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Playing Video Games Can Help Or Hurt, Depending On Whom You Ask

Parents worry that video games are bad for kids, but the evidence on how and why they may be harmful has been confusing.<p>"Most of popular media puts the most emphasis of concern on aggression," says psychologist Jay Hull from Dartmouth College. "But aggression is just the tip of the iceberg."<p>So Hull …

Ten Awesome Games You Probably Didn't Finish

We pour hours upon hours into our favorite games. We scour open worlds for every last trinket and quest giver, eager to see everything these …

Breaking: Studio Ghibli Is Shutting Down Production After 29 Years

<b>UPDATE:</b> Kotaku points out Suzuki used the word <i>shoukyuushi</i> in this interview, suggesting “pause” or “break”, rather than saying <i>kyuushi</i> (“stop”), which suggests Studio Ghibli may be ceasing production only temporarily.<p>After the anime world’s Walt Disney, Hayao Miyazaki, retired last year, we’d heard …

The 10 Biggest Nostalgia Triggers in Guardians of the Galaxy

<i>Starman</i><p>John Stamos<p>Like most things Marvel Studios touch these days, <i>Guardians of the Galaxy</i> is an unmitigated success. The film netted an estimated $94 million at the US box office its opening weekend, making it the biggest August opening of all time and the third biggest opening of 2014 (behind</i> …

Harrison Ford

Digimon All-Star Rumble coming to Xbox 360, PS3

Digimon is like a different group, wholly separate from the Pokémon. And it'll be coming to PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 with <i>Digimon All-Star Rumble.</i><p>This trailer gives a clear idea of what should be apparent in the title - it's an ensemble-cast fighting game in the style of Smash Bros., taking place …

Maybe This Hand-Drawn Mass Effect 3 Box Art Is The Best One

It's always a bit difficult to gauge the legitimacy of such things, e.g. whether a store employee stuck this on this GameStop shelf just long enough …

Mass Effect

Assassination: Pirate-style in Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag

<i>Stay on top of all our E3 2013 coverage here.</i><p>Edward Kenway might not be as tight with the Assassin Order as his predecessors, but he’s not opposed to making a little money on the side at their behest.<p>Assassination contracts abound in Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag (releasing October 29 on PC and …

Christopher Nolan Briefly Discusses 'Interstellar' Influences – /Film

When the name “<b>Christopher Nolan</b>” is attached to a project, anticipation immediately shoots into the stratosphere. That’s what happened last month …

AVATAR 2 - James Cameron Will Use Underwater Motion Capture

Dear Warner Bros, Put BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES on Netflix Already!

KICK-ASS 2 - Theatrical Green-Band Trailer!

First Look Photos of 300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE

Ten ways self-publishing has changed the books world

After a boom year in self-publishing the headlines are getting a little predictable. Most feature a doughty author who quickly builds demand for her …

Is reading different in the 21st century?

In last week's books podcast novelist Mohsin Hamid suggested that his novel, How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia, was a "sprawling 19th-century …

The Best ‘Little Prince’ Merch Ever

Over the weekend, legendary and endlessly inspirational children’s book <i>The Little Prince</i> turned 70 years old. The sheer amount of merchandise …

5 More Things I Wish I Knew About Being an Author That I Learned the Hard Way

Reflecting on the first 10 lessons I learned about being an author published in my previous post, I noted that I had learned more about what <i>not</i> to do than what to do. So, once again, with the upcoming release of a new book, I am attempting to integrate additional lessons into my author knowledge …

Writing

Historical Fiction, Then and Now

I love historical fiction. A writer takes what is known about a place in time or a character from the past, and then transports the reader further and deeper into what are the blood and guts of the past. And I mean blood and guts: People and moments in time are brought back to life, bumps, lumps, …

Books

Is Bad Weather Great For Fiction?

Last week, I watched snow fall on the daffodils outside my window and wondered if 2013 will turn out to be a year without a summer.<p>It has happened before, you know. Almost two hundred years ago, a volcanic eruption in Indonesia caused miserable weather all over the United States, continental Europe …

Literature

Irrational releases beautiful alternative BioShock Infinite covers for printing

Developer Irrational Games released BioShock Infinite a few weeks ago to fawning reviews. Gamers seem mostly satisfied with the first-person shooter in the sky, but many still don’t like the cover or even the alternative box art printed on the opposite side.<p>Irrational today released eight other …

Square Enix reveals Tomb Raider's missed sales potential

Square Enix released a detailed explanation of its "shocking" financial performance today, including the internal figures its recent trio of …

Tomb Raider

Naughty Dog had to 'specifically request' female testers for The Last of Us

<i>The Last of Us</i> developer Naughty Dog had to push for female gamers to be included in focus group testing, creative director Neil Druckmann told The Escapist during a recent interview.<p>According to Druckmann, focus-testing is part of what influences how a game is promoted. Various players view game …

Activision Blizzard donates $2M to Call of Duty Endowment

Activision Blizzard donated $2 million to the Call of Duty Endowment, announcing their commitment to supporting the organization at the Call of Duty Championships in Los Angeles this past weekend.<p>In addition to the donation, Activision Publishing has helped to raise $1.7 million in donations for …

Consumerist responds to EA's 'we can do better' letter, calls it a wasted opportunity

The Consumerist's Chris Morran has responded to Electronic Arts' COO Peter Moore's letter stating the company can "do better," calling it a wasted opportunity to speak to his audience respectfully and an attempt to shift blame for current issues surrounding EA onto consumers.<p>Last week Moore took to …

EA Voted Worst Company in America, Again

Well, who could have ever predicted this?<p>As soon as it was announced that EA was again nominated for Consumerist’s Worst Company in America bracket, it was almost certain they’d win just like they did last year.<p>And they have won, yet again. This time they beat out Bank of America for the crown, …