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“Medal of Honor”: A $100 Million Missed Opportunity?

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Despite the well-documented Taliban controversy and middling reviews, EA’s new “Medal of Honor” title seems to be performing well at retail. A fresh press release delivers news that the modern-day war game is beating expectations and reports elsewhere [] state that “MOH” probably earned more than $100 million in its first week on the strength of about 1.5 million units sold.

The term “critic-proof” gets bandied about in media circles, often describing deplorable entertainment that still pulls in dollar bills. I’d offer “Medal of Honor” as an example of critique-proof content, since it wasn’t just reviewers and journalists who spoke on the Taliban controversy. Politicians, soldiers and servicemen’s family members all weighed in with how they felt. Then, when actual reviews came out and the game’s lukewarm reception became apparent, EA’s stock price actually dropped in response. []

Still, more than the financial repercussions, it seems that any object lessons EA and other big-name game companies might have learned via the controversy around “Medal of Honor” may be washed away by its retail achievements. Gamers apparently didn’t object to either the Taliban kerfuffle nor critcs’ warnings about the game’s mediocrity and their purchases were perhaps spurred on by the chance to peer into a war that’s curently happening and the chance to be “Hurt Locker“-style badasses. Developers and execs get the chance to look at “MOH” as a dodged bullet and no thought needs to be given about what might have been done differently. Gamemakers shouldn’t shy away from the idea of a politically-charged video game that speaks to modern-day political realities, but the sales success of “Medal Of Honor” might just have shot that initiative in the foot. Sophistication may just have to wait for another day.

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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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