Author - Jerry Paxton

theHunter: Call of the Wild 2019 Edition Out Now

Vienna, Austria; Stockholm, Sweden, October 16th, 2018: It’s hunting season again – grab your equipment and get ready to range through the idyllic German farmlands of Hirschfelden, the Layton Lake District in North America or the icy Medved-Taiga National Park in Siberia, where seasoned hunters can prove their skills. But the biggest challenge, with the largest and most dangerous animals awaits in the wild and savage landscapes of the Vurhonga Savanna in Africa!

This latest DLC is already be part of theHunter: Call of the Wild™ 2019 Edition, that includes the main game as well as all previous DLCs plus the new Vurhonga Savanna for an SRP of 39.99 $ on PC and 44.99 $ on consoles. theHunter: Call of the Wild™ 2019 Edition is out today for PC, PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and the Xbox One family of devices including Xbox One X.

LA Haunted Hayride 2018 Review

The LA Haunted Hayride is back for 2018, this time celebrating its 10th anniversary. With the event now under the umbrella of the Thirteenth Floor Entertainment Group, how does this year’s hayride compare to its previous incarnations? Well, for that, we need to travel back in time to 2012 – the first time we reviewed the LA Haunted Hayride. At that point it was, without a doubt, the best haunted attraction in Southern California. And it remained so for two years after that. Unfortunately, things started to take a downturn for the event when the New York Haunted Hayride opened up. Their resources seemed split down the middle and the event lost some of its charm. Last year, we were especially concerned at the state of the LA Haunted Hayride.

This year, the LA Haunted Hayride has taken a huge stride in the right direction and managed to recapture much of that Midwestern Halloween carnival vibe that it started out with.

We began the night walking through the entry area of the LA Haunted Hayride, enjoying some new animatronics and decorations as well as the various monsters roaming the grounds. Last year, The Purgatory haunted village felt empty. The loss of the pumpkin carving booth and the photo gallery were palpable and we spent much of the night thinking of better uses for the, no pun intended, “dead” space. This year, the event still has no photo gallery or pumpkin carving booth, but designers have redesigned the flow of the Purgatory area to make better use of what they do have. It feels much less empty than before and even adds a cool zombie brain toss carnival game for guests to try their luck at. The Scary-Go-Round is also back and is a blast to ride. I still wish they’d bring back the dedicated photo gallery, it was a really fun way for guests to spend some time and take the strain off the hayride line. The main stage is also back and has some really fun audience-participation based shows throughout the night. During your visit, you should make sure to sit in on one of the shows.

The titular hayride of the LA Haunted Hayride is back and a terrific experience. No longer do you have to get out midway through the ride and walk through a haunted maze, then re-embark on the hayride to continue. This is pure LA Haunted Hayride goodness – all hayride, all the time. This year sees several of the scenes that captured the screams of riders over the last ten years and, with the exception of not seeing those bird people swinging down on those tall poles, I was very happy with those they selected. The hayride is a blast and worth riding a couple times from each side of the cart to check out what you might have missed. Also, I am not 100% sure, but the wagons feel wider this year and the hay they are using is much softer for some reason. Even on past opening nights, the hay would stick to you and you end up bringing a good deal of it home. This time, that was not the case – have they changed the kind of hay they use or is this simply my imagination? The world may never know, but I like it!

After our ride on the hayride, we walked back to the Purgatory area and sat at one of the benches, eating some snacks. The atmosphere and general vibe of the event felt “good”. It once again had that Midwest Halloween carnival feel that made me fall in love with it to begin with. We sat at those benches for probably a half an hour, just watching and taking in the event. One of the things I have always admired about the LA Haunted Hayride are its monsters. Their costumes, makeup, and attention to character is outstanding. I have tried ad nauseam and none have ever broken character. This year is no different and you will find all manner of creatures roaming the grounds – some in amazing, large costumes with props I have never seen before. Even when Purgatory was a bit empty, the monsters could still be found in-character, roaming the grounds.

The House of Shadows dark maze is back again and is pretty much the same as it has been. It’s fun and allows guests to pass the time wandering through black hallways looking for an exit. It’s a gimmick, but it works and does adds value to your ticket price.

The “Grub Shack” snack cart is actually one of the weaker points of this year’s LA Haunted Hayride. At some point in the event’s history, they switched food vendors and the one they ended up going with made some strange choices. Their caramel apple slices are simply apple slices covered in cold caramel sauce, not actual hot caramel like it originally was back in the beginning. Also, they don’t serve hot chocolate like the previous vendor did. I can’t imagine it would be that difficult to put a Keurig unit in the cart and whip up hot chocolate in thirty seconds time when requested, but I digress. This vendor also makes the choice to put ketchup in a self-serve dispenser at the pick-up window but then pre-slathers their burgers with “burger sauce”. Just make the burgers dry and let guests put their own sauce on them – it would actually save them some trouble AND make them more money (as I would buy one then). Mind you, it’s not all bad at the snack cart: The macaroni and cheese balls as well as the meatballs and pumpkin donut holes are excellent!

The Trick or Treat walk through experience is back and a HUGE improvement over last year. This year, Trick or Treat has monsters handing out candy as guests go door to door trick or treating. Also, the monsters all seem much more at home in their houses as it were, making great use of the scenery and all having a unique personae. This was a great usage of the Trick or Treat experience and I would love to see it return in 2019.

