Link Tank: The Best Games to Preorder this July to Escape the Summer Heat

New games available to preorder, Chris Pratt doesn't just want to be the funny guy, Pokémon card collectors are running wild, and more on Link Tank!

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Itching for a new game to play? Here are the best releases you can preorder this July.

“The heart of the summer usually isn’t the most exciting window in the game release schedule, but if you’re looking for some cool games to pour hours into while escaping the heat, July has some new releases that you can really savor over the long haul. From role-playing adventures like The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD and Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin to engrossing simulations like F1 2021 and Microsoft Flight Simulator, there might be something here to tickle your fancy. And if not, there’s also NEO: The World Ends With You and The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles to consider.”

Read more at The Inventory

Chris Pratt is more than just Andy from Parks and Recreation as the leading man strives to be taken more seriously.

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“When Chris Pratt is your leading man, you can expect some belly laughs. Whether he’s playing Star-Lord in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, dinosaur handler Owen Grady in Jurassic World, or the inch-tall Emmet in The Lego Movie, Pratt has become a reliable source of unusually funny thrill-rides. But lately, the one-time Parks & Recreation favorite has been changing his tune.”

Read more at Inverse

How did Boba Fett escape the sarlacc pit? Here’s what will (hopefully) happen in The Book of Boba Fett.

“There is a lot of anticipation around Star Wars’ The Book of Boba Fett for a number of reasons. For me, I’m just excited to see this character that I never really cared about until recently come to life in this new way. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I never thought Boba Fett was cool until The Mandalorian showed us Boba in action, coming to Din Djarin’s aid, and suddenly made me care about Boba Fett.”

Read more at The Mary Sue

Stop being mean to Marcel! The animal trainer for Friends is sick of David Schimmer’s attitude towards his monkey co-star.

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“While fans were arguing whether Ross and Rachel were on a break, a deeper Friends conflict was brewing: Ross vs. Marcel. David Schwimmer complained about the monkey yet again on the Friends reunion, saying, ‘It was time for Marcel…you know, f–k off.’ Now, the monkey’s trainer, Mike Morris, is speaking out. ‘People would laugh at the monkey and I think [Schwimmer] got jealous because it wasn’t him getting the laughs,’ Morris told The Sun. Two monkeys played Marcel, and one recently passed away, prompting Morris to deem Schwimmer’s comments ‘despicable.’ The trainer said it’s clear Schwimmer holds a grudge, but the monkey probably doesn’t even remember him.”

Read more at The Week

Is this man the king of Pokémon cards? One collector has put the community into a frenzy.

“You’ve probably heard all about the Pokémon card frenzy unfolding within the last few years, and the high prices that some old-school cards from the original run can command on the market. Possibly, you’ve also heard that this fervor was driven in part by influencers like Logan Paul, who have taken every opportunity to talk up their collections. But unless you’re actually in the Pokémon card community, you likely haven’t heard about Gary ‘King Pokémon’ Haase, the 67-year-old man who owns the most expensive collection in the world. And recently, a clip of King Pokémon talking about his Charizard card set has set the community ablaze in fury.”

Read more at Kotaku

How long did you keep your Tamagotchi alive? Check out a brief history of the digital pets.

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“Think about the life span of toys. The classics—Barbies, G.I. Joes, Hula Hoops, and Teddy Ruxpins—can keep kids engaged for hours at a time, but eventually the novelty wears off and the child will go in search of new play adventures. But what if someone invented a toy that demanded a kid’s attention all day, every day? What if they were so committed to this toy that they couldn’t bear to be without it? That even a tiny little beep caused them to stop whatever they were doing to interact with it, like a Pavlovian pocket monster? And what if this toy was so psychologically addictive that when it stopped working, the kid started crying?”

Read more at Mental Floss