Peter Rubin

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Monster Hunter World Is More Than a Sequel—It's a Resurgence

Of all the words that could describe the island paradise that serves as backdrop for <i>Monster Hunter World</i>, the one that keeps coming back to me is …

Okay, Let’s Get Into It

Hi. I have a book coming out. It’s called <i>Future Presence</i>. Maybe you knew this. Maybe you had no idea! Either way, it’s only about three months away, …

Virtual Reality Is Officially Immersed in the Film World. Now What?

In 2014, I made a prediction. Virtual reality, I believed, would be the future of filmmaking. I was mostly correct; I was also terribly wrong. I was …

Virtual Reality

A VR Movie Set in Space Just Landed a 7-Figure Deal at Sundance. Yes, You Read That Right

Every year the biggest news out of the Sundance Film Festival is always the hefty sums handed over to independent filmmakers for their passion …

We Put The Entire Internet On The Blockchain—and You Can Too

There comes a time in every hyped-up business trend’s life cycle when the noise becomes so intense it’s comical. Cryptocurrency, bitcoin, and most …

Facebook's Giant Step Into Esports May Be a Look At Its Future

Facebook may have decided it doesn’t want to be a media company, but it might just want to be a gaming platform. The company announced today that it …

Contact CI's Maestro VR Haptic Glove Let Me Actually Feel Virtual Objects

Everyone does it the first time they try VR. It doesn’t matter if it’s a static 360 image, a passive 360 video, an immersive VR experience, or a …

Nintendo's Newest Switch Accessories Are Fun Cardboard Toys

Suffice to say the Nintendo Switch is a hit beyond what anyone could have expected. The versatile, modular console sold more than 10 million units in …

I Farmed 9999 Coins So My Son Could Have The Stupid Skeleton Outfit From Super Mario Odyssey

This is what love is.<p>Love is patient. Love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonour others, it is not …

How companies can build VR spaces inside Linden Lab’s Sansar

Linden Lab makes a lot of money with the sale of virtual goods in its Second Life virtual world. But this year, it is adding Sansar, a collection of virtual reality spaces where users can create their own immersive experiences inside their own VR scenes.<p>Intel CEO Brian Krzanich put Sansar in the …

Augmented Reality

Everyone Is Getting Hilariously Rich and You’re Not

SAN FRANCISCO — Recently the founder of something called Ripple briefly became richer than Mark Zuckerberg. Another day an anonymous donor set up an $86 million Bitcoin-fortune charity called the Pineapple Fund. A Tesla was spotted with a BLOCKHN license plate. There’s a surge in people looking to …

Cryptocurrency

Please Don’t Let ‘Black Mirror’ Be a Shared Universe

Author: Geek's Guide to the Galaxy. Geek's Guide to the Galaxy Culture<p>Date of Publication: 01.13.18.<p>Time of Publication: 6:50 am. 6:50 am<p>The science …

Super Meat Boy Is The Latest Port To Sell Better Than Expected On The Nintendo Switch

<i>Super Meat Boy</i>’s first day of sales on the Nintendo Switch were apparently “shockingly close” to how the game performed when it was originally …

Inside One of America’s Last Pencil Factories

A pencil is a little wonder-wand: a stick of wood that traces the tiniest motions of your hand as it moves across a surface. I am using one now, making weird little loops and slashes to write these words. As a tool, it is admirably sensitive. The lines it makes can be fat or thin, screams or …

Jersey City

Amazon’s ‘Electric Dreams’ anthology arrives on Prime Video

Time to scratch that sci-fi anthology itch.<p>If you blew through all of the latest season of Black Mirror when it came out just before the new year and need your science fiction anthology fix, your ship has come in. Amazon's new series <i>Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams</i> is live now with ten episodes to …

Science Fiction

The Strange History of One of the Internet's First Viral Videos

You’ve seen the video. Everyone on the internet has. A man sits in a cubicle and pounds his keyboard in frustration. A few seconds later, the Angry …

Internet

HTC's Most Important CES Announcement Isn't the New Vive Pro Headset

This week at the Consumer Electronics Show, HTC unveiled a new headset as part of its Vive virtual-reality line. The Vive Pro isn't an entirely new …

The Future of TV Is Just Screens All The Way Down

CES is still a TV conference. Even as the tech industry experiments with augmented reality, self-driving cars, and the outer limits of what you can …

Meme’s Best Friend: The Rise of 'Doggo'

The only way to explain the reaction to Merriam-Webster’s year-end announcement that “doggo” was one of the dictionary’s “Words We're Watching” is to …

Google's VR180 Cameras Are the Future of Point-and-Shoot

Just about everyone agrees virtual and augmented reality are going to be important. The tech already sort of works, and will get better quickly from …

The Guy Who Made QWOP Is Back To Infuriate You All Over Again

From its title to its premise, <i>Getting Over It With Bennett Foddy</i> reads as a dark joke. Whether that a joke includes you or not, though, is impossible …

NextVR is making its VR recordings of live events feel much more realistic

Six degrees of freedom will make vastly improve NextVR experiences<p>NextVR, a platform that specializes in recording sports, concerts, and other live events for viewing later in virtual reality, announced today at CES that it’s adding a new technology to make its recordings feel much more realistic. …

Why Black Mirror's Most Controversial New Episode Is Its Most Important

Utopianism rests upon a single, fundamental truth: that we can be better than we were before. But what if we can’t? What if we’re stuck in a loop, …

Here’s What Could Be in HTC’s ‘Vive 1.5’

HTC made a not so subtle tease today that a new version of the HTC Vive is on the way with improved resolution. While it doesn’t look like this will …

Virtual Reality

Tabletop Throwbacks – 3 New Games That Bring Old School Cool

<i>Want to stay in the know about the newest and coolest things happening in the world of tabletop games? Tune in to our tabletop game show Game the</i> …

Even Realistic Videogames like Call of Duty Won’t Help Us Win Wars

Millennials can now storm the beaches of Normandy and fight Nazis with a new level of realism. Sure, past games like like <i>Castle Wolfenstein</i> let them …

Let's Do the Physics of the Giant Driving Cities in Mortal Engines

Next December, there'll be a new entrant into the end-of-year, blockbuster science fiction movie category: the Peter Jackson film <i>Mortal Engines</i>. A …

Quiz Daddy Show: An Open-Mic Night With ‘HQ’ Host Scott Rogowsky

Seeing Scott Rogowsky outside the <i>HQ</i> app is like seeing an elementary school teacher outside of her classroom. When I first pull up a stool next to …

Getting high on virtual reality

It’s a chilly November evening, but inside Apiary Studios in East London, things are heating up as the venue gradually fills with people. The …

The Nintendo Switch Is The Fastest-Selling Console In U.S. History

Today, Nintendo announced that the Switch has become the fastest-selling home game console ever in the United States. It surpassed the previous …