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One woman’s battle against the anxious masculinity of the fighting-games scene

Arcades are dead, but the fighting-games community has straggled on without them, via gaming meet-ups in stores, bars, and basements.
A Challenger Appears
By MADDY MYERS  |  October 19, 2012
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The local cagefighting scene takes off

"You cannot eye poke. You cannot gouge. You cannot strike to the groin. You cannot knee to the head of a downed opponent."
Combat
By PHILIP EIL  |  August 10, 2012
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Photos: Cagefighting: CES Mixed Martial Arts

Cagefighting: CES Mixed Martial Arts | Twin River Casino | August 3, 2012
Twin River Casino | August 3, 2012
By NATALJA KENT  |  August 10, 2012
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Review: Lollipop Chainsaw

At least this high-kicking, somersaulting, zombie-fighting, magical school girl protagonist is of legal ogling age!
Mixed messages
By MADDY MYERS  |  June 29, 2012
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Review: Diablo 3(1)

Where is your copy of Diablo 3 ? It's not on your computer. It never will be. It is in the cloud, with all its virtual spoils streaming live over the Internet.
Always on
By MADDY MYERS  |  June 01, 2012
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With a Biddeford bout on the slate, MMA is here to stay

"I always knew Maine was full of fighting fans," Rumford state representative Matt Peterson says over lunch one day in March. "We're a fighting state, anyway."
Fighting Maine
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  April 06, 2012


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Photos: Danny O’Connor and 'Irish' Micky Ward do a boxing demo at McGreevey's

Danny O’Connor addresses the media about his plans for 2012 and beyond, joined by the Dropkicks who'll be supporting him in his pursuit of a world title. "Irish" Micky Ward joins Danny for a boxing workout demo with Danny after the talk.
March 14, 2012
By JEREMIAH ROBINSON  |  March 30, 2012
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Fake It So Real considers the arts of storytelling and bodyslams

Almost any documentary about a niche hobby or creative outlet (think Every Little Step or Spellbound ) devotes some amount of screen time to the therapeutic value of such unlikely obsessions.
Men in tights
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  February 03, 2012
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Review: Real Steel

Charlie Kenton is America.
Boxing robots. Enough said.
By Ann Lewinson  |  October 07, 2011
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Urban Fest gets ugly

It didn't take long for the largely suburban horde to erupt into a frenzy at the free outdoor concert, which was dubbed, somewhat ironically, the Boston Urban Music Fest (BUMF).
Gimme Shelter Dept.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 12, 2011
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Fantasy camp

Wizards & Warriors Camp is a living video game, putting kids in control of everything from plotline to character personality.
Where Lord of the Rings meets Lord of the Flies
By ARIEL SHEARER  |  August 12, 2011


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A woman takes charge and learns the art of the best defense

When the first attacker grabbed my wrist; I hammer-fisted his forearm and issued a sweep-kick to his groin.
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By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  April 29, 2011
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Axed and answered

The Vikings, as caricatures, are bulging, golden-locked brutes wielding two-handed axes, who chug from human skulls as they cruise the seas on a mission of mayhem.
Norse Code
By SCOTT FAYNER  |  February 18, 2011
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Photos: Viking Sword & Shield Practice at the Higgins Armory Museum

The Higgins Armory Museum hosts an introductory course for Viking sword and shield fighting.
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By DEREK KOUYOUMJIAN  |  February 18, 2011
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The naked choke

It was love. At first sighting. It was like a love that lovers might have for each other across the spread of a crowded room, and it occurred in a place no less auspicious than the front row of a matinee showing of Mel Gibson's 1987 flick, Lethal Weapon
Wherein our reporter and frequent choking victim/perp, insofar as he can recall, his lifelong love affair with extended bouts of unconsciousness via the Rosetta Stone of finishing moves: the choke
By EUGENE S. ROBINSON  |  August 27, 2010

Not a class act

I think the asshole label is apropos ...
Dr. Lovemonkey answers your questions 
By DR. LOVEMONKEY  |  May 28, 2010


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Review: Fighting

Call this a guide to recognizing your sophomore slump. Dito Montiel won the Directing Award at Sundance with his autobiographical 2006 debut, A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints , but that film had Robert Downey Jr. and Chazz Palminteri.
He’s a muscle-bound clod and she’s a vapid cliché
By DAVID WILDMAN  |  May 01, 2009
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Ian, Chuck and WTF?


We talk to Ian Donnis of the Boston Phoenix about Red Sox tickets, document and discuss fights in Chuck E. Cheese and check the WTF...
By Charlie  |  March 05, 2008
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Bouncers tell all

A young man of my acquaintance, a callow pube of a London club-goer, got himself bounced not long ago from an establishment on the King’s Road.
Tales from behind the velvet rope
By JAMES PARKER  |  August 22, 2007