Sense8 is Canceled – Netflix’s Excuses Don’t Justify the Loss and Importance

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As the Summer rolls in and television seasons end, viewers wait with bated breath to see whether their favorite shows continue. Unfortunately, for longtime fans, June 1st brought with it a shocking announcement by Netflix: they would not be renewing Sense8 for a 3rd season. While shows come and go, this cancellation was met with great dismay, including from myself.

What made Sense8 so special? Why is it so disheartening to see this show canceled? What legitimate reason did Netflix have?

Diversity and Representation

Sense8 wasn’t just a good show, at least for those who enjoyed it; this series was applauded for its representation and progressive ideals. Sense8 had one of the most diverse casts on television, even more than shows like Star Trek, and it broke down barriers. Racially, the core cast was only half white; the rest were Asian, black, and Latino. Add in the…

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What Do You MEAN, ‘Death Stranding’ Isn’t Coming To E3?

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Let me start this off by saying that the gamers here at PCU love Hideo Kojima. We really do. That being said, the fact that there will not be any new info on Death Stranding brought to E3 2017, is a little more than frustrating. Especially to those of us who are truly looking forward to learning more about this mysterious project.

That’s right, dear readers, Death Strandingwill not appear at E3 2017, according to Kojima himself. The famed director stated on Twitter today, that Kojima Productions Studio is “fully focused on development”, and that fans could catch him with Geoff Keighley on June 14th. Granted, Kojima did give us cryptic another image to ponder, which resembles a spider’s web with the word “Bridges” written under it.

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Of course, that gives gamers little to nothing new to go on, as it’s just as enigmatic…

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Your Console Wars Are Bad, and You Should Feel Bad

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Over the last few weeks & months, there’s been more & more rumblings about the next generation of gaming, and where we go from here. Recently, Uproxx published an article about the potentially upcoming PlayStation 5 and Microsoft’s Project Scorpio, and talked about whether or not the pointless & absurd argument of the console wars would actually end with the next generation of hardware. To put it plainly, this is stupid. Friends…gamers…dear readers… It’s 2017. WHY are we still having this debate?

To give a bit of exposition for our younger readers, the so-called “console wars” began back when Nintendo was the big dog on the block, Sega was about to fail, there weren’t really any other options for gaming. It was at this point, that toy designer Tom Kalinske stepped in at Sego to help rocket Sonic the Hedgehog to a household name. This ignited a battle between…

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‘Breaking Bad’ for PlayStation VR May Be On The Horizon

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As if we needed MORE reasons to get hyped for E3 2017, it looks like Sony has teased a few more things for this year’s conference.

First, for those of you who haven’t yet moved on to the PS4 (and why not?), Sony has announced that they will be dropping the retail price for “select” PS4 models to $250 (USD), down from $299 (USD). The lowered price will be in effect from June 9 – June 17, so gamers may want to plan early and take advantage of that next week. The company is also promising discounts on “software and accessories” during E3 week. As for which models they’ve included in that “select” category, and what software & accessories will be discounted, that information has not yet been made known.

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However, that’s not all. Andrew House (Sony Interactive Entertainment’s president & global CEO), recently talked with USA Today about the…

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Movie Brew: Belle and Pete Review Wonder Woman

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For our Wonder Woman review we sent Belle and Pete, our resident Wonder Woman reviewer and biggest Wonder Woman fanboy on staff, respectively, out to see the film and give us their thoughts.

Enjoy!

Pete: So, Wonder Woman was pretty amazing, yeah? One of the things we said when we walked out of the theater was “They out Thor-ed Thor and out Captain America-ed Captain America.”

