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This screenshot is from Game 3 of Rooftop Cop.

Cyberpunk media you won’t be asking to refund

So, the Cyberpunk 2077 saga somehow became more of a shitshow. Sony has pulled the game from the Playstation 4 store. It is also offering refunds to anyone who bought it.

Meanwhile, I’m still playing games from that Be A Better Cyberpunk bundle I wrote about on Tuesday. And I’m far from alone. The bundle has smashed its goals and raised US$43,797.07 from 680 contributors. The US$10 version has brought in another US$5,066.57 from 437 contributors. Both remain available until Dec. 24.

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A screenshot from Visual Out.

Give me cyberpunk, but make it better

So, Cyberpunk 2077 is a bit of a mess eh?

Even before its release we knew the developers were dealing with crunch conditions and the game had a lot of problems regarding its handling of trans characters. Once the game came out, players found it to be a buggy mess on Playstation 4 and Xbox One, including one bug in which the player’s genitals or breasts stick out of their clothes. The PC version (coincidentally, the one that reviewers were forced to work with) has fewer bugs. Every version of the game contains sequences that could trigger seizures and no option to make those scenes accessible. And you know, why not throw in some racism too?

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These are some of my favourite cards from back when I played the Pokémon TCG.

TCGs provide a fascinating multimedia experience on each card

I’ve wanted to do an article about trading card games (TCGs) for ages – before the old blog went offline, in fact – but inspiration never struck. They’re difficult to write about because they’re a polarizing subject. Fans tend to be quite invested, so a broad article rarely appeals to them. It’s similarly tricky to find a topic that appeals at all to people outside the hobby. You either tailor your content for the fans or create something that’s boring to them that has a low chance of appealing to anyone else either. Not a recipe for the type of cornerstone content the SEO plugin I use keeps suggesting I make more of.

But I came up with a topic sure to alienate both the fans and people who don’t care but opened the article anyway. I realized that TCGs are a master class in the art of developing multimedia experiences.

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Kadabra is finally free! The original image was by Bob Jagendorf and remixed under CC BY-NC 2.0.

Kadabra returns, a weird chapter in Pokémon history ends

In this week’s event that no one had on their 2020 Bingo card, the magician Uri Geller announced he would allow Pokémon to resume using Kadabra on trading cards.

I don’t blame you if you just went “what?” But it’s an interesting part of Pokémon’s history, and a development that nerds like me probably thought would never happen.

So, here’s the story of why Pokémon hasn’t printed a Kadabra card since 2003 and why that may soon change.

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This cellulose nitrate film has decayed beyond salvation. Photo by wikimedia user Hansmuller and used under CC BY-SA 4.0.

Lost media: a look at art lost to time and space

When mediaareplural.ca went offline back in 2018, a year after I had stopped updating it, all the content (sort of) disappeared. It had been indexed on the Wayback Machine though, so you could go there to reread anything I had written. Nothing is ever truly deleted from the internet, after all, so it wasn’t a case of lost media. But all the links to the old site were dead.

The content also existed offline on my computer, because that’s where I had written it all. That is, with one exception.

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