Goldberg Vs. Hardy: WrestleMania Fan Art Shows the Main Event We Deserved

It’s the WrestleMania main event that the WWE Universe deserves, and definitely the one it needs right now.

With Roman Reigns officially pulling out of WrestleMania 36, fans are now wondering who could replace him and many have come up with some great ideas none greater than having Goldberg face off against “The Charismatic Enigma” Jeff Hardy.

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Fan art was spreading like wildfire this week, showing the two men squared up against one another for the Universal Championship. Social media users praised the idea and called on WWE to make it happen.

The bout may sound appealing, but thrusting Hardy into the main-event title scene just weeks after his return from injury and a rehab stint probably isn’t the best of ideas. But it is WrestleMania season, and weirder things have happened.

Reports currently have Braun Strowman replacing the Big Dog at the Show of Shows, but does the WWE Universe really want to see that? If Matt Hardy’s success in AEW after exiting WWE last month has proven one thing, it’s that there’s still money to be made from featuring the Hardys. Neither man is close to being done with the wrestling business. They may have more days behind them than in front, but there’s still a lot left for them to do.

For Jeff, capturing a heavyweight title again in WWE would be the cherry on top of a long and tumultuous career. It would mean his redemption, both in the fans’ eyes and WWE’s. Plus, putting a major title on Jeff Hardy would be the ultimate jab to his brother Matt for leaving the company over creative differences.

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Putting Hardy into the match with Goldberg would not only freshen up the title scene, but also give the Universal Champ a chance to shine in the ring against a smaller opponent, who he tends to do better with. Pitting the WCW legend against other big men like the Undertaker and Bray Wyatt has proven costly for both him and the other wrestlers in the recent past. In his last few matches he’s been unable to pull off some of his moves on account of his opponent’s larger size and has botched several times, even knocking himself out during his Super ShowDown match with Taker last year.

If WWE wants to put Goldberg over at the Showcase of the Immortals and make him look as beastly as possible, it should have put Hardy in there against him instead of Strowman. Brock Lesnar has shown in the past that the in-ring chemistry between behemoths  like him and Goldberg — and smaller guys, such as AJ Styles and Seth Rollins, makes for great matches. While WWE may have chosen to go in another direction, Goldberg would be best of giving us another David vs. Goliath showing at WrestleMania 36.

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The WWE Universe has spoken: Goldberg vs. Jeff Hardy is the WrestleMania main event that they want and deserve.


Realism Drags Down Video Game Design | CBR

Video games, at their best, are pure fantasy. They set up fantastical worlds and incredible situations that could never happen. These universes are designed for entertainment and have no need to rely on the same rules that the real world does.

Overly relying on realism in gaming regularly drags games down, and those that let their imagination run wild are raised above the rest. Games should be free to be based somewhat in reality to make them more engaging, but kneecapping the mechanics with real world rules is a big mistake.

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Video game design isn’t easy. There are a lot of factors to consider when setting up the foundation for any game, shooter or otherwise. But when excessive realism is added into the mix, it makes things so much harder for the people that end up having to play the game.

Lots of modern shooters lean towards the more realistic in general, making them the most obvious perpetrator of this problem. It starts with the default settings of the game. For example, in the latest Call of Duty, motion blur and weapon blur are there as defaults. These simulate how eyesight works in real life: things blur at the edges of your vision, and they blur when you look around quickly. But in a video game, this isn’t helpful, and it actually works against you. It’s really hard to see enemies hiding in dark corners when your screen is blurring, which puts you at a disadvantage when playing competitive multiplayer.

In Black Ops 4‘s Battle Royale mode, Blackout, the game throws you in a wing-suit and has you to glide to your location. But Warzone abandons this to embrace realism. Instead, you’re given a hard to maneuver parachute that’s makes landing on your mark frustrating. Realism like this always seems out of place, especially when it’s combined with fantastical mechanics like the ability to re-open your parachute an infinite amount of times to help get you further on the map. It’s seems pointless for the game to make the parachute landing realistically challenging when it also includes a way to avoid the issue by spamming the reopen parachute function, also implying that there are dozens of parachutes strapped to your character’s back.

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Many games include flying and ground-based vehicles that are loaded with convoluted controls and mechanics that just make gameplay more difficult than it needs to be. A game will never truly recreate what it’s like to fly a real helicopter or drive a real car, so trying to simulate it just makes games more frustrating without actually replicating the experience.

