Culture Feature

9 of the Best Fictional Games We Wish We Could Play

From Quidditch to Calvinball, these games look like more fun than anything the real world has to offer.

It can be a lot of fun to engage with a sci-fi or fantasy world — to lose yourself in imagining the interesting ways life could be different.

But sometimes it's hard not to get jealous when the characters in those worlds are just having way more fun than we ever will. These are some of the made-up games in sci-fi and fantasy worlds that we desperately wish we could play.

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Film News

Can Zack Snyder's "Rebel Moon" Compete With Star Wars?

The Army of the Dead director wants to kick off a major franchise with his grown-up Star Wars pitch.

2021 Has been a big year for Zack Snyder.

The "Snyder Cut" of 2017's Justice League finally hit HBO Max in March — in four hours of gloriously washed out, letterboxed 4:3 aspect ratio — and was widely praised as a substantial improvement over Joss Whedon's butchered and stitched together theatrical release. Then, in May, his zombie-heist movie Army of the Dead arrived on Netflix and quickly became one of the platform's most-watched movies of all time.

But now the Watchmen director has his sights set on an even loftier goal: Zack Snyder wants to be the next George Lucas.

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CULTURE

Every "Harry Potter" Video Game, RANKED

This listicle includes only the entries that tied into the films!

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Remember when J.K. Rowling was just an extremely accomplished novelist and not a transphobic shit-stirrer?

Those were simpler times, but the Harry Potter phenom feels like a lifetime ago. There was a time when Harry Potter was inescapable throughout every corner of pop culture. Action figures, theme parks, school supplies, and even condoms were all dedicated to a fictional white boy with a lightning bolt scar. The world, at one point, was just oversaturated with Harry Potter memorabilia, and most of it was useless garbage.

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Culture Feature

This Haunts Me: "My Immortal" May Be One of the Greatest Works of Postmodern Art

Was "My Immortal" a genuine work of terrible fanfiction, or was it a big ironic joke all along?

For fiction enthusiasts in the early 2000s, Fanfiction.net was the place to be.

In 1998, Fanfiction.net launched as a hub for fanfiction stories. The Internet was still in its Golden Age of lawlessness and creativity, with decentralized fan communities spread across personal websites and niche forums. Each brimmed with their own politics and drama, and for fans of children's novels, especially Harry Potter, fanfiction was serious business.

Battle lines were drawn over which Harry Potter characters you shipped (in explicit detail, usually). Fanfiction with the correct ships would be lauded as the greatest thing since real Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans, and bad ships would be derided as blasphemy. Dissent could mean being banned forever from the biggest online communities for your favorite series.

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Shifting

Ever want to enter a completely different reality?

According to a new Internet phenomenon (that actually has roots in spirituality and quantum physics), you can — quite literally, and tonight, if you set your mind to it.

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Film News

Is Disney's "Raya and the Last Dragon" a Rip-off of "Avatar" and "Korra"?

Whether it was intentional or subconscious, the new movie looks suspiciously familiar.

Update 3/5/2021: Raya is now out in theaters — for the reckless and the vaccinated — and on Disney+ — for people who want to spend $29.99 in addition to the subscription. If either of those categories describe you, hit us up on Facebook or Twitter to let us know if you think Raya ripped off Avatar.

The rest of us will be waiting until June, when it will be free to all Disney+ subscribers.

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