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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Netflix’s ‘Castlevania’ Debuts Its First Trailer

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With Netflix branching out to comic book characters & more content based on pre-existing fandoms, Catlevania has been on our radar for a bit here at PCU.

Well, the first official look at the series has just been released, and it has piqued the interest of us here at the site.

See for yourselves in the teaser trailer below:

As you all well know dear readers, a lot of us here are gamers, and Castlevania is a classic. Whether Netflix will stick with the original game’s canon and lore, or branch out into new storylines is yet to be revealed, but this trailer certainly captured our interest. It’s gothic & bloody tone certainly harkens back to the seminal video game franchise.

What about you all, dear readers? Will you be watching when Castlevania debuted on Netflix? Let us know in the comments!

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HasCon Tickets are Available, and VERY Expensive

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Con-goers, we all know that conventions for our respective fandoms are definitely not inexpensive. We touched on this a while ago, when we brought you the question about autographs vs. photos when meeting celebrities. With all of the VIP and photo op packages out there, it feels like it’s getting harder and harder to manage our finances for con season. Every time we look at our convention calendar, our wallets weep a bit more.

That being said, it’s interesting when a new convention – in this case HasCon – debuts their event with ticket prices that would shock even the most season convention attendee. That’s right, dear readers, Hasbro, the long-running toy company, is hosting their first ever convention in Providence, RI from September 8th – 10th, and adult general admission tickets are currently set at $60 USD for a single day ticket, and a whopping $165…

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Who needs a Disney Princess when we have a Star Wars Princess?

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I’ve never been one for Disney Princesses. Don’t get me wrong, I like Mulan and Merida; one saved China, even though she is not technically a princess and one saved herself from an arranged marriage. With the exception of Mulan and Merida, though, the other princesses are portrayed as damsels that need rescuing by Prince Charming. I’ll admit having a Prince Charming would be nice but I’ll rescue myself, thanks anyway. My kind of princess is Princess (later, General) Leia. And now that Disney owns Lucasfilm, she is technically a Disney Princess, however she is not animated and this seems to be a per-requisite for the club. This fact has fansdivided on the issue because she is not the typical Disney Princess.

Leia was one of my first female leadership role models. A character that started out as a damsel in distress in the clutches of Darth Vader, she ends…

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Speechless Season 1 – AKA: My Favorite Show On TV

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Season one of ABC’s Speechless came to a close on Wednesday night, dear readers, and what a ride it’s been!

From the superior acting, to the hilarious comedy, to the heartfelt moments, this show has been a breakout concept in the television world. As we covered in a previous article, this show has brought the ideas of people with disability being “normal” to the forefront of the minds of its viewers, and has garnered amazing ratings throughout its first season. Actor Micah Fowler as the character of JJ really brings a huge acting & comedic talent to the show, and even though he doesn’t speak a word of dialogue, his facial expressions usually have viewers laughing until we can’t breathe.

Speechless also tackles the theme of what is commonly known in disability circles as “inspiration porn”. This is when people with disabilities are seen as “inspirational”, just for going about…

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The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance – Netflix teases its prequel series

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Our Great Conjunction has begun. As the suns align, our two halves begin to join: our adult and childhood selves. Thirty-five years after the original, we are returning to the world of Thra and its Dark Crystal.

Jim Henson’s Company announced the creation of a 10-episode Netflix series that will begin shooting in Fall 2017. Planned by the producers as a prequel to the original, this series will combine modern technology and the original-style practical effects, created by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop and original movie designer Brian Froud. Gelflings, Skeksis, and more will be joined by new creatures in a world of inhuman beauty and wonder.

I don’t know about some people, but the Dark Crystal always stood apart for me. The world was devoid of people or any Earth species. Thra felt alien and amazing, and I wished I could explore the furthest reaches beyond…

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13 Reasons Why – More Harmful than Helpful?

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Netflix’s presentation of 13 Reasons Why has been out for well over a month now, and the response has been controversial, to say the least. While critics and viewers praised the performances and applauded the series for discussing an often-taboo subject, a backlash occurred from parents and educators. Almost immediately, some began to defend the show, accusing the detractors of being “too sensitive” or “overbearing”; to the fans, the uproar was no different than controversial media from decades past.

I’m here to explain why that dismissive approach is wrong.

This critique is not about helicopter parents “shielding their children from reality” or conservative educators censoring the media. Many complaints against 13 Reasons Why come directly from the mental health community and are based on very real psychological concerns. For several reasons, this presentation of suicide may have the opposite effect intended: instead of helping people understand suicide…

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Star Trek: Discovery Trailer

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The first full length trailer for the upcoming CBS Access program, Star Trek: Discovery has dropped and it doesn’t disappoint! We are shown Captain and First Officer (Michelle Yeoh & Sonequa Martin) on a barren world, the title vessel, and a confrontation between the Federation and the Klingon Empire, who closely resemble the Klingons from the JJ feature film. The special effects, sets, and make up are feature film quality and I must admit, this trailer goes a long way towards changing my anticipation level to warp 9.

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More Assassins Creed: Origins Content Has Been Leaked!

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Assassins! Get ready to strike from the shadows once more! Sharpen your hidden blades, ready your senses, and gird yourselves for a new battle against the Templars!

It appears that more leaked imagery from the upcoming Assassins Creed game (now being called ‘Origins’) leaked last week, and was followed up today with a tweet from the Assassins Creed UK team.

The word on the grapevine is that Assassins Creed: Origins is being headed up by Ubisoft Montreal, who was the same developer that brought us the pirate-themed Assassins Creed: Black Flag. We’re also hearing some great new information which has been leaked over 4Chan and Reddit. Remember, however, that this is still somewhat rumor and conjecture. If true, however, a lot of this info looks like Assassins Creed:…

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