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Watch the Ender’s Game StarCraft II Tournament Live

Remember, the enemy's Command Center gate is down.

The simulations in Ender's Game are pretty much a giant, virtual reality version of StarCraft, and it turns out the studio sees that as the perfect excuse to market the movie's DVD release with a live streaming StarCraft II tournament. The first round is today at 7:00PM PST, and it will run on Twitch.tv Feb. 5th - 9th.

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Could Seeing Ender’s Game Be Considered a Political Action? [Video]

Yes? No? We're very conflicted.

Ender's Game has been out for about a week now, and whether or not audiences should go see it if they're opposed to Orson Scott Card's politics has been a hotly contested issue over the past few months. Mike Rugnetta and PBS Idea Channel decided to take a look at whether money should be wielded as a political "upvote."

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Things We Saw Today: Princess Dalek

Things We Saw Today

We've seen Princess Vader, now it's time to meet Princess Dalek. EXTERMI-AWWWWW. (via Fashionably Geek

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Oh My God It’s Really Happening: Ender’s Game Now Running Ads on TV [Video]

You mean it's not just a dream we had? It's still real?

Say what you want about Ender's Game author Orson Scott Card and his awful personal politics -- reading the book itself was a formative experience for many a young nerd. In fact, it's still hard to believe we're even getting a movie in the first place after so many years of waiting. But look! They're even putting these commercials on TV now!

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Orson Scott Card Compares Obama to Hitler, Napoleon, Ceasar, Worried He’ll Use Urban Youths as Secret Police

Somewhere, the press team for Ender's Game weeping openly, begging Card to just stop with the talking thing.

You know that feeling when you read something so ridiculous you think it's a really funny parody, followed by that sinking sensation when it turns out its writer was serious? Orson Scott Card's "Unlikely Events" on why Obama is already a dictator, controlling literally all the things and all the people is like that.

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Things We Saw Today: The Grumpy Catbus

Things We Saw Today

Timothy Doyle created this memetic Miyazaki mashup masterpiece for an upcoming Lil Bub gallery show at Spoke Art. (io9)

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Things We Saw Today: Michonne The Vampire Queen

Things We Saw Today

Somehow artists Mike Vasquez and Joe Hogan have managed to make the Land of Ooo even more post-apocalyptic with their Adventure Time and The Walking Dead mashup illustration. Vasquez and Hogan have also drawn Star Wars and Deadpool illustrations with the likes of Treetrunks as Yoda and Finn as Deadpool. (via So Geek Chic)

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Things We Saw Today: Hey, People at SDCC. Buy Us Some Direwolf Plushies.

Things We Saw Today

Yes, but do any of these SDCC-exclusive stuffed direwolves [Game of Thrones season three finale spoiler] have a detachable head? Head to io9 for Factory Entertainment's three-eyed-crow and dragon egg plushies.

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Ender’s Game Clip Shows Off a Bit More Dogfighting [Video]

Folks, I'm really excited.

Exclusively premiered at San Diego Comic-Con, this clip of Ender's Game gives us the a much longer glimpse of alien battles, with Harrison Ford explaining why exactly humans can and will do some serious alien killing. Ford might no longer look like the ladies' man professor-slash-archaeologist-slash-mercenary-slash-scoundrel of yesteryear, but he still sounds determined enough to kick my butt.

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Comic-Con 2013: While You Were Sleeping, Part 1

Sometimes you can't check Twitter because you're eating, or sleeping, or watching Netflix, or having strange dreams about being on the Voyager crew, so here’s a round-up of some of the best announcements, pictures, and happenings from the first day of San Diego Comic Con 2013. Hit the jump for info on Kelly Sue DeConnick's new ongoing series, photos from X-Men: Days of Future Past, and Benedict Cumberbatch!

