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Hier — 8 avril 2020IGN

Director Matt Reeves Reveals the Batman Movies He Loves Most

"I don’t want to be part of a long line of Batman movies where this is just another one," The Batman director Matt Reeves said in a new interview wherein he reveals the two Batman movies he admires the most and sheds light on what makes his forthcoming Bat-film different Speaking with Nerdist, Reeves heaped praise on the 1992 sequel Batman Returns -- "What Tim Burton did was really singular.” -- and Catwoman actress Michelle Pfeiffer. (Zoe Kravitz plays Catwoman in Reeves' The Batman.) “I love Batman Returns. Michelle Pfeiffer was incredible. I love it, I love it so much. It’s so incredible and she’s so incredible in it. I just think it’s such a beautiful movie," said Reeves. "I love the Penguin stuff when he’s going down the sewers as the baby. It’s just like, wow. This is the beautiful thing about Tim Burton at his best in that way that he’s got that connection into the fantastical that feels very, very personal.” [widget path="global/article/imagegallery" parameters="albumSlug=ranking-the-batman-movies&captions=true"] Reeves also singled out Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight as "incredible" and Heath Ledger's "indelible" interpretation of the Joker. But Reeves particularly responded to film's "profound" message about the terrifying and nihilistic aspects of human nature that Ledger's Joker represents. For his own Batman film, which is currently shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic, Reeves loves the idea of exploring a Caped Crusader who's "not yet fully formed. Where there’s something to do in this context with who that guy would be in this world today, and to ground him in all of these broken ways. Because at the end of the day, this guy is doing all of this to deal with trauma in his past.” [ignvideo width=610 height=374 url=https://www.ign.com/videos/2020/02/15/the-batman-is-the-bat-symbol-really-the-gun-that-killed-his-parents] For more on Reeves' The Batman, learn what composer Michael Giacchino had to say about scoring the film, trace the origins of the new Batmobile, and what Zoe Kravitz had to say about new Batman Robert Pattinson.

The Internet Reimagines the PS5 DualSense Controller

Yesterday, Sony surprised everyone by revealing the DualSense, PlayStation 5's new feature-rich controller. It's two-toned, slightly futuristic... and looks a bit like Mario's overalls if you can imagine it just right. Naturally, we've rounded up some of the best reimaginings people across the Internet came up with for your viewing pleasure, from the beautiful to the hilarious. [widget path="global/article/imagegallery" parameters="albumSlug=playstation-5-dualsense-controller&captions=true"]

DualSense Redesigns

The DualSense design has a lot going for it — chief among them is its sort of "blank canvas" approach. While only a white model has been revealed, everyone with access to Photoshop seems to have put their twist on its look, and frankly, we want a lot of them to become a reality.   Screen Shot 2020-04-08 at 9.57.36 AMElca Gaming's retro-inspired DualSense has us hearing PS1's startup sounds all over again. Screen Shot 2020-04-08 at 12.02.52 PMAll-black variations, like this one by Mucrush, quickly became a fan favorite, especially when paired with the classic PlayStation face button colors. Screen Shot 2020-04-08 at 10.56.39 AMReddit user u/badnewsco also tried their hand at some awesome classic PlayStation controller variations. Screen Shot 2020-04-08 at 10.59.12 AMThe DualSense is ripe for simple recoloring with its two-tone design, and Reddit user u/H4WK1NG's bright designs don't disappoint. Screen Shot 2020-04-08 at 11.13.45 AMScreen Shot 2020-04-08 at 11.14.27 AMScreen Shot 2020-04-08 at 11.15.06 AMScreen Shot 2020-04-08 at 11.15.40 AMScreen Shot 2020-04-08 at 11.16.09 AMFleshmonk had a whole lot of variations to share, from bold colors to neon Joy-Con to Knack. Just Knack. Screen Shot 2020-04-08 at 11.43.17 AMReddit user u/dormstreams made some Sony first-party mockups, including his takes on God of War, The Last of Us, Spider-Man, and Horizon Zero Dawn controllers. Maybe this is a glimpse at what limited edition DualSense controllers may end up like? [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2020/04/07/ps5s-controller-the-dualsense-revealed"]

DualSense Kinda Looks Like...

The DualSense is a marked departure from the DualShock line of PlayStation controllers that came before it, as its design is decidedly fuller, its grips seemingly bulkier, and it's aesthetic Stormtrooper-adjacent. As expected, the Internet ran with these comparisons and went in some truly hilarious directions. Screen Shot 2020-04-08 at 11.51.33 AMScreen Shot 2020-04-08 at 11.54.32 AMJared Petty and Geoff Keighley both noted the aforementioned Stormtrooper comparison and, frankly, they're spot on. Screen Shot 2020-04-08 at 12.00.59 PMMike Ryan had a similar Star Wars connection here... Screen Shot 2020-04-08 at 11.55.49 AMGod of War director Cory Barlog immediately noticed a similarity between the DualSense and Black Widow's all-white look. Screen Shot 2020-04-08 at 11.58.44 AMIGN's Dan Stapleton saw the controller and thought - yeah, that's EVE from WALL-E. Screen Shot 2020-04-08 at 12.16.06 PMScreen Shot 2020-04-08 at 12.17.43 PMOur own Brian Altano also had some comparisons to make: one a lovely homage to Mario's iconic overalls, the other a horrific depiction of Borat's mega-thong. Very nice. Screen Shot 2020-04-08 at 12.18.30 PMHONK! (2020) by u/Frocharocha. Art. Screen Shot 2020-04-08 at 12.42.45 PMIGN's Peer Schneider BMW comparison was accurate down to the blue accent. Screen Shot 2020-04-08 at 12.45.13 PMAlanah Pearce — you right.

Everything PS5 DualSense

[widget path="global/article/imagegallery" parameters="albumSlug=the-evolution-of-the-playstation-controller&captions=true"] For even more on the DualSense, check out our breakdown of the evolution of the PlayStation controller, and our comprehensive chart that compares the DualSense and the Xbox Series X controller. [poilib element="accentDivider"] Colin Stevens is IGN's Social Media Copy Coordinator. Follow him on Twitter.

Here Are the Best Mice For All Your Pointing and Clicking Needs

Par : Mark Knapp
In terms of sheer performance and capabilities, the best gaming mice will always lead the pack. But, when you’re trying to get some work done at your office, a co-working space, or a cafe, you might not want all the extra flair (like hyper RGB lighting effects) those gaming mice have. Fortunately, there are plenty of excellent mice, gaming and non-gaming alike, that can get the job done. We’ve picked out an assortment of mice that are perfect for general use, whether it’s basic browsing or serious work. There are many different styles to suit the needs of just about any user. We’ve got ergonomic and ambidextrous mice as well as a trackball and highly portable mice. Whatever your needs, you’ll find a great mouse among this bunch. We’ve also ensured all of our picks have one of the best modern conveniences: wireless connectivity. Some use Bluetooth while others use USB receivers, and some can still connect over a wired USB connection, but all of them will let you use them without having a wire getting in the way.

TL;DR - These are the best mice:

1. Logitech MX Master 3

Best All-Around Mouse

[poilib element="commerceCta" json="%7B%22image%22%3A%7B%22url%22%3A%22https%3A%2F%2Fassets1.ignimgs.com%2F2020%2F04%2F06%2FLogitechMX-Master-31586213609770.jpg%22%2C%22styleUrl%22%3A%22https%3A%2F%2Fassets1.ignimgs.com%2F2020%2F04%2F06%2FLogitechMX-Master-31586213609770_%7Bsize%7D.jpg%22%2C%22id%22%3A%225e8bb2ede4b0c8e1b49fa861%22%7D%2C%22url%22%3A%22http%3A%2F%2Fr.zdbb.net%2Fu%2Fbs1f%22%2C%22title%22%3A%22Logitech%20MX%20Master%203%22%2C%22store%22%3A%22Dell%22%2C%22additionalInfo%22%3A%22%22%2C%22ourPick%22%3Atrue%7D"] Logitech has the market for professional mice cornered, the MX Master 3 is its premier mouse. It’s designed with ergonomics in mind, so your hand will stay comfortable over a long day of work. But, comfort is only one aspect, as it’s also highly versatile. The MX Master 3 features Logitech Darkfield Tracking to make it usable on most surfaces, so no worrying about it misbehaving on metal or glass. And, with both a USB receiver and Bluetooth, it can connect to a broad range of devices from Windows and Mac computers to iPads and Linux-powered machines. It also supports Flow, letting you seamlessly use this mouse with three devices at the same time. You’ll get up to 70 hours of runtime from the MX Master 3’s built-in battery, and if you’re ever low, you can get three hours of power back with just one minute of charging. Plus, you won’t find many scroll wheels as fancy as the MX Master 3’s MagSpeed Electromagnetic wheel, and there’s even a thumb wheel for horizontal scrolling.

2. Microsoft Bluetooth Mouse

Best Budget Mouse

[poilib element="commerceCta" json="%7B%22image%22%3A%7B%22url%22%3A%22https%3A%2F%2Fassets1.ignimgs.com%2F2020%2F04%2F08%2FMicrosoftBluetooth-Mouse1586374668191.jpg%22%2C%22styleUrl%22%3A%22https%3A%2F%2Fassets1.ignimgs.com%2F2020%2F04%2F08%2FMicrosoftBluetooth-Mouse1586374668191_%7Bsize%7D.jpg%22%2C%22id%22%3A%225e8e2811e4b0de70ed6499e3%22%7D%2C%22url%22%3A%22https%3A%2F%2Fr.zdbb.net%2Fu%2Fbs7r%22%2C%22title%22%3A%22Microsoft%20Bluetooth%20Mouse%22%2C%22store%22%3A%22Google%20Shopping%22%2C%22additionalInfo%22%3A%22%22%2C%22ourPick%22%3Afalse%7D"] If you don’t need a mouse all the time, it might not be as appealing to buy a serious pointer that’s crammed full of features. The Microsoft Bluetooth Mouse offers a simple and affordable option that should be more than enough mouse for most. It has a simple, ambidextrous design, and runs on a single AA battery. As the name suggests, this mouse connects over Bluetooth and uses the Low Energy mode which helps it offer up to 12 months of battery life, so it should have a bit of charge ready whenever you might need it. One nice thing to see on a budget mouse is the inclusion of a clickable scroll wheel, making web browsing that little bit quicker.

3. Razer Basilisk X HyperSpeed

Best Multipurpose Mouse

[poilib element="commerceCta" json="%7B%22image%22%3A%7B%22url%22%3A%22https%3A%2F%2Fassets1.ignimgs.com%2F2020%2F04%2F08%2FRazerBasilisk-X-HyperSpeed1586374905253.jpg%22%2C%22styleUrl%22%3A%22https%3A%2F%2Fassets1.ignimgs.com%2F2020%2F04%2F08%2FRazerBasilisk-X-HyperSpeed1586374905253_%7Bsize%7D.jpg%22%2C%22id%22%3A%225e8e28fee4b0c8e1b49fa8e1%22%7D%2C%22url%22%3A%22https%3A%2F%2Fr.zdbb.net%2Fu%2Fbs84%22%2C%22title%22%3A%22Razer%20Basilisk%20X%20HyperSpeed%22%2C%22store%22%3A%22Google%20Shopping%22%2C%22additionalInfo%22%3A%22%22%2C%22ourPick%22%3Afalse%7D"] If you’re familiar with Razer, you might be a bit worried that its mice don’t have a home outside of gaming, but the Razer Basilisk X HyperSpeed is wonderfully understated and can slip under that radar thanks to its omission of RGB lighting. What you get from the Basilisk X HyperSpeed is a highly accurate mouse that can run for ages on a single AA battery. It offers superb tracking with a USB receiver, but it also supports Bluetooth connectivity. That makes it a handy 2-in-1 that you can use for gaming at home with the dongle and take to work using its Bluetooth connection. It’s all the more impressive that this mouse comes in at under $60.

