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Convential wisdom says no--gamers do not get girls. It says they decline most social invitations to stay home, play games, eat Cheetos, talk s*** to 10-to-13-year-old boys on headsets and generally fail to perform normal human activities that would distract them from playing a video game. I'm not a gamer but I've had calls ignored by some for weeks at a time after the release of a new must-have title.
That's my image (read: stereotype) of a gamer. But that's a pretty raw generalization. It's also not necessarily true that gamers don't get girls. The narrower question posed by the infographic is, how does online gaming stack up against online dating? In reaching a conclusion, the chart points to a number of figures highlighting that the online gaming world is populated by women who have a tendency to become attracted to fellow gamers, many of them who travel long distances to meet a lover. This doesn't mean that a lot of gamer guys get girls. Absolutely, unequivocally: no. It just means that some do, and do it by meeting chicks while playing online. Now that's called a win-win.
One of the most amazing parts of the technological revolution we're living in (besides ubiquitous porn) is the fact that technology that once required an entire "entertainment system" is now DIY and can be housed on a smartphone.
With all the possibilities afforded by these advancements, where does a lot of the nerdy energy go? Fanboy video games, natch. The new "Kanye Zone" web game is just the most recent example: 8-bit video game remixes feed our insatiable demand for new ways to devour pop culture snacks. Like, YOU GET TO CONTROL ZACK MORRIS. That is almost too much awesomeness to handle. Revisiting our favorite film scenes and TV characters in some alternate "Golden Axe" universe, that is technological and cultural advancement, my friends! So in celebration, here are seven movies and TV shows that got the retro video game treatment. Read on to see how the pixelated avatars compare to the real thing. Read More...
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Boston Red Sox first baseman Adrian Gonzalez is one hell of a ball player. In 2011, AGon posted 27 homers, 117 RBIs and an impressive .338 batting average all the while making it look way too easy for us mere mortals. When we got wind that Gonzo is this year's cover athlete for the highly acclaimed video game MLB 12-The Show, we were hardly surprised.
MTV Clutch caught up with Boston's strong man along with New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia at the Sony Style store in Midtown Manhattan. Along with checking out the new title, we had a chance to speak to both of them about the video game, being in the room with their "rival" and even superheroes.
Two days later and we still have Super Bowl (commercial) fever. We've been on YouTube for days feeding our hunger for awesome Super Bowl ads new and old. And as we traveled further down the rabbit hole, we stumbled across some wonderfully over-the-top commercials from the '80s and early '90s--most of them promoting the SUCKIEST board games ever.
It seems as if every board game company from 1980 to 1996 spent 4 percent of their budget on developing the game and 96 percent on coming up with a kick-ass commercial. And the best part is how they all end with some snotty kid exclaiming, "I win!" But they never show the real outcome, which is one smug, happy child and three other kids crying and/or throwing pieces across the room.
Well today, everyone wins because we're rolling out the nostalgia trunk and have 22 awesome board game commercials from our childhood (or even before some of your were born).
Want to win the extremely-hard-to-find "Sonic Generations"/ Sonic the Hedgehog 20th Anniversary press kit, which includes copies of "Sonic Generations" for Nintendo 3DS and "Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games" for Wii, plus collectors Sonic the Hedgehog 20th Anniversary pin and View-Master? Of course you do! A kit similar to this one sold on eBay for more than $800 in November. That's right!**** And we're just giving it away. Thanks to our friends at Sega.
All you have to do for a chance to win is follow MTV Clutch's Twitter and tweet: "@mtvclutch Give me collectors Sonic Generations schwag! Rules: http://on.mtv.com/yr5u63." Do it before Feb. 8 and you'll be entered in the giveaway.
With winter upon us and snow just around the corner, it doesn't mean you can't still play sports. MTV Clutch is in possession of three Xbox 360 sports games to give away--"Madden NFL 12," "Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: Masters" and "NBA 2K12," which won Best Team Sports Game at 2011's VGAs. Virtually hone your golf, football and basketball skills all season long. Even Jets players, Nick Mangold and Mark Sanchez, are doing it.
1. Clicking "Like" on the MTV Clutch Facebook page and filling out the entry form
2. Following the MTV Clutch Twitter account and tweeting: "@mtvclutch I want my free Xbox sports games! Rules: http://on.mtv.com/u49MS6"
Do both of these between now and Dec. 23 at midnight and you'll be entered into the sweepstakes.
* Must be 13 or older and a legal resident of one of the 50 United States or District of Columbia. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Click here for complete official rules.
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MTV Clutch just sat down with the epitome of today's modern gentleman, The Old Spice Guy. Isaiah Mustafa is more than just a deodorant shill though. He started at wide receiver for the Arizona State Sun Devils, trained with several NFL teams, voices various video games and is a featured character in EA's new "Need For Speed The Run." Now he's traveling around the country giving out gifts as Manta Claus and will be hosting the "Funniest Commercials of the Year: 2011" on TBS this Wednesday. Isaiah took a little break to chat with us about his love of video games and what he's got on his list for Christmas.
Fighting hordes of zombies with rusty tools is fun, but even the most hard-core gamer needs a break from fiction by taking a trip to the sports world. Since most gamers don't have the physical stamina necessary to participate in a pickup game, sports video games have become the next best thing, and 2011 has been a better than average year for the field. There haven't been new leaps into unfamiliar territory, but the classics managed some dramatic improvements with interactive gameplay and added jaw-dropping graphics. This is all evidenced in the exceptionally competitive sports categories at this year's Video Game Awards and our top 10 list below.
Video games have come a long way from the days when a purple square represented a leather-clad heroine fighting a group of medieval zombies in nothing but a skinned fur bra and matching thong.
Back then, we had to use our imagination to truly enjoy the deep characterization that 8-bit technology could provide our hormonally charged minds. Thanks to the movie quality advancements in video game design, simulated physics and sound mixing, gamers can enjoy the same bosomy heroines and shapely ass-kickers that we could only see in movies or our dad's Playboys. 2011 goes down as a quality year in video games, but especially for video game's baddest babes.
Time to get meta! But first, a step inside the world of blogging. Sometimes we create lists rooted in current events, like the 15 best rap-staches because November was "Movember." Other times we make stuff based on dark, lingering thoughts, such as 33 words for "ladyflower" that come from kids' TV. Most of those ideas don't see the light of day, and they shouldn't.
When we looked back at end of the year at all the cool, silly, idiotic, clever things we've done, we decided--hey, why not put them all together and effectively recycle them into one big post?! So that's exactly what we've done. Check out 30 of our best of 2011 lists below.