Hayden Sellers

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Fan Overhauls Steam UI, Valve Should Take Notice

I’ve been using Steam since its inception, and I’ve never much minded its interface.<p>It used to be more bare-bones and simple, and now it’s a bit noisier and messy. It looks nicer than it used to but the trade-off has been a loss of minimalism (in its default view) that I find distracting. The last …

UI Design

Ellen Tore Into An Anti-Gay Pastor Who Said She’s Celebrating Lesbianism

Ellen DeGeneres usually doesn’t talk about being gay on her titular talk show, because honestly, who cares? It’s not like Meredith Vieira discusses her “straight marriage” at length (probably? No one has ever actually seen <i>The Meredith Vieira Show</i>). She’s here, she’s queer, etc. But during …

LGBTQI

The World's Top Destination For Comic, Movie & TV news

3 4 mins ago Movie News<p>Thor and Banner's blossoming romance and a killer cameo are only the beginning of the deleted scenes from Marvel's Thor: …

Alabama anti-discrimination bill named after Tim Cook gets Apple's approval

Tim Cook, who publicly announced his sexuality back in October, will see his name attached to a bill that bans discrimination against lesbian, gay, …

Watch video game devs, critics explain the invisible benefits of gaming while male

The latest video from Feminist Frequency, a web series that examines representations of women in pop culture, tackles the tricky issue of male privilege in gaming.<p>Tropes vs. Women in Video Games producer Jonathan McIntosh wrote the piece, which appeared on Polygon earlier this year. In the video, …

This is the gorgeous, gray 20th anniversary edition PS4

The PlayStation turns 20 today, Dec. 3, 2014, and Sony created a 90s-era gray PlayStation 4 to celebrate.<p>The limited edition console, whose color mimics that of the original PlayStation, comes with a matching gray DualShock 4 controller, PlayStation camera and stand to mount the PS4 vertically. It …

6 Crucial Changes The Game Industry (And Its Customers) Must Make In 2015

The video game industry needs to change. While it’s true that the existence of social media amplifies the negative aspects of anything, 2014 was a tumultuous year for our favorite pastime. GamerGate divided the press and their audience, microtransactions continued to jump the shark, and publishers …

Gadgets We Love: Playstation Vita

If we are going to be honest, the Playstation Vita was doomed from day one. In an era where subways are flooded with iPads, Candy Crush and a sea of cheap games with pesky micro transactions, Sony’s little device has always seemed almost naive. In its original incarnation, it’s a meticulously …

Writer's Block: 5 Ways to Write Anyway

A student asked about writer’s block. I’m tempted to say that there’s no such thing, but writers do burn out. If that happens, you’ll eventually get …

The Amazing Technology Behind Disney's Big Hero 6

Like millions of other movie-goers, I took my kids to see Disney’s latest animated adventure, <i>Big Hero 6</i>. To be honest, I went to see <i>Big Hero 6</i>, and I took the kids along so it wouldn’t seem awkward. The big screen adaptation of a relatively obscure Marvel comics series is a great movie that I …

A guide for parents: How to respond to your kid's 'artwork'.

Melbournian illustrator Gavin Aung Than takes inspirational quotes and turns them into comic strips. His cartoons, based on uplifting or inspiring …

Learn to Draw Baymax From ‘Big Hero 6’ at Disney's Hollywood Studios

This week our Learn to Draw animation series continues with a lesson on how to draw one of our newest Disney sidekicks – Baymax from “Big Hero …

10 Great Books for a Writer's Wish List

<i>Photo by Claire Burge. Used with permission.</i><p>Whether you're a teacher, an author, a budding writer, or someone who writes in secret for personal reasons, you've got writing wishes.<p>Here are 10 great books for your wish list, to stir your writing dreams or help make them a reality. (Bonus: includes …

Books

'Big Hero 6' actors and directors look ahead to 'Toy Story 4'

Legions of Pixar fans heard news this month that the animation studio plans a fourth installment of the blockbuster<p>"Toy Story"franchise, to be directed byJohn Lasseter, the chief creative officer at Pixar, Walt Disney Animation and Disneytoons.<p>Among those fans are the filmmakers and cast members of …

