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SAN RAFAEL, Calif., and STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Dec. 18th, 2014 — Leading and award-winning developer and publisher of digital entertainment Telltale Games, and world-renowned game developer Mojang, today announced that ‘Minecraft: Story Mode – A Telltale Games Series’ is in development and is set to premiere in 2015.
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PRESS RELEASE: New York– December 18, 2014 – Today, ReedPOP, the world’s leading producer of pop culture events and Wikia, the social universe for fandom and the ultimate source for powerful and relevant pop culture, entertainment and game expertise, announce the return of the C2E2 Crown Championships of Cosplay. As the final stop of the ‘Quest for the Crown’ cosplay competition circuit, this is the biggest and most prestigious costume contest in the United States, where veterans of the cosplay circuit and amateurs alike battle it out for a shot at seizing the Crown and over $10,000 in cash and prizes. RedEye, part of Chicago Tribune’s media network, will serve as a media sponsor for the event.

Thousands of Fans will watch in person in Chicago at C2E2 while Fans from around the world will tune in via the official C2E2 Livestream to cheer on their favorite cosplayers as they vie for the Crown. For the first time ever, the C2E2 Crown Championships of Cosplay will feature the regional champion that has qualified directly into the Crown Championships round from the Eastern Championships of Cosplay at New York Comic Con 2014. They will compete against participants battling it out to make it to the final round by impressing celebrity judges. This will be a fun-filled competition that celebrates and showcases the spectacle, pageantry, skill and determination of the best cosplayers in the world. All entries must represent a character or element from Comic Books, Movies & Television, Video Games or Anime & Fantasy.

“Cosplay has taken the world by storm and the level of craftsmanship that we see is truly spectacular,” said Lance Fensterman, Global Senior Vice President of ReedPOP. “We’re thrilled to team up once again with Wikia and RedEye and expect this year’s competition to be bigger and better than ever.”

“Cosplay is where fandom truly comes to life and we’re proud to partner with C2E2 again this year to provide a stage for the best cosplayers in the world to showcase that unique expression of their fandom and compete for the Crown Championship,” added Eric Moro, Director of Programming, Entertainment at Wikia.

Fans can register for the C2E2 Crown Championships of Cosplay starting today at http://www.c2e2.com/CrownChampionships. Each entrant will submit an application to be reviewed by the C2E2 team and entrants may only enter one costume into the competition. Accepted contestants will be pre-judged for craftsmanship off stage and then battle it out on the Main Stage for first place in their respective categories. Each of the first place winners will then move on to the Crown Championship round to compete for cash prizes and ultimate bragging rights as the C2E2 Crown Champion of Cosplay. All submissions must be submitted by March 20, 2015 at 11:59 PM CST. For more information and to see the full list of rules for this year’s competition go to http://www.c2e2.com/CrownChampionships

A Bold New Direction Begins in POWERS #1

Posted: December 15, 2014 by Matt Peters in Comic Books, Comic News
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PRESS RELEASE: This January, hot off the heels of the highly anticipated debut of the Powers TV series comes POWERS #1 – the recharged and reborn ongoing series from Marvel’s creator owned ICON imprint. A perfect jumping on point for fans old and new, Eisner Award-winning Powers creators Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming are back with a double-sized debut issue for regular price! Now is your chance to jump on board the hit series in time for its television debut!

Hardened homicide detectives Christian Walker and Deena Pilgrim are back, investigating the crimes and solving the murders involving superpowered criminals. If a superhero falls dead from the sky, they’re there. If a super villain winds up dead in the gutter, they’re the first on the scene. But having barely survived the most harrowing case of their careers, Walker and Pilgrim are faced with the toughest decision they’ve ever had to face. The discovery of a power no one has ever seen before will lead Walker and Pilgrim down a new path.

