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‘Battlerite’ Review: Skill-Based Free-to-Play PvP Done Rite

Posted: 30 Nov 2017 05:00 PM PST

Ever watched a game of League Of Legends and dreamed of playing a MOBA that was just the highlights?  Well, then you’re in luck, because that's the vision behind Battlerite.

This is a multiplayer online battle arena “light.” The 5-minute MOBA, and for our money, it’s the one of the most refreshing thing to happen to the genre in years. Doing away with the complexities that come with genre staples like item juggling, last-hitting, and the slow lane phase before any action, this is a place where only the fights matter. It’s a place of WASD keyboard movement, because with no automatic targeting, every shot is a skillshot and your mouse is constantly used to aim.

So much so that the oft-used MOBA term is misleading. It might make more sense for you to think of it as a fighting game with a top-down camera. Abilities build up energy just like a fighter, which can be spent on EX abilities, or saved for a super attack.

As the spiritual successor to Bloodline Champions, a lot of the design ideas have carried over from that game and been refined, but with a new esports focus. It's a highly polished and in many ways a beautifully designed game, with lots of clever ideas built into its combat system.

The Trance Dance

Each of Battlerite‘s 23 champions has a handful of abilities with of course, their own cooldowns. While they’re always different,  there’s some uniformity in that most characters will have an escape bound to the spacebar, and many of these plucky heroes also have a counter ability.

As you’d expect from a fighting game inspired MOBA, countering is an important tool. Here, if an enemy attacks while you’re countering, a special effect is triggered.

For a melee assassin, this might mean being teleported behind the enemy. Perhaps it’s charging up your weapon, or sending you into a frenzy.

Just imagine keeping that eight second clock in your head for you, your teammate, and two opponents. When will they trigger it? How will it affect my team? The mind games that come with this one entrancing ability means that countering adds more depth to each battle.

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In a nice touch, every animation can be cancelled in Battlerite, which opens up a whole minefield of mind games.

It would be boring if you were forced to stand around fidgeting while the enemy counters. But counters here aren’t triggered by area of effect (AoE) abilities. Part of what makes this game so fun is devising a smart ability rotation on the fly. I loved noticing when enemies were counter-happy, and leading with area of effect abilities, making it incredibly satisfying when a plan goes right (or… rite?).

There are triple-A combat systems with less than this level of complexity, but Battlerite doesn't stop there.

More Height For Less Hurt

In Battlerite, anything that's in the air is invulnerable. But what goes up, must of course, come down. It's genius not only from a design perspective, it also just looks amazing.

Most characters will have one or two abilities with i-frames (invincibility frames) in which they leap into the air or dematerialise. If you're about to eat a big attack, it's completely possible to leap over it. If you've got a ticking bomb attached to you, you can time your leap so you negate the damage.

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This does, of course, blow a cooldown that could’ve been used offensively. But if you can perform an offensive and defensive move at once with the same ability, that’ll earn you some well-deserved highlight material. This massively increases the skill ceiling of all the heroes. It’s flashy, difficult, and great for spectators.

Healbots and Healnots

One potential downfall of arena PvP games is the all-healer team composition. Heal-heavy teams can create slow attrition fests (looking at you, WoW Arena) which might be competitive, but are neither fun to play or watch.  Thankfully, developer Stunlock rites this Battlewrong.

In order to keep the game flowing well, the team decided that only a certain amount of health can be regained in Battlerite. If players burst someone for more than 40 damage, the targets maximum health will start dropping too. The only way they can (slightly) raise their maximum health again is by collecting health orbs as a reward for controlling the middle of the arena.

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There's enough time before each match to strategise and pick talents

Damage is weighted against this threshold, though which forces attackers into some interesting decisions. How many cooldowns are you willing to burn trying to do more than 40 damage in this exchange?

It's a fantastic idea, well implemented, and solves a problem that most arena games have had for a while.

A Different Kind of Combo

Unsurprisingly for a MOBA, it’s the varied characters that keep the experience feeling fun.  Battlerite‘s character-specific buffs and debuffs add more of a learning curve to each individual hero, and it makes it worth trying out champions other than your main just so you understand what modifiers you might come up against.

