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Venom (left); The Sinister Six, at least, one iteration of the group (right).

It seems Beyoncé wasn’t the only superhero to drop big news Thursday night.

In a stealth release via a marketing website for next summer’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Sony Pictures announced that the studio has hired five screenwriters to expand the Spider-Man movie universe with at least two spin-off movies focusing on other characters from the Spider-Man comic books — specifically, several Spider-Man villains.

Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (Star Trek Into Darkness) will partner with screenwriter Ed Solomon (Now You See Me, Men in Black) to write the screenplay for Venom, based on the fan-favorite character who is transformed via an alien symbiote into a hulking, sharp-toothed brute. (Venom was first played on screen by Topher Grace in 2007’s Spider-Man 3, to virtually no one’s satisfaction.) Kurtzman will direct the film, his second feature after 2012’s little-seen family drama People Like Us.

Filmmaker Drew Goddard (The Cabin in the Woods, Cloverfield), meanwhile, has been tapped to write a screenplay for The Sinister Six, with “an eye to direct” the film, Hollywood-speak for “the deal isn’t close to final yet.” (Sony’s hesitation is likely because Goddard is already committed to write and direct the pilot episode and serve as the showrunner for Marvel Television’s 13-episode Daredevil series for Netflix, which is set to premiere in 2015.) In the Marvel comics, there have been several iterations of the Sinister Six, which was first founded by Doctor Octopus, and also consisted of Kraven the Hunter, Mysterio, Sandman, Vulture, and Electro. The last villain in that group, of course, will already be played by Jamie Foxx in next May’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2, but Sony’s announcement did not specify which villains within Spider-Man’s rogues gallery would make up this particular version of the Sinister Six.

Finally, Sony also announced that The Amazing Spider-Man 2 screenwriters Kurtzman, Orci, and Jeff Pinkner (Fox’s Fringe) would return to write the screenplay for The Amazing Spider-Man 3, which already has a release date set for June 10, 2016. Marc Webb, who has directed the first two Amazing Spider-Man movies, has not yet signed on to direct the third film, but, as the release wryly puts it, “the studio hopes Webb will return to direct [The Amazing Spider-Man 3].”

All together, the announcement makes plain Sony’s ambition to marshall its own Spider-Man mega-franchise, like the one first pioneered by Marvel Studios. According to the announcement, Webb, Kurtzman, Orci, Pinkner, Solomon, and Goddard, along with producers Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach, are forming “a franchise brain trust to expand the universe for the brand and to develop a continuous tone and thread throughout the films.” (Sony’s announcement also comes on the heels of Warner Bros.’ announcement last week that the as-yet-untitled Superman-Batman movie will also feature Wonder Woman, as played by Fast & Furious 6 actress Gal Gadot — another clear attempt at a comic-book driven mega-franchise, this time in the DC Comics universe.)

Unlike Marvel Studios’ films, however, Sony — whose film licensing agreement with Marvel Entertainment is limited to characters from the Spider-Man comics — is focusing on Spider-Man’s enemies as the subjects of its expanded cinematic universe. Those characters are likely more familiar to a general audience than the smaller collection of more genuinely heroic figures in the Spidey comics who aren’t Spider-Man. But creating a series of spin-off films about characters who are inherently up to no good could pose something of a marketing challenge for the studio.

Another major question mark: whether star Andrew Garfield will stick around for any Spidey spin-off movies. His contract only lasts through The Amazing Spider-Man 3, and the actor recently told Yahoo! UK that he doesn’t know anything about a fourth Amazing Spider-Man film, which Sony has already scheduled for May 4, 2018. “I’m under contract for another one,” he said. “As far as a fourth one? That’s not anything to do with me.”

No firm release dates for Venom or The Sinister Six were announced, but reps for Sony did not immediately respond to inquiries about whether either film would take over the May 2018 release date for The Amazing Spider-Man 4.

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1. The Sonic Ring Noise

2. The Mario Jump Noise

3. The Tetris Game Over Noise

4. The Zelda Secret Noise

5. The Street Fighter 2 Hadouken Noise

6. The Half Life Headcrab Noise

7. The Pacman Waka Waka Noise

8. The Contra First Gun Noise

9. The Diablo Drinking a Potion Noise

10. The Doom Monster Groan Noise

11. The Goldeneye PP7 Noise

12. The Final Fantasy VI Running Away Noise

13. The Metal Gear Solid Alarm Noise

14. The Castlevania Whip Crack Noise

15. The Angry Birds Every Noise Noise

16. The Paperboy Paper-on-the-Doorstep Noise

17. The Moral Kombat Get Over Here Noise

18. The NBA Jam He’s on Fire Noise

19. The Gears of War Chainsaw Noise

20. The Wii Tennis Racket Hits Ball Noise

21. The PlayStation Startup Noise

22. The Final Fantasy VII Equip Noise

23. The Silent Hill Radio Static Noise

24. The Super Mario Tube Noise

25. The Mega Man Death Noise

26. The Mario Kart 64 IMMA GONNA WIN Noise

27. The Ocarina of Time Hey Listen! Noise

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If you pay attention at all to the gaming or the gadget media, you’ve been subjected, over the past few months, to competing mass lubrications of the global consumer appetite by Microsoft and Sony, two of the planet’s bigger corporations. Just what are they preparing us for? Two starkly different versions of our entertainment future, or so we’re told.

In the first, the Xbox One, Microsoft’s cloud-computing, voice-reacting, all-seeing big rig, will filter all of your leisure media — games, TV shows, streaming video — through a single, uncannily responsive interface that does what you want when you ask it, or gesture at it, much of the time, like a butler who is surly because he knows better than you do.

