciate, as evidenced by the orange Toyota Crown.

Every year, there are a couple of cars that get showcased more than others at TAS. Last year it was the new MX-5. This year it was the Lexus LC. I know I just said a whole thing about over-fenders, but you have to admit that Liberty Walk’s first attempt at a Lexus car is pretty damn good. The other LC kits had more subtle looks and wheel changes.

C-HR proved to be a popular base car for modifications this year

The Toyota C-HR looked pretty nice with bigger wheels, lowered suspension, and some aero parts, though I’m not sure those would do much with performance.

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Minivans are popular as ever in Japan. They’re still the go-to vehicle for sensible families. With a market full of generic vans, it’s no surprise some want to make their stand out. There’s an entire aftermarket, erm, market, for vans in Japan. Want over-fenders on your Toyota Hiace? Sure. Want to be a mobile DJ? Sure, just put some loud speakers in your Honda Odyssey. There’s everything from slammed vans, camping vans and even “luxury vans” with seats that turn into a leather trimmed bed.

More amazingly, the Prius was still a popular base car to modify. One that caught my eye was the Dazer Prius-X lifted off-road version by CarStyle. This was shown last year as well and is still as funny as the first time I saw it. It’s perfect for those who want to go out and see the environment they’re saving.

Want a hybrid off-roader but don’t want a SUV? Here’s your answer

What also hasn’t changed is the love for big wings. The HKS stand delivered with what can only be described as the biggest wing I’ve ever seen on a Toyota 86. The Suzuki Swift Sport next to it channeled a bit of Escudo Pikes Peak, too, though a Swift with a Pikes Peak inspired kit would be a great thing to see at the next TAS.

Wing game is strong

Ever so slowly, European cars are becoming more and more common at TAS. Apart from the obvious Liberty Walk exotics, RWB Porsches, and Morohoshi Lamborghinis, more “humble” European cars received the TAS treatment too.

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The pink Audi Q2 looked rather nice, as did the BMW 5 Series Touring from 3D Design. But it was the Desima Japan BMW Z4 which looked liked a Shelby Cobra that really caught my eye.

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An honorable mention also goes to the widebody Maserati Quattroporte by Ninja Design who had a ninja pose next to the car. You can’t even make this up.

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Like American cars? TAS has you covered, too, though don’t be too surprised most are trucks. More specifically, the Jeep Wrangler is a star here. Even in Japan there’s a huge following for the Wrangler and a few keen modifiers.

There was at least one modified Wrangler of some sort in nearly every hall, which is quite impressive for a market where Ford pulled out and seeing a Cadillac is rarer than seeing a Maserati. For the ultimate East-meets-West, the Rocket Bunny Ford F-150 at the Toyo Tires stand was quite spectacular.

Like Starbucks and McDonald’s, there was a Wrangler around every corner
Rocket Bunny F150

This year’s TAS also marked the inaugural BH Auction from Bingo Sports. As you may have heard around the Internet in the lead up to TAS, the auction had some interesting lots including a Top Secret Toyota Supra, a Spoon NSX-R GT, and a Nissan R90CK Group C racecar. Some of the headline prices include ¥35,520,000 ($319,324) for a R34 Skyline GT-R with only 10 km on the clock.

The most expensive car there, unsurprisingly

The NSX-R GT sold for a final price of ¥18,700,000 ($168,113) while the Toyota 2000GT sold for ¥83,360,000 ($749,406). The most expensive car from the auction was the R90CK which went under the hammer for ¥193,000,000 ($1,735,070). It’s the first time an auction of this pedigree has been held in Japan in recent years. BH Auction want to be the Japanese version of high-end auctions such as RM Sotheby’s and Gooding & Co.

Top Secret Supra at BH Auctions

As great as these all are though, what makes TAS memorable every year are the never-ending wacky cars and the seemingly never-ending imagination of some of the tuners. One of my highlights from the show was the Toyota Crown Majesta, which looked like a four-door Ferrari if it was in an anime.

There’s a lot of things going on here
Some men trying to break into their own car

The company that did the Daihatsu Copen-based faux-911 and Nissan March based Rolls-Royce replica should be commended for their efforts. The latter car in particular was quite something to behold—it just stretched on forever. It reminded me of those limos the old Top Gear guys made a while back. There’s never a dull moment at TAS.

I’m not sure how practical those wheel covers are

It’s no surprise creations like these are around because the various design and engineering schools that showcased some of their students’ work are just as incredible. Take the Nihon Automotive Technical School (NATS) as an example. Their stand is always a source of entertainment at every TAS.

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This year they had the MINI Reborn, which looked like it had come back from the year 2118. The brown paint with the silver wheel covers were a nice contrast. They also had the Vellfire Pickup, which started out in life as a premium minivan.

It’s basically like a Zonda

From the Saitama Institute of Automotive Technology was what can only be described as a Toyota Will vS jet fighter. It had gullwing doors (because why not?), a jet thruster in the boot and a widebody kit.