For instance, the thunderous barbarian queen Freya has abilities that apply or consume “static.” Consuming static effectively completes a modifier combo, as you can see in the below GIF:

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In this case, the hammer throw on this enemy (with static) sends him flying backwards. If he hits a wall, he’s incapacitated for three seconds — enough to make sure he can’t escape Freya’s wrath.

This is a different kind of combo to keep track of. Less about stun durations and inescapable damage, and more about a parallel min/maxing contest which gives players another dimension to excel in.

The Evolving Flowchart

With five basic abilities (two of which have EX alternatives), and a super attack, that's quite a few cooldowns for players to keep track of in a 2v2. Once you really start to know the game, it  begins to feel like a flowchart of "if this, then that" decisions in your head.

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For every decision, every event in that flowchart, there's a mind game at play that forces you to make an interesting choice. Counters are baited. Ultimates are whiffed. Surprises happen. The momentum reverses. If you can juke an attack without using a cooldown, it turns the tables.

This flow also evolves as your skill grows. For example, higher level players will use their counters reactively instead of predictively. Incredibly subtle cues like where your head is looking can either telegraph your attack, or be used as bait. All of this changes the flow.

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Controlling the middle of the arena is what decides otherwise equal teams

Small cast times are also windows of vulnerability — I’ve timed attacks to hit those 0.25 second escape animations, and always felt dastardly while doing so. #Sorrynotsorry.

For a competitive pvp gamer, this is the stuff you want to know. It means the gameplay is deep and worthy of your precious hours getting to know its systems. All of this is before diving into the theory-crafting elements of picking talents and experimenting with builds. In short, there’s a hell of a lot for you to sink your teeth into here.

It’s also good to know there will be players. Indie pvp games are forever dependent on a critical mass of players to keep the game alive. It was never a challenge to get a game in early access, but with the free-to-play launch, the playerbase spike is huge:

The game has also been picked up by esports organisations like ESL and Dreamhack, which bodes well for the future of the game. It’s easy to see why. Esports features like the below are quite rare:

Is ‘Battlerite’ Good?

No. It's amazing.

In a sea of LOL imitators, its refreshing to see so many smart design ideas on display here. Thanks to the game’s gleeful disregard of genre conventions, Battlerite feels like something that few free to play games manage — refreshing and dynamic.

Without a speck of randomness in the whole thing, literally everything is skill-based. As a result, victory feels much sweeter. When you die, you know there's a solid reason. When you clutch, you know you earned it.

Developer Stunlock built a cult following around Bloodline Champions. With this spiritual successor, it’s  finally ready for a bigger arena.

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New & Returning Shows Premiering This December

Posted: 30 Nov 2017 04:45 PM PST

December is upon us, which means its almost time for the Doctor Who Christmas specials and the premieres of new and returning shows like The Crown, The Librarians and Call the Midwife. Three shows we’re looking forward this winter are Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which just cast Dove Cameron in a mystery role, Bright, which stars Will Smith, and Happy! which is a crazy comic book adaptation you cannot miss.

Check out the dates, times and trailers below for everything returning or premiering in December.

December 1

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 5 (ABC, 8 p.m.)

Coulson and the team find themselves stranded on a mysterious ship in outer space, and that's just the beginning of the nightmare to come, when Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns for its highly anticipated fifth season with a special two-hour premiere.

East Los High Series Finale Event (Hulu)

Head back to East Los High for a special 1-hour finale event episode. East Los High is a breakthrough Hulu Original that centers around romance, dance, and the struggle of a group of Latino teens living in East Los Angeles.

Dark (Netflix) New

Dark is set in a German town in present day where the disappearance of two young children exposes the double lives and fractured relationships among four families. In ten, hour-long episodes, the story takes on a supernatural twist that ties back to the same town in 1986.

Easy Season 2 (Netflix)

Intertwined groups of friends in Chicago fumble through the modern maze of love, sex, technology and culture. Easy Season 2 stars Aubrey Plaza, Judy Greer, and Michaela Watkins.

