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Samantha Xu

''Fallout 3'': Behind the art

In the recently released action role-playing game Fallout 3, players trek through the remains of Washington, D.C., in the year 2277, blasting radioactive mutants and interacting with nuclear survivors. Here the game’s lead artist, Istvan Pely, talks about three movies and a comic book that inspired Fallout’s intense, richly realized atomic wasteland.

Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome ”Visually iconic characters and settings — a staple of the postapocalyptic genre”

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Hey, rockers, ready to put down those plastic guitars and prove that you’ve really got rhythm? Try the cult Dreamcast game Samba de Amigo, in which a psychotically smiling monkey shimmies in exotic environments while you shake your controllers (and booty, presumably) to match the Latin beats. Samba is now getting a Wii-lift, with cordless Wiimotes replacing the original maraca controllers and a bevy of new tunes helping you get your mambo on.

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Video game choreography

Score major style points by using these famous stage moves when the next generation of rock games hits this fall.

Pete Townshend’s Windmill It could power your console if you wire yourself while playing Rock Band 2’s ”Pinball Wizard.”

Tommy Lee’s Crowd-Pleaser This will cement your bad-boy rep when let looseduring Rock Revolution’s ”Dr. Feelgood.”

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Big acts are launching tours at summer's end

Even as another summer concert season winds down, several big-ticket acts are launching tours — with wallet-busting ticket prices. Consider these alternative ways to better spend your benjamins.

THE ROLLING STONES 8/21-1/23 $450 FOR FLOOR SEATS

That kind of cash will get you 20 gallons of Midnight Ebony semigloss. Finally, you can fulfill your fantasy of painting all the red doors in your neighborhood black.

U2 9/20-12/19 $165 FOR FIRST-LEVEL SEATS

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EW pays homage to the Raveonette's Xmas obsession

In round 3 of ”Fives Rounds with the Raveonettes,” vocalist-guitarist Sune Rose Wagner copped to an obsession with the holiday season. He’s not the only one! Below, a few locales where it’s Christmas every day.

St. Nick’s Knife Factory (Foley, Ala.)

Where lovers of pointy blades and pointy hats can come together (but not in an S&M sort of way). Nick’s will even commemorate the occasion with a fancy engraved jackknife.

Mary Elizabeth Hopkins Santa Claus Museum (Columbus, Tex.)

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EW thinks Beck is mighty hungry

Upon hearing his cries to the ”vegetable man in the vegetable van” on Guero, we couldn’t help but wonder whether Beck might be a little…well, famished. (Have you noticed the waifish crooner’s spacey doe eyes? A possible sign of low blood sugar, no?) It reminded us of all the other food references in his music. Turns out, vegetables are just the (asparagus) tip of the iceberg (lettuce).

ALBUM Stereopathetic Soulmanure (1994)

SONG ”Satan Gave Me a Taco”

FOOD FOR BECK Taco

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