James Pearson

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Heists Finally Come To 'Grand Theft Auto Online'

“I know you’ve been complaining, but you weren’t ready,” heist mastermind, Lester, tells a player in the opening seconds of a trailer for <i>Grand Theft Auto Online’s ‘Heists’</i> trailer.<p>And I suppose this is also Rockstar speaking through Lester to its legion of GTA fans. Heists—the centerpiece of the …

The Smithsonian Voluntarily Added One Of The New Mexico Atari ‘E.T.’ Cartridges To Its Collection

First, the urban legend of an Atari video game graveyard was confirmed. Then, people with little intelligence, no self-respect, and a sh*t-ton of money bid on the recovered games left and right. One guy even paid over $1,500 for an irreparably damaged cartridge of <i>E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial</i>, even …

Writing Dystopian Fiction: 7 Tips

I’ve been told to chill. “Don’t worry. Be happy,” they say. “It’s all good.”<p>I appreciate the cool, laissez-faire attitude, but I grew up alongside …

How to hack your taste buds

Why does toothpaste give orange juice a weird aftertaste? It’s one of many surprisingly easy ways to trick your tongue – and your brain – into experiencing strange flavours, says Veronique Greenwood. What's going on?<p>Your tongue is not a blank slate. What you've just eaten can change the flavour of …

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Here’s what’s up with Assassin’s Creed: Unity’s Helix menu

That screen up there is what greets players when they start Unity, developer Ubisoft’s 2014 installment of the popular Assassin’s Creed franchise for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. An early version of the image leaked during beta testing and spawned rumors and speculation that each tab …

Congress Passes Historic Medical Marijuana Protections In Spending Bill

Congress dealt a historic blow to the United States' decades-long war on drugs Saturday with the passage of the federal spending bill, which contains protections for medical marijuana and industrial hemp operations in states where they are legal.<p>The spending bill includes an amendment that …

Christmas Budgeting Tips: 6 Ways To Wine And Dine This Holiday For Cheap!

While Christmas is the most wonderful time of year, it is also the most expensive! Despite the popularity of promotional sale days like Black Friday …

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