Origami Millennium Falcon

Adamite85, an origami artist in the Czech Republic, made a simple but remarkably accurate model of the Millennium Falcon from Star Wars. I wouldn't try the Kessel Run in it, but I'm sure that it would do fine for in-system operations. Either way, if they follow standard Imperial procedure, they'll dump their garbage before they go to light-speed, then we just float away.



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A Nihilistic Short Film About Charlie Brown

Charlie Brown has dealt with some tough childhood moments in the last 65 years, from being rejected by girls to losing his dog to getting bad grades in school, but the heaviest thing he ever had to deal with came courtesy of a little girl named Janice. 

Janice was diagnosed with leukemia, and Chuck struggled to find an answer for the TV special's title "Why, Charlie Brown, Why?", leaving him feeling even more nihilistic than before.

And then this short film happened:

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Good Grief! Cancer Boy! is a strange little film made by Todd Graham in 1990 that reveals the utter futility of Charlie Brown's very existence- in German!

Todd shows us what Charlie Brown might have become if Charles Schulz had allowed him to grow up...I guess it's a good thing he never aged!

-Via Dangerous Minds



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A Collection Of Dark Secrets You Never Knew About Hellraiser

Clive Barker’s Hellraiser series reinvented the concept of religious horror, and brought the fear of bodily harm to the audience with some mighty inventive anatomical gore that made them squirm in their seats.

Hellraiser has become a mainstay in the world of horror, yet Pinhead and his Cenobite crew haven’t had their carcasses picked over like other classic horror movies, and many of their dark secrets have remained unknown for decades.

Everybody knows that Hellraiser is based on Clive's novel The Hellbound Heart, but did you know that he wrote and directed the film?

Clive didn't want the film to become one of those "truly appalling adaptations", so he took it upon himself to learn how to direct. He ran in to one problem, though, when he discovered that both books on film directing were checked out at his local library!

Read All The Weirdest Secrets You Never Knew About Clive Barker's Hellraiser over at io9



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Seven Horrifying Short Films To Put You In The Midnight Mood

Making a film, short or otherwise, used to involve hiring a crew, managing tons of equipment and finding someone to invest in your project.

Nowadays a few people on a shoestring budget can make an enjoyable film to share with the world via YouTube, and horror is a favorite genre for budding filmmakers.

Halloween is the perfect time to dig up some new shorts to watch in the dark, and this collection of 7 Deeply Bizarre Horror Shorts to Watch on YouTube is a great place to start!

There’s something for every morbid taste, from the cinephile who demands a story with their scares:

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To the pediophobic who find dolls and mannequins disturbing:

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There's even short for lovers of dark comedy:

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Enjoy your trip down the rabbit hole, but try not to scream too loudly!

(Some films may contain content considered NSFW, viewer discretion advised)

-Via Film School Rejects



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Interstellar Movie Review

Let's none of us play any games right now, okay? I think we ALL know that Interstellar looks like the best movie of the forthcoming holiday season. You take a little bit of the genius of Christopher Nolan, and you add a dash of McConaughey swagger. You mix it all together, have some of it take place in outer space, and what do you have? The recipe for the next big movie that everyone wants to see.

But is it any GOOD?

Well...click play and find out (what IGN thinks about it, at least).

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Don't tell me what they said. I want to eventually pass judgement on my own. My early prediction is that it will be very pretty with some massive holes most of the public will ignore because we love pretty things. In other words, another Christopher Nolan movie.



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Star Trek in Mayberry

A backlot known as “the 40 acres” in Culver City, California, has been the setting of so many movies and TV shows that it takes an extensive website to cover all of it. It was owned successively by RKO, Desilu, and Paramount, among other owners. The lot contained the entire town of Mayberry used for The Andy Griffith Show, but that wasn’t the only use for the fake town. It was built long before Andy Taylor and his family inhabited it. You might recognize the buildings when you watch old reruns of Superman from the 1950s, because the town was also Metropolis.

Hardcore Star Trek fans already know this, but casual fans might be surprised to know that a couple of episodes of the original series were filmed on the Mayberry set: "Miri" and "The City on the Edge of Forever.” They didn’t even change the name of Floyd’s Barber Shop.