4. Logitech G604 Lightspeed

Best Mouse for Macros

[poilib element="commerceCta" json="%7B%22image%22%3A%7B%22url%22%3A%22https%3A%2F%2Fassets1.ignimgs.com%2F2020%2F04%2F06%2FLogitechG604-Lightspeed1586213666906.jpg%22%2C%22styleUrl%22%3A%22https%3A%2F%2Fassets1.ignimgs.com%2F2020%2F04%2F06%2FLogitechG604-Lightspeed1586213666906_%7Bsize%7D.jpg%22%2C%22id%22%3A%225e8bb326e4b0c8e1b49fa862%22%7D%2C%22url%22%3A%22http%3A%2F%2Fr.zdbb.net%2Fu%2Fbs1g%22%2C%22title%22%3A%22Logitech%20G604%20Lightspeed%22%2C%22store%22%3A%22Dell%22%2C%22additionalInfo%22%3A%22%22%2C%22ourPick%22%3Afalse%7D"] The Logitech G604 is another one of those mice that shouldn’t be mistaken as only being at home in a gaming environment. The G604 has a comfortable design and a scroll wheel that mimics that of the MX Master 3 by having both a free-spinning and a ratchet mode. You also get the dual connectivity from a USB receiver and Bluetooth. The Logitech G604 can run on a single AA battery for up to 5.5 months using Bluetooth or for 240 hours using the faster wireless connection. What helps the Logitech G604 shine outside of gaming is also what helps it shine in games: all the buttons. The G604 features 15 buttons in total, with six next to the thumb and an extra two near the left button. Paired with Logitech’s software, you can set up a whole host of macros to convince coworkers that you’re a spreadsheet wizard.

5. Logitech MX Vertical

Best Ergonomic Mouse

[poilib element="commerceCta" json="%7B%22image%22%3A%7B%22url%22%3A%22https%3A%2F%2Fassets1.ignimgs.com%2F2020%2F04%2F06%2FLogitechMX-Vertical1586213713385.jpg%22%2C%22styleUrl%22%3A%22https%3A%2F%2Fassets1.ignimgs.com%2F2020%2F04%2F06%2FLogitechMX-Vertical1586213713385_%7Bsize%7D.jpg%22%2C%22id%22%3A%225e8bb354e4b0de70ed649946%22%7D%2C%22url%22%3A%22http%3A%2F%2Fr.zdbb.net%2Fu%2Fbs1h%22%2C%22title%22%3A%22Logitech%20MX%20Vertical%22%2C%22store%22%3A%22Dell%22%2C%22additionalInfo%22%3A%22%22%2C%22ourPick%22%3Afalse%7D"] If you’ve got your hand basically glued to your mouse all day, you may have run into a bit of pain in your arm. That can come from having your arm rotated inward for so long, and it can lead to RSI after some time. That’s something an ergonomic mouse aims to alleviate, and the Logitech MX Vertical is a compelling example of this. At first glance, it might not even look like a mouse. It has the profile of a sailboat because of its high peak, but that gives you a grip that will keep your arm from twisting far inward. Beyond that comfortable grip, the mouse supports multiple connection modes over its USB receiver, Bluetooth, or a wired connection. It also supports Flow for use between multiple devices at once. If you forget to keep the four-month battery charged, you can get an extra three hours of power in just a minute of charging.

6. SteelSeries Rival 650

Best Gaming Mouse

[poilib element="commerceCta" json="%7B%22image%22%3A%7B%22url%22%3A%22https%3A%2F%2Fassets1.ignimgs.com%2F2019%2F08%2F29%2FSteelSeriesRival-6501567105525008.jpg%22%2C%22styleUrl%22%3A%22https%3A%2F%2Fassets1.ignimgs.com%2F2019%2F08%2F29%2FSteelSeriesRival-6501567105525008_%7Bsize%7D.jpg%22%2C%22id%22%3A%225d6821f8e4b068740d1b18e2%22%7D%2C%22url%22%3A%22https%3A%2F%2Fr.zdbb.net%2Fu%2Fbkl8%22%2C%22title%22%3A%22SteelSeries%20Rival%20650%22%2C%22store%22%3A%22Walmart%22%2C%22additionalInfo%22%3A%22%22%2C%22ourPick%22%3Afalse%7D"] The best gaming mouse is actually the SteelSeries Rival 600 (read our review), but the Rival 650 (read our review) is its wireless twin, as it's virtually identical in every other respect. You'll get SteelSeries' incredibly accurate TrueMove3+ sensor that combines a precise optical sensor with a depth sensor to fine-tune when the mouse detects lift off from a surface. The Rival 650 offers both a wired and wireless connection, letting you continue to use it when the 24-hour battery is drained. You can customize the lighting as you like, and program the three thumb buttons for extra functionality.

7. Microsoft Arc Mouse

Best Portable Mouse

[poilib element="commerceCta" json="%7B%22image%22%3A%7B%22url%22%3A%22https%3A%2F%2Fassets1.ignimgs.com%2F2020%2F04%2F08%2FMicrosoftArc-Mouse1586374566671.jpg%22%2C%22styleUrl%22%3A%22https%3A%2F%2Fassets1.ignimgs.com%2F2020%2F04%2F08%2FMicrosoftArc-Mouse1586374566671_%7Bsize%7D.jpg%22%2C%22id%22%3A%225e8e27ace4b0de70ed6499e2%22%7D%2C%22url%22%3A%22https%3A%2F%2Fr.zdbb.net%2Fu%2Fbs7q%22%2C%22title%22%3A%22Microsoft%20Arc%20Mouse%22%2C%22store%22%3A%22Google%20Shopping%22%2C%22additionalInfo%22%3A%22%22%2C%22ourPick%22%3Afalse%7D"] If portability is one of your major concerns, a big, lumpy mouse might not be the best option for you. Microsoft has the answer with its Arc Mouse. The design follows from the earlier Arc Touch mouse, with a bendable body that forms a curve when in use and lies flat when powered down. In fact, it’s bending it flat that turns the mouse off. The Microsoft Arc Mouse runs for up to 6 months on two AAA batteries and connects exclusively using Bluetooth. You won’t have to worry about losing or forgetting any USB receiver dongle. You won’t find any true buttons on the top of this mouse, as it instead registers touches for both left and rick click as well as vertical and horizontal scrolling. While that may take some time to get used to, that lack of moving parts is less to worry about if you throw this mouse into your backpack. Of course, because it folds flat, you shouldn’t have any trouble finding a pocket to slide the Arc Mouse safely inside.

8. Logitech MX Ergo

Best Trackball Mouse

[poilib element="commerceCta" json="%7B%22image%22%3A%7B%22url%22%3A%22https%3A%2F%2Fassets1.ignimgs.com%2F2020%2F04%2F06%2FLogitechMX-Ergo1586213756821.jpg%22%2C%22styleUrl%22%3A%22https%3A%2F%2Fassets1.ignimgs.com%2F2020%2F04%2F06%2FLogitechMX-Ergo1586213756821_%7Bsize%7D.jpg%22%2C%22id%22%3A%225e8bb380e4b0c8e1b49fa863%22%7D%2C%22url%22%3A%22http%3A%2F%2Fr.zdbb.net%2Fu%2Fbs1i%22%2C%22title%22%3A%22Logitech%20MX%20Ergo%22%2C%22store%22%3A%22Dell%22%2C%22additionalInfo%22%3A%22%22%2C%22ourPick%22%3Afalse%7D"] When desk space is tight, a trackball mouse can be a winning ally, and the Logitech MX Ergo has what it takes. This mouse features a large trackball paired with a button for enabling precision mode, so you can move your cursor right where you need it. It offers a total of eight buttons, including a tiltable scroll wheel. If you’re wondering where the Ergo in the name comes from, it has to do with a feature in the stand. This mouse has an adjustable tilt, which can let you change the angle you hold it at. The MX Ergo offers up to four months of battery life and can get a full day of power in one minute of charging. It also supports Bluetooth connectivity and can sync across multiple devices using Flow.

9. Logitech MX Anywhere 2S

Best Small Mouse

[poilib element="commerceCta" json="%7B%22image%22%3A%7B%22url%22%3A%22https%3A%2F%2Fassets1.ignimgs.com%2F2020%2F04%2F06%2FLogitechMX-Anywhere-2s1586213795507.jpg%22%2C%22styleUrl%22%3A%22https%3A%2F%2Fassets1.ignimgs.com%2F2020%2F04%2F06%2FLogitechMX-Anywhere-2s1586213795507_%7Bsize%7D.jpg%22%2C%22id%22%3A%225e8bb3a6e4b0c8e1b49fa864%22%7D%2C%22url%22%3A%22http%3A%2F%2Fr.zdbb.net%2Fu%2Fbs1j%22%2C%22title%22%3A%22Logitech%20MX%20Anywhere%202s%22%2C%22store%22%3A%22Dell%22%2C%22additionalInfo%22%3A%22%22%2C%22ourPick%22%3Afalse%7D"] So, you want a bunch of the great features you’re hearing about but in a smaller mouse? Enter the MX Anywhere 2S, a mouse compact enough to fit in smaller hands but capable enough to keep up with the bigger competitors. The MX Anywhere 2S supports Logitech’s Flow software for syncing across multiple devices at once, and it can pair using the USB wireless receiver or Bluetooth. You’ll get up to 40 days of battery life from the mouse and can recharge it for up to a full day’s worth of power in just three minutes. While the mouse is small enough to go just about anywhere, it also has Logitech’s Darkfield sensor for accurate tracking on just about any surface, so you can take it and use it anywhere. [widget path="ign/modules/recirc" parameters="title=More%20Expert%20Tech%20Roundups&type=articles%2Cvideos&tags=tech-roundup&count=4&columnCount=4&theme=article"] [poilib element="accentDivider"] Mark Knapp is a regular contributor to IGN and an irregular Tweeter on Twitter @Techn0Mark

Binge It! Misfits Will Fill That Dysfunctional Superhero Hole in Your Heart

Misfits is currently streaming on Hulu. [poilib element="accentDivider"] Imagine The Breakfast Club with superpowers. That’s basically the premise of Misfits, a British sci-fi dramedy that ran for five seasons (with only a total of 37 episodes) from 2009 to 2013 on British TV channel E4. The series follows a group of young offenders (the titular misfits) performing community service who gain supernatural powers during a freak electrical storm. If you binged the first seasons of Amazon’s The Boys, Netflix’s The Umbrella Academy, or DC Universe’s Doom Patrol, and need something to scratch the itch of dysfunctional superpowered people while waiting for those shows’ second seasons, Misfits will fill that hole in your heart.

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Unlike other superheroes who are defined by their powers, everyone in the Misfits’ world are given powers based on their personalities. It’s kind of like The Flash in that way… if The Flash were made on HBO and everyone said the first thing on their mind. Curtis Donovan (Nathan Stewart-Jarret), an Olympics-bound athlete dealing with the guilt of his crime, gets the ability to turn back time. Kelly Bailey (Lauren Socha), a “chav” (read: white trash) who is constantly judged and underestimated by others, can now read people’s minds. Simon Bellamy (Iwan Rheon), the quiet weirdo, can turn invisible. Nathan Young (Robert Sheehan), the most obnoxious one of them all, spends many of the episodes figuring out what his ability may be. Yet beyond the usual list of powers, someone like Alisha Daniels (Antonia Thomas), a promiscuous party girl, gains the ability to drive people into a lust-driven craze just by touch. misfitsTaking a moment to focus on just the caliber of casting on Misfits, you can basically thank this show for some of the best British actors going on to some truly amazing projects. Of course, you have Iwan Rheon who moved on to play the awful Ramsey Bolton on Game of Thrones and starred in the short-lived Inhumans as Maximus. Robert Sheehan would later revisit this sort of smarmy, existentially-ruined man in The Umbrella Academy as Klaus/Number Four. Later seasons of Misfits feature the likes of Ruth Negga and Joe Gilgun, who both ended up on AMC’s Preacher. Jessica Brown Findlay started off as a conservative cult leader on this show and ended up upstairs on Downton Abbey. And the list goes on and on. The series isn’t shy to explore every possible repercussion/response to these powers either. It’s refreshing to see a series answer those out-there “what if” questions the audience may have about these powers. Most times the situations are hilarious, such as Kelly hearing her dog admit that he just groomed himself before she let him lick her on her lips. Sometimes they answer the fundamental question of someone’s perversion, like if they could turn invisible as Simon watches Kelly and Alisha change. But the show’s strength lies in the ability to “go there,” even if it’s not the easiest thing to watch sometimes, especially with an ability as precarious as Alisha’s where lust can turn violent instantly. It’s a tricky line to walk, but Misfits does so with tact and wit, and without sacrificing its voice. Overall, Misfits is a funny, dark, and always entertaining romp. The characters are unforgettable and some plotlines are truly too insane to believe without seeing them. These powers are not blessings and Misfits fully explores that reality for these characters, no holds barred. While never truly forced or inspired to become “heroes” right off the bat, the stories these misfits follow have them deal with more nefarious things like getting away with murder, time travel, superpower black markets, zombies, and Satanism. You know, the other fun things you deal with when you have powers. [widget path="global/article/imagegallery" parameters="albumSlug=the-best-sci-fi-movies-on-netflix&captions=true"] More From Binge It!... [poilib element="accentDivider"] Binge It! is IGN's recommendation series. Movies, TV shows, books, comics, music… if you can binge it, we're here to talk about it. In each installment of Binge It!, we'll discuss a piece of content we're passionate about -- and why you should check it out.

