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
Sea of Thieves is a game that will continue to live (or eventually die) based on its content plan throughout the next year. Developer Rare recently debuted the limited-time The Hungering Deep expansion, with the next two expansions set to hit during July and September. If you tried the game at launch and are looking to give it another shot, here’s what exists in the game currently that has changed the landscape: Megalodons have infested the ocean. They can attack at any time, including during a kraken fight. The megalodons of Sea of Thieves have different personalities — some are shy and will flee after a shot, and others will chase you relentlessly. Players have access to a yelling trumpet that lets them communicate with other players from a long distance. The yelling trumpet, along with the Hungering Deep campaign, have led to an overall far friendlier ocean. Flags allow pirates to declare their intent, which deepen the pool of social interactions. A friendly rainbow … [Read more...] about The state of Sea of Thieves’ current content plans
If you want to buy a VR headset, you have plenty to choose from. So many, in fact, that the choices can be daunting. Do you want something portable or something tethered? Something inexpensive or the best you can get? The big question, and the one the market still hasn’t answered, is how many people want a VR headset at all. The technology is here and rapidly maturing; hardware is becoming less expensive and more capable at a good pace. But even that presents an issue, because the perception among people I speak with often seems to be that, if there is always something a little bit better and a little bit cheaper on the horizon, why jump in now? Every platform has as many drawbacks as it has features, and no one seems to know what a feature-complete VR platform would even include, or when it will get here. That situation may be making potential buyers skittish. The perfect VR system might be something that is: Portable Inexpensive Ultra-high resolution Offering full … [Read more...] about The state of VR before E3 2018