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Fans and Creators Worldwide Come Together to Pay Tribute to Chadwick Boseman

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The news of Chadwick Boseman’s passing at the end of last week was devastating to say the least. Boseman was one of the best actors of our generation and his death is an immense loss. Boseman had portrayed various influential African American figures during his acting career- such as Jackie Robinson in 42, James Brown in Get on Up and Thurgood Marshall in Marshall– but it was his role as the first leading black superhero in a big budget blockbuster that catapulted him to the level of pop culture icon. His role as T’Challa- king of the fictional African country Wakanda- in Marvel’s 2018 smash hit Black Panther was hugely important from a cultural perspective. There are various black superheroes out there but Black Panther was the first to really take the stage, becoming Marvel’s most successful standalone hero film. With a cast that was almost entirely black and a leading hero whose strength and skill matched Marvel legends like Captain America and Iron Man, the film finally gave black children the chance to look up onto the big screen and see themselves entirely within the characters. That is something that is easily taken for granted but it truly does make a difference to a child. I remember when I was younger and my favourite character in almost everything would be the girl due to my feeling more aligned with them. I didn’t necessarily feel a stronger connection to them as a person but I couldn’t help seeing myself in them because they were the same as me. Boseman’s portrayal of T’Challa gave children around the world the chance to have this feeling. The chance to have a true hero who looked just like them. The chance to feel like they too could one day be the hero.

Chadwick was tragically only 43 when he passed after a four year battle with colon cancer.

Boseman’s achievements were nothing short of remarkable during his tragically brief life. As well as his impressive acting career and undeniable talent, he also fought to the very end for the chance to continue his work. Diagnosed with colon cancer in 2016, Boseman kept filming whilst going through chemotherapy and having various surgeries. I am incredibly lucky in that neither I nor my loved ones have had to experience this but from chatting to those online who have suffered, it is absolutely astonishing that he was able to continue whilst going through treatment. This is especially so for T’Challa- who he portrayed in three Marvel Cinematic Universe films over the course of three years. T’Challa is a literal superhero so Boseman would have needed to be in peak physical condition to take it on. It boggles the mind as to how he did it, but he clearly had a superhuman level of determination to even try. He also kept his illness hidden from the world as well as his colleagues , bearing the burden alone so that he could continue to inspire and create.

Boseman’s role as T’Challa/ Black Panther in Captain America: Civil War, Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers Endgame made him an inspiration for black children globally.

Following his death, fans, colleagues, content creators and even companies have been producing beautiful tributes for Chadwick. From amazing artwork to moving videos and even a new inclusion of a Black Panther statue in Fortnite, the response has been poignant as we join together to mourn the man who brought one of the most important black characters in popular culture to life. Have a look below at some of the fantastic artwork and tributes that have been made to honour Boseman’s memory.  Also, check out the tribute video that Marvel released below.

Rest in Peace and In Power, Chadwick. Always Our King. Wakanda Forever.

Beautiful work from Deviantart user Jasric

Some people take my heart, others take my shoes, and some take me home. I write, I blog, I podcast, I edit, and I design websites. Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Goomba Stomp and Tilt Magazine. Host of the NXpress Nintendo Podcast and the Sordid Cinema Podcast. Former Editor-In-Chief of Sound on Sight. Former host of several other podcasts including the Game of Thrones and Walking Dead shows, as well as Sound On Sight. There is nothing I like more than basketball, travelling, and animals. You can find me online writing about anime, TV, movies, games and so much more.

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Sad News DS Fans: The Nintendo 3DS Has Been Discontinued

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After almost ten years in service, Nintendo’s portable 3DS console has officially been discontinued according to Nintendo’s official website. This applies to all the various models of the console: the 3DS, the 2DS, the New 3DS, the New 2DS, the 3DS XL, the New 3DS XL and the New 2DS XL.

The 3DS was an innovative handheld gaming console upon its release in 2011, combining 3-D technology and gaming without the need for special 3-D glasses. The 3D effect was obtained via an optical illusion with the systems screen- a stereoscopic effect that could be turned on with a slider. I remember the awe I felt the very first time I used the 3DS. It felt like a whole new era of gaming encased in a small and sleek package.

