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The Last Of Us Part 2 Actor Says Fans Threatened Her Son
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The Last Of Us Part 2 Actor Says Fans Threatened Her Son

Screenshot: Naughty Dog / KotakuAnyone who was on the internet around the release of The Last of Us Part II knows it was a bad time. But while we, as fans and writers, saw the vitriolic backlash unfold in real-time, it was far worse for the creative team who was directly targeted by it. Laura Bailey, who played the secret second protagonist Abby, has opened up about her experience with harassment during the game’s release cycle, and how some disgruntled fans threatened her son, who was two years old at the time, because they didn’t like her character.What’s Coming Out Beyond Pokémon: The Indigo Disk | The Week In GamesIf you haven’t played The Last of Us Part II, Abby kills Joel, the protagonist of the first game, as part of a years-long revenge plot for the death of her father. A subset o...
Palworld, Hogwarts Legacy, And More Of The Week’s Gaming News
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Palworld, Hogwarts Legacy, And More Of The Week’s Gaming News

Clockwise from bottom left: Tom Hiddleston in Loki (Photo: Marvel Studios), Aramis Knight and Iman Vellani in Ms. Marvel (Photo: Disney+), Tatiana Maslany in She-Hulk: Attorney At Law (Photo: Disney+), Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany in WandaVision (Photo: Disney+/Marvel Studios), Samuel L. Jackson in Secret Invasion (Photo: Gareth Gatrell/Marvel), Oscar Isaac in Moon Knight (Photo: Marvel Studios), Alaqua Cox in Echo (Photo: Chuck Zlotnick/Marvel Studios) Graphic: Jimmy HasseUpdated 1/12: The MCU shows no signs of getting any smaller, does it? And now that Echo is here, it’s time to see where it sits in our ranking, from worst to best, of the whopping 26 Marvel shows that have premiered since 2013. Prepare for some ambitious Netflix fare, sturdy star vehicles, head trips like Legion, and...
This Last of Us Clicker Bread Sculpture Is Scary As Hell
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This Last of Us Clicker Bread Sculpture Is Scary As Hell

Jesus, Joel!Photo: Eater San Francisco / Open House BakeryA bakery in San Francisco constructed a sculpture of a Last of Us Clicker, one of the series’ menacing, mushroom-infested zombies, out of bread. And it looks pretty darn scary.The Last of Us’s Lamar Johnson On Learning Sign Language For The ShowThe life-size Clicker sculpture, whose official name is “The Last of Crust,” was made by One House Bakery, a mother-daughter shop. In an interview with Eater San Francisco, owners Catherine and Hannalee Pervan revealed that they fell in love with HBO’s Last of Us TV show and decided to try their hand at making a sculpture of the infected enemy for the 16th annual Downtown Benicia Main Street Scarecrow Contest.“And let’s be honest, we also fell in love with Pedro Pascal,” Hannalee told Eater S...
The Mortal Kombat Movies May Have Their Johnny Cage
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The Mortal Kombat Movies May Have Their Johnny Cage

Image: NetherRealm Studios / Kotaku / SMXRF/Star Max (Getty Images)It sounds like the Mortal Kombat movie sequel has found its Johnny Cage in The Boys and The Lord of the Rings actor Karl Urban.Fortnite Introduces Force Abilities In Latest Star Wars CollabThe Wrap first broke the news, and IGN has since verified it with its own sources. It sounds like Urban is in final talks to play the movie star and martial artist. Johnny wasn’t present in the first movie, but was hinted at by a movie poster in the film’s final scenes, with protagonist Cole Young heading to Los Angeles to find the series staple. Johnny’s absence in the first film was noticed by longtime fans, but director Simon McQuoid told Variety they opted not to include him because he’s such a big personality that he would have derai...
The 14 Best & Most Obscure Secrets
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The 14 Best & Most Obscure Secrets

