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  1. Best video game trends of 2014 focus on freedom

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    It's the time of year when we all are supposed to reflect upon the bountiful year with a fond eye, then rank arbitrary totals of things in hasty lists slapped together in time for us to enjoy the holidays and read without thinking too much.

    Getting rid of that Kinect and giving us games for a third off? What a steal!
  2. From Miley Cyrus to Dick Vitale, here are Tampa Bay's best celebrity Instagrams of 2014

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    Aziz Ansari

    Before his much-anticipated March 16 shows at the Mahaffey Theater, comic Aziz Ansari checked out Bananas Music, the world's largest vinyl retailer. Bananas Vinyl Warehouse in Florida. Amazing spot, wrote @azizansari. He later tweeted a pic of his vinyl haul, which included some surprisingly …

    St. Petersburg singer-songwriter Mark Etherington, a.k.a. Mountain Holler, volunteered to work this year’s Bonnaroo Music Festival in Tennessee, and was spraying down a potentially overheaded crowd for Canadian electronic act A Tribe Called Red when Flaming Lips singer Wayne Coyne dropped by to help out. "So, this happened yesterday at A Tribe Called Red," wrote @mountainholler. "Wayne Coyne came and hungout and helped me and @roke3028 spray the kids with water. Take care of each other!!" Coyne (@waynecoyne5) is an active and controversial Instagram user himself, and he regrammed Etherington’s Bonnaroo selfie with the caption: "Me having to fight off a drugged crazed hippie !!!! F---!! Ha ha juz kiddin thanks @mountainholler for the cool pic!!!"


tbt*s gallery of some of the top celebrity instagrams from Tampa Bay in 2014.
  3. Black Captain America leads comic books into diversity

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    WASHINGTON — For decades, comic books have been in color, but now they truly reflect all the hues of American society.

  4. 'Borderlands Online' continues export trend to China gamers

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    China's video game console ban may be over, but publishers are lining up to offer more and more Western wares via PC and mobile devices.

    Prepare to see Claptrap in a whole new light — if you’re playing from mainland China.
  5. A rape debate erupts in 'The Newsroom'

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    Even by his own reputation for stirring up intense reaction from critics and viewers of his work, Aaron Sorkin kicked off an unusually fevered backlash on Sunday night with an episode of his HBO series, The Newsroom.

  6. Give me a (movie) break

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    Right around the third act of the 170-minute Interstellar, just when Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) appeared to be on the verge of a climactic epiphany, I found myself struggling to pay attention. It's not that the movie was bad. But after 2½ hours sitting still in one seat, I couldn't bring myself to ponder …

  7. TV sex gets hotter (and smarter)

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    When the FX biker drama Sons of Anarchy kicked off the Nov. 11 episode with a montage of sex scenes involving its main characters, Tim Winter, president of the Parents Television Council, was less than amused. "In order to watch cable news, ESPN, Disney or the History Channel, every family in America must now …

    On Looking, sex conversations are frank — but not necessarily honest.
  8. Multiplayer pangs point to prime time problems

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    It's been a year since the new wave of video game consoles was fully unleashed on the world, and so far there seems to be one thing in common: If you want a good multiplayer experience, stick with the last generation.

    You could duke it out with 343’s developers, if only you could get online.
  9. Binge alert: Netflix to air Tina Fey's new comedy

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    Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, a half-hour comedy produced by 30 Rock gods Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, was supposed to be one of NBC's best new comedies. The show never aired, but, in the latest coup for our streaming service overlords, Netflix has bought the series' rights and will premiere all 13 episodes …

    Ellie Kemper stars in Tina Fey’s Unbreakable Kimmy Scmidt. Its 13 episodes land on Netflix in March.
  10. The education of Cary Agos

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    Cary Agos has had quite a year. The 11 million people who tune in every week to watch The Good Wife — the gripping CBS drama that's possibly the best show on television — know this very well. After all, it's been a long road for the character. He started as the nemesis of Alicia Florrick (Julianna …

    A very odd relationship: Matt Czuchry (Cary Agos) and Archie Panjabi (Kalinda Sharma) in The Good Wife.