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War Machine Suicide Note -- Blame the Victim 19 October 2014, 22.26 Entertainment
War Machine Suicide Note -- Blame the Victim
War Machine penned a suicide note in his jail cell ... in which he paints himself as the victim as he recounts the night he brutally beat his porn star girlfriend Christy Mack within an inch of her life.We broke the story ...
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Dodgers Star Hanley Ramirez -- My Lambo Spits FIRE!!! 19 October 2014, 22.26 Entertainment
Dodgers Star Hanley Ramirez -- My Lambo Spits FIRE!!!
L.A. Dodgers star Hanley Ramirez wanted a hot car ... so he got one that SHOOTS FIRE!!!!TMZ Sports has learned ... Hanley dropped around $550k for a white 2014 Lamborghini Aventador -- but wanted to make it stand out ... so he
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Black Flag Founder Greg Ginn -- Creepy Concert Footage Fuels Custody Battle (VIDEO)
Black Flag guitarist Greg Ginn is not to be trusted with his 2 daughters ... which his ex-wife says is obvious to anyone who watches this video of him perving out with a young chick on stage.Ginn performed with Black Flag
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The ‘I Am Bread’ video game is exactly what you think it is
One of the best things about video games is how they allow you to experience things from truly unique perspectives—playing characters that come from an entirely different racial, religious, or socioeconomic background as
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Renee Zellweger, Reese Witherspoon Walk to Defeat ALS 19 October 2014, 22.25 Entertainment
Renee Zellweger, Reese Witherspoon Walk to Defeat ALS
This summer, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis—also known as ALS and Lou Gehrig’s Disease—got a big awareness boost with the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Sunday morning, the ALS Association hosted its Walk to Defeat ALS event,
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‘The Walking Dead’ haunted house scared the bejeezus out of me
Keeping up to date on all things Walking Dead means more than just reading the comic and watching the TV show. Sometimes it means living it as well. I did that a few years ago when I went undercover as a zombie on the show
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Every ‘Simpsons’ ‘Treehouse of Horror’ short, ranked
That’s right: In honor of The Simpsons‘ 25th (!) annual Halloween special, which airs this Sunday, EW didn’t just rank the top 25 “Treehouse of Horror” segments. We took things a step further by ranking every single
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So there’s a new rumor about ‘Batman v Superman’… 19 October 2014, 22.25 Entertainment
So there’s a new rumor about ‘Batman v Superman’…
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is a long title for a movie. But given how many superheroes are definitely or probably showing up in the 2016 superhero film, a more accurate title would probably be Batman v Superman v
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GamerGate is happening because we let it happen 19 October 2014, 22.25 Entertainment
GamerGate is happening because we let it happen
Maybe you’ve heard of GamerGate. Countless stories have been written about the controversy over the past two months—yes, it started that long ago—in outlets ranging from game-centric titles to our biggest national
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San Francisco radio stations won't play Lorde's hit song 'Royals' during World Series
Fans get fired up for the World Series in all kinds of ways. Some buy merchandise, some make bets. Others apparently demand that their local radio stations stop playing a hit song that matches the nickname of their
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'Buffy' star Nicolas Brendon arrested after hotel disturbance
Nicolas Brendon mug shot. (Ada County's Sheriff's Office) Nicolas Brendon, a former star of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” was arrested in Boise, Idaho following a disturbance reports Rob Shuter of naughtybutnicerob.com. A
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'Fury' starring Brad Pitt wins the box office weekend race 19 October 2014, 22.25 Entertainment
'Fury' starring Brad Pitt wins the box office weekend race
October 18, 2014. Brad Pitt, right, and director David Ayer pose for photographers during the photocall of "Fury" in Paris. (The Associated Press) Brad Pitt and a squadron of up-and-coming actors  held off “Gone Girl”
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Iggy Pop could play Sandman in a Dario Argento-directed horror
Italian horror director Dario Argento is tired of typical Christmas movies. He wants gore, violence, and fear in his December films. So he’s making his own — or at least, trying to. On an Indiegogo fundraiser page,
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‘Shaq Fu,’ Val Kilmer & Slash in ‘Breaking Bad 2,’ and more weird crowdfunding projects
First potato salad, now an album made entirely of cat sounds: The ideas behind high-profile crowdfunding projects are sounding more and more like a game of Mad Libs. Some background: Killer Mike and El-P, who make music
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USPS releases new Batman stamps 08 October 2014, 23.45 Entertainment
USPS releases new Batman stamps
Holy collectible postage stamps, Batman. To honor the Caped Crusader’s 75th birthday—he first appeared in a May 1939 issue of Detective Comics—the United States Postal Service released eight different stamps
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‘Mean Girls’ star Daniel Franzese parodies Sam Smith’s ‘Stay With Me’
Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me” is a sweet song about how the singer wants his one-night-stand to last a little longer. Daniel Franzese’s parody “Please Go Home” is the opposite. The Mean Girls star plays a man who
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South Park reveals Lorde isn’t who you think she is 08 October 2014, 23.45 Entertainment
South Park reveals Lorde isn’t who you think she is
Lorde fans: You’ve been living a lie. Oh, you thought you were smitten with a darling 17-year-old pop star from New Zealand? Nope. As South Park revealed last night, you’ve been deceived by a middle-aged Colorado
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'TMZ Hollywood Sports' -- I PAID $6,500 FOR MY BOOBS ... You BETTER Stare!
When you pay $6,500 for world class boobs, it's almost offensive if people DON'T look ... at least according to one WWE superstar. Make sure to check out the brand NEW episode of "TMZ Hollywood Sports" on Reelz -- every
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Stephen Collins' scenes cut from 'Scandal' 08 October 2014, 23.45 Entertainment
Stephen Collins' scenes cut from 'Scandal'
FILE - In this July 1, 2008 file photo, actor Stephen Collins poses for a picture outside of the Shubert Theatre in New York. ABC said Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014, that Collins, who was supposed to repeat a one-time role as a
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Kate Moss drinks from glass modeled after her breast 08 October 2014, 23.45 Entertainment
Kate Moss drinks from glass modeled after her breast
Model Kate Moss arrives for a dinner to celebrate the work of The Royal Marsden hosted by Britain Prince William at Windsor Castle, in Windsor, May 13, 2014. REUTERS/Chris Jackson/Pool (BRITAIN - Tags: ROYALS ENTERTAINMENT
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Mother of Aly and AJ Michalka latest victim in nude pic hacking scandal, report says
The massive celebrity private picture hack continues unabated, and now it looks like you only have to be related to famous people for the hackers to strike. The first nude celebrity images of A-listers like Jennifer
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Anne Hathaway addresses all the ‘Hathahate’ 08 October 2014, 23.45 Entertainment
Anne Hathaway addresses all the ‘Hathahate’
Though the beginning of 2013 was marked by myriad triumph for Anne Hathaway as awards were being heaped upon her for her performance in Les Misérables, it’s also when Hathahate was at its most fervent.  In a new
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Sarah Palin -- Daughter Slut Shamed During Drunken Family Brawl
Sarah Palin's family threw down in a massive drunken brawl as violent as any wrestling cage match -- with ripped shirts, bloodied faces, and her daughter Bristol getting dragged around a lawn by her legs.The brawl went down
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Adrian Peterson -- ALLEGEDLY ADMITS WEED USE  ... Prosecutors Seek to Arrest NFL Star
breaking news NFL star Adrian Peterson admitted he "smoked a little weed" and could fail a court-ordered drug test ... this according to court docs ... and now prosecutors are gunning to throw the NFL star in jail. Peterson
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Reese Witherspoon thinks Tracy Flick would be running the Tea Party now
Reese Witherspoon thinks that Tracy Flick, that eager student politician she played in Alexander Payne’s Election back in 1999, would probably be in charge of the Tea Party today. She revealed that and more in a 73
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Entertainment Geekly: The Batman Top 100 29 September 2014, 19.17 Entertainment
Entertainment Geekly: The Batman Top 100
So on Monday, I watched the Gotham series premiere with about 8 million of my friends. I started writing a column about the show and what it says (accidentally and/or purposefully) about the role of Batman in pop culture right
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Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader tease reporter in interview gone wrong
This is one of the reasons why press screenings were invented. Denver-based reporter Chris Parente spoke to Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader in a promotional interview for their drama-comedy film, The Skeleton Twins, and it was
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New Banksy artwork appears in English seaside town 29 September 2014, 19.17 Entertainment
New Banksy artwork appears in English seaside town
Finding an authentic Banksy is like discovering a… well, an authentic Banksy. The elusive artist’s work has been subject to many imitations, but a legitimate piece from Banksy appeared over the weekend in the English
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Why Kirby v. Marvel mattered 29 September 2014, 19.17 Entertainment
Why Kirby v. Marvel mattered
In 2014, it’s quite common to know almost every detail behind the production of a superhero movie before the movie is even released. From the release date to the cast to the director to screenwriters, every detail is
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You need to watch ‘The Simpsons’ premiere’s insane opening sequence
Shout all you want that The Simpsons hasn’t been good for the past [insert number less than or equal to 16] years; either way, you can’t deny that the show’s recent spate of elaborate, extended couch gags has led to
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AC/DC's Malcolm Young left band due to dementia 29 September 2014, 19.16 Entertainment
AC/DC's Malcolm Young left band due to dementia
FILE - This June 17, 2003 file photo shows British rock band AC/DC, from left, Brian Johnson, Malcolm Young, Phil Rudd, Angus Young, and Cliff Williams performing on stage during a concert in Munich, southern Germany.
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'Jeopardy' slammed on social media for 'sexist' category 29 September 2014, 19.16 Entertainment
'Jeopardy' slammed on social media for 'sexist' category
"Jeopardy" host Alex Trebek. (Reuters) In this undated publicity image released by Jeopardy Productions, Inc., host Alex Trebek, left, poses with contestants Ken Jennings, center, and Brad Rutter and a computer named
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Blake Shelton grows up on new album 'Bringing Back the Sunshine'
Musician Blake Shelton performs "Boys 'Round Here" during the 2014 CMT Music Awards in Nashville, Tennessee June 4, 2014. (Reuters) Blake Shelton's public persona — a mix of smart-aleck whimsy and thoughtful sensitivity
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Ryan Lochte -- Michael Phelps Made 'Dumb Decision' ... Should've Had a Driver
Ryan Lochte says he doesn't understand why Michael Phelps didn't just hire a driver to take him home early Tuesday morning ... telling TMZ Sports his decision to get behind wheel after allegedly drinking was just plain
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Michael Phelps -- Arrested FOR DUI ... Again 29 September 2014, 19.15 Entertainment
Michael Phelps -- Arrested FOR DUI ... Again
Michael Phelps was arrested for driving under the influence in Baltimore, Maryland early this morning ... TMZ Sports has learned.  Our sources tell us ... the USA Olympic legend was pulled over around 1:40 AM in his white
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Krewella Lawsuit -- I'm Being Forced Out ... For Being SOBER 29 September 2014, 19.15 Entertainment
Krewella Lawsuit -- I'm Being Forced Out ... For Being SOBER
Mega-popular EDM group Krewella has no place for people who don't party ... because a former member claims he was kicked out for being too clean.Kristopher Trindl says he formed Krewella back in 2010 with former girlfriend
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Vince Neil says no more country music for Motley Crue 20 September 2014, 19.54 Entertainment
Vince Neil says no more country music for Motley Crue
There is bad news for fans of the Motley Crue country tribute album. Lead vocalist, Vince Neil, told FoxNews.com there aren’t plans for any more albums of its type in the country
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Ryan Seacrest talks new season of 'American Idol' 20 September 2014, 19.54 Entertainment
Ryan Seacrest talks new season of 'American Idol'
Nearly everything Ryan Seacrest touches turns to gold -- including the iHeart Radio Music Festival which he’s hosting this weekend for the 4th year in a row. “Well I’d like to take credit for this but there are a lot
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'Maze Runner' tops the box office this weekend 20 September 2014, 19.54 Entertainment
'Maze Runner' tops the box office this weekend
Dylan O'Brien appears in a scene from the film, "The Maze Runner." (The Associated Press) “The Maze Runner” showed that sometimes the weekend box office is a marathon, not a sprint reports Variety. Twentieth Century
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Honey Boo Boo -- Single Dad Day 20 September 2014, 19.54 Entertainment
Honey Boo Boo -- Single Dad Day
Honey Boo Boo is handling her parents break up by gripping a paintball gun and spending the day with newly single dad Sugar Bear.HBB and her pops hit up a local paintball park with Pumpkin and Chubbs Saturday. Mama June was
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War Machine Suicide Note -- Blame the Victim PDF Print E-mail

