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Article There's a New Twitch Plays Pokemon Going On - Emerald Version

By Andrew Bridgman / March 23, 2014

via Variis

It began as an bizarre sociological experiment - getting thousands of people to control the same game of Pokemon Red via Twitch.tv chat. The original run took nearly 400 continuous hours of play and left the internet exhausted with memes and fan art and talk about what an insane idea this was. But then it continued - 24 hours after the completion of Pokemon Red, they powered forward with Pokemon Crystal version.

It was no longer a simple one and done experiment - it was much bigger than that. This is now an institution - with "Twitch Plays" being applied to other games, including The Legend of Zelda and Tetris and many others.

But coming back to the channel that started it all, they've finished Crystal version and are moving on to Generation 3 - Emerald version.

Although we tried to extensively cover the original run, we won't be tracking this too closely. This is no longer an event - it's going to be an ongoing thing that's here to stay. Still, it's worth checking in on every now and then to see what madness and new religions are being cooked up by thousands of people chaotically trying to ram their way through a videogame designed to be played by one person at a time.


  

via EUGeneration

For the first time, Twitch Plays Pokemon is playing with a girl trainer. Her name is "A". You might think that's just because it's impossible for this many people controlling a game to get anything other than a short, random assortment of letters. You'd be wrong.

The "A" stands for "Anarchy." You see, A isn't your typical Pokemon trainer. She's dedicated herself to being an agent of chaos, to upending the status quo, to tearing apart the delicate balance of society. Appropriately, her starting Pokemon was Torchic. Because some trainers just want to watch the world burn.

Basically, we're playing as The Joker.

Article Who You HAVE To See At C2E2 This Year: Veronica Taylor

By Staff / March 23, 2014

The Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2) is fast approaching - and this year, they're going to have more guests from the worlds of movies, TV, and comics than ever before. Trust us - you're not going to want to miss this show. One guest in particular is someone you should absolutely see, meet, and geek out with - Veronica Taylor. You may not recognize her face, but you probably know her voice VERY well...

 

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Who You HAVE To See At C2E2 This Year: Veronica Taylor

 

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The Original Voice of Ash & Ash's Mom from Pokémon

Who You HAVE To See At C2E2 This Year: Veronica Taylor

Article If Chicago Sports Teams Had 'Game of Thrones' House Sigils

By Staff / March 22, 2014
If Chicago Sports Teams Had Game of Thrones House Sigils

Filed Under   fan art expo   c2e2   c2e2 weekends

Article The Conversation That Takes Place After Every Marvel Movie

By Andrew Bridgman / March 22, 2014

   The Conversation That Takes Place After Every Marvel Movie

 

  1. You

    Oh man. OH MAN, that was great.

  2. Significant Other

    Yeah, that was pretty good. Anyways, let's go, I gotta go pee -

  3. You

    SHHHHH - SIT DOWN.

  4. S.O.

    Oh right - the post-credits scene.

  5. [baffling and context-free post-credits scene plays]
  6. S.O.

    Wait - huh? What was that? Was that Benicio del Toro in a wig in a swamp science lab?

  7. You

    THAAAAT WAS AMAAAAAAAZING!

  8. S.O.

    Okay. Well, that was something. Anyways, can we go now? I gotta go to the bathroo-

  9. You

    SHHHHH - SIT DOWN.

  10. S.O.

    But...but we saw the post-credits scene. We're not gonna sit through the crazy-long credits too, are we? Are you saying there's a POST-post-credits scene?

  11. [You nod furiously]
  12. S.O.

    Ugggggggggggggh...

  

Filed Under   marvel   conversations

Article The Best Cosplays in C2E2 History (Part 1)

By Staff / March 22, 2014

The Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2)  is upon us - the biggest entertainment convention in the Windy City means one thing: cosplay. C2E2 has been home to some of the best cosplays in recent history, and this year they'll be honoring the costumed geeks from across the country with the C2E2 Crown Championships of Cosplay, a competition awarding cash and prizes to the best cosplayers around.

Excited? You should be. Here's a taste of some of the best cosplay from years past....

