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James Franco and Dave Franco producing Masters of Doom TV pilot

USA Network has granted a pilot order to a TV adaptation of David Kushner’s book Masters of Doom, which details the true story of the creation of the video game phenomenon Doom.

Masters of Doom will tell the true story of John Carmack and John Romero, two computer geniuses who, along with a group of rebellious misfits, created one of the most successful and influential video games of all time with the iconic first-person shooter Doom.

According to Variety, James Franco and Dave Franco will executive produce the pilot through their Ramona Films production company, and the idea is that should it make it to series the drama would take on an anthology format, with each season exploring different seminal moments in video game history.

Tom Bissell, co-author of The Disaster Artist, is set to write and showrun Masters of Doom, having previously written for hit video game franchises such as Battlefield and Uncharted.
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USA Has Picked Up Masters Of Doom Series Produced by James and Dave Franco

USA has picked up a pilot order for a series based on the David Kushner book Masters of Doom that is being produced by James Franco and Dave Franco. Variety reports the following description of the story:

“Masters of Doom” is the true story of two computer geniuses in an obscure corner of America who, along with a group of rebellious misfits, created one of the biggest franchise hits of the 90s, the video game “Doom.” John Carmack and John Romero were best friends who became bitter rivals, as they created a video game empire and transformed pop culture forever.

If the series gets picked up, Masters of Doom will tell the first story in the anthology that will go on to tell different stories from the history of video games. That sounds like a cool series that has a lot of untapped story they could draw from.

The series
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‘Masters of Doom’ Series Produced by Franco Brothers Lands USA Network Pilot Order

  • Variety
‘Masters of Doom’ Series Produced by Franco Brothers Lands USA Network Pilot Order
USA Network has ordered a pilot based on the book “Masters of Doom” by David Kushner with James and Dave Franco on board as executive producers, Variety has learned.

“Masters of Doom” is the true story of two computer geniuses in an obscure corner of America who, along with a group of rebellious misfits, created one of the biggest franchise hits of the 90s, the video game “Doom.” John Carmack and John Romero were best friends who became bitter rivals, as they created a video game empire and transformed pop culture forever.

Should the project get picked up to series, the story of “Doom” would serve as the first installment in a planned anthology. Each subsequent season would then be based on seminal moments in the history of video games.

Tom Bissell will serve as writer and executive producer on the series. Bissell is no stranger to the video game world,
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USA Network Orders ‘Masters Of Doom’ Pilot Produced By James & Dave Franco

  • Deadline
USA Network Orders ‘Masters Of Doom’ Pilot Produced By James & Dave Franco
USA Network has given a pilot order to Masters of Doom, a drama based on David Kushner’s nonfiction book, from James and Dave Franco’s Ramona Films, The Gotham Group and Ucp. Masters of Doom is being eyed as an anthology series, with the first installment based on Kushner’s book, published by Random House in 2003.

Written and executive produced by WGA Award winner Tom Bissell (Gears of War), Masters of Doom is the true story of two computer geniuses in an obscure corner of America who, along with a group of rebellious misfits, created one of the biggest franchise hits of the 90s, the video game Doom. John Carmack and John Romero were best friends who became bitter rivals, as they created a video game empire and transformed pop culture forever.

Ellen Goldsmith-Vein, Eric Robinson and Jeremy Bell executive produce via The Gotham Group, along with James Franco,
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Live-Action ‘Final Fantasy’ Series in the Works at Sony Pictures Television

  • Variety
Live-Action ‘Final Fantasy’ Series in the Works at Sony Pictures Television
The 30-year-old “Final Fantasy” saga is the latest iconic video game brand to be getting the live-action treatment.

Sony Pictures Television is working on a first ever live-action adaptation of the series, with Hivemind and Square Enix, the Japanese developer behind the games, also involved.

Exact plot details on the prospective series, beyond the source material, are being kept under wraps, however, word is it will tell “an original story set in the fantastic world of Eorzea,” a continuously growing world first introduced in “Final Fantasy Xiv,” which incorporates characters from across the franchise’s long history.

The series will “explore the struggle between magic and technology in a quest to bring peace to a land in conflict,” and feature a blend of new and familiar faces like fan-favorite anti-hero Cid. Features and creatures from the game series, such as magitek, beastmen, airships and chocobos, will all also play a part in the TV adaptation.
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Battlefield V Chapters 4 and 5 details revealed, including new maps and the Pacific Theater

At EA’s (pre) E3 2019 event last night we got a look at upcoming improvements, changes and maps to Battlefield V.

