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“Young Justice: Outsiders,” The Highly Anticipated Third Season Of Warner Bros. Animation’s “Young Justice,” Is Coming and It Will Air Exclusively on Upcoming DC-Branded Direct-to-Consumer Digital Service.

In “Young Justice: Outsiders,” the teenage Super Heroes of the DC Universe come of age in an animated world of super-powers, Super-Villains and super secrets. In the highly anticipated new season, the team faces its greatest challenge yet as it takes on meta-human trafficking and the terrifying threat it creates for a society caught in the crossfire of a genetic arms race spanning the globe and the galaxy.

Equally praised by critics and viewers for its impressive visuals and rich storytelling, “Young Justice” reached more than 25 million unique viewers in each of its two seasons on Cartoon Network. This passionate fan support set the stage for the new third season.

“Young Justice: Outsiders,” The Highly Anticipated Third Season Of Warner Bros. Animation’s “Young Justice,” Also To Bow Next Year

Series Will Air Exclusively on Upcoming DC-Branded Direct-to-Consumer Digital Service

Really DC!? Why are you making a series you had a hard time selling last time, even harder to find?!
Please tell me someone else finds this an extremely stupid financial move as well, and if you don’t please explain to me why it isn’t cause all I see is DC setting itself up for failure.

Greg Berlanti’s ‘Titans’ to Launch on DC Digital Platform

The live-action “Teen Titans” adaptation “Titans” is back on, this time with the support of superhero super-producer Greg Berlanti.

“Titans” will launch on a DC-branded direct-to-consumer digital service in 2018, along with animated series “Young Justice: Outsiders,” the third season of the popular “Young Justice” series.

“Titans” follows a group of young soon-to-be superheroes recruited from every corner of the DC Universe. In this action-packed series, Dick Grayson emerges from the shadows to become the leader of a fearless band of new heroes, including Starfire, Raven and many others. “Titans” is a dramatic, live-action adventure series that will explore and celebrate one of the most popular comic book teams ever.

It was previously set up at TNT.

Also Read: DC Comics’ ‘Titans’ Nears Pilot Order at TNT

“Titans” will be written by Akiva Goldsman, Geoff Johns and Berlanti. Goldsman, Johns, Berlanti and Sarah Schechter are executive producers of the series from Weed Road Pictures and Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.

“Young Justice: Outsiders” follows DC superheroes coming of age in an animated universe. In the new season, the team faces its greatest challenge yet as it takes on meta-human trafficking and the terrifying threat it creates for a society caught in the crossfire of a genetic arms race spanning the globe and the galaxy. The first two seasons aired on Cartoon Network. This passionate fan support set the stage for the new third season.

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Sam Register serves as executive producer on “Young Justice.” Brandon Vietti and Greg Weisman are producers of the series, produced by Warner Bros. Animation. Phil Bourassa serves as the series’ art director.

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Most companies’ EULAs & terms & conditions are intentionally long & complicated so that people don’t read them & the company can get away with just doing whatever the fuck they want to the people who use their products. Thankfully, we already regulate SOME products more logically than that. One example is packaged food & drinks. All packaged food products have to have their nutritional information displayed in the same comparatively easy-to-read format (which still doesn’t always go far enough, but that’s a different issue). Why should we expect food & drink manufacturers to be this clear about what they’re selling us without holding anyone else up to the same standards when we’ve seen how willing these companies are to screw us over?
DC Entertainment Launching Digital Service With Live-Action 'Titans'
‘Young Justice: Outsiders,’ the third season of the popular animated series, will also debut in 2018

Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment are launching a branded direct-to-consumer digital service in 2018, kicking off with live-action drama series Titans from superhero uberproducer Greg Berlanti and the animated Young Justice‘s third season, Young Justice: Outsiders.

anonymous asked:

You said nobody should pay for a multiplayer subscription on Switch. Do you feel the same about the PS4?

I feel the same way about the PS4, The Switch, and the Xbox One. Paying for multiplayer access is stupid to the point of being offensive to me.

Back in 2010 or 2011, I won a “lifetime supply” of Xbox Live Gold from Microsoft for one of those “download and win” sweepstakes they’d have on the 360 dashboard – you know, where you’d download a branded gamerpic (like a company logo or whatever) and that would count as an entry?

“Lifetime” by their standards was 30 years, shipped to me in a big cardboard box as 30 individually packaged 12-month subscription cards. No joke.

I gave away some of them to friends, sold others, but I kept three cards for myself. Three years is the maximum prepaid amount you can have on one account, and there was no guarantee how long these cards would even still be usable (and the release forms I signed when I won explicitly pointed this fact out so Microsoft could avoid liability if they stopped working before my “lifetime” was over). So, it was kind of a “use it now or lose it” situation for me.

After my three years ran out, I had no desire to pay for Xbox Live Gold. These sorts of premium subscriber services are some of the biggest scams in gaming right now. There is nothing that they offer that is actually worth paying the subscription fee for. You may think there is, because it is something you have paid for and use frequently, but that in my opinion is just part of the scheme. Everything about these services has been engineered to create a false sense of value.

You need to remember that, at least in the first five or six years on the Xbox 360, Microsoft had the final word on pricing. This was a deliberate move on their part in order to block publishers from giving content away for free. The role of Epic Games here is particularly depressing – they went to war with Microsoft early on because they had a history of giving away Unreal Tournament map packs for free on the PC, and Microsoft refused to let them do the same for the first Gears of War. By the end of the 360 generation, Epic had a storefront in Gears of War 3 selling hundreds of dollars worth of ugly weapon skins.

