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One Dad Puts His Kid In Video Games, Another Gives His Baby A Mass Effect Name

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GearsI’m the dad of two awesome three-year-old boys, and one of the things I’m most enjoying is getting to gradually introduce them to the shows and movies that I loved growing up, as well as discovering new stuff together. (We’re currently watching Clone Wars, as a gateway to the Star Wars films.) But as much as I love to let my geek flag fly high, the parents we’re highlighting in this story have definitely taken things to the next level. For instance, I love video games, but it never would have occurred to me to figure out a way to put my kids in a video game.

In my defense, I’m also not a game developer. Super-dad Ben Stirling, however, is, and he used his skills to insert his one-year-old into assorted popular video games. Up top we see a fairy hilarious shot of Stirling the Younger facing off against the Locust hordes from Gears of War. I love that in that one he actually put the kiddo’s head on one of the in-game character’s bodies.

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The Ultimate Sci-Fi Size Chart Shows You How The Enterprise Stacks Up Against Godzilla

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FaceOffTo tweak a quote from the late Douglas Adams, science fiction is big. Really big. When the potential span of your subject matter encompasses the entirety of space, time, and existence, it makes sense that science fiction often goes big. Giant robots. Giant starships. Giant monsters. But with all that enormity running amok across the genre, how’s a guy to keep track of precisely how big any of it is? Why, with the handy-dandy chart below, created by DeviantArtist lexinator117 and dubbed “Size Comparison of EVERYTHING.” Well, perhaps not “EVERYTHING,” but still enough things to be entertaining.

You can go see the full, ginormous image here, or you can the chart out in chunks below (via Popsci), along with our occasional commentary. You can also click each of the images below for larger versions. It’s also worth noting that Popsci’s editing seems to have left a few of the subjects trimmed out, but you can see the full-size image for where they fit in.

From smallest to largest (with a few exceptions noted), we’ve got:

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E3 2012: Gears Of War: Judgment Coming In 2013

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Despite being a pretty voracious gamer, there are two triple-A science fiction game series that I’ve never been able to get into. One is the HALO games, mostly because I didn’t jump in at the get-go and always felt like I’d missed the boat (something I may remedy with the next game). The other is Gears of War. For lack of a better explanation, I could never get past the “bro-ness” of the game. So while this announcement might be little more than just another story to post for me, I’m sure there will be many of you uncontrollably salivating at this announcement trailer for Gears of War: Judgment, courtesy of GameTrailers.com: