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Is “HDification” to Video Games What “Double Dip” Is to DVD?

Is “HDification” to Video Games What “Double Dip” Is to DVD? (photo)

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Have you ever bought the same DVD twice? The Special Edition, Ultimate Edition, Complete Collector’s Edition, Unrated Edition, Director’s Cut, Extended Cut, and Redux have clever disguises used by movie studios to resell customers products they already own. Amongst movie nerds, these “limited releases” are called double dips: a new candy coating around the same old treat. This shrewdly profitable pinching of fans’ pockets has undoubtedly been the envy of the video game market for some time, but has, mostly, been unattainable by the top publishers.

Of course there are exceptions. The “Super Mario” and “Final Fantasy” franchises began capitalizing on the double dip before the double dip had its name. But less popular, smaller games – the “Office Space”s of the medium, if you will – usually see only one box release and thus one chance to be sold to the same consumer.

A rumor is floating around the Internet that popular stealth games “Metal Gear Solid 1-3” will receive a high-definition rerelease on the PlayStation 3. They won’t be the first of their kind. In the past year, “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time” received a rerelease, its textures upgraded for modern TV sets with higher resolution. The “Sly Cooper” games got the same treatment, along with the addition of 3D graphics. Critic darlings “Ico” and “Shadow of the Colossus” will rerelease in HD later this year. The HD rerelease is becoming a trend I’ll dub HDification.

So far, HDification has been local to high profile and successful games, usually parts of a large, relevant franchise. However next month, “Beyond Good & Evil”, a commercial flop and cult classic, will experience the HD rerelease treatment on Xbox 360’s Xbox Live Arcade download service. “BG&E” isn’t part of an acclaimed series. Its only sequel is, for all we know, suspended in development limbo and has been for years. The decision to rerelease by publisher Ubisoft seems concocted at best to attract a few new fans – and at worst to cash in on the old ones.

The HDification process of replacing old textures with high resolution new ones, while certainly time intensive, is considerably cheaper and easier than creating a new game from the ground up. And with fans less willing to hook old consoles up to their new television, HDification makes old, forgotten favorites originally on the PlayStation 2, Gamecube, Xbox and Dreamcast playable on new formats like PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

HDification might not be the blunt, lazy cash-in that turned off movie buffs to studios that continue to put slightly improved discs in new, expensive boxes. But the basic premise feels the same. Buy the entertainment you love – all over again.

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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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