Evening Reading

Footage allegedly from a pirated version of Crysis 2 made its way around the Net over the weekend. Such material puts news sites in a difficult position. In the modern era, once something like that hits the Net, it's out there, impossible to contain. But it's also content maliciously taken from its owners. This isn't a situation like say a whistleblower coming to the press. It's pirates, ripping off the game. Yes, we cover piracy in the video game industry but basing coverage on pirated material is a whole other matter. We can't stick our heads in the sand and pretend it's not out there, but neither can we in good conscience knowingly use pirated material for a story.

In their response, Crysis 2 publisher Electronic Arts said "Crytek and EA are deeply disappointed by the news. We encourage fans to support the game and the development team by waiting and purchasing the final, polished game on March 22. ... Piracy continues to damage the PC packaged goods market and the PC development community." Should the game's PC sales fail to meet expectations, it's a safe bet there will be plenty of fingers pointed back to this moment.

There was plenty of other video game news today and here are the top stories from the Shack:

From The Chatty
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    February 14, 2011 5:01 PM

    Anyone else miss LOST yet?

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      February 14, 2011 5:02 PM

      Given how season 3/4/6 were not that good no.

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        February 14, 2011 5:04 PM

        Nope. I'm still waiting on what is it called television?....oh yeah..a ENDING.

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          February 14, 2011 5:08 PM

          Because spoonfed endings are always more interesting!

          Fuck, does anyone subscribe to thinking for yourself anymore.

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            February 14, 2011 5:10 PM

            There's a delicate line dividing thinking for yourself and using mysticism and up for interpretation out of laziness.

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              February 14, 2011 5:12 PM

              Lost tried to get crazy metaphysical and do something no other show did, and I respect it for that. I also just found it damn entertaining, but I don't tend to watch TV shows with the hyper-critical eye that a lot of Shackers do.

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              February 14, 2011 5:13 PM

              If they'd laid it all out scientifically then you'd be equally pissed because you wouldn't have liked the explanation.

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                February 14, 2011 5:21 PM

                Well they abandoned that after season 2/3 anyway. The wheels of midichlorians were well in motion before the end.

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              February 14, 2011 5:24 PM

              I actually think avoiding plainly answering alot of the longstanding questions was a tactful move. It allows everyone to personalize some points for themselves. A long-arcing story like Lost is open to interpretation anyways. Even if we were provided "all" the answers by the proverbial powers-that-be, it would ultimately only be one interpretation of events.

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                February 14, 2011 5:29 PM

                True, but it also was a slap for people who thought the Lost writers actually had it figured out. They did some really cryptic crazy shit early on. Lots of weird internet games and a lot of neat references. People were hoping they were smart enough to have a big reveal that would show their genius. It didn't happen.

                Although it was obvious from the path the last half the series took. They abandoned dharma initiative as one of the shows big mysteries and went more towards spirituality. Dharma was more or less DOA from then on. Which should be a blatant warning of the spiritual easy button that's coming.

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                  February 15, 2011 12:10 AM

                  I'm not really sure how they "abandoned Dharma". Season 5 gave their entire operation and purpose a pretty satisfying explanation.

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            February 14, 2011 5:12 PM

            Lost didn't have an ending though. They ended Season 6 the whole flash sideways thing but they didn't actually explain any of the big mysteries introduced in Seasons 1-5.

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              February 14, 2011 5:14 PM

              The mysteries weren't the point of the show. The point of the show was the relationship between the characters, and the mysteries are what brought them together so those relationships could play out.

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                February 14, 2011 5:23 PM

                Yes that was the point of the show once they realized they wrote a bunch of crazy shit and would be expected to explain it

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                  February 14, 2011 11:22 PM

                  I know a lot of fans, and even non-fans, wanted the crazier, sci-fi stuff to be done more. I totally get that. But the irrefutable fact is that the show had much better ratings every time there was a character drama on display. Ultimately, this is the reason the show went in that direction.

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                February 14, 2011 5:24 PM

                I think that's a bit of a cop-out on the part of the writers. They clearly had no idea where they were going with the show. I think why so many people were upset is that they essentially spent 5 season teasing that you were going to get some explanation to what actually was going on.

