• James Gunn: Guardians of the Galaxy 3 Might Be ‘Favorite Movie’

    Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 director James Gunn reveals the film had a “very difficult” shoot.

    Asked whether the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy sequel or the Holiday Special was his favorite story to shoot, the 55-year-old filmmaker opened up about his experience on set.

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    Sega Genesis Mini 2: 10 Times Fewer Units Being Produced Than the Original in North America

    If you want a Sega Genesis Mini 2, you'll have to turn to Amazon Japan, as western customers will have to import Sega's next mini console.

    According to a report from Polygon, Sega is only selling the Genesis Mini 2 to the West through Amazon Japan due to the ongoing semiconductor shortage in the global supply chain.

    The mini console will also be far rarer than 2019's Sega Genesis Mini, with the total production run only amounting to one-tenth of the original. In fact, Sega originally planned to only manufacture enough Genesis Mini 2 consoles for the Japanese market, before deciding to make the North American version available on Amazon Japan.

    Right now, you can preorder the Genesis Mini 2 on Amazon for $103.80, with the order fulfilled by Amazon Japan. After the listed shipping of $21.99, the grand total comes out to $125.79. This is far more expensive than the original's $79.99 price point.

    If you do want to pick one of these mini consoles up, you should probably act sooner rather than later. With a limited production run and an import system in place, the Genesis Mini 2 will likely be difficult to come by shortly after launch.

    The Sega Genesis Mini 2 is launching on October 27, 2022. The console will include over 50 classic titles, made up of Genesis games not found on the original mini console, arcade ports, Sega CD games, and a previously unreleased game.

    We scored the original Genesis Mini a 9, saying, "The SEGA Genesis Mini is the closest thing we have to a perfect all-in-one mini console so far. There are a few weird emulation issues here and there, but the sheer number of games and its delightful interface far outshines any graphical hiccups in these classic games."

    Logan Plant is a freelance writer for IGN. You can find him on Twitter @LoganJPlant.

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    My Experience with The PC Gaming Section at GameStop: Rukari Austin

    The PC Gaming section at GameStop is a new initiative that aims to give gamers a chance to come in-store or online to build the PC of their dreams. Not only does the PC Gaming section at GameStop carry all the top brands in the computing world, including Razer, ASUS, Samsung, iBuyPower, Logitech, and more, but they also have pre-built machines and streaming setups that customers can try before they buy.

    From the knowledgeable staff to a wide range of options at different price ranges to accessories that can take your streaming and/or gaming to the next level, the PC Gaming section by GameStop is meant to be a one-stop-shop for everything in the world of computers. To help further share the benefits of this new addition to GameStop, we spoke to GameStop Senior Community Manager Rukari Austin about his experience building a computer at the PC Gaming section at GameStop.

    As of this writing, there are 11 GameStop locations with a PC Gaming section around the U.S. and there will be more by the end of the year and beyond. If you don’t live near one, Rukari helped describe the experience.

    “I’m going to show my age,” Rukari said. “Do you remember McDonald's Playland? Where you got to go in and all the toys were right there in front of you? So you got to really touch and play with everything. And there was a ball pit. That's kind of what the PC Gaming section at GameStop is.

    “I mean, it's definitely your one-stop-shop for everything that you would need to build a PC, with examples in front of you that are there for you to touch, check out, and interact with. It's not just looking at a box, it's looking at actual products and sitting in a chair at a streaming station or a gaming station and even being able to play on those machines to get a look at visual fidelity, frame rate, and everything.”

    Rukari does a lot of content creation and hosting, and he wanted this build to help him grow as a creator and an educator. What made this build interesting was that he wanted a PC for an editor that would help Rukari get his videos into the world. He wanted something that was “top of the line” that wouldn’t need to be upgraded for some time. For him, this move was an investment for his future.

    “So, for the past couple of builds that I've done I’ve gone in with the sort of mentality where I'm OK with front-loading my expenses now so as to not have to upgrade again for a number of years,” Rukari said. “I know, in the tech world, by the time you get something to market and you go in as a consumer and purchase it, it's out of date and the new ones are about to be announced.

    “So my thought is, ‘Hey, there's an NVIDIA 3090 here, I'm sure there's going to be a NVIDIA 4000 series soon. I'm sure there's going to be an NVIDIA 3090 Ti, that's fine, I'm going to match this GPU with the highest-end CPU motherboard that I can find to help me out, so that way I don't have FOMO when the next series or two come out.’ So for me, it's all about front-loading expenses to not have to worry about it for years to come. That's me, that's my way of going about it.”

    While Rukari is a bit of a seasoned pro when it comes to PC building, he understands the value of having a place to go to see the latest and greatest in computing tech. It also has another added benefit of showing you combinations or set-ups that you may have never thought of before.

    “I think the PC Gaming section at GameStop did a good job of showing me possible combinations, things that I may not have thought about,” Rukari said. “When I went in, I remember seeing a particular Razer monitor set up with green wires coming out of the back that had a minimalistic sort of look, and it inspired me to improve my cable management game.

    “You get to talk with somebody in PC Gaming that's just as versed in tech as you, about the experience, about the building experience, about what you should be looking out for so you can use it as education. And at the same time, should you need anything, the PC Gaming section at GameStop has them. For my first build, I remember I had to go to Newegg, Amazon, and Best Buy to get all the parts I needed.

    “With the PC Gaming section at GameStop, I get what I need in-store and have it in front of me. If you can't tell, I'm all about instant gratification. So I'm not waiting on the shipping because I've definitely seen something for $999 and see a $2.99 shipping fee and then I don't buy it anymore.”

    GameStop employees are known for their knowledge of video games and consoles, and now that knowledge expands further into the PC world. This makes the PC Gaming section at GameStop a great resource for those who may not know as much about gaming, as they can be reassured they are talking to experts in their field.