Photo: IlluminationI watched The Super Mario Bros Movie during its opening week with the intent of writing this Easter eggs and references article, only to realize that the movie is nothing but Easter Eggs and references. A thorough roundup would be indistinguishable from a wholesale rundown of the entire movie.The plot for The Super Mario Bros Movie is paper-thin. Narratively, the characters are static bordering on inert; there’s no arc or growth to any of them. It’s just one action set piece to the next; your enjoyment is intimately tied to your pre-existing knowledge of these characters and your ability to recognize a parade of homages to Nintendo history.It is, in other words, narratively identical to a Mario 2D platformer. Critics are complaining about the lack of characterization an...
‘Silly’ The Last of Us Tribute Snuck Its Way Into The HBO Show
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‘Silly’ The Last of Us Tribute Snuck Its Way Into The HBO Show

Love is a beautiful thing, especially in the grim world of The Last of Us. So it’s heartwarming to see a loving tribute from the 2013 PlayStation exclusive make its way to Craig Mazin’s HBO drama—especially when it’s an Easter egg a developer admits is “silly.”Read More: The Last Of Us Episode 9 Recap: A Powerful FinaleHBO’s The Last of Us, which wrapped up its first season finale episode over the weekend, takes several liberties with the game’s narrative. Instead of retreading the same story beat-by-beat, the TV series fleshes Joel’s character out, expands Bill and Frank’s relationship, and does Tess pretty dirty. But while there are plenty of differences between the game and the show, a lot has also stayed the same, including a particular Easter egg former Naughty Dog designer Peter Fiel...
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The Last Of Us Fans Are Going Hard On Bill And Frank Fan Art

Image: HBOReader, I have a question for you: do you like art of gay old men living their best post-apocalyptic lives? Well, The Last of Us fans have you covered this week, as artists are coming out of the woodwork to draw some amazing art of Bill and Frank from this week’s episode of the HBO adaptation.The third episode of the TV show (titled “Long, Long Time”) aired this past Sunday, and it focused on Nick Offerman’s Bill and his partner Frank, played by Murray Bartlett. In the days since, the internet has been filled with praise for the performances, and the joyful (but still heartbreaking) portrayal of gay love in a hopeless place. After The Last of Us broke my heart, the only thing that’s mending it right now is the incredible fan art that’s come out after. Like this adorable one of Fr...
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HBO’s The Last Of Us Does Tess Dirty

Screenshot: HBO / KotakuThe following contains spoilers for the first two episodes of HBO’s The Last of Us series.HBO’s take on The Last of Us is generating a lot of discussion about how it’s adapting the source material. This conversation has some saying the show feels overly beholden to the PlayStation 3 game at times, while also noting that in other spots it takes some pretty notable swings, with reviews noting the changes to Bill and Frank’s storyline in an upcoming episode as a standout. But after episode two, “Infected,” I’m frankly astounded by how the show chose to portray Anna Torv’s Tess, a character who only appears for a short time in both the show and original game, but deserved a hell of a lot better than what HBO’s show gave her.In the game The Last of Us, Tess is shown to b...
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Stonkbros Are Angry Over Netflix’s GameStop Documentary Trailer

Image: Epic / Google / KotakuBack in January of 2021 GameStop’s stock price exploded as Reddit trolls went to war with old-school investors after the latter bet on the company failing. Reddit et al called their bluff, and well, it’s now the stuff of documentary films. Speaking of, Netflix just released a new trailer for its upcoming documentary about the wild “gamestonks” saga, and it’s made some of the trollish Redditors who were involved in all this very mad. So mad, they’re threatening to cancel their streaming subscriptions.Let’s rewind real quick to (briefly) explain what the hell happened back in January 2021.At the beginning of the year, GameStop’s stock was trading at under $20 a share, and the brick-and-mortar retail chain it was attached to was in desperate need of a Plan B. But ...
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AI Generated Art Is A Copyright, Ethical And Working Dystopia

It’s August 2022, and by now you’ve no doubt read (or more likely seen) something about AI art. Whether it’s random jokes made for Twitter or paintings that look like they were made by actual human beings, artificial intelligence’s ability to create art has exploded onto the scene over the last few months, and while this has been great news for shitposts and fans of tech, it has also raised a number of important questions and concerns. If you haven’t read or seen anything about the subject, AI art—at least as it exists in the state we know it today—is, as Ahmed Elgammal writing in American Scientist so neatly puts it, made when “artists write algorithms not to follow a set of rules, but to ‘learn’ a specific aesthetic by analyzing thousands of images. The algorithm then tries to generate n...