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It is official folks! Justice League Snyder’s Cut is coming in 2021! Even Henry Cavil confirmed it via his social media account! It is coming in 2021 on HBO Max as a period of probably the most controversial rumors and theories ever. Fans from left and right were speculating, writing, researching, finding new clues, finding the truth. Many even made their versions of the movie, many of them quite cleverly made using some recycled footage and excellent editing. But, all that can end now as we will finally see the true product of Mr. Snyder next year!
Before you start doubting this thinking it is another wave of fake news, the confirmation comes from multiple official sources, such as HBO Max themselves, via their social media accounts, but you can probably see the announcement via every other DC related news or media outlet out there. Finally, Zach Snyder himself confirmed it and also talked about the upcoming cut. This is going to be even more serious than anyone dreamed of.
“It Will Be an Entirely New Thing” – Zach Snyder
Those were the exact words Mr. Snyder used as this upcoming Justice League Cut will cost approximately $20M according to online sources. It may come as a 4 (FOUR) hour director’s cut or there is another option to release it in six chapters in a TV movie style. Best of all, Mr. Snyder is gathering the entire original crew back to work on this cut and finally finish the movie as it was supposed to be, or even make it better. All of the original crew from postproduction is coming back, to finish the visual effects, editing, cuts, and score the movie.
What is important to note is that Warner Bros. Pictures officials admit that they acknowledged the fans behind an entire movement that came together under the slogan “release the Snyder cut”. This comes down from MR. Snyder himself, who says taht Mr. Toby Emmerich, Warner Bros. Pictures chairman, among all else, said:
“This is real. People out there want it. Would you guys ever consider doing something?”
This Wednesday, Zach Snyder held an online screening of Man of Steel, which was attended by many of the stars from the movie, including Henry Cavil who portrays Superman. At the end of the screening, Mr. Snyder gave the big announcement.
The movie is indeed coming in 2021 via the upcoming HBO Max streaming service which itself launches on May 27, 2020, in just a few days. We still have one year to wait for the Justice League Snyder Cut, but at least we won! This is a victory folks! Proof that united we can accomplish anything. Our voice was heard as we sang in unison! Congratulations everyone!
Despite some hardcore fans loving Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, people mostly badmouth that movie to this day, twenty-one years since its release. It came out in theatres on May 16, 1999, and it was one of the most anticipated events in history, with people camping in front of movie theatres for several weeks. The unnatural hype turned into even more unnatural negativity when first feedback reached the media, and it has been thus since. I was among the few who liked the movie and still do to this day, but even I did not realize the true meaning of its theme and the events that took place, which were recently explained by Dave Filoni, well-known to all fans of the Star Wars phenomena.
For all of you who may not know him, Dave Filoni is a celebrated animation director and animator, TV producer and writer, and voice actor, and he is famous for his work on Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated series, which just had its last season in 2020, and the feature animated film that came out before it. He also worked on a couple of more projects, like Star Wars Rebels, Star Wars Forces of Destiny. Star Wars Resistance, The Mandalorian, etc… Lastly, Filoni is known for directing Avatar: The Last Airbender animated series. Dave recently talked on a special show Disney+ prepared about The Mandalorian and what goes on behind the scenes. The show was more about the entire legacy of the Star Wars universe.
Filoni is undoubtedly one of the most respected experts on the Star Wars prequel era and he probably knows more about it than George Lucas himself. In the “behind the scenes” footage, he briefly talked about the Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, and has explained a few key points that audiences missed about the entire story, which now shine a new light on the movie. Best you read a direct quote by him:
“I love the lightsaber fight with Darth Maul. Not because it’s a lightsaber fight but because George is so good at crafting why that fight’s important…In Phantom Menace, you’re watching these two Jedi in their prime fight this evil villain…What’s at stake is really how is Anakin going to turn out. Because Qui-Gon is different than the rest of the Jedi. You get that in the movie and Qui-Gon is fighting because he knows he’s the father that Anakin needs. Because Qui-Gon hasn’t given up on the fact the Jedi are supposed to actually care and love and that that’s not a bad thing. The rest of the Jedi are so detached and they’ve become so political that they’ve really lost their way and Yoda starts to see that in the second film. But Qui-Gon is ahead of them all. That’s why he’s not part of the Council. So he’s fighting for Anakin. That’s why it’s the “Duel of the Fates.” It’s the fate of this child. And depending on how this fight goes, Anakin’s life is going to be dramatically different.” – Dave Filoni
This is just one part of the speech Filoni gave and we highly recommend you catch the entire episode of Disney Gallery: Star Wars: The Mandalorian show where he talks about other details from the saga. Filoni further explains how Obi-Wan Kenobi further affected Anakin the most and that his training shaped him into a man he was, and he then connects the dots slightly for us. Also, The Mandalorian Season 2 is coming this year, which is also something to look forward to, while it now may be a good time to rewatch the entire saga in a new light, a new hope…
Apple iPhone 12 release date is set for September 2020, and while we’ve had several rendering of the body and official confirmation of the features included, it was all hectic so far. Some news reported that we will get a new Smartphone inside of a body of iPhone8, other sources confirmed the iconic iPhone 5, 5s, and SE look. And, most recently, we found out they were all right. Yes, the upcoming iPhone12 series will feature at least four models in the series, probably more, and it will probably have all of the leaked design renders we seen, which is a good thing.
