Mortal Kombat 11 (MK11) is the latest game in the violently amusing fighter franchise Mortal Kombat, by developer NetherRealm Studios. This latest entry in the blood soaked Mortal Kombat saga that was one of the games responsible for the creation of the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) in 1994, is both ambitious, and possibly innovative. Though NetherRealm has been very tightlipped about MK11, the few details that are available indicate that the company has made many changes from their previous games including some nostalgia inducing reintroductions to former competitors in the franchise. Here is a list of 11 things you should know about Mortal Kombat 11 before it’s release on April 23rd.
Throughout decades of comics and films, The X-Men have become an important symbol for not only the LGBTQ+ community, but also the disabled. It’s a group of people that have mutated and changed beyond what’s normal, or have had certain events or experiences change them into what they are now. They band together to help make the world a better place and find a community. That’s a powerful message of acceptance and hope for communities that are oppressed. Both LGBTQ+ and disabled people can feel a modicum of acceptance, but ultimately their differences make them “other”. That can be devastating. Seeing heroes with the same struggles can be really empowering. Furthermore, it can help neurotypical/cis fans understand these other communities better.
Recently, the first full trailer for The Dark Phoenix was released. This follows the infamous tale of Jean Grey, a powerful mutant transformed into something far more dangerous. It’s one of the X-Men’s most popular and interesting story arcs.
But what’s more exciting is that if the trailer plays out like the scenes hint, this could possibly be one of the most important mental health allegory films in recent years. A mainstream, high-budget film having a story analogous to a disability struggle would be exactly what the stigmatized world of mental health needs.
If you’ve been on the internet at all the past week, you might’ve noticed that the Hellboy reboot didn’t do so hot. Many people thought it was too gory, boring, and hardly lived up to the legacy of Hellboy. Between Guillermo Del Toro, Ron Perlman and the beloved comics, this movie really had to pull out all the stops to dazzle fans. In some ways (see dope CGI giants), it did. In the script and character growth, though, it didn’t accomplish much.
One of its most egregious problems (though it has many) is by far its makeup. The Hellboy design on David Harbour may be intricate, but it’s almost grossly so. Sure, he looks like he crawled out of a literal hellhole. However, his character is supposed to be young and he looks like he’s experienced at least three holy wars ripping his face to shreds. Having a horrific hero doesn’t mean he has to be ugly.
Announced at E3 in 2016, Days Gone, was created by the Sony studio Bend. Described by some as The Last of Us meets Sons of Anarchy, this third person, action- adventure, survival, horror game, features an open world exploration of the Pacific Northwest, where a deadly virus has infected most of humanity.
After initially announcing the games release would be in 2018, then with the game receiving a further delay to February 2019, fans have been eager to get their hands on Days Gone. With yet another push back again to the ever close April 26th this year, to “further polish the game” the countdown to play, is finally almost over. (more…)
Could you ever imagine leaping from time period to time period into someone else’s body, living their life, and changing history? Well, therein lies the premise of the begotten but much beloved series Quantum Leap. A unique science fiction/fantasy show that put fourth central themes of drama of hope, second chances, and change.
It was a smart, provocative, imaginative series. And, oh boy, do we need more of it. (more…)
By now any Star Wars nerd worth their salt knows about the ominous laugh at the end of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker trailer. The laugh is an ill omen, a portent foretelling the return of Emperor Palpatine. Some fans are excited about the return of the villain of both the previous sequels. Some aren’t so thrilled. Is this a legitimate end to the Star Wars saga or merely a cash-grab to put butts in seats? Does this bank on nostalgia to sell tickets or has Palpatine played a role since The Force Awakens? Either way, it’s clear that the return of Darth Sidious will be yet another point of contention between fans.
10 days and counting until Avengers: Endgame is upon us. Fans across the globe await with bated breath. Who will live? Who will die? Nothing is certain and everyone wants answers. Some will even cheat to get them. Endgame leaks are already out there, and with leaks come the inevitable spoilers. Some will be accurate, some won’t. But they’ll all serve to ruin the experience of witnessing the story as the creators meant for you to witness it. For some that won’t matter. Some trolls are just out to ruin everyone else’s good time. Will you cave-in and find a leaked copy to watch? Will you stay true to the experience and dodge every spoiler alert? Can you avoid every troll spewing spoilers?
Video games are often unfairly stigmatized. Their origins and the demographic which they appeal to most, has historically meant that for people who take themselves ‘seriously’ they are an occasional indulgence at the very most. Luckily, that unfair stigma is changing, as the games industry proves just how incredibly innovative and appealing it can be. In fact, as people have started to take it more seriously, there are actually new ways constantly being found in which video games can help people. If this seems like an outlandish idea to you, here are 5 useful skills that video games can help you develop. (more…)