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Sonic

These Sonic-themed chili dogs and onion rings look pretty tasty


I think I'd just go buy them instead of make them
Aug 20
// Brittany Vincent
I'm not sure why Sonic's favorite food is chili dogs, but whatever. Rosanna Pansino, star of my favorite videogame cooking show Nerdy Nummies, has created a Sonic-themed meal here in the form of Sonic chili dogs with onion r...
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Minecraft

Watch Ro make some Minecraft candy pops in this episode of Nerdy Nummies


She's seriously adorable
Jul 30
// Brittany Vincent
You might not know this about me, but I'm a big fan of Rosanna Pansino's Nerdy Nummies series. She's bubbly, fun, and puts me in a great mood while teaching me how to make treats based on my favorite videogame and other medi...
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Pikachu food

I want this Pikachu themed food to get in my belly


At the Pikachu Café in Japan
Jul 18
// Chris Carter
At the Pikachu Café in Roppongi Hills in Japan, they're holding an event to celebrate the release of the upcoming Pokemon film. As a result, the cafe will have special menu items, and all of them look incredibly d...
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Denny's

Denny's partners with Atari to let you play with your food


Hotcakes!
Jul 01
// Dale North
Holy Moons over My Hammy! While Denny's is remixing their foods as part of their new Greatest hits Remixed menu promotion they're also working with Atari to create some pretty weird videogame/food remixes. Expect flying hash ...
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Cooking Mama 5

Cooking Mama 5: Bon Appétit coming to 3DS in September


Featuring Lovecraftian hand-body Mama
Jun 24
// Darren Nakamura
We first heard about Cooking Mama 5 last year, and expected to see it out then. Today, Majesco announced that Cooking Mama 5: Bon Appétit will release this September for the 3DS. This will be the second Cooking Mama ga...
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Pokemon Happy Meals are coming to McDonald's


Get some Pocket Monsters with your stomach monsters.
Apr 28
// Dale North
Go to happymeal.com and click 'Next Happy Meal' to get a sneak peek of the upcoming Pokemon XY toys coming to McDonald's Happy Meals soon. There's a selection of 12 Pokemon to go with your frozen patties, dehydrated onions, a...
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Slow news day?
This week, we filmed a wonderful short piece in which Bill and I discussed the lack of video games that let us play as actual animals. Unfortunately, Bill's microphone cut out mid-discussion, and the camera's face-tracking started focusing on an animated GIF of some dogs having sex I had up on my monitor behind me. So, here's what we did instead. 

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This Jazzpunk communist breakfast cereal is amazing


Part of this compliant breakfast
Feb 05
// Max Scoville
One of the difficulties with comedy is that describing or paraphrasing a joke frequently makes it cease to be funny, so it's hard to convey Jazzpunk's charm without completely squashing its humor in the process. However,...
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Pizza Hut made $1M in four months through the Xbox 360


What is wrong with you people
Jan 09
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Pizza Hut's director of public relations, Doug Terfehr, has told Polygon that they've sold $1 million in pizzas through the Xbox 360 in four months. Doug goes on to say that they're "not done in" the gaming space, and the company is having ongoing conversations with other potential gaming partners. I think you all know exactly how I feel about this news.
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Check out these Lightning Returns-themed Japanese snacks


Chocolate and pink hair -- my favorite things!
Dec 17
// Dale North
Square Enix sent a little holiday gift to my office this week. They're trying to make me fat, it seems. In Japan, there's a strong tie between game marketing and snack food, so you often see game-themed snack food on conveni...
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Dark Souls II

Japan has a Dark Souls-themed cafe


Diners can enjoy special Dark Souls-themed dishes
Dec 11
// Alasdair Duncan
I've always fancied going to a gaming-themed eatery but there's a shocking lack of them where I live (wonder if I can get planning permission to build my own Deus Ex pub?). That's no issue in Japan, where Siliconera is report...
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Happy Meals!

See those adorable Japanese McDonald Mario toys in action


Possibly the only thing that would make me eat McDonalds
Nov 24
// Wesley Ruscher
Remember those awesome Japanese Mario Happy Meal toys we showed last week? Well now there are a bunch a video's confirming just how cool they are.  Okay... well maybe they aren't that cool, but they would look pretty classy on any gaming shelf. And who could resist Mario in a penguin suit scooting across a table?
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Happy Meals!

Why is Japan's McDonald's Happy Meal so much cooler?


Check out these adorable Super Mario collectibles
Nov 17
// Wesley Ruscher
Take a look at these amazingly adorable Super Mario toys that will be included in Japan's McDonald's Happy Meal equivalent, the Happy Set, beginning on November 22. Two sets, which sadly in the year of Luigi are absent of Mar...
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Xbox One

Buy a Slurpee, win an Xbox One


Just be careful of the brain freeze
Nov 10
// Wesley Ruscher
As if there wasn't already enough unhealthy ways to win one of the new next-gen consoles, 7-Eleven is now giving away one free Xbox One system every day until the 2nd of January.  For chance to win, 7-Eleven patrons...

