Brad Grier

12 Magazines | 5,476 Articles | 14,649 Followers | 6 Likes | @bgrier | Lifestyle and technology blogger with an unquenchable curiosity and passion for tech, photography, gaming and his dogs :)

Everything You Need to Know About Netflix Downloads

Netflix announced today that subscribers will be able to download select movies and TV shows for offline playback. The feature had been requested by …

TV

Video game developer protects 7,000-acre tract in N.C. foothills

A 7,000-acre tract in the foothills south of Marion has been permanently protected under one of North Carolina’s largest conservation easements …

American South

How to be a Better Roleplayer | Player Tips

A Player’s Guide to Building on the Flow<p>Image by Boxiness<p>Recently at Nerd Sourced, we released a series on DM fundamentals for 5th edition, but this …

RPGs

Five Reasons Why I Play Modern Board Games, and Why You Should Too

As I sit here at a café writing this article, a lovely scent of coffee of permeates the air. There are voices softly chattering around me, a couple …

After mastering Go, these computers are learning to play StarCraft

Earlier this year, researchers' artificial intelligence beat a human in the dazzlingly complex board game known as Go. Not just once, but four times. It was a milestone in machine learning.<p>Now, the same Google-backed researchers who designed AlphaGo have their sights set on dominating a new game: …

Computer Science

Get your ass to Mars !

Presque coup sur coup, voici trois grosses boites ocres et carrées qui nous proposent de partir pour la planète rouge. Je suis assez fier de <b>Mission</b> …

Turns out, the leader of the Commodore 64 engineering team retired to Yorktown

YORKTOWN<p>It can’t get a senior discount, but it might as well be ancient history.<p>The nearly 35-year-old hunk of machinery that emerged from a …

Hampton Roads

A Step by Step for Painting Tartan Patterns

<i>PRELUDE</i><p>54mm example piece showing the end result of this step by step.<p>If painting designs on your figures makes you nervous, taking on a tartan might …

How-To's

Videogame publishers launch website attacking voice actors' union over strike

A coalition of videogame companies including Activision, Disney, Electronic Arts, and Take-Two have launched a website at sagaftravideogames.com …

Gaming

Apple launches new MacBook Pro laptop with Touch Bar for instant emoji

New thinner, lighter Apple laptops have Touch ID fingerprint scanners, but drop standard USB-A ports and SD card slot for four Thunderbolt 3 USB-C ports<p>Apple launch event as it happened<p>Apple has launched the first new version of its MacBook Pro laptop in 18 months, with a new OLED touchscreen on …

Apple News

Teaching a Game | The Best Games Are Yet To Be Made

You know this game, inside and out. It’s easy to learn, but as you’re talking you see the wrinkle forming in between their eyes. Another’s eyebrow …

Take the Trobil to Teach Your Game Right | The Best Games Are Yet To Be Made

Chris Strain wrote one of my favorite pieces on the League, called <b>Teaching a Game</b>. I’ve referred to it several times, because I believe it is an art …

Splendor, Multiplayer Culture and Digital/Physical Boardgames

Tabletop adaptation <i>Splendor</i> earned itself four stars here when it released in 2015. That's a big score for a game without an online play option. …

Board Games

Cinemaware’s Year in the Desert The Digital Antiquarian

The last year of the 1980s was also the last that the Commodore Amiga would enjoy as the ultimate American game machine. Even as the low-end …

The “Board Game of the Year” winners have been announced

Codenames and Isle of Skye take top prizes.<p>Every summer, a jury of board game critics from Germany, Switzerland, and Austria announces its pick for …

Board Games

A Commodore 64 has helped run an auto shop for 25 years

Apple’s Phil Schiller thinks it’s sad that people use 5-year-old computers. Well, Phil, there’s an auto repair shop in Poland that’s going to send …

Retro

Advertising Standards Authority is investigating No Man's Sky for false advertisement

After the active player count for No Man's Sky dropped below 1,000 players on Steam, it's safe to say that the highly anticipated game had a rather …

The rise and rise of tabletop gaming

Gentler designs with an emphasis on teamwork are fuelling a boom in board game sales. Why, in the golden age of video games, are we choosing to play with counters round a table? Below, the best of the new wave<p>It’s a bright Thursday morning in Oxford, and the Thirsty Meeples cafe on Gloucester Green …

Gaming

Evolution of Photography: Exposures Versus Keepers

Photographer Mason Resnick created this humorous (but perhaps painfully true?) graphic about how photography has changed since the days of …

Photography

How To: A Primer on Reducing Noise in Photos Using Adobe Lightroom

Nothing can be more frustrating than taking a beautiful photograph only to later find out that it is riddled with digital noise. While digital image …

Photography

Booting the Final GameCube Game

Every single GameCube game can at least boot in Dolphin 5.0. Except one. Star Wars: The Clone Wars and its complex way of using the PowerPC Memory …

Gaming

NASA's Astronauts Are Professional Space Photographers

Jeff Williams tosses around $16,000 like it’s nothing. To be fair, 16 grand is pennies compared to the cost of his current home, the International …

Space

A Hacker From South Africa Just Rescued the First NASA Computer in Space

The Guidance and Navigation Control computer launched on 1966’s Apollo-Saturn 202 mission, was the first of its kind. It successfully led a rocket in …

Space

Old technology could create new savings for light rail transit - University of Alberta

University of Alberta mechanical engineering professors Pierre Mertiny and Marc Secanell are looking to make an old technology new again and save …

Transit

Samsung will reportedly issue worldwide recall of Galaxy Note 7

Reports of exploding batteries may lead to an unprecedented response<p>Samsung is preparing to announce a massive and global recall of its brand new Galaxy Note 7 smartphone, according to South Korea's Yonhap news agency. <i>The Korea Herald</i> also reported earlier that Samsung is "considering" a recall. …

Samsung

Sunrise is dead, and so is the dream of an excellent calendar app

Running behind schedule<p>Today the sun finally sets on Sunrise, the calendar app that Microsoft acquired last year. Microsoft announced its plan to merge Sunrise into Outlook, its mobile email client, last October. And now Sunrise, which began life as a more socially adept calendar, will now be a …

App Store

Sierra Gets Creative

Coming out of Sierra On-Line’s 1984 near-death experience, Ken Williams made a prognostication from which he would never waver: that the real future …

Gaming

After 13 years, Eve Online will become free to play

Internet spaceship MMO Eve Online will be free to play from this November via a new offering similar to World of Warcraft's free offering.The change …

MMOGs

World of Warcraft may have just had its best expansion launch ever

Legion makes a stellar first impression<p>Last night at around 11:50 p.m. PT — 10 minutes or so earlier than expected — <i>World of Warcraft</i>’s new <i>Legion</i> expansion went live.<p>For those in-game in those first moments, the process was surprisingly seamless. Players at the pre-<i>Legion</i> level cap of 100 knew the …

Why the F-35 could 'never in a million years' beat the RAF Typhoon or the Russian Su-35 in a dogfight

In a recent interview with Business Insider, Justin Bronk, a research fellow specializing in combat airpower at the Royal United Services Institute, dropped a bombshell about the US's $1 trillion F-35 program:<p>"The F-35 cannot outdogfight a Typhoon (or a Su-35), never in a million years."<p>In earlier …

Typhoons