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“Fez” Charms at PAX East 2011

“Fez” Charms at PAX East 2011 (photo)

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When I was a kid, the wait for new video games seemed interminable. I’d see the ads on the backs of comic books and shake my fist at the sky: “When, Lord?! When will I get ‘Double Dragon’ for my Genesis?!” And then I’d get it and it’d suck.

The point I’m making here is that people have been waiting for Polytron’s “Fez for a long time. First charming audiences during the run-up to the 2008 Independent Games Festival, the side-scrolling platformer looks like something made in 1982 but shows off the clever gameplay mechanics of a modern-day creation.


You control Gomez, a hat-wearing gentlecreature who must tackle platforming challenges in a gorgeous, pixellated world. Our hero got his headgear after encountering a golden cube that explodes after speaking to him. He then must gather the pieces of the cube, to eventually reassemble the mysterious cube. Aiding him in his quest is the hat-given ability to switch the world from 2D to 3D, letting players create paths in places where there were previously none.


“Fez” won awards for Design Innovation and Excellence in Visual Art back in the 2008 IGF, so folks have understandably been chomping at the bit for a while. The hands-on time I spent with the game this past weekend at PAX East not only makes me feel like Polytron’s game will be worth the wait; it also makes me feel like the wait may noot be much longer. “Fez” is due to hit Xbox Live sometime this year.

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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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