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Doctor Who: "The Time of the Doctor" Review

Note: Spoilers for “The Time of the Doctor” follow.

It’s been 1454 days, 43 episodes, and roughly 32 million Tumblr gifs since Matt Smith made his electrifying, offbeat and entertaining debut as the Eleventh Doctor – and finally his time on the TARDIS has come to an end.

Yet as all good Whovians know, a regeneration is never really, truly goodbye – just a new hello to a refreshed and intriguing incarnation of one of TV’s most chameleonic and charismatic of characters.

So it was appropriate that ‘The Time of the Doctor’ was an exemplary exercise in celebrating the departure of a loved one. Sure, it had a few wonky issues (more on those later), but as a goodbye to Matt Smith it couldn’t have been more heartfelt.

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Finding NEMO: Hasbro’s ‘Nintendo-Killer’

You’d be hard-pressed to find a gamer who hasn’t heard of Night Trap. The Sega CD game was a lightning rod for controversy in the 90s, eclipsing even Mortal Kombat on the moral panic scale. But few remember Project NEMO, the interactive movie-based console that spawned it. NEMO never saw the light of day, but it attracted some of the video game industry’s brightest minds.

Minds like David Crane, who co-founded Activision, and designed and programmed Pitfall! and Little Computer People; Rob Fulop, who programmed Night Driver, Missile Command and Space Invaders for the Atari 2600; and Ken Melville, who went on to design and write some of the biggest titles in interactive full motion video games. This was a dream team of video game creators working with Hasbro, the largest toy maker in the world. So what stopped them from shipping a console? Could they have changed the course of an industry with their foray into interactive FMV?

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Ultron, Apocalypse, Guardians Explained!

Wow. There are so many comic book movies happening these days. And not just that, but the mythologies of these films are growing more and more complex, especially in the wake of Marvel’s universe-building, Avengers-tastic success.

But as more superhero films are announced — and along with them more characters and storylines taken directly from the original comics are revealed to be coming to the big screen — it’s becoming increasingly difficult to know exactly what these movies will be all about. Sure, you might’ve heard of the Winter Soldier, but do you really know what his deal is? Ultron is a robot, yes, but what connects him to the Avengers? Vin Diesel is Groot? O.K. — but who is Groot? (Whoever replied to that with “I am Groot” gets a gold star.)

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2013’s Most Epic Video Game Moments

Depending on a developer’s vision, modern video games can deliver quiet moments of emotional truth, or they can deliver moments of explosive action of an incredible scope and sophistication. Video games are better at delivering massive, memorably epic moments than ever before

These are some of our picks for the most epic video game moments of 2013:

GTA 5 is full of epic moments – especially the game’s key set piece heists. But the moment that stands out to me more than any other is without a doubt the story mission Caida Libre, better known as “that absolutely bananas mission where Trevor chases down a crashing plane on a dirtbike.” It’s just a perfect encapsulation of what makes modern-day GTA, and GTA 5 specifically, so much pure, unadulterated fun.

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Ken Jeong Talks Community: Season 5

Third in our interviews from the set of Community is Ken Jeong. With Season 5’s debut coming January 2nd, the busy comedic-actor spoke about Community not following the path of other shows, John Oliver coming back as Professor Duncan this year and Ben Chang’s evolving role in the series.

IGN TV: I’ve been asking everyone the obvious question to start with, which is what is it like having Dan back this season?

Ken Jeong: It’s amazing. I’m sure everyone’s telling you right now, it’s such a great reset of the show. I think that’s kind of been the operative word for the season premiere, just kind of resetting the Community/Dan Harmon universe. My favorite part is just reading the scripts. Everyone will tell you, he’s genius and a visionary, and I’m saying exactly the same thing. In fact, he’s one of the smartest people I’ve ever met just in life — and I was a doctor.

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New Sherlock Mini-Episode Leads into Season 3

With Sherlock’s return set for next month, a new mini-episode has been released bridging the gap between Season 2 and Season 3. Check out the seven-minute short below, written by Sherlock producers Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, and focusing on Inspector Lestrade (Rupert Graves). And yes, you’ll also see Watson (Martin Freeman) and even Sherlock (Benedict Cumberbatch) too… in a way.

Sherlock: Season 3 debuts January 1st in the UK and January 19th in the US.

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Gone Home Being Remade as 16-Bit RPG by Fan

Gone Home has been the recipient of a very warm critical reception this year. Now, with the year just about over, fans will soon have a way to play through the game in a much different manner, as one fan is remaking the game in the style of a 16-bit JRPG.

Seth Macy recently posted on Twitter about the one-man project, which he describes as a demake. A demake is essentially a reimagined version of a newer game in the style of a retro game, such as Pixel Force Halo (Halo as a side-scrolling, Contra-style shooter), Team Fortress Arcade (Team Fortress 2 as a beat-em-up with guns), and Super 3D Portals 6 (Portal as a 2D Atari 2600 game). Macy is using RPG Maker XP to create a version of Gone Home that resembles a 16-bit RPG, as can be seen in the screenshots below.

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Massive Video Game Collection Sets Guinness World Record

The Guinness World Record for largest game collection has been set by Michael Thomasson, a 43-year-old New York father. He earned the record for owning 10,607 games. According to the Associated Press, not only does he own the games, but the dozens of systems to play them on as well.

Rare units like the Japan-exclusive, female-oriented Casio Loopy, Pippin, and Colecovision all have a place in his Buffalo home. The Colecovision, similar to a version his parents gave him one year after his grandparents got him a game for it, seems to be one of his favorites. In the recently released Guinness World Records 2014 Gamer’s Edition, he said, “It’s my first love so it’s sentimental. But the games also were quality, with very little of the ‘shovelware’ typical of many systems.”

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World of Warcraft Chinese Hackers Sent to Prison

A group of ten men in China have been given prison terms of up to two years for hacking and defrauding over 11,000 World of Warcraft accounts.

According to Kotaku, the cyber culprits lead by a man named Chen and later Zhu were essentially charged for flipping stolen WoW accounts that they purchased for around $1. After they’d acquired ownership, they emptied the accounts of all their gold and items, before reselling everything for around $3 at online auction, netting a tasty profit. By the time Chinese officials caught them, it’s thought they’d earned $10,800.

Nine of Chen’s accomplices, including Zhu, were convicted, receiving sentences of two years in prison and fines of $1,000, while the mastermind got two years in prison and a fine of $8,000.

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Sonic Racing Transformed Goes Free for Plus Members Today

The PlayStation Plus Instant Game Collection grows by one title this week for PlayStation Vita owners. Sony has announced that Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed will be made free for North American PlayStation Plus members beginning today.

As announced last month, Transformed is one of five games that Plus members will be receiving for free in December. The others are Borderlands 2, Dyad, and GRID 2 for PlayStation 3, and Urban Trial Freestyle for Vita.

As part of today’s PlayStation Store update in North America, Transformed will drop from its usual price of $29.99 right down to a free download for Plus subscribers. As is always the case with free Plus games, simply initiating the download will add it to your collection so that it can be downloaded again in the future for as long as you remain a Plus member.

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