I would still like to see one more attraction or maze added to the LA Haunted Hayride lineup just to round everything out. In the past, they had a semi-escape room style haunted house which added a ton of value to the ticket price of the event and was a lot of fun to navigate through with your friends. True Talk: Currently, the event offers general, VIP, and platinum tier ticket options. A regular all-attraction general admission ticket is $49.99 on the weekend. This allows you through everything once with a regular wait in line. The VIP ticket costs $64.99 on a weekend and allows you in everything once with a “limited wait” time in line. The Platinum level ticket is $109.99 on a weekend and promises to allow you to entirely skip the lines at the attractions as well as premium parking and unlimited access to everything. Parking at the LA Haunted Hayride is already free as the parking lot is a public lot – it’s no-charge, even if you get a spot right up against the entry of the event. I don’t quite know what premium parking they could be offering. In its improved state, I would have no problem paying for a general admission ticket to the event. There is plenty to do at that price point and you would be happy with your purchase. Now, if you absolutely cannot stand waiting in lines, I could see paying for the VIP admission. However, at this stage in the game, I don’t believe the Platinum tier would be worth your money.

Overall, the LA Haunted Hayride has taken a great leap back towards its hey day by fixing many of the issues plaguing it in the last few years. I had a really fun time at this year’s LA Haunted Hayride and can’t wait to see what they do for 2019.

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Razer Unveils New Blade Laptops

LOS ANGELES – Razer announced a new base model, as well as a limited edition of its bestselling Razer Blade 15 gaming laptop, to meet the demands of esports athletes and creative professionals at a lower starting price.
Razer Blade 15 – New Base Model

The new Razer Blade 15 base model rises to the call from gamers for more storage and connectivity in the world’s smallest 15.6-inch gaming laptop. The currently available advanced model will be joined by this new base model, providing two tiers of performance and features within the Razer Blade 15 product range.

The Razer Blade 15 base model includes a dual storage configuration with a m.2 SSD + 2.5-inch HDD, providing both blazing speed and generous storage capacity. Users looking for even more storage will be able to upgrade both storage components.

This model of the Razer Blade 15 offers a new single-zone RGB keyboard that supports full key backlighting Powered by Razer Chroma™. The 0.78-inch thin chassis accommodates a Gigabit Ethernet port for enhanced connectivity, while allowing for a bespoke heat pipe thermal management system.

Gamers can enjoy the signature Razer CNC aluminum chassis, an NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1060 Max-Q design graphics card, an 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-8750H 6 core processor, 16 GB of upgradable system memory, and a 15.6-inch thin bezel Full HD (1920 x 1080) 60 Hz refresh rate display, starting at US$1,599.

The Razer Blade 15 base model configurations will be available for purchase on October 10, 2018 in the US, Canada and China from Razer.com and select retailers. It will become available in several European and Asia-Pacific countries in November 2018 from Razer.com and select retailers.

Razer Blade 15 – Mercury White Limited Edition

The new Mercury White limited edition of the Razer Blade 15 offers fans a contrasting aesthetic to other gaming laptops, and packs in the power and performance that critics have raved about since the laptop’s introduction earlier this year.

The Razer Blade 15 Mercury White Edition will come in a matte white finish with black USB ports and a non-illuminated, tone-on-tone Razer logo. The Razer Blade line traditionally offered a matte black finish, green USB ports and an illuminated green Razer logo.

The Razer Blade 15 has dominated the gaming laptop landscape with its innovative vapor chamber cooling, individually lit RGB backlit keys and compact CNC aluminum chassis. Powered by 8th gen Intel Core i7 processors and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 or 1070 Max-Q design graphics, you can go head to head with the competition at esports tournaments with sheer gaming prowess on tap.

Limited quantities will be available for purchase in Q4 2018 as an exclusive direct from Razer in the US and Canada, and at selected retailers in China.

Razer Co-founder and CEO Min-Liang Tan said the following: “With the Razer Blade 15 we created the world’s smallest 15.6-inch gaming laptop and set a new precedent for the ideal mobile gaming experience. We listened to feedback from our fans and we have expanded on that experience with a new color option, Ethernet capability, more storage configurations and a more affordable price.”

For more information, visit razer.com/blade.

ABOUT THE RAZER BLADE 15 MERCURY WHITE LIMITED EDITION

Specifications:

  • 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-8750H Processor (6 Cores / 12 Threads, 2.2 GHz / 4.1 GHz)
  • 15.6-inch Full HD 144 Hz (1920 x 1080), 100% sRGB, matte screen w/ 4.9 mm bezel, factory calibrated
  • GPU
    • NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1060 Max-Q design (6 GB GDDR5 VRAM, Optimus™ Technology) OR
    • NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1070 Max-Q design (8 GB GDDR5 VRAM, Optimus™ Technology)
  • 16 GB Dual-Channel system memory (DDR4, 2667 MHz), 32 GB maximum support
  • 512 GB PCIe SSD, 2 TB maximum support
  • Windows® 10 (64-bit)
  • Intel® Wireless-AC 9260 (802.11a/b/g/n/ac) and Bluetooth 5
  • Thunderbolt™ 3 (USB-C) x 1
  • USB 3.1 port x 3 (SuperSpeed)
  • Mini Display Port 1.4
  • Per key RGB Powered by Razer Chroma™ anti-ghosting keyboard
  • Glass touchpad (Microsoft Precision Touchpad)
  • Razer Synapse 3 compatible
  • HDMI 2.0b audio and video output
  • Built-in front firing stereo speakers
  • 3.5 mm headphone/microphone combo port
  • Built-in webcam (1 MP/720p) with array microphone
  • Intel® Platform Trust Technology (Intel® PTT) security embedded
  • Built-in 80 Wh rechargeable lithium-ion polymer battery, NVIDIA® Optimus™ support (up to 6 hours)
  • Specifications
    • [GeForce GTX 1060] 0.66 in. / 16.8 mm (Height) x 13.98 in. / 355 mm (Width) x 9.25 in. / 235 mm (Depth)
    • [GeForce GTX 1070] 0.68 in. / 17.3 mm (Height) x 13.98 in. / 355 mm (Width) x 9.25 in. / 235 mm (Depth)
  • Approximately 4.56 lbs. / 2.07 kg
  • Compact 200 W/230 W power adapter

