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Modders craft an all-new Star Wars game from “Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare”

Modders craft an all-new Star Wars game from “Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare” (photo)

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Aside from the “Lego Star Wars” games developed by the Traveller’s Tales studio, it’s been a dark time for video game fans of the Skywalker mythos. Last year’s “Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2” got a poor reception from many. I myself was personally, very disappointed by the way its uneven storyline and cookie-cutter wasted the freshest take on “Star Wars” in years. Rumors have swirled that the video game arm of George Lucas’ empire suffered debilitating cuts in its development staff. Hopes for new entries in the “X Wing” aerial combat series or more massive Rebels-vs-Imperials skirmishes in the “Battlefront” games waned.

In short, it seemed like the video game potential for new games in the “Star Wars” milieu was dim. Yes, the “Old Republic” MMO that’s being built in partnership between EA, LucasArts and BioWare is due out this year but that one game may not be able to meet the cravings of various gamer disciplines.

But the work of a plucky crew of modders may be the best thing to satisfy players wanting to headshot legions of Stormtroopers. Germany-based collective the Black Monkeys just announced the release of “Galactic Warfare,” a PC mod of 2007’s “Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare” that’s been handcrafted to reseat it firmly in the Star Wars universe. The work of Skywalker love took two years to complete and is now free for players to experience starting today.

The thing that stands out in broad relief is how a group of modders can put in so much work to make a Star Wars game, while LucasArts hasn’t put out a game in this style for more than 3 years. Now, let’s be clear: the BlackMonkey modders aren’t creating their own engine from scratch. They’re using a toolset that’s already been proven and tested. But, still, BlackMonkey does a job that frankly outdoes some of LucasArts’ recent efforts. Here’s hoping that it won’t take too long for LucasArts to deliver a game that looks better, plays better and re-energizes the Star Wars gamer fanbase.

Which parts of the Star Wars Universe would you like to see modders tackle next? Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook or Twitter.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at IFC.com

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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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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…