Author - Jerry Paxton

Just Cause 4: Eye of The Storm Cinematic Trailer

November 12, 2018 – JUST CAUSE 4 gears up for launch next month with the release of a brand new, Eye of The Storm Cinematic Trailer, which first aired as part of the special X018 episode of Inside Xbox live from Mexico City.

JUST CAUSE 4 introduces a new adrenaline-fuelled chapter for rogue agent Rico Rodriguez. After Rico lands in Solís to uncover the truth behind his father’s death, he comes face-to-face with the expert Black Hand militia, led by the ruthless Gabriela.

This high-octane CGI trailer is produced and directed by Visual Works in collaboration with Director’s Duo. The title track, ‘I’m Just (Remix)’ by Artizan, is one of four tracks created for JUST CAUSE 4 which are out now for digital download. The full Just Cause album releases on December 4 to tie in with release of the game. Watch out for the extremely limited edition coloured vinyl too!
Download ‘I’m Just (Remix)’ and the other Just Cause 4 Artizan tracks now: https://listnin.co/JustCauseSoundtrack

Set in the fictional South American world of Solis, JUST CAUSE 4 takes the series’ incredible destruction and unique physics to a whole new level with the introduction of fully simulated tornadoes and other extreme weather events. Rico Rodriguez returns in JUST CAUSE 4 with his trademark parachute, wingsuit and, of course his grapple hook, now enhanced with new functionality and fully customizable making it the most powerful and creative tool the player has ever had.

JUST CAUSE 4 is a landmark entry in the series, and will release on December 4, 2018 on Xbox One, PC and the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system.

Toy Story 4 Teaser Trailer Released

November 12, 2018 – Woody and the rest of the toys are back for an all-new adventure in “Toy Story 4,” welcoming new friends to Bonnie’s room, including a reluctant new toy called Forky. “Like most people, I assumed that ‘Toy Story 3’ was the end of the story,” said director Josh Cooley. “And it was the end of Woody’s story with Andy. But just like in life, every ending is a new beginning. Woody now being in a new room, with new toys, and a new kid, was something we have never seen before. The questions of what that would be like became the beginning of an entertaining story worth exploring.”

A teaser trailer slated to debut with “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” in theaters Nov. 21, is available today. Check out the new teaser trailer here:

But Forky insists that he is NOT a toy! An actual spork-turned-craft-project, Forky is pretty sure that he doesn’t belong in Bonnie’s room. Unfortunately, every time he tries to get away, someone yanks him back into an adventure he’d rather skip. “The world of Toy Story is built upon the idea that everything in the world has a purpose,” said Cooley. “A toy’s purpose is to be there for its child. But what about toys that are made out of other objects? Forky is a toy that Bonnie made out of a disposable spork, so he’s facing a crisis. He wants to fulfill his purpose as a spork, but now has a new toy purpose thrust upon him.”

Filmmakers called on comedian Tony Hale to provide the voice of Forky. “It’s a huge thrill to be part of the Toy Story family,” he said. “But it’s going to take a while for it to really sink in.”

Said Cooley, “When we thought up this character, Tony was the first actor that came to mind and I’m thrilled he accepted. Tony’s performance as Forky is a comedy salad of confidence, confusion, and empathy… served by hilarious spork.”

How were filmmakers able to convince Hale to give voice to Forky? “A utensil’s existential crisis?” he asked. “I’m in!”

Giuliana Rancic and Jason Kennedy to Co-host E! People’s Choice Awards

Los Angeles, CA, November 7, 2018 – The people have spoken, and before the new trophies are handed out, “The E! People’s Choice Awards” is reporting “Live From the Red Carpet” with an E! pre-party to help celebrate the best in pop culture chosen solely by the fans. “E! News’” Giuliana Rancic and Jason Kennedy will co-host the network’s signature live coverage bringing fans the most spontaneous and genuine interviews with “The E! People’s Choice Award’s” biggest stars and nominees, pre-show surprises and even handing out a few awards before the big show, alongside “Nightly Pop” co-host Nina Parker, “The Real” co-host Jeannie Mai and E! Style correspondentZanna Roberts Rassi. E! will provide viewers with unparalleled multi-platform coverage on-air, on digital and across mobile and social live from the Barker Hanger in Santa Monica, California on Sunday, November 11th as coverage begins at 7-9pm ET/PT. As a new addition, E!’s signature coverage and red carpet will flow directly into “The E! People’s Choice Awards” immediately following “Live From the Red Carpet” at 9pm ET/PT.

