Deadpool may be known for its meta-humor but Captain Marvel apparently knows how to poke fun at itself too. A promotional site for the upcoming Marvel cinematic universe film authentically models itself after the terrible websites that populated the earliest days of the World Wide Web.
The Captain Marvel site has it all: star wallpaper, animated gifs, rainbow Comic Sans, barely legible red-on-green font, and a non-functional guestbook. The gag will look familiar to those who saw the Internet stumble awkwardly into its current sleek and polished form. To those youngsters who don’t remember this era: yes, it really was like this.
For all of its silliness, the site does function too. It hosts the trailer, a brief explanation of Captain Marvel and the Kree, and a link to buy tickets. A pop-up image even lets you get in on the fun of punching an old lady.
I had very mixed feelings when Apex Legends was announced. On one hand, Titanfall and its sequel are two of my favorite shooters, offering an incredibly fast, almost balletic sense of movement that made otherwise standard skirmishes feel fresh and alive. The idea of developer Respawn taking that to the battle royale genre and throwing in charming Overwatch-style characters was incredibly exciting. But there was one very particular aspect of the game that made me wary: you can only play it in teams. As someone who spends hours in Fortnite solo and hates the idea of voice chat with strangers, this was an instant turn-off.
But thanks to a handful of incredibly clever design decisions, Apex Legends is the rare team-based shooter where voice chat isn’t a necessity. You can be antisocial and still have a lot of fun.
Apex Legends is set in the Titanfall universe, and it has teams of three battling it out across a war-torn sci-fi landscape to be the last group standing. It’s a class-based game where you pick from a group of heroes, each of which fits snugly into an archetype like “support” or “tank.” They also all have special abilities that charge up over the course of a match. And just like in Fortnite and its contemporaries, the battlefield shrinks as the match goes on, forcing you into close contact with your opponents.
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Other games news: In an addition that I’m surprised anyone would have asked for, the free version of Solitaire that comes with Windows 10 is getting a leveling system. The new feature was announced in a weirdly good trailer earlier this month.
That trailer, which you can check out further down this article (via PCGamer), riffs off the amusing “in a world” trailer for Jerry Seinfeld’s 2002 film, Comedian. The feature in itself is pretty simple – as the video points out “Solitaire’s going to add a player leveling system with experience points and rewards.”
Quite what that system will actually look like when it manifests isn’t clear, but the trailer’s Microsoft Studios employee in the trailer says that it’s “catered to people who just want to track their progress and be rewarded for playing any game in Solitaire.” For the record, that includes Classic Solitaire, its spidery variant, Freecell, and then two games called Pyramid and TriPeaks, which I assume are related, but which I have never heard of in my life.