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Venom ready to unleash carnage in Garena’s Free Fire

Chaos is coming as Free Fire meets "Venom: Let There Be Carnage" in the mobile game's first ever collaboration with a movie franchise. Image credit: Garena
Image credit: Garena

Chaos is coming as Free Fire meets “Venom: Let There Be Carnage” in the mobile game’s first ever collaboration with a movie franchise. Launching on Oct. 10, the Free Fire x Venom crossover will feature elements of the lethal protector Venom and Carnage in one of the world’s most popular mobile games. Free Fire developer Garena promises a wild, immersive experience with exclusive content from the upcoming movie.

“This collaboration with “Venom: Let There Be Carnage” is a huge milestone for us and our players all over the world. The iconic character reflects a key component of Free Fire gameplay — creating chaos and eliminating enemies to survive – and is part of our commitment to offer memorable experiences for our global community,” said Garena Producer Harold Teo in a press statement.

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Gaming, Geek Culture

Yeng Constantino releases MV for MLBB x Transformers

Filipino singer, actress, and Mobile Legends: Bang Bang (MLBB) streamer Yeng Constantino has released a music video celebrating the MLBB collaboration with the Transformers. Image credit: Moonton
Image credit: Moonton

Filipino singer, actress, and Mobile Legends: Bang Bang (MLBB) streamer Yeng Constantino has released a music video celebrating the MLBB collaboration with the Transformers. The MV is set in the middle of Bumblebee’s installation created by Jerry Santos and Rumble Royale in partnership with MLBB developer Moonton.

MLBB, the most popular mobile multiplayer online battle arena game in Southeast Asia, has officially introduced their newest skins in partnership with the Transformers.

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Entertainment, Geek Culture

‘The Matrix Resurrections’ full trailer: Neo, meet Trinity

"The Matrix Resurrections" full trailer is here. Image credit: Warner Bros. Pictures
Image credit: Warner Bros. Pictures

“I’ve had dreams that weren’t just dreams,” Thomas Anderson (Keanu Reeves) says in the first full trailer of “The Matrix Resurrections” — the long-awaited fourth film in this groundbreaking franchise that started in 1999 with “The Matrix”.

“Am I crazy?” he asks. “We don’t use that word in here,” his therapist, played by Neil Patrick Harris, says. But where exactly is here?

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Gaming, Geek Culture

Transformers ready to change game in Mobile Legends

In a collaboration that is definitely more than meets the eye, the legendary Transformers have landed in Mobile Legends: Bang Bang. IImage credit: Hasbro/Moonton
Image credit: Hasbro/Moonton

In a collaboration that is definitely more than meets the eye, the legendary Transformers have landed in Mobile Legends: Bang Bang (MLBB). MLBB players will now have a chance to redeem epic skins and prizes by participating in the Transformers: Battle Paint activity.

“The Transformers franchise is well-loved by fans around the world, and we wanted to bring the classic sci-fi action even closer to our Mobile Legends: Bang Bang players,” said Roger Yu, Game Director, Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, in a press statement.

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‘Raised by Wolves’: Will religion affect human survival?

Mother (Amanda Collin) is an android whose mission is to start a new human civilization in "Raised by Wolves". Image credit: Coco Van Oppens/Warner Media
Mother (Amanda Collin) is one of the two androids whose mission is to start a new human civilization in ‘Raised by Wolves’. Image credit: Coco Van Oppens/Warner Media

In “Raised by Wolves”, Earth has been destroyed because of a devastating religious war waged by the Mithraic, the followers of the deity Sol. The last group left opposing them in this war, the atheists, have sent two androids to the exoplanet Kepler-22b to start a human colony and found a new atheist human civilization that would avoid the same mistakes. Meanwhile, the Mithraic have also sent a space ark where the chosen have been placed in stasis pods to survive the long journey to Kepler-22b.