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But that was nothing compared to the creation from the Toyota Technical College. Last year they had an aquarium-inspired Toyota bB; this year they had a castle-inspired Celica complete with tatami mats, bonsai trees, origami cranes, kadema gear stick, kimono style seats, and a freaking castle on the roof.

More Zen than a Zenvo
Literally a stick shift
I love the combination of a castle on the roof and a massive wing

There’s literally so much else at TAS it’s best to just come see it for yourself. Don’t question the logic behind some of the creations, just embrace it and move on.

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It’s the most enjoyable auto show I’ve been to and really sums up the wild, crazy, diverse and inclusive automotive culture in Japan. You should definitely go next time.

They’re not interested in the Toyota
Lambos were easily the most popular exotics at TAS
The first Liberty Walk Aventador SV didn’t cause as much controversy as the Miura
One of Morohoshi’s special designs
Morohoshi’s personal flamethrower
The pack up of the show was impressive as the show itself
Fast wagon with a roof box. Yes.
So much wagon love.
This was about 30 minutes after the show ended
Overfenders everywhere
Old cars, new cars everything was covered at TAS
Pandarghini
Hard Rock Cafe… stay tuned
Ninja Style indeed
Stance Magic
Yes, a bosozoku car at TAS
These are here every year
Japan’s van culture is unlike any other
M2 & Celica
MX-5 with a Corvette styled engine bay
Like the bedazzled Mercs, this always makes an appearance every year
It used to be a posh van, now it’s a high-riding truck
I quite like this
I wasn’t sure if she was a model or she just wanted her photo taken
And the winner for most interesting drift car interior goes to…
When you couldn’t decide what color to have your Mitsuoka Orochi in
The most interesting looking Huracan i’ve seen
This Pagani Huayra BC was also shown at The Quail last year
See, another Jeep Wrangler
The Zonda Anija. More to come.
This one looks like a Gundam
Many, many Aventadors
Sometimes I wonder if TAS is a show about cars or girls?
Tatami mats seemed to be a popular theme this year
RB26, bro
Quite a few R32s scattered around too
Who needs padded back seats?
Twin turbo Nissan Patrol
“be different”. It’s certainly that.
Sign me up for one of these
This was one of the more interesting booths at TAS
This was seriously cool
Random Mazda 767B
Wait, what?
Beaut of a ute
Umm… yes
Some of the vans at TAS looked more spacious than most apartments in Tokyo
The BH Auction line up
Some seriously mouth-watering (and eye-watering) cars here
The $320,000 R34
300ZX Bonneville
Barn finds
Sound vans are getting more mainstream
A bear and a samurai
Check out that scoop
Escudo anyone?
It’s the X-Bee!
It was called the Suzuki Carry Fishing Gear
‘Porsche’ based on a Daihatsu Coupon

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Guild Wars 2 Developers Donate Thousands After Fan’s House Burns Down

Two weeks before Christmas, a Georgia woman lost her home and nearly everything she owned in a fire. When she went back to survey the damage, one of the few things she recovered was a collector’s edition copy of Nightfall, an expansion for Guild Wars, her favorite video game. After she posted her find on Twitter, the game’s developers sent her a generous gift.

On the morning of December 13th, Siadina, whose real name is Flora Hunsucker, went to work like any other day. Shortly after she got there, a fire started in her house. While Siadina works only five blocks away from home, but even though her mother called her right away, by the time she got back to her house, there was nothing she could do. A faulty dryer had caught fire and it spread rapidly throughout the house. ItSiadina said that by the time she made it home, it was too late to try to salvage anything from the house. There had been about a five minute window where her father had been able to enter the house to try to retrieve her pets. While Siadina’s cats survived, unfortunately her dogs Ginger and Rosie would not. In a matter of minutes she lost nearly everything in her home of 21 years.

The firefighters told Siadina and her family that she could return after a week or two to see what they could salvage. In the meantime, they set up a crowdfunding campaign to try to raise money to move into a new home. She returned to the house to film a Facebook Live, to show the people who were donating what they were helping her with. She said that as soon as she finished her video, she found her collector’s edition of Nightfall. Other than a little water damage, it was intact.

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She snapped a quick video, and then posted it to Twitter and tagged ArenaNet at her friend’s insistence. Shortly afterward, she said she got a direct message from the development studio’s social media coordinator, asking for her address to send her a t-shirt.

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Flora started playing Guild Wars in 2005. “It was my first MMO,” she said over the phone. “I fell in love with it.” She has logged over 4,000 hours in the first game, and about another 2,500 in Guild Wars 2. “The local Game Stop people know me as the ‘crazy Guild Wars lady,’” she said. It’s been a constant in her life for over a decade, and a place where she’s met some lifelong friends. She was excited that they contacted her at all, let alone send her a shirt.

Siadina has logged 4,874 hours in Guild Wars, and counting.

Soon afterward, Siadina said that her mother called her and told her that, “Someone called ArenaNet,” made a $3,500 donation to their crowdfunding campaign. A few days after that she got a package in the mail. Siadina said that her mom told her, “This doesn’t feel like a t-shirt.” ArenaNet had sent her all of the Guild Wars games, signed by the developers.

