YouTube Admits It Can’t Compete with Netflix

The global head of original content for YouTube has said the company can’t compete with Netflix in terms of original programming.

“I don’t think you can compete with Netflix at this point; they’re too far ahead,” Susanne Daniels, head of YouTube Originals, told IndieWire. ” But I do think, in time, we can compete with Hulu and Amazon and certainly Apple, and hopefully, you’ll see us do that.”

YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki has made it clear the company doesn’t intend to match Netflix’s annual $8 billion investment in programming, IndieWire reports. YouTube Red is currently drumming up interest in Cobra Kai, YouTube’s Karate Kid sequel series starring Ralph Macchio and William Zabka, who will reprise their roles as Daniel LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence.

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Harry Potter Hogwarts Mystery Players Upset With Use of Microtransactions

The Harry Potter mobile RPG launched last week, but its gameplay mechanics and microtransactions have prompted a backlash.  Some players are criticizing the developers for microtransaction tactics that younger players might be particularly susceptible to.

Central to Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery is the energy system, which is built up through performing tasks, and is used up in challenges. Energy can recharge if players wait, and waiting will also move the story along if they don’t want to spend money on microtransactions to expedite the process. The problem is that waiting times are perceived to be too long, and events are seemingly rigged by design to have players spend money in-game.

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Ridley Scott to Direct Comic Book Movie Queen and Country

Ridley Scott is set to direct the comic book film adaptation of Queen & Country.

Following reports earlier this year indicating Scott was in talks to helm the project, the filmmaker has confirmed to Yahoo Movies he’s already working on the movie. “Oh yeah, I’m kind of already knee-deep,” Scott said. “It’s a very good piece of writing, to begin with.”

Queen and Country, based on the Oni Press comic book from writer Greg Rucka, follows a British spy named Tara Chace who’s an operative of “the Minders,” a Special Operations Section of SIS (Mi6). She takes on dangerous missions while also dealing with bureaucracy and politics.

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Avengers: Infinity War Destroys Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Box Office Record For Biggest Opening Ever

Update: Somehow, Avengers: Infinity War smashed its own record. Though it was previously believed to have the biggest opening weekend of all time with an estimated $250 million dollars domestically, the latest Marvel Cinematic Universe venture actually made considerably more. According to Entertainment Weekly, Infinity War actually grossed an estimated $258.2 million over the weekend. Adding that to the $282.7 million in ticket sales internationally puts the film at $640.9 million in its first few days alone–well over halfway to a billion dollars. There’s clearly no stopping Thanos and the Avengers. Original story continues below.

Avengers: Infinity War is the new record-holder at the domestic box office. The movie is expected to make $250 million by the end of Sunday in the US and Canada, which would be a new first-weekend record, surpassing Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($248 million). It’s made $380 million from overseas markets for a total of $630 million worldwide. That’s the biggest global first-weekend in the history of film.

Previously, The Fate of the Furious held the record with $541.9 million. According to EW, Infinity War cost around $300 million to make.

Infinity War‘s box office performance stands to improve further still, as the superhero movie has not yet opened in China–the world’s second-largest area for movies.

One other staggering number made possible by Infinity War is $15.4 billion. That’s how much money the 19 Marvel Cinematic Universe movies have made since 2008’s Iron Man.

GameSpot’s Infinity War review said, “Marvel has accomplished something truly incredible here, although at this point it’s no more than the absurdly high-quality bar Marvel fans have come to expect. It’s been a long road getting here, but it was worth it.”

Rounding out the top five at the domestic box office this weekend were A Quiet Place, I Feel Pretty, Rampage, and Black Panther. You can see the full projections for the April 27-29 weekend below, as rounded up and compiled by EW.

April 27-29 US/Canada Box Office Projections:

  1. Avengers: Infinity War — $250 million
  2. A Quiet Place — $10.7 million
  3. I Feel Pretty — $8.1 million
  4. Rampage — $7.1 million
  5. Black Panther — $4.4 million
  6. Super Troopers 2 — $3.6 million
  7. Truth or Dare — $3.2 million
  8. Blockers — $2.9 million
  9. Ready Player One — $2.4 million
  10. Traffik — $1.6 million

Will Avengers: Infinity War Affect Agents of SHIELD?

This post contains spoilers for the events of Avengers: Infinity War and the April 27 episode of Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD, titled “Option Two.”

