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AU New Releases: Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin Is Out This Week

If you're enjoying Form Software's recently-released gothic role-playing game Bloodborne, you might want to check out the developer's previous game, which gets a re-release this week in the form of Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin.<p>As the name suggests, Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin …

'Halo 5: Guardians' Gets Twin Live-Action Trailers In Clever #HuntTheTruth Campaign

Microsoft and 343 Industries have released two live-action trailers in their early-stages marketing campaign for <i>Halo 5: Guardians.</i><p>The first trailer debuted yesterday, and showed Spartan Locke confronting a wounded Master Chief amidst a burnt-out world, under a towering space marine statue.<p>The …

If Square Enix Designed Star Wars

Final Fantasy publisher Square Enix is taking on yet another major media franchise for its line of "Play Arts" figures. Square Enix and Lucasfilm have revealed new Darth Vader, Boba Fett, and Stormtrooper <i>Star Wars</i> figures designed by the Japanese game publisher. They look quite epic, I must say.<p>As …

The gorgeous art behind hit Xbox One game Ori and the Blind Forest

• Entertainment<br>• Gaming<br>• Photo Essay<br>• Xbox<p>51<p>Tweet Share<p>Share on Facebook Tweet Share Pin Share<p>One of the year's best gaming surprises has been <i>Ori and the Blind Forest</i>, a downloadable Xbox One title that plays like a classic <i>Metroid</i> game but looks like something made by Studio Ghibli. Its complex, sprawling …

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6 Tips to Avoid Laziness in Your Photography

Once the first flushes of our photographic journey have worn off, a certain laziness can creep in. This can manifest itself in a slight arrogance …

Just Cause 3 Release Date Revealed in New Trailer

Avalanche Studios, the independent AAA games developer based in Stockholm, has announced that Just Cause 3 will ship during "holiday 2015."<p>The Just Cause 3 release date was announced at the end of a new CG trailer, which features a cover of the Prodigy's '90s hit song Firestarter, set to slow-mo …

Watch Just Cause 3's fiery first trailer, which reveals a holiday 2015 release

<i>Just Cause 3</i> got its first trailer today, thanks to publisher Square Enix and developer Avalanche Studios, who also revealed its holiday 2015 release window.<p>Press play above for a look into the mind — and high-resolution face — of protagonist Rico Rodriguez. Avalanche revealed the long-rumored …

Addicted to Destiny? Give Monster Hunter a shot

I am contractually obliged to explain to you that <i>Monster Hunter</i> is, of course, about hunting monsters. But it’s not about hunting monsters in the way that <i>Call of Duty</i> is about answering the call of duty by shooting terrorists, saving the world, and watching Kevin Spacey seethe his way through …

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Laser light headphones pulse to your heartbeat

Gallery: Laser light headphones pulse to your heartbeat<p>Gallery: Laser light headphones pulse to your heartbeat<p>+ 2<p>+ 1<p>These Tron-like headphones aren't …

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Here’s how to get the latest Xbox One controller update

Your Xbox One controller is getting an overhaul.<p>Microsoft revealed last night that it’s testing the latest firmware upgrade for the Xbox One controller. If you are a member of the Xbox Preview Program, you can try out the patch today. The biggest change is to how fast the controller connects to the …

Dating App Sees Record Numbers During Snowstorm

As East Coasters prepared to hunker down for a supposedly historic blizzard, locals in search of a cuddle partner flocked to mobile dating app Hinge.<p>The service, which connects people based on mutual social connections and physical location, experienced a surge in usage on Monday. Karen Fein, …

Why didn't you tell me about this Super Mario Bros. cheat?

Every gamer worth their salt knows the Konami code, but do you know the <i>Super Mario Bros.</i> code that lets you continue from the start screen, placing you right where you left off with a fresh set of lives?<p>Well ... I didn't.<p><i>Super Mario Bros.</i> will turn 30 years old this September, and the legendary …

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5 Ways to Speed Up Your Lightroom Workflow

Those of you, who use Lightroom, will know what a powerful and multi-faceted program it is. It is fair to say that along with its now discontinued …

Nikon Behind the Scenes: Making the Bride Look Her Best

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7 Ways to Handle High Contrast Scenes

Perhaps the greatest challenge you will face in outdoor photography is the high contrast created by the sun and the bright sky versus a darker …

The Fastest SD Cards for the Canon 7D

This is a part of our SD/CF/XQD Database. The data in the table below tracks the time (in seconds) it took to write 20 RAW and 20 Fine Large JPG to …

This Sports Photographer Missed an Incredible Catch and Got Fired… Except He Didn’t… and He Didn’t

“I got fired on Twitter last night.” That’s how NJ.com photographer Andrew Mills starts his side of a story that went viral on social media two days …

3 Tips to Take Better Landscape Photos Regardless of the Weather

Photographers are a special type of people that usually pay a lot of attention to detail. They’re also known to be patient and perseverant. However, …

Young Self-Taught Photographer Captures Wanderers Against Magnificent Landscapes

Self-taught Canadian photographer Elizabeth Gadd described her photography niche better, perhaps, than anybody else when she said, “I, uh… shoot …

Why a Photographer Needs a Blog And How to Create a Successful One (4 Practical Tips)

Blogging isn't anything new. It has been a big part of social media for quite some time, even though it is not really the same as social media. While …

Tips for Using Shutter Speed Creatively

Shutter speed is one of those things that is initially a problem to be solved, but once you do that it becomes a tool that allows you to take better …

Zano Micro-Drone is Tiny, Autonomous, and Equipped with Optical Image Stabilization

Micro-drones are typically thought of as more of a toy rather than a tool. If you want to capture real recreational aerial footage, you buy a bigger, …

Drone Footage of Chernobyl is Every Bit as Haunting as You Would Expect

While working with <i>CBS News</i> to capture footage for a <i>60 Minutes</i> segment about the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, filmmaker Danny Cooke got to explore the …

Adrenaline-Fueled Clip from POV Action Film HARDCORE with Sharlto Copley

8-Bit Mario Meets 3D Mario via TARDIS

Just Cause 3 won't have microtransactions or free-to-play hooks, dev says

Avalanche Studios downplayed fears today that its new game, <i>Just Cause 3</i>, will feature in-game microtransactions or free-to-play game mechanics, a rumor that spawned after screenshots of the new game leaked ahead of today's official reveal. Christofer Sundberg, co-founder and chief creative officer …

Just Cause 3 announced for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC for 2015

Why? Just ’cause.<p>Open-world fans are finally getting a sequel to 2010’s absurd action game Just Cause 2, in which players fly around and tether objects to each other via an incredibly powerful grappling hook. Revealed as the cover story for the next issue of <i>Game Informer</i> magazine, Just Cause 3 hits …

Floods and famines may have helped spark belief in gods, study suggests

Plagues, floods and famines often play a central role in religious stories. Research suggests they may have also helped start the belief in some gods in the first place.<p>A study of 583 religious societies around the world has concluded that humans are more likely to believe in powerful and …

Bees Wage Surprisingly Violent Wars—And Females Do the Fighting

Scientists are puzzled as to why bees fight when the cost to both sides is so steep.<p>When two species of Australia's stingless bees go to battle, an extraordinary amount of carnage ensues, according to a new study.<p>During this extreme warfare, thousands of worker bees from both sides perish, and …