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Channel Inferno’s Robert Langdon With This Interactive Puzzle Series

Have you ever wanted to step into the shoes of Robert Langdon and unwrap mind-blowing (or ridiculous, depending on your perspective) conspiracies? Well, the folks at Sony are here to help you with that. Ahead of the release of Inferno, starring Tom Hanks, sleuths in the making can take part in a “three-week race against time” via a series of interactive puzzles.

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Things We Saw Today: Wipe Your Windshields With Lightsabers

Check out these lightsaber WiperTags (that's we're not sure are 100% legal)! You'll also probably have to make the Bzuhzzzzzzz sound yourself.

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Dante’s Inferno Will Be A Movie, With “Franchise Potential”

A few hundred years after the release of Dante's Inferno, the first in Dante Alighieri's smash-hit Divine Comedy trilogy, Warner Brothers has finally decided to turn it into a movie. Heh. Okay.

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From Book To Video Game To Movie: EA’s Dante’s Inferno In Adaptation Talks, Plus Other Terrible Ideas

Layers upon layers of adaptation can only make a thing better, right? Right?!

According to numerous sources, EA's Dante's Inferno is hack-and-slashing its way towards the silver screen. We're surprised too, so we decided to posit some other potential book-to-game-to-movie adaptations based on classic literature.

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Dante’s Circles of Hell, Redesigned in LEGO Form

About a year ago, LEGO modeler Mihai Mihu began a massive new project to portray all the levels of Hell from Dante Alighieri's The Divine Comedy as LEGO sets. Today, Mihu's descent into the punishments of humanity is complete, which is the perfect time to look back at all the hard work.  See all nine blocky levels of Hell, after the break.

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Mixed Media: 10 Western Video Games that Would Make Great Anime Films

This anime still comes from what I would call an unlikely source. Or at least a source with unlikely inspiration. The image comes from Dante's Inferno: The Animated Epic, a series of anime shorts inspired not by Dante's original Divine Comedy, but by the video game Dante's Inferno.

Also mysteriously in existence is Halo Legends, an anime series based on the Halo franchise. Because when someone says "film adaptation of the Halo franchise," the first thought I have is "anime."

And now this morning brings the announcement of yet another anime adaptation of a western video game: Dragon Age. Like all these other game animes, it'll be direct-to-video, with a 2011 release date.

While I find this trend to be downright odd, there's undoubtedly some potential. Halo, at least, has a sufficient fan base that there could be an audience for the anime, and it's not a stretch to guess that there would be overlap in the anime and Halo markets. But Dante's Inferno and Dragon Age are each a bit of a stretch to justify. But who knows, they might be great.

Which brings us to the bulk of our exercise. Here are 10 Western games that I know would make for sweet anime adaptations, ranked from how much I would salivate over it, in ascending order:

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Dante’s Internet

We went to the library this week with one goal in mind: Check out a copy of The Divine Comedy so that we could read it and feel intellectually, nay, morally superior to anyone playing Dante's Inferno. We sort of felt conflicted about making fun of it, since we'd never read the source material, either.

Well, the library only had one copy, and it was checked out. So all we have to offer you is Dante's Internet, from No Cats on the Blog.

Complete picture after the jump.

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ASCII Ad for Dante’s Inferno Hidden in Digg’s Source Code

Here's an Easter egg for the ages: the folks at Digg have put an ASCII promotion for Dante's Inferno in their source code.

Lest you think that Jay Adelson & co. simply take hellbeast-shaped programming notes, the bottom of the ASCII block directs you to the Dante's Inferno promotional site http://www.hellisnigh.com, with the password "excommunicate." Alas, you need five more passwords to access the site's innermost circle.

Larger image after the jump (or, just go to Digg.com and view source):

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