The Mandalorian Operation Game Avoids Baby Yoda Surgery

As part of a wave of recent Star Wars product announcements, Hasbro revealed Operation: Star Wars The Mandalorian Edition, a game that isn’t nearly as gruesome as its title might imply. The Mandalorian’Operation avoids the classic tabletop game’s usual surgery-focused premise, preventing players from committing an act of Imperial evil on Baby Yoda.

In order to keep the adorable little alien a secret, Disney didn’t release any Baby Yoda toys for Christmas 2019. The decision reportedly cost Disney millions of dollars, but the company apparently thought it was worth preventing leaks from spoiling the surprise. In the absence of official merchandise, bootleg Baby Yoda products inevitably cropped up, eventually resulting in crackdowns from Disney. After a drip-feed of individual product announcements, Disney finally unveiled a deluge of Baby Yoda toys and merchandise at the 2020 New York Toy Fair.

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Among the new items was the Baby Yoda Operation game. Despite Operation’s traditional premise – using tweezers to conduct “surgery” on a man printed on the game board – Operation: The Mandalorian involves no surgery. Instead, Hasbro (via Jedi News) described the goal as stopping The Child’s mischief by taking away things he’s stolen from The Mandalorian’s titular protagonist and others around them, including a Thermal Detonator. The bomb’s presence makes the game’s scenario hardly risk-free, but it’s better than the alternative.

That’s not to say doing surgery on Baby Yoda would be inherently evil – sometimes babies need surgery, too, and the doctors who successfully complete those operations perform heroic acts. But it would still be a grim subject for a game, especially in the context of The Mandalorian’s plot. In the show’s third episode, an Imperial doctor takes Baby Yoda away, ordered by Werner Herzog’s character to “extract the necessary material,” apparently regardless of whether or not it kills The Child. Because Operation is all about extracting materials from things, a direct translation of the classic premise would have created disturbing connection with the Empire’s experiments.

Hasbro was able to avoid this unfortunate coincidence by having players perform another task, just as it has for previous licensed Operation games in the past. Operation Game: Star Wars Chewbacca Edition, for example, tasked players with picking pesky Porgs out of Chewy’s hair. But still, fans’ first thought upon seeing the Baby Yoda Operation box will be inevitably be something like, “What the – I’m supposed to operate on this baby for fun?” Regardless of the actual goal of the game, it’s odd that Hasbro decided to release a Mandalorian-edition Operation in the first place

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Operation: Star Wars The Mandalorian Edition will be released sometime in spring 2020.

2020-02-25 03:02:33

Camden Jones

Joker Movie Avoids Having Any MARTHA Moment | Screen Rant

Warning: SPOILERS for Joker ahead.

Zack Snyder’s 2016 follow up to Man of Steel, BvS was the historic first movie clash between Batman (Ben Affleck) and Superman (Henry Cavill). Already distrustful of the Kryptonian hero’s potential to be a villain, Batman plans to end Superman himself. For his part, the Man of Steel is manipulated into fighting Batman by Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg), who holds his adoptive mother Martha Kent (Diane Lane) hostage. During a rainy Gotham night, a heavily armored Batman battles Superman, weakening him with Kryptonite dust, and the Dark Knight very nearly wins the fight. Just as he’s about to plunge his Kryptonite spear into the alien, Superman desperately cries out his mother’s name, “MARTHA!”, which stops Batman in his tracks because both of their mothers are named Martha. “MARTHA!” took on a life of its own and has since been held up by BvS‘s detractors as a prime example of what was creatively wrong with the film. Although to be fair, some fans defend “MARTHA!” as a clever moment that acknowledges a longtime coincidence that Batman and Superman shared in DC Comics and used to the film’s advantage.

