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In any successful industry there are typically multiple different companies vying to make their product the king of the hill. As suggested by the featured image above, an example of this is Marvel and DC in the comic book industry. Many fans out there love a specific brand and treat any rivals to that brand as the devil itself. What most of these fanboys and fangirls fail to realize is that in actuality, these brands get along quite well.

Yes, there’s a bit of a brand “rivalry” between Marvel and DC, but neither wants the other to fail. In a recent live Facebook chat, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige briefly touched on the subject. “The rivalry is much more amongst the press, I think. Geoff Johns is a very good friend of mine. We grew up together in the business and recently celebrated Richard Donner, who we both used to work for. So, I applaud all the success he’s had.” For those who don’t know, Geoff Johns is the President of DC Comics and Richard Donner is well-known for his Superman movies way back.

Feige is also one of many people involved with the Marvel brand who have applauded the recent success of Wonder Woman. Besides Feige, this includes Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Lupita Nyong’o, James Gunn, Karen Gillan, Rosario Dawson, and so on. Continuing with Feige’s quote on the Facebook live chat, he says about the movie “I really just look at it as a fan. When the movies perform well and are well received, it’s good for us which is why I’m always rooting for them.”

What he’s getting at here is the idea that superhero movies have become their own genre at this point. If a DC movie like Wonder Woman does well, then Marvel benefits since it reaffirms to both that superhero movies will do well. The same is true the other way around if the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming is successful. Of course, both want their movies to do better than each other since it is a mutualistic rivalry. However, neither wants the other to fail since it would be bad for the industry and they all respect one another.

Something similar was discussed in a recent GameSpot interview with Xbox Head Phil Spencer. The rivalry between Marvel and DC is very similar to the rivalry between PlayStation and Xbox in that regard. After praising Sony’s Spider-Man PS4 game and Nintendo’s Super Mario Odyssey, this is what Spencer had to say about the brand rivalry in the gaming industry. “It’s a great time to be in this industry and for people to try to make this industry about fighting with each other as opposed to growing the industry itself I just don’t think is a long-term view on an activity that I love, which is playing games.”

Ever since Spencer took over as Head of Xbox a few years ago, this has been his approach to the industry: industry first, brand second. The fact that he’s so enthusiastic about gaming and that he was the first one to bring into the mainstream the idea of cross-play between platforms highlights this. He goes on the sum up what I have been saying this entire time. “We don’t have to see another company fail in order for us to succeed. That’s just not part of the math of running the business.”

With that in mind, Marvel fans shouldn’t be distraught by Wonder Woman’s success nor should DC fans hold any kind of disdain for how well the Marvel Cinematic Universe is doing. By the same token, PlayStation fans shouldn’t hate on the affordable 4K gaming device that is the Xbox One X and Xbox fans shouldn’t hate PlayStation for taking the lead this generation.

In both cases, both brands are doing fine. One is clearly doing better than the other but that isn’t a bad thing. Both exist to keep the other in check. This means the “rivalry” between the two is more a respectful and friendly competition rather than a war of black and white opinions. Not to mention the fact that both sides respect one another and want nothing more than success all around.

I spend most of my days working towards my Writing and Rhetoric degree at the University of Central Florida, but I spend a lot of my down time keeping up to date on the best TV, movies, and video games the industry has to offer. Here I put all of that extended time to use discussing each of them in-depth.

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The director of Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth is making a final plea to content creators regarding spoilers

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Final Fantasy VII Rebirth is on the horizon, with our review already available. There’s just one week left until the game’s official release on February 29th, exclusively on PS5. This highly anticipated sequel to Remake, based on one of the most beloved video game stories, is best experienced without any spoilers, according to creative director Tetsuya Nomura.

On Twitter, Nomura made a final request for players and content creators to avoid spoiling the game for others, especially on social media and video-sharing platforms, where spoilers can spread rapidly. Naturally, there’s a specific moment that everyone is eagerly anticipating to see how it will compare to the 1997 original, and it’s bound to be quite chaotic on launch day. Nevertheless, Nomura still holds onto a glimmer of hope for humanity and has made a seemingly impossible request for content creators to exercise a degree of restraint.

It’s important to remember to include spoiler warnings when sharing content related to the game’s story on social media and video-sharing sites to avoid spoiling the experience for others. I would greatly appreciate it if you could avoid using scenes from important parts of the story in your video thumbnails.

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Nomura points out that the developers intentionally did not limit the recording and sharing features of the PS5 for any aspect of the game. They believe players should have the freedom to share and discuss their favorite gameplay moments. It remains to be seen if that trust was justified.

Do you think players and content creators will follow Nomura’s request and minimize spoilers? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Xbox may want to become more acquainted with the Platinum Trophies on PS5 and PS4

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Obsidian’s first Xbox game, Pentiment, a historical adventure, is now available on the PS5 and PS4. From what we’ve seen, this port of a highly popular game seems to be solid, and we aim to provide you with a review soon. Meanwhile, one aspect caught our attention regarding the conversion that Microsoft may need to address in the future.

Pentiment’s list of Trophies perfectly mirrors its Xbox Achievements, featuring identical descriptions, titles, and icons. There is a slight variation between the two versions: PlayStation offers 42 trophies to unlock, whereas Xbox provides 41 achievements to earn. The distinction lies in the Platinum Trophy, which is awarded once you have collected all the other trinkets in the set.

Since it’s not included in the original game, the developer has not named the trophy, so it appears as ‘PlatinumTrophy’ in the list. This has already generated amusement among Trophy enthusiast communities. “They chose such a basic name for the Platinum Trophy and somehow still messed it up,” a fan expressed.

This issue is quite insignificant in the bigger picture and could likely be fixed with a quick update or patch. As Microsoft gains more experience with PlayStation development, we hope their command of the Trophy system will improve. After all, those platinums are difficult to earn and deserve a more memorable name.

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Brock Lesnar and Vince McMahon have been excluded from the final roster of WWE 22K24

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2K Sports unveiled the complete roster for the upcoming WWE 2K24, featuring more than 204 playable superstars, including 70 Legends who are no longer part of the main rosters, along with eight managers. However, fans were quick to point out the absence of some notable names from the list: 7-time WWE Champion Brock Lesnar and former WWE chairman and CEO Vince McMahon. Lesnar was previously excluded from the Forty Years of WrestleMania edition.

Following accusations of sex trafficking against McMahon by a former WWE employee, a report from the Wall Street Journal brought the issue to light. Although Lesnar’s name was not directly mentioned in the proceedings, insiders informed the WSJ that he was the unidentified WWE champion in question. McMahon refuted the allegations but stepped down as WWE CEO the day following the federal lawsuit.

Nonetheless, Lesnar and McMahon will still be present in the game. GameSpot has reported that the Lesnar vs. Undertaker match from WrestleMania 30 may be included in Showcase mode. It is speculated that another match already confirmed for Showcase mode (Stone Cold vs. The Rock, WrestleMania 17) will probably include an appearance from McMahon as well.

WWE 2K24 will be available for purchase on March 8th for PS5 and PS4, or March 5th for those interested in the Deluxe or WrestleMania editions.

 

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