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Knowing When To Stop

When you're a freelancer, security is rare. It's hard to get long-term projects, gigs can end at any time, and who knows when the next one comes …

Average age of mobile gamer drops seven years as kids and teens grab smartphones

New research shows just how prevalent mobile gaming is in modern life, with the average age of mobile gamers coming down markedly in the last year.<p>According to the 2014 Deconstructing Mobile & Tablet Gaming Report from EEDAR, there are 142 million mobile gamers in North America, up from 111 million …

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5 Online Video Trends To Look For In 2015

The online video industry moves quickly. As the year comes to an end, we’re already contemplating what’s in store for online video in 2015. For marketers and publishers alike, the new year creates a tremendous opportunity to shake off the shackles of everyday execution, start thinking big for 2015, …

Grumpy cat: Hollywood icon?

Few pop culture memes are as successful or recognisable as Grumpy Cat. But do they spell the end of the traditional film star? Peter Bowes reports.<p>When Bryan Bundesen posted a photo of his sister’s kitten on Reddit, little did he know that the odd-looking feline would become one of the internet’s …

The genre’s capacity to summon new worlds is threatened by immersive media. Writers need to sharpen their prose, says <b>Damien Walter</b><p>The megastructure is one of science fiction’s most enjoyable guilty pleasures. There is no other genre of literature that takes quite such glee in describing buildings, …

This War of Mine made a profit in just two days

<i>This War of Mine i</i>s a grim exploration of the misery of modern conflict, but for developer 11 Bit Studios, the game has been a source of great cheer.<p>According to a report in Eurogamer, <i>This War of Mine</i> made its development budget back in just two days. The game, in which players try to survive a …

World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor review: an iron fist

<i>Warlords of Draenor</i> is a potent reminder that <i>World of Warcraft</i> is still relevant.<p>After huge improvements to the base MMO in its first two expansion sets, 2007's <i>The Burning Crusade</i> and 2008's <i>Wrath of the Lich King</i>, Blizzard settled into a steady tempo of a solid expansion pack every two years. The …

A few reasons why I'm thankful for video games

Gaming has suffered a tough year of culture hate-mongers, self-serving corporations, death threat nutters, broken games and derivative designers.<p>So it's difficult to talk about gaming's sparkling orbs of goodness without sounding a tiny bit Pollyannaish.<p>Even so, this is Thanksgiving, and gaming …