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Drug Czar Disses Stoners' Gaming Skills

Over the years, "Above the Influence," the propaganda wing of the Office of National Drug Control Policy has taught me a lot. For example, I learned that if I smoke pot at a fast food drive through, I will run over a little girl on a pink tricycle. I've also learned that it's best not to sit on the couch while smoking, because I'm bound to melt into the cushions, literally.

Get Sloppy w/ Super Meat Boy (WiiWare)

With online distribution becoming increasingly viable for indie games, we're seeing all sorts of wacky shit coming down the pipeline. The bar has been set in recent years by The Behemoth's "Alien Hominid," a Newgrounds flash classic turned console and XBLA hit. With relatively little overhead, studios and individuals can turn out fiercely original games regardless of how insane their premises may sound.

Legends of Wrestlemania Demo Impressions

I'd be lying if I said that I didn't squeal a little bit when I turned on my 360 today and saw that the "WWE Legends of Wrestlemania" demo was available for download. I'd also be lying if I said that I didn't pace back and forth in my living room, counting down each percent increment as the download dragged on. When I was finally able to play through a little bit, I was left with some very strong impressions, for better or for worse.

The Good

The nostalgia is strong with this one!

There's Something in The Sea (Bioshock 2)

Nowadays, nothing builds anticipation for a high profile game or movie quite like a flashy viral campaign. I would argue that viral campaigns work better at their most cryptic, but I'm certainly not averse to a little tease here and there of what I should expect from an upcoming release.

Sneak Peek at Left 4 Dead DLC

It's been almost two weeks since I posted something about L4D, and we all know that it has been killing me. Thankfully, IGN has posted a handful of videos of the "Survival Mode" that will be included in the free DLC coming "sometime this spring."

Mindblowing "Big Man Japan" Trailer

Here at Bloody Good Horror, we frequently voice our appreciation of films from Japan, China, North Korea, and Thailand (among others), even if we can never truly understand them as much as we'd like. In a recent runaround on YouTube, I think I may have found a film that exemplifies this disconnect perfectly; "Dai-Nipponjin (Big Man Japan)."

Synopsis via IMDB:

"Lucha Libre #7" Can't Come Soon Enough

I am not a "comic guy" by any stretch of the imagination, but every now and then, I stumble upon something that tickles my fancy. If anything, I'm a sucker for anything having to do with Lucha Libre, and comics are no exception. About two years ago, I discovered the aptly named, yet oddly French "Lucha Libre" anthology comic series. Each issue includes at least 3 mini-comics based on 5 different stories that have their own unique art style and creative spin on the classic lucha material. Ranging from heady and dark to cheeky and adolescent, there's a "Lucha Libre" story for everyone.

Ed Boon (Midway) Makes Too Much Money

Folks that keep up with the gaming world know that Midway, home to the "Mortal Kombat" franchise, is in serious financial trouble. Once the rulers of the roost with games like "Killer Instinct," "Rampage," and "NBA Jams" (a personal favorite of mine) as well as the original "Mortal Kombat" games, Midway has faced serious hard times lately with the abysmal flop of "TNA Impact," among others.

"Bioshock" Replica Syringe Scares Me

Out of all of the stark imagery from the "Bioshock" game, the 'Little Sisters' may be the most unsettling. Upon first glance, they appear to simply be generic demon children from your average possession flick, until you notice the fact that they are carrying giant rusty syringes filled with ADAM, the precious genetic material of Rapture. As if the image of a gigantic syringe filled with glowing red gel isn't creepy enough, there's a baby bottle nipple on the end of the ADAM chamber so that the little sisters can imbibe the luminous goo; yikes!

¡Viva La Podcast! Movie Meltdown

My love for our horrorcast brethren (NOTLP, Drunken Zombie, etc.) is well documented, but there's and endless number of underrated genre and non-genre podcasts out there that deserve recognition in one way or another. Enter ¡Viva La Podcast!, my weekly introduction of some of my other favorites, second to ours of course!

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