                That said, I actually still kind of liked how they wrapped things up.

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              February 14, 2011 10:09 PM

              That's kind of how I felt. It's like they set out a new mystery in S6 that they satisfying addressed, but forgot about all the stuff from season 2-3.

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            February 14, 2011 5:35 PM

            Has nothing to do with spoonfed an ending. But some wrap up besides everyone is dead and the entire last season had no meaning! was shit.

            Give me some Wire, some Shield. Now that's an ending.

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            February 14, 2011 5:38 PM

            It's a valid complaint, everything leading up to the ending meant absolutely jack shit in the grand scheme of things.

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            February 14, 2011 5:53 PM

            The thing that made Lost's ending unsatisfying wasn't that there were a bunch of things that weren't answered. It was that the thing that was answered was just done so in an inherently unsatisfying way. They had a great setup with the last season to do this whole parallel universe thing, bring all the timelines into a sloppy but satisfactory line and leave it with the feeling that everything that happened had some point to it. Instead, they went for a metaphysical answer that felt entirely out of place with the rest of the story. It made all the character deaths and triumphs feel less important because X number of years later, they all end up together anyway. So, why was anything that we saw on the island important?

            I felt like Battlestar Galactica had a much more satisfying ending, even though people seem to be just as hard on it. At least there the only metaphysical answer which is that there were angels, but it doesn't do anything to lessen or change the struggle that the characters went through and that their journey was ultimately worth while and had a logical beginning, middle and end.

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              February 15, 2011 1:46 AM

              I understand this argument, really I do, but... how is chalking it up to parallel universes more justifiable a scenario than a religious experience?

              In the end, they are two completely different approaches which attempt to provide a somewhat meaningful answer to two completely divergent beliefs (science and god).

              Who knows why they went with god as an explanation, other than possibly trying to satisfy a broader percentage of their assumed audience.

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          February 14, 2011 5:12 PM

          Man you people are sad. What more of an ending do you want? Jack kills the MIB and saves the island, but dies in the process. Kate and Sawyer escape the island. Hurley becomes the new island protector and takes Ben as his right-hand man. An unidentified period of time later when they all have lived out their lives and die, they are reunited in the afterlife

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            February 14, 2011 5:17 PM

            What makes Walt special? WTF happened to Dharma--specifically, why and how were there still food drops to the hatch if nobody could find the place.

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              February 14, 2011 5:19 PM

              A Wizard did it.

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              February 14, 2011 5:20 PM

              They explained the food drops in the Prologue on the bluray release. Essentially, the people sending the stuff worked for Dharma, who obviously knew where the island was since they were the ones who found it. They had no idea of what happened on the island recently, or at least were told to keep shipping stuff anyway. Ben found them and told them they were relieved of their duties, as it was no longer necessary.

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                February 14, 2011 5:22 PM

                ^ this. And the Walt thing is probably the one area where they truly made a mistake. They didn't account for the actor aging and thus had to kill off the storyline.

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                  February 14, 2011 5:26 PM

                  Didn't account for an 8 year old kid to go through a growth spurt?

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                    February 14, 2011 5:26 PM

                    I'm glad, personally. Kid and his dad bugged the shit out of me constantly in the first two seasons...

                    WALT
                    WALT
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                      February 14, 2011 5:27 PM

                      Yeah, but his ability to make bad things happen was interesting.

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                        February 14, 2011 5:29 PM

                        I remember him basically making birds kamikaze... but I honestly don't remember what else he did. Did he cause his mom to die as well?

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                      February 14, 2011 5:32 PM

                      Press X for Walt

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              February 14, 2011 5:36 PM

              They just made up a bunch of shit to keep you watching, and lost track of all the shit that could use wrapping up.

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                February 14, 2011 5:38 PM

                It was still far more entertaining (imo) than most anything else on TV those years, and it cost me $0 to watch it. I'm satisfied. :)

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                  February 14, 2011 5:43 PM

                  You watched The Wire, right? I'm a snobby fucking bitch about movies and TV. TV rarely gets a pass. The Wire is the only show that doesn't even feel like TV to me. It feels like a really long movie. Curb Your Enthusiasm is good, too.

