From a Galaxy Far, Far Away Comes Galaxy Hoodies

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After all the great Star Wars news announced over this past weekend’s D23 expo, you might find yourself feeling the Force now more than ever, which is why the Galaxy Hoodies & Cloaks Kickstarter from LOTH Hoodies has us very excited.

While it’s true the world has absolutely no shortage of cool Star Wars-related apparel, these Galaxy Hoodies & Cloaks stand out from the officially-licensed stuff thanks to their clean lines and minimalist designs. The hoodies come in different color combinations recalling characters from the original and prequel trilogies. By far the coolest thing about them is the fact that unless you’re a Star Wars fan, you won’t recognize that they’re Star Wars hoodies. They’re simply cool-looking hoodies with giant hoods.

The cloaks, on the other hand, are very obviously of the Jedi and Sith variety, though the black and grey options could also double for your Dracula or Gandalf the Grey cosplays.

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GALAK-Z Review – One Dogfight at a Time

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Let’s start with the bad.

The first two hours of Galak-Z: The Dimensional are punishingly difficult, almost to the point of making the game inaccessible. You will die frequently. You will also die quickly. It may be hours before you make any real progress and it is extraordinarily frustrating when a fantastic run goes up in smoke in less than ten seconds.

The gameplay does not make a great first impression.

However – and it’s a significant however – if you can get beyond that, then Galak-Z is excellent. It’s a tightly designed, adrenaline-doused space shooter with a nearly flawless visual aesthetic, and while it remains punishingly difficult it is incredibly satisfying once you adapt to the controls.

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INTERVIEW: Steve Erk’s Photography Speaks To Us

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Say what you want about reddit, but look in the right places and you can meet some pretty interesting people. It was in /r/toys that the work of Steve Erk caught my attention. Erk takes old Star Wars and G.I. Joe toys and photographs them in somewhat everyday settings. He demonstrates skill in staging and lighting these scenes, resulting in humorous works of nerdy modern art that I’d proudly display on my wall.

We reached out to Erk via his website and asked him a few questions about his process.

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The Cake is a Lie, but the Portal Board Game Isn’t


Portal is a popular video game from Valve that is best known for mind-bending 3D physics puzzles and an astonishingly dark sense of humor. Exactly one of those things translates well to a tabletop environment, which is good news because someone has actually gone ahead and made that game.

The Portal board game – or more accurately, Portal: The Uncooperative Cake Acquisition Game – is a collaborative effort from Valve and Cryptozoic Entertainment. It recently made an appearance at Gen Con in Indianapolis and will soon be coming to store shelves when it debuts for $49.99 later in the fall.

So what should you expect from The Uncooperative Cake Acquisition Game?

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Hannibal Recap Episode 3.10 – And the Woman Clothed in Sun

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Hannibal has always positioned himself as the supreme arbiter of taste, and he does not hesitate to punish any violations of decorum. Boorishness becomes a form of Natural Selection, a weakness that needs to be culled from the population.

“And the Woman Clothed in Sun” explores the relativism implicit in that idea, suggesting that Hannibal’s drive to murder comes from the same evolutionary impulse that targets the weak or the elderly. His violence is kindness, a way of helping rude people avoid the indignity of being rude.

Of course, Hannibal’s victims would likely dispute the sentence, which is the crucial distinction between a killer like Hannibal and a more traditional moral figure like Will. Hannibal ends the misery of creatures in distress. Will adds them to his pack of strays.

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Hayao Miyazaki Blu-Ray Collection Coming to Amazon in the Fall


Hayao Miyazaki is one of the most beloved and critically acclaimed figures in the history of animation, directing films like Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away that stand as great works of cinema regardless of the format. Unfortunately, while the Studio Ghibli co-founder enjoys a significant international profile, it hasn’t always been easy to find some of his less celebrated works in North America.

That’s about to change thanks to a new Blu-Ray box set coming to Amazon in the fall. The Collected Works of Hayao Miyazaki includes all eleven of the director’s feature length films, a list that begins with 1979’s Lupin the Third: The Castle of Cagliostro and ends with 2013’s The Wind Rises. Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, Castle in the Sky, My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Porco Rosso, Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, and Ponyo round out the intervening years.

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Twenty Years Later, Hackers is Still One of the Best Films of the 90s


Hackers is not the best movie ever made, but it is one of the most deliriously entertaining. The pulpy classic is finally coming to Blu-Ray with a 20th Anniversary Edition set to hit shelves on August 18 after years of circulation on bargain basement DVD, and if you’ve never seen it, it’s officially time to remedy that mistake.

Of course, Hackers is not a perfect film. It has, at best, a loose understanding of hacking and computers. Everything it knows about technology is either dated or flat out wrong, which seems like it would be a problem in a movie about hacking.

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Life is Strange Demonstrates the Strengths of Episodic Gaming


With last week’s release of “Episode 4: Dark Room,” Dontnod Entertainment’s Life is Strange solidified its position as my favorite game of the year. There’s still one more episode to go, but after four solid outings I’m no longer quite as worried that the game will fall apart before the finish line. I’m just disappointed that I’ll have to wait two more months before I get to see the conclusion.

What’s odd is that I don’t think I’d appreciate the game as much without that wait. The episodic release structure has added to my enjoyment of Life is Strange because it leaves me with more time to talk about the game, and that’s proven to be just as much fun as the game itself.

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The Beard Is Strong With This Trailer: The Revenant


Have you heard of Hugh Glass? You probably won’t forget his name after you watch this trailer for The Revenant.

Glass, a 19th century American frontiersman, is best known for surviving for months on his own after he was attacked by a bear and the other members of his expedition buried him alive and left him for dead. His unbelievable story has been the subject of a couple of books as well as the 1971 film Man in the Wilderness starring Richard Harris. Now Birdman director Alejandro González Iñárritu has adapted Michael Punke’s 2003 novel about Hugh Glass, The Revenant, into a film of the same name, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy.

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NerdyStuff’s Stuff for Nerds: FIIO X5ii DAP Review


The iPod was the music player that made portable sound near ubiquitous to the post-Walkman, post-Discman generation. When used with a massive music collection, it was something quite remarkable to have up to 160 gigs of decent enough audio to schlepp along with us on planes and subways.

It’s been years since Apple has taken their audio devices seriously, and with the move to streaming services via apps, the entire idiom for portable music playing is shifting. On the one hand the vast majority use their phones with the crummy buds they get for free, while another, slightly more passionate community are looking for genuine “high fidelity” from a device that can be held in a pocket.

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