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“What Happened to Monday?” Deals with Real Life Hunger Games

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Currently in production, the sci-fi epic, “What Happened to Monday?” from director Tommy Wirkola (Dead Snow) tackles the serious global concerns of overpopulation and starvation in a classic dystopian manner. Written by Kerry Williamson (Alex Cross) and Max Botkin (Robosapien: Rebooted), “Monday” is currently filming in Bucharest, Romania and stars Willem Dafoe, Noomi Rapace, and Glenn Close, with a supporting cast that includes Marwan Kenzari, Christian Rubeck and Pal Sverre Hagen amongst others.

The film focuses on a near future Earth where a surging populace and dwindling resources force many global governments to enforce the strict regulation of a one-child-per-family law, similar to China’s family planning policy. A group of septuplets, who amount to public enemy numbers 1 through 7, try to evade the fascistic Child Allocation Bureau led by Nicollete Cayman. The now-adult doppelgangers, raised and trained by their grandfather, undertake the rotating role of one woman, Karen Settman.

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“Hi, I’m Karen. This is my sister Karen, and this is my other sister Karen…”

Named for the days of the week, each sextuplet has the opportunity to interact with the outside world only on their eponymous day. Otherwise, they’re hermetically sealed inside their apartment—the one place they can actually be themselves. This decades-long routine goes swimmingly until one day, Monday goes missing, and a movie title is born.

If handled properly, “What Happened to Monday?” has the potential to not only be a smart, little sci-fi thriller, but it could also open a real dialog about some of the controversial issues facing our planet in the not-too-distant future. Our own elephant in the room is the rapidly approaching juncture when our population surge overwhelms our food production capabilities. When this happens, how will we cope? Will we be forced to limit procreation or build encampments to enclose the starving poor? As we race towards this nearly inevitable problem, a well-made movie could bring about a real awareness to a topic most of us would rather ignore.

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Worst comes to worst, with a gutsy director like Wirkola (sorry about the zombie pun) behind the film, we’ll at least be able to enjoy a suspenseful picture with an intellectually chewy center. If nothing else comes from “Monday,” there’s at least a slight hope that somewhere, in the far recesses of our minds—next to that Brawndo joke from Idiocracy, a leftover snippet of Nietzsche from Philosophy 101, and a line from Shakespeare via Wrath of Khan—a less-than-140 character question of note begins to percolate: what happens when there are too many people to feed?

With a Creative Writing degree in one hand and an endless curiosity in the other, Andy dabbles in many creative fields. He's published blog posts, articles, hotel copy, fiction, and poetry professionally. Currently he dwells in Austin, TX, with his brilliant and understanding fiancee, Kim.

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New PS5 Patch Introduces Rare 40FPS Mode for Avatar Game

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Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora has received an exciting update that introduces a new graphical mode, elevating the game’s visual experience. With a smooth frame rate of 40 frames per second and enhanced resolutions, players can now immerse themselves in even more stunning and detailed environments. Now downloadable on PS5 with the latest patch 3.2, this mode is compatible with 4K TVs that can handle up to 120 Hz. Before this update, Avatar PS5 only offered quality and performance modes. However, with this new option, players can now enjoy the benefits of both modes after downloading the 2.4GB update.

Throughout the PS5 era, 40fps modes have been a rarity, much to the disappointment of the hardcore community. Insomniac Games first introduced them in Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales and later added the feature to Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart. They also included it in Marvel’s Spider-Man 2. Other PS5 titles, such as Hogwarts Legacy, Lies of P, and God of War Ragnarok, also offer 40fps modes.

In addition to that, Patch 3.2 for Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora brings along the following:

Worldwide:

  • Research Station Alpha now features a convenient Fast Travel option
  • The issue of controller re-mapping and resetting on game restart has been resolved
  • Addressed multiple instances of crashes
  • I corrected a few spelling errors
  • Addressed the issue of voice lines overlapping during dialogue

Primary Objectives & Optional Objectives:

  • [Main Quest: Shadows of the Past] This main quest is an intriguing journey into the depths of history. Addressed a bug that previously hindered quest progression in co-op mode

More bug fixes have been implemented.

  • [Available on all platforms] The rescued human characters no longer return to the Resistance HQ wearing masks
  • Available on all platforms. There is a noticeable improvement in the visibility of NPCs when they are at the edge of the Player’s vision

 

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Exciting news for gamers! The highly anticipated PS5 game Star Wars Jedi: Survivor will be joining EA Play on Thursday

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Update: It seems that the PS Store may have acted prematurely, as it has now been officially confirmed that Star Wars Jedi: Survivor will be added to EA Play on Thursday, April 25th, 2024. Once the active members are in, they’ll have the opportunity to download and play the complete game.

Original Story: Star Wars Jedi: Survivor, released in 2023, has been added to the EA Play subscription service. This exciting action-adventure game is now available for download and play at no additional cost for active members. While EA has yet to provide any official updates, you can head over to the PS Store and find it listed as “included with EA Play.”

Adding to the mix is the recent announcement of a forthcoming price hike for the subscription, affecting both monthly and yearly payment plans. Starting on May 10th, 2024, the monthly subscription fee will be increased from £3.99 / $4.99 to £5.99 / $5.99. For those who choose the 12-month commitment, the price will be £34.99 / $39.99, which is a £15 / $10 increase.

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In April 2023, the highly anticipated Star Wars Jedi: Survivor made its debut on the PS5. After thoroughly evaluating the game, we are pleased to announce that it has earned an impressive 9/10 rating in our review. We praised the game for its ability to build upon the first installment’s foundations and improve upon every aspect. “The combat is highly enjoyable and provides a plethora of options, while the exploration reaches new heights. The incorporation of Metroidvania elements adds an extra layer of depth, resulting in captivating puzzles and rewarding experiences.”

Click the link to access a comprehensive list of all EA Play games available on PS5 and PS4. Are you planning to give Star Wars Jedi: Survivor a try on the service? We would greatly appreciate your feedback in the comments section.

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Rest assured, the highly anticipated PS5 exclusive, Stellar Blade, will be available in its original, uncensored form across all regions

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Fear not; for those worried about potential censorship issues with the PS5-exclusive Stellar Blade, set to release on April 26th, Sony has got you covered. ShiftUp, the developer, proudly assures players that the game will maintain its uncensored content across all regions, including Japan.

We have to admit, we didn’t anticipate this as a potential issue or a potential selling point. The main character, Eve, and her revealing costumes have been heavily showcased in the game’s pre-release marketing. Nevertheless, it is pleasing to witness ShiftUp’s evident enthusiasm as their vision prepares to reach the hands of a vast number of players.

Regarding Stellar Blade, Yoko Taro believes it surpasses NieR: Automata, and we were pleased to learn that the game will be considerate of your PS5 storage capacity. The demo is now available for you to try, and it has nearly doubled the daily active users of Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth. This is quite impressive, especially considering it is the game’s first console showing.

Will you be there to experience Stellar Blade on its release day? It’s certainly a relief to witness the game remaining uncensored until the last moment. Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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