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Gamers Unite for Japan Earthquake Relief

Gamers Unite for Japan Earthquake Relief (photo)

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About this there can be no debate: Japan’s the epicenter of the video game business. Sure, there’s been some struggle to hold on to a global audience as Western development houses have come into their own. But, be they Infinity Ward or Microsoft, those Western developers know where their roots lie.

Modern video games as we know them wouldn’t exist without the giant leaps of faith taken by platform holders like Sony, Nintendo or Sega, not to mention publishers like Square Enix and Konami. Now, luminaries from all over the video game medium are repaying the debt by donating rare collectibles to go up for action at Proceeds will go to aiding relief efforts after the country’s devastation by earthquake and tsunami two weeks ago. Organized by game journalists, publicists and other movers and shakers, the site went live this week with items such as a rare, Japan-only PlayStation 1 “Metal Gear Solid” special edition signed by series creator Hideo Kojima.

Kojima’s not the only bold-faced name to contribute. There’s a Prestige Edition of “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2” signed by the entire, original Infinity Ward as well as a copy of bizzaro classic “Katamari Damacy” signed by designer Keita Takahashi. New desirables are being added every day, and there’s a rolling close for auctions so visit early and often if you want a shot at these slices of gaming history. Not only will you have immortal bragging rights over gamers, but you’ll be helping the ancestral homeland of video games regain its health.

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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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