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Mario Kart's Most Hated Item Is Actually Its Best

There’s nothing worse than fighting tooth, nail and banana peel for first place in Mario Kart, only to lose it because a blue shell decided to saunter up and explode on your parade. Would you believe, though, that it’s actually one of the best things about Mario Kart?


If You're Still A True Blood Fan, Life Is Pretty Damn Sad Right Now

Buried underneath the VMAs, something else important also took place on TV last night. True Blood, HBO’s long-running series about sexy vampires and the people who love them, wound to a close.


Please, Blizzard, Make Another Warcraft RTS

Blizzard gave Warcraft fans one hell of a nostalgia trip earlier this month when it debuted the cinematic trailer for Warlords of Draenor. But much like the upcoming World of Warcraft expansion that Blizzard was teasing, the video only took gamers so far down memory lane:


It's Time For A Better Class Of Rap Games

Drake and Lil Wayne came to Queens this week as part of a tour the rappers are co-headlining. It was the third such act to pass through the Tri-State area recently, the first two being Beyonce and Jay Z’s “On The Run” and Eminem and Rhianna’s “Monster” tour. But this one was special. It was modelled off Street Fighter.


Diablo III Feels Like It Was Made For Next-Gen Consoles

It all started with the dodge button. Blizzard added that to Diablo IIIwhen bringing it to the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in 2013. Dodging was a great feature, but it wasn’t enough to make me switch my allegiance from playing on a PC. Now that Diablo III is out for the PS4 and Xbox One, it’s a different story.



I Don't Want To Walk To Everything I Can See In A Game

There’s this thing that developers of open world games have been fond of saying a lot lately: If you can see it, you can travel to it. It’s meant to be an awe-inspiring statement about how rich and full the world is, but every time I hear it I roll my eyes.


PlayStation Now Is Still Way Too Expensive

Right now, PlayStation 4 owners in the US can enjoy 90 days of the PS3 racing game F1 2013 for the low, low price of $US49.99. Too rich for your blood? You could try 90 days of NASCAR 14 for $US39.99, or 90 days of Dirt 3 for $US26.99. Codemasters’ Grid 2 comes in at the relatively affordable $US22.99 — also for 90 days.


The Surprising Messages In A 'Sexist' Game

When Hyperdimension Neptunia first made its way West from Japan in 2011, folks weren’t too happy with it. “Worthless” and “sexist” and “stereotypical” were the sentiments thrown around, because we were seeing cute anime girls being silly and wearing short skirts. But the stated purpose of the series is to make fun of the games industry, and when I look deeper it seems evident that Neptunia is also lampooning the very pervasive sexist culture and tropes it’s been accused of perpetuating. This so-called “sexist” franchise is actually, ahem, anti-sexist.


This Horror Film Should Be Exciting, So Why Am I Bored?

Japan recently released the trailer for the live action Kiseiju (寄生獣) aka Parasyte movie. While seeing one of my favourite manga of all time brought to life on the big screen should give me a hard-on that could be seen from space, in reality, it didn’t. In fact, it had pretty much the opposite effect.