Parasite: Bong Joon-ho Reveals Meaning Behind Title of the 2019 Film

Parasite: Bong Joon-ho Reveals Meaning Behind Title of the 2019 Film

Bong Joon-ho has explained the reason behind the title of his 2019 film, revealing that “Parasite” has a dual meaning in this case. In a Q&A session on Parasite’s home entertainment release, Joon-ho addressed some of the decisions that were made behind-the-scenes of Parasite, as he admitted that the title of the Oscar-nominated film could have been a “risky” choice for them. [ignvideo url=”https://www.ign.com/videos/2019/12/20/igns-best-movie-of-2019″] “[It] was considered almost a little risky and dangerous,” he said. “Particularly the marketing team was pretty hesitant because, in Korea, the word ‘parasite’ has a very realistic and negative connotation.” Joon-ho went on to explain that the title could be perceived in a couple of different ways, as it has a metaphorical double-meaning that could refer to either of the two central families in the South Korean dark-comedy thriller. “Because the story is about the poor family infiltrating and creeping into the rich house, it seems very obvious that Parasite refers to the poor family, and I think that’s why the marketing team was a little hesitant,” he explained. “But if you look at it the other way, you can say that rich family, they’re also parasites in terms of labor. They can’t even wash dishes, they can’t drive themselves, so they leech off the poor family’s labor. So both are parasites.” [widget path=”global/article/imagegallery” parameters=”albumSlug=oscars-2020-igns-reviews-of-the-best-picture-nominees&captions=true”] Joon-ho’s Parasite was recently nominated in six Oscar categories, including Best Director, Original Screenplay, Production Design, and Film Editing. It is also the first-ever Korean film to have been nominated for Best Picture, as well as the first from the country to receive a nomination in the International Feature Film category, per the LA Times. In our review of Parasite, we commended Joon-ho for crafting “a stellar dark comedy about class warfare”, saying he is “a virtuoso director at the very top of his game.” IGN also named it the best movie of 2019 and one of the best movies of the past decade. The story is set to transition to the small screen in the near future, as Joon-ho is turning Parasite into an HBO limited series. Originally reported by Yahoo Movies. [poilib element=”accentDivider”] Adele Ankers is a Freelance Entertainment Journalist. You can reach her on Twitter.
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Coronavirus Fears Have Forced Organizers To Cancel The Taipei Game Show

Coronavirus Fears Have Forced Organizers To Cancel The Taipei Game Show

Due to the ongoing concern over the coronavirus, organizers of the Taipei Game Show have made the decision to postpone the annual event. It was originally scheduled to take place next week, from Feb 6 – Feb 9.The threat of the coronavirus initially prompted organizers of the show to send a safety briefing to attendees and exhibitors, detailing temperature checks at entrances and the requirement for everyone to wear a medical mask at all times during the event.Despite this, the decision was made to postpone the event entirely, with organizers stating that they intend to host the show later this year in summer. A spokesperson for the organizing committee acknowledged the threat of the coronavirus and the danger mass gatherings pose to its spread. Understandably, the committee made the decision to not take the unnecessary risk.”Taipei Game Show is one of the iconic annual networking events,” the spokesperson said. “With that in mind, W.H.O. has declared global emergency as Wuhan coronavirus spreads. Considering mass gatherings like Taipei Game Show increase the chance of cluster infections, the organizing committee has decided to steer away from such unthinkable risks. We sincerely ask for exhibitors’ understanding on such a major decision.”A new date for the rescheduled event wasn’t provided, but the event will be taking place at the same venue, with more details on specifics in the coming days.”The location remains unchanged at Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center, Hall 1,” the spokesperson continued. “The specific time and date will be announced in the upcoming days by the organizing committee.”The Taipei Game Show isn’t the only gaming event to be affected by the growing concern over the coronavirus. Earlier this week Blizzard cancelled Overwatch events in China for the same reasons.
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Mythic Quest: Raven's Banquet Review – Apple TV+ Levels Up With Game Developer Comedy

Mythic Quest: Raven's Banquet Review – Apple TV+ Levels Up With Game Developer Comedy

When it was announced that It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia co-creator Rob McElhenney was teaming with Sunny executive producers Charlie Day and Megan Ganz to create a comedy about video game developers for Apple TV+, it was easy to expect a show rife with Sunny’s humor but set in a Silicon Valley-esque development studio. Instead, Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet strays far from Sunny’s signature brand of raunchy humor.The series follows the developers of the fictional massively multiplayer online roleplaying game Mythic Quest, as the new expansion pack–Raven’s Banquet–is set to release. As the story plays out, you get to know the obnoxious creative director Ian Grimm (McElhenney) and his staff as they attempt to grow their game, while navigating the gaming world and tackling a variety of different aspects of the industry, from deals made with streamers, to their game being hacked.The result is a half-hour comedy that pokes fun at the tech and game development industries in a playful way while managing to avoid being overly mean. The characters often butt heads, usually over issues that gamers will find familiar, such as gender representation or artistry vs. commerce. For example, when the company’s monetization expert (Danny Pudi’s Brad) feels insulted, he flips a switch and turns all of the game’s premium items free, essentially taking the game hostage and losing the company an untold amount of money.These instances, silly as they may seem, go a long way to address the show’s overall themes. Throughout the first season of Mythic Quest, the creative team strives to find new ways for their massively multiplayer online roleplaying game to reach a broader customer base to make more money. Along the way, the artistry sometimes has to become the second priority, like during fraught online exchanges with a popular streamer, a satirical 14-year-old “piece of s***” who goes by “Pootie Shoe” (Elisha Henig).A perfect example of this is in the pilot, when the game’s lead engineer Poppy Li (Charlotte Nicdao) designs a shovel for players in the game to use to change the landscape. It’s a tiny addition to the game, but one she is proud of. Unfortunately, Grimm becomes obsessed with the tool not being “cool” enough, while the head of monetization schemes to make as much money selling the item as possible. When the fickle but hugely influential Pootie Shoe (Elisha Henig) gets his hands on a leaked build that features…
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The Last of Us 2 Deluxe Artbook Is On Sale