Spooky Call of Duty: Ghosts Pumpkin Bread & Seeds

Oct 31 // Steven Hansen
Call of Duty Ghost Pepper Pumpkin Seeds Ingredients A pumpkin, stolen from a nest or store bought Salt Olive oil Ground pepper (ghost peppers if you're daft, cayenne for the more reasonable) Instructions So easy! Just scoop the seeds out of your lobotomized pumpkin. Put them in a bowl, maybe give them a rinse. Don't trip about removing all the gunk. Pat them dry with a paper towel. Drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper, toss to coat. Lay them out on a baking sheet. Sprinkle some more salt over the top. Throw them in the oven for about 30 minutes at 300 degrees. Boom! Pumpkin Bread Ingredients That same pumpkin 1 cup olive oil 2/3 cup water 2 cups of pureed pumpkin flesh 4 eggs 3 1/3 cups flour 3 cups sugar 2 teaspoons salt 2 teaspoons cinnamon 2 teaspoons baking soda Instructions Bake your pumpkin, skin side down, at about 350(F) for as long as it takes to become supple and tender (over an hour if you use a whole, large pumpkin). Scoop the flesh into a blender that doesn't suck and puree that gunk. Set aside 2 cups. Freeze the rest for next time. Combine olive oil, water, pumpkin flesh, eggs. Get those eggs beaten evenly. Add salt, cinnamon, baking soda. Next, flour. Whisk like the wind. Pour into a butter or oil-coated baking pan. Bake for about 45 minutes. Ovens are finicky. Check on it and make sure it's not still too moist, but watch closely those waning minutes to ensure it doesn't end up too dry.
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Happy Halloween from A la cartridge!
Happy Halloween spooks and ghouls! If it feels like it's been a month since A la cartrdige's Wind Waker Pouched Salmon, that's because it has been. Rest assured, we did not OD on puns and die. Our pun tolerance transcends hu...

Finned baker: The Wind Waker HD Pouched Salmon

Sep 27 // Steven Hansen
Wind Waker Salmon Pouches Ingredients Windfish (I'm being koi; I mean salmon) Olive oil Salt/pepper 1 can diced tomatoes Lemon Thyme leaves Marjoram Cayenne Green onions Yellow onion Garlic Instructions Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.In a bowl, combine diced tomatoes, a sprinkle of thyme, a sprinkle of marjoram, a sprinkle of cayenne pepper. Adjust according to preference. Juice a lemon into the bowl. Throw in some diced up green onions, yellow onion, and garlic. Give it a mix. Treat the salmon pieces with some salt, pepper, and olive oil. Prepare some foil squares, lay the salmon out, top with the things you just mixed in a bowl. Wrap those aqua puppies up and cook them in the oven for about 30 minutes.
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Grin nadir
Salad of the wind fish. We're making some portable eats on this week's A la cartridge. Inspired by the HD release of the seafaring adventure that is by far the best Legend of Zelda game, The Wind Waker,  we have our fir...

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Stuff Taco Bell down your throat and win a PS4 maybe


Consume junk to win stuff
Sep 27
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Taco Bell and Sony have teamed up to give away a PlayStation 4 every 15 minutes. The catch? You have to eat Taco Bell. Every Taco Bell $5 Buck Boxes comes with a code that you'll then have to text to possibly win a PS4 prize ...
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Uh-oh, SpaghettiOs

Mario SpaghettiOs!? Are we back in the 80s!?


Wash it down with some Hi-C Ecto Cooler
Sep 18
// Tony Ponce
I thought this was a joke. It's not a joke. Campbell's has partnered with Nintendo to release Mario-branded SpaghettiOs. Why, yes, it is the year 2013. Back in the late 80s and early 90s, you couldn't toss a penny down a supe...

A la cartridge: Throwing back a Kutaro Smoothie

Sep 18 // Steven Hansen
Kutaro smoothie Ingredients: Greek yogurt Strawberiies 2 bananas Kale Sprig of mint Peach Ice Instructions: Throw it all in a blender. THIS IS SO EASY, GUYS!
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Smooth subliminals
We were feeling pretty bad about ourselves after last week's Grand Theft Auto V episode of A la Cartridge wherein we made a pastrami-topped triple chili cheese dog burrito. Yes, it was as absurd as it sounds. Accordingly, we...

