FULLERTON, California, September 12, 2017 – The West Fullerton Shopping Center is now home to one of the scariest, most intense, and most interactive haunted houses in the country. The 26,000 guests who attended The 17th Door last Halloween season will be thrilled to learn the creators have an all new prison maze and a Virtual Reality experience (add-on) in store for 2017. This year’s haunt will be larger and longer (over 35 minutes), more intense, and more suspenseful with a new theme, new location, all new rooms, and more innovative scares! Will you be able to make it through all 35 minutes of terror and escape all 17 doors? Or will you cry “Mercy?”
Third season starts September 22 with select dates running through October 31
Regular ticket prices start from $22; VIP Speed Pass ticket prices start from $27
Located at The West Fullerton Shopping Center: 1851 W. Orangethorpe Avenue, Fullerton, CA 92833
…and so it continues. Our Paula has committed a heinous crime and it is now time to pay the price. A lengthy sentence to be served in the most gruesome and hellish of prisons. Much worse than the troubled and miserable life of our depressed college sophomore. Welcome to Perpetuum Penitentiary, a place of darkness born only in nightmares. For within these stone walls, you will meet true suffering and despair. Prayers for mercy unanswered. Evil pervading its every space. Paula’s space. This detour through hell is her new reality. The question is… will it be yours? The sadistic warden has agreed to unsupervised visitation. Go cautiously, one-by-one, as the residents of Perpetuum have no concept of confinement and no intentions of behaving. And they are thirsty, longing for the smell and taste of new blood. No one escapes. Your only hope is to survive. Are you scared? You will be.
“I’m very excited about the new theme this year,” said The 17th Door co-owner Heather Luther. “All new sets. New characters. New innovations. New scares. New everything! Guests can expect things to be very very different, and of course they should expect the unexpected!”
Pre-sale tickets for this year’s season are now available online at www.the17thdoor.com. Act fast because they sell out quickly!
The 17th Door is designed for a mature audience, preferably 16 years of age and older, as guests will find themselves in intense situations. All guests must still sign a liability waiver and the actors are allowed to touch guests. At any point during the haunted house experience, guests may use the safe word “Mercy” to be escorted out. They will be given the option to rejoin their group in the next room or leave the haunt entirely.
Just posted up over at the official Star Wars website, J.J. Abrams will be returning to the franchise to write and direct episode IX. This, after Colin Trevorrow was fired from the production.
The Official Post:
J.J. Abrams, who launched a new era of Star Wars with The Force Awakens in 2015, is returning to complete the sequel trilogy as writer and director of Star Wars: Episode IX. Abrams will co-write the film with Chris Terrio. Star Wars: Episode IX will be produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Michelle Rejwan, Abrams, Bad Robot, and Lucasfilm.
“With The Force Awakens, J.J. delivered everything we could have possibly hoped for, and I am so excited that he is coming back to close out this trilogy,” said Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy.
Buena Park, Calif. (August 2017) – The most haunting Halloween event in Southern California, Knott’s Scary Farm, returns with unimaginable scares and innovative thrills for its 45th season. The fully transformed park will feature 13 uniquely haunted mazes and attractions, including the return of Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, for her last performance as she bids farewell to the Scary Farm crowds with an all-new show. Knott’s Scary Farm is back for 25 horrifying nights from September 21 – October 31. This year’s Knott’s Scary Farm experience has all the ingredients of a truly terrifying nightmare, but unlike most dreams, Knott’s Scary Farm is a nightmare you can’t wake up from.
The new season will bring unnerving nightmares to life as it debuts three all-new, unique haunted attractions, each introducing new menacing storylines and heinous never-before-seen characters.
Dark Ride(New for 2017) – Guests will journey through an abandoned carnival ride where cruel characters still linger in the shadows in Dark Ride, Knott’s Scary Farm’s newest maze. The carnival attraction has become a refuge for sideshow freaks and now those shunned performers have created an ominous world where they plan to unleash terror on those who enter. Dark Ride will lead brave visitors through a treacherous path and into the bowels of a long neglected attraction as sinister shadows and horrifying scenes cast darkness over the once pleasant ride.
