The name of Modern Simpsons's devastating Nintendo "parody," Funtendo, has apparently been hijacked for a quasi-legal breakout box (I have no idea what that is) that "lets you hook the NES, N64, and Wii Classic controllers up to your PC" via USB so you gamers can play your little quasi-legal Nintendo ROMs with an actual joystick instead of a stupid keyboard as a controller. Feeling nostalgic for Mario Kart 64? Well you'd better get your soldering iron ready, because you'll have to assemble it yourself with these amazingly simple instructions!
And yet, spending a weekend putting that all together sounds infinitely more entertaining than watching The Simpsons's inexplicable Wii parody from a couple years ago that doesn't actually parody anything, and would definitely be considered product placement had they not cleverly misspelled it.
Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain likes to quote movies. And not just any movies, but movies based on cartoon franchises. As reported by our sister blog, AnimeJihad, Cain quoted a song from Pokémon: The Movie 2000 during a debate last August. As any political analyst could tell you, it was a brazen dog whistle for the highly-coveted otaku crowd (a move popularized by Lee Atwater's so-called "Shounen Strategy"). Which apparently worked, because he soon shot up to frontrunner status.
Well now the Cainster is at it again. During a campaign stop in New Hampshire, Cain wheeled out his new talking point, telling his supporters "We need a leader, not a reader."
Alan Sepinwall is a big-time TV critic whose opinions are highly revered by the industry (TV producers Dan Harmon and Michael Schur both mention him in their respective AV Club walkthroughs, for example). When he talks, people listen.
Well, recently he set his sights on The Simpsons and wrote a DEVASTATING TAKEDOWN of the latest episode. Just peep these biting excerpts...
Famous comedy duo "Eric & Tim" appeared in the sure-to-be-classic "Marge Becomes A Food Blogger" episode of The Simpsons last night and sang a rap song about being a foodie, which you can watch below courtesy of YouTube user "MelZtube80."
Here, without commentary, is a list of actual subplots from recent episodes of The Simpsons, as summarized by Wikipedia: