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TRUE BLUE

Monday, May 10th, 2010

There are people who can go through life with quite a few friends whom they never fully embrace. They are perhaps the charismatic types who tend toward sales and entertainment, who know how to “work a room” and were possibly on homecoming court once upon a time. They are a lot of fun to have around, but they’re difficult to pin down.

Homecoming Court

There is another breed of friend who longs to be a best friend. Things like, “Thick as thieves,” “Inseparable,” and “Joined at the hip” come to mind. Yes, friends like this may inspire descriptors like “needy” or “stubborn,” but we at BBMT-HQ prefer to say “loyal,” and “stalwart.” Meh… semantics, right?

The reason we raise the comparison is we’re excited that you have proven yourself as a “bestie” to Blueberry Muffin Tops. You aren’t just interested, or dabbling. For Pete’s sake, you’re reading a blog about our cereal, so obviously you’re way into it. No, no, no… we are not poking fun. We are totally into you, too.

Malt O Meal Blueberry Muffin Tops Wristband Man

We’re hoping to roll out some pretty exciting promotions over the next few months that will have you die-hard fans rolling on the floor with glee and perhaps over-consumption of delicious, nutritious, crunchicious Blueberry Muffin Tops Cereal. Another semantic problem: If we say, “Please stock up on BBMT, and get a friend to buy a few bags, and here is a coupon to cover some of the cost…” Are we testing you or rewarding you? We’re not sure that it’s important. We all get what we want, right? Right.

Anyway, what we’re saying is we’d like to take our relationship to the next level. We know you’ve made room for BBMT on the kitchen cabinet shelf, but do we have your heart? We shall soon find out. We’re in this together.

Stay blue, friend. And stay tuned…

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WINNERS IN THE BBMT VIDEO CONTEST

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

We are please to finally be able to officially announce the Winners of the Blueberry Muffin Tops video contest!

All the entries were superb and each film maker should be proud of his or her work for they are, like BBMT itself, American originals. For those of us who didn’t enter but wanted to, there will be new opportunities to share your BBMT videos and vision in the very near future. As most of you know, this was our first video contest ever. We did our best to make sure that every entry was honored and that voting and viewing opportunities were fair. On that note, we learned a lot thanks to fans & film makers who care about the art of film and the longevity of really amazing humor. Thanks for your patience, your guidance, and most of all for your devotion to Blueberry Muffin Tops on every level. Without you, this freakin’ awesome cereal would not exist. Please join us in congratulating our winners:

GRAND PRIZE WINNER
Grant Smucker

2nd PLACE WINNER
Aaron Abt

3rd PLACE WINNER

Megan Mitchell

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Ode to Joy

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

An open letter to the attendees of PAX East 2010,

I am sorry. I was wrong about you.

Before we left Minneapolis for Boston, I faced the proposition of meeting and writing about you with dread and derision. I predicted two types at PAX East 2010: pompous, condescending pedants who would want to make me feel small and dull about my lack of knowledge of video games; and quiet scared types who wouldn’t look me in the eye. I met neither type.

You guys were all — without exception — generous, helpful, funny and kind. You were excited to be with each other and excited to meet your idols. You reveled in your personal jokes without being exclusive or nasty. You danced, you sang, you laughed, you talked, you played. You were nothing short of joyful.

Thank you to the nice guy who sat next to me at the closing ceremonies. I asked you what the fourth game of the Omegathon relay was, and after you said, “Contra.” I said, “Like the Vampire Weekend song?” and you said, “Yes,” without sarcasm, judgment or eye-rolling. In fact, it was nice that you smiled as you said it, maybe you could tell that I felt like an idiot, and you were super nice.

Thank you to the effusive Justin McElroy of Joystiq. You make everyone feel like a million bucks. Thanks to the rest of the Joystiq crew, too. You guys are not just cool for gaming geeks. You’re cool by everyday standards, too.

Thank you to Wil Wheaton, for helping me understand that playing games with your friends is not just killing time mindlessly, but expanding your imagination and forging meaningful bonds.

Thank you to the Enforcers, the volunteer staff at PAX, who made the Hynes Center feel like home. You always did your best — with limited resources, sleep and hydration — to make every event run smoothly. You have to truly care about the success of an event for that to happen so consistently, and it’s obvious that the enforcers care very deeply indeed.

