Discord Is Testing A YouTube Integration Feature

Discord has started to test Watch Together, a collaboration between YouTube and the popular chat service that will allow users to watch YouTube videos together, The Verge reports. The move comes after legal action from Google shut down a number of Discord’s most popular user-created bots, which were widely used for the same purpose.

The new feature has appeared in a small number of Discord servers today, looking a lot like Discord’s regular screen sharing feature but with more specific YouTube integrations. Call hosts can queue up a number of YouTube videos by searching or pasting a link to the original video, and can allow or disallow other users in the call to add their own videos.

The biggest difference between unofficial bots like Rythm and Groovy Discord, which had many of the same functions, is that the official YouTube integration allows YouTube to play ads during the Discord watch party. “You may also see ads during YouTube videos,” a pop-up warns when users first access the tool. The pop-up also says that Watch Together was “built by Discord, but it’s powered by YouTube.”

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The Verge reports that the new tool has started to roll out to friends and family servers, while bigger servers will see Watch Together added in the next few weeks. For now, you can test out the tool in Discord’s Game Labs server if you want to see how it works.

Watch Streamer Run A 10K In Lord Of The Rings Orc Armor

As his username might suggest, streamer OrcRun has committed himself to recreating one of the most iconic parts of Peter Jackson’s Lord Of The Rings trilogy–its long cross-country running scenes. OrcRun started livestreaming solo runs in full orc armor–modelled after the armor worn by Saruman’s beefed-up Uruk-Hai–last year in an effort to raise money for various charities. Now, the streamer has completed his first 10K race against other people, still proudly wearing his full orc getup.

OrcRun’s Twitter bio describes him as “just a guy who wants to make the world a better place while wearing an orc costume.” He already has a huge number of runs under his belt, each of them raising money for different charities.

OrcRun used the recent 10K race to raise money for The Alex, a Canadian charity providing a number of different avenues of community support. He finished the race in just over 53 minutes, with people both IRL and in the stream’s chat cheering him on the whole way. You can rewatch the whole thing in the Twitch VOD.

While winding down from the run, OrcRun explained that he had some difficulty with the cloth mask he wears under the orc helmet, and that the arm he used to carry the camera for the livestream started to hurt pretty early on. Thanks to donations sent by viewers he managed to surpass his C$1500 fundraising goal for the stream–and then embarked on another run as a “victory lap.”

While OrcRun hasn’t announced any plans for future races yet, he’s already back to running for Twitch and no doubt will be surprising fellow participants in yet more 10K races to come.

Halo Infinite Multiplayer Has “Late-Breaking Issues,” Beta Might Be Delayed

343 Industries has discovered some “late-breaking issues” with Halo Infinite multiplayer, and as such, the studio might have to delay the upcoming multiplayer beta.

As part of the Halo Infinite multiplayer livestream on Wednesday, 343’s Brian Jarrard said the there might be a “small shift” in the schedule for Halo Infinite’s next multiplayer beta. The plan was to launch the beta client today, Thursday, September 23, with servers coming online the next day. This might change, however.

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Now Playing: Call of Duty Vanguard – Official BETA Weekend 2 Trailer

In response to feedback, Sledgehammer is making changes to weapon balance, audio mixing, and overall visibility, the studio said. Additionally, the studio provided a list of other items it’s planning to address for launch, including some silly ones. These include:

  • Nerfing the sun
  • Cracking down on Red Star raves
  • Removing dognados
  • Tuning spawns to avoid Hotel Royal’s murder kitchen
  • Closing open mic lobbies in Search & Destroy

Vanguard launches on November 5 for PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and PC. The game takes place during World War II, and its campaign is set in four major theaters of war. The game also brings back the fan-favorite Zombies mode, developed by Treyarch.

The launch of Vanguard comes as Activision Blizzard faces a lawsuit from the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing for sexual harassment and discrimination against women. Activision Blizzard has been accused of shredding evidence related to the investigation. Separate from this, the SEC is investigating Activision Blizzard and has served subpoenas to executives, including Bobby Kotick.

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New On Shudder In October 2021: V/H/S/94, Horror Noire, Behind the Monsters, Joe Bob Briggs

October is here, and that means it’s time to watch a lot of horror movies. Obviously, horror fans watch scary films all year round, but there’s something about the month of Halloween that means gorging on as many of them as possible. Luckily, Shudder is on hand to provide plenty of horrific visual treats this October.

