The Witcher showrunner talks about using practical effects, and where Geralt starts his journey

A bewitching journey

While Netflix's Witcher series is going to have some CG scenes, the team behind the show did want to use practical effects when possible. In an interview with SciFi Now, showrunner Lauren S. Hissrich talks about some of the prosthetics the cast used, and the real-life locations they visited.

“Obviously, these are monsters that don’t exist in the real world so we did use a lot of prosthetics and we tried to keep things performance-based, to use an actor in a prosthetic as opposed to a whole CG creation. If Geralt is fighting a monster, I would rather have him fighting something real than fighting a big empty space in front of a green screen. Obviously there is CGI in the show but we really did use as many authentic environments as we could. We shot in an amazing castle in Poland, we did the same in Austria and then obviously most of our soundstages were in Hungary so we shot the bulk of the series there on soundstages and in the surrounding countryside.".

A little bit later in the interview, Hissrich talks about where Geralt starts his journey in the show.

"So I went through and with the writers picked out not just my favourite stories, although I picked some of my favourites, but the stories that I thought best illustrated what The Witcher is about. And that’s kind of where we start off. Geralt is almost 100 years old when the series starts and we find him in the middle of a journey. Then there’s the death of a character and that’s what launches him off onto his journey and that starts to complicate things for a man who thought he’d had it all figured out. It’s a pretty fun place to start, it’s really a character on the edge of a new journey."

Farabel - more gameplay

In this turn-based strategy game, you begin at the end of the story and have to go back in time to prevent war. And obviously, the whole gaming experience is turned upside down!

Famitsu hosting a Smash Bros. Ultimate "corporate" tournament on Nov. 22nd, 2019

Business beat-down!

Famitsu has announced a special Smash Bros. Ultimate tournament for Japan on Nov. 22nd, 2019. This event will be held at the Tokyo Odaiba Ooedo-Onsen Monogatari theme park, and it'll have corporations battling it out against one another! The tournament will be a tag match, using two players from the same company.

Gigantamax Butterfree, Drednaw, and Corviknight more likely to appear in Pokemon Sword & Shield Max Raid Battles Starting Today

Good luck out there, trainers!

In Max Raid Battles, four Trainers team up to take on a wild Dynamax Pokémon. But in extremely rare cases, a Gigantamax Pokémon can appear instead of a Dynamax Pokémon. Normally, your chances of encountering a Gigantamax Pokémon are very, very small. However, we’ve discovered that certain Gigantamax Pokémon become more common during specific time periods!

From Friday, November 15, 2019, until early January 2020, players will be more likely to encounter Gigantamax Butterfree in Max Raid Battles.

During this same period, players of Pokémon Sword will also be more likely to encounter Gigantamax Drednaw and players of Pokémon Shield will be more likely to encounter Gigantamax Corviknight!

And it seems there may even be other Gigantamax Pokémon that could appear more often than usual, so be sure to give Max Raid Battles a try!

We suspect that the Gigantamax Pokémon you’re likely to encounter will change over time, too, so stay tuned!

The Witcher showrunner explains how Ciri and Yennefer have been changed up a bit

Tweaked a bit for their TV debut

The Witcher fans are chomping at the bit to see Netflix's adaptation, which launches in December. While much of the world and characters will be familiar to those who played the games and read the books, there will be some slight changes along the way. In an interview with SciFi Now, showrunner Lauren S. Hissrich explained how two important characters have been reworked a bit.

“The biggest shift that I’ve made from the books is that I wanted Ciri and Yennefer to stand on their own legs a little bit more. In the books they’re introduced through Geralt’s lens, through his POV, and it’s was important to me that our audience get to know them individually first, see them be created and their own journeys and then see them intersect and see what happens. So that was one of the biggest shifts that I made but it was, to me, the most exciting opportunity because I also found these characters to be really compelling.”

Pokemon Sword and Shield videos - Tips to get you started, and every Champion Cup battle

Pokemon Sword and Shield is in full effect right now, with all sorts of videos running out there. Here's two more features you might find interesting!

Did You Know Gaming - Satoshi Tajiri: How Pokemon Became the Biggest Media Brand in History

Did you know?

In this episode, Did You Know Gaming takes a look at some facts, secrets, and history of one of gaming's biggest figures, Satoshi Tajiri. In this video we cover everything in Tajiri's carrier, from his beginnings making strategy guides, to his work founding Game Freak, collaborating with Nintendo, and creating the Pokemon franchise.

EMEAA charts for the week ending Nov. 10th, 2019

Luigi's still living large

Time to take a look at the top 10 software chart for Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Australia. Check out where Nintendo titles landed this week via the full chart below.

Cube Creator X - launch trailer

Big John Games, in a partnership with ARC Systems Works, brings the latest adaptation of the Cube Creator series to the Nintendo Switch with Cube Creator X. The Nintendo Switch allows Cube Creator X to stretch its legs and accommodate much larger worlds which feel vast and alive (more than three times the total cubes in Cube Creator DX). ARC Systems’ incredible history of brilliant art direction is evident in a massive cosmetic upgrade in character and level design. Multiplayer is supported for Competitive and Cooperative styles of play up to four players.

Pokemon Sword & Shield News Round-Up: Nintendo NY activities, save editor, Double Pack hidden image, Shiny hunting on 10 Switch units, and a closer look at the Google Lens videos

It's all Sword and Shield today!

Pokemon Sword and Shield Nintendo NY activities

- activities available today from 11AM – 2PM
- meet & greet with Pikachu
- trivia
- presentation from a Pokémon expert

Pokemon Sword and Shield save editor

- PKHeX, a Pokemon save file editor for all mainline Pokemon games, is now compatible with Pokemon Sword and Shield
- be careful with online trades moving forward

Pokemon Sword and Shield Double Pack hidden image

- Sobble is hiding on the inside flap

Hunting for Shiny Pokemon on 10 Switch units

- Pokemon fan playing 10 copies of Pokemon Sword and Shield on 10 different Switch units at once
- the player controls the systems through a special device, where button inputs affect all 10 systems at the same time

A closer look at Google Lens' special Pokemon Sword and Shield video


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