Watch a New Scene from Star Wars: The Force Awakens
If you missed last night’s American Music Awards, you mostly missed the usual awards show stuff: a performance by Coldplay, an award sponsored by T-Mobile, Justin Bieber in ill-fitting clothing. But there was one surprise: a new scene from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Oh, and an a cappella rendition of Star Wars theme music by Pentatonix, who performed with a full orchestra. Introduced by Harrison Ford. The performance was fascinating, if nothing else, but the new scene was amazing—even if we’d seen part of it before. The clip was a longer version of the footage from the trailers showing Rey (Daisy Ridley), Finn (John Boyega), and BB-8 fleeing from TIE fighter fire on Jakku. In the extended version, though, we see that they’re running towards a Quad Jumper—that gets blown up as soon as they get to it. That’s it, but it’s worth your 15 seconds. Check it out above, then watch the new TV spot below.
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided has been delayed until August 23rd, 2016, Eidos-Montreal announced today. The game, which was originally set for a February release date, is a followup to 2011’s Human Revolution and is the second in Eidos-Montreal’s revival of the classic first-person series.
Writing in a blog post on the game’s website, studio head David Anfossi cites polish as the reason for the delay, stating that “it will require more time in tuning, iterations, and refinement to meet our high standards.”
Guess the god in the machine needs some more polish.
Sega’s Valkyria Chronicles, a tactical role-playing series based in a fantastical version of World War II, is getting a sequel and an HD remaster, reports Japanese gaming mag Famitsu.
Valkyria of the Blue Revolution (not its official English title) will be the first new game in the series since 2011, which saw Valkyria Chronicles 3 released exclusively on the PlayStation Portable in Japan. The new game will be accompanied by a high-def version of the first game in the series, and both will be coming to the PlayStation 4.
No word yet on a Western version of either title, but last year Sega did file an English-language trademark in Japan for Valyria: Azure Revolution, which, color nitpicking aside, is probably the same thing.
In the early 1990s, Penn and Teller tried to make Penn & Teller’s Smoke and Mirrors, a collection of mini games designed for the Sega CD. The game was completed but never released, but eventually it leaked. Now it’s mostly remembered for one mini game in particular: the monotonous, Dadaist experience known as Desert Bus. But because the world is occasionally a lovely place, Desert Bus has become the catalyst for the internet’s longest-running charity, Desert Bus for Hope.
Starting Saturday, November 14, Desert Bus for Hope, a group formed out of the sketch comedy group Loading Ready Run, has been playing Desert Bus nonstop. The organization’s play time is influenced by viewer donations, all of which go to the charity Child’s Play, an organization which gives games and toys to children’s hospitals. As of this writing, that bus is going to be running until at least 143 hours.
Over the charity’s eight-year history, it’s raised over $2.4 million.
In Desert Bus, a player has to drive a tour bus from Las Vegas to Los Angeles. Only the bus handles like a broken shopping cart, ever sliding to the right, and, like in real life, the drive lasts roughly eight hours. It was designed, according to Jillette, as a topical joke, a response to concerns about violent videogames in American policymaking in the form of the most dry, dull experience imaginable. In this goal, it succeeded.
As they stream their play, the crew will be hosting guests, fielding call-ins, and doing everything possible to entertain themselves and their viewers as that bus moseys down the repeating pixel desert. Down, and slightly to the right.