Category Archives: Humor

Theories on why -THAT- character is missing from the “Star Wars IX” teaser

For the tens and tens of Star Wars fans hoping that Episode IX would also mean the rise of Tico, those hopes took a hit last week when Lucasfilm released the first Rise of Skywalker teaser/trailer. So what happened to the galaxy’s most famous, moralizing potato sack? We’ve got some theories, so let’s explore and let us know what you

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Mother sues EGM over son’s death 27 years after Sheng Long April Fools joke

In 1992, 13-year old Richard Hunt was awake in his room, well past his bedtime, playing away furiously at Street Fighter II on his Super Nintendo. Richard’s mother, Debra Hunt, recalls walking into his room at nearly midnight. “I was really angry with him,” she says “It was a school night. I remember I threatened to take the TV out

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“Jawbreakers Vs. Cyberfrog” announced!… as a coloring book by artist Nerd Wonder

There’s been a lot of big talk between Cyberfrog creator Ethan Van Sciver and Jawbreakers creator Ya Boi Zack surrounding who would win in a fight between their respective creations. It looks like we’ll all get to find out for ourselves in early 2020 when Jawbreakers Vs Cyberfrog arrives in our mailboxes as… a 50-page coloring book by artist Nerd

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Ugandan Knuckles discovered in “Team Sonic Racing” as “Meme Knuckles”

SEGA has been showing off its upcoming kart racer Team Sonic Racing at quite a few conventions and events over the last month. It appears that one lucky player at Italy’s VJC convention has already unearthed one of the game’s secrets: Ugandan Knuckles is a playable racer in the game. After selecting Sonic as a racer, the build of Team

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HD remake of “Custer’s Revenge” featuring fully digitized actors coming in 2019

Did you ever hide video games in your sock drawer as a teenager? Maybe under your mattress? There’s very few games that required that level of concealment, but one of the first was certainly Custer’s Revenge on the Atari 2600. First released in 1982, Custer’s Revenge is an adult-themed game in which the player controls a nude General George Armstrong

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Brie Larson to play Mara Jade in “Star Wars Episode IX”

She’s been dropping hints for weeks, but now Lucasfilm has confirmed that Brie Larson will be joining the cast of Star Wars: Episode IX… as fan-favorite Mara Jade! Larson reacted to the announcement on social media. “I’m double-plus happy to be joining the Star Wars universe as the most iconic character in James (sic) Lucas’ canon!” Larson became a divisive

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Konami issues safety recall for Justifyer light gun 25 years later

Konami has issued a safety recall for the “Justifier,” a light gun peripheral used with the Lethal Enforcers series for SEGA Genesis and SEGA CD, roughly 25 years after its original release. Note that the Super Nintendo and PlayStation versions of the Justifier were not mentioned as neither are included in the recall. A representative from Konami explained the company’s

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Bendis out as “Superman” writer, Dan Jurgens back in, DC Comics confirms

Despite a litany of promotional fanfare, DC Comics is ending its costly experiment with Brian Michael Bendis as the writer of both Superman and Action Comics. Bendis will end his run in July, and long-time Superman writer Dan Jurgens will immediately assume writing duties on both books while DC scrambles to find a more long-term solution. Bendis’ take on The

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SEGA removes “Sonic the Hedgehog 3” from all digital storefronts over Michael Jackson connection

Did Sonic just get #MeToo’ed? Despite being uncredited, it’s widely known in Sonic fan circles that Michael Jackson was a contributor to the Sonic the Hedgehog 3 soundtrack. Originally released on the Genesis/Mega Drive in 1994, Jackson was ultimately not fully content with how his contributions turned out, and asked for his name to be stricken from the credits as

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New graphic novel “Super Ninja Terrorist” coming soon to Indiegogo

Independent children’s book creator Hanif al-Fadli (Orange and Green, A Scallop‘s Adventure) is ready to jump into comics, and has been teasing a new graphic novel intended to launch on Indiegogo later this year. Titled Super Ninja Terrorist, the book is a lighthearted fantasy/action story intended to mock religious extremism. Here’s a breakdown of the Super Ninja Terrorist project according

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The NSA wants you to download this “Final Fantasy” villain to your computer

The National Security Agency (NSA) may have a big, spooky reputation as one of the United States’ primary spy agencies, but you have to believe that they’ve got some hard core nerds working there. Case in point: on Tuesday, the NSA released an agency-designed tool known as “GHIDRA” to research malware as a completely free-to-the-public, open source program. Gamer types

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Which “Street Fighter II” characters are least likely to survive their injuries?

