Trailer And Casting Details Revealed For “Minecraft: Story Mode – A Telltale Game Series’

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(PCM) Leading and award-winning developer and publisher of digital entertainment Telltale Games, and world-renowned game developer Mojang, recently revealed at ‘Minecon’ in London the world-premiere trailer and first cast details for Minecraft: Story Mode – A Telltale Games Series.

Minecraft: Story Mode is an all-new narrative-driven, five-part episodic game series, developed by Telltale in collaboration with Mojang. Set in the world of Minecraft, the game series introduces new characters and familiar themes, but is an entirely original Minecraft experience inspired by the game that continues to inspire a generation.

Players will control protagonist Jesse throughout the season, as portrayed by actor Patton Oswalt. Jesse and his group of friends revere the legendary Order of the Stone; four adventurers who slayed an Ender Dragon. The Order are the very best at what they do: Warrior, Redstone Engineer, Griefer, and Architect. While at EnderCon, Jesse and his friends discover that something is wrong… something dreadful. Terror is unleashed, and they must set out on a journey to find The Order of the Stone if they are to save their world from oblivion.

The season will feature Patton Oswalt, Brian Posehn, Ashley Johnson, Scott Porter, Martha Plimpton, Dave Fennoy, Corey Feldman, Billy West, and Paul Reubens. Additional casting details for the season are yet to be announced.

“We’ve worked closely with the amazing team at Mojang to ensure this story is a natural fit for the Minecraft world fans already know and love,” said Kevin Bruner, CEO and co-founder of Telltale Games. “As Jesse, players will steer their own path through a tale of adventure and survival; all brought to life by an all-star cast. Through Telltale’s choice-based gameplay and a story spanning from the Nether to the Farlands, the End, and beyond, we can’t wait for fans to experience this new take on the beloved world of Minecraft.”

“The interactive storytellers at Telltale are giving players the chance to explore their own unique interpretation of the Minecraft universe,” said Owen Hill, Chief Word Officer at Mojang. “They’ve crafted a story that follows the logic of Minecraft, but still manages to feel original. It’s actually pretty funny too. And the pig is adorable. We’re super excited about players digging deeper into the world of Minecraft: Story Mode later this year.”
Minecraft: Story Mode will be a standalone product, separate from the core Minecraft game, and will be available to download later this year on PC/Mac, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and compatible iOS and Android-based devices.

Minecraft: Story Mode – A Telltale Games Series is currently in development, and is not yet rated by the ESRB. The series will be published digitally in 2015 by Telltale Games in partnership with Mojang.

For more information on Telltale Games, visit the official website , Facebook, and follow @TelltaleGames on Twitter .

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Bubble Wrap Will Soon Lose Its’ Satisfying “Pop!”

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(PCM) We were really hoping that this story wasn’t true, but it appears that there are going to be some major changes coming to our beloved Bubble Wrap. Seriously, who doesn’t love popping Bubble Wrap? It is delightfully therapeutic in an odd way.

It appears that due to cut down on production costs, Bubble Wrap will now be losing it’s satisfying popping sound! We are horrified! Sealed Air Corp., the makers of Bubble Wrap, have announced that they will be changing their entire design in effort to save some bucks. The classic Bubble Wrap has been in existence since 1960, but according to Sealed Air Corp,  the shipping rates are now too high because Bubble Wrap takes up too much space.

The company has now designed iBubble Wrap which will be delivered to retailers in flat sheets that they will then have to inflate themselves. Here’s where it gets worse … the air pockets in each sheet will now be connected, so if you got to squeeze one, the air will just travel to another pocket and its’ bye-bye popping sound.

Many have already begun slamming Sealed Air Corp on social media in light of the change, as many feel that Bubble Wrap is just too iconic of a product to change this drastically. Many feel that Bubble Wrap is used for way more than just packing material, as it can be a great stress reliever and provide hours of entertainment to folks young and old.

To help ease the minds of Bubble Wrap enthusiasts, Sealed Air Corp let them know that traditional Bubble Wrap wasn’t going way completely, but they were only just expanding their family of products. That is certainly some good news at least, especially for a product that even has it’s own holiday, National Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day is celebrated on January 26 and its’ Facebook page has over 2 million likes.   

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The Marvel Experience Is Simply Out Of This World

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(PCM) Immersing yourself in the world of Marvel, pretending that you are a beloved super hero and battling the bad guys could just be the perfect way to spend a summer afternoon.