December 6

Happy! (10/9c, Syfy) New

From FANDOM’s 5/5 review:

Happy! is unlike anything you've ever seen on television. It tells the story of Nick Sax (Christopher Meloni), an ex-cop turned hitman who is greasiness personified. After a near-fatal heart attack, he begins to see a tiny blue horse named Happy (voiced by Patton Oswalt). Happy is an imaginary friend and needs Nick's help in order to save his creator, a kidnapped girl named Hailey (Bryce Lorenzo). Sounds a little nutty, doesn't it? You don't even know what you're in store for, my friends. Happy! is the craziest thing you'll see on TV this year. It's also one of the best new shows in years.

Shut Eye Season 2 (Hulu)

Now, more than ever, Charlie and Linda need to completely trust one another, but that's never been easy for these two unrelenting con-artists. As Linda struggles with Gina's (Emmanuelle Chriqui) death, her concern over Charlie's sanity, and the thinning thread of faith she has for her husband's "plan" to save their lives and livelihood, Charlie plots to get out from under Fonso (Angus Sampson), Rita (Isabella Rossellini) and Eduardo's (David Zayas) thumbs. Meanwhile, he continues to attempt to make sense of his visions and to further his quest to finally realize a "home" for his family.

Knightfall (History, 10 p.m.) New

Knightfall begins after the fall of the city of Acre, the Templar's last stronghold in the Holy Land, where the Holy Grail is lost. Years later, a clue emerges suggesting the whereabouts of the Grail and sends the Templars, led by the noble, courageous and headstrong Templar Knight Landry (Tom Cullen, "Downton Abbey," "Gunpowder"), on a life or death mission to find the lost Cup of Christ.

December 8

The Crown Season 2 (Netflix)

The Crown tells the inside story of two of the most famous addresses in the world — Buckingham Palace and 10 Downing Street – and the intrigues, love lives and machinations behind the great events that shaped the second half of the 20th century. Two houses, two courts, one Crown.

December 13

The Librarians Season 4 (TNT, 8 p.m.)

Season 4 of TNT’s hugely popular fantasy series The Librarians returns on a new night, Wednesday, Dec. 13, at 8 p.m. (ET/PT). The Librarians centers on an ancient organization dedicated to protecting an unknowing world from the secret, magical reality hidden all around. Rebecca Romijn, Christian Kane, Lindy Booth and John Harlan Kim star in the series as protectors of the world’s mystical treasures, with Emmy winner John Larroquette as their reluctant caretaker. Noah Wyle recurs in seven of twelve episodes this season as Flynn Carsen.

December 15

Jean-Claude Van Johnson (Amazon) New

If you need to eliminate a political rival, debilitate a multinational corporation, or overthrow an entire government—and you need it done with the utmost secrecy—there's only one person to turn to: one of the most internationally recognizable movie stars in the history of film. Jean-Claude Van Johnson stars Jean-Claude Van Damme (JCVD) playing "Jean-Claude Van Johnson," a global martial arts and film sensation…and, operating under the simple alias of "Johnson," the most dangerous undercover private contractor in the world. Lucky for the world's bad guys, he's been retired for years…unlucky for them, a chance encounter with a lost love is about to bring him back to the game…and this time, he'll be deadlier than ever. Probably.

Wormwood Part 1 (Netflix) New

Wormwood explores the limits of knowledge about the past and the lengths we'll go in our search for the truth through the story of one man's sixty-year quest to identify the circumstances of his father's mysterious death. Combining a virtuosic performance by Peter Sarsgaard with Morris' legendary interview style, Wormwood examines this case from every possible angle, bringing the viewer face-to-face with some of the United States' darkest secrets.

December 22

Bright (Netflix) New

From FANDOM’s Bright Preview:

Bright will be a watershed moment for Netflix. It's their biggest film production to date and it's a crazy one. A hard-edged cop film set in a world where magic exists alongside our normal, everyday lives. And when it comes to hard edges, nobody does that better than director David Ayer. And the Suicide Squad director brought that edge to the San Diego Comic-Con panel.

December 25

Call the Midwife “Christmas Special” (PBS, 9 p.m.)

Call the Midwife‘s 2017 Christmas special opens with Poplar under a thick blanket of snow, as the midwives face the challenge of the coldest winter for 300 years. The winter of 1963 saw temperatures plunge to a record low and the whole country brought to a standstill due to the severe weather. Battling snow, ice, power cuts and frozen pipes, the midwives strive to provide the best possible care for their patients. Valerie helps a young couple, newly arrived in London, who experience a traumatic birth, and Sister Julienne strives to reunite a family torn apart by a tormenting father.

