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Not Every Game On The PlayStation Classic Will Be Exactly What You Remember

Sony revealed more details about the upcoming list of PlayStation Classic games that will be bundled into the $99.99 system come December 3rd, 2018 next week. However, not every game is going to be exactly how you remembered playing them, especially if you are used to the NTSC versions of the game that were released in North America.

Over on the PlayStation Blog, Justin Massongill, the social media manager at SIEA, outlined more details about the PlayStation Classic, including things like how much it weighs (6.0 ounces), and its dimensions (5.8″ x 1.3″ x 4.1″). But the more important part of the FAQ addresses which regional iterations of the games will be included in the bundle.

The post notes that Battle Arena Toshinden, Cool Boarders 2, Destruction Derby, Grand Theft Auto, Jumping Flash!, Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee, Resident Evil Director’s Cut, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six, and Tekken 3 will all be based on the PAL region releases.

What this means is that these games will be running at a different hertz than what they were during their release as NTSC titles in North America. The PAL region releases were for the European consoles, and that means that they’re running at a lower hertz. In the U.S., the NTSC versions of games were running at 30 fps at 60 hertz, while due to regional signal broadcasting differences in Europe, the PAL versions of games ran at 25 fps at 50 hertz.

So what does this mean in plain ol’ English? It means that the PAL versions of these games will be running at lower frames than the original NTSC releases. This also means that they will suffer from the dreaded input latency and make it difficult to pull off and read certain moves in the fighting games, specifically Battle Arena Toshinden and Tekken 3.

Mark Julio, a community adviser for the Tekken fighting game community, pointed out that this is likely going to cause issues with some fans who will think that the game isn’t that fun to play due to the FPS differences.

For games like Resident Evil or Grand Theft Auto, the changes may not seem terribly important given the genre of games, and for people who aren’t seriously into fighting games they may not think much of the difference between PAL and NTSC versions. However, it makes a huge difference when you’re playing the actual game and you find that your button presses are registering fractions of a second slower than they should, and the game is ultimately playing slower than what it was intended to.

This is why at EVO tournaments and other high-caliber FGC events they use old CRTs for some games to reduce frame lag from the display outputs. The idea is to make sure that the game is running at the highest frames possible with the highest hertz possible from the television or monitor; the FPS can make or break a combo, counter, read, or a finish, and it’s not something gamers want to have to deal with when playing leisurely or competitively.

Some longtime PlayStation gamers also chimed in on the comment section noting that they were canceling their pre-order due to the inclusion of PAL games for the U.S. release of the PlayStation Classic. Others wondered if Sony would at least be correcting the FPS differences between the releases, while others simply decided they weren’t going to buy a unit at all.

For people who don’t care much about precision gaming, accurate input latency, or frame-rate issues that could cost you a match, a round, or make you lose the game, it may not matter too much to them because they simply want to get a taste of nostalgia from twenty years ago. For those who do care about losing up to five frames per second, they will likely look elsewhere to get their fix of classic PlayStation gaming, especially for the fighting games.

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24 Vet Dennis Haysbert Is Set To Lead A New CBS Show

It’s hard to turn on a television these days without seeing Dennis Haysbert at some point, and it may get even harder in the near future. The long-time television actor just signed on to be a part of another television project, which could find him at CBS. Haysbert just got the role of co-star in the drama pilot Surveillance alongside actress Sophia Bush.

Surveillance is a drama that follows Sophia Bush’s Maddy, who works for the NSA. Maddy soon finds herself in conflict with protecting government secrets and her own, which may obviously lead to trouble. Dennis Haysbert will play NSA deputy director Barry, who is described by Deadline as a mentor and father figure to Maddy. Depending on Barry’s thoughts on NSA proceedings, Maddy’s want to protect her secrets may cause a strain in their relationship should she confide in him.

Surveillance hails from Cloverfield and Dawn of the Planet of The Apes director Matt Reeves. The actual pilot itself is being written by David C. White, who has written some various historical dramas and an NSA-centered television documentary, called Inside The NSA. Patricia Riggen, who directed three episodes of Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan series, will direct the project. 20th Century Fox TV will co-produce the project alongside CBS TV studios.

