18 Fictional Bunnies That Haunt the Dreams of Nerds

Friday, April 18, 2014 at 6:00 am

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When we learn that the Martians are predatory toward humans in War of the Worlds, H. G. Wells offers us a bit of perspective by having his narrator remind us: "how repulsive our carnivorous habits would seem to an intelligent rabbit."

No doubt, but this time of year even the vegans enjoy eating rabbits, of the chocolate and marshmallow variety delivered by the Easter Bunny. Perhaps it's an attempt to steer humankind away from our repulsive carnivorous habits? Although his ancestry is in pagan folklore - a fertility symbol, probably - the E.B. is an unthreatening sort. But it's striking how many of his fictitious cousins from nerdy pop culture are fiercely formidable, even sinister and scary, and how often they even the score with humankind for our lapine cruelties.

A few examples...


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Super Mario Bros. Theme Played With Wine Glasses, Pencils and a Frying Pan

Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 10:00 am

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This isn't half-assed, either - it includes the underground music and goes all the way to the end of the level.

For the benefit of my readers under 21 - wine glasses are designed for drinks that you aren't supposed to go near yet. And pencils are these things like styluses, but way cooler because you don't even need a mobile device to use them!

Empty frying pans, of course, are drugs just waiting to smack you in the brain.

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Ask Luke's Mother-in-Law: Copping a Feel for Video Games, Raccoons, Immortality

Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 8:00 am

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Luke's mother-in-law is former LAPD, a licensed property appraiser and a self-described crazy cat lady. None of which has prepared her for TR readers. All questions and answers are real.

Hello. It is Thursday again. This is Easter week. The weather is warm and sunny here in the desert. I have been out doing yard work; I have a secret project going that Mrs. LYT will see this weekend when she visits (LYT has to stay in LA to cover WonderCon). Yes, that is one of my outside cats in the back ground. This is the second week of Coachella Music Festival and shortly we will be having the Joshua Tree Music Festival. The Easter Bunny will be stopping buy in a few days. I think we are coloring eggs on Saturday. Would you believe that the first Easter Egg Hunt that LYT did was here at my house a few years ago? [Not exactly; just first one as an adult - LYT] We have to do this early in the day so the chocolate does not melt in the heat. This is also Earth Day weekend here in the Desert, so there are big Earth Day doings in Yucca Valley at the community center. We also just had a casino open in 29 Palms - I have not been yet, but Mrs. LYT went on opening day and won a few dollars. This week I also got the pool open for the summer: water is not quite warm enough to swim yet, but it is clean and the water looks nice.


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The Video Game About People Who Pretend to Be Planes

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 2:24 pm

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Used to be, as a kid, that one of the easiest, cheapest entertainments was to ruin around with arms outstretched, pretending to be an airplane. Of course, kids also used to play Mr. Potato Head with actual potatoes - businesses love to find a way to monetize our imaginations.

So now you have Cult of the Wind, a video game in which you run around with arms outstretched pretending to be a plane. I'm guessing the real reason Hayao Miyazaki retired is that he heard about this and plans never to leave the house again.

One caveat: it does have to be upvoted on Steam Greenlight first.

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Weekend Hangover: Superhero Furries, Spider-Politician, Sharknado 2 and More

Monday, April 14, 2014 at 10:00 am

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While I am certain - not - that most of you were either partying at Coachella or gettin' down to the MTV Movie Awards, many of your fellow readers were scaring up the usual mess o' stories that we didn't have room for last week. Compiled from the weekend thread with the help of Kyle LeClair, here are your weekend highlights of hilariousness.

Tipsters include: donnaryoko, Anyone00, SlyDante777, Dr.Gonzo82, Gallen_Dugall, Citrus_King, troi, andre_morello

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Overnight/Weekend Open Thread - The Toys of Summer

Friday, April 11, 2014 at 7:00 pm

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"Out in the stores today, I saw a Spawn head sticker on a Nicktoon pack..."

In other last-minute stuff...

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Did Atari Really Bury Cartridges of Their E.T. Game? Excavation Will Find out!

Friday, April 11, 2014 at 12:00 pm

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The child-of-the-'80s nerd version of Geraldo in Al Capone's vault is going down in just over two weeks, folks. Xbox Entertainment Studios and director Zak Penn (screenwriter of such Marvel movies as X-Men 2 and Avengers) will shoot a documentary as they open the landfill in Alamogordo, New Mexico, in which Atari supposedly buried mass copies of what has infamously become known as the worst movie-based video game ever.

Rumors that the pile of games is actually a Horcrux hidden by Rob Bricken are most assuredly unfounded.

If you're in the area, you can stop by and watch:

Saturday, April 26, 2014
9:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Alamogordo Landfill
4276 Highway 54 S
Alamogordo, NM 88310


8 Batman Characters Who Might Be the Arkham Knight

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at 6:00 am

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It's been a few days since DC and Batman: Arkham Knight revealed the first images of the game's titular heavy in what they're billing as the finale to the Arkham series. And we have some thoughts on who might be under the techno cowl.

Sure, both sides are saying the Arkham Knight is a new villain, but that doesn't necessarily mean that one of Batman's longtime rogues hasn't decided to suit up in a new costumed identity. So here are eight characters who we think could be suiting up as the Arkham Knight - and the reasons why they might have the Dark Knight in their crosshairs.

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Into Parts Unknown: The Ultimate Warrior Is Dead

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at 11:23 pm

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I suspect he knew it was coming. And that that's why he made everything right with WWE and his fans to preserve his legacy before it did. It was one last battle in which he knew the finish, and as usual he went all out and scored that final victory.

I was 15 the year I became an Ultimate Warrior fan. I was tired of Hulk Hogan - sick of the way he demanded cheers, never even thanking his fans like the supposedly evil Honky Tonk Man did; sick of the excessive flag-waving, beating up on evil foreigners and exhortations to say my Christian prayers. And yet I knew he was, unfortunately, unbeatable. Then, in the lead-up to WrestleMania VI, he and Warrior were paired as a tag team on Saturday Night's Main Event, and I got excited because I knew the booking pattern at this point: Warrior was going to turn on Hogan.

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Guess Which Major Franchise Is Coming to Disney Infinity?

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at 10:41 am

There are really only two possibilities, right? Well, it's this one:

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But you have to figure that after JJ Abrams gets done, the other one will follow...

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