Doctor Who “Twice Upon a Time” (BBC America, 9 p.m.)

In this year’s Doctor Who Christmas Special, two Doctors stranded in a forbidding snowscape, refusing to face regeneration. And a British army captain seemingly destined to die in the First World War, but taken from the trenches to play his part in the Doctor's story. This is the magical last chapter in the Twelfth Doctor's epic adventure. He must face his past to decide his future. And the Doctor will realize the resilience of humanity, discovering hope in his darkest frozen moment. It's the end of an era. But the Doctor's journey is only just beginning.

What’s Coming to Netflix December 2017

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‘The Shape of Water’ Review: The Most Magical Film of the Year

Posted: 30 Nov 2017 02:37 PM PST

Guillermo del Toro is one of the masters of movie magic. His films are intricately designed worlds populated with wondrous creatures and bursting with visual splendor. The Shape of Water is no different.

Actually, it might be his most magical film yet.

Tale as Old as Time

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The love between these characters is an absolute treat.

The story revolves around the relationship between a mute woman named Elisa (Sally Hawkins) and a mysterious aquatic monster (Doug Jones) who is being experimented on by government scientists. The fact that these two characters must learn to communicate without speaking is a testament to the power of both the actors and the story. Without ever saying a word, they are able to convey a litany of emotions that immediately makes us fall in love with them.

And you will fall in love with them. The Shape of Water features the most harrowing and heartwarming romance of the year. Every scene between the two is spellbinding, culminating in a moment so transcendent that I can't bear to spoil it for you. Suffice to say, it's a sequence that you won't see coming but once it happens, you will be swept off your feet.

A Sight to Behold

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Sally Hawkins on the set of 'The Shape of Water'.

The production design alone is enough to take your breath away. Del Toro populates his film with a number of immaculately designed sets that emphasize the world these characters inhabit. It goes to show how important a real set can be when building a believable place for a story to take place in.

But even if the sets weren’t astounding — and they are — the effects used to bring the Amphibian Man to life are jaw-dropping. The combination of prosthetics and digital work is seamless, and Doug Jones imbues the creature with a complete soul. You see the creature as a frightened animal, a regal being, and a genuine romantic lead. It’s a bravura performance that will go down as one of the best monster portrayals in film history.

A Thrilling Chase

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The Amphibian Man (Doug Jones) is both mesmerizing and scary.

But what about the plot? Does it provide a satisfying propulsion for these two characters? Absolutely. The crux of the film is about Elisa and her attempt to free the Amphibian Man. She has to outwit the tyrannical government agent (Michael Shannon) that runs the project and even enlist help from her kindly neighbor (Richard Jenkins) and one of the scientists (Michael Stuhlbarg) who is hiding a significant secret.

The movie never lags and gives every character time to shine as well as prove vital to the narrative and its pacing. It’s a masterful balancing act that only makes you want to revisit these characters and their individual struggles. Even typing this is compelling me to immediately watch the movie again.

Is The Shape of Water Good?

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The images in this film are so damn beautiful.

It's an unadulterated celebration of classical romance, monster movies (specifically Creature from the Black Lagoon), and the captivating sorcery of filmmaking. If you have any love of the moving power of cinema, you absolutely cannot miss this. There is no question that it's one of the greatest films of 2017, and it could possibly be the best movie Guillermo del Toro has ever made.

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Does Anime Have to Come From Japan to Be Called Anime?

Posted: 30 Nov 2017 01:43 PM PST

In 2013, Alter Ego Productions, an animated studio based in Abu Dhabi, created Torkaizer, which was lauded as "the Middle East's first anime." The story followed Ahmed, a young Emirati man who must protect humanity from an impending alien invasion. The plot and animation style clearly borrowed from well-known Japanese anime: the unsuspecting hero's journey, the humanoid animals — it even takes place in Japan. However, Torkaizer being marketed as an anime struck up a debate almost as old as the genre: if it's not from Japan, can we call it anime?

What Does Anime Actually Mean?