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Joker weaves an unexpected connection between Arthur Fleck (Joaquin Phoenix), the psychologically damaged would-be standup comic who becomes the Joker, and the Wayne family. Arthur’s sick and elderly mother Penny (Frances Conroy) was the Waynes’ maid 30 years ago and she is convinced that billionaire Thomas Wayne (Brett Cullin) is Arthur’s biological father. Arthur goes on a quest to investigate the truth and is shattered and driven to a murderous rage by what he ultimately discovers but the film ultimately debunks that Arthur is Thomas’ illegitimate son. Joker depicts the young Bruce Wayne (Dante Pereira-Olson) having a brief encounter with Arthur, Batman’s future arch-enemy, at the gates of Wayne Manor and Arthur also finally confronts his “father” Thomas Wayne, who reacts violently to Arthur. However, Martha Wayne is barely in the film and this feels like a strategic choice by Joker‘s filmmakers.

Unlike Thomas, who is a major character and a candidate running to be Mayor of Gotham, Martha Wayne (Carrie Louise Putrello) only appears briefly in Joker but she never speaks and is never even mentioned by name. Martha’s lone function in Joker is to be murdered in an alley (and have her pearl necklace broken) by a thug wearing a clown mask, which is the fourth time the Wayne murders have been depicted in a movie. Considering the numerous references to other Batman movies that Joker makes, avoiding Martha entirely is almost amusing and is possibly a response to the still-mocked “MARTHA!” moment in BvS. After all, Joker can’t also be mocked for Martha if she’s just a background character that the film all but brushes under the carpet.

However, unlike in Pennyworth on Epix, Martha Wayne has never been a true character in any Batman movie. She merely died, along with Thomas, in a flashback in Batman 1989. In Batman Begins, Martha is seen but never says a word while Thomas Wayne (Linus Roach) got to impart words of wisdom to young Bruce before his parents are murdered and, in BvS, Martha (Lauren Cohan) and Thomas (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) have no dialogue when the Waynes are killed in the film’s prologue.

But it’s because of Batman v Superman that “MARTHA!” has become infamous and now Joker made sure to avoid even saying her name. At the end of the day, since so much of Joker is disturbing and not funny – despite the presence of the standup comic-turned-murderous clown – perhaps it was wise of Joker to dodge getting any intentional laughs because of “Martha” since fans still have negative “MARTHA!” thoughts.

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2019-10-10 02:10:55

John Orquiola

Spider-Man Avoids MCU Plot Hole With Daily Bugle Website Edit

The Daily Bugle website launched as a tie-in with the home release of Spider-Man: Far From Home gets an update to avoid a Marvel Cinematic Universe plot hole. Far From Home is the second solo Spider-Man movie set within the MCU, and up until recently it seemed the Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel was destined to be the last movie released as part of Sony and Disney/Marvel’s deal to share the wall-crawling superhero. Discussions regarding a new agreement broke down this summer, but yesterday Sony and Marvel announced a third Spider-Man movie set in the MCU as part of a new deal between the studios. Fans and Spider-Man actor Tom Holland were all excited to hear about the studios reconciling, especially considering the ending of Far From Home.

The Homecoming sequel saw Peter Parker head to Europe and get recruited by Nick Fury to fight Elementals alongside the seemingly heroic Mysterio – only for the mentor that was quickly replacing Tony Stark aka. Iron Man to reveal himself to be a villain. As part of Mysterio’s contingency plan, in the Spider-Man: Far From Home post-credits scene, Peter’s secret identity is revealed by J. Jonah Jameson of The Daily – with J.K. Simmons returning as the Marvel Comics character. To celebrate the home release of Spider-Man: Far From Home, Sony launched, complete with MCU news stories and more videos of Jameson bashing Spider-Man. However, a correction was made to make sure the site aligns with MCU continuity.

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Sony launched The Daily Bugle website on Tuesday, Sept. 24, but at some point in its first five days, the site received an update in the form of a correction to one of its Blip Blog entries. Originally, the site listed the experience of a Jack Triconi, a stunt man who blipped out while jumping off a 60-story building, only to return and find the landing pad had been moved. In an update, The Daily Bugle reveals Triconi “never blipped away” and faked his claim for insurance money. See screen shots of the site before and after the update below.

