Warner Bros scraps Dukes of Hazzard car toys over Confederate flag controversy

The Confederate flag may or may not be removed from government buildings in South Carolina, but the relic is definitely being removed from at least one southern icon. Warner Bros. today announced that it was halting production of toys and replicas of the General Lee, the car from the Dukes of Hazzard, which famously bore the flag on its roof. The company follows in the footsteps of retailers Amazon, Sears, eBay, and Walmart, all of whom elected to ban sales of the Confederate flag and its image this week after the racially motivated murders in Charleston on Sunday.

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Author: Rich McCormick

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Fallout 4 Special Edition In Very Limited Stock at Best Buy and GameStop

This fall you’ll be able to play Fallout 4, and you can have a real-world Pip-Boy device strapped to your arm while you play it. Currently, the Pip-Boy Edition of the game is available for preorder at Best Buy, Walmart, and GameStop.

Although the game is currently labeled as unavailable on Amazon, a Bethesda blog post also suggests that additional units will be made available on Amazon later this week. The stock is very limited, so preorder soon if you want this edition of the game.

The $120 special edition comes with a replica Pip-Boy that can hold your phone, allowing you to run the Fallout 4 companion app as you play. It also comes with the game, a metal case, a guide, a display stand for the Pip-Boy, and a poster.

Fallout 4 launches November 10 for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. It’ll be 1080p and 30 frames per second on consoles, but unrestricted on PC. While you wait for its release, check out our interview with game director Todd Howard.

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Author: Alex Newhouse

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Apple promotes environmental lead Lisa Jackson to top policy position

In a move that demonstrates Apple’s focus on environmental issues, the Cupertino company has today promoted Lisa Jackson, previously its head executive for the environment, to the role of policy lead. Jackson, who worked as the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency until 2013, will now lead Apple on all environmental, educational, and accessibility policy issues.

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Author: Rich McCormick

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Borderlands Series Gets Steep Discounts in New Humble Bundle

Humble Bundles are always great, and the new one is no exception. This bundle features steep discounts for the popular Borderlands series on PC. It also includes a whole bunch of the games’ DLC, so if you already own one of the games, there is still incentive to pick this up.

As always, the first tier of the Humble Bundle is available at any price you’d like to pay. Remember, however, that you’ll have to shell out at least $1 for Steam keys.

The first tier includes:

  • Borderlands
  • The Zombie Island of Dr. Ned (DLC)
  • Mad Moxxi’s Underdome Riot (DLC)
  • The Secret Armory of General Knoxx (DLC)

If you pay more than the average price ($5.14 at the time of this writing), you’ll receive even more content. This tier comes with:

  • Borderlands 2
  • Psycho Pack (DLC)
  • Mechromancer Pack (DLC)
  • Creature Slaughterdome (DLC)

This tier also comes with a 75% off coupon for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, and more content will be announced soon.

Finally, if you pay $15 or more, you’ll get even more Borderlands 2 DLC, including:

  • Ultimate Vault Hunter Upgrade Pack 2
  • Son of Crawmerax
  • Season Pass, which comes with the four campaign expansions and the first Ultimate Vault Hunter Upgrade Pack.

You’ll also receive a 25% off coupon for merchandise from publisher 2K’s store.

Whatever you pay, you have the option to split the money between the developers and charity. This bundle supports the Videogame History Museum.

Which tier will you buy? Let us know in the comments.

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Author: Alex Newhouse

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You can now watch Periscope replays on the web

Since live streams began taking over Twitter feeds earlier this year, a common complaint has been that they end before you could watch them. Periscope did enable replays within 24 hours after a stream ended, but only on its apps for Android and iOS. That changes today with the launch of web replays. Just click a link to a Periscope stream, and once the page opens in your browser, you can hit the play button to re-live the stream.

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Author: Casey Newton

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Xbox One Getting Don't Starve Two Years After Original Release

Don’t Starve launched in April 2013 for the PC and January 2014 for the PlayStation 4. It even made it to the Vita in September last year and to the Wii U this May. After more than two years, it’s finally going to be released on Xbox One.

Following a leaked European rating of the game, developer Klei Entertainment took to Twitter to confirm the port. “Hmmm… I guess the cat’s out of the bag!” the Twitter post says with an image of the game’s rating. “We’ll update with more info once we have a date.”

The game will launch together with its expansion, Reign of Giants.

Don’t Starve is a roguelike adventure game that has a lot of objects and tools to craft and a huge world to explore. Players are given control of a character named Wilson, who must scavenge for food and build tents to survive the night. GameSpot gave it a 7, noting its expansive open world and beautiful art while criticizing its initial grind.

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Author: Alex Newhouse

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