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Guardians of the Galaxy swept the box office back in 2014. Everyone fell in love with this wild group of misfit anti-heros, especially one dancing baby Groot. When Marvel announced a sequel was in the works, everyone wondered how they were going to manage to top Vol 1.

While we waited, other movies came out to tide us over. While other Marvel movies were canceled, fans waited anxiously for some word about Vol 2. The trailer for Guardians of The  Galaxy Vol 2 became one of the most watched trailers out there. We got to see Baby Groot and the others still the same misfits doing what they do best.



Marvel did an amazing job with the Vol 2 trailer. They didn’t give away anything major about the movie – not even the plot itself. All we knew was The Guardians were fighting evil and causing their usual chaos.

Vol 2 picks up some time after Vol 1. Peter and his group are heroes for hire all the while “raising” baby Groot. The plot is fresh. There’s no rehashed formula of the last plot. Instead, much like the Star Wars franchise, Vol 2 ties up the loose ends left in Vol 1 and then sets up for Vol 3, Thor Ragnarok, and Infinity War.

In Vol 2 we learn about Peter’s Celestial father, Ego (played by Kurt Russell) and why he left Peter and his mother. We also learn more about Yondu and why he didn’t give Peter back to his father.

Guardians Vol 2 doesn’t just follow the main plot. We follow the stories of Gamora and Nebula, as well as Yondu. Baby Groot ,once again voiced by Vin Diesel, shined in his scenes, but he didn’t steal the show – only many more hearts. Truth be told, Michael Rooker, who plays Yondu, made a minor character in the series something amazing. Rooker is often known for playing the guy everyone hates, but in Guardians of the Galaxy  Vol 2 he is just a person with flaws like everyone else.



For me Guardians Vol 2 had the same tone as Return of the Jedi up to the ending, which was heartfelt and, like the rest of the movie, extremely well done. There were no slow spots, and the film was filled with great comedy. Each actor did an amazing job and you can tell they love this series.

The soundtrack is another amazing mixtape I am planning to pick up when it comes out.

As with all Marvel movies, stay for the after credits. There are five scenes to see and yes, one of them involves Groot and another involves Stan Lee’s cameo.

IMAX was the way to go to see this amazing film. if you do not see it this way you are missing out on some amazing effects!

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Artificial Intelligence

Gaming models are created by Auctoria using generative AI





Aleksander Caban, co-founder of Polish VR game developer Carbon Studio, noticed a major problem in modern game design several years ago. He manually created rocks, hills, paths, and other video game environment elements, which was time-consuming and laborious.

Caban created tech to automate the process.

In collaboration with Michal Bugała, Joanna Zając, Karolina Koszuta, and Błażej Szaflik, he founded Auctoria, an AI-powered platform for creating 3D game assets. Auctoria, from Gliwice, Poland, is in Startup Battlefield 200 at Disrupt 2023.

Auctoria was founded on a passion for limitless creativity, according to Zając in an email interview. It was designed to help game developers, but anyone can use it. Few advanced tools exist for professionals; most are for hobbyists and amateurs. We want to change that.”

Using generative AI, Auctoria creates various video game models. One feature generates basic 3D game levels with pathways, while another converts uploaded images and textures of walls, floors, and columns into 3D versions.

Like DALL-E 2 and Midjourney, Auctoria can generate assets from text prompts. Or they can submit a sketch, which the platform will try to turn into a digital model.


All AI algorithms and training data for Auctoria were developed in-house, according to Zając.

She said “Auctoria is based 100% on our content, so we’re not dependent on any other provider.” It’s independent—Auctoria doesn’t use open source or external engines.

In the emerging market for AI game asset generation tools, Auctoria isn’t alone. The 3DFY, Scenario, Kaedim, Mirage, and Hypothetic startups create 3D models. Even Nvidia and Autodesk are entering the space with apps like Get3D, which converts images to 3D models, and ClipForge, which generates models from text descriptions.

Meta also tried tech to create 3D assets from prompts. In December, OpenAI released Point-E, an AI that synthesizes 3D models for 3D printing, game design, and animation.

Given the size of the opportunity, the race to market new solutions isn’t surprising. According to Proficient Market Insights, 3D models could be worth $3.57 billion by 2028.

According to Zając, Auctoria’s two-year R&D cycle has led to a more robust and comprehensive toolset than rivals.

“Currently, AI-based software is lacking for creating complete 3D world models,” Zając stated. “3D editors and plugins offer only a fraction of Auctoria’s capabilities. Our team started developing the tool two years ago, giving us a ready-to-use product.”

Auctoria, like all generative AI startups, must deal with AI-generated media legal issues. Not yet clear how AI-generated works can be copyrighted in the U.S.

However, the Auctoria team of seven employees and five co-founders is delaying answering those questions. Instead, they’re piloting the tooling with game development studios like Caban’s Carbon Studio.

Before releasing Auctoria in the coming months, the company hopes to raise $5 million to “speed up the process” of creating back-end cloud services to scale the platform.

Zając stated that the funding would reduce the computing time required for creating worlds or 3D models with Auctoria. Achieving a software-as-a-service model requires both infrastructure and user experience enhancements, such as a simple UI, excellent customer service, and effective marketing. We’ll keep our core team small, but we’ll hire more by year’s end.”

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Syphon Filter on PlayStation Plus Premium: Dark Mirror and Ape Academy 2 Have Awards




Even though trophy support for older games on PS Plus Premium isn’t always great, you can always count on Sony’s first-party games to have it.If you like collecting these digital trinkets, you’re in luck, because today’s big PlayStation Plus update includes two classic games that can now be used to earn Trophies.

Each trophy list for Ape Academy 2 and Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror includes the platinum cherry on top. You can look at their respective listings here and here if you’re interested.

The list for Dark Mirror appears to be quite simple—you can basically earn them all by finishing the game. The trophies in Ape Academy 2 appear to be a little more complicated, requiring you to complete particular objectives in card battles and advance to specified rankings. Nonetheless, it doesn’t seem too difficult, so we’re looking at a couple of quite simple platinums.

Ridge Racer: Type 4 is this month’s other premium classic game; sadly, it does not offer trophies. But it makes up for it by being a complete banger.

However, will you be obtaining some of these trophies with a nostalgic flavor?

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Beautiful New Book Teaches About the Art of Horizon Forbidden West





This year, Sony produced some truly outstanding work, releasing four high-profile games on the PS5 and PS4 (not to mention the numerous PC ports). The earliest of these, Horizon Forbidden West, arrived in February of 2022 and got the year off to a strong start. One of Aloy’s sophomore journey’s greatest strengths, among the many other things we like about it, is its excellent art direction. The Art of Horizon Forbidden West allows you to now delve deeply into the game’s visuals.

This coffee table book, which was published by Dark Horse Books, contains 200 pages of concept art and developer commentary. It provides an inside look at the process used to develop engaging characters and settings, and Forbidden West is certainly not lacking in either.

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There will be two editions of the book: standard and deluxe. Both are hardback books, with the deluxe edition having pages with metallic edges and a unique slipcase. These are now up for pre-order and will go on sale on April 25, 2023.

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