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Before I begin, this article isn’t complaining about situations like Forces of Destiny being a female-led series. It is discussing these types of situations and pointing out that if it were the other way around, there would be just as much complaining and that we should stop getting so annoyed.

Everything in entertainment is political to a degree. There’s always moves being made by the various industries in order to create a message or to properly represent a demographic. However, entertainment has become so political in the past few years especially that it’s starting to detract from the enjoyment and escapism people are supposed to be feeling. One group of people will always find a way to be happy about it. That being said, another group will always feel like they’re being alienated while people with opposite ideologies are being pandered to. In the case of Forces of Destiny, liberals are happy but conservatives are upset.

Continuing with the example of Star Wars, many conservative fans aren’t very happy with the progressive direction that the series has taken under the leadership of Kathleen Kennedy. The most common complaint that conservatives will throw at the new content is that it is pandering to “SJWs”. They don’t like that Rey (a woman) and Jyn (another woman) have been the lead characters of the last two films and of the next one coming out this year as well. They also really hated the idea of Finn and Poe (two men) being in a relationship.

To be honest, it doesn’t really matter. Who cares if a woman or a man is leading the film? The only thing that matters is that the film is enjoyable which, in the cases of both The Force Awakens and Rogue One, they were. Beyond that, people who are part of the LGBT community also exist and plenty of them are quite talented, having entered into the entertainment industry through acting, writing, directing, etc. So, Finn and Poe being together is a possibility that you should just get used to, even if it doesn’t happen.

Moving on to an example of liberals feeling this way, a general complaint they have is the portrayal of women in entertainment. While the scantily clad female warriors in video games and damsels in distress have been parodied to death (and for good reason), the issue extends beyond that. They’ll get outraged at women not holding positions of power, or that they are sexualized and sexually assaulted in series like Game of Thrones.

I’d argue Game of Thrones is the wrong place to be complaining about patriarchal elements in the entertainment industry. It’s a fantasy based on our own dark ages, which means it’s a male-dominated world. As a result, women would rarely hold positions of power let alone be as badass as Daenerys, Arya, Sansa, Catelyn, Cersei, Brienne, Ygritte, and even the Little Bear. As for sexualization, I point to the numerous male-only nudity/sex scenes in the series. Finally, where sexual violence is concerned, the most vocal example is Sansa being raped by Ramsey. To that, I have many things to say. Yes, it was disturbing to watch, but it was important to the story. It showed us even more the kind of person Ramsey is and made Sansa’s eventual revenge on him all the more satisfying. Not only that, sexual violence is committed against men as well in this show. Both Theon and Varys were tortured and had their genitals removed and Theon was almost raped by another man in season two.

Don’t boycott things because you’re feeling like someone is being pandered to. Forces of Destiny is hardly something to complain over since the vast majority of Star Wars content is male-led. We’re also getting a male-led movie about Han Solo (hopefully) next year. As for the other way around, movies like The Great Wall shouldn’t be boycotted because a white man is leading an army of Chinese soldiers. It isn’t pandering to a white male, power fantasy. Not only does it make narrative sense if you actually watch the movie, but the film was created by Chinese filmmakers who specifically picked Matt Damon for the role. Even though it ended up not being that good anyways, it at least deserved a chance to prove itself like every other entertainment product in the industry.

So please, stop complaining about the various decisions made in the creation process for entertainment. There’s no need to turn a medium that is supposed to unify us all into a political nightmare where people are afraid to even speak their opinions on certain products for fear of being ostracized. Not only is that an issue, but entire projects where people spent years pouring their heart and soul into it are destroyed by people who act this way. Just enjoy the entertainment you’re experiencing and, if you can’t, don’t try to take that enjoyment away from others.

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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Metallica takes center stage on the battle arena of the Fortnite Festival, showcasing their musical prowess in an epic PVP showdown

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Metallica will be headlining the Battle Stage at the Fortnite Festival, and fans can look forward to an epic performance later today, on the 13th of June. The entire lineup of the legendary heavy metal band has been transformed into digital avatars for the ever-growing gaming platform. Fans can now enjoy their greatest hits and even engage in a thrilling musical player-versus-player game mode.

The collaboration between Metallica and Fortnite marks the start of Fortnite Festival Season 4, featuring an exciting lineup of six Metallica songs, such as “Enter Sandman,”  “Fuel,”  and “Ride the Lightning.”. Additional songs will be introduced as the season progresses. By choosing Epic’s premium Festival Pass, you’ll have the opportunity to unlock all four Metallica band members as playable skins. How about a showdown between Lars Ulrich and Goku?

The aspect that captures our attention is the 16-player musical battle royale. The Battle Stage offers a challenging experience that pushes players to their limits, requiring both physical stamina and a captivating stage presence. Players will find themselves immersed in the intense energy of the four tracks playing simultaneously. Perform with skill, and you can unleash powerful bursts of musical energy, causing less talented individuals to falter and be defeated, with the ultimate victor being crowned the Master of Puppets (most likely).

In addition to that, Metallica will be making an appearance at the Rocket Racing tent, complete with a specially designed track, car, and LEGO replicas of the band members. Is there anything more intense than that?

Do you enjoy Metallica’s music? Could anyone have predicted that the band would rise to prominence in a video game primarily aimed at a younger audience who may not be familiar with their music? And now, let’s turn our attention to the comments section below.

 

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Star Wars Outlaws PS5 Demo Falls Short of Delivering the Full Experience, According to Critic

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Star Wars Outlaws, although it appeared visually stunning during Ubisoft’s livestream earlier this week, has received some criticism for feeling somewhat outdated. A preview unfavorably compared the release to Uncharted: Golden Abyss, the PS Vita exclusive spin-off that was launched in 2011. However, according to the creative director, the sampler is merely a small taste of what the full experience has to offer.

“When entering a show of this nature, where you’re finalizing a game’s production, you’re faced with numerous decisions. Our producer limited us to just one demo for all the shows we would attend throughout the year, such as Gamescom and Comic-Con,” Julian Gerighty explained in an interview with VGC.

He explained that the events are designed to cater to both consumers and journalists. To ensure an engaging experience, they opted for a 20-minute format that offers a diverse range of content and showcases different game systems. However, they intentionally avoided showcasing the open-world experience at this particular event, as they plan to unveil it during the studio tour and preview event. This will be a brief overview, more of an appetizer than a full meal when it comes to the game.

According to Gerighty, the developer Massive Entertainment has crafted a highly engaging game, with only a portion of its greatness showcased here.

Admittedly, the comments do make sense. It’s common knowledge that creating demos requires a significant amount of the team’s focus. If a game plans to showcase itself at consumer conventions, it can’t just offer a short gameplay experience of two or three hours. That simply won’t suffice when attendees are patiently waiting in line. This seems to be just a subpar demo, which is unfortunate. However, it may not be something to worry too much about in the end.

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The Sky Breaker Pierce DLC for Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora comes out in July for PS5

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Ubisoft has given us our first look at The Sky Breaker, the first DLC story pack for Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora. In it, a strange shadow will appear in the sky and threaten the Na’vi clans, who just can’t seem to get a break. It comes out next month on PS5, on July 16th.

A new part of the Upper Plains called “The Heart of the Plains” can be reached by taking the Sky Breaker. Some well-known biomes have changed into new types, and there are also many new ones. Of course, the RDA has also sent out new types of enemies, so you need to be careful. The good news is that not everything is bad. During the Na’vi Festival of Games, players can look forward to timed tasks that are a little less scary. Secrets of the Spires, another story pack, is still planned to be added to the game at some point.

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