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Anyone can name the new Mars rover, but the nerds in charge will have to approve it

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Space. The final frontier. A vast, formless abyss into which humanity launches its satellites and rovers in a boundless quest for knowledge. The discoveries made in that airless vacuum of mystery could impact the human understanding of the cosmos, and now anyone has the opportunity to name one of the rovers that the European Space Agency will use to explore the surface of Mars.

Except the European Space Agency will choose the rover’s final name with a panel of scientists. And they probably won’t go for Marsy McMarsface.

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Netflix’s ‘Insatiable’ looks like it does more, and worse, than fat-shame

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The trailer for Netflix’s Insatiable has already made quite an impact on social media, though perhaps not for the reasons the creators may have anticipated.

The show, which stars Debby Ryan and Alyssa Milano, tells the story of Patty, an overweight girl known as (ugh) “Fatty Patty” at her high school. After she is (UGH!) punched in the face and has her jaw wired shut for a summer, she returns to school thin and therefore conventionally attractive, and so decides to exact revenge on the bullies who made fun of her before. …

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‘Spider-Man’ PS4 trailer shows Spidey teaming up with MJ -and- Miles Morales

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Spider-Man may do whatever a spider can, but the new story trailer for his anticipated PlayStation 4 game shows that he can’t do it alone.

The trailer features Spidey teaming up with Mary Jane Watson and Miles Morales in a city overrun with costumed villains, Norman Osborne as a vigilante-averse Mayor of New York, and introduces Silver Sable as one of the many antagonists poor Peter Parker is going to have to web up in his quest to keep the city safe.

Spider-Man for PS4 launches on Sept. 7.

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New ‘Walking Dead’ mobile game has a killer social element, but fairly pointless AR

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After a solid week of playing The Walking Dead: Our World, the new AR-optional mobile game set in the world of AMC’s The Walking Dead, I can solidly say that I would 100% survive the zombie apocalypse…but only if I was there with my friends.

While Our World can be played by oneself, it has a strong and unique emphasis on partnering with famous characters from the show and squadding up with strangers to take on the full force of a zombie-infested wasteland.

The premise of the game is simple, but the execution is not. On its face, The Walking Dead: Our World is an Ingress/Pokémon Go style game where a real-world map of a player’s surroundings is transformed into a post-apocalyptic landscape riddled with supply crates, walker encounters, and player-built shelters that serve as drop off points for survivors. …

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A ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ reboot is in the works with a new focus on diversity

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As it was told in old times, a slayer will rise to fight against the forces or darkness: Buffy The Vampire Slayer is finally getting a reboot.

Joss Whedon, the original creator of the Buffy movie and beloved TV show, will executive produce the project, while Monica Breen (who co–executive produced Whedon’s Agents of Shield) will write and serve as showrunner for the reboot.

Whedon has promised that a black actor will take over the iconic Buffy role and that the reboot will focus more of its casting efforts on making the Scooby gang, previously played by geek TV titans like Sarah Michelle Gellar, David Boreanaz, and Seth Green, more racially diverse to better reflect the social issues of today. …

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