Channel Zero: 8 Fan-Favorite Creepypastas The Show Should Adapt Next

In 2016, Syfy debuted a new horror anthology series called Channel Zero. What set the new series apart from others like it was that each season was based on a Creepypasta story. Season 1 adapted “Candle Cove,” a story originally about a terrifying TV show for children that never existed. Season 2 was based on of the most famous Creepypasta stories, “No End House.” The original story is about a house that subjects those who enter it to increasingly terrifying rooms based on their fears.

With Season 3, Channel Zero will be adapting “Search and Rescue Woods,” a story about a search and rescue officer who is tasked with finding missing persons in an unnamed forest. What he encounters is horrifying and surreal. The new season, which is called “Butcher’s Block,” comes to Syfy on Wednesday, February 7 at 10 PM ET.

With three seasons under its belt, what could Channel Zero adapt next? We looked through Creepypastas far and wide to find the best stories Channel Zero could adapt next.

Note: We’re skipping out on “Slender Man,” as that character has been adapted enough already.

Bandai Namco Making Nintendo Switch-Exclusive FPS And Ridge Racer 8, It Seems

Update 2: A representative for Bandai Namco told GameSpot, “Bandai Namco Entertainment America Inc. cannot confirm nor deny rumors or speculation about its products.”

Update: In the same LinkedIn bio, the developer claims it’s working on Ridge Racer 8, a game which has so far not been announced. The bio describes the title as a “drift-based high speed car racing [game] exclusive to the Nintendo Switch.” Original story follows.

It looks like Japanese publisher Bandai Namco is working on a new first-person shooter/adventure game that will be exclusive to the Nintendo Switch. A developer at Bandai Namco’s Singapore studio posted on their LinkedIn page that they are working on an “Unannounced IP (First Person Shooter/Adventure Exclusive to the Nintendo Switch).”

It’s intriguing to think about Bandai Namco, which hasn’t done all that much in the FPS space, making a game in the genre that is exclusive to Switch. The company published the shooter Get Even in 2017, though it is perhaps best known for its non-FPS franchises like Dragon Ball, Dark Souls, and Tekken.

A scene from Bandai Namco's Get EvenA scene from Bandai Namco’s Get Even

During a Bandai Namco earnings briefing in November last year, management talked about how the company is adding more resources to Switch game development. President Mitsuaki Taguchi said, according to the Wall Street Journal, “It’s a shame, but we didn’t think the Switch [would] be accepted this fast.”

Bandai Namco Singapore’s jobs page shows at least five open positions. However, none of the listings say what kind of game the candidate would be working on. The job ads call for people with experience working on AAA games. We have contacted Bandai Namco in an attempt to get more details. We’ll report back with more details as they come to light.

One high-profile upcoming Switch release from Bandai Namco is Dark Souls: Remastered, which is due out in May. It will include the Artorias of the Abyss DLC, along with a better frame rate and improved resolution.

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3 Deck Recommendations for the New Hearthstone Meta

Hearthstone’s 10.2 patch update is now live, and with it are some long-awaited balance changes. Hearthstone’s meta in the last couple of months has been defined by a number of incredibly high power level decks; tempo decks that can put a mountain of stats on the board quickly, can recover efficiently from board wipes and can create swing turns out of nowhere; and Highlander Priest, a deck that utilises Shadowreaper Anduin and Raza the Chained to turn every card into additional damage. In the right hands it’s a deck capable of bursting for 30 damage or more in a single turn. Blizzard has targeted some of the cards that make these strategies sing for its latest nerfs.

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Downward Spiral: Horus Station Announced for PS4, PSVR

A new atmospheric sci-fi thriller Downward Spiral: Horus Station developed by 3rd Eye Studios is coming to PlayStation this year.

Announced on PlayStation Blog, Downward Spiral: Horus Station is said to be focused on delivering a visual story through environmental cues, rather than traditional voice-over or cinematics.

Players will navigate and explore the Horus Station in zero gravity by using their environment to push and grapple to solve the station’s mysteries. Tools will also be available to help to complete puzzles and take on enemies.

For those looking for a less violent experience, an explorer mode is added which removes combat entirely, allowing players to focus on exploring and experiencing the environment.

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Pokemon Go Dev Apologizes for Mewtwo Raid Invite Frustration

Niantic has apologized for recent frustrations with EX Raid invitations and offered new clarification about how to get invited.

Invite-only EX Raids (currently the only way to obtain Mewtwo in the game) can only take place at certain eligible gyms, and players are invited only if they’ve recently completed a raid at that gym. However, in a post on Pokemon Go’s official site, Niantic explained that the recent wave of invitations to Mewtwo raids were impacted by a bug that caused some players to be invited to gyms where they hadn’t raided in several months.

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GTA 5 Players Are Spending Lots On Microtransactions, As Game Passes 90 Million Units Shipped

Take-Two Interactive, the parent company of Rockstar Games and 2K Games, reported earnings for its fiscal third quarter ended December 31, 2017. It’s good times for the company, as it posted gains for revenue, while GTA V‘s online mode continued to make a lot of money.

During the holiday season, GTA Online and NBA 2K18 set records for “recurrent consumer spending.” This is Take-Two’s terminology to describe revenue from microtransactions, subscriptions, DLC, and other forms of digital content.

Take-Two CFO Lainie Goldstein said during an earnings call that the company is committed to recurrent consumer spending. The goal for the company, as it has stated for years now, is to have all of its games feature microtransactions in some form. This would also include Red Dead Redemption 2, though no specific details on how microtransactions may be featured in that game have been announced.

Regarding microtransactions in general, Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick said, “We’re focused on players, not payers.” Giving people great content for free is part of what is making GTA Online so successful, he added. Zelnick went on to say that when you create compelling content, “the monetisation will take care of itself.”

