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Press Start: Death and resurrection for comics, games and Schwarzenegger

When we looked back at the big stories from last week, we found a weird sense of coherency — and it all involves death and resurrection. The side that supports life includes SimCity creator Will Wright and his quest to build his next game … which isn't really a game. The cult favorite director Swery is also giving his latest game new life, as D4: Dark Dreams Don't Die heads to PC. Plus, the Assassin's Creed franchise will be reborn in London.

But life implies death, and there was plenty of that, too. Marvel started killing dozens of comic books in Secret Wars. MachineGames released Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, which is a game about killing nazi zombies. And speaking of the undead, we published a review of Maggie, some surprisingly subversive Schwarzenegger cinema.

It's not like we plan these things. It just happens. Below, you'll find some of the week's must-read stories, a mix of original reporting and long reads. Welcome to Press Start, a recap of the week in games and gaming culture to get you ready for the one ahead.

Last Week in Six Stories





  1. How Will Wright is turning your life into his next simulation

    Will Wright is back making games … or is he? It depends on how you define his new app. Thred is Facebook meets Pinterest in a mobile-only app fueled by the creativity and unusual insights of Wright's long history in game development.

    will wright




  2. D4: Swery's journey to PC and a second season of his gonzo episodic experiment

    Hidetaka "Swery" Suehiro has a preternatural ability to develop cult hits. The director recently announced that D4: Dark Dreams Don't Die is headed to PC. But the decision wasn't easy or obvious. It was the culmination of months of uncertainty over how to get D4 in front of a wider audience … and who could help him get there.

    D4




  3. Marvel's Secret Wars event starts today: Here's what you need to know

    This summer, Marvel is killing 33 comics to end the universe. The apocalyptic events began this week with Secret Wars, a summer crossover event that will usher in a new era of continuity. Here's what you need to know to understand it all, because Secret Wars is still somewhat-to-incredibly confusing if you've been out of the loop for a while — and especially so if you're just looking to start.

    marvel's secret wars




  4. Wolfenstein: The Old Blood review: madder red

    The hardest thing about selling doubters on Wolfenstein: The New Order was convincing them it wasn't just another bland shooter, despite how its marketing (and, frankly, underwhelming first hour) would make it appear. In Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, there's plenty of great action, but is there enough heart to make it feel as vital and fresh as its predecessor?

    wolfenstein: the old blood




  5. Maggie review: How zombies and Arnold Schwarzenegger subverted an entire genre

    In zombie movies, the central tension always hooks itself on survival. Death is literally the enemy, as characters struggle to stay alive and avoid fate as a reanimated corpse — except in Henry Hobson's indie film Maggie, where it's simply an inevitability.

    Arnold Schwarzenegger in Maggie




  6. Assassin's Creed: Syndicate hits this holiday, stars Jacob Frye

    The next Assassin's Creed, set to be officially revealed next week by Ubisoft, will be called Assassin's Creed: Syndicate when it's released this holiday, according to marketing material obtained by Polygon.

    Assassin's Creed: Syndicate