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Strip Search: Fool’s Gold or Mother Lode?

The Penny-Arcade prospectors have boldly struck out into new territory, this time with a reality series. Are they wistfully chasing a pipe dream or have they found artistic gold in their new recruits?

Penny-Arcade stands at the zenith of webcomics. Its creators, Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik, are ostensibly two guys who dick around, play video games, and make cartoons. Don’t let this fool you. Penny-Arcade has expanded their operations to creating the largest gaming festival in North America (PAX) and a multimillion dollar charity (Child’s Play). Penny-Arcade’s humble beginnings have transformed into a sprawling empire.

Read on…

Why Game of Thrones is Topping HBO’s Charts

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HBO has the unique ability to break the shackles of cable television and put out uninterrupted, well-produced content that isn’t privy to network/rating pressures or stringent guidelines (cough*tits*cough). Some of TV’s most iconic, ground-breaking, and breath-taking shows are a result of HBO’s hard work. Pioneers like Oz, Deadwood, The Sopranos, and The Wire made the network a must have. The current HBO lineup is pretty stacked, but have they really duplicated what made them unique and refreshing in the first place? Read on…

Our Mad Men Future: What We’ve Always Wanted

We’re mere days away from another glorious, enigmatic season of Mad Men. Here are five ways we hope to get our hearts broken this year.

The Duplicity of Hamm.

“Be careful what you wish for because you’ll get it. And then people get jealous and try and take it away from you.”

Thanks Roger Sterling’s mom, but I think AMC already tried to do that once, and after that 2011 contract kerfuffle, Matthew Weiner and co. returned with one of the best seasons of television… maybe ever? I know that’s a bold claim in the ye olde lands of the Interwebs (and sure, Homeland deserves all the 2012 bling it raked in), but Mad Men, a show that’s rightfully earned both awards and cult status for years, got at something weird and dark and devastating last year. Season 5 was an horror movie in slow motion, every episode awash with promised doom. And after 12 hours that kept the ice in our Old Fashions continually rattled… it delivered.

So now we stand, eager for more heartbreak at the precipice of the penultimate season. Don’s fidelity. Peggy’s career. Pete’s hairline. SO MANY QUESTIONS. Here are five interesting ones we hope get answered in Season 6: Read on…

AMC’s The Walking Dead Continues to be the Worst Show I Can’t Stop Watching

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The first two episodes of the Walking Dead are some of the greatest Television ever created. From the sweeping, iconic shots of a deserted Atlanta to the grotesque details of the walker design, each scene is packed with unapologetic heartbreak smeared across a world that’s gone to hell. Our time with Rick as he searches desperately for his family is equal parts frightening and fascinating.

Unfortunately, he had to find his way to the other mainstay survivors that make up the catatonic soap opera that the show was always destined to become. Yet, every time I feel it’s hit rock bottom, it hurls out an episode with a strongly embedded argument for continued viewing; nothing as amazing as the introductory arc, but 45 minutes that are captivating enough that I need to know what happens next. Read on…

Heart of the Swarm Campaign Impressions

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Heart of the Swarm is among Blizzard’s strongest single player experiences to date. Unfortunately, it’s also one of the shortest. I completed all of its 27 missions and side missions in under 10 hours without skipping a single conversation. Ultimately, though, the $40 pricetag is well worth it. The game picks up where Wings of Liberty left off, but quickly takes steps to get away from all things Terran. This is a good thing because the real fun doesn’t start until you get into the nitty-gritty Zergy bits of tailoring your own custom Swarm. I won’t waste time describing the mechanics to you, I’m just going to talk about what works and what doesn’t. Read on…

Daniel Stacey and Himalaya Studios are Keeping Adventure Alive

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Throughout the late 80′s and 90′s, point and click adventure games defined PC gaming. While modern genre saturation has classified these well written puzzle solvers as considerably more niche, there was a time when they weren’t just a popular way to play, they were THE way to play. In 1984, Sierra Entertainment released King’s Quest: Quest for the Crown, the first in a point and click adventure series that dominated more than an decade of the genre.

All good things have to come to an end, though, and 1998′s King’s Quest VIII: The Mask of Eternity was the series’ final title to date. As PC gaming evolved there was fear that these classic gems may get left behind. Fortunately, the good people at AGD Interactive (Anonymous Game Developers), a non-profit group founded in 2001 by Britney Brimhall and Christopher Warren, set out to release enhanced versions of the King’s Quest games along with several other titles from that era. After publishing several successful remakes, the organization moved into commercial territory, forming their own shop, Himalaya Studios. After the successful release of their first original title, Al Emmo and the Lost Dutchman’s Mine, and it’s sequel/spinoff, Postcards from Arizona, the studio moved on to an even more ambitious project. Read on…

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