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First Look at the Junji Ito Collection Is as Creepy as I Hoped

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When people talk about Japanese horror, they usually cite movies such as RinguJu-on: The GrudgeTetsuo: The Iron Man, and Matango (and the 1977 Toho film House, assuming they don’t confuse it with the 1986 New World Pictures and 2008 Lions Gate Entertainment movies of the same name). However, one name stands out when it comes to Japanese horror: Junji Ito. Studio Deen has worked long and hard to develop an anthology series based on Ito’s short manga stories and has just released a video showing what audiences can expect.

If you have ever taken an interest in anime or manga, odds are you have heard about Junji Ito. The man is essentially the H.P. Lovecraft of Japan, thanks to his stories about paranormal and eldritch occurrences/beings that defy all conventional logic, most of which end on a foreboding note or, at best, a bittersweet one. Furthermore, while many readers highly regard his longer, non-anthology stories, including TomieGyo, Uzumaki (these have received live-action and anime adaptations to mixed success) and a manga adaptation of Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein, his shorter stories occasionally get passed by. The Enigma of Amigara Fault is one of his more popular short stories, thanks in no small part to the “This is my hole! It was made for me!” meme, but his anthologies include many other memorable macabre tales, such as The Thing That Drifted AshoreArmy of OneSplatter Film, The Hanging Balloons, and The Town Without Streets.

While the trailer for the anthology adaptation, dubbed Junji Ito Collection (thanks Kotaku) is only in Japanese, Studio Deen has clearly done an impressive job capturing Ito’s unique and terrifying artstyle. That’s not surprising given the studio has worked on many shows anime fans will recognize, including HetaliaFate/stay night, and Hell Girl. While you can check out the official Junji Ito Collection site, it’s also only in Japanese, so I have little information on the anime aside from “it’s an anthology collection of Juni Ito’s work.” But, that’s enough for anyone who knows anything about Ito’s work.

As a Junji Ito fan, I am looking forward to the release of Junji Ito Collection. I pray the anime is eventually released outside of Japan in an official capacity, because Ito’s manga are worth reading/watching.

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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Helldivers 2 Players Face Overwhelming Hordes of Factory Striders

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In the ongoing conflict against the Automaton invasion fleet, the Helldivers 2 players have successfully halted their advance. However, the situation has now reached a tiresome stalemate. Yet again, the machines refuse to take a break from their relentless pursuit of progress, with reports emerging of the Factory Striders being deployed in record-breaking quantities.

There have been reports of alleged machines that were supposedly encountered during Operation Swift Disassembly, which was just the beginning of a larger campaign. However, these accounts should be taken with a grain of salt, as they are unverified and seem to be more on the imaginative side. Factory Striders have gained a reputation as formidable weapons platforms that can produce more Automatons while enduring significant damage. If the machines are able to withstand such a relentless assault, it will be necessary to develop innovative strategies.

Have you come across groups of Factory Striders in Helldivers 2? Which strategies are proving to be the most effective in taking down these armored brutes? The Orbital Railcannon Strike will prove to be a valuable asset in the comments section below.

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Todd Howard affirms that the timeline of the Fallout series is coherent and well-constructed

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The recent release of Amazon’s adaptation of Fallout has ignited a renewed interest in the series and brought attention to the captivating alternate history that forms its foundation. Fans have expressed concern that the TV show’s events might be at odds with the plot of the Obsidian Entertainment video game New Vegas. Warning: Spoilers ahead for New Vegas and Amazon’s show!

Bethesda Game Studios director Todd Howard and Fallout TV executive producer Jonathan Nolan recently sat down with IGN to discuss the timeline. Howard was taken aback when showrunners Graham Wagner and Geneva Robertson-Dworet presented him with the surprising concept of obliterating Shady Sands, the bustling capital of the New California Republic, in the aftermath of the events in New Vegas. Howard eventually warmed up to the idea: “After discussing it, we realized that this could be a significant story moment that many things hinge upon.”

It seems that they had to make some tough decisions to ensure everything fell into place, but Howard emphasizes the importance of preserving the integrity of the Fallout timeline: “We take great care with the timeline. There seems to be some confusion in certain areas. However, all the events from the previous games, including New Vegas, did occur. We take great caution in that matter. We’re really pushing the limits here, but the explosions occur right after the events of New Vegas.

What are your thoughts on this? Is it up to par? Even though it may not have a significant impact on the overall quality of the games or show, it is comforting to know that those in charge are paying attention. We value your feedback and would love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Evaluating Fallout 76’s Value in 2024

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If you’ve been keeping up with the new Fallout show on Amazon Prime, chances are you’ve been relying on PS Plus Extra and PS Plus Premium to access and enjoy one of Bethesda’s legendary RPGs. We decided to bypass the highly acclaimed Fallout New Vegas and Fallout 3, opting instead to explore the vast landscapes of West Virginia in Fallout 76. Infamous for its initial reception, Todd Howard’s “Fallout with Friends” has evolved significantly over the past six years. However, does that imply the game is of high quality? Is it worth playing in 2024?

As we ventured out of Vault 76 for the very first time, we were determined to find the answers to those burning questions. Recalling our escapades on the Push Square YouTube channel, we encountered quest-giving NPCs—a feature that was surprisingly absent upon release—awe-inspiring bases built by fellow players—and an abundance of loot that could easily burden us 76 times over.

In the midst of the vast array of open-world online experiences, we found ourselves quite enthralled by the combination of 50s classics playing in the background as we obliterated the heads of ghouls. And to top it off, we were able to enjoy all of this with our friends. Exploring the wasteland in the company of a ragtag band of survivors adds a unique element to Fallout 76, setting it apart from other games in the series. However, does it manage to prevent us from uninstalling and transitioning to one of the mainline entries in the series? To discover more, be sure to watch the complete video!

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