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« Reply #1065 on: June 12, 2020, 07:40:45 pm »
Friday, 12th June 2o2o
Best Miles Morales stories Insomniac could draw from with Spider-Man on PS5

by Kat Calamia






During the Playstation 5 press conference, Insomniac Games announced the title for its much anticipated next Spider-Man title – Spider-Man: Miles Morales.

Brian Michael Bendis and Sarah Pichelli’s character takes center stage, a role that was teased at the end of the first video game and further explored in The City that Never Sleeps downloadable content.
 

Spinning out of that huge announcement, Newsarama digs into Miles Morales’ comic book origins to pinpoint the best Miles Morales storylines that this upcoming PS5 game can adapt - and stories that video game fans should get familiar with if they want to learn more about the new Spider-Man star.

How did Miles Morales become Spider-Man in comic books?

In 2000, Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Bagley launched a new, alternate Marvel universe ⁠- the Ultimate Universe ⁠- with Ultimate Spider-Man.


While in Marvel Comics' core continuity Peter had grown into adulthood (and married life, even!), the Ultimate Universe's Pete/Spider-Man was high school aged, allowing his creators to tell modern versions of his adventures complete with updated versions of his classic villains and supporting cast.


Ultimate Spider-Man (and the Ultimate Marvel imprint it launched) was a major success, with earth-shattering events and multiple spin-off series that explored other Marvel franchises - including the Avengers, X-Men, and the Fantastic Four.


The Ultimate Universe had plenty of twist and turns, creating its own footprint separate from the main Marvel franchises, but one of the biggest twists was Peter Parker’s death in the appropriately titled 'Death of Spider-Man'.

Peter's death as Spider-Man was seemingly permanent, as were most other deaths in the Ultimate U (in contrast with the revolving door that most superhero comic book deaths had become).


The death of Peter Parker led to Miles Morales taking over the Spider-Man mantle with his first appearance in the subsequent limited series, Ultimate Fallout.


The animated Spider-Man:


Into the Spider-Verse film loosely adapted this tale for its own version of Miles Morales’ origin story with the death of their “perfect” Peter Parker - with a not-so-perfect Peter helping Miles learn the ropes.

With Miles Morales entering the scene as the new Spider-Man in the PlayStation universe, does this mean Peter Parker’s death is inevitable?


Will the game put its own twist on this classic story?

Following 'The Death of Spider-Man,' Marvel's Ultimate Spider-Man title relaunched with a slightly different name ⁠- Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man ⁠- and a new star, Miles Morales. Writer Brian Bendis continued on here, joined by artist Sara Pichelli, to tell Miles's origin story and bring him into his own as Spider-Man - with the added struggle of taking over Peter Parker’s weighted mantle in the aftermath of his death.


This also revealed Miles' power set, which is considerably different from Peter Parker's.

This includes his venom stings and invisibility⁠—moves we’ve already seen in play with Insomniac's first Spider-Man game.

That's just the tip of the iceberg for what's available to game developers for more versatile gameplay in the sequel.

Bendis and Pichelli's origin story in Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man Volume 1 not only explored Miles’ life as Spider-Man, but also introduced his supporting cast⁠ - including his father (who we would later learn was a SHIELD agent), his mother who always knew the right words to say, and Ganke (Miles's best friend who he confides to about his double life - a role filled by Ned Leeds in Marvel Studios and Sony's current Spider-Man film franchise).

Brian Bendis takes inspiration from the original Spider-Man/Peter Parker mythos by making Miles Morales’ uncle a key player in his origin story ⁠- but Miles's Uncle Aaron is the complete opposite of Peter's Uncle Ben.

Uncle Ben left Peter Parker with words of wisdom:

“With great power must also come great responsibility.”

In Bendis’ version of the uncle/nephew dynamic, Uncle Aaron is the villain known as the Prowler.


He tries to manipulate Miles to use his powers for the wrong reasons, which leads to a fight between the two ⁠- resulting in Uncle Aaron's tragic death.

In contrast to Uncle Ben's lesson about power and responsibility, Uncle Aaron's last words to Miles are that he too will inevitably turn to the dark side.

How’s that for a family pep talk?

Just like Peter, Miles would blame himself for his uncle’s fate - with the events also cementing that he shouldn’t tell his parents about his secret life as Spider-Man.

The death of Uncle Aaron is a pivotal moment in Miles Morales’s journey as a hero ⁠- a major twist in both comic books and the animated film Into the Spider-Verse.

It’s the internal conflict that pushes Miles to truly understand the meaning of responsibility.


The twist may not come as a surprise because of the popularity of Into the Spider-Verse, but is a necessary moment that the game should at least reference.

The 'Uncle Aaron moment' may be telegraphed at this point in audiences' awareness of Miles's origin - but a twist that many mainstream fans may not see coming is the death of Miles’ mother, Rio.

Since his uncle’s death, Miles had been struggling to tell his parents about his new role as Spider-Man.

When Venom comes onto the scene, the villain targets Miles’s mother⁠ - leading to the reveal that she knew he was Spider-Man all along.


But with her dying breath, Rio begs Miles not to tell his father about his dual identity.

This could play for a great twist in the game, all while building the character arcs for both Miles and his supporting characters.

Venom is already a popular Spider-Man villain that should be able deliver some exciting action, but the personal connection with Miles’ mother shows that Venom is much more than just Peter Parker’s villain.
 
For the record, Miles' mom got a resurrection and a new lease on life when Miles migrated to the mainstream Marvel Universe in 2015/16's Secret Wars - but that's another story...


The difference between the Spider-Man PlayStation games and Miles’ original stories in comic books is that the primary, classic Peter Parker and Miles Morales are from the same world in the game.

Not so, in the comics.

