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Continued: Short Circuits: 'Address' on video; long USB cord; 'Luftrausers' in games

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Get into the dogfight

“Luftrausers” ($10 download for PS3, PC/Mac) is a constant frenetic dogfight that plays out entirely in silhouette.

Essentially, it’s an update of “Asteroids,” in which one tiny fighter plane is destroying thousands of other tiny fighter planes. The actual movements of the player’s plane even behave much like the “Asteroids” ship, where the “left” and “right” directions rotate rather than moving the ship, and “up” accelerates in whichever direction the ship is pointing.

Where “Luftrausers” excels is in offering balance in its mechanics and majesty in its presentation. Those two elements combine to create the sort of game in which one play lasts less than five minutes, but which will have players coming back enough to log hours upon hours.

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Online awards season is upon us with the announcement of nominees for the 18th annual Webby Awards. The Webbys recognize the best work in Web, online film and video, advertising and media, mobile/apps and social media. Online film and video nominees include Jimmy Kimmel’s “Worst Twerk Fail Ever,” Pharrell’s “24 Hours of Happy” and Jerry Seinfeld’s “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.”

Winners will be announced April 29. Comedian/actor Patton Oswalt will host the awards ceremony on May 19.

There’s also a people’s choice competition in each category. Voters can file ballots at the www.webbyawards.com. The deadline is 11:59 p.m. Thursday.

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