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E3 mini-doc focuses on players’ passion

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The official numbers haven’t been released yet but, if attendance trends the way it’s been for the last couple of years, E3 2011 will likely have had more than 50,000 people show up. This year saw big unveilings with hungry gamers getting their first hands-on Nintendo’s next home console and the PlayStation Vita handheld.

But that new enticing hardware isn’t the star of “E3: More Than Games” from production outfit Collective Visual. Gamers themselves are the central characters of the two-minute clip directed by Tudinh Duong. The crew filmed footage of folks who showed up at last month’s event and got them to talk about why they were submitting themselves to the sensory overload that accompanies E3.

E3: More Than Games from Collective Visual on Vimeo.

Duong and Collective Visual do a good job of capturing the dedication that the video games medium engenders in its faithful, and get interviews from people that show the diversity of gamers. So much of what comes out of E3 channels pre-fab hype and marketing spiel, but that stuff doesn’t speak to the actual energy of E3 as it’s happening. The people who stand in line to play the Wii U or hover at the Bethesda Softworks booth “E3: More Than Games” could be you, me or anyone who’s pulled all nighters with a “Metal Gear Solid” game. It’s nice to see them get the spotlight for once.

What do you think of Collective Visual’s gamer event documentary work? Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook or Twitter.

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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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