The history of mazes and labyrinths is a maze itself. The first recorded labyrinth was commissioned by the Egyptian king Amenemhet III thousands of years ago: unlike the Minotaur labyrinth of Greek myth, this was built to be lived in, with banqueting halls, temples, and offices. Since then, mazes have been cut from turf, mosaicked on cathedral floors, stamped on coins, hacked into cornfields, formed by parking tourbuses, and fashioned from hedgerows as dallying spots for English aristocrats. Mazes and labyrinths generate a surprising range of emotions. Partly, this is because the former isn't quite the same as the latter. The associations of the noun 'maze' are largely negative, referring to bewilderment, deceit and worldly distraction. A labyrinth is a similarly confusing structure, but the word has acquired more positive senses over time—it can serve as a place for reverie and contemplation. Psychotherapists like Dr. Lauren Artress have even prescribed labyrinth-walking as a form … [Read more...] about Unraveling the curious history of videogame mazes and labyrinths
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The Simpsons character Julio has been recast. The character is a gay Cuban man and was previously voiced by Hank Azaria. Julio will now be played by gay Cuban-American actor Tony Rodriguez. As reported by Pride , Julio is the latest Simpsons character to be revoiced by a more representative actor. Rodriguez made his Simpsons debut last month in an episode of the current 32nd season titled "Uncut Femmes." The recasting of Julio was commented on by Simpsons producer Matt Selman on Twitter. Selman made reference to the supercut video " Every LGBT Joke On the Simpsons Ever ," which runs for 2 hours 20 minutes and was put together by Gayest Episode Ever podcast, on which Rodriguez has previously appeared. Selman stated that seeing the video "definitely had a hand in this magic coming together." the every gay joke ever on the Simpsons video definitely had a hand in this magic coming together — Matt Selman (@mattselman) March 28, 2021 The recasting of Julio follows last … [Read more...] about The Simpsons Recasts Julio Voice Actor, Originally Voiced By Hank Azaria
Uncharted might have once been PlayStation's golden goose, but the reaction to a recent report into The Last of Us remake revealed it's curious position in the wider landscape now. News that Day's Gone developer Sony Bend were in the pre-production phase of a new Uncharted game would have almost certainly dominated headlines years ago, but now it seems to be a curious side note, nothing more than a bit of color buried under bigger revelations. But it nevertheless offers up a tantalising glimpse of a potential future for fans. While Bloomberg reporter Jason Schreier has gone on to state that this project might not exist now , he also said in a recent appearance on the MinnMax show that it was “supposed to be an Uncharted spin-off, not Uncharted 5 or something like that. For sure there will be new Uncharted games in the future, who knows if that particular one will continue. But that doesn't even mean anything, it was just paper design.” So while it's unlikely that we'll be … [Read more...] about Uncharted might be making a comeback, but should it be with Naughty Dog?
The 93rd Academy Awards are almost upon us. Of course, this is going to be a ceremony like no other – with only a smattering of famous faces in Hollywood attending, while the glass ceiling promises to be shattered when it comes to the awards themselves. It could be a famous night – and you’ll need a front-row seat. Below, we’ve whizzed through the main pre-Oscars 2021 talking points. Namely, how to watch the Oscars this year, the date and time of the full event, and a cursory glance at the big nominees. When are the Oscars? Time and date of the 93rd Academy Awards ceremony Taking place on Sunday, April 25 , the 2021 Oscars begin at 5pm Pacific/8pm Eastern . That’s technically April 26 in the UK, at a bleary-eyed time of 1am. Expect the show to last for around three-to-four hours – give or take a few dodgy video calls – and interviews from the red carpet will likely be found pre-event on the official Academy YouTube channel. There’s even a pre-show for US viewers. From … [Read more...] about Oscars 2021: When is it? Who’s been nominated? Your biggest pre-Academy Awards questions answered
A new Deloitte Digital Media Trends survey is showing that Generation Z consumers in the United States (those currently between the ages of 14 and 24) are continuing a long-established trend of younger Americans losing interest in or placing less of a priority on watching TV, with 26% of those polled saying they prefer video games to anything else in their media consumption habits. A staggering 87% in that age bracket also say they play video games daily or weekly. When asked to rank their preferred entertainment activities, respondents placed video games in the No. 1 slot, while watching TV or movies at home ranks in at fifth. According to Deloitte, only 10% of Gen Z respondents said watching TV or movies was their favorite entertainment pastime--whereas for every other age group, it remains the top pick, including among millennials (18%), Gen Xers (29%), and boomers (39%). According to Variety , the prevailing wisdom and expectation on these trends was that millennials would … [Read more...] about Generation Z Prefers Video Games To Watching TV And Movies