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Anthem has long been hailed as one of Ayn Rand’s classic novels, and a clear predecessor to her later masterpieces, The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged. In Anthem, Rand examines a frightening future in which individuals have no name, no independence, and no values. Equality 7-2521 lives in the dark ages of the future where all decisions are made by committee, all people live in collectives, and all traces of individualism have been wiped out. Despite such a restrictive environment, the spark of individual thought and freedom still burns in him–a passion which he has been taught to call sinful. In a purely egalitarian world, Equality 7-2521 dares to stand apart from the herd–to think and choose for himself, to discover electricity, and to love the woman of his choice. Now he has been marked for death for committing the ultimate sin. In a world where the great “we” reign supreme, he has rediscovered the lost and holy word–“I.”
Harry Potter universe looks to be incredibly promising but we’re going to have to wait longer than expected.
“We would like to thank fans from around the world on the tremendous reaction to the announcement of Hogwarts Legacy from our Portkey Games label. Creating the best possible experience for all of the Wizarding World and gaming fans is paramount to us so we are giving the game all the time it needs,” reads a statement. The highly-anticipated next-gen RPG will now release sometime in 2022.
Hogwarts Legacy is being developed by Just Cause developer Avalanche and will not feature Potter himself. The game is set hundreds of years prior to the arrival of Harry Potter and allows you to be whatever kind of wizard you wish. You can be evil or good, explore the grounds of Hogwarts, and see all the iconic sights to the Wizarding World. Before its reveal in 2020, the game leaked years prior with some footage.
The game will be entirely single-player and hopefully fulfil the fantasies of many Harry Potter fans.
“Your character is a student who holds the key to an ancient secret that threatens to tear the wizarding world apart. You have received a late acceptance to the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and soon discover that you are no ordinary student: you possess an unusual ability to perceive and master Ancient Magic. Only you can decide if you will protect this secret for the good of all, or yield to the temptation of more sinister magic,” reads an official description of the game.
Hogwarts Legacy looks to be quite promising so hopefully the delay will make it all worth it. Hogwarts Legacy will release on Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, PS5, and PC.
Source: Game Zone
Marvel Studios executive Kevin Feige fielded questions about the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s future on Sunday, including some about Black Panther 2. After the passing of star Chadwick Boseman, many wondered what the future holds for the afro-futurist franchise. Feige confirmed that the sequel will not recast Boseman, and will try its best to honor him.
“So much of the comics and that first movie is the world of Wakanda. Wakanda is a place to further explore with characters and different subcultures. This was always and initially the primary focus of the next story,” Feige said in an interview with Deadline. He then directly addressed speculation that Black Panther 2 would use a CGI image of Boseman in the movie, or else focus on different characters.
“We’re not going to have a CG Chadwick and we’re not recasting T’Challa,” Feige said bluntly. “[Director] Ryan Coogler is working very hard right now on the script with all the respect and love and genius that he has, which gives us great solace, so it was always about furthering the mythology and the inspiration of Wakanda. There’s also the task of honoring and respecting the ongoing learnings and teachings from Chad as well.”
Boseman passed away on Aug. 28, 2020, at the age of 43. Fans were taken by surprise when his family revealed that Boseman had been battling cancer for years, without ever revealing it. It gave many a newfound reverence for the pioneering superhero star that helped Black Americans see themselves in these beloved movies.
Black Panther came out in 2018, and fans have been impatiently awaiting a sequel ever since. The movie was more successful than the studio dared hope, and touched all of the cross-over movies after it. However, upon Boseman’s death, fans were warned that plans for a sequel would be changed so as to honor his memory and serve the canon at the same time.
At the time of Boseman’s death, Coogler wrote an essay about his feelings for The Hollywood Reporter, remarking on how integral the star was to this beloved project. He related Boseman’s real-life death to the movie’s representation of ancestor reverence in Wakandan culture, writing: “It’s no secret to me now how he was able to skillfully portray some of our most notable ones. I had no doubt that he would live on and continue to bless us with more. But it is with a heavy heart and a sense of deep gratitude to have ever been in his presence, that I have to reckon with the fact that Chad is an ancestor now. And I know that he will watch over us, until we meet again.” Black Panther 2 is currently slated for release on July 8, 2022.
When Peer and Channok grappled the derelict Ra-Twelve, they hooked a death-prize—haunted by the Yomm, stalked by the Mysterious Nine!