In the second, gamers, or some Reddit-approved notion of that baggy word, rule the living room, and the PlayStation 4 is a testament to their sovereignty. It is a pure parallelogram of play, sacrificing not a single quark of brute computational testosterone to media functionality or gesture control or any of the other sundry concessions to the rest of the household that might dilute the purity of the device.

Now, just in time for the Month of Ritual Commerce, the consoles are here. And though the Xbox One does not come out until Friday, the battle of these diametrically opposed, world-historically conflicted entertainment futures has already been joined. How? By rival games that express these totally diverging philosophies? One a hard diamond of pure gaming, the other, a gesture-controlled, voice-activated, game/TV futurething?

Well, err, no. The first skirmish of the war for our gaming future was actually over 360 pixels.

Dubbed the “Xbox One Resolutiongate,” the biggest “difference” debated between the two consoles thus far is that Microsoft’s machine runs Battlefield 4 and Call of Duty: Ghosts (two basically not-good games) at a lower resolution than Sony’s does. Hardly definitive or big-picture stuff, or even “stuff” at all. (And today, another “point scored” for Sony: Xbox One won’t support Twitch, the streaming service, when it launches on Friday.)

That the first flap of the release window came over something totally insignificant to the majority of people who will buy these systems is proof of just how little of substance we actually have to grasp with regards to the Xbox One and PS4. Here at BuzzFeed, we’ve been playing with both of them for the past week, and yet a weird sense persists that we hardly know anything about them, except for the messaging.

Right now, these two consoles are, literally and figuratively, black boxes, lists of specifications and fine-difference features that promise a lot and reveal very little. So, I could tell you that the PlayStation 4 is a major aesthetic upgrade from its predecessor (it is); that the controller feels significantly more substantial (it does); that the system UI rarely lags (it doesn’t); that the games, taken as a whole, look a little nicer (they do); and that it lacks a single feature that I found memorable, apart from more horsepower. And I could tell you that the Xbox One features a voice-activation system that veers between incredible and unresponsive (it does); gesture controls that seem far from ready (it does); cable and television integration that was easy to set up and easy to use (they were); and neato-peato vibrating motors in the controller triggers. Now ask yourself a question: Do any of these things actually matter to you?

We know a few things for sure: Like the last generation, not a single one of the launch games by itself justifies the purchase of a PlayStation 4 or an Xbox One. A couple of titles (Killzone: Shadowfall and Ryse) look the part, but they are, as games and not demonstrations of visual power, jejune.

Graphics are obvious, and it’s not surprising that game and gadget writers would seize on this small difference and turn it into a larger story — there’s just not that much to talk about yet. Of course, that’s exactly how the discussion of the last generation started, too. We saw article after article comparing PS3 and Xbox 360 graphics side by side, and endless explanations of why Microsoft’s system looked ever-so-slightly better than Sony’s.

Of course, that didn’t end up mattering. Despite a terrible slate of launch games and a disastrous hardware bug, 360 became incredibly popular because of a handful of terrific exclusive series, a great matchmaking service, and excellent streaming media capabilities. The PlayStation 3, despite a foolishly high launch price, a near total hardware redesign, and a terrible slate of launch games, became incredibly popular because of a handful of terrific exclusive series, free multiplayer, Blu-Ray, and a pretty great subscription game service. Both systems peaked in sales and quality releases around the same time, and they have sold basically the same number of units.

And 360 and PS3 were vastly different pieces of computing hardware that arrived at more or less the same point. Xbox One and PS4, on the other hand, have similar PC-based guts and offer many of the same social and media bells and whistles. Even the controllers and the systems themselves look more alike than ever. My point is this: These two boxes are going to play most of the same huge games — from Call of Duty to Madden to Watch Dogs to GTA 6 — and each will have a smattering of must-play exclusive games from developers like Naughty Dog and Epic.

Everything right now is simply speculation. In 2006, Naughty Dog was best known for games about anthropomorphized animals; no one could have predicted that they would make games as transcendent as Uncharted 2 and The Last of Us. And Epic, now famous for the 360-defining Gears of War, was essentially known in 2005, when that console launched, as a company that made computer graphics engines. In other words, if you buy one of these systems now you’re probably doing so for psychological reasons (loyalty to a brand, preference for one of the handful of exclusive studios that still exist, desire to be first). Basing a major purchasing decision off of the available facts about a console at launch (unless it is substantially defined by its hardware, like the Wii) makes very little sense.

Take this mixed review of the PlayStation 3 from 2006, written by Ben Kuchera, then at Ars Technica:

I think my main problem with the PS3 is that philosophically, it’s a confused system. It doesn’t really know what it wants to do. The 360 wants to be a social system; it wants to get you online, talking to people, playing these fun little minigames, and going for the high score and bragging rights. It wants to bring you together and make you remember what you love about gaming.

None of this is wrong, at all. It’s a normal reaction to a new console, to the available data. But it gets at just how little we know when we “review” new console hardware. The 360 didn’t succeed because it was a “social system” dedicated to “gaming” with “fun little minigames.” The PS3 didn’t fail — and then succeed — because it was “confused” and then not confused. The whole idea is that we don’t know exactly what is going to make these consoles succeed or fail, and we may not know for quite some time.

