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Kyrgyz mayor dons fake beard to tour city in disguise

<b>The mayor of Kyrgyzstan's capital Bishkek says that he sometimes tours the city in disguise so that he can see people's problems first-hand.</b><p>Albek Ibraimov told local media that he changes into old clothes and wears a false beard so that the locals don't recognise him, the Fergana news agency …

A Hint of Spring in Uzbekistan

It is a measure of how repressive Uzbekistan was under its first post-Soviet president, Islam Karimov, that the first, tentative steps by his successor to curb the secret police are raising high hopes of an Uzbek Spring in the making. Yet with democracy in retreat across much of the former Soviet …

Central Asia’s Democratic Backslide Continues, Except for Uzbekistan

Three states in Central Asia marked declines in the 2018 Nations in Transit report; but Uzbekistan logged its first improvement since 2005.

Uzbekistan goes visa-free for seven nationalities

The government of Uzbekistan has announced changes to the country’s visa policy that will provide visa waivers for an expanded list of nationalities, as well as an easing of the visa application process for many others.<p>From 10 February 2018, citizens of seven countries will be able to visit …

The war over apostrophes in Kazakhstan's new alphabet

There's a fascinating linguistic fight brewing in Kazakhstan, due to the president's decision to adopt a new alphabet for writing their language, …

Linguistics

No Man's Sky Players Who Colonized A Galaxy Now Have To Find A New Home

<i>No Man’s Sky</i>’s vast universe was part of its initial appeal. You would go from planet to planet, completely alone, discovering and naming things …

The Traditional Games Nintendo Continues To Sell

On Nintendo’s Japanese website, there is a page called “Other Products” (その他の商品). It’s fascinating.<p><i>This piece originally appeared 8/10/17.</i><p>At the top …

'Far Cry 5' Is About Living Under Fear in America

The game will put the player up against a Montana based cult and militia that has plenty of real world analogues.<p>Pressure.<p>Dan Hay, creative director and executive producer of <i>Far Cry 5</i>, is standing in front of a TV displaying the word pressure, written out in all caps. PRESSURE. He's telling a room …

'Overwatch' Anniversary Checklist: How to get everything in the event you want

If you're like us, the new <i>Overwatch</i> Anniversary event <i></i>can be overwhelming with how many amazing skins and dance emotes there are to grab in such a …

Arcade group promises ticket and claw games will no longer be “rigged”

"Fair Play Pledge" says all redemption games can be "won by the application of skill."<p>Anyone who's played a crane game on the boardwalk or any number …

Haha Here's The Witcher 3 Running In 8K Haha

This is footage of <i>The Witcher 3</i> running 60fps at 8k resolution. That’s 7680 x 4320. On max settings. Gulp.<p>If you need to know what kind of monster …

Stories in Games Aren't Problems, They're Solutions

Lots of video games have terrible stories, but that's no reason to give up telling them.<p><i>Above:</i> Kentucky Route Zero <i>screenshot courtesy of Cardboard Computer.</i><p>Yesterday, the world of games journalism and criticism blew up in response to an Atlantic article penned by the trickster-gadfly-academic Ian …

Guide: The Best PS4 RPGs

I think I am one of the few people that really got bored with Skyrim and Fallout :/<br>I loved the list and from all those games I haven't played two, …

Video game hitboxes are kind of beautiful

Ever throw your controller in frustration because that punch or that shot didn't land and you just KNOW it should have? Well, blame the …

Silicon Valley’s $400 Juicer May Be Feeling the Squeeze

One of the most lavishly funded gadget startups in Silicon Valley last year was Juicero Inc. It makes a juice machine. The product was an unlikely …

How An Offbeat Video Game Got 100 Japanese Bands To Write Its Soundtrack

Tucked inside this bizarre game is an unprecedented collaboration between industries.<p><i>Let It Die</i> is a game about a mysterious tower in post-apocalyptic Tokyo, where players control an emotionless, reanimated corpse, and are guided by a cheery, skateboard-riding grim reaper named Uncle Death.<p>Strange …

Robert Yang Wants To Make VR 'Obscenely Gay'

Robert Yang’s games have been seen by millions of people, but sometimes he’d rather they hadn’t.<p>Yang is well known in indie game development circles …

Quiz: Which Inscrutable Nintendo Business Decision Are You?

Last week, Nintendo discontinued the NES Classic, for some reason. This is far from the first questionable business decision they’ve made and it …

Nintendo Sold More Copies of Zelda Than Switch Consoles

Zelda achieved an attach rate of 102% for the Switch in March, which demonstrates just how important the IP is for Nintendo.<p>PCMag reviews products …

'Horizon: Zero Dawn' doc takes you behind the scenes with one of 2017's best games

Despite launching in the shadow of Nintendo's latest <i>Zelda</i> adventure, <i>Horizon: Zero Dawn</i> has found an audience among fans of thought-provoking sci-fi …

'Mass Effect: Andromeda' Has Its First Great Fan Theory, About Vetra Nyx

The ending of <i>Mass Effect 3</i> was an utter disaster, as we all know, but it did spawn two great things. The first was the actual “fix” for the ending, the Citadel DLC, which was probably the best, story-wise, the series had ever gotten. The second thing came before that, the “Indoctrination Theory,” …

Andromeda

Global online game offers clues about why we get languages so very wrong

Think you could safely tell the difference between Russian, Hindi, Spanish and Telugu? The Great Language Game is the place to test that theory.<p>The …

20 Hot Cross Bun Recipes That Will Make You Cry Happy Tears

Melted butter for President.<p>Carbohydrate addicts of Britain! It is almost Easter and that means only one thing, a whole four days of bank holiday to …

'Ghost in the Shell': 4 Japanese Actresses Dissect the Movie and Its Whitewashing Twist

THR invited the women to join a no-holds-barred conversation about cultural authenticity and why Japanese nationals fail to understand the race …

A year after Firewatch

Writer Sean Vanaman looks back and talks about Campo Santo’s next game<p>Just over a year ago, <i>Firewatch</i> released to positive reviews and commercial success. It was an intriguing exploration-puzzle story set in a beautiful wilderness. But its main strength was in creating believable characters — Henry …

Gilbert Baker, Creator of Iconic Gay Pride Rainbow Flag, Has Died at 65

The man who tie-dyed and hand-stitched the rainbow flag that has become the worldwide symbol for gay pride and the LGBTQ community has died. He was …

The San Francisco-based activist and artist began making banners for gay rights and anti-war protests in the 1970s, often at the request of Harvey Milk<p>Gilbert Baker, a San Francisco-based activist and artist best known for creating the rainbow flag representing gay rights, has died at the age of 65.<p>…

LGBTQI

Most Underrated PlayStation 4 Exclusives You Should Play Right Now

NieR is a special game – one that means all people like me (who’ve seen it through and know of it’s genuinely mind-blowing and thoroughly unique …

Metal Gear

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NASA astronauts lose key piece of ISS shield, and now it’s floating free in space

NASA astronauts on a spacewalk Thursday accidentally lost a fabric shield needed for the International Space Station — a minor setback in what was otherwise a record-setting mission for one of the crew members.<p>Astronauts Peggy Whitson and Shane Kimbrough were working on an area of the space station …

Space Exploration