The Top 10 Video Game Multimedia Universes

While other forms of media are not strangers to tie-ins and merchandise outside of their primary format, video games have only really embraced this in the past five years or so.

One needs only look at recent video game news headlines to see the trend in full force.

Whether it is Sony’s decision to form a studio dedicated to PlayStation properties or the box office success of Detective Pikachu, video game universes are finally being recognized for their potential as multimedia franchises.

In this article, we’re going to talk about 10 of the top multimedia video game universes out there right now. To qualify, the IP has to make significant money and/or have a significant presence outside of their primary video game series.

That could mean movies, books, apparel, and much, much more.

Here are our top ten video game multimedia universes:

10. Pokemon

Of course, leaving Pokemon off of this list would be a really bad move. It is perhaps the definition of a video game multimedia universe. Movies, television shows, books, cards, toys, smartphone apps – you name it, Pokemon has a stake there.

It is really not that surprising either when you consider the iconic characters and disarming charm of the series as a whole. Marketed towards children that have since become adults, Pokemon has become an inter-generational phenomenon unlike anything else out there.

And it shows no sign of stopping anytime soon. If the success of Detective Pikachu is any barometer of success, we expect you’ll be enjoying a ton of Pokemon stuff for years to come.

9. Resident Evil

Another franchise that embraced the multimedia universe approach early on, Resident Evil carries the good times of its games into its movies and tie-in media.

If you’ve never watched a RE movie, you’re not really missing anything though no one will tell you that those movies aren’t fun. Sure, they’re not the best video game adaptations put to film, but the keep the spirit alive in a unique way.

Beyond that, the CG movies do a great job of making a game-like film or short show.

Outside of the movies and television shorts, Resident Evil has the requisite toys, apparel, and other stuff you would expect from a massive video game franchise.

8. DOOM

DOOM had books before it was cool. DOOM also had a movie that wasn’t that good but it made an effort. Regardless, none of this has stopped the franchise from becoming a multimedia behemoth.

Though not as hardcore in terms of tie-ins as some of the others on this list, DOOM is also not he most multimedia empire friendly property out there.

How do you market demons from hell fighting against a lone marine who employs the most brutal methods available to dispatch his foes? Just ask the folks behind DOOM because they’ve managed to turn a savagely dark premise into a multimedia machine.

7. The Legend of Zelda

Though this might not be the first franchise that comes to mind when you think of vast multimedia universes, the Legend of Zelda is, nonetheless, one of the most well developmed multimedia franchises in gaming.

There was a short run cartoon back in the day and there’s a series of great Manga comics that tells the tale of A Link to the Past and Majora’s Mask, among others.

Peruse any GameStop or gaming specialty store and you will find everything from apparel to figurines, keychains, and other accessories. We expect that the Legend of Zelda will become even bigger in terms of multimedia properties as we go along as Nintendo has stated their desire to do more with the series.

6. Diablo

Diablo has just started getting into the multimedia gaming franchise frenzy but so far, so good. There are some books and an app coming out as well as rumors of another game down the road.

What makes Diablo compelling is that the tie-in media adheres more to the dark, gritty Diablo that fans love instead of the brighter, more airy version in the form of Diablo 3.

We expect that this franchise has more growth potential than most on this list and we wouldn’t be shocked to see a film or television series being optioned at some point in the future.

5. Warcraft

Blizzard has mastered the art of iteration, and no franchise illustrates this better than Warcraft. Whether it is the film, the books, the games, or the loads of tie-in products out there, few games match Warcraft for sheer volume of material.

The books are massive, the movie was a massive hit in China, and World of Warcraft remains one of the most popular games online.

Though the movie disappointed some western audiences, we wouldn’t be shocked to see a sequel in the near future. Beyond that, the books are some of the best game lore titles around and endless updates to the online game only provide that much more material for spinoffs and tie-in opportunities.

4. The Elder Scrolls

The Elder Scrolls make this list for a litany of reasons but chief among them is its extremely deep lore and dedicated fanbase. A series of books, a recently released app, and tons of accessories and tschotske make TES one of the bigger gaming franchises out there and this trend is likely to continue in the future (especially once The Elder Scrolls 6 comes out).

