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Book Review: Art Of Atari
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Art of Atari review

Art of Atari
Hardcover | Kindle
Written by Tim Lapetino
Foreword by Ernest Cline
Afterword by Robert V. Conte
Dynamite Entertainment
Publication Date: October 25, 2016

Art of Atari, a lavish book which covers all things visually historic and celebratory regarding the storied, pioneering video game company, is out in bookstores now, and without question, if there ever was a must-have book for the video game zealot, the pop culture maven, or the scores of gamers in between, this is it.

Absolutely essential from cover to cover and irresistible in its one-two dazzling punch with its presentment of facts and a literal overstuffed yet 100 percent effective usage of photos containing pretty much every single facet of the company’s output that required some sort of art, Art of Atari leaves no stone un-turned, not even the most minute pebble. From the packaging of the boxes for its line of 2600 VCS games to the sides and front of its successful and now almost legendary line of arcade coin-op games, and advertisements that stretched from stark simple white background designs with a spectrum of colorful game boxes to the most rebel rousing and sensory lifting art of the highest caliber, it’s all showcased this hardcover tome, and then some.

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The Drill Down 378: Leader of the Pac
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Drill Down 378 copy

This week, Charter buys Time Warner Cable, the secret plan to hijack our smartphones, the NSA ends bulk collection of phone records, the IRS is hacked, and Pac-Man turns 35 … and much much more.

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Bud Light ‘Pac-Man’ Super Bowl Ad Among The Best This Year
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Bud Light Pac-Man Super Bowl Ad (2015)

While fans of the Seattle Seahawks lick their wounds and fans of the New England Patriots celebrate accordingly, the rest of the world now debates the important questions about the Super Bowl, such as “Which movie trailer did you like most?” or more importantly, “Which ad was the best?” Because after all, that’s what the non-sportsing types care about.

Ever since Apple’s ‘1984’ ad against Big Brother, the stakes go up every year for advertising for the Super Bowl. While this year seemed to be “The Year of Emotional Outcry,” there were still a few spots that went for that “Oh, that’s cool” factor. Some talk on social media is that an early frontrunner for “favorite” is the Bud Light “Pac Man” commercial amongst the more geeky viewers. In it, a patron at a bar who’s “Up For Anything,” is unwittingly turned into the legendary Pac-Man video game icon. The patron then runs around a giant grid avoiding the ghosts just like in the classic arcade game.

Check out the Bud Light “Pac-Man” ad in the video here below.

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Best Super Bowl Ads 2015: Movies, TV, Celebrities
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Super Bowl XLIX Arizona (2015)

During Sunday night’s Super Bowl, we posted throughout the evening the Super Bowl commercials that pertained to movies and television that were aired during the big game as well as during the pre-Game, Halftime, and post-Game shows.

But, there’s still a lot more ad offerings from Super Bowl XLIX — which saw the returning champs The Seattle Seahawks go up against The New England Patriots in Glendale, Arizona’s University Of Phoenix Stadium — that we didn’t get to post. So now, we’re collecting them all here below for your enjoyment, since there was plenty of new TV and movie footage revealed, and of course, those clever and celebrity-filled product commercials.

I didn’t include every commercial shown, as some didn’t pertain to our type of entertainment and some I just didn’t enjoy or care about. Instead, I’ve embedded most of the movie and TV spots, along with my favorites from all those car and soda-type adverts, most of which feature celebrities.

Continue reading for the Best Of The Super Bowl Ads 2015: Movies, TV, Celebrities.

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Classic Arcade Game Inspired ‘Pixels’ Posters Released Including Pac Man, Donkey Kong, More
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Pixels Movie Banner Image

Sony Pictures has released a collection of classic arcade game-themed posters, featuring Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, Space Invaders, Centipede, and Galaga, for their upcoming movie Pixels.

The movie stars Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Michelle Monaghan, Peter Dinklage, Josh Gad, and Brian Cox, and is directed by Chris Columbus. You can read a synopsis and see the posters below.

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Geek Gear: Labyrinth/Pac-Man ‘In The Wrong Labyrinth’ Shirt
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Wrong Labyrinth

The $10 t-shirt deal of the day over at RIPT Apparel is a mash-up of the movie Labyrinth and the video game Pac-Man called “In The Wrong Labyrinth” by Riccardo Bucchioni.

The sale at RIPT began today, Friday, March 16, 2012, at midnight CST, and will continue for 24 hours from then, and once it’s over, it will not be sold on the site anymore.

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Comic Review: Scarlet Spider #1
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Scarlet Spider #1Scarlet Spider #1
Written by Christopher Yost
Pencils by Ryan Stegman
Inks by Michael Babinski
Colors by Marte Gracia
Letters by VC’s Joe Caramagna
Covers by Ryan Stegman, Mark Bagley, and PAC MAN
Marvel Comics
Release Date: January 11, 2012
Cover Price: $3.99

You remember those big splash balloons in Marvel Comics that used to shout “BECAUSE YOU DEMANDED IT!”? Well, I was the one who demanded a brand new Scarlet Spider #1, and you’re all going to thank me for it when you finish reading it.

Hot off the heels of last summers Spider-Event, Spider-Island, a brand new Scarlet Spider is introduced into the Marvel universe. OK, he’s not a new character, but he’s new to being the Scarlet Spider.

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19 Days of Video Game Deals – Day 12: 4-Star Games Under $20
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PvZ

Amazon is running a 19 Days of Deals sale on video games this month, with today’s entry being 4-Star Games Under $20, where you can save up to 40% on select games like Resident Evil 4, Plants Vs. Zombies, Dead Rising, and more, with some titles as low as $9.77.

Here’s a sample of some of the sale items:

– Plants Vs. Zombies DS – $15.96 | Xbox 360 – $16.63 | PS3 – $16.99
Pac-Man Party Wii – $13.99
Dead Rising Xbox 360 – $9.77
– Super Street Fighter IV Xbox 360 – $15.89 | PS3 – $15.66
Resident Evil 4 Wii – $9.96

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19 Days of Video Game Deals – Day 11: Family Games
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Wii

Amazon is running a 19 Days of Deals sale on video games this month, with today’s entry being Family Games Day, where you can save up to 40% on select games and accessories like Kinect Disneyland Adventures, Pac-Man Party, and more, with some titles as low as $13.99.

Here’s a sample of some of the sale items:

Nintendo Wii Intec G5614 Dual Charge Station and Turbo Cooler – $19.50
Kinect Disneyland Adventures Xbox 360 – $39.99
Pac-Man Party Wii – $13.99
Hasbro Family Game Night 1 and 2 Bundle – $39.95
– Monster High: Ghoul Spirit Wii – $28.99 | DS – $20.99
Quadruple Vertical Induction Charger for Wii and DSi/DSi LL – $27.50
Wii Fit 7-in-1 Exercise Kit – $16.50

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19 Days of Video Game Deals – Day 5: Puzzle Games
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Scene It? Twilight

Amazon is running a 19 Days of Deals sale on video games, with today’s entry being Puzzle Games Day, where you can save up to 50% select puzzle video games — with some as low as $1.99! As a bonus, all of the $1.99 games come with a $5 promotion credit!

Here’s just a few of the items included in this sale:

Namco Museum – $14.49
– Scene It? Twilight Nintendo Wii – $10.99 | Nintendo DS – $14.72
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Playstation 2 – $10.49
*Around the World in 80 Days – Download – $1.99
*Puzzler World – PC Download – $1.99
*4 Elements – Download – $1.99

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