The Evolution of the PlayStation Controller

Sony has revealed the PlayStation 5's controller, officially called the DualSense, and fans around the world now know how they will be playing a brand new generation of games. While we still don't know when the DualSense will be in our hot little hands, we do know a bunch about PlayStation's hardware history. From the original PlayStation controller with no analog sticks to the never-released "Boomerang" controller, Sony's iterated on its designs in successful - and not so successful - ways. In the slideshow and article below, we take a deeper dive into the evolution of the PlayStation controller, including the brand-new DualSense. [widget path="global/article/imagegallery" parameters="albumSlug=the-evolution-of-the-playstation-controller&captions=true"] [poilib element="accentDivider"]

PlayStation Controller

PlayStation ControllerThe PlayStation controller was released alongside the original PlayStation in 1994 and was inspired by the controller of the Super Nintendo. Teiyu Goto, designer of the original PlayStation controller, respected the success of Nintendo's latest console and didn't want this new controller to be too much of a "radical departure." "The Super NES was a huge hit at the time, and naturally we wanted SNES gamers to upgrade to our system," Goto said. "That's why the management department didn't want the controller to be a radical departure -- they said it had to be a standard type of design, or gamers wouldn't accept it." Even though Sony wanted to invoke the SNES controller, it did innovate in some areas, like the second pair of shoulder buttons that would help navigate 3D worlds. Since players had to shift their hands from the L1+R1 buttons to the L2+R2 buttons, Sony also decided to add the grip handles to the controller to make for a smoother transition. The PlayStation controller's buttons were supposed to represent what actions they stood for. According to Goto, the blue cross (or X?) and the red circle stood for "yes" and "no", the triangle was for point of view, and square was similar to a piece of paper that would let players know that button was for menus. This original PlayStation controller would return in the PlayStation Classic console. (Image courtesy of Wikipedia/Evan-Amos)

PlayStation Dual Analog Controller

Dual AnalogPlayStation's Dual Analog controller was a predecessor to the DualShock and introduced the twin analog sticks for the first time. It was first released in Japan in 1997 alongside Tobal 2 and Bushido Blade and included a rumble feature that would be initially taken out of the North American and European versions. "We evaluated all the features and decided, for manufacturing reasons, that what was most important to gamers was the analog feature," A Sony spokesperson said in regards to its removal, which would not matter much as the DualShock would add it back and replace this controller the following year. The Dual Analog controller's twin sticks also had recessed grooves, while the DualShock would adopt textured rubber grips with a more outward-facing stick. Lastly, the Dual Analog controller had a "Flightstick Mode" that would work with such games as MechWarrior 2, Ace Combat 2, and Colony Wars and was an alternative to the FlightStick Analog Joystick. (Image courtesy of Wikipedia/Bollinger)


PlayStation Dual AnalogThe DualShock replaced PlayStation's Dual Analog controller in 1997 in Japan and in North America and elsewhere in 1998 and beyond. The DualShock sported a rumble feature, and its name was derived from the two vibration motors that were housed inside the handles of the controller. In 1999, Ape Escape was the first game that required the use of the DualShock. The PlayStation 2 would be released in 2000, and the original DualShock would be compatible with most games except for those that needed the DualShock 2's analog buttons. (Image courtesy of Amazon)

DualShock 2

PlayStation DualShock 2The DualShock 2 was released alongside the PlayStation 2 in 2000 and was similar to the original DualShock bar a few cosmetic changes, a more square connector, and analog buttons that were pressure sensitive. Those who didn't love the standard black color of the DualShock 2 could also purchase various other colors like satin silver, ceramic white, slate grey, ocean blue, and more. The DualShock 2 could be used on the original PlayStation and would work on the PlayStation 3 with third-party accessories, although certain games that used Sixaxis functionality would not always work with it properly. (Image courtesy of Wikipedia/Evan-Amos)

Honorable Mention: The Boomerang

PlayStation BoomerangWhile the PlayStation 3 "Boomerang" controller was never released, it took the world by storm with its radical design that looks like...well...a boomerang. It was shown at E3 2005 during the reveal of the PlayStation 3, but curiously, wasn't highlighted or focused on during the main presentation. It was simply sitting in display cases on the show floor. The Sixaxis would go on to replace this wild design, but the Legend of the Boomerang would live on for many more years to come. Sony did eventually comment on the controller, saying it was a design mock-up that it wanted to have ready for the PS3's reveal. Following its first showing, the design team took to heart the feedback and decided to go with the much more familiar DualShock-style of controller.


PlayStation SixaxisThe Sixaxis was included with the PlayStation 3 when it launched in 2006 . It was Sony's first official wireless controller, and was capable of detecting motion with "six degrees of freedom," yet it did not have a rumble feature. Games such as Warhawk and Lair were designed around the Sixaxis, which was a much lighter controller due to the lack of rumble. The DualShock 3 was set to be released with the PlayStation 3, but a lawsuit in 2004 by Immersion caused Sony to remove the rumble capabilities while it was in the appeal process and go with this version for a short while. Immersion sued both Sony and Microsoft for patent infringement regarding the rumble functionality. Microsoft ended up settling, but Sony decided to continue the fight in court. Sony ended up losing and the verdict would have Sony pay $90.7 million to Immersion and halt sales of the controllers in question. Sony immediately appealed, which meant it could continue to sell the controllers during the process, but lost. In 2007, Sony and Immersion agreed to end litigation and would work together to "explore the inclusion of Immersion technology in PlayStation format products." This would finally allow Sony to release the DualShock 3 as was originally intended in 2007. (Image courtesy of Wikipedia/Evan-Amos)

DualShock 3

PlayStation DualShock 3In 2007, a year after the launch of the PlayStation 3 and the Sixaxis controller, Sony announced the DualShock 3 at the Tokyo Game Show. It would end up replacing the Sixaxis and would finally bring back the much-requested haptic feedback. Besides that, the DualShock 3 was not much different than the Sixaxis, even though it did weigh about 40% more because of the new vibration motors. The Sixaxis would be discontinued in 2008, making the DualShock 3 the standard controller for the PlayStation 3.

PlayStation Move

PlayStation MoveThe PlayStation Move controllers were originally released in 2009 for use with the PlayStation 3 and were available during the motion renaissance that also featured the Nintendo Wii Remote and Microsoft Kinect. The PlayStation Move controller (or wand) had inertial sensors that could detect motion and a big orb the top that could change colors and was used for tracking by the PlayStation Eye or PlayStation Camera. In our review of the PlayStation Move, we said it had "the potential to be the best motion control system on the current crop of consoles; but unfortunately, the games offered at the moment just don't do the technology justice." Following its launch, Move support was included in such big titles as Killzone 3, Dead Space: Extraction, Gran Turismo 5, and more. Many of these utilized various other accessories like the Navigation controller that would add another analog stick, the PlayStation Move Sharp Shooter that was a gun controller with a slot for the Move, and the PlayStation Move Racing Wheel. The PlayStation Move Wand would continue to work with the PlayStation 4, and it came back as a controller option for PlayStation VR.

DualShock 4

DualShock 4The DualShock 4 was released alongside the PlayStation 4 in 2013 and featured not only a capacitive front touchpad and motion detection but also a light bar on the top of the controller that could illuminate in many different colors. The light bar, while it would flash red and blue when the cops were chasing you in GTA V or would mimic Alien Isolation's motion tracker, was also designed with PlayStation VR in mind. This caused issues before launch of PlayStation's VR headset because no one really understood why this light bar was needed and Sony wasn't willing to reveal all its secrets quite yet. “The tracking light… it was our department that said we need that on,” said SCEE senior designer Jed Ashforth. “It was for tracking for VR, and when all these things were coming out six months ago and everyone was going ‘it’s reflecting in my TV,’ we were going ‘oh no’ because we couldn’t tell anyone what it was for.” The START and SELECT buttons seen in all previous PlayStation controllers were replaced by the OPTIONS and SHARE buttons, respectively. The SHARE button allows players to quickly upload screenshots, videos, and more. The twin joysticks were adjusted and, like the Dual Analog controller, have recessed grooves. The L2 and R2 buttons were more curved and outward-facing than the Dualshock 3's style. Around the time the PlayStation 4 Pro was launched in 2016, Sony released an upgraded version of the DualShock 4 that allowed for play while connected to a USB cable (THANK you!) and the ability to see the light bar on the top of the touchpad.


PlayStation DualSenseThe PlayStation 5 controller has been revealed, and its called the DualSense. It is said to "bring a sense of touch to PS5 gameplay," and will keep many of the DualShock 4 features while adding new functionality and a refined design. The DualSense will have much more advanced haptic feedback and adaptive triggers for the L2 and R2 buttons. The haptic feedback will add "a variety of powerful sensations you'll feel when you play, such as the slow grittiness of driving a car through mud." The Adaptive triggers, meanwhile, will help you "feel the tension of your actions, like when drawing a bow to shoot an arrow." Additionally, the SHARE button from the DualShock 4 will be replaced by the CREATE button, although Sony isn't ready to fully detail what this change will mean. The DualSense also features a two-toned design,  a departure from previous controllers. The light bar will also now be found on either side of the touchpad. [poilib element="poll" parameters="id=4341faa3-05b7-465d-b3a9-e8f3db11da47"] [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2020/04/07/ps5s-controller-the-dualsense-revealed"] [poilib element="accentDivider"] Have a tip for us? Want to discuss a possible story? Please send an email to newstips@ign.com. Adam Bankhurst is a news writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @AdamBankhurst and on Twitch.

Deal Alert: 2019 LG 4K OLED TV for as Low as $1199

Par : Eric Song
Unlike other types of electronics, TVs don't change too much from year to year. Once in a while a new technology might come along that really does push the boundaries of image quality, or user experience, or design, but it never really makes previous TVs obsolete. That means that you can reasonably expect the TV you buy now to last you for several years. Make sure you do your research and get the TV that you'll be happy with for the long term. Below are some of the best deals we've found on Vizio, TCL, Samsung, LG, Sony TVs from Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, Dell, and more. [poilib element="commerceCta" json="%7B%22image%22%3A%7B%22url%22%3A%22https%3A%2F%2Fassets1.ignimgs.com%2F2020%2F03%2F27%2Fsamsungru80001585339190386.jpg%22%2C%22styleUrl%22%3A%22https%3A%2F%2Fassets1.ignimgs.com%2F2020%2F03%2F27%2Fsamsungru80001585339190386_%7Bsize%7D.jpg%22%2C%22id%22%3A%225e7e5b3be4b000875e5dcac3%22%7D%2C%22url%22%3A%22https%3A%2F%2Fr.zdbb.net%2Fu%2Fbrak%22%2C%22title%22%3A%2255-Inch%20Samsung%20UN75RU8000%204K%20for%20%241049%22%2C%22store%22%3A%22Buydig.com%22%2C%22additionalInfo%22%3A%22Use%20Coupon%20Code%3A%20SWE26%22%2C%22ourPick%22%3Afalse%7D"] Apply the code in shopping cart and you'll see this price at the last step of checkout before you place your order. This is $250 less than the best price on Black Friday. The RU8000 is Samsung's highest end non-QLED TV of 2019. It's very thin thanks to the LED-edgelit panel.

You Can Now Watch Onward on Disney+

Sign up for a 7-day free trial now and you'll be able to watch the recently released Pixar's Onward movie today, in addition to other big hits like Frozen 2, The Lion King, Aladdin, and every episode of The Mandalorian Season One. If you want to keep the subscription afterwards, it's only $6.99 per month (or better yet, get a  $69.99 annual subscription). Or sign up for Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+ all for $12.99/month.

Binge Picard and Star Trek: Discovery with a CBS All-Access 30-Day Free Trial

Normally 7 Days With 30 days, you'll have plenty of time to binge exclusive CBS All Access shows like Picard, Star Trek: Discovery, The Good Fight, and more. Afterwards, you can renew for only $5.99/mo (or $9.99/mo for the ad-free option), or just cancel before your trial ends. The trial normally is for 7 days, and this 1 month extension usually only happens two to three times a year.

TV Buying Guide

Before spending money on a brand new TV, I'd suggest you take some time to answer these questions first. Your TV purchase could last you a long while, so you want to make sure you pick one that will satisfy you for years to come.

What Size TV Are You Looking For?

Get the biggest TV that your space can fit and that your budget allows. The #1 regret for TV buyers is wishing they had gone with a bigger size. Common TV sizes range from 32" to 86". Currently the sweet spot for value lies in the 50" to 65" TV size range.

What Is Your Budget?