Realism becoming more and more prevalent in gaming, leaving some players expecting every game to be realistic. The Division and The Division 2 players complained that bosses took too many bullets to kill, some even going so far as to suggest that a single head shot should be enough to down them. This particular cry for realism leads to overly powerful weapons being implemented in a lot of first-person shooters, which also takes away the fun of playing with people who utilize these weapons.

Real life can be the basis for how games are designed, but developers should go lean further into escapism and fantasy in order to make games that are as fun as possible. A great example of this is the current king of battle royales: Fortnite.

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With Fortnite, Epic Games has wholeheartedly ditched realism and embraced the fantastical, and it has paid off for them. The game’s features the ability to build various structures at the press of a button, pulling out materials from your back pockets and throwing together twelve story buildings in a minute flat. Guns are, of course, in this game too, but realism isn’t a factor aside from the basics of how they work. Fortnite has as arcade-like feel, which has helped make it one of the most popular games in the entire world.

Another game that proves that shooters don’t need realism to be fun and successful is Halo. The series has ditched realism, and done incredibly well in terms of commercial and critical success. In fact, the biggest complains people had about Halo: Reach were the instances where Bungie added more realistic mechanics. The addition of extra Bloom (which refers to the increase in bullet spread after firing continuously, lowering the player’s accuracy until they stop firing) sent shock-waves through the community. While this mechanic may be realistic, these weapons exist in a science fiction universe, so it’s not necessary to throw physics into them.

Realism is not inherently a bad thing. Many great games are based in reality, but a problem arises when developers choose to focus solely on making games as true-to-life as possible. Something is lost when games give up escapism and fantasy in favor or realism and, too often, what’s sacrificed is the fun.

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15 Best High School Anime, Ranked | CBR

The anime industry is known for churning out a lot of “slice of life” comedy and drama series, and they often take place in a high school. This isn’t an accident; many anime viewers are high school themselves, so this academic setting is relatable and familiar. But that doesn’t have to make for stale, routine storytelling. Some high school anime go above and beyond.

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Some high school anime are just so charming, so heart-warming, and so funny that anyone who’s getting into anime for the first time can try them out as an introduction to the anime world. The students in these ten high school anime have a lot on their plate: homework, insane teachers, bullies, crushes, or even a harem of magical girls or robot classmates!

Updated April 4, 2020 by Louis Kemner: The whole high school anime genre is such a huge and diverse field, we decided that a list of 10 isn’t long enough to showcase the impressive variety of high school anime out there. We’ve all been to high school at some point, and that makes this genre so flexible and relatable: bullies, crushes, weird teachers, trying out for sports teams, and the bittersweet feelings of graduation. We collected five more high school anime that deserve a spot on our list, so here we go.

15 Magical Sempai

This is a short, recent anime that streamed on Crunchyroll during its summer anime season. It’s a tiny series, since each episode is just 12 minutes, but that’s still enough time for all kinds of magic. An unnamed sempai (upperclassman) launches her own stage magic club at her school, and recruits a hapless underclassman to help her out.

But this poor girl suffers from dreadful stage fright, and her tricks go wrong in all kinds of ways. Still, it’s a fine way to learn tricks with coins, ropes, and even mind reading.


Sometimes, adults might wonder what would happen if they could just do it all over again. Enter ReLIFE. In this 12-episode series, a frustrated job seeker named Arata Kaizaki meets a mysterious young man who offers him a pill to become ten years younger, and right back in high school!

It’s part of an experiment, and Arata dives right in. He learns a few life lessons along the way, and some of his classmates might have a few secrets of their own.

13 Oresuki: Are You The Only One Who Loves Me?

Many of the high school anime titles on this list are hilarious and exciting, and Oresuki is no exception. If you thought love triangles were complicated, just wait until you watch this anime. In it, the main character (who goes by Joro) is asked to speak privately with two different beautiful girls. He hopes that he’s about to get some love confessions.

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But no! Both girls are into his friend, Oga, and he hopes to date whichever girl Oga rejects. But the quiet library girl, Sumeriko, then confesses to Joro, and Oga is interested in Sumeriko! And things only get more complex from there.

12 We Never Learn: BOKUBEN

This heartwarming high school anime has a roughly similar premise to The Quintessential Quintuplets (which we’ll cover later). This anime isn’t quite on par with Quintuplets, but it comes close, and we love it all the same.

