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WWE Reveals Theyre Launching The Superstar Gaming Series

WWE Reveals They're Launching The Superstar Gaming Series

WWE has finally revealed what grand plans they had for shutting down everyone's Twitch channels: they're doing their own. Shocking, right? Stealing the ideas from all the talent who were already doing it for well over a year, the company is launching a new show called the Superstar Gaming Series in which WWE talent will […]

A Post-Mortem on Virtual Conventions and Events: Part 2

A Post-Mortem on Virtual Conventions and Events: Part 2

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has impacted us all in many different ways, but pop culture conventions needed to find a way to adapt and adapt quickly once it became apparent that the virus wasn't going to go away in the summer. And so the virtual convention was born. In the first part of this essay, […]

Atlantas MV Media Focuses On The Future With Cyberfunk Anthology

Atlanta's MV Media Focuses On The Future With Cyberfunk Anthology

This February, a decidedly different tone of cyberpunk science fiction will be made available to fans. Atlanta-based MV Media has made their mark by bringing a Black perspective to many prose genres — fantasy, steampunk, space opera, superheroes, and now their new Cyberfunk! anthology gives the sci-Fi sub-genre an ethnic upgrade. "I've always been a […]

A Post-Mortem on Virtual Conventions and Events: Part 1

A Post-Mortem on Virtual Conventions and Events: Part 1

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted life in so many ways that we're still coming to terms with everything this has changed. While the vaccine is rolling out to essential workers and politicians [some of which have spent the last nine months downplaying said pandemic], there is some light on the horizon for 2021 and […]

Jacksepticeye Raises Over $1.4M Toward Battling Child Poverty

Jacksepticeye Raises Over $1.4M Toward Battling Child Poverty

Over the weekend, YouTube Gaming creator Seán "Jacksepticeye" McLoughlin raised over $1.4m to help benefit Red Nose Day. The money was raised through his Thankmas fundraising campaign that took place on a YouTube livestream, which went toward supporting their efforts to end child poverty, as well as tackling the growing issues of child hunger and food […]

Soldier Writer Spy: Author John le Carré Passes Away at Age 89

Soldier, Writer, Spy: Author John le Carré Passes Away at Age 89

Prolific author David Cornwell, better known by his pen name John le Carré, passed away after a brief illness (not COVID-19 related) in Cornwall, UK, on the evening of December 12, 2020, at the age of 89.  He is survived by his wife Jane and his four sons.  As his agent and longtime friend, Jonny […]

Metallica Releasing Six Classic Albums As Colored Vinyls At Walmart

Metallica Releasing Six Classic Albums As Colored Vinyls At Walmart

Metallica are teaming up with Walmart to release exclusive colored vinyls of six of their albums. This will include the band's first five albums: Kill Em All, Ride The Lightning, Master of Puppets, …And Justice For All, and The Black Album. Only one record past that, Hardwired….To Self-Destruct will also be released. All six Metallica […]

Facebook Gaming Launches The New Black Gaming Creator Program

Facebook Gaming Launches The New Black Gaming Creator Program

Facebook Gaming announced this week that they have officially launched the Black Gaming Creator Program. According to the social streaming division of the platform, a total of $10m (which will be spread out to $5m a year over the course of two years) will be used to support the Black gaming community and "equip the […]

John Carpenters New Song The Dead Walk Released This Morning

John Carpenter's New Song The Dead Walk Released This Morning

An awesome surprise this morning, as a new John Carpenter song was dropped. A second single from his new album Lost Themes III: Alive After Death, which will feature ten new tracks, this new song "The Dead Walk" is yet another timeless macabre masterpiece. The album will release from Sacred Bones Records on February 5, 2021. […]

Bob Dylan Sells Entire Music Catalog To Universal Music

Bob Dylan Sells Entire Music Catalog To Universal Music

Here's a shocker for a Monday morning: Bob Dylan has sold his entire music catalog to Universal Music Group. The deal encompasses the iconic musician's entire body of work, over 600 copyrights, from his debut album Blowin' In The Wind to this year's acclaimed Murder Most Foul. The deal was announced this morning, and it […]