TV price depends on many factors, including screen size, brand, features, and of course deal quality. The price can range from under $100 all the way to thousands of dollars. It's important for you to set yourself a firm price ceiling or you could possibly spend far above what you expected. In my opinion, the vast majority of people should be easily able to find a TV they are happy with a budget of $700.

What Features Do You Need?

When you upgrade, what features would you benefit from? The obvious choices here are 4KSmart functionality, and extra HDMI ports. 4K is actually not quite necessary at the moment; most content is unavailable in 4K and most 4K TV owners watch 1080p or 720p content. However, 4K is inevitably progressing in both video and gaming, and it may very well become the standard format within the next 2-4 years. If you want a TV that will last, it's best to ride the 4K wave. Smart functionality is also useful because your TV can be a hub for all of your streaming content such as Hulu, Netflix, Amazon Video, and more without the need for an external device. You'll save the expense of having to buy yet another TV accessory, installation hassles, and the loss of an HDMI port. In terms of connectivity, you'll want to figure out how many HDMI inputs you'll need. If you have 3 gaming consoles, that will take up 3 ports right there. A soundbar may take up another port. So would a DVR, Chromecast, or Amazon Fire Stick. If you don't have enough ports you could get an HDMI splitter, but that would add to the cost. Fortunately, the features listed above do not add much to the cost of the TV. As you get to pricier TVs, the primarily difference is in picture quality. HDR (high dynamic range) capable TVs have higher contrast ratios and deeper blacks for a more realistic picture than can't be emulated on a standard LED LCD TV. Multi-zone LED backlighting also improves on black levels by allowing LEDs to completely turn on and off independent of each other. OLED TVs have the highest contrast levels and deepest blacks, but you could easily pay 3x-4x the cost of a budget TV.

Do You Have Brand Loyalty?

Traditionally Samsung, LG, and Sony have stood at the top of the heap in terms of reputation. They have a proven track record of offering some of the highest quality TVs on the market. However, in recent years, other TV brands have been able to catch up to the point that I would call them equals. Vizio is one of the best selling brands and their M and P-series TVs are just as good as if not better than most of the TVs offered by the "big three". Even more recent newcomer TCL has been combining great quality panels with Roku smart functionality in a very affordable package. In my opinion, the Roku interface is by far the best Smart interface compared to any other TV. Likewise, Toshiba and Element have partnered with Amazon to develop the only TVs on the market with Amazon Fire TV.

What Else to Consider?

Only you will really know what level of picture quality satisfies you. Check the TV out in person at your local store, decide what you are happy with, price compare (and check this page), and then make your purchase. For larger TVs, I would recommend buying from a store that has retail locations that allows online returns, or an online vendor that has an outstanding return policy. It can be very aggravating to return a TV to an online vendor that doesn't have great customer service to begin with. For smaller TVs, breakage is less of an issue and I would just recommend you base your purchase on whatever reputable vendor has it the cheapest. Most TVs carry a 1-year warranty but if the price is right, extend it to 2-3 years. It's easier dealing with a local entity that honors your extended warranty than with an overseas manufacturer. [poilib element="accentDivider"] Eric Song is IGN's deal curator and spends roughly 1/4 of his income on stuff he posts.

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Google Stadia: Here's What You Need to Play for Free

Par : Chris Reed
Here's some good news for deal hunters: Google is offering Google Stadia free to anyone with a Gmail account. The deal is rolling out over the next two days, but you can check here to see if it's available to you now. Better yet, sign up and you'll get two free months of the Stadia Pro subscription level (which lets you play a handful of games instantly and gets you discounts on games you can buy). That makes now the perfect time to dip in and see if the game-streaming service is for you. Here's what you need.

Google Stadia-Compatible Devices

stadia-devicesStadia works on many devices, at least some of which you likely already own. You can download the Google Stadia app on iOS or Android to play on iPhone, iPad, and Android phones and tablets. You can also play on any desktop or laptop that can run the Chrome browser. And if you want to play on your TV, all you need is a Chromecast Ultra.

Chromecast Ultra

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Stadia-Compatible Controllers

xbox-one-phantom-magenta-controller You can use an array of input devices to play Stadia games, including the keyboard and mouse attached to your computer. For those who prefer controllers, you have plenty of options as well. Google makes its own controllers, though they're pricy. Anyone who already have a PS4 or Xbox One controller lying around, can use that. If you need one, you can buy one at the links above.

Google Stadia Pro Edition

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Free Games with Stadia Pro

Stadia Pro subscriptions grant you free access to select games. You'll find the current lineup below, and more are expected to be added in May.
  • Destiny 2: The Collection
  • GRID
  • Gylt
  • SteamWorld Dig 2
  • SteamWorld Quest: Hand of Gilgamech
  • Serious Sam Collection
  • Spitlings
  • Stacks on Stacks (on Stacks)
  • Thumper
[poilib element="accentDivider"] Chris Reed is IGN's shopping and commerce editor. You can follow him on Twitter @_chrislreed. [widget path="ign/modules/recirc" parameters="title=&type=articles%2Cvideos&tags=us-shopping&count=3&columnCount=3&theme=article"] https://twitter.com/_chrislreed/

The Best Alienware Deals: Score an Xbox One X Gaming Console for $229.98

Par : Eric Song
There is a good reason why Dell is one of the biggest global PC manufacturers. Dell's laptops and desktop computers are well built, well priced, and backed by the best customer service in the industry. The Alienware lineup also fills the niche for enthusiast and high-end gaming perfomance rigs.This article is constantly updated with the best deals.

Dell and Alienware Desktop Deals

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If you want to upgrade the RAM or hard drive, I'd suggest doing it on your own. You'll save money, and the Aurora R9 allows for toolless access without voiding your warranty. [poilib element="commerceCta" json="%7B%22image%22%3A%7B%22url%22%3A%22https%3A%2F%2Fassets1.ignimgs.com%2F2020%2F03%2F27%2Falienwareaurorar91585336495268.jpg%22%2C%22styleUrl%22%3A%22https%3A%2F%2Fassets1.ignimgs.com%2F2020%2F03%2F27%2Falienwareaurorar91585336495268_%7Bsize%7D.jpg%22%2C%22id%22%3A%225e7e50b4e4b000875e5dcaab%22%7D%2C%22url%22%3A%22https%3A%2F%2Fr.zdbb.net%2Fu%2Fbrcy%22%2C%22title%22%3A%22New%20Alienware%20i7-9700%20RTX%202080%20SUPER%20for%20%241540%22%2C%22store%22%3A%22Dell%22%2C%22additionalInfo%22%3A%22Use%20Coupon%20Code%3A%2050OFF699%22%2C%22ourPick%22%3Afalse%7D"] Use code "50OFF699" The new 2019 Alienware Aurora desktop boasts a facelift, improved thermals, new RGB LED lighting system, toolless chassis for easy swapping of parts, and performance components. The new RTX 2080 SUPER is the latest generation of RTX cards and is modestly superior to the RTX 2080 (which is already more powerful than the GTX 1080 Ti). This makes the card the second most powerful card available. [poilib element="commerceCta" json="%7B%22image%22%3A%7B%22url%22%3A%22https%3A%2F%2Fassets1.ignimgs.com%2F2020%2F03%2F27%2Falienwareaurora1585336560053.jpg%22%2C%22styleUrl%22%3A%22https%3A%2F%2Fassets1.ignimgs.com%2F2020%2F03%2F27%2Falienwareaurora1585336560053_%7Bsize%7D.jpg%22%2C%22id%22%3A%225e7e50f4e4b000875e5dcaac%22%7D%2C%22url%22%3A%22https%3A%2F%2Fr.zdbb.net%2Fu%2Fbra0%22%2C%22title%22%3A%22Alienware%20Aurora%20i7-9700%20RTX%202080%20SUPER%20for%20%241460%22%2C%22store%22%3A%22Dell%22%2C%22additionalInfo%22%3A%22Use%20Coupon%20Code%3A%2050OFF699%22%2C%22ourPick%22%3Afalse%7D"] Use code "50OFF699" Save $50 by going with the previous generation chassis. 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[poilib element="commerceCta" json="%7B%22image%22%3A%7B%22url%22%3A%22https%3A%2F%2Fassets1.ignimgs.com%2F2020%2F03%2F27%2Fdellg5desktop1585336783796.jpg%22%2C%22styleUrl%22%3A%22https%3A%2F%2Fassets1.ignimgs.com%2F2020%2F03%2F27%2Fdellg5desktop1585336783796_%7Bsize%7D.jpg%22%2C%22id%22%3A%225e7e51d6e4b000875e5dcaae%22%7D%2C%22url%22%3A%22https%3A%2F%2Fr.zdbb.net%2Fu%2Fbra3%22%2C%22title%22%3A%22Dell%20G5%20Gaming%20i5-9400%20RTX%202070%20SUPER%20for%20%241095%22%2C%22store%22%3A%22Dell%22%2C%22additionalInfo%22%3A%22Use%20Coupon%20Code%3A%2050OFF699%22%2C%22ourPick%22%3Afalse%7D"] Use code "50OFF699" If you want a new 2019 model AND a tremendous value, then take a look at this Dell G5 gaming desktop. This is a customizable config so you can pick and choose your preferred combination of components. The config we chose gives you a 9th generation Intel Core i5 6-core processor and a powerful RTX 2070 SUPER video card for about $1000. That's hard to beat. Despite the fact that the G5 model is not as pricey as Alienware, it still boasts a toolless chassis so you can easily upgrade your memory and hard drive. [poilib element="commerceCta" json="%7B%22image%22%3A%7B%22url%22%3A%22https%3A%2F%2Fassets1.ignimgs.com%2F2020%2F03%2F20%2Fdellg5desktop1584724910983.jpg%22%2C%22styleUrl%22%3A%22https%3A%2F%2Fassets1.ignimgs.com%2F2020%2F03%2F20%2Fdellg5desktop1584724910983_%7Bsize%7D.jpg%22%2C%22id%22%3A%225e74fbb3e4b0e6d43845f2eb%22%7D%2C%22url%22%3A%22https%3A%2F%2Fr.zdbb.net%2Fu%2Fbql0%22%2C%22title%22%3A%22Dell%20G5%20Gaming%20i5-9400%20GTX%201660%20Ti%20for%20%24719.99%22%2C%22store%22%3A%22Dell%22%2C%22additionalInfo%22%3A%22Use%20Coupon%20Code%3A%2050OFF699%22%2C%22ourPick%22%3Afalse%7D"] Use code "50OFF699" You can upgrade to a gaming-worthy Intel Core i5-9600K processor for $100.

Dell and Alienware Laptop Deals

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HDTV Deals with Dell Gift Cards

The prices alone match the lowest prices you'll find anywhere else, but the gift cards make the deals much better. The gift card carries a 90 day expiration, but it can be used on practically anything at Dell.com, including TVs, gaming consoles, and electronics. [poilib element="commerceCta" json="%7B%22image%22%3A%7B%22url%22%3A%22https%3A%2F%2Fassets1.ignimgs.com%2F2020%2F04%2F08%2Flgoledc91586372334746.jpg%22%2C%22styleUrl%22%3A%22https%3A%2F%2Fassets1.ignimgs.com%2F2020%2F04%2F08%2Flgoledc91586372334746_%7Bsize%7D.jpg%22%2C%22id%22%3A%225e8e1ef3e4b0c8e1b49fa8d6%22%7D%2C%22url%22%3A%22https%3A%2F%2Fr.zdbb.net%2Fu%2Fbqbd%22%2C%22title%22%3A%2255-Inch%20LG%20OLED55C9%204K%20OLED%20Smart%20HDTV%20with%20Bonus%20%24150%20Dell%20eGift%20Card%20for%20%241497%22%2C%22store%22%3A%22Dell%22%2C%22additionalInfo%22%3A%22%22%2C%22ourPick%22%3Afalse%7D"] In terms of picture quality, the LG C9 OLED TV is the best OLED TV on the market. There is an LG E9 model that is "higher end", but the screen and processor are identical (the main difference is that the E9 has a better sound system). If you aren't satisfied with "just" getting an OLED and want the "best" OLED, the C9 is your ticket. 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Eric Song is IGN's deal curator and spends 25% of his pay on stuff he posts.

