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Attention, Gamers: If You’re Celebrating International Tabletop Day, We Want Your Pics!

Calling all dice rollers, deck shufflers, and dungeon masters! Tomorrow is International Tabletop Day, and we want pics of our readers’ respective festivities. Why? Because games are awesome, and quite frankly, so are you.

Here’s the way we see it: Tabletops are crazy good fun, and a great way to bring people together. At The Mary Sue, we are all about those things. However, as we live on the internet, this is a difficult day for us to host a celebration for. So, unless reliable transporters appear on the mass market in the next twenty-four hours, we invite you to share your day with us. Doesn’t matter if you’re playing card games, board games, miniatures, or pen-and-paper stuff. We want to see it all — from the laziest Munchkin match to the lengthiest Arkham Horror session.

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Agents of SHIELD Showrunners Respond to Criticism, Blame Unrealistic Fan Expectations

Last time Agents of SHIELD showrunners Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen took to the internet to defend their show, a lot of you, our readers, didn’t buy what they had to say. Others of you defended Agents of SHIELD, pointing out that Whedon shows often start out slow and get exponentially better as time goes on. Now, with season one about to come out of its (third? fourth?) mini-hiatus and sink its teeth into the good stuff, Whedon and Tancharoen have responded to their critics yet again, this time in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. Do you agree with them this time?

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Fall From A Plane And Get Chewed On By A Pig With This GoPro Camera [Video]

Mia Munselle discovered a GoPro camera on her property and discovered it had survived a fall from a plane and being chewed on by a pig. The footage is pretty cool although there’s a brief (like 10 second) bit that might hit you with some motion sickness if you’re susceptible, just as a warning. This says some good things about the hardiness of these cameras, though!

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Gravity Could Have Been Really, Really Different

Alfonso Cuaròn‘s surprisingly intimate sci-fi thriller Gravity has been both a critical and box office success, generating some Oscar buzz for star Sandra Bullock. The film had a long road to its triumph, and there were a few narrow misses along the way to bringing us the movie as it exists now. Thinking of just how different Gravity could have been, or how it could have fizzled out before it even got to production, makes the film all the more amazing to watch.

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Susana And Becky Talk Dads And Daughters In Video Games, Part 2

This conversation utterly, completely, unforgivingly spoils The Walking Dead, BioShock Infinite, and The Last of Us. Endings included. And we spoil Shelter in this one, too. You have been warned.

Welcome to part two of our conversation (if you’re just joining us, you can find part one here). In this half, we discuss families, societal context, and how changes to the characters’ genders might have affected their reception. Let us return to two apartments, an ocean apart, in which their respective inhabitants are talking themselves hoarse…

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Susana and Becky Talk Dads And Daughters In Video Games, Part 1

This conversation utterly, completely, unforgivingly spoils The Walking Dead, BioShock Infinite, and The Last of Us. Endings included. You have been warned.

Back in June, I had a problem. The Last of Us was coming out, and I couldn’t play it. I wanted to play it. A lot. It looked awesome, yes, but I was also itching to compare it with two games I had played, both of which featured a male player character and a well-written pseudo-daughter companion. I couldn’t help but notice that all three games had come out within little over twelve months of each other. There had to be something to that. There had to be. But alas, I, sans PS3, could not complete the trifecta.

Susana, however, could.

And so it was that she and I jumped on Skype last weekend, ready to pick apart the surrogate dads and daughters that garnered so much critical acclaim (including our own) — Lee and Clementine, Booker and Elizabeth, Ellie and Joel. Turns out we had a lot to say. As such, we’re splitting our conversation in two parts, the first of which focuses on taboos, mentors, and parallels. We dive into the nitty gritty plot details right off the bat, so if you haven’t played all of these games, or if you need a refresher on their respective stories, I’d recommend brushing up here (TWD), here (BSI), and here (TLoU).

We hope you enjoy.

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Haven’t Read The Book? Find Out What Divergent Is All About. [VIDEO]

Fans of Veronica Roth’s novel already know what Divergent is, but for everyone else thinking it’s a riff on The Hunger Games, here’s a short featurette to fill you in on the deets.

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DC Comics Pulls The Plug On Executive Column After Too Many Tough Questions From Fans

DC Comics has been criticized before for their public relations responses (or non-responses, as the case may be) and a recent move has raised eyebrows yet again. Editor-In-Chief Bob Harras and Editorial Director Bobbie Chase were contributing to a monthly column to Comic Book Resources in which they answered questions from both the journalists working for CBR and fans. But in its latest installment the website announced DC would no longer be participating. And guess what? The Orson Scott Card controversy and other “tough questions” played a part.

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Watch our Managing Editor on a Women in Games Panel at PAX East!‬ [VIDEO]

Anja Keister, Shoshana Kessock, Iris Explosion, Stella Chuu, and our very own Susana Polo brought their knowledge of the lady gamers’ experience to this past weekend’s PAX East for the panel “You Game Like a Girl: Tales of Trolls & White Knights.” Lucky for those of you who couldn’t attend the con, the panel was taped for a thing called the Internet, since technology is awesome like that. Check it out under the cut; the relevant bit starts at approximately the 03:05:02 mark.

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I’d Offer to Explain This “I Can Explain” Supercut, But There Are Plenty of Others Willing to Do It For Me [VIDEO]

First we had a supercut’s worth of people for whom there was no time to explain; now there are a bunch of people willing to pick up the slack. Clarissa Darling doesn’t make an appearance. I guess for all her ability to explain It All, she never actually offered her skills to anyone using those exact words.

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