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The Strangest Video Game Releases In 2011


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Being as we're well into the month of January, 2012 I figured it was a good time to look back at 2011 and fondly remember what a strange year it was for video games.

The offbeat games that made it on IGN's list feature such awkward elements as: a baby that must fight for his life in a dungeon filled with his mutated siblings, a grindhouse style game with phallic shaped weaponry, a game that all too faithfully replicates a real life romantic relationship, and a side scrolling MMO in which you can milk butterflies, among others.

If the games produced in 2012 progress even further with the strangeness, it's gonna be a good year for those of us who enjoy games that are weird and wild!

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What Space Invaders Would Look Like In Real Life



This is a CGI model of what a Space Invader from the classic video game might look like in real life. It was created by digital artist Tom Carruthers, and looks super icky.

If they're just flying alien head things then what are they shooting at us? Spit, or even worse?! YUCK! Head behind the barrier, or prepare to wipe alien blech off your screen!

Link  --via Obvious Winner

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Super Alfred E. Neuman Action Figures

What, me worry about DC Direct's upcoming crossover action figure line, which features MAD Magazine's gap toothed spokesman Alfred E. Neuman dressed up like DC's most beloved superheroes? No way, because these figures look awesome, even if you're not a fan of the freckle faced chuckle head. And this is one of those creative and funny crossovers that makes me wish they would create a comic book series, The Many Faces Of A.E. Neuman perhaps, to go along with the toy line. Now that's what I call a mind bender! Link  --via Nerdcore


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Freddie Wong And The Fire Flower


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Freddie Wong's special effects videos have turned him in to an internet sensation, and rightfully so, because the guy has some serious compositing and visual fx skills. In this video the king of movie makeovers finds an old book that teaches him the secret of the Fire Flower from Super Mario Bros., with delightfully disastrous results for an unlucky pedestrian.

--via Rampaged Reality


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Image Of Chairman Mao As Pop Culture Icon



I'm quite certain that Mao never wanted his image to become an icon of pop culture, especially because of the rampant commercialism associated with popular art, and the fact that his image is often used in a tongue-in-cheek manner, poking fun at corporations and at Mao himself.

But pop artists from Andy Warhol to Kozik have enjoyed using his smug visage in their works for decades, and even if Mao himself crawls out of his grave and starts chomping on brains, the flood of works featuring his image will never end. There's a nice little gallery of Mao inspired artworks at the link below, from flashy to antiquated and everything in between. The revolution lives on!

Link  --via JazJaz   --image credit: Romero Britto

 

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Ansel Adams Photos Of Los Angeles In The 1940s



Everyone knows Ansel Adams was a master of landscape photography, a master of black and white naturalist photography, and one heck of an innovative artist. What most people don't know, however, is that Ansel also enjoyed documenting life in the city through the lens of his view camera.

Flavorwire has posted a gallery of images that were commissioned by Fortune Magazine in the 1940s, in order to document Los Angeles' aviation industry as only Ansel Adams could.

See what the City of Angels used to look like, compared to what it has become, by taking a fascinating trip back in time through these magnificent photos.

Suggested soundtrack music-Come Fly With Me by Frank Sinatra and the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, or Praise The Lord And Pass The Ammunition by The Merry Macs.

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Wacky Nintendo News Video Has Many WTF Moments


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You may not know the name News Media Animation, but I'm sure the video they've created to discuss Nintendo's 2011 economic fiasco will look familiar to you, as their wacky animated shorts have been showcased on TV shows and the interwebs many times before, mostly because their videos have some serious WTF factor going on in them.

Product of Taiwanese news animators with less than reliable sources of information, and a surreal sense of humor, the slapstick cartoon strangeness in these "news" vids never fail to crack me up.

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Madonna's AIDS Awareness Comic



Here's a little nugget of retro goodness for ya, courtesy of BoingBoing-it's a comic handed out at a Madonna concert at Madison Square Garden in 1987, warning youngsters about AIDS and urging them not to disrespect those who have contracted the virus. It's a delightfully colorful fear mongering flyer public service announcement, and look! Free Madonna pinup!

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Misty Mountains Cold Never Sounded So Good


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It's impressive enough that ShadowCa7 decided to perform a musical version of J.R.R. Tolkiens "Over The Misty Mountains Cold/The Dwarven Song Of Old Wealth" and committed to doing all 27 verses, but the fact that she does all the harmonies by herself while playing acoustic guitar makes this a beautiful performance to behold.

It takes a bit of a commitment just to sit through the entire video, but it is so good from beginning to end, so throw up your hairy feet, pack a pipe and pour yourself a pint if you're ready to go there and back again.

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Remixing Alien Theme Song On A Commodore 64


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This is a crazy cool remix of the Alien video game theme song, a game which was released on the Commodore 64, appropriately being played on a Commodore 64, laptop and some other musical doohickeys. Add Southern Comfort as inspiration and a creepy green goblin looking mask and you've got old school awesome sauce. Makes me wish I still had my C64!

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Water Powered Alarm Clock



If you can't stop hitting the snooze button in the morning, then you might want to look in to getting one of these water powered alarm clocks, which was created by Austrian design studio Vera Wiedermann to help wake up chronic snoozers.