Meet Nariyuki Yuiga, a humble but smart boy who becomes the private tutor for these three girls: Fumino (left), Rizu (center) and Uruka (left). Yuiga only meant to tutor them… but he soon gets involved in a whole lot more than that!

11 Kakegurui

This anime has a thriller edge to it, and unlike many other anime on this list, it’s not just a collection of high school hijinks. Instead, we visit an elite school where the students are the children of wealthy families and business owners… and they’re enrolled to learn the ways of gambling!

These boys and girls are the smartest, most cunning, and most daring high school students we’ve ever seen in anime, and some truly high-stakes poker, blackjack, and roulette all lie ahead. All the chips are down… literally.

10 Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai

That’s quite a name, and the title really only covers the first arc of this short series. Meet Sakuta, a high schooler who meets his upperclassman in the library in a bunny girl outfit. But this is not a cheap, erotic series. Instead, Sakuta and his senpai, Mai, start a quest to help their classmates, who suffer from “adolescence syndrome.” Anyone with this syndrome seems invisible and unheard, and they are terribly lonely.

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Along the way, Sakuta helps his little sister Kaede (pictured) overcome her fear of the outside world and become a member of society once again.

9 Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches

Now we get a harem anime, and not only that, but a set of seven magical girls, as the name suggests! As expected, this anime packs all kinds of high-voltage high school hijinks, and it all starts when Ryu Yamada trips and knocks over his classmate on the stairs. But then they swap bodies, not unlike Freaky Friday or Makoto Shinkai’s Your Name.

Turns out, this school is home to seven witches, and kissing them means borrowing their powers! Now Ryu faces body swapping, mind reading, invisibility, and more.

8 Nichijou

This high school comedy is truly wacky and insane, even by anime standards! You never know what you’ll get with each episode of this whiplash anime, and none of the characters are as simple as they look. Except possibly for Yuuko, who mostly reacts to the lunacy around her (and struggles to study, too).

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Around her are classmates like Mio, the energetic manga author in training, not to mention Nano, a robot girl with a huge crank on her back. Don’t forget the kid genius Professor and her talking cat, Sakamoto!

7 Azumanga Daioh!

This is a staple high school anime, and the manga is a must-have for any collection. This series looks tame compared to some others on this list, but it holds up. Meet the core six girls, who each annoy each other, take up nonsensical challenges, daydream about another life, and run for their lives in the school festival. The tall, stoic Sakaki hides a soft side that adores cats, and Chiyo is a kid genius who’s still a bit naive despite her smarts.

Their homeroom teacher, Yukari Tanizaki, is more bratty than half her students are, and Mr. Kimura keeps shouting all kinds of inappropriate things. But still, it’s heart-warming to watch all these girls grow up together, and Azumanga Daioh! bids each character a fond farewell upon graduation. Where will life take them next?

6 The Quintessential Quintuplets

This is another harem anime, and it trades magical girls for a set of five identical sisters with clashing personalities. The male lead is Futaro Uesagi, a plain but very smart boy who is asked to tutor the five Nakano sisters, who struggle with their grades. Hilarity ensues as Futaro tries to juggle these boistrous and uncooperative sisters, though he gets a break as they start to appreciate him and what he can offer them.

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Even more tantalizing is the mystery of which sister Futaro will marry! It’s made clear early on that Futaro will wed one of these girls, but not which. Future season may unveil the bride (so to speak) once and for all.

5 Toradora!

This high school comedy stars the tiny but tough girl Taiga Aisaka, who has a serious reputation for kicking butt. Meanwhile, she ends up in a surprise friendship with Ryuji, who certainly looks scary, but in reality wouldn’t harm a fly. At first, Taiga and Ryuji make a deal for mutual benefit, since they each have a crush on the other’s best friend.

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But this love square gets even more tangled when, you guessed it, Taiga anda Ryuji get closer to each other instead! later, they run off together, and they need time to figure out their lives.

4 Nisekoi

This high school rom-com is a Romeo and Juliet incarnation, and this time we get the son and daughter of two rival crime families! On one side we get Raku Ichijo, from a terrifying yakuza family, and Chitoge Kirisaka, from a mafia family. Chitoge moved to Japan for high school, transferring from the United States (she’s half American), and at once her family and Raku’s arrange them to meet.

