Blu-ray Tagged Articles RSS Feed | Blu-ray RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network Ratchet and Clank movie gets Home Video Release date Thu, 09 Jun 2016 14:46:50 -0400 Joseph Ocasio

Earlier this year, Ratchet and Clank was released in theaters nation wide and will now be coming to home video. Announced on the film's Facebook page, Ratchet and Clank will be making their home video debut on July 26th on Digital HD, and August 2nd on Blu-Ray. No box art has been shown or any word on special features.

Ratchet and Clank the movie, based on the game from 2002, was originally released in theaters on April 29th, with... disappointing results. It earned a 16% on Rotten Tomatoes, and grossed only $12.1 million on a $20 million budget which made it a box office bomb. Critic consensus for the film was that it "may satisfy very young viewers, but compared to the many superior options available to families and animation enthusiasts, it offers little to truly recommend."

Alternatively, a Ratchet and Clank game based on the movie was released on April 12th, two weeks prior to the film's release, receiving positive reviews from critics, currently holding an 85 on Metacritic.

Former Microsoft employee laments "HD-DVD" Fri, 29 Jan 2016 07:10:58 -0500 Damian A. Hinton

Former Microsoft employee James Allard recently stated in an interview with NowGamer that Microsoft spent a "stupid amount of time" on the HD-DVD format.

He went on to talk about how "worrying" about other companies had a negative effect on the company, and served as a distraction from "core beliefs." The biggest effect being the lack of focus on what made the Microsofts's 360 a great console - the online services.

These statements stem from the mid-2000s events that saw the HD-DVD being heavily pushed by Microsoft - and other companies - as a new alternative to DVD playback.

In 2008, Toshiba officially announced that they would no longer support the HD-DVD format, after a protracted "format war" with those backing the Blu-Ray Disc. Prior to the release of Sony's Playstation 3, many viewed the HD-DVD as the format of the future, as the launch of the Blu-Ray was riddled with issues.

These issues were eventually remedied with the release of the Sony Playstation 3, and saw the slow decline of the HD-DVD format. 

Microsoft's strong support of the HD-DVD culminated in an add-on drive for the Xbox 360 console - an expensive piece of machinery that made the high-priced PlayStation 3 (that included a Blu-Ray drive) the more sought after console. 

While Blu-Ray hasn't become quite the "format of the future" that supporters had hoped (especially with the rising popularity of streaming services) it has continued on and it is still relevant today. More importantly, Microsoft has found its footing in the video game industry due to their focus on their online services as a "core belief."

Xbox One Media Remote Unveiled Fri, 21 Feb 2014 15:08:37 -0500 Courtney Gamache

Microsoft is well-known for their Xbox franchise, but as the world becomes more connected, Microsoft is trying to make things easier for everyone. The Xbox One has many gaming features, but also has numerous media features. This of course means they must have accessories to aid this, so Microsoft has released an Xbox One Media Remote to help this conquest.

Give Me The Details!

According to Microsoft, this media remote will be available world-wide in March and will work well with the Blu-Ray features that the Xbox One has. In addition, the remote will help with streaming videos on the console, with buttons dedicated to 'Back' and OneGuide'. You'll be able to sit back and enjoy your favorite TV shows and movies with this handy remote.

"The OneGuide button provides one-touch, quick access to your favorite TV shows and movies through the Xbox program guide,"

The media remote is the small price of $24.99 in North America. The conversion and prices world-wide are a bit unknown at the current time, but will surface in a few days.

Choi "Polt" Seong Hun Talks $20,000 Ender's Game ESports Tournament Fri, 07 Feb 2014 08:48:39 -0500 John Gaudiosi

Right now in the United States, 32 of the best StarCraft II players are competing in the first-ever video game tournament sponsored by a Hollywood movie studio. Lionsgate Home Entertainment is promoting the Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Video release of Ender’s Game with the tournament, which features $20,000 in cash prizes.

After two rounds featuring 16 players each--the first running now through Feb 9th on and the second running Feb 11-16 on top players will advance to the Ender’s Game on Blu-ray Tournament: Championship Round taking place February 22nd on Twitch with a $10,000 grand prize.

Choi "Polt" Seong Hun, a Terran player from South Korea who is currently playing for CMStorm, is taking part in the tournament. He’ll be competing against eSports greats like...

  • Chris "HuK" Loranger
  • Paulo "CatZ" Vizcarra
  • Choi "Polt" Seong Hun
  • Kim "violet" Dong Hwan
  • Gage "Sasquatch" DuBose
  • Chad "Minigun" Jones
  • Brandon "puck" Qual
  • Alex "Neeb" Sunderhaft
  • Conan "Suppy" Liu
  • Bailey "Bails" Thomas
  • Max "Astrea"  Angel
  • Kevin "qxc" Riley
  • Chris "Illusion" Lee
  • Zifeng "hellokitty" Wang
  • Libo "xenocider" Chang

Polt, who is only the fourth player in the world to complete the Triple Crown by winning major tournaments in North America, Europe and Asia, is currently a grad student at the University of Texas Austin. He talks about the implications of Hollywood validating eSports and offers some of his favorite movies in this exclusive interview.

