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  1. Gaming

    5 Things We Learned at the NYCC GTAV Panel

    Yesterday, Geekosystem was able to hit IGN's GTAV panel at New York Comic Con, and it was probably the raddest thing of all time. Hosted by IGN's Greg Miller, GTAV actors Ned Luke (Michael), Steven Ogg (Trevor), and Shawn "Solo" Fonteno (Franklin) took the stage, and the gamers went wild. Here's what we learned (see, GTAV can be educational!)

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  2. Tech

    Ziff Davis Does Exactly What Everyone Thought They Would, Closes 1UP, UGO, and GameSpy

    It was only a matter of time, I guess. Once Ziff Davis acquired IGN and everything they'd already gobbled up, folks immediately began speculating what outlets would be folded. Turns out, the answer's pretty much everything but IGN and AskMen. Specifically, 1UP, UGO, and GameSpy have all gone the way of the dinosaur. It's not like this should come as too much of a surprise to anyone that's ever witnessed a business acquisition from the sidelines before, but it's still disappointing for everyone that enjoyed the content those sites once produced.

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  3. Tech

    Reunited and It Feels Okay, Kind of? Ziff Davis Buys IGN, Has Teary Reunion With 1UP

    Online publisher Ziff Davis has just completed the purchase of IGN, meaning that the company will be reunited with its erstwhile gaming property 1up.com. For those of you playing along at home, the IGN sale is a reunion of sorts. 1up.com, once a Ziff Davis owned property, was purchased by UGO when the company entered bankruptcy in 2009. IGN, meanwhile, purchased UGO, in 2011. NewsCorp, the Rupert Murdoch owned media conglomerate, which owns IGN, began looking to spin off the site and its attendant properties, and found a buyer in Ziff Davis, which gets back 1up.com as well as a number of other names in the gaming media world. As you can see, the circle of video game media life is nearly complete. In the next step, Ziff Davis will be eaten by hyenas, and a lovely forest will sprout up in its place.

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  4. Weird

    News Corp. Reportedly Looking to Auction IGN Off, Bidding to Start at “Please Take It Already”

    News Corp. and IGN's honeymoon has been over for a while now. It's no secret that the former has been looking to offload the latter for at least a year and failing miserably. After a series of high-profile departures, all ongoing attempts to produce a sale have apparently fallen by the wayside. With that behind them, News Corp. is supposedly looking at auctioning IGN off with the help of an investment bank.

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  5. Entertainment

    The Cast of Toy Story in… The Expendables 2 [Video]

    Toy StoryThe Expendables. Together in a trailer mash-up that will rock your world so hard you'll start crying like a kid who just lost their favorite action figure. Stallone may think he's tough, but nobody knows the meaning of the word "expendable" like a toy does. The good folks over at IGN put together what is surely the best trailer for a potential Pixar movie yet. Your mileage may vary, of course, but it is hard to deny.

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  6. Tech

    Report: IGN Buys UGO, Splitting From News Corp. to Become Standalone Web Business

    Only a few days after the Wall Street Journal reported that News Corp is shopping Myspace on the cheap, All Things Digital is reporting that News Corp's IGN -- best known as a video game culture destination -- has bought the similar, though smaller Internet network of sites, UGO, which is probably best known for video game site, 1up.com. It is being reported that the acquisition and merger will be announced within the next few days, but that isn't all: IGN is planned to split from News Corp and act as a standalone business that will keep its focus on video game culture, news and reviews.

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  7. Gaming

    David O. Russell Doesn’t Know Anything About Uncharted

    IGN: "Of all the video game movies, why was Uncharted the one for you?"

    David O. Russell: "Because it's centred around a family, and I like the combination of criminals and truth. These guys they're tough but they're working on this crazy case, and they can't do it without truth. I think that's cool."

    In an interview with IGN about the upcoming Uncharted movie, David O. Russell showcases what little knowledge he has regarding the franchise, the characters, and story. As of Uncharted 1 and 2, there is no focus whatsoever on main character Nathan Drake's family, nor is there a focus on anyone in the supporting cast's family. As far as we know, there is--quite literally--no one related to each other in either of the games. There have been slight murmurings that the upcoming Uncharted 3 may focus on some kind of familial relationship (or possible surprise twist) between Nathan and older partner-in-crime Sully, but my theory is Russell saw a screenshot or video or walked by his kid playing the game, noticed a young Nathan standing next to an older Sully, then immediately assumed the game was about father and son rogue artifact thieves. One might suggest that Russell is talking about "family," the kind of metaphorical bond that isn't defined by a literal blood relation, except it was previously stated that the movie will feature Nathan Drake's literal father and uncle. Also, not one fan of the series would refer to Nathan's adventures as "working on a case," as Nathan is not a detective -- he's a treasure hunter and thief. Thieves work "jobs," David O. Russell.