But the real draw for TES is the online game, a game that many people never thought would succeed. Not only does it tie together the lore of the other games but it actively promotes further exploration on the gamer’s part.

3. Halo

Microsoft’s flagship franchise is also one of the biggest cash cows when it comes to tie-in materials. Books, games, board games, figurines, apparel, bespoke video game equipment – you name it, Halo has made it.

Easily the biggest franchise on Xbox consoles for years, Halo has taken more of a backseat during the Xbox One era but that doesn’t mean it has slowed down in terms of tie-in media and materials.

There’s rumors of a movie – but those have circulated for some time – but, in the meantime, there’s a range of books and shows to help satisfy your needs for Halo lore.

2. Street Fighter

Street Fighter II was a sensation in the arcades and beyond. It spawned a questionable Hollywood movie, a range of GI Joe-esque action figures, a short-lived comic book series, an anime film, and an anime television series, among others.

There’s just something about the SF universe that brings players back for more and Capcom have never shied away from this. And it has never really slowed down.

Though we doubt you’ll see a sequel to that live-action Hollywood flick, we can assure you that other media tie-ins will not cease so long as Street Fighter remains relevant to fighting game fans around the world.

1. Final Fantasy series

Calling this series massive is like saying that the sun is quite hot. It is both true and a meaningless observation: Everyone involved in gaming can tell you that Final Fantasy, more than perhaps any other franchise, hocks merchandise like there is no tomorrow.

Sometimes it is in the service of promoting a new title, like the various multimedia efforts that surrounded FFXV upon its release, but usually it is just an extension of the masterful experience you’ve already had. Books, art books, orchestral scores, sheet music, figurines, and card games are just a few of the properties that come to mind when thinking about Final Fantasy.

As Square’s premier property alongside Dragon Quest, we think that the current lineup of tie-in materials will only grow to exponential proportions in the future.

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Is Disney a Monopoly?

In November 2017, it was first announced by the news network CNBC that The Walt Disney Company was considering an acquisition of 21st Century Fox. Later that year, a deal was made by the two companies, stating that Fox would sell a portion of it’s assets to the company for $52.4 billion. A bidding war soon ensued with entertainment rival Comcast, but Disney followed through on it’s acquisition quest, officially buying 21st Century Fox on March 20, 2019 for $71.3 billion. Continue reading “Is Disney a Monopoly?”

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We’re Binging the Star Wars Canon Timeline!

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The Marvel Formula Needs to Stay, Here’s Why…

Earlier this year, Captain Marvel came out. I saw several reviews for it and, discounting the trolls who universally claim to hate the movie, the response I’ve seen has been mixed to positive.

Most, in all fairness, are positive reviews (I also enjoyed it, though my review is not the content of this post), but I’ve seen a number of people who didn’t like it, or thought it was “just okay”. This is fine, and I’m not going to argue with anyone on their meh reaction to this film.

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Ultimate Guide to DC Universe Streaming Platform in 2019

Back in April of 2017, DC Comics announced that they would be releasing a new streaming service exclusively for DC Comics use, and not including other intellectual properties owned by Warner Brothers. It wasn’t until much later that we learned it wasn’t just a streaming service of DC video content, or just a competitor to Marvel Unlimited which catered exclusively to comic book readers. No, DC Universe would do both. Continue reading “Ultimate Guide to DC Universe Streaming Platform in 2019”

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Popular Film, Criticism, and the Oscars

On August 8th, 2018, the organization behind the Academy Awards announced that they were going to issue a new “Best Popular Film” category. Needless to say, an announcement like this stirred a lot of controversy. When I first heard about it, I initially agreed with many of the naysayers. I was worried that this was a pity party for popular film, that it was patronizing, and would likely keep films like Black Panther from having a shot at Best Picture (which it 100% deserves, by the way). Many theorize, and I agree, that the success of Black Panther may have contributed to the new category. Perhaps the Academy didn’t think it could include the superhero film in their Best Picture lineup, but also wanted to avoid another #OscarsSoWhite backlash. Good luck with that.

The announcement also begged the question, what exactly is popular film? And why is it different from the Best Picture category? Now that’s another topic for another day, but for the purposes of this video, we’re going to assume that popular film is about what you’d expect: the superhero, Star Wars, or Mission Impossible films of the day.