Created by Aaron Guzikowski with Ridley Scott as executive producer (Scott also directed the first two episodes), the HBO Max Original “Raised by Wolves” is a brilliant sci-fi drama series. It boasts intelligent writing, stunning visuals, and awesome performances, especially by the Danish actress Amanda Collin, who plays the android called Mother. It also stars Travis Fimmel, in case you’re a fan of Ragnar in “Vikings”. What’s great about “Raised by Wolves” is that it doesn’t spell out or simplify things. Worldbuilding doesn’t come at the expense of character and story development. The series also takes a nuanced look at the conflict between religion and atheism, and the difference between human and artificial intelligence (AI). In fact, the series only makes one thing clear: whether she’s a human or an android, never mess with a mother who is protecting her children.

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Spider-Man beats Avengers with more views in 24 hours

Tom Holland stars as Spider-Man/Peter Parker in Columbia Pictures’ ‘Spider-Man’: No Way Home’. Image credit: Columbia Pictures
Tom Holland stars as Spider-Man/Peter Parker in Columbia Pictures’ ‘Spider-Man’: No Way Home’. Image credit: Columbia Pictures

The “Spider-Man: No Way Home” teaser trailer has lived up to its billing as the most anticipated one of all time by breaking the 24-hour all-time record for most global views. It generated 355.5 million trailer views, eclipsing the previous record holder, “Avengers: Endgame”, which drove 289 million views. It should be noted that it generated this record-breaking number of views despite a leaked trailer with unfinished visual effects spreading on social media on Aug. 23.

Amazingly, this new record is more than double that of views for the second trailer for “Spider-Man: Far From Home”, which hit 135 million views at the 24-hour mark. Not only that, but also the “Spider-Man: No Way Home” teaser trailer generated the largest 24-hour social media conversation volume of all-time with 4.5 million mentions globally.

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‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ trailer: What’s up, Doc?

"Spider-Man: No Way Home" trailer shows Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Spider-Man/Peter Parker (Tom Holland). Image credit: Columbia Pictures
Benedict Cumberbatch stars as Doctor Strange and Tom Holland stars as Spider-Man/Peter Parker in Columbia Pictures’ ‘Spider-Man’: No Way Home’. Image credit: Columbia Pictures

The “Spider-Man: No Way Home” teaser trailer — arguably the most anticipated one of all time — has finally dropped this morning. Yes, the official “Spider-Man: No Way Home” trailer that Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios wanted us to see — not the leaked trailer with unfinished visual effects that spread on social media on Aug. 23.

“For the record, I never wanted to lie to you. But how do you tell someone that you’re Spider-Man?” Peter Parker (Tom Holland) says to MJ (Zendaya) as the two of them are talking about the fallout of having Spider-Man’s secret identity revealed to the whole world by Mysterio.

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‘Reminiscence’: Exploring the world of memory vs reality

Rebecca Ferguson as Mae and Hugh Jackman as Nick Bannister in "Reminiscence". Image credit: Ben Rothstein/© 2021 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.
Rebecca Ferguson as Mae and Hugh Jackman as Nick Bannister in ‘Reminiscence’. Image credit: Ben Rothstein/© 2021 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

“Then tell me a happy story, but end it in the middle,” Mae (Rebecca Ferguson) tells Nick Bannister (Hugh Jackman) in “Reminiscence”. This is how she responds when Nick says: “No such thing as a happy ending. All endings are sad. Especially if the story was happy.”

Welcome to the world of “Reminiscence”. This action sci-fi film written and directed by “Westworld” co-creator Lisa Joy is now showing in theaters and streaming on HBO Max. Reuniting “The Greatest Showman” co-stars Jackman and Ferguson, “Reminiscence” is a noirish film set in the near future. Climate change has caused the seas to rise and flood cities, and wars to break out. The extreme heat has forced most people to become nocturnal. Wealthy people have become land barons, having bought up dry land at cheap prices and building dams to keep the waters at bay. Meanwhile, the rest of the population live at the mercy of the tides. With no hope left for the future, most people have turned to nostalgia, with Nick’s clients immersing themselves in sensory deprivation tanks while he helps them relive specific memories. One day, Mae walks in, and Nick’s whole life changes.

