Your 2009 Guide to Upcoming Entertainment Festivals

Spring is here, summer is quickly approaching, and soon we’ll all be baking in the sun. With everything so pleasant outside, these months beg for activity, activity that might be down a bit thanks to how easy it is these days to wrap yourself up in your little corner of the world. There are always things to do outside but sometimes it doesn’t seem worth it. But you’re an adventurous one, aren’t you? I can tell from the look in your eyes. Oh, and you like music, do you? Well, then you should be in luck.

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Throw Out the Game Cartridges and Embrace the Digital Age

Digital distribution has been detrimental to media like films and music that rely on DVDs and album releases to generate extra income for the studios. However, the opposite is true for video games in that avoiding brick-and-mortar retail outlets actually cuts costs for developers. A new trend is emerging in the gaming industry toward titles produced exclusively for digital distribution.

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Memo to President Obama

While displaying your firm handshake, flex some muscles. In regard to his attempts at bipartisanship, President Barack Obama’s White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emmanuel was quoted in The Wall Street Journal stating that Obama “has an open hand, but he has a very firm handshake.”

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Note to Parents: Fat Kids Love Cake

If you drove to a local elementary school, the kids you would be staring at are the first generation of children expected to die at a younger age than their parents. Medical technology is quickly advancing every year, but remains unable to counteract the growth in American waistbands. Rising trends in obesity and a lack of exercise are predicted to decrease the American lifespan.

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Looking Ahead to Video Games in 2009

While 2008 didn’t reach the pinnacle of video game awesomeness that 2007 embodied, the past 12 months also provided an incredible lineup of hardcore titles from nearly every genre, with “Metal Gear Solid 4,” “Fallout 3” and “Grand Theft Auto IV” emerging as the most stunning available releases.

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Muddled, but Touching ‘Miracle’

Disturbing images of children, men and women being brutally shot made many of those in the audience cringe. Shameful situations of blatant racism had viewers shifting in their seats. As blood flowed down the river, blank stares from dead faces left haunting images in everyone’s mind. However, each marking of blood, nudity, hurtful slurs and passionate tears make “Miracle at St. Anna” a fascinating and memorable experience that moviegoers will appreciate.

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128-Bit Bites 8-Bit’s Dust

Capcom’s modern classic, “Mega Man 9,” warps players straight back to the glory days of the NES (Nintendo Entertainment System). Working within the framework of the 1989 “Mega Man 2” engine, glitches and all, the developers have crafted a 2-D action platform experience unrivaled in the 20 years since the 8-bit era.

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