Both young “lovers” are flabbergasted and don’t like being in the spotlight, but they try to at least put on appearances. Things get even messier when love rivals show up in force, and there’s the mystery of which girl gave Raku the locket he now wears around his neck…

3 A Silent Voice

A list of good high school anime is definitely not complete without this tear-jerker in it. This series has its funny moments, but ultimately, it’s a dramatic and heart-wrenching story of bullying, forgiveness, self-acceptance, and much more.

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In 6th grade, Shota Ishida (left) mercilessly bullied his deaf classmate Shoko Nishimiya (right), and years later, he’s suffocating on guilt and disgust with himself. But he’s not giving up: he wants to put things right no matter what, and viewers will soon learn whether or not Shoko is in the mood to forgive her tormentor.

2 Great Teacher Onizuka

This is an older series, but that just means it’s a classic. This time, we’re seeing things from the perspective of Eikichi Onizuka, a tough gangster who becomes a high school teacher so he can make some inroads with the ladies.

It’s a pretty selfish motive, but he soon becomes a model friend and mentor to his many students. He can’t stand how patronizing and rigid the school system is, so he tries to connect with his students and nurture their minds on his own terms. Will he succeed? Watch and find out!

1 Fruits Basket

This is it, the juggernaut of the shojo world. Fruits Basket had a long-running manga series, and it had an anime in the 2000s, too. Now, a newer and high-def anime relaunch is streaming, and viewers can enjoy the tale of Fruits Basket like never before. Orphan Toru Honda is a kind and sympathetic girl down on her luck, until the mysterious and reclusive Sohma family takes her in.

Surprise: they’re all cursed with the Chinese Zodiac, and can transform into animals! Now Toru tries to balance her high school life with a complex web of budding relationships, not to mention contend with the Sohma curse and the cruel family head, Akito. It’s a shojo series for the ages, and a must-watch for lovers of high school anime and romance.

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X of Swords: Wolverine's Muramasa Blade, Explained | CBR

Thanks to his adamantium claws, Wolverine has always been one of Marvel’s sharpest heroes. And later this year, Logan will have to be sharper than ever in the upcoming X-Men crossover X of Swords, which will see several mutants pick up blades to save the future of mutantkind.

While the crossover is set to feature blades from all over the Marvel Universe, one of the most prominent weapons in the first teaser for the event is Wolverine’s Muramasa Blade. Now, we’re taking a closer look at this powerful sword and what makes it one of the most dangerous swords in the Marvel Universe.

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Since it first appeared in Daniel Way and Javier Saltares’ Wolverine #40,  the Muramasa Blade — which is not to be confused with Muramasa’s Black Blade —  is deeply tied to Wolverine’s pre-X-Men history. Looking for revenge in Japan shortly after World War II, Wolverine went to the master swordsmith Muramasa. The villainous mastermind Romulus hired the Winter Soldier to murder a woman Wolverine fell in love with named Itsu, but Romulus’s Wolverine-esque healing factor made it difficult for Logan to take his revenge. However, Muramasa had a remedy for that.

By infusing the blade with a piece of Wolverine’s own soul, the swordsmith Muramasa crafted  “a mighty blade against which all even one as great as [Wolverine] will fall.” The result ended up being exactly that, a hyper sharp blade not only capable of cutting through almost anything, but keeping it cut. In theory, healing factors like Wolverine’s or any of his ilk would prove useless at recovering from the Muramasa Blade.

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The sword’s ability to counteract the many healing factors of the Marvel Universe is what makes it truly special. Over time the magical properties of the blade allowed it to injure Wolverine, Sabretooth, Romulus, and even the Hulk’s son Skaar. While analyzing the results of its cut, scientists even found that it severed its target on a molecular level, and the blade has stood up to Wolverine’s own adamantium claws more than once.

This power made the blade highly sought after, and Wolverine tried to keep it in responsible hands in order to protect the world from its wrath. At the same time, Wolverine understood its potential in protecting the world from his wrath, and he once entrusted it to Cyclops to serve as a contingency plan if Wolverine ever went truly out of control. Wolverine even used the sword in various instances to kill off some of his own villains, striking down Sabretooth and Omega Red when the need arose.

The sword has actually taken a variety of forms over the years when pieces of it were used toward other ends. Most notably, shards of the Muramasa Blade were integrated into Daken’s claws. As the son of Wolverine himself, Daken found the Muramasa’s magic to be an apt replacement for his father’s adamantium and wielded the claws capably until Wolverine removed them from Daken’s body.

