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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Was Gal Gadot really paid "Criminally Low" for her role in 'Wonder Woman'?

          In recent days there has been yet another case of the media taking advantage of a misleading story and turning it into profit by preying on the emotions of people.  This time they use the feminist movement to do so when an unfactual Tweet from Teen Vogue's Lauren Duca emerged claiming, "Gal Gadot made $300,000 for Wonder Woman as compared to Henry Cavill's $14M for Man of Steel.  The most compelling DC villain is the pay Gap.",  on June 20th, 2017.  Since then the media has been in an uproar of attacks against Hollywood, Warner Bros, and Henry Cavill.The reason I'm sitting down today is that like most of the time when these things occur, this is entirely out of context and spreading like a wildfire.  So, today I'm going to lay out several facts and comparisons as well as point out where things went wrong.  Hopefully, this shameful crime against journalism can be corrected and we may be allowed to look to the future rather than continuing to try and stay stuck in the past.

          Contrary to what many now believe, the fact is that Gal did not make 42 times less than Henry Cavill did in his first outing with the franchise.  In fact, they made exactly the same amount as both were paid base salaries of $300,000, which do not include performances bonuses or merchandise percentages and without those figures, it would be impossible to make a comparison.  It appears that Cavill got nowhere near the $14M that Duca suggested. How did she come up with this number?  Well, after some digging it appears that Duca got her info from an older Forbes article, but what she didn't realize is that that was Henry Cavill's estimated net worth in its entirety as it was after the Man of Steel films release.  What that means is that this $14M is an estimated sum from all of his previous work, which stretches over a decade and involves over a dozen acting credits, including a 38 Episode run on The Tudors and his lead roles in The Cold of Light and The Immortals.  It is also important to note that the original number didn't even come from Forbes, but instead from a widely considered "unreliable click-bait drove" site.  His actual net worth is still unknown to the general public.
          At the time of Gal Godot's contract signing for Batman V Superman, Wonder Woman and Justice League on December 3rd, 2013, - all of which were base salaries of $300,000 - she had been in nearly a dozen productions herself.  This resume included three notable supporting roles in the 'Fast and Furious franchise, in 2009, 2011, as well as, earlier that year of 2013.  Gal's credits had taken place over the course of just over a half of a decade, and you may still think she deserves a higher salary based off of this track record, but you need to keep in mind that Gal had yet to star in any notable lead roles and somehow still got paid $300K for yet another supporting role in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice.  This once again does not show anything to the performance bonuses and merchandise percentages attached to her contract; however, I would bet that they look about the same, as they should, and with Wonder Woman being the fourth entry into this cinematic universe and now the most successful with over 570 million dollars at the Global Box Office and climbing after just less than three weeks out, she is certain to have already made more than Henry Cavill did for his first solo film.  On top of all this, people have to realize that Wonder Woman was a character that had never been done before on the big screen and in fact, had only a handful of appearances on any screen; whereas characters like Superman, Batman and Spider-Man however, are as sure-fire of a mega hit as you can get.

          If you compare Gadot and Cavill's base salaries for their first solo titles to the base salaries of the actors over at Marvel for their first outings, Gadot and Cavill actually come out above par.  A lesser known actor, such as Chris Hemsworth, only made a base salary of $200,000 as compared to Gadot and Cavill's $300,000.  A more known and established actor like Chirs Evans who had at the time already appeared in a superhero franchise before, as well as, received 4 nominations on nearly 30 acting credits in well over a decade, including well-known titles like Fantastic Four, Fantastic Four: The Silver Surfer, Scott Pilgrim V The World, The Losers, and Street Kings, had actually only got paid $300,000 himself.  Reports suggest that for the first Iron Man, Robert Downey Jr. made only $250,000 and that included all of his insurance costs due to his addictions and trouble with the law at the time.
          Now let's compare the salaries for Avengers: Age of Ultron, which was the second Avengers film and the eleventh film in Marvel's current cinematic universe.  The previously established star that isJeremyy Renner was able to renegotiate his contract to $6.1M for his second supporting role for Marvel and previously mentioned Chris Evans was able to renegotiate his contract to $6.9M for his fourth outing for Marvel including to lead roles.  Chris Hemsworth who made only $200K for his first lead role went on to renegotiate his base salary to $5.4M for his fourth outing at Marvel including two lead roles.  Let's look at Scarlett Johansson who is not only also female and would be subject to this "pay gap", but was a well-known actress before joining Marvel and had held three supporting roles with the franchise already, was able to renegotiate her pay for her fourth supporting role to a $20 Million dollar base salary.  Robert Downey Jr. in his fifth outing for Marvel including three lead roles - not including his uncredited cameo in The Incredible Hulk - was able to renegotiate his base pay to a whopping $40M, but what people need to realize here is that Downey Jr. went on from the first Iron Man to star in several leading roles that received both critical and box office success during this time including, Sherlock Holmes, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, Due Date, Tropic Thunder and The Judge bringing him to a monstrous 81st acting credit with Age of Ultron.

