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Tuesday News: Amazon buys Twitch, Superman sells for $3.2 million, hilarious...

Amazon is clearly very keen to get into gaming. It created its in-house gaming studio back in 2012 and has made a few lightweight Facebook and mobile games since then. It signaled it was getting more serious with the acquisition of Killer Instinct developer Double Helix Games and hiring of Kim Swift, the designer behind the classic Portal game. The company’s new Fire TV offered a selection of games created by Amazon’s in-house team and even has a Amazon joystick you can buy separately, hinting at aspirations to compete with consoles like the Xbox and PlayStation. The company already sells everything under the sun, so it only makes sense for them to add games to the books, films, and TV shows they offer, but getting the love and respect of that community is tough. Twitch has gamer support in spades. According to a source familiar with the deal, Amazon is the biggest digital distributor of games after Valve’s Steam store, and it believes Twitch could help it to capture even more of that market. –The Verge

“This was a record auction for eBay as it was the most expensive comic book ever sold on our marketplace,” Gene Cook, general manager of emerging verticals for eBay Marketplaces, said in a statement. “The sale of Action Comics No. 1 is a prime example of how eBay plays a role in popular culture by connecting shoppers to must-have merchandise, including rare and valuable collectibles. This was an extraordinary opportunity to bring a comic — one that has captured the attention of passionate collectors and casual fans alike.” –CNET

You could unfollow Todd Manly-Krauss, and perhaps you really should. It would be better for your mental health and your blood pressure. But somewhere along the way (and this is what kills you) his posts have convinced you that he’s areally important writer. That this is someone you want and need to be friends with, because he’s a powerful taste-maker, one of the great minds of our generation. You know it isn’t true—his work is good but not your favorite—and yet it’s like he’s brainwashed you. –Ploughshares Literary Magazine

Because who hasn’t dreamed of dropping off some of their own fudge bars in a melting chocolate crapper, UK chocolatiers Choccywoccydoodah and Bathrooms.com teamed up to make a toilet, bidet, sink and bathtub entirely out of Belgian chocolate. All the fixtures together contain about 9.4-million calories and cost $133,000. For reference, that’s $133,000 outside of my chocolate bathroom budget. –Geekologie

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9 Comments

  1. Jayne
    Aug 26, 2014 @ 05:44:07

    I saw that Superman comic listing and it mentioned that the equally pristine copy that Nicholas Cage had sold went for over 2 million so I figured this one would top that.

  2. Rowan McBride
    Aug 26, 2014 @ 08:51:51

    “Because who hasn’t dreamed of dropping off some of their own fudge bars in a melting chocolate crapper”

    Grossed out. Definitely definitely grossed out.

  3. Lada
    Aug 26, 2014 @ 09:32:34

    I’m with you on wondering at the 1%ers shopping at places like eBay. Obviously this goes for very specific collectibles but I had never considered eBay as competition for say, Sotheby’s. I had the same reaction when I came across a $450,000 chronometer watch at Amazon which, of course, engendered hilarious comments. Can’t find the link now but I did put it on my xmas list that year. I didn’t get the watch.

  4. Lynnd
    Aug 26, 2014 @ 10:59:45

    What a waste of good chocolate.

  5. leftcoaster
    Aug 26, 2014 @ 12:51:30

    Speaking of chocolate….

    I loved seeing this, it made me remember our discussion about my dislike of the word “caramel” or was it “butterscotch”? in an otherwise pretty good and fun book (“The Lucky Charm”).

    http://www.buzzfeed.com/hnigatu/if-white-characters-were-described-like-people-of-color-in-l#3658sme

  6. Evangeline Holland
    Aug 26, 2014 @ 13:56:19

    @Lada: The 1%er women made a killing selling their designer goods at the end of each season in the late 90s/early 00s. I think this trend inspired Net-a-Porter and its dot com boom knock-offs.

  7. Caro
    Aug 26, 2014 @ 15:10:06

    @Jayne: This one was supposedly even better than the Cage copy, with near white pages — basically, as close as one can get to what it looked like on the newsstand. Even so, you have to wonder at individuals having that type of income to drop on a comic. Naturally, the sale has started another round of “buy comics for investments” stories in the news and you have to shake you head.

  8. Elinor Aspen
    Aug 26, 2014 @ 18:49:27

    Regarding valuable one-of-a-kind items on Ebay, I can’t help thinking of that episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer where Willow successfully brought Buffy back from the dead, thanks to the Urn of Osiris that Anya found on Ebay.

  9. Caro
    Aug 27, 2014 @ 08:37:20

    @Elinor Aspen: The irony was that when Buffy shut down the next year, a number of props were auctioned off on Ebay — including the Urn of Osiris. Yes, I bid on it because I just couldn’t resist, but it quickly went way too high for me.

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