Track of the Day: Low-Key, Brash, and Warbly Synthpunk from POW!

Jul
14

What's immediately striking about POW!'s "One-Eyed Scorpion" is the 'off-ness' of the synth: you're used to hearing this sort of sound: fast and freewheeling shifts during the chorus, the 3-chord garage tripod, slight Liverpool accent, indistinct lyrics. Then you realize that constant drone, almost heavenly it's so thick and enveloping, is not just an extremely fuzzed-out bass--it's a synth, a glorious synth roaring away like a motorboat grafted to a nuclear generator.

Valve Considering an International for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

Jul
14

Dota 2's The International is, by a wide margin, the most lucrative esports tournament of all time. So far, the community has contributed over $10 million to the prize payout, with over $4 million going to first place alone. It's undoubtedly a huge success for Valve, who developed the game and also manage the competition, so it's no surprise that they're considering how to branch out.

Archie Andrews will Die Saving His Friend in Life with Archie Issue #36

Jul
14

Earlier this year, Archie Comics announced that comic book icon Archie Andrews would die in issue #36 of Life with Archie, the franchise's alternate timeline series. Today they revealed how the beloved character will go in the upcoming issue, which hits shops this Wednesday.

Whale Rider Actress May Join Game of Thrones in a Big Way

Jul
14

Game of Thrones is currently in between seasons right now, so you know what that means, casting rumors! Every new season brings new characters, and if recent rumors are true, one of them might be played by an Academy Award nominated actress.

The Strain isn't Plagued by Genre Identity Crisis, Just Ol' Fashioned Bad Writing!

Jul
14

Last night, Guillermo Del Toro's new vampire-driven thriller series The Strain debuted on FX, and was previously hyped as a fresh new look at vampires, an exciting project that brings Del Toro's creature-crafting acumen to the little screen. The premise sounds spooky enough: a plane lands with nearly all of its passengers dead as a wealthy corporate head exchanges shady dealings with a Nazi gentleman with a horizontal eyelid problem. My verdict: cut out the CSI, leave in the horror, and then The Strain can aim at the dubious honors currently held by SyFy channel originals.

Tekken 7 Announced with a Teaser Trailer at Evo 2014

Jul
14

On the eve of the franchise's 20th anniversary, Namco has revealed the seventh entry in the Tekken fighting game series. The game was announced at the Evo 2014 fighting game tournament in Las Vegas with a trailer, which dubs this title as the "final battle." Does that mean final... Tekken?

Riot Deactivates All League of Legends Skin Codes to Combat Scammers

Jul
14

League of Legends developer Riot Games often rewards fans who come out to see them at conventions and esports competitions with codes for in-game character skins. Some of these skins, such as the ones given out at the world championships last year, are exclusive to these events, and as such, are extremely rare.

Is This the Best Peter Griffin Cosplay of All Time? Yes, Yes It Is.

Jul
14

Allentown Comic Con this past weekend got a special, surprise guest: Peter Griffin. Calling him a cosplayer seems like an understatement, this guy was Peter Griffin. The voice! The laugh! He even has the chin!

Entire Episode of Doctor Who Season 8 Leaks Online

Jul
14

The BBC just can't seem to keep a lid on Doctor Who leaks. Last week, five scripts from the upcoming season eight made their way online, and now, an entire episode has emerged.

The Facts So Far In The DashCon Debacle

Jul
13

DashCon, just hours after the event's conclusion, blew up on social media with controversey and recriminations. Their Facebook is flooded with comments like "can I have my money back" -Jose Juarez and "I peed in the ball pit." -about every fourth person. It was a first year convention that promised, "a convention for Tumblr users, by Tumblr users." (It has no offcial association with tumblr.) Unfourtunately, it clearly suffered from mismanagement, and many are accusing it of outright scamming. The convention's request for fans to pay off its $17,000 debt, as well as the cancellation of a Welcome to Night Vale live show, have been at the center of the discussion.

Last Night's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Anniversary Party was Fan Heaven

Jul
13

In honor of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 30th anniversary, gallery Nucleus hosted Heroes in A Half Shell: A TMNT Art Tribute Exhibition, featuring original artwork from over 30 artists, original memorabilia from the 90s films ("GO NINJA, GO NINJA, GO"), animators and writers from the currently airing Nickelodeon TMNT show, and a pair of siblings who put all other TMNT fans to shame. Click through for photos and a brief interview!

Countdown to Comic-Con: Full Sunday Schedule Revealed!

Jul
13

The full schedule for the final day of Comic-Con has been revealed, and just because it's a shorter day doesn't mean there's any less stuff to see. Read on for details on Supernatural, Sons of Anarchy, The Following, The Strain, Marvel Comics, and one of the largest 3DS meet-ups in the country.

Don't Cry, But Matt Fraction Is Ending His Run On Hawkeye

Jul
12

Ah, c'mon Fraction, say it ain't so!  To be fair Fraction's twitter announcement doesn't sound like he's looking forward to it any more than we are. If you haven't been keeping up, Matt Fraction and a rotating crew of artists, lead by the superior David Aja, have been turning probably the least well-known Avenger into one the best books on the shelf. This has been Hawkeye doing Hawkeye things, like punching criminal Bros in the face and making coffee, a lot of coffee.

Track of the Day: The Steamy, Electric Bliss of Star Horse

Jul
12

Cutting through an entire milky way of soundalikes, Star Horse's shoegazey track "Don't Get Closer" eclipses the competition not on the strength of a riff, particular aesthetic, or easily identifiable gimmick, but, well, what would you call it but quality? This is cloud-watching music with teeth, or if you prefer the inverse, a deluge of sound with a rosy fragrance. 

Countdown to Comic-Con: Full Saturday Schedule Revealed!

Jul
12

Saturday's Comic-Con schedule has been revealed, and just like previous years, Hall H's slate of panels is the main attraction. Read on for details on Marvel, Warner Bros., Legendary, the annual Masquerade, and more!

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