Should Surveillance snag a series order, it will be the first 20th Century Fox TV-produced CBS series Dennis Haysbert has appeared on since The Unit. He’s appeared on the network since then, although typically through his roles as the spokesman for various Allstate commercials. Haysworth has had a long career in film and television, although many may most recognize him for his stint as President Palmer on 24.

Though it’s been a while since Dennis Haysbert starred in a CBS series, it’s not been that long since the actor was last seen in a network television series. Haysbert had a main role in the NBC drama Reverie this year, although the series was cancelled in early November. It didn’t take long for Haysbert to land on his feet post-cancellation, but that’s to be expected considering his long and prolific career.

Even if things with Surveillance don’t work out, Dennis Haysbert is already a part of the Hallmark movie Christmas Everlasting. In addition to that, Haysbert will be in the faith-based feature Breakthrough later in the year. Basically, it doesn’t look like Haysbert is stepping away from the spotlight in television or film anytime soon.

CinemaBlend will keep an eye out for updates regarding this CBS pilot, and keep readers in the loop on most television news. For a look at what else is happening with television in the near future, be sure to visit our fall and midseason premiere guides.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Has Reportedly Already Leaked Online

With just a week to go before release, there are reports going around stating that Nintendo’s big bread and butter release of the holiday season could already be leaked online. It’s a potentially dangerous time for Nintendo’s bottom line if the leaks are bad, but some people have apparently managed to get their hands on Super Smash Bros. Ultimate early, and in a bad way.

Motherboard is reporting that pirated versions of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate are currently making their way around the internet. The game was supposedly dumped and spread around the piracy communities.

Videos have apparently been leaking online of the gameplay and characters. One of the members of the piracy community told Motherboard that videos of the content were making their way onto YouTube, but if you attempt to find them you’ll note that most of them have been hit with copyright strikes, and Nintendo has managed to shut down a couple of YouTube channels hosting footage of leaked gameplay from the upcoming Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

What’s interesting here is that Nintendo has ramped up its fight against piracy in ways that could only be described aggressively militant. This is because the Nintendo Switch was cracked earlier in the year and hackers were able to get homebrew to run on the system. Thereafter, emulators began popping up for the Nintendo Switch and they are capable of running some games at up to 30fps with most of the graphics and visuals intact.

Nintendo took the next step by having some emulation and ROM websites shutdown, such as LoveROMs and LoveRETRO. Other sites closed up in the wake of Nintendo dropping the legal hammer on ROM sites, all in an attempt to protect sales of the Switch and its games.

This is a far more aggressive tactic than how Nintendo approached the piracy community back during the Wii U’s run, which is mostly because the Wii U was a sales failure and the company didn’t pursue the ROM community with the sort of verve it’s showing now. But, given that the Switch is rather popular, the company sees the device as a worthwhile one that will help expand its bottom line, which is why Nintendo is likely going so hard after pirates this generation.

Interestingly enough, one of the members of the pirate community told Motherboard that they didn’t necessarily agree with leaking a game two weeks before its release. Others, however, didn’t really care and just wanted to play the high-profile Nintendo Switch exclusive.

However, a few members found out the hard way that one of the leaked versions of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will brick your Nintendo Switch. For the people who get their hands on that version of the game and install it, only for it to brick the console, they’ll still have to go out and buy the Switch all over again. Either way, Nintendo now has to not only fight against Sony and Microsoft during the holiday sales season, but the company also has to compete against pirates leaking early copies of its biggest game launch this year. I suppose one ray of light for the company is that pre-order records have already been broken by Super Smash Bros. Ultimate leading up to its release.

How Arrow’s Oliver Will Be Different After Getting Out Of Prison

Warning: spoilers ahead for Episode 7 of Arrow Season 7, called “The Slabside Redemption.”