Although not hugely popular when it was first released, sales of the console grew a few years after. Since the release of the Nintendo Switch in 2017, sales of the 3DS have been steadily declining so it is not a huge surprise that Nintendo have made this decision. However, it is still a sad moment for DS fans as it means the end of solely portable consoles for Nintendo. I have a lot of fond memories from my 3DS and my plain old DS. I still remember getting the original DS for my birthday in 2006 and spending the rest of the day playing Nintendogs. Good times.

So raise a glass, bid farewell and press F to pay your respects to the 3DS and the DS console in general. You will be missed, dear friend.  

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The ‘Mass Effect’ Remastered Trilogy Rumours Are Back in Full Swing

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Desperate Mass Effect fans- myself included- have long been hoping for an announcement of a remaster of Bioware’s epic space drama trilogy. Despite no news coming from Bioware themselves or publishers EA, the fandom has been clutching at straws in regards to a remaster. However, there have been a couple of suggestions here and there- such as the listing of a Mass Effect art book coming in March 2021- that point towards a remaster coming our way. The most recent suggestion is possibly the strongest yet so let’s take a look.

A Portuguese retail website recently posted a listing for the Mass Effect Trilogy game, complete with box art and various console versions. The listing showed three different versions of the remaster: A PlayStation 4 version, an Xbox One version and a Nintendo Switch version. Prices were also posted with the retail listing- though they are listed as the euro currency due to the location of the site- with the PS4 and Xbox One versions listed as 59.99 euros and the Switch one down as 49.99 euros. The listing has since been deleted by the retailer site but thanks to Twitter- more specifically the Twitter user Nibel– you can check out the listing below.

This is very encouraging for us Mass Effect fans. It’s not so good for the person responsible for the listing though. Let’s be honest, they are losing their job for sure. The trilogy remaster has been circulating the gaming rumour mill for a while so here’s hoping that we will get some concrete information- and an actual confirmation- sometime soon.

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Square Enix Announces ‘Final Fantasy XVI’ for PlayStation 5

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FINAL FANTASY XVI FOR PLAYSTATION5 ​​​

During today’s PlayStation 5 Showcase event, Square Enix revealed that acclaimed creators Naoki Yoshida (Final Fantasy® Xiv, Dragon Quest X) and Hiroshi Takai (Final Fantasy Xiv, The Last Remnant) are collaborating on an all-new standalone mainline Final Fantasy game, titled Final Fantasy XVI, for the PlayStation 5 system.

The news was revealed via the Final Fantasy XVI“Awakening” trailer which can be viewed below.

Here’s what Producer Naoki Yoshida had to say:

Final Fantasy Xvi producer (that’s right, just producer) Naoki Yoshida here. How did you enjoy the trailer? The exclusive footage, comprised of both battles and cutscenes running in real-time, represents but a fraction of what our team has accomplished since the start of development on this, an all-new Final Fantasy game. In that span, the team’s size has grown from a handful of core members to a full-fledged unit that continues to polish and build upon what they have created so far, all to provide players an experience unmatched in terms of story and gameplay.

Our next big information reveal is scheduled for 2021, so in the meantime, I expect everyone to have fun speculating, as we have a lot in store—not only for Final Fantasy XVI, but for Final Fantasy XIV, too. Needless to say, I’ll be working hard on both!

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And here is what director Hiroshi Takai had to say:

When Final Fantasy I was released, I was just another player─a young student with big dreams. By the time Final Fantasy V was in the works, I had earned myself a seat at the developers’ table… albeit at the very end. From there, I moved “online” leaving my mark on both Final Fantasy XI and XIV.

And now…XVI.

From the establishment of an all-new development environment, to learning the ins-and-outs of the PS5, the team and I have taken on countless challenges during our journey to bring you the sixteenth chapter in the storied Final Fantasy franchise. And though we’re pouring our hearts and souls into this project each and every day, it may still be some time before we can get it into your hands. However, I promise it will be worth the wait!

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