“With the acquisition of ‘The E! People’s Choice Awards,’ combined with our signature  ‘Live From the Red Carpet’ coverage, we have an exciting opportunity to create a seamless and celebratory show that is truly for the people,” said Jennifer Neal, Executive Vice President, Marketing & Executive Producer, Live Events, E!.  “For the first time, we’ll be incorporating fans on the red carpet for a more immersive experience. Plus, viewers can expect plenty of fun celebrity interviews, innovative multi-platform entertainment and fashion coverage, and lots of surprises for the fans, bringing them even closer to their favorite stars than ever before.”

As part of E!’s second screen live coverage, the network is partnering with Snapchat to live stream two moments, beginning with the handout of the first award of the night during “Live from the Red Carpet” followed by a surprise in-show moment.

“E! News’ The Rundown” host Erin Lim will be reporting from the “Fans’ Walk” where she will be interacting with fans who will have the opportunity to greet their favorite stars upon arrival. Additionally, E! will also capture exclusive content on the red carpet for “The Rundown” episode airing on Monday, November 12th.

On Twitter and on the “E! News” app, “Daily Pop” co-host Carissa Culiner and “E! News” correspondent Will Marfuggi will offer quick-witted pop culture live stream commentary as they take viewers behind-the-scenes from the red carpet to the final award.

Plus, “The E! People’s Choice Award” nominee for “Beauty Influencer of 2018” makeup artist James Charles will be giving two fans a surprise makeover.

The fan-favorite “E! Glambot” will make its “The E! People’s Choice Awards” debut with creative director Cole Walliser – music video director for pop powerhouses P!nk, Katy Perry and Miley Cyrus – at the helm to capture one-of-a-kind red carpet moments in a breathtaking and innovative way, and immersing fans even deeper into all of the action, as it happens.

Before Sunday’s festivities begin, “E! News” will feature special PCAs coverage on Friday, November 9that 7pm ET/PT as co-hosts Giuliana Rancic and Jason Kennedy will give viewers a first-look at the red carpet, as well as inside Barker Hangar where all the A-listers will enjoy the night. Plus “E! News” will go behind-the-scenes with a look at all the excitement leading up to the big night including: PCAs finalists including Selena Gomez, Nicole Kidman, Tiffany Haddish and Mariska Hargitay who all celebrated their nominations with E!; highlights of categories including Bad Ass Lady Nominees and all the super-star couples; and exclusive access to the some of the fan-favorite nominees as they get ready for the red carpet.

“The E! People’s Choice Awards” will immediately follow and be broadcast live from the Barker Hanger in Santa Monica on Sunday, November 11th starting at 9pm ET/PT and is produced by Wilshire Studios and Den of Thieves with Executive Producers Jesse Ignjatovic and Evan Prager.

Digital & Social

“E! News’” popular fan-favorite Instagram Stories will feature exclusive, behind-the-scenes PCAs coverage on Sunday, November 11th and on Monday, November 12th, and “Top Stories” will deliver E!’s fresh, comedic and quick-pace take on the biggest moments of the night.

Fans can follow every moment as the event unfolds and get exclusive behind-the-scenes content on “E! News” digital at eonline.com, @enews across social platforms (Instagram, Twitter and Facebook) and @e_news on Snapchat; @e_entertainment on Twitter and @eentertainment (Instagram, Facebook, and Snapchat); and @peopleschoice (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Snapchat). Style fans can also follow along @stylecollective on Instagram for a fashion-first approach to the night.

Complete Schedule:

Friday, November 9th

12pm ET/PT

“Daily Pop” featuring co-hosts Carissa Culiner, Morgan Stewart and Justin Sylvester.

2pm ET/11am PT

“Live From E!” on the “E! News” page on Facebook Live and at www.eonline.com featuring “E! News” Chief Correspondent Melanie Bromley alongside the E! team.

7pm ET/ PT

“E! News” features co-hosts Giuliana Rancic and Jason Kennedy and E!’s team of correspondents with a special “People’s Choice Awards” edition.

Sunday, November 11th

7pm ET/PT

“Live From The Red Carpet: The 2018 People’s Choice Awards” hosted by “E! News” co-hosts Giuliana Rancic and Jason Kennedy, along with Erin Lim, Nina Parker, Jeannie Mai and Zanna Roberts Rassi.

9pm ET/PT

“The E! People’s Choice Awards” will broadcast live from the Barker Hanger in Santa Monica, Calif.

Monday, November 12th

7pm ET/ PT

“E! News” features co-hosts Giuliana Rancic and Jason Kennedy and E!’s team of correspondents for a special “The E! People’s Choice Awards” edition featuring PCAs highlights and interviews with the biggest winners.

E!’s “Live From The Red Carpet” is produced by Wilshire Studios.  Gary Snegaroff, Shaun Smith and Gerry Johnston are executive producers.