Finally, thank you to the men and women who woke up early to come to the Blueberry Muffin Tops / Joystiq breakfast. It was particularly nice to meet you, even though I mostly saw you through the lens of my video camera. (Oh! Here’s another revelation: video game geeks are good looking! I have proof!) I hope that you had a nice time with us, too. I wish we all could have hung out longer.

Anyway, here’s the deal. You guys are geeks, and the rest of the world has a hard time understanding you. You’re the dreamers, adventurers, warriors, and jesters, and most people deal better with the accountants, dentists, gas station attendants and waitresses. But you’re the ones that make the world vibrate with other-worldliness. You’re the ones that elevate fantasy to reality. You expect life to be transcendent and glorious. And I’m so happy that twice a year, all of you can be together and experience something bigger than yourselves. It must feel great to have 65,000 friends all around you. I felt it too, and I’m not even a gamer. (That’s not true. The day after I got home, I played FIFA Soccer 08 on… um, I think it was a PS2? Okay, I guess I’m still not a gamer, am I? I’ll work on it.)

Thank you for a great weekend, PAX. We’ll see you next year.

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Omegathon = Mega Fun

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

First of all, you are probably wondering what Omegathon is, just as I wondered as I made myself comfortable among the throngs of video gamers in balcony of the main theater at PAX East 2010.

From what I gather, it is this: It’s a video game tournament with just 32 participants drawn at random from the conventioneers and randomly paired into teams. Each night of the convention, a new type of game would narrow the brackets to two final teams, who would face off during the closing ceremony.

The final round of the tournament was four times more exciting because it was a four-game relay! The team members alternated the first three games, and the final game was a co-op (I know, this word meant nothing to me either. “Co-op” means it’s a two-player game.) (Editor’s note: Please, god, if you care about the Blueberry Muffin Tops Blog at all, you will keep avid gamers from reading this – no offense, Hillary. –mpg)

The games with their corresponding objectives were as follows:

1. “Super Mario Bros”: obtain 50 coins http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Super_Mario_Bros.
2. “Rad Racer”: score 1500 points http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rad_Racer
3. “Tetris”: clear 10 lines http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tetris
4. “Contra”: defeat the first boss http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Contra_(video_game)

This relay was tense! The only way that play was allowed to stop is if there was some sort of technical failure. And during the very first seconds of the game, one team’s controller failed! During the second attempt, the other team was way ahead and almost won when something on “Contra” froze up and the pairs had to start over.

The crowd was going crazy! There was so much screaming and cheering I thought I was going to go deaf! And the whole time, the two Masters of Ceremony were delivering hilarious color commentary.

The third time through the relay we got a finisher, and thereby a winner. It was team 4: Danimus and Danimal, who won trips to Germany. Gute Reise, Herren!

First of all, you are probably wondering what Omegathon is, just as I wondered as I made myself comfortable among the throngs of video gamers in balcony of the main theater at PAX East 2010.

From what I gather, it is this: It’s a video game tournament with just 32 participants drawn at random from the conventioneers and randomly paired into teams. Each night of the convention, a new type of game would narrow the brackets to two final teams, who would face off during the closing ceremony.

The final round of the tournament was four times more exciting because it was a four-game relay! The team members alternated the first three games, and the final game was a co-op (I know, this word meant nothing to me either. “Co-op” means it’s a two-player game.) (Editor’s note: Please, god, if you care about the Blueberry Muffin Tops Blog at all, you will keep avid gamers from reading this – no offense, Hillary. –mpg)

The games with their corresponding objectives were as follows:

1. “Super Mario Bros”: obtain 50 coins http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Super_Mario_Bros.
2. “Rad Racer”: score 1500 points http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rad_Racer
3. “Tetris”: clear 10 lines http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tetris
4. “Contra”: defeat the first boss http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Contra_(video_game)

This relay was tense! The only way that play was allowed to stop is if there was some sort of technical failure. And during the very first seconds of the game, one team’s controller failed! During the second attempt, the other team was way ahead and almost won when something on “Contra” froze up and the pairs had to start over.

The crowd was going crazy! There was so much screaming and cheering I thought I was going to go deaf! And the whole time, the two Masters of Ceremony were delivering hilarious color commentary.

The third time through the relay we got a finisher, and thereby a winner. It was team 4: Danimus and Danimal, who won trips to Germany. Gute Reise, Herren!

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Rockstars

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

There’s nothing like the excitement of a live show. (Unless it’s a live Joystiq podcast, which is like a show sort of, but not exactly.) I guess what is particularly gripping about this is that usually when you enjoy a Joystiq podcast, you’re just listening, but not watching. At PAX East, the Joystiq gents favored us with something pretty to look at while we listened to them wax on about video games and highlights from PAX East.

