Nintendo’s Online Services Need to Catch Up With Everyone Else

Nintendo needs to get its online offerings caught up with other company’s consoles. Many Nintendo Switch owners haven’t been huge proponents of Nintendo’s online services on the handheld-console hybrid. Nevertheless, the company’s very own Shigeru Miyamoto believes that they’re not falling behind when it comes to their own online services, as well as technologies like virtual reality and cloud gaming. While the Nintendo Switch Online service is definitely a step up from what was offered through the Nintendo Wii and its successor, the Wii U, it still doesn’t really hold a candle to its competition.

Earlier this year, Nintendo introduced its first iteration of VR technology using Nintendo Labo. Switch owners can essentially make an affordable and simple VR headset using the cardboard provided in Labo. While it’s certainly a novel idea, the headset doesn’t offer nearly as compelling experiences as its competitors. The Labo VR essentially allows you to enjoy games like Super Mario Odyssey, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate from a distance.  Perhaps that’ll improve in the future, but for now, it’s not nearly as good as PS VR, Oculus, or HTC Vive.

Related: Nintendo Introduces Switch Lite Device for Handheld Play

IGN reports that in a General Meeting of Shareholders, Miyamoto contested the idea that the company has fallen behind when it comes to global trends in the video game industry like online, cloud gaming, and virtual reality. “We have not fallen behind with either VR or network services. We worked on them from the very beginning, and have been experimenting with them in a variety of ways,” Miyamoto said. He then goes on to point out that they do experiment with many of these technologies behind the scenes, but don’t put them out publicly until they’re absolutely ready. In that regard, it may seem like they’re falling behind from the consumer’s perspective.

Miyamoto then goes on to talk about cloud gaming. While he believes that it’ll certainly become more widespread in the future, there will always be a place for games that run locally on a device. Nintendo Switch Online actually offers cloud gaming to some extent with its digital NES library. Players who pay for the service have access to a wide variety of some of the retro console’s best titles for no additional cost, and the service also provides save states so they can continue their game from wherever they left off. However, fans have found issues with this, since it doesn’t offer access to previous console generations like Gamecube, SNES, or Nintendo 64. Much of Nintendo’s retro library is already available on prior consoles, but nowhere to be found on the Switch.

Nintendo still has plenty to fix with their current online service before they can even begin expanding their cloud and VR services. Multiple videos of their latest release, Super Mario Maker 2, show that the online functionality is in an incredibly rough state. Additionally, the hardcore Super Smash Bros. community widely considers the service unplayable when it comes to netplay. For a service that costs users a monthly subscription fee, it only seems natural that Nintendo buff out these issues before looking into anything else, especially cloud gaming.

Next: Nintendo Switch Online Library Service Might Be Expanding

Source: IGN

2019-07-10 08:07:23

Jordan Boyd

How To Watch Lord Of The The Rings: The Two Towers Online

It was the second part of the epic trilogy that really raised the stakes, so where can fans watch The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers online? Prior to The Lord Of The Rings trilogy, Peter Jackson made a name for himself as the director behind gory horror comedies like Braindead. Jackson was initially torn between developing a Lord Of The Rings adaptation or directing a King Kong remake and ultimately opted for the latter. When that project was canceled in 1997, Jackson turned back to working on a two-film Rings adaptation with Miramax.

Miramax later attempted to shrink the entire saga down to a single, two-hour movie, something Jackson felt was impossible. The director then shipped the project to other studios, with New Line Cinema agreeing to make a three-movie Lord Of The Rings adaptation. This was seen as a big risk on the studio’s part since if the first movie bombed, they would have been left with two movies that either would have been shelved or sent straight to video. Luckily, the gamble paid off and the entire franchise proved to be a critical and commercial triumph.

Related: What To Expect From Amazon’s Lord of the Rings TV Show

Jackson would later return for The Hobbit trilogy, which lacked the acclaim that greeted its predecessors but still proved a financial success. Fans often debate which entry of the original trilogy is the best, and a strong case could be made for The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers. It fully introduced Andy Serkis’ iconic Gollum, it expanded the scope of the Middle Earth and it ended on the famous Battle of Helm’s Deep. It’s a great movie, simply put, so where can fans who want to revisit it – or seek it out for the first time – find The ord Of The Rings: The Two Towers online?

Sadly, it appears The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers currently isn’t available to stream on platforms like Netflix or Hulu. The movie is available to rent or buy from a number of services, however, including iTunes, Google Play, YouTube, Prime Video, and Vudu. Rental prices typically start from $3.99 while it can cost anywhere between $9.99 to $17.99 to purchase a copy online.

UK fans are in luck, with the entire Lord Of The Rings trilogy currently available to stream on Netflix. With Amazon’s Lord Of The Ring’s series currently in development, it’s likely their streaming service will be the next place to host the movies in future. For fans seeking The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers online, it appears renting or buying is currently the only option in the U.S.

