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The Gamechangers – a GTA movie

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So many of us are now extremely accustomed to the world, or rather, worlds, that the massive success which is the Grand Theft Auto brings to our screens. Burglary, murder, reckless driving, mass shootings and other mischief is all but common to those that play any of the GTA titles. Let us also not forget the latest installment, GTA V’s immense $1bn earnings in three days from its launch back in 2013, making it the fastest-selling entertainment title ever.

While there will always be those who will blindly accuse violent video games to be the root cause of real-life violence and the trigger of homicide in the real world, we, as gamers, know better and can stand against such accusations with our honor unspoiled. There are even those that claim pertaining in violence in a virtual environment soothes the mind and will actually help quell someone’s urge to do such atrocities outside the virtual environment – which is a good thing.

Now, the fine gents over at BBC TWO wish to present us a “factual drama” of how GTA’s mastermind, Sam Houser, came up with the idea and how he had to stand behind his game and company as others would seek to its fall.

On September 15, “The Gamechangers” will try to showcase the struggle that Sam Houser (portrayed by Daniel Radcliffe, which you may know from his famous role as Harry Potter) faces when Jack Thompson (played by Bill Paxton), a Christian lawyer, gives his best to bring down those that came up with the GTA franchise.

BBC claims that this movie was “not authorized” by the game producers and it will be based on “court documents and interviews” of the people involved in the numerous scandals and law suits.

As previously said, we may know the cities in the GTA titles as we know the palm of our hands, as well as the stories of those characters, but some of us may not be familiar with the struggles of those that sought to bring them to our small screens.

Let us see if this one and a half hour drama will teach us more, all the while enjoying Dan-the-Rad’s artistic wand waiving.

Daniel John Coste has a passion for many great things like movies, fiction writing, video games and travel. He also gets easily excited by anything regarding tech innovation and space exploration. He aspires to become a world renown fiction writer - coming soon.

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Raiden, the famous shmup series, will come back as a twin-stick shooter on PS5, PS4, and PC

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Raiden has a long and interesting history as a vertical shooter in arcades. However, the series is going to get a Super Stardust HD makeover, which means it will switch to a twin-stick format. It comes out in Japan on October 31. There’s no word yet on when it will come out in the West, but we wouldn’t be surprised if it did.

A Gematsu translation of the game’s website says that the full version will have an arcade mode with up to six stages. There will also be an “Unlimited” option for people who want to be at the top of the rankings. It sounds like a pretty straightforward package in terms of what’s inside, but we think the action will be what makes it worth it.

There’s a trailer up top that should help you figure out what to expect. There are, however, different versions of Raiden 3, Raiden 4, and Raiden 5 that you can play right now on the PS5 and PS4, if you can’t wait for this game to come out in the West.

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Star Wars Outlaws gives you a deep dive into its huge PS5 open world

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The marketing for Star Wars Outlaws makes a big deal out of the fact that it is the “first” open-world Star Wars game, even though Star Wars Jedi: Survivor was already pretty much that. Still, Massive Entertainment, the company that made The Division 2, makes it all seem to work together smoothly, which is likely where the difference lies. Now, that open world is the subject of an IGN First video that goes into great detail about how the playable universe works and all the things you can do in it. See it up there.

Higher-ups at Massive Entertainment talk about how the game is meant to feel like a new cinematic story experience, even though it has no clear ending in the 21-minute video. The main missions will have hand-crafted set pieces that make it feel like Uncharted, and the open world will be huge and full of things to discover.

It’s official that you’ll have to clear a fog of war when you land on a new planet. This means that your map won’t be filled with icons right away; you’ll have to find places and quests on your own. In the deep dive, there are also more things to talk about when it comes to the loyalty system, your reputation, and your skills. You have chosen Star Wars: Outlaws as your second-most-anticipated game for the rest of 2024. It will be out on PS5 on August 30, 2024. It only lost to Astro Bot, which came out a week later.

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Bandai Namco and Nike designed Tekken 8 sneakers with tag-team designs

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Nike, the maker of high-quality shoes, is working with Bandai Namco, the company that makes the Tekken series, to make a pair of sneakers. The fun competition is part of the franchise’s 30th anniversary celebrations. You can get your own pair for $250 or the equivalent in your country, though they’ll probably be worth a lot more on the sneakerhead black market.

Two pairs of Tekken 8 x Nike Air Foamposite One Fist sneakers are set to come out in September 2024, according to shoe fan Sole Retriever (thanks, VGC). The designs are based on Kazuya and Jin, two main characters in the series. You can get them at Nike and some other stores. People who like hypebeasts and fighting games are likely to buy these quickly, so if you like Tekken and shoes that make people talk, you should probably act fast.

Should Bandai Namco and Nike work together? What do you think? Are you going to fight for your own pair? Make sure to take good care of your shoes and keep their value in the comments section below.

 

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