Devastating news if you’re a Simpsons fan.
Harry Shearer, the voice of some of the series’ most loved characters including Mr. Burns, Waylon Smithers, Ned Flanders, Lenny, Otto and Principal Skinner has apparently parted ways with The Simpsons.
If you grew up watching the G.I. Joe cartoons in the late 80’s, you’re most likely familiar with the PSA’s at the end that taught safety and life lessons. What you may or may not know is that way off in a small corner of the internet back in 2003, Eric Fensler and his company Fenslerfilms started making parodies of these PSA’s, and they’re still a HUGE hit over a decade later! The clips were re-workings of the original PSA’s, with new voice-overs and sometimes changes in the animation or some creative editing. They were just the normal safety hazard situations, with a new dialogue that changed the scenes’ dynamic – and often made them hilariously awkward and creepy.
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Video games have long been an escape from reality; a place where one can go to escape the world they live in and be someone else for a while. Players get generally invested in the characters they play, making the fictitious world around them seem all that more real.
This is usually a pleasurable experience when the character you’re playing as is a hero, someone who has super powers or some high powered weapon capable of mowing down an entire block of people at once. It’s great when you play as a protagonist who is constantly in control, with the knowledge that you’re going to win, or at least not get yourself into too much trouble along the way.
This sense of safety is a good thing. And that’s exactly what psychological horror games take away from you.
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To say that Mario and Princess Peach are the perfect couple would be somewhat of an overstatement. The perpetually-in-peril Peach (say that five times fast) is constantly in need of rescuing, and it usually falls on the broad shoulders of the plumber-turned-hero Mario to save her, making their relationship one of necessity than of romance. They’ve never shared more than a peck on the cheek. However, they are one of the most intertwined couples in all of video game history, and my choice for favourite video game couple.
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I was introduced to Stephen King at 10 years old, by way of an old dusty copy of Salem’s Lot that I had found in my grandfather’s basement. Having been purchased nearly 20 years prior, it was in fairly bad shape but readable none the less, albeit a little yellowed and wrinkled. I took it upstairs and asked my mom where it came from, and she had told me that someone had bought it for her but she hadn’t been able to finish it. She was never a fan of anything scary; even to this day she closes her eyes at scary movie previews. She told me to see what I thought. That night I started reading, in the dark with a little light on overhead, and what followed was one of the most frightening reading experiences I’ve ever had.
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As a champion for video games and gamers everywhere, it pains me when people refer to them as ‘time-wasters’. Video games can be an amazing source of inspiration and education. Seriously.
So, without further adieu, I give you the Top 5 things that kids can learn from video games to make themselves AWESOME.
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Zombies are everywhere lately; they’re in film, on TV and especially in our video games. With the success of games like Left 4 Dead and the Resident Evil series, it’s no wonder they’re being used as frequently as they are. But where is the line when it comes to undead oversaturation?
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