Bad Boys Movie Night Watch Party Tonight with IGN and Cinefix

Par : IGN Staff
Here at IGN, we're always looking for new ways to bring our community together to embrace what we're most passionate about. That's why we're so excited to debut Watch From Home Theater, a new weekly live show we'll be hosting on Wednesdays at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. E.T. 5:30 p.m. PT/8:30 p.m. ET* for this week to unite some of your favorite IGN personalities and special celebrity guests to have a digital movie night together with you. For our third episode, we've assembled the Bad Boys of IGN to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Will Smith and Martin Lawrence classic! Join IGN's Clint Gage, Max Scoville and Michael Swaim as we watch along with the 1995 Michael Bay action movie. To watch Bad Boys along with us, the movie is available for streaming and rental on a number of platforms, including: This isn’t just a show or an opportunity to watch a movie; it’s a hangout with passionate people who share one thing in common -- their love of film. Each week, we'll invite our viewers to join in the conversation using our WFH Theater Discord channel to chat with our host, Clint Gage, as well as our celebrity guest and IGN staff. With running commentaries that range from insightful to silly, each viewing will take on a life of its own based on each film. If you missed our first episode, you can watch our live commentary of The Invisible Man with director Leigh Whannell below in its entirety! [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2020/03/25/watch-the-invisible-man-w-director-leigh-whannell-watch-from-home-theater"] You can also watch our second episode, where we watched Night of the Living Dead with The Walking Dead EP and special makeup effects master Greg Nicotero: [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/watch-night-of-the-living-dead-w-the-walking-dead-ep-greg-nicotero"] Have any questions for us in the meantime? Drop them in the comments below and we'll do our best to answer before showtime. We're excited to watch with you!

Deals: Oculus Rift VR Headset in Stock for $299.99, Xbox One X for $230

Par : Eric Song
If you've been looking for a cheap VR headset that can play games like Half Life: Alyx and Beat Saber, your search is over! The Oculus Store has a very limited amount of factory refurbished Oculus Rift VR headsets. Gamestop also has a PSVR headset for even cheaper (although you need to accessorize it to get it to work). The crazy Xbox One X deal is also back; get it with a game for only $230.

Oculus Rift VR Headset (Factory Refurb) at the Oculus Store for $299.99 (Compatible with Half-Life: Alyx)

Includes 6 Month Oculus Warranty The Oculus Store has refurbished Oculus Rift VR headsets and they are clearing them out at a great price, $100 less than the Oculus Quest and Rift S. This is the only way to get an Oculus Rift with warranty. I bought my Oculus Rift headset over 3 years ago and still use it to this day. I've never had the urge to upgrade to the newer VR headsets, especially at their ridiculous price points. The original Oculus Rift controller is, in my opinion, still the best controller for Beat Saber because it is the lightest and least bulky compared to the rest (even the Rift S controller). It also has exceptional tracking, even with only two sensors. Also, the higher resolution on the newer VR headsets requires an even more demanding computer. My GTX 1070 equipped PC can run the Rift perfectly well, but may not suffice for a VR headset with nearly double the pixel count. Half-Life: Alyx is also compatible with the Oculus Rift.

Xbox One X (Factory Refurbished) with Bonus Witcher 3 Game for $229.98 at Dell

This is the lowest price we've ever seen for an Xbox One X gaming console from a reputable vendor, plus you're getting an outstanding game. Note that this is a Microsoft refurbished item, which means that it still comes with a 90-day warranty. Note that you do not need to be a Dell member or student to get this deal; simply use guest checkout.

PlayStation VR Headset (Gamestop Premium Refurbished) for $99.99

This is the absolute cheapest way to score a true VR headset. Best of all, if you already own a PS4, you are guaranteed to be able to run the PSVR headset. Keep in mind though that this is the headset only. At the very least you'll need to buy a PlayStation camera. If you want to play Beat Saber, you'll also need two Move controllers. Fortunately you can pick up a preowned PS4 Camera for $39.99 and a pair of new Move Controllers for $99.99.

Buy 3 Months of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, Get 3 Months Free

Save 50% off your Xbox Game Pass subscription. Game Pass Ultimate is basically Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass combined into one membership. You even get access to Game Pass for PC. Game Pass gives you access to tons of high profile games like Kingdom Hearts 3, NBA 2K20, Ori and the Will of the Wisps, Gears 5, Forza Horizon 3, The Outer Worlds, Grand Theft Auto 5, State of Decay, and more.

The First IPS Monitor With 1ms and 240Hz: Alienware AW2521HF 25" 1080p Gaming Monitor for $384.99

This is a new monitor from Dell. What makes this monitor stand out from the competition is that this is the first IPS monitor I've seen with a 1ms response time and 240Hz refresh rate. Other comparable monitors, including the ones from Dell, have a TN panel. An IPS monitor is superior because it has much wider viewing angles and better color rendition.

New PS Plus Free Games Are Live

This month's PS Plus members get access to two very excellent games: Uncharted 4: A Thief's End (rated 9/10) and Dirt Rally 2.0 (rated 8.5/10).

HORI Nintendo Switch Fighting Stick Mini: Street Fighter II Edition for $44.99

This fight stick is officially licensed by both Nintendo and Capcom and features Cammy and Chun-Li artwork. It's great for games like Street Fighter: 30th Anniversary Collection, Dragon Ball FighterZ, Mortal Kombat 11, and more, but note that it won't work for Smash Bros.

Gamestop Nintendo Switch Spring Sale

Gamestop is offering the best prices on several Nintendo Switch titles. Better yet, get the preowned copy and save a few more dollars! The list includes some of the top Switch titles like Breath of the Wild, Splatoon 2, and Kirby Star Allies.

The 2020 Premium Learn To Code Certification 10-Course Bundle for $39

Over 120 Hours of Learning Material In this day and age, learning to code is one of the safest ways to job security. There's no lack of programming jobs, especially in growing tech sectors like here in the San Francisco Bay Area. This online package contains ten courses to get you started, or only $3.90 per course. They include topics on JavaScript, HTML5, CS3, Python, Django 2, Flutter, Dart, and more.

The Complete Python Certification Bootcamp 12-Course Bundle for $34.99

Over 80 Hours of Learning Material Python is the most popular computer language, so it makes sense to learn this language first. If that's what you want, then this bundle is for you. You get 85 hours worth of training material divided among 12 courses (or $2.92 per course). This is one of the most popular and best selling courses on StackSocial.

The All-in-One Adobe Creative Cloud Suite Certification Bundle for $34

Over 60 Hours of Learning Material Proficiency in Adobe apps is basically a requirement for today's graphic or video professional, but these are also very handy tools for hobbyists who are into photography, video streaming, digital art, and more. This bundle includes 8 courses, or only $4.25 per course and includes topics on Photoshop, Illustrator, Premier, Lightroom, InDesign, and more.

ComiXology Free Trial Extended to 60 Days

Normally 30 Days The 60-day extension (normally $30) has never, ever happened before. ComiXology is Amazon's digital comic platform and is the largest digital retailer of American comics. The site hosts 20,000 digital comics, graphic novels, and manga from DC, Marvel, Image, Dark Horse, and more. Here's your chance to access all of it, totally free, for 30 60 days. If you're an avid comic reader, you might want to consider continuing on afterwards, since it's only $5.99/month. You can even sign in with your Amazon account.

New Alienware Aurora R9 AMD Ryzen 7 3700X AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT Gaming Desktop PC for $1110

For those of you who haven't been keeping up with the Intel vs AMD CPU war, AMD has been giving Intel a run for its money with its flagship processors. The new AMD Ryzen 7 3700X 8-core processor is comparable to the Intel Core i7-9700, both in terms of gaming and workstation performance. It's paired with an RX 5700 XT video card, which is on par with the RTX 2070. If you want to upgrade the RAM or hard drive, I'd suggest doing it on your own. You'll save money, and the Aurora R9 allows for toolless access without voiding your warranty.

Alienware m17 17" Intel Core i7-9750H GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Gaming Laptop for $1086

This is another $50 price drop from yesterday's already excellent price. The m17 is the 17" variant of the new generation of Alienware m-series gaming laptops. Despite the larger screen size, it still clocks in at only 5.8 pounds.

New Licensed Castlevania Apparel at the IGN Store

Do you enjoy Netflix's original Castlevania animated series? If so, the IGN Store has added a host of officially licensed Castlevania apparel. Sign up for our newsletter and get a 20% off coupon code. Alternatively, save 10% off using coupon code "igndeals10".


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Animal Crossing: Cherry Blossom Recipe List and How to Get More

Complete your cherry blossom set in Animal Crossing: New Horizons with tips on how to find recipes and a complete checklist.

How P.T. Redefined Urban Legends for the 21st Century

This article is part of a new initiative on IGN where we spend a whole month exploring topics we find interesting in the world of video games (and hope you will, too!). April is our Urban Legends month, when we'll take a look at the bizarre, eerie, untold, and otherwise unexplained phenomena within the gaming community. [poilib element="accentDivider"] The internet as we know it has largely done away with the concept of video game urban legends. Sure, there are always rumors about video games in development, but the hidden characters and bigfoots (bigfeet?) in the Grand Theft Autos and Mortal Kombats of the late '90s and early ’00s have all but vanished. It used to take months of dedication to learn about everything a game’s developers hid in its world. Now, the moment a game is released, everything there is to know about it is available on YouTube, message boards, and very helpful wikis – but it was this sort of accessibility that proved crucial to Hideo Kojima’s short-lived Silent Hills demo reviving that feeling of communal awe, and what ultimately led to P.T. becoming a modern-day urban legend of its own.


P.T.'s Mysterious Launch

The circumstances of its release alone are almost enough to make P.T. a true internet-age urban legend: a mystery game that fell from the sky and was secretly a demo for a Kojima-directed Silent Hill reboot. When Konami stealth released it as “just some random free horror game” on the PlayStation store in 2014, it tapped into a feeling of discovery many players had never experienced firsthand. And, with its uniquely intricate puzzle mechanics, the “prestige” of P.T. could not have been executed successfully in a world before Twitch streaming and message board sleuthing had become the norm. It wouldn’t have been solved nearly as quickly and would have likely turned off a huge portion of players due to its obscurity. Even at its initial launch, there was an air of mystery to P.T. that most games lack. In marketing, it is paramount to let the consumer know what your advertisement is selling, but even for a piece of “viral” marketing P.T was unafraid to remain shrouded in mystery for as long as it took players to complete it. The very first mystery of P.T. 's legacy was, extremely appropriately, “what is P.T.?” [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2014/08/13/silent-hills-playable-teaser-walkthrough-part-01"] Answering this very basic question required, as it turned out, solving the game’s series of increasingly cryptic puzzles. To even fully understand what the game was a teaser for - that it was a teaser at all - players had to solve the game. And to do this, they would have to collaborate. Solutions to puzzles in P.T. required using unusual methods of control like forcing players to remain motionless during a series of controller vibrations or using the PS4 Dualshock microphone to speak to Lisa. This specific mechanic ended up playing a role in the final puzzle solution on the Twitch stream where P.T. was finished for the first time. IGN_UrbanLegends_PT_inline5

The Secrets of Silent Hills

Once the attached trailer for Silent Hills was uncovered, there were still plenty of debates online about just how, exactly, you solved the puzzle - and the Playable Teaser still had plenty of hidden details to discover over time. Just last year, it was revealed that P.T. contained a version of a town where it looks like Silent Hills would take place. It was just a skeleton for a town, never intended to be seen by players, but it proved that around every corner, there were still secrets to uncover, even five years after its release. “So many powerful moments in the title exist only as a few interesting shadows, sounds, or glimpses of something in the distance,” Says Lance MacDonald, the modder who discovered the hidden city, “so it's always been a game begging to put under a microscope to see what's really happening.” [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2019/09/09/pt-is-hiding-a-creepy-secret-revealed-only-with-camera-hack"] But even after P.T. 's true identity as Silent Hills was revealed, it was far from over. In 2015, P.T.'s existence would cement its status as an urban legend. Before being taken down from the PlayStation store, P.T. had gained critical acclaim and a fanbase dedicated to scouring it from top to bottom for clues about the upcoming full game. It had reached over 1 million downloads in the first month it was available. And then, in one of the most shocking video game industry moves of all time, Konami turned P.T. into a ghost. Hideo Kojima and Guillermo Del Toro’s Silent Hills was officially canceled in April of 2015. P.T. was removed from the Playstation store immediately after this announcement and suddenly, the game was a rarity. A PS4 with P.T. installed became the most valuable item in gaming (at least before the last surviving Nintendo Playstation was auctioned off for a staggering amount), some going for over $1000 on eBay. Sure, there are some games that were manufactured in limited quantities and MMOs that have shut down and are no longer for sale, but no game has experienced the same turn of events as P.T. Its value was no longer intrinsic to the cryptic social experiment that was the game itself; P.T. 's value had become material and, for a moment, it was worth more than some of the rarest video games of all time. Suddenly P.T. wasn’t a teaser for an upcoming game, but the relic of a dead one - and this development seemed to only spur fans onward. All the secrets and clues that were still hidden within its looping hallway took on new meaning, and this added layer of intrigue has kept fans digging into its code to this day. IGN_UrbanLegends_PT_inline4 Whether intentional or not, P.T. confronted its players with mysteries that will never have a concrete answer, because unlike most video games, those answers don’t exist — even if they were eventually supposed to. Basic questions that a full-length title would answer – “what really happened to Lisa” or “what happened to the child?” – are left mostly to the imagination, but P.T. gives just enough information to let players make informed speculations. The game world itself, the looping hallway, is never explained – is it purgatory? Or perhaps a coping mechanism for the protagonist to process his past trauma? According to MacDonald, it was these lingering questions and the enthusiasm of the fan base that propelled him to take P.T. on as a modding project, attributing the obsessive nature of its online community to the teaser’s hesitancy to show its true colors. “The horror of P.T. is incredibly effective in a way that is mostly unknown. After a playthrough, the game practically begs the player to think more about what they just experienced and try to make more sense of it. No matter how closely most players look, P.T. is very hesitant to reveal its secrets,” MacDonald said, “this creates a kind of fanatic desperation where the online community refuses to stop searching for answers because the game does such a fantastic job begging us to come looking for them.” IGN_UrbanLegends_PT_inline3