Another benefit of a live podcast is the hosts have an audience to mess with during proceedings, so the fellows gave away a ton of great prizes.

There were three raffle tickets taped under the chairs at the podcast. One of these tickets yielded an iPod Touch, the other two tickets were for two new NOT YET RELEASED Nintendo DSi XL game units! What? That’s awesome.

And the conventioneer who came from the farthest land (and it was Ireland, y’all!) got a months supply of Blueberry Muffin Tops Cereal. Justin offered to hand deliver the BBMT himself, dressed as Cupid. We think he’s kidding, but we wish it were true.

Blogger’s dilemma: I’m struggling to choose between to ways to wrap up the last paragraph. I’m torn between either, “Top o’ the Muffin to ya!” or “Luck of the Irish indeed!” I can’t decide, so you get both. Talk about lucky…

Here are some wonderful things that people said about Blueberry Muffin Tops at the Joystiq podcast:

“They taste like angel tears”

“Its like making out with breakfast”

Thanks, gamers. We love you, too! We hope we set you up for a good day of gaming!

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Nerd Chow, anyone?

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

After PAX East Day 1, had to come Day 2.

There are a few people at the PAX convention this weekend that have risen to the top of the ranks, in our estimation. In this fast-paced, highly-technical, super-intimidating world of video games, they are the trend-setters and arbiters of this particular brand of “cool”. A few these people make up a band of lunatics called Joystiq. These are the gentlemen who write the gaming blog joystiq.com and host a hugely popular podcast. And one of these lunatics in particular, Justin McElroy, happens to love Blueberry Muffin Tops Cereal so much that he has made it famous among the video-gaming set. So, as far as we’re concerned, Justin McElroy can do no wrong.

Here is an interview with McElroy, which we taped on Friday.


Justin McElroy, filmed at Hynes Convention Center 3/26/10

This brings us nicely to the most awesome event of the weekend. The event that all of these hard-to-impress gamers will be talking about forever, the event that will have them shouting from the rooftops, “Blueberry Muffin Tops cereal is an American original!”, the event that brought The BBMT Street Team to Boston in the first place! The Joystiq / Blueberry Muffin Tops Breakfast..

Because we had limited supplies (600 bowls of BBMT and 60,000 gamers), attendees had to first obtain a special wrist band from Alexander Sliwinski, of Joystiq fame. Joystiq posted instructions on their website, and Alexander distributed the wristbands outside the convention center. It was sooo cold, and sooo early, but these dedicated gamers trooped on in anyway, with hangovers and very few hours of sleep. That’s commitment.

After obtaining a wristband, the attendees waited in a line outside the hall where the breakfast was to be held. The excitement was palpable!

And finally, it was time to let them all in!

Everyone got settled in, and our own MP Godfrey delivered a quick welcome speech and introduced Justin McElroy. Man, that dude is so funny!

Disney was also there to preview their new game, “Split/Second” so we also heard a few words of welcome from Paul [LASTNAME?]

Then it was time to get our Blueberry Muffin Tops on.

Okay, here’s an interesting item. During his keynote address, Wil Wheaton mentioned “Nerd chow.” None of us knew what that meant, probably because we’re not nerds.

(ahem.)

Anyway, we turned to a cute guy who might have been a nerd, and we asked him what Nerd Chow was. He explained that it’s not something specific, it’s just junk food that you don’t have to cook, and is readily available. And we turned to each other and squealed, “Like Blueberry Muffin Tops!” And that cute guy who answered our question shrugged and walked away. Thanks, guy!

So, back to the story: Everyone loved our nerd chow at the Blueberry Muffin Tops breakfast, and we had so much fun! There were tons of people there who had never tried BBMT before, and are now converted!

After eating, participants had a chance to preview Split/Second and rock out to Rock Band 2. The party atmosphere was vibrant and exciting, even for 9 AM, which was pretty early when you realize that some of the PAX events didn’t even start until 11:30 PM the evening before.

