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Book Review: Art Of Atari
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Art of Atari
Hardcover | Kindle
Written by Tim Lapetino
Foreword by Ernest Cline
Afterword by Robert V. Conte
Dynamite Entertainment
Publication Date: October 25, 2016

Art of Atari, a lavish book which covers all things visually historic and celebratory regarding the storied, pioneering video game company, is out in bookstores now, and without question, if there ever was a must-have book for the video game zealot, the pop culture maven, or the scores of gamers in between, this is it.

Absolutely essential from cover to cover and irresistible in its one-two dazzling punch with its presentment of facts and a literal overstuffed yet 100 percent effective usage of photos containing pretty much every single facet of the company’s output that required some sort of art, Art of Atari leaves no stone un-turned, not even the most minute pebble. From the packaging of the boxes for its line of 2600 VCS games to the sides and front of its successful and now almost legendary line of arcade coin-op games, and advertisements that stretched from stark simple white background designs with a spectrum of colorful game boxes to the most rebel rousing and sensory lifting art of the highest caliber, it’s all showcased this hardcover tome, and then some.

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The Drill Down 378: Leader of the Pac
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This week, Charter buys Time Warner Cable, the secret plan to hijack our smartphones, the NSA ends bulk collection of phone records, the IRS is hacked, and Pac-Man turns 35 … and much much more.

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Bud Light ‘Pac-Man’ Super Bowl Ad Among The Best This Year
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While fans of the Seattle Seahawks lick their wounds and fans of the New England Patriots celebrate accordingly, the rest of the world now debates the important questions about the Super Bowl, such as “Which movie trailer did you like most?” or more importantly, “Which ad was the best?” Because after all, that’s what the non-sportsing types care about.

Ever since Apple’s ‘1984’ ad against Big Brother, the stakes go up every year for advertising for the Super Bowl. While this year seemed to be “The Year of Emotional Outcry,” there were still a few spots that went for that “Oh, that’s cool” factor. Some talk on social media is that an early frontrunner for “favorite” is the Bud Light “Pac Man” commercial amongst the more geeky viewers. In it, a patron at a bar who’s “Up For Anything,” is unwittingly turned into the legendary Pac-Man video game icon. The patron then runs around a giant grid avoiding the ghosts just like in the classic arcade game.

Check out the Bud Light “Pac-Man” ad in the video here below.

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Best Super Bowl Ads 2015: Movies, TV, Celebrities
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During Sunday night’s Super Bowl, we posted throughout the evening the Super Bowl commercials that pertained to movies and television that were aired during the big game as well as during the pre-Game, Halftime, and post-Game shows.

But, there’s still a lot more ad offerings from Super Bowl XLIX — which saw the returning champs The Seattle Seahawks go up against The New England Patriots in Glendale, Arizona’s University Of Phoenix Stadium — that we didn’t get to post. So now, we’re collecting them all here below for your enjoyment, since there was plenty of new TV and movie footage revealed, and of course, those clever and celebrity-filled product commercials.

I didn’t include every commercial shown, as some didn’t pertain to our type of entertainment and some I just didn’t enjoy or care about. Instead, I’ve embedded most of the movie and TV spots, along with my favorites from all those car and soda-type adverts, most of which feature celebrities.

Continue reading for the Best Of The Super Bowl Ads 2015: Movies, TV, Celebrities.

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Classic Arcade Game Inspired ‘Pixels’ Posters Released Including Pac Man, Donkey Kong, More
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Sony Pictures has released a collection of classic arcade game-themed posters, featuring Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, Space Invaders, Centipede, and Galaga, for their upcoming movie Pixels.

The movie stars Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Michelle Monaghan, Peter Dinklage, Josh Gad, and Brian Cox, and is directed by Chris Columbus. You can read a synopsis and see the posters below.

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