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Ubisoft Hoping Fans Will “Beat It” in Their New Michael Jackson Game

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One of the weirdest things to come out E3 this year was Ubisoft’s surprise announcement that they’d be releasing a Michael Jackson game for the Xbox 360 Kinect motion-sensing camera.

This week, the Gamescom trade fair in Cologne, Germany marks another occasion for companies to trumpet the next stage of their marketing messages. It’s basically a German E3 that services all of the Euro nations. Given that the King of Pop was planning his comeback tour across the pond, it’s fitting that Ubisoft’s chosen Gamescom as the next place to reveal a tiny bit more about “Michael Jackson The Experience.”

Their virtual tribute to the Gloved One will involve technology that projects the player onscreen into a simulated stage. You’ll be learning the same choreography used by MJ and his dancers, as well as singing along to his impressive solo back catalogue.

And that leads us to the most important aspect of this upcoming venture: the music. Ubi’s finally pulled back the curtain on some of the songs licensed for the game. The list so far:

• “Bad”
• “Beat It”
• “Billie Jean”
• “Earth Song”
• “The Girl Is Mine”
• “Who Is It”
• “Workin’ Day And Night”

More than any whiz-bang Kinect technology or involvement from the last dancers who worked with the titular performer, it’s the music that will be the key element of how this game fares. Every Jackson fan has their song–mine being “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough” or “Human Nature”–that exemplifies their favorite moment in the singer’s storied career. A spotty song list could be a hazard for a game like this, but one that strives to be comprehensive will be the key to success. The Xbox 360 version of “Michael Jackson The Experience” hits shelves this holiday, with a stripped-down Wii release accompanying it. The game will be an interesting experiment on whether the memorial fervor that’s risen and fallen since Jackson’s death can be translated into a successful virtualized product.

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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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