Grand Theft Swallow: 5-Star Wanted Burrito Bomb

Sep 11 // Steven Hansen
Grand Theft Swallow: Pastrami-topped triple chili cheese dog burrito Ingredients: Chile Salt/pepper 1 white onion 1-2 bell peppers Garlic Paprika, cayenne, oregano, cumin, chili powder 1 can diced tomatoes 1 small can tomato paste 1 can beef stock 2 lbs ground beef Bacon 1 can pinto beans, 1 can kidney beans Other: Cheese (mozarella for me) Pastrami Hotdogs/sausages Burrito-sized flour tortillas Instructions Make your chili first. Drop chopped onions, bell pepper, and garlic in a pan with a little bit of olive oil. Add mix of spices, canned tomatoes, tomato paste, beef stock. Let simmer. Cook bacon. You put it on a hot pan and flip it when it looks cooked. Remove from pan, set on paper towel to absorb grease. Brown ground beef, salt and peppered, breaking apart with wooden spoon. You can use the same pan for bacon flavor. Drain fat when thoroughly browned. Add ground beef, beans, bacon to chili. Let simmer longer. Grate cheese over and let melt or wait to do so. Cook your choice of sausage or hotdog. Throw pastrami on to warm, too. Steam a flour tortilla with a double boiler, make shift if you're crafty enough. Otherwise, throw it in a microwave for ten seconds wrapped in a wet paper towel. Lay steamed tortilla out. Add pastrami, chili, cheese, sausage/hotdogs. Wrap. Eat. Feel bad.
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Can you devour its grand heft?
I could barely fit it all in my mouth. Grand Theft Auto V comes out next week, so we decided to make something fittingly huge and insane for this week's A la Cartridge. None of the fun and whimsy of last week's Dustin Hoffma...

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Olimeat and Porkmin

PAX highlight: Olimeat and Porkmin


Pikmin are only $2.99 a pound! What a deal!
Sep 04
// Tony Ponce
I'm slowly recovering from a wild and crazy PAX weekend. I've been to PAX East twice in the past, but this was my first time attending Prime. It was beyond a doubt the most emotionally polarizing con I have ever attended, fil...

A la cartridge: Rayman's Legendary Chilaquiles

Sep 04 // Steven Hansen
Rayman's Legendary Chilaquiles Ingredients: Canned chipotle peppers 2-3 tomatoes Garlic Tortillas (or store bought chips, tostadas) Chicken Queso fresco Mozarella Cilantro White onion Instructions: Blend the following: 2-3 chipotle peppers, 1 cup water, several cloves of garlic, salt, 2-3 tomatoes. Adjust for taste and spiciness. Place chopped white onions on pan with some oil. Let cook a few minutes. Add salt/pepper seasoned chicken breasts to pan. Cook on medium high for about a minute on each side, then add the previously made sauce to the pan. Cover and set burner to low. Let cook for 10-20 minutes. Shred chicken with a fork, or cut into small chunks with a knife. Add tortilla chips. Bonus point if you fry some corn tortillas and make your own. Top with a mix of queso fresco and mozarella, cover and let melt. Finish with some cilantro.
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This episode of A la cartridge is brought to you by Rainman's Raymond Babbit
Food is good. Videogames are good. Food inspired by videogames is doubleplusgood. It's simple science. Science and art. The third episode of Steven Hansen's À la cartridge is inspired by Rayman Legends. In my que...

A la cartridge: Killer is Dead's Mondo Burger

Aug 28 // Steven Hansen
Mondo Burger Ingredients: ⅗ lb short rib ⅗ lb brisket ¾ lb chuck salt, pepper  1/2 cup ketchup 2 tablespoons soy sauce 1 tablespoon wasabi 2 red bell peppers 2 white onions Makes about 6 burgers. Instructions: Prepare toppings. Roast bell peppers in the oven at 420 degrees Fahrenheit, flipping occasionally, until they're soft and charred. Peel away the burnt outside, get rid of stem and seeds, and slice up. Slice onions to desired size. Throw in a heated pan with oil and let them start to brown a bit before moving them around. Cook them about 20-30 minutes, or until appropriately caramelized. For the wasabi ketchup, just mix wasabi, ketchup, and soy sauce. Heat your pan (cast iron if possible) and some oil on medium-high. When the pan is heated, shape your patties from the ground beef and season with salt and pepper. Don't handle the meat too much, just give it shape. Wet hands help. Put your delicious meat on the pan. 4-5 minutes on one side, without touching or moving it. Don't press down on it and squeeze all the juices out or you're Killer is Dead to me. Flip it over and let cook 4-5 minutes on the other side. Take off the pan and let sit for 5 minutes.  
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Killer is fed
Food is good. Videogames are good. Food inspired by videogames are doubleplusgood. It's simple science. Science and art. The third episode of Steven Hansen's À la cartridge is inspired by Killer is Dead. In my ques...

