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Cosplay: Street Fighter's Ryu... with actual Hadoken

Street Fighter II - Ryu cosplay

Since many of you are playing Marvel vs Capcom 3, I thought you'd appreciate some Ryu cosplay. As cosplay goes, you have to give this guy the prize for actually producing a fireball for the photo shoot.

Cosplay: Imp Midna from Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess - Imp Midna Cosplay

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess was not a favorite game of mine—I played it for a few hours and put it down never to pick it up again—but I did always like the character Midna. Others have apparently played the game as well and become quite fond of Midna. They have gone so far enough as to create a Midna costume. As with such things, some are more successful than others, but no matter where you go, you'll be hard-pressed to find a better example of Midna cosplay than Kagomechann's.

Video: NBC's Community does Dungeons & Dragons

It's just an indisputable fact that playing Dungeons & Dragons makes you a monumental nerd. Still, kudos to writers of Community for dealing with the subject matter without stooping to condescending humor.

Why Scott Pilgrim vs The World is a bad movie

Scott Pilgrim vs The World Image

Normally my opinions on film don't go for longer than a paragraph or so. It's not that I don't care, as I can talk about movies for hours if given the opportunity. When it comes to actually sitting down and writing about them however, the words usually just aren't there. Then I watched Scott Pilgrim vs The World.

Consoleation: Acceptable Irrelevance

Red Dead Redemption Screenshot

As we talk about almost every year at this time, the 2010 Video Game Awards are in the books… and I didn't watch it. After having watched the show for the last two years, and with my karaoke job coinciding with the event, I was fine trying to follow the event via Twitter. I didn't miss much.

Video: You too can own a street-legal Tron Light Cycle for only $55K

Whether it is the original Tron movie, its sequel (Tron Legacy) or video games based on the sequel (Tron: Evolution), the one thing movie goers and gamers always look forward to seeing are the Light Cycles. Those unrealistically aerodynamic and blisteringly fast quasi-motorcycles have not only cemented a place for themselves in science-fiction and video games, but popular culture in general. More than a few bike aficionados went home after seeing the first movie, to look disappointingly at their now obsolete motorcycles.

Now a company called Parker Brothers Choppers is making it possible for some of us to live out our childhood fantasies and actually ride a "recreation" of the virtual bike. However, fans of the original movie may be disappointed as these bikes are modeled after the new virtual machines from Tron Legacy.

But who cares? These models look sexy, powerful and extraordinarily cool looking, however impractical they may be to maneuver, maintain and own.

Four Light Cycles are available should you have $55K to spare.

GameCritics.com Podcast Episode 43 Transcript

Transcript of GameCritics.com Podcast Episode 43: Our Earliest Gaming Memories, and Sweet, Sweet Pinball

GameCritics.com Podcast Episode 43: Our Earliest Gaming Memories, and Sweet, Sweet Pinball

Technical difficulties be damned; the show must go on! We salvage a rough night with some casual conversation about our earliest gaming memories, pinball, Mega Man, and more. Featuring Chi Kong Lui, Mike Bracken, Richard Naik, and Tim "Yeah, I Have Pac-Man, Let's Make Out" Spaeth.

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Consoleation: The PlayStation 2

Sony PlayStation 2 Image

It was 10 years ago this past week that the PlayStation 2 launched at retail to long lines, tight supply, and excited consumers.

Exploring the impact of UFC and MMA on Street Fighter

Street Fighter X Tekken Screenshot

While the recent announcement of Street Fighter X Tekken was met with applause from legions of dedicated gamers who stuck with the series or many who returned with the revival of Street Fighter 4, as someone who fondly remembers spending countless hours at arcades in the late 1980s and feeding quarters "borrowed" from his mother's purse playing Street Fighter 2, I can't help, but to think somewhat cynically of this new partnership between two classic fighting franchises that in different era of video games didn't need this sort of gimmick to stand out. For me, it highlights how the series and genre no longer hold the iconic status of an entire generation of video games.

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