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The Network Roundup: Smoke on the water

Woe is me. Only one more episode left of this season's Game of Thrones, but last week's sure delivered. After all the build up I was wondering how they would employ the deadly Wild Fire on screen. I loved it, in all of its ectopla...

 
 
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The Network Roundup: Get your grill on

Memorial Day weekend always signifies some poignent things for me. Remembering those who serve for our freedom, plenty of rest, and a whole lot of grilling delicious meats are always on the agenda. I'm far from being an outdoorsy ...

 
 
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The Network Roundup: Oh my goth

I'm not sure if it made a blip on your radar or not, but yesterday was World Goth Day. In high school I fancied quite a few bands that might be considered goth at the time, and maybe wore my eyeliner on the heavy side. These days I think th...

 
 
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The Network Roundup: The red smile

I just can't believe it. There's only two more weeks left of Game of Thrones? What am I going to do without my dear King Joffrey and his intent to carve some red smiles? The sneak preview of next week's episode looks to be pretty exciting a...

 
 
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A feast of new One Piece: Pirate Warriors visuals

Even the discerning tastes of Sanji would be excited by these new One Piece: Pirate Warrior's images. The are great shots of some of the in game environments, and thankfully the first Arlong arc looks faithfully represented. ...

 
 
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The Network Roundup: Time to play

Sick of all the Diablo III complaining and news? I'm just happy to be playing. With my hectic work and writing schedule, playing games is something I set certain times of night aside for. Unfortunately, those times had not been lining ...

 
 
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The Network Roundup: So emo it hurts

I ran across an interesting article today that confirmed one very important fact. Emo hair is bad for your health. Besides possibly destroying your social life and hampering your ability to genre jump, emo hair may cause...

 
 
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The Network Roundup: Pedal to the metal

Make no mistake, I love me some cars, especially ones I could never ever afford. Today we unfortunately lost a hugely influential and awesome contributor to the auto world, Carroll Shelby, but I am reminded of a car I ha...

 
 
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The Japanese government squashes social gaming's dreams

Usually I have the pleasure of reporting the latest fun and silly stuff coming from my homeland of Japan to our readers. Today I get to tell you about something so ridiculously dumb my head is actually hurting. Do you like bu...

 
 
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The Network Roundup: There's something on your face

Where were those Network Roundups you love so much over the past couple weeks? While I was traveling the globe and missing my Game of Thrones, I unfortunately wasn't able to get to my favorite updates. Fret not, I am now back and was able t...

 
 
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More Persona 4 gear than you can shake a stick at

Feeling a bit overwhelmed by all the Persona 4 merchandise that's been stacking up on Japanese shelves? Well, Hori has figured out another way to drain your MegaTen loving wallet in August with a new arcade style joystic...

 
 
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30th Anniversary Macross Blu-ray includes a classic gem

Macross fans rejoice! The details about the upcoming Blu-Ray remaster of Macross: Do You Remember Love just keep getting sweeter. We revealed last month that the Japan only release would be a Hybrid Disc, containing a PS3 game, Macros...

 
 
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The Network Roundup: Stop projecting

It started with Hatsune Miku and recently made loads of money for Tupac's estate at Coachella. Come on people. What's with all the projections of artists who can't really be on stage? I was hoping these were isolated incidents, but whe...

 
 
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The Network Roundup: The King in the North

Last night's Game of Thrones delivered all sorts of King Joffrey madness. Up until yesterday's episode, I have to say I wasn't a huge fan of the whiney little lord, however his ramp up of sadism has made him strangely more...interesting. Wi...

 
 
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The Network Roundup: Let's get it on

Besides my usual Game of Thrones fandom, this weekend is all about one thing for me. UFC 145. It's not that I'm really a big fan of either Jon Jones or Rashad Evans, but Saturday's fight features some real bad blood and total new school vs ...

 
 
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Super Monkey Ball decides to get a bit naughty

Some things just represent purity and innocence to me. New born babies, Mother Theresa, and of course Super Monkey Ball. I'm sure you could mix various words in the game's title with others to dirty it up, but the thought of AiAi and Baby ...

 
 
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The Network Roundup: We let it all hang out

Exposing one's genitals is evolving into a powerful, however highly misunderstood form of communication. Today, a man on his way from Oregon to California decided to strip down to his naturals in a mini protest against the search process im...

 
 
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The Network Roundup: Just stay afloat

I'm sure all of you had a fantastic weekend. Me? Somehow the weather got better here in Chicago, but of course every time that happens I sick. I won't whine too much since I didn't die on a sinking vessel like some folks did back ...

 
 
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The Network Roundup: Some things don't fly around here

Sorry Kim Jong Un. Some days are full of spectacular technology and triumph, while some days are just full of embarassing failure. I'm not a politician, someone remotely important, nor do I feel one country should tell another what to do. H...

 
 
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One Piece: Pirate Warriors is coming ashore

Fret not brave adventurers, Luffy and friends will be making their way to North America and Europe after all. Based on the wildly popular manga and anime One Piece, the PS3 exclusive, One Piece: Pirate Warriors from Namc...

 
 
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The Network Roundup: Sorry it's not your Springfield

After years of speculation and Springfield pride, everyone's dreams came to a crashing down today, when The Simpsons creator, Matt Groening revealed the actual state of the Springfield featured in the long running show. Sorry guys, it's jus...

 
 
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Project X Zone surprises us with actual details

After slowly trickling information about their upcoming dream team project, Capcom, Sega, and Namco Bandai finally took the lid of of some official plans. The power trio revealed to Famitsu that their upcoming 3DS game is tit...

 
 
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Are you the ultimate Leon S. Kennedy fan?

Excited about Leon S. Kennedy's return in Resident Evil 6? Consider yourself the ultimate Leon fan, and even sport his perfectly parted hair? Well prepare to put your money where you mouth is... a lot of it, as the Japan only Resident Evil ...

 
 
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The Witch and the Hundred Nights lets your morality shine

Nippon Ichi Software have finally taken the wraps off their first action-rpg, The Witch and the Hundred Knights. The upcoming PS3 title looks to be a cross between Diablo and Bioware games, allowing players to either help or hinder the cast...

 
 
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The Network Roundup: Just drop kick it

I had the pleasure of catching Gareth Evans's Indonesian at action flick, The Raid:Redemption this weekend. Pretty much everything that has followed leaving the theatre has consisted of me kneeing or elbowing it. I'm not sure if m...

 
 


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