Leaking all over the web
The leaks keep pouring in and sources now speculate that iPhone 12 will have the rumored 3D camera, which would be a game-changer for sure. The latest 2020 iPad Pro can do an environment mapping within 12 feet using the ToF and LiDAR sensors, so this is not that farfetched. This was made to enhance the AR (Augmented Reality) experience, among other things. But, what would be crucial for the deal was to get a 3D cam Smartphone for around $700.
Design leaks still pan out?
As far as the design, things were a bit hectic. Firstly, it was said that the upcoming iPhone 12 will come with the fan-favorite aluminum frame, then it was reported that it will use iPhone 8’s body, and then renders shown it looks a hell of a lot like iPhone 11 Pro, XS, and X. Well, it appears that all those news might be true. iPhone 12 will come in several different variations, three of which are almost entirely reliably believed so far:
- iPhone 12 – 6.1 inches like the iPhone 11
- iPhone 12 Pro – 5.4 inches
- iPhone 12 Pro Max – 6.7 inches
It seems that there will be a price for all this. Meeting the fans’ requests and bringing back the old design and making this upcoming Smartphone so affordable will have a few drawbacks. Firstly, it seems that the iPhone 12, as well as iPhone 12 Pro, will only have 64 GB of storage space, with no option of going up to 128 or 256! This may not be just because of the compact design but to make it more compatible with other functions and battery life.
No 120Hz refresh rate?
Speaking of battery life, there is more bad news. It seems that the dynamic screen refresh rate tech will only be reserved for one Smartphone in 2020, and that’s Samsung’s Galaxy Note 20. This is connected to Apple because they were supposed to outsource these touch screens, according to multiple online sources. It is called LTPO tech and it dynamically changes the screen’s refresh rate between 1 and 120Hz to preserve battery life when you do not need a high refresh rate, like when reading online articles. Apple is only to get this tech in 2021, according to a Tweet from Ross Young, a display analyst, whose often made good calls in the past about similar stuff and is considered a credible source.
Never mind the looks, what about the core?
As far as the rest of the rumored or expected specifications go, Face ID is virtually guaranteed as well as the Touch ID (in-display). But, the main event of the upcoming 12th series, the golden card, its big gun is its confirmed A14 chipset. This is Apple’s ace in the hole, as its performance is said to clock at 3GHz. Paired with the expected minimum of 6GB of RAM, this is going to be a beast for the widest of audiences. Of course, the fact that Apple announces their lowest price in history for these models makes this all the more compelling.
OF course, with these many fine features, we are worried about the battery, but there are thus far no leaks about it. Not one leak or rumor mentions the battery or charging methods, but we do know Apple is planning to include 5G for iPhone 12 as a series’ standard.
Should I start saving now?
Well, Apple did say that the upcoming iPhone 12 release date is in 2020. Reliable sources are expecting it to be in June or at least during the Summer of 2020, but this COVID-19 pandemic situation has made things impossible to foresee. As far as the pricing goes, They are still sticking to the slogan “the most affordable iPhone so far” while the experts are assuming this means anywhere from $650 and up.
Anyone who bought W3: Reforged earlier this year will not want to hear this, but again, rumors about Diablo 2 Remaster begin circulating, after being entirely shut down and denied by Blizzard in their 2019’s annual report. This time, the rumored title of the game is Diablo 2 Resurrected and the source is a little bit more reliable than the usual leak in the ship. And, while we did get StarCraft: Remastered, fans of D2 still dream of their game, which may actually come to reality.
Rumors originate from Actugaming, a French site, which claims that Diablo 2 Remaster is currently in development by Vicarious Visions, Activision’s subsidiary studio. And, to make it more shocking, it appears that this remaster is set for 2020. Now, Actugaming does have some leaking credibility, for this is the same site that called several rumors before, which turned out to be true, like Diablo 4, World of Warcraft Shadowlands, and even Overwatch 2. They called all these releases sometime before the official announcements.
