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Editors’ Picks 11/9: Goodbye to the Return of Deap Vally

This week in Editors' Picks: A goodbye, a return, and a correctly spelled Vally.

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Star Wars: The Old Republic Is Going Free-To-Play Next Week

We knew it was coming, but now we know when. BioWare's attempt at a Star Wars MMO, Star Wars: The Old Republic, will be going free-to-play starting next week, Thursday, November 15. The game released on December 20 of last year, and a little less than one year later, is making the move to a free-to-play model, like most of the rest of the MMO market. Makes you wonder why any MMO developers think their game can launch without a free-t0-play option nowadays.

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Geekolinks: 11/9

Stop-Motion LEGOs Make Installing Solar Panels Interesting [Video]

Created by The Eco Experts in an attempt to show how easy it is to install solar panels, this stop-motion LEGO video does just that, and warms our cold, jaded hearts in the process. Look at how adorable solar panels are, guys! It's like having a puppy nailed to your roof and powers your household.

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This is a Squirrel With a Cowboy Hat Riding a Rattlesnake

It's a cold, dreary Thursday, and now that Daylight Saving Time has hit, you can add "dark way too early" to your Thursday adjectives. So, to brighten up (or ruin, we guess) your day, we wanted to let you know that this taxidermy squirrel with a cowboy hat riding a rattlesnake exists.

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Geekolinks: 11/8

What It’s Like to Quaff Too Many Heals [Video]

If you've ever played a JRPG, you might've noticed that your characters have stomachs that work similarly to the Doctor's TARDIS -- bigger on the inside. With their usual inventory with infinite space, it's not entirely odd --relative to the game's universe -- that they'd be able to shove 99 heal potions down their gullet, but the always-impressive team at Corridor Digital are here to show us what would happen if you quaffed all those heals and buffs in real life.

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StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm to Miss 2012, but Did You Expect Anything Else?

In an Activision earnings call earlier today, Blizzard honcho Mike Morhaime crushed all of our hopes and dreams and noted that the second third of StarCraft II, Heart of the Swarm, will miss 2012 and release sometime in the early part of 2013.

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Geekolinks: 11/7

Steam for Linux Beta Available Now

It almost seems too good to be true, but Steam for Linux is finally in a tangible form, and the beta is available now. The service only provides a couple dozen games at the moment, but it does offer some other neat features, one of which we didn't expect right away.

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The Battlestar Galactica Web Series, Blood and Chrome Premieres Friday

It's been a very long time coming, but if you're a Battlestar Galactica fan, you've known about the web series, Blood and Chrome, for quite some time. The series follows William Adama during the first First Cylon War, something we only saw for a clip or two in flashbacks on SyFy's Battlestar Galactica. After many delays and reworks, the series will finally debut on Machinima Prime this Friday.

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Geekolinks: 11/6

No One Knows When The Last Guardian Will Ever Release

We all shed a tear when game design genius Fumito Ueda left Team ICO, and it was even worse that it happened in the middle of the development of their next game, The Last Guardian. We've been waiting on the game's release for around three years now, and it seems we're not much closer to knowing when that is. In an interview with French website Jeux Video, boss of Sony Worldwide Studios Shuhei Yoshida said that no one could promise any release date for the game.

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Ultimate Portable Game Player Comes Loaded With 80 Genesis Games

If you're either one of those gamers that loves retro games, or you just really dig collecting odd gaming gadgets, At Games is sprucing up their line of devices that house multiple older games with the new, dramatically named Ultimate Portable Game Player. The unit houses 40 Sega Genesis games, and 40 "arcade" games, which could mean anything.

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Microsoft Surface Has Much Less Free Space Than Advertised

Anyone who has gotten an SSD with the requisite smaller storage space currently inherent to the medium and installed Windows 7 on it knows damn well that Microsoft operating systems take up too much space. When Microsoft released their new tablet, the Surface, people were thrilled that the base model started with 32 GB of free space. Unfortunately, due to the pre-installed software on the device, the 32 GB storage size is more like 16 GB.

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Geekolinks: 11/5

Editors’ Picks 11/2: The Origin of Power of Horror

This week in Editors' Picks: James reminds you it's okay to like things your peers don't, Rollin is in awe of basic electricity, and Ian is secretly terrified.

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Geekolinks: 11/2

Want to Rule the World? Man Attempts to Auction Off Earth

Much more valuable than your Crayola collector's tin, a Japanese man is attempting to auction off the Earth on Yahoo Auctions. Even weirder, at the time of this writing, the auction has 2,772 bids, with the current price sitting at 9,912,356,678 yen, or about 123,472,279 bucks, with four days remaining.

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Now That Disney Owns Star Wars, This is What They Did With Darth Vader

For those of you worried about Disney's purchase of Lucasfilm, they didn't ruin comics when they bought Marvel, right? They certainly didn't ruin sports by owning ESPN either, so if you're worried that they'll turn Star Wars into some kind of Kingdom Hearts-style mashup where Mickey can't stop feeling disturbances in the Force, I'd recommend a wait-and-see approach first. On the other hand, all of those animatronic kids in It's a Small World getting Force-choked until they can't sing anymore would be just fine. However you feel about the purchase, this is how Disney celebrated, playing on the old stereotype of where athletes say they're going to go after they win some kind of bowl or finals or world-spanning series. At any rate, don't forget: Many people would say Disney is a more terrifying cult than the Sith anyway.

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