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  1. Things We Saw Today: Samurai Darth Vader

    The force is strong with this figure.

    The world's most famous father gets Samurai'd in this rad new figure that just debuted at the Tokyo Toy Show. Chigau, omae no chichi wa washi da! (via Nerd Approved)

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  2. Time Magazine Names The 100 Best Video Games

    It Goes Ding When There's Stuff

    Yeah, I chose Paperboy as the header image for this post and you're just going to have to deal with it. Best of lists are bound to attract controversy so prepare yourself to have some opinions on Time Magazine's list of the 100 best video games. 

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  3. Things We Saw Today: Power Rangers Go Pop!

    Things We Saw Today

    Funko has unveiled their latest Pop! figures (we were previously excited about the Game of Thrones collection) and it's the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers! (via Comics Alliance)

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  4. Mass Effect: Paragon Lost Trailer Looks Like Mass Effect, Feels Like Anime

    The Mass Effect 3 single player DLC train is just starting to gain steam, which means we're probably going to be returning to the Normandy sporadically over next few months. If DLC isn't going to be enough to slake your thirst for stories from the Mass Effect universe, Mass Effect: Paragon Lost is a feature-length anime detailing the backstory of your favorite new crew member, James Vega. It doesn't take long to see that, while the world is populated by Asari and Krogans, the movie feel like a serious (and interesting) departure from the world we've come to know.

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  5. Pondering What Gail Simone Said About Video Games, The Three Act Structure, & Storytelling

    Essay

    Last week, comic writer Gail Simone shared some musings on her Tumblr about how video games are bucking the long-held three act model of narrative structure. The whole thing is worth a read (even though she tells you not to), and it poses a lot of good food for thought about how this fledgling medium could be starting to really shake things up. Most of my brainpower this weekend was spent mulling over her closing question:
    …are video games training us to look at stories differently, and if so, will they affect or alter the three act structure in other media?
    I can address the first part of that question with a resounding yes.

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  6. Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut DLC is Out Now, Watch The New Endings Here

    And there you have it, the Shepard arc of the Mass Effect series has finally ground to a halt, that is unless fans can whine it back from the dead yet again. The free, somewhat revisionist DLC Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut dropped today, attempting to flesh out the endings of the game to appease a complaining fan-base. If you don't want to see the endings in-game where they belong (which requires replaying about an hour of the game's most difficult combat sections), the new endings are all up on YouTube, and you can check them out below. There be spoilers, obviously.

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  7. Once More Unto the Breach, Dear Friends: The Mass Effect 3 Extended Cut Will Be Here On June 26

    Assuming Direct Control

    Imagine that you have an ex that you're still pretty smitten kitten over. They screwed up, and you know you've done the right thing by trying to move on, but you still go all weak in the knees when that song you shared comes on. A few months along, just as you're feeling like life can be okay without them, they call you, out of the blue. They want to meet. Right now. They're going to make it up to you, they say. Things are going to be different from here on out. Now you know how I felt twenty minutes ago when I saw the announcement that the Mass Effect 3 Extended Cut will be released on June 26 in North America, and July 4 in Europe.

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  8. Fan-Demanded Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut DLC Coming June 26th

    Whether you think it's a necessary re-contextualization of the awkward and much-protested Mass Effect 3 ending, or a dangerous assault on the authorial agency, Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut, the free DLC intended to flesh out the series' conclusion, is coming on June 26th. Unless you have a PlayStation 3 in Europe; then you have to wait until July 4th. We've known about this for a while, since BioWare caved and announced they'd release an addition -- not a revision, but an addition -- to the game's end, later clarifying that it would come out this summer and be free. Now it has a date, and it's very close. It's up to you whether or not you want to risk getting your hopes up.

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  9. Initiatives To Get More Women Into Video Games, Good Or Bad?

    Consider the Following

    Back in March, we posted a really interesting recruitment video from video game developers Electronic Arts. They showed a video game marketer, developer, and publisher - all women - talking about how they got their start in the business. We thought it was a really great way to show young women some unique career opportunities. And then the video was removed. We have no idea why but apparently EA is still actively on the hunt for women to work at their company and for them to play their games. Why? They may finally be realizing the marketing potential, but the industry still has a long way to go and not everyone is sure actively seeking out women for programming jobs is the way to go.

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  10. Stephen Fry Defends Electronic Arts Against Anti-Gay Controversy

    And All Was Right With the World

    Video game publisher Electronic Arts has been in the news a lot lately and the news hasn't been good. Their BioWare division has been receiving a lot of flack about the ending of Mass Effect 3 (causing them to create a whole new ending for the fans who complained) and the company as a whole has had to defend itself against thousands of letters complaining about same sex relationships in their games. Now, British actor Stephen Fry has taken it upon himself to not only give a huge vote of confidence to EA, but also promote All Out's campaign to help them combat the letters with a petition. Hit the jump for what he had to say. 

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