It’s Thursday, which means it’s time to give ourselves a big thumbs up by taking another look back at TheGamer’s best features of the week. From the rise of African cinema to the absence of police on the streets of New Capena, we’ve been busy covering a wide range of topics for the past 7 days.
MultiVersus is still going strong, She-Hulk is out – bringing Marvel’s VFX issues back into the spotlight – and Spider-Man is coming to PC. The game (in this case, the MCU juggernaut) isn’t slowing down, and we have a lot to say.
Are we witnessing the rise of African cinema?
From Black Panther to The Beast to The Queen, African cinema has been in the spotlight like never before. Editor-in-chief Stacey Henley sat down with popcorn to watch the trailer, listening to the tribal music kicking in, looking forward to seeing Idris Elba and his big muscle gun on screen. Only, she met John Boyega and Viola Davis. She was expecting The Beast, but got a completely different movie in The Queen.
The boom in African cinema represents a big step forward, embracing Africa’s rich history without relying on white messianic narratives or stories from unjust perspectives.
I don’t want to hear anyone tell me that Marvel’s VFX team is doing their best
In the world of cinema, however, it’s not all good, as Marvel has been under fire for abusing its VFX team. Marvel Studios has hired multiple companies to handle its blockbusters from “Endgame” to “Thor: Love and Thunder,” so there’s no single internal collective. With these studios, it has changed a lot at the last minute, shortening deadlines without warning, making ridiculous demands, and pumping out film and TV like there is no tomorrow, all of which cultivate a A horrible austerity culture. Stacey believes that what we need to discuss is how we treat these teams, not how hard they work.
Games need to stop being afraid of the word ‘transgender’
I promise I’m not trying to get boss points by writing three Stacey stories in a row, but it’s a big deal. Born male and raised female, Guilty Gear’s Bridget now proudly says she’s a girl, finally proving once and for all that she’s trans. But Guilty Gear has always been shy about it, and is still afraid of making her say, “I’m transgender!” So was Krem in Dragon Age: Inquisition and The Last of Us Part 2. As representation improves, it remains clear how much work remains to be done.
Owl House and Amphibian Fans Are Filled With Worm Memes And I’m Scared
Looking at things less serious, the protagonist Jade King dives into the world of gay cartoons and… worm memes. The Worm House and Wormphibia are the latest trends on the internet, a cursed concoction of children’s toys and animated shows that I wish I’d never seen put together, but here we go. Even the creators took notice of the frenetic nightmarish creation, all from the Discord server, with some pointing out that Hunter’s hair resembles a Squirmle. Should have kept it to myself, man.
Wolfe Glick reveals what it takes to compete in Pokemon’s VGC World Championship
Freelancer Lowell Bell showed up at TheGamer’s (100% real, brick and mortar) offices the other day to bring us their interview with Pokemon World Championship Champion Wolfe Glick. Perhaps the closest thing to a real-life Pokemon master. They talk about the difference between making content and competing, how they started their journey into the Pokemon world, and his early success as the 2016 VGC World Champion.
The biggest mistake of MTG’s new Capenna is the lack of police
Desktop Editor Joe Parlock sat down with us to tell us about one of his most anticipated Magic: The Gatherings: The Annual Gathering – New Capena Street. But his views have changed since it launched a few months ago. It’s a terrific Gatsby-esque world, a dramatic change from MTG’s typical fantasy setting, but despite its glitz and ’20s charm, it lacks the cops. Once envisioned as a cunning faction of cops, brokers turned lawyers, which means it’s a crime-centric scene with no full legal system. Staying neutral and avoiding any political commentary will eventually drag it down.
Meet Batman: Arkham World – The Batman Game That Doesn’t Exist
Gotham Knights and The Suicide Squad are continuing the world of DC games, but Reddit is focusing elsewhere, the mythical fourth Arkham. It doesn’t exist. Arkham World is everyone’s favorite fictional meme, whether they’re imagining a playable Alfred, meeting Saul Goodman, or clashing with Sonic in a fictional crime-ridden metropolis. Now that we’ve covered it – twice – we’ve killed it. As Stacy wrote, sorry Arkham World fans.
Fighting games have basically always been stories of the multiverse
MultiVersus is here, and it sparks a conversation about the multiverse. again. Between Spider-Verse, Everything Everywhere All At Once, Doctor Strange, Spider-Man: No Way Home, and now MultiVersus, it’s the hottest topic in fiction. But as feature editor Andrew King points out, this is nothing new for fighting games. A few years ago, we had Scorpion break Flash’s arm in Mortal Kombat DC, and Marvel vs. Capcom is a staple of modern fighting games. Looking at other platform fighters, Smash Bros. has always embraced crossovers from Pac-Man to Minecraft Steve to Sora.
please, no more launchers
Spider-Man joins Day’s Gone, God of War, Horizon Zero Dawn and Death Stranding on PC. But fans found references to the PC’s native PS launcher in its files, which means we might have to download another app to play the game as well. Xbox, uPlay, Battle.net, EA Desktop, Origin, Epic Games Store, Steam – the list goes on. Stacey is fed up – aren’t we?
Rockstar will always be the king of video game trailers
If I can talk about news executive George Foster from our chat in Slack at work, it’s that he loves marketing. However, Rockstar is different. Rockstar isn’t your usual big blockbuster trailer maker, it’s hyping it up with a flurry of reveal and trailers in preparation for the event – it’s the king of trailers. It knows how to make its games pop in those brief clips that hint at a world we’ll be stuck in for decades. Check out the iconic trailer for GTA 5.
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