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In Development: “YooStar 2” Turns Gamers Into Hollywood Players

In Development: “YooStar 2” Turns Gamers Into Hollywood Players (photo)

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So there I was getting ready to become one of the Borg. Not just any Borg either, mind you. I was going to be Locutus, the cyborg built out of Patrick Stewart’s Jean-Luc Picard. The transformation was painless and, honestly, quite fun.

I became Locutus by playing an early build of “YooStar 2,” an upcoming title for the Xbox 360 and PS3. YooStar Entertainment calls their gameplay concept “movie karaoke” and it pretty much lives up to the name.

The reason this title’s called “YooStar 2” is because there was a previous iteration of the Yoostar idea for PCs last year. “YooStar 1” shipped with a special webcam and a greenscreen backdrop. The game console versions don’t need any of that, nor do they need the tricky configuration set-up that some PCs required to get it working in the first place. It’s much easier on game consoles: just slip in the disc and step in front of the Playstation Eye or Xbox 360 Kinect cameras. The PS3 version will use their upcoming Move motion controller for navigation and some gameplay.

After players pick a scene, they’ll need to step into frame to get scanned. Once that happens, a timing bar scrolls along to let you know when it’s time for your lines. “YooStar 2” sports technology that will recognize whether your readings sync up with the dialogue and whether your movements. But you’re not beholden to the scene as it plays out, either. You can ad lib your own dialogue with hilarious results, too.

As with any karaoke style game, “Yoostar 2 “will only be as good as their catalogue. But it looks like they’re doing their due diligence there. Deals have been signed with six of the major studios, including Paramount, Warner Bros. and Universal. 50 movies scenes will be on the disc, some of which will be familiar sets and memorable scenes where you can improvise. “YooStar 2” will also be building out the catalogue with weekly DLC updates, holding anywhere from 5 to 15 scenes. Among the scenes I saw during my demo were sequences from “Kick-Ass,” “Rocky,” “Beverly Hills Cop” and “The Godfather.”

Like “Def Jam Rapstar,” “YooStar 2” will also have social networking components that push out to the YooStar website. Users can vote on the performances upladed by others and you’ll be able to share your scenes with friends on Facebook and Twitter.

“YooStar 2” is still a ways off from release, but even at this stage it looks like a fun, inviting party game.

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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

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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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GIFs via Giphy, Photos via The Everett Collection

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