Connections, Kojima-Style

We’ll probably never see Hideo Kojima’s Silent Hill come to pass – regardless of the rumors constantly swirling around the subject – but P.T. will always hold a special place in gaming history. Even in its relative brevity, P.T. made a stronger case for how games connect us to one another than Kojima’s 50-hour treatise on those themes in Death Stranding ever could. Sure, hamfisted metaphors and dedication to cinematic storytelling can be engaging in their own right, but they also bog down a game that is ostensibly about how your actions in the world affect others - both NPCs and real players alike. [widget path="global/article/imagegallery" parameters="albumSlug=25-scariest-games-of-this-generation&captions=true"] But even with connection at the center of its gameplay - building bridges was literally a core mechanic - Death Stranding doesn’t accomplish with its sprawling world what P.T. did with just one hallway. Its design asked its players to solve its puzzles in a way only made possible through collaboration, and to spread its secret by actually connecting with other people. It may have spread faster than the playground rumors of secret fatalities and Konami codes, but P.T. has become the first urban legend of the modern era of gaming. [poilib element="accentDivider"] Bryn Gelbart is a freelance writer who has written for Business Insider, Indiewire, Game Rant, and others. You can find his thoughts on games and emo revival bands on Twitter.

Watch Exclusive Devs Clip Featuring Nick Offerman

Warning! Some spoilers for episode 7 of FX's Dev follow. [poilib element="accentDivider"] Once TV's most lovable government employee, Nick Offerman is probably best known for his hilarious antics as Ron Swanson on Parks and Recreation. In a surprising turn for the veteran actor, Offerman is currently starring in Alex Garland's (Ex Machina) moody sci-fi drama, Devs, as the head of a shadowy tech company in Silicon Valley. One of the most unusual aspects of Offerman's character, Forest, is not just his brooding demeanor, but also his shaggy outward appearance. IGN spoke to Garland and Offerman about how Forest's look came to be. "In terms of Nick’s look, it was a particular look," Garland told IGN. "I sent him a photo of an aging, balding, Californian hippie. And it was a particular thing of the long hair getting thin and very tanned. I saw him as a Californian of a certain age." For Garland, it was all about the "Silicon Valley" look, which he describes as "t-shirts, hoodies, ping pong tables, and s**t like that." For an exclusive clip featuring Offerman's Forest and Alison Pill's Katie from episode 7, check out the video below or at the top of the page: [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2020/04/08/devs-exclusive-episode-7-clip-featuring-nick-offerman"] Offerman sees his character's disheveled appearance as an essential part of the narrative. "For the clothing, given what’s happening in the narrative, [Forest] is no longer concerned with taking a bath or keeping his clothes clean or looking like anything other than a lived-in college kid," Offerman told IGN. "I really enjoyed the way I didn’t have to participate in the flash of the cool company. Forest is the sort of wizard of this particular Land of Oz, and is this distracted obsessed determinist with other things on his mind." If you haven't seen Offerman in this dynamic role, be sure to give Devs a watch. In our review of the Devs series premiere, we say, "Devs is groovy, quietcore sci-fi that hums with humanity, and at only eight episodes it seems to be adequately paced, with little room to fail or flail. It works on macro and micro levels, aiming to unsettle viewers with both what is shown and what is hidden." Episode 7 of Devs debuts on Thursday, April 9, exclusively on FX on Hulu. [widget path="global/article/imagegallery" parameters="albumSlug=devs-season-1-gallery&captions=true"] [poilib element="accentDivider"] David Griffin still watches DuckTales in his pajamas with a cereal bowl in hand. He's also the TV Editor for IGN. Say hi on Twitter.

Space Force: Netflix's New Steve Carell Workplace Comedy Gets Release Date

Netflix has announced that its newest workplace comedy, Space Force, is headed to the streaming service on May 29. The new series will star The Office's Steve Carell, along with John Malkovich (Places in the Heart, In the Line of Fire), Diana Silvers (Booksmart), Tawny Newsome (Bajillion Dollar Properties), and Ben Schwartz (Parks and Recreation). The series will follow Carell's character, a decorated pilot who unexpectedly finds himself in charge of the newly formed Space Force. He and his team will be tasked with getting boots on the moon once again, and achieving "total space dominance." The full series description can be seen below. [widget path="global/article/imagegallery" parameters="albumSlug=space-force-12-first-look-photos&captions=true"] "A decorated pilot with dreams of running the Air Force, four-star general Mark R. Naird (Steve Carell) is thrown for a loop when he finds himself tapped to lead the newly formed sixth branch of the US Armed Forces: Space Force. Skeptical but dedicated, Mark uproots his family and moves to a remote base in Colorado where he and a colorful team of scientists and “Spacemen” are tasked by the White House with getting American boots on the moon (again) in a hurry and achieving total space dominance." Netflix has also announced that Lisa Kudrow (Friends) has signed on the series to play Carell's wife, Maggie Naird. Her character is a "Washington Air Force wife who has sublimated parts of herself to her husband’s career for two decades. But as he takes on his biggest challenge, she is growing in a different direction." [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2019/01/16/netflix-reuniting-steve-carell-with-the-office-co-creator-for-space-force-series-ign-news"] Originally announced in January 2019, the upcoming Netflix series was created by Carell and The Office creator Greg Daniels. It's unclear how many episodes have been ordered for the first season, but we can expect more details to be revealed soon. In the meantime, be sure to check out our list of the top 25 episodes of The Office. [poilib element="accentDivider"]
Andrew Smith is a freelance contributor with IGN. Follow him on Twitter @_andrewtsmith.

All the Games Available on Google Stadia

See all upcoming and currently available games on Google's video game streaming platform.

Google Stadia Going Free Starting Today

Google has announced that, starting today and rolling out over the next 48 hours, Stadia is now free to use in all 14 countries where the games streaming service is supported, so long as users have a Gmail account. New users can sign up at Stadia's website with their Gmail account, with access at the free tier allowing players to purchase games and stream them with up to 1080p/60 fps with stereo surround sound. Players who sign up today during this new free rollout, however, will also receive two free months to Stadia's Pro subscription tier level, with the option to either continue a $9.99/month subscription or opt out afterward. And anyone already subscribed to Stadia Pro will simply not be charged for the next two months of the service. [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2019/11/22/google-stadia-review"] The Pro subscription tier allows players claim free games for their Stadia library on a regular basis, which they will have access to so long as that subscription is held, similar to a PlayStation Plus subscription. The current list of free games Stadia Pro users can claim is:
  • Destiny 2: The Collection
  • GRID
  • Gylt
  • SteamWorld Dig 2
  • SteamWorld Quest: Hand of Gilgamech
  • Serious Sam Collection
  • Spitlings
  • Stacks on Stacks (on Stacks)
  • Thumper
Normally, Stadia Pro will also allow users to play games in up to 4K/60fps/HDR format, but Google has also announced today that, in light of the current coronavirus pandemic and the increased strain on internet usage, the default screen resolution for all players will be 1080p for the time being. "To reduce load on the internet further, we’re working toward a temporary feature that changes the default screen resolution from 4k to 1080p," VP and GM of Stadia Phil Harrison said in a statement alongside the announcement. "With increased demand due to more people at home during this time, we’re taking a responsible approach to internet traffic... The vast majority of people on a desktop or laptop won’t notice a significant drop in gameplay quality, but you can choose your data usage options in the Stadia app." [widget path="global/article/imagegallery" parameters="albumSlug=google-stadia-review&captions=true"] Stadia is available to play through an app on both Android and iOS devices, including laptops, desktops through Chrome, tablets, Google Pixel phones and some Android phones. Google has a full list of compatible mice, keyboards, and controllers to use with Stadia games. There are currently 38 games available to purchase through Stadia to play on Google's streaming service, with more than 120 expected to come to Stadia in 2020. The Stadia Premiere Edition, which comes with a Stadia Controller, and three months of Stadia Pro, is available for $129.99 in the U.S., Canada, U.K., and EU. Stadia is available in the U.S., Canada, U.K., Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, and Finland, with more territories expected to be added this year. Since Stadia's launch late last year, we've learned that former God of War executive producer Shannon Studstill is heading up a new Stadia dev team, Journey to the Savage Planet developers Typhoon Studios have since joined Google as a Stadia first-party team, and that Gears Tactics co-developer Splash Damage is making a Stadia exclusive.

The Dos and Don’ts of Sheltering in Place, According to the Movies

Across the nation -- and the world -- millions of movie lovers are sheltering in place, thirsting for something great to watch and maybe some tips on how to cope. Well, we've got you covered with a list of both! Movies have long imagined worlds where heroes have to face an array of isolating obstacles, from haunted houses to dystopian drama, far-flung science-fiction, and desert island disasters. These stories offer thrills, chills, laughs, and some moments maybe freshly familiar. So we turn to them not only for entertainment, but also as a guide of how to best handle sheltering in. [widget path="global/article/imagegallery" parameters="albumSlug=the-dos-and-donts-of-sheltering-in-place-according-to-the-movies&captions=true"] [poilib element="accentDivider"]

It's a Disaster (2012)

its-a-disasterThis delectable dark comedy invites viewers into a couples' brunch that is disastrous in every way possible. When calamity hits Los Angeles, four couples are trapped inside one house, where mimosas and social awkwardness swiftly gives way to shocking secrets, DIY drug trips, and proposed three-ways. Then things really get wild. David Cross, Julia Stiles, and America Ferrera co-star. Shut-in Pro-Tip: Brunch is cancelled. Sure, you love your friends. But do you want your hours-long hang time stretching into days of shared quarantine? Don't think so! Keep your booze and breakfast treats to yourself and keep social boundaries and social distancing intact by opting instead for video-chat happy hours.

The Shining (1980)

the-shiningBased on Stephen King's classic horror novel, Stanley Kubrick's controversial adaptation follows a family of three over the course of a rough winter shut in at the massive but isolated Overlook Hotel. Shut-in Pro-Tip: All things in moderation. All work and no play makes Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) a wannabe spree killer. Look, it's totally cool to have a drink or two or to go on a walk to chill out after a long day. But one's got to be careful not to overdo it. Or else getting hammed with the evil dead could get you left out in the cold.

What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)

baby-jane-rat-on-a-plateDivas of Hollywood's Golden Age, Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, star in this psycho-biddy thriller about two elderly sisters holed up in a deteriorating house with only each other and their decades-old resentments to entertain them. Shut-in Pro-Tip: Mix it up for dinner! Eating the same dishes over and over again can get tedious. Challenge your taste buds with something new and unexpected. It keeps things fun!

Freaks (2018)

freaksNow on Netflix, this imaginative and celebrated sci-fi indie follows a spirited young girl (Lexy Kolker) who's being held in her house by her frantic father (Emile Hirsch). What threats lie outside? She doesn't know, but she's determined to find out! Shut-in Pro-Tip: Stock up on ice cream. It's a good idea to have your household's favorite snacks and comfort foods well stocked, and ice cream is a no-brainer. For one, it's delicious. For another, time goes by strangely in isolation. And the lure of that strange ice cream truck that keeps parking right outside is all the stronger when there are no frosty treats in the fridge.

Swiss Army Man (2016)

Swiss-Army-ManThis outrageous buddy-comedy tells the tale of Hank (Paul Dano), a lonely castaway on a desert island whose path to salvation, sanity, and self-acceptance begins when a farting cadaver (Daniel Radcliffe) washes ashore. Shut-in Pro-Tip: Get creative! Loneliness can be brutal, but Hank combats it by indulging in his imagination. He hums his own theme music to push him to hope and bravery. He turns trash into model towns, costumes, and props to spin a fantasy future worth fighting for. But best of all, he transforms a rotting corpse into a water fountain, a grappling hook, a jet ski, and the ultimate companion.

