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Mariah Carey takes the place of Kate Upton in this Game of War commercial.
Via: TMZ
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We've known for a bit that iconic singer Mariah Carey would be the new spokeswoman for free-to-play mobile game Game of War: Fire Age.

Well, TMZ got ahold of the commercial and now you can see medieval warriors call in help via smartphone, hear about a 'hero coming along' a few times and try to catch a few seconds of Mariah wielding a flaming crossbow.


Of course, the multi-platinum singer is taking over for Kate Upton. You know you know her. Here's another look at her 2015 Super Bowl commercial if you need/would like a reminder.

We're not sure if this game is any good. All the b00bs they throw at us hasn't left us wanting to actually try it. Someone must be, we can't imagine these ladies consider their time to be cheap.

Have you played this celebrity-led, silly-looking game?

YouTube launches its video game streaming site.
Via: Mashable
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Twitch has dominated the new market of video game streaming and now YouTube wants a cut of the action.

As they announced at the beginning of the summer, YouTube has planned to launch YouTube Gaming, a separate site dedicated to streaming, watching and chatting about video games. On Aug. 26, they began a slow release of the new platform.

Mashable says the introduction is fairly painless:

Getting started is a simple process of navigating your browser over to and following the steps in a setup process (that includes phone verification). You'll need to set up encoding software, fill out the necessary info for your stream and tick off any optional features. There's a checklist right there on the setup page, but Google also put together a more involved guide to getting set up.

YouTube Gaming supports streaming from PlayStation 4, Wii U and Xbox One consoles, provided you've got a capture device sending video from the console to your computer. Google specifically calls out Elgato's HD60 as a YouTube Live Verified device, but there's a good chance that other game capture solutions work as well. If you've got one, try it out before you run out and buy something new.

Apparently, mobile apps for Android and iOS are also around the corner so you can watch your gaming of the go.

The launch comes only a year after Google prepared a heaping ton of money to purchase Twitch, but then Amazon swooped in with $970 million and bought the streaming service.

There's no telling yet whether the search giant will have any luck in a space already dominated by Twitch and executives at the leading streamer seem to think not.

Matthew DiPietro, Twitch's SVP of Marketing released a statement Aug. 25, basically bragging about how their numbers are so much bigger:

For our current stats, we have 1.5 million broadcasters (11K Partnered channels), 100 million viewers per month who watch 106 minutes per person per day on average, and 38 million installs of our mobile app with 4.7 billion minutes watched across 10.3 million unique devices.

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Well, we suppose this is one way to market a football video game.

Dave Franco, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Julio Jones, Rob Gronkowski, Colin Kaepernick, Antonio Brown and Buffalo Bills Coach Rex Ryan all chose, presumably of their own free will, to join this EA Sports commercial for the annual Madden Game.

It's somewhere in between that insane Kickstarter success Kung Fury and a sci-fi Karate Kid. Including Colin Kaepernick as Al Pacino from Scent of a Woman of course.

And yes, there is a dinosaur.

It's also nice to see McLovin' doing some work.

Is it just us or does this seem really similar to Tay Tay's Bad Blood video.

The game will release Aug. 25.

Stephen Colbert has a new choose your own adventure game.
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As we've mentioned before, Stephen Colbert has a lot of time on his hands.

His takeover of The Late Show from David Letterman doesn't begin until September and he's been whiling away the hours with a lot of pop culture pomp and circumstance.

However, he released something a little different July 20.

Instead of the usual madcap video, his CBS show portal gives you the gift of a text-based choose your own adventure game.

Play it here: here.

Named, "Escape from the Man-Sized Cabinet", the adventure takes you into a magical land of Narnia-proportions, where you will try and click your way through the right decisions. Be careful, though, the wrong choice can mean certain death.

And that may mean a certain return to work.

The game also includes a centaur named Randall.

This game follows the absolutely hysterical precedent began by Clickhole in March, which invited brave adventurers to risk their necks on Mysterious Skullshadow Island.

If you'd rather have one of Colbert's more ol' timey videos, harkening back to the ones he was putting together only two weeks ago, he uploaded another this morning just for you.

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Texas artist Nick Derington has immortalized some very important moments from your youth.

The print series called “Boss Fight” shows Mario, Link and Samus as they prepare to do battle with Bowser, Ganon, and Mother Brain.

He sold out of the first editions of the prints back in January, and now he’s offering them again through a Kickstarter project.

A description of the project from his page:

This project consists of three illustrations that recreate the nervous excitement that meant reaching a game’s hard earned final moments. A testament to the hours spent building skills, solving puzzles and defeating all the minions that stood in your way towards the game’s final confrontation.


Derington has done work for DC Comics, Marvel and Mondo, and he was lead animator for “Scanner, Darkly.”

He reached his fundraising goal after only an hour, and is now also offering a bonus print called “Mario’s Regret” to anyone who has funded at any level if he reaches $18k.

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Two very different worlds collide in this new video imagining what it would be like if the guy from Fallout took on Skyrim's Dovahkiin.

Can a Pip-Boy hold up against the power of a well-placed "Fus Ro Dah?"

Who can eat his rations fast enough to regenerate health?

Watch the video to find out.

This is just the latest matchup from AndrewMFilms, who previously paired up Mario and Minecraft Steve.

Overall the graphics are really well done, and just as a heads up, it gets a little gruesome towards the end.

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Via: Vocativ
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Italians who can't pay their utility bills are getting help from an unlikely source: Super Mario.

Wearing Mario masks and blue overalls, a group of vigilante plumbers from Rome have been turning the water back on in homes after utility companies turn it off.

They are fighting for underemployed citizens' "right to water" and investigate each case before deciding to take action, according to Vocativ.

About 25 percent of homes are late on payments, and they reportedly get about 200 requests a day.

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