They should have used some of the Mayberry characters, too, as imagined by this image manipulation by Brian Hague. See his Thelma Lou T’Pau as well. -via Metafilter



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The Six Different Types Of Gamer Couples

Gamers are passionate about their hobby lifestyle, and the more die-hard the gamer the more frequently they play, so it’s in a gamer’s best interest to find a romantic partner who also enjoys gaming.

The couple that games together stays together, but gamer couples who team up to take down noobs either become a force to be reckoned with, or let their competitive nature tear them apart.

George Rottkamp from Dorkly created this comic that details the 6 Types Of Gamer Couples, from the classic Cutthroat Couple to the always absent Amorous Duo.

As one half of a gamer couple I think we're any and all of these couples, depending on the game we're playing or day of the week. Are there any gamer couples out there that feel the same way?

-Via Geeks Are Sexy



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The Cosplay World of Julian Checkley

Did you know that an instance of cosplay back in 1910 led to a man being arrested for “public masquerading”? What made that costume different from the usual fancy dress was that it was designed to resemble a well-known pop culture character, instead of animals or literary characters. In 1939, the first costumed characters showed up at a science fiction convention. We didn’t yet have the term “cosplay,” or even “sci-fi” for that matter, but the hobby itself is a lot older than you thought.

These are things you’ll learn in the new book Cosplay World by Brian Ashcraft and Luke Plunkett of Kotaku. Ashcraft and Plunkett talked to writers, historians, photographers, and costume builders about the history and culture of cosplay, but the book is also packed with profiles and pictures of top cosplayers from around the world. Neatorama is proud to present an excerpt, featuring cosplayer Julian Checkley.


(Image credit: Julian Checkley)

‘I’ve been cosplaying almost all my life, ever since I made my first Darth Vader costume at the age of seven,’ says cosplayer Julian Checkley. ‘It was one of those papier mâché jobs plastered onto a balloon, and I had to steal my grandfather’s sunglasses so I could pop the lenses out and glue them on to complete the helmet eyepieces.’

This boyhood love of papier mâché developed, and Checkley decided to pursue an education and a career in making costumes.

(Image credit: Kamil Krawczak)

But he may have thought he’d made a mistake when he found himself studying hair and make-up alongside fashion industry hopefuls in London. A job in TV creating monster suits and special effects would soon follow, however, where he would not just learn how to develop visual effects and make fantastical creatures, but gain experience performing inside them as well.

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3 Ways Video Games Are Good For You

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Being a nerd and avid gamer for most of my life, I stand behind the fact that gaming is far more beneficial than detrimental. It improves response time, problem solving skills, hand-to-eye coordination, and muscle memory. But gaming has been under fire (intentional pun alert) for decades now because there are anti-video game pundits who spout endlessly about how it encourages real life violence.

But Gamespot has a rather interesting video about how games are actually GOOD for us. While it could be said the study group they used for this research was a tad bit small, it is still a step in the right direction overall for society to learn that gaming is not dangerous, but rather, beneficial (and not going away anytime soon, as it is a billion dollar industry only set to grow more).

See Mom, I told you video games weren't rotting my brain!



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LeVar Burton Reads "Go The F%#k To Sleep" For A Good Cause

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LeVar Burton is a big fan of reading, and his show Reading Rainbow was meant to inspire kids to crack open a book and discover the fantastic story that resides between the covers.

Reading Rainbow will be back in action soon thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign, so a whole new generation can be inspired by LeVar’s passion for literature, but this video has nothing to do with Reading Rainbow.

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In fact, this video shouldn’t be watched by children due to strong language, but adults will enjoy hearing LeVar Burton read Adam Mansbach's hilariously vulgar book for frustrated parents called "Go The F#%k To Sleep".

LeVar read GTFTS to an eager group of overgrown toddlers to support Rooster Teeth's Extra Life charity drive, a program that aims to help hospitalized children through video games.

Great reader, great book, great cause, great Scott this is one funny reading! (Contains NSFW Language)

-Via Mental Floss



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Game of Thrones Mania in Spain

 

The hit HBO series Game of Thrones films in Belfast, Northern Ireland and Dubrovnik, Croatia. For the show’s upcoming fifth season, scenes are also being shot in Spain, which is a stand-in for the kingdom of Dorne, the homeland of House Martell. Filming began at Alcázar palace near Seville, then moved to Osuna where a large battle will be staged. The opportunity to be an extra led to a response that shows how popular the production is in Spain.