Price:

Full HD 144 Hz with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q design and 512GB SSD – $2,199
Full HD 144 Hz with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q design and 512GB SSD – $2,599

ABOUT THE RAZER BLADE 15 BASE MODEL

Specifications:

  • 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-8750H processor, 6 Cores / 12 Threads, 2.2 GHz/4.1 GHz (Base/Max Turbo), 9 MB Cache
  • 15.6-in. Full HD 60 Hz (1920 x 1080), 100% sRGB, matte screen w/ 4.9 mm bezel, factory calibrated
  • NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1060 Max-Q design (6 GB GDDR5 VRAM, Optimus™ Technology)
  • 16 GB Dual-Channel system memory (DDR4, 2667 MHz), 32 GB maximum support
  • Storage Options, expandable (1x m.2, 1x 2.5-inch)
    • 128 GB SSD (SATA-III) + 1 TB HDD (5400 rpm)
    • 256 GB SSD (NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4) + 2 TB HDD (5400 rpm)
  • Windows® 10 Home (64-bit)
  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • Intel® Wireless-AC 9260 (IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, and Bluetooth® 5 connectivity)
  • Mobile Intel® HM370 Chipset
  • Thunderbolt™ 3 (USB-C™)
  • 3x USB 3.1
  • Mini DisplayPort 1.4
  • Full key, single-zone RGB Powered by Razer Chroma™ anti-ghosting keyboard
  • Glass touchpad (Microsoft Precision Touchpad)
  • Razer Synapse 3 compatible
  • HDMI 2.0 audio and video output
  • Built-in front firing stereo speakers
  • 3.5 mm headphone/microphone combo port
  • Built-in webcam (1 MP / 720p) with array microphone
  • Intel® Platform Trust Technology (Intel® PTT) security embedded
  • Built-in 65 Wh rechargeable lithium-ion polymer battery, NVIDIA® Optimus™ support (up to 6 hours)
  • Kensington™ Security Slot
  • 0.78 in. / 19.9 mm (Height) x 13.98 in. / 355 mm (Width) x 9.25 in. / 235 mm (Depth)
  • Approximately 4.48 lbs. / 2.03 kg
  • Compact 180 W power adapter

Price:

Full HD 60Hz with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q design and 128 GB SSD + 1 TB HDD – $1,599
Full HD 60Hz with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q design and 256 GB SSD + 2 TB HDD – $1,799

Razer Unveils Razer Phone 2

LOS ANGELES – Razer, the world’s leading lifestyle brand for gamers, today announced the Razer Phone 2, the very definition of flagship performance and true mobile gaming.

After creating the category of gaming phones with the first Razer Phone in 2017, Razer further pushed the boundaries of mobile devices to power the world of mobile esports and entertainment.

“The first Razer Phone disrupted the smartphone industry and created a new category,” said Min-Liang Tan, co-founder and CEO of Razer Inc. “With the Razer Phone 2, we have pulled out the stops to define flagship and gaming on our terms.”

GAMING // PERFORMANCE

The Razer Phone 2 offers up to 30 percent more performance than its predecessor, thanks to the combination of the latest flagship components and thermal cooling solutions.

The Qualcomm 845 Snapdragon chipset and Qualcomm Adreno 630 graphics processing unit (GPU) will blitz through the most demanding apps, and their performance is further enhanced by the Razer vapor chamber cooling system that provides for industry-leading thermal cooling.

The vapor chamber provides more surface area for heat to dissipate, while sustaining high frame rates for an overall cooler and more powerful experience.

FLAGSHIP // CAMERA

The Razer Phone 2 improves on its imaging capabilities with a new rear dual-camera setup that offers a 12 MP wide-angle lens with optical image stabilization (OIS) and a 12 MP telephoto lens with 2x zoom. Be it fast action or low-light scenes, the Sony IMX sensors are tuned to produce low-noise images with a wide gamut of colors.

On the front, the 8 MP camera supports video streaming at full HD resolution, a boon for all live-streaming professionals.

The Razer Phone 2 camera app comes with a new user interface that allows for easy one-handed operation for portraits and scenic panoramas. Razer is committed to constantly provide software updates to take advantage of the latest improvements in the imaging space.

FLAGSHIP // ESSENTIALS

The Razer Phone 2 is now powered by Razer Chroma, the world’s most popular RGB lighting system for gamers.

The rear of the phone features the Razer triple-headed snake logo that glows in 16.8 million colors to provide app notifications (such as Facebook comments or WhatsApp messages). Razer Chroma also allows you to customize lighting effects such as Static, Spectrum Cycling and Breathing.

Wireless charging is now enabled on the Razer Phone 2 with its new glass back. Razer has announced its new wireless charger with Chroma – the world’s largest RGB lighting ecosystem.

If you prefer plugging in a USB-C cable, Qualcomm QuickCharge 4+ allows users to charge the phone from a flat battery to 50 percent charge within just 30 minutes.

