Screwed by Motherf#$*ing Sorcerers at Alamo Drafthouse's Cards Against Humanity Tournament

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Danny Gallagher
Sam and Marion react to a round of Cards Against Humanity (I don't remember the question but the answer was definitely "coat hanger abortions") as part of Glass Half Full's weekly CAH at the Alamo Drafthouse.

Usually when awkward phrases like "some sort of Asian," "Dem titties" and "coat hanger abortions" sneak their way into dinner conversations, it's a good time to wrap up dessert and start making frantic hand signals to your waiter to bring the check.

In the insanely popular card party game Cards Against Humanity, those aren't fighting words. They're winners ... at least if you play your cards right. The Alamo Drafthouse's alcohol delivery wing Glass Half Full started a month-long CAH tournament this month every Wednesday as part of their ongoing effort to bring DFW's game lovers something to do outside of their friends' dining rooms and basements. Being a longtime lover of gaming and particularly this unique mix of strategy and cringe humor, I had to jump into the fray.

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Texas Pinball Festival Organizers Go for the Guinness Record Book

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Photo by Danny Gallagher
A pinball-phile tries to go for the "Grand Finale" on Bally's "Theatre of Magic" pinball machine, just one of many at the Texas Pinball Festival's recent world record event in Frisco.
It was just before the start of the Texas Pinball Festival, the annual gathering of pinball enthusiasts and collectors who brought their prized machines to Dallas/Fort Worth over the weekend for three days of quarter-less play, and an odd quiet filled the 30,000-square-foot play area.

Machines from pinball's heyday filled the space at Frisco's convention center, and their silence made the room seem like an abandoned amusement park in a Scooby-Doo episode. I half expected to see cobwebs hanging from the once mighty machines, but they all looked pristine and polished. A handful of machine owners and venue organizers scrambled to get ready for what could be a historic day in pinball history.

This year's festival featured an attempt to set a new Guinness World Record for the Most People Playing Pinball at Once, a record set last year in Canada by just 100 people. The pressure could not be bigger for the organizers, who were trying to simultaneously manage the festival and coordinate the movements of 300-plus people, all to preserve America's pinball honor.

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Press Start to Play: Video Game Composers brentalfloss, Mega Ran and Danimal Cannon Talk Music

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Video game artists brentalfloss, Mega Ran and Danimal Cannon make up the Total Desstruction Tour who all will make a stop tonight at the Boiler Room in Deep Ellum.

Video games have become such a huge entertainment force to be reckoned with that almost every aspect of their development can be classified as its own art form.

Old and new school graphics have carved out a genre in the street graffiti movement. Titles like Rockstar's LA Noire and Quantic Dream's Heavy Rain used groundbreaking motion-capture technology to put real actors' movements and facial expressions into a playable video game the same way that a camera would for a traditional movie.

Even the music that punctuates and heightens the emotions of a video game is celebrated with its own medium that offers more than just cover songs of the tunes that stick in our heads and are often recycled as ringtones on smartphones. For these arrangements, musicians use the sounds from those games and even the gaming hardware to compose completely original tunes with as much melody and heart as those that are composed and recorded by a 40-piece orchestra with an egotistical musical legend at the helm.

"It's gained a whole new level of respect for what I can do and accomplish," said Raheem Jarbo who is better known under the moniker Mega Ran. "It showed me there was no limit to my creativity and imagination and that I could make original music that sounded like it could be in video games but could also be completely original."

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The Alamo Drafthouse Bar Will Hold a Cards Against Humanity Tournament With Drinks, Prizes and Stephen Hawking Talking Dirty

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Photo by Danny Gallagher
The correct answer, of course, is "An erection that lasts longer than four hours."

Board games are starting to make an interesting comeback. People are starting to realize there is a wider, more creative selection than just uber-complex role playing games and Monopoly, a game invented in 1904 that's still being played to this day despite the fact that no one has ever finished a round without dying from boredom or a knife fight.


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Duke Nukem's All Out of Gum and Legal Options as Another Lawsuit Looms Over the Game's Storied Franchise

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Duke Nukem's going to need to pool all of his poker winnings and cut back on the Cubans if he's going to overcome his latest lawsuit.

Alien ass-kicker and record-breaking misogynist Duke Nukem has gotten into a lot of scrapes over the years, whether it was preventing a race of aliens from using their spawn to take over the planet or getting back at them for daring to take the Earth's babe resources. He's been relatively successful at keeping them at bay (depending on whom you ask and how much patience they have) but apparently there is one enemy even a roided-up egomaniac like Duke can't escape, no matter how many RPGs he fires at it: the court system.

