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Clip du jour: 8-bit version of Cee-Lo's 'F-- you'

Cee-Lo’s “F— You” jam is still my favorite song of the summer, but this 8-bit spoof/tribute by Inverse Phase is pretty much the best thing ever. Yes, ever. Come for the Sega jokes, stay for the earworm! I’m pretty sure some portion of this song will be stuck in my head for the rest of my natural life. READ FULL STORY

Michael Jackson MMO game in the works

planet-michaelFinally, a MMO game about Michael Jackson’s life and vision. It’s just what we’ve all been waiting for: “an immersive virtual space themed after iconic visuals drawn from Michael’s music, his life, and the global issues that concerned him.” World of Warcraft has never seemed so wonderful.

The newly licensed Planet Michael will launch in late 2011, so you have plenty of time to prepare yourself. According to the AP, “fans will be able to collect and trade virtual Jackson merchandise, and earn credits by performing challenges related to his music and dance moves. As in other virtual worlds, players can replenish their game accounts using real money.” You don’t say!

Planet Michael isn’t the only King of Pop videogame in the works. Michael Jackson: The Experience comes out for the Wii in November and for Kinect and Move in early 2011, and it’s a more standard, if challenging, dancing game (and singing, on Kinect and Move).

Can I imagine trying to learn some MJ dance moves with The Experience? Sure, I guess. But spending time in a Jackson world just to…have spent time in one? I don’t know, PopWatchers. Maybe my Planet just isn’t aligned. Is yours?

Clip du jour: 'Glee' reimagined as an 8-bit video game

What if Glee were an 8-bit game? It’d be like coffee coming with free beer, pretty much: two greats, together at last. This is 90 percent cute YouTube video, 10 percent Choose Your Own Adventure story, 100 percent Gleeky goodness: READ FULL STORY

'Who Wants To Be A Millionaire' updates show with new twists. Talk about a game changer!

Meredith-VieiraImage Credit: Dario Cantatore/Getty ImagesThe ninth season of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire premiered Monday, and if you watched, you probably noticed some pretty drastic changes. Yesterday, the show went to some pretty giant lengths to promote the new season and game changes. And when I say giant, I’m referring to the giant piggy bank that served as a backdrop for the live Millionaire-style game that took place in Times Square. Four radio contest winners duked it out for $10,000 by answering a series of multiple choice questions. After the competition, all four participants got a fast track audition for the chance to appear as a contestant on the actual show.

Millionaire host Meredith Vieira was on hand to deliver the final questions of the challenge. After she awarded a $10,000 check to the winner, she talked with us about this season’s changes. “I wasn’t sold, to be honest with you, in the beginning,” she said. “I thought, why would you change something that seems to work?” But after the producers played the game for her, she came around to the new look of the game. “After nine years, games get predictable, so there’s always a risk when you change things, but I think it’s been worth it,” Vieira said. “The game is edgier now. It’s far less predictable, and there’s a lot more risk-taking.”

Here’s a breakdown of the new changes: READ FULL STORY

'Jeopardy!' contestant breaks Ken Jennings' one-day winnings record

Step aside, Ken Jennings. Your reign as Jeopardy‘s highest one-day earner has been usurped! There’s a new sheriff quiz show genius in town. He goes by the name Roger Craig, and on last night’s episode, he took home $77,000, bringing his two-day total to $114,000.

KenJen made a name for himself when he won 74 episodes of Jeopardy! and took home a grand total of $2.52 million back in 2004. Adding onto his feats, Jennings also scored the highest-ever one-day total during his tenure on the show. Since then, no one has been able to topple the trivia king’s record or fame for that matter. (Can you name any other famous Jeopardy! contestants? I didn’t think so.) But all that changed yesterday when Craig, a University of Delaware graduate student, wagered $30,000 on the final Jeopardy category “Literary and Movie Title Objects.” READ FULL STORY

'Jeopardy!' celebrates its 6,000th episode

Jeopardy-AlexThe clue: Born in 1984, this syndicated quiz show features Alex Trebek.

The answer: What is Jeopardy!?