One Problem with Boston

There were two handsome fellows from the Boston area at this breakfast who weren’t BBMT virgins, but almost. (Important note: for some awful reason, Blueberry Muffin Tops Cereal is impossible to find in Boston. No, not just difficult to find – impossible to find! Bostonians, call your congressmen and women!) The night before, these nice guys were chatting with Justin McElroy and told him that they had never eaten BBMT before. Lucky for them, Justin McElroy always travels with a personal stash, so he invited them up to his hotel room for a private sampling. (This is one of those things that sounds much weirder than it was. Come to think of it, there are a lot of things at video game conventions that sound a lot weirder than they actually are. Okay, wait, maybe it was weird.) Anyway, apparently these guys liked taste of Justin’s sweet stuff, because they were back for more the very next morning.

Thanks to everyone who came to our breakfast. It was so nice to meet you. Please keep up with us on Twitter and Facebook!

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Pax Day 1: Rated A for “Awesome”

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

After a day of doing the Boston shuffle, Team BBMT has arrived at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, MA for PAX East 2010! Time for first impressions: First of all, you would be hard-pressed to find community more passionate or excited or hyperactive than the gaming community. That was obvious right away. One of the entrances to the Hynes Center is in the end of a shopping mall. At this same end is a tiny food court where the BBMT street team chose to set up field operations. Oh, the spectacle! We could have sat and watched the river of game icon fashion-clad gamers for hours. But duty called! Onward we pressed, to Wil Wheaton’s keynote address!

Wil Wheaton is so cute

Just look at that mug!

Just look at that sweet mug!

Could Wil Wheaton be cuter? Answer: No, Wil Wheaton could not be cuter. We were charmed by his good looks and poise, and even a little impressed by his cursing! (Sorry, the swears won’t be repeated here…)

Wil Wheaton is famous for the following:

Here are some highlights of Wil’s keynote…

“Welcome Home”

Wil’s initial comments were to implore the participants of PAX East 2010 to take a moment to enjoy and savor this weekend. The PAX Gaming community is special, and these folks are lucky; PAX has grown so big that one gathering in one city isn’t enough. (This is the first time that PAX has been held semiannually. Previous PAX events have been held annually on the West coast.)

Wil Wheaton’s fervor for PAX is so complete, he says he “can divide his life, and everything in it that matters into before PAX and after PAX.” He concluded his opening remarks with: “Gaming is the foundation of the best friendships I have ever had, and is the mortar that has held my group of friends together for over 25 years.”

Much of the keynote was devoted to Wil’s introduction into fantasy and imagination games, when his Aunt Val bought him Dungeons & Dragons for a gift. At first, he was sad that his siblings got cool electronic hand-held games, and he got a “box of books”, but as soon as he started it, he was hooked. Wil said “finding D&D was like finding a best friend.”

Video gaming has so permeated our culture that in a weird moment of Life Imitating Art, a football player used a common gaming trick in a real football game. Wil summarized an article he had read in WIRED.

I read a story last month in WIRED, about an NFL player who, after making an incredibly improbable fourth-quarter catch, made an equally improbable run to the end zone to put his team in the lead, when it was almost certain that they were going to lose the game. With time running down, he got to the one yard line, and ran parallel to the goal line to take precious seconds off the clock. JUST LIKE YOU DO IN MADDEN! At that moment you could divide the world into people who didn’t know what the f*** was going on and the gamers who were standing up screaming about it.

In another anecdote, Wil described being presented recently with twelve hours of family-free solitude, and after examining his options: the complete series of Dr. Who, the directors cut of Blade Runner, Mystery Science Theater 3000, and alongside all of those options on the bookshelf, a stack of Xbox games, “Dragon Age” among them. He had already invested about 70 hours into “Dragon Age”.

The final decision came down to “Dragon Age” or watching all three films in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Wil recounted the moments leading to his verdict: “As much as I love Lord of the Rings, I know what happens. So even though I could have gone to Middle Earth for the 70th time, I was more into going to Ferelden for the 71st hour.”

Wil concluded his address with the following appeal…

Please…

Take a shower every day,

As someone who left the last PAX convention with H1N1, please wash your hands frequently,

And if you only take one thing away – don’t be a d***.

Wil Wheaton is brutally honest

Michelle and Hillary of Team BBMT stood out in the lobby waiting for (stalking) Wil Wheaton to appear. He finally did, and we interviewed him about his devotion to Blueberry Muffin Tops Cereal…

“Wil Wheaton talks BBMT”

Wil, here is the BBMT product locator. It looks like you just have to drive East of LA to a Walmart to score some of this delicious, crunchy, blueberry goodness in a bag. We promise you’ll never look at “nerd chow” the same again.