The dispute typically begins here: the word “anime” (shortened from “animēshon“) is the Japanese pronunciation of the word “animation.” In Japan, the word is often used as a blanket term for all animated content no matter where it’s from. This means “anime” could describe Dragon Ball and Disney alike; they're both animated, so why not?

Take, for example, this Japanese DVD cover. Here, Betty Boop is being described as an "antique anime." American animator Max Fleischer first drew the famous cartoon flapper girl in 1930. So, even though it's not Japanese, it's anime.

If this is the stance the Japanese take — the very culture that conceived and elevated anime to its current greatness — shouldn't we follow their lead? Couldn't we describe anything animated as “anime”?

Why Don't We Just Qualify It?

Most Western fans tend to be rigid with the definition of anime. They claim the term can only be used to define non-Japanese animation when qualified. This is why you'll hear people describe the web series RWBY (made by American production company, Rooster Teeth) as an American anime. Or you'll notice fans dub Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra as anime-inspired TV shows. You can acknowledge the nod to anime, but you can't outright call it anime.

An analogy fans often bring up is food. Sure, Taco Bell serves a pizza on its menu (it's T4 on the drive-through menu, look it up), but they qualify it as a Mexican Pizza due to its taco-inspired ingredients (ground beef, shredded lettuce and so on). Were you to present this Mexican Pizza in a contest in Naples, where pizza is believed to have been born, you'll be laughed out of Italy.

Some fans claim that as pizza is the product of Italian culture (like the ingredients they have readily available and their customs surrounding eating), anime is a product of Japanese culture. Animation created outside of Japan can be inspired by anime, but it can't actually be anime because it simply lacks that Japanese je ne sais quoi.

But Seriously — What Is Anime?

The issue here is that pizza is easier to define than anime. When seeking a formal definition of anime, once you start poking and prodding, it all becomes a little bit fuzzy.

Must anime come from a manga? Surely, the success of Cowboy Bebop has shut this theory down.

Does anime describe a specific visual style? Relying on an "I can't define it, but I know it when I see it" approach is insufficient. And for every trope or visual element — the blue hair, the nosebleeds, the cute animal hybrids — there are dozens of examples that exist outside these parameters.

The Verdict

So is that it — is anime only defined as being animation from Japan? Maybe. Because the discussion surrounding cultural appropriation is so prevalent in our current racial climate, we know we must borrow from other cultures with utmost respect. Creating anime-inspired content should be an homage, not a cash grab. This requires researching anime, knowing the titans in the industry, and understanding its importance to Japanese culture.

That being said, one thing is frustratingly clear: the definition of anime remains frustratingly unclear! And, as long these borders stay subjective and blurred, the debate will likely continue.

Tell us what you think. Can anime only come from Japan?

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What’s Coming to Netflix December 2017

Posted: 30 Nov 2017 01:36 PM PST

While you may be ready for 2017 to be over, we still have one month left. One month for movies like Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle to hit theaters, one month to celebrate the holidays like Christmas and Chanukah and one more month of streaming premieres for shows like The Crown, Bright, and Fuller House. So, before you write the year off, take a look at what’s coming to Netflix this December. You may be surprised at just how many good things there are left to celebrate this year, including Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, you can’t leave 2017 without watching “Marry Poppins, y’all,” at least once.

Coming to Netflix on December 1

8 Mile
Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls
All Hail King Julien: Season 5
A StoryBots Christmas
August Rush
Chef & My Fridge: 2017

Dark: Season 1
Diana: In Her Own Words
Dreamcatcher
DreamWorks Home: For the Holidays
Easy: Season 2
Exporting Raymond
Forbidden Games: The Justin Fashanu Story
Full Metal Jacket
Hitch
My Happy Family
Nacho Libre
Sahara
The Farthest – Voyager in Space
The Little Rascals
The Wackness
The Young Victoria
Tyson
V for Vendetta
TURN: Washington's Spies: Season 4
Voyeur
While You Were Sleeping

December 4

When Calls the Heart: Season 4

December 5

Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Craig Ferguson: Tickle Fight

December 6

Trolls Holiday Special

December 8

The Crown: Season 2
El Camino Christmas

December 11

Catwoman
The Magicians: Season 2

December 12

Disney's The Santa Clause
Disney's The Santa Clause 2
Disney's The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
Judd Apatow: The Return

