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A Classic Police Maneuver Against a Dirty Cop on 'NCIS: LA' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 22nd 2010 6:28AM
'NCIS: LA'It's tough discovering that one of your brothers-in-arms has betrayed you, and that's exactly what Deeks (Eric Christian Olsen) had to face on the season premiere of 'NCIS: LA' (Tue., 9PM on CBS).

After coaxing a confession out of a dirty cop, Deeks was ready to hand him over to the custody of Callen (Chris O'Donnell) and Hanna (LL Cool J), but the guy just wouldn't shut up. "So tell me, Deeks," he goaded. "How was she in bed?"

And that was it, Deeks was lost to cop drama cliches that have been around for years and years. He'd probably grown up watching them on television a lot, because he knew every step of the process and executed it flawlessly.

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Sony PlayStation Joins Reality TV Game

by Aimee Deeken, posted Feb 12th 2010 1:00PM
PlayStation 3The video game industry wants to try its hand at playing something else: reality TV programming.

Sony Computer Entertainment America has partnered with producer 51 Minds to launch a reality TV series, Variety reports. The program, titled 'The Tester,' will be available only to PlayStation 3 owners, running exclusively on the PlayStation Network.

This is the industry's first foray into original programming modeled on the broadcast network format. PS3 has previously offered an original anime series, coverage of upcoming games and a behind-the-scenes look at the video game industry.

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Sesame Street characters to appear in new video games

by Brad Trechak, posted Jan 14th 2010 1:30PM
Sesame StreetSince 2001, there has not been a video game based on the characters in Sesame Street. This is about to change as the Children's Television Workshop has licensed Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment to create games based on the franchise.

This is how my sick mind works. I'm envisioning "Call of Duty: Sesame Street" in which our beloved muppet characters have been stricken with a zombie plague and must be destroyed by a military platoon. The Count, being already undead, remains unaffected.

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Cartoon Network lets Clone Wars fans design online games

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Nov 12th 2009 10:02AM
Cartoon Network's Clone Wars Video Game Creator lets fans design their own games.If there aren't already enough Star Wars video games for your liking, you can make your own with Cartoon Network's Star Wars: The Clone Wars Game Creator.

With the animated action show continuing to draw big numbers on Friday nights, its home network is serving up a chance for fans to build their own Clone Wars game and share it with other gamers.

According to the network, these game creators aren't a stunt to generate TV show buzz. The Ben 10: Alien Force Game Creator posted more than 630 million game plays since it went live a year ago, with more than 4.6 million games created by online visitors.

Once fans open their game creator, they choose their character (Anakin Skywalker, Captain Rex or Cad Bane) and their vehicle (AT-TE, AT-RT or Speeder), allowing nine different combinations of character abilities and vehicle powers.

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New Clone Wars game ties into Star Wars series canon

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Oct 28th 2009 8:02PM
Star Wars The Clone Wars Republic Heroes adds to the animated series' backstory.If you're a fan of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and you want to know what happened between Season One and the now-running Season Two, you're going to need a video game system.

The story in the new game, Star Wars: The Clone Wars - "Republic Heroes" bridges the gap between the show's first two runs, as Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker and their loyal Clone Trooper comrades take on a new Separatist enemy packing a freshly polished doomsday weapon.

Available for PS3, Nintendo Wii or Xbox 360, "Republic Heroes" lets you play as a Jedi Knight or as a Clone Trooper -- depending on where you are in the game and what choices you make as a player.

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'Deadliest Catch,' 'Man vs. Wild' Becoming Video Games

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 26th 2009 5:30PM
Deadliest CatchBattling the elements in the Discovery Channel's 'Man vs. Wild' and braving the tumultuous seas of 'Deadliest Catch' are no longer limited to the imagination, as both popular shows are heading to stores as video games.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Discovery Communications is working with video game publisher Crave to adapt both series. The 'Deadliest Catch' video game is expected to hit shelves for Playstation 3, Nintendo Wii and Nintendo DS by spring 2010. The 'Man v. Wild' video game will be available on those systems, as well as X-Box 360, but isn't expected until toward the end of 2011.

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Project Runway: The video game?

by Michael Pascua, posted Oct 12th 2009 4:03PM
Heidi Klum and Tim GunnHere's your chance to make it work. Variety has posted that Project Runway is becoming a video game for the Nintendo Wii made by Atari. I guess it was to no one's surprise, many TV shows become video games (CSI, Grey's Anatomy, Iron Chef America) all with varying degrees of success. Even America's Next Top Model has a video game for the Nintendo DS, but it's only available in Europe.

There is no word of when the game is releasing or any meaty details. We do know that the game will follow the show's format: design a dress, make-up and hair, runway, and judging.

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'Project Runway' Hopes to Make It Work on Wii

by Gary Susman, posted Oct 9th 2009 4:34PM
Project RunwayTim Gunn: Videogame action hero. That's the scenario you'll see next year when Atari introduces a 'Project Runway' game for the Nintendo Wii. Variety reports that Gunn and Heidi Klum are expected to lend their stylista stamps of approval to a game based on the popular catwalk competition, whose sixth season currently airs on Lifetime.

