Allison Babka

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Profile: I am Error. I hail from around the Steel City and now live in the Gateway City. I'm one of those "damn loft-living, city-rat urbanites" that the country folk like to decry. My superpower is my sense of smell; no, I'm not making this up. Things I love: Sammy Cat, Star Wars, Joss Whedon, Marvel, Nintendo, Pez, FourSquare, concerts, baseball, public transit, pierogies, cheese, cereal and candy. Things I hate: swallowing pills, cherry anything, Windows, meat, people with bad grammar, the gym, things that stink, that awful show with Charlie Sheen and Jon Cryer, pink baseball jerseys and X-Men shirts that only come in boy sizes. Follow Allison on Twitter.

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10 Cheesy-Yet-Infectious Songs from Action Movies

- 11-03-11Featured, Film Posted by Allison Babka
There are a lot of bad movies floating around, and there are a lot of bad songs that go along with them. Action films — particularly those from the 1980s — have many of the worst soundtracks, and yet some of our most iconic verses have come from Rocky, The Karate Kid and so forth. Did any of the Members Only-jacket-wearing producers at the time know this would happen? Of course not. Will they take credit for our love of cheesy lyrics and guitar solos? Absolutely.
 
After the jump, check out 10 oddly mesmerizing songs from the action films of yesteryear. Fair warning: these songs will suck up valuable brain space, and you’ll be singing them for hours.

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Swan Song: Activision Drops Guitar Hero

- 02-09-11Videogames Posted by Allison Babka

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Put your mullet away and tell Slash to go home — Guitar Hero has strummed its last note.

Activision Blizzard announced Wednesday afternoon that it will close down its music video game division, which means the Guitar Hero franchise is toast. GH dies because of the massive declines in consumer purchases of music-genre games. You kidz ain’t buyin’ no mo’, apparently.

The Guitar Hero title that was scheduled for release this year has been shut down.

The Blizzard side of the company will see growth, however, as Activision Blizzard tackles a new MMO as well as Call of Duty projects.

What’s your take? Will you care about Guitar Hero’s demise? Do you still play Rock Band? Or have you transferred all your music energy to Dance Central and Just Dance?

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Huh-Huh, Cool: Beavis Will TP Your Bunghole Once Again

- 02-03-11TV Posted by Allison Babka

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I can’t believe I’m about to post news that was confirmed by girl-voiced urchin Justin Bieber, but the Biebs got the goods – that 1990s animated staple “Beavis and Butt-head” is returning to a squawkbox near you.

As St. Louis’ Riverfront Times astutely points out, Bieber recently Tweeted that he was in New York City to relax all cool and shoot some b-ball outside of school*. But wait, there’s more! He also went to MTV’s upfront presentation and learned that the former music channel is gearing up to bring our favorite dimwits back to tv.

“Beavis and Butt-head” is scheduled to return this summer after being off the air since 1997, except for a few repeat runs on MTV and other cable channels. There’s nothing on IMDB about Mike Judge returning to the show he created, but you’ve got to imagine he’d want to influence a new generation to mouth off and blow crap up, right?

What do you think about the news? Are you stoked for B&B’s triumphant return? Do you miss the duo singing “Good-bye to poop?”

Or would you rather leave the great Cornholio looking for TP in that animated wasteland in the sky?

* The Fresh Prince lyrics have no importance here. I just wanted to use them.

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Nerd Cake: Angry Birds

- 01-24-11Cool Stuff, Videogames Posted by Allison Babka
Image via adamriggins.com

Image via adamriggins.com

Yes, we need more levels. Yes, we’ve wasted 896+ hours on this damn game. And no, we don’t want to see it turned into a cartoon series. But dammit, we’ll still take an Angry Birds birthday cake! Even the vegetarians among our staff agree that these birds are worth devouring. Check out a couple of pics below, and head to adamriggins.com for more of the peanut butter and chocolate goodness!

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Happy Birthday, Buffy!

- 01-18-11Comics Posted by Allison Babka

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Please don’t break out those awful “over the hill” decorations, but Buffy Summers is turning 30 this week — and comic shops across the country will revel in it.

When this week’s edition of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 8 comic hits the shelves Wednesday, our favorite slayer will celebrate her birthday in typical style: with blood, mayhem and melancholy. Thanks, Joss Whedon!

But wait — didn’t this final issue of Season 8 used to have a different release date? Yep. To properly observe Buffy’s birthday of Jan. 19, publisher Dark Horse pushed the release of the 40th and final issue of the season to this Wednesday. And to help celebrate the glorious event, six Buffy-loving comic shops will be hosting their own birthday parties for Queen B. Click here to see if your city is hosting a party; if not, request that your favorite comic shop do so!

