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Darth Vader’s reveal to Luke that he is his father must be one of the most well-known plot twists in cinema history at this point. From various media parodying it for years to cheeky references in other related projects, this pinnacle moment is without a doubt one of the most iconic and memorable in the Star Wars franchise. In honor of Father’s Day, I thought I’d take a look at just how impactful this quote is, at least where Star Wars is concerned.

After the original Star Wars came out in 1977, the world was obsessed with it. For three whole years, everyone anticipated a sequel and, when one finally came, they approached it very differently than we do today. In the modern day, not only do we have the prequels, most of us already know that Darth Vader was once Anakin Skywalker. So, back in 1980 when The Empire Strikes Back first released, everyone was still under the assumption that Vader murdered Luke’s father like Old Ben had told us.

The amount of shock and awe surrounding the revelation that rather than killing Luke’s father, Vader WAS Luke’s father shook the world. From there, George Lucas wanted to recapture that effect with the next film, Return of the Jedi. In the very beginning of this next entry, the big “I am your father” was meant to be overshined by the new “I am your sister” reveal. That’s right, in an attempt to shock audiences once more, Lucas retconned Leia’s backstory and made her Luke’s long-lost twin sister.

Despite causing an insane amount of incestuous and cringeworthy issues with scenes in previous films, it set the standard for what Star Wars would become: a series about family. George Lucas has gone on record to say that the entirety of the series is about the Skywalker lineage and due to the fact that every single film to date has a Skywalker in it, I’d say that’s pretty accurate.

Every film then on had a good amount of plot dedicated to family as well. In The Phantom Menace, Anakin is said to have been born without a father and Qui-Gon briefly plays that role for him. In Attack of the Clones, Anakin’s first major tip towards the dark side happens when he can’t save his mother from the Sand People. In Revenge of the Sith, the entire plot of the movie is centered on Anakin fearing for the death of Padmé and his unborn children. The main villain of The Force Awakens is the child of Han and Leia, who was seduced to the dark side because of family issues. Rogue One focuses on Jyn Erso struggling to make sure her father Galen’s many sacrifices aren’t in vain. Even The Clone Wars movie focuses on Jabba the Hutt’s son being kidnapped.

With The Last Jedi right around the corner, there are still many questions regarding family and heritage. Who are Rey’s parents? For that matter, who are Finn’s? How will Leia and Kylo Ren interact with one another after the latter committed patricide? Star Wars has been about family ever since Darth Vader dropped that bombshell on Luke back in 1980.

Happy Father’s Day!

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The Twin-Linked Autocannon EXO-49 Emancipator Exosuit was teased for players of Helldivers 2

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Helldivers 2 players now have a new major order that, if completed, will bring the EXO-49 Emancipator Exosuit into action. This is something we’ve been looking forward to since March, when we first caught a grainy glimpse of the machine in action. We loved the older EXO-45 Patriot model, which has a Gatling gun and a bunch of powerful missiles, but we could see ourselves going in a different direction, especially when we were up against the Automatons.

They will have to put in some work, though, as is always the case. Helldivers need to free an Automaton “Petafactory” in order to start making these good horses for mass deployment. It’s time to teach the people of Varylia 5 how to run a managed democracy, if only for our own good.

Are you a fan of the EXO-45 Patriot mech, or are you having trouble fitting it into your tried-and-true plans? What do you think about the EXO-49 amnesty? Does it make you want to? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

 

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Hideo Kojima is George Miller’s first choice for a video game adaptation of Mad Max

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George Miller, who directed the Mad Max movies, thinks that people are ready for another adventure game. However, only a game made at “the highest level” by an auteur, like Hideo Kojima of Metal Gear Solid and Death Stranding fame, will do.

It’s been said that Kojima thinks of George Miller as a god, and the Mad Max series is his personal Bible. On paper, this seems like a perfect match. Miller said that he would “never ask” the famous game designer to make such a game because he is sure that Kojima already has “so much fantastic stuff in his own head.” The “will they/won’t they” moment was caught on camera on the red carpet at the premiere of Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga.

The most recent Mad Max video game, which came out in 2015, “wasn’t as good as I wanted it to be,” says Miller. We hope Miller or at least one of his employees can get these two movie moguls to work on something together. We are sure Kojima would be very pleased.

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Forges of Corruption DLC adds an explosive twist to the action-packed shooter Warhammer 40000: Boltgun

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Warhammer 40000: Boltgun proved to be an impressively well-crafted shooter, immersing players in the bleak and foreboding world of Game Workshop’s captivating universe. Now, fans can look forward to an extensive expansion with the Forges of Corruption DLC. Get ready to unleash the Emperor’s justice starting on June 18th on both PS5 and PS4.

Auroch Digital’s latest first-person shooter takes players on an exciting new campaign across five distinct environments. Undoubtedly, these pits will be teeming with heretics, including the treacherous Black Legion, who have recently received reinforcements in the form of Terminators armed with Lightning Claws and imposing Helbrutes. The Multi-Melta and Missile Launcher are now available for requisition, providing an effective means of eliminating enemy forces.

In addition, all players can enjoy the new Horde Mode, which offers four levels of difficulty and a unique set of in-game achievements to pursue. An upcoming navigation guide will provide players with a more forgiving experience when navigating through the game’s levels.

Have you acquired Warhammer 40000: Boltgun? Are you interested in experiencing additional content with the Forges of Corruption DLC? Engage in fierce battles against the adversaries of the Imperium in the comments section below.

 

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