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April 10
2014

Natasha Allegri Puts Her Heels Down

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Tuesday’s Super Smash Bros. Nintendo Direct marked the return of Zero Suit Samus, the de-amored gun-toting second form of the iconic Metroid star. No longer a Final Smash-triggered alternate form, Zero Suit Samus or ‘Zamus’ as fans affectionately call her is getting her own official character slot. Being a standalone character means she gets some new moves, an upgrade in power, and….high heels.

Technically they’re jet-boots that make her kicks extra powerful but they sure do look like high heels. I think Bayonetta called and wants her shoes back. Zamus’ new footwear of course prompted all kinds of different responses from the internet. Some called foul asking why a capable fighter/bounty hunter would be running around in something so impractical. Others (like us) let out a resounding ‘Yasssssssszzzzzz’ as she started kicking those legs around. Can you blame us? She’s one death-drop away from entering RuPaul’s Drag Race. Still others were probably too busy crying that Mewtwo/Ridley/Palutena/whoever else didn’t get a playable reveal to care very much at all.

Natashi Allegri however, known for her work on Adventure Time as well her original creation Bee and Puppycat, wins the award for best response to video game high heels ever.

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April 9
2014

Trapped in the Nerd Closet

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The process lasted no more than nine hours over the course of three separate days with barely any time for more than handshakes. Some of the cast members were familiar friends and colleagues. Others were performers I hadn’t met before we gathered for the gig.

Whenever an artistic quickie ends, the inevitable slew of Facebook friend requests immediately rolls in. Even though it’s the product of an obligatory gesture, I love seeing the virtual faces of people I would otherwise eventually forget. Realistically the likelihood of effectively balancing all these new could-be-friendships is discouragingly slim. Impossible really.

Let’s call the one tenor Sam. My chair was next to his in the workshop, yet we spoke surprisingly little – maybe about five or six words and even that’s a stretch. Sam only performed his role two out of the three days since he had to hightail it back to middle-of-nowhere Indiana before the finale. There wasn’t time for words seven, eight, and nine.

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April 9
2014

Shake Your Bon Bon To This SingStore Update!

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Well, Singstar is calling this the “April SingStore Update,” which leads me to believe that they have officially made the switch from fortnightly updates to monthly ones. Oh well, as long as they keep coming, it’s hard to complain too much. And this update is actually pretty good (with one major caveat I’ll get to later):

“Pure Shores” by All Saints
“Cruel Summer’ by Bananarama
“Picking Up The Pieces” by Paloma Faith
“Shake Your Bon Bon” by Ricky Martin
“You Keep Me Hanging On” by The Supremes
“Wild Thing” by The Troggs
“Hook Me Up” by The Veronicas

Now, The Veronicas are awesome, but I’ve already got that song in Lips. Same with “You Keep Me Hanging On.” “Pure Shores” is good, but nothing I want to sing, but I may eventually cave and pick up “Wild Thing” just for the ridiculous fun of it. However, I am all over Bananarama, but God help me if I’m tempted to download “Shake Your Bon Bon!” The out and proud Ricky Martin is super hot, but that song is almost too cheesy  — even for me!

The caveat is that the European update contains two songs from Dire Straits — “Sultans Of Swing” and “Money For Nothing” — that for licensing reasons aren’t available in the US. Hopefully they’re not lying when they say they’re working on it and hope to include them in a future update, because that would be sweet!

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April 8
2014

Super Smash Bros. Nintendo Direct Makes a Splash

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Today Nintendo aired a special Smash Bros.-centric Nintendo Direct. Developer Masahiro Sakurai mostly went over new modes and mechanics for the Wii U and 3DS fighting game, but also teased some release windows (yes, plural) and even unveiled a brand new character.

You can watch the entire segment above, and read on for a full recap!

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April 8
2014

GoT: Equal Opportunity Nudity

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This is in response to the Season 4 premiere of Game of Thrones. No worries. It’ll be quick. And I don’t intend on spoiling anything…much. But in fact, yes, SPOILER ALERT!

I didn’t read the books, so sue me. I hadn’t even heard of Game of Thrones until HBO’s publicity team was hyping the show months before it premiered in 2011. I knew I would love it even before I watched the pilot, and continue to love it I do. I still haven’t picked up the books, only because I fiercely enjoy fearing for each character’s life in my own masochistic fashion. I clutch at my direwolf plushie or a friend’s knees while silently shouting crap like run Sansa, no run! Like for real, just RUN! RUN SANSA RUN!!!

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April 7
2014

Brendan Eich, Prop 8 and the Men Who Love Them

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Brendan Eich, co-founder and former Chief Technology Officer of Mozilla, resigned from his position of CEO on April 3. This followed a heated battle which launched calls for his ouster from Mozilla community members, employees, and OkCupid. This whole kerfuffle reopens an almost six year-old discussion regarding “Prop 8.” The 2008 initiative was an amendment to the California constitution which effectively banned same sex marriage in the state. Prop 8 was passed 52% to 48%. Yet, the Los Angeles Times places Prop 8 as the state’s “costliest initiative to date.” Eich’s contribution of $1000 is only a drop in the bucket compared to the overall $83 million raised. So who are the rest of the voters contributing to that total amount?  Are there any others involved in geeky things, like Eich? Thankfully, LA Times provides a nifty little search bar to sort through all of the dirty laundry. Here are just some of the contributors that gamers, moviegoers, and all-around geeks may want to know about.

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April 7
2014

Thomas Was Alone: Engaging and Inclusive

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There’s a definition for many different games tucked away in a video game dictionary somewhere. The definition to one may be overlooked because it’s an indie title developed by one man; a puzzle platformer so good that it leaves some blockbuster titles wishing for the same level of gripping emersion. The definition lies in the words, “accessible, rich, engaging, unforgettable, and even ambitious.”

Thomas Was Alone.

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