The length of ads on YouTube can be distressing, but the question is whether people would be okay sitting through a 100-minute commercial if it were actually a full-length movie. YouTube and Warner Bros. Pictures are teaming up for a one-day promotional event that will let users watch The Lego Movie in its entirety during Black Friday. The promotion is to stir up hype for the film’s sequel, The Lego Movie 2 — The Second Part. YouTube viewers will only have 24 hours to watch the movie for free, and can do so by clicking on a trailer for The Lego Movie 2 and clicking on an option to watch The Lego Movie. Since the movie is itself the advertisement, it will play without commercial breaks. Although this is the first time an entire movie will officially play as an ad, YouTube and various studios have started using the platform to offer some free titles to viewers. YouTube has nearly 1.8 billion logged-in monthly users watching more than 450 hours of video each minute. Offering … [Read more...] about YouTube will stream The Lego Movie free as an ad for the sequel
The latest Pokémon games can be played with a special peripheral that is shaped like an actual pokéball that you can throw to catch monsters. But since the controller is ball-shaped, makes sounds, and comes attached to a rope-like holster, pets everywhere are confused. What do you mean this cool new toy isn’t for your real furry friend? The Poké Ball Plus is an attractive proposition for Pokémon collectors, and one of its biggest draws is that it gifts players the rare, legendary Mew. The controller can also house a digital pokémon in it, allowing you to walk your friend out into the real world while experiencing some limited feedback. As a Pokémon fan, I had to get one. Unfortunately, the controller immediately caught the attention of my cat, who started pawing at it in delight. She couldn’t tell it wasn’t a cat toy. Apparently, this phenomenon is worse for dogs. Another big feature for the Poké Ball is that you can … [Read more...] about The Pokémon: Let’s Go Poké Ball controller is psyching out dogs
Our in-house Know-It-Alls answer questions about your interactions with technology. Q: How much screen time should my kids get? A: Friend, you can look up the answer to this question as well as I can. The American Academy of Pediatrics website spells it out for you: No screen time for kids under about two, no more than an hour a day for kids between two and five. Kids should have limits and “high quality” media, and you should make a habit of watching videos / playing games with them. Talk to your kids about porn. (Sorry.) But you did not come here because you don’t know how to google things. You came here because you know that many Silicon Valley types—the very inventors of these autoplaying crack slabs—don’t let their kids have any screen time at all. And maybe you aspire to that, much the way one aspires to be other impossible, implausible things, like a Kardashian. Or a monk. Also, you have sometimes—maybe often!—let your kids watch … [Read more...] about How Much Screen Time Should My Kids Get?
In December 2002, Fox gave the ax to a little-known science fiction show from Joss Whedon called Firefly. The series gained a cult status when it hit DVD the following year, and its story continued in the 2005 film Serenity and a handful of comic books — but a planned massively multiplayer game based on the series never materialized, and Firefly has been weirdly left out of the recent surge of rebooted TV shows. Now, for fans who have been missing the franchise, there’s a new glimmer of hope — or at least an opportunity to revisit the ‘Verse, with James Lovegrove and Nancy Holder’s new novel Big Damn Hero. Big Damn Hero is the first of three novels being published by Titan Books in the coming months, under the guidance of Whedon, who serves as a “consulting editor.” Like Firefly, the book follows the crew of the spaceship Serenity, led by Captain Malcolm Reynolds, a veteran of a failed rebellion against the authoritarian Alliance government. … [Read more...] about Big Damn Hero is a familiar trip back to Joss Whedon’s Firefly universe
The latest chapter in the ongoing Telltale Games saga finally involves a bit of good news: developer Skybound Games, which picked up the rights to the dissolved developer’s The Walking Dead series, says it has brought back “many of the talented, passionate team members who originally worked on the game” to finish its final season. Release dates for the remaining content will be announced some time soon. Development on the final two episodes of the final season began today, writes Johnny O’Dell, the social media manager for The Walking Dead comic series, in a blog post published today on Skybound’s website. O’Dell also confirmed that the series’ games would be returning shortly to online stores, after Telltale’s recent bankruptcy proceedings resulted in the games being pulled from Steam. Telltale originally halted all sales of its final season back in September, but you could still access previous seasons in the series up until last week. … [Read more...] about Work on Telltale’s The Walking Dead resumes with ‘many’ original developers