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What makes a great videogame villain?

<i>This article was originally published in</i> <i>PC Gamer issue 301</i><i>. For more quality articles about all things PC gaming, you can subscribe now in the</i> <i>UK</i> <i>and</i> …

Emotion, manipulation and the future of game design

A new book looks at how games make us feel<p>There was a time when culture writers of a certain age were convinced that the newfangled video game craze was turning youngsters into zombies, constantly toiling at an iron wheel wrought by evil designers. Games were mind-worms that infested the synapses …

I’ve analyzed 500 TED Talks, and this is the one rule you should follow when you give a presentation

In 2012 Cuddy, stepped on a TED stage to deliver a presentation on how body posture influences behavior. In addition to the data, she shared a deeply personal story of how she fought her own battle with "imposter syndrome" early in her career.<p>The story was unplanned and unscripted. Cuddy's …

How Microsoft HoloLens Could Propel Augmented Reality Gaming

To the delight of many developers and technophiles, Microsoft announced the development edition of its HoloLens virtual reality headset is about to …

Warren Buffett brilliantly explains how bubbles are formed

Warren Buffett, Berkshire Hathaway's CEO, has said cryptocurrencies "definitely will come to a bad ending."<p>He was speaking in January on what's probably the highest profile financial-bubble suspect right now.<p>When he publishes his annual letter to shareholders on Saturday, readers will be checking …

Art of The Deal: Trading Games Don’t Understand Trade

Trade! Buy low, sell high. Tradey trade trade. Is that intro length? Good. Now that’s out of the way, let’s talk about trading in videogames, and why …

Microinteractions: the secret of great app design

The best products do two things well: features and details. Features are what draw people to your product. <i>Details</i> are what keeps them there. And …

Is Digital Technology Making Us Any Better Off? One Prominent Economist Says No And He May Be Right

When Steve Jobs was trying to lure John Sculley from his lofty position as CEO at Pepsi to Apple, he asked him, “Do you want to sell sugar water for the rest of your life, or do you want to come with me and change the world?” The ploy worked and Sculley became the first major CEO of a conventional …

Innovation

Organizing my Designs

Over the last few months, I’ve been working on a new system for organizing my game designs. I was digging through some folders and realized that …

An Entrepreneur's Guide To Managing Anxiety

Building and running a business is often a difficult, stressful, and uncertain process. In a day and age where we idolize successful entrepreneurs, we are encouraged to buy into the false narrative of the “rugged individualist,” a person who is simultaneously unflappable and confident. In reality, …

Mental Health

How Blizzard stayed laser-focused on quality games for 25 years

Blizzard Entertainment celebrates its 25th anniversary today, a milestone that very few video game companies achieve in a very Darwinian industry. It has survived this long, and thrived, because of a relentless emphasis on quality. The company, which has been part of Activision Blizzard since 2008, …

Don’t Break Up the Banks. They’re Not Our Real Problem.

IN the movie “The Big Short,” Steve Carell plays a slightly altered version of me. In real life, I am a portfolio manager and financial services analyst who over a 25-year career has, at times, been highly critical of bank behavior.<p>More than eight years after the financial crisis, many people say …

Introducing the New League of Legends

In accordance with their annual revamp schedule, League of Legends developer Riot Games unveiled upcoming changes leading into the new season of their game. While the 2016 Season Update page did contain the usual tweaks, buffs, and general in-game changes, several of the announcements surrounded …

Hilton Debuts New Chain to Win Over Millennials

Hilton Worldwide has unveiled the debut of a new chain of hotels that will aim to court younger travelers by touting mobile features and lounge …

Best Recipe Boxes: Pretty Recipe Boxes From Rifle Paper Co.; Best Bridal Shower Gifts

Countertop recipe boxes kind of feel like a thing of the past, no? My mother had one, and my grandmothers certainly did, but in the age of download-and-print and "There's an app for that," I feel like people don't write down recipes anymore. Which is kind of a shame. There's no app with my mother's …

The Rise of Rifle Paper Co., the Most Popular Stationer on the Internet

It all started with an iPhone case. Sold at Anthropologie, the perpetually candle-scented oasis for all things flowy, floral, and flouncy, it was also floral, but not in an old-bedspread kind of way. Instead it was hand-painted in a <i>vintage</i> style (ding ding ding!), simple and adorable, for around a …

A First Look at Rifle Paper Co.’s Beautiful Wedding Invitations for Paperless Post

Fans of Rifle Paper Co. cofounder Anna Bond’s painterly florals and sweet illustrations, rejoice! The company is partnering with Paperless Post for a brand-new collection of stationery—a staggering, 200 sweet designs for every occasion. There are baby announcements that can be customized with …

Score Free Rifle Paper Gift Wrapping at All Splendid Stores This Saturday

If you plan on picking up something from Splendid for someone on your holiday gifting list, wait until this Saturday, December 19th. From 1pm to 4pm, the basics favorite is teaming up with enchanting stationer Rifle Paper once again—this time to offer complimentary gift wrapping at all of its 33 …

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It’s Time For Industrial Design To Grow Up

Traditional industrial design can’t deliver what it takes to create tech devices. Besides new skills, we need new language.<p>I am an industrial designer by training, but it’s been a while since I called myself one. Industrial design has changed, and what I do has changed, too.<p>The kinds of projects I …

Finally, a video game hero for Africa

<b>(CNN) —</b> When Madiba Olivier set out to make Cameroon's first video game with his newly opened studio Kiro'o Games, he had to do it with just $100 and daily power outages. And those weren't even the most difficult challenges for the Yaounde-based developer.<p>"We had difficulty finding funds and …

“User Centred Design? No thanks, it just costs more money”

Tackling apathy toward User Centred Design<p>In 1996, having been in the Internet industry for only a year, I can remember sitting on a borrowed chair …

Is Enron Overpriced? (Fortune, 2001)

<i>Editor’s note</i>: This holiday week, Fortune is publishing some of our favorite stories from our magazine archives. This article from March 05, 2001 …

2015 in Review: Design Entrepreneurs are Killing It

Learn from what hit the mark in 2015, and realize your own design dreams in 2016!<p>Of all designers, industrial designers are perhaps best suited to …

Disney made a tiny robot car that can drive up walls

Disney's research arm has been quietly churning out impressive, occasionally unnerving experiments for some time now, and its latest is a particularly inspired bit of engineering: a small, four-wheeled robot with the uncanny ability to climb up walls.<p>The robot, VertiGo, was created through a …

If We Don't Change The Way Money Is Created & Distributed, We Change Nothing

<i>The only real solution in my view is to create and distribute money at the base of the pyramid rather than to those in the top of the pyramid.</i><p><b>Many</b> …

Why 'The Regime' Hates Gold

A meme is now circulating that gold is the investment equivalent of a pet rock, and that the smart investor should sell gold, and buy stocks. That’s …

This is the most remarkably modern McDonald's we've ever seen

A McDonald’s in Hong Kong has recently completed a new sleek and sophisticated interior design they’re calling “McDonald’s Next.” We’ve been seeing a …

Hello Barbie’s war on imagination: The childhood-destroying gift you don’t want to give your kid

Internet-connected toys threaten to replace imaginary friends — and parents. They’re inevitable, but we can fight<p>Every single morning before breakfast, my five-year-old daughter and I play with Bagel Bear and Walter the Alligator, two dilapidated stuffed animals that have been in our family since …