The Everyday – Titan A.E: The Film That Changed My Life

“Every day I wake up and it’s still the same boring present. I don’t think this future thing exists.”

How the team behind Titan A.E. managed to wrangle Matt Damon into saying that line in their animated flop is anyone’s guess. It is also a secret the team will take with them to the grave. Titan AE – the film that changed my life – also changed the life of Fox Animation by failing so hard in the box office that the studio was permanently closed.

There’s noticeable irony in a film called “Titan” killing the thing that created it. At least there is for all the Greek mythology fans out there. Just how can one little animated movie have severed a limb of the mighty multimedia conglomerate? How can 20th Century Fox Animation have been kneecapped by a film that was only 90 minutes?

Another question also stands: why did it make me fall in love with science fiction?

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WhatCulture – Bethesda Indiana Jones Game: 6 Trailer Secrets You Missed

In the past few days, immeasurable hype has built around the upcoming Bethesda/Machine Games/Lucasfilm Indiana Jones game.

It is not hard to see why: the series is beloved, having inspired so many game series itself (Uncharted, Tomb Raider and arguably other Lucasfilm classics like the Monkey Island series).

You might wonder what could possibly be so exciting – it is only a thirty second trailer after all.

Just like the ancient ruins Indiana himself pilfers from, however, this short little trailer is stuffed full of tiny, seemingly insignificant details that might reveal some fascinating information about the upcoming game.

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WhatCulture – 10 Secret Video Game Shortcuts You DEFINITELY Missed

Since video games have been a cultural phenomenon, players have been wondering how to optimise their runs. Super Mario games are famed for having the occasional cheeky warp pipe that flings you forward across the land, and they are not the only ones.

Developers can also be wily beasts, and sometimes they really love to challenge players to find the quickest and most efficient ways around their games. In doing so, developers will hide these paths of least resistance in the most unlikely places, leaving players to ferret around all the nooks and crannies of any given level, hoping to tease that extra nugget of speed out of the gameplay. […]

In this article, we will run down ten of the most devilish shortcuts we can find in games. Some are hidden behind dialogue options most would not even think to click, and others require incredibly precise inputs to leapfrog over half of the game’s planned content. Sometimes it is as easy as closing a door.

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GamesRadar – Games Like Cyberpunk 2077

CD Projekt’s newest release, despite production and release issues, has undoubtedly revitalised interest in the “cyberpunk” games as a whole. […]

[H]ere are the 10 best games that like Cyberpunk 2077, which aim to bring back that sense of awe we once had investigating Bladerunner’s sullied streets.

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The Everyday – Giants of the Silver Stream

“Oh boy, you don’t know how fast time goes by until you get there.”

You would be forgiven for thinking that this was uttered by me, 30 minutes deep into a scroll through Netflix, deciding between my sixth rewatch of Into The Spiderverse or a return to the compelling melancholy of The Devil All the Time.

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WhatCulture – 10 Video Game Mods That Restored Essential Features

Video games have a long history of being released in broken or incomplete states. The legacy of modders leaping to attention to fix the mistakes of rushed developers stretches back nearly as long. These mods do not always just address the occasional bug or glitch – some go as far as restoring cut content and features left out of the game completely! […]

Modders love to trawl through and restore cut content, and in doing so can often massively improve a game. These remixes of games can be so impressive that some modders even go on to get industry jobs. Other modders just make nigh-on impossible changes that wildly alter an otherwise serious game.

In this article we will break down 10 video game mods that restored essential content: ranging from expanded story options to features that entirely fix previously unplayable ports of games. Read on as we cover a wide range of mods: from ones fixing the driving in Cyberpunk 2077 to reworkings of entire PC ports.

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Fumble – Conversion Therapy in the UK

[I]n 2017, a BBC radio station thought it was acceptable to run a twitter poll debating whether conversion therapy was a viable option for LGBTQ+ people.

We also have a government that publicly condemns the practice but refuses to take action to make it a criminal offence, or meet with campaigners about banning the practice. To summarise: the LGBTQ+ community faces a constant attack on our very existence whilst this practice is still legal in the UK. We need to start talking about it, and we need to start being concerned.

Most importantly, we need to stop it.

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The Bubble – ‘Nuff Said: A Stan Lee Obituary

I’ve been thinking about those moments that made up my childhood for the past two weeks – those weeks since Stan Lee died.

I didn’t know it back then, but my formative years, the things that led me to be who I am today – were partly made up by a kindly old gentleman called Stan.