Pumpkin Eater(New for 2017) – Daring guests will attempt to survive the wrath of the murderous 7-foot tall creature that haunts the old woods surrounding The Hollow in this year’s new maze, Pumpkin Eater. The notorious creature is on the prowl, hidden within the dark confines of the haunted town he once terrorized. To escape the sinister Pumpkin Eater’s wrath all who enter must go on a quest through the silent town of victims, face a cave of crawling insects and solve the labyrinth of thorns that blocks the only way out.
Trick-or-Treat: Lights Out (New for 2017) – Scared of the dark? Returning more sinister and twisted than ever before, guests are invited to step inside the Green Witch’s haunted home and venture through its dark pathways in Trick or Treat: Lights Out. Armed with only a faulty flashlight, brave visitors must face the terror of the Green Witch’s house completely in the dark. Featuring new state-of-the-art effects, unexpected scares and other eerie surprises, Trick-or-Treat is back to terrorize like never before.
Returning for the last and final year at Knott’s Scary Farm, Elvira is back with a bang, in a brand new spectacular farewell show, Elvira, Mistress of the Dark. The exclusive performance will pay homage to the Queen of Halloween’s celebrated comedy-horror film, complete with musical numbers, dance and humor. Knott’s Scary Farm will be the exclusive home of Elvira for her final performance this Halloween season.
Special Ops: Infected – The city is in need of brave soldiers looking to stop the zombie apocalypse in an all-out war against the undead in this interactive experience, Special Ops: Infected. Armed with specially designed laser guns, brave groups of guests will embark on a mission to find the cure to the infection by navigating through sprawling city streets and buildings. The popular attraction includes blood thirsty zombies, more interactive targets than ever before, along with multiple action-packed surprises hidden around every corner.
Shadow Lands – A fulfilling life ensures a soul safe passage into eternity, but what happens to the souls of soldiers slain in battle? The Shadow Lands maze invites valiant wanderers to fight off demon samurais whose souls are cursed to rot within the depths of purgatory. Guests will embark on a quest through a sacred shrine, an ancient Japanese temple and into the midst of the shadow lands.
PARANORMAL, INC. – A fan favorite, Paranormal Inc., returns to Hayden Hill for another bone-chilling year. Featuring high flying aerial stunts and scares, guests investigate a haunted hospital. Where demonic spirits have been detected throughout the mysterious halls and new unexpected bloodcurdling surprises are hidden around every corner.
Red Barn – The horrifying, blood-soaked Red Barn re-opens its doors, filled with carnivorous animals seeking to prey on human flesh in the park’s goriest maze. Legend has it, the farmer who owns the barn was transformed into a heinous creature who sends his sadistic sons to procure food and new victims. None dare enter the barn, for those who enter, never escape.
The Tooth Fairy – This twisted tooth fairy steals more than just baby teeth as he drags his victims out of their bedroom window and into a world of cruel dentistry. Unbelievable special effects include a blackout room through which guests must feel their way out, a disorienting x-ray strobe light room, and a final encounter with the terrifying tooth fairy himself. Say aahhh.
Voodoo – Order of the Serpent: The haunting legend of Papa Legba continues as guests follow him on his foreboding journey to conjure the serpent demon goddess in the outskirts of New Orleans. Trudge cautiously through the cursed swamps of the Deep South, where creatures search the murky bogs for their next bloody sacrifice and demons curse the innocent with Voodoo hexes.
The Hanging®: – A live stage show on the Calico Mine stage irreverently looks back at the year’s pop culture with killer comedy. Notorious for its special effects, pyrotechnics and high-flying stunts, The Hanging is a no-holds-barred assault on pop culture’s most infamous moments of the past year. A must see parody!
Knott’s Scary Farm is far more than a collection of haunted attractions. Every night monsters spill out onto the streets and turn theme park midways into murderous scare zones. From the world famous Ghost Town Streets to the Boardwalk area filled with evil clowns, there’s nowhere to hide at Knott’s Scary Farm.
