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Today’s Time Suck: Miami Shark

Today’s Time Suck: Miami Shark (photo)

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Indie developers are responsible for the birth of art games, conscious and provocative projects intended to elevate the medium above commercial stagnation. In recent years, these games, often made on shoestring budgets inside cluttered garages, have flexed the potential of play. They asked what makes humanity unique? What does it mean to control someone or something? And most importantly, what would happen if a shark attacked Miami.

“Miami Shark,” a browser game we recommend you play immediately, has zero pretension. You are a shark with more power than most superheroes. Cops? You’ll eat them. Yachts? You’ll crush them. Jumbo jets? You’ll chew them out of the sky.

Because you’re a shark with an insatiable appetite for destruction – sounds a lot like Michael Bay, no?

There’s nothing being said about the human condition in “Miami Shark.” Unless you consider how fragile our lives really are, particularly in the presence of a mega shark.

Games are art. Indie games will continue to go where big budget studios quake. But let’s be happy we live in a time when a well crafted indie game can include a banana raft, a NASA space shuttle, a hang glider, the Venus de Milo and a shark – in the same screenshot.

Play “Miami Shark.”

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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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