The game has been riddled with complaints from core fans since release, some justified and others just moaning for moaning’s sake. The major complaint was the lack of new multiplayer maps since the game’s release late last year. Panzerstorm was released not long after release and recently the stunning-looking Mercury was added, but 2 new maps in roughly 7 months is not an acceptable amount these days, especially considering the release rate of new maps in previous iterations of the franchise.

Thankfully, EA and Dice have announced that 6 new maps will be with us in the next few months and up first is Marita, out in July:

The map looks stunning and unique, with an elevated starting point for one team making for a distinctive experience of attack and
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Overwatch 2 and Diablo 4 Reportedly in Development at Blizzard

Matthew Byrd Jun 7, 2019

A reported Blizzard cancellation sheds light on the future of Diablo and Overwatch.

A new report by Kotaku suggests that Blizzard abandoned work on a StarCraft Fps game in order to focus more resources on the development of Diablo IV and (surprisingly) Overwatch 2. According to the report, the StarCraft Fps was described as a Battlefield-like game known internally as Ares. The game reportedly began as something of an experiment designed to see what kind of StarCraft game could be created using the Overwatch engine.

Those working on an early version of the game reportedly got about as far as designing a player-controlled Terran marine who could shoot down Zergs. The plan was to start working on playable Zerg characters.

Then, despite claims that the project was actually progressing quite nicely, Blizzard management began to inform staff that it was canceling the project and intended to move
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Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Pre-Order Bonuses Revealed

Earlier this weekend, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order was finally unveiled at Star Wars Celebration, after years of teases and leaks. Leading up to its initial reveal, plenty of rumors had been circulating around the web, but now, gamers have finally gotten their first look at Electronic Arts’ newest project.

In the past, Dice – of Battlefield fame – had taken over development duties with both Star Wars Battlefront and Battlefront II. That being said, things are changing with Jedi: Fallen Order, with Respawn Entertainment heading up the project. Shooter fans might remember Respawn for their work on Titanfall and Titanfall 2, as well as Apex Legends.

Along with a brand new reveal trailer, details have emerged regarding Jedi: Fallen Order’s pre-order bonuses. As reported by ComicBook.com, players can now reserve the latest Star Wars game from multiple retailers, and to sweeten the pot, Electronic Arts and Respawn are throwing in
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Battlefield V 2019 content update roadmap revealed

Dice have revealed the next six months’ worth of content updates that will be coming to Battlefield V. It looks as though new content will continue to arrive for the game every month and will come in the form of new weapons, game modes and maps. Each major content update is being referred to as a chapter, with chapter three, “Trial by Fire,” coming out next week.

Trial by Fire will start with the launch of the Firestorm Battle Royale mode next week on March 25th. Following the launch of Firestorm, the cooperative Combined Arms mode will be getting updated with matchmaking services, a hardcore difficulty setting and two new missions. If that wasn’t already enough: a new map called Mercury, with a Mediterranean setting, will be launched during the Trial by Fire chapter. A new game mode called Outpost will arrive by July which sounds as though it
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Battlefield V Firestorm Battle Royale mode out next week, watch the trailer here

Dice are stepping into the Battle Royale scene with the launch of the Firestorm mode for Battlefield V next week and a new trailer has been released for the game mode which shows some of the features that we should be expecting.

Obvious staples of the Battle Royale genre will be making a return appearance in Firestorm: namely an aircraft that delivers you to the arena and an ever-shrinking death circle that forces players into conflict with each other.

Firestorm differs in comparison to its predecessors of the same genre when you look at it’s map. According to the new trailer the map is the biggest we’ve ever seen in the series and it will feature fully destructible environments that many have come to expect from the Battlefield franchise. The map can be traversed in a variety of vehicles too: prototype helicopters, tanks, jeeps and even tractors
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Outlast & Outrun in the Battlefield V: Firestorm Battle Royale Trailer

  • Cinelinx
A new game mode is coming to Battlefield V, in the next few days, that takes the Battle Royale genre all the way back to World War II. More within...

