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Sony has posted its financial results for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2014, revealing a billion-dollar overall loss despite rising sales.
The company announced an overall loss of $1.29 billion, despite sales rising 14.3 percent to $75.4 billion. The reasons for this, as we’ve heard before, include aggressive restructuring with the PC business being sold off and the TV business getting spun out. Despite Sony offices around the world being sold, along with shares in companies like Square Enix, the Japanese giant has been unable to mitigate the losses.
Blizzard has revealed its first glimpse of the made-over female night elf model.
"As with all of the updated character models, our goal is to keep everything the original model accomplished intact, while using the additional fidelity to realize characteristics that we weren’t able to fully represent with the lower polygon counts and texture resolutions," said lead character artist Tyson Murphy, speaking on Battle.net.
Alex Mayberry, a former lead game producer at Blizzard Entertainment, has announced his departure to take up the role of executive producer at Cloud Imperium Games.
Beginning immediately, Mayberry will oversee product development for crowdfunded success Star Citizen.
Mayberry most recently worked on Diablo 3. He spent over a decade at Blizzard; before that, he had worked at Xatrix Entertainment, Electronic Arts, and Kalisto. Other games in his repertoire include World of Warcraft expansion packs and America’s Army.
Recently renewed for a second season, The 100 has been a cool and compelling new addition to the CW this spring.
The show takes place in a future where the remnants of humanity have been forced to live in a space station for a century, following a nuclear war. Low on resources, this is a harsh society where adults are sentenced to death if convicted of any crime. As for juvenile defenders, they are all locked up, regardless of the severity of their own crimes - and seen as acceptable guinea pigs when a crisis necessities having to discover as soon as possible whether the Earth is livable again.
ABC is coming off of a pretty difficult year, with the network only boasting one true breakout hit - Scandal, which was actually in its second season, but truly turned into a phenomenon as it continued. Yes, they also had some success stories this year in terms of new series, but they were mostly modest ones, such as The Goldbergs and Resurrection. Even Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD, while certainly doing well for them, wasn’t the blockbuster ABC must have hoped for. Perhaps that’s why the network began their Upfront presentation today with a montage that pushed that they were a part of the Disney family — complete with clips from Frozen, The Avengers and Star Wars — more than pushing ABC on its own.
iPad users may be able to interact with two apps at once via a new split-screen multitasking feature that’s rumoured to be in development for iOS 8.
According to 9 to 5 Mac’s sources, the feature is being designed with the 9.7-inch iPad display in mind, and it’s unclear if it will also work on the smaller iPad Mini. It will only work in landscape mode.
This split-screen feature will not only allow the simultaneous use of two apps, but will also facilitate easier interaction between those apps, allowing users to drag content such as text or images from one app to another.
Note: Full spoilers for the Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD: Season 1 finale follow!
The SHIELD season finale had a lot occur in its 44 minutes, as Garrett was killed (twice!), Ward was captured, Fitz was badly injured and Nick Fury named Coulson the head of a new incarnation of SHIELD itself. I spoke with two of SHIELD’s executive producers, Jeph Loeb and Jeffrey Bell, to discuss the season finale, the events that occurred and where it could all lead in Season 2.
Warning: Full spoilers for the episode follow…
Excuse me now while I attempt to put what I just saw into words. I’m readily presuming that having to review Person of Interest’s Season 3 finale, “Deus Ex Machina,” while still reeling from its effects will be challenging. But I’ll do my best.
So let me quasi-arbitrarily start at the end then. With the last portion of the episode set hauntingly to Radiohead’s “Exit Music (For A Film).” The best use of a song on TV since, well, last fall when Person of Interest used “Hurt” to open “The Devil’s Share.” An ending that surprised us (after an epic episode that was already full of swerves and thwarted expectations) with the reveal that Root never intended to destroy Samaritan. And that her mission, at the behest of The Machine, was to poke a small hole in Samaritan (the actual number of servers stolen last week shown to be very important here) so that she, Harold, Reese, Shaw, and the three hackers could slip through the grand awakening with new identities.
The Australian government will cease support of the Australian Interactive Games Fund and repossess the remaining funding, the ALP has revealed in its 2014-15 budget.
There was AUD$10 million left in the fund, which was due to be allocated to Australian developers during 2014-15 to bolster the local industry and foster growth in the sector.
The ALP claims “
he savings from this measure will be redirected by the Government to repair the Budget and fund policy priorities.”
Screen Australia has announced via the Interactive Games Fund Facebook page that it will no longer accept any further applications for games funding.
Warning: Full spoilers for the episode follow.
Only time for a quick review tonight. Last week, I mentioned that the episode title was taken from a Zen koan that highlighted the value of immediately and entirely taking responsibility for one’s actions. This week’s episode title is also derived from a koan. In fact, each episode to date has been inspired by a parable.
Midway through Fargo’s 10-episode run, the series at large is revealing itself to be an elaborate and gorgeously crafted grim parable in its own right. There is an element of magical realism at play, as Lorne Malvo seems to have the uncanny ability to look directly into the darkest corners of people’s minds; all of the places that they hide their nastiest, most violent fantasies, as well as their deepest fears.
Note: Full spoilers for the episode follow.
With Abaddon out of the way, the focus on Supernatural turns to Metatron. He’s got a zany vibe and though Curtis Armstrong is likeable in the role, he’s no Alaina Huffman. His presence isn’t commanding. That’s part of the hook. From a glance at his appearance and manner, Metatron doesn’t exude the “I’m in charge” attitude. He’s underhanded and slimy.
And I can’t wrap my head around what level Metatron is playing on either. He’s more powerful than Castiel but not as charged as Castiel was when he was god. He clearly needs an army and supporters to execute his plan – he can’t go solo – and Dean seems to think they need the First Blade to kill him. Being the Scribe of God clearly gave him special abilities, but will he get god-like abilities when he goes back to heaven with his chosen angels?
Titanfall’s first map pack, Expedition, will be made available for Xbox One and PC on May 15, EA has announced.
One of three planned map packs for Titanfall, Expedition comes with three new maps that take place after Titanfall’s campaign: Swampland, Runoff, and War Games.
Swampland’s tall trees will provide new movement opportunities for pilots and cover during Titan combat. Runoff is compact and features multiple levels in an industrial setting. War Games is based on the game’s training simulator and includes a number of long, transparent wall running paths and a constricted central corridor.