All of the living room functionality included in the Xbox One is a good case in point. Ordering your console to switch from TV to a game, or to sign in, or to turn off, is certainly a cool thing. Integrating your cable box with the rest of your entertainment is certainly a cool thing. And yet, will anyone really pay $500 just to make the “input” button on their remote obsolete? Will a low-cost, more polished competitor from a major technology company join the market? We don’t know. No one does.

Last week I attended a demonstration of the Xbox One user interface in a Manhattan loft space rented by Microsoft and gussied up to look like a living room. I watched an Xbox rep actually surprise himself by using gesture controls to swipe through photos shared to SkyDrive, the Microsoft cloud storage service. “I didn’t know it could do that,” he said.

The Xbox One and PS4 are exciting — I get that; it’s been a long time since there were new consoles. But we’re all discovering what they can do, and what will make them rise or fall, together, as we go.

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The Avengers Trailer

Hollywood has been waiting forever for a franchise like the Marvel superheroes. After making a separate multi million dollar movie for each superhero, Marvel is now coming out with The Avengers. All your favorite superheros and actors team up in this epic super hero movie coming out May 2012. 


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1. LA Jock is a a sportswear store in Los Angeles’ West Hollywood neighborhood.

2. To protest Russia’s anti-LGBT propaganda law, the owner, Nir Zilberman, has displayed a mannequin in his storefront window dressed in a concentration camp uniform with an upside-down pink triangle on its chest.

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3. Zilberman placed this sign in front of the mannequin.

4. This is the profile picture for the LA Jock Facebook page.

5. Zilberman has also posted a video about his protest and the mannequin on Facebook.

6. Zilberman, who is the son of two Holocaust survivors, said he’s “sorry that a lot of Russian Jews got offended” by the display, but he does not regret his decision to put it up.

“I’m not ashamed of what I did. I’m proud of what I did,” he said. “I know where I’m coming from. My heart is all about love.”

7. Rabbi Denise Eger, whose synagogue Kol Ami is in West Hollywood and has many gay congregants, spoke at length with Zilberman about the mannequin. She believes that he’s motivated by the attention.

“There are plenty of ways for all of us, together, to draw attention to what’s happening to the LGBT community in Russia, with Putin’s new, horrific policy, without commercializing the Shoah,” Rabbi Eger said in an interview.

8. When Zilberman fainted during a rally he organized last Thursday in West Hollywood, an article also speculated whether this was all for his own attention.

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9. Zilberman responded to the article with this message:

please the rally was not about me, 1000′s of people around the world support our RALLY, it was all about love. the store was all covered in black with posters of heroes. the screen was playing videos of our friends, gay men and women in Russia and in WWII.
it was all about “one voice” one single can create a war and one single person can make peace. life is a game and a choice to LOVE or HATE.
last night we show the world that love=life. silence=death.
you do not need to be a move star to be a leader, just follow you heart, we al WIN.
im not sur way this pics is even display here this was about people they care for people.
thank you for all the amazing emails, the text and all your support. this is just the start of
you will hear a lot about me and our people the can not have a voice, i will be they VOICE.
in israel and most countries gay pride was very small come to ISRAEL and see what one single person did, today 1000′s go gay, straight, all colors all religions come to ISRAEL

10. Zilberman said the display will be up until the end of the Olympics Feb. 23.

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Photograph by FABIAN OEFNER
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What looks to be an ‘exploded view‘ of a 1954 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR taken at a microsecond in time, is actually a meticulous and painstakingly crafted artificial moment by artist and photographer Fabian Oefner.

In Disintegrating, Fabian sketches where the individual pieces will go. He then takes apart a model car piece by piece; from the body shell right down to the minuscule screws. Each car contains hundreds of components.

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Photograph by FABIAN OEFNER
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Oefner then places each piece individually with the aid of fine needles and pieces of string. After meticulously working out the angle of each shot and establishing the right lighting, he photographs the components. It takes thousands of photographs to create each image in the series.

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The individual photos are then blended together in post-production to create a single image. With the wheels acting as a reference point, each part is masked in Photoshop and then cut and pasted into the final image.

Jaguar E-Type 1961

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Photograph by FABIAN OEFNER
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“These are possibly the ‘slowest high-speed’ images ever captured. It took almost two months to create an image that looks as if it was captured in a fraction of a second. The whole disassembly in itself took more than a day for each car due to the complexity of the models. But that’s a bit of a boy thing. There’s an enjoyment in the analysis, discovering something by taking it apart, like peeling an onion.” – Fabian Oefner

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Photograph by FABIAN OEFNER
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Photograph by FABIAN OEFNER
Website | Behance | 500px
Courtesy of the MB&F M.A.D Gallery

“What you see in these images, is a moment that never existed in real life. What looks like a car falling apart is in fact a moment in time that has been created artificially by blending hundreds of individual images together. There is a unique pleasure about artificially building a moment… Freezing a moment in time is stupefying.” – Fabian Oefner

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Photograph by FABIAN OEFNER
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Ferrari 330 P4 1967

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Photograph by FABIAN OEFNER
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Limited editions of 25 prints per image (120 cm X 70 cm) are available through the MB&F M.A.D Gallery (Price: CHF 1’900. including VAT). Located in Geneva, Switzerland, The MB&F M.A.D.Gallery is a place of kinetic art where horological machines and mechanical art devices reign supreme.

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Five weeks ago, you broke up with the guy you once thought was “the one.”

The decision wasn’t easy, but at the time there was no question in your mind it was the right one. You were arguing every day, he was more devoted to his Xbox than to you and, most importantly, you just weren’t in love with him anymore.

