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Darkness bad, go shoot it: EW's 'Destiny' journal, pt. 1

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Out this week, Destiny is, by most metrics, the biggest video game of the year. If you’ve read our primer, you know why it’s a big deal. But is it any good?

That’s a tough nut to crack. 

Destiny is an online game that promises to grow and change, one that doesn’t really take shape until people are actively playing it. And so in lieu of a traditional review, several EW writers will be documenting their journey through the game. Think of it as a journal meant to give you a perspective on the game over time.

Sound good? Let’s go. 

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Betsey Johnson celebrates marriage (and 'Housewives') at Fashion Week

Betsey Johnson celebrated marriage equality, Real Housewives, and her turn on Dancing with the Stars at her New York Fashion Week show yesterday. The 72-year-old designer, known for her bright and punk-y fashions, tweeted: “I had such an epic show! My theme was all about Modern LOVE and marriage! Take a look! Xox.”

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First look: This is 'The Voice' ... as a video game?

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Have you ever thought, “I could do better” while watching starry-eyed hopefuls bleat and croon on NBC’s The Voice? Get ready to back your claim. Arriving on Oct. 21 (Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, Wii U), Activision’s The Voice will give armchair Aguileras the opportunity to see who can annoy neighbors the least.

Featuring solo and multi-player modes, as well as progression tiers—Blind Auditions, Battle Rounds, and the Big Finale—that should be familiar to fans of the show, the game looks to favor fun over fierce competition. While the final track list is buttoned-up tighter than one of Adam Levine’s shirts, Activision has revealed that OneRepublic’s “Counting Stars,” Sara Bareilles’ “Brave,” Miranda Lambert’s “Over You,” and Rihanna’s “Stay” will be just a few of the tunes users can belt out.

The Voice is far from the first game to invite players on the virtual stage, but unlike previous TV-tied cash-grabs (looking at you, Glee games), The  Voice looks like more than a karaoke clone with a popstar paint job. In fact, the game won’t even include the likenesses or voices of its popular judging panel. It has yet to be determined whether it’s because Activision wanted to focus on the experience rather than the marketable mugs of the show’s judges, or if it was just too costly to persuade Blake Shelton to put on a motion-capture costume. Based on developer Zoe Mode’s ability to turn the Zumba Fitness craze into a gaming experience that stood out from the limb-flailing pack, we’re at least willing to give them the benefit of the doubt until we grab the mic for ourselves.

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'Destiny' has 'most successful new video game franchise launch' ever

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Destiny is a big investment for Activision, the publishers of video game juggernauts like Call of Duty and Hearthstone, and the company hopes the title from the makers of Halo will pay off. While the company has yet to release concrete numbers about how the game sold during its first day on the market, Activision has released some promising news about what success may be in store.

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Scientists name extinct, big-lipped swamp creature after Mick Jagger

Adam Levine might have the moves like Jagger, but a now-extinct swamp creature had the lips like Jagger.

Scientists recently discovered the creature, which lived in the swamps of Africa 19 million years ago, and found that it had notable lips during its day—just like the Rolling Stones frontman. “The animal probably had a highly innervated muzzle with mobile and tactile lips,” Greg Gunnell, a Duke University paleontologist and the study’s co-author, said in a statement. Thus, the animal was dubbed Jaggermeryx naida, a scientific name translating to “Jagger’s water nymph.” (Angelina Jolie was also in the running, but study co-author Ellen Miller insisted on Jagger.)
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'Destiny': Everything you need to know about one of fall's biggest games

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The onslaught of fall video game releases officially kicks off today with the arrival of Bungie’s Destiny, which debuts for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, and Xbox 360. Published by Activision, the shooter is being touted as the next big franchise, and the industry has taken notice—almost no other major release is scheduled until the end of September. With several weeks to keep players’ attention, Bungie has the difficult task of not only hooking players for the fall season, but, as their plans indicate, for several years to come.

So why is Destiny such a big deal, and does it have a hope to succeed? Let’s dive in and find out, Guardians.

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EA Sports will remove Ray Rice from 'Madden NFL 15'

After running back Ray Rice was cut from the Baltimore Ravens and indefinitely suspended by the NFL, EA Sports announced today that they will be removing the player from Madden NFL 15.

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Is Shia LaBeouf spelling something with his jogging routes?

Shia LaBeouf still isn’t famous, but he’s still doing weird things on the internet. Case in point: He’s spelling out something with his running routes using Nike+.

After a months-long hiatus (interrupted by a post of the actor pouring ice over himself for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge), LaBeouf started tweeting fitness updates Monday. The first was nothing special—just an automated tweet from the Nike+ app reading, “I just ran 1.83 mi with Nike+.” The second was even less exciting, as he didn’t even break the one-mile mark: “I just ran 0.85 mi with Nike+.”  READ FULL STORY

Mel Brooks gave himself an extra finger for his Chinese Theatre handprint

Mel Brooks added a little something extra to his handprint when he preserved it in cement for the Los Angeles’s famed TCL Chinese Theatre yesterday: an 11th finger. The comedian wore a prosthetic finger on his left hand for his ceremony, giving future tourists a reason to double-take. (We can only imagine how Lucy would have reacted.) Brooks slyly tweeted about his joke:

Later, the 88-year-old explained the thought process behind his gag when he appeared on Conan. “I wanted to do something just a little different, I didn’t know what,” he said. “So I got another finger.” O’Brien erupted in laughter as Brooks held up his hand for the audience: “Look at that! That is so realistic.”

Brooks’ classic Young Frankenstein is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year.

'Batman: Arkham Knight' gets June 2015 release date, special editions

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Batman: Arkham Knight, the sequel to 2011’s Batman: Arkham City, finally has a firm 2015 release date. While the game may now arrive later than would-be caped crusaders might prefer, the new date should give developer Rocksteady Studios plenty of time to fine-tune their farewell to Gotham.

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