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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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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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