Moon (2009)

moonDuncan Jones's heralded directorial debut centers on Sam Bell (Sam Rockwell), a miner working alone on the moon for a three-year stint. With only recorded messages from Earth, reruns of sporting events, and a stoic AI called Gerty for company, Sam is industrious but alone. That is until an accident brings an unexpected guest into his moon base. Shut-in Pro-Tip: Be a friend to yourself. Sam finds comforts in virtual communications with loved ones and co-workers and his model-building hobby. But the greatest solace comes from learning to love himself. In times of isolation, Moon teaches us that we can be our own best friends.

Ex Machina (2014)

ex-machina-danceIsolation has never been as sleek and sexy as in this sci-fi thriller from writer/director Alex Garland. In Ex Machina, groundbreaking engineer Nathan (Oscar Isaac) lives in a remote kingdom, cozy within a fortress of concrete, glass, and minimalist design. It's just him and the robots he's readying to release to the world. That is until he invites a human guest (Domhnall Gleeson) to test the cognitive abilities of his latest android (Alicia Vikander). Shut-in Pro-Tip: Dance! It's good for the mind, body, and spirit. In Ex Machina's instantly iconic disco number, Nathan "tears up the dance floor" with the help of his sidekick Kyoko (Sonoya Mizuno) as a way to unwind and ease the tension between housemates who are beginning to butt heads. Take a look at TikTok to see how households all over are jumping on this beat, but be well aware Nathan was there first.

The Martian (2015)

the-martian-gardenThis seven-time Oscar-nominated space epic stars Matt Damon as an astronaut stranded on Mars. To survive, he must defy the odds at every step, reaching out to NASA for rescue, finding provisions on a barren landscape, and keeping his sanity while light years away from home and everyone else. Shut-in Pro-Tip: Start a garden. Hobbies are great for managing stress. Gardens grow a feeling of accomplishment along with delicious fruits and vegetables. You don't need a yard or even much space to nurture new plants. Pick a pot and some easy-to-sprout options. Give them some sunshine and water and enjoy. Bonus pro-tip: Don't forget the herbs. If you run out of ketchup, let parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme rescue your taste buds from tedium.

Rear Window (1954)

rear-windowHeadlining this Alfred Hitchcock classic, James Stewart plays a professional photographer who is confined to his apartment by a crippling full-leg cast. Lucky for him, a whole world of wonder and intrigue lies right outside his window. An incredible view puts his neighbors across the way on full display, for better or for murder. Shut-in Pro-Tip: Watch out for your neighbors! People-watching is a great way to "kill time." But even at a distance, you can be an aid to your community by checking in on the wellbeing of others. Of course some people don't appreciate being the focus of such attention. So bonus tip: Watch out for your neighbors! What movies would you recommend for sheltering in? Let’s discuss in the comments! [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2020/04/04/watch-night-of-the-living-dead-w-the-walking-dead-ep-greg-nicotero"]

Cyberpunk 2077 Twitter Account Detailing the Game's Gangs and Corps

CD Projekt Red has started detailed some of the in-game gangs and corporations that will appear in Cyberpunk 2077, starting with The Mox. The studio shared the news on Twitter, with a short video showcasing the gang's in-game iconography. The Mox or "Moxes" was "formed in 2076 after the death of Elizabeth "Lizzie" Borden, a strip club owner & ex-prostitute who treated her workers fairly and defended them from violent clients."

Formed in 2076 after the death of Elizabeth “Lizzie” Borden, a strip club owner & ex-prostitute who treated her workers fairly and defended them from violent clients, The Mox refer to themselves as “those who protect working girls and guys” from violence and abuse. #Cyberpunk2077 pic.twitter.com/X1Ie8JjPYo

— Cyberpunk 2077 (@CyberpunkGame) April 8, 2020
According to the tweet, The Mox's motivation is to "protect working girls and guys from violence and abuse." Their gang name is written in old school text, with a skull doll being their chosen symbol. Global Community Lead Marcin Momot weighed in with a quote retweet, noting that this is the first entry in a "series of posts talking about corporations and gangs that you will be able to encounter in the streets of Night City." Expect a few more of these information drops over the coming months as we approach Cyberpunk 2077's September release date. In other Cyberpunk 2077 news, CD Projekt Red recently revealed an incredible figurine of the game's female protagonist. There are plenty of pictures of the impressive Pure Arts model after the jump. [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2019/05/24/7-cyberpunk-games-to-play-before-cyberpunk-2077"] [poilib element="accentDivider"] Jordan Oloman is a freelance writer for IGN who is waiting for CD Projekt Red to reveal his own Cyberpunk 2077 gang, The Olomen. Follow him on Twitter.

The Witcher: Explaining all the Season 2 Characters and Who Plays Them

Here's a breakdown of every character in The Witcher and where you recognize their performers from, starting with the newest additions making their debut in Season 2. Spoilers for Season 1 follow.

Observer: System Redux Coming to Next-Gen

Bloober Team, creator of Layers of Fear and the Blair Witch game, has teased the release of Observer: System Redux for next-gen consoles. Teased in a tweet with a short teaser trailer (below), it's not entirely clear what System Redux will be, but the title and art used imply a remaster of the original 2017 cyberpunk horror game. It seems we'll learn more about the game from Bloober soon, and we'll be sure to update this story as that new information comes in.

\\title: observer_system_redux _destination: next-gen >full_reveal: in progress#blooberteam #observerredux #cyberpunk #cyberpunk2020 #cyberpunk2077 #neuromancer #bladerunner #rutgerhauer pic.twitter.com/rqBJrB5heH

— Observer System Redux (@ObserverRedux) April 8, 2020
Observer starred the late Rutger Hauer - playing a detective in a dystopian, futuristic Krakow - investigating mysterious events in an increasingly terrifying apartment block. We named it one of the best horror games of 2017, one of the 25 scariest games of the current console generation, and one of the best cyberpunk games to tide you over until Cyberpunk 2077 arrives. Given that Observer arrived on all major platforms, it seems likely that System Redux will arrive on both Xbox Series X and PS5. Still not sure which next-gen console you're going to go with? We've got a comparison chart for PS5 and Xbox Series X to help you pick, including a breakdown of their controllers, now that the PS5 DualSense has been revealed. [poilib element="accentDivider"]

Xbox One Controllers Are $10 Off, Plus Xbox Game Pass Ultimate Is $1

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Microsoft just released the gorgeous Phantom Magenta Xbox One controller last month, but it--along with many other designs--is already on sale. You can save at least $10 off Xbox One controllers and other accessories at the Microsoft Store right now. Better yet, these controllers will be compatible with Xbox Series X when it launches later this year. And if you're interested in trying out a bunch of games, you can get a month's subscription of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate for just a buck. Let's take a look at what Xbox deals are available right now.

Xbox One Phantom Magenta Special Edition Controller is $10 Off

xbox-one-phantom-magenta-controller This is the newest special edition Xbox One controller, and it's a beauty. It's part of the company's Phantom sub-series of controllers, but the black and white versions are currently sold out. So if you like the look of this one, grab it while it's in stock.

One Month Xbox Game Pass Ultimate is $1

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Xbox One Accessory Deals

[poilib element="commerceDeal" parameters="slug=xbox-one-controller-deals-microsoft-store-april-2020"] Lots of other Xbox One controllers, headsets, and other accessories are also on sale right now at the Microsoft Store. [poilib element="accentDivider"] Chris Reed is IGN's shopping and commerce editor. You can follow him on Twitter @_chrislreed. [widget path="ign/modules/recirc" parameters="title=&type=articles%2Cvideos&tags=us-shopping&count=3&columnCount=3&theme=article"]

ESRB Reassures on Possibility of Shutdown, Game Delays

The US games rating agency, the ESRB, has played down any possibility that it will shut down during the outbreak of COVID-19, potentially delaying games waiting to receive ratings. This follows the shutdown of Japanese ratings agency, CERO until at least May 6. CERO explained that its ratings process is dependant on reviewers visiting the office and thus cannot continue operations until a country-wide lockdown is lifted. With console games requiring a CERO rating to see release in Japan, it's led to worry about game delays in the country. Speaking to IGN, the ESRB has quelled fears about a similar situation in the US, despite moving to a work-from-home solution in recent weeks: "Thanks to a good deal of advance planning, since March 16 ESRB has been operating remotely due to the COVID-19 outbreak", explained an ESRB spokesperson. "We have seen no delay in assigning ratings. We will continue to assign ratings remotely for as long as required." [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2017/10/12/the-esrb-and-the-loot-box-gambling-controversy"] All console manufacturers, and most digital storefronts, require games to receive an ESRB rating to allow a US release, meaning any stoppage of ratings could see games delayed. Thankfully, it seems that won't be a problem. IGN has reached out to PEGI, the ESRB's European equivalent, and the Australian Classification Board to confirm whether the same measures are being taken in those regions, and delays have been avoided. Here are some ways to help others and stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. [poilib element="accentDivider"]

Louisiana Police Apologize for Using The Purge Siren to Signal Lockdown Curfew

Louisiana police have had to apologise for using a siren almost identical to the one used in The Purge to signal a lockdown curfew during the city's coronavirus (COVID-19) quarantine. According to Variety, Crowley police patrolled the streets of Acadia Parish with the noise blaring out of their squad cars to alert residents of the new nightly curfew that is in place between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m., but many found the sound to be eerily familiar to the one from the horror franchise. Officials were made aware of the similarities between the real-life siren, heard in a video posted on the KATC news channel, and the alarm used in the film and TV series to signify the start of an annual government-sanctioned event in which all crime, including murder, becomes legal for 12 continuous hours. You can listen to The Purge siren in the trailer below: [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2018/04/06/the-first-purge-trailer-1"] Speaking to KATC, Crowley Police Chief Jimmy Broussard said he hadn't realised that the siren was associated with the franchise, and that he doesn't plan on using any type of alarm for the curfew going forward. "Last night a 'Purge Siren' was utilized by the Crowley Police Department as part of their starting curfew. We have received numerous complaints with the belief that our agency was involved in this process. We were not involved in the use of the 'Purge Siren' and will not utilize any type of siren for this purpose," said Acadia Parish Sheriff K.P. Gibson in a separate statement to the news station. [widget path="global/article/imagegallery" parameters="albumSlug=horror-movie-franchises-that-never-stopped-being-entertaining&captions=true"] The Purge is one of the most political horror franchises ever produced, and every instalment offers thoughtful political allegories and hard-edged, disturbing violence. The fifth, and supposedly final, entry into the film series is currently scheduled for release on July 10, but it could yet join the growing list of movie and TV productions affected by COVID-19. For a list of recommendations on how best to help, and stay safe, during the coronavirus pandemic, please read our resource guide. [poilib element="accentDivider"] Adele Ankers is a Freelance Entertainment Journalist. You can reach her on Twitter.

PS5 DualSense Controller Confirmed to Have a Headphone Jack

A PlayStation Product Manager has confirmed you can still plug in wired headphones to the new controller.

Virtual Reality Deals: Save on Oculus Rift, PSVR Right Now

There are three video gaming moments I can point to in my life where I instantly knew everything was about to change: the first time I played Super Mario Bros., the first time I played Super Mario 64, and the first time I donned a PlayStation VR headset. If you haven't yet immersed yourself in the world of VR, GameStop has pre-owned, refurbished PlayStation VR headsets and Oculus is offering refurbished Rift units, both of which represent substantial savings over buying them new.

Virtual Reality Headset Deals

[poilib element="commerceDeal" parameters="slug=vr-headset-deals"] The PSVR headset is JUST the headset: it doesn't include the Move controllers, which have been a pain to get a hold of since forever, anyway. However, you can play the large majority of PSVR games with just the DualShock controller, and with Sony announcing the PS5 controller yesterday, who knows what the future might hold? As for the Oculus Rift, it comes with everything you need, including the controllers, but not including a PC. So I guess it's not "everything." The Oculus availability probably won't last, so if you're even considering it, act now or risk losing out. [poilib element="accentDivider"] Seth Macy is IGN's tech and commerce editor and just wants to be your friend. Find him on Twitter @sethmacy.  