Point was, Microsoft hated giving things away for free, because it messed up their structured pricing hierarchy for “perceived value.” By making sure little-to-nothing was free, it made $2 for a Gamerpic or $3 for a dashboard wallpaper an easier purchase to swallow (in theory). If you gave away a Gears of War map pack for free, well, that’s a $10 value. According to Microsoft’s sales metrics, that then makes items priced at $10 (or less) look inherently more worthless because now they are being compared to the free Gears of War map pack and the value you get with that. So, Microsoft didn’t want that. I don’t know if they’re still that anal retentive about it these days, but back then, everything had to cost money, everything had to fit in to a specific “role,” etc.

That is the concept of “perceived value” in a nutshell. Establishing price standards for digital content and getting consumers comfortable with them even though by their nature they have no intrinsic material value.

Nowadays, of course, everybody is practically giving games away now. Throw a buck at every given Humble Bundle, and you’ll end up with hundreds of games a year for less than the price of a one month phone bill. Sony was the first to start giving Playstation games for “free” with Playstation Plus, then Microsoft got on board with Games With Gold, and now Nintendo’s going to start (trying to) do it with the Switch’s paid multiplayer service. But here’s the catch that may or may not be obvious to you: Those “free” games aren’t free.

For a $60 annual subscription you are getting more than a thousand dollars of software every year. If they were bleeding that much money that often, surely it would spell doom and gloom and not become a hot new trend that even Nintendo is getting on board. But they aren’t bleeding money. In fact, developers like Psyonix say that services like PS+ made Rocket League more successful than they would have been if they had just released the game in to the void themselves. It’s almost like you’re paying Sony to be their marketing team. In return, you get a shiny status symbol that says you’re rich enough to afford the subscription.

And believe me, it is a status symbol. This is rarely talked about, but I remember years ago, the blog for Xbox Live’s Major Nelson used to let you log in with your Gamertag and it would actually display a little icon next to your username saying whether or not you were an Xbox Live Gold or Xbox Live Silver member. And I remember the bloody, aggressive class warfare that would go on in those blog comments as the Gold users used their status to complain about how Xbox Live Silver users were freeloaders and how they were ruining the service for the paying members. It was disgusting, and eventually, Major Nelson’s blog ditched the Gamertag login for something a little more traditional in order to cut down on the flame wars that were breaking out in literally every single post.

A status symbol has value if you perceive that it does.

Multiplayer matchmaking? Paying for that is a joke. That’s not to say running that service costs $0, but I would assume that, compared to the kinds of expenses in modern games, keeping the lights turned on in the server room would probably account 5% or less of a game’s overall budget. The only times it becomes a problem is if you are a broke indie developer who can’t afford it and maybe doesn’t even have a player base worth supporting, or you’re insane like Electronic Arts that is constantly releasing “this year’s version of last year’s game” and needs to cull the list or run the risk of needing server infrastructure that scales literally in to infinity forever. It’s nice that something like Xbox Live Gold gives developers a safety net that their game will “always be on” for the duration of that console’s life span, and I’m sure it’s worth a sort of peace of mind, but from a consumer perspective, on some level you’re paying for a service that supports the ability for me to sit in a Puzzle Fighter 2 HD lobby for an hour never getting a match. The server’s there, the matchmaking’s there, but nobody’s playing. And as a subscriber, you’re paying for that as much as you are the ability to play Halo or Call of Duty or GTA Online or whatever’s “hot” right now.

Meanwhile, on PC, you can launch Counter-Strike Global Offensive, Overwatch, Battlefield One or whatever, hit “Matchmaking” and get in to a game just fine without needing to spend a dime. Sure, games like Speedball 2 Tournament are almost impossible to play online now, but the strong survive and the weak do not. It’s multiplayer natural selection.

“Premium subscriber services” like that are all a farce. It’s fake “perceived value” generated by marketing engineers who sit in board rooms all day and figure out new ways to make you think you need to spend money on something you shouldn’t actually have to. It’s the same line of thinking Microsoft had over making you pay $2 for Xbox 360 wallpapers, except somehow this one stuck.

They know they have you over a barrel. There’s no Steam on their consoles, there’s no pre-established standard for free multiplayer. Microsoft and Sony have locked the gates and they hold the key. You either perceive their value, or you get out.

Don’t pay for Xbox Live Gold.

Don’t pay for Playstation Plus.

And definitely do not pay for Nintendo’s Switch multiplayer service.

They are a cult’s Kool-Aid and you don’t have to drink it.

〘 ❝ Two is better than one. ❞ 〙

My first Viktuuri/Victuri/Victuuri piece! (Sorry, it’s spelled so many ways, why not include them all?) Yuuri honestly doesn’t get drawn a lot in his performance costumes, and I finally see why. How do the animators do it? (;´༎ຶД༎ຶ`)

I’ve been held down with lots of stress lately, and I got pretty sick over the past few days. I had a mental breakdown yesterday night and was coughing pretty badly, but I’m only slightly better now. YoI is really helping me cope with all the dumb stress and I’m consumed with ships and anime gayness so bless this magical show. (◕‿◕✿)


Okay so you all know how much I love posting weird out-of-context quotes from my WIPS, yeah? And how much I love reading other people’s? I totally want to start a thing, right, and I’m hoping some writer friends n writer strangers might wanna jump on board too, because it could be super fun

I reckon we should have a hashtag like #shitwriterswrite for those silly quotes, just for a bit of fun, like I legitimately had a character say “I will lie down and let the digital spiders consume my digital flesh if it will make you happy” and I just. Gosh it could be so fun. I love seeing writers having a good time and taking pride in their weirdnesses, it’s glorious

But hey, maybe this won’t catch on at all, but if it sounds like your kinda jam, throw some stuff in the #shitwriterswrite hashtag or reblog this post to spread the word or whatever man

There’s nothing in that tag yet but I will shower anything that gets posted in that tag with endless love and hugs \o/