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You Won't Believe How Many Copies Elite Dangerous Has Sold

Games like <i>Minecraft</i> or <i>Grand Theft Auto V</i>, you’ve probably heard, move tens of millions of copies with ease. They’re the olympic idols of interactive …

3 Reasons Why the 28mm Is My Go-To Lens

I'll be the first to admit it: As a videographer, I'm a sucker for a prime lens. While I love the versatility of zooms, nothing has forced me to …

Hadron Collider set to be restarted this weekend

Final preparations being made to send two beams of high-energy particles racing through 16 miles of circular underground tunnels that form Large Hadron Collider<p>Scientists expect to restart the world's biggest and most powerful atom smasher this weekend, potentially opening up a new era in physics.<p>A …

Brilliant or Lazy? Amazon Creates a Physical "Buy" Button

The Amazon Dash Button is meant to restock your household goods via push-button convenience<p>When you block a troll on social media, you realize the …

The arc of Mass Effect: How one shape helped give a franchise its look

Mass Effect as a franchise has one of the most recognizable art styles in the industry right now. Any two images from a Mass Effect game look like they came from not only the same game, but the same world; there is a sort of visual coherence that most games lack, or even worse, that most games …

Sony buys streaming games service OnLive only to shut it down

Sony has pulled out its pocketbook to snap up streaming game businesses before, and is doing so once again. Today it announced that it has acquired streaming game service OnLive for an undisclosed sum. Interestingly enough, OnLive will not become some new tentacle of Sony's gaming empire, but is …

LG's Next Flagship Phone Will Sport a New 5.5-Inch Screen

The screen boasts improved color display and contrast while reducing power consumption.<p>Well, now we know what screen to expect in LG’s next flagship smartphone.<p>LG’s display unit on Thursday announced a new 5.5-inch display bound for the phone, which is itself due to be unveiled at a New York press …

Writing characters, not symptoms: A gamer with autism discusses what our hobby gets wrong

Many people are aware of autism spectrum disorders, but few people understand them.<p>The term encompasses a wide spectrum of disorders characterized by impairments in social, communication and imaginative skills that affects everybody who has them differently. That's why the word "spectrum" is …

Latest Daredevil spot teases Marvel extended universe and the Defenders

The latest <i>Daredevil</i> teaser from Netflix compares the Man Without Fear to Captain America. Where Cap came on the Marvel movie scene as the First Avenger, Daredevil will arrive as the First Defender, "The Defenders" being the name of the eventual team-up movie to come from Netflix's four Marvel …

DC's Convergence reboot starts today: Here's what you need to know

This summer, DC and Marvel are making big efforts to get new readers with fresh superhero stories of all genres. The summer crossover event is a familiar rite for the Big Two of the American comics industry. But where a crossover is usually the sort of thing that only makes a superhero setting more …

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Playism aims to make indie games as popular in Japan as they are in the West

Playism wants to bring the wide and varied world of independent games to Japan, but doing so isn’t as easy as you’d think.<p>In the West it’s much easier to get indie games — for any platform. Popular digital distribution stores such as Microsoft’s Xbox Live and Valve’s Steam are happy to host this …

Game players are failing in our duty to be evil

Most game players find evil paths in narrative games a big turn-off. Overwhelmingly, they follow "good" paths as the default option.<p>Statistics presented by Microsoft technical evangelist Amanda Lange at GDC today showed that, in narrative games where "good" and "evil" were clearly defined as story …

Australia Bans 'Hotline Miami 2' Over Sexual Violence

When I first heard of the scene in <i>Hotline Miami 2,</i> portraying a brutal killer apparently raping his one female victim, I thought it sounded pretty distasteful. After all, this sort of mix of graphic violence and sexual violence is, by its very nature, an unpleasant and horrible thing, especially to …

'WWE Immortals' Review: When Wrestling Meets 'Mortal Kombat'

I’m not sure there’s ever been a phrase that’s immediately piqued my curiosity more than “A WWE Game designed by the Mortal Kombat team.” NetherRealm has done something pretty interesting with WWE Immortals, conceptually, if not mechanically.<p>The collaboration between the MK studio and the WWE has …

Everything You Need To Know Before Buying And Playing 'Elite: Dangerous'

To say I’m hooked on Elite: Dangerous would be an understatement. I’m sinking an average of 30 hours per week into the game. I’ve programmed a space-themed Spotify playlist for those long voyages between star systems. When those songs aren’t blaring out of my cockpit speakers, I’m streaming in …

Sci-fi masterpiece 2001 gets a surprise 110-minute edit from Steven Soderbergh

How, and why, would you put your own hand to something that's already a masterpiece?<p>The retired director Steven Soderbergh doesn't have a very good answer, but his edit of Stanley Kubrick's <i>2001</i> is a bracing 110 minutes. That means he <i>cut over 50 minutes</i> from the original, and the film's pacing and …

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Elon Musk's Hyperloop Could Get Texas Beta Test

Elon Musk wants to sell you an electric car today and build the way you get around without one in the future. The Tesla Motors CEO told an audience in Texas on Thursday that the state was the leading candidate to be the initial testing grounds for Musk’s “Hyperloop” concept that would transport …

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7 Bold Spices That Will Liven Up Your Cooking

Life's too short to eat bland food, but chances are, your spice cabinet is filled with listless flakes and powders that do nothing to liven up your cooking. Our recommendation? Toss the paprika and generic “seasonings” and upgrade your pantry to foodie status.<p>In partnership with Toyota, we’ve …

Google gets into the robot game, with former Android chief Rubin leading the effort

Advertisement<p>3 Comments<p>What’s the hidden link between SCHAFT, a Japanese maker of muscular robots, Holomni, a Mountain View, Calif.-based smart wheel …

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