Deadpool may be known for its meta-humor but Captain Marvel apparently knows how to poke fun at itself too. A promotional site for the upcoming Marvel cinematic universe film authentically models itself after the terrible websites that populated the earliest days of the World Wide Web.
The Captain Marvel site has it all: star wallpaper, animated gifs, rainbow Comic Sans, barely legible red-on-green font, and a non-functional guestbook. The gag will look familiar to those who saw the Internet stumble awkwardly into its current sleek and polished form. To those youngsters who don’t remember this era: yes, it really was like this.
For all of its silliness, the site does function too. It hosts the trailer, a brief explanation of Captain Marvel and the Kree, and a link to buy tickets. A pop-up image even lets you get in on the fun of punching an old lady.
Developer Respawn believed that it was “putting a lot on the line” with the surprise launch of Apex Legends, but it looks like the decision was the right one: just three days after launch, the game has reached 10 million players. Fortnite, in comparison, took two weeks to hit the same milestone.
“We knew it would be risky to take the franchise in this direction, to go free to play, and do a surprise launch,” Respawn CEO Vince Zampella wrote in a blog post. “But we fell in love with Apex Legends and wanted, needed, other people to play it, too.” In addition to the overall player count, the developer also says that Apex has already reached 1 million concurrent players.
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Other games news: In an addition that I’m surprised anyone would have asked for, the free version of Solitaire that comes with Windows 10 is getting a leveling system. The new feature was announced in a weirdly good trailer earlier this month.
That trailer, which you can check out further down this article (via PCGamer), riffs off the amusing “in a world” trailer for Jerry Seinfeld’s 2002 film, Comedian. The feature in itself is pretty simple – as the video points out “Solitaire’s going to add a player leveling system with experience points and rewards.”
Quite what that system will actually look like when it manifests isn’t clear, but the trailer’s Microsoft Studios employee in the trailer says that it’s “catered to people who just want to track their progress and be rewarded for playing any game in Solitaire.” For the record, that includes Classic Solitaire, its spidery variant, Freecell, and then two games called Pyramid and TriPeaks, which I assume are related, but which I have never heard of in my life.