Boney Island 2018 Review

Boney Island was a long-running home haunt in the North Hollywood area for many years. Unfortunately, it became a victim of its own success and ended up having to close up shop due to the burden on its local city infrastructure due to the amount of traffic it received every year. Thankfully, it’s back! And, it’s back as its own haunted attraction right next door to the LA Ghost Train. Boney Island features a number of family-friendly activities, such as a variety of photo opportunities featuring animated skeletons, a small haunted forest maze, and a large musical stage show.

For a scant ticket price of $15 dollars a person (Children 2 and under are free), we entered the event when it opened up at 6PM and picked up a container of kettle corn and some sodas. Then we began looking at the various photo opportunities. Each photo opp has some sort of animated or interactive element and you can spend a lot of time just enjoying them. From there, we walked through the small “Deadwood Forest” maze which, while not scary, does feature a lot of cool blacklight-lit props and animated items. Finally, we watched the huge stage show at 6:45PM that featured singing pumpkins, a conjuring skeleton, and powerful glowing fountains – all moving in concert to various spooky tunes. The show is extremely impressive and, even while I was recording it through my smartphone, I could not help but smile in amazement.

One of the nice things about Boney Island is that it is extremely family-friendly and nothing will scare your children to the point of psychosis or anywhere near it, actually. In many ways, Boney Island is a perfect pairing to a night at the LA Ghost Train as both make for a terrific family Halloween event to bring your whole clan out to. Be forewarned, that parking for Boney Island is a bit tricky as you need to use the small park parking lot near the entrance or along Zoo Dr. So, you might want to get there early to grab a good spot. The entrance is across a public park with some uneven ground, so you also might want to pack a flashlight for once it gets dark.

Overall, Boney Island is an amazing family-friendly Halloween event that you should absolutely come out and see. Check out the official website for more information.

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Ghost Train 2018 Review

The Los Angeles Live Steamers Railroad Museum has once again brought back their Ghost Train for the 2018 spooky season. Based near the Los Angeles Zoo, the Ghost Train sees guests climb aboard and ride miniature trains of all kinds – from steam to diesel. This family-friendly haunted attraction is fun for children and adults alike and guests are transported through various spooky dioramas along the roughly twenty minute journey.

This year, the Ghost Train has added some new scenes and surprises which are all well designed and bring some fresh, spooky fun for those riders who have experienced it before. The best part about the LA Ghost Train is that it is unique – I can’t think of another haunted train experience in SoCal. The sets are spooky and have some startling elements, but it is all very tame in comparison to most haunted houses, which usually try to outdo each other in the gore factor. Most of the sets at the LA Ghost Train are activated by the train passing by sensors and are of the animatronic or static prop variety, but the event does have some impressive pyrotechnic effects – there are no scare actors at the LA Ghost Train.

A bit of interesting trivia: Along the spooky tracks, you will run into some Disney-inspired scenes. Walt Disney was actually a part of the LALSRM and the barn that used to sit on his property in LA is now on-site at the museum as well. Also, the museum runs non-spooky tours every Sunday during the rest of the year so you can always bring your kids back for more fun and learning about the railroads. An additional note of interest: These miniature trains are not toys – they are actual working trains, just smaller! The level of technical skill needed to keep them in working order is highly commendable.

Tickets run anywhere from $20 at the door to $25 and $30 with online advanced purchase (which gets you faster line access) and are all well worth the price of admission. Be warned, the Ghost Train is a Halloween time tradition for a multitude of families in Southern California, so the lines can get long. If you want to ensure a good parking spot and place in line, get there early! Parking is available in a small public lot as well as along Zoo Dr. The Ghost Train runs on various days throughout October. Please check their official website for more information.

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Mountain High Prepares for 2018-19 Snow Season

WRIGHTWOOD, Calif. – Oct. 22, 2018 –  Mountain High is eagerly preparing for the 2018-19 season, one that will bring new snow play areas and increased snowmaking capabilities, plus, there are ways to involve the entire family without breaking the “snow” bank. Opening Day, weather-permitting, is scheduled for November 17 and resort managers couldn’t be more excited.

“Opening day is right around the corner, so get your gear out of the closet, because we’ll be riding again before you know it,” said John McColly, Mountain High vice president of sales and marketing.

New this season, Mountain High is unveiling two snow play areas called Yeti’s Snow Parks. Located at both the East and North Resorts, these new snow parks (named in honor of Mountain High’s loveable mascot) provide a fun setting for first-time guests with tubing, snow play and introductory lessons for skiing and snowboarding.

In the tubing areas, more than 15 lanes are available offering a fun experience for first-time sliders and snow enthusiasts. Guests must be 36 inches or taller to enter the tubing parks. Custom tubes are included in the ticket price.

Mountain High’s new snow play areas are the perfect place for kids of all ages to become acquainted with the snow. While there, guests should keep their eyes peeled for the Yeti and his friends as they make their way from zone to zone, singing songs and interacting with the public.

