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We Review: Splinter Cell: Blacklist

American author Tom Clancy has penned many a spy novel and since the late 90s lent his name to a range of video game sneak-em-ups including the Rainbow Six, Ghost Recon, and Splinter Cell series. His involvement in the creation of the games may be questionable but there’s a Clancy-esque technical and tactical nature to them. It’s never been a match for my loose and free style of play, as such none of these titles have lit up my radar.

Times are a-changing though, what with the economy on the downturn and the cost of video game development reaching atmospheric levels. Publishers and developers can’t just target one segment of the market as freely as they might have in the past. To broaden its appeal, Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Blacklist casts a wider net into the pool of gamer stereotypes. As a newcomer to the franchise, I decided to test the waters.

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We Review: The Bureau: XCOM Declassified

Late last year, we reviewed the first reboot of the XCOM series of games, titled Enemy Unknown. The prequel to this game, The Bureau: XCOM Declassified, while not a turn-based game, still retains some of the strategy elements while bringing you to the battlefield as a third-person shooter. Think XCOM meets Gears of War meets Mass Effect, all set in the early 1960s. Intrigued? Then read on. Read more

Quirky Anatomical Posters

In the same vein of cuteness as I Heart Guts, designer Rachel Ignotofsky illustrates the different biological systems that work together to keep the human organism alive.

Have a look at the charming and colourful anthropomorphic organs in Ignotofsky’s Body Systems after the jump.

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We Review: Europa Universalis IV

Europa Universalis IV from Paradox Interactive is the latest instalment of the grand strategy series, and adds many huge improvements to an already impressive game. I try my hand at world conquest to see if this is the game that makes kings, or the kind that makes kings turn in their graves. Read more

Best Horse Racing Game Ever!

We can always expect our friends in the far east to put a slant on things but this could possibly be the greatest horse racing video game ever created.

Japan World Cup tasks the player to bet on the outcome of unpredictable and absurd horse races. Unpredictable is probably an understatement and just *how* absurd is it? Find out below.

The hilarious antics from the game have been compiled into not one, but three DVDs.

[via @nxtrms]

Twerks of Art: Miley Cyrus Dances Dirty on Famous Paintings

The MTV Video Music Awards must have felt like a bad acid trip to some people. Miley Cyrus twerked with teddy bears, gyrated against Robin Thicke’s crotch, and even pretended to pleasure herself with a giant foam glove. You can’t unsee this kind of stuff, but if you missed it click here to watch the hyper-sexual performance.

GIFs of the lewd display were promptly dispatched far and wide on the Internet and it didn’t take very long before Jen Lewis over at BuzzFeed decided it was a good idea to insert Miley Cyrus into a bunch of famous paintings. Georges Seurat’s Sunday afternoon is forever ruined, Edvard Munch’s man now has a reason to scream, and this was not the dinner theatre that Jesus had in mind. Have a look at the twerks of art after the jump.

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Happy Hour

It’s a lazy afternoon, and Yannick sits at Café Allongé, enjoying his coffee and doodling genitals on photos of people. He’s about to leave when when a beautiful woman enters. Yannick tries to charm the lady, each attempt getting more outrageous than the last, so much that he confuses reality with fantasy. Does he get the girl of his fantasies? Check out Happy Hour below.

Happy Hour was directed by Maxime Paccalet.

[via Geek Tyrant]

Colourised History

Reddit is home to a great many areas of interests. Want to see animals without necks? Here to you go. Have a hankering for cute guys with cuddly animals? Lady Boners Gone Cuddly has you covered.

What about adding colour to black-and-white photographs from the 19th and 20th centuries? The digital artists over at the ColorizedHistory subreddit use their eye for colour and reference information to emphasize the embroidery work in Buffalo Bill’s jacket, or the fiery disaster that was the Hindenburg, or the crisp blue uniform of a civil war powder monkey. See a few examples of Colourised History after the jump.

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The World is a Different Place in “Pangea Politica”

300 million years ago, Pangea the supercontinent was the dominant landmass on the Earth. Over the course of time, Pangea broke up to form the continents that we see on maps today.

What would a map look like if the lands were clumped back together into the ancient supercontinent, yet maintained the current administrative boundaries for all the countries? Massimo Pietrobon tried his hand at creative cartography and drew Pangea Politica. How different do you think the world would be? Check it out after the jump.

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You Can’t Unsee This: Twerking to Classical Music

The Internet is fascinated with twerking. Google trends reveals that over the past 12 months, South Africa ranks in the top three countries that run web searches for twerk-related content.

Miley Cyrus did it in a unicorn onesie. Nicki Minaj did it in a pool, and even bears have been spotted twerking in the woods. And now, twerking has invaded the highbrow world of classical music. Set to the upbeat Sabre Dance by composer Aram Khachaturian, the Twerking To Classical Music compilation is sure to hypnotise/repulse you.

[via Huffington Post]