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                    February 14, 2011 5:55 PM

                    Hehe you can't use The Wire as a benchmark. It makes everything else look like shit by comparison. Also it's on a subscription channel, where they can do so much more than on broadcast TV. I think you have to compare the quality of shows separately.

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                      February 14, 2011 7:00 PM

                      Every time you people talk about The Wire, I feel inadequate but when I go to start watching it, I realize it's a huge epic thing and I'll have to really be committed to see it through to the end.

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              February 14, 2011 11:25 PM

              The more Walt was given attention the more I thought he was a lame and useless character. Wesley Crusher sucked too.

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              February 15, 2011 12:04 AM

              Why are people still asking about Walt? Why aren't you asking why Desmond could see the future, Hurley could see ghosts and Miles could see people's last memories? They're supernatural. That's all it is.

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            February 14, 2011 5:20 PM

            We want explanations to some of the mysteries they threw in our face.

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      February 14, 2011 5:06 PM

      Didn't watch it, don't miss it.

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      February 14, 2011 5:11 PM

      I do. :\

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      February 14, 2011 5:18 PM

      Hell yes!

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      February 14, 2011 5:18 PM

      I could use at least two more reasons of plot threads that went nowhere

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      February 14, 2011 5:24 PM

      yea :(

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      February 14, 2011 5:28 PM

      i liked LOST a lot and it was fun to tune in every week. on the other hand, i'm really excited about V now.

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        February 14, 2011 5:30 PM

        really? V is remarkably terrible. and it's not even so bad it's good either, it's just bad.

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          February 14, 2011 5:32 PM

          I think it's gotten better as time goes on.

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          February 14, 2011 6:25 PM

          i dunno, i really enjoy it. the only dark spot of the show for me are the poor acting of the preacher guy. you have to get invested in the characters to really care, though. they are actually pretty complex, and now whenever someone new gets introduced you get to try to figure out whether they are a V or not! :D

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      February 14, 2011 5:31 PM

      What I miss most about LOST is the fun I had playing Crysis directly after.

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      February 14, 2011 5:34 PM

      Missed it the day the show ended. I haven't picked a single show up yet that I watch consistantly since.

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      February 14, 2011 5:34 PM

      FRINGE has done a good job replacing it for me, but I'm scared fox is gonna cancel it :(

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        February 14, 2011 7:00 PM

        Last week's episode dropped another 3% in viewership. It's not looking good.

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        February 14, 2011 7:25 PM

        Seriously me too. They only need another 3 seasons. Please let them have it :(

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        February 14, 2011 7:44 PM

        its done for, enjoy the rest of the season but don't count on a fourth one.

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      February 14, 2011 5:42 PM

      I miss it and all the hours I spent into it. I tell people that if they want a sand pit of TV time to waste, they should watch this show. I loved it to death all the way to the end.

      I then cried because I wasted time on a awesome take on alternate life and the theory of six degrees of seperation.. I am a firm beliver of that theory because it surrounds me for my 24 years on this planet, it scares me everyday.

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      February 14, 2011 5:51 PM

      yeah, been thinking about a re-watch in the near future

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      February 14, 2011 5:54 PM

      I loved and rode the LOST wave since day one. I wouldn't watch it again because the last season was so terrible. They phoned that shit in.

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      February 14, 2011 5:56 PM

      I'm just now watching it for the first time. Yay Netflix streaming.

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        February 14, 2011 5:58 PM

        That's exactly how I watched it. The last month of Season 6 I watched all of it for the first time, and watched the last episode the day it was aired. Best way to watch this show, imo.

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      February 14, 2011 5:56 PM

      I actually do. As ridiculous as it was at the end, I saw a YouTube video with Locke in it and thought, "Man I really miss that show."

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      February 14, 2011 5:57 PM

      No. Glad its over.

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      February 14, 2011 5:59 PM

      no

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      February 14, 2011 6:04 PM

      i'm just glad the stress of finding out what's going to happen next has ended

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      February 14, 2011 6:32 PM

      The first season is stellar, but the rest is a waste of time.

      They're all dead. DEAD.

