Final Fantasy Origins Goes Full Normcore

Final Fantasy is practically synonymous with being extra, and tonally, the trailer for Stranger of Paradise Final Fantasy Origin definitely follows suit. The gang’s goal is to defeat Chaos, after all. So it’s kinda funny to see this action-packed drama features attire and character design that looks about as normie as…

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E3 2021 Update: Obsidian Debuts 'Sitting'

We saw a lot of cool things during today’s Xbox presentation at E3 2021. Starfield, Halo Infinite multiplayer, and S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 all look fantastic, but they pale in comparison to the Grounded segment, through which the devs at Obsidian Entertainment used the biggest stage in gaming to reveal that players of the…

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Source: Kotaku – E3 2021 Update: Obsidian Debuts ‘Sitting’

Is Censor the Future of Giallo Horror?

Censor is a 2021 Giallo film written and directed by Prano-Bailey Bond, and co-written with Anthony Fletcher. The story follows Enid Baines (Niamh Algar), a woman who works at the British film censor board. She is part of a team that decides which movies make it into theaters and which films will never see the light…

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Source: Gizmodo – Is Censor the Future of Giallo Horror?

Raiders of the Lost Ark turns 40 and it’s still an unqualified masterpiece

I still remember the thrill of watching Raiders of the Lost Ark for the first time in the summer of 1981. I spilled my popcorn at the very first jump scare: our hero, Indiana Jones, triggered a booby trap while tracking a Peruvian fertility idol, and a skewered, decaying skeleton popped into the frame. From then on, it was a nonstop ride of thrills, chills, and more than a few spills, with enough humor, romance, and supernatural mysticism thrown in to capture anyone’s imagination. Snakes! Spiders! A Nazi monkey spy! Plus plenty of explosions and a gross-out melting face! Next to the first Star Wars movie, it was the best movie I had yet seen in my relatively young life.

I wasn’t alone in my enthusiasm, despite a tepid trailer that captured none of the action/adventure flick’s enduring magic. Critics (mostly) raved, and audiences flocked to theaters to see Raiders again and again for several months after its release on June 12, 1981. It was the top-grossing film of that year and didn’t leave theaters until the following March, ultimately grossing $354 million globally.  Raiders was nominated for multiple Oscars, winning five (for film editing, art direction, sound, sound editing, and visual effects). The Library of Congress selected it for preservation in the National Film Registry, and it is widely considered to be one of the greatest movies of all time. Even director Steven Spielberg has said he considers it the most perfect film in the franchise.

(Major spoilers below because it’s been 40 years, and who even are you if you haven’t seen this movie yet?)

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Source: Ars Technica – Raiders of the Lost Ark turns 40 and it’s still an unqualified masterpiece

Scientists Propose 'Neuro-Rights' to Protect Brains From Future Manipulation

Slashdot reader AmiMoJo shares a report from Reuters:

Scientific advances from deep brain stimulation to wearable scanners are making manipulation of the human mind increasingly possible, creating a need for laws and protections to regulate use of the new tools, top neurologists said on Thursday.

A set of “neuro-rights” should be added to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted by the United Nations, said Rafael Yuste, a neuroscience professor at New York’s Columbia University and organizer of the Morningside Group of scientists and ethicists proposing such standards. Five rights would guard the brain against abuse from new technologies — rights to identity, free will and mental privacy along with the right of equal access to brain augmentation advances and protection from algorithmic bias, the group says.

“If you can record and change neurons, you can in principle read and write the minds of people,” Yuste said during an online panel at the Web Summit, a global tech conference.

“This is not science fiction. We are doing this in lab animals successfully.”

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Chaos? Chaos??? …Chaos!!!!!!

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Everything Square Enix Announced At E3 2021

With another year of E3 in the books for Square Enix, Eidos Montreal’s rumored Guardians of the Galaxy world premiere was a major highlight. Square Enix also gave fans a look at what’s coming for Final Fantasy, Marvel’s Avengers, Life is Strange, Babylon’s Fall, and Guardians of the Galaxy.

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Source: Kotaku – Everything Square Enix Announced At E3 2021

Forza Horizon 5 Is Very Proud Of Its Mexican Cactus Needles

There’s a brand-new Forza Horizon on the horizon, and its foliage is going to be some of the greatest, most accurate foliage ever rendered in a video game. According to Playground Games creative director Mike Brown, they’ve rendered the individual needles on the cholla cactus we’ll be speeding by at a hundred miles…

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Source: Kotaku – Forza Horizon 5 Is Very Proud Of Its Mexican Cactus Needles

'Life is Strange: True Colors' somehow makes empathy a cool superpower

his time around, you play as 21-year-old Alex Chen, who’s moved to Haven Springs in Colorado to reunite with her brother Gabe. According to the new E3 trailer, Alex seems to be amazed by the life Gabe has made for himself, and the warm characters that live in this small mountain town. But this is LIS, and tragedy is usually only a few narrative beats away. Gabe mysteriously passes away, and True Colors focuses on Alex’s efforts to figure out what happened and what was responsible for Gabe’s death. Oh and she has some high-level empath talents that will help her on the way.

Source: Engadget – ‘Life is Strange: True Colors’ somehow makes empathy a cool superpower

Pakistan Province May Block SIM Cards of Citizens Who Didn't Get Covid-19 Vaccines

The government in Pakistan’s largest province, Punjab, has decided to block SIM cards of unvaccinated citizens, reports the Hindustan Times (one of the largest newspapers in India), citing reports from news agency ANI.

Dr. Rashid, the provincial health minister in Pakistan’s Punjab, said that there has been a “considerable decrease” in Covid-19 cases in the province due to mass vaccinations. However, a report compiled by the Punjab primary health department shows that the province still failed to achieve its set target for Covid-19 vaccination, reports ARY News, adding that around 300,000 recipients of the first dose of the vaccine never returned for the second dose since the start of Pakistan’s mass inoculation drive on February 2.

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Source: Slashdot – Pakistan Province May Block SIM Cards of Citizens Who Didn’t Get Covid-19 Vaccines

Every trailer and announcement from Microsoft and Bethesda’s E3 showcase

Microsoft packed 30 different games into its hour-and-a-half-long presentation at this year’s completely virtual E3 show. Most of those games will be available on Game Pass and many will be Xbox console exclusives.

If you didn’t have a chance to sit through the lengthy, bombastic presentation live, here’s a quick recap of every trailer and announcement that graced the streaming “stage.”

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Source: Ars Technica – Every trailer and announcement from Microsoft and Bethesda’s E3 showcase

Babylon's Fall, Platinum's Fantasy Action Game, Has Nier Vibes

Babylon’s Fall exists. If you are most people, you’re probably thinking, “What the heck is Babylon’s Fall?” But for a very specific subset of people, this is fantastic news, given that they’ve been waiting since 2019 to hear more about Nier: Automata and Bayonetta developer Platinum Games’ latest collaboration with…

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Source: Kotaku – Babylon’s Fall, Platinum’s Fantasy Action Game, Has Nier Vibes