          At the end of the day, we learned three things.  The first being that Gal Gadot not only did not get a "Criminally Low" pay for Wonder Woman nor Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, but landed above the average rate on the comparable spectrum.  The second thing we need to keep in mind is that franchises like these launch career's much like Robert Downey Jr or even Chris Hemsworth who since launching his career on the backs of Marvel has starred in several major films including Snow White and The Huntsman, Red Dawn, Rush, Blackhat, Huntsman: Winter's War, and has even taken part in Star Trek and Ghostbusters.  Gal Gadot is not new to this having experienced it already when she was thrust into the spotlight after appearing in her several supporting roles for the Fast and Furious franchise.  The third and final things to remember is that Gadot has the option to renegotiate her contract for the Justice League sequel, the highly likely Wonder Woman sequel, as well as any of the countless future appearances within this franchise, and it will be then that she will see a bigger salary.  Nothing has occurred here other than the common practice that everyone before her has dealt with as well.  This is a result of jumping to conclusions without properly investigating the context that is much needed to understand any situation, and this tragedy is an ongoing and growing issue in journalism.  We hope this cleared things up for everyone, as well as, gave everyone a better understanding as to the way things in Hollywood actually work.


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Editing Contributions from Trey Griffeth.
Research Contributions from Christopher Silva.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Video Game Spotlight: E3 Coverage - Ubisoft Recap, Highlights & Trailers

This year for E3, The Nerd Hub is expanding its coverage beyond our usual social media news with recaps of what stood out to us for each of the major press conferences, as well as, a Special Edition Podcast to recap everything E3 2017.  The next showcase was Ubisoft, who has continuously had a strong showing for as long as I could remember.  This year they came out with some impressive titles including a new psychological horror game for VR called 'Transference', that even had the trailer leaving us with a lasting impression.  Among these titles was also the long awaited 'South Park: Fractured, But Whole',  latest installment in the Far Cry' franchise, and a revolutionary new game by the name of Star Link: Battle for Atlas, and is mainly focused around the Nintendo Switch; but what stood out to us is what we will be highlighting here today along with the trailers for those who have yet to see them.

Beyond Good and Evil 2


          The first title that stands out to us is the return of Beyond Good and Evil, and the reason why starts with its history.  Beyond Good and Evil was originally envisioned by Rayman creator, Michel Ancel as a trilogy and was reinvented after being poorly received at E3 2002.  The game was released in 2003 and was critically well received, even earning a 2004 "Game of the Year" nomination.  Despite these accomplishments and a cult following, the game was considered a commercial failure and shelved; until now.  With no current release date, the game will likely suffer a fifteen year sequel gap, over two generations of gaming.  This game will be on a whole new level with modern technology and a far more superior Ubisoft.

Skull and Bones


          The second game that stands out is 'Skull and Bones', which is a shared world game based around naval combat, exploration, progression, and PvP encounters.  The major reason this game stands tall is due to the fact that one of the only Xbox exclusives that actually showed us anything was 'Sea of Thieves'.  'Skull and Bones' looks to be much of the same, only done far better; or so it seems.  This being a Ubisoft game, it will almost certainly be a multi platform release and would potentially deal a huge blow to the draw that 'Sea of Thieves' brings.

Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle


          The third game is on our list is a crossover that nobody expected.  'Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle' is turn-style strategy combat game that brings the two world of zany characters together for an all out fight to save 'Mushroom Kingdom'.  With signature fight styles and moves, as well as, creative weapons, it's sure to test the players, and is a major sell point for the Nintendo Switch.

The Crew 2


          The next game on our list is the impressive sequel to one of the most creative and entertaining racing games in recent history.  The Crew 2 continues its open world sprawl across a condensed, but albeit, still enormous model of the United States in entirety.  The difference here is the map has been morphed to fit the now expanded class of racing styles no doubt to be incorporated into what seems to a story revolving around a professional, multi-talent racer.  The story seems to work much like Skate 3, with a goal to achieve fame in the media and on the streets; and air, and water, and mountains.  This installment looks to expand beyond their impressive 'Wild Run' expansion that included monster trucks, drag cars, and motorcycles.  So far in The Crew 2 we have seen monster trucks, streets cars, off-road vehicles including rally cars and dirt bikes, hot rods, boats and planes.  This is sure to be the most entertaining racing game coming out.