Ghost Town Streets is the original and largest, most terrifying scare zone that started it all. Bands of half-human, half-animal monsters prowl the streets and inhabit the fog, while the notoriously startling sliders lunge from every fog-filled corner of the land. Fiesta De Los Muertos features colorful costumes and larger than life stilt walkers in a dark scare zone. In the Boardwalk, clowns crave your undying attention in the CarnEVIL scare zone. Returning for a second year, The Hollow scare zone will terrorize guests as they find themselves in a war between three covens of witches and their armies of the undead. The fog-filled streets along with the army of the undead treacherously blend into the shadowy night as they frighten all whom they encounter. Featuring an all new fiery finale, The Hollow is a practically all new with a themed maze to accompany it.
Knott’s Scary Farm Pass & Admission
– The Knott’s Scary Farm Pass returns for the 2017 season and offers unlimited visits to all 25 event nights. Current 2017 Knott’s Berry Farm Season Passholders can purchase the pass at the limited time price of $80 and non-passholders can purchase the Scary Farm Pass for just $90. Prices valid through Sept. 17 or while supplies last. Plus applicable taxes and fees.
– Single night tickets – Buy ticketsat KnottsScaryFarm.com and save up to $35 off the regular main gate price of $75. Knott’s Season Passholders receive a discount on single night tickets. Applicable taxes and fees apply to online orders.
– Fright & Fast Lane – For the first time ever, ride and scream all night long with unlimited priority access to all mazes plus priority boarding on all Fast Lane rides. Fright & Fast Lane starts at $80 and varies by night. Separate Scary Farm park admission required, and not included.
– Combo Tickets offering admission plus Fright & Fast Lane are an especially great value starting as low as $115 plus applicable taxes and fees. This combo is only available online. Save up to $40 with this admission plus Fright & Fast Lane Combo and Knott’s Season Passholders save up to an additional $5.
– Scary Farm Boo-Fet + Early Entry – Offered at Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant and Spurs Chophouse, munch with monsters before Knott’s Scary Farm opens each night. Meals include a 2017 souvenir bottle, which includes unlimited complimentary refills on the event night and $1.00 refills for the rest of the 2017 season. After dinner, enjoy early entry into select parts of Knott’s Scary Farm a few minutes before it opens to other mortals. Boo-fet dinner is $28.99 + applicable taxes and fees when purchased online and $33.99 + tax when purchased at the door. Separate theme park admission required, and not included.
– Knott’s Scary Farm General parking is $20 per vehicle and can be purchased online or at the parking booth upon arrival. Applicable taxes and fees apply to online orders. All Season Long Parking is valid for Knott’s Scary Farm nights.
Knott’s Scary Farm has welcomed millions of visitors over the past 45 years and has become an institution in the Southern California theme park landscape. This year, the event returns September 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, 30 October 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 15, 19, 20, 21, 22, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31. Knott’s Scary Farm is open 7:00 pm – 1:00 am select Thursdays, Sundays, Monday and Halloween Night and 7:00 pm – 2:00 am Fridays and Saturdays. Due to the explicit and frightening nature of the event, it is not recommended for children under 13. This year’s Knott’s Scary Farm experience is where nightmares never end!
For more information on Knott’s Scary Farm, including admission, park hours and events, visit knottsscaryfarm.com or download the Knott’s Berry Farm app for your smart phone. Join the scary conversation by using #ScaryFarm on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat.
Auckland, New Zealand – August 21, 2017 – Grinding Gear Games has announced today that its award-winning game, Path of Exile: The Fall of Oriath, is scheduled to launch on Xbox One on Thursday, August 24th at 2pm Pacific – the first console release for the massively popular ARPG.
The Fall of Oriath Xbox One release follows the hugely successful release of the PC version of the game in early August. Path of Exile: The Fall of Oriath saw a record number of players playing the game simultaneously (143,000!) – more than double Grinding Gear Games’ previous game expansion release – Atlas of Worlds. Path of Exile has seen an average audience growth of 27% over each of their last four releases.
Additionally, Path of Exile will be launched in Mainland China by Tencent on August 22 – which is expected to add a ‘few’ more players to the game’s millions of active participants.
Path of Exile: The Fall of Oriath is Grinding Gear’s largest launch of new content since the original game debuted in October 2013. The game features six brand new acts – doubling the size of current game. The Fall of Oriath also introduces a new Pantheon character-customization system that lets players wield the power of the gods themselves.
Path of Exile: The Fall of Oriath Xbox One Features:
Ten Acts: Left for dead on the wet sand of a cursed continent, you will battle the evil, the mad, and the shambling dead that inhabit Path of Exile’s unforgiving world.
