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BAKUSHOU YOSHIMOTO NO SHINKIGEKI

A true hidden gem, so forgive the long review. Set in Osaka complete with giant mechanical crab and Glico man, our man Kanpei stars in this platform game with variety levels and humour to match the Goemon series. The variety includes remembering which the prettiest girl on Osaka bridge is after they have jostled position for a one up. Or a dance section or ride on roller coaster both requiring fast reflexes. Or playing paper, scissors, stone and tossing a sizzling okonomiyaki pancake at the loser. Or mole bashing or rodeo riding..? The real peaches though come on the samurai themed level: slicing through bamboo mats or fighting attached to a kite. The platform sections are fun too: a walking stick power up turning you into an old man to beat everyone with the stick, or climbing up ninja grappling ropes, or jumping over raging bulls. The variety sections may require a little bit of Japanese knowledge, but are simple to work out through trial and error. Genki doesn't often compare to the seminal Goemon series, but this is real, tear jerking fun.

Publisher: Hudson Soft
Game Type: A Bit Special

Console: PC Engine Super CD ROM

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GATE OF THUNDER

Play as pilot of the Hunting Dog assisted by power ups from the Wild Cat in the shape of pods to help protect your ship. Heavy metal soundtrack, but no time for head banging apart from against the monitor as relentless waves swarm in to attack. Similar to the MD's Thunderforce and prequel to Winds of Thunder. Some very tidy rotation and parallax effects as Hudson demonstrates its perfect grasp of the Engine architecture with backgrounds that close in on you inducing claustrophobia.

Publisher: Hudson Soft
Game Type: Shoot Em Up

Console: PC Engine Super CD ROM

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The MT.Gox lookalike site that delivered malware to unwitting Bitcoiners.

In another example of the security mantra of "be careful what you click," at least one Bitcoin trader has been robbed in a forum "phishing" attack designed specifically to ride the hype around the digital currency. The attack attempts to use Java exploits or fake Adobe updates to install malware, and it's one of the first targeted attacks aimed at the burgeoning business of Bitcoin exchanges.

The bait for the attack was a post to a Bitcoin traders' forum announcing that MT.Gox was going to start handling exchanges of Litecoins, a Bitcoin alternative. The post advertised a live chat on the topic at a link provided to mtgox-chat.info. That site, which used stolen code and style to masquerade as the legitimate MT.Gox site, then prompted victims to update their Java plugin and offered a forged Adobe updater.

The scam was first reported on reddit earlier this week, when a redditor reported spotting the fake site and its attempt to drop malware. While the attack was originally described by one of its victims as a "Java zero-day" exploit, it actually uses either a Java exploit or a fake Adobe updater to deliver its malware payload. That payload is DarkComet, a fairly common "remote administration tool" and keylogger. The attackers not only stole credentials for the victim's MT.Gox account, but they took other passwords as well.

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In January of 2010, Kesha Sebert, known as ‘Ke$ha’ debuted at number one on Billboard with her album, Animal. Her style is electro pop-y dance music: she alternates between rapping and singing, the choruses of her songs are typically melodic party hooks that bore deep into your brain: “Your love, your love, your love, is my drug!” And at times, her voice is so heavily processed that it sounds like a cross between a girl and a synthesizer. Much of her sound is due to the pitch correction software, Auto-Tune.

Sebert, whose label did not respond to a request for an interview, has built a persona as a badass wastoid, who told Rolling Stone that all male visitors to her tour bus had to submit to being photographed with their pants...

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First time accepted submitter anavictoriasaavedra writes "In October, two German computer security researchers created a map that allows you to see a picture of online cyber-attacks as they happen. The map isn't out of a techno-thriller, tracking the location of some hacker in a basement trying to steal government secrets. Instead, it's built around a worldwide project designed to study online intruders. The data comes from honeypots. When the bots go after a honeypot, however, they're really hacking into a virtual machine inside a secure computer. The attack is broadcast on the map—and the researchers behind the project have a picture of how a virus works that they can use to prevent similar attacks or prepare new defenses."


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During the weekend, even Ars takes an occasional break from reflecting on rugged phones or experiencing the Pirate Party. Weekend Ar(t)s is a chance to share what we're watching/listening/reading or otherwise consuming this week.

A video!Teen romance to relate to...

There's almost too much great TV currently running in its later seasons—see heavyweights like Mad Men or  Game of Thrones for instance. For longtime fans, it's phenomenal. But for anyone who catches wind of the buzz and wants to join, it's almost... daunting.

Retroactively investing in a TV series comes with a higher barrier to entry now in TV's Golden Age (and that doesn't even count the hate you'll get from David Simon). Stories are more layered, less serialized. Characters undergo real growth through major experiences that you need to consume chronologically. Jumping in on S4 of Seinfeld was OK, but today's titles have no shortcuts. Sure, streaming services make it possible to cram and catch up to the up-to-date masses. But that's a lot of time to dedicate. There's also something unsatisfying about having story arcs unravel in a timely fashion during your Netflix binge, only to be forced back into snail's paced week-to-week routine.

So for anyone in need of a happy medium (high content without the tremendous investment), there is a solution. The AV Club recently sat down with Paul Feig—writer/director/actor who most recently worked on Bridesmaids—to have him provide an insanely thorough and indulgent walkthrough for TV's perfect blend of quality and access: Freaks and Geeks.

Freaks and Geeks was a turn of the century series with equal parts drama and comedy, focused on a brother and sister that ran with two distinct but interconnected crowds at their high school. You had the geeks with their (ironic) AV Club and D&D tendencies, then the freaks with their drug use and low-level criminal mischief. These relateable youth stories were set against 1980s Detroit, allowing for some kickass soundtracking and sly pop culture references. It was Feig's brainchild, with the help of friend Judd Apatow. It launched the careers of people like James Franco, Seth Rogen and Jason Segel. You can infer the quality on this alone.

What makes this particular series so accessible? Freaks and Geeks was a show birthed in the wrong era, when a TV series needed to attain unrealistically high numbers by today's standards in order to live on. It's as if Community existed 10 years earlier—no Internet battle grounds existed for diehards to build critical buzz and swarm a network with vocal support. The only indicator of success was a show's rating and Freaks and Geeks didn't do it.

It's a one season commodity, ranked among the best of its kind though. You can find it on Netflix and now you even have its creator providing the episode-by-episode insights required in the age of the Internet TV critic. If you missed Freaks and Geeks during its air days (or when IFC and Nick have smartly reaired it), that's OK. There are more resources than ever and the current TV landscape is filled with shows asking for more of a commitment while providing only equal (at best) payoff. The time is now to meet the Weir family and finally experience the Freaks.

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