The Razer Phone 2 has also been tested for IP67 resistance to dust and water.

GAMING // TRUE 120 HZ DISPLAY

One year after Razer launched the world’s first true gaming phone, the Razer Phone 2 continues to take the lead with the only true 120 Hz display – now with even better performance for those who love for high framerates and silky-smooth action without any lag or stuttering.

Unlike other competing phones, the Razer Phone 2’s 5.7-inch UltraMotion™ IGZO display remains the only display in the industry that offers both 120 Hz screen refresh and 120 Hz touch sampling. What you see is what you touch.

The new display is now 50 percent brighter than the one in the first Razer Phone.

GAMING // DUAL FRONT-FACING SPEAKERS

The first Razer Phone made history by being able to churn out audio at record levels without distortion. The Razer Phone 2 is even louder and clearer than before, thanks to upgraded hardware and Dolby Atmos.

The dual front-spacing speakers take up home position on the top and bottom bezels, allowing for both incredible sound projection across any room, as well as an ergonomic form factor for long hours of handheld gaming.

GAMING // BATTERY LIFE

The Razer Phone 2 packs a 4,000 mAH capacity battery for all-day gaming and entertainment needs, and Razer continues to improve battery efficiency.

Where its predecessor was benchmarked for 10 hours of battery life at a screen refresh rate setting of 90 Hz, the Razer Phone 2 is optimized to also last 10 hours at a higher 120 Hz[1].

The Razer Phone works with LTE Gigabit networks with download speeds up to 1.2 Gbit/s, allowing for 20 percent faster downloads while on the go.

GAMING // OPTIMIZED

As the pioneer in PC esports, and now mobile esports, Razer continues to work with the largest number of game publishers in the industry to bring about the best gaming experiences.

The Razer Phone 2 has been optimized for today’s hottest mobile titles like “PlayerUnknown Battlegrounds Mobile (PUBG Mobile),” “Rival Crimson x Chaos,” “Marvel Future Fight,” “Guns of Boom,” “RuneScape” and more.

Netflix

The Razer Phone 2 is the only phone officially certified by Netflix for HDR (high dynamic range) video content and Dolby Surround 5.1 audio content.

Razer Cortex

Razer introduces Razer Cortex, the app that was built for mobile gamers.

Razer Cortex will help users organize their games on their phone, as well as recommend the latest games optimized for 120 Hz gaming. It will also optimize the Razer Phone 2’s performance for different games, either with easy presets or manual settings.

Razer Cortex is now available on Google Play Store, and will work with a variety of phones.

Razer Theme Store

The Razer Theme Store on the Razer Phone 2 offers exclusive themes and wallpapers featuring today’s top gaming titles. Today gamers can already enjoy themes featuring “Vainglory,” “Arena of Valor,” “Tekken,” “Guns of Boom,” “Gear Club” and “Titan Assault,” and you can soon download “PUBG Mobile” themes.

PRICE AND AVAILABILITY

The Razer Phone 2 will be available starting at US$799 MSRP in Mirror Black and in a Satin Black variant (arriving in Q4), in USA, Europe and Asia-Pacific.  Preorders start on Oct. 11, 2018 at 12.01 a.m. PT on Razer.com.

For more information, visit the Razer Phone 2 product page.

RAZER PHONE 2 – TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

Processor & Cooling:

  • Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 845 (2.80 GHz) with Adreno 630 GPU, Vapor Chamber Cooling

System Memory:

  • 8 GB (LPDDR4X)

Storage – Internal:

  • 64 GB UFS

Storage – External:

  • SIM + micro SD slot (up to 1TB)

Display:

  • 5.72-inch IGZO LCD 1440 x 2560
  • 120 Hz, Wide Color Gamut
  • UltraMotion™ Technology
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 5
  • Multi-touch
  • Anti-Fingerprint Protection

Rear Cameras:

  • 12 MP AF f1.75 Wide with OIS
  • 12 MP AF f2.6 Telephoto
  • Dual PDAF (Phase detection Autofocus)
  • Dual tone, dual LED flash
  • Video: Up to 4K video recording with stereo audio

Front Camera

  • 8 MP FF f2.0
  • 1080p Video

Sound

  • Stereo front-facing speakers
  • Dual Amplifiers / Dolby Atmos Technology
  • USB-C to 3.5 mm Audio Adapter with 24-bit DAC

Power

  • 4,000 mAh Li-Po battery
  • Qualcomm QuickCharge 4.0+
  • Wireless Fast Charging

Wireless

  • 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
  • Dual-band (MIMO), Antennae 2×2
  • Bluetooth 5.0

Logo   

  • RGB Illuminated Razer Chroma Logo

Bands 

  • GSM: 850/900/1800/1900
  • WCDMA: 1/2/3/4/5/8
  • FDD-LTE: 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/13/14/17/18/19/20/26/28/29/30/32/66/71
  • TDD LTE: 38/39/40/41/48
  • TD-SCDMA: 34/39
  • LAA: 46
  • 4×4 MIMO: 1/2/3/4/7/30/38/48/66

Speeds

  • Up to 1.2 Gbit/s (Cat18)

Water Resistance

  • IP67

Size

  • 158.5 mm x 78.99 mm x 8.5 mm

Android Version

  • Android 8.1

ABOUT RAZER

Razer™ is the world’s leading lifestyle brand for gamers.