In Marvel’s current comic book continuity, the Ultimate Universe was destroyed following 2015/16's Secret Wars - and Miles Morales was one of several survivors who came to the primary universe, partially as a result of the events of Secret Wars.


This gave Miles a new chance at life, and also the opportunity to team-up with the mainstream Marvel Universe version of his Ultimate predecessor, Peter Parker.

If the original game's downloadable content is a signal to where the story is going for the sequel, then hopefully there are plenty of Peter Parker and Miles Morales team ups for the future - not just as two civilians, but in full costume as Spider-Men, a tradition that started in their first Marvel Comics meeting.

Peter and Miles's first adventure together reunited another team (Brian Michael Bendis and Sarah Pichelli) for a milestone crossover event – Spider-Men.

Taking place before Dan Slott’s Amazing Spider-Man run where technology was created to easily jump from different universes, it was mind-blowing for fans to watch two different Spider-Men work together.


Think of it like two James Bond actors from different eras teaming up in one movie, both playing James Bond.

The Spider-Men comic book series not only made stories like Spider-Verse (a later story that established a whole Multiverse of Spider-Men and lent its name and concept to the animated film) possible, but also established the mentor/mentee relationship that we see between Peter and Miles today in comic books and the original game.

Insomniac's Spider-Man: Miles Morales can use this story as both a lesson in character study, but also to widen the scope beyond one universe.

With the popularity of Into the Spider-Verse, could we see the likes of Spider-Gwen, Spider-Man 2099, and others in this game?

























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« Reply #1066 on: June 13, 2020, 03:32:11 am »
Saturday, 13th June 2o2o

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« Reply #1067 on: June 13, 2020, 05:32:15 am »
Saturday, 13th June 2o2o
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« Reply #1068 on: June 16, 2020, 08:44:47 am »
Tuesday, 16th June 2o2o


You've read many stories about many different magazine heroes but there's never been a story like this one because there's never been a hero like SPIDER-MAN: Miles Morales!



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« Reply #1069 on: June 18, 2020, 04:02:05 pm »
Thursday, 18th June 2o2o

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« Reply #1070 on: June 27, 2020, 09:14:01 am »
Saturday, 27th June 2o2o
Boomshakalaka!





Today on War Stories, Ars Technica is joined by NBA JAM lead designer and programmer Mark Turmell to talk about the chaotic birth of an epically successful sports franchise.

From the early days of earning the NBA's blessing, to the uncharted territory of digitizing superstars' likenesses into the game, Mark and team delivered an experience that captured imaginations around the globe, altered the landscape of sports simulations, and gave rise to some truly enduring catchphrases.

When you collect a billion dollars worth of quarters after just a year in arcades, it's safe to say your creation is "On Fire!"















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« Reply #1072 on: July 03, 2020, 11:39:02 am »
Friday, 3rd July 2o2o
Evo Online canceled following accusations of sexual abuse against CEO
by Charlie Hall





The online version of the Evolution Championship Series (better known as Evo) was canceled Thursday following accusations of sexual abuse made against its organizer and CEO, Joey Cuellar.

Evo said in a statement on Twitter that it has relieved Cuellar from his responsibilities and is working to completely separate him from the company
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“Over the past 24 hours, in response to serious allegations recently made public on Twitter, we have made the first in a series of important decisions regarding the future of our company,” the company said in the statement.


“Progress doesn’t happen overnight, or without bravery of those who speak up against misconduct and injustice. We are saddened by these events, but we are listening and committed to making every change that will be necessary in making Evo a better model for the stronger, safer culture we all seek.”

Allegations against Cuellar first surfaced on Twitter Wednesday via Mikey “CrackPr0n” Pham, who said the abuse occurred when he was just nine years old.



That led to many organizations pulling out of the event, including Capcom, NetherRealm, and Bandai Namco, as well as several popular competitors.

Cuellar has has since apologized.

“I’m sorry. I never meant to hurt anyone,” Cuellar said in a statement, also made on Twitter.

“I was young and reckless and did things I’m not proud of. I have been growing and maturing over the past 20 years, but that doesn’t excuse anything. All I have been trying to do is become a better person.”


Accusations against Cuellar come amid a torrent of similar stories, which call out abuse, harassment, and racism in video gaming, tabletop gaming, and comics.

The repercussions from these scandals could have a lasting impact on these industries in the years to come.

Evo 2020 was originally set to take place this year in Las Vegas, but was canceled due to the ongoing pandemic.

The online event was intended to take its place.

According to the official website, the tournament will return in 2021.


















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« Reply #1074 on: July 09, 2020, 08:53:32 am »
Thursday, 9th July 2o2o


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« Reply #1075 on: July 09, 2020, 10:57:54 am »
Thursday, 9th July 2o2o


Spider-Man: Miles Morales coming soon on Playstation 5



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« Reply #1076 on: July 09, 2020, 04:38:42 pm »
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A 90-year-old Japanese grandma Hamako Mori flexes her fingers every day to keep them in shape for playing video games.

Hamako Mori is the oldest video gamer on YouTube, according to Guinness World Records.

Known as “Gamer Grandma” to her 320,000 subscribers on YouTube, Mori says she hopes to keep herself going and fit to play for as long as possible, and she says her favourite game titles are Grand Theft Auto V and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.






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« Reply #1078 on: July 10, 2020, 11:04:24 am »
Friday 10th July 2o2o
FAR CRY 6



Ubisoft offered a quick look at Giancarlo Esposito's menacing new role in the next game.



Join us this Sunday 7/12 11:00 AM PST for Ubisoft Forward's game announcements, reveals, and of course more on what's to come with the Far Cry franchise.





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« Reply #1079 on: July 12, 2020, 03:10:13 pm »
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Get the first look at the next entry in the Far Cry series in this dramatic reveal for Far Cry 6.