Watch The Thrilling Ghost In The Shell Trailer Starring Scarlett Johansson

The first trailer for Ghost in the Shell, based on the cyberpunk Japanese manga of the same name, was recently revealed at a live event in Tokyo. The live-action adaptation, which stars Scarlett Johansson, hits theaters next year.

Johansson plays the lead role of the android Major Motoko Kusanagi. This casting choice has resulted in controversy, with critics calling it a form of whitewashing. The first trailer is nonetheless filled with Japanese imagery, such as a robot geisha. Check out the trailer below for yourself.

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The teaser ends with a mysterious voice telling Major that, “Everything they told you was a lie. They did not save your life, they stole it.” Ghost in the Shell releases on March 31.

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Latest Game Maker's Toolkit Analyzes Nintendo's Focus On Play

When he’s not examining the dungeons of The Legend of Zelda games, Mark Brown breaks apart the components in other games and uses them to elucidate game design theory. This week, he just so happens to focus on more Nintendo games.

In the latest episode of “The Game Maker’s Toolkit,” Brown discusses how, rather than starting at a conceptual, aesthetic, or narrative level, Nintendo’s games tend to start with a simple idea about play, then expound on that idea. Examples of this include how Super Mario Bros. is built around Mario’s ability to jump, and Luigi’s Mansion is built around using its vacuum cleaner.

You can watch the video below.

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Let Uncle Death Guide You Through 12 Minutes Of Let It Die

Let It Die publisher GungHo Online has been hosting a weekly video talk show called “Let It Talk,” in which the people behind the game discuss its various aspects. This week, Let It Talk showed off 12 minutes of gameplay, diving into Let It Die’s systems. Although the video is in Japanese, the English subtitles should be enough to communicate what works about the game, and get across the weird personality of Uncle Death, someone wearing what looks like a rubber mask and spiral sunglasses acting as a sort of audience surrogate.

You can watch the developers play the game in the video below, or read more about the game’s ambitious soundtrack here.

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Nintendo's NES Classic Edition Website Includes Classic Game Manuals

The NES Classic edition is shaping up to be one of the biggest items of the 2016 Holiday season. It’s a solid console, and has become incredibly hard to find, with many retailers (including Amazon) already sold out.

But even if you don’t have one, Nintendo’s new website for the NES Classic should give you something to do while you wait for the console to be back in stock. In the vein of the revival of its old tips hotline, Nintendo has launched a website cataloging the manuals for all 30 of the games included in the console.

Although the site offers modern electric manuals for every game written for use with the new NES, the older manuals are much more appealing to look at. Although “reference may be made to features that can’t be used in this version of the game,” (as the end of PDF document of every manual states), many of the manuals look like accurate recreations of the real deal.

[Source: Siliconera]


Our Take
For some reason, I’m more interested in seeing these old manuals than the actual NES Classic Edition (heresy, I know). More than reliving my memories of playing video games as a kid, I like looking at promotional materials for retro games, since they provide a glimpse of a different gaming culture than the one we have now, in which manuals were a bigger part of the experience. 

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First English Gameplay Of Persona 5 Will Be Streamed Next Week

Although the game is already out in Japan, Persona 5 is still a few months away from release in the West. And though the game’s English voice cast has been revealed, we still don’t know what the Western version of the game will look (and more importantly, sound) like.

To fix that, Atlus will be streaming the English version of the game for the first time next Wednesday, November 16, at 2pm Central Time, on its Twtich channel. No details about how long the stream will be were given, though the name of the stream, “Let Us Start the Game,” implies Atlus will be playing the game from the beginning.

[Source: Atlus on Twitter]


Our Take
This is an interesting way to make the reveal, I suppose. But for my money, I think a simple trailer would have sufficed. I’ve got places to be at 2pm Central Time! 

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PSA: You Can Get Gone Home For Free This Weekend

Gone Home is a deeply impactful, powerful game (you can read our review of it here). It’s intensely personal and swaps intricate systems for an emotional kick.

If you haven’t played it before, developer Fullbright is offering the game for free this weekend on its page. Should you so choose, you can still pay for the game. During this free period, all proceeds from the game will be donated to Lambda Legal, a legal organization advocating for the rights of the LGBT community.

