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Insert Credit: Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

Insert Credit: Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (photo)

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Insert Credit endeavors to suss out where you should be allotting your video game allowance, sifting out a single title from many and crowning it as The One Game You Need to Get This Week. Don’t consider these reviews, gentle reader. Rather, think of Insert Credit as a mix of hands-on time, informed opinion and intuition.

For the week of August 9, 2010, you should insert credit into: “Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World”

Scott Pilgrim. Man, that guy’s everywhere. Still, the one place Bryan Lee O’Malley’s comics creation hadn’t landed — until this week — was in a video game. Ubisoft just released a downloadable game that brings everything full circle.

With the evil exes serving as level bosses who cough up experience and money when they get defeated, the comic’s internal logic owes a strong debt to old school video games. That feedback loop comes right on back to the game, which is a purposefully retro beat-em-up, in the vein of arcade classics “Double Dragon” and “Final Fight.”

Despite being in hi-def, the “Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World” game sports the same charming sprite animations of pixel classics as “Mega Man.” Up to four players can play as various members of the comic’s cast and can unleash fun super-attacks like blasting enemies with an impromptu concert. The jump-punch-kick action is accompanied by an infectious chiptune soundtrack by Anamanaguchi, too. Ubisoft’s internal development studios include lots of sly nods to the comics, with locations and characters who didn’t make it into the movie popping up in cameos. You can pop into Dee’s Tex Mex to replenish Scott’s health or kick bitchy bedroom producer Joseph in the gut. Accidentally, of course. Throughout the game, new art by O’Malley fills in the story as it unfolds in yet another medium.

Most winningly, this tie-in game channels the rabid pop-culture love that informs the comic and the movie it spawned. It’s not over-produced nor does it feel like a mercenary afterthought. It hits all the right notes of an old-school game, including being surprisingly hard.

“Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World: Game” is out now for the PlayStation Network for the price of $9.99. It will hit Xbox Live on August 25th.

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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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