After tearfully saying “goodbye” while simultaneously handing him a bag of weird T-shirts he had left at your apartment and your houseplant he was strangely attached to, you felt sad but good.

You were single and ready to mingle! You signed up for Tinder, Bumble and OkCupid. You were ready to take the dating world by storm.

Fast forward five weeks. You’re curled up in the fetal position in bed laughing hysterically while watching that one “South Park” episode your ex really loved (that you hated while you were together, by the way).

You’re halfway through a pint of Peanut Butter Cup Ben & Jerry’s (PSA: there’s like 1,500 calories in one of those things), and you really, really miss your ex.

You made the wrong decision, you’re sure of it. You would do anything to get him back, but from the looks of his Instagram photos he’s already moved on.

So, what’s going on with that? Here’s the deal.

Our brains are really good at remembering the good stuff.

When it comes to memory, our brains have something called a “positivity bias,” meaning it’s easier for our memories to recall that time you and your ex laughed until your cried or cuddled and drank wine during a snowstorm than it is to remember that huge screaming match you had at your sister’s wedding.

We’re conditioned to forget pain, at least to a certain extent. If you truly remembered how painful that half marathon you ran last spring was, would youreallywant to run another one?

Didn’t think so. Apply that thought process to the warm fuzzy feelings you’re currently having about your ex.

Those dates you were so excited about kind of suck.

The truth is, it’s hard to find a genuine connection with another person. Whether it’s over dinner, a drink or Netflix, it’s just not easy.

Even if you and your ex weren’t right for each other, you probably connected pretty well and were definitely super comfortable around each other.

So if sitting across from a stranger who you’re not that attracted to while sharing boring work stories isn’t doing it for you, we don’t blame you.

And wereallydon’t blame you if it makes you miss the easy conversations you used to have with your ex.

One day you will meet someone who makes you laugh as hard as your ex once did and who you’re crazy attracted to. Until then, you’ll just have to grin and bear the awkward dates.

You want what you can’t have.

You know that moment when you go on a diet and can no longer eat cake and cookies and suddenlyallyou want is cake and cookies?

That’s probably what’s happening with your ex. You cut off all contact (good for you — that’s the way to do it!) and suddenly he has never seemed more appealing.

Think about it like this: Eating that forbidden cookie would probably feel great in the moment, but afterward you would probably feel pretty bad about it. The same thing would happen if you called or texted your ex.

So don’t do it.

They look great in their photos.

Were those biceps there two months ago? Definitely not. Your ex didn’t even belong to a gym to take selfies at!

Not only is he looking great, but since your breakup your ex seems to be having a blast. His Instagram is full of photos of him with his friends and, even worse, groups of gorgeous girls you’ve never seen before.

There’s always a possibility that your ex really is having a blast, but let’s be real: He just go dumped.

He’s probably partying a lot and then going home and playing all the songs you used to listen to together. Come on!

As for those gym selfies, maybe he’s channeling his breakup angst into a new fitness routine. Or maybe he’s purposely trying to make you jealous.

Whatever the case, please unfollow him on Instagram right now.

You miss your best friend.

When you had a boyfriend, you had a built-in buddy to do everything with. He was part of your routine.

You loved sharing a few beers while staying in and watching Netflix on Friday nights, and you loved your Saturday morning runs and trips to the farmers’ market.

It’s hard to lose such a close friend, so surround yourself with girlfriends who will help distract you and lift you up.

Fill your weekends with activities that make you happy, and rejoice you no longer have to spend your Sunday afternoons drinking beer and watching football (unless that’s your thing, in which case, more power to you!).

One day you’ll find someone who is so much better for you than your ex ever was.

Until then, just remember: It’s called a breakup because it’s broken. Please don’t text him.

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Microsoft’s Surface 2 unveiling on Sept. 23, 2013, was the first event where the Surface Mini was expected. Microsoft instead killed the product months later.
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Microsoft has confirmed it cancelled plans to release a Surface Mini tablet in the spring.

During Tuesday’s quarterly earnings call, CFO Amy Hood said that part of the reason revenue from the company’s line of Surface tablets took a hit was because it had decided to kill an unreleased product.

“During the quarter, we reassessed our product roadmap and decided not to ship a new form factor that was under development,” Hood said. While she doesn’t identify the Surface Mini by name, other reports claimed Microsoft has scrapped plans to release the tablet late in the game, then the company accidentally confirmed the product’s existence in a user manual that referenced the Mini directly.

The decision to take the ax to the Surface Mini was reportedly influenced by CEO Satya Nadella, whose bid to reshape Microsoft includes a clear focus on productivity. While the company has many consumer-facing products (notably Xbox), Windows devices have been criticized as not serving small-screen tablet market as well as iPads and Android models, and market statistics reflect this.

The small-screen tablet market has grown quickly over the past two years, but Windows didn’t support those designs until fall 2013 with the release of Windows 8.1. It appeared inevitable that the Surface line would get a Mini version after that, but since smaller tablets are inherently more about consumption than productivity, such a product wouldn’t fit with Nadella’s vision of the new Microsoft.

When Microsoft held the next Surface product launch in May, it instead announced the Surface Pro 3, a 12-inch tablet that runs full Windows 8.1 Pro, powered by an Intel Core processor.

Other manufacturers have filled the void with small Windows tablets, and most run Windows 8.1, powered by Intel Atom chips. Lenovo was reportedly going to stop selling small Windows tablets in the U.S. due to lack of demand, but the company quickly reaffirmed its commitment to different-size tablets and said it would bring a new small Windows tablet to the American market before the end of 2014.