“What a miraculous time for Powers as the TV show becomes a reality to millions of PlayStation owners all over the world,” says series writer Brian Michael Bendis. “What a great opportunity to roll up our sleeves and make a bold new chapter for our characters. As the first issue opens, new powers are popping up all over the place and with that new cases and new headaches for our beleaguered Powers detectives. And most importantly a great new jumping on point for new readers.”

This double-sized issue also includes an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at the making of the POWERS TV series with never-before-seen pictures from the set!

Two of the biggest creators in comics bring you a bold new beginning for the blockbuster series. No fan can afford to miss the highly anticipated POWERS #1 when it makes its exciting debut in comic shops this January!

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WWE and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment are creating “WWE Immortals,” a free-to-play mobile game that will feature epic Superstar battles in a fantastically re-imagined WWE world. WWE Immortals is being developed by NetherRealm Studios, the creators of the best-selling “Mortal Kombat” franchise and “Injustice: Gods Among Us”, in conjunction with Phosphor Game Studios, and will be available worldwide on iPad, iPhone, iPod touch and Android devices in 2015.
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Starting today, comiXology, the revolutionary cloud-based digital comics platform, rings in the holiday season by once again giving away a new free comic every day for twelve days during their Third Annual 12 Days of Free Comics event. Come see what each day’s free comic is by visiting comixology.com.

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The Flash “The Man in the Yellow Suit” Review

By Lex Lutz

Our midseason finale of The Flash finally arrived. Old mysteries were solved, new questions were raised, and Christmas is celebrated. Check out the full review for “The Man in the Yellow Suit” after the jump!
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Media Coverage of Hate Crime Leaves Much To Be Desired

Posted: December 9, 2014 by Matt Peters in Editorials
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I was horrified when I saw a Facebook post by my friend Laschita Whelan stating that she and her husband were rushed out of their hotel on Saturday night due to a chemical attack. It’s very possible that you haven’t seen this reported on the news because it took place during the Midwest FurFest. When it has been reported on, unprofessional reactions like Mika Brzezinski’s are more common than not.

Fortunately, Laschita and her spouse are fine, however she’s understandably still shaken by the events. I’ve asked her to share her thoughts with us.

From this weekend, I’ve truly seen humanity at one of its low points—not only from the attack that happened at the convention I attended, but from the comments, replies, and coverage ranging from the peanut galleries all the way up to so-called “professionals”.

And I am pissed.
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Sons of Anarchy Friends! If you are like me, you have been enjoying this wild ride with Jax & Co. since the beginning… and now we have come to the dramatic conclusion of one of the most awesomely explosive shows on television. But don’t fret, my motorcycle pets… Kurt Sutter will not leave us hanging.
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Ever since Witcher 3 was announced, the team over at CD PROJEKT RED has shown a level of passion and sincerity that is refreshing and surprising in the game industry. Witcher 3 has been pushed back, but below is one of the most heartfelt apology letters I’ve ever read. Guys and gals, we’ll wait for as long as you need. Make it a great one.

Dear Gamers,

Ever since we started working on The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, we knew it would be an ambitious game. We wanted, and still aim, to give you an incredible experience, an epic adventure in a vast, completely open fantasy universe.

The sheer size and complexity of The Witcher, key features of the title, have had a decisive impact on production. Now, nearing the end of our work, we see many details that need to be corrected. When we release the most important game in our studio’s history, we must be absolutely sure that we did everything we could to limit any bugs to a level that will allow you to enjoy the game thoroughly.

With this in mind, we took another look at current workloads and what they mean for the team. Even though everyone is working at full speed, we concluded that we need another 12 weeks, so we are shifting the release date of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt to May 19th, 2015.

We owe you an apology. We set the release date too hastily. It’s a hard lesson, one to take to heart for the future. We know what we want to do to make Wild Hunt one of the best RPGs you will ever play. And we continue to work hard to achieve just that. So, we apologize and ask for your trust.

Thank you for the all support you show us on a daily basis. We truly do appreciate it. It has fueled us in our passion since the start and will continue to do so.

The Board of CD PROJEKT SA