With the official launch of Kingdom Hearts 3 comes a major new piece of content, available only as a downloadable patch: the epilogue. And if you expect it to be a nice, tidy bow on the adventure, hoo boy. Hoo BOY. You are in for a ride. It’s time to get into serious spoiler territory, as we take our best stab at eking out some sense of what’s going on in the epilogue to Kingdom Hearts 3. But please note that it involves a whole mess of information that, frankly, does not make a lot of sense. [Warning: There are plenty of spoilers below as we discuss the biggest questions — and reveals — in the epilogue.] How do I watch the Kingdom Hearts 3 epilogue? First off, to access the epilogue, you must complete the game and watch the ending. Then, should you have downloaded the update, the game will prompt you to check out a new video in the Theater mode. It’s called “Lost Masters” — a clear reference to the Keyblade Masters that make up the … [Read more...] about What’s going on in Kingdom Hearts 3’s epilogue?
Passport to Iron City is a live immersive theater venue inspired by the upcoming sci-fi film Alita: Battle Angel, itself adapted from the beloved manga Battle Angel Alita. For 40 minutes, the performance drops guests into a modestly-sized recreation of the film’s set. Guests get divided into teams and compete in a variety of simple puzzles and games to collect credits that they ultimately gamble on a round of Motorball, in the hopes of accruing enough wealth to ascend to Zalem. Confused? So am I. The producers of the event — currently operating in Austin, Los Angeles, and New York City — claim it works as a stand-alone experience, similar to an escape room or Manhattan’s interactive take on Macbeth, Sleep No More. They insist this isn’t a marketing promotion. If that’s the case, then they’ve found the right audience in me, somebody who only knows of Alita through its marketing materials. The project’s designers try admirably to establish … [Read more...] about Should you visit the Alita: Battle Angel live event?
Marvel Studios is going to great lengths to position Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel as the most powerful being in the MCU. A new trailer for her March 2019 stand-alone movie finds the intergalactic hero skyrocketing like Green Lantern with the punch of Superman. Nick Fury alludes to her being a Plan B for the entire Avengers initiative in the recent Captain Marvel Prelude comic. And while she doesn’t appear in the first trailer for the Infinity War sequel, Avengers: Endgame, Disney and Marvel made sure to time the trailers in close proximity — much like the movies themselves, considering the fourth Avengers film’s new release date. This is all to suggest that however Captain America and Black Widow are plotting to take down Thanos and retrieve the missing Avengers from the post-snap ether, Captain Marvel will likely swoop in to finish the job. Nick Fury already sent the distress call to her beeper. But the Endgame trailer emphasizes a different twist with a … [Read more...] about Ant-Man is the Avenger who can break all the rules in Endgame
Pikachu loves ketchup. Meowth eats chocolate. Snubbull can’t get enough of rice balls. There’s a wide variety of what we’ve seen Pokémon eat. But Pikachu doesn’t completely sustain itself on ketchup, and Meowth probably eats something besides a pound of chocolate. The role of food in Pokémon is congratulatory, usually a reward for a job well done. With such a richly detailed picture of the Pokémon universe, it’s impossible to not ask yourself: Do people eat Pokémon? Do they eat each other? What do Pokémon eat? In the anime and games, food is mostly treated as a way to increase stats, affection or heal Pokémon. It ranges from natural foods like apples and berries to man-made treats like Poké Puffs (colorful, delectable-looking pastries) and Poffins (tiny rolls). There’s very little mention of whether or not Pokémon eat each other, or if humans eat Pokémon. Instead, the series heavily emphasizes treats and … [Read more...] about Do people eat Pokémon?
Fallout 76 won’t be available via Steam. Fortnite, which is likely the biggest game in the world right now, has its own launcher. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 will be exclusive to Battle.net. Electronic Arts not only has its own digital distribution service, but it’s moving toward a subscription model in general. The biggest franchises from the biggest publishers in gaming are becoming less likely to release their games on Steam, where they give up a 30 percent cut of revenue to Valve. So what does this mean for the future of Steam? Steam is in an enviable situation “Steam can definitely afford to lose some of the big games,” David Cole, the founder and CEO of DFC Intelligence, a research firm, told Polygon. “They are in a much stronger position than a retailer like GameStop when it comes to market share. It is somewhat unprecedented. Yes, a handful of games can get away with not being on Steam but, for most games, they lose the prime consumer distribution … [Read more...] about Steam remains comfortably dominant, but the competitive threats are gathering