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The 15 Biggest Video Game Controversies Of 2015

2015 has been, in many ways, a less controversial year than years past. That’s a good thing, given what a total disaster the back half of 2014 was.<p>Still, there were a few big, controversial stories, industry mishaps and various other sundry outrages to keep the popcorn flowing.<p>And while I always …

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How Microsoft built a better controller ... again

At $150, the new “Elite” controller is a luxury purchase<p>Microsoft spent more than $100 million figuring out how to evolve the Xbox 360 controller into something suited for the company's next big console: The Xbox One.<p>It may sound like a lot, but the controller is a player's connection to console …

Product Design

The 'Halo 5: Guardians' soundtrack gives fans what they want

When Microsoft's in-house <i>Halo</i> studio 343 Industries took the franchise over from creator Bungie, it made a bold statement by abandoning longtime composer Marty O'Donnell's iconic score for one mostly written by Neil Davidge of the English trip-hop group Massive Attack. Think of it like Disney …

iOS 9 review: Making the basics work even better

iOS 9 is deceptive. When Apple first publicly trotted out the update at WWDC a few months back, it seemed happy to hang its hat on just a few new features: Apple News, better Maps and an improved Notes app. After using the betas for months and putting in still more time with the final, …

A 17-Year-Old Artist Created This Incredible Map Of Literature

Martin Vargic's intricate cartography is basically porn for book lovers.

iOS 9 fixes one of the most annoying things about iOS 8

With just about a week before the iPhone 6s goes on sale, Apple yesterday released iOS 9 into the wild. Per usual, Apple has baked a number of new, …

9 Crazy Body Hacks That Give You Superhuman Powers

But don't try these at home. Seriously.<p>Gamers often perform repetitive tasks to improve their character’s skill set, gain rewards, and advance to new levels. The process is known as grinding: Now, an underground movement has taken up that expression, calling themselves grinders, and they’re trying …

One glorious GIF, 15 glorious Overwatch heroes

<i>Overwatch</i> continues to slowly unfurl before fans ravenous to get their hands on Blizzard's next big thing.<p>The upcoming squad-shooter was born out of the wreckage of Blizzard's massive attempt to recreate the successes of massive, culture-defining online game <i>World of Warcraft</i>.<p>As <i>Titan</i> died, a bit of …

The amazing trick the Commodore 64 used to create colorful pixel art

It can be hard for modern players to realize just how brutal the memory constraints were on early computers such as the Commodore 64. The video embedded above does a great job of explaining the interesting ways developers worked within the confines of the system just to get colorful images on the …

Brilliant video remakes open credits to ‘Friends’ in GTA 5

Ever since Rockstar Games released the Rockstar Editor for the PC version of Grand Theft Auto 5, creative gamers have been finding ways to recreate …

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8 amazing websites you didn’t know existed and need to check out

With the number of active websites on the Internet today now approaching 1 billion, there are no shortage of incredibly cool and useful sites which …

Amazing

Windows 10 Forced Updates Causing Endless Crash Loops

I think we can now all agree: Microsoft’s hardline policy on Windows 10’s forced updates is silly. Very silly. Since launching nine days ago Windows Update has sent out an unstable graphics driver which switched off monitors, a buggy security patch which corrupted Windows Explorer and there are now …

Software

The one Windows 10 tweak every user needs: ‘GodMode’

There are plenty of Windows 10 tips and tricks that you should be aware of – check <b>our Windows 10 cheat sheet</b> to learn about many of them – but …

App Store Update: August 4

Five Nights at Freddy's 4 makes its iOS debut.<p>Every day hundreds of new apps make their debut on the App Store, and hundreds more are updated or …

Apps

The ridiculous design behind a key scene in Life Is Strange

<i>This post contains spoilers for Episodes 1-4 of Life Is Strange.</i><p>We hear a lot about choice in games lately, but we don’t always get a chance to see how — or if — it actually works. Luckily, we have a graphic from the makers of the time-rewinding episodic title Life Is Strange that does just …

Marvel Universe

Here's how to set your default browser in Windows 10

Setting your default browser is easy -- follow these simple steps to learn how.<p>Mozilla's CEO is not very happy with Microsoft's decision to make Microsoft Edge the default browser in Windows 10. But don't worry: Switching the default browser -- and all of the default apps -- is really easy.<p>The …

Microsoft has already released its first big Windows 10 update – here’s how to get it

Windows 10 was released just yesterday — <b>follow these steps</b> to avoid waiting in line if you still haven’t received your upgrade confirmation — but …

Windows 10

The Best Windows 10 Features You Probably Haven’t Heard About

Windows 10 has arrived. Whether you’re jumping the line or still trying to decide if you should upgrade, chances are you’ve heard about some of the …

How to prepare your PC for Windows 10

Follow these steps to ensure a smooth transition to the latest version of Windows.<p>Windows 10 is set to arrive on July 29. The update will be free for the first year for qualifying Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 users. You can find out if you qualify for the free upgrade here.<p>In addition to an …

Publishers are misinterpreting the demand for new MOBAs and MMOs

Infinite Crisis is just one of the more recent examples of why the deluge of new multiplayer online battle arena and massively multiplayer online games needs to stop. A lot of them keep failing, and the price of failure is steep — layoffs and studio shutdowns.<p>Developer Turbine announced that it’s …

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Arcade Dreams

You can’t go back again.<br><p>Summer always makes me think of the 7-11 at the end of East Lakeview in Columbus, Ohio. I was about eight. My grandmother took us there every week to get comic books, which were near the front window, by the counter. In the back corner, in darkness, was a Star Wars stand up …

Floating plasma display makes fairies a reality

See that teensy Tinkerbell-shaped light above? That's not CGI -- that's a real floating display, and it's completely touchable too. Mid-air plasma displays aren't that prolific yet, but they're not exactly new either. However, floating lights created using existing techniques can usually burn skin, …

How To Stop Apple From Automatically Charging You When Your Free Apple Music Trial Ends

Apple Music launched today. It’s pretty great. Apple was late to the game when it comes to streaming, and its first crack at a streaming music …

Apple's EarBuds Have TONS of Cool Features You Might Not Know About

When was the last time you bought a smartphone without some bundled-in headphones? Probably never. When was the last time you actually used them …

Forget Arkham Knight, one of the most disturbing Batman scenes came from a cartoon

Much has been made about the M-rating of the recently released <i>Batman: Arkham Knight</i>, and how far the game is willing to go in terms of characters and moving the actual storyline of this world forward. It's a final game in many ways, and it plays for keeps.<p>But as long-time Batman fans already know, …

Comic Books

Watson's South American spin on a Canadian classic

<i>'Cognitive Cooking with Chef Watson' is a collaboration between IBM and the Institute of Culinary Education in New York City. Once a week, as part of an ongoing series, we'll be preparing one recipe from the book until we've made all of them. Wish us luck.</i><p>So far we've just been working from the …

Fallout 4's concept art is wallpaper worthy | Polygon

Revisit the stage presentation of Fallout 4, coming Nov. 10, with these seven images, any of which work great as a desktop wallpaper. One, the landscape with mushroom clouds blooming on the horizon, was particularly important to director Todd Howard, providing his creative team with a sense of …

Apple finally introduces split-screen multitasking on the iPad — here's what it looks like

Apple just announced a bunch of new things at WWDC, and the best new feature for the iPad in iOS 9 is split-screen multitasking. Here's how it works and what it looks like.<p><i>Produced by Monica Manalo</i><p><b>Follow BI Video:</b>On Facebook

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