Belle: Yes, there will be comparisons to Thor and First Avenger but Diana isn’t an asshole like Thor, she wasn’t banished. She made a choice to leave to protect people who needed protecting; and more importantly she learns from her mistakes. We get to actually see the process as opposed to Thor, Avengers Assemble and Thor: TDW wherein we’re told Thor is a better person but we’ve seen no actual evidence to support that in his actions onscreen. As for the First Avenger…

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The Big Bad For Season 3 of Supergirl Has Been Cast

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There’s another child of Krypton on the way for the CW’s Supergirl, it seems. At the end of the last season of the show, viewers saw a flashback scene of the final days of Krypton’s existence. A Kryptonian pod was launched at the same time as Kal-El’s and Kara Zor-El’s pods, with some interesting differences… Instead of Kryptonian elite, this specific pod was being launched by hooded figures, and from a more ominous-looking area. One of the figures also appeared to feed the child passenger of the pod a drop of blood before sending it off into space. As the pod was launched, viewers heard a voice say, “It should survive the journey. It will grow strong on Earth…and then it will reign.

That last line was a big hint as to the passenger’s identity, and now we know who it will be.

It was revealed yesterday…

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What Do We Know About Insomniac Games’ Upcoming Spider-Man Game?

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Let’s face it: It’s been a while since a really good Spider-Man game has come out for consoles. So far, the most decent ones out there (in this writer’s opinion, at least) have been Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions, Spider-Man: Web of Shadows, and 2004’s Spider-Man 2. So, it’s with hopeful trepidation that we’re bringing you some updates, and a webload of info on what we know (so far) about the upcoming Spidey game from Ratchet and Clank developer, Insomniac Games.

Since the game was announced at last year’s E3 conference, we’re hoping to see more about it this year. However, there’s been absolutely no confirmation from either Insomniac Games about any kind of announcement or reveal. The developer has only been tweeting that they’re working on the game, but there’s been no mention of anything about E3. We’re still going to keep our eyes glued to the

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Dear Jamie Foxx and Jimmy Fallon – Sign Language isn’t a Punchline

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We are now living in the 21st century. Even given an increase of nationalism, bigotry, and hate crimes, we have mostly moved past the prejudices of a century ago. I’m not saying our television and films are perfect, but practices like blackface, yellowface, and general mockeries of other cultures usually face criticism from general audiences. Similarly, making fun of how someone talks or acts in comedy is generally reserved for those who belong to that particular demographic (or a presidential candidate).

That’s why there’s been such an uproar over the behavior of Jamie Foxx when he appeared on the Tonight Show.

The evening of that show, Foxx thought he was having some fun as Jimmy Fallon threw to commercial. As the host spoke, Foxx began making fake signs to the camera, pretending to interpret while in reality making random gestures. The mockery of sign language…

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Gwent: The Witcher 3 Card Game Open Beta – First Impressions

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As we mentioned yesterday, the open/public beta for CD Projekt Red’s Gwent: The Witcher 3 Card Game is now live on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

This is, at its core, a heavily updated version of the Gwent mini-game in 2015’s Game of the Year, The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt, and it’s got some new tricks for players to learn. The base object of the game is essentially the same: build a deck of powerful cards, use three placements (Melee, Ranged, Siege), and rack up higher points than your opponent. However, this version of the game throws in some extra twists, that make Gwent not only a little more complicated, but more interesting as well – both visually, and in gameplay.

Having played the game for a few hours last night (yes, hours. It’s fun, don’t judge me), I almost felt like I had to re-learn…

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Get In On the Open Beta for ‘Gwent: The Witcher Card Game’ Today!

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Mini games within larger games. Some of us love them, some of us hate them, and some of us are just indifferent and want to get through them so that we can get on with the main story.

However, one mini game has made quite the name for itself over the past couple of years, ever since The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt hit store shelves. That’s right, friends… We’re talking about Gwent. The addicting card game wasn’t a completely mandatory part of 2015’s Game of the Year, but it quickly built quite the following (I’m quite the fan myself). The turn-based, MTG-esque style game captivated players with its multiple decks, various strategies, and fun allusions to different characters & monsters throughout the world of The Witcher 3.

The Public Beta for Gwent: The Witcher Card Game starts today, and is a free 2.6 GB download from the…

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