Star Wars Episode 7 – The Force Awakens Smashes IMAX Pre-Sales Record

There’s still just under two months to go until it is finally released, but Star Wars Episode 7 – The Force Awakens is already breaking records. Pre-sales to IMAX performances of the upcoming sci-fi blockbuster have gone through the roof, shattering every previous figure by some distance.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, a colossal $6.5 million worth of IMAX tickets were sold in 24 hours, more than six times what the likes of The Dark Knight Rises, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, and The Avengers had achieved in a single day.

Greg Foster, CEO of IMAX Entertainment, spoke of the incredible success of the film on his company’s large-format screens. “The only words to describe the first day of IMAX worldwide advance ticket sales for Star Wars: The Force Awakens are ‘record-shattering’,” he said. “We’re seeing sell-outs across the board–from Hollywood to London, to Sparks, Nevada, and everywhere in between.”

Ticketing agency Fandago have also confirmed a new pre-sale record, with more than eight times as many tickets shifted for The Force Awakens as for the previous record holder, the first Hunger Games movie. Similarly, AMC and MovieTickets.com have reported record-breaking sales. This was despite the fact that many fans experienced delays as online sales systems struggled to cope with the demand.

The latest trailer for The Force Awakens has now been released and can be viewed here. The film is directed by JJ Abrams and stars John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Max von Sydow, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, and Mark Hamill.

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Author: Dan Auty

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If you're reading about an internet boycott, it probably doesn't exist

If you were watching Twitter or various news outlets yesterday, you might have caught something about a confusing white supremacist call to boycott the next Star Wars film, apparently because it features a prominent black character. You might also have noticed that a vanishingly small portion of the associated Twitter hashtag involved actual racists, compared to people expressing mockery or anger at the idea. If you looked further, you may have noticed that the whole thing was seemingly made up by a couple of trolls who ginned up enough publicity to make it a trending topic.

The “Star Wars boycott” is basically the inverse of a long-running 4chan attempt to sucker social justice advocates into supporting things like a fake women’s…

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Author: Adi Robertson

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Fallout 4's Final SPECIAL Video Explains the Benefits of Being Lucky

Fallout 4‘s “S.P.E.C.I.A.L.” video series comes to an end today with a new movie focusing on Luck. As you’ll see in the video, the difference between whether you live or die in the wasteland can come down to chance. Getting Lady Luck on your side can prove beneficial, but everyone’s luck eventually runs out.

Catch up on the six previous S.P.E.C.I.A.L. videos through these links: Strength, Perception, Endurance, Charisma, Intelligence, Agility. You might be sad that the series has ended, but it won’t be long until Fallout 4 arrives, as the game’s November 10 release date is just a couple weeks away now.

Though the S.P.E.C.I.A.L. series has ended, you can continue to watch GameSpot’s Fallout 4 Show.

In other Fallout 4-related news, Bethesda has launched a week-long Fallout merchandise sale, while Dell has announced an astounding Fallout 4 Xbox One Black Friday deal. On top of that, Best Buy has revealed a Fallout 4 Gold Edition that comes with the game, all of its DLC, and a pair of socks for $85.

Fallout 4 is due out for PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4.

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Author: Eddie Makuch

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Twitter is letting you create and vote on polls about anything

The days of asking your Twitter followers to “fav or retweet” to express binary preferences are soon to end. Twitter is now implementing official support for polls, giving you a native way to find out whether dogs are better than cats or let the world know that they aren’t. You can create your own poll from a new option that will soon appear in the tweet-composing interface.

Polls will remain live for 24 hours, and at this point are restricted to two choices. After the 24-hour voting period is up, everyone who participated will get a push notification informing them of the final result. Voting is anonymous, and any user can vote on any poll.

Twitter says it’s rolling out the poll feature over the next few days across iOS,…

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Travel Across a Quantum Ocean in New PC Game from Scribblenauts Dev

Scribblenauts and Drawn to Life developer 5th Cell has announced a brand new game. A PC title called Anchors in the Drift, it definitely goes in a different direction than the company’s most famous games.