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Blueberries in Beantown

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

Upon our arrival in Boston, the Team BBMT set out on our first mission: the Boston Freedom Trail. Is there a better way to commemorate an American Original like Blueberry Muffin Tops Cereal than by walking the same streets as America’s founding Fathers? We thought not.

Our trip started on the subway. I wish we could say we started on the red line (you’ll know why in a minute), but we didn’t. We were on the green one.

Some celebrities balk at public transportation. But not Blueberry Muffin Tops Cereal!

On the Boston Subway with Team BBMT

On the Boston Subway with Team BBMT

We emerged from the subway at Boston Common, and faced an actual red line painted on the ground, which when followed on foot, takes you to some of Boston’s most famous historical landmarks. (Now do you see why it would have been much tidier for our narrative to have taken the red line on the subway? Yeah.) We started down the red line, and for a moment thought it went up some stairs and disappeared after the gates to the Massachusetts State House, but soon figured out that we had just started about a quarter-mile from the beginning. Or the end, depending on from which direction one approaches the Freedom Trail.

After Boston Common there were about a million churches and graveyards (actually three), which were mind-blowing both scenery-wise and also pretty great history-wise. One headstone at the Granary Burying Ground (where Paul Revere is interred, yo) was for a fellow named Increase Crosby, which might be the coolest name the BBMT Street Team has ever heard. The grave markers are so eroded, we thought that perhaps some of the detail to the letters on Increase’s headstone were worn off and we were reading it wrong. But a few seconds of googley research yielded the authentication of the Puritan word name, Increase. We are abnormally pleased to confirm this astonishing discovery.

Smack in the middle of this Granary cemetery there is a huge granite obelisk with “Franklin” carved in it. It is by far the most imposing memorial in the cemetery, so you may think is where B Franklin is buried, but it is not. This commemorates Benjamin’s parents. Still cool, but not as cool as if it were the cuteness contest we made it out to be:

Easing on down the trail, we stopped at the former site of the Boston Latin School, where Benjamin Franklin attended for a few months before dropping out. In the front yard there is a huge statue of him, with noted scenes from his life in bas relief all around the pedestal. There is also a curious little bronze statue of a Donkey, representing the Democratic Party, with a plaque in the ground, stating, “Stand in Opposition.” You can’t oppose an American Original that’s on everybody’s mind!

Just down and around the corner from there is the Old South Meeting House, and upon wandering around this, we found Milk Street. Oh, Milk Street. We have so very many reasons to be fond of you…

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  1. You are the street on which Benjamin Franklin was born
  2. You are where the Old South Meeting House is, which is where the Boston Tea Party organized on December 16, 1773.
  3. Of all the streets, you are the street that is most delicious when poured over Blueberry Muffin Tops Cereal

Milk Street is delicious with Blueberry Muffin Tops Cereal!

So, the Team BBMT got a little turned around at this point. The Under-Thirties tried to use the GPS on their fancy computer-phones to point us the way toward Faneuil Hall, but there was too much interference from other signals or something, so the Over-Thirties just relied on old-fashioned map skills. The one-two combo of technology and cartography finally got us where we needed to go.

In front of Faneuil Hall, some street performers were putting on the most incredible acrobatic display ever! These guys were nuts! They were all wearing red, white and blue jumpsuits and huge fake moustaches, and they had the sound track to Footloose pumping on a boom-box. If there were ever a team more likely to be the human representation of Blueberry Muffin Tops Cereal, we’d like to see it. They were like cartoons! Their demonstration consisted mainly of twirling inside giant hoops (which made them look strangely like this guy, only dressed), extreme pogo-sticking, contortions, and funny jokes. We were way into it. Talk about an American Original…

At first, we were calling Faneuil Hall “Faneuil Mall” just to be funny, but then we got there and it was actually full of tiny shops and kiosks, so the joke was on us.

Outside of Faneuil Hall we found a Benjamin Franklin look-alike who absolutely refused to break character. He had a Scottish accent, though, so he was busted.

Not the real Benjamin Franklin.

By this time, the BBMT Street Team had worked up a mighty thirst. Even though we had only followed the first half of the Freedom Trail, and even though some of the more renowned sites were left (Paul Revere’s crib, Old Ironsides, Bunker Hill), we had to take a break.

Does ANYBODY know this guy's name?

Does ANYBODY know this guy's name?

So, the last stop of the day was Cheers, where everybody knows your name. Look, we were happy to be surrounded by so much awesome history and everything, but we really came to Boston to play video games!

