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Everything Old is New Again: How Detective Pikachu Draws From The Rich Lore of the Pokémon Universe

By Fionn Keeley

Detective Pikachu (or more properly, Pokémon: Detective Pikachu) is something of a milestone for the Pokémon franchise. It’s the first live-action adaptation to ever hit the big screen, and is almost certainly set to become a jumping-off point for several more such films. Adapting a setting as sprawling as that of Pokémon for live-action cinema is a difficult task, but Detective Pikachu succeeds quite nicely, managing to establish its own world while comfortably dodging the infamous Video Game Movie Curse. Along the way, it manages to fit in a whole bunch of call-backs to iconic – and sometimes not-so-iconic – elements of Pokémon history. How many is “a whole bunch”, you ask? Enough that it’s pretty much impossible to catch ‘em all, so we’re just going to focus on a few of the more plot-relevant ones here.

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Gravity Rush – A Belated but Glowing Review

By Barry Neenan

When I was bored at school – which was often – there was an odd daydream I would sometimes indulge in. I’d imagine opening the classroom door, pulling myself through, and then plummeting down the corridor as I fell sideways. The idea of rotating gravity fascinated me. So, although I’m late to the party, I am very glad that Gravity Rush exists, and that it is very good.

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Detroit: Become Human Doesn’t Know How Oppression Works

by Mark Laherty

Detroit: Become Human is an adventure game written and directed by one David Cage, known for similar games like Beyond: Two Souls and Heavy Rain. The story, which twists this way and that depending on your dialogue choices and actions, follows three different android protagonists on their different journeys through a world that discriminates against robots.

Little-known fact: David Cage also wrote the soundtrack for the 1995 Sega Mega Drive game Cheese Cat-astrophe Starring Speedy Gonzales. In this piece, I will argue that Cage’s racial politics never got much more sophisticated than a cartoon mouse wearing a sombrero.