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Remade, Rebooted, Reimagined: the video game nostalgia craze

Gaming consoles. Picture Credit BagoGames. License: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

From Resident Evil to Spyro to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare to Dark Souls and, most infamously of all, Skyrim, it seems as if every popular game released within the last 25 years is getting rereleased and reimagined in some way. This phenomenon really started last console generation, with games such as Shadow of the Colossus, the Tomb Raider trilogy, and the Prince of Persia trilogy receiving HD remasters for the PS3 and Xbox 360.

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Should You Re-watch High School Musical?

High School Musical poster

The stress of university life, particularly if it’s, say, your final year, can affect people in many different ways. For me, it makes me want to revisit the things that I enjoyed as a child, perhaps as a poor attempt to relive the days when I wasn’t even sure what a dissertation was, much less what it involved. It was this kind of thinking, childish in itself to be frank, that made me revisit an old favourite recently: High School Musical.

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Margaret Atwood’s New Novel

In the last two weeks, it was announced that Atwood is writing a direct sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, titled The Testaments, due to be published next year. Little has been revealed about the follow-up’s story or characters, besides it taking place 15 years after the end of the previous novel, and that it will be narrated by three female characters.

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Are We Living In A Handmaid’s Tale?

The television adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale debuted in 2017 and the timing of it's release feels like no coincidence. Audiences of the series, based on the 1985 novel of the same name by Margaret Atwood, most likely found a worrying amount of parallels between the dystopian future of Gilead, the story’s setting, and the present day.

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Lara Croft’s Comeback

Shadow of the Tomb Raider Poster

In October, the video game world celebrated the anniversary of the arrival of a certain archaeologist to the industry – 22 years ago, in 1996, Tomb Raider, featuring Lara Croft, was first released. Given the release of Lara’s newest adventure, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, now seems like a perfect time to reflect on the character’s development, and reception, over time.

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