It was more than a decade ago that Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse closed the book on Lost. The serial action-drama, which blended in elements of science fiction and light fantasy as the years went on, lasted six seasons on network TV between 2004 and 2010. It survived the 2007 writer’s strike as one of the most popular network shows of its time and unfolded during the seismic shift in television, with viewers beginning to move from cable to streaming subscriptions like then-burgeoning versions of Netflix and Hulu.
12 years later, Lost exists as a rare hybrid breed of compelling serial drama and so-called „mystery-box,” a word sometimes used pejoratively to describe the way JJ Abrams and his writing disciples, like Lost’s showrunners, have a penchant for throwing a bunch of unanswered questions at the audience, sometimes before the writers know the answers themselves. The Lost writers’ messy but lovable handling of this aspect of the show helped popularize the online theory-crafting fandom that today can be found behind basically any popular mystery-box show. As the internet and social media were going mainstream in the mid-aughts, people took their water cooler talk out of their respective offices and onto forums such as podcasts, Reddit, IMDb, or, in this specific case, Lostpedia.
In the years since Lost went off the air, many shows have been billed as its heir-apparent– Flashforward, Dark, Stranger Things, The Event, Castle Rock, The Leftovers, et al. Most recently, Yellowjackets shares the same catalyzing event of a plane crash leaving survivors stranded. There’s been no shortage of attempts, but only now do I find we finally have the next Lost in HBO’s Westworld. The sci-fi action-drama checks all the boxes of what made Lost special, and most of all, that’s because it’s kind of a lovable mess.
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As Apple ramped up investment in Mac chips, the progress of its other chips slowed down; sources: Apple Watch Series 8 may be able to tell if users have a fever — When it comes to Apple’s chip advancements, the company’s iPhone and watch are taking a back seat to the Mac.
Stray has taken over The Day Before as the most wishlisted game on Steam, following on from controversy involving the latter using unpaid volunteers.
Early last month, BlueTwelve Studio announced that there was finally a release date for the highly anticipated cyberpunk cat game. And as reported by PCGamesN, highly anticipated really isn’t an understatement, as Stray recently hit the most wishlisted spot on Steam.
Stray wasn’t particularly far behind anyway, only sitting in second place prior to this week, but now it’s essentially the most popular upcoming PC title. We can’t exactly blame anyone either, as in a recent hands-off preview, Stray looks like it’s shaping up to be something pretty special.
Sony has revealed a new line of hardware called Inzone that’s targeting the world of PC gaming.
Late last month, Sony revealed a trio of new headsets and a couple of new monitors, which certainly makes it seem like the company is ready to get serious about PC gaming again. The new lineup of tech, called Inzone, seeks to deliver „features that will immerse gamers into the action with total focus,” according to a press release.
First is the Inzone M9, a gaming monitor with HDR, 4K resolution, and „Full Array Local Dimming,” which is just fancy talk that means you can change the brightness on specific sections of the screen. Which in turn helps you get better detail from your images. The monitor also has a 144Hz refresh rate, an IPS screen to get those rich colours, and „1ms Gray to Gray response time for quicker reactions.”