Arrow Season 7 hasn’t felt like the same Arrow that fans knew and loved thanks to leading man Oliver Queen being stuck behind bars. Oliver in prison did open the series up to covering new ground, and he’s bound to be different after his experiences in the clink. Well, “The Slabside Redemption” saw Oliver free after one gigantic action sequence that will go down as one of the most unforgettable of the entire series, and star Stephen Amell weighed in on how Oliver will be different post-prison.

Yeah. I spent a lot of time talking with [showrunner Beth Schwartz] about Oliver when he gets out because I felt like in the first episode this year, we were really trying to charge ahead with a lot of cool new ideas, but it didn’t necessarily lend the proper weight to what happened at the end of Season 6 in an episode that’s titled “Life Sentence.” One of the first drafts in the early part in the first episode of Season 7 focused a lot on Oliver focusing on good behavior so that he would get released, and I was like, ‘Well, one way or the other, he’s been in there for five or seven months, whatever the case may be. He’s got at least fourteen or fifteen to go if he has good behavior, so we changed the focus a little bit. The same thing happened when I read Episode 8. I know they wanted Oliver back in the world and he is in a new and exciting way. Concurrently, it felt like we were treating my experience in Slabside like I spent a night in county jail when in actuality even for Oliver it was a pretty horrific experience. So I did want a change in him.

Even by Oliver Queen standards, his time in Slabside Prison has been been hellish. Before he got himself sent to Level 2, he was facing attacks from fellow inmates who weren’t exactly fans of the former vigilante. In fact, Oliver has had bruises and cuts on his body for almost the entire season, to the point that the iconic Green Arrow goatee wasn’t even the most noticeable thing about his face. Such an experience would naturally leave a mark lasting beyond however long it takes for the bruises to heal!

Stephen Amell was determined that Arrow would show the effects of Oliver’s time in Slabside, both in the beginning of the season when he’d already been locked up for months and by the time the seventh episode aired. Instead of Episode 8 next week taking fans back into Oliver’s life in Star City without any indication of what he’d suffered, the show will acknowledge everything he’s been through. It’s not like Oliver was established as somebody who easily moves on from trauma in the first six years of the show!

Only time will tell just how much Oliver’s experiences in Slabside stick with him. After the action-packed hour that was “The Slabside Redemption,” we have to hope that the guy has at least enough time to get a good night’s sleep (with Felicity by his side) before trying to adjust to life on the outside again. Stephen Amell went on in his chat with CinemaBlend and other outlets at a recent set visit to say this about specific ways he wanted Oliver to be different after leaving the clink:

I wanted a change in him in the way that he interacts with people, with the public, and even so far as his wardrobe. Oliver’s in his mid thirties, he’s a former politician, I want him to dress a little bit more like he used to dress for Sunday brunch at the Queen mansion. I mean, WASP-y the’s wrong word, but it’s not totally the wrong word. But that’s not what we’re going for. I wanted him, in the first episode that I’m out, we have me going to a gala and I was sort of in the same suit that I would wear as the mayor. I didn’t like that. So we pushed that in a different direction and part of the fun of this year is I’ve pitched a bunch of stuff and I think, not the opening scene of Episode 8, but the first time that you see Oliver, we came up with a really interesting way, I think, of showing what prison life did to him without really bashing people over the head with it.

Oliver’s wardrobe will be going somewhat old-school Arrow, but it sounds like we shouldn’t expect him back in the clothes he wore whenever he’d hit the town and pretend to party the night away at Verdant! He also probably won’t be able to wear the green hood on a regular basis any time soon. The upcoming crossover that sees him back in superhero duds may not mean that he’s able to hit the streets as a hero anymore. The crossover looks bonkers enough that I can imagine a reset will happen!

Interestingly, Oliver will apparently be attending a gala in next week’s episode, and galas and parties were once a staple of Arrow back when the Queens still had their money. Stephen Amell didn’t reveal how his gala wardrobe would differ from his mayor wardrobe — which was really pretty much just a suit — so we’ll have to wait and see on that count. Basically, it sounds like we can expect Oliver’s post-prison changes to linger for a while, even if they won’t be the focus of all his scenes.