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“It was a magical thing opening that up an seeing all my beloved games,” she said. “That’s not to mention the t-shirt and the swag bag. All of these were signed.”

Siadina seems a little overwhelmed by the generosity of this gift and the donation. When asked what she would say to ArenaNet, she said, “Thank you is so inadequate. It’s all I got. Thank you for me and my family and everything. I didn’t expect any of this.” Between the support from them, the Guild Wars community and her local friends, she said that her faith in humanity has been restored, “a billion times over.”

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Siadina and her family are still trying to recover from the fire, although with the help of ArenaNet and the Guild Wars community, she has achieved the $5,000 goal on her crowdfunding campaign, with more donations coming in after her friend Pickles posted her story to the Guild Wars subreddit. “To have the Guild Wars community come up behind me so strongly and so positively, it’s a blessing without price,” Siadina said. “It’s priceless.”

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Disney World is Going All Out for National Polka Dot Day

Today is the big day! January 22nd is National Polka Dot Day, and who better to represent this day than Minnie Mouse? The queen of dots is even getting her own Hollywood Walk of Fame star, so this is truly a momentous day. Walt Disney World is celebrating with special photo ops, merch, food, and more!

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Dragon Ball FighterZ Review Roundup

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This is an especially exciting week for game releases, as two of the year’s most anticipated titles, Monster Hunter World and Dragon Ball FighterZ, are both set to launch on January 26. The latter is the new 2.5D Dragon Ball fighting game from Arc System Works, the studio behind Guilty Gear and BlazBlue, and it looks to be one of the best titles based on Akira Toriyama’s popular anime and manga series.

In GameSpot’s Dragon Ball FighterZ review in progress, critic Peter Brown called the game “an exciting revitalization of Dragon Ball Z’s glory days.” He added, “Even if you think Dragon Ball is old hat, and even if you’re intimidated by fighting games, there’s a good chance you’ll be drawn into the explosive action and personalities that expertly evoke the anime’s infectious spirit.”

Other reviews for Dragon Ball FighterZ have also begun appearing online ahead of the game’s release this Friday, and they’ve been similarly positive. We’ve collected a sample of Dragon Ball FighterZ reviews in our roundup below, which we’ll continue to update as more reviews are published closer to the game’s release. In the meantime, you can take a wider look at what critics think of Dragon Ball FighterZ on GameSpot sister site Metacritic.

  • Game: Dragon Ball FighterZ
  • Developer: Arc System Works
  • Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC
  • Release date: January 26
  • Price: $60 / £50

GameSpot — 9/10

“FighterZ is complex and distinct enough to be enjoyed by fighting game competitors, but there’s no question that it’s been designed to tap into the hearts of Dragon Ball’s most dedicated fans, and no doubt those same qualities will win people over who’ve never given the series a chance. Where past games attempted to get there through huge character rosters and deliberately predictable trips down memory lane, FighterZ has bottled the essence of what makes the series’ characters, animation, and sense of humor so beloved and reconfigured it into something new: a Dragon Ball fighting game that can go toe-to-toe with the best of the genre.” — Peter Brown [Full review in progress]

IGN — 8.5/10

“Between the accessible auto combos, homing attacks, and simplified command inputs, Dragon Ball FighterZ is an inviting gateway into the world of fighting games for newcomers–whether you’re a Dragon Ball fan or not. Those easy controls can open the door to some spammy behavior, but just as often it’s satisfying in a way that does right by the Dragon Ball name. Dragon Ball FighterZ has enough depth and complexity to glow as brilliantly as a Super Saiyan.” — Mitchell Saltzman [Full review]

EGM — 9/10

“While there have been many fighting games based on the Dragon Ball franchise, Dragon Ball FighterZ marks a modern approach through the means of fast-paced action. From its breathtaking visuals to ease of gameplay mastery, the new fighter is a good stepping stone to expand the fan base of the genre. However, it may not satisfy players who are looking for complexity.” — Evan Slead [Full review]

Game Informer — Review in Progress

“The more I delve into training mode, the more I learn about FighterZ, which is great; before playing the full game, I was a little afraid Arc System Works was going to go a bit too simple to appeal to casual Dragon Ball fans, and I’m happy to be proven wrong. Despite the simple control scheme, there are plenty of ways you can approach your opponent, and I never felt completely helpless, or that any one option was overwhelmingly powerful. Complete novices will still have to do some genre learning, but the fundamentals are simple enough that it won’t be too much of a chore.” — Suriel Vazquez [Full review in progress]

Eurogamer — Review in Progress

“Dragon Ball FighterZ, then, is the fighting game for everyone. Sure, it’s a fast-paced game, and with three-versus-three action the screen can get pretty busy at times, but Arc System Works’ effort to make the combat accessible means pretty much anyone can pick up their favourite few characters from Dragon Ball and get them to do cool and exciting stuff straight away. A few minutes spent in training mode and you’ll find yourself doing combos that approach the 100-hit mark–just from a few basic input commands.” — Wesley Yin-Poole [Full review in progress]

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