The war treaty of 2512 – Battletech For those who did not pay attention in future-history class, this is the year the Ares Convention is signed in the Battletech universe. It bans the use of nukes and bioweapons, and sets the ground rules for all wars to come. Which sounds very noble. Except, uh, now war is basically the galaxy’s favourite sport, a constant fact of interplanetary life, and the go-to method for settling even trivial disputes. Permawar, banalwar, shrugwar, something mildly disagreeable that you manage to brush off, like seeing a rat changing trains in the subway. Alongside new fangled robo-giants called Mechs, tanks are a-blasting and little men are a-shooting all over the universe, while they are not being harmoniously squashed. And it is all perfectly normal, like the background hum of traffic. At least this permanent state of megaconflict will keep our military ready and our combat senses sharp. … [Read more...] about The 11 worst years of our future, according to games
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Compare that to Xbox Game Pass for PC, for example, where you do get a library of games for a (currently, at least) low monthly fee, including all first-party Microsoft games on Day One, and Stadia in its current form looks like a pretty weak offering in comparison. Of course, Stadia may well pick up steam once some of its other big confirmed games come to the service, such as Doom Eternal, Cyberpunk 2077 and Baldur’s Gate 3, but for now, it’s looking pretty slim pickings. … [Read more...] about Stadia launch game line-up rises to 22 less than a day before its big release
2. The story And while it’s an overused word, I know, it resonated. 2017 was a black year for me; I lost a lot. In fact, we* bought HZD after coming home from my dad’s funeral, looking for something fun we could do together. When we slapped it in the PS4 at 6am on a Saturday morning, we didn’t expect to still be on the sofa by 8pm, sobbing at the screen like a couple of pissheads and whimpering “Oh god but it’s so true isn’t it?” after every other line of dialogue. Perhaps some of that was circumstantial, but the game tapped into it nonetheless. … [Read more...] about 5 reasons I’m desperate for Horizon Zero Dawn on PC
Iger continued, "And so when Jon pitched the idea of a Star Wars series, we immediately understood not only did we have a great storyteller, but we had a storyteller that was going to continue to write new rules of sorts or mine new territory in terms of how he was going to use technology to tell great stories that felt fresh, that felt important, that felt big, that took people to new places and created new experiences, and so it was a very easy decision for us to make." … [Read more...] about Could George Lucas Return to Star Wars as Director on The Mandalorian Season 2?
Lucas officially handed over the keys to his kingdom, but various reports on different Lucasfilm projects have revealed he still makes suggestions here and there, as he sees fit, without ever interfering with a filmmaker's vision. Most recently, Lucas offered a suggestion that helped define a scene in Solo: A Star Wars Story. … [Read more...] about Star Wars: George Lucas Drops by Set of Jon Favreau’s ‘The Mandalorian’