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Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto explaining World 1-1 is the best game design lesson of the week

The level design of Mario games often seems simple, while gradually and invisibly teaching the player what they should be doing and how they should be doing it. Ideas are introduced in a safe space, and then the safety nets are removed so the player can put those lessons into action before the …

Gorgeous Landscapes Reveal the Idyllic Tranquility of Japan

Photographer Hidenobu Suzuki has captured the idyllic landscapes of Japan in a remarkably tranquil light. Between the quiet foggy rivers, peaceful rice fields, and twilight at Mt. Fuji, there's something for everyone who's looking for a visually relaxing utopia. “My photographs are like Japanese …

If These Truly are the Final Days of the Wii U, Let It Go with a Bang

After a somewhat disappointing E3 showing, Nintendo's Wii U might be heading for the scrapheap. But it's not about to go out quietly.<p>If you're a Wii U owner, chances are these past few days have been a bit depressing. After the highs of the Nintendo World Championships and new content for <i>Super</i> …

A look at the evolution of modern video game controllers

If anything's kept pace with how video games have changed over the years, it's how we interact with them. Our biggest touchpoint with virtual worlds is the gamepad and -- akin to how games themselves have evolved from simple 2D affairs into 100-hour-long labyrinths in three dimensions -- …

Virtual Reality

Two Wii U devs on why 'indie' doesn't have to be a curse word

Developers Dave Proctor and Alex Rushdy of 13AM Games are in the middle of an impassioned conversation about the Wii U and independent development.<p>"I think the industry is getting into a habit of unsustainably large development, where it's like, 'Ugh, of course the Wii U can't run <i>Assassin's Creed</i> …

Retrogaming

Opinion: A Mac’s longevity is its biggest unsung selling point

Apple can’t advertise Macs as having ten-year lifespans for legal reasons, and reviewers rarely write about their old computers ten years later — they’re typically focused on each year’s latest and greatest machine. But the average person buys a computer and keeps using it until it stops working, …

Up in the Air: Meet the Man Who Flies Around the World for Free

The boarding procedure has barely started at Chicago O’Hare, and Ben Schlappig has already taken over the first-class cabin. Inside Cathay Pacific …

The invisible network that keeps the world running

Inside the humungous, algorithmically controlled matrix that supplies most of what you own<p>It's been just over 45 years since the Apollo Moon landings, and some would have it that we are failing to build big anymore; that we've since become too fascinated with the small, too impressed by our tablet …

Nintendo's bright future with Splatoon

If you're searching for the new generation of talent within Nintendo, you needn't look much further than Tsubasa Sakaguchi. They certainly don't come …

Nintendo was right about the Wii U. We were wrong.

With the announcement of the Wii U, everyone thought Nintendo was wrong. Hell, we thought Nintendo was out of touch, foolish and doomed for producing a gaming-focused, two-screen console that wouldn't be able to compete technologically with whatever Sony and Microsoft offered in the new generation. …

Retrogaming

The Genius of the Super Mario Bros. “Game Over” Theme

<i>Several passages in this article are adapted from</i> <b>Koji Kondo’s Super Mario Bros. Soundtrack</b>, <i>out now from Bloomsbury’s 33 1/3 series.</i><p>This year marks …

The robots are here — and you should be worried

Anxiety has been building around the second machine age and its implications for our economic future, and it may have reached a tipping point.<p>Just last week, Silicon Valley venture capitalists and executives published an open letter on the digital economy, calling for public-policy changes and new …