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      February 14, 2011 6:34 PM

      I do. We need another sci-fi epic on mainstream TV now. There's a big lull right now. Fringe is cool, but it doesn't have the same intensity LOST or BSG had.

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      February 14, 2011 6:41 PM

      Yep, not much on tv that compares to it.

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      February 14, 2011 6:44 PM

      Yes and No, fuck that ending

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      February 14, 2011 6:46 PM

      i miss discussing the show with people and reading all the theories online.

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      February 14, 2011 7:03 PM

      Yes, I cry myself to sleep every night. I haven't been the same.

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      February 14, 2011 7:24 PM

      yes but when I have the time I'm going to re-watch it all over again, should be interesting the 2nd time around

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      February 14, 2011 7:32 PM

      Hell yes, I miss it!

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      February 14, 2011 7:33 PM

      Hell no. There are SO many good shows.

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        February 14, 2011 8:20 PM

        I can't think of any shows on right now that have the same kind of major multi-season arc that also manage to make every episode have interesting character drama.

        Hell, I'd say most of the stuff I watch and love right now has no arcs whatsoever, or they're so subdued as to barely matter.

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      February 14, 2011 7:41 PM

      Yes, I really do.

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      February 14, 2011 8:00 PM

      I miss it so so so much. :(

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      February 14, 2011 8:18 PM

      I had to finish it, but I regret ever watching it and cringe every time I see any trace of it.

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        February 14, 2011 8:24 PM

        I guess the show I miss watching most is Six Feet Under. However, it had the greatest ending of all time so I'm cool with it.

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      February 14, 2011 8:19 PM

      I miss the journey. it was better not knowing.

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        February 14, 2011 8:22 PM

        i would spend hours sometimes at work looking at lostpedia :(

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      February 14, 2011 8:23 PM

      I watched it for the first two seasons, realized what the next four would be like, and moved on.

      Arrested development. Firefly. Those were shows that you should miss!!!

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      February 14, 2011 8:26 PM

      I miss having a show everyone is watching

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      February 14, 2011 8:27 PM

      i miss its blend of mysticism, religion, sci-fi, and possibly the largest cast of interesting characters ever on a television show

      for its faults i still consider it one of the best series ever. i can name three or four episodes that rank up there with anything i've seen, movie or show.

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      February 14, 2011 8:29 PM

      fringe

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        February 14, 2011 9:01 PM

        fringe is 100x less interesting than lost and i love fringe.

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      February 14, 2011 8:30 PM

      I did when it ended. I sort of still do, but I'm also kind of glad it's over, and I was happy with the ending. I have an imagination.

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      February 14, 2011 8:33 PM

      Yep, one of the only tv shows I'll ever watch.

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      February 14, 2011 8:46 PM

      Yeah, I was just thinking it is about time for my I think 9th viewing (of to date episodes) of the series.

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        February 14, 2011 8:48 PM

        I fucking knew this was you before I even got to the end of the post preview.

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      February 14, 2011 8:48 PM

      no. as i said in some other thread, it's like an ex-lover. we had great times and i still love it but i'm done with it and i never want to see it or think about it again.

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      February 14, 2011 8:50 PM

      It ended when it needed to. I only miss having a show that I was excited to see every week. Archer is my current Oprah. After that, nothing and that's sad.. :(

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      February 14, 2011 9:04 PM

      No; after that ending I retroactively lost all interest in it. It's not even fun for me to watch old episodes

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      February 14, 2011 9:59 PM

      So what are Lindeloff and Carlton doing nowadays?

      Are there any news of them writing for a new show?

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      February 14, 2011 10:04 PM

      Hell fucking no.

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      February 14, 2011 10:28 PM

      I started missing it as soon as it ended :(

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      February 14, 2011 11:24 PM

      Haven't finished season 6 and little motivation too. But Loved 1-5 on netflix without commercials

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      February 14, 2011 11:48 PM

      No, and may it never return.

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      February 15, 2011 1:55 AM

      LOST is the MMO of tv.
      Or at least it was when people were watching it.

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        February 15, 2011 4:43 AM

        Lost being the MMO of TV shows is a fantastically accurate comparison: Lot's of people taking part, but ultimately pointless.