The triple-headed snake trademark of Razer is one of the most recognized logos in the global gaming and esports communities. With a fan base that spans every continent, the company has designed and built the world’s largest gamer-focused ecosystem of hardware, software and services.

Razer’s award-winning hardware includes high-performance gaming peripherals, Blade gaming laptops and the acclaimed Razer Phone.

Razer’s software platform, with over 50 million users, includes Razer Synapse (an Internet of Things platform), Razer Chroma (a proprietary RGB lighting technology system), and Razer Cortex (a game optimizer and launcher).

In services, Razer zGold is one of the world’s largest virtual credit services for gamers. Razer Pay is the e-wallet designed for youth and millennials, and Razer Game Store is the only games download store that offers rewards for gamers.

Founded in 2005 and dual-headquartered in San Francisco and Singapore, Razer has 15 offices worldwide and is recognized as the leading brand for gamers in the USA, Europe and China. Razer is listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (Stock Code: 1337).

GRIP: Combat Racing Collector’s Edition and Soundtrack Announced

Watford, England – October 9, 2018 – Wired Productions Ltd., a leading independent video games publisher, and developer Caged Element Inc. are honored to announce the London-based independent record label, Hospital Records, have amongst others, provided a sensational selection of licensed drum & bass tracks for GRIP: Combat Racing – the staggeringly-fast, futuristic arcade combat racer.

Adding a clutch of carnal drum & bass tracks to a now 24-strong lineup for GRIP: Combat Racing, Hospital Records have licensed the following 11 tracks to help usher players through each of the game’s gravity-defying courses:

  • Battery x Makoto “Submerge
  • Krakota x Urbandawn “Coyote”
  • Inja x Pete Cannon “War Games“ (Instrumental)
  • Krakota “Citadels
  • Royalston “Diorama
  • Rawtekk “Restless
  • Whiney “Sunday Grunge
  • Whiney “Talisman
  • Lynx “Clap Track

Megan Bean, Head of Business Affairs & Sync, Hospital Records said “We’re excited to have our producers featured on the awesome new GRIP: Combat Racing game.”

We’re super excited to have Hospital Records on board, bringing their industry-leading line-up to GRIP: Combat Racing and joining forces with the rest of our great soundtrack roster,” said Chris Mallinson, Game Director for GRIP: Combat Racing. “We think players will love pumping the huge tunes we’ve got in the game.”

Hospital Records’ tracks join the following great music already included in game:

  • Entita “Can’t Wait
  • Full Kontakt “Cyborg
  • Full Kontakt “BlackOut
  • Full Kontakt “Clock Watch
  • Full Kontakt “Power Train
  • Full Kontact “The Creeper
  • Imperium “Cerbera
  • Kevin Green Lee “GRIP
  • Mart-E “Boost Empire
  • Pragmatic “Going Down
  • Revaux “Solidify
  • Silence Groove “Reconnect
  • Xtigma “Crash City

Players looking to enjoy even more from the game’s soundtrack will be pleased to learn that the Collector’s Edition features the original soundtrack on double vinyl, CD and MP3 Download. Available from shop.wiredproductions.com This collector’s edition is extremely limited with only 500 numbered units being produced and only 300 being made available for general sale.

The exclusive GRIP: Combat Racing Collector’s Edition includes:

  • GRIP: Combat Racing video game
  • Double Vinyl + CD Soundtrack + MP3 Download key
  • 3 x 12” double-sided art prints
  • Classic Game Manual & Lorebook
  • GRIP USB Drive
  • Exclusive DLC (Nyvoss Hex Paint Kit, Vortex Rims and Vehicle Decals)
  • GRIP Sick Bag
  • Vehicle Decals
  • Numbered card of authenticity

Careering towards its November 6th release on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and Steam for Windows PC, GRIP: Combat Racing offers players a uniquely competitive experience, testing their reflexes to the limit as they accelerate towards the finish line at over 767mph. Those wishing to take their highly-tuned skills into the PVP sphere can enjoy:

  • Split-screen competitive play in both Race and Arena modes
  • 10 Player online multiplayer with full lobby and matchmaking support
  • Full tournament building support allowing racers to combine race modes and arenas to build bespoke playlists and competitions with friends
  • Online leaderboards for Carkour and Race modes

E! People’s Choice Awards Food Truck Coming to LA and Austin

October 8, 2018 – To celebrate the pop-culture hungry people that make the entertainment industry possible, the E! People’s Choice Awards themed food truck is feeding fans around country, making pit stops in Austin and Los Angeles with a menu of delicious bites inspired by the finalists.

When fans arrive at the truck, they will place their votes for a The E! People’s Choice Awards category and then receive a free, customized, Instagrammable food item representing their choice. Fans can then post photos with the hashtag #PCAs.

To vote for The E! People’s Choice Awards, go to: pca.eonline.com. The E! People’s Choice Awards will air Sunday, November 11 at 9 p.m., only on E!

WHEN & WHERE (all times are local):       

AUSTIN

Friday, October 12 and Saturday, October 13 from 12:00pm-6:00pm 

Republic Square Park
422 Guadalupe Street, Austin, TX, 78701

 

LOS ANGELES

Thursday, October 18 and Friday, October 19Thursday from 11:00am-5:00pm and Friday in the afternoon / evening time.

Thursday, October 18 on Hollywood Blvd b/t Highland to Orange Dr
Friday, October 19 at 5 Towers on Universal CityWalk (adjacent to Universal Studios Hollywood) – 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608

Leisure Suit Larry – Wet Dreams Don’t Dry: Making Of Video Part 2

Wiesbaden, 6. October 2018 – Round No. 2 of the three-part Making Of series begins now. Larry Laffer in the present – curse or blessing? How did the character design around Larry come about? Have an inside look of the development of the new point & click adventure Leisure Suit Larry – Wet Dreams Don’t Dry which will be released for PC and Mac on November 7!

