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If you’re a gamer who’s over 24, then I’ve got some bad news for you. According to a new study titled, “Over the Hill at 24,” a  gamer’s “self-initiated response time” within a video game tends to decline once they hit 24. Scientists from Simon Fraser University in British Colombia observed 3,305 StarCraft II players between the ages of 16 and 44, and concluded that a player’s response time and overall speed declines a lot earlier in life than you might expect. But, on a good note, the scientists also found out that a decline in dual-task performance and in-game multitasking doesn’t have any relation to a player’s age, which would explain why my Grandma was so darn good at Sim City. Her ability to raise taxes and put out fires at the same time is legendary.

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(via Geekosystem)

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You’re looking at artist Stefanie Rocknak’s clay model for the final design of her life-size Edgar Allen Poe statue that will be unveiled on October 5, 2014 at 2 pm in Boston. The statue will go up on the corner of Boylston Street and Charles Street South, which is often referred to as “Edgar Allan Poe Square.”

Rocknak’s design was the winner out of a pool of 265 other artists (from 42 states and 13 countries) who applied to create the statue.

Learn more after the break…

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If you’ve ever worked in retail, especially in an industry that caters to merchandise for kids in any way, you’ve probaby heard the worlds “You’ve ruined Christmas!”. Heck, back in the day when I worked at Entertainment Earth, no holiday was complete until we heard it at least once.

But the demand for Frozen merchandise has apparently unleashed hell on Disney because the supply has dried up. People on eBay are selling Elsa dolls for up to $1750 bucks and parents are losing their ever lovin’ minds on the official Disney Store Facebook page.

Obviously, Disney didn’t anticipate that they would need to make Elsa and Anna dolls for pretty much every child on the planet and now people are willing to sell body parts for a toy for their little Susie.

It really is amazing to see the level of outrage. It reminds me of the Cabbage Patch insanity back in the day.

So if you have Frozen merchandise, you’re a very special snowflake. Enjoy that. If not, head after the break to see what you can look forward to at your local mall.

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The news is out and Stephen Colbert has been announced as the new host of The Late Show, taking over for David Letterman after he retires.

From Variety:

“Stephen Colbert is one of the most inventive and respected forces on television,” said Leslie Moonves, chief executive of CBS, in a prepared statement. “David Letterman’s legacy and accomplishments are an incredible source of pride for all of us here, and today’s announcement speaks to our commitment of upholding what he established for CBS in late night.”

“Simply being a guest on David Letterman’s show has been a highlight of my career,” said Colbert in a statement. “I never dreamed that I would follow in his footsteps, though everyone in late night follows Dave’s lead.”

I think it’s great. Stephen Colbert deserves all the good things and I’m looking forward to this new evolution in which he, amazingly, gets to play himself.

(via Variety / Image via Helga Esteb / Shutterstock.com)

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Batkid is still going strong. Five-year-old Miles got the superhero alter ego thanks to Make-A-Wish. Back in November, he put on the suit and saved San Francisco from villains and warmed our hearts. His leukemia is still in remission, and he’s had the opportunity to don the costume once again.

On Tuesday, he arrived to the San Francisco Giants stadium in a Lamborghini painted with the Bat symbol. There, alongside Batman, he threw the first pitch for the Giants’ home opener. Batkid’s superhero strength hasn’t developed fully yet so the ball bounced a little on the way, but it still made it. Batkid rocks.

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Archie Andrews is going to die. The news was announced on the Archie Comics blog yesterday, saying that he’d sacrifice himself heroically to save a friend this July in their upcoming Life With Archie #36.

Archie Comics says they knew they wanted to do this five years ago and, given the themes Life With Archie has taken on during that period, I think they’re pushing the envelope one last time.

I can honestly say I never thought I’d write about the death of Archie Andrews. It’s a strange feeling, I admit. Thankfully, he will live on in other Archie series.

You can read the entire press release and get a look at the amazing artwork planned for the covers of both #36 and #37 after the break.

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Crank up the outrage machine to whatever level you feel appropriate on this one. According to Variety, Universal Studios is developing a Battlestar Galactica movie that will be “a complete reimagining of the story” and will be penned by Transcendence screenwriter Jack Paglen.

There’s no director currently. We do know that Bryan Singer was rumored to be attached to a Battlestar Galactica movie back in 2009, but he’s doing X-Men so that likely leaves him out of the mix.

One thing I’ve heard is that Ron Moore’s not attached, so I’m not feeling super hopeful, but I’m one of those fans.

We’ll keep you posted.

(via io9)

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We’re getting our original Chewbacca back! According to The Hollywood Reporter, Peter Mayhew will be playing the famous walking carpet once again. This confirms rumors that Mayhew would be reprising his role which reached a fever pitch when he backed out of a convention appearance last week due to his “filming schedule”.

Though it’s expected that many of the original cast members will return, Mayhew’s ability to be involved in the film was questionable due to his health issues. The actor’s health struggles were chronicled in a recent kickstarter documentary, Standing in the Stars: The Peter Mayhew Story, but he’s always made it known that he wanted to reprise the role.

The news that Mayhew will definitely be in the film shows just how committed J.J. Abrams is to bringing back the original cast. And if Chewie is there you know the Falcon and Han can’t be far behind—although we’ll have to wait and see who is officially confirmed next.

(via /Film)

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Want to know what’s in this box? Head on over to our contest page for a sneak peek. Then enter to win it! Better hurry though, there’s only a few days left.