When the local production company Fresco Film put out a casting call for roughly 600 extras for a key battle Thrones scene, fans responded with an incredible 86,000 applications. The company needed to add more server space to accommodate the load. Many applicants needed the work, but one hired extra told the production he took a vacation from his high-level banking job to be on the show.

Meanwhile, others have clamored to get a glimpse of the show’s cast, with one even asking a random production staffer to post for a photo merely because he was wearing a Thrones badge.

Learn more at Entertainment Weekly, but be aware there are spoilers if you’re not current on the series through season four. -via Warming Glow



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10 Minimalist Horror Movie Posters

Artist: Thomas Emery

It is crazy to think that a movie that took years to write and direct and produce can often be summed up in one single, minimalist frame of artwork. One picture that grabs the entirety of the movie and squeezes itself down to tell its story using no words and a single image. Yet the best artists seem to be able to do this ease, and have a lot of fun in the process.

Someone wrote me this week and pointed out this 10 Minimalist Horror Movie Posters list to me, and knowing I was a huge fan of horror, they asked me if I could identify all 10 movies. Well, of course I did! But I think that stands as more of a testimony to how astute the posters are, and not my overall horror prowess.

Check out the list for yourself and see how well you do.




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Old School vs. New School

So for a moment, let's say video games are real. Just pretend for a sec, dammit. What would happen if old school, pixel games somehow met up and clashed with the new school, realistic looking games? In my head, I imagine it would be an epic match up of mayhem, with pixels breaking off and polygonal blood splashing everywhere.

The reality is, the folks over at RocketJump put together this awesome video of what it would be like if different generations of games all met up at the same time in the real world. And while it may not be quite as violent as my vision, it is badass, and will get any gamers and video game fans drooling on themselves. Though it has been floating around the internet for a bit, safe to say some of you missed it, and that is just not okay. Pretty sure seeing Lara Croft climb into a Space Invaders ship and take off fulfilled some weird geek fantasy of mine I didn't even realize I had until I saw it happen. This might do the same for you.

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Or you can just marvel at how cool it is. 



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A Cinderella Story:The Best Of Bill Murray

Bill Murray is the man. A million people have said it before me, and a million more will say afterwards. He is just one of those actors that transcended his celebrity status and just seems like an awesome, approachable, every-man. So rather than me sit here and say the same things everyone else has about Bill Murray, how about we just sit here and watch some of his best moments from film?

We shall allow his body of work to speak on his behalf. It's a beautiful thing.

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Bill, hit me up sometime. We'll go crash a party together. It'll be magical. 



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The Tolkien Fan

Even if you couldn’t see their faces, it should be obvious which of these Tolkien fans is the older one. Sigh. This comic from CommitStrip is labeled “a true story.” Share this with someone young and let us know if you have to explain it. -via Geeks Are Sexy



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Freddy And Jason Get Murderous Makeovers In Lady Killers

Freddy and Jason went from two ordinary names to monikers synonymous with pure evil thanks to horror movies, but these average joes of the slasher world are in desperate need of a makeover.

Freddy revamped his scare tactics by making real life feel like a movie in Wes Craven's New Nightmare, and when Jason X went to space he got a snazzy new mask and cybernetic implants, but these changes simply aren't enough.

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Thankfully, Nerdist and Andrew Bowser knew exactly what to do with those classic killers to bring them back to life in style- they gender swapped 'em.

Lady Killers stars Adrianne Curry as Freddy, and cosplayers Abby Dark Star as Jason and Leanna Vamp as Ash, and it's the perfect combination of cheesy, geeky and slasher-y to get you in the Halloween spirit!

(Barely NSFW due to language)



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The Quotable Doctor Zoidberg

In the world of Futurama there is only one Decapodian doctor you should call when you need your limbs snipped off, or a tongue depressor shoved in your ear- Zoidberg.

He’s the lonely lobster with the funny accent, and even though he seems like a total dweeb he actually has some wise words to share with the world, if you can stand listening to him long enough to hear them!

Zoidberg isn’t a philosopher, or a sage, he’s just an ordinary guy looking for the occasional dumpster sandwich to nibble on as he makes his way through the world of the far flung future.