 

Knott’s Scary Farm 2018 Review

The granddaddy of Halloween haunted events, Knott’s Scary Farm, is back again for its 46th season. This year, the park has added a couple new mazes as well as revamped some older ones, but it has also lost its star in the retirement of Elvira. Can Knott’s Scary Farm recover from the loss and bring the scares to Southern California? Read on to find out more!

We were invited to attend their opening night and arrived at the park early. After some logistical wrangling, we were allowed into the park to a staging area just outside of Ghost Town. There, ropes had been setup around the intersection and crowds were already gathered, waiting for something to happen. At 7:00 PM, there was a crack of thunder and a song started playing on the PA system – a revamped version of Harley Poe’s The Hearse Song. Then we saw them: A line of monsters and ghouls walking through the Ghost Town fog towards the anxiously-waiting guests. At the end of the song, they ran forward, causing panic and terror as the guests shuffled into the park. The opening rope drop ceremony is a fun thing to see and I highly suggest you get to the park early to do so.

Once into the park, we started working our way through its various haunted houses or “mazes” as they call them. New for 2018 are The Depths and Dark Entities – both of which turned out to be my favorites of the night. The Depths sends guests into a mine shaft that ends up leading to all manner of underground areas. Shipwrecked pirates, monsters, submarines, and a lot more will be waiting for you to explore. The Depths is one of the most jaw-dropping mazes I have seen in a haunted attraction – ever. Dark Entities is a sci-fi based maze taking place on a space station taken over by a mutating alien infection. The maze is wonderful, with cool tech elements throughout, the story of this space station’s fall is told well and I always enjoy a haunted house with a decent narrative element. If you do not have a “fright lane”, front of the line pass, I suggest you go to these two mazes first – you won’t regret it.

There are plenty of returning mazes at Knott’s Scary Farm this year – but park designers have, for the most part, tried to do a little something new with each. Trick or Treat: Light’s Out is back, and this time the interactive flashlight tech shown last year has been taken to the next level. They work very well this time and I love how they would change function throughout. I am very interested to see how else Knott’s can leverage this technology in future haunt mazes.

Knott’s Scary Farm has long been known for its various “scare zones” throughout the park, and this year sees an entirely new one added to the mix. The Forsaken Lake is located from the North side of Ghost Town and runs across Reflection Lake. Unfortunately, on the night we attended, there were no sets or scenery setup and no lighting for the monsters to work in. It was empty and dark. Now, I have heard from people who attended the haunt since that they have added props and lighting to the area – so if I can go again I’ll be sure to update this review. Ghost Town and The Hollow are both still killing it with high-energy characters and plenty of great set design and props.The park’s Boardwalk is still full of maniac clowns and they usually have their tongues planted firmly in-cheek. Despite the Forsaken Lake, the park’s scare zones were all doing very well and bringing great scares to guests.

Without Elvira, Knott’s Scary Farm had a void to fill for 2018 in the Charles M. Schulz Theatre. They decided to bring the improv based Hacks! show in, and they do a very entertaining experience for guests. It’s not as much of a spectacle as Elvira’s show was, but it’s a lot of fun and worth watching. New for 2018 is the Conjurers – Magic and Mirth show in the Birdcage Theatre. It’s a magic show – but an entertaining magic show and a fun one to watch.  Rounding out the event’s shows is The Hanging, which lampoons popular culture from the past year. This year is no different and the entertaining show is its usual mixed bag of hit or miss jokes.

Overall, Knott’s Scary Farm has entered the 2018 haunt season in very strong shape. Its two new mazes are each incredible in their own way and there is so much to see over the course of the evening, especially when ticket prices start around $42 dollars! Less, if you pick up the discount coupons floating around fast food restaurants.

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Superman Celebrates 40th Anniversary with 4K Release

BURBANK, CA, September 25, 2018 – Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and DC Entertainment announced today that 1978’s Superman, featuring the beloved DC Super Hero, will be released on Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack and Digital on November 6th. An Alexander Salkind presentation and directed by Richard Donner (The Goonies, Lethal Weapon, The Lost Boys), the film stars Academy Award® winner Marlon Brando (On the WaterfrontThe Godfather) as Jor-El, Academy Award winner Gene Hackman (The French ConnectionUnforgiven) as Lex Luthor, Margot Kidder as Lois Lane, and Christopher Reeve as Clark Kent/Superman.

Based on the DC character created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, Superman was produced by Pierre Spengler from a story by Mario Puzo and a screenplay by Puzo, David Newman, Leslie Newman, and Robert Benton.  Ilya Salkind served as executive producer.  The film also features Ned Beatty as Otis, Jackie Cooper as Perry White, Glen Ford as Jonathan Kent, Valerie Perrine as Eva Teschmacher, and Terrance Stamp as General Zod.

Superman was nominated for three Academy Awards, including Best Film Editing, Best Music (Original Score) and Best Sound.  The film also received a Special Achievement Academy Award for Visual Effects.  In 2017, Superman was inducted in to the Library of Congress National Film Registry.

Ultra HD* showcases 4K resolution with High Dynamic Range (HDR) and a wider color spectrum, offering consumers brighter, deeper, more lifelike colors for a home entertainment viewing experience like never before.

