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The Real and the Virtual Will Collide in Northern Ireland for a Play Based on Minecraft

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Yes, you read the title correctly. According to The Stage, The Northern Playhouse Theatre in Derry/Londonderry is creating a play based on Minecraft, titled Playhouse Live.

The article states the play will not be limited to just a physical stage, as “puppeteers” will also control characters in a Minecraft world alongside live actors. This virtual world will be constructed by “theater designers” (no names were given) who will work in collaboration with Minecraft artists Adam Clarke, aka. The Wizard, and MakeMatic. However, these aren’t the only big names attached to the project, as British novelist Alex Scarrow (Time RidersEllie QuinThe Candle Man) is set to write the script.

While the play won’t be ready until October, The Jewell Theatre company, the group behind the production, is hyping up the performance with online challenges aimed to teach audiences about theater production and Minecraft, including set design, acting, costume design, and script writing. Much like the actual play, The Jewell Theatre company will collaborate with several big names for these challenges, including actor Art Parkinson (Kubo and the Two StringsDracula UntoldSan Andreas) and costume designer Katrina Lindsay (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, CabaretAmerica Psycho).

While Playhouse Live is not the first story themed after Minecraft (Herobrine creepypastas and Telltale Games’ Minecraft: Story Mode come to mind), it is the first time a Minecraft story has been attempted with live and virtual actors. However, The Jewell Theatre company has experience performing in 3D virtual worlds, as it has produced several plays in the game Second Life. Furthermore, the creative director of the Playhouse Theater Kieran Griffiths is confident the play, while “hugely ambitious and a definite step into the unknown,” will be extremely successful.

“We are highly excited to be introducing something completely new to the world of theatre,” explains Griffiths. “[It is] a tremendous opportunity to allow two artistic worlds to come together and learn from each other.”

People lucky enough to live near The Northern Playhouse Theatre can witness the groundbreaking play firsthand for free, but it will also be watchable via a live stream. People who can’t watch the live or live streamed performance shouldn’t fret, because the play will also be posted on YouTube October 14th. I personally am excited to see the end result. If Griffiths is correct, this play could revolutionize theater performances all around the world.

All you have to do to get my attention is talk about video games, technology, anime, and/or Dungeons & Dragons - also people in spandex fighting rubber suited monsters.

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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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