The troubled video game franchise is in trouble again, this time from the Plano-based studio that helped bring the big lug back to life after a 13-year absence. Gearbox Software filed a lawsuit in the U.S. Northern District of Texas court against 3D Realms and Interceptor over their latest attempt to bring us a Duke Nukem game that doesn't suck.

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Three Video Game Music Mavens Are Bringing Their Total Destruction Tour to The Boiler Room

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Three musicians who stuff all the bleeps and bloops from your favorite new and classic video games into new compositions and songs are bringing their 8-bit instruments to Dallas next week as part of a national Total Destruction Tour.

Lyricist Brent "brentalfloss" Black, rapper Raheem "Mega Ran" Jarbo and Dan "Danimal Cannon" Behrens are on the road performing live renditions of their video game masterpieces. They are scheduled to make a stop in Deep Ellum at 8 p.m. at The Boiler Room on Elm Street.

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Flappy Bird: In Memoriam

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We hardly knew you, Flappy Bird. It's been just over a week since you first began to pump your little wings on my iPhone, and just like that your creator has returned you to a cage, calling you "addictive" and "a problem." I know why the caged bird sings, Maya Angelou. It's because it wants to be released back into the open air of the App Store.

You had your ups and downs, Flappy Bird. Well, my phone had ups and downs when I threw it into the air after losing 83 times in a row. Our relationship might've been short-lived, but the passionate anger I felt for you was so real. At the encouragement of my anger management counselor, also known as my roommate, I've written you a eulogy.


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Get Your Long Awaited Pinball Fix with FUN!'s Upcoming Open House Fundraiser

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The world hasn't been the same since the video game arcade started to die a slow death. The rise and power of the home console almost made coin-ops obsolete. Now, you can play whatever game you want without having to wait for some joystick jockey to get off the damn thing or raid the cushions of your couch for that one extra quarter to bring your character back to life.

The folks at FUN! Billiards and Gameroom Superstore have a vast collection of these gaming relics that are still purchased and played by private owners and the few remaining arcades that are still out there. This March, a group of 100 people will get to play them in the name of raising money for a worthy cause.

"We've never done this before," said FUN! owner Steve Nordseth. "A lot of people in the area were interested and asked us if we would do this and we thought yeah, let's do it."

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If You've Got the Coins, You Can Now Buy Tickets for the Next ScrewAttack Gaming Convention

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Stephen Masker
A fan from last year's convention, keeping things zombie free. Or maybe just doing a little yard work.
The perennial gaming powerhouse ScrewAttack announced that they will hold another massive gaming-gasm in Dallas this summer, and you have your first chance to pick up your tickets.

The annual ScrewAttack Gaming Convention (SGC) will return to DFW on July 11-13 to the downtown Sheraton Hotel and the tickets for what's sure to be another massive collection of video game soaked brains and dignitaries have just gone on sale.

So far, there's no word on what exactly the ScrewAttack collective have in store for the fans who can afford to shell out $45 for a three-day entrance badge. Past conventions have featured appearances by notable game names such as Adam Sessler, James "The Angry Video Game Nerd" Rolfe and even the industry's public enemy number one Jack Thompson. The convention is also known for springing a few surprising firsts on fans by offering the public, playable previews of new games such as last year, when the crowd got its first look of the new Xbox One reboot of the classic two-on-two fighter Killer Instinct as part of the convention's annual Iron Man of Gaming tournament.

Absolute Battle Is a Place for a Street-Fighting Man (and Woman)

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Absolute Battle, the biggest competitive video fighting game tournament in Texas since 2009, returns this Saturday at the Crown Plaza Dallas Downtown. For the fourth show in five years, its organizers are expecting players from across the world in an event featuring nine games, including classics like Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike and new favorites Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 and Injustice: Gods Among Us.

Fighting games have been on the competitive scene since the early 2000s thanks to notable tournaments such as Evo Championship Series, which created great moments such as Daigo Umehara's parry fury. With Street Fighter developer Capcom hosting its Capcom Cup in December and Ultra Street Fighter IV coming out next year, interest in fighting games is higher than ever. We talked with Absolute Battle's organizer Jon Casas about the tournament, which is expecting 200 to 250 fighters.

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