Monthly Archives: July 2015

Final Fantasy VI is Still a Masterpiece

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Despite the game being 21-years-old, Final Fantasy VI (AKA Final Fantasy III on the Super Nintendo), even today, remains one of my favorite video games of all time. The game contains everything that defines Final Fantasy as a series: an epic, character driven story, incredible visuals, memorable music, an insane villain (Kefka), and a significant level of player freedom (unlike the recently released disappointing VIII trilogy).

I have a penchant for falling into nostalgic tangents when I talk about fondly-remembered video games from my childhood, but I guarantee the journey of Locke, Terra, and Edgar (as well as the game’s cast of other colorful characters) still holds up today.

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Characters You Should Know: Doctor Who’s Chris Cwej and Izzy S.

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As pride month draws to a close and many are celebrating the same-sex marriage ruling by Scotus last week, we at Nerdy Stuff take a look at two Doctor Who companions you may not know: Chris Cwej and Izzy S. Years before Jack Harkness, these two characters appeared in the tie-in media of Doctor Who and brought gay and bisexual representation into the Whoniverse.

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New Spider-Man may be like a John Hughes’ film

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It’s the reboot of the reboot. That’s right, whether your like it or not, we’re getting a brand new Spider-Man. After Marvel and Sony officially became best buds earlier this year (bringing Disney one-step closer to global domination), it was announced that Spider-Man would not only be getting a new standalone film in 2017, but that he’d also be appearing in the Marvel cinematic universe as well. Then, last week it was announced that Tom Holland (pictured above) will be taking on the role of the web-slinger, and that he’d first be appearing in Captain America: Civil War. Finally, we learned that Jon Watts would be directing the standalone Spider-Man film.

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a New Play, Not a Prequel

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J.K. Rowling has once again announced plans to further expand the ever-expanding Harry Potter universe, but this time she’s leaving the books behind. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a new play that will grace the London stage sometime in 2016, and the one thing she wants you to know is that the play is not a prequel.

Seriously. She really, really, REALLY wants to make that last point clear.

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Check out the new suits and proton packs in Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters

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The all-female Ghostbusters reboot/remake (rebust?) is currently under production, and as such we are finally getting all sorts of ghostly goodies thrown our way. Up to this point, little was known of the plot of the movie, or how much it would resemble its predecessor. Everything we’ve had to go on so far have been some pretty bland set photos that were leaked a few weeks ago. However, this all changed this week when director Paul Feig took to Twitter and shared with us the first images of the new Ghostbusters‘ suits and proton pack.

First, check out the new suits.

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Super Mario Maker Includes 100 Pre-Made Levels

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Super Mario Maker is a new game that asks what the world would look like with an infinite supply of Mario levels. A working Internet connection ensures access to an ever-expanding amount of content as players build, edit, and share new Mario stages with people from around the world.

However, DIY game designers can be sadistic jerks, so Nintendo is not about to leave the community to its own devices. The developer has revealed that the disc will ship with 100 pre-made stages that can be played immediately, no Internet connection required.

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Sense8 Turns Empathy into High-Concept Science Fiction

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Since its debut on Netflix, Sense8 has received deserved praise for its ambition and its diversity. However, it’s worth remembering that a diverse show with terrible writing and boring characters would still be a pretty bad show. Thankfully, Sense8 avoids those pitfalls. The new series from the Wachowskis and J. Michael Straczynski is not perfect, but it is beautifully sincere, with a phenomenal cast and a fantastic sci-fi premise that complements the show’s admirable diversity.

More to the point, Sense8 is explicitly about empathy. The show begins when eight strangers from around the globe are reborn as sensates with a telepathic link. Because they essentially share the same mind, the sensates intuitively understand and respect one another despite differences that might ordinarily drive them apart.

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Modern comics are more like 90s comics than ever before

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For the past 15 years or so, both Marvel and DC have been shaping their universes to return the “iconic” version of all their characters. Hal Jordan returned as Green Lantern. The core X-Men team was reformed. Barry Allen came back from the dead.

That wasn’t always the case. In the 90s, weird stuff was allowed to happen on the regular, and the status-quo routinely got far off the beaten path.

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Why the four houses in Harry Potter are actually a really clever way to get into the heart of Harry, Hermione, and Ron

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In the early Harry Potter books, the reader may be forgiven in thinking the four school houses are a little incoherent. They seemingly divide into good (Gryffindor), evil (Slytherin), academic (Ravenclaw) and picked-last-to-play-kickball (Hufflepuff).

But as we delve deeper into the books, it becomes apparent that the descriptions of each of the houses are more nuanced than that, and, in turn, that allows author J.K. Rowling to examine the difference between characters superficial traits and the essential traits underneath.

Beyond good and evil, the essential trait of those in the Gryffindor house is bravery, which is shown throughout the books. However, the essential trait of those in the Slytherin house is ambition, not evil.

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