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It sucks when virtual reality games don’t acknowledge your existence

One of the worst things that a virtual reality game can do is ignore you.<p>Facebook’s Oculus VR repeatedly touts the importance of having a sense of presence, which means tricking your brain into thinking you’re actually in another world when you put on a VR headset like the Oculus Rift. But when …

Virtual Reality

This Wireframe Chair Is Barely There

Minimalism is an overused word in the design world these days, but for these handsome metal frame chairs there’s really no way to avoid using it. The aptly named the Gentle Hint Chair, designed by Kazakh Nissa Kinzhalina, presents the outline of a chair and nothing more. Made from powder-coated …

"Enormous Demand" for WildStar's F2P Version Forces Server Changes

Demand has been so strong for WildStar since its switch to a free-to-play model that the MMO's servers have struggled to keep up. As a result, developer Carbine Studios is adding additional realms that should help to reduce the issues players have been encountering.<p>"Since we launched earlier this …

MMOGs

31 dazzling sunsets from around the world

Even the most mundane destinations turn into dazzling dreamscapes at sunset.<p>And when the sun sets on the world's most beautiful landmarks? We'll let …

Microsoft has a crazy plan to make your batteries last a lot longer

Right now, the way a laptop battery works is pretty straightforward:<p>You have a big lithium-ion hunk of a battery that dispenses power to your computer as the hardware says that it needs it.<p>Basically, that means that if you're doing something like playing a game or watching a movie, your processor …

Batteries

Black hole is 30 times bigger than expected

<b>(CNN) —</b> This shouldn't be possible. Researchers say they've detected a supermassive black hole at the center of a newly found galaxy that's far bigger than current theories allow.<p>The research was done by astronomers at Keele University and the University of Central Lancashire and will be published …

Evoland II is a grand-scale mashup of generations of games

Evoland II: A Slight Case of Spacetime Continuum Disorder is an action/role-playing game, and before you ask me what game it’s like, I’ll tell you: all of them.<p>The conceit is that as you travel through time, the game’s style, drawing, and action change around you.<p>But not only do you move up and …

Here's how to grab the exotic Black Spindle sniper rifle in Destiny today

There's a hidden area in one of <i>Destiny: The Taken King</i>'s new quests that will put you and your fireteam up against one of the stiffest challenges the game has to offer — but it's not without its rewards. Specifically, the Black Spindle, an exotic sniper rifle that mirrors the popular, …

Witcher 3 Devs Open New Studio

A pair of designers who worked on The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt development team have left CD Projekt Red to open their own studio. Wickerman Games is a new independent outfit based in the UK founded by Chris Hardwick (Witcher 3 senior engine programmer) and Dan Cordell (Witcher 3 environment …

Add Graphene To Spider Silk To Create The Strongest Fiber Yet

Web slingers get a high-tech upgrade<p>Your move, limpets. Earlier this year, the long-reigning champion of the Strongest Biological Material Competition, spider silk, was usurped by the upstart limpet teeth. But we all knew that the arachnids would not go quietly into the night.<p>In an unorthodox move, …

Graphene