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War Machine penned a suicide note in his jail cell ... in which he paints himself as the victim as he recounts the night he brutally beat his porn star girlfriend Christy Mack within an inch of her life.

We broke the story ... War Machine tried to kill himself inside a Las Vegas jail cell this week -- a plan that was foiled by a corrections officer.

TMZ obtained a letter War Machine sent to a friend the day before his suicide attempt.  It's shockingly delusional. He says after they broke up and got back together, "Something seemed different about you."  

He then tries to justify the beating, by saying he was stunned when he discovered her infidelity, and saying "Finding what I found that night was devastating to me, more than you will ever know," adding, "not just the unfaithfulness, but the way u cared for him and protected him."

War Machine says in the note this time he'd let Christy's new boyfriend Corey Thomas beat him up -- because he believes she would have stopped the guy and kicked her new dude out.

He then sinks into a world of self pity ... "I still don't understand how I got into this mess.  I don't know why this had to happen.  My life was going so well."  He then has the balls to say, "I forgive you, please forgive me."

War Machine is still facing 32 charges -- including attempted murder -- while he waits behind bars.

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Dodgers Star Hanley Ramirez -- My Lambo Spits FIRE!!! PDF Print E-mail

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L.A. Dodgers star Hanley Ramirez wanted a hot car ... so he got one that SHOOTS FIRE!!!!

TMZ Sports has learned ... Hanley dropped around $550k for a white 2014 Lamborghini Aventador -- but wanted to make it stand out ... so he went to The Auto Firm in Miami and upgraded the exhaust to one that spits flames. 

We're told Hanley has already shipped the car back to Los Angeles -- so if you see a pimped out fire-breathing white Lambo on the 405 ... it's probably best not to tailgate.

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Black Flag Founder Greg Ginn -- Creepy Concert Footage Fuels Custody Battle (VIDEO) PDF Print E-mail

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Black Flag guitarist Greg Ginn is not to be trusted with his 2 daughters ... which his ex-wife says is obvious to anyone who watches this video of him perving out with a young chick on stage.

Ginn performed with Black Flag  in July at a Butte, MT music festival. A young woman jumped on stage and gotta say ... what he does with her is pretty shocking.

The guy who shot the video says it was so creepy ... he contacted Ginn's ex-wife because he feared for the safety of the couple's daughters, ages 10 and 7. 

Marina Ginn says her ex has become increasingly erratic and in court docs she accuses him of going off the rails with drugs around the kids. She says he neglects to feed them when they're with him and disciplines them by throwing water in their faces.

Marina says they currently have joint custody ... she now wants sole custody. 

Greg's lawyer calls BS ... telling us the concert video is not what it seems ... insisting it's harmless. He says Marina has her own emotional issues -- including a porn past. He says what's really behind this is jealousy ... he's in a new relationship.

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The ‘I Am Bread’ video game is exactly what you think it is PDF Print E-mail

One of the best things about video games is how they allow you to experience things from truly unique perspectives—playing characters that come from an entirely different racial, religious, or socioeconomic background as yourself, allowing for deep insight and empathy when done right.

Now, you can also play as a slice of bread.

I Am Bread is the latest game from Bossa Studios, the developers most famous for Surgeon Simulator, a game that lets you play as the worst surgeon in the world. This time around, Bossa is taking their unique brand of quirky digital physics toys out of the hospital and into the kitchen.

In I Am Bread, you are a slice of bread. But you can like, move and stuff. I’m not sure why. You probably shouldn’t ask too many questions about this sort of thing. But the trailer is a lot of fun. Take a look!

Game of the year 2014, obviously.

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Renee Zellweger, Reese Witherspoon Walk to Defeat ALS PDF Print E-mail

This summer, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis—also known as ALS and Lou Gehrig’s Disease—got a big awareness boost with the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Sunday morning, the ALS Association hosted its Walk to Defeat ALS event, keeping that momentum going.

“Our goal for today is to raise awareness of ALS and raise funding to support people who are living with ALS and to support research,” said Fred Fisher, President and CEO of the ALS Association Golden West Chapter. “The more money that we can raise, the more people we can help and the more research we can fund.”

The walk, held in Los Angeles near Exposition Park, had an impressive turnout, with about 2,500 participants signed up by registration close. Fisher estimated that between 3,000 to 5,000 people ultimately turned up to walk or to cheer on family and friends.

Team Nanci: The NBAA (Nanci Beat the hell outta ALS Assoc.) was one such team in attendance, gathered to support veteran publicist and co-founder of BWR Public Relations, Nanci Ryder. Ryder was diagnosed with ALS in August and has since stepped down from BWR, which she launched with Paul Baker and Larry Winokur in 1987.

Renee Zellweger, Reese Witherspoon, Emmy Rossum, Katharine McPhee, and Elyes Gabel were all there to support Team Nanci. Zellweger, Ryder’s client and long-time friend, felt it was crucial to create this circle of support. “With Nanci’s new diagnosis, we rallied all of our friends because we didn’t want her to feel that she was going to go down this road by herself,” she said.

