Joshua Masterson

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Whatever happened to the arcade-style sports video game?

Ten years ago, my managing editor in Denver sent me to Minneapolis for a piece of celebrity journalism: Go follow around Carmelo Anthony, then a rookie, and bring back something enlightening about his first NBA playoffs with the Nuggets.<p>The best thing I brought back featuring Carmelo Anthony was <i>NBA</i> …

Watch Dogs: What Can You Do Besides Hacking?

If you've been paying even the slightest bit of attention to Watch Dogs, you'll know there's one dominant theme that runs throughout Ubisoft's latest open-world action game: hacking. This is, after all, a story that concerns itself with our modern reliance on technology and all the ways one clever …

Puzzler: Guess the celebrity voices behind these game characters

The way characters sound makes them stand out as much as their physical appearances do, so it’s natural for video game developers to hire professional actors to bring them to life and make them memorable.<p>Look at the following movie and TV stars, and try to guess which game character they voiced. …

Open data gives rise to a virtual Denmark in Minecraft

Since the US government opened its troves of public data we've seen some pretty neat projects like climate-change prediction tools and deforestation-monitoring systems. Denmark, on the other hand, has taken a different approach: the Danish Geodata Agency used internally developed topographic maps …

When Ubisoft Went Indie: A Conversation with Child of Light's Patrick Plourde

Known for enormous triple-A titles such as the Far Cry and Assassin's Creed series, creative director Patrick Plourde and Ubisoft Montreal did a 180 for Child of Light . It's an ethereal, expressive, and affecting role-playing game that follows princess Aurora through a lilting dreamscape filled …