Deadwood Edition Issue #64

February 1, 2005

The week that was

Wherein we peruse the news that was new last week...

Not your mama's Tupperware Party

'Passion Parties' ... A social alternative for sex toy shopping

Jenn Chapman's apartment is a kinky lovers' paradise. Double dongs, butt plugs, anal beads, vibrators, big blue dildos - all neatly arranged and awaiting call-up to the bedroom big leagues. "The day that stuff comes in I have to lay everything out on the floor and count inventory," said Chapman, a 30-year-old Lawrence part-time entrepreneur whose day job is marketing for a business-planning firm. "My boyfriend gets a little irritated because they're spread out across the living room floor, and I'm trying to keep the dogs away."

Eastwood's Oscar contender doesn't pull any punches

"It's the latest freak show out there," explains Frankie Dunn (Clint Eastwood), for why he refuses to train a female boxer and why she shouldn't have any trouble finding someone else who will. The fact that he believes the 31-year-old Maggie Fitzgerald (Hilary Swank) is too old for the sport doesn't help matters.

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Review: The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap - GBA

Minish Cap keeps the series setting a standard at a blazing pace.

The Zelda structure is so lucrative that one solid gameplay twist like the shrinking of Link's size, can make the entire experience feel so new and refreshing. Adding new and exciting items that allow Link to fly or turn objects upside down make the puzzle element possibilities skyrocket.

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Review: MechAssault 2 - Xbox

Great multiplayer on one hand, forgettable single player mode on the other.

MechAssault 2 is in its stride online. There is no room for argument. Destroying things in a fury has never felt as rewarding as it does in the game, but questionable single player experience, menu design and music really hinders what could have been stellar.

Leading contender?

A GOP blog ranks Sen. Sam Brownback as a leader for the presidential nomination in 2008.