Whoa. The international trailer for Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World, the adaptation of Bryan Lee O'Malley's graphic novel/slacker epic, is out, and it ... is ... amazing.Heightened realism! Flawless comic timing! Nerdy-hot girls with dyed hair! Video game references! A significantly stronger grasp of physical comedy than Kick-Ass! Our editorial team is having trouble breathing at this point. Read More
Creative Assembly is churning Total War games out at a serious clip! The upcoming Shogun 2: Total War represents the seventh entry in the series, which for those of you who don't know, blends grand, continent-wide military strategy with brutal, small-scale tactical battles where you can see individual little figures crushed by elephants, and blown apart by cannons, and so on. Anyway -- onto the screenshots!Read More
Hot on the heels of Adidas’ Snoop-helmed Star Wars promotion, Behance user “John Woo” has created a series of illustrations of Star Wars characters posing in major streetwear brands, including Band of Outsiders, Supreme, and A.P.C.
Here’s Darth Vader in Band of Outsiders, even though he is totally more of a Hugo Boss kind of guy. Come on, people.
See more hipster-tinged Star Wars characters at Styleite.Read More
When it comes to online gathering places for savvy young clotheshorses, the major players are fairly well-known. Styleforum.net, Ask Andy, 4chan.org...
Wait a minute...4chan? Cesspool of all that is wrong with the internet? Violator of Time's Person of the Year polls and Sarah Palin's email account? Birthplace of LOLcats and Rickrolling?
This post originally appeared at our sister site Styleite.
A cursory examination reveals that 4chan does in fact have a fashion forum, and it's called /fa/! Its members refer to each other as /fa/scists (oh, dear) and really like online retailers like Yoox and Indochino. Their primary pastime? Conducting ruthless holy wars over everything from desert boots to keffiyehs.
(The forum can be found here; it is decidedly Not Safe for Work.)
Let's run through the general types of discussion that happen on this hidden internet fashion kingdom, with examples!Read More
Continuing today's theme of incredibly ambitious projects carried out in city-building games -- someone has created a Dwarf Fortress city that operates, effectively, as a Turing machine.No, it's not called "MOAR-ia." Although it should be. For the uninitiated, Dwarf Fortress is to normal city-building games as the UNIX command line is to Windows: abstruse, catastrophically punishing of newbie mistakes, unfailingly esoteric in documentation, and thoroughly opaque in operation. In addition to its incredibly steep learning curve, Dwarf Fortress is an insanely difficult game. Forgot to bring along some lumber when you founded your city? Oops, all of your dwarves died. Left your gates open when the local Cyclops came by for a visit? Oops, all of your dwarves died. Accidentally hurled an elven emissary into a magma vent when he was just trying to offer you a trade agreement? Oops, all of your dwarves died. Also, the interface is entirely composed of ASCII-based graphics. Scared yet? Read More
Has online gaming's biggest player finally turned itself into Farmville?
Blizzard has long been in the practice of selling "pets," which are ornamental creatures that follow players around the gameworld. But the Celestial Steed is the first "mount" (read: ridable animal friend!) which must be acquired through grubby lucre rather than honest-to-god in-game effort.Read More
Yesterday, Tiger Woods ex-paramour Joslyn James released a transcript of her text messages from the lust-addled golfer. Being the egregious nerds that we are, we looked at this cesspit of lurid language and explicit sexytalk and saw only one thing...
...beauteous, beauteous data!
Click below to see a tag cloud of the most common words in Tiger's sexts, generated thanks to the magic of Wordle.Read More
So: Remember the patently insane machinima video describing the whole Tiger Woods affair? And how the Internet came together and laughed at it, because, wow, it looked like someone was using The Sims 3 to report the news? And how all the stars of America's celebrity firmament tumbled directly into the Uncanny Valley? Well, after Tiger Woods' press conference today, we now know that that the video's portrayal of marital fisticuffs was false. Who knew that weird Chinese tabloid videos are not to be trusted?Read More
We thought you'd never ask!
For some reason, the rectangular shapes and smooth detailing of hobby board games -- especially those slightly abstract yet adorably representative Eurogames -- makes gamers long for the sweet, sweet taste of cake. Delicious cake.
And sometimes, those gamers happen to actually be good at baking! And to produce edible versions of the board games that, while not so arcane and complex as to be unplayable, are still obscure enough that playing them doesn't evoke memories of family Monopoly sessions.
So! Behold! Ten board games, presented in cake form!Read More
Chatroulette's rise through the various layers of Internet culture has been illustrative -- illustrative, that is, of how online phenomena bubble up first in the strangest and most arcane of places before finally dribbling down to the "mainstream" outlets that make up the sprawling majority of media. From the horrific cultural smelters of 4chan and SomethingAwful, out through the sprawling network of topical forums, and finally, onto sites like BlackBook, Buzzfeed, and NYMag, the site -- which, in case you've been speedrunning Dragon Age or something, randomly connects users through their webcams -- has evolved to the verge of Internet behemoth-dom.
Ah, Chatroulette -- now that you're about to go mainstream, let us savor the last lingering moments of your cultural relevance, before your meme-riddled concupiscence goes the way of all flesh. And what better way to do that than with a gallery of The Best of the Worst of Chatroulette!Read More
Remember Apple Daily, the Taiwanese tabloid that produces CGI videos depicting the events of major Western news stories? And how their segment on the Tiger Woods scandal started a mini-empire of Internet virality? Adult Swim is now airing the videos as "Adult Swim News" segments. Can a show composed entirely of "viral" "internet" "vids" be far behind?
(That is, one that isn't on G4?)Read More
The already-rich Internet video trove of huge awesome animals fighting other huge awesome animals just got a bit richer: the Discovery Channel is currently re-airing an entire documentary on one epic Whale vs. Shark battle.Shades of Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus? What's even better is the grisly aftermath in which the whales...devour the corpse of their victim. Oh. Oh my god. Read More
The whole "niche social network" thing has really got to stop. Yes, every group has particular needs in terms of social tools and interface. Yes, the only way to go up against heavy hitter like Facebook and LinkedIn is to exploit irregular network topologies and cater to close-knit groups of online weirdos.
But still: A social network dedicated entirely to fictional personas? Surely this is nothing less than a Pynchonesque exercise in exploring the concept of digital-aether-as-liminal-space?
Nope, it's a bunch of grown-up Hot Topic kids who think they're werewolves. Thanks, Internet!
Below, let's take a stroll through the gallery of horrors:Read More