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If You Really Wanna Impress Me, Do “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

Wait…is that…my old lady? I never knew!

This is probably about as close to perfect as it gets: Rupert Holmes’ FM classic, “Escape (The Pina Colada Song),”acted out by Sims.

Maybe Vick Should Become a Cop.

The Three Stooges?
Beats dogfighting any day: Three of Sean Bell’s five killers

This past December, former Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick was sentenced to 23 months in Federal prison for dogfighting.

Of what significance is the fact that, for that cruel sport, he will serve far more time than New York Police Department detectives Michael Oliver, Gescard Isnora, and Marc Cooper, above, will do for killing Queens resident Sean Bell, in a hail of 50 bullets, the morning of his wedding day? Continue reading →

Give Me Liberty and Give Me Death.

Niko Bellic lets loose
I missile you much: GTA IV‘s Niko Bellic sends his regards

The worst job I ever had was working in the car loans department of the now defunct Chemical Bank, at the Huntington Quadrangle in Melville L.I. It was a small office of about ten to twelve mutually limited, small-minded people, held under the managerial thumb of a doughy, mouse-faced, unsmiling, bespectacled woman with yellow smoker’s fingertips and a bad perm.

Our task was taking in loan requests by fax or phone from GMAC finance dealers, processing them, and passing them up the chain for approval. What I remember most was how tense this office was, as this woman kept us under the grind to turn out precious loan apps. My solace was ducking into my ’75 Impala at lunch time, loudly playing Grandmixer DXT and Herbie Hancock’s Future Shock album, and sleeping.

But pristinely nested on the other end of my employment karmic balance is the job I loved the most: The 2 1/2 years I spent, from 2004 – 2006, working in public affairs at Rockstar Games, maker of the Grand Theft Auto (GTA) series of video games.

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Lay Your Pretty Head Down, Girl

Kyle and Sarris Can’t Make Up

A funky minute of play from the video game Jedi Outcast. Here, Sariss, one of seven Dark Jedi, loses her cool over, and her noggin to, self-trained Jedi master and rebel operative Kyle Katarn. Yeah: Nerds rule.

That’s Sure is One Amazing Maze

So amazing…

Like mazes? Think you’re good at them? Then try these downloadable goodies on for size, tough guy.

A Nightmarish Aggressor of Unrelenting Cuteness and Cuddliness

Hunter Plushie

Valve, creators of the landmark, 2004 Half-Life 2 PC game, is selling a 13″ plushie version, above, of their unstoppable Hunter attack “synth,” below. (The Hunter appears in the 2007 Half-Life 2: Episode 2 mini-sequel.)

PC Gamer Half-Life 2 coverAvailable for $39.95 through their online Steam service, the soft toy features the original, three-legged, “bioengineered” “shock troop”‘s ice-blue eye sensors, and poseable appendages, all featured prominently and lethally in this Episode 2 trailer.

Half-Life 2 tells the story of a rebel insurrectionist group attempting to overthrow the totalitarian and oppressive Combine, an invading alien race. Both iterations of Half-Life are considered milestones in the history of computer gaming, breathtaking for the breadth of their narrative and design.

Half-Life 2 has sold over four million copies. (Thanks to TOMOPOP.com for the tip!)

Ooooo…That’s Gotta Hurt….

You’re looking at a soon-to-be-released Locust Horde “bad guy” action figure from the multimillion-selling Xbox game, Gears of War.Exploding Horde Head

The ne’er-do-well in this image replicates one of the game’s most devastating moments: the immediate aftermath of a sniper shot to the Horde head. If you look near the top of the image, you can see the creature’s still-intact face heading towards Saturn.

(Thanks to Tomopop and Destructoid for turning me onto ActionFinderInsider.com’s photo stash!)