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ATTENTION HOLIDAY GAMERS!!
December isn't the biggest month for video game releases. It's not the worst, but it's not the best. This month, though, seems to have a really good set of new releases. Admittedly, a lot of them are rereleases of older games, but that has some merit. So, let's dive in.
Xenoblade Chronicles 2 (Switch)
The much-anticipated sequel to the Wii classic, The Xenoblade Chronicles is heading our way on the Nintendo Switch. Despite being a sequel to the classic action RPG, the story will feature a new set of characters, Rex and Pyra,
Okay, so, I am super freaking excited for VR release. Like, how much better can you get than a Doom virtual-reality experience? You can't. You just can't, there's only one other release on this list that even compares to this - and it's not coming out till the end. Sure, you need to have VR capabilities to play it, but come on! It's going to be amazing!
This Is the Police (Switch)
I know what you're thinking, "Shann! This was already released on the e-Shop! Yes, that's true. But there is a physical copy for the Switch coming out! Is it a huge deal? Not really, because you could already download it somewhere else. But hey, some people like to buy the game disks. Who are we to judge?
The Walking Dead Collection: The Telltale Series (Xbox One, PS4, Microsoft Windows, and macOS)
This one is a more satisfactory buy than anything else. I already bought and played through each of arc of Telltale's The Walking Dead as they released over the years. But I don't know, there's something about having them all together in one place that just makes my heart warm. If you haven't played The Walking Dead, I'd definitely recommend
Dead Rising 4: Frank's Big Package (PS4)
Dead Rising is definitely one of my favorite of the zombie-killing video game genres. Now we get to enjoy the gory fun of Dead Rising 4 on the PS4! In this action packed release, gamers will be treated to the main game plus all of its DLC and bonus content. Plus, we have a fun new feature called "Capcom Heroes," where we get to see Frank take on the abilities of previous Capcom classics (I'm talking Mega Man!). How can you not be excited?
Spellforce 3 (Microsoft Windows)
The real-time strategy series is getting a prequel! I haven't played the Spellforce series, but if this game is anything like it's cinematic trailer, then long time fans are sure in for a good edition. I may even pick up a copy myself.
Hello Neighbor (Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, macOS)
In Hello Neighbor, you have moved across the street from mysterious man with a dark secret. You spend the game exploring his house and doing your best to survive! This game seems so cool! I love the idea of a home invasion survival horror type game - it's a nice, zany twist on the genre. The graphics look fun and stylized, and from the little I've seen of the game, it looks to be a strong new entry in the genre. I can't wait to play it.
Tokyo Xanadu eX+ (PS4)
A PS4 release of a PSVita series. I have never really sat down and played the Tokyo Xanadu series, and after taking the time to look into it - I am pretty disappointed in myself. The gameplay looks fun enough - not anything new or special, but fun. And the graphics definitely hold up pretty well. Who knows? Maybe I'll review this game!
Player Unknown's Battlegrounds (Xbox One, Microsoft Windows)
Player Unknown's Battleground is going to be going Microsofts Xbox Game Preview! It's not surprise, as it has made mad money through Steam's Early Access program. I'm talking almost $100 dollars in three months. Now, according to an interview with Business Insider, the creator is making the move to console through the Game Preview Program, which is basically "Early Access for consoles." I haven't had the chance to play it myself - but it sounds amazing!
Resident Evil: Biohazard Gold Edition (Xbox One, PS4, Microsoft Windows)
Resident Evil's critically acclaimed installment is getting a Gold Edition! Like most special editions, this game will feature all of the game's DLC, as well as the main game. This includes the Not a Hero DLC and the End of Zoe DLC, where you get to play as Chris Redfield and Zoe Baker, the only sane member of the Baker family.
The End is Nigh (Switch)
The End is Nigh is a dark, challenging little platformer. You take control of the small, black blob Ash as he sets out into a post-apocalyptic world. Why? To make a friend and repopulate it. I've only played a little of this on Steam, and I am eager to see what it's Switch Edition is like! Definitely take a look at this great title!
Okami HD (Xbox One, PS4, Microsoft Windows)
OKAMI! One of the most under-appreciated, beautiful, and imaginative games in recent memory is getting an HD rerelease on the Xbox One, PS4, and Microsoft Windows! In the game, you take control of the goddess of the Sun, Okami Amaterasu, who is tasked to bring life back to the Japanese inspired world of Nippon. It's a beautiful game and I am excited to see it's jump to the newest generations of gaming!
Final Fantasy XV: Episode Ignis
Final Fantasy XV is getting is releasing it's latest DLC. Like previous "episodes" this one will focus on a specific member of Noctis' party - Ignis. I'm very excited about it myself, because these past few DLCs have definitely not disappointed. I am also excited because I find Ignis to be one of the better written characters in the game and cannot wait to learn more of his story.
Shann Smith is a freelance writer, playwright, screenwriter, and gamer based in NYC. He runs two columns here on Popdust: Video Gay-Mer and Role PlayGround! If you'd like him to take a look at a game, hit him up!
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"I want to share with you that I am trans, my pronouns are he/they and my name is Elliot."
Academy Award-nominated actor Elliot Page has come out as transgender.
Page, known for his roles in films like Juno, Whip It, and Inception, announced his coming out in a social media post today. "Hi friends, I want to share with you that I am trans, my pronouns are he/they and my name is Elliot," he wrote. "I feel lucky to be writing this. To be here. To have arrived at this place in my life."
Every year, Spotify listeners win out over devotees to other streaming platforms when they unveil their Spotify Wrapped playlists — a data driven analysis of what the year sounded like.
And while this year's personal Spotify Wrapped summaries are still loading, Spotify just released their data for their most streamed global music and podcasts of the year.
Announced the week following the Grammy nominations, Spotify Wrapped feels like vindication for artists who were snubbed by the awards committee, like The Weeknd and Halsey.
The summary also analyzed trends of when and how people were listening to content, noting increased popularity in nostalgia-themed playlists and work-from-home-themed playlists. Spotify users were understandably playing music from home more, which even caused an uptick in streaming music from gaming consoles. Listeners also tuned obsessively into wellness podcasts like never before.
After months of on and off again speculation, Rihanna and A$AP Rocky seem to be dating.
Obviously, this is good news if it's true. Can you imagine? For the coordinating outfits alone, I need it.
There have been a ton of icky white rappers over the years, but these take the cake.
On this day in 1990, Vanilla Ice's "Under Pressure" reboot "Ice, Ice Baby" debuted at No. 1 in the UK, kickstarting a Billboard run that would soon carry over to the states and invigorate a fleeting love for Vanilla Ice and his whole...vibe.
Of course, we all know how it ends. Vanilla Ice's credibility and career unraveled as quickly as it began. "Ice Ice Baby" took on a satirical identity larger than its creator, all while Robert Van Wrinkle refused to pay royalties (or even give a shout-out) to Freddie Mercury and David Bowie despite liberally sampling the track's true creators. Ice instead tried to cultivate a hollow rap identity, one where he was a hardened former-gang member from Miami and not a middle-class teen from a Texas suburb. The chorus of the song then came under fire by a black fraternity, who accused Vanilla Ice of ripping off their fraternal chant ("ice ice baby/ too cold, too cold.")