The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray disc of Superman will feature Dolby VisionTM HDR that dramatically expands the color palette and contrast range and uses dynamic metadata to automatically optimize the picture for every screen, frame by frame. The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray disc of Superman will also feature a Dolby Atmos® soundtrack remixed specifically for the home theater environment to place and move audio anywhere in the room, including overhead. To experience Dolby Atmos at home, a Dolby Atmos enabled AV receiver and additional speakers are required, or a Dolby Atmos enabled sound bar. Dolby Atmos soundtracks are also fully backward compatible with traditional audio configurations and legacy home entertainment equipment.

Superman will be available on Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack for $41.99 SRP and includes an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc with the feature film in 4K with HDR and a Blu-ray disc with the feature film and special features. Fans can also own Superman in 4K Ultra HD via purchase from select digital retailers beginning on November 6th.

Screamfest 2018 Announces First Wave of Films

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. – September 25, 2018 – America’s largest and longest running horror film festival, Screamfest Horror Film Festival, is proud to announce the first wave of its official 2018 film line up.  In its 18th year, the festival, which will run from Oct. 9-18, 2018 at the TCL Chinese 6 Theaters in Hollywood, has launched careers – providing a platform for filmmakers and actors to showcase their latest work to enthusiasts and general audiences. Actress Lin Shaye, the star of the successful horror franchise Insidious and other popular horror films including A Nightmare on Elm StreetDead End2001 Maniacs, and the soon-to-be-released reboot, Grudge, will serve as this year’s festival ambassador.

“Screaming is good for the soul,” said Shaye.  “I am extremely excited and honored to serve as this year’s Screamfest ambassador and scream with all of you! I’m thrilled to support and celebrate a space where filmmakers, actors and fans can unveil their hard work, and celebrate the horror genre.”

 Screamfest Horror Film Festival will offer unique access to some of the most creative forces in the horror genre through film screenings, Q&As and conversations with some of the most captivating artists working in the industry today.

“We could not be more excited to partner with Shaye,” said Belofsky.  “Her work has inspired many and she has become a force in the horror and genre community.”

The festival is best known for discovering Paranormal Activity in 2007. Other past premieres include Tragedy Girls, Tigers Are Not Afraid, Trick ‘r Treat, 30 Days of NightLet the Right One InThe GrudgeThe CollectionThe Human Centipede and Diary of the Dead. Wes Craven, John Carpenter, Sam Raimi, Clive Barker, Eli Roth, James Wan, Zack Snyder, William Friedkin and John Landis are just some of the filmmakers who have supported the festival year after year.

Film festival badges are currently on sale at www.ScreamfestLA.com and individual film tickets will be available end of September 2018. All screenings are open to the general public. Winners will receive a 24 karat gold dipped skull trophy designed by the legendary, Academy award-winning special make-up effects creator, Stan Winston, who partnered with the festival until his passing.

Screamfest Horror Film Festival is proud to announce that the following films have been admitted to the festival – the first wave of the 2018 line up.

SPLINTER-VERSARY– 10 year anniversary screening of SPLIINTER 

***Splinter premiered at Screamfest 2008 and took home six awards that year. ***

A couple retreats to the wilderness for the weekend but are car-jacked by an escaped convict and his girlfriend on the run from the police. As they travel the backroads, they find themselves in deeper trouble. A parasitic creature has taken over the woods, and the two couples are now in its sights. Finding shelter at a gas station, they must use their wits and every weapon at their disposal to stave off the onslaught, not only from the insatiable creature, but also each other.

Directed by:

Toby Wilkins

Produced by:

Kai Barry & Ted Kroeber

Executive Producer(s):

Graham Begg, Chad Burris, Jamie Carmichael, Mark Cuban

Written by:

Ian Shorr, Kai Barry

Main Cast:

Shea Whigham, Paulo Costanzo & Jill Wagner

AMITYVILLE MURDERS: (US) – 2018

Directed by Daniel Farrands

Written by   Daniel Farrands

Cast: John Robinson, Chelsea Ricketts, Paul Ben-Victor, Diane Franklin, Burt Young, Lainie Kazan

Produced by Eric Brenner and Lucas Jarach

On the night of November 13, 1974, Ronald DeFeo, Jr. took a high-powered rifle and murdered his entire family as they slept. At his trial, DeFeo claimed that “voices” in the house commanded him to kill. This is their story.

World Premiere

DEMENTIA II (US) – 2018

Directed by Matt Mercer and Mike Testin

Written by   Matt Mercer and Mike Testin

Cast: Suzanne Voss, Matt Mercer, Najarra Townsend, Graham Skipper

Produced by Matt Mercer and Mike Testin

Suzanne wasn’t always this confused. She wasn’t always DEAD either… When an ex-con takes a job as a handyman for an unstable elderly woman to avoid a parole violation, it becomes a choice he may regret.

West Coast Premiere

DISCARNATE (US) – 2018

Directed by Mario Sorrenti

Written by   Mario Miscione, Marcella Ochoa

Cast: Thomas Kretschmann, Nadine Velazquez, Josh Stewart, Chris Coy, Bex Taylor-Klaus

Produced by Harald Kloser (Independence Day: Resurgence.White House Down, 2012), Marcella Ochoa, Co-produced by John Michael Elfers

A neuroscientist’s obsession with a drug that expands the human mind inadvertently unleashes a deadly supernatural force on his team.