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Besides eating bamboo leaves I like all kind of oddities.

Being bored of usual buildings I have traveled the world (with the help of Internet) and found 50 strangest and most extraordinary churches in the world, and I’m kind enough to share it with you.

It was a tedious job for a lazy bored panda to compile such a big list, but I did it!

Oh, and I’m more Buddhist than Christian, so churches are no more than buildings for me. [Read more…]

But I have to admit, that the most wonderful buildings on earth are probably churches, monasteries and other religious structures. You can do much more with a lot of faith and a lack of money than with a lot of money but without any faith.

Enjoy scrolling down the list, while I eat another bamboo leaf.

1. The Church of Hallgrímur (Reykjavík, Iceland)

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The Church of Hallgrímur is a Lutheran parish church which is also a very tall one, reaching 74.5 meters (244 ft) height. It is the fourth tallest architectural structure in Iceland.

It took incredibly long to build it (38 years!) Construction work began in 1945 and ended in 1986.

Architect: Guðjón Samúelsson

More info: Hallgrímur

2. Las Lajas Cathedral (Colombia, South America)

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Las Lajas Cathedral was built in 1916 inside the canyon of the Guaitara river where, according to local legend, the Virgin Mary appeared.

You can find it in southern Colombian Department of Narino, municipality of Ipiales, near the border with Ecuador.

3. Device to Root Out Evil (Calgary, AB, Canada)

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It was too hot for New York City; too hot for Stanford University. But a controversial, imposing sculpture by renowned international artist Dennis Oppenheim finally found a public home in laid-back Vancouver.

A country church is seen balancing on it’s steeple, as if it had been lifted by a terrific force and brought to the site as a device or method of rooting out evil forces.

(Update: In 2008 it was moved from Vancouver to Calgary, AB, Canada)

4. Chapel of St. Gildas (Brittany, France)

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Mads: “This is the chapel of St-Gildas, which sits upon the bank of the Canal du Blavet in Brittany, France. “Built like a stone barn into the base of a bare rocky cliff, this was once a holy place of the Druids. Gildas appears to have travelled widely throughout the Celtic world of Corwall, Wales, Ireland and Scotland. He arrived in Brittany in about AD 540 and is said to have preached Christianity to the people from a rough pulpit, now contained within the chapel.” (from ‘Cruising French Waterways’ by Hugh McKnight p.150)

5. Shell Church (Huntington Beach, CA, USA)

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Panda has no info on this one, only the location – Huntington Beach, CA, USA. The best thing about this church is a huge Shell logo.

6. Notre Dame du Haut (Ronchamp, France)

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People say that the roof of this building looks like Elvis’ hair and Panda agree.

Informally known as Ronchamp, the chapel of Notre Dame du Haut was completed in 1954 and is considered one of the finest examples of architecture by the late French/Swiss architect Le Corbusier.

Interesting fact: when it rains, water pours off the slanted roof onto a fountain, creating a dramatic waterfall.

More info: Notre Dame du Haut

7. St Joseph Ukrainian Catholic Church (Chicago, IL, USA)

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I don’t want to tell what kind of thing those domes remind me. Its massiveness and gray color looks like Soviet architecture. I was amazed when I read that it was actually in USA and not in Soviet Union.

St. Joseph Ukrainian Catholic church is best known for its ultra-modern thirteen gold domed roof symbolizing the twelve apostles and Jesus Christ as the largest center dome.

It is celebrating its 53 years, so it was built in 1956 (if my calculations are right).

More info: St Joseph Ukrainian Church

8. Jubilee Church (Rome, Italy)

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Jubilee Church has very distinctive curved walls which look like sails and serve the engineering purpose of minimizing thermal peak loads in the interior space.

The walls are made from a special cement, which contain titanium dioxide, so it destroys air pollution.

According to Borgarello “When the titanium dioxide absorbs ultraviolet light, it becomes powerfully reactive, breaking down pollutants that come in contact with the concrete.”

Architect: Richard Meier

Year: 1996

9. Grace Fellowship Baptist Church (Baltimore Road in Detroit, Michigan, USA)

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This weird building is actually a church. Once it was famous for being Detroit’s most beautiful Chinese-American restaurant. Later it closed down and became the Omega Baptist Church and then the Grace Fellowship Baptist Church. Located at 265 Baltimore, MD, USA.

10. Basilica de Higuey (Dominican Republic)

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Basilica de Higuey, inaugurated on January 21, 1971, is one of the most respected monuments of the Dominican Republic. It was built by French architects, and is located in the city of Higuey, Dominican Republic.

Panda thinks it is actually a huge basket, and not a church.

11. Church in Stykkishólmskirkja (Iceland)

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No, this is not an alien structure – it is another weird church in Iceland.

I’ve found two different versions about this church:

Version #1: “It was built in 1990 and the architect is Jón Haraldssyni”

Version #2: “The church in Stykkishólmskirkja was built in 1879. The new church was than built in 1980. The church has drawn much of detention by its look from the sea and from land. In 1939 Fransiskusystur (nuns) built a monestry, school and the church. They also built a hospital witch is still in use.”

12. St. Basil’s Cathedral (Moscow, Russia)

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Cathedral of Saint Basil the Blessed was built in 1555 -1561 by Ivan IV (a.k.a Ivan the Terrible) to celebrate the capture of the Khanate of Kazan. The multi-tented church stands at the very heart of Moscow,the Red Square.

