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“Inceptionauts” Specializes in a Very Specific Type of Mash-Up

“Inceptionauts” Specializes in a Very Specific Type of Mash-Up (photo)

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Look, I know that “Inception” mash-ups and parodies were all the rage this summer. Honestly, all those YouTube clips are probably the only true mark of how successful Christopher Nolan’s sleepytime brain-bender is. But few have been as well-executed or spot-on as Inceptionauts by YouTube user FineLeatherJackets.

“Psychonauts” was a brilliant, underappreciated game from the last generation of consoles that was developed by Tim Schafer and his Double Fine productions studio. Players control young hero Razputin-Raz, for short- a half-acrobatic, half psychic daredevil. Raz runs away from the circus to a camp that trains Psychonauts, government agents with mental powers.

The 2005 release stood out as an inspired blend of platforming and puzzle-solving, but it was really the art direction and quirky look that made it become a cult classic. It inventively turned psychic turmoil in engagingly twisty levels, like the “Risk”-like board game inside the skull of a man with Napoleonic delusions. Another person was obsessed with blacklight paintings and the sections in his brain glowed as if under an ultraviolet lamp. Using the surreality brewing inside the human mind as a jumping-off point for interactive level design tapped into a clever, universal metaphor.

It’s the same territory Nolan explores in Like Dominic Cobb, the game’s hero jumps into people’s heads and has to fight off mental projections that want him out. And the mere presence of Raz or Cobb inside a body’s brain redirects the life of the person they’re intervening into. Similarities aside, the “Inceptionauts” mash-up imparts some much-needed sillness to the super-serious proceedings of Nolan’s headtrip action movie. Watching Raz mouth Cobb’s signature lines makes me wish there was a bit more loopiness in Nolan’s film. You can download “Psychonauts” for the PC on Steam or Xbox Live.

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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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