This 18" Master Chief Is the Last Halo Toy You'll Ever Need

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 11:30 am

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That's not to say it's the last one you'll WANT - NECA will probably milk this mold with umpteen Predator-like repaints and partial resculpts like McFarlane did with the smaller figures. Still, their 18-incher in its final production form pretty much owns all who came before.

And nowadays, you can even ask your own Cortana where to buy it. No nekkid holograms yet though.

Tags: Halo, NECA

8 Things Anita Sarkeesian Says That Gamers Should Come to Terms With

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 6:00 am

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I had the good fortune of being born in 1979, and thus living through the golden age of video games. I received an Atari 7800 for Christmas, which sort of sucked actually, but it was replaced the next year by the hallowed Nintendo Entertainment System. I also had the fortune of growing up in an area where arcades were popular and spent summers living the birth of Street Fighter II, Mortal Kombat and my personal favorite, Time Killers. In more modern times my wife, daughter and I all game and frequent our local Gamestop. The game I am most looking forward to this year is Dragon Age: Inquisition, and I plan to take a long weekend to get into it.

Why say all that first? Well, there seems to be an opinion that growing up loving video games and thinking that Tropes Vs. Women is total crap and that Anita Sarkeesian should be banned from the internet are inseparable. Honestly, this is only the beginning of the online rage as you can see from this Patreon with a $5,000 a month payout vowing to fight her movement because apparently "Recent evidence suggests they have far larger powers of censorship than anyone would suspect; this is what we want to uncover." Because obviously a secret cabal of feminists is controlling all media. Hadn't you noticed?

Is Tropes Vs. Women perfect? Not at all. One simple complaint I have is the lumping of games with a karma system like Fallout or games that reward pacifist play-through like Dishonored with the Grand Theft Auto games of the world. Sarkeesian states that these games all have a similar punishment/reward system for offing random innocents, and this is factually incorrect. However, we should not throw the baby out with the bathwater and having actually watched these videos, I have to say they bring up some really simple and valid points.


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Sunset Overdrive Live-Action Trailer on Why You Shouldn't Do a Sunset Overdrive Live-Action Trailer

Monday, September 22, 2014 at 4:30 pm

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I'm not sure why live-action game trailers are still a thing in an era where part of the point is to show how realistic your graphics are - but Sunset Overdrive basically destroys the concept in this spot that shows just how irresponsible and ridiculous you'd have to be to attempt to capture the game's madness in reality.

It also makes damn sure that the quote "Get ready to die, asshole!" will be seared in your brain as the game's catchphrase. So it's actually pretty insidious subliminal marketing that way. Whatever. I need to go get an orange energy drink RIGHT FUCKING NOW for some reason.

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17 Things You May Have Missed This Weekend, From KFC Keyboards to Hamster Hot-Dogging

Monday, September 22, 2014 at 6:00 am

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A 16-disc set of Matt Smith's Doctor Who tenure is coming - and that's but one thing that came up in conversation over the course of the weekend thread. Compiled with the help of Kyle LeClair, here are some of the other stories you might have missed.

Tipsters this week included Gallen_Dugall, SlyDante777, Anyone00, troi, Rx79Immigrant84, Citrus_King

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Ask Luke's Mother-in-Law: How Realistic Is Battlefield Hardline?

Thursday, September 18, 2014 at 8:00 am

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Martha Boyd is not just Luke's mother-in-law - she's also an ex-cop, a landlord, a self-described crazy cat lady, a major Star Trek geek and the widow of a green beret. So go ahead: ask her anything. And we mean anything. Just be polite when you do.

Happy Thursday all. Hope you have all had a great week so far and are looking forward to the weekend; I know I am. Last week I posted about the new nail polish I tried, and one comment was I should have done the Vulcan salute. So here it is. As you can see the polish did not last 2 weeks, as advertised - it was really great for about a week and then started to fall apart between last week and this week's rants. But it did last longer than any other polish that I have ever tried. So I would buy it again.


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NERDRANTS: Julia Hates The Sims 4, and Here's Why...

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 11:30 am

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When a video game so utterly ruins your wife's day - what can you do but let her voice the scathing review that's bubbling under the surface? If you're a fan of The Sims games, whether it's to the degree she is or lesser, you might want to hear this.

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Tags: EA, Nerdrants, Sims

Weekend Hangover: From Sharknado 3 to Running Jetpacks, 17 Stories You May Have Missed

Monday, September 15, 2014 at 6:00 am

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Yes, Yondu is now in Disney Infinity, and even though they've stylized the design and probably don't have to pay for Michael Rooker's likeness, it's clearly the MIchael Rooker version. Which means that Henry Lee Lucas can run wild in your personal Disney World.

Compiled with the help of Kyle LeClair, here are 16 more reader-submitted items from over the weekend that you may have missed. Tipsters include skrag2112, SlyDante777, Gallen_Dugall, Rx79immigrant84, NOT.DrAbraxas, Anyone00

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Super Terrific Japanese Thing: The Oculus Rift Boob-Squeezing Game

Friday, September 12, 2014 at 4:30 pm

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Fourteen year-old me would have been all over this...

Wait, no. Scratch that. I just remembered what my life was actually like at 14. Know what would have really happened? My dad would have somehow found out about this thing in the New York Times, got it for me as a birthday present and left me terribly embarrassed to even touch the box it came in. Point is, there's a Japanese 3D VR game about squeezing breasts, and it comes with a breast-shaped controller.

Yeah. And we get all worked up about female background characters in Grand Theft Auto and whether or not they're sexist. Not to minimize that debate, but the fact that we've even gotten to that point still places us way ahead of Japan.

Inevitably, if this becomes a big thing, there will be a device made that allows you to mimic the sensation of stabbing people. And that's when stuff will get ultra-creepy.

New Official, Detailed Pic of Batman v Superman Batmobile

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at 10:05 pm

As Tweeted by Zack Snyder earlier tonight.

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It looks to me a whole lot like the Arkham Knight version, which I bet would have sold better at Comic-Con had people only known.

h/t troi

Lego Batman 3 DLC Lets You Play as Movie Bane and Jor-El

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at 10:00 am

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I hesitate to say "Tom Hardy Bane" because presumably Tom Hardy himself won't be doing the garbled voice. But minifigs based on him, Gary Oldman, Heath Ledger, Anne Hathaway and Russell Crowe will be playable; Crowe in particular seems a good fit for a game that involves throwing things and having them smash. And in a Lego setting, who's gonna object if Zod's head pops off?

As for the Batman 75th pack, you can play as first-apperance Batman with purple hands, as well as the Joker, Harley Quinn, and multiple other iterations of Batman through the years.

My fingers are crossed for a Schwarzenegger Freeze, but I'm very likely the only one.