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The Mary Sue Exclusive Interview: Dancing with Eternity‘s John Patrick Lowrie and Ellen McLain Talk Audiobooks, Sexuality, and Living Forever

SPAAACE. I'm in space.

Liz Suess met with voice actors John Patrick Lowrie and Ellen McLain to discuss John's book Dancing with Eternity, which was recently released as an audiobook.

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The Valve-Themed Super Smash Bros. Of Our Dreams

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Know this going in: It's not real. This is a fan-made video by YouTube user crazyhalo, and it exists only in our fondest imaginings. That's for the best. If this game were a thing, I would never get anything done. Dibs on Chell.

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An Entirely Subjective List of My Favorite Video Game Romances

Power Grid

Ahh, do you feel it? Love is in the air today! Love, and gunpowder, and mana residue, and the metallic tang of medically improbable amounts of blood. Yes, we’ve entered the world of video games, where love is weird and sex is awkward. There are few topics more likely to bring friends to blows than this one, so rather than give you a “best of” list, I’m here to share my favorites. Six couples that have stuck with me over the years, each representing a different sort of love. If I leave out your favorite (as I undoubtedly will), by all means, let your ship sail in the comments.

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We’ve Got a Team Fortress 2-Themed Snowball Fight Thanks to the Recent Extreme Cold [Video]

We're going to be watching our backs for that sniper.

While we were all huddling for warmth indoors, Corridor Digital was braving the Mars-cold temperatures to bring us a snowy version of the awesome Team Fortress 2 character promo videos from Valve. So, let's go, Team Fortress modders. How soon can we get a playable version of this?

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Valve Releases Entirely Community-Made Team Fortress 2 Update

If you haven't played Team Fortress 2, you should really go do that. The team-based shooter video game's found a kind of longevity that publishers and developers that aren't Valve dream about. TF2's received numerous updates over the years, dropped to being a free-to-play game, and even added a third faction of robotic enemies. Community-made items have appeared in various packs over time, but their latest update is the first that's been 100% made by the community.

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Virtual Hats and Bitcoins Might Be the Future of Currency [Video]

Generally speaking, currency exists because we all agree said currency has value. It's essentially abstracting the whole barter system. So, now that the digital age has arrived, does it not make sense that we should start seeing digital currencies come to fruition? We pretty much are already, actually, even if you didn't realize it. PBS Idea Channel and host Mike Rugnetta explore exactly this in their latest video, which asks if stuff like Bitcoins and Team Fortress 2 hats are the future of currency.

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A Sampler of In-Game Holiday Events, Detailed in Festive Verse

And Now For Something Completely Different

T’is the night before Christmas and through many a house all the gamers are playing with controller or mouse. Quite soon we will pause to wrap gifts and share hugs, to pour too much eggnog in red and green mugs. But wait, says your writer! Don’t log out right just yet! There’s some holiday cheer that we mustn’t forget! For our digital worlds love this time of year, too. There’s presents and parties! Free swag, just for you! Deck the halls with your guildies! Your clanmates! Your crew! Take part in some make-believe! There’s so much to do!

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Team Fortress 2 Characters as Portrayed by Cats

Typically speaking, I'm not one to fall for adorable cat pictures. When adorable cat pictures are then overlapped by Team Fortress 2 characters, though, something resonates deep inside. These specific versions comes courtesy of the Le Ginger Snaps Tumblr, though they protest that not all of the cats are their own. Regardless of ownership, engineer is definitely credit to team, as made evident by his clever box-like contraption.

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Valve Reveals Team Fortress 2 Co-Op Mode, Mann vs. Machine

Turns out all that speculation about a Mann vs. Machine update for Team Fortress 2 was on the money. Valve has revealed a new co-op horde mode, set to launch August 15th, that has RED and BLU working together to combat GRAY. It may not be a new team, unless you count the robot enemies that you probably can't play as, but a co-op mode is just the thing to refresh the aging shooter.

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Valve Teases Third Team Fortress 2 Team

Some intrepid Valve patrons recently noticed that the bloodstains appearing on the logo of Team Fortress 2's main page linked to lore tidbits relating to a third Mann brother: Gray. You see, in the game's lore, Blutarch and Redmond are the men behind the two opposing sides. They're battling over gravel, which they apparently believe powers steam engines and is therefore valuable. Now, according to a comic puzzled out by the community, Gray has returned and just might be bringing his own team with him. That's the speculation, anyway.

