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'Spider-Man: Homecoming' Has the Most Relatable Peter Parker

The teen-focused, John Hughes-inspired approach not only makes Spider-Man: Homecoming feel fresh in the realm of Spider-Man films, but in superhero films in general.

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Self Indulgence or Self Realization?: Sony's “Michael” Ad

What Sony's ad might recognize about games is my own self indulgence, as constantly trying on the roles of heroes is a pretty narcissistic pastime.

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The Undiluted Promise of Comics as Vanguard for 21st Century Media

Sometimes, rarely, a work is so good (so well-conceived, so well-executed) that it simply breaks our traditional expectations of comics literature. And this breaking allows us to glimpse the true, rare promise of what the industry can achieve. Davids Lapham and Aja's Wolverine: Debt of Death is this work.

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An Appreciation of the Compact Disc

In between becoming ascendant and outmoded, compact discs had a complicated integration into the mainstream. Still, it’s almost impossible to explain to the uninitiated how unbelievably great compact discs sounded in the mid-’80s.

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O Great Spotify, Where Are You?

Spotify continues to make U.S. users hold out for a future that hasn’t arrived... yet.

Music

Krokus: Hoodoo

Krokus falls into the common trap of homage, falling so deeply into imitation as to approach self-parody.

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Flower

The world of Flower becomes extremely closed off from one stage to another, because each level is merely a showcase for a new single mechanic without any regard to the previous level.

Randy Ma
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Resistance 2

To save the human race, Nathan Hale has to become more and more Chimeran and he knows it. But that's okay -- he's Bruce Willis from Die Hard 4 with a death wish.

Darwin Hang
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LittleBigPlanet

LittleBigPlanet: Gaming for a Web 2.0 world.

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Ratchet and Clank Future: Quest for Booty

Perhaps Quest for Booty is meant to serve as a spiritual analog to the PSP title Secret Agent Clank, in which Clank was the star, but Clank's absence is certainly felt.

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The Sony Mylo COM-2

Sony’s Mylo may be enough to get in touch with “my life online”, but it’s hard to shake the feeling that there are other devices out there that do just about everything the Mylo does, and better.

Games

Hot Shots Golf: Out of Bounds

Inserting cartoonish characters into luscious, realistic environments is all part of the Hot Shots aesthetic, and for some reason it just works.

Michael Abbott
Games

A Baseball Experience for the Ex-Core

The PopMatters review of Major League Baseball 2K8 is up today, a game that redefines (for better or for worse) the way that video game baseball can be played. But what if you want something a little bit less...revolutionary?

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God of War: Chains of Olympus

God of War: Chains of Olympus has unfortunately chosen to focus on the weakest aspect of the series: the combat.

Azmol Meah
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Patapon

They hooked up a rhythm game to a real-time RPG in 2D. Does it work?

L.B. Jeffries
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Pursuit Force: Extreme Justice

Is it casual? Is it hardcore? Is it...both?

L.B. Jeffries
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Ratchet and Clank Future: Tools of Destruction

Tools of Destruction excels in squeezing personality not just from ancillary characters, but from the levels and environments themselves.

Arun Subramanian
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Buzz! The Mega Quiz

The attitude of Buzz! The Mega Quiz could rightly be summed up as over-the-top obnoxiousness, and intentionally so.

Games

Super Rub-a-Dub

Super Rub-a-Dub may be a cute name, but the game is deceptively violent.

Darwin Hang
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NBA 08

The biggest complaint is not with gameplay, but with the fact that there are players missing from rosters.

Darwin Hang
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Heavenly Sword

In a genre so dominated by men, it is refreshing to see a game where the girls get to kick butt in a land where nearly everyone else is male.

Darwin Hang
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Hot Shots Tennis

Hot Shots Tennis is really only disappointing in the face of how reliably enjoyable the Hot Shots Golf franchise has been.

Arun Subramanian
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Consoles may get price cut

Victor Godinez
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Resistance: Fall of Man

The real reason the aliens are ugly? Because it's easier to kill something once you dehumanize it.

Darwin Hang
Games

God of War II

The God of War franchise is as over the top as an action movie -- there's no point in warning you not to try this at home, because you can't.

Arun Subramanian

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