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Friday, Aug 1, 2014
One Finger Death Punch is about the visceral, addicting, and euphoric pleasure of the fight.

One Finger Death Punch is a brilliant game that manages to wring every drop of entertainment and excitement out of a simple concept. It’s a 2D martial arts fighting game that evokes nostalgic memories of those pre-YouTube viral videos Xiao Xiao, which show stick figures battling it out in impressively animated and choreographed action scenes.


You are a student of the martial arts, on a journey to… y’know, it doesn’t matter. You travel around a map and get in lots of fights. The story is nonexistent. One Finger Death Punch is about the visceral, addicting, and euphoric pleasure of a fight. It’s about the beauty of violence, the ballet of combat, and every system in the game works to reinforce these ideas. As such, One Finger Death Punch may be the most mechanically perfect game since Fez.


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Thursday, Jul 31, 2014
PopMatters and Titan Books are publishing an updated edition to the Joss Whedon Complete Companion

Whedonites, rejoice! With the ever-prolific Joss Whedon’s recent and upcoming works in mind, Titan Publishing has approached PopMatters about doing an updated edition to Joss Whedon: The Complete Companion.


We’re looking for fresh essays on Much Ado About Nothing, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Avengers and update on The Cabin in the Woods, and anything else Whedon you feel would be of interest to Whedon fans.


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Thursday, Jul 31, 2014
Check out the latest video from songwriter Chris Smither, "Link of Chain", which features Rusty Belle providing some lovely backup vocals.

Folk singer/songwriter Chris Smither is up to his bluesy ways again with his latest music video, “Link of Chain”, taken from his recently-released, two-disc retrospective album Still on the Levee. The song features Rusty Belle on backup vocals, adding another dimension of smooth to Smither’s legendary blues chops.


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Thursday, Jul 31, 2014
So it turns out that Facebook has been emotionally manipulating users as part of a scientific experiment. And it's partly our fault.
Above: Suspecting emoticon from Shutterstock.com.


At the end of June, several news outlets ran the story that Facebook, the social networking giant which now commands about $2.91 billion in profits, ran a bizarre—and probably unethical—experiment on hundreds of thousands of its users back in 2012. According to reports, the company manipulated the newsfeed of 689,003 users with a view to provoking shifts in psychological and emotional dispositions.


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Thursday, Jul 31, 2014
Check out the latest music video from folk troubadour Mary Gauthier, the tender "Oh Soul".

Americana troubadour Mary Gauthier has released a new video from her recently released album, Trouble & Love. The song, “Oh Soul”, is wonderfully complemented by photographs from the reputed photographer Jack Spencer, which are hung on string as Gauthier plays a heartfelt lamentation on her guitar.


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