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All the Dungeons & Dragons and Magic: The Gathering News Conjured Up Today

Wizards of the Coast staged a live, post-San Diego Comic-Con level panel for fans earlier today, and it didn’t skimp on the announcements. A ton of new announcements, releases, and surprises concerning Dungeons & Dragons and Magic: The Gathering we…

Western States Blow Past Deadline to Come Up With a Water Conservation Plan

The Colorado River, which provides drinking water to about 40 million people in the U.S., is in dire straits. Widespread and severe drought (worsened by climate change), coupled with ongoing high water demand, have left the river and the reservoirs alo…

Facebook and Instagram Boot RFK Jr’s Notorious Anti-Vax Group From Their Platforms

One of the most prolific and notorious anti-vaxxer online communities no longer has a home on either Facebook or Instagram as Meta reportedly took down both of their accounts for spreading misinformation, the company confirmed.Read more…

I Hate Fairyland Is Back and Looks Fully Bananas

The long wait for Gert’s return is almost over. This November, Scottie Young’s I Hate Fairyland is back after four years away—and, from the looks of these covers and pages exclusive to io9, it’s as energetic, violent, and funny as ever.Read more……

HBO Max is removing 36 shows ahead of Discovery+ merger

The union of HBO Max and Discovery+ is already causing pain through layoffs, and now the move is affecting some shows. Warner Bros. Discovery has confirmed to Variety that it’s removing 36 titles from HBO Max as soon as this week while it prepares for the Discovery+ platform merger. Most of the productions aren’t huge, but they do include recognizable HBO work like the Sesame Street spinoff The Not-too-Late-Show with Elmo and the Peter Dinklage movie My Dinner with Hervé. A handful of Cartoon Network shows are leaving. 

In a statement, HBO Max said content would disappear from both services as it worked to bring the media libraries “together under one platform.” The provider didn’t elaborate on its reasoning, although Variety noted that pulling the shows outright (instead of canceling future seasons) would help HBO Max avoid paying more royalties. Warner Bros. Discovery said it would find $3 billion in savings as part of the corporate merger.

As you might imagine, at least some affected producers aren’t happy — this not only cuts off income, but might prevent people from seeing their work unless it finds another home. Summer Camp Island creator Julia Pott noted that some episodes developed during the pandemic will never see the light of day. Warner Bros. Discovery has “no respect for artists,” she said.

The combination of HBO Max and Discovery+ is expected to launch in summer 2023. While it’s not clear if Warner Bros. Discovery will drop more shows or otherwise slash costs, this latest move won’t be reassuring if you were hoping your favorite series would make the leap to the unified service.

These Are the 2022 Nature TTL Photographer of the Year Winners

An elephant tosses up a cloud of dust, a grizzly bear leans into the camera lens, and a moth leaves a ghostly trail across the night sky. These are some of the finalists the Nature TTL Photographer of the Year contest, showcasing our planet’s dazzling …

Some Lucky U.S. Northerners Might See the Aurora Thursday and Friday

If you happen to live on the northern end of the U.S., and you’re not completely engulfed by ambient light pollution, you might be in for a once-in-a-lifetime celestial light show, though a lot of things have to happen to make the aurora borealis, ofte…

House of the Dragon’s Cast and Crew on HBO’s Return to Westeros

There will be more fire (yay, dragons!) and blood (those family feuds) when Game of Thrones prequel House of the Dragon arrives to dig into the history of House Targaryen. Based on George R.R. Martin’s Fire and Blood, the HBO Original drama will expand…

‘Ghostbusters: Spirits Unleashed’ hits PC, PlayStation and Xbox on October 18th

Ghostbusters: Spirits Unleashed, a four vs. one multiplayer game, will arrive in the midst of spooky season. The game will hit the Epic Games Store, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S on October 18th.

You can either play as a ghost or one of four Ghostbusters trying to hunt it down with the help of gadgets like the PKE Meter, Particle Thrower and Ghost Trap. The ghost can slime and stun the humans, teleport between rifts and possess objects.

There’s full multiplayer support across all platforms, though you’ll need a PS Plus or Xbox Live Gold membership to play online on PlayStation or Xbox. If you’d rather play solo as either a ghost or Ghostbuster, AI bots can fill out the other four slots.

Preorders are now open for Ghostbusters: Spirits Unleashed, which is from Predator: Hunting Grounds studio Illfonic. If you lock in a digital preorder, you’ll get advance access to a custom Particle Thrower and Proton Pack, Slimer and special clothing colorways.

She-Hulk Deals With Some MCU Taboos

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