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SHIFT is once again accepting submissions for their world wide, digital short film festival. We’ve featured them for several years in a row now, and the results are always impressive!

From their blog:

Online magazine SHIFT presents DOTMOV Festival

The making and success of Scott Pilgrim are a sign that videogames really have infiltrated our popular consciousness. When captions such as “+9999 EXP” and “Level Up” are casually assigned to characters without explanation as punchlines, it presumes the audience …

You play Stanley, the narrator declares, a content worker drone in a nondescript office. Sitting up from your desk at work one day, you realize that everyone is gone. The narrator shepherds you towards the cafeteria, to see where everyone’s …

Between 2001 and 2010, Brian Clevinger went from an amateur webcomic author to a professional comic book writer, sought after by  Marvel and DC. This nine year span also marks the life of 8-bit Theatre, a free, online serial …

Almost twenty years after its publication, Maus: A Survivor’s Tale (1992) is still the best reference point for a “serious” comic book or graphic novel. Written and illustrated by Art Spiegelman, Maus tells the story of Spiegelman’s father’s Holocaust experience …

Mass Effect 2 is a hybrid action and roleplaying game (RPG) set in a sci-fi world. It was first released by Canadian game studio Bioware in 2010 and is the second game in a trilogy.

The first thing I noticed …

The Misra Legacy Compilation I is a fantastic, and free, mixtape of North American indie rock. Details reposted from Crawdaddy:

Out with the old Bracys, in with the new. Misra has always been a fiercely pro-artist record label, founded

I first ran into Portal (2007) at the Game Developers Conference in 2008. I was interested in narrative and gaming at the time, and had wandered into the session hoping to learn something new about the subject. I had not …

Sharon Van Etten’s Epic (2010) comes at a strange time for indie rock. The genre is undergoing growing pains from its once haloed position as the alternative to “alternative rock.”

In one respect, indie rock’s become the hot new thing: …

This American Life? Is that that show by those hipster know-it-alls who talk about how fascinating ordinary people are? Gawd!”

That piece of silly dialogue from TV (specifically the OC) just about sums up the This American

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