Of course, a big question is how the original Green Arrow will react to the new Green Arrow running around the streets of Star City. He may have been freed, but he wasn’t declared innocent of his actions as Green Arrow. He was still outed as the Emerald Archer, so he’ll likely be questioned and perhaps even accused regarding this new vigilante. Admittedly, Oliver was locked up during the new archer’s early exploits. Still, the press and sanctioned law enforcement in Star City haven’t always been the savviest of investigators.

Stephen Amell had this to say about Oliver’s reaction to the new Green Arrow:

He runs into the new Green Arrow or runs into the new Green Arrow’s exploits pretty quickly, but coming out of prison, he gets asked that specific question very early on. What are you going to do? And he says, ‘I’m gonna try and do what you guys did,’ which is just find a different way to help the city. We come up with an idea pretty quickly, but I think one of the fun things is it’s not Oliver who comes up with it.

The emergence of a new Green Arrow evidently won’t instill in Oliver the need to reclaim his title in Star City. Did his stint in Slabside scar him enough that he’s ready to leave the bow and hood behind for the rest of his life, aside from the occasional relapse? Now, in the immediate aftermath of his release from prison, that could very well be the case. Given that he’s the star of a show called Arrow, however… well, I’d be shocked if we don’t see him back as the Green Arrow again.

Find out what’s in store for Oliver next with new episodes of Arrow on Mondays at 8 p.m. ET on The CW. Oddly enough, we may see him back in a very different superhero suit long before he’s back in the green leather thanks to the “Elseworlds” crossover.” The latest trailer offers no fewer than six awesome moments that have us totally psyched, so be sure to check out our breakdown. For some upcoming viewing options, swing by our midseason TV premiere schedule.

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Red Dead Redemption 2 Online Beta Starts Tomorrow

Rockstar Games promised that Red Dead Online would be available sometime in November and they’re looking to pull off that feat just under the wire. The online portion of Red Dead Redemption II is going to roll out over the next several days and by Friday, Nov. 30, everyone gaming on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 should be able to join in on the fun.

As of Tuesday, Nov. 27, anyone who has the Ultimate Edition of Red Dead Redemption II will be able to join the online beta starting at 8:30 a.m. EST. If you purchased the physical Ultimate Edition, you need to make sure to redeem the code that was included with your copy of the game.

No need to worry if you didn’t fork over extra cash for the fancy version of the game, though, as your wait won’t be much longer to join the online activities. On Wednesday, Nov. 28, anyone who logged on and played Red Dead II on launch day, Oct. 26, will be invited to join the online community. The press release does not list a start time for the Wednesday crowd, but it’s probably a safe bet that it will also be at 8:30 a.m. EST.

If you played Red Dead II sometime between Oct. 26 and Oct. 29, you’ll get to play online starting this Thursday, Nov. 29. Finally, as of Friday, the gates will be thrown open wide for anyone with a copy of the game.

Staggering the launch actually has less to do with offering perks to early adopters of the game and more to do with careful planning on Rockstar’s part. They’re calling these early goings a beta because things will likely need to evolve a bit before they consider it fully “launched.” The first week of any online game can be crazy, so they’re pacing things to make like easier on themselves and less frustrating for players.

Launching the online portion of Red Dead II across a handful of days allows Rockstar to, hopefully, mitigate any major issues and help make sure the servers can handle the load. Having everyone pile in at once would have been a pretty great way to bring things crashing to a halt. Server crashes might still happen, obviously, but at least having a rolling launch will help lesson those odds.

In the announcement, Rockstar invites everyone to report any bugs or other issues through the regular channels as they work to bring the online game up to full speed. They’ve had an extremely successful run with Grand Theft Auto V‘s online mode over the past five years, though, so expect whatever activities are available here in the early goings to increase with future updates.

When you turn on Red Dead II, you should notice an “Online” button in the top right of the screen once you are allowed to join the mode. From there, you’ll be invited to create your own character, then it’s off to the races. It sounds like the entire map will be included in the online mode, though altered to support multiplayer activities. The announcement states that fans can expect a bunch of the experiences they had in the original game’s online mode and a lot more. Players can go solo or join a posse of eight total players. You can go fishing and hunting as a posse, attack the hideouts of other gangs, hunt for treasure, go on missions, check out spontaneous skirmishes and even tackle open world challenges.