The ending of Avengers: Infinity War has massive repercussions for the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe, as multiple superheroes – and trillions of other souls across the universe – were wiped from existence by Thanos with a simple snap of the Infinity Gauntlet.

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Last Chance To Get Free PS4 PS Plus Games For April 2018

May is right around the corner, which makes today the last opportunity to grab April’s free PlayStation Plus games while they’re still available. PS Plus subscribers have a few more hours to download this month’s batch of free titles for PS4, PS3, and Vita before they return to their regular prices and are replaced by a new round of freebies.

As usual, April’s PS Plus lineup consists of six games spread across all three of Sony’s platforms. Headlining PS4’s offerings is the arcade racer TrackMania Turbo, which is also compatible with PSVR. It’s joined by Mad Max, an open-world car combat game based on the film series of the same name.

On PS3, subscribers can still download the colorful racer Toy Home and the top-down twin-stick shooter In Space We Brawl. Vita owners, meanwhile, can grab the side-scrolling brawler 99Vidas and the Q-Bert: Rebooted. The latter three titles are also available on PS4 via Cross Buy, giving PS4 owners a total of five potential freebies to claim this month. You can find the full list of April’s free PS Plus titles below.

All of the aforementioned games will only be available until May 1, when they’ll be replaced by May’s PS Plus lineup. That likewise consists of six titles spread across PS4, PS3, and Vita, including Detroit: Become Human developer Quantic Dream’s previous game, Beyond: Two Souls, as well as Rayman Legends, Eat Them, and Risen 3: Titan Lords.

Any free PS Plus titles you’ve download will remain playable as long as you have an active subscription. However, this will be the last year that Sony offers PS3 and Vita titles as part of the service. Beginning March 8, 2019, each new monthly batch of PS Plus games will only consist of two titles for PS4.

April 2018 Free PS Plus Games

PS4

  • Mad Max
  • TrackMania Turbo
  • In Space We Brawl (Cross Buy with PS3)
  • 99Vidas (Cross Buy with PS3 and PS Vita)
  • Q*Bert: Rebooted (Cross Buy with PS3 and PS Vita)

PS3

  • In Space We Brawl (Cross Buy with PS4)
  • Toy Home
  • 99Vidas (Cross Buy with PS4 and PS Vita)
  • Q-Bert: Rebooted (Cross Buy with PS4 and PS Vita)

PS Vita

  • 99Vidas (Cross Buy with PS3 and PS4)
  • Q*Bert: Rebooted (Cross Buy with PS3 and PS4)

Free FIFA 18 World Cup Update Announced, Release Date Confirmed

The men’s football World Cup starts this June, and fans of the beautiful game now have an official video game to get themselves warmed up for the biggest sporting tournament in the world. EA has revealed its World Cup expansion for FIFA 18, and it’s coming to PS4, Xbox One, PC, and Nintendo Switch on May 29.

For the first time, EA has opted to not release a standalone World Cup game and will instead release a free update for its most recent yearly soccer game, FIFA 18. The expansion includes all 32 teams competing in the tournament this summer, along with all 12 Russian host stadiums, official team kits and badges, and more.

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Online Friendlies and Tournaments will be playable within the World Cup expansion, while Custom Tournaments will allow you to create fantasy versions of the finals where other teams qualify–helpful if you want to imagine teams such as Italy, the Netherlands, and USA did manage to get to Russia after all.

Ultimate Team, meanwhile, will receive special World Cup cards–including World Cup Icons–and a revamp to Chemistry that sees players benefit from playing alongside players from the same nation or confederation. FIFA Mobile will also get a limited-time World Cup update from June 6, though EA hasn’t said much else about the smartphone version as yet.

Being an expansion, the update is built upon the core of the FIFA 18 base game. We awarded that game a 7/10 in our FIFA 18 review. “It’s off the pitch that EA excels,” we said. “From the variety of game modes on offer and how everything’s presented, to the constant updates in FUT’s Team of the Week, Daily Objectives, and discussion of real-world happenings in commentary, FIFA 18 captures the world of football and confidently translates it into a video game. On the pitch, however, EA’s soccer series is still lagging far behind PES 2018’s more fluid, satisfying football. This year’s improvements are welcome, but more needs to be done in the coming years if FIFA is to be a world-beater once again.”