During its most recent appearance in Tom Taylor and Juan Cabal’s All-New Wolverine #23, the Blade was melted down and used to make equally deadly bullets. Despite that, the first “X of Swords” teaser seems to suggest that the Muramasa Blade could be reforged, perhaps stronger than ever before.

By chance, the Muramasa Blade was destroyed when Wolverine was dead. But if Logan’s Muramasa Blade is anything like him, it won’t stay out of commission for too long.

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Marvel's next X-Men crossover, X of Swords, will spotlight some of Marvel's sharpest weapons, and Wolverine's Muramasa Blade is a cut above.


Journey Is the Perfect Escape for Social-Distancing Gamers (and Non-Gamers)

Developed by Thatgamecompany, Journey was released in 2012 for PlayStation 3 via PlayStation Network. Gamers and critics alike fell in love with this surprisingly emotional interactive story, and, by the end of the year, Journey had nabbed several “game of the year” awards and earned a Grammy nomination, a first for video games on the whole.

If you have yet to play Journey, now is the time. Better yet, it’s the perfect game to recommend to a non-gamer pal, as the game has finally released on iOS devices at a low $5 price-point. Despite the way this five-time BAFTA winner blurs the line between games and art, it still feels accessible, even for casual gamers.

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The player controls a nameless, robed figure who is traveling toward a mountain, the peak of which splits and catches the sun. Otherwise, you traverse an expanse of relatively empty desert, encountering the ruins of a lost civilization and, occasionally, another player. Unlike traditional co-op modes, Journey’s is fairly asynchronous, but there is a real emotional resonance to playing alongside a stranger. Even when you meet up with another player, the game insists upon maintaining its engrossing marriage of audio and visuals, and, as such, players can’t communicate via speech or text. In fact, in the original PlayStation 3 version, you don’t learn your comrade’s username until the end credits roll.

To collaborate, players harness the power of a musical chime, which has the ability to transform the lengths of cloth that help you navigate the game’s world. Something about the anonymity of a small character in a vast place makes the bond between players stronger. While the game works exceedingly well as a solo experience too, there’s something about the simultaneous feelings of distance and intimacy built into Journey’s atmosphere that feel particularly comforting while social distancing.

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Austin Wintory’s soundtrack plays a huge role when it comes to the gameplay. Although there are platformer elements to Journey, it’s free of the typical stress factors, like wayward Koopa shells or deadly obstacles. Instead, everything unfolds organically, and deliberately. Moreover, the music responds dynamically to your actions. As a stand-in for language and an element of the gameplay itself, the music becomes mimetic of the narrative’s emotional arc. Each frame looks like a painting, so much so that there’s really nothing else like it, save maybe Shadow of the Colossus, which, although a bit more challenging in its gameplay, also weaves a melancholy story with incredible vistas and vital orchestrations into a seamless experience. There’s something welcoming about it, which makes it perfect for less experienced players who would typically shy away from a niche, indie game.

The sense of discovery, and that growing anticipation as you near the split mountain, all of it builds in a way that’s perhaps best described as cinematic. Still, even that fails to capture the atmosphere, both delicate and bold, that Journey conjures. Needless to say, if you’re feeling a bit lonely or anxious, this game is cathartic. In leaning into the particular feeling of isolation — and in letting the narrative buzz and grow beneath the surface — Journey captures the truth of what it’s like to navigate uncertainty. And it lets you feel a bit more in control of that uncertainty, if only for a few hours.

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Bill Goldberg Loses Universal Title at WrestleMania 36 to Braun Strowman

“The Monster Among Men” Braun Strowman defeated Goldberg to win the WWE Universal Championship at WrestleMania 36 on Saturday night. The match lasted just over two minutes.

Strowman wasn’t even supposed to be in the bout against Goldberg, who had been champion since Super ShowDown in February. He was added earlier in the week after Roman Reigns, Goldberg’s original challenger, pulled out of the match due to health concerns and personal reasons related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

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The win is a long time coming for Strowman, and marks the first time he’s captured a heavyweight championship. It was only a few months ago that the 36-year-old former strongman managed to win his first singles title — the Intercontinental Championship.

Where Goldberg goes from here is uncertain, but it’s been a rollercoaster year for the Hall of Famer. He started 2019 with a poor performance against the Undertaker, followed it up with a quick beatdown of Dolph Ziggler and then later took out “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt to become Universal Champion.

