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5 Hot Trends in Indie Gaming That AAA Game Studios Need to Learn

Independent game development has gone from a rare, curious thing in the 1990s to a burgeoning part of the game business in the 2010s. The shining …

Gaming Industry

One Of Our Most Popular Special Effects Originally Came From Anime

Books That Inspired The New Dungeons & Dragons

The fantasy role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons is inevitably (and frequently) linked to J.R.R. Tolkien’s trilogy <i>The Lord of the Rings.</i> It’s no mystery why: Frodo and his fellowship are the most famous fantasy characters in the world, thanks to a series of massively popular films. But the truth is …

Board Games

'Super Smash Bros.' and exchange rates help keep Nintendo in profit

Nintendo's slow and arduous journey back to financial prosperity continued today with the release of its latest financial results. The company posted a second consecutive quarterly profit in its financial Q3, which counts sales from September through to December. Revenue was 271 billion yen …

Studio Ghibli Up Close: The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness

Reading Time: 1 minute<p>Studio Ghibli is the Japanese animation studio, founded by Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata, behind movies like My Neighbor …

'Attack on Titan' statues devour tourists at Universal Studios Japan

The gigantic human-chomping statues, based on the popular "Attack on Titan" anime series, are part of a new exhibit in the Japanese theme park.<p>The bumbling, humanoid Titans in hit anime "Attack on Titan" may be the stuff of nightmares -- but stick them in a theme park and they're an instant …

Emma Watson’s UN Makeover

The United Nations makes its latest move to transform the ‘Harry Potter’ alum turned goodwill ambassador into the next Angelina Jolie.<p>The United …

Feminism

Hillary Clinton Has Deep History With Latinos And There's Not A Lot The GOP Can Do About It

A forgotten detail about 2008: Hillary Clinton beat Obama 2–1 among Latinos in their primary and it wasn't all name recognition — but big challenges still lie ahead to maintain huge Latino support for Democrats. One other one: the looming possibility of Jeb Bush.<p>Republicans are keenly aware that …

Microsoft's Fix: Run, Don't Walk, To Windows 10

It’s been way too long but Microsoft has finally gotten around to fixing Windows 8.<p>As spelled out by Microsoft on Wednesday, Windows 10 corrects the company’s clumsy attempt to be all things to all people, i.e., simultaneously a touch and desktop operating environment. In short, Windows 10 promises …

Gear & Gadgets

Rapper Tiny Doo facing long prison sentence over lyrics

<b>(CNN) —</b> Song lyrics that glorify violence are hardly uncommon. But a prosecutor in California says one rapper's violent lyrics go beyond creative license to conspiracy.<p>San Diego-based rapper Tiny Doo has already spent eight months in prison, and faces 25 years to life in prison if convicted under a …

CNN

“No, it doesn’t work like that!”: Inside the mind of Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

Controversial rabbi talks Alan Dershowitz, Palestine — and his much-criticized call for a “Million Muslim March”<p>After Thursday’s news that both President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry would forgo meeting with Israel Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu during his planned visit to the …

Attempting To Understand How On Earth Sony Has Sold 18.5M PS4s

Sony just released its latest set of hard numbers for sales of the PS4, and those looking for signs of a slowdown won’t find it here. After reporting 10 million consoles sold to consumers in August 2014, Sony’s new figures have them selling 18.5 million PS4s. And yes, that’s still sold to …

Gaming Consoles

From Spider-Gwen to “The Multiversity”: The best comics of 2014

The past year has brought breakthroughs in female superheroes, meta-comics, and comics etched on beer bottle labels<p>This was a spectacular year for comic books, with strong original series being launched all over the map. If you like comic book characters on TV and at the movies, you really need to …

Mad Max

Did Jon Snow just drop a major Game of Thrones spoiler?