Additionally, GTA V the base game continues to see “robust ongoing sales,” which is remarkable given that the title originally launched back in 2013. GTA V has shipped more than 90 million copies, Take-Two announced today, making it one of the most commercially successful games ever in the United States.

In December 2017, GTA Online set a new player record. More people played GTA Online during the month than ever before in the game’s history, Take-Two said. The game is enduringly successful, Take-Two said, due in part to Rockstar’s commitment to regularly releasing new and engaging content such as the Doomsday Heist and content themed around Halloween and Christmas.

Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick at one time referred to GTA Online as “the gift that keeps on giving” as it relates to the money it makes from the game’s microtransactions.

Given the massive success of GTA Online, it stands to reason that Rockstar’s next big game, this October’s Red Dead Redemption 2, may offer something similar. All that we know for sure, however, is that the western will have a “brand-new online multiplayer experience.”

Take-Two’s net revenue for the quarter was $480.8 million, up from $476.5 million during the same period last year. Revenue from recurrent consumer spending jumped by 64 percent year-over-year and made up 32 percent of Take-Two’s total net revenue. Unsurprisingly, GTA Online was called out as one of the main contributors.

Take-Two’s profit for the quarter was $25.1 million, which is down from $29.8 million during the same period last year. Similar to many other companies, Take-Two incurred an tax expense related to Trump’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which was enacted on December 22. Take-Two’s expense for this was $11.9 million, so the company would have made a profit instead of a loss under normal circumstances.

During an earnings call, Take-Two shared some further details on the company’s performance during the quarter. Here are some takeaways:

  • NBA 2K18 has sold 8 million copies and is expected to become 2K’s best-selling sports game ever.
  • Management said the WWE brand remains popular so there is an opportunity in the future to release more games. However, Take-Two did not share a sales number for WWE 2K8.
  • Take-Two reaffirmed that a “highly anticipated new title from one of 2K’s biggest franchises” is still on the way. This is likely a reference to Borderlands 3.
  • Take-Two has been impressed with the success of the Switch so far. The company will consider bringing more titles to it where it makes sense.

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Overwatch Update Will Let You Change Skins Before Match Starts

It looks like tomorrow’s big Overwatch Year of the Dog update will also include a welcome new feature. Starting tomorrow, February 8, you will have the option to change your character’s skin at the start of a match. This is a feature that fans have been asking for, so it’s nice to see it finally come to the game.

You can see an animated GIF of this below, which Blizzard shared on Twitter today when it announced the new feature. The footage below is from the PC edition, but Blizzard confirmed on Twitter that the feature will also be available on PS4 and Xbox One.

The developer also clarified that you can only change at the start of a match, not when it’s already in progress. Some worried that changing mid-match could interrupt the flow of play if people hung around too long deciding on a skin before jumping back in to play.

This new skin-changing feature is coming to Overwatch tomorrow, February 8, which is also when the Year of the Dog event kicks off. As announced previously, this event adds a new map set in Thailand and made specifically for Capture the Flag. It is the first Overwatch map made specifically for Capture the Flag.

As you’d expect, Year of the Dog skins are coming to Overwatch as well in the update. Check back with GameSpot soon to see a breakdown of the new skins.

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Deadpool 2 Director in Talks to Helm Fast and Furious Spinoff

Deadpool 2 director David Leitch might helm Dwayne Johnson’s Fast and Furious spinoff.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Leitch is in early talks with Universal to direct the film, which will focus on Security Service agent Luke Hobbs (Johnson) and reformed villain Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham).

If Leitch signs on, he would direct from a script by series veteran Chris Morgan. The film, which does not yet have an official title, is slated to hit theaters on July 26, 2019. Along with the upcoming Deadpool 2, which debuts in theaters on May 18, Leitch also directed Atomic Blonde and worked with Chad Stahelski on the first John Wick film.

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Star Wars #43 Review

Inasmuch as “The Ashes of Jedha” has succeeded over the past few months, it’s done so in spite of the artwork rather than because of it. That fact is only made more apparent in the sixth and final chapter. With Star Wars #43 capping off this storyline on a fairly underwhelming note, it’s clear that Marvel’s flagship Star Wars comic has some very fundamental problems that need addressing.

“Anticlimactic” is perhaps the best word to describe Star Wars #43. As strong as Kieron Gillen’s scripting has been since taking over the series, there’s not enough payoff in this finale. Nowhere is that problem more pronounced than with the final showdown between Luke and Commander Kanchar. This scene is treated less like a true battle and more like a brief skirmish delaying the inevitable rematch. Compounding this problem is the fact that so much of this issue hinges on an abrupt plot twist that only really works in the context of Gillen’s Darth Vader run. As fun as it is to see Gillen drawing connections between the two books, it would have been nice to see more buildup to that dramatic and sudden reversal in this storyline.

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The X-Files Digs into Skinner’s Past…and it’s Kind of Dull

Warning: Full spoilers for the episode below.

Guest star Haley Joel Osment (who’s making headlines these days thanks to bizarre airport meltdowns in Las Vegas) added a sprinkle of spice to an otherwise humdrum outing in “Kitten” – a chapter centered on Skinner’s experience with experimental fear gas in Vietnam.

I don’t think anyone is outwardly opposed to a Skinner-centric episode – and “Kitten” wasn’t even a full solo adventure since half the story featured Mulder and Scully looking for him – but how invested are we really in the question “How did Skinner first come to mistrust shadowy government agencies?” Were any of us actively losing sleep over Walter’s “stalled career,” or wondering why a company man of three plus decades hadn’t been promoted? It’s TV. I feel like most of us might not be wholly interested in supporting characters’ career paths.

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