Penny Arcade Says PAX Events Will Return If Safe To Do So

Penny Arcade Says PAX Events Will Return, If Safe To Do So

Penny Arcade updated fans today about 2021's PAX events saying they will return, but only if it is safe to do so in their respective locations. For starters, PAX South in San Antonio has officially been canceled for 2021, so that event is scrapped. It also appears that there's something in the works for PAX […]

SEGA Partners With Stand Up To Cancer For Livestream Charity Event

SEGA Partners With Stand Up To Cancer For Livestream Charity Event

SEGA announced today they have partnered with Stand Up To Cancer for a special charity livestream happening on Twitch. Over the course of four days spread out across a week from December 2nd-8th, the company will be throwing a few different streams with its developers to help raise funds while playing games for a good […]

Humble Bundle To Hold A Giving Tuesday Stream On December 1st

Humble Bundle To Hold A Giving Tuesday Stream On December 1st

Humble Bundle will be hosting its first-ever Giving Tuesday stream live on Twitch to help raise funds for the GameChanger Charity. The Giving Tuesday initiative is a first for the company as they extend their mission to provide a platform for indie projects and voices. While also providing a place where they can be a […]

Ninja Will Be Dropping An Exclusive Line Of Hoodies

Ninja Will Be Dropping An Exclusive Line Of Hoodies

The Twitch streamer Ninja will be making a new jump into clothing this week as he will be dropping an exclusive line of hoodies. Ninja has stamped his name on a few different clothing lines in the past, from t-shirts to outwear and more. Hoodies are nothing new to the man as he's had a […]

Twitch Co-Founder Kevin Lin Is Departing The Company

Twitch Co-Founder Kevin Lin Is Departing The Company

Some surprising news from Twitch this past week as co-founder Kevin Lin announced his departure from the company. Lin took to Twitter to make the announcement with a link to his blog, spending the vast majority of it thanking various people and the community as a whole. We have a couple of snippets of his […]

Twitch Adds New Predictions Feature For Chat Interaction

Twitch Adds New Predictions Feature For Chat Interaction

In the middle of Twitch having one of the worst weeks ever dealing with ridiculous DMCA's, they introduced a new feature. The company revealed Predictions will now be added to the list of features that Partnered streamers can use to have some fun with their audience. it works a little like polls do now, only […]

The Last Dangerous Visions: JMS Prepares Lost Harlan Ellison Book

The Last Dangerous Visions: JMS Prepares "Lost" Harlan Ellison Book

Screenwriter, novelist, and comics creator Joe Michael Straczynski announced on his Patreon that he is preparing the late Harlan Ellison's anthology The Last Dangerous Visions for publication in Spring 2021. JMS is the executor of Harlan and Susan Ellison's literary estate, and part of that job is to prepare Ellison's work for republication and keep […]

Twitchs Recent DMCAs Were Over Video Game Sound Effects Not Music

Twitch's Recent DMCA's Were Over Video Game Sound Effects, Not Music

If you're a gamer on Twitch and you recently got a DMCA, it's most likely for one of the most ridiculous reasons you've ever heard. GamesIndustry.biz is reporting today that the most recent string of DMCA takedowns that threatened thousands of accounts on the social streaming platform with suspensions to channel deletion had absolutely nothing […]

Giveaway: Multiple Dungeons &#038 Dragons Books From Ten Speed Press

Giveaway: Multiple Dungeons & Dragons Books From Ten Speed Press

Would you like to win a pack of Dungeons & Dragons books from Ten Speed Press? All you need is a Twitter account to do so. We've teamed up with the publisher to give out a small collection of books that have recently been released, which includes the Young Adventurer's Collection box set, the latest […]

Interview: Funhaus Elyse Willems Talks About Her First Novel

Interview: Funhaus' Elyse Willems Talks About Her First Novel

Elyse Willems has been having a pretty awesome online career, being a member of Funhaus, and contributing to multiple Rooster Teeth projects. But recently she took up a new endeavor as a writer, penning a brand new novel called A Night In Halloween House. The book harkens back to an era when you'd buy an […]