Aug 20 2014

Six Video Game Locations That Feel Like Home

Published by under Lists,Video Games

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Video games are supposedly a relaxing pastime but damn if they aren’t sometimes stressful, too. Some of the best games ever made can also be some of the most remorseless, jamming the player into a corner before beating them into submission.

Luckily, there are games that offer a respite from this sort of abuse. Some offer you have a cozy haven in between slaughterfests to recoup and gear up for the next adventure, and others give you have a little slice of home within the game world to call your own and customize to your heart’s content. Some games even succeed at doing both.

Freud calls this concept heimliche, a term often used in literature to describe happy, non-threatening feelings and settings.

In my long and probably excessive experience of playing video games, certain ones stick out to me for being the most heimliche, giving me a cozy little bit of warmness to combat the scourges of the harsh, cruel world. Here are some of the most memorable… Continue Reading »



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Aug 20 2014

Understanding ‘the Leftovers’

Published by under Editorials,Television

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I’m continually blown away by this show. I know that plenty of people say that it paints a bleak and desolate picture, but those people are hastily judging without really watching what the show is depicting. If you haven’t made it past the first two episodes and you wrote the Leftovers off, please do yourself a favor and try and make it through episode six. (they’re on episode 8 now)

‘Cairo’ as the 8th episode is referred to, blew things wide open and introduced a lot of new ideas. Well, at least I took them as new ideas and developments. That’s what is awesome about the show – that it’s already 8 episodes in, with 2 left, and I’m still no closer to understanding much of what’s going on than when I started. Continue Reading »



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Aug 20 2014

Fun with Kirk and Spock

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Artist Robb Pearlman has a new book out, and it’s one many sci-fi fans are going to want to read to their kids. It’s called “Fun with Kirk and Spock,” and in case you can’t guess where this is going, here’s an official description from Pearlman:

“See the Enterprise. See the Enterprise go boldly. Go Go Go, Enterprise! Go Boldly! Join Kirk and Spock as they go boldly where no parody has gone before!

This Prime Directive primer steps through The Guardian of Forever to a simpler time of reading, writing, and red shirts. Fun with Kirk and Spock will help cadets of all ages master the art of reading as their favorite Starfleet officers, Klingons, Romulans, Andorians, and Gorn beam down into exciting adventures.”

There’s one more sample page below featuring Spock stifling his emotions and teaching a famed Vulcan finger gesture. Check it out: Continue Reading »



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Aug 20 2014

Looper’s Awesome Proof-of-Concept Trailer

Published by under Movies,Videos

Director Rian Johnson was still a relatively unknown in Hollywood when he wanted to make Looper, and as such, he had to make a “proof-of-concept” trailer to show that it could be as cool in practice as it was in his own head.

Such trailers are made using a few original clips, but mainly other movies that are similar visually and in tone. Here, Johnson drew on films like Se7en and Blade Runner to illustrate what he was going for, in addition to crudely animating a few sequences himself.

It’s a pretty cool cut, and really makes me want to try the same thing for my sci-fi books. I’ll mash-up some District 9, The Road and Mass Effect cutscenes, and I’ll be on my way!



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Aug 19 2014

The Final Countdown: Pop Culture Outrage, Step Up and Reddit on Xbox

Published by under Final Countdown

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Go here to see the dumbest outrage about fictional characters.

“There are two statements you can make with 100 percent certainty about any fictional character in history: somebody has drawn that character naked, and someone has voiced a public complaint about that character for an objectively ludicrous reason.”

The Countdown

The new Step Up is kind of good – [FilmDrunk]

Reddit comes to Xbox One – [Insert Coin]

FX renews The Strain for season two – [TVO]

Starry Night Batman artwork – [GeeksAreSexy]

A critical review of Taylor Swift’s  new video – [Pajiba]

The best ways to avoid airline fees – [SheBudgets]

The largest defense contractors in the world – [Worthly]

Christina Aguilera has a baby girl – [CelebrityToob]

Truck drive saves grandma from car – [Izismile]

The worst headline of the day – [WWIW]



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Aug 19 2014

Alison Brie and Jennifer Lawrence in a 2007 Buffy Parody That Never Aired

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I had to do a triple take here to see if this wasn’t some bad Funny or Die skit, but it’s a very real clip from a very real show which thankfully never aired. It’s a 2007 show called “Not Another High School Show,” which debuted in the height of the “Not Another Teen Movie” craze, meaning someone thought it was a good idea.

