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Community Is Going 8-Bit for a Video Game Episode

Tomorrow night, Community wraps up its third season with three episodes spread out over two hours—the 30 Rock finale is sandwiched in between two of them for some reason, but this is NBC, so it's best not to ask questions about.

The first of those three episodes is called "Digital Estate Planning," and now that we have the following images from it, the title makes a lot more sense. Ladies and gentlemen, the study group is going 8-bit. Apparently the storyline goes something like this: A business partner (played by Giancarlo Esposito) of Pierce's late father is battling Pierce for Pierce's inheritance, and the group has to beat the guy in a video game to get it. Ummm, what?

(The images were first released to The Hollywood Reporter and The A.V. Club.)

This could be the nerdiest episode yet! Who do you think got the best video game treatment? My vote is for Jeff, because he looks a bit like Mega Man.

P.S. There better be an up-up-down-down-left-right-left-right-B-A-select-start joke.


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This episode was the funniest in a long time!
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Why is Annie a dead-pallor zombie? This looks cute, but very easy and I hope they are able to get beyond that. Still, an hour and a half of Community is awesome no matter what.
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Beyond excited for this, plus we get a whole other hour to look forward to!
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Another amazing, original concept by the show runners of Community. No other comedy show can do this, has done this will do this. Community is a top notch community that all others should aspire to be half as good But what does NBC do? They relegate them to friday night behind the craptastic show that is Whitney.





I hate you NBC, I hate you so much.

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I would think that current gold standard of integrated video games on network/cable TV would have to go to South Park's World of Warcraft. Should be interesting to see how it stacks up. I honestly can't think of another show that has done the video game thing.

Reboot obviously comes to mind, but that was kind of the entire premise of that show.



And of course, RedvsBlue, whose first season introduced me to machinima, and is one of the funniest season of anything ever.

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You're a RedvsBlue fan?! Oh, my friend, we have things to talk about.
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While the last few seasons have had some spectacular scenes (very movie like, I haven't played halo 3 but I'd imagine some of those fights are very difficult to film or they're just using pre-existing cut scenes.) The show hasn't been fall out of my chair funny since the end of season 3. Whatever finale had gold Church go back in time to the rest of the Churches.



The first season is the funniest by far, in my opinion.

"Hey Simmons, what's that Mexican Lizard? eats all the goats."

"That would be the Chupacabra sir"

"How 'bout that Griff, Chippa-thingy. I like it, it's got a ring to it."
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I am Caboose all the way. RvB FTW!!
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Abed-?-?-Annie-Jeff-Pierce-Shirley-Britta-Troy

If britta is flat-face blonde, who's Chesty LaRue behind abed?

Is the tiny guy Annie's boobs? or Chang? and there's another one of him doing some pick-axing under the bridge.

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Wow. I have nothing else to say. This is gonna be amazing.
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I'm too excited to say anything else except: This is going to be amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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I tooooootally saw that coming... I always thought that was like the only thing they didn't do, and after the law & order episode i was even more convinced they would...
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The graphics remind me of those found in the Aldorlea games (http://aldorlea.org/) but cruder.
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Awww, hell yeaaaa.
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As Barney (HIMYM) would say: This is going to be Legen...wait for it...dary!
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I'm already rooting for Dean Pelton to float by on a cloud from time to time.
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"It'se me, Dean!"
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....Look at me, I'm just a little CLOUDEAN!!
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Mind. Blown.

It's unbelievable. Just when you think you saw everything on Community you get something like this. Pure gold.



CAN'T WAIT!!
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Wow, this will either be incredibly contrived or incredibly clever. I'd say "Community" has gone both ways this season so how this episode plays out will be a surprise to me. But thank god they did their "paintball" in a clip last episode so they can do something new with THIS finale.
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Anyone know the release date for "Community: The Video Game"? I would love to preorder it.
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NOW I CAN'T WAIT EVEN MORE THAN I HAVEN'T BEFORE!! Sorry, so super excited. Well, sad too. My brain and soul are going to be stuffed to the gills with Community, and then no more for a long time. It is about time Community goes 8-Bit!! Favorite episode already, hands down. I have to say Troy looks the best, Go Troy!
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"Overload! Pleasure overload!"



Oh man, I am so excited! This has the potential to be one of the all-time classic Community episodes. We can already discern from these images a high likelihood of some Mario and Final Fantasy spoof action. I think in anticipation of this epic (albeit questionably) 8-bit adventure, I will blow the cobwebs off my NES and play me some Super Mario Bros.
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VINTAGE style The old nintendo and old Mario remain to be my very favorite versions of both of thise things. PIXELS. BIG GAME CASSET THINGS. YES.
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There will be a special 8-bit themed THEME SONG for the episode too. They are indeed going all out. I can't wait.
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Oh, there will be! (I hope...)
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Im so excited for this episode it looks so fun. Best would be if they actually released a community game.

idk i like troy and jeff

britta's character is kind of dull
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omg just watched the sneak peek for this episode and im so excited it might become my new favorite epiosde (but i pretty much say that for all community episodes :P)
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Who's the plain-looking girl with blonde hair?
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Haha! It's gotta be Britta, right? Making Britta plain-looking is totally something Dan Harmon would do.
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and why is Annie an elven ghost?
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Badger will be in this episode.
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Yes! This will be awesome! This just made my week.
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this looks awesome.. just doing stuff to get attention again.. but awesome nonetheless
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I just hope a portion of the ep. is a video game. Getting a bit tired of this far out Community experience. Awesome jokes and real scenarios make funny comedy for me.
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I'm hoping for the exact opposite. Originality is definitely an important part of what makes comedy funny to me.
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That's gonna be sweet! Reminds me of Code Monkeys.
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I kind of wish I hadn't seen this article, because seeing this happening while watching the episode would have been amazing. But OMG!!! As a big fan of videogames, I'm very excited for this! Usually when I think of Community's concept episodes, I think of TV shows and movies, but this could be great if done right (and this is Community we're talking about, so it probably will be).
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I am kinda right there with you. Tomorrow is here already, and it is closer to the greatness that is An Hour and a Half of Community. So close, didn't know anything at all about these coming 3 episodes. Oh well, this just makes it that much better already!
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That's not 8-bit that's more like 16-bit. Have you ever seen an 8-bit NES game with that many colors or that high of a resolution?
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I see what you're saying. The first Final Fantasy used 8-bit graphics and these images look slightly less pixelated and more colorful. It's close, but there is a difference.
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Is tha a mini Abed in the last pic? D:

Think I like Annie best, she just looks so cute for soem reason xD
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