Gaming’s Inner Demons
May201424

Gaming’s Inner Demons0

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I just stumbled upon Chris Hemworth’s artwork. It’s terrifying and beautiful at the same time. Like when you see a supercell over the plains in the Midwest. But at least these prints won’t tear down your walls – they build them up!

What I especially love about these prints is that they’re simple. It’s like a funny inside joke with a bitter aftertaste. But with a nice a frame if you want.

And today’s cross section of gaming and popular culture is widening every day. Recently, we found this gem: a Game of Thrones spirited SNES Super Mario Bros. 16-bit musical intro. Today, we find prints worthy of multiple rooms in our house. It’s a good time to be a gamer.

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May201419

What happens when you fuse the epic HBO fantasy miniseries Game of Thrones with the SNES‘ legendary flagship title Super Mario World?  You get a freaking masterpiece, that’s what you get!  While the above must-see video only covers the intro theme music to Game of Thrones, the quality is out of this world – both in sound and in visuals (Super Mario World’s map really was the perfect choice) – and already has me humming this retro, 16-bit remix in my head, probably all the way to work and back today.  If you’re a fan of either GoT or stellar retro video games – which we are both – then you need to watch this video.  As in right gosh darn now.

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Before Game of Thrones Was Cool, It Was Shannara
Apr201415

Although this Marine’s biological clock will strike 31 years of age next month, I am still a science fiction enthusiast and will be until the day I die.  Outside of the awesomeness that was Star Wars growing up in the late 80’s and early 90’s (VHS!), my first jump into the fantasy side of the sci-fi realm (I consider them together) was Terry Brooks’ Shannara book series.  Although Mr. Brooks (not the evil Kevin Costner Mr. Brooks) first began with the epic Sword of Shannara in 1977, I jumped into the land of Shannara with the last, and in my opinion best book of his four-title “Heritage of Shannara” mini-series, The Talismans of Shannara, which was released in 1993.  While I couldn’t give you a stronger, more enthusiastic endorsement or recommendation to pick up the Shannara series (you will not be able to put them down), I just find it hilarious that everyone and their mothers are now obsessed with Game of Thrones. Am I alone on this, or does anyone else just feel like it’s just the new hip thing to watch and talk about at work on Monday mornings? Hit the link below for more soapbox thoughts.

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Apr201406

In my opinion HBO is the king of quality television.  From Curb Your Enthusiasm and Entourage, to the insanely-addicting and ever-so-violent Game of Thrones, the premium cable network just continually surpasses my expectations.  While I am sadly behind on my Game of Thrones episodes, it is a show that is quite possibly the best on television, period.  I remember nearly three years ago watching the show On Demand for the very first time, and thinking to myself as I fired up the sixth of seventh episode that I still couldn’t believe that I couldn’t keep up with all of the character’s names and relationships – the show, and the setting was that massive, but it was so damn good I didn’t even care.  Next up for me are the books – not to mention catching up on the show; next up for you is this awesome video, which showcases every single on-screen Game of Thrones death in less than 3 minutes.  Enjoy, and as always, more after the link.

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May201308

SNL has been down for years now, so it is truly rare to get a quality episode these days.  Those great or even simply good episodes are always centered around a dynamic celebrity host, as the current cast simply lacks true star, comedic power.  It seems that as soon as a comedian on the cast emerges, they leave for bigger and better TV deals and/or movies, but who can blame them?  Zach Galifianakis, the driving star behind the stellar “Hangover” films, took the SNL helm as host this past Saturday night, and he did not disappoint.  Arguably the best skit of the show came as Zach appeared as a contestant on the game show, “Game of Game of Thrones”, with Bill Hader starring as the host.  Although it’s no “Celebrity Jeopardy” with Will Ferrell and Darrell Hammond, it had that same feel to it – as well as the laughs.

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