For Rossum, the cause is personal for several reasons. She has known Ryder, her publicist, for 15 years. Additionally, her recently released film You’re Not You stars Hilary Swank as a woman with ALS and Rossum as her caretaker. “To have lived that and understood it so in depth, having researched it to make the film, and then have Nanci diagnosed was a really hard punch,” she said. “I think what’s so hard about this illness is we have no idea what causes it and there’s no cure, so being here is incredibly moving and empowering for me. Just to be here to support Nanci is really important.”

Zellweger and Rossum want to continue raising awareness and research funding to find a cure. “[Nanci has] been a mentor to me, a big sister, a little sister, a bad influence,” Zellweger quipped. “We’ve shared a lot, and this is just another chapter in our friendship.”

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‘The Walking Dead’ haunted house scared the bejeezus out of me PDF Print E-mail

Keeping up to date on all things Walking Dead means more than just reading the comic and watching the TV show. Sometimes it means living it as well. I did that a few years ago when I went undercover as a zombie on the show back in season 2, although that bastard Robert Kirkman ended up cutting my scene because “the performance just wasn’t there.” Screw that. So this time I decided to switch sides and join the survivors and see if I could escape the clutches (and, more importantly, jaws) of the undead by walking through Rick’s — and Daryl’s and Carol’s and Glenn’s — shoes at The Walking Dead: End of the Line haunted house at Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights.

All the houses at HHN consist of monsters or demons or vampires or aliens or predators or serial killers or clowns — CLOWNS! — totally invading your personal space and jumping out at you…often with blunt instruments of death at their disposal. It is unsetting. But I was especially excited to check out The Walking Dead one because the maze is a complete retelling of the events of season 4. So what awaits you in The Walking Dead: End of the Line? A few terrifying highlights:

• You begin outside the prison with dead walkers strewn about (many punctured through the makeshift pole defenses), and what is that on the ground? Yep, that’s Hershel’s zombified head. Just kinda sitting there. So wrong. Just so wrong.

• The first thing I saw upon entering the house was the pig that Rick slaughtered after that nasty virus took hold in the prison. A nice touch adding that in, I thought…although I was still too depressed about poor Hershel to mourn the dead animal as well.

• I was on the interior prison set of The Walking Dead multiple times and I have to say that the one here looked damn close to it. It certainly helped that Walking Dead exec producer Greg Nicotero consulted on putting this particular scare factory together, but the detail was pretty spot on.

• One of the best areas was the Big Spot! grocery store, where in the show our survivors experienced death from above as the helicopter and zombies fell from a caved in roof atop our gang. You actually get to walk through the Big Spot! here, as an actor with a huge gun hurries you through, warning that the roof is about to give out. (By the way, check out Nicotero’s storyboards to that amazing scene as it appeared on the show.)

• That creepy country club that Daryl and Beth come across is in full effect, with zombies hanging – and flailing! — from the ceiling. Keep in mind that while you are trying to take this all in and check out every last detail, walkers are popping out at you from behind corners and doorways. Where’s a good crossbow when you one?

• DON’T LOOK AT THE FLOWERS! Unfortunately, you can’t really avoid them as you turn a corner and there they are smack dab right in front of you. On the plus side, Carol does not blow your brains out. No sign of Tyreese, though, as he is probably hiding in the cabin while making Carol do all the dirty work. MAN UP, TYREESE!

• Contrary to our better judgment, we did indeed reach the end the line and arrive at Terminus. And sure enough, after going through that creepy room with the candles and names of the fallen Terminus comrades, we came across sweet, inviting Mary, who was working the grill. She offered us a plate of food — what a nice host! — but then all these guns were suddenly turned on us and we pretty much lost our appetite. Plus, the thing on the grill kind of smelled like Robin Lord Taylor.

• The chronology gets a little shaky at the very end as you venture outside and are surrounded by walkers behind fences while a giant pulsating strobe light shines in your face, giving the place the vague sensation of a Zombie Studio 54. Not sure it makes tons of sense since I think we’re technically supposed to be locked in the train car at that point plotting our escape, but it looks super cool.

So, you know, I survived. But more than anything it just made me want to go back and watch season 4 again to compare and contrast all the locations as they appear in both places. In any event, short of being cast on the show or igniting an actual zombie apocalypse (please don’t), this is probably your best opportunity to live The Walking Dead out for yourself. And if you do go check it out at Universal Orlando, definitely also make sure to partake in the Halloween (the movie) haunted house. Michael Myers killed me, like, 11 million times in that thing. Someone get me a wire hanger!

You can also hear audio of our ‘Walking Dead: End of the Line’ experience On Demand on Entertainment Weekly Radio (SiriusXM, channel 105). And for more ‘Walking Dead’ intel, follow me on Twitter @DaltonRoss.

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Every ‘Simpsons’ ‘Treehouse of Horror’ short, ranked PDF Print E-mail

That’s right: In honor of The Simpsons‘ 25th (!) annual Halloween special, which airs this Sunday, EW didn’t just rank the top 25 “Treehouse of Horror” segments. We took things a step further by ranking every single “Treehouse” segment ever seen on the show—and you’ll find entries 72 through 26 in the list below.

Even when longtime fans of sniff that The Simpsons‘ Golden Age is long past, they can agree that late-period Simpsons Halloween shows still pack a punch. Why? Because “Treehouse” segments give the series’ writers a break in two ways: First of all, they’re short, which means that they can explore plot threads that are amusing but too flimsy to support an entire half-hour. And secondly, they’re not bound by the laws of canon (or taste), giving the show’s staff an opportunity to follow their wildest whims—transforming Springfield into a town as drawn by Dr. Seuss, or putting a gremlin on the side of Bart’s schoolbus, or transforming Homer’s head into a giant doughnut.