The Last of Us 2 Deluxe Artbook Is On Sale

The Last of Us 2 is coming out May 29, barring any further delays, and it’s at the top of most people’s lists of most-anticipated games of 2020. The art behind the game is available in a collected works, the deluxe version of which is marked down substantially right now. Save 40% on Art of The Last of Us Part 2 Deluxe Edition Don’t see the deals below? Click here. [poilib element=”commerceDeal” parameters=”slug=last-of-us-2-artbook-preorder-sale”] [poilib element=”accentDivider”] The normal version of The Art of The Last of Us Part 2 is also on sale, but the discount is a modest 10% compared to the 40% savings of the deluxe edition. The Art of The Last of Us Part 2 for $35.99 – See it at Amazon If you haven’t already preordered The Last of Us Part II, and you’re interested in learning what editions are still available and what they include, make sure to check out our Last of Us 2 preorder guide. [widget path=”ign/modules/recirc” parameters=”title=&type=articles%2Cvideos&tags=us-shopping&count=3&columnCount=3&theme=article”] Seth Macy is IGN’s tech and commerce editor and just wants to be your friend. Find him on Twitter @sethmacy.
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Preorder Final Fantasy VII Remake: What You Get

Preorder Final Fantasy VII Remake: What You Get

After a slight delay, Final Fantasy VII Remake is set to release on April 10, 2020 as a PS4 exclusive. While it only encompasses the Midgar portion of the story, it’s still a massive enough game that it will be split over two Blu-ray discs. Along with the graphics, the combat has gotten a major overhaul, letting you play in a mixture of turn-based and real-time combat. If you’re ready to lock down a copy for yourself right now, you can. We have all the information you need below. Preorder Final Fantasy VII Remake [poilib element=”commerceCta” json=”%7B%22image%22%3A%7B%22url%22%3A%22https%3A%2F%2Fassets1.ignimgs.com%2F2020%2F01%2F31%2Fff7-remake1580478495752.jpg%22%2C%22styleUrl%22%3A%22https%3A%2F%2Fassets1.ignimgs.com%2F2020%2F01%2F31%2Fff7-remake1580478495752_%7Bsize%7D.jpg%22%2C%22id%22%3A%225e343024e4b0e6d43845e4d5%22%7D%2C%22url%22%3A%22http%3A%2F%2Fr.zdbb.net%2Fu%2Fbmxs%22%2C%22title%22%3A%22Final%20Fantasy%20VII%20Remake%22%2C%22store%22%3A%22Amazon%22%2C%22additionalInfo%22%3A%22%22%2C%22ourPick%22%3Afalse%7D”] Get it at Amazon – $59.99 Get it at Walmart – $59.99 Get it at Best Buy – $59.99 Get it at GameStop – $59.99 The standard edition only comes with the game itself, but that’s all you really need isn’t it? Final Fantasy VII Remake Deluxe Edition Get it at Walmart – $79.99 Get it at Amazon – $79.99 Get it at Best Buy – $79.99 Get it at GameStop – $79.99 The deluxe edition comes with the game itself, as well as the following items: Artbook Mini-Soundtrack Steelbook Cactuar Summon Materia DLC Carbuncle Summon Materia DLC This from-the-ground-up remake brings the beloved 1997 RPG into the modern era, with all-new graphics and a new battle system combining turn-based strategy and real-time combat. But if you prefer, you can map special abilities to buttons and play it all in real time. The first chapter of Final Fantasy VII Remake only encompasses the Midgar portion of the original PS One game. The developers say this part has become an entire game in its own right, and so they’re going to ship it. Presumably at least one more installment will come out in the future to finish out the story of the game. Final Fantasy VII Remake 1st Class Edition See it at Square Enix Store – $329.99 The Square Enix Store-exclusive collector’s edition comes with the game and the following items, according to the listing: Play Arts Kai Cloud Strife & Hardy Daytona Artbook Mini-Soundtrack Steelbook Cactuar Summon Materia DLC Carbuncle Summon Materia DLC Preorder Bonuses No universal preorder bonuses are available for Final Fantasy VII Remake at the moment, but My Best Buy members will receive a $10 reward certificate for preordering at Best Buy. Other Preorder Guides Animal Crossing: New Horizons Preorder Guide Biomutant Preorder Guide Cyberpunk 2077 Preorder Guide Darksiders Genesis Preorder Guide Destroy All Humans Preorder Guide…
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Final Fantasy 7 Remake: New Trailer Confirms Returning and New Elements