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2019-04-25 12:04:25

Padraig Cotter

Game of Thrones Season 8, Episode 2 Leaks Online Early

The second episode of season 8 of Game of Thrones has leaked hours ahead of its airtime. This marks the second leak for the popular HBO series since last week. In an unrelated incident, the final season’s premiere became available on DirecTV hours before it was meant to air.

Based on George R.R Martin’s popular A Song of Ice and Fire book series, Game of Thrones quickly became a cultural phenomenon after HBO began airing the show in 2011. Although Game of Thrones hewed closely to the source material during its earlier seasons, the series eventually outpaced Martin’s novels. The decision was made to wrap up the beloved show with a shortened 8th season, which premiered last Sunday. Before Game of Thrones returned, fans had waited almost two years to discover the fates of their favorite characters. With only six installments in the final season, some longer than an average episode, excitement has been at an all-time high. Last week’s premiere set new streaming and ratings records for both the series and the network. Even the show’s trailer set record-breaking numbers for HBO.

Related: Game of Thrones Theory: Daenerys Is The Final Villain Of Season 8

Reddit and Twitter users (via: The Wrap) were quick to point out that Season 8’s second episode became available on Amazon Prime in Germany well ahead of its planned time slot. The installment was uploaded to Openload, but was quickly removed. Anticipation for these episodes has reached fever pitch, so spoilers are already showing up across the internet.

Some Game of Thrones fans will do everything that they can to track down even the tiniest tidbit of information on what’s to come. There are plenty of theories, but showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have had their hands full trying to keep the real story under wraps. The show has had its fair share of leaks over the years and every year it seems as though more measures must be taken to prevent this classified information from getting out. The scripts have been known to vanish as soon as the actors finish shooting their scenes.

Fans have been endlessly dissecting the season 8 premiere, but despite this, most viewers would prefer to remain spoiler-free. Much of the fun here is obviously watching the story as it unfolds. Many viewers are heartbroken that Game of Thrones is ending and hope to make this journey last as long as possible. Of course, there are also those would prefer to find out who will sit on the Iron Throne immediately. Any fans who want future episodes to still surprise them ought to stay off of social media a few hours before new episodes air.

More: How To Watch Game Of Thrones Season 8, Episode 2 Live & Online

Source: @Bladimir (via: The Wrap)

2019-04-21 05:04:45

Jamie Gerber

How To Watch The Game Of Thrones Season 8 Premiere Live & Online

Wherever you live in the world, watching Game of Thrones season 8 live and online is really easy. HBO’s epic fantasy drama will soon be back on our screens – from TVs to smartphones – and you’re not going to want to miss a second of it lest you be spoiled.

Game of Thrones is the most pirated TV show ever, with season 7 episodes illegally streamed or downloaded over a billion times in 2017. But, frankly, there’s no reason for such means. HBO – and its international partners – have made accessing all of its content, including the current and past seasons of Game of Thrones, incredibly convenient, financially affordable, and morally clear.

Related: Game Of Thrones: 8 Most Important Episodes To Watch Before Season 8

Game of Thrones season 8 will premiere on Sunday, April 14 at 9pm EST/6pm PST/2am BST, and whatever timezone you’re in, it will be easy to watch live or catch up with the morning after. Here’s our guide for how to watch Game of Thrones season 8.

How To Watch Game Of Thrones Season 8 Premiere In The US

If you’re in the US, to watch Game of Thrones season 8 just need to have a HBO subscription of some description. While this traditionally would be part of a cable deal, now there are multiple ways to get HBO for Game of Thrones without any traditional TV.

  • HBO Go: If you do have a HBO subscription, then you can access easily using that on HBO Go. You can access apps on iPhone (and other devices), Android devices, Apple TV, Amazon Fire devices, Roku, TiVo, Samsung Smart TV, PlayStation 4, Xbox One.
  • HBO Now: If you don’t have a HBO subscription, you can get online-only access to HBO via HBO Now. You can get a seven-day free trial, and it then costs $14.99 a month (one month will cover you until the Game of Thrones season 8 finale on May 19). It’s available on the same devices as HBO Go (above).
  • Amazon Prime Video with HBO add-on: You can also add a HBO subscription to your current Amazon Prime subscription. The cost and trial situation is the same as HBO Now – seven-day free trial, then $14.99 a month – but the advantage is you can access Game of Thrones season 8 without making a new account. You can watch online or through the app available on Apple, Google, Amazon or Samsung stores. The base Amazon Prime subscription costs $12.99 a month but has a one-month free trial.
  • Hulu with HBO add-on: Hulu also has a HBO subscription as an add-on. The cost is the same – seven-day free trial, then $14.99 a month – on top of the $5.99 subscription. The advantage here is that, in addition to all the HBO Now viewing options, you can access Hulu on Playstation 3, Xbox 360 and Chromecasts.