Now, while the concept of a popular film category is problematic for a number of reasons, I eventually thought about it more and began to come around to the idea. At least in part. You see, some films just don’t belong together, and should not be compared in a single critical award. Many awards know this. The Golden Globes, for example, split their awards based on genre, like drama and comedy. Sometimes it’s hard to even compare stories within the same overall genre. For example, I never really liked people who tried to say that Star Trek was better than Star Wars or vice versa. Because even though they both take place in space and have the word “Star” in their title, the similarities basically end there. One is a space fantasy adventure, and one is an optimistic space exploration story. So even at the sub-genre level, these stories carry very different expectations.

Speaking of which, expectations are one of the most important factors to consider in how a film is either liked or disliked. In my research on writing in specific genres for my book business, I’ve discovered that people really don’t like originality like they say they do. With books, people tend to read only a certain handful of genres, and they get upset when a book doesn’t follow the common tropes usually found in that genre. For example, if you have a book cover that suggests young adult fantasy, people are going to be upset if you don’t have some kind of romance in the book. Preferably a love triangle. Because without that you’ve just written a different kind of fantasy, not a young adult fantasy. In short, you don’t make promises in your marketing and deliver something different.

Now this is probably why the 2009 Star Trek was not well received by Trekkies, or the mainstream Trek fans. Critics loved the new Star Trek, which received a 94% on Rotten Tomatoes. That’s higher than any Trek film that came before it. Yet many fans saw it as a betrayal of what made up the fundamentals of Star Trek. It was more of a gritty, big budget space war film, meant to appeal to a broader audience. It did its job perfectly, even if it didn’t fully the expectations of its former niche market.

Expectations are also the same reason why more fans seemed to like the recent Avengers: Infinity War, but there were also many who did not like Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The former met expectations more than the latter, which instead paved new ground as to what a Star Wars film could be. It was different, and definitely did not fulfill expectations. But that’s a can of worms topic that we will probably have to discuss in a seperate video.

Bottom line is that people have expectations of what is good and what is bad. Violating these expectations is what might cause someone to label a film as a “bad” movie.

But what about professional critics?

Film critics clearly had a different view on films like the 2009 Star Trek, or Star Wars: The Last Jedi, favoring both far better than many of the fans. Why is that? Well, to answer that question, we must first take a look at the role a critic plays in our society and how they differ from fans.

First of all, we’re talking about professional critics here, mostly for film, though much of the same could be said of other storytelling mediums. Not the bloggers, not the YouTubers (even though I count myself among that group).

Critics serve a role in helping us understand if we should or shouldn’t watch a film. But it’s a lot more than that. When done well, film criticism will educate us about storytelling, and cause us to think in ways we might not have done otherwise. Perhaps the most famous film critic, Roger Ebert, said this about critics:

“A newspaper film critic should encourage critical thinking, introduce new developments, consider the local scene, look beyond the weekend fanboy specials, be a weatherman on social trends, bring in a larger context, teach, inform, amuse, inspire, be heartened, be outraged.”

The age of the Internet has led to a lot of watered down critics, critics who don’t get much further than saying they liked one story or didn’t like another. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. These critics likely speak to a demographic of like-minded people, and therefore their criticism will be valued as indicative of whether that audience is likely to enjoy a story or not. I’m often guilty of this in my own reviews, because I’m not writing to help deepen a person’s understanding of the story (like I’m trying to do with this blog), I’m just letting my audience know if I think they will like it or not.

But true criticism is highly educated in the craft they review, whether that be film, gaming, literary fiction or, indeed, popular storytelling.

But let’s stop there because you might be thinking, well what does all of that matter if criticism of a story is all subjective? And that is a very good question. Let’s take a look.

Recently I had an experience where someone I knew mentioned a book they loved and wanted to get his kids to read. I casually mentioned that the book wasn’t really good. He grew upset at this and told me that was just subjective. Which that got me thinking…

Is it?