There are three big Shudder exclusives hitting the service next month. V/H/S/94 is the highly-anticipated fourth part in the popular found-footage anthology series, and it hits the platform on October 6. The movie features segments from previous contributors Simon Barrett (The Guest) and Timo Tjahjanto (May the Devil Take You), as well as newcomers Jennifer Reeder (Knives & Skin), Ryan Prows (Lowlife), and Chloe Okuno (Slut). Check out the trailer below:

The Medium, which releases on October 14, is a must-watch for fans of Asian terror. It’s a mockumentary about a film crew that follows a woman who is showing signs of being a powerful shaman. It’s directed by Banjong Pisanthanakun (Shutter) and produced by Na Hongjin (The Wailing), and if you’ve seen either of those earlier films you’ll know that The Medium will deliver the scary goods

The third big new release is the Black horror anthology Horror Noire. It follows the 2019 documentary of the same title and is set to showcase the work of Black directors and screenwriters, including Tananarive Due, Steven Barnes, Victor LaValle, Shernold Edwards. Horror Noire hits Shudder on October 28.

There are also some TV originals releasing in October. The new series Behind the Monsters premieres on October 27 and focuses on some of the most iconic villains in horror, including Freddy, Jason, Chucky, and Candyman. The popular anthology series Creepshow continues its third season throughout October too, with new episodes releasing every Thursday until October 28.

Finally, there’s a wealth of classic and catalog movies hitting the service in October. These include John Carpenter’s sci-fi favorite Escape from New York, ’80s gems Motel Hell, Night of the Demons, Children of the Corn, and The Mutilator, stylish Australian killer pig chiller Razorback, and J-horror masterpiece Pulse. There’s also a quartet of classic ’70s Blaxploitation horror movies, plus the return of everyone’s favorite horror host, Joe Bob Briggs, with another Halloween special. And, of course, the return of the ever-popular Ghoul Log!

New to Shudder in October 2021

October 1

  • Escape From New York
  • Motel Hell
  • Razorback
  • Blacula
  • Scream Blacula Scream
  • JD’s Revenge
  • Sugar Hill
  • The House That Screamed
  • The Poughkeepsie Tapes
  • The Shout

October 4

  • Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum
  • The Endless
  • Night of the Demons (1988)
  • Witchboard

October 5

October 6

October 11

  • Nosferatu, The Vampyre
  • Nosferatu in Venice
  • Possum
  • Wake Wood

October 12

  • House
  • House II
  • The Autopsy Of Jane Doe

October 15

October 18

  • Pulse
  • Children of the Corn (1984)
  • Blood and Black Lace

October 25

  • The Addiction
  • Just Before Dawn
  • Rituals

October 27

October 28

Walking Dead’s Negan And Maggie Come To Brawlhalla In Latest Crossover

The next crossover event for Ubisoft’s popular fighting game Brawlhalla has arrived, with Negan and Maggie from The Walking Dead coming to the free-to-play game today.

Negan and Maggie are just the latest Walking Dead characters to come to Brawlhalla, joining Rick Grimes, Michonne, and Daryl Dixon. Ubisoft also announced that this week’s “Brawl of the Week” is called The Walker Attack Game, which calls on players to fight never-ending waves of undead.

Negan comes to Brawlhalla with his barbed-wire baseball bat, Lucille, and a crowbar. Maggie, meanwhile, has her trademark machete and a collection of Molotov cocktails to use in battle.

You can buy Negan and Maggie for 300 Mammoth coins.

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Some of the previous Brawlhalla crossovers included various WWE superstars like The Rock and John Cena, as well as Lara Croft, Po from Kung Fu Panda, and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

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Eddie Murphy Signs New Exclusive Deal With Amazon Studios

Amazon Studios has announced a three-picture and first-look film deal with iconic comedian Eddie Murphy. With this new deal, Murphy will be given three films for Amazon Studios as well as develop original projects for Prime Video and Studios with the option to star in them as well.

Back in March, Amazon released Coming 2 America, originally scheduled for theatrical release but sold from Paramount Studios due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Even though the film received mixed reviews, it was the number one streamed movie that weekend.