How To Watch Game Of Thrones Season 8 Premiere In Canada

The situation for watching Game of Thrones season 8 in Canada is similar to the US, although with more restrictions. HBO Canda is accessed through streaming service Crave.

  • Crave with HBO add-on: To access new episodes of Game of Thrones, you must subscribe to the standard $9.99 a month Crave package and then pay for the $9.99 a month HBO add-on.

How To Watch Game Of Thrones Season 8 Premiere In The UK

Sky Atlantic gets exclusive access to all HBO shows in the UK, including Game of Thrones season 8. As in the US, there are multiple ways to access the channel through cable and streaming means.

  • Sky Go: If you have a Sky Entertainment subscription (£22 per month for a minimum of 18 months), you can access Game of Thrones season 8 on Sky Atlantic and the Sky Go app.
  • NowTV Entertainment Pass: The TV-focused pass for NowTV includes access to Sky Atlantic: you can watch Game of Thrones live or on catch-up immediately after. You can get a seven-day free trial and then it costs  £7.99 a month (one month would provide access to all of Game of Thrones season 8). You can access NowTV on over 60 types of devices (although not in Google Chrome, so be sure to have another browser to hand).

Note: if you plan to watch Game of Thrones season 8 live in the UK, even via an online service, you need a valid TV license.

Next: Game Of Thrones Recap: 12 Biggest Questions Going Into Season 8

2019-04-14 02:04:47

Alex Leadbeater

Nintendo, Sony, And Microsoft Under Investigation For Unfair Online Services

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has begun an investigation into Nintendo Switch, Sony PlayStation, and Microsoft Xbox practices over fears that the online subscription services for each are unfair. Online services have quickly become a lightning rod for various legal battles and debates over ethical business practices as companies continue to carve out spaces for themselves in an increasingly digital environment.

The CMA is a department in the United Kingdom with many responsibilities, including enforcing the protection of consumers through upholding legislative practice. Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft all have online services that, to varying degrees, interact with a consumer’s ability to purchase or maintain membership of a subscription service. For Nintendo, it’s the Switch Subscription service that has been so widely panned for its currently anemic offerings. For Sony, it’s the PlayStation Plus membership that offers players free games each month. Finally, Microsoft’s Games With Gold Xbox Live subscription program offers much the same as Sony.

Related: Video Game Loot Boxes Contribute to Rise In Child Gambling Problems

According to a report from The Guardian, the CMA believes that the way the big three console companies conduct their online subscription services—in particular, the way the companies renew these services—could be unfair. The competition watchdog said earlier today that it will be conducting an investigation into whether these practices are legal, with a focus paid on the use of auto-renewals for online gaming contracts, the companies’ cancellation and refund policies, and their terms and conditions for online services. In a statement on the UK’s government website, the CMA wrote about the investigation process:

The CMA has written to Nintendo Switch, PlayStation and Xbox requesting information about their online gaming contracts to help better understand their practices. It is also calling on customers who use these services to get in touch with the CMA and share their experiences in order to assist the investigation.”

The probe from the CMA is in an effort to determine if contract terms are unfair, whether obtaining a refund or cancelling a payment is deliberately obtuse, and if the auto-renewal process is made clear during signup and is easy to detect when it is reoccurring. The organization currently stated it does not have enough information regarding whether the companies had broken consumer law, but indicated that if such a thing had occurred, it was fully prepared to take action when necessary.

The digital landscape is shifting, and with more companies becoming better aware of how to conduct legal practice online, practices like loot boxes and microtransactions are no longer the simple money earners they were previously. A wide-scale investigation into the three major console companies conducted simultaneously might seem frightening, but ultimately, it’s more likely the CMA’s probe will either establish a better outline of what is permissible from these companies or help protect consumer interests from exploitative practices. There’s little danger any of Nintendo, Sony, or Microsoft will be greatly affected by the investigation, and if anything, this is a win-win for gamers looking to make sure they’re treated fairly during digital distribution practices.

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Source: Official Website of the UK Government

2019-04-05 02:04:39

Cody Gravelle

Nintendo & Twitch Team Up To Bring Switch Online To Prime Members

Twitch Prime and Nintendo are partnering up to offer Twitch Prime members up to a full year of Nintendo Switch Online’s services, including access to the platform’s collection of classic NES games with added online play. Twitch Prime has been aggressively expanding its offerings over the past year, adding a focus on its lineup of free game offerings alongside skins and other add-ons for popular multiplayer titles.

Twitch Prime offered members over 70 free PC games during 2018, as well as in-game loot in 20 popular games including Overwatch. Twitch Prime is a popular service that offers more than just video game access, thanks to a partnership with Amazon that also offers free-day delivery of items and access to Prime Video, Amazon’s streaming platform that features many exclusive and popular television series. Twitch Prime plays a major role in supporting the streaming industry as well, as the subscription offers users one free sub they can use each month to support their favorite content creator.

