Doctor Octopus And The Fear Of Failure In Marvel’s Spider-Man

Marvel’s Spider-Man has raised the bar for superheroes games, offering an experience that hasn’t been felt since the Batman Arkham series. What impressed me the most is the portrayal of Spider-Man’s cast of support characters, old and new. In particular, I found the characterisation of Doctor Octopus to be memorable. The game version had the perfect mix of pathos and narcissism, which is exactly what makes the character such a compelling antagonist for the web-slinger.

In this article, I’m exploring Octavius’ motivations. There will be spoilers, so bear that in mind if you haven’t played Spider-Man yet. Continue reading “Doctor Octopus And The Fear Of Failure In Marvel’s Spider-Man”

Becoming The Wraith: Yuri Watanabe And The Nature Of Crime-Fighting Vs Law Enforcement

If you’re a gaming fan then I’d wager Insomniac’s Spider-Man has been at the top of your list to play. I’m happy to confirm it lives up to the hype, putting you in the tights of New York’s friendly neighbourhood webhead. It’s everything a Spider-Man game should be and the awesomeness extends to Spidey’s cast of side characters. One of the standouts is Yuriko Watanabe, a police captain who acts as Spider-Man’s ally within the NYPD.

Yuri’s role within the game is great, but she actually has an even more interesting history in the comics. The comic version operates as the vigilante, Wraith, an identity that’s been used by several characters. Wraith serves as a representation of what happens when a police officer takes the law into their own hands. Continue reading “Becoming The Wraith: Yuri Watanabe And The Nature Of Crime-Fighting Vs Law Enforcement”

How The Witcher Inspired Me To Get In Touch With My Polish Heritage

Knowing where you come from is important. Heritage provides a connection between the past a present, a way to appreciate your family members and inform where you’d like to be in future. Living in the UK, I’ve grown up around my English relatives, but I didn’t know a lot about the Polish side of the family. Recently, I took a trip to Warsaw to get in touch with my Polish heritage, and that would have never happened if I hadn’t discovered The Witcher. What started out as an appreciation for a series turned into a pilgrimage of learning about my family’s history.

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How Your Business Can Tap Into The Power Of Nostalgia Marketing

With technology advancing on a regular basis it’s easy to feel overloaded with the latest trends and sensations. No one would blame you for feeling nostalgic about simpler times when Instagram didn’t exist and Game Boys were the best thing ever. Nostalgia is a powerful force that can bring back good memories. If you’ll allow me to wax lyrical about my childhood for a moment, I remember swapping Yu-Gi-Oh cards with my mates in the playground, coming home from school to watch shows like Hey Arnold! and Recess, or gaming on the PS One.

Research has shown that nostalgia has a positive effect, with Tim Wildschut and Constantine Sedikides of the Centre for Research on Self and Identity at the University of Southampton describing the phenomenon as “far from being a feeble escape from the present” it’s “a source of strength, enabling the individual to face the future.”

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900 Followers And A Shout Out For Mental Health Advocates

Ever since I started The Comic Vault, I’ve been consistently blown away by the amount of people who’ve come back to read my articles and given me a reason to indulge my inner geek. Each time I’ve reached a new milestone it’s been something that’s kept me motivate and I’m happy to say I’ve hit another goal of 900 followers. For people who’ve been reading the website for a while you’ll have noticed I like to connect comics and mental health together. As it feels like I’m running out of ways to say thank you, I figured I’d take the opportunity to shine a light on bloggers who promote mental health.

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Elektra: Always Bet On Red Review: What Happens In Vegas Doesn’t Stay In Vegas

Elektra is a character that’s known for her connection to Daredevil, but her backstory allows her to fit into other parts of the Marvel Universe. Elektra: Always Bet On Red, written by Matt Owens, sees Elektra go to Las Vegas to try and escape her past and start over. But Sin City is a place of criminals looking to leave their mark, and picking a fight with one of Earth’s deadliest assassins is a way to do it. Elektra finds herself caught in a twisted game that pushes her to the limit, making her question whether killing really is the answer to creating a better world.

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Dark Horse Geralt Of Rivia Statue Review

The appeal of collecting memorabilia stems from passion, or something specific that resonates with the collector. I’ve always been someone who appreciates good craftsmanship. The amount of time that goes into sculpting a statue can be taken for granted. That’s why I’ll occasionally be reviewing products that I enjoy from a decorative stand point. I’m starting with the Geralt of Rivia statue I bought from Forbidden Planet in Manchester. This version was made by Dark House in collaboration with CD Projekt Red. The statue is around 20 cm and came in a window box.

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