Hundreds of Bosses: From the gargantuan zombie Hillock to the very gods themselves, you will experience hundreds of intense and unique boss encounters.
Thousands of Hours of Gameplay: The story may end, but the exploration doesn’t. The unique Atlas of Worlds unlocked at the end of the tenth act provides literally thousands of hours of content.
Countless Character Options: Path of Exile’s Passive Skill Tree has more than 1300 skills for you to choose from. There hundreds of Active Skill Gems and Support Gems with which to augment them. Ascendancy Classes let you take your character to the next level. You will never run out of things to try.
Endless Replayability: Careful area randomization means no two playthroughs will ever be the same, and with the volume of ways to customise your character, no two playthroughs will ever feel the same either.
Regular Major Content Updates: Path of Exile is updated approximately every thirteen weeks with a new content update and challenge league. The Xbox One launch contains all six major expansions that have been released since 2013.
Never Pay a Cent: Path of Exile is 100% free to play, with no paywalls and no pay-to-win features. The game survives solely on the support of its players who choose to buy cosmetic items and stash space, and nothing more.
August 18, 2017 — Wargaming today announced plans to provide more than 1,000 hours of quality live and on-demand video content on Facebook Live to build its community and reach millions of gamers worldwide.
Available globally across Wargaming’s Facebook Pages, players and fans will be able to check out live game streams, learn about new product features, access historical content related to gameplay, and watch and participate in interviews with popular streamers. Wargaming will also release coverage of its esports events, including a livestream of the World of Tanks regional and final tournaments.
“Bringing exciting and uniquely-created live video content to Facebook was an obvious step for us,” said Jamy Nigri, Senior Vice President of Commercial Development for Wargaming. “We’ll be introducing new ways to interact with our games to our 3.9 million Facebook community members and gamers across the globe. Player happiness is at our core, and we can’t wait to let fans engage through Facebook.”
“Wargaming is already an incredibly progressive creator of video content on Facebook, and we’re excited to work even more closely with their team,” said Bob Slinn, head of games partnerships, EMEA, for Facebook.“Team-based MMOs like World of Tanks, World of Warplanes and World of Warships make up some of the most popular gaming communities on Facebook, and we’re looking forward to all the creative ways in which Wargaming will bring fans closer to the games they love.”
We got the chance to check out ScareLA 2017, a horror and Halloween convention, this past weekend. Unfortunately, our experience left much to be desired. This year, the event moved from it’s long-time home at the Pasadena Convention Center to the Los Angeles Convention Center. With the change in venues to Los Angeles, I had hoped they were experiencing a crunch of not having enough room for their exhibitors. More exhibitors means more stuff for attendees to see and purchase, which makes everyone happy. Unfortunately, exhibitors were purposefully spaced out from one another in an effort to fill the West Hall of the LA Convention Center, and this created an empty feeling throughout. There was a lot of unused space that could have been taken up by booths or shows or anything. Additionally, the West Hall of the LA Convention Center was very dimly-lit, and not in the spooky way. It is a very large space and the overhead lighting is not really bright enough to properly light it. This is why at E3 Expo, we usually see lighting elements on all the booths carpeting the hall (not to mention that it also makes their booth more eye-catching). Also, the West Hall food court was available to guests, but its food quality isn’t the best and LA Live is a bit of a hike from there, leaving people (especially those with mobility issues) fewer options for lunch.
The Scarywood Dark Zone was something of a mess, with a windy pathway that seemed to be severely lacking in mini-haunt experiences. The Decayed Brigade slider group was putting on a show when we walked through, and they were engaged in an audio war with the Rhythm Coffin Show band playing forty feet away. Someone should have timed that better so they didn’t blast guests with two entirely different audio tracks at the same time. I walked out of Scarywood with a quizzical look upon my face, unsure of what I just walked through.