Take a look back at Zoidberg’s beautiful mind with these 20 Hysterical Dr. Zoidberg 'Futurama' Quotes, and the next time you're looking for a quote to bust out at a dinner party you'll think "why not Zoidberg?"



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366 Weird Movies You Need To See

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The first weird film I ever remember seeing was Eraserhead when I was just a teenager, and man did it mess with my head.  What I had noticed days after watching it was, unlike most films, Eraserhead stuck with me. It seeped like black oil into my subconscious and just seemed to stay there. From that moment on, I have had a bit of an obsession with weird movies. Movies that are not afraid to tell unconventional stories. Movies so strange and surreal, most would ignore them. So you can only imagine my delight when I found the site 366 Weird Movies. I feel lot like Charlie when he got his golden ticket today.

On most sites, you may get one or two top ten lists of weird movies, but this a site devoted to them. Now if you don't mind, I need to go spend the rest of my life going through this website and finding wonderfully twisted movies to lose myself in.



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Gritty Television Shows Get A Niceness Makeover

In the entertainment worlds of movies and television nice almost never appeals to viewers, unless the viewers are young and easily entertained.

Grown folks like a bit of grit with their story sandwich, which is why shows like Breaking Bad and Game Of Thrones have become mighty popular in the world of televised entertainment.

So what would our favorite shows look like after receiving a niceness makeover?

Probably a lot like these comic strips created by Tony Wilson of Dorkly, in which he presents nicer versions of four favorite TV shows- Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, Hannibal and the most radical remake of them all- Thomas The Nice Engine. 

-Via GeekTyrant



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Air New Zealand's New Flight Safety Video

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Air New Zealand is the official airline of Middle-Earth. And they take full advantage of the title, with a new flight safety video thst has an overwhelming Hobbit theme. This was directed by Taika Waititi, with appearances by Peter Jackson and Elijah Wood and cameos by Sylvester McCoy (Radagast the Brown), Dean O’Gorman (Fili),  and Weta Workshop co-founder Sir Richard Taylor. -via Hilary Gilbert



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Man Builds Custom TARDIS for Marriage Proposal

Redditor muffinman5423 built a TARDIS in order to propose to his girlfriend. It's a perfect model of the original that, from the outside, is a 1:1 scale replica. And it worked: she said yes!

What would he have done if she said no? Muffinman5432 had a backup plan.


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Here's a video of the actual proposal. It's really sweet and touching.

My own proposal was less complex (you know, the KISS principle). My wife and I are both librarians and I coincidentally proposed to her at a library. She loved it anyway, despite the absence of a TARDIS. But she has informed me that if the Doctor ever offers to take her away on an adventure, she's going to accept.

-via Nerd Approved



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Star Trek's Geordi La Forge, Played by LeVar Purrton

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Lt. Comm. Geordi La Forge, chief engineer on board the USS Enterprise, would be glad to reroute warp power through the phase inducers. But, first, he's going to take a nap on the impulse drive manifold because it's so warm right now.

-via Fashionably Geek



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How To Visualize Music Differently

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You listen to music, but do you see it? Do you hear it in the raindrops around you, or realize that there is a rhythm to everything? The way our brains visualize and process musical patterns factors into both how we hear music and how we "see" it. I wont even keep going and pretend I am smart enough to trick you into thinking I have any idea what I am talking about. Instead, I will just let the always-brilliant Ted Ed series of Ted Talks teach you how to visualize music differently. Who knew something as simple as a wheel would change our perception of music?

That last line will make sense after you watch the video.

Now if you don't mind, I am just gonna flip on the blacklight and visualize some Pink Floyd music.



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A Look Back At Former Disney Theme Park Rides And Attractions

Disneyland first opened its doors over fifty years ago, and in that time Disney Imagineers have done their best to keep the park fresh by constantly updating and adding to the park, but with progress comes destruction.

Many rides and attractions have been torn down over the years- some, like the Submarine Voyage's upgrade to the Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage, were revamped for the good of the park, while others like the Flight To The Moon/Mission To Mars are sorely missed to this day.

Take a look back at Disney theme park history with 11 Wonderful Former Disney Rides, compiled by Mental Floss, and see if you remember seeing any of these rides and attractions before they were sent to the scrapyard.



