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Into the Emotional Core of Indie Game ‘Firewatch’

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Firewatch is hamstrung by the constraints of being a video game, but it could not exist in any other form. At its core, the debut of indie developer Campo Santo would probably best be described as narrative-driven “adventure” game, but that description — which derives from a line of puzzle-solving games, rather than interactive narrative — would not do justice to the emotional core revealed to anyone willing to work within the confines of its mechanics.
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‘How to Be Single’ Doesn’t Subvert The Rom-Com As Much As It Thinks It Does

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The most popular moment in the packed screening of How to Be Single I attended this week involved a character played by Jake Lacy, the baby-faced actor who has basically become a stock “gentle feminist sex object” in rom-coms since his appearance in Obvious Child. Standing in a baby store and enthusiastically rhapsodizing about the possibility of life as a stay-at-home dad for a kid that isn’t even his, he compared playing with an infant all day while his high-powered partner worked and brought in cash to winning the lottery. Basically, he confessed, he wanted to be a wife. Throughout the theater, there were audible cheers and hoots at this line.
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Why I’ve Attended 20 Bruce Springsteen Shows

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On Monday night I attended my twentieth Bruce Springsteen show since the millennium dawned; it was my second time catching the E-Street band in recent weeks, as they continue to tour the East Coast and Midwest performing their 1980 double album The River, in its entirety. I rocked out at both shows (in NYC and Albany)  with a very visible baby bump — although I’m not nearly as cool as the super-pregnant fan who was lucky enough to win a Courtney Cox style dance with The Boss in New Jersey. Clearly, though, her experience and mine shows that Springsteen superfans are both born and made, and the phenomenon transcends generations.
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Surprise: Meryl Streep’s (Still Stupid) Quote on Diversity Taken Out of Context

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It’s been weeks since the announcement of the disappointingly white Oscar nominations spurred the ongoing work being done to address the problem of diversity in Hollywood, yet some of L.A.’s publicists still seem to have forgotten to brief their stars on how to talk about this whole diversity thing. This morning provides perfect evidence as to why these publicists need to step up their game: it is being reported that Hollywood’s single favorite white woman, Meryl Streep, had spoken stupidly during a press conference at the Berlin Film Festival, where she is the president of the jury
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Kanye’s Latest Album Title Is…

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Kanye West, he who hath run amok on social media for all of 2016, is putting an album out today, February 11, in conjunction with his fashion show at Madison Square Garden. There have been many names for this album: So Help Me GodSWISHWAVES, and, finally, T.L.O.P., the meaning of which was a mystery until late last night. Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, the final title of Kanye’s upcoming album is… The Life of Pablo
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