The water clock uses a drip system to count down the time until the hammer is released and a loud chime sounds, and the only way to get some more time in the sack is to fill it up with water all over again.

So, unless you figure out how to refill this sucker while sleepwalking, it should get you up and going better than anything with a snooze button. And it's nice looking too, made out of glass, copper and cord, so it won't clash with your style or reset itself when the power goes out.

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Could This Be The New Keyboard Cat?


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No, this is definitely not the next keyboard cat, but Pancake could be part of KC's band, like in the kitteh keyboard band of my dreams! In Pancake's Meowsic Video, we see this tie clad little kitteh getting into some seriously heavy grooves, channeling Thelonius Monk on a kitteh shaped keyboard. It's a meowsical delight!

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What Are Fighting Games Missing? Pac-Man And Middle Aged Mega Man, Of Course!


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It's a crazy concept, but Pac-Man and  Middle Aged Mega Man are now part of fighting game history thanks to the upcoming release Street Fighter X Tekken! And, while Mega Man is fat and old in this game, and Pac-Man is piloting some clunky robotic body armor instead of simply chomping down on the opposition, I think they still make a colorful addition to the fighting game genre.

Combining a crazy assortment of characters into a fighting game worked for Super Smash Bros., so this doesn't seem so far fetched to me. What does seem like a stretch, however, is the idea of a Pac person battling through a tournament full of fierce opponents without the aid of Power Pellets!

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Valentine's Day Cards For The Skyrim Addict In Your Life



Show your favorite Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim addict that you still love them, even though they can hardly tear themselves away from the gaming console long enough to have dinner with you, by giving them these Skyrim inspired cards for Valentine's Day!

Created by artist Jemma Salume, they're the perfect way to say "I'd take an arrow for you" or "Don't try to block my love with your magic shield", and will definitely help spread the geek love in your life.

Link  --via Rampaged Reality

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That's A Pretty Sweet Samus Costume You've Got There!



The level of detail, from the overall shape and balance to the fine detail work and superb paint job, makes this one of the sweetest Samus costumes I've ever come across on the interwebs.

I like that she decided to go with the original Power Suit, while letting her feminine side show more than it ever did in the original Metroid NES game, and gamer girls, especially those who enjoy playing retro games, always get my vote!

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Catch Up On 50 Years Of Doctor Who In 10 Minutes


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Do you like Doctor Who, but you just don't have time to catch up on the episodes you've missed over the years? Do you hate Doctor Who and want to know what all the fuss is about? Are you saying to yourself  "I couldn't care less, but I sure do enjoy Best Of... videos, especially when they're set to a snazzy soundtrack"?

If any of these apply to you, or you're just bored and need to kill ten minutes, then you should check out A Babelcolour Tribute to Doctor Who, which shows a snippet from every single episode of the series since 1963 and is the perfect length for break time.

After watching this video you may ask yourself "How did they fit so much in to such a short amount of time?" The answer, of course, is science...

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8 Year Old Girl Plays Electric Guitar Like A Rock Star


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There are some really talented kids out there, and thanks to YouTube they can show the world their skills, hopefully without all the praise going straight to their head.

8 year old Zoe Thomson plays guitar like a champ, and I think she should team up with 8 year old hardcore singer Juliet and form their own kiddie metal outfit, seriously, who wouldn't want to see that?!

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Goonies Meets A Game Of Thrones


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This ridiculous mashup, which combines Chunk's confession to the Fratelli gang in Goonies with a scene from the Game of Thrones TV series featuring Tyrion confessing to some rather nasty deeds, has some great reaction shots from the surrounding characters in the scene, and makes me want to demand a truffle shuffle from that wicked little man!

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This Prop Sword Looks A Bit Too Berserk For Cosplay



This hand crafted sword looks waaaaay too big to be lugging around all day during a convention cosplay session. Inspired by the sword carried by the main character Guts in the anime/manga series Berserk (as seen in the poster above the sword), it's a super sized prop that looks really hard to handle. I applaud your effort sir, now get to work on that Final Fantasy VII Buster Sword stat!

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Retro Batman Trading Card Art



The artwork from the 1966 Batman trading card set is so delightfully retro, with simpler character designs, hand painted panels, and less stylized versions of your fav villains, that I hope modern artists and designers take note when going for that retro look in their own artwork.

It's not all about warm and tacky color schemes, Hanna Barbera character designs and outdated fashion, it's the fact that everything is done without using a heavy outline and vector shading to convey form. These beautifully rendered panels by Norman Saunders have a classical aesthetic, and I'd almost forgotten how mundanely human villains faced by the Caped Crusader used to be!

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SNK Reveals Portable Neo Geo System



With the wave of portable gaming consoles coming out, it's not surprising that SNK has jumped on board and revealed their Neo-Geo Portable Device (hopefully tentative title), which will come pre-loaded with 20 classic titles like Metal Slug, King Of Monsters and Fatal Fury, has 2gb internal memory and an SD card slot for loading emulator ROMs, and even has an AV output for playing on the bigger screen.