What makes a good “Treehouse” short? Punchy one-liners and visual gags help, but the best of the bunch have two more things in common: Novel premises (which, admittedly, gets increasingly difficult as the show ages) and a genuine stab at including a few real scares. (In other words: The recent trend toward parodies of random movies that have little or nothing to do with horror as a broad category just doesn’t do it.) You’ll find what made the cut in the list below, as well as what maybe should have been left on the cutting-room floor.

72. “The Diving Bell and Butterball”
“Treehouse of Horror XXII,” 2011
This is it: the absolute nadir of the “Treehouse” franchise, and possibly of the show itself. The segment is an inexplicable, years-late parody of The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (you know, the noted scary movie) that devolves into an extended, painfully unfunny fart joke. Then, for some reason, the show throws Spider-Man into the mix. The whole thing feels like a bit from a rejected Family Guy spec script.

71. “In the Na’Vi”
“Treehouse of Horror XXII,” 2011
Not to pile on “XXII,” but: If you’re going to spoof a recent cultural phenomenon just because it’s popular, at least try to do it in a timely manner. Unfortunately, “In the Na’Vi” came out two years after Avatar fever swept the globe. What’s worse, the segment trades true wit for cheap shock humor. (Bart, who even in this alternate universe is presumably 10 years old, discovers that he’s impregnated a lady alien.)

70. “The Fright to Creep and Scare Harms”
“Treehouse of Horror XIII,” 2002
That labored groaner of a title should tell you all you need to know. Points have also been deducted for treading ground that other Simpsons episodes covered earlier and better, including zombie versions of famous historical figures (“Treehouse of Horror III”‘s “Dial ‘Z’ for Zombies”) and gun control (“The Cartridge Family”).

69. “Untitled Robot Parody”
“Treehouse of Horror XIX,” 2008
A toothless sendup of the Transformers franchise, which a) yup, still isn’t a scary movie and b) definitely deserves a sharper takedown than this.

68. “Mr. & Mrs. Simpson”
“Treehouse of Horror XVIII,” 2007
Another lame movie parody. Sensing a pattern?

67. “Wiz Kids”
“Treehouse of Horror XII,” 2001
The writer of this segment admitted on a DVD audio commentary that most of the show’s staffers were unfamiliar with the Harry Potter series when they crafted their weak parody of it, and that lack of knowledge shows. The show’s spoof is disappointingly vague, especially considering how many specific details in J.K. Rowling’s universe are worth lampooning. Also, the denouement happens at a “big magic recital.” Nope.

66. “Hex and the City”
“Treehouse of Horror XII,” 2001
There are some fun visuals here—Bart’s stretched-out neck comes to mind—but the plot is weak (Homer is cursed by a gypsy; he decides to try to get it lifted by… capturing a leprechaun, for some reason) and so are the one-liners.

65. “How to Get Ahead in Dead-vertising”
“Treehouse of Horror XIX,” 2008
Speaking of weak plots: Homer accidentally kills Krusty via wood chipper. He’s then propositioned by a pair of Mad Men-esque ad men, who ask him to murder a bunch of celebrities to that they can use their likenesses in ads without getting their permission. Huh? (At least the Simpson-ified Mad Men credits are cool.)

64. “Don’t Have a Cow, Mankind”
“Treehouse of Horror XX,” 2009
It’s yet another zombie spoof… and this one ends with Bart inoculating everyone against the undead virus by bathing in their food. That’s not funny or scary; it’s just gross.

63. “E.T., Go Home”
“Treehouse of Horror XVIII,” 2007
Kodos as a Spielbergian extraterrestrial should be a slam dunk, but there’s lazy, mean undercurrent here that keeps the segment from gelling.

62. “Dial D for Diddly”
“Treehouse of Horror XXII,” 2011
Another great opening credits parody—this time, casting Ned Flanders as serial killer Dexter Morgan—that leads to a middling, overly cruel segment. (Would even Halloween-ified Homer be casually sociopathic enough to impersonate God and sic Flanders on his enemies?)

61. “Frinkenstein”
“Treehouse of Horror XIV,” 2003
Casting Jerry Lewis as Dr. Frink’s long-lost father is a long-awaited coup; too bad the stuff that surrounds his performance is pretty pedestrian.

60. “Survival of the Fattest”
“Treehouse of Horror XVI,” 2005
Something you notice after watching 26 “Treehouse of Horror” specials in a row: Homer resorts to cannibalism a lot. There’s not much else to this Most Dangerous Game sendup, a festival of gentle puns (“Must Flee TV!”), violence, and a particularly shrewish turn from Marge.

59. “In the Belly of the Boss”
“Treehouse of XV,” 2004
Continuing the “meh” trend: The Simpson family goes on a Fantastic Voyage into Mr. Burns’ body to save Maggie, who’s accidentally been stuck inside him. The source material’s been spoofed so many times—perhaps most notably by Simpsons descendent Futurama—that it’s tough for this parody to find anything new to say. And it ends with a twist that will be familiar to those who have seen number 58:

58. “Homer’s Nightmare” (“If I Only Had a Brain”)
“Treehouse of Horror II,” 1991
Hey, even Golden Age Simpsons had its “meh” points! This segment starts out promisingly (Homer gets a new job as a grave digger) before devolving into a pretty basic Frankenstein parody. There is, however, one flash of brilliance: “Look at me, I’m Davey Crockett!”

57. “Master and Cadaver”
“Treehouse of Horror XXI,” 2010
It’s that Dead Calm parody nobody asked for! (You know, Dead Calm? Phillip Noyce’s 1989 thriller starring Nicole Kidman and Billy Zane? Not ringing a bell?) Fun guest turn from Hugh Laurie, though.

56. “You Gotta Know When To Golem”
“Treehouse of Horror XVII,” 2006
Richard Lewis as a nebbish Jewish killing machine? Solid casting. But the segment itself is nothing more than semi-funny Borscht Belt humor, with one nice concluding twist: The Simpsons make a lady Golem to keep their monster company, and she is, of course, voiced by Fran Drescher.