For more on Gone Home, you can watch us play through the game with Fullbright’s Steve Gaynor and Karla Zimonja.

[Source: Steve Gaynor on Twitter]

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What To Watch This Weekend: Super Smash. Bros., Dota 2, And Catherine

After the incredibly Blizzcon weekend and before the Capcom Cup, you wouldn’t think there’d be much to watch. But you’d be wrong! Between competitive mainstays and a couple of oddities, there’s more than enough gaming to watch this weekend.

The last stop on the Capcom Pro Tour before the finals in December isn’t until next week, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t something to watch. You can catch hours of Smash action by watching Smash The Record 2016, which will feature both a Super Smash Bros. Melee (Stream / Schedule), Super Smash Bros. For Wii U (Stream) and speedrunning (Steam / Schedule) events.

You can also catch something a bit different this week: a special high-stakes Catherine (yes, that Catherine) tournament with a $5,000 prize pool (Stream / Event will begin at 4pm Central Time).

You can catch the tail-end of two bit Dota 2 tournaments this weekend. First, we have the ROG Masters tournament, which features several teams with players from Asia fighting for a $150,000 prize pool. (Stream / Schedule) Second you can watch the Northern Arena BEAT Invitational, which will have teams from the West fighting for a slightly smaller (but still large) $100,000 prize pool (Stream / Schedule)

In the world of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, we have The Northern Arena, which features a huge $100,000 prize pool. (Stream / Schedule)

If you finished watching the Overwatch World Cup and still want more, you can catch Beyond the Summit’s Route 66 Cup this weekend, which will feature fewer nation-based teams and more traditional eSports ones. (Stream / Schedule)

If instead you’re fiending for high-level Hearthstone, you can watch the HTC Mayhem tournament, which will take place today starting at 12:30pm Central Time. (Stream)

Finally, we have the Rocket League Regional Championships for North America, which will have teams fighting for a $25,000 prize pool. (Stream)

That’s it for this weekend! Let us know if we missed anything in the comments below.

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Replay – Dragon Ball Z: Sagas

When it comes to video games adaptations, Dragon Ball Z has found a pretty comfortable spot in the fighting genre. In 2005, however, it gave the action-adventure genre a shot.

Dragon Ball Z: Sagas follows the familiar Dragon Ball Z storyline, but blows out the fights to feature more combatants and larger levels. When Sagas released, our own Joe Juba gave it a huge thumb down with a score of 5 out of 10. Sagas is not widely loved, but is one of the few Dragon Ball Z console games that is not a straightforward fighter.

Andrew Reiner, Joe Juba, self-proclaimed “D-Head” Jeff Cork, and I take a look at Sagas, show you how to almost get a lot of Xbox 360 Achievements with little effort, and dive into a comparable Dragon Ball Z game on Game Boy Advance. We should probably play more Dragon Ball games in the future (Jeff Cork is such a huge fan, after all) so let us know which ones we need to check out in the comments section below!

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Weekend Warrior – Shooting Stuff With Friends

Everyone at GI seems to have two games on their mind: Overwatch and Dishonored 2.  So whether it’s toppling aristocrats or moving the payload, everyone is looking to have a quiet weekend inside. What are you playing to battle the winter blues? Let us know in the comments!

Jeff Cork (@gijeff) – I’ll be spending the
majority of my gaming weekend putting a little cursor over bad guys and
pressing buttons. I’m hoping to wrap up Titanfall 2’s campaign, and then I’m
rolling right over to the new Call of Duty and Dishonored 2. And, of course, I
can’t forget Overwatch. I have to enjoy the pre-Sombra world while we still
can; things aren’t going to be the same once she joins the roster.

Javy Gwaltney (@Hurdyiv) – I’m going to drown myself in Dishonored
2, Infinite Warfare, and Cowboy Bebop. Like an adult.

Ben Hanson (@yozetty) – This weekend I’m going to be playing Dishonored 2 and
hope to finish off Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. Good times!

