Nostalgia can be a heady thing. It’s also currently trendy, with two primary camps of opinions on the matter. There are those who honestly believe you can never go home again and that dipping too deep into nostalgia is a bad thing, often because it blinds people to the cool stuff already around them or prevents them from looking to the future and making progress
In these uncertain times, it’s good to reflect on the organizations which are providing assistance to others. At PAX East, we had the privilege of speaking with Stack Up’s founder and CEO, Stephen Machuga about their mission. Stack Up is a nonprofit organization that was founded from a simple idea: veterans and active-serving military needed something to help their mental health.
The resulting experience is the open-world RPG Marvel Future Revolution. The basic premise is a sort of mash-up of worlds called the Convergence where the heroes from each reality will be teaming up to save them all in conjunction with Omega Flight. The panel revealed expansive landscapes pasted onto our world that featured Sakaar from World War Hulk and Xandar from the Nova books, as well as mentioning a New Stark City where the heroes had Iron Man-ized costumes.
Population Zero is a new entry into the genre of exploration/survival games, created by Enplex Games. Stranded on the planet Kepler with the survivors of colonization expedition, it’s the player’s goal to survive for 168 hours (7 earthly days) before they surrender to madness due to a mysterious Sphere.
What’s interesting is that many large game companies tend to do the occasional celebration of this sort of camaraderie, but it’s rare that a company continues the tradition and in fact doubles down on it. ArenaNet started such an initiative last year called Friend/Ships, acknowledging both romantic and non-romantic lasting relationships that sprung up amongst their Guild Wars 2 community, and it continued this year with a modest booth on the show floor and a special panel at PAX East.