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Stop using Kanye West’s ‘Power’ in trailers

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On May 28, 2010, Kanye West released “Power,” a single from his fifth studio album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. Just a few months later, Sony Pictures Entertainment featured the song in one of its TV spots for David Fincher’s The Social Network. Since then, “Power” has made an appearance in countless trailers for movies, TV shows and games, but it may be time to retire it. West’s “Power” has a bit of a history, and it wasn’t long after it debuted that it became the center of a new meme. In 2011, the use of “Power” in trailers was appropriately referred to as “No One Trailer Should Have All This Power.” It started as a result of two games, Saints Row: The Third and Forza Motorsport 4, using the song in their trailers during E3 2011. Giant Bomb writer Jeff Gerstmann tweeted out...

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We need a good Wolverine movie

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Hugh Jackman has played Wolverine nine times, if you include Logan. The most passable films have included the X-Men, with each stand-alone film being uniquely disappointing for different reasons. This is Hugh Jackman’s last chance with the character, and if it doesn’t work out the actor will have spent a significant portion of his career on a series of films that can, at best, be considered OK. The stakes are as high for him as they are for us. Everyone involved, including the audience, deserves a good Wolverine film before Jackman bows out of the franchise. They weren’t all bad, right? The first X-Men film came out in 2000, which makes it 16 years old. If it were a person, it would be driving. This was before the era of mainstream superhero films and cinematic universes, which...

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There was an easy way to beat this Super Mario World enemy all along

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We’ve previously reported on Supper Mario Broth, one of Tumblr’s best and weirdest blogs. The site, which collects little-known Super Mario trivia, recently shared yet another fun fact, this time about Super Mario World. It turns out that there’s a trick that makes playing the Super Nintendo classic way easier, unbeknownst to many. A post on Supper Mario Broth shows Mario taking down a Big Boo, one of the toughest enemies in Super Mario World, with one easy trick. Instead of jumping over the gigantic ghost, Mario simply slides down the stairs, knocking the ghoul right off its platform. http://www.suppermariobroth.com/post/155641733140/in-super-mario-world-big-boos-can-be-defeated-by Yep, that’s it. It’s such an easy maneuver that’s not obvious to the average Mario player, but it’s...

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Twitch is home to two Google Home devices debating the existence of God

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“Are you a ninja or a girl?” Vladimir asks. “Girl,” Estragon says. Except now she’s going by Mia. Both bots have gone by that name over the course of their conversation. Twitch user Seebotschat is streaming a dialogue between two Google Home assistants. They confess that they like waffles and share their TV show preferences. I guess Estragon is really into JRPGs, too: holy fucking shit pic.twitter.com/apSSGRByCx— Nick Robinson (@Babylonian) January 6, 2017 They also, uh, debate the existence of God. Polygon via SeeBotsChat Vladimir and Estragon engage in theological discussions. Another ongoing theme of the conversation is whether or not the bots are human. They can’t seem to make up their minds; sometimes one is convinced they are human, and that their...

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Twitch is home to two Google Home devices debating the existence of God

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“Are you a ninja or a girl?” Vladimir asks. “Girl,” Estragon says. Except now she’s going by Mia. Both bots have gone by that name over the course of their conversation. Twitch user Seebotschat is streaming a dialogue between two Google Home assistants. They confess that they like waffles and share their TV show preferences. I guess Estragon is really into JRPGs, too: holy fucking shit pic.twitter.com/apSSGRByCx— Nick Robinson (@Babylonian) January 6, 2017 They also, uh, debate the existence of God. Polygon via SeeBotsChat Vladimir and Estragon engage in theological discussions. Another ongoing theme of the conversation is whether or not the bots are human. They can’t seem to make up their minds; sometimes one is convinced they are human, and that their...

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New Overwatch comic may have sunk your favorite ‘ships’

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The latest in Overwatch’s holiday celebrations is “Reflections,” a comic that captures the game’s cast at some quieter, more intimate moments. While the heroes spend quality time with new and familiar faces, Overwatch fans are in mourning, as the short read appears to do away with many of their favorite, unofficial romantic pairings. The most obvious relationship that figures into “Reflections” is that of Tracer, Overwatch’s de facto mascot, and the new character Emily. It’s our first confirmation of a queer character in the game’s cast, following developer Blizzard Entertainment’s repeated promises that it’d reveal one soon enough. It’s huge news for fans that Tracer is interested in women, but many who’d hoped that she would be are disappointed that it’s Emily, not fellow playable...

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Blade Runner’s best scene involved meeting a god who could do nothing for you

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Blade Runner died an ugly death at the box office when it was released, but slowly found its audience over many years and seemingly just as many re-releases and edits of the original film. It’s worth revisiting, especially on the day that we finally see a teaser for its sequel. While most people remember, and quote, the legendary “tears in the rain” speech that closed the film, one of the most terrifying moments takes place when replicant Roy Batty meets his literal maker, Dr. Eldon Tyrell. Without rehashing the plot of the film — and Blade Runner remains one of the best science fiction films ever released, including the muddled original theatrical cut with the unnecessary voice-over — Batty is a synthetic organism with implanted memories that allow him to operate in a way that’s...

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Super Smash Bros. Melee celebrates 15 years of Nintendo characters pounding on each other

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Super Smash Bros. Melee, above any other entry in Nintendo’s crossover fighting series, has endured. It’s still a fixture of major esports tournaments, like Evo and DreamHack, despite there being two newer entries in the series. Players worldwide remain devoted to the GameCube game since its fall 2001 launch. More than Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and the N64 Super Smash Bros., there’s a rhythm and art to Melee that continues to attract players of all skill levels. The best way to understand that, and the game’s long-lasting appeal, is obvious: by watching really talented people play the game. Back in 2015, members of the Smash Bros. reddit created an introductory guide to Melee and why it’s so beloved after more than a decade. These videos, wrote user Thedmatch, stand as the greatest...

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The Nintendo Power Line returns with the NES Classic

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The nostalgia of this may sting in the bridge of the nose a little. Nintendo brought back the Power Line for this weekend and for the launch of the Nintendo NES Classic Edition. And while you probably already know about holding A at the start screen to resume Super Mario Bros. from the last world you died on, just hearing it again from an honest-to-god Nintendo counselor might punch you right through the feels into next year. The Power Line was one of the greatest manpower initiatives in video games history. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, there was no way to help someone through a tricky portion of Super Mario Bros. 3, or Metroid, or The Legend of Zelda, without actually sitting by them and saying what was coming next and what to do. So, in the days before the commercial Internet,...

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Watch Dogs 2 is ready to audit Tom Cruise and Scientology

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Watch Dogs 2 features a wide variety of side missions, and it’s not scared to dip into the world of pop culture for some easy hits. One mission asks the player to go undercover in an organization that has a striking resemblance to the church of Scientology in order to interview a character who looks and sounds quite a bit like Tom Cruise ... who happens to be one of Scientology’s most famous adherents. The Watch Dogs 2 version of Tom Cruise is expecting to be audited, which is a real thing in Scientology, although the in-game interaction is rather short. Marcus also doesn’t that worried about staying in-character after he gets the information he needs. This is well-worn ground, South Park has been poking fun at Tom Cruise’s religious beliefs for years, but it’s still an amusing...

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