Anchors in the Drift has been in development for more than a year and has now entered full production. 5th Cell is hoping to fund the game on the new crowdfunding platform Fig, which offers both reward-based funding and equity investment. They’re looking for $500,000 to get the project going.

Here’s the overview for Anchors in the Drift:

“Anchors is set in a universe where an inter-dimensional empire, the Domain, has invaded Earth collapsing time and causing islands from different civilizations to be spread across a quantum ocean known as the Drift. Now Heroes from all generations, called Anchors, must sail this infinite sea to liberate these islands.”

Players will search through “dynamically generated” islands, called Remnants, which are scattered throughout the Drift, as part of their effort to free them from the Domain.

“Once a Remnant is chosen players choose an Anchor from a set of classes and an Ability Loadout of abilities they’ve created from collectible cards called Arc Mods,” 5th Cell explained. “Liberating a Remnant gives players leaderboards, XP and loot for their characters.”

Anchors in the Drift is a free-to-play title in development for PC only. Click through the images in the gallery above to get a closer look at the game. Even more details are available at the game’s Fig page. The game is due to launch in summer 2016; supporting it with $10 or more gets you access to its upcoming beta.

As for the funding platform, Fig differs from platforms like Kickstarter and Indiegogo in that it offers both rewards-based backing as well as equity to accredited investors. More information about the accreditation process is available here. In addition, the platform only supports one game at a time.

The first game funded on Fig was Mobius Digital’s Outer Wilds, which attracted more than $800,000 across accredited investment and rewards-based support.

The most recent Scribblenauts game was 2012’s Scribblenauts Unlimited for Wii U. Overall, the franchise has sold over 13 million copies.

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Author: Eddie Makuch

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Western Digital is buying flash storage maker SanDisk for $19 billion

Two of today’s biggest names in data storage are joining together. Hard drive manufacturer Western Digital announced this morning that it has entered into an agreement to acquire SanDisk, a competitor focused on flash storage. The agreement values SanDisk at $19 billion, which Western Digital will pay for in a mixture of cash and stock. The deal will allow Western Digital to better compete in the storage market by giving it access to SanDisk’s flash products, whereas its existing line still leans heavily on slower hard disk drives.

In the past year, SanDisk has been having inventory and production issues, leading to a major dip in its stock price. That’s led it to be seen as a prime acquisition target by industry analysts, Reuters r…

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Author: Jacob Kastrenakes

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New Xbox One Experience Update Coming Soon to All Preview Members

To prepare for the public release of the New Xbox One Experience dashboard update, Microsoft is again expanding the pool of testers for it. While Microsoft is not opening it up to everyone just yet, the company has announced that all Preview Program members will soon be invited to check out the update.

An Xbox Live message sent to Preview Program members on October 20 reads: “The New Xbox One Experience (NXOE) is on the horizon! In preparation, we’ll soon begin moving all Preview consoles over to the NXOE. If you do not wish to move, please opt out of Preview from the Registration tile in the Xbox Preview Dashboard app.”

The NXOE preview opened in September, at which time Microsoft invited select Preview Program members to try it out. Microsoft has regularly expanded the availability of the preview since then.

Included with the NXOE is a long list of changes and new features, perhaps the most notable of which is backwards compatibility for Xbox 360 games. The update also completely overhauls the Home screen to make it “faster and easier.”

In addition, there is a new Community section to help make the console “more social.” It also comes with a “revamped OneGuide” that aims to be the one destination you need for TV, movies, and video apps. On top of that, the update introduces Xbox One button-mapping support for all controllers.

The NXOE is scheduled to be released publicly in November, though Microsoft has not yet announced an exact release date. For more,check out this overview video.

Are you part of the NXOE testing program? How are you finding it? Let us know in the comments below.

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Author: Eddie Makuch

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