 

The Most Appropriate Flash Cosplay Ever

The Best Cosplays in C2E2 History Part 1

via DeadlyDuckfart

 

Beach Bum Stormtrooper

The Best Cosplays in C2E2 History Part 1

via Chanh Tang

Filed Under   fan art expo   c2e2   c2e2 weekends

Article Share a Facebook Post and Win Two Free Tickets To C2E2! (Contest Closed)

By Staff / March 22, 2014
Share a Facebook Post and Win Two Free Tickets To C2E2

Filed Under   fan art expo   c2e2   c2e2 weekends   sweepstakes

Article 7 Inconsequentially Cool Things From Movies That Took Way Too Long To Film

By Karl Smallwood / March 24, 2014

7 Inconsequentially Cool Things From Movies That Took Way Too Long To Film

There are thousands of awesome movie moments out there that are a result of a last minute change or improvisation. This is not a list of those things - this is a list of moments from movies that although pretty cool, took so long to film or include you kind of wonder why they didn't just say, "Eh, screw it, lets think of something else."

 

1. The blood drop scene in The Incredible Hulk took a year to get right

  7 Inconsequentially Cool Things From Movies That Took Way Too Long To Film

Source: Canada.com

As fantastic as that shot of a single drop of Bruce Banner's, radiation-filled vein gravy bobbing and weaving through a random factory in Brazil was, I'm pretty sure the movie would have still gotten the overwhelmingly average response it ended up receiving if it wasn't included. It may have even gotten a better response because without it we'd have seen the Hulk punch something like 10 seconds sooner.

For some reason though, the company behind that shot, Image Engine, spent upwards of a year tweaking that scene to get it just right. Now I'm no expert on making movies, but I'm going to go out on a limb and suggest that if Image engine had spent the budget and time that, that scene ended up consuming on something else, like maybe the Hulk kicking Abomination in the sack, the audience would have appreciated it more than an artistic shot of a drop of blood in freefall.

Filed Under   movies   hulk   batman   the matrix

Article 3 Crazy Movie Fan Theories That Just Might Be Right

By Andrew Bridgman / March 20, 2014

1. Was Andy's Mom Jessie's Original Owner?

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via Jon Negroni

Remember when Andy would play with Woody and dress up sorta like a cowboy himself? (Andy was a huge Deadwood fan) You probably remember that - what you may not remember is that his hat doesn't really look like Woody's at all. However, it does resemble someone's hat: Jessie's.

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Filed Under   toy story   game of thrones

Article Best Steam Reviews: Secret of the Magic Crystals

By Andrew Bridgman / March 20, 2014

Best Steam Reviews: Secret of the Magic Crystals

Secret of the Magic Crystals is one of the best reviewed games on Steam - but what is it about this horse-breeding simulator that's struck a nerve in the PC gaming community? Check out some of the reviews and see for yourselves! 

 

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Best Steam Reviews: Secret of the Magic Crystals

 

Best Steam Reviews: Secret of the Magic Crystals

Article Theory Corner: Who is "The Winter Soldier?"

By Andrew Bridgman / March 19, 2014

Theory Corner: Who is The Winter Soldier

With the upcoming release of Captain American: The Winter Soldier, rumors have been swirling about who is the titular seasonal soldier. He wears a mask, and his (or her!) identity has been a closely guarded secret that will no doubt have huge implications on the plot. We've done a little bit of research and have come up with a number of candidates for who could be The Winter Soldier.

It's important to note that literally no one on the internet has any idea who or what the Winter Soldier truly is, so odds are one of these theories are right.

 

1. Captain American (Split-Personality)

Theory Corner: Who is The Winter Soldier

Here's what we know about Captain American: he's a soldier (check!) and he was frozen for 70 years (aka WINTER!). And wouldn't that just be the ULTIMATE twist? Captain American simply couldn't cope with the culture shock of waking up in the modern world and his personality split in two - good guy Captain American and bad guy The Winter Soldier. How his hair got so long and how he manages to battle himself (as seen in the trailers) is a mystery. Maybe it's like Fight Club and it's revealed later on that he's just punching himself and looking like a goofy idiot.