Related: Xbox & Nintendo Are Working On “Big Things” Together – But What?

Starting yesterday, Twitch Prime members can now claim three months of Nintendo Switch Online by visiting this link. After 60 days, members can go back to the link and claim another nine months of Nintendo Switch Online, which amounts to the full year being advertised by the partnership. Twitch Prime members have until September 24, 2019 to claim their three months, and January 22, 2020 to claim the additional nine that will extend the service. The only catch is that interested parties will need to link a credit card or PayPal information to their Nintendo account to access the service through the partnership. Screen Rant confirmed this through Nintendo PR, who released this statement:

You’ll be required to link your Twitch and Nintendo accounts. After that, for users age 18+ in certain countries, register a credit card or link a PayPal account on the Nintendo website. Finally, you’ll be able to redeem your Nintendo Switch Online membership on your Nintendo Switch.

It’s nothing out of the ordinary for deals that offer free access to subscriptions, as having payment information saved to an account means it’s easier for consumers to resub should they be on the fence about continuing their time with the service past the free trial period. Those Prime members with a Nintendo Switch Online account won’t be left out of the offer, as they’ll be able to claim an additional twelve months onto whatever time they already had remaining on their subscription.

On the surface, this move makes a lot of sense. Nintendo has often struggled to attract people to its online services after ignoring them for so long, only developing a serviceable platform over the last few years thanks to the Nintendo Switch. For Twitch Prime, it’s just another addition to an already long list of incentives for people to consider the subscription service. Honestly, Nintendo Switch Online isn’t a big get for something already as alluring as Twitch Prime, but for Nintendo, the partnership could mean the world as the company continues to try to develop its online presence.

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2019-03-29 10:03:14

Cody Gravelle

EVE Online Has Much More Triglavian Collective Content Coming

CCP Games is introducing several new Tech 2 Triglavian Collective vessels to EVE Online as the developer teases major story beats related to the mysterious new faction in 2019 and beyond. During the keynote presentation at EVEsterdam 2019, the first of many stops around the globe as part of the EVE Invasion Tour, the developer unveiled new EVE Online content and quality of life updates that directly target issues discussed and raised by the game’s community and community representatives (The Council of Stellar Management, or “CSM” as it’s referred to as).

Coming to EVE Online this spring, developer CCP Games is adding three new Tech 2 Triglavian starships to the game – the Nergal, Draugur, and Ikitursa – based off of already existing vessels in the game. Four Triglavian ships were previously unveiled at EVE Vegas 2018. Below are details on the three new ships based on the limited info CCP was willing to share.

Related: An Exclusive Update on the Status of CCP’s Project Nova

The Triglavian Collective are a new faction to EVE Online, announced at EVE Fanfest in April 2018, and introduced into the game a month later as part of the Into the Abyss expansion. They brought to the game not only new Precursor ships, technology, and weapons but also new environments as part of Abyssal Deadspace – the home for new, faster-paced PvE content that’s only going to grow in the future.

For players, Abyssal Deadspace and the Triglavians add another layer to the mysterious lore that’s increasingly becoming a more prominent part of EVE Online, and while many may not have noticed, this faction has been slowly seeded into the game’s backstory for years. The mystery behind them, and other factions like the Drifters, offer a pathway for years of potential content according the devs we spoke with at EVEsterdam who are excited for what’s to come on this front. And for the developers, Abyssal Deadspace lets them play with mechanics, environments, and scenarios that don’t otherwise occur in universe of New Eden.

  • A beefier version of the DAMAVIK precursor ship.
  • It has increased defense from being Tech II.
  • It has bonuses to raise the maximum charge amount for Entropic Disintegrators.
  • It will be able to use Assault Damage Controls.
  • Is based of the Kikimora.
  • Less range than the Kikimora but can use Command Bursts and Micro Jump Field Generators.
  • Designed to be tighter, more vicious, and intense.
  • Is based off the Vedmak.
  • Similar to the Nergal assault frigate.
  • Increased defense from being Tech 2.
  • It has bonuses to raise the maximum charge amount of Entropic Disintegrators.
  • Will be able to use Assault Damage Controls
  • Feels like the Cerberus / Caracal in its design.

In addition to the three ships, as part of the in-game EVE Online story the Triglavian Collective communicated with people of New Eden for the first time, demanding humanity comply with the flow. Speculation has been running rampant for a while and the devs are loving the discussion. Also teased was another mutaplasmid, one that could be health/repair related.

How Big of A Role Will The Triglavians Play in EVE Online’s Future?

Joshua “CCP Fozzie” Bayer, Senior Game Designer for EVE Online explained that of course the Triglavians have “very big role” to play long-term.