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Things We Saw Today: You Must Be Security Level 7 To View This Agents of SHIELD Comic Con Teaser Poster

Things We Saw Today

As you wait for the San Diego Comic Con Agents of SHIELD panel on Friday, enjoy this new image, which gives away just about as much as the word "classified" would lead us to believe. By the way, did you see the featurette we posted earlier today?(via SuperHero Hype)

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UPDATED: Lionsgate Attempts To Distance Themselves From Orson Scott Card Before Ender’s Game Hits Theaters

Meanwhile...

Lionsgate has issued an official statement to distance themselves from Orson Scott Card, the creator whose book their new movie Ender's Game is based on. 

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Orson Scott Card Responds to Call for Ender’s Game Boycott

Thank You?

This is not a good year to be a company whose high-profile Orson Scott Card-affiliated project is coming to fruition. And this past month was not particularly a good one for folks who've been on the board of the U.S.'s biggest national anti-marriage equality lobbying group since 2009. The ethics of enjoying content related to or produced by someone who shares political views you are opposed can be uncomfortable enough without the added conflict of active participation and monetary support at very senior and organized levels of a powerful organization working at cross purposes to your political views. Summit Entertainment has been rumored to already be nervous about the backlash against its summer blockbuster Ender's Game, based on Card's seminal YA science fiction novel of the same name, and it's hard not to see some studio pressure behind Card's response (it cannot be called an apology) to well worded calls for a boycott of the movie.

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First Trailer for Ender’s Game Drops, Will Probably Tear the Internet Apart [Video]

Calling Orson Scott Card's ideas about sexuality a bit divisive would be putting it mildly. It's one of those disappointing and well-known facts that he's horrifyingly homophobic. If you're not already aware about his specific set of beliefs in that area, we're sorry to reveal the truth to you, because it kind of sullies how intriguing his books are. Ender's Game is, in this writer's humble opinion, a fantastic bit of fiction, and there's a movie coming out in November. They've finally released the first trailer, and the Internet will probably explode thanks to it.

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Summit Entertainment Execs Suddenly Worried About the Orson Scott Card Part of Making an Orson Scott Card Adaptation

Oh Hollywood

Orson Scott Card and his work (both in fiction and as a board member of the anti-gay National Organization for Marriage) have been at the center of a brewing controversy in the comics industry, ever since DC's recent announcement that he'd be one of the writers on a digital-first Superman anthology. And unlike most comics controversies, this one is actually reaching the occasional mainstream news outlet, a fact which has not gone unnoticed by executives at the company in charge of a big-budget adaptation of Card's Ender's Game, Summit Entertainment, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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To Pilot A Thought-Controlled Spaceship, Two Heads Are Better Than One

While it may disappoint many of us, it will surprise no one that steering a spaceship is complicated business. So it stands to follow that steering a spaceship using only your brain is even more complicated. A collaborative study by NASA and the University of Essex shows that the difficulties of piloting a virtual spaceship through a brain/computer interface can be eased by introducing a co-pilot -- and performing what amounts to a mind-meld between both operators.

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Things We Saw Today: The First Picture From the Third Hobbit Movie (Seriously)

Things We Saw Today

Featuring Legolas and Bard. I hope I don't have to explain which one is which. The side effects of filming things simultaneously, ladies and gentlemen. (Blastr)

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Things We Saw Today: William Shatner, Dressed As a Ghostbuster

Things We Saw Today

Seriously, don't ask questions or bother overthinking this. Just enjoy it for what it is: William Shatner. With a proton pack. And what appears to be a Members Only jacket. (via Blastr)

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Things We Saw Today: Hanie’s Last Sweater Superlady (For Now)

Things We Saw Today

You adored her Wonder Woman gown but it was her DC Ladies in Sweaters that originally got everyone talking. Well here's my Womanthology artist Hanie Mohd's last Sweater Superlady, Medusa from Marvel Comics. But don't worry! She writes she's only done, "At least till autumn comes around again." Read on for all the other fabulous things we saw today. 

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The Help’s Viola Davis Joins The Cast Of Ender’s Game & Another Best-Seller

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Oscar nominated actress Viola Davis is the latest to be cast in the big screen adaptation of the sci-fi novel Ender's Game but she's also picked up another famous book adaptation role as well.

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