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From the growing-concern department: UK plastic waste is being exported to Turkey and then illegally dumped and burned, according to a report. From a report: Greenpeace said about 40% -- or 210,000 tonnes -- of the UK's plastic waste exports were sent to Turkey last year. But rather than being recycled, investigators saw some of it dumped by roads, in fields and in waterways. The UK is a "global leader in tackling plastic pollution," the government said - after Greenpeace called for it to "take control" of the problem. Greenpeace's report warned Turkey was becoming Europe's "largest plastic waste dump."
The charity said it had investigated 10 sites across southern Turkey and found plastic bags and packaging from UK supermarkets and retailers at all of them.
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Takara Tomy Transformers Twitter have uploaded our first in-hand images of the upcoming Transformers Premium Finish PF WFC-01 Optimus Prime. First revealed some weeks ago this new line brings us original premium paint details to make it as close to the screen accurate as possible. PF-WFC-01 Optimus Prime (Siege Voyager mold) features colors and details as if he was taken out from the War For Cybertron cartoon. He’s part of the first wave together with PF SS-01 Studio Series Bumblebee. Both figures will be officially released in the US and you can already pre-order them via our sponsors links below. Transformers Premium Finish » Continue Reading.

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At just 15 years of age, talented footballer Kiyan Prince—part of the academy at London club Queens Park Rangers—was murdered outside his school. This week, he is being symbolically resigned as a player by QPR, and will also be appearing tomorrow (May 18) as a player in FIFA 21.

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Let me say this to start; I am mighty strong!    Bandai is gearing up to release yet another piece in the Kamen Rider Den-O arsenal with this recent teaser image that a Complete Selection Modification Zeronos belt is in fact on the way. Sadly we don’t have any additional release info at this point in time, though be sure to check back with us when pre-orders begin on May 27th 2021 for further updates on this new exciting product.

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The early 90s was a magical time for arcade gaming, especially in Japan, so what better way to take a trip back in time than watching this excerpt from a 1992 documentary series all about the Game Fantasy arcade in Nerima, Tokyo.

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For over 13 years, there has been a character in the original Mass Effect who was, well, the wrong race. An oversight the series’ new remasters has finally been able to fix.

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Renegade Game Studios website have updated a new page with information and pre-orders of their new Transformers Deck Building game. We had reported our first look at the packaging and official description of the game some days ago, and now we have a pre-order listing with a promo pack and expected for release in August this year. You can pre-order your deck here for $45.00. We can confirm that you can play the game solo or up to 5 players. Read on for the new promotional images, as well as the full content of this promo pack after » Continue Reading.

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TFW2005 member Beast_Megatron reports the long-awaited CD release of Dario Marianelli‘s Bumblebee score: For this critically lauded prequel to the blockbuster Transformers film franchise, composer Marianelli fashions a beautiful orchestral score that teems with emotional wonder and drama as it explores the heartwarming friendship between a thoughtful, resourceful teenage girl and the titular Bumblebee. Produced by Marianelli and mastered by Mark Willsher, this limited edition CD release of 2000 units is the official debut of this wonderful score. The exclusive, in-depth liner notes are by writer Daniel Schweiger, featuring comments from the composer, and the charming art design » Continue Reading.

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From the very-considerate-of-Apple department: Apple is trying to convince a judge that it's not milking the App Store for all it's worth, and today the company dropped some big numbers to help make its case. From a report: Apple claims that its App Store drove $400 billion worth of physical purchases in a single year in 2019, and that -- unlike digital purchases and subscriptions -- Apple doesn't take a cent of that money. That's according to App Store boss and longtime Apple marketing exec Phil Schiller, who also testified that the company spends a staggering $50 million a year to throw its Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) event. The company's also building a new developer center at its Apple Loop headquarters in Cupertino, he says, though I didn't catch how much the company's investing in that. None of these are included in the App Store's budget, Schiller testified. Why isn't Apple trying to take a cut of physical purchases? During his testimony, Schiller explained that Apple couldn't guarantee they would actually arrive.
Chuck, No, This Is Mario Golf 2021-05-17 17:35:01
Posted by Ian Walker from Kotaku
Nintendo recently updated the official Mario Golf: Super Rush website with short clips of every golfer performing their Special Shot. None of these powerful moves, however, are more special than Chargin’ Chuck’s.