“Eddie is a legend both in front of and behind the camera,” said the head of Amazon Studios Jennifer Salke in a press release. “With undeniable comedic and dramatic genius, he consistently delivers entertaining, original stories and characters to audiences around the world. We could not be more excited to help carry on the tradition and to officially welcome Eddie into the Amazon family.”

Murphy has returned to TV in a big way the past few years especially with Netflix’s Dolemite Is My Name and Feeding America Comedy Special.

Murphy will be returning to Netflix as he’s producing and starring in the long-awaited sequel Beverly Hills Cop 4, as well as star opposite Jonah Hill in a Kenya Barris-directed comedy for streaming platform.

Fortnite Banned On iOS For As Long As 5 Years, Sweeney Says As He Accuses Apple Of Lying

The long-awaited decision in the Apple vs. Epic case has been handed down, with a judge deciding that Apple must allow developers to offer alternative payment methods. But Epic Games is not celebrating the decision, and Fortnite is not coming back to the App Store soon, if it ever does.

Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney blasted the decision on Twitter, saying it is not a win for developers or consumers. He went on to say that Fortnite will only return to the iOS App Store “when and where Epic can offer in-app payment in fair competition with Apple in-app payment, passing along the savings to consumers.”

“We will fight on,” Sweeney added.

GameSpot has followed up with Epic Games in an attempt to get more information about the possibility of Fortnite returning to the App Store.

Late in the evening on September 21, Sweeney said Apple informed Epic that Fortnite will be “blacklisted from the Apple ecosystem until the exhaustion of all court appeals.” This could take as long as five years, Sweeney estimated.

Sweeney also accused Apple of lying. He said the company is not holding true to its statement that it would welcome Epic back if it agreed to play by the rules. “Epic agreed, and now Apple has reneged in another abuse of its monopoly power over a billion users,” Sweeney said.

Fortnite is one of the most popular games on Earth, and it’s been missing from the App Store since it was removed in August 2020. Apple deleted the game from the store because Epic circumvented Apple’s store and offered its own Epic direct payment option for V-Bucks, which is what triggered the lawsuit and the ensuing fallout.

Epic argued in court that Apple was acting as an illegal monopoly, but the judge did not agree. However, the court ruled that Apple participated in anticompetitive behavior based on the law as it’s written in California. This was the only count that the court sided with Epic Games on, with Apple winning all other nine counts.

“Success is not illegal,” the ruling said. “The final trial record did not include evidence of other critical factors, such as barriers to entry and conduct decreasing output or decreasing innovation in the relevant market. The Court does not find that it is impossible; only that Epic Games failed in its burden to demonstrate Apple is an illegal monopolist.”

Whether or not Fortnite ever returns to the App Store remains to be seen.

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A Halo Crossover With Mahjong And Solitaire Is Now Available, Because Why Not

If you’ve ever wanted a bit more Master Chief flavor with your Mahjong or Solitaire games, Microsoft has good news for you. Halo themes are now available for the Microsoft versions of the two games.

The themes are free for all players and were designed by Halo developer 343 Industries. For Solitaire, which is on PC and mobile, the cards get an overhaul, with all of the face cards now showing Halo characters instead of the normal Jack, Queen, and King. The gems in Mahjong, which is only on mobile, are changed to look like Halo’s multiplayer medals.

It might seem weird on face for Microsoft to target its casual games like this, but Solitaire and Mahjong are enormously popular. Solitaire in particular is comically massive: During Microsoft Solitaire’s 20th anniversary celebration last year, the company announced that over 35 million people still play it each month. Many of those people probably don’t play many other Microsoft games yet, despite already being connected to the Xbox ecosystem. As a result, it’s a big pool of people to market Microsoft’s exclusives to–and these themes are a straightforward way to raise awareness.

Halo Infinite is scheduled for launch on December 8 on PC, Xbox Series X|S, and Xbox One, and there are a number of other promotions ahead of its release. For instance, you can grab double XP for its free-to-play multiplayer mode by eating Pringles and Pop-Tarts, and there are seemingly Halo-themed Monster energy drinks on the way. Halo Infinite’s next beta is kicking off on September 24. Be sure to check out our guide on how to sign up for the Halo Infinite beta.

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