What do you think attracted Hollywood to the eSports scene with this Ender's Game tournament?

The passion that eSports fans exhibit is so genuine and real. I think for advertisers with products designed around our audience, there is a significant influence that sponsoring an event like the Ender’s Game tournament can have.

How do you think this tournament might attract other Hollywood companies to eSports?

Since this tournament is the first one supported by a Hollywood company, it's really important. I'll be one of the players showing a great series of games that will make for great entertainment. If other potential sponsors are watching, they are sure to be in for a great show and will see a connection between the audience and the product they are trying to sell.

What are your thoughts on the Ender's Game movie?

I think that Ender’s Game is a very entertaining movie with a very unique story behind it. There can definitely be some parallels between the game played in the movie and StarCraft. Also, I heard Asa Butterfield is a StarCraft fan, so I think that’s very cool, as well.

What do you think about the book that has stood the test of time?

It doesn’t surprise me too much; many great movies have been made from successful books. If I had to choose something that has enabled it to stand the test of time, it would be the inner conflict Ender faces throughout the story. It’s characters like Ender that an audience can get behind and cheer for, which can definitely be applied to StarCraft 2 tournaments as well!

What are your thoughts on some of the inventions (like the Internet and virtual reality gaming) that Orson Scott Card wrote about over 20 years ago that are now all true?

Well, I’m not sure what to think about this. Perhaps he is a visionary!

What do you see when you look at the future of eSports?

To be honest, the StarCraft 2 scene was kind of stagnant. However, because Blizzard is doing so much work for StarCraft 2 it's been getting better. eSports as a whole has been getting bigger and bigger and I’m very optimistic with what the future will hold, especially after seeing tournament announcements like this one.

ESports Arena just opened its first of several planned dedicated eSports arenas in the US. How do you see actual arenas growing eSports moving forward?

I'm happy for that news. More arenas will attract more people and potentially more sponsors. Also, a new arena opened in Korea too, so we are starting to see similar global trends.

Outside of Ender's Game, what kind of movies do you like to watch?

I usually enjoy action or thriller movies like The Dark Knight.

What's your favorite movie and why?

I have really enjoyed the Die Hard series, from the time. When I was really young I started to watch it and my favorite one is Die Hard 3.

What role do you see tournaments like Ender's Game and Twitch are putting together play outside of your season?

It's very important for players to play matches regularly. Tournaments like this help players to be in the best condition. Also for the players that aren’t currently qualified for Premier, it gives them a chance to earn money.

What's a memorable interaction with a fan you can share from being on Twitch?

Everything I do with fans while I am streaming is memorable. Especially since I can directly communicate with them, it's really nice to talk to them just after a great game. Everyone is having a good time on the chat and I enjoy it so much.

Killzone: Shadowfall Review... Sort Of Fri, 01 Nov 2013 01:53:01 -0400 Brian Armstrong

Epic, beautiful, grand, and perfect in every way. That is the easiest way for me to describe exactly how amazing Killzone: Shadowfall is. Oh... did I mention I'm not actually referring to the game itself?

Stick with me though, I promise this won’t be the biggest waste of time you’ll spend on the internet today!

Can't Review the Game? Review the Box!

So I walked into my local GameStop the other day and picked up my pre-ordered copy of Killzone: Shadowfall. I can't remember the last time I picked up a game for a system I didn't actually own yet (okay, I don't think I've EVER done that), so it felt pretty strange. I wanted to run home, rip it open, and throw it into my nice, shiny PlayStation 4... except it doesn’t even exist yet.

I also picked up the PlayStation Camera, as I'm looking forward to streaming as often as I can, and I want people to be able to see my reactions as I get my butt kicked. It should be pretty entertaining, as getting my butt kicked in games is kind of my calling card.

Will We EVER Get Manual Back?

So despite not having a console to play the game on, I still rushed home and ripped open the packaging to see what was inside. Sadly, there wasn't much to see. There was a free seven-day trial of PlayStation Plus, which I already subscribe to (but if you don't, and you are a PlayStation gamer, seriously, what are you waiting for? Do it now!) and the disc, but no manual.

I don’t expect a manual anymore these days, but I keep hoping someone will start a revolution to bring them back. What am I saying? Most of you probably don't even know what a game manual is, do you? Fortunately, on the inside of the front and back cover is a controller scheme layout, so at least that's something.

Another thing that stood out to me is that the Blu-ray case itself is actually blue and not clear. This gives it a definite "something new" look to it, and should help your fancy new PS4 games stick out from the PS3 titles on your shelf. 

Simple Beauty

The art on the cover itself is fantastic, with a set of eyes at the top fading down to the title of the game, a soldier in the foreground, and aircraft of some sort in the background. It really looks slick, thanks to a bold amount of whitespace left on the cover. It’s a minimalistic design that does a great job hinting at the mystery of all that is to come in the next generation of gaming.