What is surprising is how little we've heard about anything Neo-Geo over the years, considering their fan following and the fact that I still see Neo-Geo arcade units all the time in bars and taco shops all over town.

I guess the ridiculously high $600 price tag really did put this otherwise awesome console to bed, so hopefully the release of this Portable Device, and a more affordable price tag, will help resurrect the arcade gaming giant.

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Chainsaw Bayonet Attachment Offers More Ways To Mow Zombies Down



Man, with all the innovative ways people have come up with to destroy zombies, humanity should be well prepared if we ever end up in neck deep in the walking dead!

The latest innovation comes in the form of the Doublestar Zombie X Chainsaw rail attachment-just attach it to your favorite assault rifle and get to chopping if the rotten buggers start to close in on you! Perfect for channeling your inner Gear or Space Marine, badass suit of armor not included.

Link  --via Geekosystem

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Wilco Channels Popeye For Their Latest Music Video


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No one has ever accused me of being a fan of Wilco, or their alt-country sound, but I have been a huge fan of Popeye ever since I was a wee lad, getting in trouble for emulating the Sailor Man by beating up kids on the playground at preschool.

These days, I like my Popeye cartoons old and uncolored, and apparently so does Wilco, for they have cast a decidedly old timey version of the spinach munching tough guy in their new music video, which is the first hand drawn Popeye cartoon produced in over 30 years.

I yam what I yam, and that's a Popeye fan, don't hate!

--via ComicsAlliance


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Pirate Bay Reveals Newest Trend-Downloading Objects For 3D Printing



While technologically inept government officials argue over the fate of our beloved interwebs, and the thought of people sharing data is scrutinized and villainized by those who admittedly "don't get it", those who feel that sharing is caring keep searching for new ways, and stuff, to share.

Pirate Bay, the website that has gained a notorious reputation among those fearful of file sharing, are about to become my personal heroes by revealing the newest torrent trend-sharing objects for 3d printing.

Downloading 3d object files for printing may sound like a concept straight from an episode of Star Trek but it's going to be a reality sooner than you think, and I am so excited to see what people will create for the sake of 3d object sharing.

Download, print, paint, repeat-oh the joys of technology!

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Mickey Mouse X Joy Division = WTF



If "love will tear us apart", then we'll surely be left in one piece by this newest Disney oddity-the Mouse that helped create an empire meets the cover art of Joy Division's album Unknown Pleasures in their newest t-shirt design.

Seeing designs like this coming out of the Mouse Factory makes me wonder if Disney's design crew think about the subtexts relayed by their images, or if they see a hot trend happening and just follow right along. What's next-emo Mickey complete with lame haircut and mascara?

--via DesignTAXI

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Strange Space Station Designs That Didn't Make The Cut



Before construction on the International Space Station began, a flood of conceptual designs passed across the drawing board, an Wired has gathered a gallery of designs that didn't make the cut.

From far out, scifi influenced designs to more mundane designs that missed the mark by a hair, these concept drawings are fun to peruse and take us back to a simpler time in space design, a time when landing a space shuttle on a runway atop the space station actually made a lot of sense. Check them all out at the link below, and see what space looked like back in the day.

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You Won't Like Obama When He's Angry



This incredibly cool sculpture is brought to you by the twisted mind of Ron English, an artist known for warping iconic figures into ironic statements (see Fat Tony and Dead Mickey), and who previously brought us an Obama-Lincoln mashup that was all the rage a few years back.

This time, Ron has brought us Obama hulking out, as he prepares for the upcoming election by saying "You vote for me or OBAMA SMASH!"

Link  --via AnimalNY

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Characters Drawn By Edwin Vazquez Look Like Total Drips



With a soggy and totally psychedelic style to his character renditions, it's no wonder that Edwin Vazquez and his eye catching artworks have become a popular part of publications such as MAD magazine and Bongo Comics. Trip out on the drips, and some sweet tattoo inspired pieces, at the links below.

Link  --via ComicsAlliance

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Custom Elder Scrolls Daedric Sword Looks Pretty Sharp



The craftsman known as Evil FX has a very ambitious, and geeky, goal when he hits his workshop-to create a full suit costume of Daedric style armor from the Elder Scrolls video game series. Here's how he made it:

..he is starting out with a pretty cool Daedric sword as a "test build." The one-handed sword was constructed out of heavily dremeled EVA sheet foam which is apparently perfect "for carrying around all day at conventions and passing all con/customs weapon policies."

Pretty slick for sheet foam, eh?! If you're interested there's a video showing the process at the link, otherwise thanks for stopping by!

Link  --via Obvious Winner

 

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Gameplay Trailer For Upcoming Doctor Who Video Game


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This is the first trailer for the upcoming Doctor Who video game The Eternity Clock that shows gameplay, and it seems the game will be combining old school platformer elements with third person action and super cinematic cutscenes.

Starring the Eleventh Doctor, River Song, Amy Pond and just about every major enemy from the last few seasons of the show, this game is definitely going for an epic level look, but I feel like the fun in gameplay variety might get sucked out by frustrating platforming puzzles and too many cutscenes. After watching the video, what do you guys think about this game?

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