Preview: ‘Vampire: The Masquerade’ sequel has ‘Dishonored’ potential

Paradox Interactive has unusual codenames for its projects. The publisher names their upcoming projects after TV shows.

When the company bought White Wolf publishing and the rights to the World of Darkness universe, the publisher began assembling a team to work on the cult classic “Vampire: The Masquerade — Bloodlines.” Initially, the developers wanted to call it Project Buffy for obvious reasons, but Paradox Interactive wanted something more obtuse and settled on Project Frasier.

The codename is reference to Seattle, which is the location of “Vampire: The Masquerade — Bloodlines 2.” The game begins at Pioneer Square. Players are called to the area when vampires begin attack bystanders. A vampire is siring the victims and the player becomes a fledgling nosferatu albeit an illegal one.

That’s the set up. Players find themselves being interrogated by vampire society and facing certain death when both factions are firebombed. That enables players to escape amid the flames and chaos. After fleeing into the sewers, they have to choose among three abilities: Chiropteran (batlike abilities), Mentalism (telekinesis) and Nebulation (turning into mist).

These are the first powers — other than players superhuman strength and senses — that players have. They’re used for traversal, and players have the opportunity to test them out early on. Players have to get a keycard to open the door. The problem has solutions geared toward the abilities. As a bat, players can fly short distances and reach pipes that lead players to a hole in the room’s ceiling. If they have mentalism, they can open locked doors by removing the chairs blocking them. As mist, they can go through the vents and into a room.

The different solutions for one problem is reminiscent of immersive simulations such as “Dishonored” or “Deus Ex.” Although that’s a good starting point to describe …read more

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Roseanne Barr now blames TV daughter Sarah Gilbert for her dismissal from ‘Roseanne’

Add Sara Gilbert to the list of reasons why Roseanne Barr was canned from the popular 2018 reboot of “Roseanne.”

This assessment, of course, comes from Barr herself, who in an interview with the Washington Post blamed her TV daughter for her dismissal from the ABC sitcom named after herself.

ABC had cited Barr’s controversial social media post about former President Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett for the reason it cut ties with Barr. In a May 2018 tweet, Barr compared Jarrett, who is black, to an “ape.”

Following backlash that accused Barr of racism, Barr deleted the tweet and quickly backtracked. And then came her list of excuses for the tweet, including that she was unaware that Jarrett was black and that she had been under the influence of Ambien when she made the tweet.

Gilbert, who plays Barr’s younger daughter Darlene on the show, publicly called out Barr in a tweet.

“Roseanne’s recent comments about Valerie Jarrett, and so much more, are abhorrent and do not reflect the beliefs of our cast and crew or anyone associated with our show. I am disappointed in her actions to say the least,” Gilbert said.

In the Post interview, Barr said that was the beginning of the end for her on the network.

“She destroyed the show and my life with that tweet,” Barr said. “She will never get enough until she consumes my liver with a fine Chianti.”

ABC originally canceled the sitcom, but later revived it as “The Conners.” Except for Barr, all the original cast members returned to the rebranded show.

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Jennifer Lopez brings her big It’s My Party Tour to San Jose’s SAP Center in June


Singer, actress, Instagram star and overall entertainment force-of-nature Jennifer Lopez will bring her It’s My Party Tour to Northern California in June, with dates in Sacramento on June 12 and San Jose 13.

Lopez performs at Sacramento’s Golden 1 Center on Wednesday, June 12 and at Sacramento’s SAP Center on Thursday, June 13. Tickets for both venues go on sale 10 a.m. March 29 at

As with everything Lopez does, the multi-hyphenate talent is celebrating turning 50 this year in grand, fabulous style by headlining her first U.S. tour, during which she will visit 25 cities across North America this summer.

According to a press release from producer Live Nation, “Fans can anticipate a signature Jennifer Lopez show each night: a nonstop party mix of Jennifer’s new and classic anthems, showstopping choreography and dancers, dazzling wardrobe, jawdropping technology and set design.”

As Live Nation notes, the Grammy-nominated Lopez has built a longstanding career in music, film, TV and fashion that has led to her being named as one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People in 2018 and to her winning the 2018 Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at the MTV Video Music Awards.

Her previous Dance Again World Tour sold more than 1 million tickets, and her films have brought in over $3.3 billion in worldwide box office receipts. Last year, she concluded her successful “All I Have” Las Vegas residency, which grossed more than $100 million during a three-year run.

Lopez also has been in the news in recent months for her high-profile romance and engagement to former New York Yankees player Alex Rodriguez.

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Iceland makes canyon off limits after Justin Bieber video


(CNN) — It seems every week brings a new story about a popular tourism destination having to close or impose controls to deal with an increased amount of foot traffic.

Iceland’s canyon of Fjaðrárgljúfur is the latest addition to the list.

Fjaðrárgljúfur will be closed until June, despite the early summer start of the country’s high tourism season, according to the Environmental Agency of Iceland.

The primary reason cited was environmental damage caused by an ever-increasing number of visitors. The canyon was also briefly closed for weather-related maintenance in 2018.

While Iceland has many gorgeous natural formations throughout the country, 330-foot-deep Fjaðrárgljúfur — “fee-AHTH-rahr-gloo-fer” — has become very popular.

Its walls are carved into undulating and delicate forms, creating a beautiful effect that photographers love. Another reason? A 2015 Justin Bieber music video, “I’ll Show You,” was filmed there.

The video has more than 440 million views on YouTube. It was filmed at several spots around the country, not just Fjaðrárgljúfur.

Inga Hlin Palsdottir, director of the national tourism agency Visit Iceland, tells CNN Travel that it’s not fair to blame overtourism — or pop stars — for Fjaðrárgljúfur’s closure.

“It’s just a natural wonder that wasn’t meant to be that popular,” she says. “We need to build a better infrastructure there so we can invite people all year round. We need paths that can be discovered all year round. It’s not only because of nature, it’s a safety issue.”

In particular, springtime presents a challenge at Fjaðrárgljúfur.

“In Iceland you have extreme weather conditions — for example, springtime can be very difficult for the nature when the snow is melting and everything gets more wet and muddy,” adds Palsdottir.

Hannes Sasi Palsson, owner of Reykjavik-based tourism company Pink Iceland, also has a balanced take.

“That part of the …read more

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