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You Can’t Play As A Woman In Zelda: Tri Force Heroes Because Of A Prophecy

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Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes

The Legend Of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes will feature three versions of Link as playable characters (green, red, and blue). The upcoming 3DS title will not allow players to choose a female character, much like the rest of the Legend Of Zelda series. Game director Hiromasa Shikata explained the reason for not including a female playable character in Zelda: Tri Force Heroes to IGN – it’s because of a prophecy.

“The story calls for this sort of legend/prophecy where heroes will come together to help solve a problem,” Shikata said. “And in that, they are male characters. So, because the game is set with that as the story background, you cannot choose a gender; you are a male character.”

That seems like pretty poor reasoning. Nintendo had no choice but to force the player to be male because the hero in The Legend Of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes has to be male because of a prophecy written by Nintendo? They could have written that prophecy any way they liked. C’mon, Nintendo.

When pressed further, Shikata tried to justify the decision.

“We do have a lot of female staff members who are playing this game and enjoying it. It doesn’t seem to be a big issue to them. They still are getting emotional investment in this game. And to be honest, Link isn’t the most masculine of guys in the world, depending on how you want to project yourself into the character.”

So it’s totally fine as long as there are women in the Nintendo office that like the game and Link isn’t overly masculine? That seems like a strange answer, especially considering Link can actually wear Zelda’s dress in the game.

In all seriousness, Nintendo has faced criticism in the past for continuously sticking to male protagonists, particularly in the Zelda games. Tri Force Heroes is just the latest in a long list of games to which Nintendo could easily have added female playable characters, but for whatever reason chose not to.

To be clear, nobody is criticising the quality of Nintendo’s games. The Zelda series is fantastic, and there’s absolutely no question that Nintendo knows how to make a great game. But would it really be so hard to include a female playable character?

Rhiannon likes video games and she likes writing, so she decided to combine them. As well as writing about video games, she also belts out the occasional science fiction or fantasy story, edits videos, and eats strawberry oreos. In that order.

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Star Wars Outlaws has Ubisoft’s biggest marketing budget ever, and the company expects it to have a strong launch

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Ubisoft is putting everything they have into Star Wars Outlaws, which comes out next month on August 30th for PS5. The fact that the name includes “Star Wars” shouldn’t come as a surprise when you learn that the company is putting a lot of money into marketing the project and thinks it will do very well.

The CEO of Ubisoft, Yves Guillemot, made the bold claim during the company’s recent earnings call Q&A (thanks, MP1st), though some investors thought it was even more daring than they thought. Based on Ubisoft’s guidance, Nick Dempsey of Barclays came up with a rough estimate of five million units sold and asked if the company was being too cautious. This is what Guillemot said:

“What we expect is for Star Wars Outlaws to have a strong launch.” One reason is that it’s one of the most anticipated games of the year, which shows how positively the community feels about it. Another is that we’re launching the biggest marketing campaign Ubisoft has ever done for a game.

We’d like to know how much Ubisoft spent to market this and what the company expects to get back from it. We had some small worries when we played the game in person at Summer Game Fest, but we’ll keep an eye on things before and after launch.

Are you excited about how soon Star Wars Outlaws will be out? Do you think the game’s supposedly huge marketing budget has an impact on your life? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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Amazon’s great Fallout TV show is nominated for 16 Emmys

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Critics and fans alike went crazy for Amazon’s take on the famous role-playing game series Fallout. There were a lot of nominations for 16 Emmy awards, including Best Actor and Outstanding Drama Series. The show was able to reach audiences outside of gamers and got a lot of attention from the industry.

Eurogamer has been keeping track, and now that all the votes are in, Fallout is tied for fifth place with 23 nominations for the 76th Emmy Awards, which are put on by the US Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. With 25, The Bear has the most nominations, followed by True Detective: Night Country with 23, and Shogun with 19.

It shouldn’t be a surprise that Walton Goggins is up for Best Actor for his performance as The Ghoul. Although games will always be our first choice, it’s great that adaptations of games don’t have to be awful, and we can’t wait for the next season of the shows.

Are you surprised by how well Amazon’s version of Fallout has done in the mainstream? Is the curse of movies based on video games finally over? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 Sets Dates for the Next Multiplayer Beta

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 is getting closer and closer, and Activision has announced when players will be able to get their hands on the next game. This means that there will be several chances to try it out before it comes out. If you paid a lot, you might be able to play for more than a week at the end of August and beginning of September.

Call of Duty Early Access will run from Friday, August 30th, to Wednesday, September 4th, as announced on its blog. This is two days after the Call of Duty Next showcase, which is set for August 28th. To play, you must have already bought Black Ops 6.

The open beta is the following weekend, and anyone who wants to can join. The fun will start on Friday, September 6th, and end on Monday, September 9th. The full release is set for October 25th of next month on PS5 and PS4.

How excited are you for the next Call of Duty game? Are you going to play Black Ops 6 in either the Early Access or Open Beta versions? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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