Worms, African cinema and a fake Batman game

It’s Thursday, which means it’s time again to revisit TheGamer’s best features of the week, giving us a big pat on the back. From the rise of African cinema to the lack of cops in Streets of New Capenna, we’ve been busy covering a wide range of topics over the past seven days.

MultiVersus is still going strong, She-Hulk is out – again bringing Marvel’s visual effects issues back into the limelight – and Spider-Man has made its way to the PC. The game (and, in this case, the MCU juggernaut) isn’t slowing down, and we have a lot to say about that.

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Are we witnessing the rise of African cinema?

From Black Panther to Beast to The Woman King, African cinema is in the spotlight like never before. Editor-in-chief Stacey Henley sat down for the trailers with her popcorn in hand, listening to the tribal music start playing, expecting to see Idris Elba and his big muscle guns appear on the show. screen. Only she met John Boyega and Viola Davis instead. She expected Beast but got a completely different movie in The Woman King.

This boom in African cinema is a big step forward for representation, embracing Africa’s rich history without relying on tales of white saviors or tales of perspectives unable to do them justice.

I don’t want to hear anyone tell me that Marvel’s VFX team is doing their best


However, not all is good in the film world, as Marvel is continually criticized for mistreating its VFX teams. There’s no single internal collective as Marvel Studios hires multiple companies to tackle its big blockbusters from Endgame to Thor: Love and Thunder. And with these studios, it changes a lot at the last minute, cuts deadlines without warning, makes ridiculous demands, and pumps out movies and TV like there’s no tomorrow, all while cultivating a horrible culture of crisis. . Stacey argues that what we need to discuss is how these teams are treated, not how hard they work.

Games need to stop being afraid of the word “transgender”

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I promise I’m not trying to score points with the boss by putting three Stacey stories in a row, but it’s an important issue to address. Guilty Gear’s Bridget was born a man and raised a woman, she now proudly says she’s a girl, finally proving once and for all that she’s trans. But Guilty Gear has been shy about it and still afraid she’ll say, “I’m trans!” The same goes for Krem in Dragon Age: Inquisition and Lev in The Last of Us Part 2. As the portrayal improves, it’s always clear how much more needs to be done.

The Owl House and Amphibia fandoms are full of worm memes and I’m so scared

Looking at something a little less serious, Feature Lead Jade King dove into the world of gay cartoons and…worm memes. The Worm House and Wormphibia are the latest internet trend, a cursed concoction of kids toys and animated shows that I wish I had never seen, but here we are. Even the creators took note of the fandom’s nightmarish creations, all starting on a Discord server where someone pointed out that Hunter’s hair looked like a Squirmle. You should have kept that to yourself, mate.

Wolfe Glick reveals what it takes to compete in the Pokemon VGC World Championships

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Freelancer Lowell Bell dropped by TheGamer’s office (100% real, physical) the other day to bring us his interview with none other than Pokemon World Championship winner Wolfe Glick. Possibly the closest person to an actual Pokemon master to exist. They talk about the difference between creating content and competing, how their journey through the world of Pokemon began, and their first success, becoming the 2016 VGC World Champion.

MTG Streets of New Capenna’s biggest mistake was its lack of cops

Tabletop editor Joe Parlock sat down to tell us about one of his most anticipated Magic: The Gathering releases of the year – Streets of New Capenna. But his opinion has changed since its launch a few months ago. It’s a Great Gatsby-style world, a huge shift from the typical MTG fantasy backdrop, but for all its 20s glitz and glamor, it lacks font. What was once considered a faction of rogue cops, Brokers have become lawyers, which means it’s a crime-centric set without a full legal system. Staying neutral and avoiding any political commentary eventually drags it down.

Meet Batman: Arkham World – The Batman Game That Doesn’t Exist

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Gotham Knights and The Suicide Squad continue the universe of DC games, but Reddit focuses elsewhere, on the mythical fourth Arkham. He does not exist. Arkham World is a made-up meme that everyone jumps on, whether they’re imagining a playable Alfred, meeting Saul Goodman, or bumping into Sonic in the fictional crime-ridden metropolis. And now that we’ve covered it – twice more – we’ve killed it. As Stacey wrote, sorry Arkham World fans.

Fighting games have always been multiverse stories

MultiVersus is here and sparking conversations about the multiverse. Still. Between Spider-Verse, Everything Everywhere All At Once, Doctor Strange, Spider-Man: No Way Home, and now MultiVersus, this is the hottest topic in fiction. But as features editor Andrew King points out, for fighting games, that’s nothing new. Years ago, Scorpion broke Flash’s arm in Mortal Kombat vs. DC, while Marvel vs. Capcom is a basic modern fighter. Looking elsewhere at platform fighters, Smash Bros. has always embraced crossovers from Pac-Man to Minecraft Steve to Sora.

Please no more launchers

Spider-Man is on PC, joining Day’s Gone, God of War, Horizon Zero Dawn, and Death Stranding. But fans have found references to a native PS launcher for PC in its files, which means we might have yet another app to download to play. Xbox, uPlay, Battle.net, EA Desktop, Origin, Epic Games Store, Steam – the list goes on. And Stacey is fed up – aren’t we all?

Rockstar will always be the king of video game trailers

If I can tell anything about CIO George Foster from our discussions in the Slack job, it’s that he really loves marketing. Rockstar is different, however. Rockstar isn’t your usual big blockbuster trailer maker, building hype through a trickle of reveals and teasers, setting up an event – it’s the king of the trailer. He knows how to make his games stand out in these brief snippets, hinting at worlds we’ll be stuck in for decades. Just watch the iconic GTA 5 trailer.

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