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An MMO May Be a Perfect Fit for “Battlestar Galactica”

An MMO May Be a Perfect Fit for “Battlestar Galactica” (photo)

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Developer Bigpoint Games has launched the open beta for “Battlestar Galactica Online.” As an MMO, the game encourages thousands of players to interact in a unified, persistent world. Want to team up with friends? Maybe meet new comrades? Or just strike into space alone? You’re welcome to do all of the above. The genre meshes nicely with a story, at its core, about trust, leadership and survival. There is the concern that fans of the series might not have the money or expensive PC to run an MMO. That’s why the game is free and playable in a web browser.

Free-to-play MMOs have a stigma amongst hardcore gamers, which is to say, they are garbage. When “BGO” was announced as free-to-play last year, the news sunk to the bottom of gamers’ collective stomach like a 5 ton space rock.

Fans can exhale, for now. Syfy appears to have invested heavily in this product, filling it with the goodies expected in a traditional MMO.

Action takes place both on foot and in a ship’s pilot seat, and players choose a character from two factions — Humans and Cylons. Both the ships and characters can be modified to the player’s liking. Does this mean players can be a Cylon that looks exactly like a toaster? We sure hope so.

The graphics are good for an MMO and incredible for a game running on the browser-based Unity Engine. By comparison, here’s an example of another popular Unity game. Polished 3D models like these are a far cry from the 2D flash games that congest Facebook’s news feeds.

But the appeal of “BGO,” if it works, will be less about graphics and gameplay and more about consistently providing two things to its users: a friendly place for fans and newcomers to meet, interact and discuss the property, and a convincing extension of the “Battlestar Galactica” canon. A bad story could spell bust.

It’s too early to say one way or another if the game will deliver on either points, but the possibility should please fans not just of “Battlestar,” but cult hits like “Lost,” “Firefly” and “Star Trek.”

The latter has a for-pay MMO, “Star Trek Online,” that recently celebrated its one year anniversary, but with other MMOs released in that time, “STO” seems to have fallen outside many gamers’ radar.

It will take more than fandom to retain “Battlestar” players — perhaps a $0 price tag is that hook.

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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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