“The Triglavians are a major force in New Eden now and that’s only going to grow over time. The details of how that’s going to happen we’re not quite ready to reveal yet although a lot of players are already speculating about that and we’re REALLY excited to watch that speculation. It was great to watch the first players encounter the new location in Abyssal Deadspace that was shown in that Scope. Some players thought it was a bug, some players just got confused because we released it off our normal cadence of release so there’d be a surprise for people.”

Bergur “CCP Burger” Finnbogason, Creative Director for EVE Online, smirked silently when I asked about how important to the long-term the Triglavians and Drifters are, and if there’s still a possibility for another faction down the road. “Well, you saw the Discourse video, you saw Scope, during the keynote. You can maybe put two and two together,” Finnbogason teased while impersonating a maniacal laugh.

The lore being teased and the mystery behind the Drifters and Triglavians are supremely interesting. These two factions alone offers years of potential storytelling but does that hinder the chances of CCP adding other, totally different factions as well? We ask since every time something entirely new gets added to EVE Online we see CCP’s creativity in the designs of new aesthetics, new technologies that come with all-new factions, something some players tell us they want to see continued. CCP Burger:

“It’s a beautiful dance introducing new things versus iterating on existing things versus pulling back and not doing anything – Not not doing anything but more like allowing things to brew and carve out their own place in space. This is something we’ve learned through trial and error, on what point do you seed stories, at what point do you tell people about what we’re doing, at what point do you not say anything and allow the world to kind of brew, at one point do you allow the tinfoil machine to take you to incredible places. I don’t know if you’re familiar with the Caroline Star story when the Drifters came into null space. When we were developing that story we were actually listening to the forums and Reddit and Twitch streams, YouTubers, and bloggers. We were reading everything that came in and the fantastic thing is that when we write stories we have a general idea of where we’re going and we know the end goal but how we’re actually going there we let the community inspire us. It’s so fantastic when you open up to this and you get all this input and you can start to lean on a couple of stories and then you kind of move over to another story and you can press something down and elevate other things. It’s a really fantastic way of developing stories and storytelling to have this interactive moment with the community.

I mean, it’s super scary and it’s really difficult [Laughs] and it’s very painful – we have a lot of arguments or a lot of debate – but at the same time it creates such depth and it echoes the amazingness of EVE Online. It’s a lot of humans with human emotions doing human things in a sci-fi setting and why shouldn’t this story in part also follow that form? So it’s the irrationality of human beings and you’re like [whispers] “I could have never thought of this” so there’s a lot of back and forth and sometimes we go completely utilitarian and it’s like “no, our truth is the only truth!” and sometimes we scale back and listen and allow ourselves to be inspired by the community and be baffled by the community. Shoutout to the Discourse guys – that stuff is amazing!

CCP Fozzie adds:

“Yes, I think it’s both true that these factions leave a ton of room for growth and we build our storylines so that It can be evolved over time. Storyline writing in an MMO is a pretty uniquely collaborative effort because often you’re writing story threads that you know may be picked up by someone five years from now, and it might be a different person. We have a lot of secret notes about all of this but that leaves still a lot of room for interpretation for us to evolve in the future. Sometimes we take ideas from players where they would speculate “oh this would be great if this was this, and this was that,” and we make it happen! You’re trying to create something that has enough structure for a really cohesive storyline but also enough freedom to evolve, and the Drifters and the Triglavians are both big parts of that. They’re both story threads that we can use forever, basically, in the same way as the original EVE lore of the Jove, the Sleepers were pulled in. Even in 2003 we had writing about the Sleepers but when the wormhole space was introduced that became a much bigger deal than it had been before.”

Paul “CCP Falcon” Elsy, Senior Community Manager at CCP Games, explains that this lore has been in the works for quite some time:

“This is a storyline that’s been building for a few years now behind-the-scenes. Some of the assets put in the game go back to 2013-14 so it’s been building for a long time, with the appearance of Jovian outposts, that kind of stuff. And obviously, the opening of Abyssal Deadspace. It’s something that’s building and I think it’s going to continue for quite a few more years. There is a lot of content we have and are planning so it’s going to be pretty interesting. I just have to be careful to not spill the beans on any of it!”

CCP Falcon continued, reiterating that we should “never say never” about additional new factions in the future. “It’s interesting to see how these two NPC factions interact as well. There’s a lot of boogeyman in EVE now. There’s the drifters, Sansha’s Nation, and there’s the Triglavians now too.”

More: How CCP Games Plans For EVE Online’s Long-Term Future With New Tech

Source: CCP Games

2019-03-28 05:03:48

Rob Keyes

How To Watch Every MCU Movie Online

Last updated: March 24, 2019

With Avengers: Endgame on the way, it’s time to go back and rewatch every Marvel Cinematic Universe movie leading up to this point – but where can fans watch them all online? The MCU got off to somewhat of a humble start in 2008, first with the release of Jon Favreau’s Iron Man and then quickly following that up with Louis Leterrier’s The Incredible Hulk. Of course, it wasn’t until 2010 that the franchise started to take shape, with the full introduction of S.H.I.E.L.D. in Iron Man 2.