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GAO ACCESS!     The second entry in Bandai’s fantastic Super Minipla Gaoranger lineup is finally gearing up for release, with full-color shots of the production-ready model for Super Minipla Gao Muscle having recently been found online. Included in this set is everything you’ll need to build GaoGorilla, GaoBear, GaoPolar, GaoRhino, GaoArmadillo, and finally; the Muscle Anchor accesory. Of course, the Power Animals will be able to combine into an articulated Gao Muscle in both his standard mode, and Striker mode in addition to being fully compatible with the previously released GaoKing. Super Minipla Gao Muscle will see a release date » Continue Reading.

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From the how-about-that department: Rotten Tomatoes is continuing on its quest to grow into something substantially bigger than its Tomatometer movie and TV rating scores. From a report: The website -- owned by NBCUniversal's Fandango -- expands its entertainment footprint with the launch of The Rotten Tomatoes Channel, a new over-the-top streaming service that will initially debut on on The Roku Channel. The OTT service will then come to NBCU's Peacock platform and Comcast-owned Xumo, with other distribution deals in the works including with internet pay-TV providers, according to Fandango. The first 24-hour linear video channel from Rotten Tomatoes will loop about 100 hours of premium programming around the clock on the channel, culled from RT's stable or original shows.

With the launch of The Rotten Tomatoes Channel, Fandango wants to expand its audience reach and provide new entry-points into the entire Fandango ecosystem (i.e., to push movie tickets and digital sales or rentals). Some of the shows on The Rotten Tomatoes Channel will include "Countdown," a show discussing the best upcoming movies and shows according to the Tomatometer and panelists; "The Vault," a nostalgic look back at star interviews, red carpet chats, games and more from the Rotten Tomatoes archives; "Trailers Reloaded," recapping the biggest movies and shows with an extensive collection of trailers; and "Rotten Tomatoes Essentials," a look back at movies, shows, stars and directors that defined genres and eras.
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Today, the IGN editorial staff published an open letter decrying Sunday’s removal of an IGN article and its associated tweet that linked to charities supporting Palestinian victims of recent Israeli violence.

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[This is a fun conversation starter from Destructoid reader NinjaSpeed. I can't believe I waited until Kingdom Hearts III of all games to try the series for the first time, and I'm still working through that mental whiplash. -Jordan]

Are there any beloved video game series that you've completely missed out on?

Resident Evil was one of those series for me. I noticed the positive buzz around Resident Evil 7: Biohazard, but didn't pay too much attention to it as someone who'd never touched a survival horror game before. I wasn't interested in those kinds of games... or so I thought. Enter: Resident Evil 2.



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From the closer-look department: Scientists monitoring the ruins of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine have seen a surge in fission reactions in an inaccessible chamber within the complex. They are now investigating whether the problem will stabilise or require a dangerous and difficult intervention to prevent a runaway nuclear reaction. From a report: The explosion at Chernobyl in 1986 brought down walls and sealed off many rooms and corridors. Tonnes of fissile material from the interior of a reactor were strewn throughout the facility and the heat it generated melted sand from the reactor walls with concrete and steel to form lava-like and intensely radioactive substances that oozed into lower floors. One chamber, known as subreactor room 305/2, is thought to contain large amounts of this material, but it is inaccessible and hasn't been seen by human or robotic eyes since the disaster.

Now, researchers have seen a spike in neutron emissions from the room, with levels increasing around 40 per cent since the start of 2016. This points to a growing nuclear fission reaction, so researchers are trying to determine if this surge will fizzle out, as previous spikes in other parts of the ruins have done, or whether they will need to find a way to access the room and intervene. Neil Hyatt at the University of Sheffield, UK, who studies nuclear waste disposal, likens the situation to "embers in a barbecue pit" and says "it's a reminder to us that it's not a problem solved, it's a problem stabilised."

