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Major Players In The Video Game Industry Are Telling GamerGate Supporters To Cut It Out

You can read more about the intricacies of GamerGate over at Gawker, but here's a brief rundown:<p>Some video game fans say that journalists and game developers are too close, and are calling into question the ethics of video game journalists. But it quickly devolved into harassment of women in the …

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Meet the level 30 Destiny player who makes us all look like filthy casuals

How long does it take to get to level 30 in <i>Destiny</i>? A very long time. This is the first character in the game that has hit level 30, and their stats are bordering on the crazy.<p>"Across all 3 of his Hunters he has spent a total 107 hours 15 minutes and 22 seconds leveling to 30. About 25 percent of …

The People Who Live Forever in the Games They Loved

A look at memorials to those shining lights extinguished too soon.<p><b>[Editor's Note: this piece originally ran in 2014 in response to Blizzard's plans</b> …

Pump Up The Bass, Feel Like A Boss

Pump-up songs make us feel capable and powerful. Athletes know that intuitively — batters swagger out to raucous walk-up songs, stars like Serena Williams and Lebron James warm up with headphones on (except when, in James's case, the headphones come off to blast Wu-Tang Clan in the locker room).<p>But …

9 years later, developers weigh in on making games for the PlayStation 3/Xbox 360 generation

Think back to where you were in 2005 and 2006. iPhones and iPads didn’t exist, artist Kanye West called former U.S. President George W. Bush a racist on live TV, and I was a senior in high school scrambling to figure out what I wanted to study in college.<p>It was a simpler time.<p>That was the state of …

Practicing immoral behavior in a game may make you more morally sensitive, study says

The conventional wisdom about violent video games is that playing them can desensitize you to the violence in question, leaving you less able to care about those immoral acts in the future. New research indicates that the exact opposite may be true.<p>A study led by Matthew Grizzard (photo below), …

The 2-Minute Workout That Works Your Abs From Every Angle

How strong is your core? Find out with this ultimate ab challenge<p>Ripped abs are reason enough to add some core moves to your routine. But a strong torso can also give you the foundation you need to lift more weight with less risk of injury. "Crunches alone won't get the job done, though," says Todd …

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How to Get Single-Digit Body Fat

If you want to get leaner than lean, every bite counts<p>At a fitness conference last Spring, I joined some friends for breakfast. It was a normal breakfast up until the moment Spencer Nadolsky, D.O., pulled a scale out of his gym bag to weigh a banana.<p>I knew Dr. Nadolsky was preparing for a …

World of Darkness - the inside story on the death of a game

For the video game industry, Monday 14 April 2014 was just another day of layoffs and wasted creative energy.<p>The massively multiplayer online game World of Darkness had spent nine years in development but was being cancelled, and its production studio CCP Atlanta slashed to a sliver of its former …

The Leg Workout That Will Turn Your Lower Body to Jelly—in 15 Minutes!

Hit your legs from all angles with this quick, grueling circuit<p>Working your lower body is tough. The movements that train your quads, glutes, and hamstrings—like squats and lunges—require a ton of effort and a lot of willpower. No wonder leg day gets a bum rap.<p>But you don't have to spend 45 minutes …

10 Lessons I Learned from a Year of Productivity Experiments

Over the last 12 months I have conducted countless productivity experiments on myself, interviewed some of the most productive people in the world, …

Oculus Rift experiment warps reality by slowing down your vision

Virtual reality headsets are usually used to transport their wearer someplace fantastic, but a new experiment with the Oculus Rift has it doing something a bit more disorienting: warping reality by keeping its wearer's vision a moment in the past. The so-called experiment, which was filmed as an ad …

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A couple of new sport game releases round a week that was mainly all about holes in the ground. Catch yourself up with the week's new releases and …

8 Simple Steps to Create a Powerful Presentation

This story originally appeared on Salesforce<p>We’ve all attended a training session or meeting where we sat quietly and stared at slides while listening to a presenter drone on about this and that.<p>For the presenter, it was more important to get through their slides than engage with the group. The …

New Book Lays Out Effective Communication Skills

Communications coach Bill McGowan had me charmed by page 13 of his entertaining and useful book on how to improve your presentation skills, <i>Pitch Perfect: How to Say it Right the First Time, Every Time</i>. An Emmy-winning former TV correspondent and producer, McGowan was getting his coaching business …

Sharing joysticks: how video games are opening up to LGBT themes

On the screen we see two combat-hardened soldiers, men who have fought alongside each other, who have become comrades and friends, and who are now lovers. The moments in which the two finally open up to each other and admit their feelings are played in a simple and tender way. This isn't about two …

Why building the game is only the beginning

With most of the game built, development on Defense Grid 2 moves into its most complicated phase: adding the finishing touches.<p>Something strange happens during the first few minutes of the meeting.<p>This meeting starts, as most meetings do, with witty banter and people goofing around, settling into …

At Long Last, Video Game Aggression Linked To Losing, Not Violence

Video games cause aggression. Lots of it.<p>Many times I’ve played a game and felt like I wanted to kill someone afterward, a statement that should delight many in the media.<p>But it wasn’t after gunning down 300 virtual souls in a Call of Duty campaign. Or chainsawing a humanoid alien in half in Gears …