World Premiere

DRAUG (Sweden) 2018

Directed by Klas Persson and Karin Engman

Written by   Klas Persson and Karin Engman

Cast: Elna Karlsson Thomas Hedengran Nina Filimoshkina Ralf Beck Urban Bergsten Matti Boustedt

Produced by Klas Persson and Karin Engman

In the 11th century a missionary goes missing somewhere in the huge forests bordering the northern parts of Sweden. Among the rescue party chosen to find him is Nanna, a young woman on her first real mission and her first return to the part of the country where she was born. But what they will find deep inside those woods is something else entirely. Something dark. Something ancient. Something evil.

World Premiere

THE FINAL WISH (US) 2018

Directed by Timothy Woodward Jr.

Written by  Jeffrey Reddick, Jonathan Doyle, William Halfon

Cast: Lin Shaye ( Insidious franchise, Ouija franchise) Michael Welch (Twilight franchise, All The Boys Love Mandy Lane) Tony Todd (Final Destination, Hell Fest, Candyman) Spencer Locke (Insidious: The Last Key, Resident Evil: Afterlife, Resident Evil: Extinction)

Produced by Jeffrey Reddick, Lauren De Normandie, Timothy Woodward Jr, Johnny Cleveland, Thommy Hutson

From the creator of the Final Destination franchise comes a new tale of death. Following the passing of his father, Aaron Hammond (MICHAEL WELCH) returns to his hometown to help his devastated mother (LIN SHAYE) and to confront his past demons. Shifting through his father’s belongings, Aaron comes upon a mysterious item that is far more than it seems.

World Premiere

THE GOLEM (Israel)  2018

Directed by  Doron Paz and Yoav Paz

Written by   Ariel Cohen

Cast: Alex Tritenko, Brynie Furstenberg, Hani Furstenberg, Ishai Golan, Lenny Ravich

Produced by Ariel Cohen, Doron Pazm Shalom Eisenbach, Yoav Paz

In this re-imagining of the old mystical folklore, when a woman’s tight-knit Jewish community is besieged by foreign invaders, she conjures a dangerous creature to protect them but it may be more evil than she ever imagined. THE GOLEM is the third feature for co-directed by Doron and Yoav Paz.

North America Premiere

THE HAUNTED (UK )  2018

Directed by:

David Holroyd

Written by David Holroyd

Cast:

Sophie Stevens, Nick Bayly, Ray Macallan, Maggie Daniles, Kirstie Steele, Virginia Denham

Produced by:

Crispin Manson, Matthew Stradling

In a rambling, isolated house, Emily’s first night-shift as carer to an elderly dementia patient turns into a nightmare as she is tormented by a vengeful spirit and uncovers the house’s dark secrets.

World Premiere

LOST IN APOCALYPSE (China) 2018

Directed by Sky Wang

Written by   Sky Wang, Baiying Wu

Cast: Martin Yang, Mingyi Yang, E’Naan Zhang, Ray Wang, Fengzhu Jia, Qianhua Chen, Simpson Tang, Man Yang

Produced by Iris Liu

A group of seemingly unrelated individuals fight their way out of a virus-infested hotel, only to find themselves at a worse place than before.

West Coast Premiere

OPEN 24 HOURS (US) 2018

Directed by  Padraig Reynolds

Written by   Padraig Reynolds

Cast: Emily Tennant, Brendan Fletcher, Vanessa Grasse

Produced by

A paranoid delusional woman, Mary White (Vanessa Grasse), has just been released from a mental hospital for setting her serial killer boyfriend on fire. Her boyfriend, James Lincoln Fields is brutal serial killer known as The Rain Ripper. After being released from the Hospital, Mary’s vulnerable demeanor aids her in obtaining employment at an all night petrol station. However, left alone to her own devices, her paranoia and hallucinations return with furious consequences. Customers and friends suddenly start turning up dead, mutilated, all around her. Is The Rain Ripper back to finish her off?

West Coast Premiere

PLEDGE (US) 2018

Directed by Daniel Robbins

Written by   Zack Weiner

Cast: Zachery Byrd, Aaron Dalla Villa, Cameron Cowperthwaite, Phillip Andre Botello, Jesse Pimentel, Erica Boozer, Joe Gallagher, Zack Weiner, Jean-Louis Droulers

Produced by Mark Rapaport, Keaton Heinrichs, Akiva Nemetsky

A group of college freshmen pledge an exclusive fraternity but soon realize there’s more at stake than they could have ever imagined.

US Premiere

TUMBBAD (India) 2018

Directed by Rahi Anil Barve, Anand Gandhi

Written by  Mitesh Shah, Adesh Prasad, Rahi Anil Barve, Anand Gandhi

Cast:  Sohum Shah, Harish Khannaa, Anita Date, Mohd Samad, Jyoti Malshe, Deepak Damle, Dhundiraj Prabhakar Jogalekar

Produced by Amita Shah, Mukesh Shah, Sohum Shah

A greedy village boy, in 19th century India, pursues a cursed Ancestral treasure, guarded by the devil himself. TUMBBAD opened the Venice’ Film Festival’s Critic’s Week 2018.

West Coast Premiere

YOU DIE (Italy) 2018

Directed by Alessandro Antonaci, Stefano Mandalà, Daniel Lascar

Written by   Alessandro Antonaci, Stefano Mandalà, Daniel Lascar

Cast:  Erica Landolfi, Simone Moretto, Micol Damilano, Rocco Marazzita, Alice Piano, Simone Valentino, Carola Cudemo, Ja’Michael Darnell, Daniele Marmi

Produced by Daniel Lascar, Simone Offredo, Francesco Scrufari

US Premiere