In-Game Footage From Firefly Online Has You Walking in the Dark, Whedon-ishly

Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 10:00 am

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Okay, to be honest, I don't know how one would walk Whedon-ishly. But nothing much else happens in this video besides walking in the dark, so I had to describe it somehow.

Firefly Online is a multi-user strategic roleplaying game set in the universe of Joss Whedon's cult classic TV show - Firefly. Players take on the role of a ship captain as they hire a crew and seek out adventures, all the while trading with and competing against the millions of other players like themselves, doing whatever it takes to survive in the Verse. It is designed for both desktop and mobile OSes and will allow users to play the same character across devices.
Given their polar opposite stances on gaming controversies, it will be interesting to see if both Joss Whedon and Adam Baldwin join in the fun. In hindsight, I do wonder how the hell those two ever got along.

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The 18 Strangest Versions of Dracula

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at 6:00 am

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Could Bram Stoker ever have imagined, back in 1897, that the character he created would one day be used for everything from pornography to breakfast cereal? It's hard to imagine that even Bela Lugosi could have guessed that the accent he gave Dracula would still be in use, more than 80 years later, spoofed by George Hamilton, or teaching kids to count, or marketing everything from car insurance to debt-consolidation loans ("because debt sucks!") to throat lozenges. Thus Dracula Untold, the title of the Drac movie that opened this past weekend, seems almost impertinent. Can there be a variation on the Dracula tale left untold?

Here are 18 strong contenders for the most peculiar takes on Count Dracula in popular culture. Note: These aren't just vampires in the Dracula mode; all of them had, at minimum, to have either the title "Count" or the prefix "Drac-" or the suffix "-ula" somewhere in their name.


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Man Keeps Scaring Co-Worker by Yelling Random Street Fighter Sound Bites

Monday, October 13, 2014 at 1:00 pm

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It's entirely possible that the guy just has Tourette's and wants to document it with his camera. Either that or it's the most insanely specific-yet-lazy video prank ever. And yet it works because it freaks the other dude out every single time.

While for the prankster, it's probably just Tuesday.

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Mezco Might Finally Make Mortal Kombat Figures I Don't Hate

Monday, October 13, 2014 at 11:30 am

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Mortal Kombat figures have been pretty consistently in toy stores since the '90s, and they have just as consistently been really terrible; in fact, it's hard to think of a license that has been so dependably screwed over.

Look, all we Mortal Kombat fans want are decently sculpted toys that actually look like the characters, and...well, let's just start there, since nobody's even gotten that far yet. Jazwares looked carved out of soap, Infinite Concepts tried to boast more than they had, and the G.I. Joe repaints were downright insulting, but came out in a time when fans would still buy anything (they did, however, yield the one and only custom figure I ever made that I'm proud of - I repainted Liu Kang into a comic-styled Crow).

Mezco's, revealed at NYCC, look to break the mold of suck. They're "pending licensor approval," but since said licensor in the past has apparently never said no to anything, I think we're good...

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7 Years in the Making, NECA to Finally Release Devil May Cry's Dante

Thursday, October 9, 2014 at 12:30 pm

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I used to love Devil May Cry, but feel like Game May Be Dated. Nonetheless, NECA showed a prototype of this figure back around 2007, and recently went back to the drawing board to give it new and improved articulation. I guess Capcom finally got on board with it.

I'd think that huge coat might limit potential poses - if not practically, then at least in what looks like a reasonable position for a person to be in and maintain that swirling action.

NYCC: Putting Together a Massive One-Woman Metal Gear REX Costume

Thursday, October 9, 2014 at 10:00 am

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Cosplayer Ruby Taki has been working on this thing for a year, and is now ready to compete for the top prize at New York Comic Con.

Our colleagues at the Village Voice were able to film her putting it all together for a final photoshoot, as frightened dogs and kids who think she's doing Star Wars give her some space. That's pretty freakin' metal, all right.

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Minecraft Lego Has to Remind Kids What Lego Is Actually for

Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at 6:00 pm

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"Build your own creations"? With Lego? The hell you say?

Why, back in my day, this is how all Lego sets came. Or maybe just all the ones I got. We didn't need the Lego to be based on a game that was probably based on Lego anyway in order to tell us what to do with them.

I know nowadays Lego is primarily seen as a medium to build pre-planned playsets based on stylized interpretations of current movies and comic books. But it's only been a few months since The Lego Movie, and we already need to be reminded not to be President Business?

Minecraft Lego also does come with more pre-planned sets than this. All with a reminder that you can, if you choose, build something else. I await a similar disclaimer on Star Wars toys that you can enact tales other than those previously told by Lucasfilm...but only if you want to.

Every Game Boy Start Screen From the Original Games

Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at 3:42 pm

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I'm not necessarily sure why you'd want to watch three hours of Game Boy Start screens, but I'm pretty sure that you do - a prior video with every NES starts screen was quite popular not long ago, and how does one beat that? With less color and simpler graphics, obviously.

Not to mention three hours of start screens is still better than whatever piece of nonsense they'll end up calling a Tetris movie.

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Friday Odds & Ends/Weekend Open Thread: Happy Liefeld Day!

Friday, October 3, 2014 at 6:00 pm

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-Happy birthday to friend-of-TR Rob Liefeld! Here's a big hug.

-Learn why Harry Potter foe Dolores Umbridge is so miserable...in Lego.

-Rush Hour: The TV Show can probably afford Chris Tucker these days.

-Let's clutch at straws and hope Twin Peaks is coming back. Or not...reunion shows aren't usually that great.

-That was fast: Angry Birds has a Star Wars Rebels level.

-The Rock to replace The Hoff in a Baywatch movie?

-A pig steals 18 beers, gets drunk, and fights a cow. Naturally, it's an Australian pig.

-Would you trust Hulk Hogan to drive your Crazy Taxi?

NECA Reveals 1988 Nintendo-Style Rambo Action Figure

Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 1:00 pm

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Considering that the Nintendo depiction of Rambo looked as much like Ricky "the Dragon" Steamboat as it does Sylvester Stallone, NECA could have gone with almost anything here.

But why would they do that...when they can make a toy that looks like your kid brother drew all over it with markers?

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I want what they want, and every other toy collector who came over here and spilled his wallet and gave everything he had wants! For our NECA to love us as much as we love it!

I think they do. Even if this figure is a very odd way of showing it.