The slayer’s 30th birthday is sure to be anything but rainbows and unicorns, though. As evidenced by annual television shenanigans, Buffy’s birthday usually is an exercise in consternation and sadness. Head to TVSquad to look at some of Buffy’s birthday ventures, starting with perhaps the most tragic episode, “Surprise.”

Source: MTV, via I09

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Angry Birds – A Time for Peace?

- 11-23-10Funny Videos, Videogames Posted by Allison Babka

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When you play Rovio’s “Angry Birds” mobile game, do you feel vindicated when your birds squash those egg-stealing pigs? Or are you more empathetic to the swine, who just need some eggs for their… super secret egg project (?)? No matter which side you’re on, now is the time for peace. Maybe.

Below, check out this video of what started out as a peace treaty signing among the birds and the pigs — and what ended up badly for one particular side. (source: Kotaku)

When you’re finished doing your victory dance or crying in shame, consider going to an official Angry Birds meetup in or near your city. Saturday, Dec. 11, is “Angry Birds Day,” and in celebration, you’re invited to be part of a flash mob celebrating the birds’ world dominance. The largest meetup to date is New York City, but there’s plenty of time to gather friends in your own town. Check out the details here.

And for the hell of it, enjoy this photo from Halloween of my boyfriend and me in our homemade Angry Birds costumes:

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New Harry Potter Game: Wave Your Wand Before Midnight Screenings

- 11-18-10Film, Videogames Posted by Allison Babka

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Need something to do before those midnight screenings of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, since you JUST CAN’T TAKE WAITING ANYMORE?!?!?!#&@*@)!*!@*&($@#(&. Jeez, calm the hell down and check out this YouTube game worthy of a true Gryffindor.

In Harry Potter and the Summer School Spectre, your job is to move Harry and our other favorite characters through a “Choose Your Own Adventure” series of screens and videos. You’ll have the option to answer questions or perform tasks in certain ways, which then will lead to different outcomes. Replay the game with a path previously unchosen, and you’ll get something different each time.

You’ll see that this is an 8-bit game of goodness, much like the old Final Fantasy games or even Bill & Ted’s Excellent Video Game Adventure.

It should be noted that this game isn’t officially authorized by Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling or studio Warner Brothers. That doesn’t take away from the awesomeness that the good folks at TheStation have created, though. Start with the game’s first chapter below and see for yourself.

Source: YouTube, via SlashFilm

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Nerd Art: The Typography Is Strong With This One

- 11-17-10Cool Stuff Posted by Allison Babka

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Do you think Helvetica is sexy? Do you point out that Sabon has its merits, even though it’s a serif? Do you even know what I’m saying?

If you’re a designer of any type (Get it? TYPE! lolz) or work in marketing, you do. But you don’t have to play with font packs everyday to appreciate the images below. An Italian advertising agency created several “Star Warsillustrations using only typeography — no photos or drawrararings! As a bonus, there’s an ingredient list, so you can see exactly which fonts make up Yoda.

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Watch Out for Koopa Troopas on Super Mario Avenue

- 11-09-10Videogames Posted by Allison Babka

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How do you say “so freaking cool” in Spanish? Apparently it’s “Avenida de Super Mario Bros.”

Residents in a neighborhood in Zaragoza, Spain, voted online to name the streets of their future residential project after video games. Residents say “Super Mario Bros. Avenue” will be the first such street in the world, and CNN reports that streets named after Sonic the Hedgehog, The Legend of Zelda and Space Invaders are in the works.

Nintendo representatives were on hand for the unveiling of the street name. This year marks Super Mario’s 25th anniversary.

The upcoming residential project, Arcosur, will consist of residences for people ages 20 to 35 who want to own their first home. The president of Arcosur’s future neighborhood association claims that streets named after video games reflect the age and interests of the tenants.

Sounds like this neighborhood could use some Mario Kart bike lanes, no?

Source: CNN

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Swedes Sing Crazy Cartoon Covers on YouTube

- 11-02-10Funny Videos, TV Posted by Allison Babka
I can see the way you shake and shiver.

I can see the way you shake and shiver.

You know how when you start reminiscing about cartoons, their theme songs always end up sticking in your head? Don’t hate me, but I’m about to supply some glue.

“Ducktales.” “Digimon.” “Thundercats.” Swedish guy covers these cartoon theme songs and more in a a seven-minute Fredrick LarssonYouTube video. Need some amphibian action? Larsson sings “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” for you. Thinking about a frightened canine? Old Freddie has a “Scooby-Doo” chanson that’s right up your alley. And I have no idea what “The Raggy Dolls” is, but he sings about that, too.

Larsson isn’t a hack — the guy actually is a pretty good singer, and he plays a guitar, to boot. Sure, he’s got weird fake-bearded friends supplying back-up vocals, but who doesn’t?

Check out Larsson’s cartoon medley below, and then head to his YouTube channel for more cover goodness, including songs from video games!

Source: Mashable

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