Happy Labor Day! Here Are Two Furries Cage-Fighting.

Monday, September 1, 2014 at 12:00 pm

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Tomorrow is the first Tuesday of the month, which means an all-new, jam-packed Robotic Gaming Monthly feature will be coming your way, and among the topics covered will be PAX Prime 2014, which has been going on all weekend.

But neither Kyle nor I could resist giving you this early taste of Ubisoft's major contribution; the Far Cry 4 arena, in which volunteers can enter the cage as as an elephant, a snow leopard, a bear, or a honey badger, and get fast and furry-ous with the fisticuffs.

Hey, you worked hard this year. You EARNED this video of people dressed as stuffed toys trying to hurt each other.

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Literally the Best Funny Video You'll See Today...Maybe

Friday, August 29, 2014 at 11:30 am

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Words mean things. As editors we know this - reading a free newspaper yesterday I was actually annoyed by a restaurant review which stated that when Dorothy said, "There's no place like home," they were SURE she meant a restaurant in the San Fernando Valley named "Home." Really? You're sure of that? Not a moment of doubt that Judy Garland had that specific motivation when she uttered the line on camera?

But sometimes we lose. "Literally" doesn't entirely mean what it used to...and CollegeHumor is very angry about that, it seems. Behold "The Boy Who Cried 'Literally.'"

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I READ YOUR FANFIC! "The Quest for the Holey Grail Part 2" by KingAurthr2

Friday, August 29, 2014 at 8:00 am

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If you want to submit fan fiction for me to read, please send it - or a link to it - to toplessrobot-at-gmail-dot-com with subject line "Read my Fanfic!"

The real quest is my quest to get through the dumbest fucking thing I have ever read and maintain my composure. We're not there yet, but Greg and I give it our all in another "exciting" installment of this all-out assault on spelling, grammar and logic.

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The 7 Best Ways to Clear up Comics Continuity Errors

Friday, August 29, 2014 at 6:00 am

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Infinite Batmen from Brave and the Bold

When you put them together, Marvel and DC have been publishing two continuous, multi-titled universes for more than 125 years. Trying to keep the rich histories of these books straight has been an uphill fight for the editors and the publishers, and it's a common problem in genre fiction. The instant an author has to account for more than two people in more than one book, she runs the risk of losing track of one of them for long enough to trigger a flood of enraged fan mail.


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Dramatic Readings of Reader Comments: Tupper Adam

Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 4:15 pm

You asked. I delivered.

Happy analversary.

4 Things the Porn Parody Doctor Whore Gets Right, and 3 It Doesn't

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at 6:00 am

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Even though so many nerd properties are now pretty much mainstream, it's still a special time when a nerdy property gets popular enough for a porn parody. This has been true for things like The Avengers, James Cameron's Avatar, and Star Trek. And now it's true for Doctor Who as well.

Today, to celebrate, we're looking at Wood Rocket's Doctor Whore, a recently made (and free to watch online if you're 18) parody, that mainly focuses on the era of the 11th Doctor. This is actually the third Doctor Who skin flick I've heard of; its predecessors being Dr. Loo and the Filthy Phaleks, and Doctor Screw. (Nobody seems to have gone with the more obvious "Cocktor Who" yet.) Doctor Whore's name might not roll off the tongue as well its predecessors, but it still is something to look into.

This is your last warning: get your kids, pets, and whoever else will make you feel guilty out of the room, and hit the jump.
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8 Things I Learned at Power Morphicon 2014

Monday, August 25, 2014 at 6:00 am

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Rita Replusa cosplay at Power Morphicon
It's been more than 20 years since Mighty Morphin Power Rangers hit television sets across the United States and became an after-school sensation. Back then, kids cheered for Jason, Zack, Billy, Trini and Kimberly. Right now, the elementary school crowd is following the adventures of Troy, Noah, Emma, Gia, Jake and Orion on Nickeldeon. The characters changed over the years - as did the costumes and sets - but a lot of things remain the same. There is still the repurposed footage from Japanese Super Sentai series. There is still an air of campiness to it. More importantly, though, there are those wholesome teenage characters who learn about friendship and working for some greater good.

Every couple years, Power Rangers fans descend upon Pasadena, California for Power Morphicon, a biannual convention that brings together the multiple generations of cast members under one roof. I last attended Power Morphicon in 2010 and it's grown a lot since then. The crowd was big enough to sustain a few long lines, mostly for the official Saban event and a panel with the original Rangers, and create a few cases of gridlock in the exhibit hall. A renewed interest in the series, thanks to 20th anniversary celebrations and a recent movie announcement, is certainly underfoot. The event is exciting enough to even capture the attention of those of us who casually watched the show way back when...and informative enough to teach the non-hardcore a thing or two about the franchise. Here are a few things I learned at Power Morphicon 2014.

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Super Terrific Japanese Thing: Pizza Hut Run by Cats

Friday, August 22, 2014 at 4:06 pm

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Japan's on the same page as the U.S. when it comes to cats - they get that kitties in little clothes will get Internet attention, and fast. But I'm not sure they're quite on the same page as we are when it comes to branding.

In the latest move by Pizza Hut Japan, marketing is focusing on a "Pizza Cat" restaurant (alas, it doesn't really exist) wherein the feline employees will ignore your calls, fail to deliver your pizza, and screw up the company's finances by sitting on keyboards and cash registers. It's like they're saying that if your service is bad, blame it on the cute cats.

If Kevin Smith really wanted to make another movie about surly clerks, this one should have been it. Check out a sampling of the shorts below...

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The Ice Bucket Challenge Halloween Costume Is Really Terrible

Friday, August 22, 2014 at 11:30 am

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I'm sure most of you know by now about the ice bucket challenge, in which people theoretically raise awareness and money for ALS (a.k.a. Lou Gehrig's disease) by dumping ice water over their heads. Because humans love to do silly things, it seems to be working and getting more ALS funding than ever before, so kudos on that.

You could mock the costume above - which is a thing that is for sale, for making even more light of something that's arguably making light of something else, but I'll leave that to pundits whose job it is to tackle life-threatening diseases. My objections are simpler. Firstly, what good is a costume where you have to hold something above your head all night? That's like the kind of torture they make prisoners do to stay awake.

Secondly, don't these Halloween costumers know that everything needs to be "sexy" nowadays? If you're going to go tacky, go all in and turn the bucket into a bra somehow.

first noticed by Johnathan Weeks, it seems

The 17 Coolest Things in Starlog #009: Star Wars Ascends, Star Trek Descends, and Shatner Absconds

Friday, August 22, 2014 at 6:00 am

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The ninth issue of Starlog hit the stands on September 1, 1977, the sixth of the eight-times-a-year issues. The focus is primarily on television, including the surely-going-to-happen new Star Trek series intended to replace the definitely-not-gonna-happen Star Trek feature film, but Star Wars continues to pull focus. And William Shatner tries to walk away from it all.

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