Although Sony hasn’t confirmed exactly why the Daily Bugle website was updated, it’s likely because many pointed out Triconi’s experience directly contradicts the rules of the Blip as laid out by Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige earlier this year. Following the events of Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame – in which Thanos used the Infinity Gauntlet to disappear half of all life in the universe, then Hulk used a gauntlet to make everyone reappear – fans speculated about what that meant for people in certain precarious situations. Feige explained that in Avengers: Endgame, snap victims didn’t necessarily return in the exact same place they disappeared, such as those who were on a plane. According to Feige, Hulk was smart enough to make sure everyone returned to places they’d be safe – so if they were mid-air when they disappeared, they’d reappear on the ground.

That, of course, is in direct contradiction to the testimonial of Triconi, who claimed he reappeared 60-stories in the air and was injured because of the fall. It’s unclear if this MCU plot hole was a mistake on Sony’s part, and was updated to be a fake claim in order to save face, or if those who created the Daily Bugle fake news-style website included a false claim from the start and always intended to update the site with this correction. Either way, it’s a smart move to add the correction rather than remove Triconi’s post entirely since it continues to paint The Daily Bugle and J. Jonah Jameson as a fake news pundit who focuses more on sensationalism than accuracy. Of course, MCU fans know that Jameson’s report on Peter Parker being Spider-Man is anything but fake news, but the question of Jameson and the Daily Bugle’s trustworthiness could be a key element to the Spider-Man: Far From Home sequel, as reinforced by this correction to the actual site. For now, fans will just have to wait and see.

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2019-09-28 05:09:42

Molly Freeman

Hacker Steals Info From Microsoft And Nintendo, Avoids Jail

A Malwarebytes security researcher named Zammis Clark won’t be serving jail time after hacking into Microsoft and Nintendo servers and stealing 2,365 usernames and passwords from the respective companies. Clark, also known as Slipstream or Raylee, was found in May of 2018 and plead guilty on March 28th of this year in a London Crown Court.

During the trial, prosecutors disclosed that Clark had originally gained access to Microsoft’s server on January 24, 2017. He proceeded to share access to Microsoft’s network in an Internet Relay Chat server, giving other hackers easy access into the company’s servers. He was arrested a few months later in June after uploading malware into Microsoft’s network. The police, with the help of the FBI, EUROPOL, and the NCA’s National Cyber Crime Unit (NCCU), all found stolen files on his home computer as well. Clark was then bailed out with no restrictions on computer use. Not long after, he went on to hack Nintendo’s network, via the use of Virtual Private Networks (VPNs), and gained access to their game development servers in March of 2018.

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In May of 2018, Nintendo discovered the breach and Clark was brought into custody again. Clark’s defense stated that since the former security researcher is an autistic person with face blindness, he would be “highly vulnerable to violence from fellow prisoners“, and, “at a greater risk of reoffending if imprisoned.” As reported by The Verge, Clark’s damages are not an inconsequential figure for the companies, either:

Nintendo estimates the cost of damages between £700,000 ($913,000) and £1.4 million ($1.8 million), and Microsoft previously provided the court with a vague estimate of around $2 million in damages.

Judge Alexander Milne made the decision that Clark will be sentenced to 15 months imprisonment, suspended for 18 months. This means that Clark will avoid jail time as long as he doesn’t re-offend. Clark’s parents penned a letter to the judge, revealing plans for rehabilitation for Clark and his challenges with autism, which aided in swaying Judge Milne’s decision. A Serious Crime Prevention Order was also put in place for up to five years which, if breached, results in an unlimited fine and up to five years in prison.

This news comes only a few days after another case where a man plead guilty to stealing a total of $122 million from both Google and Facebook between 2013 and 2015. Both cases weigh in on the importance for companies to consistently adjust and heighten their internet security. It’s a sobering reminder that even the biggest tech companies in the world don’t have impenetrable defense networks, and that we should all be extremely careful with any information about ourselves that we use online.

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Source: The Verge

2019-03-29 02:03:38

Hannah Hoolihan