Assassin's Creed: Origins


          The final game on our list for Ubisoft makes it back onto the Top 5 by outshining it's Xbox showcase with 30-minute, live gameplay demo that revealed quite a few new elements of the games reinvention, as well as, expanding on features we saw a few days ago. Most notably is the new RPG style combat system that relies heavily on gear statistics and abilities, player progression and an adrenaline meter allowing instant executions of any target.  Another solid feature is the return of mounts that range from horses, to camels, to chariots.  The return of sailing is another pleasant site, as well as, the under water looting and wildlife crafting system.  We were also giving a glimpse of how large the map is and it seems quite possible to be the largest 'Assassin's Creed' map to date.  Map shroud now takes from the RPG elements and is uncovered through travel, but there is still a synchronization system, which is likely going to be used for fast travel points and revealing collectibles if not also aiding in uncovering the map.  Wild life is also available to be used as a tool by releasing caged animals and arrows can be lit ablaze to add an extra layer to your strategy.  Quests are now a part of the game and will help you level up  and find gear in order to advance in other parts of the story.  The most impressive change to the game however, is the ability to climb on anything at any point and to do so with ease.  The engineering team set out to create an all-new system to finally perfect one of the most desired mechanics in the franchises entire history and did it beautifully.  This game is without a doubt one of the top showings of E3 2017 so far and is guaranteed to shake the 'Assassin's Creed' franchise to its core.


The Ubisoft conference came to a close with an impressive showing of games and was exciting and fun from start to finish. Ubisoft looks to stay at the top of the developers list once again and will likely do just that. The one down side of this conference in my opinion, is that we did not receive a new 'Splinter Cell' title, but with the surprising announcement of 'The Crew 2', promising 'Skull and Bones' and 'Beyond Good and Evil 2', as well as, quite likely the most well designed 'Assassin's Creed' game to date; the conference ended up very pleasing for me and I know it was for many of yous. As for 'Splinter Cell', here's to 'Gamescom'.



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Video Game Spotlight: E3 Coverage - PlayStation Showcase Recap, Highlights & Trailers

This year for E3, The Nerd Hub is expanding its coverage beyond our usual social media news with recaps of what stood out to us for each of the major press conferences, as well as, a Special Edition Podcast to recap everything E3 2017.  The next showcase was PlayStation who has come off of several consecutive years of strong showing,s including last year's onslaught.  This year they came out with some impressive titles including the return of Shadow of Colossus and Crash Bandicoot, exclusives such as Days Gone and God of War, and a slew of VR titles; but what stood out to us is what we will be highlighting here today along with the trailers for those who have yet to see them.

Hidden Agenda


          The first game we chose to highlight is part of a series of launch titles on the new Play Link feature, which is meant to target "couch gaming" and traditionally non gamers in a party style setting.  This new features allows smartphones to be used as controllers, as well as, personal screens.  This works out well in one game imparticular for us.  This game is called Hidden Agenda and comes from the makers of Until Dawn.  The game seems to allow players to take the roles of detectives and other cops, attorneys and even serial killer.  Just like Until Dawn, your actions guide the game and everyone can live, or everyone can die.  The twist is that each player has a log book according to their character to reference, but one player is randomely given a secret agenda, and this stirs betrayal amongst the group for a new and unique twist.

Skyrim on PS VR


          The second game we thought stood out above the rest is the Skyrim VR, which is special in this case because like Bethesda's Doom VFR and Fallout 4 VR, this game is ported in its entirety rather than being made into an experience.  The second thing that makes this stand out above the rest is that it was shown solely on Playstation's showcase and not teased nor even mentioned by Bethesda leading us to assume that this will be a PS VR exclusive.  That would be a huge win for PlayStation.

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy


          The next game we thought stood out was Uncharted: The Lost Legacy.  The reason being is that this game does not follow the usual protagonist that is Nathan Drake.  Instead, Naughty Dog has us follow Chloe Frazer and Nadine Ross in this stand alone expansion.  This is a major plus as Chloe Frazer has always been a supporting character that has appealed to fans only to be turned into an enemy and thrown away regardless of the potential.  This only left us with an unexplored territory and it seems that Naughty Dog has set out to bring an understanding to this character and for us, this is a great idea.