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by Brian Shea
Coming off a year where I experienced both personal and professional turmoil, 2020 was going to be the year I turned it all around. I decided that as much as I traveled in 2019, I was going to do even more in 2020. Not just that, but I was going to do more in general: I couldn’t wait to set up more times to meet up at bars and restaurants with friends, and I was even planning to throw a house party or two. Unfortunately, as we all learned, 2020 was not the year any of us expected, and nearly all of my plans were put on hold.
We know the story of 2020 all too well, but with travel such a key component of how I planned to heal from a 2019 that, quite frankly, left me emotionally upended, I was left to my own devices. Thankfully, while 2020 was an often terrible year, it delivered a ton of awesome games that provided escapism. As I played through the various adventures the year brought us, I came to a realization that I was experiencing so many of the destinations I love through the real world in the virtual world.
Don’t get me wrong: Visiting Japan in a video game doesn’t even hold a candle to experiencing the wonders of that country in real life, but when so much of my gaming time was spent in digital recreations of that country, I couldn’t help feel warm and fuzzy. My real-life experience with Japan is limited to Tokyo, so I loved exploring the places I visited just a few months prior with Persona 5 Royal. Not only is that game among my favorite RPGs of all time, but Shibuya and the other prominent areas of Tokyo are so prominently featured they almost feel like characters themselves. I was able to further explore Japan through Yakuza: Like a Dragon, which highlights other parts of Tokyo and the surrounding region, while Ghost of Tsushima gave me another roundtrip ticket (plus a time machine) in arguably the most beautiful game I’ve ever played.
It didn’t stop with Japan, though. The Last of Us Part II let me venture across the country to various familiar locales in Seattle, my favorite Pacific Northwest city. Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales let me visit another city I miss dearly, Manhattan, though being able to stare across the bridge at Brooklyn without the ability to go there was a bit of a tease. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 allowed me to visit very loose interpretations of many cities around the globe, though I admit that it was more of a warm blanket of nostalgia that harkened back to simpler, more normal times than anything else.
Even fantastical locations I could immerse myself in became mini vacations; say what you will about Cyberpunk 2077, but Night City is a big, colorful place to lose yourself in. The same could be said about worlds like Midgar and the Golden Isle in Final Fantasy VII Remake and Immortals Fenyx Rising respectively; I know those aren’t based on real places, but they were worlds I could fall into without much effort.
Oddly enough, I didn’t spend very much time with the game that perhaps would have been the best way to cope with a lack of travel: Microsoft Flight Simulator. Not only would that experience allow me to visit any place on the planet with photorealistic visuals, but also the joys of travel itself, complete with seeing the gates of my most familiar airports. You would think this would almost serve as an unexpectedly comforting reminder of the most mundane moments of the trips I hoped to take, but to be honest, since relocating my primary workstation to my gaming PC at home, it has been so difficult to force myself to sit at my computer any longer than I need to for the workday. I’ll revisit Microsoft Flight Simulator when it comes to Xbox or when I’m able to work in our office again – whichever comes first.
Even other moments in games seemed to hit different this year; hearing the roar of the full crowd in EA Sports UFC 4 or Madden NFL 21 just felt nice. Or the feeling of commanding a massive music-festival crowd in Fuser. Even something like island hopping and errand running in The Touryst felt out of the ordinary in 2020, but somehow, comforting.
Of course, one of the best parts of traveling is seeing the friends and family you don’t live near. This year’s experiences allowed me to spend remote quality time with them. Outside of a Zoom trivia group I joined in the early months of the pandemic, games like Fall Guys and Overwatch (yeah, I know it’s not a 2020 game, but I’m still playing it!) gave me fun excuses to catch up with friends I can’t otherwise see this year, but no game better encapsulated the notion of traveling to visit friends than Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Hitting at the perfect time, Animal Crossing: New Horizons allowed me to visit the virtual homes of friends to not only hang out with them, but receive inspiration for my own island. While multiplayer is arguably the worst component of Animal Crossing: New Horizons in terms of gameplay function and convenience, it was just what I needed.
I’m still desperately hoping to be able to do some travel in 2021 – I miss my family and friends, plus the sheer wonder of getting lost in an unfamiliar city. But as I reflect on the gaming experiences delivered by developers throughout 2020, so many of them brought experiences similar to the ones I felt were missing from my real life over the majority of the year. For that, I’m beyond thankful to the creators of those experiences.
Brian Shea has written about video games for over a decade across multiple publications. When he’s not writing or gaming, he’s usually listening to music, watching UFC, or hopelessly rooting for a Baltimore or D.C. sports team.
Originally plublised in: gaminformer
The screening rooms were closed. The festivals were virtual. The blockbusters were in storage. Even so, NYT critics found abundant and inspiring signs of cinematic life in the pandemic.