[Ed. note: Since 2014, Alex Aniel has been working on a book chronicling the history behind his favorite series, Resident Evil. Looking back at the franchise’s development history from the earliest days, the book — planned as two volumes — folds in interviews with many of the key figures who worked behind the scenes at Capcom. Aniel isn’t planning to release the first volume — titled An Itchy, Tasty History of Resident Evil: 1994-2006 (Vol. 1) — until later this year. But to celebrate today being the 21st anniversary of Resident Evil 2’s release, he has put together a preview of the book in the form of an excerpt looking back on the creation of RE2. It’s a story about staff changes, failed experiments, and extraordinary success. And it starts with the promotion of game director Hideki Kamiya.] In the late ’80s and early ’90s, Capcom released games that achieved respectable sales. Mega Man and Street Fighter did not light sales … [Read more...] about How Resident Evil 2 fell apart, then became one of Capcom’s biggest hits
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“Honestly, I’m flabbergasted,” writer Brian Michael Bendis tells me over the phone, two days before Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse finally hits theaters. “I’ve spent the whole day asking people in my life, ‘What do I get these filmmakers for Christmas?’” The writer has experienced this before, when he and artist Michael Gaydos watched their original character Jessica Jones become a Peabody Prize-winning Netflix series. To think that it would happen to another one of his characters would be “boggling.” “What on earth could I possibly do,” he wonders, “to say to them ‘You have made my dream of kids seeing Miles as Spider-Man, and then seeing themselves empowered in it, a reality?’ Not just to the comic book audience, but to ... the audience.” When Bendis and Italian artist Sara Pichelli first put Miles on the page in 2011’s Ultimate Fallout #4, the kind-hearted kid from Brooklyn was … [Read more...] about How Miles Morales’ Spider-Man became an icon worthy of the Spider-Verse
TWITTER has new rules on hate, abuse and which accounts should be suspended. A number of celebs have had their Twitter profiles deactivated — including some by accident — but why? What are Twitter's rules on homophobic and racist tweets? Twitter has recently announced new rules on hate symbols, violence and unwanted sexual advances, as well as updating its existing rules on non-consensual nudity. Hate symbols and imagery will now be considered sensitive media, like adult content and graphic pictures currently are, with more details to come on what this means for the users posting them. Meanwhile, organisations which have historically used violence to advance their cause will be covered by the new violent groups policy, which is also still yet to be defined precisely. The update also includes non-consensual nudity, with guilty accounts now facing a permanent ban rather than a temporary shut out. And people who glorify or condone violence will now be treated as … [Read more...] about Why does Twitter deactivate accounts, what are the rules on homophobic and racist tweets and which celebs have been suspended?