11 new trailers you should watch this week

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I spent the last few months watching through Parks and Rec for the first time. It’s a stunningly good show, with brilliant world building and immensely likable characters. And while it might be firmly of another political era already, it’s one I think we’d all prefer to be in.

There’s a lot I love about the show, but one thing that more recently struck me is how much its ending is like Lost. We see these characters moving on into another life, getting the chance to meet again afterward, and struggling with their ability to move beyond the setting of the show.

Part of me wonders if this ending — which I will argue is perfect, in both cases — is so fitting because of the nature of TV shows. These characters are necessarily trapped here in…

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Original Content podcast: ‘Tuca & Bertie’ explores friendship and sex with anthropomorphic birds

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There’s some obvious overlap between “Tuca & Bertie” and “BoJack Horseman” — they’re both talking animal cartoons on Netflix; they have a similar look, courtesy of Lisa Hanawalt (designer on “BoJack Horseman” and creator of “Tuca & Bertie”); and “BoJack” creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg co-wrote the first episode of the new show. Plus, their respective first […]

Google’s Nest Hub smart display is still $50 off at eBay

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Things have slowed down in the deals department following the heap of Memorial Day sales that we saw earlier this week. But there are still more than a few lingering deals from that shopping holiday that are worth checking out.

Google’s Nest Hub (formerly known as the Home Hub) is still $74.99 over on eBay, as it has been for the better part of a week. Google recently cut its retail price from $149 to $129, but with all the deals, you shouldn’t have to pay that much.

Samsung’s 50-inch 4K HDR LED television is $319 at Walmart (regularly $430, per Business Insider). “UN50NU7100” is the model number, and it has fairly positive reviews. If you’re interested, you can have it shipped to your home, or you can pick it up at your local Walmart.

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Our first look at Playdate, the world’s cutest game console

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Panic, the venerable Mac and iOS software firm, made a major splash the other week with the announcement of its first hardware device. The Playdate is a bright yellow handheld gaming console with a monochrome screen; it was co-designed by Swedish hardware wizards Teenage Engineering and features exclusive releases from renowned developers like Zach Gage, Bennett Foddy, and Keita Takahashi.

I just met with Takahashi at BitSummit, the ever-growing annual indie game festival in Kyoto, and got the chance to play his game Crankin’s Time Travel Adventure on his own Playdate unit. The hardware isn’t finished from a technical perspective — Takahashi’s model is marked “evaluation only” on the back and needed multiple hard resets during our…

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This 1:6 scale Tempest machine plays just like the classic

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If we were to pick one game out of the classic arcade pantheon that truly represented the anxiety and energy of the ’80s, it would have to be Tempest. The neon vector graphics. The jackhammer pulse of the sound effects. And of course, the faceless, unstoppable enemies crawling up that tunnel to meet you. If you’re old enough to remember it, you’ve probably lost several weeks worth of allowance money trying to beat it. This was the era when games did not care about your ego one bit, and if you think about Tempest at all, you might be harboring thoughts of revenge. Of taking that old machine down a peg or two.

If so, the guys at Replicade are on your wavelength. Their latest arcade tribute is a working, fully playable 1:6 scale Tempest machine.

These are the same guys that gave the shrink-ray treatment to Centipede a while back, and they’re on a roll. All the features are here from the classic edition: Original art on the wood cabinet and the iconic spinner knob controller. (Replicade throws in replacement spinner caps for when your temper gets the best of you.) It’s an officially licensed product by Atari, so it sports the same authenticity under the hood – original arcade ROM, including that level-select feature you remember from the opening screen. It even saves your high scores, and there’s a special storage compartment hidden behind the coin slot. The Tempest x Replicade runs on an internal lithium-ion battery, easily rechargeable by USB. Read the rest

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