There were several bright spots in the event, of course. Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights unveiled two brand-new attractions based on the “Titans of Terror”, the merging of iconic horror characters Freddy Kruger, Leatherface, and Jason Voorhees. The LA Convention Center is next to LA Live, but it is a bit of a walk as opposed to last year’s being right next to the marketplace with plenty of food options. There were some cool classes that people could attend (with the proper pass) including some on horror marketing, mask creation, and tips on succeeding in the haunted house business. They also had an array of celebrity appearances, like Dave Fennoy (Telltale Games The Walking Dead), Naomi Grossman (American Horror Story), and Jake Busey (Starship Troopers) to name just a few. They also had the local blood bank bring their truck into the hall to take blood donations, a noble and worthy cause.
Overall, this year’s Scare LA event was somewhat of a letdown, and I hope that the management team can regroup and create a better event for next year. If they rent out the entire West Hall of the LA Convention Center, they really need to fill it with everything they can. I would love to see them return to Pasadena, that city’s convention center has better lighting and is closer to an array of tasty restaurants.
We got the chance to interview several of the cast from USA Network’s upcoming PSYCH the Movie while at the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con. Here are our interviews for your viewing enjoyment. PSYCH the Movie will be released on USA this upcoming holiday season.
Ridgewood, NJ (May 4, 2017) – Kalypso Media is excited to reveal that the launch date for Sudden Strike 4 has been set for Friday, August 11, 2017, digitally on Steam worldwide. On Tuesday, August 15, 2017 this legendary RTS series will get its first ever console release on PlayStation®4, available as a digital download from the PlayStation® Store and in retail across North America! Sudden Strike 4 will also launch Friday, August 11, 2017 across the UK and European export territories for retail and console.
Kalypso Media is also excited to share a selection of new screenshots that show the detailed, dynamic environments and incredible attention to detail paid to the units and gameplay mechanics of Sudden Strike 4. To give a look at the game from a developer’s point of view, Kalypso has also released three videos in a new ‘General’s Handbook’ series on YouTube. They feature Sudden Strike 4 Producer Christian Schlütter running through basic gameplay principles and discussing how the title has evolved throughout the development process.
Pre-purchase is available now on Steam, which includes a 15% discount, plus a digital soundtrack, digital artbook and the ‘Battle of Kursk’ DLC. Steam customers can download the free Sudden Strike Quiz app on iOS and Android devices in order to unlock further stackable discounts for a total of up to 25% off the pre-purchase of the game.
Recently, we got the chance to check out the new Corsair Glaive RGB gaming mouse. Corsair has been crafting quality gaming peripherals for a while now, so we are generally excited to review any of their new releases, and the Glaive RGB was no exception. Opening the shipping box, we found the Glaive RGB gaming mouse box designed in the traditional yellow and black Corsair color branding scheme. The box is eye-catching, and made me want to take a look at the mouse within, so we did!
The Corsair Glaive RGB gaming mouse comes in two color accent varieties: a black and an aluminum. However, regardless of which accent color you select, most of the mouse will be a dark black and gunmetal. The shape and feel of the mouse are both comfortable, and you can better fit it to your hand with the three included, interchangeable thumb grips. They don and doff via strong magnets, so it is easy to swap them out. Using the mouse is very comfortable and I had no problems using it for long periods as a “palm grip” mouse user.
Thankfully, the Corsair Glaive RGB is not just comfortable, but it also performs. It features quite a few enhancements to help your gaming experience – enhancements such as a 1ms response rate, new Omron buttons rated at 50 million clicks, and onboard profile storage so you take your preferences with you. Additionally, the Corsair CUE software suite works with the Glaive RGB and allows you to configure your lighting profiles, sensitivity, and a lot more. The Corsair Glaive RGB is equipped with an up to 16,000 DPI optical gaming sensor that allows the CUE software to run a nifty surface calibration utility. This utility will help detect the kind of mousing surface you’re using and adjust the Glaive RGB settings to match. It sounds a bit gimmicky but it does seem to work.
I got the chance to use the Corsair Glaive RGB with several kinds of video games. First on my list was Fallout 4 – I have been replaying it with third-party mods and the Glaive RGB made navigating the commonwealth and taking on its various creatures and outlaws piece of cake. I have to commend Corsair for their choice of buttons in the Glaive RGB, they are snappy and don’t feel cheap at all, and they can make anyone more responsive during FPS combat. The next game I tried out while using the Glaive RGB was SEGA’s Dawn of War III. The Glaive RGB made handling the RTS, which has a lot happening at any one time, a lot smoother. Having the right tool for the job is always a good idea and it showed here. Lastly, I fired up some Stellaris, a 4X space strategy title from Paradox Interactive. The Glaive RGB gave me no issues after even several hours of play – the mouse was very comfortable.