December 14

41 Dogs in My Home
A&E: When Patients Attack
Ainsley Eats the Streets: Season 1
Halt and Catch Fire: Season 4

December 15

A Five Star Life
Christmas Inheritance
Discovering Bigfoot
El Señor de los Cielos: Season 5
Erased: Season 1
Freeway: Crack In The System
Neverlake
Pottersville
Reggie Yates Outside Man: Volume 2
The Haunting of Helena
The Mafia Kills Only in Summer
The Ranch: Part 4
Trollhunters: Part 2
Ultimate Beastmaster
Wormwood

December 18

Hello, My Twenties!: Season 2

December 19

Miss Me This Christmas
Russell Howard: Recalibrate
The Indian Detective: Season 1
You Can't Fight Christmas

December 20

La Casa de Papel: Season 1

December 21

Peaky Blinders: Season 4

December 22

Bright
72 Dangerous Animals: Latin America: Season 1
Dope: Season 1
Fuller House: Season 3, Part 2
Rosario Tijeras: Season 1
The Toys That Made Us: Season 1

December 23

Creep 2
Myths & Monsters: Season 1

December 25

Cable Girls: Season 2
Planet Earth II

December 26

Skylanders Academy: New Year's Eve Countdown 2018
Trollhunters: New Year's Eve Countdown 2018
True and The Rainbow Kingdom: New Year's Eve Countdown 2018
Word Party: New Year's Eve Countdown 2018
Todd Barry: Spicy Honey

Travelers: Season 2
All Hail King Julien: New Year's Eve Countdown 2018
Beat Bugs: New Year's Eve Countdown 2018
Larva: New Year's Eve Countdown 2018
Pororo: New Year's Eve Countdown 2018
Puffin Rock: New Year's Eve Countdown 2018

December 27

Pusher

December 29

Bill Nye Saves the World: Season 2: Part 1
Killer Legends
La Mante: Season 1
Shelter
The Climb

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Why Nobody Recognizes Kara Danvers as Supergirl

Posted: 30 Nov 2017 12:14 PM PST

Supergirl’s maskless face is plastered throughout National City, but that doesn’t faze Kara Danvers. The city’s citizens don’t suspect a thing as she quietly walks among them. Without a mask, we are left to wonder what is protecting our superheroine’s identity. Well, it turns out being extraordinarily ordinary is the latest in superhero cloaking technology.

The Glasses

Fun fact! In some Superman comics, Kal-El's spectacles were actually Kryptonian, which hypnotized those watching him and allowed him to cover his secret identity.

Glasses are the go-to disguise for superpowered Kryptonians, and Kara is no exception. While it hasn't been fully touched on in the show, Supergirl's glasses do help mask her piercing, blue Kryptonian eyes. In turn, they also alter her face shape just enough that, looking at her, you don't just scream, "Supergirl!"

This simple disguise is actually backed up with research from the University of York. According to the study, even the most subtle change to a person's appearance completely shifts our ability to recognize them. In the experiment, people were shown two images: one of a person with glasses and another without. Participants were only able to correctly identify whether the two people were the same roughly 70% of the time — and the two images were side-by-side! Chances are, if you held up an image of Supergirl to Kara, you wouldn’t recognize her.

She Is Clumsy and Timid

Kara accidentally zapping a cup of coffee.

Spend a few minutes with her Kara, and you will come away saying, "What an extremely clumsy and timid girl." However, her clumsiness may be, in part, due to her super strength. Imagine living life like everything is made of putty. A world where bumping into a desk means breaking it apart. Trying to live a normal, destruction-free life definitely contributes to Kara's clumsiness.

This personality disguise is further enhanced by the manner Kara presents herself. Kara wears her hair in varying styles, but all have a common theme: each is formal and reserved. This aids her disguise as a mild-mannered writer. It isn’t until Supergirl puts on her cape that her hair comes down.

How She Wears Her Clothes

Each outfit Kara wears is what someone would expect of a middle-to-older aged woman, not a girl barely out of school. These outfits also have a secondary, less obvious purpose — to cover up her toned physique. Without loose-fitting clothing, her muscularity would bring unwelcome questions. With them, she, at times, appears out of shape. The exact opposite of what anyone would expect of the most powerful woman on the planet.