As for Strowman, the big man is likely heading for a feud with Reigns, who is expected to be back at some point in the near future. It all just depends on what WWE decides to do in the wake of the COVID-19 situation.

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WrestleMania 36 Kicks Off With a Bizarre, Cinematic Cold Open

WWE may have just released the most bizarre opener in WrestleMania history. There were wrestlers dressed as pirates, a montage of wild horses, line dancing and some kind of giant crustacean.

The video began with a cinematic cold open before eventually going into its regular music package. But the first few minutes, however, seemed like something out of Land of the Lost.

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At one point, the video goes from one WWE star to another while different backgrounds play behind them. A voice that sounds like a pirate narrates, “rewinding” the clip and eventually showing the wrestlers battling skeletons and the crab-like creature.

In terms of weirdness, the wacky opener fits right in line with this year’s WrestleMania. The show doesn’t have an audience, there’s no giant entrance ramp, no stadium and several big names are sitting out.

WWE officials had to move the event from Tampa to Orlando due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and they’ve been filming their shows at the Performance Center ever since.

WrestleMania 36 will stream on the WWE Network and be available on PPV April 4 and April 5 at 7 P.M. E.T.

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Pokémon: Exploring What Happens Inside a Pokéball | CBR

Pokémon can’t really be “Pocket Monsters” unless they can fit into your pocket. Enter the Pokéball, a convenient invention that can contain any and all Pokémon within it. There are various iterations of the Pokéball, and it’s possible to create them from nuts and other organic material. However, what actually happens inside of the Pokéball remains a mystery.

There are numerous theories as to what happens inside a Pokéball. Through the scant official data available from interviews and in-game information, we can deduce what the environment inside a Pokéball is like and what this all means in the Pokémon World.

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Very little is actually known about Pokéballs. When the ball hits a Pokémon, they are converted into a form of energy, and are sent flying inside of it — at least, that’s the case in the anime. In the games, Pokémon visibly shrink into the balls. Either way, they are sucked inside of the ball. All of this indicates that the ball is able to convert creatures to fit inside itself.

In the Pokémon anime, there’s nothing inside the ball but its mechanical insides, and creatures are rarely shown inside Pokéballs. In one episode, Misty’s Psyduck captures himself inside one of her Pokéballs, though that might only be a stylistic representation of what can happen in there.

What is known for sure is that Pokemon are converted into energy and contained inside the ball. The Pokémon world has proven that it can turn physical matter into energy for transportation, as seen with both the Pokémon Transfer System, how Pokéballs materialize in a player’s Box when they have over six Pokémon on their person and how the psychic move “Teleport” affects Pokémon. Thus, Pokémon are seemingly turned into energy inside the Pokéball and are not physically shrunk down to size.

While very little has been said officially about what Pokéballs are like on the inside, there are some tidbits of information. Most notably, Pokémon Sun and Moon producer Junichi Masuda explained in an interview what he felt the inside of a Pokéball was like: “I think it’s safe to say that it’s very comfortable inside inside of a Pokeball, it’s a very comfortable environment. Maybe the equivalent of a high-end suite room in a fancy hotel.”

This seems to indicate that the space inside a Pokéball is artificially generated to be appealing to each Pokémon. Therefore, within the Pokéball, there’s essentially a virtual reality created for the Pokémon, designed as a perfect environment for the given species. These ecosystems are designed for comfort, creating a perfect, private space for its inhabitants.

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However, that doesn’t mean every Pokémon will like that environment. Ash’s Pikachu and the one in Pokémon Yellow hate being contained in a Pokéball, and many Pokémon in-game seem eager to be outside of a Pokéball so they can interact with human beings. Because Pokéballs are designed to create a comfortable environment, it seems Pokémon like Pikachu hate being inside a Pokéball because of how isolating they are. It is unknown if the Pokémon can interact with other Pokémon contained inside Pokéballs, though there are spaces like the PokéPelago for PC-bound Pokémon. On top of that, both in the games and anime, trainers regularly let their creatures interact with one another outside of the Pokéballs, as seen in Pokémon  Sword and Shield‘s Pokémon Camp feature, where Pokémon freely walk around and have fun with one another.

So, we can assume that, while Pokéballs aren’t uncomfortable, they’re not exactly meant for long-term containment.

