Through a locked gate, down a winding path and by a still pond a few miles outside of the leafy village of Twycross, England, a bonsai tree stands. It was a gift given to Rare by Shigeru Miyamoto, the most famous game designer in the world, as a thank-you for the game developer's critical and commercial success in creating games for Nintendo, the most famous game maker in the world. For Rare's staff arriving to work at 8:30 sharp each morning, it has served as a reminder of the company's heritage, of who they are, of how lucky they are to be a part of something so admired, so rare. An unassuming trophy of past glories, it's also an inspiration for future goals, a symbol carefully cultivated to weather trends, transcend fashions; rooted, a gnarly resolution. On 20th of September 2002, Microsoft paid $375 million for this bonsai tree and all that it symbolised: creative excellence, technical mastery, innovation, originality, soul and the precious fingerprints of Nintendo. The … [Read more...] about Who Killed Rare?
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Its big themes are glibly handled, though this is still Quantic Dream's most credible and satisfying interactive yarn by far. The main menu screen for Detroit: Become Human - Quantic Dream's new game about androids discovering free will and rising up against their human masters - features the face, stunningly well realised, of an android who talks directly to the player. The android looks like a young, pretty, white woman. She asks if we are enjoying ourselves, suggests we take a survey, jokes about the game save being corrupted. If you leave the menu on long enough, she changes the subject. Did we know about the underground railroad, the secret network which helped black slaves escape the antebellum South of the USA? Then she starts to sing, quietly, pleadingly: "Hold on just a little while longer, everything will be alright." It turns out this is a traditional gospel song. She might as well have burst into "We Shall Overcome."Intentionally or not, it's a jarring moment. It also … [Read more...] about Detroit: Become Human review – clumsy yet effective robot-rights thriller
By Brandon Davis - October 15, 2019 12:00 pm EDT Share 1 Comments 1 Fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe will soon be able to step into it and exist with their favorite big screen heroes with Avengers: Damage Control. The virtual reality experience is coming to 11 cities, three in Canada and eight in the United States, to allow Marvel fans the opportunity to suit up in a Wakandan Iron Man suit, of sorts. While they are being recruited by Shuri to enter a training program, the drama unfolds and Ultron rises up from the ashes after rebuilding himself following the events of Avengers: Age of Ultron. While many of the Marvel Studios actors do appear in Avengers: Damage Control, James Spader did not return to voice Ultron. Instead, Ross Marquand stepped into the role. "Unfortunately we did reach out to James and we wished he could have done it, but the schedules just didn't align. He was working and stuff when this was going on and so it didn't work out, but we … [Read more...] about Avengers: Damage Control Recasts James Spader’s Ultron
Nintendo and Black Friday are always an interesting duo. Nintendo Switch games don't go on sale as often, or as steeply, as PS4 and Xbox One games, but Black Friday usually sees huge discounts on just about every kind of consumer good, giving it huge potential for those who've patiently waited for sales on their favorite Nintendo games. Based on the Black Friday ads we've seen so far, Black Friday 2019 will have a number of great deals on Switch games, including some of the company's strong first-party offerings from this year.Where to find the best Nintendo Switch game dealsThis year, retailers like Amazon, Target, Best Buy, GameStop, and Walmart will have some of the most popular Switch games for 33% off, dropping the price on games like Mario Tennis Aces, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and Super Mario Odyssey from $60 to $40. The exception here is Walmart and Target, which will have those three games for $30 each.Those five major retailers will likely account for the vast … [Read more...] about Best Black Friday Nintendo Switch Game Deals: Super Mario Odyssey, The Witcher 3, And More