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Left 5 Dead Isn't What it Sounds Like

It has been a while since I posted something about Valve's "Left 4 Dead," which I regrettably have played very little as of late. Fortunately, that isn't stopping people from producing all sorts of fan art for the game, from Russian dolls to Valentines to porn.

"Legend of the Bog" (Bog Bodies) Trailer

While you were sleeping last week, the film formerly known as "Bog Bodies" received a new name, DVD cover, and a potential release date. Now known as "Legend of the Bog," this film looks to be tentatively slated for release on DVD this June care of Lionsgate. Judging by the poster art, it looks like this film is being pushed as a vehicle for Vinnie Jones ("Midnight Meat Train," "X-Men 3"), who plays a vagabond hunter that's trying to do away with a reanimated bog body aka mummified corpse turned bad guy from Xena: Warrior Princess.

Verbinski Skirts Pirates 4 for Bioshock

It's no secret that Gore Verbinski, director of the massively popular "Pirates of the Caribbean" movies, has chosen to direct a screen adaptation of the game "Bioshock." Today however, brings us the news that he's apparently planning to focus so hard on the film that he's not going to be directing the fourth "Pirates" flick.

Giant Sea Worm Attacks Reef

Nature has a funny way of producing things that are far more terrifying than humans can come up with on their own. After weeks of mysterious destruction in their aquarium tanks, staff at Newquay's Blue Reef Aquarium in the UK discovered a 4-foot long worm-like creature with what can only be described as Tremor-like jaws (pictured above).

Staff eventually lured it out with fish scraps, but not before it bit through 20lb fishing line.

The tropical worm is covered in thousands of bristles which are capable of inflicting a sting resulting in permanent numbness.

Shoot People in the Face at Close Range!

First person shooter games are a dime a dozen these days, but they're all chock full of things like "strategy" and "objectives." If you've ever wanted to strip a FPS down to its core, The Onion has officially answered your prayers with "Close Range."

(editor's note: The embed is wonky but the video works as promised. Just click on it to play it)

The Twisted Tragedy of "Crumb"

Through his extensive work from the late 60's to today, R. Crumb single-handedly defined the underground comic genre. Although Puritan parents of the era dealt out spankings for finding any comic stash, an unearthed copy of Zap Comix could mean a trip to boarding school, or perhaps even a mental institution. If you've ever truly wanted to try and get inside the head of the twisted man behind Fritz the Cat and Mr Natural, Terry Zwigoff's 1994 documentary "Crumb" is about as close as you can possibly get.

Blood-Powered Batteries are Real, Scary

With the economy going down the tubes and no end in sight for ideological wars that will define this generation, at least we don't have to worry about cyborgs, right? Wrong! Recently, researches from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver revealed a tiny little battery that draws power from human blood, for use in medical devices and Jason Statham blockbusters:

The Dishwasher: Dead Samurai (XBLA)

If you go poking through the Xbox Live Arcade (XBLA) on any given day, you're bound to find some really strange stuff. Aside from game demos, "HD remixes," and remakes of classic 2D games, it's hard to find a good game that isn't already being heavily promoted. Enter "Dishwasher: Dead Samurai," a very stylish and wacky beat-em-up from Ska Studios, which despite some flaws really stands out from the pack.

The name stands out on its own because it doesn't really make all that much sense. Shockingly, the story doesn't help:

Fox says Pirate "Wolverine" and Die!

A few days ago, an apparently "stolen, incomplete, and early version" of the upcoming mutant epic "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" found itself circulating throughout the torrent world. Shockingly, Fox is a bit poo-pooed over the whole thing, and is prepared to unsheathe their legal swords and start swashbuckling with the pirates of the Internet.

Twisted Pixel Announces 'Splosion Man

Now that April Fools day has blown over, it's confirmed that the makers of the cutesy XBLA monster mash "The Maw" are in fact developing "'Splosion Man," a game straight out of Michael Bay's wildest dreams. As the name implies, 'Splosion Man has the capacity to make things 'splode, and that includes scientists that try to deter him from his mission of 'sploding anything in his path:

Any scientist he catches is 'sploded into chunks of ham and ribeyes, the smell of their destruction terrifying, but also a little succulent

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