Suriel Vazquez (@SurielVazquez) – I just got a PlayStation 4 Pro (the first PS4 I fully own),
so I have a lot of catching up to do. Who knows what I’ll play – Titanfall 2?
Hitman, which I can finally return to after playing the first episode and
thinking it was okay? The Old Hunters DLC for Bloodborne? The silver lining of
Dishonored 2’s PC version being shaky is that I can put it off for a bit, but
that doesn’t mean I’m not disappointed by it.

Ian Boudreau (@ibourdreau) – I’m planning on a quiet weekend, and I think turn-based
games are the perfect pairing for a cup of tea and cooler weather. So the plan
is to start fresh campaigns in XCOM 2 and Total War: Warhammer, both of which
I’ve enjoyed tremendously but not played nearly enough. They’ve added Squigs to
Warhammer, and who doesn’t love Squigs?

Dan Tack (@dantack) –  Kingdom Hearts. I am a huge Disney fanboy (Omg, I love Donald Duck he’s so funny) and I love it when they use their franchises in cool ways. I absolutely adore coming back to games like Kingdom Hearts because they are like peanut butter and chocolate together, Disney and Final Fantasy are two of my favorite things ever. And when you add stuff like Oogie Boogie and Lock, Shock, and Barrel (My favorite team of villains of all time) and Halloween town the recipe is basically unbeatable. So when you ask me, what am I playing, I’m going to don a Fantasia Mickey Hat, strap on my FASTPASS armband and pretend I’m  in the Magic Kingdom all weekend long.

Jeff Marchiafava (@gijeffm) –This weekend I plan on
continuing to plug away on the new Call of Duty. I’ve been mighty impressed
with both Titanfall 2 and Battlefield
this year, which leaves COD as the last big shooter of 2016. I’ve only
played a few hours of the single-player campaign so far, and I like some of the
things it’s trying to do, but I need to finish it up and try the competitive
multiplayer and zombies mode before I make a final conclusion about it. I also
hope to get in some more Overwatch time, because that game refuses to get old.

Kyle Hilliard (@KyleMHilliard) – No big plans for this weekend,
other than working on some review games. I also want to play Dishonored 2. I
played through the first level, and am eager to get back to it. I might make
some dinner. It will probably feature some kind of meat and some kind of
vegetable. It’s all very mysterious. I might also bug my brother for some
babysitting so my wife and I can go see Arrival. I haven’t been paying
much attention to it, but I do love good sci-fi, and it is getting reviewed
very well.

Kim Wallace (@kstar1785) – This weekend I’ll be diving into
Dishonored 2. Going to play Emily’s path first! I’m still hopelessly addicted
to Overwatch, so it’s a given that will be a large of part of my weekend. Other
than that, I also really need to catch up on Westworld!

Kristin Williams (@kristincreate) – I’m just working through the original Mass Effect, hoping to get a
good run through all three in before Andromeda.

Margaret Andrews (@sopheava) – Dishonored 2, Skyrim, Overwatch, and Titanfall 2 but not in
that order or I won’t leave the house until next Spring. I might also take
myself to that new movie Arrival because it looks mind-explodingly

– I’m going to try to do whatever I can to take my mind off what happened
during this nightmarish week, which means a lot of Dishonored 2. So far, it’s a
smart, very fun video game and I need that right now. 

Kevin Slackie (@KSlackie) – After watching Blizzcon this past week I’ve hopped on the Heroes of the Storm train, so I’ll play through that a bit. I might try to grab some of the Pro Day sales tomorrow and play whatever I manage to find from that. Sunday is mostly going to be Animal Crossing and 30 Rock.

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See What's On The Inside Of A PS4 Pro

The PS4 Pro launched this week, and if you picked one up, you probably haven’t taken it apart screw by screw to see what’s on the inside. We don’t recommend you do that, but if you’re curious, the PlayStation Blog posted a video today letting you see what’s on the inside. 

You can watch mechanical director Keiichi Aoki take apart the machine, explaining more about Sony’s most powerful console to date, in the video below. It shows you everything from how to change out the hard disc to what makes the PS4 Pro’s buttons light up. 

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For more on the PS4 Pro, you can check out our review here.

[Source: PlayStation Blog]


Our Take
It may be a little inside baseball, but i’s pretty cool to see all the parts of a console and learn how they work. And you don’t even have to void your warranty by doing it thanks to this video.

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