Disintegration’s FPS Campaign Wants You to Try Something New

You’ll be forgiven if you do a double-take when first glancing upon Disintegration, the unique new first-person shooter with heavy strategy elements from V1 Interactive. It’s definitely got a bit of a Destiny look to it, artistically speaking, and there’s a good reason for that: Disintegration is from Master Chief co-creator and longtime Bungie veteran Marcus Lehto and his new team. Lehto was at Bungie well into Destiny 1’s development, so his visual stamp is on both his old studio’s game and his new one. Heck, Disintegration even has a player hub area where you walk around in third-person view and speak with your NPC allies. That’s where the similarities end, though: on a purely superficial level. Disintegration is set on Earth, 150 years in the future. Humanity has, according to Lehto, been dealt “some very difficult cards,” including climate extremes, food shortages, and a pandemic (sigh). Societal stratification has arisen, splitting humanity into two camps: the Naturals and those who’ve “integrated” – meaning they’ve left their human bodies behind and transferred their consciousness into a robot body. [widget path="global/article/imagegallery" parameters="albumSlug=disintegration-45-new-behind-the-scenes-images-ign-first&captions=true"] [poilib element="quoteBox" parameters="excerpt=Genuinely%20new%20first-person%20shooter%20experiences%20are%20fairly%20few%20and%20far%20between."] Those who integrate can be a humanoid-looking Warrior, long-range Ranger, or mech-like Striker, each with different skills and strengths. You play Roamer Shoal, an ex-gravcycle pilot who’s escaped the clutches of the militaristic superpower called the Rayonne, and one of its leaders Black Shuck, inside a large Rayon capital ship hovering over what’s left of North America called an Iron Cloud. If this all sounds super sci-fi-y, well...it is. And hopefully that will end up being a strength of Disintegration. The gameplay, though, seems like a surer bet to carve out its own (ahem) destiny. See, you’ll be an active participant in the first-person combat, but you’ll do so hovering above the battlefield in your gravcycle, issuing commands to your crew. “It’s the player’s responsibility in the campaign to not only engage in combat but use those ground units as an active part of your arsenal,” Lehto said. “It’s very important to remember that [the gravcycle is] the core aspect of the game.” [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2020/01/08/disintegration-32-minutes-of-story-mission-gameplay-ign-first"] That gameplay also is best played rather than simply demonstrated, and while I didn’t get to go hands-on with it in this look at the single-player campaign, IGN’s Brandin Tyrrel did, and it does indeed seem to be a unique experience. Roamer can go into a scan mode to look for health service areas and enemy units, for example. The Ranger has a Slow Field that can slow enemies down, the Warrior has concussion grenade that can stun bad guys so they are then susceptible to critical damage, and the Striker has a mortar strike that rains down big damage on your enemies from above. Meanwhile, if you’re wondering, you’re always on the gravcycle. “That is the core primary function of our game and what we wanted to latch onto,” Lehto explained. You’ll be assigned a certain gravcycle type and loadout in each mission in the 8-10-hour campaign, plus a different set of ground crew units. Sometimes you might have two allies on the ground, sometimes there might be four. And your gravcyle will vary too, from light to medium to heavy – each with different loadouts and abilities. [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2020/01/16/disintegration-watch-a-full-mission-fighting-deadly-sci-fi-robots-ign-first"] Sadly there’s no co-op play planned “at the moment,” according to Lehto, but the tone of his answer seemed to suggest it may very well be added sometime after release. Still, what Disintegration is aiming for seems worth a hands-on take, at the very least. Genuinely new first-person shooter experiences are fairly few and far between, so if Lehto and his team can deliver that, they’ll have put themselves on the genre map. [poilib element="accentDivider"] Ryan McCaffrey is IGN’s Executive Editor of Previews. Follow him on Twitter at @DMC_Ryan, catch him on Unlocked, and drop-ship him Taylor Ham sandwiches from New Jersey whenever possible.

Everything We Know About Animal Crossing: New Horizons' Visiting Characters

Keeping in tradition with the series, you can befriend (and kick out) the villagers who come to inhabit your island in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. There are some characters, however, that aren’t potential neighbors (or nuisances), but occasional visitors or vendors that bring along special items to sell or trade. Some may ask for favors in exchange for something cool or even host themed events on the island. [widget path="global/article/imagegallery" parameters="albumSlug=animal-crossing-new-horizons-visiting-characters&captions=true"] Many of these characters won't appear until certain requirements have been met. Some of the most common requirements are upgrading Resident Services, unlocking Nook's Cranny and the Able Sisters store, and having at least a few villagers living on the island. Once those requirements have been met, characters like Celeste, Kicks, and Flick will drop by to visit! Some visit weekly on the same day (like Daisy Mae) while others are random and unpredictable. Below we’ve included many of the Animal Crossing: New Horizons visiting characters we know about and when you can expect them. This guide is being updated as we gather more information!


Blather’s sister Celeste is an occasional visiting character in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. She’s an owl with a deep red color, pink bow, and peach and white diamond pattern across her belly who can be found wandering around the town at night. Speak to her and she’ll teach you how to wish upon a star, a skill needed to collect star fragments which are items needed to craft wands and some of the celestial DIYs. She'll also share a new DIY recipe each new time you meet her, which can teach you how to make costume-changing wands, as well as outer space and astrological-themed items.
  • Frequency: Random
  • Time Available: 7pm - 5am
  • Location: Wandering around town
  • Rewards: DIY Recipes


Fishing influencer C.J. is a new character to Animal Crossing and seems to have taken over the role of hosting fishing tournaments from Chip. The fish-loving beaver wears a bright yellow vest and camo shorts, and can be found occasionally wandering around town (usually by the water) looking for an opportunity to create new content for his fans by buying fish. He also hosts fishing tournaments in the town square by Resident Services. He pays 1.5x the going rate for fish and will even reward you with a fish statue if you turn in three of the same kind.
  • Frequency: Random, Seasonal Fishing Tourneys
  • Time Available: All day
  • Location: Wandering around town by the water or in the plaza by Resident Services
  • Rewards: Bells, Fish statues, or Fishing Tourney event rewards

Daisy Mae

This adorable, little orange boar with a serious case of a runny nose is another new character in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Wearing a white bonnet, blue dress with a blue apron, and a hat with turnips on top, Daisy Mae visits towns weekly selling turnips once players have unlocked Timmy and Tommy’s store, Nook’s Cranny. Check out our ACNH turnip guide for details on how to flip turnips and stack bells!
  • Frequency: Every Sunday
  • Time Available: 5am - 12pm
  • Location: Wandering around town


Flick is a bright red chameleon with a punk style who has a fascination for bugs. Similar to C.J., Flick hosts a bug-related event called Bug-Off and can be found wandering about town looking to buy bugs at 1.5x their normal price. He will also reward you with a statue if you give him three bugs of the same type.
  • Frequency: Random, Annual Bug-Off Event in the Summer
  • Time Available: All day
  • Location: Wandering around town or in the plaza by Resident Services
  • Rewards: Bells, Bug Statues, Buff-Off event rewards


If you have ever discovered a seagull in a blue and white sailor’s outfit washed up on the shore of your beach, then congrats! You’ve encountered Gulliver. If you try talking to him, he won’t awake immediately. It takes a few tries. But once you shake him from his stupor, he’ll ask you to recover some communicator parts so he can get in touch with his shipmates and ask them to come and get him. If you help Gulliver, he’ll reward you with rare antiques and collectible items.
  • Frequency: Random
  • Time Available: All day
  • Location: Beach
  • Rewards: Souvenir clothing and items


If the name is any indication, Kicks is a random vendor that appears in Animal Crossing: New Horizons selling socks, bags, and shoes. While Mabel and her sister also sell socks and shoes, Kicks is the only vendor you can purchase bags from, and many of his shoes can't be found elsewhere. This stylish skunk wears yellow slacks, a white shirt, and a yellow cap and can be found selling his wares in the plaza near Resident Services. He will only appear after you've helped Mabel build a shop for the Able Sisters.
  • Frequency: Random
  • Time Available: All day
  • Location: Resident Services plaza

K.K. Slider

Another familiar face makes a return to the series -- the beloved K.K. Slider! And he's here to play your favorite K.K. songs and accept requests, but only if you meet the requirements to have him come to your island. In order to have K.K. Slider perform on your island, you must raise your island rating to at least 3 stars. Make sure to check out our guide on how to unlock K.K. Slider in Animal Crossing: New Horizons for more details.
  • Frequency: Every Saturday
  • Time Available: All day, at 6pm starts taking requests
  • Location: Resident Services plaza


[ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2020/03/24/animal-crossing-new-horizons-how-to-get-the-able-sisters-shop"] Label is the third sibling in the Able Sister trio and is another visiting character that appears randomly in ACNH. She's a purple hedgehog with a snazzy blue suit and winged eyeliner. Like Kicks, she appears in the plaza near Resident Services after the Able Sisters have set up shop. If you speak to her, she will ask you to put together an outfit based on a theme and an article of clothing she gives you (goth, casual, cute, etc…). Once you return with a completed outfit, Label will judge you. If she's pleased, she'll reward you with Tailor Tokens which can be used to purchase items in the Able Sisters store at the equivalent of 3000 bells or less.
  • Frequency: Random
  • Time Available: All day
  • Location: Resident Services plaza
  • Reward: Tailor Tokens, Labelle Signature Clothing


Making a return to the series, Mabel is one of the first vendors to make an appearance on the island. The blue hedgehog in her white and green plaid apron will show up shortly after you help Timmy and Tommy build Nook's Cranny. At first, she will only appear inside the town square, selling clothing off her blanket and umbrella. If you purchase at least 5 items and over 5000 bells worth of clothing from her, she will then talk to you about opening up the Able Sisters shop with her sister, Sabel.
  • Frequency: Random weekday, Saturday and Sunday
  • Time Available: All day
  • Location: Resident Services plaza


If you're in the market for a carpet, flooring, or wall treatments, you'll want to speak to Saharah. Saharah is a tan camel with a white belly and a turquoise vest who occasionally stops by to sell rugs, mysterious flooring, and mysterious wallpaper. Her rugs come in three sizes: small, medium, and large and her wares are labeled "mysterious" because you won't know what they look like until you purchase them. Saharah rewards players with exchange tickets after each purchase. Collect 5 and you can use them to get mysterious wallpaper or flooring instead of paying for them with Bells.
  • Frequency: Random
  • Time Available: All day
  • Location: Wandering around the island
  • Reward: Exchange tickets

Wisp the Ghost

If you’re prone to wandering around your island late at night (like I am) then you may have encountered a mysterious ghost. This ghost’s name is Wisp and they are another visiting character in ACNH. Speaking to Wisp will give them a big fright, causing them to split into smaller parts you can find floating around the island. Wisp will ask you to retrieve the various parts of their spirit in exchange for a reward.
  • Frequency: Random
  • Time Available: 7pm-5am
  • Location: Wandering about the island, usually around the trees
  • Reward: A “new” or “expensive” item

CoD: Warzone Season Three Adds Quads, Dog, and a New Operator

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare's Warzone mode has kicked off a new season today, introducing a new operators, a tweaked game mode, plenty of cosmetics and, most importantly, a dog. The Warzone update is now available on all platforms and allows players to form squads of four instead of the initial trio approach. This gives the game a full set of varied squad sizes up to four, following on from the solo queue update which landed in mid-March. [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2020/03/23/call-of-duty-warzone-review"] As well as the new Quads mode, you can expect new playlists, weapons and blueprints (including silenced and non-silenced gun variants) on the ground in Warzone, as well as vehicle skins so you can kit out your quad bikes and trucks in-game. Riley the German Shepherd, the resident good boy from Call of Duty: Ghosts will also make an appearance as a unique finishing move in-game, proving his bite is just as bad as his bark. Outside of Warzone, Season Three introduces a few new maps including a remaster of the original Call of Duty 4's Backlot map and a few new game modes arriving later in the season, including Gun Game Reloaded and Reinfected Ground War. [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2019/11/01/call-of-duty-modern-warfare-review"] The Season Three mascot is none other than Alex, a new operator who you'll be acquainted with if you've played Modern Warfare's campaign mode. His model features a few post-narrative aesthetic tweaks, but no spoilers here! Later in the season, two more operators will arrive in the shape of Ronin and Iskra, available through store bundles. If you're new to the game, Activision has also revealed the Modern Warfare Battle Pass edition, which gives you the full game and 3000 CP, as well as a suite of skins. This means you can unlock the season three battle pass straight away and jump into the action. You can check out the patch notes over on Modern Warfare developer Infinity Ward's website, which detail all of the new content coming to the game with this bumper update. [poilib element="accentDivider"] Jordan Oloman is a freelance writer for IGN. Follow him on Twitter.

Max Out Your Screen Size With These Gaming Projectors

Par : Kevin Lee
Projectors for gaming? Don't knock it until you've played with a 100-inch screen like we have.