A legend says that Ivan had the architect,Postnik Yakovlev, blinded to prevent him from building a more magnificent building for anyone else. In fact, Postnik Yakovlev built a number of churches after Saint Basil’s.

Panda thinks that it may be huge lollypops and wants to taste it.

More info: Saint Basil’s Cathedral

13. Cathedral of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)

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Cathedral of Rio de Janeiro was built between 1964 and 1979. Conical in form it has internal diameter of 96 meters (315 ft) and an overall height of 75 meters (246 ft).

The church has a standing-room capacity of 20,000 people.

Four rectilinear stained glass windows soar 64 meters (210 ft) from floor to ceiling.

Looks like a Pyramid of Egypt or Aztecs, doesn’t it?

14. Sagrada Familia (Barcelona, Spain)

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Sagrada Família is a very massive Roman Catholic basilica under construction in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. Construction began in 1882 and continues to this day. A very famous architect Antoni Gaudí worked on the project for over 40 years, devoting the last 15 years of his life entirely to this endeavor.

In the center there is going to be a tower of Jesus Christ, surmounted by a giant cross; the tower’s total height will be 170 m (557,7ft).

I have never seen anything as fabulous as this church!

More info: Wikipedia.

15. Paraportiani Church (Mykonos, Greece)

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According to the author of the photo: “Paraportiani Church is one of the most famous architectural structures in Greece. Its name means secondary gate, because it was built on the site of one of the gates of the Medieval stone walls. Some parts of this beautiful church date from 1425 and the rest was built during the 16th and 17th centuries.”

16. Borgund Stave Church (Lærdal, Norway)

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Stave churches may have been very usual all over medieval northwestern Europe but now you can only find them in Norway (that what Wikipedia says, but this is wrong)

Borgund stave church located in Borgund, Lærdal, Norway is the best preserved of Norway’s 28 extant stave churches. This wooden church, probably built in the end of the 12th century, has not changed structure or had a major reconstruction since the date it was built.

Interesting fact: the church is also featured as a Wonder for the Viking civilization in the video game Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings.

17. The Green church (Buenos Aires, Argentina)

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Bamboo leaves!?! I want to climb into this church and sit here all day.

The only info I managed to find: “a parish church in Buenos Aires, Argentina known as the “Huerto de Olivos”, or “Garden of Olives” – Michael

18. Church Ruins (Goreme, Turkey)

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The rock cut ruins of a church by persecuted Christians. Not sure when it was built, but definitely look very ancient. How did those guys carved the inside of these rocks?

The Cappadocia valley, where this church stands, is very popular for its rocks that the people of the villages at the heart of the Cappadocia Region carved out to form houses, churches, monasteries.

There are an estimated 150 churches and several monasteries in the canyon between the villages of Ihlara and Selime.

Those rocks are volcanic deposits, so that means they are soft rocks, making it possible to carve such structures.

19. Duomo, Milan Cathedral (Milan, Italy)

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Mark Twain once said the following of the Duomo in Milan in his work, Innocents Abroad:

“They say that the Cathedral of Milan is second only to St. Peter’s at Rome. I cannot understand how it can be second to anything made by human hands.”

More info: Wikipedia.

20. Paoay Church a.k.a St. Augustine Parish (Philippines)

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Paoay Church reminds me of Aztec architecture. It looks very massive and strong. The walls of the church are 1.67 meters thick and are supported by 24 carved and massive buttresses.

Its construction started in 1704 and was completed in 1894 by the Augustinian friars led by Fr. Antonio Estavillo. It is said, that Its construction primarily was intended to withstand earthquakes. And it could test the strength of the walls very soon, because the church was damaged by an earthquake in 1706 and 1927.

The design of the church is a mixture of Gothic, Oriental and Baroque influence.

21. Cathedral of Brasilia (Brasilia, Brazil)

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This is a very famous Cathedral of Brasília designed by Oscar Niemeyer. Panda finds It modern but somehow childish. These columns, having hyperbolic section and weighing 90 t, represent two hands moving upwards to heaven.

The construction was finished in 1970.

More info: Cathedral of Brasília

22. St. Michael’s Golden-Domed Monastery (Kiev, Ukraine)

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St. Michael’s Golden-Domed Monastery is a functioning monastery in Kiev, Ukraine. The monastery is located on the Western side of the Dnieper River on the edge of a bluff northeast of the St. Sophia Cathedral. The site is located in the historic and administrative Uppertown and overlooks the city’s historical commercial and merchant quarter, the Podil neighbourhood.

Originally built in the Middle Ages by Sviatopolk II Iziaslavych, the monastery comprises the Cathedral itself (Mykhaylivs’kyi zolotoverkhyi sobor), the refectory of St. John the Divine, built in 1713, the Economic Gates (Ekonomichna vrata), constructed in 1760 and the monastery’s bell tower, which was added circa 1716–1719. The exterior of the structure was rebuilt in the Ukrainian Baroque style in the 18th century while the interior remained in its original Byzantine style. The cathedral was demolished by the Soviet authorities in the 1930s, but was recently reconstructed after Ukraine gained its independence.

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23. Church in a Hill (Luxembourg)

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This church is built into the hillside on which it perches. One of the reasons the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg has survived as an independent state for a thousand years against such powerful neighbors as Germany and France, is that the area is eminently fortifiable.