Add one more Battle Royale game to Electronic Arts' lineup of games. Earlier this year, they dominated the Battle Royale landscape when they delivered Apex Legends. On March 25, they hope to do it again when they debut Battlefield V: Firestorm. Firestorm will be free to all players who own Battlefield V and will feature 64-player combat, across a vast landscape of forest, water, and air. The Battle Royale mode will be playable either solo or with a squad, and feature a multitude of ways to cause maximum destruction. See it all in action with the new trailer.

Firestorm is Battle Royale re-imagined for Battlefield and carries the franchise’s signature best-in-class gunplay, stunning visuals, devastating combat, vehicles and destructible environments.
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Uncharted Dev Opens Up On The Cancellation Of Visceral’s Star Wars Game

Visceral’s third-person Star Wars game is no more.

The once-promising project flickered into life under the stewardship of Amy Hennig, former Game Director of Naughty Dog and its beloved Uncharted series. Few game developers garner as much praise and respect as Hennig, so when she waxes lyrical about a creative venture, people tend to stand up and listen.

Such was the case when Venture Beat spoke to the industry stalwart last month, at which point Hennig reflected on Visceral’s ill-fated Star Wars game – a project “too expensive” to see the warm light of day. Cost wasn’t the only hurdle that the project failed to overcome though, as Amy Hennig tells Vb:

But we knew going in that was the goal. We were going to put this functionality into Frostbite. A lot of the team was hired to do Battlefield, and so that was a bit of a cultural shift,
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Uncharted Dev Explains The Troubles With EA’s Cancelled Star Wars Game

I fondly remember the golden years of Star Wars gaming. Everything from the ultra-detailed and incredibly satisfying X-Wing space shooter series to the moral thicket of Knights of the Old Republic to hurling stormtroopers to their doom in Jedi Outcast. It seemed that whatever kind of game experience you wanted, you could get it in a Star Wars title.

Disney’s purchase of the franchise should’ve heralded a new era of development, with hopes initially very high when EA won the sole rights to make Star Wars games. Six years later though and what have we got? Two average multiplayer shooters more known for their predatory microtransactions and loot boxes than their iffy gameplay.

It could have been so different, too. Dead Space developer Visceral Games teamed up with Uncharted creator Amy Hennig for what was promised to be a Aaa adventure in the mold of Sony’s hit series.
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Star Wars: EA Reportedly Unhappy with Game License

John Saavedra Jan 16, 2019

Electronic Arts may not be entirely happy with the Star Wars license deal it made with Disney in 2013.

It's been a long, brutal five years for Electronic Arts when it comes to its coveted Star Wars license, which the publisher acquired back in 2013, only months after Disney's $4 billion Lucasfilm buyout. In the years since EA secured the rights to make Star Wars console games, the publisher has only managed to release two titles: Star Wars Battlefront and its controversial sequel. But there have been other projects in the works in that time, including the scrapped action-adventure game from the now-shuttered Visceral Games and an open-world title from EA Vancouver that was just canceled this week.

Why has EA had so much trouble getting new Star Wars games on shelves? According to Kotaku, EA's difficulties with the Star Wars license might have something to do with CEO Andrew Wilson,
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‘The Voice’: Chevel Shepherd did Not deserve to win season 15, say 75% of viewers

Chevel Shepherd won “The Voice” on Tuesday in one of the biggest upset in the show’s 15 seasons. We asked viewers what they thought of this win by Kelly Clarkson‘s last remaining artist in the competition. While 25% were thrilled that this teen talent took home the trophy, a whopping 75% thought this was the wrong result and wanted one of the other three acts to win.

Fourth place finisher Kennedy Holmes got more than one-third of the votes in our overnight poll. She was the lone act in the final for Jennifer Hudson. For Hudson, it was a win to even get an artist into the Top 4 after she missed out on a place in the final in her debut season last year.

Blake Shelton, who won six of the previous 14 seasons of “The Voice,” had two artists vying for the season 15 title. It was surprising that Chris Kroeze was
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‘The Voice’: Did Chevel Shepherd deserve to win over Kennedy Holmes, Kirk Jay and Chris Kroeze? [Poll]

Chevel Shepherd won season 15 of “The Voice” on Tuesday over Chris Kroeze in one of the closest votes in the history of the show. Kirk Jay came in third while Kennedy Holmes was fourth. Are you happy with this result? Vote in our poll below and then sound off in our comments section with your thoughts on the show overall as well as your opinions of host Carson Daly and coaches Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton.

