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When I was 15, I made a new best friend.
Here are five PC indie games of 2012 that serve as important counterpoints to the Halo s and Mass Effect s of the mainstream gaming world.
Two weeks ago, references to an iOS game called Boyfriend Maker began flooding my Twitter feed.
The 2008 play, inspired by a true story about two soldiers guarding a zoo in Baghdad during the early stages of the Iraq War, follows the vengeful ghost of a Bengal tiger through the city's war-torn streets.
Christopher Shinn's new play, which takes place on election night, is so timely that it's hard to imagine staging it later rather than now.
A Challenger Appears
Arcades are dead, but the fighting-games community has straggled on without them, via gaming meet-ups in stores, bars, and basements.
Perhaps the success of the 2007 musical adaptation of the 1980 film Xanadu inspired Jen Wineman to transform the 1979 film Roller Boogie into a stage musical, but Roller Disco the Musical! (at Oberon through August 30) proves there is room in the world for more than one musical comedy about roller-skating disco dancers.
Harvard Square's alt-goth scene took a major hit last week when Ryan Noonan, a spokesman for the Harvard Square AMC theater, announced via an e-mail that the cinema would close its doors on July 8.
At least this high-kicking, somersaulting, zombie-fighting, magical school girl protagonist is of legal ogling age!
Where is your copy of Diablo 3 ? It's not on your computer. It never will be. It is in the cloud, with all its virtual spoils streaming live over the Internet.
Jon Marans's The Temperamentals (at Lyric Stage through April 28) begins innocently enough: a first date during which a coy couple engages in some flirtatious back-and-forth and plays footsie under a restaurant table.
Lost in space
Gamers finally have their own equivalent to J. J. Abrams's sci-fi television epic, Lost.
Fight the good fight
Boston Playwrights' Theatre closes out its winter season with DEPORTED / A DREAM PLAY (March 8–April 1; bu.edu/bpt).
Contained in their haunted-house black humor, Charles Addams's original Addams Family cartoons seemed intended as a sly critique of boring suburbia and an affirmation of quirky, alternative lifestyles.
It's time to make some new friends.
Animated alchemical battles
The Fullmetal Alchemist series has expanded impressively, from the 2001 graphic novel, to the 2003 anime series and film to the 2009 reboot of the anime, and now Kazuya Murata's film, which picks up from the middle of the second anime reboot.
Although the whirlwind of Scrooges and Rockettes will soon be exiting stage left, the storm of winter theater continues unabated.
If only they were real
Here's our annual list of the hot men video games have offered up this past year.
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