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Dead Island:
Best Video Game Trailer Ever?

What’s the most engaging, memorable and visually stunning video game trailer ever made? It might be the one for Dead Island. There’s something about its music, its slow motion scenes and its unusual mix of forwards and backwards action that plants itself hauntingly in one’s mind.

The trailer also depicts graphic violence and disturbing images. It’s definitely not for kids and could be overly harrowing even for adults who have kids . . . or who mildly like kids . . . or who hope to one day go on a peaceful vacation to a tropical isle. With that warning, you can watch the trailer video below.

So does having a superlative trailer mean that Dead Island will be a superlative video game?

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Cute Girl. Catchy Dance.
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This YouTube video starts out like so many—with a young girl doing a seemingly random dance during playtime. But keep watching . . .

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A Two Minute Walk Across America

Is it possible to walk across the United States, from New York City to San Francisco, in two minutes? It is through the magic of stop-motion photography and the trickery of time-lapse video. There’s even time along the way to snap a few photos of Washington D.C. monuments and to take in Mt Rushmore.

Here’s the video of how such a journey would look . . .

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Vuvuzela Hero

In the wildly popular Guitar Hero and Band Hero video games the goal is to rock the video crowd. But what if the game Vuvuzela Hero existed? Then the goal might be to cause as much auditory pain as possible.

Here’s a video of what a Vuvuzela Hero game might look like:

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Olympus PEN Stop Motion
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Stop motion animation has been around almost as long as cameras have. But Olympus took it to a whole new level when creating an Olympus PEN digital camera advertisement.

For the ad, Olympus took 355 photographs with a PEN camera and printed them out to billboard size. They then took those billboards and photographed them in an urban environment to tell a story. The result is a very cool, especially when you consider that no special effects were involved and that the whole ad was shot using a camera that costs around US$600.

The Olympus PEN, not incidentally, is a really excellent micro four thirds camera—it looks like a compact point-and-shoot digital camera but can accommodate interchangeable lenses. As much as Spot Cool Stuff loves the still photos the PEN produces (and we do!) were this gem-of-a-camera really excels is in taking HD quality video.

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Working iPhone Costume? There’s an App For That
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Looking for something to wear to your next costume party? If you have a car battery, spare 42-inch LCD TV—and a whole lot of time—you could go as an oversized working Apple iPhone.

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The Best of YouTube in Four Minutes
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There have been many dozens of YouTube videos that have gone viral over the last few years. If you are new to YouTube or otherwise missed out on them, here’s a recap of the Best of YouTube in Four Minutes. And even if you are a long-time YouTube fanatic there’s something cool about seeing clips of some of your favorite videos in rapid fire fashion:

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Cool YouTube: Cat Waking Owner
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Be patient for the punchline of this cool cartoon video. There have been mornings that we feel our cat must have woken us in this way.

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