Fans of Street Fighter II and other Japanese games may have noticed that a character’s blood type is often listed in their bio. There are some important cultural reasons for this, but could a street fighter’s blood type have real-world effects on their ability to survive all of those hemorrhages and cracked ribs? According to a study published in the

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Chomp bites one off: ToeJam & Earl… well, just Earl, actually (interview, humor)

Every now and again, we at The Splintering are going to lean on our mascot, Chomp the Termite, to go out into the world of myth and fiction to get the stories that we non-fictional types just can’t get. Today, Chomp digs deep with Earl from the classic ToeJam & Earl series, which is finally getting a long-awaited sequel with

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Dat ass! 11 of gaming’s most remarkable rear ends

The gluteus maximus is the largest muscle in the body, and it’s high time that this sinewy mass gets the respect it deserves. While many are worth celebrating, here are eleven of our picks for the most remarkable posteriors in the world of gaming. Cammy – Street Fighter series Street Fighter‘s Cammy was one of the first video game hotties

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Cheeky gaming ads: Konami

Before the world went nuts and people turned into whiny-ass vanguards of social righteousness, video game advertisements were frequently quite awesome. This is The Splintering‘s third post highlighting samples of how the video game industry didn’t always take itself so seriously, and sometimes let their advertisements reflect the spirit of their games… through fun. For this third installment, we’re specifically

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The divisive “Detective Pikachu” trailer is threatening to tear the Pokémon fandom apart (humor)

On Monday, the first trailer for Pokémon: Detective Pikachu was revealed online, and not since Sonic’s arms were colored blue has a fandom been so completely decimated in mere minutes. Watch the trailer below to see what we’re talking about. Fuzzy. Pikachu. It should go without saying that the Internet wasted no time in lashing out, Pokémon fan pitted against

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Cheeky gaming ads: vintage arcade flyers

Before the world went nuts and people turned into whiny-ass vanguards of social righteousness, video game advertisements were frequently quite awesome. This is the first of what will probably be several posts highlighting samples of how the video game industry didn’t take itself so seriously and let their advertisements reflect the spirit of their games… through fun. For this first

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We Happy Few unbanned in Australia; publisher responds (humor)

Note: while this post contains some factual information, it is largely for entertainment purposes. Oi, cunts! It’s me. Your ol’ pal Randy Pitchford.* The Randino. Y’know what, Australia? I was pretty angry a few weeks ago when I found out that We Happy Few, a game that my company, Gearbox, has taken under our wing and shepherded as publisher, was

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Sony to adapt Valiant’s “Faith” comic to the big screen, 6 actresses who could do the part justice (humor)

Look! Up in the sky! It’s a solar eclipse! It’s an angry Egyptian manatee god! It’s FAITH! Sony Pictures has announced plans to develop a movie version of Faith based on the Valiant Comics series with Neal Moritz, Toby Jaffe and Dan Mintz attached to produce and Escape Room writer Maria Melnik to pen the script. Created by Jim Shooter

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Publisher responds to We Happy Few being banned in Australia

Note: while this post contains some factual information, it is largely for entertainment purposes. G’day kids. It’s me. The really-real Randy Pitchford.* The Randster. As the CEO and President of Gearbox Software, the publisher of We Happy Few, I wanted to address the Australian government’s decision to ban the sale of our game, so naturally I turned to the most

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Drowning in unsold Rose Tico toys, Hasbro finds life raft by acquiring Power Rangers

This past Tuesday, toy maker Hasbro agreed to acquire several children’s entertainment franchises from Saban Entertainment including the Power Rangers for around $520 million in cash and stock. The deal follows some tough financial times for Hasbro, who is looking to diversify their revenue streams outside of toys following a loss of $112.5 million last quarter ending 1 April. The

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