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Speedrunner finally beats 714 NES games after three years

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In May 2014, Piotr Delgado “Mexican Speedrunner” Kusielczuk decided he would speedrun through the entire NES archive of games — 714 in total. Today, ending with Super Mario Bros. 3, Kusielczuk finally accomplished his goal, bringing an end to “NESMania.” Kusielczuk spent more than 3,000 hours making his way through the library of titles — an endeavor that started after a friend jokingly suggested he take an “A-Z” approach to speedrunning each of the 714 games. Instead of only playing the games for a couple of minutes at a time, Kusielczuk’s friend from Chile challenged him to play through each of the titles from beginning to end. On his blog, Kusielczuk said from the very beginning of the challenge, when he dove into Whomp ‘Em on May 28, 2014 to the drama that came around game #395...

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Marvel Games declares war on homogeneity

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Marvel Games' creative director Bill Rosemann used his DICE keynote earlier today to urge games companies to focus on inclusiveness and diversity. Like Jeff Kaplan's Overwatch keynote yesterday, Rosemann chose to use the DICE 2017 theme of "world building" as an opportunity to celebrate inclusivity. Taking Marvel's history of creating great superheroes as his central narrative, he called on developers to step up. "We can create worlds that affect others," he said. "When you go back to your studios and your teams and it's time to make decisions about the worlds you build, be like Spider-Man and realize the power we have and use it wisely. Be like Captain America and do the right thing." Marvel Guardians of the Galaxy In an interview with Polygon after his...

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Marvel Games declares war on homogeneity

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Marvel Games' creative director Bill Rosemann used his DICE keynote earlier today to urge games companies to focus on inclusiveness and diversity. Like Jeff Kaplan's Overwatch keynote yesterday, Rosemann chose to use the DICE 2017 theme of "world building" as an opportunity to celebrate inclusivity. Taking Marvel's history of creating great superheroes as his central narrative, he called on developers to step up. "We can create worlds that affect others," he said. "When you go back to your studios and your teams and it's time to make decisions about the worlds you build, be like Spider-Man and realize the power we have and use it wisely. Be like Captain America and do the right thing." Marvel Guardians of the Galaxy In an interview with Polygon after his...

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Watch video of Harrison Ford’s near miss with a passenger jet

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Footage has surfaced from a near-miss last week involving a passenger jet and a single-engine plane flown by Harrison Ford In the video, shown on network news early this morning, Ford's Aviat Husky passes over a Boeing 737 with 116 persons aboard at the John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana, Calif. He then lands on the taxiway. The incident happened on the afternoon of Feb. 13. "Was that airliner meant to be underneath me?" Ford is reported to have asked air traffic controllers, who had properly given him landing instructions that he had read back. Ford was directed to runway 20-L at the airport, but mistook a taxiway for his landing strip. The taxiway runs parallel to that runway. As comical as it may seem when the pilot of the Millennium Falcon is involved in an aviation incident with no...

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Getting banned from Club Penguin is now a competitive sport

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Speedrunners have found their new favorite game: Club Penguin. But players aren’t just jet-setting from igloo to igloo at record speed; they’re actively getting themselves banned as fast as possible. PC Gamer first picked up on the trend, which has exploded in speedrunning communities over the course of the week. The Banned from Club Penguin subreddit, which formed as a place for deviant players to share their funniest ban stories, is currently overloaded with videos from record-setting successful attempts at getting booted from the kid-friendly online multiplayer game. User ButtonWalls seems to be the originator of the trend, according to a highly popular Reddit thread. His speedrun seems slow in comparison to some recent accomplishments, but when he posted a video of him getting...

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Why Jimmy Kimmel needs to make the Oscars political

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Late night host Jimmy Kimmel confirmed in a recent interview that he wasn’t going to make the Oscars overly political. Speaking to Variety ahead of the biggest award show of the year — the third most-watched special event from last year — Kimmel said while acceptance speeches from actors were sure to get political, he didn’t want to come out attacking President Trump or the controversy surrounding his executive orders for 10 minutes straight. “I don’t think it will be very political,” Kimmel said. “There will be some element of that to the show. A lot of it depends on what happens.” Kimmel’s attitude toward the monologue and the way he’ll approach the biggest stories of the day is a direct contrast to the way award shows have been playing out this year, and also how last year’s Oscar...

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The three reasons YouTubers keep imploding, from a YouTuber

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You know that PewDiePie guy you’ve been hearing about lately? I have a funny story about him. I made this YouTube video back in 2012, wherein a bunch of us mocked PewDiePie using a satirical version of The Fine Bros.’ “React” videos. I made the centerpiece the fact that, back then, PewDiePie tended to use the word “rape” quite a bit. Please note, as many get wrong, I don’t think he was making rape jokes at all; it was just yelling the word more than anything. The video blew up a little and prompted him to make a specific apology video to his viewers. PewDiePie has since actually turned over a new leaf. He had a video called “Old vs. New PewDiePie” in which he watched his old content and appeared to be a little surprised at his original self. In fact, he contacted me and we had a very...

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PewDiePie versus the media: Why he’s so mad to be losing the fight

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PewDiePie, or Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg, is likely one of the most powerful individuals in gaming. His channel has over 53 million subscribers, and his videos have made him incredibly wealthy. Forbes estimated his earnings at approximately $15 million in 2016, making him the most successful personality on YouTube by far. It’s part of what makes his anti-Semitic humor and use of Nazi imagery so hard to dismiss, and what likely forced Disney and YouTube to terminate or limit their relationships with him. But that’s only part of the story: Kjellberg is a young guy with a huge audience who loves laughing at his own messages about killing Jews, and he’s very upset the media isn’t willing to laugh along with him. It doesn’t work that way “The media wants to paint me as some sort of...

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Super cute Overwatch Nendoroid toys coming, starting with Tracer

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A new line of Overwatch action figures are in the works at Japanese toymaker Good Smile Company. The collectible action figure maker has signed a deal with Blizzard to bring Overwatch characters to its line of cute Nendoroid toys and highly articulated Figma action figures. The first Overwatch character coming from Good Smile Company is Nendoroid Tracer in her classic skin. Nendoroid Tracer includes a wide variety of parts and accessories, including her Pulse Pistols and Pulse Bomb, as well as alternate hands. She even has articulated hair and interchangeable legs, letting action figure fans recreate her familiar poses. Nendoroid Tracer stands about 100 mm tall (just shy of four inches) and will cost $49.99. She’s available for pre-order now through March 15 and is expected to ship in...

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America’s greatest rhythm gamer is now Dance Dance Revolution’s world champion

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North American competitors were invited to compete in Dance Dance Revolution's world championships this weekend for the first time, and what do you know: A Yank showed up and won the whole damn thing. My dream has come true! I am the international DDR Champion! #6thKAC #DDRChampion pic.twitter.com/G4ofsLB2zf— [email protected] (@CHRS4LFE) February 11, 2017 You couldn’t have picked a better first-timer from this hemisphere than Chris Chike, aka iamchris4life, seeded first in the DDR competition at the Sixth Konami Arcade Championships. Profiled by The New York Times almost a decade ago, at the height of the Guitar Hero craze, he was the first to 100 percent "Through the Fire and the Flames" on Guitar Hero 3: Legends of Rock. He also was the first to earn 100 percent on a level 17...

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