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Christmas, Halloween, and Your Birthday Rolled into One: Meet the Pyro is Here!

Break out the champagne and light it on fire! The moment we've all been waiting for is finally here! We all waited with bated breath as the Pyromania clock ticked down to  zero. We cursed in agony as Valve's servers buckled under the weight of more than 90,000 players trying to access the video all at once. But we saw it. We saw "Meet the Pyro." Were our lives changed forever? Will yours be? Was this all a hoax to promote more of Valve's confounded hats? Read on to find out!

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Adult Swim and Valve Announce Team Fortress Collaboration

Or at least, they have announce that they will be announcing something next week in regards to their collaboration. What we do know is that it has something to do with the Team Fortress franchise, Adult Swim's network chocolate, and Valve's video game peanut butter. From that we can infer that it will be delicious and potentially edible. I am ruling nothing out until I am absolutely required.

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A Video Game Starter Guide for Total Newbs


Yeah, I know, a lot of you out there are already gamers. You’ve got raiding schedules and encyclopedic knowledge of voice actors and DPS formulas good enough for publication in academic journals. For this, I salute you. But some of you aren’t gamers. I’ve had comments from and conversations with folks who have an inclination to game, but just haven’t given it a try yet. I understand why. Knowing where to start is tricky. Being intrigued by games and actually choosing one to play is a little like following up the statement “I’d like to learn to read” with strolling into a bookstore. To make things easier for the Potentials, I’ve put together a handy starter guide just for you (and if you’re already into comics or SF/F, all it’s going to take is a tiny nudge). Chances are that the activities and fandoms you already enjoy have have primed you for a happy life of questing and leveling up. (And veteran gamers, do stick around. I’m going to need your help at the end.)

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Valve to Collect All of It’s Publicity Comics Under One, Physical, Cover, Including Portal

Highly Successful Marketing Strategies

Not sure why this seems so exciting to me... Comic books based on video games are no new phenomenon. Neither are physical collections of otherwise digital comics. Nor are collections of publicity materials all that rare, either. But here we are: I'm kind of excited for a little hardcover that's showed up on Dark Horse's November solicits, Valve Presents: The Sacrifice and Other Steam-Powered Stories.

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Team Fortress 2 Goes Free-to-Play Even Though It Wasn’t a Subscription Game

Basically a staple in modern multiplayer gaming, Team Fortress 2 will be relaunched as a free-to-play title. Lately, many games are going free-to-play -- generally MMOs that can't stay afloat using a subscription model in the face of World of Warcraft's dominance over the market -- to much success, making their money via microtransactions, which is oddly a market strategy that most of the gaming world looks down upon. Why is it weird that TF2 is going free-to-play, then? Because it doesn't operate under any kind of subscription model -- it was purchased like any other game, then customers played it online. Yep, that means TF2, though old, is becoming a totally free game.

As anyone who knows TF2 can guess, Valve plans to continue making money off the game via microtransactions -- you know, the much-maligned hats. That's right, TF2 fans! Those hats you all hate but secretly bought a few of? They're literally going to support your game. So, now you can go be the Medic and get blamed for whenever your teammates die for free. Check out an interview with TF2's patriarch, Robin Walker, regarding the move to free-to-play.

(via Joystiq)

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Telltale Games Crossover Tease Revealed: It’s a Poker Game

Last weekend Telltale Games released an inexplicable teaser trailer for an upcoming project, that primarily featured the above image, calculated to create one specific response in the viewer: What the heck kind of game is going to have Tycho from Penny Arcade, Max from Sam & Max, Strongbad, and the Heavy from Team Fortress 2 in it? Today, we have an answer: A poker game.

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Telltale Games Teases A Mashup For the Record Books

Where do you find common ground between a flash video series and a webcomic that have booth been made into adventure games; an adventure game; and a team based shooter, all of which have been created by three different game developers? Well, we just spent five whole minutes just trying to draw an illustrative Venn diagram, and we can't. But apparently Telltale Games can.

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Valve Becomes Mac-Friendly: Portal, Team Fortress 2 Will Run on Macs

After beating around the bush with a mysterious ad campaign, gamemaker Valve has made a very exciting announcement for anyone who owns a Mac and plays games: Steam is coming to the Mac. Mac versions of the Steam service and Valve's entire library of games will become available in April.  Customers who have already bought games on Steam for the PC will be able to download the Mac version at no charge.  The first Valve game to have a simultaneous release in both operating systems will be Portal 2.

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