Tanmay Virkar

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The Greatest Video Game Ever Might Never Come Out

The last installment of the Half-Life series dropped in 2007. That's <i>seven years</i> of waiting for the promised, almost mythical, game from the developers at Valve.<p><i>Half-Life's Gordon Freeman and Alyx Vance.</i><p>“<i>Half-Life 3</i> confirmed!” is one of those memes some internet people never get tired of: …

Cognitive Flow: The Psychology of Great Game Design

[<i>Microsoft Studios user experience researcher Sean Baron takes a look into the often discussed, but rarely concisely defined, concept of Flow, and</i> …

A war game that actually feels like being in a war

"You always hear that war is never coming," says Michal Drozdowski, the design director for <i>This War of Mine</i>. "You always live in that feeling."<p>"Until it comes," says Przemyslaw Marszal, the game's art director.<p>I'm here in Warsaw, Poland, to preview the game, a daring attempt to tell the story of …

27 Genius Recipes for Labor Day

Whether you're at the beach, or at the lake, or just bumping around home soaking up your last long weekend for a good while (don't think about it), these recipes will make the weekend happier, more festive, more memorable, and therefore make it last, maybe, forever.<p>Don't just grill a burger; stuff …

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A Surprising New Study On How Video Games Impact Children

Parents tend to approach video games like junk food: games are fine in moderation but ultimately they are an evil temptation that’s more bad than good. But according to an article published in <i>Pediatrics: The Official Journal Of The American Academy of Pediatrics</i>, we may be fundamentally mistaken in …

Obama still has The Witcher in his backlog, president tells Poles

President Obama may be a gaming novice, but during a visit to Poland he had kind words to say about developer CD Projekt Red's Witcher series of role-playing games, TVN 24 reports.<p>During a 2011 trip to the country, Polish officials presented him with a copy of the role-playing game as a symbol of …

The 5 Best Ways To Learn How To Code

Photo: Courtesy of Skillcrush.<p>It’s no secret that the world of tech has a serious diversity problem. From bro-y CEOs and founders behaving badly on …

AMD Calls Nvidia Program "A Clear And Present Threat To Gamers"

AMD and Nvidia have for <i>years</i> been locked in a struggle for dominance in the graphics card market, but this week that competition spilled over into …

How To Turn Your Old Windows, Mac, Or Linux Laptop Into A PC Gaming Powerhouse

I’m willing to bet you have a dilapidated HP, Gateway, or Dell laptop gathering dust in a closet somewhere. Or perhaps like me you have a MacBook Air that you tote around to conventions or use at home for work, writing, and browsing the web. Maybe an Ubuntu or Linux Mint box is more your speed. …

7 Brain Foods to Help You Power Through Finals

When the sun finally comes out, the last thing you want to do is spend endless hours in the library studying for finals. Ah, college. Unfortunately, you don't have much of a choice (if you want to pass your exams, that is) so let's make the best of the situation by focusing on brain food. Follow …

Microsoft Snaps Up Cloud Computing Startup GreenButton

Microsoft is stepping up its cloud computing game after acquiring GreenButton, a New Zealand-based startup that uses its Azure platform and has an existing relationship with the Redmond company.<p>The deal was first revealed on a New Zealand government website, which shows that Microsoft is now the …