In that instance my friend was trying to tell me that my opinion was subjective as a way of validating his own. As if to say that my criticism wasn’t valid because he felt differently. And opinions are one thing, it’s totally okay to like something that most people do not. That’s your opinion. I for one love Return of the Jedi more than any other Star Wars film, even though I know it’s critically not the best of the bunch. Liking something is your opinion, and no one can argue with that. I would argue that having an opinion is not what professional critics do, and I’ll tell you why.

Now, before you angrily sound off in the comments, let me point out that at a certain level, my friend was right, criticism is subjective. It’s based on a system of values and expectations like I mentioned before with genre. We expect good stories to do things a certain way, and “bad” stories don’t do those things. These expectations do shift over time. But then why would it seem like heresy to suggest that, say Iron Man 2 was the best movie Marvel’s ever made. Not that you like it the best, that’s another thing, but that it is the best. That would be a tough pill to swallow, and a claim that most educated critics will not make.

And if everything were to be completely subjective, that would essentially negate the need for educated critics. So where do we draw the line?

Critics subscribe to generally accepted schools of thought. These are standards of good storytelling. And there are a lot of different types. We call these critical frameworks which help guide a critic in their analysis of a certain piece. Now this is where subjectiveness comes into play. A critic can choose to value one or several frameworks over others. And favorability of certain frameworks can shift over time and across cultures.

But that being said, there are standards of storytelling that are considered timeless. These are best identified by looking at popular stories that have withstood the test of time and see what they do, like the works of William Shakespeare. You could also look at elements that pop up in all cultures throughout the history of storytelling, such as the monomyth identified by Joseph Campbell in the Hero with a Thousand Faces. Identifying your list of criteria is essential in criticism, and this is basically what you would learn when studying film or storytelling. You would learn the “rules” for crafting a good story.

Once you have identified your preferred critical framework, it becomes much easier to say a story is bad or good within that framework. For example, if you’re doing a feminist read of a text and the bechdel test is part of your list of criteria, it becomes easy to identify if a story does or does not pass the bechdel test. It either does, or it doesn’t, and there’s no opinion either way. And with that reading, a story that passes the bechdel test would be rated higher. Obviously a story is judged on more than just one criteria like this one but you get the idea.

Now it’s possible to favor multiple frameworks or multiple readings of a given text, which is why some critics come away with seemingly different opinions. This is actually one of the reasons why it’s important to have diversity in film criticism. A feminist reading of a text will likely be far different than that of a straight white young male (which yes, I acknowledge I’m one of those). Reading these diverse opinions will succeed at the purpose of true criticism, of teaching you and helping you appreciate storytelling even more.

Now you might say, Jason, this really isn’t helping your argument that criticism isn’t entirely subjective and I just don’t really need to care about it. Well hold up a minute. Critics may differ, even a lot at times, but when you add them all together, they do tend to agree about a lot of things on the whole. Rotten Tomatoes has a lot of problems, but overall I think it does a decent job of showing the trends for films that critics generally like, and films they generally don’t. It also does one thing the academy awards previously did not: It gives popular film an equal chance at its highest rankings. Only a few “popular” films have ever won the best awards that the Oscars have to offer. Most notably The Return of the King. But these films are few and far between. Rotten Tomatoes on the other hand will have films of all genres and popularities reaching into the top 10%.

However, we again come to that popularity question. You see, in 2017 Rotten Tomatoes gave The Shape of Water a 92% rating. That film eventually went on to win Best Picture for the year. But you know what else had a 92% rating on RT? Thor: Ragnorok. Now, don’t get me wrong. Thor:Ragnarok was an incredible superhero film, and fully deserved its 92%. But the two films simply can’t be compared to each other, even though The Shape of Water also falls under the broad genre of Speculative Fiction. And while I think Thor: Ragnorok is deserving of at least some kind of award nomination, I wouldn’t pit it against something like The Shape of Water.

So that’s why I’m in favor of a popular film category of some kind, just as I am in favor of an animated film category. If the academy hadn’t backtracked on their decision to have a popular film category, my only fear would be that popular films would never be eligible for Best Picture and Popular film.

