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Stream It or Skip It: ‘Pacific Rim: The Black’ Embraces Its Dark Monster Movie Roots With a Slick Anime Sequel

Netflix’s Pacific Rim: The Black follows siblings Hayley (Gideon Adlon) and Taylor Travis (Calum Worthy), who find themselves struggling to survive in a post-apocalyptic vision of Australia. It’s been ravaged time and time again by the massive and destructive kaiju, the giant monsters introduced in 2013’s sci-fi adventure Pacific Rim. After a mass but ultimately failed evacuation of Australia, some survivors remain, and the rest fell to the kaiju.

VENN | GAMING | ‘It Takes Two’ Offers a Delightful Refresh to Co-Op Adventure Genre

Though something felt as though it was lost in translation with A Way Out, Fares and the Hazelight team have stumbled onto something patently wonderful with their latest offering, It Takes Two, the new co-op adventure game slated to launch on March 26. It’s an important exercise in not judging a book by its cover (though you should absolutely judge the book in this game), as at first glance, It Takes Two seems like another pithy “you do X, I’ll do Y” co-op adventure in which things rarely change

Competitive Gaming On An NVIDIA GeForce RTX Laptop

When people think of esports and competitive gaming, giant desktop towers and monitors likely come to mind. After all, better hardware gives competitive gamers an edge, and so that means the bigger, the better, right? That may have once been the case, but the introduction of laptops with NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 Series GPUs means one integrated device can take the place of the separate display, tower, and peripherals a desktop needs while still offering the excellent performance that esports enthus

How 1440p Gameplay Takes The New NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 Series Laptops To The Next Level

PC gaming is a delicate balance of resolution and framerate. Push one of these too far and the other one suffers. This is especially true with laptop gaming, where GPUs have to be both powerful and portable. With the last few GPU generations, NVIDIA GeForce laptop manufacturers found 1080p with 144Hz, 165Hz, or 240Hz to be the sweet spot. However, with the release of the RTX 30 Series laptop GPUs we’re seeing many manufacturers leap to 1440p as the new standard for their premium gaming lines. S

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.

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.

‘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.

‘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.
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