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How Final Fantasy VII Remake legitimizes sexuality and gender identity

In Final Fantasy VII, spiky-haired protagonist Cloud Strife fights countless battles. But when he arrives in the red-light district called Wall Market, he faces what might be his greatest challenge: cross-dressing. To rescue his childhood friend and ally Tifa Lockhart from a seedy old slumlord, Cloud infiltrates an adults-only establishment called the Honey Bee Inn. The catch: to get to her, he must go undercover as a woman.

‘The Division 2’ and ‘Resident Evil’ are getting a crossover event

The Division 2 is getting a special Resident Evil crossover, which will run from February 2-15. Details emerged during Thursday’s Resident Evil Village Showcase, where a quick trailer showed off just some of what’s included in the upcoming collaboration. In honour of Resident Evil’s 25th anniversary, The Division’s operators can be kitted out with a variety weapons and skins taken straight from classic Resident Evil games.

VENN | GAMING | ‘Resident Evil Village’ PS5 Demo Shakes Up the Franchise in All the Right Ways

The demo appeared swiftly on the store, though it appeared to suffer a mighty blow from players flocking to download it en masse, which made a game already unavailable to a large sect of the population even more difficult to procure — keep in mind that PS5s are still scarce, after all. There will be another, separate demo hitting all platforms later this spring, but for now, PS5 owners get a chance to experience the horror first.

‘Resident Evil Village’ standalone ‘Maiden’ demo out on PS5

A short PS5-exclusive Resident Evil Village demo is now available for free on the PlayStation Store. The short narrative slice, titled ‘Maiden’, is one of two demos that Capcom plans to make available. This spring, the second demo will hit all platforms ahead of Resident Evil Village’s May release. Right now, PS5 players get the first shot at experiencing the sequel to Resident Evil 7.

VENN | GAMING | 'Hitman 3': Game Review

Sure, Hitman is obviously all about assassination. It always has been. IO Interactive's modern Hitman trilogy elevated Agent 47 beyond the simple setups of previous installments like 2004’s Contracts or 2006’s Blood Money, offering elaborate setups that force players to think and examine their surroundings instead of going in guns blazing. The previous two entries in IO Interactive's World of Assassination trilogy (2016’s Hitman and 2018’s Hitman 2) were excellent on their own merits.

David Bowie-Themed Monopoly Is the Blackstar of Board Games

Ground control to major Bowie fans: Park Place and Boardwalk are officially obsolete. You need a version of Monopoly that lets you advance to Diamond Dogs, Aladdin Sane, and The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. If you spend most of your Saturday nights grooving to "Let's Dance" and shouting out the lyrics to "Suffragette City," then David Bowie Monopoly ($70) may be just what you need to spice up board game night.

Stay Toasty, You Must: Cozy Up With Baby Yoda Slippers

Who has the cutest feet in the entire galaxy? Right now, that honor probably goes to The Child, everyone's favorite little green alien hailing from the Disney+ series The Mandalorian. Baby Yoda (more accurately, Grogu) is painfully adorable, and his wrinkly little face can be found on just about any product you can think of: tiki mugs, shirts, and more. That menagerie of items now includes slippers ($30) to help you keep toasty while you mill about the house watching Star Wars again for the 50th

VENN | GAMING | ‘Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game — Complete Edition’: Game Review

Fans were delighted to see their favorite characters immortalized in sprite form, thanks to artist Paul Robertson and developers Ubisoft Montreal and Ubisoft Chengdu. Unfortunately, just four years after the game debuted, it was delisted from both the PlayStation Store and Xbox Live, thanks to licensing woes. It would still be available through alternate means until 2016, but after that, it was well on its way to becoming lost media. The Scott Pilgrim series is a veritable rite of passage for c

I Miss My Disney SketchBoard and Making Secret Magical Girl Manga

Believe it or not, Disney’s software for kids used to be top-notch. In the early 2000s there were no bizarre CoCoMelon videos on YouTube or hundreds of phone-based apps to educate younger users, but there was high-quality edutainment software, and Disney (as well as several others) excelled at reaching the little demographic. I sampled much of it myself, usually as a result of one of my many trips to Office Depot with my parents.

Sweater Design? Gin Rummy? Typing? These Are The Mario Games You've Never Heard Of

Mario is an institution in the realm of gaming. As the instantly-recognizable star of massively popular titles like Super Mario Bros. and Super Mario Odyssey, this Italian plumber is one of the most iconic video game characters of all time. As such, most of us are familiar with Mario's "body of work." We know he's the star of excellent platforming games, and occasionally stars in kart racing titles or parties down with other characters from the Mario series.

The Biggest Video Game Surprise Hits of 2020

It’s been a year of surprises for us all. Not only did we kick off the spring with the coronavirus pandemic, but we’ve seen a series of anomalies throughout 2020 that have shocked and amazed. The realm of video games wasn’t left untouched by the strangeness that permeated this year, though many of the surprises the industry brought have been much more exciting and positive than those meant to shake us to our core. From unsuspecting titles becoming veritable mobile phenomena to anime-centric fre

How to Turn on the Power and Unlock Pack-A-Punch - Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War: Zombies Guide

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War's Zombies mode is rife with plenty of secrets to uncover thanks to Easter eggs sprinkled throughout each new area. With the addition of Die Maschine, the mode has upped its game tremendously, via a multi-part path to experience Die Maschine's Easter egg. If you're struggling to figure out what to do to get started, worry not.
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