55. “Heck House”
“Treehouse of Horror XVIII,” 2007
A.K.A. “Hey, it was fun when Flanders was the Devil that one time; maybe we should do that again!” “The Devil and Homer Simpson,” from season 5, is an all-time classic; “Heck House” is amusing, but lacks the same punch. The good: Moe’s representation of three Deadly Sins—lust (he goes to a strip club), greed (he steals her money), and envy (he gets kicked in the crotch, then moans “Oh, how I envy the crotchless”)—and a closing rendering of Springfield as Hieronymus Bosch’s Hell.

54. “Reaper Madness”
“Treehouse of Horror XIV,” 2003
Homer accidentally kills Death himself, then finds himself filling in for the Grim Reaper—a task he enjoys until he’s commanded to kill Marge. It’s a neat idea, but there’s one problem: Family Guy already did it.

53. “Easy-Bake Coven”
“Treehouse of Horror VIII,” 1997
Hint: A super cutesy title often means a so-so short, and this one’s no exception; like many a middling SNL sketch, it also sort of peters out without bothering to find a real ending. But the sight of a green-skinned Marge Witch is fun, and it does a good job of poking fun at Salem logic: “If they’re really witches, why don’t they use their powers to escape?” “That sounds like witch talk to me, Lisa.”

52. “The Ned Zone”
“Treehouse of Horror XV,” 2004
Stephen King has given The Simpsons plenty of great Treehouse material; this one’s a more minor effort, but Ned (who suddenly begins to have visions of impending doom) and Homer (whom Ned spies destroying Springfield in one of his visions) generally make a winning combination.

51. “B.I.: Bartificial Intelligence”
“Treehouse of Horror XVI,” 2005
This is a parody of A.I.: Artificial Intelligence only in the loosest sense; the sole real similarity is that both feature a cute robot child named David. (The Simpsons bring David home after Bart winds up in a coma; when Bart awakens, he feels threatened by David and assembles himself a new robot body out of the parts of a bunch of other cyborgs.) Maybe it feels less perfunctory than so many “Treehouse” movie parodies because it diverges from the film so much; either way, it’s got some solid, Futurama-esque robot humor. (“I was a lawnmower. I could cut grass at three different heights. But I couldn’t love.”

50. “War and Pieces”
“Treehouse of Horror XXI,” 2010
Speaking of half-baked movie parodies: In this Jumanji riff, Bart and Milhouse get in trouble when they decide to start playing a board game called “Satan’s Path”—and the rest of the games in the attic suddenly spring to life. It’s… fine.

49. “Scary Tales Can Come True”
“Treehouse of Horror XI,” 2000
The title’s generic, and so’s the fairy-tale-inspired segment—despite a few clever twists. (The witch from “Hansel and Gretel” holds her house up with “load-bearing candy canes;” Bart accepts his and Lisa’s fate, while she urges him to “at least stop basting yourself.”)

48. “Dead and Shoulders”
“Treehouse of Horror XXIV,” 2013
Bart and Lisa become a thing with two heads after an unfortunate kite string decapitation. It’s nice to see the show devote some time to their bond as siblings, especially this late in its run. (Though the fact that they do try to kill each other dampens that a bit.)

47. “G-G-Ghost D-D-Dad”
“Treehouse of Horror XI,” 2000
Homer dies after choking on a piece of broccoli—the deadliest vegetable known to man—and goes to heaven. (Wait—how could that possibly be right? Is this an All Dogs Go to Heaven-type situation?) But before he can enter the pearly gates, St. Peter commands him to perform a single good deed. (As Homer explains, “I’m just trying to get in. I’m not running for Jesus.”) It’s funny, but gets a demerit for eventually sending Homer to Hell—which just makes you want to watch “The Devil and Homer Simpson” instead.

46. “UNnormal Activity”
“Treehouse of Horror XXIII,” 2012
A cunningly animated Paranormal Activity parody with a few great jokes (“Note to self: Edit out my lies”) that actually packs a few scares, or at least some genuinely creepy moments. Marred by an unnecessarily dirty coda. (Two words: Demon threeway.)

45. “Bad Dream House”
“Treehouse of Horror I,” 1990
The very first Treehouse segment ever was decently transgressive for its time, and its ending still resonates—the haunted house the Simpsons have moved into eventually decides that it’d rather self-destruct than live with Homer, Marge, and co. But although it laid a good foundation for shorts to come, its gags and imagery are both pretty boilerplate.

44. “The Day the Earth Looked Stupid”
“Treehouse of Horror XVII,” 2006
The Simpsons‘ stabs at political commentary are naturally hampered by how long it takes to produce a single episode; by the time the show gets to a joke, chances are Jon Stewart or Stephen Colbert or anybody else made a similar one months ago. Case in point: This War on the Worlds riff, which morphs partway through into a not-especially-stinging critique of the Iraq War. (Arrested Development did it better a few years earlier.) But the Orson Welles stuff is funny, especially for those who recognize voice actor Maurice LaMarche from his work as the Welles-inspired mouse on Animaniacs and Pinky and the Brain.

43. “Tweenlight”
“Treehouse of Horror XXI,” 2010
Sure, it came out a few years after the first Twilight movie, but the franchise was still enormously popular in 2010—and the references here are a lot more precise than they were in that Harry Potter parody. Plus, there’s the meta thrill of Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe voicing hot vampire Edmund and a real stab at injecting heart into the story at its conclusion.

42. “Fly vs. Fly”
“Treehouse of Horror VIII,” 1997
Professor Frink, Professor Frink, he’ll make you laugh, he’ll make you think, he’ll sell you a highly sophisti-ma-cated doo-wacky that might turn your son into a horrifying boy-fly hybrid. Pretty standard stuff for a Simpsons Halloween.

41. “The Raven”
“Treehouse of Horror I,” 1990
The final segment of the show’s first Halloween special is moodier than it is funny, although English teachers should give it credit for helping a generation accidentally memorize Edgar Allen Poe’s best-known poem.