Even then, things were still quite small, at least compared to how the MCU looks today. Joss Whedon’s The Avengers catapulted the franchise to new heights in 2012, and Marvel Studios has been soaring ever since. After Thanos appeared in the movie’s post-credits scene, the supervillain has been the endpoint for the shared universe’s first “saga,” which will officially wrap up with Avengers: Endgame later this year. And getting to that point meant almost two dozen movies had to release. So far, Phase 1, Phase 2, and Phase 3 of the MCU consist of 20 movies in total.

Related: The Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Official Timeline

While many fans have purchased all 20 movies on DVD or Blu-ray (possibly through each Phase’s official box set), but for fans who don’t have all the movies and want to quickly watch them online, we’ve put together a simple and easy guide to find all 20 MCU movies. Here are all the places that people can watch every MCU movie online, but keep in mind that not every movie is available for streaming on a major service, so some movies may have to be purchased or rented (all prices are for HD versions):

  • Iron Man – stream (N/A), rent for $3.99 (YouTube, Google Play Movies, Apple iTunes, Fandango Now, Vudu, PlayStation), buy for $19.99 (Amazon Video, YouTube, Google Play Movies, Apple iTunes, Fandango Now, Vudu, PlayStation, Microsoft Store).
  • The Incredible Hulk – stream (N/A), rent for $2.99 (Fandango Now), rent for $3.99 (Amazon Video, Apple iTunes, Vudu, PlayStation), buy for $12.99 (PlayStation), buy for $13.99 (Fandango Now), buy for $14.99 (Amazon Video, Apple iTunes, Vudu).
  • Iron Man 2 – stream (Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, Epix), rent for $3.99 (Amazon Video, YouTube, Google Play Movies, Apple iTunes, Fandango Now, Vudu, PlayStation), buy for $15.99 (YouTube, Google Play Movies), buy for $19.99 (Amazon Video, Apple iTunes, Fandango Now, Vudu, PlayStation, Microsoft Store).
  • Thor – stream (N/A), rent for $3.99 (Amazon Video, YouTube, Google Play Movies, Apple iTunes, Fandango Now, Vudu, PlayStation), buy for $15.99 (Amazon Video, YouTube, Google Play Movies), buy for $19.99 (Apple iTunes, Fandango Now, Vudu, PlayStation, Microsoft Store).
  • Captain America: The First Avenger – stream (N/A), rent for $3.99 (Amazon Video, YouTube, Google Play Movies, Apple iTunes, Fandango Now, Vudu, PlayStation), buy for $15.99 (YouTube, Google Play Movies), buy for $19.99 (Amazon Video, Apple iTunes, Fandango Now, Vudu, PlayStation, Microsoft Store).
  • The Avengers – stream (N/A), rent for $3.99 (Amazon Video, YouTube, Google Play Movies, Apple iTunes, Fandango Now, Vudu, PlayStation), buy for $15.99 (YouTube, Google Play Movies), buy for $19.99 (Amazon Video, Apple iTunes, Fandango Now, Vudu, Microsoft Store).
  • Iron Man 3 – stream (FX Now), rent for $3.99 (Amazon Video, YouTube, Google Play Movies, Apple iTunes, Fandango Now, Vudu, PlayStation), buy for $15.99 (YouTube, Google Play Movies), buy for $19.99 (Amazon Video, Apple iTunes, Fandango Now, Vudu, PlayStation, Microsoft Store).
  • Thor: The Dark World – stream (N/A), rent for $3.99 (Amazon Video, YouTube, Google Play Movies, Apple iTunes, Fandango Now, Vudu, PlayStation), buy for $15.99 (YouTube, Google Play Movies), buy for $19.99 (Amazon Video, Apple iTunes, Fandango Now, Vudu, PlayStation, Microsoft Store).
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier – stream (N/A), rent for $3.99 (Amazon Video, YouTube, Google Play Movies, Apple iTunes, Fandango Now, Vudu, PlayStation), buy for $19.99 (Amazon Video, YouTube, Google Play Movies, Apple iTunes, Fandango Now, Vudu, PlayStation, Microsoft Store).
  • Guardians of the Galaxy – stream (FX Now), rent for $3.99 (Amazon Video, YouTube, Google Play Movies, Apple iTunes, Fandango Now, Vudu, PlayStation), buy for $17.99 (YouTube, Google Play Movies), buy for $19.99 (Amazon Video, Apple iTunes, Fandango Now, Vudu, PlayStation, Microsoft Store).
  • Avengers: Age of Ultron – stream (N/A), rent for $3.99 (Amazon Video, YouTube, Google Play Movies, Apple iTunes, Fandango Now, Vudu, PlayStation), buy for $19.99 (Amazon Video, YouTube, Google Play Movies, Apple iTunes, Fandango Now, Vudu, PlayStation, Microsoft Store).
  • Ant-Man – stream (N/A), rent for $2.99 (Fandango Now), rent for $3.99 (Amazon Video, YouTube, Google Play Movies, Apple iTunes, Vudu, PlayStation), buy for $15.99 (Amazon Video, YouTube, Google Play Movies), buy for $19.99 (Apple iTunes, Fandango Now, Vudu, PlayStation, Microsoft Store).
  • Captain America: Civil War – stream (N/A), rent for $3.99 (Amazon Video, YouTube, Google Play Movies, Apple iTunes, Fandango Now, Vudu, PlayStation), buy for $15.99 (Amazon Video, YouTube, Google Play Movies), buy for $17.99 (PlayStation), buy for $19.99 (Apple iTunes, Fandango Now, Vudu, Microsoft Store).
  • Doctor Strange – stream (N/A), rent for $3.99 (Amazon Video, YouTube, Google Play Movies, Apple iTunes, Fandango Now, Vudu, PlayStation), buy for $15.99 (Amazon Video, YouTube, Google Play Movies), buy for $19.99 (Apple iTunes, Fandango Now, Vudu, PlayStation, Microsoft Store).
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – stream (Netflix), rent for $3.99 (Amazon Video, YouTube, Google Play Movies, Apple iTunes, Fandango Now, Vudu, PlayStation), buy for $17.99 (YouTube, Google Play Movies), buy for $19.99 (Apple iTunes, Fandango Now, Vudu, PlayStation, Microsoft Store).
  • Spider-Man: Homecoming – stream (Starz, Starz Amazon), buy for $9.99 (Amazon Video), buy for $14.99 (Apple iTunes, Fandango Now, Vudu, PlayStation, Microsoft Store).
  • Thor: Ragnarok – stream (Netflix), rent for $3.99 (Amazon Video, YouTube, Google Play Movies, Apple iTunes, Fandango Now, Vudu, PlayStation), buy for $19.99 (Amazon Video, YouTube, Google Play Movies, Apple iTunes, Fandango Now, Vudu, PlayStation, Microsoft Store).
  • Black Panther – stream (Netflix), rent for $3.99 (YouTube, Google Play Movies, Apple iTunes, Fandango Now, Vudu), rent for $5.99 (PlayStation), buy for $18.99 (YouTube, Google Play Movies), buy for $19.99 (Apple iTunes, Fandango Now, Vudu, PlayStation, Microsoft Store).
  • Avengers: Infinity War – stream (Netflix), rent for $3.99 (Amazon Video, YouTube, Google Play Movies, Fandango Now, Vudu), rent for $5.99 (Apple iTunes, PlayStation), buy for $19.99 (Amazon Video, YouTube, Google Play Movies, Apple iTunes, Fandango Now, Vudu, PlayStation, Microsoft Store).
  • Ant-Man and the Wasp – stream (Netflix), rent for $5.99 (Amazon Video, YouTube, Google Play Movies, Apple iTunes, Fandango Now, Vudu, PlayStation), buy for $19.99 (Amazon Video, YouTube, Google Play Movies, Apple iTunes, Fandango Now, Vudu, PlayStation, Microsoft Store).

