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This post was originally published on November 30 2014

A few days before my dad died in August, I got the call I'd been dreading from my mother. She told me it was time to come home for my dad's last days. I live in California, and they live in Alabama. I packed up my PS4, super slim PS3 and PS Vita -- alas, my desktop PC was too big -- and made the journey.

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Two weeks ago at EVE Fanfest, a convention for players of space MMO EVE Online, I began hearing odd snatches of conversation: "Dude, the pope's in our hotel." "Did you kiss the ring?" This is at the same time as the real pope is out in Greece meeting with refugees, so, clearly, we're talking about a different pope.

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Games have -- to put it mildly -- a weird approach to love. But love is weird in real-life too. In time for Valentine's Day, this is a celebration of video game romance in all its strange, stalkery, even inter-species forms. Enjoy -- and maybe don't try them out in real life.

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Dayshot: They should have brought a couple dozen more people. Titled "Level UP", this rather beautiful piece of art was drawn by DeviantArt's deadslug, where it even became a Daily Deviation (i.e. it was featured on the site's front page).

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Back in the early 2000s one company ruled when it came to getting attention. From pigeons trained to ruin Wimbledon to people paid to change their names to Turok, Acclaim was the king of press-baiting PR.