24. San Francisco de Asis Church (Ranchos de Taos, New Mexico)

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San Francisco de Asis Church is a small mission in Ranchos de Taos, New Mexico. Construction on the church began around 1772 and was completed in 1815 by Franciscan Fathers and its patron is Saint Francis of Assisi. It is made of adobe as are many of the Spanish missions in New Mexico. It a few miles south of Taos Pueblo and has inspired among the greatest number of depictions of any building in the United States. It was the subject of four paintings by Georgia O’Keeffe,and photographs by Ansel Adams and Paul Strand. Georgia O’Keeffe described it as “one of the most beautiful buildings left in the United States by the early Spaniards.”

25. Pilgrimage Church(Neviges, Germany)

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Pilgrimage church designed by Gottfried Böhm and constructed during the period of 1963-1972. The sunken cathedral in autumn colors. Böhm used the terrain to lessen the impact of the enormous church on its small scale context.

26. Church with an A (Madrid, Spain)

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A Parish Church at the beginning of Alcalde Sainz de Baranda St. (Madrid, Spain).

27. Mr. Eko’s Church (The Island, near the beach camp)

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Architects: Eko and Charlie. Built in the 3rd season of Lost series.

28. Grundtvig’s Church, (Copenhagen, Denmark)

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Grundtvig’s Church (Danish: Grundtvigs Kirke) is located in the Bispebjerg district of Copenhagen, Denmark. It is a rare example of expressionist church architecture. Due to its unusual appearance, it is one of the best known churches in the city.

29. Catholic Church (Uruguay, South America)

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30. The Felsenkirche a.k.a. Church of the Rock, (Idar-Oberstein, Germany).

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The Felsenkirche (“Church of the Rock”), a church built into a natural niche in the rocks, rises high above the houses of Oberstein. Nicely blends into the mountain, making all this place magical.

31. Don Justo’s Self Built Cathedral (Mejorada del Campo near Madrid, Spain)

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“Justo Gallego Martínez is building his very own Cathedral in Mejorada del Campo near Madrid, Spain

This is no “model” cathedral and he is neither a qualified architect, nor engineer, nor bricklayer — he is a farmer. “The plans have only ever existed in my head” and have evolved over time in response to opportunity and inspiration. Nor does he have formal planning permission from the authorities of Mejorada del Campo — the town in which it is located (20 km from Madrid under the flight-path to the Barajas airport).

He has financed his work by rent from some inherited farmland — some of which he has already sold. Donations from supporters and visitors are welcomed.

The columns are moulded using old petrol drums, the window arches carry the marks of the tires they were moulded in and bicycle wheels have been used as pulleys.”

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32. Cathedral of Maringa (Parana, Brazil)

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This is a Roman Catholic cathedral located in downtown Maringá, Paraná, Brazil, measuring 124 m high. It was completed in 1972 and is the tallest church in South America and the 16th tallest in the world.

Architect José Augusto Bellucci was inspired by the Soviet sputnik satellites when he projected the modern design with conical shape of the cathedral, which was idealized by the archbishop Dom Jaime Luiz Coelho.

33. Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira, (Cundinamarca, Colombia)

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Catedral de Sal (Salt Cathedral) in Zipaquirá, about 25 miles north of Bogotá, is an underground church built in a tunnel of salt mines deep inside a salt mountain. It is built into a space left by salt mining; everything you see here is salt. As you descend into the church, you pass 14 small chapels representing the stations of the suffering of Christ. The sanctuary at the bottom has three sections, representing the birth, life, and death of Jesus.

The first Salt Cathedral was consecrated in 1954, but structural problems and safety concerns led the authorities to shut down the sanctuary in 1990. The current church was built between 1991 and 1996 about 200 feet below the old sanctuary, again using caves left behind by previous mining operations.

34. Bruder Klaus Chapel (Mechernich, southern Germany)

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“A concrete chapel on the edge of a field in Mechernich, southern Germany, built by local farmers in honor of their patron saint, the 15th-century hermit Bruder Klaus” according to icon.

35. Written Stone (Monastery, Romania)

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Local tradition confesses that,during the construction of a railway , at the opening of the a tunnel, it was found an icon painted in stone representing the Holy Trinity. The monastery was built at the opening of the tunnel The monastery was built at the opening of the tunnel on the rock.

36. Church of St. George(Lalibela, Ethiopia)

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Possibly the most famous of Lalibeli’s churches, the Church of St. George is completely carved out of stone in the shape of a cross.

37. Trendsetters Church (Phoenix, AZ, USA)

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Trendsetters Church in Phoenix, AZ, built in 1973 by Neil Frisby as Capstone Cathedral. I’m sure Neil Frisby visited Egypt just before designing this church.

38. Chapel in the Rock (Arizona, USA)

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This facinating Roman Catholic church is literally built into the rock. The views from outside are unbelievable but the serenity inside is awesome

Some say, that Chapel in the Rock can move even the non-religious.

39. The Wireman Chapel at Eckerd College (St. Petersburg, Florida, USA)

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A kid on the tour to Eckerd College once said it looked like a “Jesus spider from outer space.” Inspired by 20th-century architect Eero Saarinen, the Chapel was designed by the highly respected Chicago architectural firm of Perkins and Will. Its key design features are its octagonal shape and in-the-round seating, the oculus at the center of the roof that directs sunlight to the center of the sanctuary, the lower glass panels which reflect light from the water outside to the interior, and the girders which recall the flying buttresses of the medieval cathedral, instilling a sense of timelessness in a contemporary structure.

