A Christmas Tree Of Player Deaths

Posted by Bob Muir on Dec 25, 2013 in Tech, Videogames

Panta Claus

The Legend of Equip Pants is a retro-styled adventure game that usually doesn’t feature any player death. But for Christmas, there’s a new episode called Panta Claus where you can die. The developer tracked some data about where players went and where they died, then compiled it into this animation of the level’s layout. It’s a Christmas tree! The green lines are where 2000 players went in the level, and the red lights are where they died 6000 times, or about 3 per playthrough. If dying over and over in order to give a faux-Christmas tree twinkling lights doesn’t fit the spirit of Christmas, then I don’t know what does. Read more…

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An Unexpected Ending for a Holiday Photoshop Video

Posted by Ben Huber on Dec 22, 2013 in Design

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You’ve probably seen some of those Photoshop videos that reveal how much retouching goes on in a typical model’s photoshoot. It’s made to show that we shouldn’t rely on ads and magazines for the body image to strive for, as it’s completely artificial. Well, Victor & Spoils has done a great little video about the dangers of Photoshop, except this time they’ve put a holiday twist on it. I won’t spoil it for you, but suffice to say, if you’re looking at Photoshopped models, you should be prepared to see some skin. It just might surprise what you’re seeing though! Read more…

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Celebrate Christmas With A New Look At The Nintendo 64

Posted by Bob Muir on Dec 25, 2012 in Videogames

N64 Kid

Hopefully you all remember the viral video in which a hyperactive boy goes crazy with happiness after getting a Nintendo 64 for Christmas. (If not, it’s posted below.) The screaming is pretty nuts, but a recent video animates the event and reinterprets it in a particularly sinister light. I can think of no better video to post on Christmas morning. Happy holidays, everyone!
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Pauline Is The Angel On This Donkey Kong Christmas Tree

Posted by Bob Muir on Dec 25, 2012 in Videogames

Donkey Kong Christmas Tree small

You normally wouldn’t associate construction girders, rolling barrels, and giant apes with Christmas festivity. But consider the gaming enthusiast who doesn’t have room for a tree in their apartment. What are they going to decorate with? It’s probably a bit late to print it up, but ignoring that, this restructuring of Donkey Kong’s iconic first level would do the trick. Carlos Leituga finds the inherent Christmas-y aspect of jumping over barrels in a construction site. Just remember to pick up that purse and umbrella, Mario (neé Jumpman), I’m sure they’d make excellent presents for Pauline. Read more…

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Doctor Who; Another Year, Another Special

Posted by Tim Sheehy on Dec 27, 2011 in Dr. Who

Doctor Who Christmas Special 2011 Screen 1

No, it wasn’t the worst Christmas special ever — it’d be difficult to top the infamous Star Wars Holiday Special — but, this year’s special certainly wasn’t one of The Doctor’s best. It’s true, the episode had almost everything we’d expect from this post-Tennant era. Another space ship in distress, a bit of suspense, Matt Smith running around like a madman,  and an Eco-friendly story about a mother’s love for her family. The episode was chock-full of references to C.S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia, and The Doctor’s involvement throughout, though sporadic, is sufficient enough to win us over. But is that really enough? Read more…

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Why Didn’t I Think of That: Portal Christmas Tree

Posted by Ben Huber on Dec 25, 2011 in Fandom

Portal Christmas Tree

Here’s a little treat for your Christmas morning: Reddit user Tmyakal took his artificial tree and with a little cleverness, gave it some pizzaz. I might have to steal this idea for myself next year. Don’t worry, I’m not going to make you endure any more Portal jokes. I only have one question: where do the presents go? Read more…

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Last Minute Stocking-Stuffers for Geeks

Posted by Tim Sheehy on Dec 22, 2011 in Fandom

R2D2 Ice Cubes

Being a geek myself, I’ve received my fair share of Geek-themed stocking-stuffers over the years. Some have been awesome, and others not so much, so I’ve decided to throw together some quick suggestions for those of you in a rush. Don’t worry, we’re all guilty of a little procrastination every once in awhile.

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Stuff Your Stockings With the Doctor Who Advent Calender

Posted by Tim Sheehy on Dec 5, 2011 in Dr. Who

BBC recently launched a Doctor Who advent calender for the month of December. Each day, the official site will be updated with fresh content related to the series, with everything from exclusive clips and interviews, to free wallpapers, cards and more leading up to the premiere of Christmas special, The Doctor, The Widow, and the Wardrobe. We’re only four days into the month, and they’ve already given us a small clip of Matt Smith discussing the upcoming special, along with a few promotional images to be used as cards for friends and family. The special airs stateside December 25th at 9/8 PM central on BBC America. Read more…

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Doctor Who’s Christmas Special Gives a Nod to C.S. Lewis

Posted by Tim Sheehy on Nov 22, 2011 in Dr. Who

Here’s the recently released trailer for the upcoming Doctor Who Christmas special set to air Christmas Day. The episode, titled The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe, is an obvious homage to C.S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia. The story is once again set during World War II, and while I’m starting to grow tired of that particular period of history, it certainly fits the Narnia gag.  They haven’t said much about the plot, but from the trailer, it looks as though he’ll accompany a family of children, and who I can only assume is their widowed mother, on an adventure that takes them into a world that very much resembles the frozen forests Narnia. Both Amy and Rory are notably absent from the trailer, and there’s still no word on if they’ll be making any more appearances next season.

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It’s Only October, but Yodaclause is Coming to Town

Posted by Tim Sheehy on Oct 19, 2010 in Star Wars

Yodaclause

As if on cue, StarWarsShop.com began listing their Christmas items in anticipation of the upcoming holiday season. I’m sure everyone’s probably tired of hearing people gripe about seasonal merchandise hitting the shelves earlier and earlier each year, but I do kinda find it funny that Halloween hasn’t even passed and people can already order their R2D2 Christmas lights. Once you buy enough of those to decorate your tree and house, you can pick up one of these eight-and-a-half inch “Yodaclause” table pieces. Of course, if you’d rather dress up like Yodaclause yourself, they sell Santa hats with Yoda’s ears attached. Now, if only they had a lightsaber menorah.

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Chocolate Craving Christmas Tree

Posted by Michael Pinto on Dec 7, 2009 in Japanese TV

What’s not to love about this Meiji chocolate commercial? I don’t know what’s cuter about the chocolate maker — the fact that she’s singing while making her cupcakes or that she’s so nonchalant about someone sneaking up on her dressed as a Christmas tree. And here’s a cute fruit flavored advert from Meiji for the few of you who don’t like chocolate or Christmas: Read more…

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This is What Etsy Looked Like in 1978

Posted by Michael Pinto on Dec 21, 2008 in Hobbies and Collections

What do you want for Christmas? The Ronco Pottery Wheel of course! The Ronco commercials hit their hight in the 70s and was often parodied in Saturday Night Live sketches during that era.

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