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'Game of Thrones' is a lot less depressing with old-school video game sounds

HBO's <i>Game of Thrones</i> isn't exactly uplifting, but a YouTube video from Ozzy Man takes the worst of Westeros and makes it much more fun.<p>Press play above to watch the transformation from bleak to hilarious. Be warned, though: There are plenty of spoilers here, so if you're not caught up, you'll want …

'Doctor Who' is now darker, stranger and more honest

<i>Warning: This post contains spoilers for the first episode of the eighth season of</i> Doctor Who.<p>"I’m not on the phone. I’m right here."<p>The Doctor is more or less a god in the world of Doctor Who. He can go wherever he wants, whenever he wants and he carries a magic wand that can control everything …

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December 7, 2010<p>The Star Press (which describes itself as the "news source for East Central Indiana") writer Jeffrey M.. McCall pens a two-page …

The New Yorker's archives are free - here's a guide to some of its best gaming stories

The New Yorker this week announced not only a sweeping redesign of their website, but that they were throwing open the gates to their archives, granting everyone free access to stories going back to 2007.<p>The free access only lasts the summer, so best to get reading and if you're into video game …

Ghost cars, virtual driving lines and motion control are coming to the cars of the future

The tools we use to perform better in racing games may be coming to Jaguar's future cars. Racing lines with braking guidance and ghost cars — the kind of displays you'd expect to see in Gran Turismo or Forza Motorsport — are two components of Jaguar Land Rover's new "virtual windscreen" …

What's the scariest thing in the world? Ask your teenage daughter

I’m driving my eldest daughter Alia home from kung fu lessons. She’s telling me crazy stories about her job as a pizza delivery girl.<p>Apparently letting a seventeen year old girl drive alone through dark streets to knock on a stranger’s door is perfectly okay so long as she’s wearing a pizza uniform.<p>…

Dark Souls 2's Crown of the Sunken King DLC kicked my ass

<i>Dark Souls 2</i> is a fantastic and challenging game, but if there's one complaint I heard repeated over and over from its detractors — the hardcore fans who maintain that the first <i>Dark Souls</i> or even its spiritual predecessor <i>Demon's Souls</i> are better games — it's that it wasn't <i>hard enough</i>.<p>The Lost …

Video Games: The Movie Out Tomorrow, Aims to Tear Down Misconceptions About Gamers and the Industry

"Video games are for loners." "Video games cause violence." "Game development is not a 'real' career."<p>If you've ever struggled to communicate to your mother, father, brother, sister, or significant other why these claims are false and why you enjoy video games so much, a new movie out this week …

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Five games that helped me cope with depression

This post has not been edited by the GamesBeat staff. Opinions by GamesBeat community writers do not necessarily reflect those of the staff.<p><i>Warning: Please keep in mind there may be some plot spoilers for these games below.</i><p>Art. Music. Film. Literature. These mediums can inspire, awe, and evoke …

This free, quick game shares the risks and rewards of coming out

For a young LGBT person, coming out can be really, really hard.<p><i>Minor spoilers for Coming Out Simulator 2014 ahead</i><p>Everyone has a different experience, but inevitably, it changes your life and it changes your relationships. It can also be a horrible nightmare. LGBT youth are routinely bullied, not …

How Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor's story fits in J.R.R. Tolkien's world

Monolith Productions is going to great lengths to create a story for <i>Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor</i> that remains true to its source material — the fantasy works of British author J.R.R. Tolkien.<p><i>Shadow of Mordor</i>'s story — set between the events of <i>The Hobbit</i> and <i>The Lord of the Rings</i> trilogy — follows …

The Story About Amazon's Jeff Bezos Eating Octopus For Breakfast Is Symbolic Of His Business Strategy

On Friday, Amazon said it was buying Whole Foods for $13.7 billion in cash.<p>The deal is the largest in Amazon's history, but far from its first. In the nearly 23 years since it was founded by Jeff Bezos, Amazon has acquired more than 70 companies of all shapes and sizes.<p>An interesting story from …

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The Time-Lapse Video Of Earth Blows All The Other Ones Away

Vincent Brady didn't turn to special effects to create his awe-inspiring video, "Planetary Panorama."<p>To capture the earth as a textured sphere of natural life, hurtling through space, Brady simply put two and two together. On his website, he recounts how in 2012 he was experimenting with panoramas …

Why Mosquitoes Bite Some People and Not Others -- And the Surprising, Natural Way to Avoid Bites

Why are some people so much more attractive to mosquitoes than others? And what can you do about the pesky little bloodsuckers, especially if you …

South Korea's Game Addiction Law could treat games like drugs and alcohol

The debate surrounding video games has escalated due to the South Korean government's impending Game Addiction Law, which would see games regulated like drugs or alcohol.<p>You may have realized by now that Korea is a haven for gamers. Games like Starcraft and more recently, League of Legends, have a …

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Facebook has built its own switch. And it looks a lot like a server

Advertisement<p>7 Comments<p>Not content to remake the server, Facebook’s(s fb) engineers have taken on the humble switch, building their own version of …

Quantum biology: Algae evolved to switch quantum coherence on and off

A UNSW Australia-led team of researchers has discovered how algae that survive in very low levels of light are able to switch on and off a weird …

Here's how to cut a cake perfectly, according to science

The way we cut cakes is wrong. That old traditional style of slicing a wedge and leaving the rest? It ruins the cake and creates imperfect slices. …

Team applies new theory to learn how and why cells differentiate

How does a stem cell decide what path to take? In a way, it's up to the wisdom of the crowd.<p>The DNA in a pluripotent stem cell is bombarded with …

All the pee came out: My adventures in getting killed by an alien in virtual reality

Seeing a Xenomorph in person, watching it hunting you, is one of the scariest moments I’ve ever experienced in my long history of gaming. I had spent the past five minutes or so walking around what looked like a derelict spaceship, making sure to check my motion tracker as often as possible.<p>I was …

Destiny extended E3 trailer sets stage for epic encounter

There's little doubt that, as expected, <i>Destiny</i>is one of the defining games at this year's E3, a giant, gorgeous game that has attracted long lines of players eager to have a try.<p>Everyone who passed through the portals to Activision's booth saw this extended trailer video (above), which lays out the …

Explaining Destiny's reliance on current-gen systems for success, and hope for PC version

<i>Destiny</i> is a game that’s backed by a decade-long deal between Activision and Bungie, and the budget of a game of this ambition launching on four consoles has to be monstrous.<p>"There are no scenarios where you're gonna make something that's that high production value and that compelling and that deep …

Thralled is a beautiful and heartbreaking game

When <i>Thralled</i> first made an appearance last year, it impressed with its desire to highlight a great evil in the world; slavery.<p>This onetime student project, subsequently picked up by Ouya, is now edging closer to release, pencilled in for later this year. I played <i>Thralled</i> at the IndieCade collective …

'Bloodborne' New Details And Incredible Screenshots Released

<i>Bloodborne</i> is the upcoming PS4 exclusive from SCE Japan Studio and FromSoftware.<p>And it looks absolutely terrifying, filled with lycanthropic beasts and a dark, Gothic city beset upon by a strange sickness.<p>Here’s how Masaaki Yamagiwa from Japan Studio describes the game:<p>“I am here to talk about a …