How Arrow Is Changing Oliver And Felicity’s Relationship, According To Stephen Amell

Spoilers ahead for the seventh episode of Arrow Season 7, called “The Slabside Redemption.”

“The Slabside Redemption” was an intense hour of television almost entirely devoted to Oliver’s bloody final day within Slabside Prison on Arrow. The action was some of the best ever produced by any show of the Arrow-verse, and the game has been effectively changed in many ways. Fortunately for Oliver and Felicity, the episode ended with the two finally reunited. Her tireless efforts to see him freed could cease, and he no longer had to helplessly wait to find out if she’d been targeted again.

Now that the Olicity reunion has happened, the next question is how their relationship will be different following Oliver’s stint in prison. Between Oliver’s suffering behind bars and the transformation Felicity had to go through on the outside, they’re different people than they were before Oliver went behind bars. Stephen Amell chatted the future of Olicity with CinemaBlend and other outlets on a recent set visit, and he said this:

Felicity went to some dark places in the first chunk of Season 7, to the point that even semi-reformed villain Black Siren and Bratva boss Anatoly were shocked at what she was willing to do. She didn’t cross any lines that other characters haven’t crossed, but Oliver is bound to notice that what Diaz taunted him with about Felicity isn’t actually false.

Now, if this situation went down a few years ago, we could probably expect a lack of communication and bad decision-making. Based on Stephen Amell’s comments, however, it sounds like we can expect him to have undergone a fair amount of growth after his time in prison, and the time has passed when miscommunication ruins their romance. The two characters just need to come to the conclusion that their lives together will never be perfect or normal.

Will they have the kind of happily-ever-after that their deserve after the past seven (or twelve, in Oliver’s case) years? Probably not, and certainly not if those flash-forwards represent a future that cannot be changed. But if they can adapt to their circumstances, they can build a good life together for as long as possible before everything goes south again. This is Star City, after all.

Fans who have wondered why Oliver has ever lived in exposed places may be in luck, if Stephen Amell’s tease about his next living situation means that Oliver and Felicity won’t live in the loft anymore! As great of a location as the loft has been — for the holding of parties, the exchanging of information, and the occasional assault by villains — the time has really come for Oliver and Felicity to live somewhere less accessible to bad guys.

Only time will tell what’s in store for Olicity next. The upcoming “Elseworlds” crossover will apparently feature Oliver canoodling with another woman, although not intentionally. In fact, he’s being more canoodled than doing any canoodling, which is really for the best. For new episodes of Arrow, tune in to The CW on Mondays at 8 p.m. ET.

A New Alien Game May Be Announced At The Game Awards

The Aliens franchise has had such a rocky road through the world of interactive entertainment. Some of the games have been serviceable, others have become cult classics, a few are extraordinary, and some are downright terrible. Well, there have been rumblings about a new Alien game being in the works and that it might get announced at this year’s The Game Awards.

According to PCGamesN, we could be seeing a new game announced which will be set within Fox’s Alien universe. This was picked up from tweets sent out from The Game Awards host, Geoff Keighley, who noted that “Worlds Will Change” on December 6th, using a font similar to the one used for Fox’s sci-fi thriller series. This instantly led a lot of people speculate that we could be seeing a new game in the franchise pop up.

Those rumors were given additional circumstantial weight when DSO Gaming spotted the trademark for Alien: Blackout over on the World Intellectual Property Organization global brand database. The WIPO entry was recently filed, on November 22nd, by Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. It also details that it is indeed a computer game that classifies under the physical and digital distribution categories. So, obviously, we know that 20th Century Fox has filed a trademark for a video game that will be based on Alien: Blackout.

What we don’t know are the details of the game. As pointed out by DSO Gaming, it’s completely possible that this new title is a mobile game even if they don’t expect it to be that, much like Diablo: Immortal. The real question is if gamers will give it a cold reception like Blizzard’s announcement of the hack-and-slash mobile title back at BlizzCon?