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Jay “Sinatraa” Won has been suspended from competing in professional Valorant matches for six months following Riot’s investigation of claims he sexually assaulted his girlfriend Cleo Hernandez. Announced today, the six month suspension will last until September 10 and require Won to participate in professional…

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Posted by Chris Moyse from Destructoid
Work continues on boom-a-riffic shooter sequel Shadow Warrior 3. Developer Flying Wild Hog and publisher Devolver Digital continue to drop trailers and tidbits pertaining to the cataclysmic sequel, which is scheduled for release on PS4, PC, and Xbox One later this year.

The developers might have outdone themselves this weekend, however, with the reveal of amazing new character Motoko — the last remaining sorceress of the Kumo Brotherhood. Very little has been revealed about this fascinating new villain, but we do know that she holds mastery over electrical elements and that she plays host to an explosive and opulent fighting arena, which is fittingly titled "Motoko's Thunderdome."

We also know that she looks fucking awesome. Look at her...




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I haven't forgotten about Sludge Life, a wonderfully weird graffiti platformer-adventure game from Terri Vellmann, Doseone, and Devolver Digital, but I had forgotten that it was coming to Nintendo Switch. The day's almost here, too — the Switch version and Steam release are both planned for June 2, 2021.

The first-person / open-world / vandalism-centric SLUDGE LIFE is coming to Nintendo Switch and Steam on June 2!

All SLUDGE LIFE merch comes with a Steam code for a limited time: https://t.co/1hC1IZLYb7 pic.twitter.com/X6tvlYHQIC
— Devolver Digital (@devolverdigital) May 17, 2021


Over the past year, Sludge Life has been available for free on the Epic Games Store. That's where I messed around with it originally, and the free-to-claim-and-keep deal is still valid until May 28 if you're only hearing about this now. (Normally, the game will cost $14.99, so do what you gotta do.)

If you're someone who can tolerate a bit of the old crude humor and you enjoy exploring lo-fi 3D spaces, especially when just-out-of-reach collectibles are involved, then you're gonna have fun figuring out what's what. There's little to no hand-holding, so poking around the world, chatting with the locals, and figuring out how to get up to that one spot up there that's taunting you is a big part of the experience.

What else do you need to know? There's a glider. That should just about do it.

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Posted by Ian Walker from Kotaku
Infinites, or fighting game combos that can be looped ad nauseam with no space for the opponent to escape or retaliate, are typically pretty difficult to pull off outside of the Marvel vs. Capcom series. They’re not easy to perform in training mode, let alone bust out for a serious match. But this didn’t stop a…

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Posted by Eric Van Allen from Destructoid
The Mass Effect Legendary Edition is out now, and contains most of what the original trilogy had to offer. One notable absence, however, is Mass Effect 3's renowned multiplayer. And while it was known it wouldn't make the LE cut, there might still be some hope.

Speaking to CNET, Mass Effect Legendary Edition project director Mac Walters said he would "never say no" to Mass Effect 3's multiplayer mode coming back in some form. "We want to see what kind of reception the Legendary Edition gets and what the demand for the multiplayer is," said Walters. "And then we'll ask ourselves if we have the resources and time to bring it up to the quality level we and fans want."

It's not much, but it's something. Previously, BioWare has cited the logistical concern of resurrecting the multiplayer mode for why it was absent. But now it seems that if enough people are hungry for it, we could be teaming up to take on the Reapers after all.

Among the many changes made to improve the overall experience of these games—especially the first one—I'd certainly be excited to play some Mass Effect 3 multiplayer again. It was essentially a horde mode in the Mass Effect universe, with tons of different races and classes, and some unique playstyles to learn apart from your Shepard's loadout. Returning to Mass Effect's single-player is fun, but I can't deny I'd like to load up a map as the Geth Juggernaut or Salarian Infiltrator too.

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