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Blade Runner Sequel Set to Star Ryan Gosling alongside Harrison Ford

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Right then folks, just to get this out of the way; if you haven’t watched the original Blade Runner, well first off, what are you doing with your life? Go watch Blade Runner. Secondly, there will be a few fairly major spoilers and some speculatory ramblings from this point on. Fair warning, read on at your own spoilery peril.

Earlier this week, it was revealed that Ryan Gosling of ‘Only God Forgives’ and ‘Drive’ fame will be starring alongside Harrison Ford in the sequel to Ridley Scott’s 1982 cult classic, Blade Runner. ‘Hey, that’s great news’ I hear you cry. Well, intrepid reader, maybe it is, maybe it is. There’s no doubt that the original Blade Runner is an absolute classic of the Sci-Fi/Thriller genre, and arguably one of the best films ever made. Surely, a sequel could only be a good thing.

Ryan Gosling – check. Harrison Ford – check. We have the makings of a fantastic cast here. The problem is, if Ford is to reprise his role as the slightly morally dubious anti-hero Rick Deckard, then where does that leave the plot of the original film? Fans of Blade Runner will remember that part of the infectious appeal of the movie was the ambiguous nature of each of its characters. The question of whether or not Deckard was human, or in fact an android/‘replicant’ akin to those he was tasked with hunting is a question that still remains engrained in the minds of many a fan.

This question remained floating until the release of the Blade Runner Director’s Cut in which Scott strongly hinted that Deckard was indeed intended to be a replicant. Although only a hint, this confirmed the suspicions of many fans and answered one of the most enduring questions of modern Science Fiction. Now folks, this is where we go real deep; hold onto your butts.

The thing about replicants is that they were designed to work manual labour across Earth’s space colonies. Due to this, they were designed to be disposable, and given a short four year lifespan. If the rumours are to be believed and this sequel takes place decades in the future of the original’s 2019 setting, then Deckard would surely no longer be alive; or whatever synonym for alive is appropriate to androids. That’s some serious moral philosophy right there, folks. Probably shouldn’t have mentioned it.

There are a few possibilities that spring to mind in regards to this problem. The first is that Deckard actually wasn’t intended to be a replicant and good ol’ Ridley is just a massive troll laughing his way to the bank. The second is that Deckard could be a different, improved model of replicant, removed from the restrictions placed upon the Nexus-6 series replicants we see throughout the film. Finally, the third comes from the fact that the rumours thus far have not linked Scott in any way to the sequel. This could mean that existing screenplays strayed too far from Scott’s original vision for Blade Runner for the director to be comfortable taking the helm of its sequel. Possibly hinting at disparities between both films’ continuity.

Of course, this is all just rampant speculation and should be taken as such. At the moment, the mysterious sequel is just that, an enigma wrapped in a mystery, wrapped in a box with big shiny paper with a lovely little bow on top. No doubt we’ll be able to unwrap that box soon, whatever’s inside. Until then, grab your scepticism hats ladies and gentlemen, it’s time to be cynical.

Hi folks, I'm Tom. I spend most of my time ignoring university deadlines, eating biscuits and making sarcastic remarks about the state of the video games industry. Sometimes I write about these things. Mostly its bad.

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The Twin-Linked Autocannon EXO-49 Emancipator Exosuit was teased for players of Helldivers 2

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Helldivers 2 players now have a new major order that, if completed, will bring the EXO-49 Emancipator Exosuit into action. This is something we’ve been looking forward to since March, when we first caught a grainy glimpse of the machine in action. We loved the older EXO-45 Patriot model, which has a Gatling gun and a bunch of powerful missiles, but we could see ourselves going in a different direction, especially when we were up against the Automatons.

They will have to put in some work, though, as is always the case. Helldivers need to free an Automaton “Petafactory” in order to start making these good horses for mass deployment. It’s time to teach the people of Varylia 5 how to run a managed democracy, if only for our own good.

Are you a fan of the EXO-45 Patriot mech, or are you having trouble fitting it into your tried-and-true plans? What do you think about the EXO-49 amnesty? Does it make you want to? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

 

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Hideo Kojima is George Miller’s first choice for a video game adaptation of Mad Max

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George Miller, who directed the Mad Max movies, thinks that people are ready for another adventure game. However, only a game made at “the highest level” by an auteur, like Hideo Kojima of Metal Gear Solid and Death Stranding fame, will do.

It’s been said that Kojima thinks of George Miller as a god, and the Mad Max series is his personal Bible. On paper, this seems like a perfect match. Miller said that he would “never ask” the famous game designer to make such a game because he is sure that Kojima already has “so much fantastic stuff in his own head.” The “will they/won’t they” moment was caught on camera on the red carpet at the premiere of Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga.

The most recent Mad Max video game, which came out in 2015, “wasn’t as good as I wanted it to be,” says Miller. We hope Miller or at least one of his employees can get these two movie moguls to work on something together. We are sure Kojima would be very pleased.

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Forges of Corruption DLC adds an explosive twist to the action-packed shooter Warhammer 40000: Boltgun

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Warhammer 40000: Boltgun proved to be an impressively well-crafted shooter, immersing players in the bleak and foreboding world of Game Workshop’s captivating universe. Now, fans can look forward to an extensive expansion with the Forges of Corruption DLC. Get ready to unleash the Emperor’s justice starting on June 18th on both PS5 and PS4.

Auroch Digital’s latest first-person shooter takes players on an exciting new campaign across five distinct environments. Undoubtedly, these pits will be teeming with heretics, including the treacherous Black Legion, who have recently received reinforcements in the form of Terminators armed with Lightning Claws and imposing Helbrutes. The Multi-Melta and Missile Launcher are now available for requisition, providing an effective means of eliminating enemy forces.

In addition, all players can enjoy the new Horde Mode, which offers four levels of difficulty and a unique set of in-game achievements to pursue. An upcoming navigation guide will provide players with a more forgiving experience when navigating through the game’s levels.

Have you acquired Warhammer 40000: Boltgun? Are you interested in experiencing additional content with the Forges of Corruption DLC? Engage in fierce battles against the adversaries of the Imperium in the comments section below.

 

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