That’s what Marvel comic book lovers and movie fans, gamers, families and others are doing when they head to the Philadelphia tour of “The Marvel Experience: The World’s First Hyper-Reality Tour,” at Lincoln Financial Field through Sunday, July 5.

The creative brainchild of Hero Ventures’ Doug Schaer and Rick Licht, The Marvel Experience is an immersive, attraction, that features the world’s first-ever traveling 360-degree, 3-D stereoscopic full-Dome theater.

There is also a state-of-the-art motion ride, rock climbing wall, a laser maze, motion rides, holograms, and a “training course” that offers the opportunity for Marvel fans to actually feel like they are part of the adventure. All of this is done at the visitor’s own pace.

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Of course, Marvel comics, is 100 percent the experience. “They saw the vision in what we presented and made sure that we captured the essence of these characters,” he said. “They are extremely protective of everything that bears the Marvel name.”

“The three words that are most used during our exit pools are fun, overwhelming and awesome, and we couldn’t ask for three better words,” Licht explained during the recent event opening. “I want this experience to encompass all three for everyone.”

According to Licht, once the technology for the show emerged the next step was to create a story to enhance it.

“When I first talked about this with friends and business associates, they thought I was a bit crazy. Flash forward a few years, and I had 28 family members and friends at the Dallas opening and 30 in San Diego and I could feel the love in the room.”

As agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. in training, guests of The Marvel Experience can swing with Spider-Man, smash with Hulk, fly with Iron Man, and assist Captain America and Black Widow, and others, all in preparation for an epic battle alongside Marvel’s biggest super heroes in a fight against Red Skull, M.O.D.O.K. and an army of evil Adaptoids.

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The Marvel Experience incorporates next-generation interactive technology including augmented reality and multi-person gaming so that you can see yourself in action. Everything happens with cutting-edge technology and advanced computer animation. There’s nothing else like it. Not only do the members of audience get to join the adventure, in the end they may even become heroes themselves.

Hero Ventures, of L.A., has brought together top-notch creative and business minds in animation, and interactive technology to create dynamic live entertainment experiences to share with world-wide audiences in unique and unprecedented ways.

Doug-marvelHere is a recent chat with 43-year-old Doug Schaer:

Q: Please tell me the history of The Marvel Experience.

Doug Schaer: We’ve been working on this show for more than four years. We have hosted the [preview] shows in Phoenix, Dallas and San Diego for a total of 54 days.

Q: What are the highlights of this show?

DS: For me its just a fun show. Every single person who goes through this show has something that they like and it’s always different. The key here is to make people smile.

Q: What was the idea behind the show?

DS: To leverage technology to bring enjoyment for everyone. I experienced this with my dad, who is now 71, and my children, my five-year-old son and eight-year-old daughter, and all of us had a great time and a different favorite.

Q: What is the challenge with this?

DS: The most challenging thing is to create something for everybody – that’s what every marketer wants to do, and they want it to be the next generation. There are fans of The Avengers movies, gamers, comic book lovers and more. This is basically a house of ideas. It’s all about the narrative and the story telling – and that has to be accessible to everybody. Our aim was to create the most complex and cool show that is a great deal of fun and had something for everyone.

Q: What else is involved?

DS: We are not a theme park and we are not a tech company, so we can be an introduction to the Marvel Universe, there are treats a plenty for the hard core fan boy, movie lovers, several generations of family members, and everyone in between.

Q: So are you the coolest dad on the planet?

DS: Good questions. My children don’t know any differently; they assume that everyone gets to play with superheroes all the time.

Q: But they must be thrilled by all of this?

DS: Yes. They love superheroes and super heroines. And I often hear; ‘So dad, where are the domes going next?’

Q: So far what has the feedback been?

DS: I hear people say they took their children, they went with their college buddies, went for costume night, and we all had a great time. I don’t want to hear, ‘I munched popcorn and watched my kids play.’ I want it to be an interactive and immersive experiential time for everybody who comes.

Q: What else comes to mind.

DS: This is exciting because you are literally dropped into this Hollywood scripted adventure. It will propel you though this two hour narrative and you can touch it and feel it. It’s not a museum, a Comic-Con, or theme park — the interactives are meant to be accessible to everybody.

Q: What do you want the take-away to be?

DS: I am looking for the audiences to think it was fun, that it is a good value based on the ticket prices, and that they will tell their friends about it. For a show to succeed, especially since we are only in town for a short time, there has to be word-of-mouth.

Q: What’s personally exciting for you about the Philadelphia show?