And that brings me to my last point. The films that win best picture are generally considered “good” by critics according to the generally accepted criteria we discussed earlier, and that also shows on review aggregators like Rotten Tomatoes. But many, if not all, of the winners also have one other thing in common. They’re not hugely popular with general audiences, with the winners from the past 10 years making a combined $710,270,801 domestically. In comparison, the recent release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens brought in $936,662,225 alone. So what does it say about the films the Academy selects if they don’t have the same popularity as other blockbusters?

Some would draw the comparison to fast food, saying that a film critic shouldn’t care about popular film any more than a food critic would care about McDonalds. But that’s not exactly an apt comparison. Fast food is popular because it’s convenient, readily available, and pumped full of sugars, fats, and chemicals that cause the consumer to crave more and more. Popular film is different. Sure, you have some films that appeal to basic trends with little substance, but overall having a good story is still the best way to create a popular hit. The Star Wars, Harry Potters, and Marvel Cinematic Universes of the world became popular not because they were using some cheap tricks to gain viewers, but because they were genuinely good stories (for the most part). The box office flop of DC’s Justice League is a great example of how a film can have huge brand potential, with two of the biggest names in superheroes, and still flop at the box office because it simply wasn’t that great according to the values generally accepted by critics and audiences.

I believe that it’s a good idea not to compare films like the latest superhero film to those that typically win Best Picture. Purely from a genre perspective, they tend to be too different to compare. Critics simply can’t use the same critical framework to critique them both. But at the same time, if the films that consistently win Best Picture do not resonate with audiences in the same way that, say, Black Panther does, then perhaps we need to take a closer look at our values in criticism.

I’ll leave you with one last thought. When I was in college we read a story that I think is relevant here. And I’m sorry that I couldn’t find the original source of this story when I was researching this post, so if you know where I can find it, please let me know in the comments.

A professor was teaching a class in a particular classroom. As part of the class, he wrote up a list of last names, corresponding to the authors of the textbooks they would cover that year. That class finished and the professor left the room. He later returned to teach a class that analyzed poetry. When he arrived, the class was already assembled and the names he had previously written on the board were still there. But instead of assuming they were a simple list of names, the class thought that they were some kind of poem, and had come up with all sorts of possible interpretations while they waited for their professor. At first, the professor thought this was silly, as the list of names were just that, and not poetic in the slightest. But when he thought about it, he realized that just because he had no intention of imbuing the names with any additional meaning, that didn’t mean that meaning did not now exist. The students, in interpreting the list of names as they had, had essentially given them a meaning that hadn’t been there before. And who was the professor to tell them that they were wrong? And at a fundamental level, that’s what all storytelling is really, it’s humanity assigning meaning to things.

It’s clear that popular films mean something to a lot of people, more so than most of the films that win Best Picture. Of all the subjective choices we make to determine our criteria for a story, shouldn’t resonation with a broad audience mean something to critics? Perhaps, if only to let us know that there’s something there worth exploring.

But what do you think? Did you like the inclusion of the popular film category, or do you think the Academy really missed the mark, and are glad they backtracked that decision? Let us know in the comments below!

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We Now Have Original Content!

As one might be able to tell, I’m a rather big fan of science fiction and fantasy universes. Not only do I enjoy consuming these stories, but I also enjoy making them. Well, I’m happy to report that I have some brand new original content to share with you guys. And if you like some of the franchises found on this site, you’ll probably enjoy some of these. Hopefully. Fingers crossed.

I have two ongoing series, one is called Roots of Creation which takes place in the distant past, and another called Alice: The Last Founder, which takes place in the present (sort of). They are both part of the same universe, which I call the Argoverse (yes, there’s a timeline for it).

While I did not develop these books specifically as All Timelines content, you can think of them as All Timelines originals, since they fit right into the many franchises that we feature here. So if you’re a reader of fantasy, I highly recommend you check them out!

The Roots of Creation series currently has three books, with a prequel short story you can get by signing up to my mailing list. Here are the links:

The Alice: The Last Founder series only has one book in it so far, but there’s a second one coming very soon.

I hope you enjoy them!

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The Timeline Show Updates

In this episode I discuss a few updates to the show. Such as:

  • The new Best Films of All Time podcast
  • The next timeline covered on this podcast: DC’s Animated Movie Universe
  • And discuss the timeline and my reasoning for doing two at a time.