40. “I’ve Grown a Costume on Your Face”
“Treehouse of Horror XVI,” 2005
It’s like that episode of Buffy where people turn into what they’ve dressed up as on Halloween, only this time, it’s happening on The Simpsons! The idea does let the show’s animators stretch their creativity, though, and it’s always nice to see Maggie save the day. Plus: Martin as Oberon, King of the Fairies.

39. “There’s No Business Like Moe Business”
“Treehouse of Horror XX,” 2009
Who doesn’t love a musical, especially one that pays tribute to Stephen Sondheim’s masterpiece Sweeney Todd? (You don’t love that? Get out.) The songs here aren’t as catchy as “See My Vest” or “We Put the Spring in Springfield,” but they’re well-crafted all the same—and the trick of presenting the story as though it’s actually being performed on a stage, complete with an audience of Springfielders, is a neat touch.

38. “Hell Toupée”
“Treehouse of Horror IX,” 1998
Aaaand I just got the pun in the title. Yeesh. (It’s about a killer head of hair.)

37. “The Island of Dr. Hibbert”
“Treehouse of Horror XIII,” 2002
Speaking of awesome animation: Transforming the people of Springfield into anthropomorphized animals in this Island of Dr. Moreau parody gives the show’s talented artists a chance to run amuck, designing fanciful creatures that cleverly reflect the personalities of dozens of Springfieldians. Seriously—dozens. The attention to detail is amazing, even if the jokes rarely rise above “good.”

36. “The Greatest Story Ever Holed”
“Treehouse of Horror XXIII,” 2012
How can a black hole be cute? Somehow, this one manages—and though the satire of consumerism is gentle as a butterfly kiss and the big reveal (the Simpsons get sucked through the black hole that they’ve been tossing their trash into; it leads them to another dimension) has a pretty lazy Zune joke, the gags that do hit (“Magic Craphole Waste Removal,” “A black hole! I’m sorry, can we call it that?”) hit well.

35. “Married to the Blob”
“Treehouse of Horror XVII,” 2006
Like I said: A loooot of cannibalism in the “Treehouse universe,” though in this case we can blame it on Homer’s decision to ingest a glowing green extraterrestrial goo—which, naturally, transforms him into an insatiable terror. It’s not a short for the faint of heart (“Must eat, then poop, then eat some more, then eat while pooping”), but if you can get past the gross-out humor and Dr. Phil’s pointless cameo, there’s lots of fun to be had here. “If I can keep down Arby’s, I can keep down you!”

34. “Stop the World, I Want to Goof Off”
“Treehouse of Horror XIV,” 2003
Ahhh, the moment we’ve all been waiting for: The Simpsons takes on Clockstoppers! Fine; really, it’s a parody of another Twilight Zone episode, featuring a watch that can literally stop time. And Bart and Milhouse have plenty of fun with their newfound treasure, leading to a few excellent visual gags and a strong indictment of the mobs that form in too many fantastical stories: “Come, let us kill them before learning of the magical secret they possess!”

33. “The Terror of Tiny Toon”
“Treehouse of Horror IX,” 1998
Another one to place in the “visually inventive, less solidly written” pile: A plutonium-powered remote transports Bart and Lisa into Itchy and Scratchy’s world, opening the door to a lot of cartoonish graphic violence. You can tell the show’s having a blast embracing the possibilities of an animated universe that doesn’t operate on real-world principles, as canon episodes of The Simpsons generally do.

32. “Life’s a Glitch, Then You Die”
“Treehouse of Horror X,” 1999
Another popular “Treehouse” trope: apocalypse scenarios. This one revolves around a meltdown caused by the Y2K bug, although the concept of a global meltdown is general enough that it doesn’t feel too dated. And it’ll always be funny to watch Lisa, Marge, and Maggie step aboard a spaceship carrying the Earth’s best and brightest—while Bart and Homer get stuck on a ship carrying the dregs of humanity (including Tom Arnold, playing himself) into the sun. That’s the hottest place on Earth!

31. “Bart & Homer’s Excellent Adventure”
“Treehouse of Horror XXIII,” 2012
Yes, it’s fan service to bring back “The Way We Was”-era Homer and Marge, not to mention Homer’s onetime romantic rival Artie Ziff (smarmily voiced, as ever, by Jon Lovitz). But the segment works as more than cheap nostalgia, thanks to the strength of Homer and Marge’s bond—which is completely unbreakable, for better or for worse.

30. “I Know What You Diddily-Iddily-Did”
“Treehouse of Horror X,” 1999
A straightforward parody of I Know What You Did Last Summer—and briefly, ghoulishly, Weekend at Bernie’s— elevated by gags both classic (Homer: “Hey, we just got away with murder. And it was so easy! You know, I never liked that little wiener Milhouse…” Marge: “No more murders!”) and inexplicable (why is Homer’s “guess I forgot to put the fog lights in” song so funny?).

29. “Terror at 5 1/2 Feet”
“Treehouse of Horror IV,” 1993
The genuinely disturbing Twilight Zone episode on which it’s based loses some of its zing when you get a good look at the goofy gremlin that’s been terrorizing William Shatner. The Simpsons version subs in a much creepier little creature and doesn’t skimp on the buildup—Bart has a vision of impending doom before boarding the schoolbus—leading to a segment with a great arc as well as great jokes. (Skinner: “Hello, Simpson. I’m riding the bus today because Mother hid my car keys to punish me for talking to a woman on the phone. She was right to do it.”)

28. “Bart’s Nightmare” (“The Bart Zone”)
“Treehouse of Horror II,” 1991
More Twilight Zone spoofery, of another all-time classic: “It’s a Good Life,” in which a six-year-old boy with mysterious supernatural powers uses them to discipline anyone who displeases him—even if it’s just by thinking unhappy thoughts. “Omnipotent Bart” is a tantalizing setup, and the show around him doesn’t disappoint. Plus, a visit from everyone’s favorite character: Dr. Marvin Monroe!!