Detroit: Become Human


          The fourth game is yet another exclusive and stands out for a few different reasons. Detroit: Become Human is a game from the makers of Beyond: Two Souls and Hevy Rain that promises a compelling narrative and emotional experience.  The next thing that stands out is that last year we saw a completely different trailer that was almost seemingly unrelated and following a different character, but we did see this character in this latest trailer momentarily which leads us to believe you will follow and control several characters in this story.  We know that your decisons shape the game and with a story containing such a powerful narrative can start a huge chain of events.  That is where the final thing that makes this game stand above other comes in.  This game represents a slew of political issues that people can relate to even to this day and has the oppurtunity to not only open new people up to these issues but to show those already resisting where they are wrong and where their passion may just go too far.  This is a powerful and unique game and however it plays out, it will be a strong narrative experience for all.

Spider-Man


          The final game on our list of highlights is Spider-Man.  The reason being for this is that this game looks to disprove the "It only works for Batman" claim.  Now, previous Spider-Man games have always been solid games overall. but never any showstoppers like Batman.  What really stands out is not just the narrative and design, but the gameplay that proves you can make combat that feels good much like the Batman Arkham series, yet still holds a unique feel to the character that you are playing as.  This game could potentially open the doors to games for other fan favorite superheroes such as The Flash, Aquaman, Wonder Woman, Thor, The Punisher, and so many more.  Personally, I think this could be a major learning point for any company looking to rebirth the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise. Either way, this game will be a sure fire mega hit.


In the end, PlayStation came out with Exclusives from start to finish and stood tall once again. and leads the charge in games and a unique experience. The only question is, can they keep this pace up and can they counter the plus points that Xbox had this year? Only time will tell but for now, I think it's safe to assume that PlayStation fans are left satisfied once again. Stay tuned for our Ubisoft recap coming out next and as always let us know what you thought of your favorites titles this year in the comments below.



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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Video Game Spotlight: E3 Coverage - Bethesda Recap, Highlights & Trailers

This year for E3, The Nerd Hub is expanding its coverage beyond our usual social media news with recaps of what stood out to us for each of the major press conferences, as well as, a Special Edition Podcast to recap everything E3 2017.  The next showcase was Bethesda, who came off strong last year giving Sony a run for the top spot and was expected to be a safe bet this year once again.  Bethesda came out with a slew of reveals including what looks to be a Dishonored stand alone, Quake Champions and the E-Sports confirmation, as well as, several additions to their already thriving titles; but what stood out to us is what we will be highlighting here today along with the trailers for those who have yet to see them.


Creation Club



          The first thing we want to highlight is the Creation Club.  Bethesda has always been a big modding supporter and has even brought modding to consoles with Skyrim Definitive and Fallout 4.  The two big takeaways from the Creation Club however, is the new ease that comes with console mods in a new in-game overlay much like Ubisoft Club, which will allow you to start up the game and download the mods from the menu; as well as, the new ease on the creators side.  Bethesda is now going to work with top modders to ensure a proper transition of mods from PC to consoles allowing more mods than ever before on consoles.


Skyrim on Switch



          The next big thing to come from Bethesda this year is the Skyrim port to the Nintendo Switch.  This is big for the Nintendo Switch as it not only brings a huge AAA title to the console, but it opens the doors for other companies and even more titles from Bethesda.  This stands out most of all because it actually looks good.  Both the graphics and the gameplay are promising and a big win for the Nintendo Switch.  What really stands out though, is a Nintendo Switch Exclusive mod that allows you to place characters into the game via Amiibo figures.  This is not only a plus for this gam,e but a plus for all games, as this is a mod feature that creators can instill in their games to give the Nintendo Switch and added sell point. This is undoubtedly a game to look out for.


Fallout 4 VR and Doom 'VFR'



          Another great thing Bethesda is bringing to the table is their work in VR. This is the first AAA company to not only invest into the VR with passion but to invest multiple titles into the VR.  They are also bringing Fallout and Doom in full to the Virtual 'Fucking' Reality. This is another first for VR and a  major sell for another new chapter of gaming.

The Evil Within 2


          Next up on the highlights is the return to The Evil Within franchise in a sequel that looks twice as terrifying and twice as stunning as the original.  With a game that severely under performed overall, but yet found a cult following; there is no doubt that Bethesda has taken what was right and expanded on it in new ways and seemingly took what was wrong and threw it out.  This game looks to promise more landscape and color, more terror and emotion, and more enjoyment all around.