This is a post about <i>Game of Thrones</i> that is inherently a discussion about a spoiler. If the headline didn't give that away for you, this introduction should.<p>You've been warned. Do not read anymore, there is a potential spoiler ahead.<p><b>Spoiler</b><p>io9 points out that Kit Harrington, the actor who plays Jon …

Video games helped ruin Jimmy Fallon's chances with Nicole Kidman

Jimmy Fallon didn't know it at the time, but he had a shot with Nicole Kidman — if only his weak snack game and his love for video games hadn't gotten in the way.<p>Kidman appeared on <i>The Tonight Show</i> last night, but as she and Fallon explained, it wasn't the first time they'd met. Years ago, a mutual …

No quick fixes in a broken system: Mandatory reporting won’t solve our campus rape crisis

When it comes to policy approaches to sexual violence, good intentions aren’t enough. “Solutions” won’t come easy<p>The Virginia General Assembly doesn’t officially reconvene until next week, but lawmakers have already made it clear that addressing sexual violence on college campuses will be a …

'The Interview' rakes in $31 million

Seth Rogen
Chris Pratt

Why are Republicans so obsessed with their Keystone pipe dream? For 35 jobs?

Here in Congress, we have a way of doing important things. Legislation based on bad numbers, bad science and bad politics is not how we do them<p>Keystone, climate change and the US economy: the truth behind the myths<p>The 114th Congress is officially underway, and in a move that speaks volumes about …

First trailer shows Ant-Man has a big hill to climb

After all the negative buzz surrounding director Edgar Wright’s exit, the diminutive superhero played by Paul Rudd needs more prerelease muscle than this weedy first look provides<p>Our pick of 2015’s most exciting sci-fi and fantasy films Ant-Man: Kevin Feige rejects Marvel criticism over Edgar …

Another crisis for McDonald's Japan after plastic found in McNuggets

McDonald's Japan is facing yet another food safety scandal after two customers found pieces of plastic in their Chicken McNuggets.<p>The first discovery, made on Saturday, spurred McDonald's Japan to pull all 956,925 nuggets made by a Cargill unit in Thailand on the same day, in the same …

CNN

Why hasn't Japan banned child-porn comics?

<b>Japan's comics and cartoons - known as manga and anime - are a huge cultural industry and famous around the world. But some are shocking, featuring children in sexually explicit scenarios. Why has Japan decided against banning this material?</b><p>It's a Sunday afternoon in Tokyo and Sunshine Creation is …

Child Abuse

GOP’s coming horror show: Why new Congress may be even worse than you think

Get the popcorn ready. GOP House on GOP Senate action — and why the establishment is <em>really</em> so worried<p>If there is one thing on which I wish I'd laid a bet over the past few years it's that despite their successful strategy to make the economic recovery as weak as possible, the minute it …

'Dragon Ball Xenoverse' Trailer Exceeds Its Power Level

One of the more problematic gaming tie-ins in Japan is often that of Akira Toriyama’s wildly popular Dragon Ball series. This is mainly because the protagonists display huge feats of combat potency and replicating that within the fixed ruleset of a game is by no means easy.<p>This hasn’t stopped …

North Korea's Nukes Are Scarier Than Its Hacks

To continue reading this article you must be a Bloomberg Professional Service Subscriber.<p>If you believe that you may have received this message in …

Why American Jews Eat Chinese Food on Christmas

A lack of dining options may have started Jewish Christmas, but now it's a full-fledged ritual.<p>If there’s a single identifiable moment when Jewish Christmas—the annual American tradition where Jews overindulge on Chinese food on December 25—transitioned from kitsch into codified custom, it was …

Sony will release 'The Interview' at limited number of theaters on Christmas

<b>Wednesday morning update:</b> our newest story about "The Interview" release is over here.<p><b>Original Tuesday story:</b>"The Interview" is not over, after all.<p>Despite threats from hackers, Sony (SNE) Pictures is making the controversial Seth Rogen comedy available at a limited number of theaters starting on …

Go away, Bill Kristol: Face of privilege spouts confusing mess on race in America

Polls show Americans think racial problems are worse since 2008, but that’s because they’re reckoning with reality<p>There are few ideas more specious than the notion that the election of President Obama marked the transition to a “post-racial” era in American history. So, of course, wrong-way Bill …