Andy Heathcote

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'Mass Effect' is getting its own theme park attraction

Theme park attractions tend to be based on well-worn movies, if they're based on anything at all, but games? Not so much. However, Santa Clara-based California's Great America is planning to change that. It's launching a <i>Mass Effect</i>-based attraction in 2016 that will have a performer take you to a …

Time Travel

Star Wars spinoff directors bringing Serial to cable TV

The men behind the upcoming Han Solo film have found inspiration for another project in the most unlikely of places: a podcast.<p>Most notable for their work on <i>The Lego Movie</i> and Fox's <i>The Last Man on Earth</i>, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller have optioned the rights to Sarah Koenig and Julie Snyder's …

Star Wars

Star Citizen's social module finally launches to backers

<i>Star Citizen</i>'s social module, the environment in which players interact with one another outside of space combat, has launched alongside the game's also-overdue 1.2 patch.<p>The social module was originally pegged for a beta launch sometime in the spring quarter of this year, along with the beta for …

InterAct

Finally, three great card games to play instead of Cards Against Humanity

The Indie Megabooth has become a fixture at PAX Prime, and this year its lineup is better than ever. But it's not just packed to bursting with video games. It also has a sizeable area devoted to tabletop games, with 10 games (in various stages of completion) ready to play.<p>Here are three great card …

Immersive Virtual Reality gaming center opens in Australia

A new gaming center has opened its doors in Melbourne, Australia, and it's not quite your typical after-school haunt. This place, called Zero Latency, offers true immersive virtual reality experience: if you want to kill zombies, you'll literally have to walk/run around, aim and shoot a VR gun. <i>CNET</i> …

Virtual Reality

Trey Ratcliff Designed an Ultimate Camera Bag, and Now It’s Blowing Up

It seems that when the Internet’s most followed photographer designs a camera bag, the world of photography listens. Travel photographer Trey …

Shopping

Where On Earth Is GTA 5's Story DLC?

In 2013, <i>Grand Theft Auto 5</i> set a seemingly untouchable day one sales recording, bringing in an $800M haul in 24 hours for Take-Two. Since then, the various versions of <i>GTA 5</i> have sold more than 50 million copies, putting it behind only <i>Tetris, Wii Sports</i> and <i>Minecraft</i> in terms of lifetime total …

I play video games to run from my problems

Playing games to escape reality seemed like the worst thing one could do when I was growing up.<p>We were told that gaming was nothing more than pure escapism; a temporary way to run from the world and bury our heads in the sand.<p>There was a bit of a moral panic about what all these games were doing to …

Gamification

The 1989 Batmobile and Batsuit are coming to 'Arkham Knight'

Yeah, you heard that right. To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the original movie's theatrical release, the one directed by Tim Burton, Rocksteady Studios is releasing Michael Keaton's 1989 Batsuit and Batmobile as DLC for <i>Batman: Arkham Knight</i> in August. Of course, that's assuming you've shelled …

It's Idiotic And Archaic For Comic Con Not To Be Streamed Like E3

Last week, thousands of fans crammed into Hall H at San Diego Comic Con to see footage from DC’s upcoming <i>Suicide Squad</i> movie. Naturally, with everyone in the room having a camera in their pocket, at least one of the thousands recorded that footage and put it on the internet. What followed was a …

Strapping a GoPro to a Jedi is just as wonderful as you'd expect

While we've certainly seen many Jedi battles in the six Star Wars movies and multiple television shows, this is a great way to take a look at what it must feel like to be in one.<p>I mean c'mon, this looks easy.<p>Speeder bikes are no problem, either!<p>This is a fun little video, and now I want a virtual …

TV shows

Kendall Jenner’s Instagram Photo Becomes the Most-Liked Ever

If you thought you were Instagram popular, then you may want to check out Kendall Jenner’s ‘heart hair’ photograph, which has picked up 2.6 million …

How-To: Bring Out Freckles In a Portrait Photo Using Photoshop or Lightroom

I have been a relatively freckly person for my entire life. Now, I have passed that trait onto my daughter. I never liked my own freckles, but hers …

Integrating Your Personal Style into Commercial Work: Tips from Kareem Black

<i>This interview is just one of many from our free, downloadable Guide: Breaking Into Commercial Photography. For more tips, download your copy today,</i> …