With this year’s Captain Marvel (March) and Avengers: Endgame (April), the MCU’s first saga will conclude with 22 movies in total, spanning 11 years. Some of the movies are longer than others, and while they don’t all have an impact on the overarching shared universe’s storyline, they are all influential in their own ways and certainly worth watching for their own reasons. Things obviously became more cohesive as time went on, and Marvel started to move away from the standard origin story, but sometimes instead of watching a superhero team-up film, audiences may want to watch a Shakespearean tale or a heist film, and the MCU allows for that.

By the time Captain Marvel and Avengers: Endgame release on home video, it’s possible that the upcoming Disney streaming service may have launched, and that means most (if not all) of the Marvel movies and TV shows will move over to Disney Plus. So, streaming MCU movies will be easier than ever before, but until then, the aforementioned outlets are where people can currently find every MCU movie online.

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2019-03-24 08:03:52

Mansoor Mithaiwala

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Campaign Remastered Leaked Online

A remastered version of 2009’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 sans multiplayer could be on the way if a recent ratings listing is to be believed. The news lines up with a March 2018 rumor that such a game was in the works. It certainly wouldn’t be the first time something like this has occurred. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare received a similar facelift in 2016 (albeit with its multiplayer intact) when Activision included it with special editions of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare.

Modern Warfare 2 serves as the follow-up to the now-iconic Call of Duty 4. The campaign continues the previous game’s story of Roach and Task Force 141, who must combat a Russian invasion. It received widespread acclaim for its story and multiplayer, and is generally considered among the best shooters of the era. The game also garnered a fair amount of controversy for its infamous “No Russian” mission. In it, the player, in the role of a CIA spy infiltrating the enemy force, must engage in an airport shooting massacring dozens of unarmed civilians.  