Duh! If you didn’t know where that was going, you’ve clearly been living under a rock for the last 20 years. Every day, I try to make it home by 7 p.m. to catch the popular quiz show. And even though I’m not smart enough to give correct responses to a good portion of the clues, that doesn’t stop me from shouting out what I think is the right answer.

Anyway, season 27 (that’s more seasons than years I’ve been alive!) kicks off this Monday. This season will feature the milestone 6,000th episode, along with the new “Teacher’s Tournament.” Fifteen teachers will battle it out for $100,000 and a chance to appear in the “Jeopardy Tournament of Champions.” So for easy math purposes (I am a journalist, after all), let’s say each episode is the full 30 minutes long. So at the conclusion of the 6,000th episode, there will have been 180,000 minutes of Jeopardy! Which is the equivalent of 3,000 hours, or 125 days. That’s a lot of quizzing, people! Happy (early) birthday to Jeopardy! and here’s to many, but maybe not 6,000, more. READ FULL STORY

Hammer Time: Jimmy Fallon and Elijah Wood play dangerous drinking game

Late Night host Jimmy Fallon has made it clear he’s always up for a good drinking game. Particularly beer pong — he’s challenged the likes of Betty White, Kate Hudson, and January Jones to the staple college party game.

But last night, Fallon and guest Elijah Wood, who’s out promoting his new movie The Romantics, introduced us to a whole new drinking game called Stump. Like all good drinking games, there really isn’t much a purpose except to promote drinking, drinking, and more drinking. And who doesn’t need that?

Here are the instructions: Flip a hammer in the air and (hopefully) catch it. Attempt to drive your opponent’s nail into the stump with one hit of the hammer. You get multiple hits for special air tricks. Try to be the first person to successfully nail the nail into the stump. Confused yet? You should just watch this video of Fallon and Wood playing Stump after the jump. READ FULL STORY

Treadmillasaurus Rex: Silly and surprisingly fun

Hark! A Flash game I cannot stop playing! I’m pathetically addicted to simple click games (Robot Unicorn Attack 4 eva), and “Treadmillasaurus Rex” hits that dangerous sweet spot of easy, goofy, and impossible to play once. Come for the wheel of awesome, stay for the dinosaur in the top hat. Seriously, I can’t stop playing this: READ FULL STORY

Hurricane Earl preparation: Which pop culture board game will you be dusting off?

hurricane-earlA storms a-brewin’, PopWatchers! The Category 4 unsexy beast goes by the name Earl, and he’s headed to a coast hopefully not near you. The latest projected path has the little bastard ruining weekends along the coast from North Carolina to Maine, according to reports.

For our Boredom Forecast, I’ll toss to, well, me again. Unfortunately, most people will have to nix all planned outdoor activities (sans hurricane streaking!) due to the weather. Conditions are looking even worse if you end up being among the unlucky without power. As you’re probably well aware, no TV and no computer make PopWatchers go something something. That’s why proper precautions must be taken.

I recommend keeping the Friends Ultimate Trivia Game next to your batteries, canned goods, first aid supplies, and tequila. If you do not like Friends, get out of here now try the Saved By the Bell game. I don’t own it, but the tagline says: “Go on a different perfect date every time you play.” I like those odds. Just don’t waste your time trying to save the Backstreet Boys Around the World game from any rising waters. I own two (one for playing, one for preserving, duh!), and I wish I hadn’t lost my receipt in 2006.

Your turn. When the power goes out, all the books are read, and you need a pop culture fix, what pop culture-themed board game are you reaching for? Which ones do you own but are so bad they’re not worth selling on eBay?

This has been your PopWatch Weather report. For more, follow @EWSandra. And, in all seriousness, be safe.

Sherri Shepherd to host 'The Newlywed Game': Does this make you more (or less) likely to watch?

Sherri-shepherdImage Credit: Carol Kaelson/Lifetime NetworksActress-comedian Sherri Shepherd, co-host of The View, is about to embark on a new and very different TV gig: as host of The Newlywed Game. According to the Associated Press, Shepherd will take over the reins of the long-running game show when it returns to the GSN in November. Presumably GSN felt that Shepherd, with her bubbly (or some might say bubble-headed) on-air personality, would be a zingier presence on the show than its previous host, Carnie Wilson, who left the job after just one year, and filed a suit against the network last month. READ FULL STORY

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