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Minions, Adventure Time, and Old Simpsons on The Simpsons

As many of you know, The Simpsons Treehouse of Horrors is a real treat every year, often blending The Simpson's perfect pop culture prowess with some twisted humor and horror elements. I found a clip recently that I thought might have been faked. Come to find out, it's not. This is actually a scene from the forthcoming Halloween episode of this long-running show.

Rather than ruin just how magical it this clip is, I will just sit back and let you watch it (while I watch it myself about 300 more times).

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I wont lie. The Adventure Time alt-world reality of the Simpsons made me squee with delight.



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Star Lord's Awesome Mix Tape Is About To Be Released On Cassette

When millions of fans got hooked on a feeling from watching Guardians of the Galaxy they wanted to bring that sweet soundtrack home, so Marvel obliged by releasing the soundtrack on CD and MP3. 

Marvel also teamed up with Mondo to release a limited edition vinyl version, with amazing cover art by Tyler Stout, but fans who wanted an actual mix tape that felt like it'd been handed to them by Peter Quill himself were out of luck- until now.

Marvel has announced that they’re releasing the Awesome Mix Tape in it's original format- on audio cassette, complete with a cover that looks like it was written up by Peter's mother, just like in the movie!

Now those who still have a tape deck can play the awesome mix as it was intended, and youngsters who’ve never even seen a tape deck can stare at the cassette while they listen to the tracks on their MP3 player.

-Via GeekTyrant



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Clip From ABCs Of Death 2 Shows The Grim Reality Of He-Man

He-Man and the Masters of the Universe was an extremely popular cartoon show in the 1980s featuring extremely buff dudes battling it out on a far flung planet called Eternia.

He-Man carried a mighty big sword, fought bad guys equipped with all kinds of deadly armaments, and yet nobody ever got killed, maimed or spilled one drop of blood. 

This lack of actual violence was done for the sake of the kiddies, but if He-Man's world actually existed it would be the kind of place where rivers of blood flow across the land and severed limbs fly through the air.

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This clip from the horror film The ABCs of Death 2 shows what happens when kids from an action figure commercial see their wish come true right before their eyes then immediately regret ever having wished at all.

(Contains graphic imagery that may be considered NSFW)

-Via io9



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The Skymaul Catalog Is A Fun Way To Shop For Useless Crap

Are you tired of shopping from a catalog that doesn’t speak to your unique sensibilities? Looking for a new kind of catalog that contains an eclectic selection of goods only a true oddball original can appreciate?

Then you’re in the market for a unique product from the Skymaul Catalog, which features things you never knew you needed, like hot dog alarm clocks, mobile garbage detectors and SantaGard- the ultimate in holiday home protection.

Unfortunately for us (and fortunately for Santa) SkyMaul isn’t a real store with real products, it’s the product of the Kasper Hauser comedy group from San Francisco, collected in a book called SkyMaul 2: Where America Buys His Stuff.

SkyMaul 2 is a follow up to the 2006 release SkyMaul: Happy Crap You Can Buy From A Plane, and even though you can't buy these crappy products you can buy the books that contain pictures of the fake products, which is virtually the same thing, right?

-Via Boing Boing



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Geek Singularity: Benedict Cumberbatch Dressed as Sherlock, Looking at a Poster of Himself as Star Trek’s Khan


(Photo: Robert Viglasy)

Obviously this should inspire a crossover in which Sherlock Holmes enters the Star Trek universe to hunt down Khan, who has escaped from his cryogenic pod.

Or, alternately, Khan enters the Sherlock universe, and switches places with Holmes. John Watson and Bilbo Baggins must determine who is who.

-via The Mary Sue



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Are Photorealistic Video Games Possible One Day?

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I remember a few years back, sitting and playing the opening level of God of War 3 on my Playstation 3, and I thought to myself games are not going to get much better looking than this. That was four years ago, and even with a whole new generation of consoles now, I still stand behind the thoughts. Yes, there are games that are visually stunning, but we have almost reached a peak in gaming, visually speaking. Some of us wonder where it will go next. Just how much better looking can games get, really?

Well, the uber-nerds over at Gamespot try to pose and answer the question many of us have wondered for the last few years now:

Are photorealistic games possible?



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