NBC has to give Republicans 12 minutes of airtime because Trump was on SNL

In his ongoing efforts to turn modern political campaigning into the most frightening dystopian satire in history, Donald Trump appeared on Saturday Night Live earlier this month — and now NBC is going to have to give the same amount of airtime to other Republican primary candidates that want their own turn in the spotlight. The Hollywood Reporter and Variety are both reporting that NBC is giving 12 minutes and five seconds each to Mike Huckabee, John Kasich, James Gilmore, and Lindsey Graham during primetime on November 27th across 18 different NBC affiliate stations in Iowa, South Carolina, and New Hampshire, as well as during the November 28th broadcast of Saturday Night Live. The total amount of time will be shared across the two…

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Author: Bryan Bishop

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Star Wars Battlefront Sports a Great Easter Egg for Original Trilogy Fans

Whatever you think of it being so multiplayer-centric and simplistic, it’s hard to deny that Star Wars Battlefront looks and sounds great, capturing much of the magic of Star Wars. It’s also home to more than a few subtle references to the movies, the best of which was only just discovered.

As found by GamesRadar, a short cutscene setting up the Empire’s goal in Walker Assault sees a stormtrooper watching a hologram message inside of a hangar. In the background, a pair of stormtroopers can be seen walking around when one slams his head into the stairs in front of him.

That seems like a clear reference to the classic blooper from Star Wars: A New Hope where a stormtrooper bumps his head into a door after it opens. If you’ve forgotten (or missed) it, you can see the original version below.

Battlefront launched last week on Xbox One, PS4, and PC, with quite a bit of DLC on the way. You can check out GameSpot’s review here.

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Author: Chris Pereira

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Tangerine's trans actresses will reportedly be considered for Oscar nominations

It looks like the Oscars are now poised to make history. An unnamed source tells Slate that, in the wake of Tangerine‘s groundbreaking Oscar campaign, the Academy will officially consider transwomen for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress. The move sets a profound precedent, and paves the way for Kitana Rodriguez and Mya Taylor to earn nominations for their performances in the film.

Magnolia Pictures and the Duplass brothers, the film’s producers, kicked off the campaign last month, citing the increased visibility of trans people on television as a reason to push the Academy to recognize trans people in film. “One thing that has become apparent to us as we look at this stuff,” said Mark Duplass at the time, “it seems that the TV…

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Author: Kwame Opam

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Killing Floor 2 Launching New Item Marketplace, But Only for Cosmetics

Killing Floor 2 is adding a new in-game store and item system, but everything obtained through either of these will be limited to cosmetic changes only.

The Trading Floor, as it’s called, will sell new weapon skins, outfits, and outfit skins. These will be sold for real money, while many (but not all) items will also be handed out for free through an in-game drop system that sounds reminiscent of Team Fortress 2‘s.

The TF2 comparisons hold true for other aspects of this system as well. You’ll be able to earn supply crates and blueprints that can be unlocked to earn new skin variants and weapon skins, respectively, with the purchase of a key. There are different levels of rarity possible, with the highest tier only being available through crates and blueprints. Weapons get an additional layer of rarity in the form of wear; they’ll range from mint to battle-scarred, not unlike the TF2 weapons released as part of the Gun Mettle update.

Tripwire is insistent that all of this is purely cosmetic; you won’t be buying improved versions of existing weapons or anything of the sort. That approach is part of the reason Payday 2 has recently drawn the ire of its players.

As with items in some other Steam games (like–you guessed it–TF2), most of these items can be traded with other people or sold on the marketplace. You’re also free to ignore all of this, though if you don’t care about using the items, you’d be passing up free money by not at least selling the stuff you earn for free by playing.

In an FAQ, Tripwire says it has no plans to convert Killing Floor 2 into a free-to-play game or to discontinue support for mods. It adds that it plans to continue offering free content “for years just as we did for Killing Floor 1.” That includes adding new classes, maps, and enemies.

Money generated from these items will be split with the content creators (in the case of items that are designed by community members) and go “towards creating new (free) content, events and whatever else we can dream up for you.”

As for the fact that this addition is coming while the game is still in early access, Tripwire says, “We view the Trading Floor as a feature that needs iteration just like the rest of the features in the game. Early Access is the perfect place to iterate on the Trading Floor feature with the community.”

Some more potentially controversial additions could come in the future, as Tripwire says it’ll listen to fan feedback about whether to offer stat or experience boosts. It also reveals there’s the potential for new weapons to be added “with new gameplay,” but that these will be shared with all players on a server, meaning you’ll always have access to the same weapons as anyone you’re playing with.

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Author: Chris Pereira

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Destiny's Refer-a-Friend Rewards: Exclusive Swords, Emotes, and More

As recently announced, Destiny‘s new refer-a-friend system is now live along with some new, exclusive rewards.

The video above showcases each of these, the most exciting of which are three new legendary swords (each covering one of the three elemental damage types) and two emotes. The full list follows below.

  • Infinite Link (shader)
  • Sign of the Infinite (emblem)
  • Elemental Kindblades (three legendary swords)
  • EV-34 Vector Infinite (sparrow)
  • Duo Dance (emote)
  • High Five (emote)

These rewards can be earned through a new quest, The Hunt for Loot. This will first require you to refer someone to the game, a process which means you both have to be playing on the same platform–either Xbox One or PS4. (Xbox 360 and PS3 don’t support the feature.)

Bungie has published an in-depth FAQ and walkthrough for how this all works, as there are somewhat complex rules dictating how the system handles things. Links are formed between players through Bungie’s website, and requires the newcomer to The Taken King to follow a referral link. That person can then only be linked with that existing Taken King player, even if the link is canceled. A link doesn’t need to be established before the player logs into The Taken King; there’s a grace period of one week after purchase where that person qualifies.

Destiny recently got its big November update, with another one slated for release in December. The latter will introduce new Exotic items and rebalance weapon types.

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Author: Chris Pereira

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These Steam Machines Are $200 Off, Starting at $299 Today Only

For one day only, Syber Gaming has discounted the prices of its various Steam Machines by $200, making the cheapest of the bunch $299.

Syber, which is the branch of CyberPowerPC dedicated to living room computers like Steam Machines, has two simultaneous deals going on ahead of Black Friday. Its Steam Machines (as well as its other offerings, like the Vapor One) are $100 off, and there’s an additional $100 main-in rebate to go along with it. That’s obviously not as ideal as a straight-up $200-off offer, but it does ultimately represent a 40 percent discount on its cheapest Steam Machine.

The price and basic specs for each of Syber’s three Steam Machines follow below.

Steam Machine I — $299 (originally $499)

  • CPU: Intel Core i3-4160
  • RAM: 4 GB DDR3
  • HDD: 500 GB SATA III
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 750 1 GB

Steam Machine P — $589 (originally $789)

  • CPU: Intel Core i5-4460
  • RAM: 8 GB DDR3
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 2 GB

Steam Machine X — $1279 (originally $1479)

  • CPU: Intel Core i7-4790K
  • RAM: 16 GB DDR3
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 4 GB

These prices are only available today, November 23, until 11:59 PM PST.

All three systems run SteamOS, the new operating system designed for Steam Machines. A recent technical analysis showed that performance on the operating system may suffer compared with Windows, but it’s possible this could change going forward.

These Syber Steam Machines were among the first to be released by any company, debuting alongside offerings from Alienware and Zotac in October. While these Syber configurations are undoubtedly pricey when compared with standard computer builds, these sale prices do make them among the cheapest Steam Machines out there currently.

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Author: Chris Pereira

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