Changes have continued at Fullscreen as today ScrewAttack changed its name to Death Battle. This comes just days after Machinima, another of Fullscreen’s properties, closed. The change of name to Death Battle also signifies a more condensed content strategy. The popular Death Battle format, in which two fictional characters are pitted against one another and the team discusses who would win, will be the former ScrewAttack’s sole focus. The reason for the name change is vague at this time. The description of the Introducing the Death Battle Channel!, a video which announced the move, states, “This channel has to change to keep up with the YouTube landscape,” and the video itself just displays a bunch of comments from ScrewAttack videos that are variations of, “Change the channel name to Death Battle.” It wasn’t really bad advice from commenters, since looking at the channel’s uploads for the last year shows pretty much nothing but Death … [Read more...] about ScrewAttack changes name to Death Battle!
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R.A. Salvatore has been at the fantasy game a long time. Thirty-one years ago, The Crystal Shard introduced readers to Drizzt Do’Urden, the twin scimitar–wielding, dark-elf ranger with a heart of gold (and a panther he can summon from the astral plane). Since then, Drizzt has become a fantasy icon, who, along with his supporting cast from the Forgotten Realms campaign, remain all over the new Dungeons & Dragons fifth edition handbooks, not to mention a handful of video games. Salvatore, 59, is almost as ubiquitous in the genre world. He’s written nearly 40 books set in the Forgotten Realms alone, not to mention his DemonWars saga, plus work on video games including Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning and the Neverwinter MMORPG. He even developed a DemonWars tabletop game with his two sons. Yet Drizzt, above all, remains his most enduring creation — one whose moral compass never falters, even in the face of enormous challenges and the prejudice harbored by the … [Read more...] about R.A. Salvatore reflects on 30 years of writing Drizzt and an ever-changing fandom
Please be advised: this article deals with traumatic real-world events. "The longer we go without a new Petscop video, the further we drift from God," says StableChaos, a user on the Reddit channel r/Petscop, where nearly 20,000 readers congregate. Petscop is the internet's most popular haunted video game, and no-one knows yet what it all means, nor what it's all leading to. Users of r/Petscop - true to Reddit form - seem mostly irreverent and curious, with a smattering of death-cult-esque sentiment in the mix too. Comments include mad-cap predictions based on dates, colours, and emoticons, detailed patterns dissected from seemingly innocuous events and talk of an unknowable horror to come. Last March, a Youtube channel titled Petscop began releasing Let's Play-style videos of what appeared to be a bargain-bin Playstation One game designed to entice undiscerning children. The video's narrator Paul claims to have just found the Petscop game with cursed cheat-code and spooky note … [Read more...] about Petscop, the internet’s favourite haunted video game
NORTH KOREA'S isolationism from the rest of the world has forced it to develop some barmy technology of its own. People in the hermit kingdom don't have access to the perks that come with capitalism, like shiny iPhones and social media. In their place, the country's repressive government has created heavily-censored Facebook clones, mediocre Android tablets, and a locked-down Internet that would drive most westerners crazy. Kim Jong-un just admitted that his nation's crumbling public services are too embarrassing to show to visiting leaders, amid thawing ties with its neighbour South Korea and evergreen adversary the US, and the same goes for its tech. This is what digital life in North Korea looks like. A tale of two Internets North Korea boasts two versions of the world wide web: an exclusive, restriction-free model for high-ranking government officials and people in select industries, and a threadbare alternative for everyone else. The latter is heavily curated, with some estimates … [Read more...] about Does North Korea have internet and smartphones? An inside look at the wacky tech in Kim Jong-un’s hermit kingdom
YouTube seems destined to be locked in a perpetual cycle of bad news. If a high profile YouTuber hasn’t found themselves embroiled in a contentious scandal, then the platform itself is under scrutiny for its concerning approach to content moderation and relationship with its creators. At the moment, we find ourselves dealing with the latter example, as the company’s recent announcements regarding its revamped Partner Program has created cause for concern amongst viewers and creators alike. If you’re unfamiliar with the business and technical side of YouTube, it can be difficult to wrap your head around everything going in, especially as jargon buzzwords like monetisation and AdSense are thrown around so often. Enter this explainer, which dissects the current issue piece-by-piece to give you an understanding of why the recent changes to YouTube are so significant, as well as predict what it all might mean for you, and your own relationship with the … [Read more...] about Why everyone is freaking out about the YouTube Partner Program changes (and what it means for your favourite gaming channels)