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Rip-Off City: Overwatch’s Doomfist and Marvel’s The Gauntlet

I don’t know if anybody has made this comparison before, but I spotted it immediately when Blizzard announced their new Overwatch character, Doomfist. A tough, bald black guy with a giant, mechanical right arm? Isn’t that exactly like Marvel Comics character The Gauntlet?

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I don’t know what point I’m trying to make here, just pointing out what is clearly an obvious rip-off. I don’t think Blizzard intentionally ripped off the Gauntlet, but the coincidence is really, really odd. The mechanical fist is even on the same arm!

Granted, Gauntlet only existed for a short period of time in the wake of the original Civil War comic. He was created by Dan Slott and was actually part of a really nifty gimmick, where Gauntlet had the right-armed gauntlet, and another Slott character, Southpaw, had the left-armed gauntlet — but they never appeared together! Gauntlet was involved in The Initiative comics, and Southpaw showed up in Slott’s She-Hulk.

I did a Forgotten Characters article on the pair of them. That’s probably how I can remember Gauntlet so well.

Anyway, just wanted to point this out. If anybody knows Dan Slott, somebody tell him and see if he can raise the fuss that I can’t! Or maybe Slott is a big Overwatch fan and is now a Doomfist main because of this.

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Overwatch is Still Making Cartoons, Because Fun

Overwatch has been out for awhile now, and I have yet to take the plunge and dive in. I’m sure it’s a super fun game and a lot of people are loving it, but I make weird decisions with money. Anyway, Blizzard has decided to keep making Overwatch cartoons, because they’re just so damn good at it! Here’s one about Bastion the nature-loving robot!

Blizzard is just so damn good at these! Where’s the animated series? Or the movie? Though I’m sure they make more than enough money with all the video games…

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6 Things I Want to See in Future Warcraft Movies

For the Horde! Lok’tar ogar! Get pumped, get excited! The Warcraft movie hits theaters this weekend, and I am chomping at the felboar’s bit to see it! Warcraft is in my blood. My brother, father and I have all been playing Warcraft since the very beginning, back when I was a wee henchman. I live for the Warcraft lore, so a big screen, live action adaptation is the sort of movie I’ve been waiting for!

I really hope it’s good.

Please be good!

It’s getting high marks overseas, which is nice. But it’s not about superheroes, and for once in my geeky life, I’m actually worried about that. I think the trailers have been excellent. The CGI looks amazing. The story and the characters could be something special. Heck, I don’t just want Warcraft to be good, I want it to succeed!

I want a whole franchise! I want a ton of sequels! I want them to plumb the depths of Warcraft lore and deliver everything I’ve ever loved about the series. Join me after the jump for a few specifics!

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Overwatch is Right Around the Corner

Did anybody else play the Overwatch Beta last weekend? Blizzard has never let me down, so I gave it a shot. Sometimes I did well, sometimes I did not. Now I’m debating whether or not to get the full game when it’s released at the end of the month. Normally I’m terrible at first-person shooters, especially a game like this, against other people.

But if Overwatch has a story mode to match these animated shorts, I may have to definitely consider getting the game.

These cartoons definitely help explain the characters better, at least. There are more than a dozen super-people introduced in this game, and they’re a little hard to keep track of right off the bat.

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Another Awesome Overwatch Cartoon Sounds Like a Good Way to Start a Monday

If Blizzard wasn’t already making so much money through video games, they would be a damn fine animation studio. Check out this new Overwatch cartoon, starring Tracer and Widowmaker.

One wonders if the actual Overwatch game is going to live up to the excitement and quality of these cartoons.

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