Google Gaming and Catching Carmen Sandiego

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Welcome to the Pretty Much Weekly! A series where we will be bringing you a selection of this week’s news in film, games and tech. This week, Marvel continues to diversify, Google wants to be the next giant in gaming, and Google Earth is giving you the chance to find Carmen Sandiego!

New Aladdin Trailer and Casting Announcement

The new trailer for Aladdin was released this week, which looks freaking amazing! And Alan Tudyk, known for Wash in Firefly and K-2SO in Rogue One, has been cast as Iago! Jafar’s parrot sidekick. Needless to say, we’re all pretty pumped for this one!

Google has teased “the future of gaming”

On January 31st, Google filed a patent for a gaming controller, and earlier this week they teased an announcement at the upcoming Game Developer’s Conference. Their secret press event will be happening Wednesday 20th March at 6am NZDT.

It could be more information on their Project Stream, which allows you to stream games through the Chrome browser. The idea is that you can play games at a beautiful quality without having to download them. You won’t even need to have spent thousands of dollars on a high end gaming computer. Just, make sure your internet is pretty good.

Catch Carmen Sandiego with Google Earth!

Netflix recently released their new show Carmen Sandiego, which Di quite enjoyed. They’ve since collaborated with Google Earth to create a game that feels quite similar to the original games. Fly all over the world, chat to the locals, gather clues and figure out where in the world is Carmen Sandiego!

The first adventure is called The Crown Jewels Caper, with a few more looking like they’re on the horizon. It looks great, but unfortunately doesn’t have the great soundtrack. In fact there’s no sound at all! Which I guess means you could play it incognito at work.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe gets an Asian director

Kung fu superhero Shang-Chi will be getting a film after Avengers: Endgame. After backlash against stereotyping in their Netflix show Iron Fist and whitewashing in Doctor Strange, Marvel has taken care to be better at diversifying their cast and crew. One of the steps they took was hiring Asian-American screenwriter Dave Callaham as the script writer for Shang-Chi and now they’ve announced Destin Daniel Cretton to direct it.

Cretton is known for his films Short Term 12 and The Glass Castle. He was also a writer on The Shack.

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