However, there’s a low likelihood that one of the big reveals at The Game Awards, which is typically viewed by hardcore gamers, will hype gamers up for a new Alien game only to have it announced that it’s for mobile devices. Typically those games aren’t held in high regard by most gamers due to the fact that mobile games are rife with predatory monetary practices and are rather light on actual gameplay.

However, some gamers are already hoping that this is a follow-up to Creative Assembly‘s Alien: Isolation, which was considered one of the best games based on the intellectual property. It was also an opportunity for Sega to redeem its publishing of Aliens: Colonial Marines, which actually isn’t a bad game once you get the patched version with the mod overhaul on PC, but it launched in such an abysmal state that it really tarnished the brand name.

Ridley Scott’s prequel films haven’t helped the property much, either, given how inconsistent and poorly written they’ve been. However, with Fox having started up FoxNext Games, it’s possible that the company could be taking the franchise serious again and want to build on the momentum that was achieved with Alien: Isolation.

This is all assuming that Alien: Blackout will actually be announced in December during The Game Awards. We’ll find out next week when the broadcast airs via streaming services.

How Can You Help Someone Who Is Depressed?

A person who is depressed needs as much support as someone suffering from any other serious illness, such as cancer. Yet depression often makes people isolate themselves. It can change their personality and sap their energy. And it can make them resistant to assistance.

Nancy Burgoyne, a licensed clinical psychologist, discussed why even the most well-meaning offers of support sometimes go awry and gave advice on how to help a loved one who is depressed. Dr. Burgoyne has been a therapist for more than 25 years and is the…

The Lion King Remake Has Finally Added A Brand New Character

In the upcoming Lion King remake, Donald Glover stars as Simba, Beyoncé as Nala, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, John Oliver as Zazu, John Kani as Rafiki, Seth Rogen as Pumbaa and Billy Eichner as Timon, along other new cast members, with James Earl Jones returning as Mufasa. Following this casting announcement, there will certainly be more to The Lion King then meets the eye when it comes to theaters on July 19, 2019.

Meek Mill Announces His ‘Motivational’ First Post-Prison Tour

Not only is Meek Mill celebrating his wins with a new album, Championships, this week, but he’s also putting his newfound liberation to use by heading out on The Motivation Tour.

Beginning in February 2019 and running through late March, the U.S. trek will visit 16 cities, including Meek’s hometown of Philadelphia. Notably, it marks the rapper’s first tour since his release from prison earlier this year.

Last week, Meek released “Uptown Vibes” and “Oodles O’ Noodles Babies” to rev up anticipation for Championships, which arrives Friday. The new project — his first full-length album since 2017’s Wins & Losses — also includes the Jeremih-featuring single “Dangerous,” as well as a rumored collaboration with Cardi B.

While gearing up for his new musical chapter, Meek is also continuing to passionately push for prison reform. Just before announcing his new tour on Monday (November 26), The New York Times published an op-ed from the rapper in which he announces his new criminal justice reform organization. Underscoring the country’s need for prison reform, he wrote, “A higher power has put me in a position to help fix this — to help clean up this persistent stain on our society.”

Read the full op-ed here, and check out the Motivation Tour dates below.

02/19 — Miami, FL @ The Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater

02/22 — Dallas, TX @ South Side Ballroom

02/23 — Houston, TX @ Revention Music Center

02/26 — Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica Theatre

02/28 — Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Palladium

03/01 — San Francisco, CA @ The Masonic

03/05 — Denver, CO @ Fillmore Auditorium

03/08 — Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom

03/09 — Detroit, MI @ The Fox Theatre

03/12 — New York, NY @ Hammerstein Ballroom

03/15 — Philadelphia, PA @ The MET

03/19 — Lowell, MA @ Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell

03/21 — Washington, DC @ The Anthem

03/23 — Raleigh, NC @ The Ritz

03/24 — Atlanta, GA @ Coca-Cola Roxy