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus


          The final highlight of the Bethesda Showcase is the return to the World War gone wrong scenario that has been a strong fan favorite for years.  The trailer for Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus looks stunning and sprawling with landscape and narrative.  The story of the Nazis winning continues in america as they look to revolt and take their home back in this must play for any FPS story fan.


In the end, Bethesda shows that they are still the pioneers of gaming that they have always been by returning to E-Sports with the game that started it all, in Quake Champions, continuing their crusade in the modding community, launching into VR more than any company has yet to do, continuing with original and creative narratives, taking a leap into another nearly uncharted territory to help a fellow gaming company succeed and bring fans new ways of playing their beloved favorites.  Perhaps the best thing about their showcase is the fact that everything they showed is available by years end.  Bethesda trusts its fans and the fans no doubt trust Bethesda.  They have proven that gaming hasn't gone to shit.


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Monday, June 12, 2017

Video Game Spotlight: E3 Coverage - Xbox Recap, Highlights & Trailers

This year for E3, The Nerd Hub is expanding its coverage beyond our usual social media news with recaps of what stood out to us for each of the major press conferences, as well as, a Special Edition Podcast to recap everything E3 2017.  Next up is the Xbox Briefing, where they showcased a slew of new titles including Dragonball Fighter Z, Life is Strange: Before The Storm, Crackdown 3 and State of Decay 2, as well as, several new hardware and features releases.  While most of the entries that stood out for us were not Xbox exclusives, they are in fact what stood out.  So, we are going to showcase our top 5 highlights of the Xbox Briefing and give you a chance to view them for yourselves if you haven't seen them already.



Assassins Creed: Origins



          Assassins Creed returns with an all new build incorporating a clean display and RPG style combat in a landscape that looks to offer more variety than every before.  Jungles, rivers and swamps; towering cities and exotic paradises.  This installment of the franchise brings an opportunity to cover more lore than any that has come before.  This was the one that stood out for me personally as the top showcase.  The game is set to release later this year as reported and is sure to be a must play with a reinvention that left 'AC' fans around the world stunned.

Metro: Exodus


          Metro returns with with a sandbox survival adventure in their "most ambitious" installment yet by the name of Exodus.  The metro series has been a franchise to continuously surprise many players with its signature gameplay styles including wacky weapons, light and shade cover systems, lighters and gas masks as tools and means of survival and so much more.  This year we see giant beasts falling off of cliffs seemingly because the user lead them there, as well as, trains and zip lines; but what stood out the most is the clean air and lack of gas mask reliance.  This installment seems to promise some major changes for the franchise and is one to look out for.

Xbox One X


          The biggest non game title reveal for Xbox was what was formerly known as Project Scorpio.  The now titled Xbox One X takes the Microsoft resources and creates all new systems to bring the fans what they are looking for all the way to the core and ends up doing so with the "smallest and most powerful console to date".  This no doubt is good news for Xbox fans who have been anxiously awaiting the reveal.  The console  is available for pre-order now and will sell for 499.99 USD.

Middle Earth: Shadow of War


          The next game we found to stand out above the rest is Middle Earth: Shadow of War, the sequel to fan favorite , Shadow of Mordor. This installment looked to take favorite features of the previous title and expand on them in new ways including commanding you army through engulfed fortresses.  We also will now see a much larger map and many more tribes.  The lore speaks for itself being one the all time greatest fantasy lore's out there, so the story will no doubt be something to see, but we know that direct connection to its predecessor has been instilled.

Anthem


          The final game that stands tall for us is Bioware's Anthem.  This game comes from the original Mass Effect trilogy's executive producer Casey Hudson and is engineered as a social-action game much like Destiny and The Division.  The game also feels much like Destiny, as well as, Horizon: Zero Dawn and  of course, Mass Effect, all in one.  We saw several classes of presumably upgradeable mechanized suits as well as a sprawling, dense and exotic landscape with ruins, jungles and mountains. There will be monsters and robots of various sorts and will heavily feature flight, including under water.  Another notable feature was a weather storm system which seemingly features several types of storms and degrees of which they come presumably each bringing its own hazards.  Which ever way this game plays out in the end, this is a title that will undoubtedly end up as a mega hit.


The Xbox had a lot to show fans, but the down side is that not much of their own products stood out because almost nothing was shown for those titles, let alone something new, and the majority of the briefing showcased indies.  That wouldn't be a bad thing if they didn't waste ten minutes and show us nothing at all, and to make it worse, do so with a game nobody cares about; all while giving us two seconds in a montage for games that actually looked good.  All in all, while the briefing was an average showing, none of their major showcases were their own and for me, they take the big L so far.



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