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PAX West 2018 showcased hordes of new games and pixelated adventures. However, one that was quietly unique was a graphic novel game focused on queer teens and mental health: Burn Ban. While hardly a perfect game or story, the game highlighted aspects of youth culture and mental illness that are often glossed over until it’s too late. Talking to one of the devs, it was a passion project for the team, however they also wanted to combat the toxic versions of mental health from stories like 13 Reasons Why.

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One of the most unique genres currently in the American gaming world is one the average gamer may never expect: the dating sim. With huge RPG titles dominating video game culture, dating sims are a dark horse exploding with creativity. From serious dramas, to horror, to comedy, every dating sim seems to have an individual flavor permeating their game. But some might think, really? Dating sims?

Those who have played them would respond with: of course dating sims.

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While X-Box players can only pout and play other games while pretending they don’t dare, PS4 players are spending their weekend playing the new Spider-Man game from Insomniac Games. Filled with Easter eggs, spidey-suits and plenty of wall-crawling action, Spider-Man on PS4 has captured the hearts of Spidey fans the world over. The game features voices from fan favorites and motion capture from the industry’s finest. What suits can you expect? What Easter eggs might you come across? Well, they say a picture is worth a thousand words, so fans took to Twitter with Spider-Man’s photo and selfie modes. Here’s what you can expect.

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With a new DC Comics event, Witching Hour, announced with covers posted online, it shows a Wonder Woman turned evil. The amazing covers make nerds question when else have superheroes turned evil? Not the alternate universe counterparts or evil doppelgangers, but the heroes themselves. What made them turn and did they return again to the side of the angels? NerdBastards delves into the details of DC’s Witching Hour event as well as 5 other heroes who have taken a ride on the dark side.

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This past Labor Day Weekend, PAX West was in full force, sharing demos for new games to dazzle video game fans from around the country. With over 100 games on display, its a pixelated wonderland. Yet amidst all the fantastic games with so much work put into them, there were a few that curated the most buzz.

Here are 12 highlight games from PAX West.

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While Warner Bros. continues to try – and continues to fail (and flail) – to match Disney/Marvel’s cinematic (superhero) universe at the box office or in popular culture, it’s succeeded where just about everyone least expected: A shared supernatural universe created by James Wan, the filmmaker behind not one, not two, but three popular franchises (Saw, Insidious, and The Conjuring). (A fourth, Aquaman, will get its long delayed debut at multiplexes in December.) Wan’s second entry in the series, The Conjuring 2 introduced “The Nun (Bonnie Aarons),” an ancient demon, supernatural star, and expert-level cosplayer that haunted the protagonists as a pasty-faced, rotted teeth, glowing-eyed nun (because by their nature, nuns are inherently frightening creatures). Within seconds of her terrifying appearance, audiences wanted to know more, see more, and hear about the Nun. As always, though, we should be careful what we wished for. Too much explanation, too little story, and the result looks something like the 1950s-set The Nun, a slow burn, slow build horror entry that’s all burn and all build, with little in the way of a satisfying emotional payoff.

As always, spoilers!!!!

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All aboard the hype train! Destination Marvel Studios! Captain Marvel has been much anticipated since its announcement. With the end of Infinity War teasing us further, fans have been chomping at the bit to see more from Carol Danvers, played by Brie Larson. Entertainment Weekly delivered with new first look images of the superheroine in full costume, as well as some sneak peek at what else we can expect from the film. Not sure who Captain Marvel is or why you should be hyped or what she means for the MCU? Settle in, True Believers! NerdBastards has the answers you seek. Infinity War spoilers ahead. You have been warned.

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One thing that is obvious when you do a deep dive in all things Star Trek, is that the producers love to bring back actors that “get it.”  That is why actors like Diana Muldaur, Jeffrey Combs, and Joseph Ruskin appeared as more than three characters over the various incarnations of the franchise.  One thing that stands out about many “regular” cast members is the fact that they appeared in Trek prior to the role they are best known for.

This time we take a look at three regular cast members of Voyager that had made previous appearances on Trek before landing the role they would spend the rest of their lives signing autographs for.

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