    (IGN via Eurogamer)

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  8. Gaming

    Nintendo 3DS Hardware Specs Leaked?

    IGN claims to have received the hardware specs on Nintendo's upcoming 3D-enabled handheld, the Nintendo 3DS, from a source that traded the details for anonymity. According to the source, the 3DS will contain "two 266MHz ARM11 CPUs, along with a 133MHz GPU, 4MBs of dedicated VRAM, 64MBs of RAM, and 1.5GBs of flash storage." The 3DS also employs the use of an SD card slot in order to provide expandable storage.

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  9. Gaming

    The Latest Thing To Succumb to the 3D Craze is… StarCraft 2?

    IGN was on hand at a Korean Star Craft II Q&A session, and, while pursuing a answer as to whether or not the game will support anti-aliasing, got this response:
    "No; but we will be releasing 3D in the first few months, for those Nvidia cards and screens that support it... we're optimising for all systems."
    Oh, come on now. StarCraft is an RTS. The entire game takes place on a flat plane. Except for the cinematics, which, I'll grant, will probably be some of the best in the industry. I guess I wouldn't mind seeing those in 3D, right up until a zergling leaps out of the screen and I tear the (one of the two pairs of) glasses off my face.

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  10. Entertainment

    2011 Syfy Original Movie to Be Invented By Fans

    Apparently, Syfy original movies weren't ridiculous enough already: The network will be teaming up with gaming and entertainment site IGN starting Friday to host a new website called B Movie Mogul, on which Syfy's viewers will vote on polls and suggest ideas for a 2011 Syfy original movie. Yes, it will probably be terrible, but there could be a lot of explosions. Also, the bar hasn't been set too high, with past originals including Bone Eater and Sand Serpents, both of which are so terrible they're hilarious, until you realize you've been watching them for over an hour.

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  11. Gaming

    The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword: What You Need To Know

    Did you hear that Nintendo is making a new Zelda game? Okay, so Nintendo will never be not making a new Zelda game, but... New Zelda game! You swing a sword! There's bombs! And arrows. And a clawshot. And a pony. What more do you want? Information? We got that.

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  12. Gaming

    Super Mario Galaxy Meta-Review: It Stands on its Own, and Much More

    Super Mario Galaxy 2 will be released on Sunday (or midnight on Saturday if you're near Rockefeller Center in New York City and want to wait on line for a bit), but the gaming media has had it for some time now. Well, the NDAs are up, and the reviews are in.  There have been some worries that this Mario game would be superfluous, unnecessary -- simply Super Mario Galaxy with more levels. This is the first time Nintendo has released two traditional Mario games on one console in 20 years. Fortunately, according to some of the top publications in gaming journalism, Super Mario Galaxy 2 stands on its own, and much more.

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  13. Gaming

    Halo Movie: Still Very Possible

    Many have written off a Halo movie for some time now, despite the fact that for some time, an adaptation of the seminal sci-fi shooter was not only a fanboy's dream, but still seemed like a likely enough possibility.

    But now, Halo franchise overseer Frank O'Connor has breathed new life into the hopes of a live-action Halo movie, firmly stating his faith in the creative and financial merits of such a movie at a recent conference:

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  14. Gaming

    Sims Creator to Give Us Television Show, See What We Do With It

    IGN has uncovered Will Wright's next project, and it's not a game. The king of procedurally generated content and creator of Spore and the Sim games (including Sim City, Sim Ant, and The Sims) is instead working with the former president of Nickelodeon and Spike TV to create a television series.

    Well, "create" implies a certain level of completion. Wright prefers to give his audience the tools to create their own fun rather than creating a single experience. Or, in the words of Penny Arcade, this.

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  15. Entertainment

    Pirate Batman is Suprisingly Eerie

    Ever wanted to see Batman, if he was Edward Teach?  If he was a caveman? If he was a Pilgrim? Pine no longer, because Andy Kubert's completed covers for Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne have been revealed.  Frankly, we think there's something off about Pirate Batman.  We just can't put our fingers on - oh, that's right.  He's smiling. Grant Morrison has given himself the opportunity to indulge in historical Bat Men with a plot development that caused Batman to become lost in time.  (Most of his friends and family think that he's dead.)  Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne is a 5 part series that will be released mid-May.  More covers after the jump:

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