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Nintendo Online & Amazon Prime

There has never been a better time for a gamer to be an Amazon Prime subscriber. Not only do they offer Twitch Prime but are offering a full year of Nintendo Switch Online for Switch users.

FFVII Remake Still Exists

Square Enix dropped a promising trailer in May for the Final Fantasy VII remake. Hi-def characters, environments, and voice acting got fans hyped. Though the game is aesthetically pleasing, will it live up to the original? 

Harry Potter Meets Pokémon Go

Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is a brand new mobile game that uses your GPS to create a unique magical experience in the world around you. Finally, some good Harry Potter News! 

Minecraft the Movie

The Minecraft Movie has been given a release date of March 4th, 2022. Don’t get me wrong, Minecraft is great, but seeing as its popularity has tanked considerably, it is prudent to wonder who will actually want to see this film. 

Sonic Movie to be “Fixed”

After the Sonic The Hedgehog movie unveiled the titular character to abismal reactions, it has been confirmed that the design will be changed. While this is good news, let’s say a prayer for the visual development team who have to start all over again. 

Google Unveils New Gaming Service

“This new generation of gaming is not a box.” - Phil Harrison

It was only a matter of time before Google entered the realm of video games. The tech overlords have revealed their new platform to compete with Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft - Google Stadia. Reaveled at the Game Developer’s Conference (GDC) in San Francisco, Stadia is a streaming platform. Some are calling it the Netflix of video games. Phil Harrison, former Sony and XBox executive and now on team Google, said, “This new generation of gaming is not a box.” The platform is said to stream games at 60 frames per second and 4k resolution, though it is valid to be concerned about individual user internet speeds. Stadia will launch later in 2019 in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., and Europe. 

Cuphead Comes to the Switch

Gamers rejoiced at the announcement of a Switch port of the popular indie title, Cuphead. Celebrated for the stellar animation and rigourous gameplay, the game became an instant classic. Previously only available on the XBox One and PC, it released digitally for the Nintendo console in April. A physical copy will go on sale later in 2019. 

The Last of Us II Wraps Filming

The Last of Us II’s writer and director, Neil Druckmann, sent out a tweet in April confirming that the game has wrapped shooting. The tweet included a photo of the lead actors Troy Baker and Ashley Johnson in a sweet embrace, still in their motion capture gear. Now this begs the question...could this mean the game will be getting a 2019 release date? 

What We Know About the Uncharted Movie

Talks for an Uncharted film have remained few and far between. Since Sony announced this news back in 2009, the project has undergone several different changes and rewrites which has left fans unsure that they will ever see Nathan Drake on the big screen. Still, it seems that the project is in the works...just at a slower pace than we would have hoped. Here is all of the information we know so far. First, the film is set to be a prequel to the games and will follow the flashback sequences from Uncharted 3. The role of Nathan Drake will be played by none other than Tom Holland (pictured above) (Spiderman: Homecoming). Initially it was announced that Mark Wahlberg would play Drake and even Ryan Reynolds was in talks. Holland seems a perfect fit for the role and can bring a fresh take on the character. The studio described him as “edgy, intellectual, focused as hell, but also complete[ly] isolated...[which will make him] the perfect protégé for Sully.” The film has also found a director in Dan Trachtenberg who has directed 10 Cloverfield Lane and an episode of Black Mirror titled “Playtest.” Trachtenberg’s resume seems to be a unique fit for this franchise. At this point, not much is set in stone beyond that. The film’s script is said to be complete and they have begun casting for the role of Sully. Some names that have been thrown out there are Woody Harrelson, Chris Pine, Matthew McConaughey, and Chris Hemsworth. Hopefully there will be some noticeable progress soon.

Prince Harry and Fortnite

The Prince has recently said that he wants to ban the battle royale game from the U.K. We thought you were cool Harry! There is more to this conversation than simply dismissing a game played by millions. Harry went to visit a YMCA in London to talk about social media and mental health, especially when it comes to young people. He went on to say that there “is no benefit to having [Fortnite] in the household,” and that it exists to make kids addicted to their television screens. It can’t be denied that the Prince has a point but he takes it a bit too far when he says that the game should be banned altogether. While it is important for kids to be physically active and not spend so much time looking at screens, it should also be noted that there are kids who benefit greatly from the game and that there is a more complex response to this issue.

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