See an 88-Second Star Wars Episode VII Trailer This Weekend - Here's Where

By Luke Y. Thompson in Movies
Monday, November 24, 2014 at 1:24 pm

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Starwars.com has the full list of U.S. theaters playing it starting Friday morning. It's not a very long list, so feel free to nerd-rage below that your city - or country, if you're not American - was not included.

Good...let the hate flow through you...

X-Men Cast Its Apocalypse...and It's the Llewyn Davis Guy?

By Luke Y. Thompson in Comics, Movies
Monday, November 24, 2014 at 1:08 pm

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Oscar Isaac is a fine actor, and obviously an "It Guy," having also been cast in the new Star Wars sequel. But boy, is he the opposite direction from the Keith David/Dwayne Johnson fan speculation - I presume he'll be either significantly digitally enhanced, or strapped inside a giant suit of some kind.

Apocalypse really has nothing at all in common with Isaac's most famous role as folk singer Llewyn Davis, save this - as a villain, he too will ultimately never win.

For those underwhelmed by Mr. Isaac's physique, here's where there's room for hope: look at any drawing of Magneto. Now ask yourself how big Ian McKellen's muscles are. Likewise, look at Bolivar Trask in the comics, and then at Peter Dinklage. Bryan Singer may choose his cast oddly sometimes, but those choices generally don't suck.

If you disagree, have at it in comments below.

If Atari 2600 Pac-Man Played Like Today's Games...

By Luke Y. Thompson in Video Games
Monday, November 24, 2014 at 12:00 pm

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I honestly clicked on this video expecting a bunch of jokes about obesity, diabetes and political correctness. What I got was much, much better.

It even manages to make a Hitler reference that's actually funny. I'm not kidding.

TR Holiday Gift Guide: 7 Types of Gamers and How to Shop for Them

Monday, November 24, 2014 at 10:00 am

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Much like how David said it's hard to ask for RPG-related gifts this Christmas, I find myself saying the same thing for video game-related gifts...albeit for different reasons. The main two I can think of are that the most notable triple-A games we look forward to keep getting delayed until the following year (lookin' at you, Evolve), and it feels like we keep getting a smaller quantity of truly notable triple-A games each year. And it probably doesn't help that I've reached an age where I can pretty much just afford to purchase my own retail games instead of having to ask for them as gifts.

It probably doesn't help that there also seem to be way too many Scrooges in the gaming world these days, and by "Scrooges", I pretty much mean "Internet commenters". Everyone just seems so damn cynical when it comes to gaming these days, and not just because of recent events that shall go unnamed. No, everyone just seems more critical of modern gaming than ever, seeing the gaming world as being full of nothing but DLC, microtransactions, jerkhole players, overhyped titles, and a new gaming generation creating a new round of arguments from fanboys of all sides.

Poor, misguided folks. They miss the whole point.

The Walking Dead SPOILER Recap - "Crossed"

By Luke Y. Thompson in Comics, TV
Monday, November 24, 2014 at 8:00 am

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'Twas the penultimate midseason episode, and all through, um, Abercrombie...

Lotsa creatures were stirring, including some zombies.

Weekstarter: Naked Hermaphrodite Pooh, Bloodsucking Games, Medieval Goats and More

Monday, November 24, 2014 at 6:00 am

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"Momaw Lisa" by sonicsnout

It's a new week, and the shortest one of the year, full of gift guides and other content to get the holidays off to a good start. In fact, today we're even going to have a whopping TWO list features! I'd say that it's because you deserve second helpings at Thanksgiving, but we all know that in fact this is likely to be a slow news week, and therefore a good time to showcase feature articles and editorials.

Here's your first of said features - a collection of the best and brightest reader-submitted and Kyle LeClair-compiled news tips over the weekend, to start your Monday off right. This week's tipsters included sonicsnout, troi, Citrus_King, skrag2112, SlyDante777, Dr.Gonzo82, Gallen_Dugall, rkwsuperstar

Weekend Open Thread: Happy Pre-Thanksgiving!

By Luke Y. Thompson in Food & Drink, Miscellaneous
Friday, November 21, 2014 at 6:57 pm

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I like Thanksgiving better than Christmas because I get two days off instead of just one. And any LA Roboteers are welcome to come to our Thanksgiving dinner - just hit me up by email or Facebook.

Here are some seals having sex with penguins. Happy weekend!

(Cthurkey created by Rusty Eulberg)

Fast Food Review: Taco Bell's New Rolled Chicken Tacos

By Luke Y. Thompson in Food & Drink
Friday, November 21, 2014 at 5:27 pm

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Because the company doesn't trust the entirety of the U.S. population to know what a "taquito" is, here come "rolled tacos." Also, presumably, so that Taco Bell can make ads that say "That's how we roll," as opposed to "taquito me out to the ballgame" or whatever horrible, tortured semi-pun is even possible there.

Here's the Full Trailer for George Lucas' Strange Magic

By Luke Y. Thompson in Cartoons, Movies
Friday, November 21, 2014 at 4:00 pm

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Whichever trailer editor decided to follow "From the mind of George Lucas" with a character sticking his ass into the camera - you, sir or ma'am, deserve a gold star.

Not that I saw it either, but this looks a whole lot like Dreamworks' Fox's Epic. And yes, it's loaded with modern pop songs, but in this case, that is specifically the gimmick, in the vein of Moulin Rouge.

Howard the Duck Is Returning to Comics

By Luke Y. Thompson in Comics
Friday, November 21, 2014 at 2:32 pm

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Via Marvel's Ryan Penagos, we have our first look at the cover and some artwork for the return of the company's fowlest player. Based on what is shown, it seems we can deduce that he's now a private eye (paging Duckman!) and that he will be fully integrated into the Marvel universe proper. Note that potted plant he has, too...

And he wears pants. That's still important, apparently. Check out the artwork below...