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Literature

Have You Played… The Yawhg?

<i>Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time.</i><p>Get thee to a tavern house. The …

Swipe Left or Right to Rule a Kingdom in This Tinder-Like Strategy Game

'Reigns' makes ruling as easy as dating on Tinder, meaning not easy at all.<p>If there is a modern curse, a pox on each of our houses, it's probably Tinder: the universally loathed yet wildly popular dating app. So how appropriate is that in <i>Reigns</i>, a new game coming out on Steam and mobile, you are …

Groundhog Day

Amazing Photos of Abandoned Soviet Infrastructure Will Show You the Meaning of Desolate

When the snow reclaims a nation.<p>From 2013 to 2015, Russian photographer Danila Tkachenko traveled thousands of miles to some of the most remote regions of the country to photograph once-proud structures of the Soviet Union that have fallen into ruin. The collection, titled Restricted Areas, focuses …

Russia

Read the Speech From the Mother of a Benghazi Victim at the Republican Convention

In an emotionally raw speech, the mother of an American Foreign Service official killed in Benghazi claimed that Hillary Clinton lied to her and …

Government

Man stabs woman, her 3 daughters in French Alps resort

PARIS (AP) — Authorities in southern France have detained a Moroccan man they said stabbed a woman and her three daughters Tuesday at an Alps resort, briefly sparking some panic in a nation reeling from its third major attack in 18 months.<p>Jean-Marc Duprat, a deputy mayor for the town of …

Extremism

Scythe: The Kotaku Review

It’s not every day you get to rampage through the 1920s countryside in control of a fleet of giant mechs.<p><i>Scythe</i> is a new board game from Stonemaier …

Board Games

You can save big on a bunch of Amazon gadgets today

<i>The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships so we may get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>Amazon Amazon has slashed the prices on a number of its first-party gadgets this week, with discounts available for its Fire tablets, …

Shopping

A father’s tribute to his son who died of cancer: A video game of love and grace

You are in a hospital room at sunset, the angular light casting long shadows across the blue and green walls. You’re wearing glasses and a rumpled green shirt, and your demeanor — even in this rough-hewn, pixelated form — is exhausted. You carry yourself as though you’ve got too much on your …

San Francisco

BioShock Creator's Next Game Influenced By Fallout, Dark Souls, System Shock

Speaking tonight during a Take This charity livestream event, BioShock creator Ken Levine talked a little bit more about his upcoming game, which remains largely a mystery.<p>He was asked what his influences were and proceeded to list off a "broad range of influences." These include not only …

Bioshock

Illustrator Spotlight: Ayu Nakata – BOOOOOOOM! – CREATE * INSPIRE * COMMUNITY * ART * DESIGN * MUSIC * FILM * PHOTO * PROJECTS

The Legendary Designer Behind Thief and System Shock Returns with Underworld Ascendant

Paul Neurath is one of those dimly familiar yet somehow elusive names that, in a just and righteous world, would be inscribed in fine gold lettering on the back of every single game box. As the founder and company-wide Creative Director of the legendary--though now defunct--development house …

Final Fantasy

Koei Tecmo's Attack on Titan Gameplay - TGS 2015 - IGN Video

The first gameplay from Koei Tecmo's Attack on Titan features Erin, Armin, and other soldiers cutting down massive titans.

Anime
Retrogaming

Meet Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight in the movie's first trailer

<i>The Hateful Eight</i>'s first trailer, released today by distributor The Weinstein Company, introduces the titular strangers of Quentin Tarantino's latest Western — along with a whole lot of guns.<p>We see each of the eight strangers; seven of them are looking to bring in the eighth, wanted murderer Daisy …

We’re hiring a writer to cover video games and gadgets

VentureBeat and GamesBeat is hiring a writer to put a magnifying glass on video games and gadgets — and how technology intersects them.<p>The games/gadget writer leads the coverage of gadgets for both sides of the site and also is the face for GamesBeat in San Francisco, taking meetings with game …

A Marine explains which state would win if the US declared war on itself

<i>We've published the full answer from Quora user Jon Davis, a Marine veteran who is now a writer and blogger on military, veterans, and Middle Eastern affairs. In Oct. 2014, Davis' answer was optioned by a Hollywood producer for a potential television series.</i><p>These are the accounts of the Second …

War

The strange phenomenon of musical 'skin orgasms'

Some people feel music so strongly the sensations can be compared to sex. How does a good song move the body and mind in this way, asks David Robson.<p>Sometimes music strikes the body like a bolt of lightning. “I was in a friend’s dorm room in my third year as an undergraduate,” Psyche Loui …

Flute

Land Rover extends Defender production

The Land Rover Defender has proven to be an absolute survivor, and the venerable offroader has been tackling treacherous challenges in the wilderness for decades. Plus, when adding together the earlier Series I, II, and III models, the company's Solihull factory has built over 2 million of them. …

Land Rover

11 Science Fiction Books That Are Regularly Taught in College Classes

Remember Me and Life Is Strange Dev Announces Vampyr

Dontnod, the French developer which previously released Remember Me and Life Is Strange has announced its next game at E3 2015, Vampyr, a role-playing game for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC that will use Unreal Engine 4.<p>Vampyr is set in set in an early 20th century Britain, which is thrown into …

How No Man’s Sky creator is using clever tech to build a truly indie game universe

Sean Murray isn’t creating just one new world. He’s creating a whole universe of them in his sci-fi game No Man’s Sky, which uses a clever technology to mathematically generate new worlds for players to explore.<p>This “procedural” technology has been around for a while, but it hasn’t been used on …

This Game Is E3 2015's Hidden Gem

One of the lesser-known titles we’ve seen announced at E3 this year is the follow-up to <i>NieR,</i> a PS3/Xbox 360 game that’s earned something of a cult following over the years.<p>That game was largely seen as an example of a good idea that never quite achieved what it set out to do. Oh, and it had one of …

Metal Gear

Watch us play We Happy Few pre-alpha live right now

<i>We Happy Few</i> is a new title in development by Compulsion Games, makers of 2013's stylish adventure puzzle game, <i>Contrast.</i> Polygon has been granted early press access to a pre-alpha build to coincide with the team's Kickstarter campaign launch, and we're bringing you our first impressions live.<p>An …

Memory Loss

J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and 'The Fellowship' of fantasy writers

In a pub in Oxford there lived some writers. Not nasty, dirty decadent writers, whose books were filled with intimations of sex and an oozy smell, nor yet dry, bare Modernists with a horror of heroics or fantastical things: These Oxford writers were Inklings, and that means heterosexual white male …

Short Stories

Beginner's Guide to Fountain Pens | The Art of Manliness

“To sit at one’s table on a sunny morning, with four clear hours of uninterruptible security, plenty of nice white paper, and a [fountain] pen — that …