DS: I am coming home. I am a Jersey boy from Bergen County, and I have spent hundreds of great nights in Philly. I love it there – the sports, the food and everything else. Capt. America has to come there; he can be the stanch defender of The Liberty Bell.

The Marvel Experience schedule includes the following dates:

· Chicago, at McCormick Place: Saturday July 11 to Sunday August 2

· New York, NY at The Park Avenue Armory: Thursday August 13 to Sunday August 30

· St. Louis, at America’s Center Convention Complex: Saturday September 5 to Sunday September 20

For tickets go to www.ticketmaster.com or call 800-745-3000. For a complete schedule go to: The Marvel Experience website: www.themarvelexperiencetour.com.

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Disney Theme Parks Announce A Ban On Selfie Sticks

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(PCM) Claiming that guest safety is their number one priority, Walt Disney World in Florida, Disneyland in California, as well as, Disney properties in Paris and Hong Kong have announced that they are banning the use of selfie sticks in their parks.

The new policy states that the selfie sticks will not make it any further than the bag check at any Disney World theme park. In Florida and California the new policy will go into effect on Tuesday and in Paris and Hong Kong on Wednesday.

Selfie sticks have become all the rage lately, as their purpose is to extend the reach of cell phone cameras to provide users with better cell phone images. According to a Disney World spokesperson, selfie sticks have become a growing safety concern for both guests and cast members.

The use of selfie sticks has become a bigger and bigger issue a the parks over the last year, so much so, that even rides such as Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and Space Mountain have signs posted that read “No Selfie Sticks Allowed”. Prior to the new policy taking effect, guests were verbally warned by cast members, however no they will no longer be allowed in the park at all.

If, during bag check, a selfie stick is discovered it will either be confiscated by a cast member at the gate to be picked up at a later time when leaving the park or it can be returned to either your vehicle or hotel room.

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Whole Foods Accused Of Price Gouging

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(PCM) If you have ever shopped at Whole Foods, you are well aware that their prices are always quite a bit higher than you would pay at a regular grocery chain. In fact, the grocery retailer has even been jokingly referred to as “Whole Paycheck” over the years. Recently, investigators in New York launched a probe into Whole Foods pricing and discovered that they have been grossly overcharging their customers for years.

In fact, the investigators called it “the worst case of overcharges” they have ever seen! It was found that Whole Food has been overcharging customers over a period of the last five years. The store received violations which included inaccurate weight labels on pre-packaged food, as well as, adding tax to non-taxable items.

To give an example, the cost of pre-packaged coconut shrimp was marked up by as much as almost $15.00 above normal cost, a pack of chicken tenders by about $5.00, and a vegetable party tray by about $6.00. Definitely hurting the pockets of consumers!

A spokesperson for Whole Foods defends the store saying that the pricing often happens on the manufacturing side of things and that the grocers are not to blame for the price gouging. Just last year, Whole Foods paid upwards of $800, 000 in a settlement for overcharging consumers for food based on weight.

Are you a Whole Foods shopper? How happy are you with their pricing practices?

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Taylor Swift Confronts Apple About Music Streaming Service Policy

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(PCM) Not just anyone can go up against online giant Apple and actually succeed in getting them to reverse one of their business policies, but if your name is Taylor Swift then you certainly have a fairly good chance.

Swift penned an open letter to Apple titled “To Apple, Love Taylor” criticizing the company for failing to compensate artists for music that is given away for free during a customers free three month trail period with the service. Swift threatened to pull her mega-hit album “1989” from Apple’s new streaming service, unless a change was made to compensate the artists.

Swift did not confront Apple over any type of greed or desire to make more money for herself, but rather to be sure that new artists, songwriters and other people in the industry would be protected and receive proper compensation for their hard-work. Apple’s policy could leave them all in a very vulnerable state.

In her open letter to Apple, Swift says that she was shocked and disappointed to hear about Apple’s policy, as they are historically a very progressive and generous company. She went on to say that it is never too late to change the minds of those in charge and added “We don’t ask you for free iPhones. Please don’t ask us to provide you with our music for no compensation.”

It seems that the powers that be at Apple heard Swift’s sentiments and there was very quick change made to the company’s policy regarding compensation to artist during the free trial period. Definitely a smart move on behalf of the company, as we are sure they would be devastated to lost the support of Swift and her legions of adoring fans.  Apple’s senior vice president Eddy Cue sent out a series of Tweet’s addressing the issue and even personally called Swift to let her know about the company decision on the matter.

Photo credit: Matt Christine

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