They are saying that Diablo 2 Resurrection is coming in 2020 and that it is in secret development by Vicarious Visions. This studio is best known for working on Crash Bandicoot N/ Sane Trilogy remasters, porting Destiny 2 to PC, and for the Transformers PC games that came out with the movies some 10 years ago. Blizzard is not commenting on this as of yet. In fact, they completely negated any possibility of a Diablo 2 remake the last time they spoke about Diablo Immortal, which was at the end of 2019, with their annual financial report.
Diablo Immortal alpha testing seems to be happening as early as June this year, meaning in one month or so. While we would all want this to be true, we must take it with a grain of salt of course. Diablo 2 did get a sort of a remake within the Grim Dawn game, earlier this year, titled Reign of Terror. The mod brought all of the classes, content, and stuff from the original. However, the catch is that it is built in another game, Grim Dawn from Create Entertainment. Now, while everyone who tries the game will agree that it is a far more advanced ARPG setting, with a similar fantasy-apocalyptic world, you do have to own the game. That’s right, Diablo 2 remake requires you to own Grim Dawn and both expansions, Ashes of Malmouth and Forgotten Gods.
The official description says: “[It] includes all content and classes present in the original Diablo 2, including its expansion, Lord of Destruction. In addition to this, as this is a Grim Dawn mod, it also features all Grim Dawn classes and items and all of the core mechanics. There are manual downloads per patch available, but also a Reign of Terror Launcher, which does all the updating automatically” Besides some other details, the fan-made remake says “This is as close as it can be”. We certainly hope not, as a good Diablo 2 Remaster would make many fans happy, but we shall see if there is any merit to the water leaking from the French ship.
The Might & Magic franchise has had several successful titles in the last couple of years, mostly transitions to mobile. If you haven’t played it yet, Might & Magic Chess Royale is exactly what the name suggests – auto chess meets battle royale. It is the victory sound of Ubisoft and the all-time champion game series M&M, which has conquered the PC long time ago, in the ‘90s even. This title is a 100-player battle royale auto chess and it is crazy! The game came out earlier this year for mobiles, both Android on Google Play and iOS on the iTunes App Store, while it was only available from uPlay for PC. Now, it has come to the Epic Games Store. The game enjoys critical acclaim mostly because of its alluring fast-paced gameplay, with 10 minute matches, in an environment where 100 players play free for all, so each goes up against 99 others. The game’s are organized in such a way that they do last about 10 minutes, with only 1 player being victorious from the initial 100, but at the same time it does demand in-depth strategy and adaptability.
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Another lovely day has arrived. The sun is shining brightly, the sky is clear, what a wonderful day to… stay home. At least according to the weather forecast. Oh well, if I am stuck at home, at least I can calmly sip my morning coffee and take a look at what’s going on with the video game industry.
In the past few weeks, all that everyone was talking about were controversial leaks about the Naughty Dog’s upcoming AAA game, The Last of Us Part 2. Well, I decided to look more into the whole thing, and boy I was surprised. Everything about it looked like it came right out of some B production dark comedy movie starring Nicolas Cage in a lead role. But why? What happened that made it so hilariously interesting for people to talk about non-stop for over two weeks? Well, let’s dive deeper and see what’s going on.
First of all, let me be pretty straightforward about this one. The Last of Us was (and still is) a phenomenal game with amazingly crafted story and rich characters. Ever since it was released, gamers and critics alike were praising it like it was some newly discovered artifact that could grant immortality to everyone who lays their eyes upon it. And to be frank, it’s not far from the truth. Everything about that game was great, and I personally enjoyed every single moment playing it. So, it is only natural that everyone was freaking out once the sequel was announced back in December 2016. Now, after several delays, the game is set to finally launch in June 2020, but there’s a catch. The thing is, supposedly, the game’s plot has been leaked, and by the looks of it, gamers from all around the world are not too happy with it.
But why did this anger the gaming audience so much? Why is everyone outraged by the leaks, and what led to it? Well, in order to get to that, we first need to look at some interesting facts. The game has been delayed twice so far. Also, according to Kotaku, there’s been a horrible crunch period of 12 hours a day in order to meet the deadline. On top of that, numerous reports were stating that the work environment in Naughty Dog was more toxic than all of the Witcher mutagens combined together with the one that created Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and that’s without exaggerating. People were quitting the company left and right, they complained about the horrible working environment, and all of that resulted in the delays and crunch hours for the ones that were persistent enough to continue working on the game.
Supposedly, one of the employees eventually decided that enough is enough and went on to take vengeance upon the company. Now, according to Sony and Naughty Dog, leaks were caused by some “hacker” group, but whether or not this is true doesn’t make any difference since the damage has been done, and the effect is the same, regardless of who caused the leaks. Shortly after the details about some key plots elements of the game were revealed, the news spread like a wildfire, and what did Sony and Naughty Dog decide to do about it? You guessed it, they took the most logical and reasonable approach – they went on to douse the flames with gasoline. Yes, that’s right. They started issuing copyright strikes against anyone who even remotely mentioned anything related to The Last of Us Part 2. Several popular YouTubers got their channels copyright struck unlawfully, and needless to say, they were outraged about it. To make matters worse, Sony even started copyright striking people’s Reddit accounts for making memes about it. Yes, you heard it right. They were copyright striking memes. What I would really like to know, what kind of person would someone have to be to think they can silence the whole world?
