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Earlier today, Sunday, July 16th, George Romero died at the age of 77. According to the LA Times and Romero’s producing partner, Peter Grunwald, Romero passed away in his sleep after a “brief but aggressive battle with lung cancer,” while listening to the soundtrack to 1952’s The Quiet Man, accompanied by his wife, Suzanna Desrocher Romero, and his daughter, Tina Romero.

George Romero is best known for his zombie movies, most notably Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead. Romero’s movies helped kick-start the zombie movie genre and made the creatures popular. Romero’s films have inspired numerous horror movies, such as Shaun of the Dead, and horror video games, including Resident Evil and Dead Rising, with the latter even taking place in a shopping mall, much like Dawn of the Dead. Romero inspiring the creation of the Resident Evil video game eventually came full circle when he penned an early draft for a Resident Evil movie in 1998.

While George Romero is synonymous with zombies movies, they are not his only foray into the horror movie genre, or even the entertainment industry. He created the horror anthology television series Tales from the Darkside, directed the horror anthology film Creepshow — written by famed horror-novelist Stephen King — and wrote films such as Knightriders and Monkey Shines. Romero has been nominated for and won numerous awards. He was nominated for a Saturn Award for directing The Dark Half and won a Lifetime Achievement Award from the 2002 New York City Horror film Festival. He has even had minor acting roles, including an FBI agent in The Silence of the Lambs, Don Adaded in the Phineas and Ferb episode “Night of the Living Pharmacists,” and himself in the Call of Duty: Black Ops zombie campaign “Call of the Dead.”

I cannot understate how much George Romero has affected the horror genre. Thanks to Romero’s zombies, modern media usually portrays the creatures as slow-moving monsters who overwhelm through sheer numbers and can only be killed by a shot to the head or decapitation. Furthermore, most zombie movies, games, shows, and books focus on the human element with survivors reverting to their baser instincts and being willing to backstab one another to survive. This overarching theme is often associated with Romero’s tendency to include social commentary in his films. As Romero stated in an interview with NPR, “All I did was took them out of ‘exotica’ and I made them the neighbors … I thought there’s nothing scarier than the neighbors!” When you think about it, he’s right; a shambling corpse that wants to eat you is far more terrifying when it wears the face of someone you know and care about.

We here at Geek Reply will miss George Romero. We wish his family the best in this trying time.

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Arrowhead is looking into an auto-kick feature to address Helldivers 2 players who are going AFK

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Helldivers 2 has seen a rapid rise in popularity, presenting both opportunities and challenges for Arrowhead Game Studio. Although one could argue that the studio has produced a modern masterpiece, Helldivers 2 is still prone to persistent connection issues. Players who have shown great patience with the ongoing server issues in the game are now starting to clash, focusing on personal gain instead of uniting for the success of Super Earth.

IGN reported that players are pleading with Arrowhead to include an AFK auto-kick feature on the Helldivers subreddit. This request comes after some players confessed to remaining logged in to continue playing and bypass the unpredictable server connection process. This issue requires an urgent resolution.

@Arrowhead GS: You’re gonna need an AFK timer.
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The leader of Arrowhead, Johan Pilestedt, was informed about the problem and assured that the developers were investigating the situation. “I have already communicated this to the team,” Pilestedt confirmed. Regarding Helldivers updates, Xbox players are now petitioning Arrowhead to release the game on their platform after comments from Xbox boss Phil Spencer about the game’s exclusivity.
Are you still playing Helldivers 2? Would you risk the fate of Super Earth to fulfill your own self-serving wishes? Let’s all reaffirm our commitment to democracy in the comments section below.

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Cameron Monaghan Open to Reprising Jedi Role in Live-Action Star Wars, Under Certain Conditions

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Respawn’s Star Wars Jedi series has garnered significant acclaim from players, with Cal Kestis’ gripping journey of survival serving as a focal point. Actor Cameron Monaghan, renowned for his portrayal of Kestis in Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order and Survivor, has expressed his openness to bringing the character to life in a live-action adaptation. However, Monaghan emphasizes that certain conditions must be met for him to consider reprising the role.

During a panel at FanExpo Vancouver 2024, Monaghan, known for his roles in Shameless and Gotham, provided insight into his perspective. While many actors would eagerly seize any opportunity to join the Star Wars universe, Monaghan’s willingness to portray Kestis in live-action hinges on the narrative significance and continuation of the character’s story. Merely appearing as a superficial presence would not align with his vision; there must be substantial meaning and relevance for Kestis within the context of the story.

As anticipation builds for a potential third installment in the Star Wars Jedi series, Respawn Entertainment’s reported development of a first-person Mandalorian game raises intriguing possibilities. Could Kestis find himself embarking on new adventures within this immersive gaming experience?

Fans are speculating and curious about the possibility of a live-action Star Wars movie starring Dominic Monaghan. Would such a project capture your interest? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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Resistance Retribution on PS5 and PS4: A Platinum Trophy Well Within Reach!

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Step into the shoes of a resistance fighter and prepare to wage war against the Chimera in the remastered edition of Resistance Retribution for PS5 and PS4. Originally a powerhouse on the PSP, this third-person shooter makes a triumphant return to Sony’s modern consoles, promising an exhilarating experience despite its handheld origins.

From the moment you pick up your controller, you’re thrust into a world teeming with relentless action and gripping narrative. While the transition to emulation might reveal some of the game’s limitations, its solid gameplay mechanics ensure an adrenaline-fueled ride from start to finish.

Achievement hunters, rejoice! With a whopping 23 trophies up for grabs, earning the Platinum Trophy is well within reach. Most of these accolades tie into the game’s captivating storyline, ensuring that every mission feels essential to your journey. Whether you’re mowing down enemies with a variety of weapons or facing your first demise, each trophy serves as a testament to your prowess on the battlefield.

In essence, conquering resistance and retribution is more than just a victory—it’s an invitation to adorn your collection with a shiny new prize. So, are you ready to take on the challenge and claim your rightful place among the elite? Share your conquests with us in the comments below, and let the world know that the fight for humanity’s survival has only just begun.

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