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Merrily Related to you all! This is a special edition of Barely Related, covering the stand-out stories of 2014, from May 2 onward (because that's when this whole column got started). This isn't all-encompassing, but it's a nice snapshot of our year in nerdery and geekdom – if you have a belo...

December 26th 2014 at 3:00pm 0 Comments
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I haven't played Marvel Heroes in about two months. Blame Elite: Dangerous, ArcheAge, and a pile of single-player games, I guess, but I just haven't been able to fit it into my rotation here lately. That said, I've logged into the game for 122 straight days, entirely because of Gazillion's penchant...

December 21st 2014 at 8:00am 0 Comments
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'Tis the season for deep discounts and disturbing heroes, as has come to pass in the merry lands of Marvel Heroes. The jolly figure known as Venom has come to distribute pain, suffering, and alternative dental plans for those who pick this new playable figure. The Marvel Heroes team is also offe...

December 19th 2014 at 3:00pm 0 Comments
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Marvel vs. Capcom Origins is retiring from online storefronts later this year, in the hopes of living a normal life free from superpowers, arch-villains and all that fun stuff. Capcom announced the crossover compilation goes off sale from PSN on December 23 and XBLA on December 31. The publisher d...

December 19th 2014 at 9:00am 0 Comments
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While Amazon and Netflix take their fight to the awards arena, Hulu is still looking for ways to make its content library stand out. Of course, it has plenty of recently or currently airing TV shows, but these days it's all about the exclusives and that's at the heart of a new deal between Hulu an...

December 17th 2014 at 8:24am 0 Comments
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Fancy a female version of Wolverine? Marvel Heroes now has one in the form of X-23. Laura Kinney was cloned from Wolverine's DNA and raised in a lab, according to developer Gazillion's website. She was "trained from birth to use her claws, enhanced senses, and innocent appearance to become the perf...

December 12th 2014 at 9:00pm 0 Comments
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Do you want to be a special superhero... just like everyone else? Are you drawn to the magnetic machinations of Magneto? Then join Massively's MJ in Marvel Heroes as she, along with 90% of the player population, checks out the newest hero to be released. Mind you, this hero is more villain. And to...

December 8th 2014 at 9:00pm 0 Comments
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Heroes are all well and good, but there is plenty of fan love for the villains. There's just something about those bad boys and girls redeeming themselves that makes those characters so interesting. Gazillion knows this and has responded by releasing Magneto, the latest of the playable villains, to...

December 7th 2014 at 4:00pm 0 Comments
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Marvel Heroes got a new playable character today, its 41st overall but just its second playable villain. That villain is Magneto, X-nemesis and master of magnetism who can "wield the power of electromagnetism to levitate and crush enemies with debris, cars, and even Sentinels with his ultimate powe...

December 4th 2014 at 6:30pm 0 Comments
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Microsoft's Sam has many talents. But what does he do when he's finished helping users install their shiny new copy of Windows XP? Turns out, he kicks back, fixes himself a Piña Colada, and lays down the vocals for perhaps the definitive version of Rupert Holmes' Escape. Take a listen:

November 27th 2014 at 12:27am 0 Comments
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Is it possible for Marvel Heroes 2015 to drown players in loot explosions? Massively's MJ thinks it is! But that's not a bad thing -- unless you happen to be MJ's inventory space, that is. Marvel Heroes' newest game mode, Industry City Patrol, adds even more opportunities for fast-paced action and...

November 24th 2014 at 9:00pm 0 Comments