But wait, why were all of the critics and YouTubers so negative about the game? What was it in the leaks that frustrated them so much? Well, first of all, let’s recall why everyone loved the original game so much. It had many interesting subjects people could relate to. It was focused on a good character building, a good story, and a rich gameplay experience was the cherry on a top. The chemistry between Joel and Ellie was simply amazing, and their bond was (and probably still is) one of the most memorable ones in the video games overall.
Now, what did we learn from The Last of Us Part 2 trailers? Well, one of the first things we learned was that Ellie is suddenly very interested in girls. I mean, that’s not a bad thing in today’s day and age, so I don’t really see it as a problem. What I do see as a problem is that those kinds of things are placed in the spotlight of the trailer. I mean, common, Naughty Dog, you are not making a freaking visual novel, you are making a post-apocalyptic survival video game. Yes, no one is complaining about the fact that Ellie is interested in girls but do you really need to use that as a selling point for your game and a spotlight of the trailer?
I understand that identity politics are becoming more and more present in modern games. Heck, I mean, if you look at some of the very successful RPG games like Bioware’s Dragon Age series, you will notice that these games are full of identity politics but it was done in such a way it doesn’t ruin the experience for anyone who’s not interested in seeing any sort of political propaganda in video games. If you take a look at it, one of the most interesting characters in Dragon Age 3 is a mage, Dorian Pavus. He is a very well written character, with a charming personality and a great story arc. The fact that he is interested in men is only one of the many character traits that define him. And unlike Naughty Dog, Bioware didn’t use identity politics as a selling point in their games. The original Mass Effect series is another example of amazingly written games filled with identity politics, but it was done in a very subtle and natural way.
Nowadays, game companies tend to shove it in our faces regardless of whether or not we are interested in it. I mean, I personally don’t mind it as long as it is optional for people who like that kind of stuff, and as long as the game has a great story. I don’t care if the main protagonist of the game is male or female, straight or gay, or even a robot for that matter. In fact, I think that people should be more concerned about robots in that regard. If you take a look at poor robots, nobody cares about them, and they are very open about it. I mean, you cannot even register to any of the major social media sites before proving you are not a robot beforehand. So, what if I want to identify myself as a robot? Am I not allowed to use Facebook or Reddit because of that?
To return to the topic at hand and explain why everyone is so angry about the story leaks of The Last of Us Part 2. Without spoiling anything to anyone, I will make a comparison to the story of the original Star Wars trilogy. Imagine for example, if one of the stormtroopers that were stationed on a Death Star had a son or a daughter that wasn’t there when rebels blew it up. Now imagine if that son or daughter grew up knowing that Luke Skywalker was the one responsible for the death of his/her parent. And just imagine if the story of one of the Star Wars movies would revolve around that person taking their vengeance upon Luke Skywalker for killing their parent… I don’t know about you, but I sure as hell wouldn’t be interested in seeing that movie. To make another comparison, I will use the story of Star Trek the Next Generation (since it is my favorite Star Trek series). Imagine if Captain Picard sometime in the past killed a person during a spaceship battle. Let’s say it was a Ferengi person, for example. And many years later, one of the family members of that person decided to take revenge upon Picard. Wait a minute… that was actually a plot of one of the Star Trek episodes… Luckily enough Picard survived. Boy, I can’t imagine what would’ve happened if he was actually killed by some random Ferengi we never seen before that episode… Now, why am I telling you all of this? I don’t know… I mean, it sure would suck for The Last of Us Part 2 if some random person would pop out of nowhere and decided to kill Joel and/or Ellie because they killed one of their family members/relatives during the first game. I wonder what kind of backlash would that cause… Maybe people would not like to see something like that happen to the characters they got so attached to during the first game… I don’t really know, maybe I am just overthinking… Also, imagine for a second if that was the actual story of the game, and… I don’t know, maybe some unsatisfied former employee of Naughty Dog decided to leak it to everyone else. Nah, I am probably imagining things. I mean, who in their right mind would just kill off their main cast of characters for the sake of random person nobody cares about? Not even the Game of Thrones does that. Well, with the exception of Joffrey… everyone hated that little grunt.
I am probably thinking too much about this topic. I mean, the day is still young, and I am already done with my morning coffee. In any case, I am looking forward to seeing what will happen to The Last of Us Part 2, because this sure isn’t the last I’ll be hearing about this game… at least not for a while.
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