'Big Hero 6' star Ryan Potter on the movie's melting-pot approach

Set in the fictional city of San Fransokyo — a mash-up of San Francisco and Tokyo — Disney's animated movie "Big Hero 6" is the product of two cultures. It's part American superhero story and part Japanese manga-inspired adventure.<p>Fittingly enough, the film's young protagonist Hiro is biracial, and …

Disney releases touching anime-style promotional video for Big Hero 6

Disney's newest animated film <i>Big Hero 6</i> was released a little over a week ago, and critics and audiences alike love it. The movie is based off of the …

Anime

'Big Hero 6' voice actor T.J. Miller on the sounds behind the scenes

To the uninitiated, voice acting might seem like a pretty cushy gig: You step into a booth, sip some bottled water, read a few lines and then call it a day. In practice, however, it's no small feat to convey a fully realized performance with just words and sounds, as the cast and filmmakers of …

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Disney Announces Release Dates for ZOOTOPIA and MOANA

Box Office: 'Big Hero 6' Tops With $56M Weekend, 'Interstellar' Nabs $132M Worldwide Bow

<b>Walt Disney's Big Hero 6 topped the weekend box office with a robust $56.2 million, while Chris Nolan’s Interstellar ended its debut launch with $49.7 million domestic and $132.6 million worldwide.</b><p>The top release of the weekend was Walt Disney’s <i>Big Hero 6</i>. If the film was somewhat drowned out in …

Disney's 'Big Hero 6' wins weekend over 'Interstellar'

Disney’s “Big Hero 6” soared past<p>Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar” at the box office this weekend, as both big-budget films had strong launches.<p>According to studio estimates, the animated action comedy grossed $56.2 million in the U.S. and Canada, edging out Nolan's space drama. "Interstellar" …

Up Close And Personal With Nintendo's Amiibo Figures

Because the <i>Skylanders</i> and <i>Disney Infinity</i> figures weren't enough, the toy population of my desk has been increased by a dozen Nintendo icons. Let's …

Retrogaming

BlizzCon's cosplay triumph took two years to make, but no one saw it

This blows the curve for cosplayers ever hoping to impress at BlizzCon. Cosplay Py took home first place in the event's celebrated costume contest as Grand Empress Shek'zeer from <i>World of Warcraft</i>. However, her triumph ended just as it was beginning.<p>First, about this costume. It took two years to …

A Writer's Cheatsheet to Plot and Structure

Plot and structure are like gravity. You can work with them or you can fight against them, but either way they’re as real as a the keyboard at your …

How To Be Good At Writing Bad Characters

<i>By Writer's Relief staff:</i><p>Are you ready for the most despicable, evil, heartless character you’ve ever met? Wonderful! You’re ready to write your story’s antagonist.<p>Once you’ve decided on your perfect protagonist—someone everyone will love and root for; someone inherently noble and willing to risk …

What's the Point of Writing Fiction, If It Doesn't Pay the Bills?

A few days ago, Bob Clary, the Marketing Manager at Webucator, asked if I'd be interested in writing a blog post about what keeps me writing fiction, and novels in particular, in honor of National Novel Writing Month. That led me to think about how I started writing fiction long before NaNoWriMo …

5 Reasons to Write Young Adult Fiction

When I first started writing fiction, I never expected to end up writing YA. But once I discovered what a vibrant, challenging category it was, I was …

10 Things I Wish I Had Known Before Becoming a Published Author

After just a few months as an published author, I've learned some things. The learning curve, at times, was fast paced and exhilarating, much like a waterside on a hot, steamy day. At others times, well, it hasn't been so pleasant.<p>These are the aspects of being an author that I wasn't prepared for …

Writing

Bars Are Great For Writers, But Not For Reading

In New York City, where I live, there are a few things you're not allowed to do in bars. You can't smoke. You can't bring your dog. And, technically, you can't dance. That's thanks to a 1926 law meant to curtail interracial mingling; though loosely enforced today -- only one citation has been …