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Pinball Wizards

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pinballclose The endless launch of new cell phone models and gaming platforms in the battle royal for your leisure hours leaves a consumer to play Simon Cowell to the auditioning product du jour. In the quest for portable and interactive entertainment, arcade and pinball machines are indeed from another century. Pac-Man is gone from the arcade, but lives somewhere in a downloadable format. A great deal of nostalgia exists for that bygone era of brands like Atari, Coleco and Sega to name just a few. The documentary Tilt: The Battle to Save Pinball, now on iTunes, chronicles the glory days of pinball and tells the tale of a last-ditch effort to save the industry. This one will have you reaching in your pocket for more quarters.

New and browsable on iTunes: Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman: The Movie // Saints and Soldiers // Michael Winslow: Live // Poetry In Motion // InSearchOf

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June 26, 2009 at 8:18 pm

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E3 Reverb: Video Downloads for all

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At this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo, consoles began showing signs of serious momentum as video pipelines into the living room. Sony has a new technology that downloads movies and TV directly the PSP portable console wirelessly.

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In the future, your mother may use a game console

Console makers are broadening their content offerings, to branch out from the tried and true 80-90% young male demographic. To that point, Don Mattrick, Microsoft’s SVP of Interactive Entertainment, said, “This E3 is about breaking down barriers — between generations, between games and entertainment, and most important, between video game players and everyone else.”

One player notably absent from this particular game: Nintendo, which has no comparable video download service in the US, and seems somewhat lackluster on the propects – President Satoru Iwata told the LA Times, “We are hopeful that we launch a similar service in America someday. But we do not have anything to announce today.”

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June 11, 2009 at 8:21 pm

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The Next Generation & Final Frontier of Harlan

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As the worthiness of the new “Star Trek” sparks debate – in Klingon and Vulcan – one consensus among fans of the original series is veneration for the episode ‘The City on the Edge of Forever.’ The auteur of this masterpiece of sci fi, writer and foul-mouthed provocateur Harlan Ellison is the subject of a gem of a doc now on iTunes, Harlan Ellison: Dreams with Sharp Teeth. Ellison wrote the episode’s original script and feuded with Gene Roddenberry on the rewrites. At day’s end, the episode brought home a Hugo Award, a Writers Guild of America Award, and a glimpse at a pre-Dynasty Joan Collins.

itunes_harlanellisondreamsHOMEOutside the Star Trek galaxy, Ellison’s body of work speaks for itself.  Short stories. Teleplays. Essays. Novellas. Ellison has boldly gone where few writers of the last century have gone before. Enjoy the voyage.

Also gluing us to our iTunes devices: In Debt We Trust // Tales of the Rat Fink // Tupac: Assassination – Conspiracy or Revenge // Farmingville // The Young Unknowns // Michael Winslow: Live

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June 5, 2009 at 5:41 pm

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