Netflix is bringing BoJack Horseman back for a third season

BoJack Horseman‘s second season is still brand new, but Netflix has seen enough to make a call regarding its future. The streaming service announced today that the strange, suggestive cartoon has been renewed for a third season, one that’s set to air sometime in 2016. Netflix announced the renewal alongside premiere dates for some of its other original programming, including the fourth season of the former A&E murder drama Longmire (September 10th) and the new Aziz Ansari vehicle Master of None (November 6th).

Starring Will Arnett as the titular anthropomorphized horse — a struggling former sitcom star trying to rebuild his life and career — the show’s latest run debuted exclusively on Netflix earlier this month. The Verge‘s review…

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Author: Jamieson Cox

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Why Google+ has to shrink to grow

One day in 2013, I received an email from Google informing me that YouTube was preparing to fix its notoriously bad comment section. The proposed savior was Google+, then a little over 2 years old. By harnessing people’s real identities and reputations, the thinking went, the most toxic and spammy of commenters would sink to the bottom, and the cream of the comments would rise to the top.

Users revolted, though that was to be expected. Trolls, after all, enjoy their anonymity. The real surprise was that after generating so much angst, Google+-powered YouTube comments never really got much better: people continued to say terrible things under their real names; vibrant conversations rarely surfaced; and popular accounts still found their…

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Author: Casey Newton

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Fallout 4 Was "Basically Done" Before Bethesda Even Announced It

Bethesda’s upcoming role-playing game Fallout 4 is “basically done,” according to marketing executive Pete Hines. In a recent interview, Hines told GameSpot that it’s too late to implement new fan-requested features. Instead, Bethesda Game Studios is now spending its time on bug-fixing and polish.

“Let’s be honest, [right now] it doesn’t matter what anybody wants for a feature in Fallout 4,” Hines said. “The game is basically done. It was by and large done before we announced it, in terms of the features going in. You’re not adding new features in May, June, July in the year you’re releasing; you’re trying to get everything fixed.”

This is not to say Bethesda doesn’t listen to fan feedback. Hines stressed that the developer pored over forums and reviews for Fallout 3 and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim in an effort to make Fallout 4 a better game.

“All of that stuff is important. A good developer knows how to take all that and figure out how to address is,” Hines said. “You can do anything, you just can’t do everything. So you have to be able to prioritize and figure out what are the big wins, what are the challenges you’re going to tackle, and what are the things you just don’t have the bandwidth to take on.”

Fallout 4 director Todd Howard previously explained how lessons learned from Skyrim’s technical bugs will improve Fallout 4.

The Fallout 4 release date is lined up for November 10. Barring any last-minute delay, the game will arrive fewer than five months after it was announced last month during Bethesda’s E3 briefing.

For more on Fallout 4, check out some recent stories below.

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Author: Eddie Makuch

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These stickers will not save the New York Subway

New York’s huge subway system includes the notorious Lexington Avenue Line that runs along Manhattan’s East Side, which has the distinction of serving more riders than the entire Washington Metro. While that makes for a cool stat, it’s also an enormous problem: mass transit ridership is growing substantially, and the line is completely tapped out. It’s basically impossible to run any more trains on it, and the trains that do run there are physically smaller than those on many of the city’s other lines. Attempting to ride it during rush hour — which over a million people do every day — is a little like punching yourself in the face.

Fortunately, there’s a solution coming. (That was sarcasm.)

The MTA is pilot testing…

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Author: Chris Ziegler

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First Witcher 3 New Game Plus Details Revealed

Following yesterday’s announcement of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt‘s upcoming New Game Plus mode, developer CD Projekt Red has shared some more details about what players can expect from it.

In response to a flood of questions in The Witcher 3’s forums, community manager Marcin Momot shared some new insight.

Among other things, he confirms that enemies will be stronger (of course), and that player experience and items will carry over to your next playthrough.

Momot’s full responses are below.

  • Enemies will be stronger obviously.
  • What carries over? Player experience (if you’re below level 30 when finishing the vanilla game, you will be bumped to level 30 for the start of NG+), items (excluding: quest items, books & letters, Gwent cards, usable items, trophies) and alchemy recipes.
  • When starting New Game Plus you can select any difficulty level.
  • You can obtain the Death Match achievement when playing the NG+ mode.
  • What’s the starting level of the character when beginning NG+? The same that you had when finishing the game, if above 30, otherwise you start at 30. You also get a free Clearing Potion at the start so you can reset your skills and try a different build.

New Game Plus is The Witcher 3’s sixteenth free piece of DLC. Others have included things like alternate costumes and hairstyles for Geralt and Yennefer, along with new finishing moves and horse armor. A release date for New Game Plus has not been announced, but it won’t be this week.

Looking ahead, The Witcher 3’s first of two paid expansions–Hearts of Stone–will launch in October. This expansion may see the return of a character from The Witcher 1.

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Author: Eddie Makuch

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