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Avatar: The Last Airbender: Which Bender You Are Based On Your Zodiac

The connection between the Earth’s elements and the zodiac signs of the year are hinged on each other. The beloved world of Avatar: The Last Airbender series has peaked fan’s interests in considering their own personal Earth element for several years. Avid viewers of the show have made the connection between their zodiac sign aligning with which element would be plausible.

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By connecting personality traits, virtues, and characteristics of each Zodiac sign, we can hypothesize which Earth elements from the popular franchise fit all 12. Here are how each zodiac sign relates to each Earth element within Avatar: The Last Airbender.

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12 Aries (March 21-April 19) – Fire

The personality traits of an Aries are that similar to fire due to their spunky personalities. Within the show, we know that those who practice the fire element are hot-headed and quick to the touch. Aries personalities are just that; quick to voice their opinion.

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Though fiery, Aries personalities are mostly misunderstood (just like some of the fire element characters in Avatar: The Last Airbender.

11 Taurus (April 20 – May 20) – Earth

The bull has always been known throughout history to be connected to Earth so it makes sense that a Taurus would be an Earth bender. The bull is grounded and is not moved easily. That being said, when in motion, it doesn’t stop to reach its goal.

Within Avatar: The Last Airbender, Earth benders struggle to move rocks but are determined to complete their goals. All of these traits make a Taurus a perfect Earth bender.

10 Gemini (May 21-June 20) – Air

Just like Avatar: The Last Airbender‘s main character Aang, Gemini exhibits traits closest to that of air bending. Aang took a while to open up to his friends in the series which emulates a Gemini perfectly.

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It’s hard to get to know a Gemini because they want to focus on expressing their creativity along with being open-minded. That being said, it’s difficult for them to open up which makes for the perfect air bender.

9 Cancer ( June 21 – July 22) – Water

During the summer months everybody wants to navigate towards the water. Those born under the Cancer sign don’t have to look far because water bending is within them. Cancer signs exhibit emotional depth coupled with a caring nature.

As seen in Avatar: The Last Airbender, water benders have a deep understanding of nature and the feelings of those around them.

8 Leo (July 23- August 22) – Fire

Leo’s have confidence and pursue every situation with determination. Some may find this to be self-absorbed but those who fall into the fire category understand that drive for success is everything.

A Leo is bold in that others can rely on them, but tend to be unfiltered and loud for this reason. Others have confidence they will get the job done but don’t like to socialize with them along the way due to their prowess.

7 Virgo (August 23- September 22) – Earth

Earth bender’s within Avatar: The Last Airbender has a particular way of doing things and doesn’t like to stride away from their path. Earth benders are very much in tune with the Earth and contemplate every situation extensively before acting.

Virgo’s may be slow to get the job done at times, but it is precise and makes for a far greater outcome.

6 Libra (September 23- October 22) – Air

A typical trait of air benders is that they need to find balance in the Earth’s atmosphere. A Libra’s central function is to find balance wherever they are. In finding peace, they find happiness and the best traits of others along in the process.

By maintaining balance, Libra have the ability to rid the world of injustices.

5 Scorpio (October 23- November 21) – Water

Scorpio’s come off as mysterious and allusive but underneath it all have the innate desire to protect others. Water benders in Avatar: The Last Airbender show signs to that closest of a Scorpio due to their passionate nature.

However, the characters do show a lack of control at times which represents a Scorpio perfectly. Scorpios are a little on the wild side and can be seen as a problem but in the end, show passionate love and care.

4 Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21) – Fire

Quick to react and easily angered, the Sagittarius sign shows traits to that closest of a fire bender. They are extremely outgoing and love a good adventure – as seen with fire benders in Avatar: The Last Airbender. However, their thoughts and feelings are complex which makes them not easily understood.

The exploration never comes to an end for a Sagittarius. As a fire bender holds wonder, so does this sign in every way.

3 Capricorn dates (December 22 – January 19) – Earth

Capricorn’s love stability and thrive in structure. Their self-image means a lot which makes for a rock-solid personality. Fierce and determined, Capricorn’s most resembles that of an Earth bender who is grounded with the Earth.

They make great friends and acquaintances, but are independent and at times stubborn. In the show, several Earth bending characters show these traits throughout the series and attaching the Earth bending lifestyle to a Capricorn fits perfectly.

2 Aquarius (January 20 – February 18) – Air

Even though an Aquarius sounds like it would fall under the category of water, the only similarity lies within the name. An Aquarius loves to learn and prospers from intelligence. Like Aang who’s always learning, an Aquarius thrives on knowledge and holds curiosity close to their heart.