40. Saint-Michel d’Aiguilhe chapel (Le Puy-en-Velay, France)

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Perhaps one of the most remarkable sights in France, a chapel perched on a volcanic plug. This is the Rock of Aiguilhe, on the edge of the town of Puy en Velay, in the Auvergne. The Chapelle Saint-Michel has stood there for 1042 years, since Bishop Gothescalk had it built in 962 on his return from a pilgrimage to Santiago del Compostella in Galicia. In 1955 workers found relics under the alter that had been there since it was built.

41.Santuario Madonna della Lacrime (Sicily, Italy)

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43.The Hermitage(Island of San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, Spain)

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The small church, which is usually closed, dates from the 10th century and seems to have come from the Knights Templar. In the year 1053 it was donated, by don Iñigo López Lord of Biscay, to the monastery of San Juan de la Peña near Jaca in Huesca. Medieval burials from the 9th and 12th centuries have been found on the esplanade and in the hermitage.

In 1593 it was attacked and sacked by Francis Drake. Among other incidents, it has caught fire several times. On the November 10, 1978, it was destroyed in one such fire. Two years later, on June 24, 1980 it was reinaugurated. The hermitage belongs to the parish of San Pelayo in Bakio.

The hermitage also houses various votive offerings from sailors who survived shipwrecks.

More info: Wikipedia

44. Church of Arbore (Suceava County, Romania)

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The church of Arbore is dedicated to Saint John the Baptist. Its painted church was the first Moldavian painted church to be included on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The monastery and the commune are named after the boyar Luca Arbore who built the church in 1503. The erection of the church was completed in about 5 months. Its exterior paintings date from 1541 and were made by DragoÅŸ Coman. Painting the church took about 40 years.

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45.The Chapel on the Rock (Allenspark, Colorado, USA)

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The founder of Camp St. Malo, Monsignor Joseph Bosetti, had for years entertained an idea that one day he would build a chapel on this site. In 1916 he and two friends observed a falling meteor during the night and in his search for the remnants the next morning, he came across a large rock. The beauty of the land inspired the priest and he remembered Jesus’ words to Peter: “Upon this rock, I will build my Church.” (Matt 16:18).

Vowing one day to build a chapel here, Msgr. Bosetti prayed for nearly 20 years to acquire the funds. During time, he found himself in a constant battle with the Colorado Highway department which had plans to dynamite the enormous piece of granite to both widen and straighten the curve in the road.

Eventually, Msgr. Bosetti won the battle and years later, when the chapel became a reality, it was reported that a group of engineers who laid out the road came to the dedication and thanked him for his perseverance.

The chapel was designed by noted Denver architect Jacques Benedict.

In 1993, Pope John Paul II visited the chapel during his trip to Denver for the World Youth Day and bestowed his personal blessing on the chapel.

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46. Cadet Chapel (Air Force Academy, Colorado, USA)

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The United States Air Force Academy Cadet Chapel, completed in 1962, is the distinguishing feature of the Cadet Area at the United States Air Force Academy. It was designed by renowned architect Walter Netsch of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill of Chicago. Originally controversial in its design, the Cadet Chapel has become a classic and highly regarded example of modernist architecture. The Cadet Chapel was awarded the American Institute of Architects’ National 25 Year Award in 1996, and as part of the Cadet Area, was named a U.S. National Historic Landmark in 2004.

More info: Wikipedia

47.St. Augustine Church (Brookland, Kent, UK)

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“Yes the late 12th century, wooden, bell tower is separate from the rest of the church! Apparently it is the only one of its size and shape in the country. Originally it was open to the elements the cladding being addedin the 15th century. You almost can’t take a picture of this lovely church without getting that litter bin or telephone wires (or both) in frame; the litter bin is even in all the guide books!” – kcm76

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48.Third Church of Christ, Scientist (Washington, DC, USA)

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“This building is not only hideous but it is unwelcoming and, as anyone who has seen the J. Edgar Hoover Building would agree, it is extremely difficult and expensive to maintain. It does place undue monetary restrictions on how the church can serve the city because the church has to sink so much into the maintenance of the building.” (


49.Thorncrown Chapel (Eureka Springs, AR, USA)

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“Just outside Eureka Springs in the Arkansas Ozarks–itself a divine place–lies this small, peaceful, non-denominational chapel. Even as I feel the distance between the organized religion I was raised with and myself grow, places like this remind me of why the underlying faith meant and continues to mean so much to me.

Designed by E. Fay Jones in 1979, completed in July 1980.” Clinton Steeds

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50. Church Birdhouse (Greer, South Carolina, USA)

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A colorful birdhouse, made in the shape of a church, hanging on a fence of someones yard in Greer, South Carolina. The bird living in this church must be a bird-priest raising donations from other birds in a form of seeds.

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Like Logan Walker in Call of Duty: Ghosts, Sony’s eighth-generation console, the PlayStation 4, has come out of the gates swinging to accomplish a mission. That mission? Getting into as many gamers’ hands as possible — and as quickly as possible.

In the first 24 hours since the $400 PS4 was released on Friday, Sony sold 1 million consoles in the United States and Canada, the company announced Sunday.

“PS4 was designed with an unwavering commitment to gamers, and we are thrilled that consumer reaction has been so phenomenal,” Andrew House, president of Sony Computer Entertainment, said in a statement. “Sales remain very strong in North America, and we expect continued enthusiasm as we launch the PlayStation 4 in Europe and Latin America on Nov. 29.”

Thousands of gamers waited in line to purchase the PS4 at various midnight launch events across North America on Friday, including at the The Standard in New York City, where Sony unveiled game teaser trailers for Uncharted and Destiny.

Despite favorable sales figures and positive reviews, however, some PS4 buyers are reporting that their consoles are defective.