DIY: Build a V-Flat with Swappable Catchlight Shapes

Photographer Nick Fancher is the author of <i>Studio Anywhere</i>, a photographer’s guide to shooting high-quality portraits in unconventional locations and …

Photography

8 Easy Ways to Become a Better Photographer

The mindful photographer should be concerned not only with acquiring skills but, more importantly, mastering those skills. Skill mastery is better …

How Dungeons & Dragons Informed 'Fast And The Furious'

Behind his muscular build and masculine growl, Vin Diesel hides a secret. He loves Dungeons & Dragons—and credits the role-playing game with helping form the <i>Fast and the Furious</i> franchise.<p>“The wonderful thing about playing Dungeons & Dragons as a boy is that it helps you think of mythology,” says …

Visceral's Star Wars game is 'in the style of Uncharted,' Nolan North says

Developer Visceral Games' upcoming Star Wars title is going to take some tips from the Uncharted series, actor Nolan North said during a recent MetroCon panel.<p>North seems to be in a position to know, given that he's portrayed Uncharted's lead, Nathan Drake, since the series' inception. For the …

Wil Wheaton and Geek & Sundry’s Weekly Game Master Tips: Making Player Choices Matter

If there’s an area where tabletop gaming really outdoes RPG video games, it’s in storytelling that can really react and adapt to player choices to …

Bethesda Let This Guy Buy 'Fallout 4' With 2,000 Bottlecaps

So, assuming the nice round number of 2,000 bottlecaps, Bethesda has given us a handy conversion rate for 2015 dollars into post-apocolyptic bottlecaps: 33 1/3 caps to the dollar, it would seem, less if they end up giving him the Pip-Boy Edition. For those to whom that sentence makes absolutely no …

Dying Light dev takes the piss out of Destiny's Red Bull promo

<b>UPDATE 26/06/2015 11.17pm:</b> Xbox Live director of programming Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb has partaken in Dying Light's #DrinkForDLC promotion, as one …

5 Tips to Maximize Your Time Behind the Camera

Time and timing is so important in outdoor photography. For sunrises, you need to get up early to arrive with setup time to photograph the blue hues …

The one Batman: Arkham Knight menu option you must change right away

<i>Batman: Arkham Knight</i> is a great game — as detailed in our 10/10 review — but it's got one really puzzling design decision: Rather than using the left trigger to cause the Batmobile to brake, it's monopolized by the car's tank form. And we do mean monopolized: You have to hold it down the entire …

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'Fallout 4 Pip-Boy Edition' Is Selling Out All Over The Place

Bethesda has given us a pip-boy, and it turns out that we really, <i>really</i> want it. For those that aren’t familiar, the pip-boy is a wrist mounted computer from the Fallout series that doubles as your in-game menu, and Bethesda has turned it into one of the best collector’s edition bonuses in recent …

The 5 Most Effective Hot Shoe Flash Light Modifiers

While lots of the pro photographers teaching workshops may tell you to take the flash out of the hot shoe, it’s a necessity for many photographers …

Why Uncharted 4's action-packed demo began with 30 seconds of standing around

The good thing about E3 demonstration gaffes is, hey, at least it's a reminder this is live gameplay. The bad thing, of course, is that they happen at all — particularly if they close out the show.<p>PlayStation wrapped up its E3 news conference on Monday with <i>Uncharted 4</i>, and when it came time for …

Uncharted

E3 2015: Ghost Recon Wildlands - First Look

Star Wars Battlefront has achieved the impossible at E3

Kanye West doesn't smile.<p>It's kind of a thing. He's sometimes caught breaking character and the results can be pretty amusing.<p>It's the best. Kanye West makes sure to shut down the visible joy when on-camera.<p>Why doesn't he smile? He once explained it:<p>"Back when I was working on Yeezus, I saw this …

Understanding What Really Happens When You Crowdfund A Game

Following the surprise announcement of a Shenmue 3 crowdfunding campaign, that pretty much broke the internet on its inception, it is clear that there’s more to this than a simple crowdfunded game but this situation is by no means a new one.<p>As Paul Tassi has already pointed out, the original …