Every experience is a learning experience so they don’t spend too much time wrapped in a negative mentality. Their positive nature brings success to them and they appreciate every quality within the world.

1 Pisces (February 19 – March 20) – Water

Water benders make great healers and teachers. The water bender is known to be balanced and caring. A Pisces is exactly that. They change with their friends and their environment around them which makes for a better world.

They’re creative in how they learn and like to teach others what they know as a learning tactic. Like water benders, Pisces personalities are social and make for a great friend. They are mysterious but in a positive way. Not everybody needs to learn about their intentions but it usually makes for a positive outcome.

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Half-Life: Gordon Freeman’s Crowbar Is Gaming's Greatest Melee Weapon

There are plenty of worthy and iconic melee weapons in the pantheon of video games — Link’s Master Sword, the Assassins’ Hidden Blade, Sora’s Keyblade, Cloud’s Buster Sword. But there is only one weapon, one instrument of doom, that, when placed in the hands of a certain MIT-educated Theoretical Physicist, rises above the others to true greatness: Gordon Freeman’s crowbar. The release of Half-Life: Alyx offers a perfect excuse to take a look back and celebrate the Half-Life franchise’s most enduring weapon.

Alyx does not wield the crowbar herself in the new VR game, though that’s not to say it isn’t mentioned at all. The crowbar is associated heavily with the series’ primary protagonist, Gordon Freeman, and both are emblematic of the franchise as a whole. For most gamers, a mention of Half-Life conjures the image of a bespectacled, goatee-fancying scientist with a crowbar in hand, combatting alien headcrabs with his weapon of choice.

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The original Half-Life was released for PC on November 19, 1998 by fledgling studio Valve. It proceeded to change the landscape of video games forever by wrapping revolutionary mechanics and graphics in an exhilarating sci-fi/horror shooter. Players found themselves in the role of a Black Mesa researcher, the ever-silent Gordon Freeman. He pushes a cart, presses a button and a lot of really bad things happen.

As aliens pour in from tears in reality and the government sends in troops to cover the whole thing up with bullets, it’s up to Gordon and other surviving Black Mesa employees to save the world. It’s a lot for one nerd in a fancy hazmat suit to handle. But, thankfully, after surviving the initial accident, Freeman soon finds the instrument of his vengeance laying innocuously enough on the floor.

The crowbar was fun, effective and more than simply a weapon. Half-Life introduced new interactive environment and physic effects, and the crowbar was used as an implement to solve the many puzzles that highlighted these features. Beyond being a simple and satisfying weapon to play with, its iconic status is tied to the milestone in gaming history that Half-Life represents.

Even within the story of Half-Life, Gordon is constantly associated with the crowbar. Every new installment has quickly reunited Freeman with his weapon, usually with a funny comment from an NPC to highlight the event. In certain parts of Half-Life 2, if Gordon is killed you can hear the enemy say, “Somebody… Take his crowbar.”

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Its beloved status can be felt across platform and genre, with many developers adding homages to the mighty crowbar. In Halo 3, Bungie left a crowbar lying in the multiplayer map, Sandtrap. This is no coincidence, as “Sandtraps” is also the title Half-Life 2’s eighth chapter. GTA: San Andreas has a familiar-looking crowbar resting on a table in the Area 69 government facility. If you use a crowbar to break open a crate in Scribblenauts Unlimited, you’ll earn an item called “Free Man!”

At the beginning of BioShock, Atlas tells the player to look for “a crowbar or something,” instead finding a pipe wrench. The 2013 Sim City featured a build-able factory called “Freeman Crowbar Mfg.” Valve even referenced it in one of their own games, Left 4 Dead 2, where the crowbar is one of the available weapons. The game even features a moment where the playable character Louis declares, “Man, I feel like I’m Gordon Freeman!”

Half-Life’s crowbar was an instant classic that has endured in gamers’ hearts for nearly 22 years, and it’s brief appearance in Alyx feels appropriate. As cool as it would have been to see Alyx use it herself, the crowbar and Gordon Freeman have become synonymous with one another. Much like Chell and her portal gun, another revolutionary video game weapon from Valve, it would be weird to show someone else wielding the signature weapon.

Half-Life: Alyx is now available on Steam.

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Valve's Half-Life: Alyx, doesn't feature series protagonist Gordon Freeman's crowbar, a weapon that has become synonymous with the character.