We hope you enjoy! Continue reading “The Timeline Show Updates”

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All Timelines Gets an Upgrade

Hey guys!

I am always on the lookout for new ways to improve All Timelines, both from a content and technical standpoint. Well, today I have one exciting technical feature to announce. For a while, I’ve been dissatisfied with the plugin I was using to display my timelines, particularly the timelines you’ll see on the app, what I call the 2.0 timelines. For these timelines, I actually had two versions, one the table you’re familiar with, as well as an archive page that was paginated and also displayed images and summaries, but was far less compact than the main version.

I wanted a version that would give the best of both worlds, and allow me to consolidate the redundant timelines, as well as add a few small features on the side. So I had a new plugin custom made for the site! This plugin displays the timelines much as they once were, but there are not a few new features.

  1. It loads A LOT faster.
  2. The filters are more efficient. You can now choose which media types you want to see, instead of filtering them out. You could even bookmark the results and always return to see those filters in place. This goes for sorting and increasing the number of items you see on a page as well.
  3. You can now expand each item on the table to see the image and summary. There’s even a button at the top of the table that does this for all the posts if you’re interested.
  4. Timelines that are too long no longer have to be broken into parts that can only be filtered and sorted in separate chunks. Now it filters and sorts through the entire timeline, even those that are hundreds of items long.

Some of these changes might not seem like a lot, but I can assure you from a technical standpoint they are a huge headache relief on my part. I can’t wait to keep expanding and creating these timelines for you.

Now, as you might imagine, commissioning a custom plugin is not cheap. This one cost a few hundred dollars. One way you can help with upgrades like this is to donate a dollar or more per month, via Patreon. Even a little bit goes a long way to keeping this site alive and kicking. Thank you for everything you do in supporting the site and especially for those of you who have reached out to express your love. It really means a lot to see that there are hundreds of you who really love this small passion project of mine. Keep up the good work!

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Tolkien Study Recommendations

Hey guys,

I have a small bonus episode for you guys today. As you know, we’ve been discussing the Lord of the Rings timeline and I’ve been researching it a lot as I’ve gone along. In the process, I’ve found a number of resources that are really awesome if you want to dive deeper into these stories. I’m providing a fairly general overview, and can’t really dive deep into some of these books. So instead, I’d take a look at some of the following: Continue reading “Tolkien Study Recommendations”

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Watching the Best Films of All Time

I’ve been wanting to do something like this for a long time.

Recently I uploaded a new timeline of the best 1920s and earlier films, with future decades to follow. I’ve often felt like I needed a greater appreciation and knowledge of film history, and I realized that this podcast would be the perfect place to experience that education with all of you. Continue reading “Watching the Best Films of All Time”

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Starting the Lord of the Rings Timeline

In this podcast I discuss:

  • The real-world historical context around the Lord of the Rings timeline.
  • My own personal history with the franchise.
  • What we plan to cover in our review of each individual story.
  • The potential for that Amazon show coming out someday.
  • An overview of the timeline itself.

Continue reading “Starting the Lord of the Rings Timeline”

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Welcome to the Timeline Show!

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Hey guys,

Welcome to the Timeline Show, the official podcast of AllTimelines.com. In this episode, I will be discussing the approach that I’m taking with this podcast, and what franchise I’m going to be starting first. Continue reading “Welcome to the Timeline Show!”

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DC Universe Unveiled and It’s Everything We Were Hoping For

I don’t normally talk about news here on the site, but this is a big one that was so relevant to what we do here, that I couldn’t pass it up.

After months of teasing, DC Entertainment has finally unveiled their plans for DC Universe, and it’s basically everything we were hoping for. Continue reading “DC Universe Unveiled and It’s Everything We Were Hoping For”

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Huge News! All Timelines Is an App!

Wow, guys, I am super excited to share today’s news. This is perhaps the biggest development of the site since I launched it. Or at least since I integrated the 2.0 timeline format. All Timelines now has an iOS app! I’ve developed it as kind of a simplified version of the website, with the added functionality of having small checkboxes for collecting and binging. Are you going through the Marvel Cinematic Universe and want to check off each movie as you go? This app will be perfect for you. Continue reading “Huge News! All Timelines Is an App!”

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