This disguise also works in reverse. Supergirl, unlike most of the other heroes in the multiverse, wears no mask. Because of this, it appears as if she has nothing to hide, including a secret identity. If she didn’t want the world to see her face, she would cover it. Or, at least, that’s probably how National City see it.

Her Mannerisms

Who would suspect a nervous, timid office girl?

Kara even goes so far as to manipulate her speech to avoid detection. Each persona has a different voice. When Supergirl speaks, she sounds clear and confident. Kara, on the other hand, rarely raises her voice and sometimes even stutters.

The tiny tweaks to her normal persona don’t stop there. Kara is a sloucher, and not because her parents didn’t teach good posture. No, her slouch is strategic. It physically makes Kara seem shorter and unfit. Her poor posture also reinforces her meek, timid personality.

We Aren’t Ready to See Her

Even with all these tricks, people would inevitably see through her disguise. The main reason Kara is never found out is due to the barriers we set up. James said it best when he explained why nobody recognizes Superman. He is “able to hide because the world can't believe that there's really a hero in their midst.”

This is why Kara can slip into coffeeshops unnoticed and work for a company that broadcasts Supergirls every move. No one is looking for her. After all, they can't find your secret identity if they don't think you have one.

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QUIZ: Which Badass Female Star Wars Character Are You?

Posted: 30 Nov 2017 12:13 PM PST

The Star Wars franchise has always featured strong, compelling, and complex women in lead roles. From the original Star Wars: A New Hope through to the current Rebels series and the upcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi, badass female characters dominate the Star Wars universe.

Who do you most identify with? The headstrong princess turned politician Leia Organa? The resourceful risk-taker Rey?

Complete our quiz to find out which of these badass female characters best matches your personality.

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If Vision Dies in ‘Avengers: Infinity War’, We Will Riot

Posted: 30 Nov 2017 11:58 AM PST

Vision is one of the strangest and most fascinating characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. His addition to the Avengers roster was a welcome one. He presented a cool take on the idea of artificial intelligence, especially in contrast to the villainous and insane Ultron. Add to that his unique romantic relationship with Wanda Maximoff — seeing him try to cook in Captain America: Civil War is possibly my favorite scene in the entire MCU — and you have a character full of potential.

And now, it looks like he’s going to die in Avengers: Infinity War. I’m not happy about that.

The Evidence

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Things don't look good for Vision (Paul Bettany).

Granted, we shouldn’t trust trailers these days when it comes to providing definitive information about a movie. However, the Infinity War trailer does offer some big hints at Vision’s death.

We see Vision being subjugated by an unknown enemy — is it one of the Black Order? — who is attempting to extract the Mind Stone from Vision’s head. The Mind Stone is one of the six Infinity Stones that Thanos is collecting in order to dominate all of existence. It’s also the thing that makes Vision a fully sentient being. If it’s removed, it’s likely that he dies with it.

Vision was always a candidate for death given his attachment to the Infinity Stone and the fact that he’s a purely supporting character. I’m sure there are plenty of people who won’t be as affected by his potential end.

But they should.

Here’s Why That Sucks

There are so many stories and emotional arcs that Vision could be a part of. I recently finished Tom King’s 12 issue miniseries about the character and it’s one of the best comics I’ve ever read. And to see the MCU version of him get the short shrift is so disappointing.

Especially because the vastness of his power and importance have barely been tapped. Watching him casually pick up Thor’s hammer is one of the most shocking and awesome moments in the MCU’s history. If Infinity War removes Vision before we can have similar jaw-dropping scenes, it will be such a waste of the character.

Plus, the love between Vision and Wanda is reaching a very compelling point. We see in the trailer that Vision has finally taken on a convincingly human form. His entire drive is to try and be more human, so it makes sense that he’d take on a more familiar look in order to please Wanda. Side note: I bet she asks him to remain in his regular form because she loves him just the way he is. I would really love to see this relationship blossom, but it looks like it’s not to be.

I guess we’ll find out if this is the end of Vision when Avengers: Infinity War hits theaters on May 4, 2018.

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Where Would You Live in Artemis?

Posted: 30 Nov 2017 07:06 AM PST

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