We wanna go where everybody plays video games…

Come back to read more on the first day of PAX East 2010. We’re so excited! Our day begins with a Keynote Address from the very famous and unbelievably handsome Wil Wheaton. Check back soon, BBMT-fans! We’ll post again tomorrow!

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Meet Team BBMT at Pax East in Boston 3/26 – 3/28…

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

Michelle Powers Godfrey

Michelle: Producer, Social Medi-atrix, Friend of Joystiq.com, well-known for “etc.”

Holy homecoming queen of the gaming world! Here’s the scoop: Michelle became friends with the nice folks at Joystiq when she discovered that they liked the blueberry goodness of BBMT enough to chat about it with their bazillion cyber friends. It was their brilliant idea for Blueberry Muffin Tops Cereal to host a breakfast at PAX East, and who are we to deny all these video gamers a delicious start to a very busy day of conventioneering? So Michelle went into Go Mode. You could say that if it wasn’t for Michelle, the BBMT team would sadly be watching cartoons at home the weekend of PAX East, and the participants at PAX East would be grabbing a bag of almonds out of the mini bar for breakfast instead of crunchy, lovely blueberry handfuls of BBMT.

Heather Johnson, Malt-O-Meal

Heather: Asisstant Producer, Malt-O-Meal insider

Heather is the newest member to Team BBMT, but please refrain from “New Kid” jokes: They won’t go far anyway, she knows her stuff, both Malt-O-Meal-wise and BBMT-wise. They gave her a desk on the inside, and that makes all the stuff we know look like every other movie after Avatar.


aliso the geekAlison: Level-something Something-master of the Something-order, Universal Expert

The second Alison found out that a few of her colleagues were headed to PAX East, she lost it. Why were these two old ladies (who haven’t even played video games since Ms. Pacman) going, while she, a seasoned, razor-sharp Level 80 Blood Elf Priest, stayed behind?? It didn’t seem reasonable or fair, so she launched a campaign. This entailed Alison asking “Can I go, too?” about a thousand times. Once the rest of the team realized that having a Level-something Something-master (or something) along would be helpful for question-answering and street-cred faking, they relented. Look for Alison whispering good questions into Hillary’s ear, and pointing out the important people in a room to Michelle. To be honest, if you want to get anywhere in the Blueberry Muffin Tops world at PAX East this year, she’s the one to suck up to.

Hillary Churchill

Hillary: Blogeon-master, Gaming Novice

When the big bosses at BBMT-HQ asked Hillary to go to PAX East for blog coverage, she got a bit panicky. Frankly, her current knowledge of video games doesn’t extend much further than the intricacies of Bubble Breaker on her cellular telephone. However, once she started thinking about it she realized her value as a foil. So, expect probing journalistic questions from Hillary like, “Hey, why do those guys keep doing that?” and “What happens when I push this button?” and “I’m sorry, what is your name again?” and sometimes just, “I know, right?”

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Meet the Finalists & Vote…

Monday, March 15th, 2010

Vote Now graphic Oh, goodness. We were absolutely blueberry blissed-out here at the BBMT-HQ when we saw the jillions and jillions* of video entries from all of you — our hilarious, creative, fabulous Blueberry Muffin Top cineastes!

We wish we could give all of our video contest entrants a sweet prize package. (The prize packages, by the way, are really something: Grand Prize includes a $1,500 gift card, an Xbox 360® Elite 120GB Hard Drive, an Xbox DJ Hero with turn table, and a one-year supply of Blueberry Muffin Tops Cereal.) The videos were such fun to see, and they all got tons and tons of hits, so we know that it wasn’t just us watching and laughing over here at the Blueberry Muffin-Toppery.

After hours and hours of screening and re-screening and debating and disagreeing, we’ve settled on our top 10. And now it’s time for you to vote for your favorites.

There is some nice variety here, and some very grounding themes as well. You’ll find that adults and children with super-human strength or speed feature prominently among the final entries, as do sweet dance moves. There are two raps, two difficult or unobservant husbands, three scientific experiments, and one giant prosthetic blueberry stomach. There is an obscure reference to Harry Potter, an explosion of blueberry shrapnel, and some sick yo-yo skills. In short, there is a lot here to consider, and you have your work cut out for you.

Please watch these videos carefully, and vote for your favorite. Then call, email, Facebook and Twitter everyone you know and tell them to do the same. It is, after all, your duty as a Blueberry Muffin Top-loving American.

*We’re having a fact-checker look up the actual number, but it’s something like that.

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