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Is “HDification” to Video Games What “Double Dip” Is to DVD?

Is “HDification” to Video Games What “Double Dip” Is to DVD? (photo)

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Have you ever bought the same DVD twice? The Special Edition, Ultimate Edition, Complete Collector’s Edition, Unrated Edition, Director’s Cut, Extended Cut, and Redux have clever disguises used by movie studios to resell customers products they already own. Amongst movie nerds, these “limited releases” are called double dips: a new candy coating around the same old treat. This shrewdly profitable pinching of fans’ pockets has undoubtedly been the envy of the video game market for some time, but has, mostly, been unattainable by the top publishers.

Of course there are exceptions. The “Super Mario” and “Final Fantasy” franchises began capitalizing on the double dip before the double dip had its name. But less popular, smaller games – the “Office Space”s of the medium, if you will – usually see only one box release and thus one chance to be sold to the same consumer.

A rumor is floating around the Internet that popular stealth games “Metal Gear Solid 1-3” will receive a high-definition rerelease on the PlayStation 3. They won’t be the first of their kind. In the past year, “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time” received a rerelease, its textures upgraded for modern TV sets with higher resolution. The “Sly Cooper” games got the same treatment, along with the addition of 3D graphics. Critic darlings “Ico” and “Shadow of the Colossus” will rerelease in HD later this year. The HD rerelease is becoming a trend I’ll dub HDification.

So far, HDification has been local to high profile and successful games, usually parts of a large, relevant franchise. However next month, “Beyond Good & Evil”, a commercial flop and cult classic, will experience the HD rerelease treatment on Xbox 360’s Xbox Live Arcade download service. “BG&E” isn’t part of an acclaimed series. Its only sequel is, for all we know, suspended in development limbo and has been for years. The decision to rerelease by publisher Ubisoft seems concocted at best to attract a few new fans – and at worst to cash in on the old ones.

The HDification process of replacing old textures with high resolution new ones, while certainly time intensive, is considerably cheaper and easier than creating a new game from the ground up. And with fans less willing to hook old consoles up to their new television, HDification makes old, forgotten favorites originally on the PlayStation 2, Gamecube, Xbox and Dreamcast playable on new formats like PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

HDification might not be the blunt, lazy cash-in that turned off movie buffs to studios that continue to put slightly improved discs in new, expensive boxes. But the basic premise feels the same. Buy the entertainment you love – all over again.

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Rev Up

Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Give Back

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.

Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…

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A-O Rewind

Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.


Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.

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