    “The beautiful thing about working at GameStop is I know they're very big on education,” Rukari said. “So, with that said, as a new builder starting at ground zero, there's no better thing to do than to go somewhere where the parts actually are and talk to the staff and the people that are there that have to deal with them every day.”

    For those that already have a great gaming computer and are looking to jump into the world of streaming or simply expand their set-up, the PC Gaming section at GameStop is worth a visit. From streaming kits to webcams to lights to chairs and everything in between, there is something for all levels of streamers.

    “I was a kid in a candy shop,” Rukari said. “The chairs are in there. I know the lights are in there. Cameras are in there. The peripherals, Stream Deck, almost everything you could ever want.”

    As previously mentioned, if there isn’t a GameStop with a PC Gaming section near you, you can head over to gamestop.com/pc-gaming to check out everything GameStop has to offer online. That means, whether you are looking to go into a store or jump on your computer, you will be provided with mostly everything you need to build or purchase the computer of your dreams.

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    DC League Of Super Pets End Credits Scene Was Fueled By Dwayne Johnson, Tequila

    DC League of Super Pets is just the latest comic book movie with a post-credits scene. But while the post-credit creation process might usually be from the writers, this one was down to Dwayne Johnson and a bottle of tequila.

    The recently-released Super Pets movie stars Johnson as the voice of Krypto the Superdog – a mind-boggling bit of casting that’s absolutely perfect when you hear it. But the film’s post-credits scene is a nod to one of Johnson’s other characters… and it was all his idea.

    “THANK YOU for making SUPER PETS the #1 MOVIE,” he said via Instagram. “But did you stay til the VERY END credits?”

    The film’s post-credits scene begins with Superman and Krypto playing fetch in the park (with Squeezy Bruce, of course).

    But the joyous moment is interrupted when another dog gets hold of Krypto’s famous toy – a dog called “Anubis”. And it turns out to be the pet of none other than DC antihero, Black Adam.

    “You guys already know how I feel about SUPERMAN vs BLACK ADAM,” he added. “The Indestructible Force meets the Immovable Object. With the DC SUPER PETS UNIVERSE we had an opportunity to build out this awesome animated universe in a big, fun, cool way.”

    Of course, this cute stinger was a reference to Dwayne Johnson’s other DC role as Shazam! nemesis, Black Adam. And with Johnson voicing Krypto, Anubis, and Black Adam for this scene, it all gets a bit meta.

    Not to mention the fact that Johnson has been open about his desire to take on Superman. But while this post-credits scene was all Johnson’s doing, we shouldn’t take it too seriously. After all, it was fuelled by a glass or three of tequila.

    “So three-ish [tequilas] later, I came up with an end credits idea,” he said. “Allow me to introduce the baddest, meanest, antihero canine walkin’ God’s green earth…. ANUBIS. Complete with his new favorite toy – squeezy Bruce Batman.”

    Whether or not Black Adam will actually take on Superman within the DCEU remains to be seen. But at least their dogs got the chance to go paw-to-paw.

    Want to find out more about DC League of Super Pets? Check out how it did at the box office, as well as our full review of the animated superhero flick.

    Ryan Leston is an entertainment journalist and film critic for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter.

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    Gotham Knights Isn’t an RPG Where You Start as a Weakling

    Gotham Knights might be an action-RPG, but it won’t follow the genre convention of having your characters start as weaklings. Instead, Batgirl, Robin, Nightwing, and Red Hood will all be the powerful Batman acolytes you’d expect at the start of the game – and find their own unique ways to become stronger over the course of the game.

    All four characters begin more or less fully adept at what the development team informally calls ‘Batman stuff’, with unique skill trees allowing them to blossom into different kinds of vigilantes as you progress. Speaking to us as part of our month of IGN First coverage on Gotham Knights, creative director Patrick Redding explained the thought process:

    “It was very important for us that these heroes, our Knights are… They're already awesome at the start of the game. It's not a function of them being ineffective as crime fighters, quite the opposite. They are all effectively graduates of the Batman School of Crime Fighting.

    "So when they start, they are at their most similar, in the sense that they have a lot of these basic tools of combat and stealth, and moving around in the world and using their grapple. And then it's really over the course of the game that they fully diverge into their own flavor of what a Dark Knight of Gotham City should be.”

    You can see how that manifests in our footage of the first 16 minutes of Gotham Knights, in which Batgirl is already moving and fighting like Batman while looking into a mystery at Gotham University – and easily taking down goons from Gotham’s Freaks gang while doing so.

    “We didn't want to do a dungeon crawler RPG where we send you into the forest to kill six slugs and return with your stick,” explains game director Geoff Ellenor. “These are ultimately very interesting people who have been trained by Batman and by others. They're very intelligent. They're very capable. But they still have this challenge of rising to the level of, ‘what does it take to protect Gotham City now that Batman is gone?’ There is an RPG progression, but they're not starting from zero by any stretch. They're already pretty rocking by the time you take the controller.”

    This isn’t to say the game will be unchallenging, however – but it’s about managing the balance of who these superheroes should find it easy to take down, versus bigger threats:

    “We don't want you to have that moment where one bad guy in an alley with a baseball bat is going to give you a hard time,” Ellenor continues. “That said, there are some mini-bosses in the game that are decently strong, and you have to pay attention a little bit in the beginning.”

    Gotham Knights will be released for PC, Xbox Series X/S and PS5 on October 25. Before that, however, we’ll have the whole of August to show you new gameplay, in-depth information, and more as part of IGN First.

    Joe Skrebels is IGN's Executive Editor of News. Follow him on Twitter. Have a tip for us? Want to discuss a possible story? Please send an email to [email protected].

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