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Insert Credit: “World of Goo” on iPad

Insert Credit: “World of Goo” on iPad (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 December 22, 2010, you should insert credit into: “World of Goo” for iPad.

Sometimes, technology gives you things that you didn’t know you wanted. Whether it’s telephone in a car, glasses that turn into shades when it’s too bright out or a tear-free way to chop onions, unexpected advancements often enhances things we take for granted in all-new ways.

Case in point this week: “World of Goo.” 2D Boy’s beloved indie game just notched a two-year anniversary, with successful initial releases for Windows and Mac. The architectural puzzler later went on to become downloadable on Nintendo’s WiiWare hub. The goal is to move cute globs of goo through hazard-filled levels by building structures like those of an erector set using the gooey essences of your little charges.

World of Goo Goes iPad! from IndieGame: The Movie on Vimeo.

At every turn, players have been controlling the game with input devices like a mouse or a Wii remote. But the two-man development studio’s spent the last few months adapting their game to Apple’s uber-popular tablet, where control is literally at your fingertips. It’s tough to tell whether the iPad feels like it was made for “World of Goo” or “World of Goo” was made for the iPad but rarely has the pairing of game and device felt so right. Much of what pulls you in with “World of Goo” is the Goo Balls themselves. They’re like little gelatinous naifs, cooing and yelping as you build them into their own salvation. What the iPad version of the game gives you is a direct connection to the Goo Balls, creating an even deeper emotional incentive to keep on playing. The beautiful improvisatory quality of the game is still there, as well as the challenging difficulty. But, thanks to an impressive effort, “World of Goo” feels better than ever before. Its $9.99 asking price may be steep in the land of .99 apps, but “World of Goo” is worth every penny.

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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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