The Corsair Glaive RGB also sports a braided cord which is something that I have also loved ever since they started coming out on gaming mice back in the late 1990s. The braided cable helps avoid tangles, the last thing you want in the middle of an intense game session. Also, the Glaive RGB features, as you would guess by its name, three zone RGB backlighting. While not quite as eye-catching as some RGB color mice on the market, the Glaive RGB looks great and at just under $70 dollars, is more than enough style. Another thing I love about this mouse is its scroll wheel. The wheel is larger than most, made from aluminum, and coated in a nice rubberized texture.
The one drawback we could find was when I let another person use it with their “finger tip” mouse grip style. They did not like the mouse for that style of usage as they found it too ergonomically designed. Those finger tip mouse gamers don’t need a lot of mouse with their style of play, so the added curve of the Glaive RGB is not as conducive for them. As grip is a personal preference, I highly recommend you find one to test if you too are a finger tip mouse user.
Overall, the Corsair Glaive RGB is a very good gaming mouse with a lot of features for the reasonable price point of $69.99. The mouse is available now and can be found at online retailers as well as Corsair’s official website.
BUENA PARK, Calif, (April 2017) – The weather is warming up in sunny Southern California just in time for the opening of the newly expanded Knott’s Soak City Waterpark on May 20. Orange County’s largest outdoor water park is opening its gates to guests for an unforgettable summer season running through Labor Day weekend. During Knott’s Soak City’s opening weekend the newly expanded water park will be debuting seven new slides on two new slide towers, Shore Break and The Wedge including; a fully remodeled Longboard’s Grill, additional seating areas and new spacious cabanas.
Shore Break will take single riders on an adrenaline-filled water adventure as thrill-seekers board one of four Aqua Launch chambers to await the chamber’s floor dropping from beneath their feet sending them on a high speed free fall down a 60-foot tall slide and through a series of exhilarating drops and daring loops. Additionally, Shore Break offers two dueling tube slides which will have riders zipping through adventurous drops and turns as they soak up the warm summer sun.
The Wedge will take families – up to six riders – on an open-raft ride as they descend down navigating hair-raising twists, turns and unexpected dips.
Longboard’s Grill will return for the 2017 summer season after a complete remodeling and expansion which now offers a newly redesigned sleek restaurant layout. While Longboard’s theme remains the same, the menu includes new and delicious items such as hand breaded chicken tenders, fish & chips and assorted wraps. Plus classic favorites like grilled burgers and hot dogs. A new shaded outdoor seating area has been added by the restaurant’s entrance, welcoming diners to fuel up with delicious meals as they take a break from the sun.
As part of the water park’s expansion, additional spacious cabanas and seating areas have been added to the park’s blueprint. Guests can relax and unwind in the new row of cabanas which will be conveniently located across the new Shore Break tower. A new seating area equipped with lounge chairs will allow guests to relax in the sun and is also located near the Shore Break complex.
In honor of summer and the new expansion debuting at Knott’s Soak City Waterpark, guests are invited to celebrate the revamp with a park-wide Soak City Beach Bash during opening weekend, May 20 – May 21. The weekend-long celebration will bring the perfect summer care-free ambiance along with an upbeat summer soundtrack to the splashing pools of the beloved water park.
Guests can experience Knott’s Soak City Waterpark’s opening weekend celebration and much more with a 2017 Gold Season Pass. A Gold Pass includes unlimited 2017 admission to both Knott’s Berry Farm and Knott’s Soak City Waterpark. Gold Season Passes can be purchased online starting at $117.00 or 6 easy payments of $19.50. Applicable taxes and fees apply. The Season Pass payment plan is only available online at knotts.com
For more information about Knott’s Soak City Waterpark and Knott’s Berry Farm please visit knotts.com. Join the conversation about the new thrilling additions at Knott’s Soak City Waterpark and Knott’s Soak City Beach Bash by using #KnottsSoakCity#KnottsSoakCityBeachBash.