Roundup of Unusual Size: I could (should) be sleeping…

Now this is more like it!

Fandom

Mmm… expert cosplay.

Videogames

What do Al Qaeda and a Genesis cartridge have in common? Wikileaks has the answer.

Here’s a tidbit you could predict but it still gives me a little burst of satisfaction/dread: casual games may be killing off the soap opera.

Over on the Escapist, Yahtzee, James Portnow and Mikey Neumann continue their discussion on morality in videogames.

The Wii2 rumors aren’t just flying, we’re getting some legit punditry about it now. Here’s Chris Kohler’s piece contending that the rumor of a touchscreen controller isn’t as absurd as it sounds.

Here is one via Rock, Paper, Shotgun’s Sunday Papers: Steve Hill’s metajournalism rant.

And what else should come out on Sunday but Ian Miles Cheong’s new edition of Critical Distance. Let’s plumb its depths for some goodies.

First, my biweekly Moving Pixels colleague Jorge Albor writes in his own Experience Points blog about the recent Portal 2 ARG. Dubious Quality writes about message control. The much-adored Kirk Hamilton, writing for Paste, chats about genre. And Kotaku Australia proves it’s just better Down Under with a look at first- and third-person perspectives.

Last, Denis Farr writing in his own blog Vorpal Bunny Ranch has written up his reactions to Mass Effect 2‘s “Arrival” DLC. It’s much the same as mine, just far more thoughtful and better articulated.

Film

File under extremely fucking awesome: the eight-year-old girl who became a viral video sensation for being shown defecting to the Dark Side at Disneyland’s Jedi Academy explains how she got into Star Wars and shows off her amazing collection of action figures. Oh, and talks about her plan to usurp Darth Vader.

Curios

File under nature is a badass: a chicken stops laying eggs and becomes a rooster.

A Higgs boson walks into a church. The priest looks up and says, “You can’t be here!” The Higgs boson answers, “But without me, how can you have mass?”

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