It’s so, so egregiously terrible, but the worst part is that it actually has a great cast with Alison Brie as Buffy parody “Muffy,” H. Jon Benjamin as a janitor, and Jennifer Lawrence as…I don’t even know. In the short clip you’ll see that Buffy, The OC and Dawson’s Creek are all parodied, and I genuinely don’t think I could have watched any more of this without bursting into tears from its awfulness.

Thank god all of these actors managed to get past this and move onto bigger and better projects like Community, Archer and winning Oscars. I’m not sure their careers would have survived if this ever actually aired.



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Aug 19 2014

DC Characters Turned Pokemon Trainers

Published by under Comics,Images,Video Games

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Superheroes plus Pokemon? I’m all over it.

In this series of illustrations from Creees Lee, he imagined which Pokemon would pair well with which famed DC superhero (or occasionally, villain). Obviously Batman would be surrounding by a flock of annoying Zubats, but what about Shazam, Flash, Aquaman and Catwoman?

You’ll have to check out the others below to see, if you haven’t guessed them already. Continue Reading »



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Aug 19 2014

Cosplay of the Day: Ice Warrior Elsa Ready for Battle

Published by under Cosplay,Images,Movies

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In the Disney film, Elsa may have “let it go” in the end, when it came to hunting the people who ostracized her, but not so in this cosplay version by Mimiru Riley. In her parallel Frozen universe, Elsa is ready for battle with self-made ice armor, and ready to jump into the fray right alongside her mutant snowman friend.

Poor uh, what’s her name again? Anna. She’s the lead of that movie, yet she’s always playing second fiddle to her sister with magical ice powers. I suppose magical ice powers will do that.

More photos below: Continue Reading »



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Aug 19 2014

Angels in the Apocalypse: How the Events of “Angels in the Outfield” Led to Humanity’s Extinction

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Leave it to the happiest company on Earth to end it.

In 1994, Disney released what’s become a family cinematic staple: the screwball sports comedy classic, “Angels in the Outfield.” The film was fairly star-studded with Danny Glover, Christopher Lloyd, and a pre-Robin Joey Gordon-Levitt all in starring roles, and had future Oscar winners Adrien Brody and Matthew McConaughey as side players. And it had Tony Danza shirtless.

The film was a success, and kids across America owned the clamshell case clad comedy on VHS, myself included. As a kid I must’ve watched the movie just shy of one billion times, and loved it. But it wasn’t until a recent viewing (and more on just why I revisited the film later) that I realized something sinister was brewing behind the bases. “Angels in the Outfield” seemed like good fun…but have you ever really thought about what happens after the Angels (SPOILER ALERT) do win the pennant?

Well…I have…and I’m here to say goodbye to the human race. Continue Reading »



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Aug 19 2014

Well You Don’t Get More British Than This

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Feeling impossibly British at a given moment? Well, it might just be time to impulse buy this Doctor Who teacup set from where else, Etsy. They’re made to order, and $36.00. They do not come with a guarantee that when you pour your tea, it will not disappear into a black hole of space and time.

Still, I’d get one. If I drank tea. And had $36 budgeted for mugs this month.

[via So Geek Chic]



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Aug 19 2014

Fall 2014: The Most Exciting Time for Video Games?

Published by under Editorials,Video Games

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I used to think that last fall was the most exciting time in video games in the last five years. With the arrival of new consoles, who wouldn’t feel excited about video games last November? Gamers saw the dawn of a new generation, but there weren’t a lot of game releases to sustain the momentum in my opinion. The transition is always awkward and there can be a bit of a drought as the industry gradually adjusts to new hardware.

Others would say that 2015 will definitely be THE year for gamers. However, Fall 2014 still has a lot in store for gamers down the line. If this year isn’t the most exciting, then it’s definitely the perfect kickoff to another great year in gaming. My wallet is already crying because it knows it’s going to lose a lot of weight in the next few months.

Let’s take a look at some of the upcoming highlights.

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