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Avengers: Infinity War Trailer Promises Infinite Action and Heroes

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The Infinity War, the event the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has built up for the past several years, is finally here. Well, at least the trailer is, but it’s still as awesome as we hoped.

Thanos, The Mad Titan, takes center stage for the trailer and will (obviously) be the main antagonist of the movie. He has grown tired of his underlings failing to retrieve the Infinity Stones (objects of pure power that have been in the MCU since the beginning), so he plans to just take them by force. And what a force he is, as Thanos easily plows through everything and everyone in the trailer. You might wonder why Thanos wants the stones if he’s already so powerful, but I’ll get to that in a bit.

Since Avengers: Infinity War is the culmination of all the previous MCU movies, every hero from those films will take part in the action. Obviously, characters such as Tony Stark/Iron Man, Steve Rogers/Captain America, and Bruce Banner/The Hulk will play key roles, and so will those who have crossed paths with The Avengers, including Dr. Strange, T’Challa/Black Panther, Peter Parker/Spider-Man, and even The Guardians of the Galaxy. Heck, I wouldn’t be surprised if Deadpool makes an appearance, because he’s just that kind of guy.

The trailer doesn’t reveal much about the plot of Avengers: Infinity War, but we already know enough: Thanos travels to Earth to find the Infinity Stones, and The Avengers have to assemble once more to stop him. I would say it’s a simple premise; however, we all are wondering the same thing: why does Thanos want the stones? In the comics, Thanos sought the stones to become the most powerful being in existence and win the affection of Death — as in the literal (and female) personification of death. And, how does Thanos proclaim his love for her? By using the stones to kill half the universe’s population. While I doubt Thanos’ plans in the movie involve wooing a robed skeleton (who somehow still manages to have sizable breasts, because comic logic), in the trailer, he mentions “balancing the universe,” which probably means he still plans to kill off a large chunk of life in the universe. But, that’s just a theory, and we will have to wait until the movie is released to learn Thanos’ true intentions.

I have watched nearly every movie to date and am excited to see how all the plot threads tie in to Avengers: Infinity War. If the movie is even half as exciting as the trailer, it just might be the best Avengers movie yet.

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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Google engineers successfully hacked the PS Portal to run emulated PSP games

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After about a month of work, a couple of Google employees have successfully hacked the PS Portal, PlayStation’s handheld streaming solution. Their project is not set for public release anytime soon, but the hack is purely software-based, eliminating the need for hardware exploitation.

Andy Nguyen, a cloud vulnerability researcher, and Calle Svensson, a security engineer, shared their latest project on Twitter. They successfully ran the PSP emulator PPSSPP on the PS Portal. They presented the 2005 PSP classic Grand Theft Auto: Liberty Stories.

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As a wireless streaming device, the idea of playing games on the PS Portal without a PS5 providing the power was considered impossible. It’s quite surprising how quickly Nguyen and Svensson have overcome this initial hurdle. It remains to be seen where their efforts will take them, but we will definitely keep an eye on their progress. Nguyen expressed that there is still a lot of work left to do.

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Lady Gaga reveals collaboration with Fortnite for upcoming festival and addresses typo

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Lady Gaga, also known as Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, has teased an upcoming collaboration with Fortnite Festival set to be unveiled soon. More pertinent to our specific attention to detail, Gaga has also admitted to a mistake made around four years ago, indicating her keen awareness of the franchise’s significant value.

Gaga shared a mesmerizing picture of her character in Fortnite and also retweeted a post from 2019 where she asked her fans, “What’s fortnight?”. She finally got the chance to correctly spell the title of the game, allowing us to breathe a sigh of relief after waiting anxiously.

Lady Gaga will be teaming up with other top celebrities to maximize their presence on the Fortnite platform. Travis Scott once hosted a live concert in Battle Royale a couple of years ago, while the Weeknd just premiered the music video for the song “Popular” at the Fortnite Festival.

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Reflecting on Street Fighter 5’s tumultuous launch, Capcom looks back eight years later

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For those who may not recall, nearly eight years ago today, Street Fighter 5 was released in 2016 in a rather incomplete state. The content available was impressive initially, but the limited number of characters and lack of single-player game modes stood out. Capcom expresses regret for the entire situation, offering apologies years later for having “betrayed” players’ expectations.

On SF5’s eighth anniversary, the developers must be feeling nostalgic. They recently posted a Japanese-language tweet looking back on the mistakes made and the challenges that were eventually overcome. The number of playable characters has grown to 45, and the game has seen various enhancements, including the introduction of new abilities such as V Skills/Trigger II and V Shift. Even now, hundreds of thousands of players still choose to play this game instead of the newer Street Fighter 6.
Have you had the chance to try out Street Fighter 5 since it was first released? What do you recall about the game’s reception? Take a trip down memory lane in the comments section below.

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