Star Wars’ Carrie Fisher Dies Aged 60

Carrie Fisher, the actress known to millions as Star Wars’ Princess Leia Organa, has passed away this morning, days after suffering a massive heart attack on board a flight from London to LAX, a family spokesperson has confirmed.

Fisher was on a flight from London to LAX Friday when she suffered a heart attack shortly before landing, and had been in hospital since. The actress’ family had said she was in “stable condition”.

A statement released today by family spokesman Simon Halls reads:

“It is with a very deep sadness that Billie Lourd confirms that her beloved mother Carrie Fisher passed away at 8:55 this morning.”

Fisher was of course, Princess Leia, but she’d also starred in “The Blues Brothers,” “When Harry Met Sally,” “Postcards from the Edge” and many, many more, as well as doing amazing work off camera. She sadly also famously battled substance abuse throughout her life, and had troubles with bipolar disorder.

“She was loved by the world and she will be missed profoundly,” says Lourd. “Our entire family thanks you for your thoughts and prayers.”

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Star Wars’ Carrie Fisher Dies Aged 60

Super Mario Run Downloads Hit 40 Million In Just 4 Days

Super Mario Run, Nintendo’s free-to-start iOS auto-runner game featuring the portly plumber has been downloaded a staggering 40 million times in just 4 days, it’s been revealed.

Latest reports also suggest the game has achieved impressive revenue of around $15million since launch.

Super Mario Run Downloads Hit 40 Million In Just 4 Days

Dick Van Dyke Will Feature In 2018’s Mary Poppins Returns

Dick Van Dyke has confirmed he will be making an appearance in the forthcoming Mary Poppins Returns, with “a little song and dance number”.

The now 91-year-old actor famously played cockney chimney sweep Bert in the 1964 classic.

“This one supposedly takes place 20 years later and the kids are all grown up. […] It’s a great cast – Meryl Streep, Angela Lansbury and that guy (Lin-Manuel Miranda) from Hamilton.”

Emily Blunt, Colin Firth, Emily Mortimer and Ben Whishaw have also signed up.

“I’ll be going to London in the spring to do my role, and I get to do a little song and dance number.

In the sequel, the children from the original Jane and Michael are grown up and are dealing with a “personal loss”, when they are visited again by their former nanny. The original Mary Poppins won four Oscars, including best actress for Julie Andrews as the eponymous nanny.

Mary Poppins Returns is expected to be released in time for Christmas 2018.

Dick Van Dyke Will Feature In 2018’s Mary Poppins Returns

Crytek Close Five Studios To Refocus Business After Apparent Financial Troubles

Crytek, best known for the games Crysis, Ryse, and more recently PSVR’s Robinson The Journey are to close their studios in Hungary, Bulgaria, South Korea, China, and Turkey, the developer said today.

This news comes following reports that employees in some Crytek studios haven’t been paid for months.

Crytek will retain only two studios, Frankfurt, Germany and Kiev, Ukraine,
as the company plan to “refocus on its core strengths of developing innovative games and game-development technology.”

In a press release, Crytek said that they’ve “put plans into action to secure jobs and to ensure a smooth transition and stable future” for those who will lose their jobs as part of the studio closures.

“Undergoing such transitions is far from easy, and we’d like to sincerely thank each and every staff member – past and present – for their hard work and commitment to Crytek,” said Crytek managing director Avni Yerli in a press release. “These changes are part of the essential steps we are taking to ensure Crytek is a healthy and sustainable business moving forward that can continue to attract and nurture our industry’s top talent. The reasons for this have been communicated internally along the way. Our focus now lies entirely on the core strengths that have always defined Crytek – world-class developers, state-of-the-art technology and innovative game development, and we believe that going through this challenging process will make us a more agile, viable, and attractive studio, primed for future success.”

As always, thoughts go out to all those talented folks effected by the studio closures.

Crytek Close Five Studios To Refocus Business After Apparent Financial Troubles

January’s Xbox Games With Gold Lineup Includes Killer Instinct Season 2, Rayman Origins

January’s lineup for Games With Gold has been announced by Microsoft.

Xbox Live Gold members will be able to grab Killer Instinct Season 2, World of Van Helsing: Deathtrap, Rayman Origins and The Cave for free starting next month.

The tower defense / RPG hybrid World of Van Helsing: Deathtrap will be available all month on Xbox One. Killer Instinct Season 2 Ultra Edition, also available on Xbox One, will be downloadable January 16 to February 15.

Double Fine’s quirky adventure game The Cave can be downloaded at no cost from January 1-15, with Rayman Origins taking over from 16-31. Both of those games are playbale on both Xbox One and Xbox 360.

January’s Xbox Games With Gold Lineup Includes Killer Instinct Season 2, Rayman Origins

FIFA 17 Is The Latest ‘Deal Of Christmas’ On The EU PlayStation Store

As we edge ever closer to the big day, PlayStation Store’s 12 Deals of Christmas continue, and today FIFA 17 takes over from Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, becoming the 9th title discounted during this years promotion.

The standard edition will currently set you back £32.99 – a 40% discount on yesterdays price.

It’s worth noting that FIFA 17’s Ultimate Team mode is also currently running a Christmas promotion, with free cards being given away to all players.

It’s in the game.

FIFA 17 Is The Latest ‘Deal Of Christmas’ On The EU PlayStation Store

Outlast And Burnout Paradise Now Free On Xbox Games With Gold

The midway point of the month is upon us, and that means it’s time for another Xbox Games With Gold update.

December’s update is a good one too, on Xbox One horror game Outlast is available from today until January 15th, and for 360 and One gamers Criterion’s epic open-world racer Burnout Paradise is available until December 31st.

Grab Outlast and Burnout Paradise now!

And, if you’ve not already picked it up, don’t forget Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition is still available until the end of December. You can download that here.

Outlast And Burnout Paradise Now Free On Xbox Games With Gold