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Evidence of the remaster comes from a PEGI 18 board rating for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Campaign Remastered. Destructoid, who first reported the news, snagged a screencap of said listing. Don’t bother searching for the alleged game on the site now as doing so yields no results. That means someone somewhere had the listing taken down. If the game exists, it makes for an intriguing shift from the multiplayer-only Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 (now with loot boxes) to a campaign-only entry, remaster or not.

Now, 2019’s Call of Duty title is slated to come from Infinity Ward. Whatever it is, it’s been rumored to be quite an ambitious project. It seems very plausible that Activision would repeat the same tactic it employed with Infinite Warfare three years ago. Hopefully players won’t have to wait months to purchase Modern Warfare 2 standalone. Regardless, losing out on improved versions of the game’s famed Spec Ops mode and the rest of its multiplayer could be a deal-breaker for some fans.

The only question bigger than the game’s potential lack of multiplayer is whether or not the remaster will still feature No Russian in its original state. The infamous segment was highly questionable a decade ago. Resurrecting it today, when shootings have, unfortunately, occurred far more frequently, could open a can of worms even messier than back then. With E3 just three months away, it shouldn’t be long before we get confirmation on this title one way or the other.

More: Unconfirmed 2019 Games We’re Excited To See

Source: Destructoid

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2019-03-01 01:03:43

Red Dead Online Battle Royale Mode ‘Gun Rush’ Launches

Red Dead Online Gun Rush

Battle royale modes seemed to permeate the whole of gaming in 2018, and to kick off Red Dead Online‘s first major update of the new year Rockstar Games has launched Gun Rush, the multiplayer beta’s flavor of battle royale. For players who have tired of Fortnite and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, as well as for those new to the genre, Red Dead Online’s newest competitive mode is bringing battle royale to the all-new setting of the harsh American frontier.

Red Dead Online, the online component of Red Dead Redemption 2, was released in a beta state in November 2018, tossing players into the same unforgiving slice of the Wild West in which protagonist Arthur Morgan’s story plays out in the main game. However, Red Dead Online focuses on players’ own journey to win the west, which is made even more merciless by the presence of other players setting out to do the same. Much like GTA OnlineRed Dead Online comes complete with a main questline of its own, along with a bevy of side content that can be accessed in the game’s open world. Like other games’ multiplayer components, Red Dead Online also sports a handful of game modes, ranging from traditional deathmatch fare found in Shootout and Team Shootout to Make It Count, the game’s first take on the battle royale genre, lauded for its refreshingly stealthy and brutal approach.

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Unlike Make It Count, which pitts up to 32 solo players armed only with bows and knives against one another, Gun Rush seems to be a more mainstream take on battle royale, but that’s far from a bad thing. Rockstar Games announced the mode on Jan. 10, releasing it the same day. Introducing Gun Rush as a mode “where you’ll put your survival instincts to the test, gathering weapons and ammunition while the play area shrinks in this new mode for up to 32 players,” Rockstar seems to be playing it safe in what essentially sounds like a miniaturized version of Fortnite (minus the building mechanic and whimsy) and PUBG (minus the poor optimization and performance). Of course, Gun Rush wouldn’t be a proper battle royale mode without allowing players to go it alone or as a group in the mode’s Free-for-all and Team variants, and as always the end goal is to be the last player(s) standing.

Red Dead Online Character Aiming

Rockstar had much more to announce than just Gun Rush, though, noting, “Red Dead Online will stay in beta for a few more months yet as [they] have many more new gameplay features to add across the board as well as further changes to improve, stabilize and refine the overall experience.” Rockstar promises that it will soon implement daily challenges and address griefing by tweaking the game’s law, bounty, and parley systems, in addition to limiting the visibility of player blips on the game’s map based on player proximity. Rockstar teases that “lots of new content” is coming to Red Dead Online in 2019, including more story missions and game modes, the introduction of dynamic events, new weapons and clothing, and “lots more that we’re not quite ready to announce just yet.”

Having previously been updated a month after launch in order to address justifiably lingering concerns about the game’s grindy approach to player rewards, it’s nice to see that this surprise update wasn’t made as a response to community backlash, and it’s even nicer that it appears Rockstar is making early and substantial efforts to diminish the impact of player griefing on its online community. This issue and the perceived unfair focus Rockstar paid to microtransactions (which were recently implemented in Red Dead Online in the form of a premium currency called “gold bars”) were among players’ most prominent gripes about GTA Online. Accordingly, the ways in which Rockstar chooses to address each of these in 2019, all while balancing them with a steady flow of free content, will undoubtedly be deciding factors as to whether or not the developer and parent company Take-Two Interactive will see the same level of success in Red Dead Online that it enjoyed in GTA Online.

More: Screen Rant’s 25 Most Anticipated Video Games of 2019

Source: Rockstar Games

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2019-01-10 01:01:22