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Double Fine’s “Trenched” Blows Stuff Up on June 22nd

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On the whole, the games produced by Double Fine can be generally categorized as sweet, even poignant experiences. “Psychonauts” uses the interior landscapes of peoples’ minds as a setting for adventure and coming-of-age, “Costume Quest” evokes the childhood fun of Halloween dress-up and imaginative play and the Russian doll tomfoolery of “Stacked” hid a family drama inside of one of its layers. Even heavy-metal homage “Brutal Legend” was about Eddie Riggs finding an alternate universe where a roadie could be a hero.

But there’s nothing sweet about “Trenched.” The latest game by the studio founder by Tim Schafer puts players inside a grinding war of attrition where only explosive firepower and strategic cunning can win the day. You play as a member of the Mobile Trench Brigade, soldiers who pilot gigantic mech suits on an old-timey battlefield against the threat of Monovision. You can see the game’s first cutscene, which sets up the story and the world, below:

The game seems to be taking on a what-if narrative where, in this case, advanced technology arrives before humanity’s necessarily ready to handle it. The monovision appears to be riffing on television, making real the fears that new-fangled invention would rot our brains and run riot over the world. Brad Muir’s the game’s project lead and “Trenched”‘s game mechanics combine tank-like combat and the careful placement of automatic armaments who do some of the enemy killing for you.

So, yeah: manliness from Double Fine. The other great thing about “Trenched” is that it’s the indie studio’s third game in less than twelve months, an impressive feat of productivity designed to take advantage of download services like Steam, Xbox Live and PlayStation Network. A different studio member led development in each case, resulting in wildly different experiences that nevertheless all have that signature Double Fine whimsy. “Trenched” comes out on June 22. Get ready to enlist, son.


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.


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…


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.