The back cover shows a few screenshots, gives a brief overview of the story, and details the specifications of the game (single player local, 2-24 players online, 1080p, remote play, 45 GB minimum hard drive space required... ouch!). As far as the back of boxes go, it's pretty standard, but the colors used really make the screenshots stand out and look gorgeous. Killzone is already expected to be one of the better looking next-gen launch titles, and if these screenshots are accurate, I'd say that's a pretty safe bet.

Final Thoughts

So all in all, while the inside is disappointing, the outside of the package is beautiful and sparks the imagination of what's to come. I can't say I've ever reviewed a package before, but I think you'll agree this hasn't been the most complete waste of time you'll spend on the internet today, and I'll take that as a compliment!

I'll be writing more about Shadowfall when... you know... I actually have a PS4 to play it on, and I hope you'll check back for some of that coverage. Hang in there, the next generation of console gaming is less than two weeks away!

Xbox One - What's With the Name and Rumours? Wed, 05 Jun 2013 20:10:40 -0400 Rob3rt Gittin9s

"Get all of your entertainment, games, apps, sports, and whatever else from this one machine," and yet you need to have another machine like an external HDD and/or cable box plus, of course, a TV plugged into the device.

One box to rule them all, plus 1- 3 more boxes plugged into it. Wait, what?!

It doesn't seem to be an “all in one” console when you consider the implications of plugging so many things into it to maximize its potential. The Xbox One name is stupid and a PR nightmare in my opinion. 

There’s also all the bad news surrounding the console which contradicts its name. For starters, let’s not forget zero backwards compatibility; so now you’re going to need to dust off your old Xbox 360 if you want to play the rest of your already owned gaming catalog.

Just imagine that every household with the Xbox One will have 360 sitting next to it. That really shouts out 'all in one console' to me! What if people can't afford the Xbox One without trading in their last gen console? So, to get the best experience possible with the next gen console you need your last Xbox console still? Again, I question: is the Xbox One really an all in one console?

Now with all these scary rumours that are surrounding Microsoft’s new flagship console, people are beginning to speculate just how much of it is smoke and mirrors.

And just what have they lied to us about in the press conference? Well, for instance they have shown fake Kinect demonstrations in the past, so it’s only just to assume that the latest demo is also fake. The reason the whole thing may have been staged is to hide the reality of just what it is the console has to offer. After watching the T.V integration, many people suspect that the Xbox one is in reality laggy. You can watch the T.V integration, bought to you via Wired.

Another one of these rumours that has surfaced suggests that the Xbox One may need to be down-clocked to run efficiently; this is a fear for which people believe is the avoidance of the new Red Ring of Death (RROD). You can read more about this rumour here

Then we have more bad news surrounding the way the console will handle your games and your goddamn human rights!

Mandatory game installs are a bad idea for games that are on large Blu-Ray disks. A lot of hard-core gamers will buy 10-15 games per year. For this reason, 500Gb does not seem like a lot of space when you factor in the size of a Blu-ray disk, even more so if that disk is dual-layer.

DRM will most likely be used to monitor your games and stop you from lending games to a friend. According to Microsoft, their new DRM implementation will mean that if you were to borrow a game from a friend, your friend will be forfeiting the right to play that game, and you will have to pay to play it anyway. The Kinect 2 is now a mandatory peripheral device which means it’s always on, constantly listening in and watching your every move! This puts the console in a bad light for the many people who appreciate having their privacy.

The voice commands that the console has to offer is a fantastic concept, especially for people that don't have full use of their limbs, or suffer from something such arthritis; however it is not so good for mute or deaf people.

Are we getting to the point of there being no need for physical button touching any more? This technology does not appeal to me as a gamer; I enjoy the physical interaction with a remote. Even though this technology may be more convenient, I fear that people will just sit on their sofa, becoming even lazier than just using a remote (which doesn't require that much effort itself). Stop making people even more lazy, Microsoft! I feel more in control of the system when I press a physical button and I feel I would look a bit silly waving my hand in the air, hoping that Kinect responds correctly to my gestures whilst I sit on my couch trying to change the channel or skip something on my Blu-ray.

If you’re a gamer, PS4 seems like the logical choice because its main focus currently appears to be games, but it has all the media functionality too, of course.


Sony has made mistakes along the way, but at least they have learnt from them and continue to do so by catering to the hard-core gamer in each of us. The truth is that a majority of the early adopters of a new console are the hard-core gamers, technology enthusiasts, and parents desperate to get the latest family friendly entertainment package for their household but not usually the casual players.

Update: Wow, things have got from bad and worse with Microsoft prior to E3.

Microsoft have cancelled the Post-Press Conference Roundtable with Media and One-on-One Interviews with Xbox Executives at E3.

Annoyed Gamer host Marcus Beer responded to my post on Twitter regarding this news.

Are they scared of our reactions to the Xbox One and all the negative flak its been getting after their failed press conference?

Click here and here for the news.


I'm still shocked that pre orders are selling out fast according to ASDA in the UK. People wake up and listen... this new Xbox One console seems likely to breach your rights as a gamer. Vote with your wallet and don't get the system unless you prefer to be out of pocket.