Final Fantasy 7 Remake: New Trailer Confirms Returning and New Elements

If you’ve never played the original Final Fantasy 7, this article reveals elements of the plot that will be included in what could be the latter sections of the Remake. [poilib element=”accentDivider”] [ignvideo url=”https://www.ign.com/videos/2020/01/31/final-fantasy-7-remake-theme-song-trailer”] The latest trailer for Final Fantasy 7 Remake is billed as a theme song reveal, but it includes a lot, lot more besides that – some shots confirm we’ll be seeing faithful remakes of elements from the original, and other choices seem to indicate that the story’s being remixed a little. We already knew Cloud’s crossdressing sequence would be included in the Remake, but this is the first time we’ve been shown Cloud in all his finery, and his trip to the Honey Bee Inn. We’re also shown party member Red XIII, not to mention getting looks at the likes of Professor Hojo, Reeve Tuesti, and Scarlet (complete with a human footstool). There’s a lot more besides – we see flashes of the bike chase battle sequence, running up the hilariously long Shinra HQ staircase, and the Leviathan Summon. Social media has already lit up with positive responses to how much familiar content is making it into the remake. [widget path=”global/article/imagegallery” parameters=”albumSlug=final-fantasy-7-remake-over-100-screenshots&captions=true”] However, the original game’s Midgar section is around 5 hours long, and we know Final Fantasy 7 Remake will be the length of a traditional game, which means perhaps more interesting are the shots that seem to confirm changes to the original. Primarily, we see meetings and battles with antagonist Jenova that don’t fit in the original Midgar section, while a scene with Sephiroth – who is all but absent from FF7’s opening sections – also looks out of place. We also see Cloud wielding what looks like the Mythril Saber rather than his Buster Sword, which he doesn’t acquire until after the Midgard section in the original. Similarly, Leviathan only becomes available in Disc 2 of the original game. One of these moments seems to be taking place in Nibelheim, which doesn’t fit Remake’s supposed timeline. It could be that the Remake extends further into the story than previously expected, or includes a flashback (not unlike the opening to Final Fantasy 15), but the presence of Barret in the same shots could mean these are hallucinations or dream sequences of some kind. [ignvideo url=”https://uk.ign.com/videos/final-fantasy-7-remake-gets-delayed-by-a-month-ign-now”] It’s a puzzle fans are already trying to piece together, and social media will be a more fascinating place…
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The Witcher Season 2 Will Address S1's Biggest Criticism, Says Creator

The Witcher Season 2 Will Address S1's Biggest Criticism, Says Creator

The Witcher showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich has opened up about the changes that are going to be rolled out in Season 2 of the Netflix show, particularly in regards to the controversial design of the Nilfgaardian army’s armour. Speaking on Flickering Myth’s Writing Experience podcast, Hissrich addressed viewers’ criticism of the Nilfgaardian armour, as she admitted that the team had recognised some of the first season’s shortcomings and planned to “course-correct” them in future episodes. [ignvideo url=”https://www.ign.com/videos/2019/12/27/the-witcher-season-1-review”] “Everything about The Witcher has been a real learning process for me,” Hissrich explained while discussing the storytelling process. “It’s the beauty of being able to do this for the first time and then get to come back and do it again.” She later added, “Season 2 is exciting. It’s a chance to look at the mistakes we’ve made in Season 1 and do it better, tell stories better, improve some things, look at what didn’t work, get rid of it and start over. The Nilfgaard armour will be totally different. You have that opportunity [with Season 2] to go back and course-correct if you want to.” The armour, first spotted in set photographs leaked months ahead of the show’s launch, became the subject of much online confusion and even ridicule, as many criticised its “odd shape” and “wrinkled” design while unfavourably comparing it to the armour used for the CD Projekt RED video games. The Nilfgaardian armor design in Netflix’s The Witcher. “What was important for us about the Nilfgaardian army was to bring it away from the Cintran army,” Hissrich previously revealed in an IGN interview. “[Cintra has] an incredibly well-trained army that comes from a kingdom with a lot of money. We wanted to contrast that with Nilfgaard, which obviously is a very powerful army as well, but is moving northward and has been for a while, and conscripting new people into its army.” “[The armour had to] look like they picked it up, they did it quickly, and they put them on them. It’s not meant to have the same look as standard armour.” [widget path=”global/article/imagegallery” parameters=”albumSlug=netflixs-the-witcher-cast-vs-video-game-characters&captions=true”] Aside from a few debatable issues, the live-action adaptation of The Witcher has proven to be a ratings hit for Netflix. In fact, the streaming giant recently reported that the Henry Cavill-led dark fantasy series is on track to become the “biggest season one TV series ever” on their platform. In our own review of The Witcher, we concluded that the first…
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