Following the pattern of the show, players will start as designers, creating outfits, hairstyles, makeup and accessories for their models. Players can then become photographers and document the collections, or they can be models and strut down the catwalk, using the Wii balance board.

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Dexter game hits Apple's App Store

by Danny Gallagher, posted Sep 15th 2009 8:09PM
A creepy screenshot from the new Dexter iPhone game
One of the most anticipated iPhone apps since the "iFart" has finally found its way to the App Store.

The official Dexter video game from Marc Ecko Entertainment and Icarus Studios finally made it to Apple's App Store yesterday after more than a year in anxious development. The game is also set to be released on the PC, as well, but a release date hasn't been officially set yet.

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Not wasting enough time watching TV? Try these upcoming TV games

by Danny Gallagher, posted Aug 18th 2009 12:03PM
Prison Break, the video game
Is television taking up too much of your time? Do you find yourself spending night after night on the couch, spending hours of quality time clutching your remote in the hopes it will lead you down the primrose path of perfect entertainment? Have you wasted entire days of your life decreasing the firmness of the coils in your couch with your ever increasing ass planted firmly in front of the idiot box?

If so, maybe a more physical activity would perk up your droll and dull life. Why not put down that remote, throw that TV Guide in the trash compactor and pick up that video game controller for a few hours of TV-related interactive entertainment? Because exercise is for people with no creative thought for self-entertainment.

Here is just a sample of some TV show game spinoffs headed to an XBox, Playstation or coffee table near you.

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TV Squad Ten: Shows that deserve to have their own video game

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jun 16th 2009 11:35AM
TV shows that deserve to be video gamesThere is nothing inherently wrong with turning a TV series into a video game spinoff. It can fill in the gaps between seasons to quell the viewers' hunger, let audiences explore characters from new perspectives and even give the more hardcore couch potatoes some much needed exercise even if they only burned 1/100ths of a calorie solely through their thumbs.

The problem is video game developers pick TV shows that should never even become a travel sized board game. Developers have given the greenlight to games based on shows like American Idol, Desperate Housewives and even ... Grey's Anatomy?!? I hope that last one was a first-person shooter.

There are far better shows that offer far more entertaining elements for a kick-ass video game. These are the shows that should be next in line for a pixelated re-treatment.

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Donkey Kong champ Steve Wiebe tries to defeat evil live on television

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jun 6th 2009 9:05AM
Steve Wiebe from The King of Kong: A Fistful of QuartersThe saga of video game champion Steve Wiebe, the man made famous by the wonderful documentary film The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters, is one that will be told on mountain tops by the elders of the tribes to young men as they pass into adulthood.

Wiebe struggled to achieve the success he so richly deserved for chasing the Donkey Kong world champion title from the Twin Galaxies score organization, due in part to the underhanded and downright evil efforts of reigning champion and Donkey Kong douchebag Billy Mitchell. Even though he has surpassed Mitchell's scores since the release of the film, Mitchell always seemed to be one barrel behind him, making Wiebe even more of an iconic hero to geeks, spazzes, dweebs and everyone else.

So at this year's E3 video game expo, the G4 Network gave Wiebe and his many fans the chance to reclaim the title for humble people everywhere by broadcasting his nine hour attempt live on television. It may sound like something that could make your eyes bleed no matter how close you were sitting to the TV, but it became hands down one of my 10 greatest sporting broadcasts of the year. And this is from a network that runs reruns of both COPS and Cheaters.

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TV Squad Ten: Signs your show has made it

by Danny Gallagher, posted Apr 20th 2009 2:05PM
classic looking tvThe TV is a weird beast. Your show can have ridiculously high ratings, receive greater critical claim than the Mona Lisa and achieve a cult following not seen since the People's Temple, and the network can still pull the plug on you.

TV Land doesn't work like Reality Land, if the Reality Land is in fact reality and not some bizarre reality land where meat-hungry producers are the gods of fate. TV has a different equation for success.

Here are the ten telltale signs that your new show will spend eternity shining in the pantheon of the cosmos and the rest of its life on Best Buy's DVD shelves.

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You'll never guess which TV star is getting his own video game...

by Danny Gallagher, posted Apr 13th 2009 10:30AM
a classic Atari joystickSeriously, you'll never guess. Go ahead and try.

Now if you did just try and venture a guess, let me point out how incredibly stupid you are. You just answered a question verbally at a computer.

And no matter what your answer was, chances are it was wrong. If you had a million guesses, a team of round-the-clock researchers, and more than half of a century to sit down and figure out the answer, you still wouldn't get it. It's THAT bizarre.

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Hell's Kitchen - video game review

by Danny Gallagher, posted Mar 6th 2009 3:01PM

If you're a wobbly-kneed, amateur chef with a tendency to wet your pants anytime someone's voice goes a few decibels higher in your direction, a good version of the Hell's Kitchen video game should make you wish you put on your rubber pants before you started playing.

Unfortunately, the real version isn't even worth shelling out for the price of a pair of extra-large Depends.

The game lacks in just about every area imaginable, from gameplay to ambiance, most notably and disappointingly from the angry chef himself, whose mean stare can make puppies cry and anger spittle can burn a hole in your face like hot alien acid.

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