Visitors can also enjoy a sampling of true skiing and snowboarding in the introductory area where roving instructors are waiting to help. This new jump-in, jump-out lesson area lets participants switch back and forth between skiing and snowboarding, teaching them helpful basics such as how to sidestep, traverse, fall and pick yourself up. Each participant receives a “Bounce Back” coupon for a discount off their next lesson package at the resort.

The Yeti’s Snow Parks are open weekends and holidays beginning at 8:30 a.m. Tickets are sold in two-hour blocks at just $30 for tubing, $20 for snow play and $25 for skiing/snowboarding introductions. Guests can purchase all three activities for just $59 and spend two hours in each.

Future activities in the Yeti’s Snow Park include scenic sky chair rides, ice skating, a snow climbing wall, snow forts, ice tunnels and a hidden cave that doubles as the Yeti’s hideout.

Whether you are in the snow park or on the trails, snow is the key ingredient. This season Mountain High spent a quarter-million dollars adding 35 new low-energy guns to its snowmaking arsenal. These new low-energy snow guns from brands like TechnoAlpin and HKD Snowmakers require a fraction of the fuel needed by their predecessors. It means that Mountain High can now make the same amount of necessary snow at considerably lower costs and with lower emissions.

“Believe it or not, we can run all 35 of these new stick guns on the air needed to run just two of the old ones,” said Mike Childress, Mountain High snowmaking manager. “This is the best snowmaking investment we’ve made in the past 10 years.”

The difference is in the design. Traditional snow guns use electric fans or high-pressure nozzles to project the snow horizontally across the slopes. Mountain High’s new stick guns tower 35-feet above the ground, allow fresh snow to fall naturally and, ultimately, require less energy. Thanks to this new design, they are dramatically quieter, creating a much better experience for guests on the mountain while snowmaking is underway.

Resort operators expect to use 100 fewer gallons of diesel fuel per hour, appreciably cutting its carbon footprint in half.

“This snowmaking investment will significantly reduce our fuel consumption while increasing our environmental sustainability,” said McColly. “Lower energy costs, lower emissions, less noise and a better guest experience are what you can expect from Mountain High this year.”

These new low-energy snow guns can be found near the base of Mountain High’s West Resort on trails like Cruiser, Sunnyside, Easy Street and Lower Chisolm. These additions will help the resort open trails earlier and cater to its introductory clientele.

A portion of these guns were awarded to Mountain High in the form of a high-efficiency snowmaking grant from HKD Snowmakers. Mountain High will use this grant to continue its efforts to reduce diesel fuel and electricity consumption associated with snowmaking.

If you are excited about the return of ski season but worried about the cost, Mountain High has several ways to help keep your wallet cool.

  1. $299 Season Pass Sale

2018-19 season passes are on sale for just $299 (regularly $699) through October 31. With a season pass, guests get unlimited access to any one of Mountain High’s three resorts, day and night, with no restrictions. It is the best season pass deal in Southern California and pays for itself in less than four visits. Prices go up $100 to $399 on November 1.

  1. Kids Ski Free Through December 21, 2018

Kids age 12-and-under ski free with a paying adult (one free ticket per adult, children need to be present at time of pick up) through December 21, 2018. This is a $49 savings.

  1. Fifth Graders Ski Free

New this season, fifth graders receive a complimentary lift ticket to Mountain High with the purchase of a non-holiday adult ticket. Students are required to present a report card, school ID or birth certificate. Fifth graders who have never skied or snowboarded before can upgrade to a discounted lesson for only $89 ($25 off the regular rate). Offer not valid: December 22-31, 2018January 1-6 and 19-21, 2019; February 16-18, 2019.

  1. Bring A Friend For Fun

If you love to ski or snowboard but your friend isn’t sure, go ahead and bring them as Mountain High’s bring a friend for fun offer includes one adult lift ticket for you and a half-day beginner package for the friend. It is the perfect way to introduce your best friend to skiing or snowboarding and is even endorsed by the National Ski Areas Association.

  1. Police/Fire/Military Thursdays

Every Thursday night from 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m., active duty military, police and fire safety personnel receive a 50 percent discount on night tickets and rentals (present valid ID).

Additional highlights for the upcoming 2018-19 season include monthly flash sales, the Learn to Turn Tuesdays first-time visitor program and the new Children’s 123 FREE lesson package. Guests who complete all three lessons receive a free season pass.

Mountain High is Southern California’s closest winter resort with three separate mountains, 16 lifts, 59 trails and more than 290 acres of terrific skiing, snowboarding and tubing.

For more information on tickets or to purchase Mountain High season passes, click here. Follow Mountain High on InstagramTwitter and Facebook.

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).