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How Video Games Might Look in the Future

How Video Games Might Look in the Future (photo)

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Video game console manufacturers generally wait half a decade before they begin to abandon their old wares, hustle a shiny new product and empty your bank account. There were 5 years between Nintendo 64’s launch in 1996 and Gamecube in 2001. 4 between Xbox in 2001 and Xbox 360 in 2005. However, a bum economy and peripherals like Kinect and Move have extended the current generation to 6 years and counting. Mum was the word until last week.

At the 2011 Game Developer’s Conference, publisher/developer Epic Games (“Gears of War 3,” “Bulletstorm”) held a behind closed doors session with the industry elite to screen the Unreal 3 Engine.

A game engine is like a car engine. It’s the central powerhouse that produces, in a game’s case, the beefy graphics. We’ve seen Unreal Engine 3 before. It made a splash powering the original “Gears of War” in 2006. But this is the latest and possibly the most significant update.

The clip, pasted below, isn’t a traditional cut-scene. These graphics are being conjured by the engine in real-time, which is to say this is how the game would look while being played. And that’s the rub. No current generation console could handle this engine, not at full capacity anyway.

You’re looking at a true next-generation engine. Does that mean Microsoft or Sony or Nintendo or hell even Apple have something planned? Or is this an engine for souped up PCs?

And what about this cyberpunk brawler purging the streets of Neo-D.C.? Is this “Blade Runner”-like superdude the hero of the next-gen?

Lots of questions and with this generation’s death watch in overtime, we should get some answers soon.

More Unreal Engine — Samaritan Project Videos

Video at IGN.

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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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GIFs via Giphy, Photos via The Everett Collection

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