27. “Oh The Places You’ll D’oh”
“Treehouse of Horror XXIV,” 2013
This Dr. Seuss spoof is more clever than it is laugh-out-loud funny—but you can tell that great care was put into its perfectly calibrated visuals and rhythmic, Seussian dialogue. (“Take all that you want, I don’t want any trouble/Take Slim of the Jim and gum of the bubble.”)

26. “Four Beheadings and a Funeral”
“Treehouse of Horror XV,” 2004
You had us at “Lisa as Sherlock Holmes”—but the premise works even better thanks to the show’s ridiculous interpretation of common Brit-speak (“And he drops this and runs, cor blimey, skip to me loo!”).

Want to see what we picked for the 25-1 slots? Find the gallery here.

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So there’s a new rumor about ‘Batman v Superman’… PDF Print E-mail

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is a long title for a movie. But given how many superheroes are definitely or probably showing up in the 2016 superhero film, a more accurate title would probably be Batman v Superman v Wonder Woman v Cyborg v an Aquaman cameo v The Flash probably. Warner Bros. has not been shy about promoting their incipient DC Cinematic Universe, and so at this point we should not be surprised by any rumors about a new beloved DC icon joining the film.

Nevertheless, this local news report about the Batman v Superman film shoot does come with an interesting wrinkle. POSSIBLE SPOILER ALERT SORT OF: WILX-10 spoke to someone claiming to be an extra in the movie, and this “extra”—who spoke only under the condition of anonymity and a 60 Minutes-worthy shadow-voice monologue—says that the character Robin will be in the movie. And this Robin will be a woman, possibly-definitely played by Jena Malone, an incipient action star in her own right thanks to her role as Johanna Mason in the Hunger Games franchise.

Warner Bros. had no comment on the report, nor on the possibility floated by the anonymous extra that the studio could sue him for $5 million for releasing this information. It’s worth pointing out that, when Zack Snyder first introduced Batman v Superman at Comic-Con 2013, he specifically referenced The Dark Knight Returns, a comic book featuring a red-haired female Robin named Carrie Kelley. It is also worth mentioning that Jena Malone has lately decided to dye her hair red. And so we conclude a week overstuffed with earth-shattering superhero movie news with the unconfirmed possibility that someone named Robin will be in the next Batman movie.

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GamerGate is happening because we let it happen PDF Print E-mail

Maybe you’ve heard of GamerGate.

Countless stories have been written about the controversy over the past two months—yes, it started that long ago—in outlets ranging from game-centric titles to our biggest national publications. GamerGate has gone mainstream in a big way, but it remains elusive and difficult to understand. If you’re someone who would like to know just what GamerGate entails, check out this exhaustive piece by Deadspin writer Kyle Wagner. It’s long, but it’s also evenhanded and nuanced. Anyone who tries to break the whole mess down in a bite-sized YouTube video or nifty imgur link is probably trying to mislead you.

To quote Wagner:

By design, Gamergate is nearly impossible to define. It refers, variously, to a set of incomprehensible Benghazi-type conspiracy theories about game developers and journalists; to a fairly broad group of gamers concerned with corruption in gaming journalism; to a somewhat narrower group of gamers who believe women should be punished for having sex; and, finally, to a small group of gamers conducting organized campaigns of stalking and harassment against women.

This post, however, isn’t concerned with explaining GamerGate. Instead, it’s about how we ignored everything that led to it.

For a very long time, video games catered, by and large, to a very specific kind of person. That fact is reflected in the sort of stereotypes we attach to those who enjoy the medium—basement dwellers playing hyper-violent shooters while hopped up on Mountain Dew. It wasn’t the most flattering of stereotypes—but it was perpetuated by people who didn’t want anything to do with gamers, and gamers didn’t want anything to do with those people either. So they ignored the typecasting, only bothering to speak up whenever pundits decided to blame deviant behavior on video games.

But the demographics of who plays video games have changed rapidly—and a vocal minority of gamers is uncomfortable with this. Instead of being happy about a long-stigmatized medium finally finding mainstream acceptance, they turn up their noses at all these new gamers. If women outnumber adolescent men, that’s because they’re counting phone games, they say. Not real games, whatever those are.

It’s the same belittling attitude they take when anyone has the gall to suggest that video games might portray women in a problematic way. Video games are just fine, they say. They don’t need your “politics” ruining them.

They’re ignorant of the fact that such statements are very political in and of themselves. Or that a game like, say, Battlefield 4 is extremely politicalbut no one questions it, because its politics are unquestioningly accepted as “neutral.”

GamerGate is proof that we need to pay closer attention to the culture that surrounds our entertainment. Because even before it had a name, GamerGate was always there. It was given shelter and permitted to grow off a steady diet of resentment, which was never helped or addressed. And now that it has a name, perfectly reasonable people are being co-opted by a movement with diffuse goals and a rotten core. They find others online—people who seem reasonable enough to refute the worst claims against the collective while also denouncing the people that give those claims credence. But that’s the problem with a “movement”: it’s all or nothing.

Non-gamers shouldn’t be concerned because of those who are being misled into sympathizing with GamerGate. In fact, that reinforces the “us vs. them” rhetoric that GamerGaters prefer. They’re playing a game with an unattainable win state, steeped in a deep misunderstanding of the games journalism they claim to want to reform. (Note that most GamerGaters have completely ignored real ethical problems in the games industry.)

Instead, non-gamers should pay attention because this is proof that we’ve ignored the culture surrounding our entertainment for far too long. It’s why we need to listen to women in tech. It’s why a controversy over a comic book cover is worth your attention.  Video games are ground zero for a number of consumer issues; their relative newness as a medium makes them a flashpoint for many social issues, which is why they shouldn’t be brushed under the rug.

So don’t tune out—because these issues are very real, and art is a reflection of the world it’s made in. Because all it takes is the right group of people with an internet connection to scream their way violently into your life. Because women are being threatened and strongarmed out of the industry.

Because new people are plugging in and joining the conversation all the time, and they all have the same arguments and grievances because no one’s ever told them any different.

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