A la cartridge: Pasta di Pikmin

Aug 21 // Steven Hansen
Pasta di Pikmin Ingredients: Salt, pepper Minced garlic 1/2 white onion, chopped 1-2 zucchini 2 bell peppers (for color) 1 can garbanzo beans 1/2 pound rainbow rotini (pasta) 2 cans diced tomatoes (crushed for a thicker sauce) Bunch of green onions Instructions: Start boiling a pot of water at some point. It takes forever. Warm some olive oil in a pan. Add garlic and onion. Cook until fragrant. Really, smell it. Get your nose in there. Good, right? Add evenly chopped bell peppers and garbanzo beans. You can roast bell peppers in the oven first for even better flavor. If you do, add them towards the end.  Let your vegetables cook a while and then add evenly chopped zucchini. Add two cans of diced (or crushed) tomatoes. Salt and pepper to taste. Cover and simmer to mix flavors and get vegetables tender. Throw your pasta into salted, boiling water. Don't skimp on the salt. Cook until the pasta is still firm, but has softened comfortably. Drain pasta. Toss pasta in vegetable mixture. Top with grated parmigiano reggiano if you're feeling fancy. You attractive claim you.
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Pik-minced vegetables; I will never pasta-p
Food is good. Videogames are good. Food inspired by videogames are doubleplusgood. It's simple science. Science and art. This is the second episode of Steven Hansen's À la cartridge, a straightforward cooking show wh...

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Mega Meat Man

Inside every Mega Man is a Meat Boy


Meat is robot murder
Aug 19
// Tony Ponce
You've crossed the fans for the last time, Capcom! How DARE you infiltrate the Uwajimaya Asian grocery store in Seattle and reshape the deli meats to resemble Mega Man and Cut Man instead of using all of that wasted time to a...

A la cartridge: Dragon's Crown pork monster

Aug 16 // Steven Hansen
Dragon's Crown pork monster Ingredients: Salt, pepper Pork shoulder (on the bone) 1 white onion 1 carrot 1 celery stalk 1 small can of tomato paste 1 cup of red wine Minced garlic 2 cups of beef stock Instructions: Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Rub your meat with salt and pepper, coating evenly. Heat up a pan. Sear the meat for about one minute on each side. Remove the meat from the pan. Pour wine in the pan, scraping up burnt on bits of flavor. Let the wine boil for a bit. Add carrot, celery, onion, all chopped to equal proportions. Cook the vegetables for about 5 minutes. Add minced garlic, tomato paste. Mix. Add beef stock. Transfer the liquid and vegetables into a large, oven safe receptacle. Submerge the pork as deeply as possible. Let it cook in the oven for 2 hours. Side option: Rosemary potatoes Ingredients: Potatoes Olive oil Minced garlic Minced rosemary  Salt, pepper Instructions: Cut the potatoes into equal-sized pieces. Quartering works for small potatoes. Toss in a mixture of olive oil, minced rosemary, minced garlic, salt, pepper. Place on a pan and put in the oven for 1 hour, or until potatoes are a desirable softness on the inside. To brown the outside, you can set the oven to broil and cook a bit longer, but be mindful they don't burn.
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Come see my Dragon's Crowning achievement: A dumb cooking show
Food is good. Videogames are good. Food inspired by videogames are doubleplusgood. It's simple science. Science and art. I would like to humbly present the first episode of Steven Hansen's À la cartridge, a straightfo...

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Get your own Dew n' Doritos Xbox One package yeah!


For Christ's f*cking sake
Jun 13
// Jim Sterling
Microsoft has revealed the fruits of its disgusting sex with PepsiCo, announcing its special "Dew n' Doritos" Xbox One cross-promotion will let you win a special box of vaguely edible items. Major Nelson is giving some of the...
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'Dew and Doritos' teaming up with Xbox One ... seriously


'Unprecedented experience' promised
Jun 10
// Jim Sterling
In what is either the most hilarious or most disgusting move ever, a new website called Dew & Doritos has opened to co-promote snack foods and Microsoft. Yes, the long-running partnership between the Xbox brand and Dorito...
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Lust the dust

Doritos Crash Course 2 arrives on XBLA this Wednesday


This is the moment we've been waiting for
May 06
// Allistair Pinsof
Minecraft. Call of Duty. Doritos Crash Course. These are the games that have defined our console generation and, at long last, we will reenter the magnificent world of Doritos-flavored platforming with Doritos Crash Course 2,...
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Surgeon Simulator 2013

This Surgeon Simulator cake is super gross


And probably super tasty
May 04
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
The guys behind Surgeon Simulator 2013 had a special cake made to celebrate the game's success. It's themed after what you do in the game, and well, it's pretty damn gross. So gross that I put it below the fold in case you'r...

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