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  • Gamers gather for retro glory in New Hampshire

    Cathode-ray dreams
    A person prone to dumbass assumptions might have confused this past weekend's 13th annual International Classic Video Game Tournament with a four-day-long exercise in retro-fetishism.

    By BARRY THOMPSON

  • With Boston Ruit, beer pong gets ready for its close-up

    Pong stars
    Mikey Connors of Peabody growls at his opponents from across the folding table. Whipping the crowd into hysterics, the beer-pong heavyweight steps back from the edge and starts to kick his heels up like a bull about to charge.

    By CHRIS FARAONE

  • Down the Tubes

    Because you can only spend so much time reading Dan Brown novels on the beach
    Midsummer television has a terrific offering of new and returning shows about aliens, firefighters, crystal meth, and more to turn that beautiful brain of yours to Play-Doh and keep you thoroughly entertained.

    By DAVID EISENBERG

  • Photographer: Mike Pecci

    Stylist: Nicole Fisher

    Props: David Lynch

    Assistant: Tony Fernandez

    Models: TJ Horn, Bert Meyer III, Kayla Harrity, Kimberly Ann Huerth, Anastasia Kry

    Living Images Developed by Mike Pecci

  • Make way for cornhole

    How the Midwest's stupidest sport is taking Boston by storm
    When I left Chicago for Boston three years ago, I expected to leave a few things behind. Friendliness, for one, and deep-dish pizza, and modernist architecture, and perfect hot dogs, and . . . cornhole.

    By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON

  • Exit the King

    All Shook Up is all screwed up
    The Elvis Presley–themed musical All Shook Up has all the makings of an entertaining train wreck: a bunch of Elvis songs strung together with inane dialogue; silly characterization; an implausible plot.

    By BRETT MILANO

  • The best of Boston's mobile cuisine

    Truck nuts
    Summer in Boston traditionally means exploring the city, getting sunburned, and ironically (but totally seriously) drinking Mike's Hard Lemonade. But now that meals-on-wheels mania has put the boot on our fair city, it also means chasing down every foo

    By DAVID EISENBERG

  • Cool noise

    Our DJ spins you a handpicked soundtrack to your summer
    Could this be the summer that the Internet finally gets music right?

    By LIZ PELLY

  • Photos: Best.Summer.Ever.

    Photographer Mike Pecci and crew shot an inspired collection of photos to accompany our summer guide.

    By MIKE PECCI

  • The Case of the Mysterious Treasure Map

    Choose Your Own Boston Adventure
    Weird, you think, squinting at the foreign object in your Froot Loops; you didn’t even know they put prizes in cereal boxes anymore. Looks like your day just got more interesting.

    By JAMES P. FITZPATRICK