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‘Eternals’ addresses Thanos and the Snap in final trailer

"Eternals" is coming out on Nov. 5. Image credit: Marvel Studios
Image credit: Marvel Studios

Leave it to Jon Snow, er, Kit Harington to ask the question that’s been on everyone’s mind since the first “Eternals” trailer came out in May.

Harington, who plays the human Dane Whitman (a character whom comic book fans are very familiar with), asks the Eternal Sersi (Gemma Chan): “Why didn’t you guys help fight Thanos? Or any war? Or all the other terrible things throughout history?”

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Gaming, Geek Culture

Animal Crossing gets graphic novel with tips and tricks

Can you believe it has already been 20 years since Nintendo originally released Animal Crossing in Japan for the Nintendo 64 console on April 14, 2001? Image credit: VIZ Media TM & © 2021 Nintendo. ATSUMARE DOBUTSU NO MORI - MUJINTO DIARY - © 2020 KOKONASU☆RUMBA/SHOGAKUKAN
Image credit: VIZ Media TM & © 2021 Nintendo. ATSUMARE DOBUTSU NO MORI – MUJINTO DIARY – © 2020 KOKONASU☆RUMBA/SHOGAKUKAN

Can you believe it has already been 20 years since Nintendo originally released Animal Crossing in Japan for the Nintendo 64 console on April 14, 2001? Now VIZ Media has announced that the popular video game will have its first official graphic novel in Animal Crossing: New Horizons — Deserted Island Diary.

This is the English release of the comedic graphic novel that was came out in Japan in June 2020. The manga includes an animal guide, so fans can learn more about some of their favorite villagers, as well as a special bonus section of gaming tips and tricks, so anyone can improve their island in the video game.

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‘The Suicide Squad’: Bad guys have never been so good

"The Suicide Squad". Image credit: Warner Bros. Pictures & DC Comics
L-R: David Dastmalchian as Polka-Dot Man, King Shark (voiced by Sylvester Stallone), Daniela Melchior as Ratcatcher 2, John Cena as Peacemaker, and Idris Elba as Bloodsport. Image credit: Warner Bros. Pictures & DC Comics

Ratcatcher 2 is my favorite character in James Gunn’s amazingly demented and darkly hilarious “The Suicide Squad”. Believe me, I did not see that coming.

But that’s the genius of Gunn: making us care about even the most obscure or bizarre comic book characters. He’s done it before for that other comic book company, but “The Suicide Squad”, which is now showing in theaters and streaming on HBO Max, is an even better superhero movie than “Guardians of the Galaxy” because it truly fleshes out the characters and makes us understand and empathize with this band of lowlifes and outcasts. All while not shying away from portraying how vicious supervillains will be if they existed in the real world. That’s the advantage of having an R-rated film, because it allows Gunn, who wrote and directed this movie, to do justice to the violence and anarchy of the DC Comics comic book material, while showcasing his crazy brand of humor and great taste in music. Spoilers ahead if you haven’t watched “The Suicide Squad”.

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A Life Less Analog, Entertainment, Geek Culture

‘Kotaro Lives Alone’: When home runs away from us

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Based on the manga “Kotaro wa Hitorigurashi”, the Japanese drama “Kotaro Lives Alone”, which is streaming on Netflix, tells the story of a five-year-old boy who moves into an apartment complex. His next-door neighbor, a struggling manga creator named Shin Karino (played by Japanese idol and actor You Yokoyama, who is a member of the boy band Kanjani Eight), is shocked because the apartment building doesn’t allow children. Not only that, but also it turns out that the boy, whose name is Kotaro Sato (Eito Kawahara), is living alone.

“Kotaro Lives Alone” is a well-written and heartwarming drama that rewards patience. The first episode introduces us to a strange but polite little boy who talks formally and addresses his neighbors as “Lord” and “Lady” while wearing a plastic katana. Some people might find the pace too leisurely and complain that “nothing is happening”, but I appreciate how well-written “Kotaro Lives Alone” is and how it takes the time to build the characters and slowly reveal their backstories.

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