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#SDCC17: Ride to Derry on the IT-Themed FLOAT: A Cinematic VR Experience

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One of the COOLEST things we did this year at the San Diego Comic-Con was checking out the IT-themed FLOAT: A Cinematic VR Experience in the offsite fun zone across from Petco Park.

Even cooler? If you’re in SD, you can check it out without having to be a Comic-Con badgeholder!

While we couldn’t film inside the bus, we’ll describe the goods below. In the interim check out the eye candy!

The are two stages for this experience… a holding area and then the seats in which you experience this VR marvel…

Once in the bus for Stage 1, we found ourselves standing above the sewer, complete with creepy mist, Pennywise taunting us, and a video screen floor which simulates standing water with all manner of creepy junk floating in it.

Before us were two doors with the words WATCH YOUR HEAD scrawled above it. This set the mood perfectly for what was to come.

Once we strapped on the headset and earphones, the video started; and we followed the S.S. Georgie to the sewer entrance, where we first meet the evil of Pennywise. From there we’re ushered through a fully rendered and ULTRA spooky sewer set, where Georgie himself makes an appearance.

We follow him, and along the way we’re visually assaulted by everyone’s favorite demon clown before floating upward on a bevy of red balloons before they all pop under and around us, leaving the participant to freefall down and… well… you’ll just have to see for yourself!

The attraction is open until Sunday, July 23rd, and those who are brave enough should make it their business to hop on the creepiest school bus in town: The IT-inspired virtual reality installation. The bus housing FLOAT: A Cinematic VR Experience is located in the Interactive Zone across from Petco Park. Branded content and VR studio SunnyBoy Entertainment helmed the VR experience and has done an incredible job.

Come on down… If you dare.

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Castlevania: Grimoire of Souls Announced for iOS

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There’s a new Castlevania game coming our way, and whilst you might be a little disappointing that it’s not a fully fledged console release, you’ll be glad to know that it’s not a Pachinko either. It’s actually an iOS game by the name Castlevania: Grimoire of Souls, and it takes the series back to its classic 2D roots.

Dracula, who has been a staple of Castlevania since day one, probably won’t be showing up in Grimoire of Souls, as the game takes place many years after his true and final death. Things aren’t all sunshine and rainbows following the demise of the Lord of Darkness, however, as you’ll have to hunt down a cursed Grimoire with the power to bring Dracula back into the world. Throughout the story mode, you’ll pay as a character named Genya Arikado, a newcomer to the series, as you team up with Lucy, a member of a mysterious research organization, to prevent Dracula’s resurrection.

Grimoire of Souls will also have a co-op mode which can be played by up to four players, in addition to a four-versus-four competitive mode. For these modes, players will be able to choose from a selection of popular Castlevania characters, including Simon Belmont, Maria Renard, Charlotte Aulin, and Dracula’s son, Alucard.

There’s currently no word on when Konami will publish Castlevania: Grimoire of Shadow on the iOS, although you can sign up for the Japanese closed beta right now.

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Channel 4’s New Series True Horror Opens With A Warning For Nervous Viewers

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If you live in the UK, now has never been a better time to renew your TV license. That’s because Channel 4 are broadcasting a new dramatized documentary series called “True Horror”, which will take you into the heart of four terrifying true horror stories.

In pure Channel 4 style, each episode will open with a disclaimer reading “scenes of paranormal activity may disturb viewers”, before heading straight into a mix of both real life interviews and scripted segments. The first season of “True Horror” will consist of four episodes, with a special called “The Witches’ Prison” also being broadcast on Halloween. Today’s episode will be called “Hellfire Farm”, and will recount the tale of a couple who moved into a supposedly haunted farm in the Welsh countryside. This installment was directed by BAFTA nominee Tom Kingsley, and will be shown at 10pm.

“True Horror” was produced by “The Enfield Haunting’s” Jamie Campbell and Joel Wilson, and stars James Dryden, Charlotte Eaton, Sammy Williams, Katie Jarvis, Adam Leese, Amy Morgan, and James Tarpey. And you really should watch the series, because it needs the ratings. If not, we’re just gonna get more of the soap opera and singing competition garbage that usually dominates British TV.

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Agony Had To Be Censored To Avoid An Adults Only Rating; PC Version Can Be Played Uncut

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Agony looks like one of the most explicit games we’ve ever seen, so it comes as no surprise that it had to be slightly censored in order to avoid an Adults Only rating from the ESRB. Now, before you go bitching about how much you hate censorship, keep in mind that the changes made to the game were minimal, with the camera having to be slightly obscured during some of the most extreme sequences so that it could secure an M-rating.

As AO-rated games are never released on consoles, the version of Agony coming to PS4 and Xbox One will be the slightly altered M-rated edition, whilst the PC version will come with an optional patch to remove the censorship and to experience a fully uncut version of the game.

As anyone familiar with the history of the ESRB will know, this isn’t the first time that a non-pornographic game ventured into Adults Only territory. The Punisher and Manhunt 2 both had to be censored in order to avoid an AO rating, whilst Hatred was released uncut on Steam with the rating intact.

Agony, which takes place in Hell, was developed by Madmind Studio, and will be published by PlayWay later this year.

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