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Oh boy, a new Microsoft Windows operating system is on the horizon.

The new operating system, Windows 10, was announced today in a Microsoft blog post by Terry Mysterson, the company’s executive vice president of operating systems.  In the post, Terry recognizes that Windows is at a “threshold” and that it’s “time for a new Windows.”

This new Windows must be built from the ground-up for a mobile-first, cloud-first world.

That isn’t to say the new OS is designed entirely around touch devices, as it seems the intent of 10 is to create a single platform that all Windows devices can operate on.  As Terry puts it, “We’re not talking about one UI to rule them all – we’re talking about one product family, with a tailored experience for each device.”

There’s a hot Lord of the Rings reference for you there, nerds.

Basically, 10 is designed with both traditional and touch navigation in mind. 10 also includes a start bar right from the get-go, so already it looks better than Windows 8.

The Windows Insider Program was announced as well, which allows “PC experts and IT Pros” early access to technical previews of Windows Server and management tools. This will give ~experts~  the ability to follow development and provide feedback. They will also receive early builds to goof around with.

You can read Microsoft’s blog post in its entirety here.

 

 

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Remember when Far Cry 4 was shown off at this year’s E3, and to our complete bewilderment we were told that friends who don’t own Far Cry 4 would be able to join co-op sessions with those who do?

Apparently Sony is expanding that concept considerably. As part of their Fall update, Sony will allow your friends to join in on games they don’t even own.  A few games were shown using the feature, including Towerfall: Ascension and Child of Light. In addition, Sony plans to improve video broadcasting, sharing, and add Youtube support in this update.

Between this and Steam’s family share feature, it has never been a better time to freeload games off my friends. Those maroons, they’re practically buying my games for me. (Nobody tell Larry about this post, it’ll be our little secret.)

I refuse to post a picture of the new Ninja Turtles.

I refuse to post a picture of the new Ninja Turtles.

Not one to be deterred by universally poor critical reception, Paramount Pictures detailed plans today to go ahead and just pinch out another Ninja Turtles movie in 2016.  “Oh boy, more Ninja Turtles”  said nobody ever for the first time in recorded history.

The Hollywood Reporter states that Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec will be back to pen the sequel, with Michael Bay expected to produce. However, it’s unclear if Jonathan Liebesman will return to direct.

To think, in two year’s time we can all talk about how disgusting the Ninja Turtles look again. I can hardly wait.

 

Just a healthy reminder that this thing exists, and that human beings are responsible.

Just a healthy reminder that this thing exists, and that human beings are responsible.

You’re probably already aware of the Kickstarter campaign to bring back Reading Rainbow, in fact it’s already within the top five highest grossing Kickstarters of all time. Among those top five are the OUYA and the Pebble Watch, so quality isn’t necessarily dictated by making the cut.

Each of the four other campaigns (which also include Pono and that Veronica Mars movie) are contributing something special to the Reading Rainbow drive with incentive packages. Pictured above is a special Reading Rainbow edition of the OUYA, which will also be donated to any classroom listed in the Adopt-A-Classroom package.

Should the campaign break 5 million dollars, the OUYA will support the Reading Rainbow app, which is great news for the five shitheads who own one.  Although I seriously doubt they have the mental faculties to read if they were dumb enough to buy an OUYA in the first place.

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Rian Johnson, director of Looper and two of the best Breaking Bad episodes, is now attached to Star Wars. The Hollywood Reporter and Deadline state that Johnson will be writing and directing Episode XIII. His involvement with Episode IX is a little murky, with some sources saying he is set to direct the film while others state he is only writing the treatment.

Harrison Ford’s shattered leg was unavailable for comment.

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Let’s be honest, if you wanted Far Cry 3, Don’t Starve, or The Witcher 2, you would have bought them the last million times they were on sale.  That’s not to say the first day of the Steam Summer Sale isn’t without some highlights; Dark Souls 2 is currently 33% off, and you can get 25% off your pre-order of Dead Rising 3.  Or dump 4.99 on Mirror’s Edge, that hot jam from 2008.

The sale will last until June 30th.

 

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During the CineEurope conference in Spain, Paramount’s Edward Ryan decided to let everyone know what’s coming down the pipeline for the next two Summers. In case you were wondering, it’s all  reboots, rehashes, and sequels for the Summer of 2015 and 2016. You can check out the highlights after the break.

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Code Name: STEAM is a new IP from Intelligent Systems (developers of Paper Mario and Advanced Wars, just to name a few) that will be hitting the 3DS sometime in 2015. The game is described as a turn-based RPG/third-person shooter which blends the styles of H.P Lovecraft, Jack Kirby, and Bruce Timm.

The story follows Abraham Lincoln forming a task force to defend the earth from aliens.  Hitoshi Yamagami is producing the game, and several other first party teams are helping with development.

You can view a gallery of Code Name: STEAM screenshots after the break.

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Like this, but on the big screen.

Like this, but on the big screen.

If you’re like me and you thought the Sonic franchise couldn’t scrape any lower, here’s a reminder that it can and will.

Deadline reports that Sony is working with Marza Animation Planet to produce  a series of live action/CGI Sonic the Hedgehog movies, which they intend to bring to the big screen once a year for an undisclosed amount of years.  The script will be penned by Evan Susser and Van Robichaux, both alums of the Upright Citizens Brigade.  This marks the second time in a week that people associated with UCB are getting behind obvious trainwrecks.

This project joins the Sonic Boom game and television series as part of SEGA’s effort to assault you with Sonic the Hedgehog anywhere you turn.  And here I am reporting on it, feeding the beast.