Kelly coached Chevel, who pulled off an upset. She had been predicted to prevail by only 22% of viewers in our overnight poll following Monday’s final of “The Voice”. Kennedy had 30% of the total tally, Kirk was at 28% and Chris landed in last with just 10%.

See ‘The Voice’: Did Adam Levine redeem himself on the final or is it time for him to leave?

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‘The Voice’ predictions: Kennedy Holmes will win season 15 for Jennifer Hudson, say 38% of viewers

Kennedy Holmes is poised to pull off an upset and win season 15 of “The Voice” over frontrunner Kirk Jay, according to 38% of the viewers of Monday’s finale. They give the edge to this 14-year-old because she is the only non-country singer still in the competition. Kennedy is set to make history in two ways: as the youngest-ever winner of “The Voice” and the first for coach Jennifer Hudson.

This teen talent from St. Louis had all four coaches turning when she sang “Turning Tables” at her blind audition. She opted to work with her idol, Jennifer. Kennedy was then pitted against two other artists on Team Hudson. In each instance Jennifer went with her, first in the Battle round when she and Lela sang “Battlefield” and then in the Knockouts where her performance of “What About Us” outdid that of Anthony Arya.

Kennedy has really shone on the live shows,
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‘The Voice’ Season 15 final: Who do you want to win — Chevel, Chris, Kennedy or Kirk? [Poll]

‘The Voice’ Season 15 final: Who do you want to win — Chevel, Chris, Kennedy or Kirk? [Poll]
The Top 4 artists from season 15 of “The Voice” sang three songs apiece on Monday’s final. Which of these four do you think sounds most like a winner? After reviewing their performances throughout this season of “The Voice” vote in our poll as to your choice for champ and we will report back with your rankings.

Blake Shelton is hoping that one of his two acts — Kirk Jay and Chris Kroeze — will win him a seventh championship. Kelly Clarkson coached the winner in her debut season on “The Voice” in the spring and is looking to Chevel Shepherd to defend her title. Jennifer Hudson didn’t make it to the Top 4 in her rookie season as a coach last year and wants a win this time around with Kennedy Holmes. The fourth coach, Adam Levine, is without an act in the two-part finale that kicked off on December 17.

See Sorry,
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‘The Voice’ finale spotlight: Kennedy Holmes could become youngest winner ever and the first for coach Jennifer Hudson

The two-part Season 15 finale of NBC’s reality TV series “The Voice,” will take place on Monday, December 17 and Tuesday, December 18. One of the four artists vying for the title is the 14-year old pop singer from St. Louis, Missouri, Kennedy Holmes. If Kennedy prevails, she will become the youngest winner ever and the first for coach Jennifer Hudson. Standing in her way are Kirk Jay (Team Blake Shelton), Chevel Shepherd (Team Kelly Clarkson) and Chris Kroeze (Team Blake).

Kennedy began her journey with a blind audition of “Turning Tables” which earned her a four-chair turn from all of the coaches. Although she was a bit star-struck by all of them, she was especially smitten by Jennifer, who has always been an inspiration to her. That made joining Team J-Hud an easy choice.

Kennedy’s bubbly personality and powerful voice made her an instant front-runner to take the crown. In
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‘The Voice’ Top 4 rankings: Season 15 finalists ranked from best to worst

‘The Voice’ Top 4 rankings: Season 15 finalists ranked from best to worst
Season 15 of “The Voice” heads into its final week with just four contestants still standing. Of the four coaches, only six-time past winner Blake Shelton has two artists — Kirk Jay and Chris Kroeze — still in contention. Reigning champ Kelly Clarkson is represented by Chevel Shepherd while Jennifer Hudson is hoping that Kennedy Holmes can get her that elusive first win. Adam Levine, who has won just three of his previous 14 seasons as a coach on “The Voice,” lost the last of his artists (Reagan Strange) on Dec. 12 when the Top 8 was cut in half.

We asked viewers of “The Voice” for their rankings of the Top 4 from best to worst based on their performances throughout the season. Kennedy, who only made it into the final by winning the Instant Save, is the pick of 39% of viewers. She is followed closely by Kirk at 35% and then Chevel with 20%. At the back of the pack is Chris,
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