Ian McCormack

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50 Great Genre-Bending Books Everyone Should Read

Sometimes, it seems as though the arguments about genre — be it poetry vs. fiction, fiction vs. nonfiction, literary fiction vs. SF vs. fantasy vs. …

Books

Indie Horror Hit Five Nights at Freddy's Gets Movie Deal

Warner Bros. is already making a Minecraft movie, but that's not the only video game feature film the <i>Harry Potter</i> film giant has in the works. The company has acquired the film rights to Scott Cawthon's popular horror game Five Nights at Freddy's, according to The Hollywood Reporter.<p>The movie …

Horror

Is Exploding Kittens, the most heavily funded game in Kickstarter history, any good?

It arrived on my doorstep in a plain FedEx envelope. I jiggled the contents to the bottom like a packet of sugar, sliced off the top with my pocket knife, and then upended it on my kitchen table. There, in a little orange box, was the most heavily funded game in Kickstarter's short history —</i> …

‘What About That Novel You’re Workin’ On?’: A Look At Brian Griffin’s Writing On ‘Family Guy’

For more than a decade, <i>Family Guy</i>‘s Brian Griffin has been trying to forge a career as a writer. As Stewie once pointed out, it’s the only thing giving his alcoholism any credibility. But for all of his efforts, is Brian actually any good at writing? Let’s sort through 13 seasons worth of evidence …

Birds do it, bees do it: Mad Men’s the unsexiest show on TV

<i>Mad Men</i> has often been advertised as an alluring, glamorous glimpse at a bygone era, with plenty of innuendos and pencil skirts in its promos: just …

TV

23 awesome moments from 'The Walking Dead' season finale

Season 5 of <i>The Walking Dead</i> is officially over, and what a season it has been.<p>There's been major deaths, location changes, and a whopping amount of …

The Virtual Reality Sim That Helps Teach Cops When to Shoot

“I gotta get the guns,” Scott Digiralomo tells me over his shoulder as he leads me down the cinder block hallways of the Morris County Public Safety …

Spotify launches today on PS4 and PS3 with PlayStation Music (update)

Music playback on PlayStation consoles gets a boost today with the arrival of PlayStation Music featuring Spotify, which replaces Sony's Music Unlimited service. The app is launching in 41 markets worldwide, allowing most of Spotify's 60 million users — three-fourths of whom use the ad-supported …

VR Horror Experience Puts You Inside a 1940s Mental Hospital

Guy Shelmerdine, MPC, and VRSE.works team up for 'Catatonic,' an immersive, high-tech take on psychological horror.<p>A simple-looking wheelchair packs the thrill of both horror movies and roller coasters into one wild ride, <i>Catatonic,</i> Guy Shelmerdine's immersive new film created in partnership with …

My first kill as a Star Citizen

Chris Roberts' space combat simulation <i>Star Citizen</i>, the spiritual successor to the Wing Commander series, is the most successful crowdfunding endeavor of any type. Ever. With more than $76 million raised from nearly 850,000 backers, the game is reportedly on its way to a 2016 commercial …

This free VR platform is helping universities experiment with the next frontier of tech

Twenty leading universities will receive open source virtual reality hardware dev kits as part of a new OSVR academia program, organizers of the Open Source Virtual Reality announced today.<p>OSVR is a software platform that is designed to create an open standard for VR. With the academic program, …

Razer to make a VR headset with built-in Leap Motion hand tracking sensor

The holy grail of virtual reality is presence; that feeling that you're truly there in that virtual world. That's why it was great when Leap Motion announced that it would be making a VR mount a few months ago -- manipulating objects with your hands is just so much more immersive than using a game …

"Spongebob Squarepants" As Told From Squidward's Perspective

A exploration of incredible patience.

5 Easy, Delicious Pasta Dishes for Your Next Carb Fix

Sometimes pasta is a necessity. Maybe you're carbo-loading for a marathon, or maybe you just need a little taste of Italy as a wistful reminder of that carefree, sun-drenched trip you took up the Amalfi Coast after a grueling eleven-hour-day under the fluorescent lights at the office. Regardless of …

Cooking

America's Best Pepperoni Pizzas

From Philadelphia to Atlanta to Seattle, there are some excellent pepperoni pies being served across the nation.<p>When you think about it, few dishes are more American than a pepperoni pizza. Both pepperoni and pizza are versions of Italian specialties that we as a nation have made our own. (In fact, …

Report: New Guitar Hero to be revealed in April

Activision is planning to announce a new Guitar Hero game next month, according to a purported invitation to a reveal event that the company is said to have sent out to media in Germany, reports Gamereactor UK.<p>Gamereactor UK has since taken down its story, but NeoGAF preserved the original text. …

Guitar Hero

My Houzz: Risk and Reward in a Brooklyn Townhouse

Architects Jennifer and Roy Leone went all in with the renovation of their townhouse in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. The …

Living Rooms

University lecturer plays students X-rated video of herself

Actress Lauren Barri-Holstein screens clip of explicit production - featuring graphic female nudity - to first-year students at Queen Mary University of London<p>University drama students were stunned when their lecturer played them an X-rated video of performance theatre - showing her vagina.<p>Lauren …

Star Citizen's big 1.1 patch delivers spacecraft landings, damage, rentals and more

<i>Star Citizen</i>'s latest patch — the one that will implement this impressive persistent damage system — is available and it is a whopper. It's such an overhaul, users have to reinstall the game entirely.<p>What's it deliver? Well, pilots can now try out landing their vessel within Arena Commander, the …

How to design death in virtual reality

Death in virtual reality is one of those things that you may not think about when you begin to design a game, but the difficulties become immediately obvious once you begin to playtest your game. Death is uncomfortable when the player feels like they're inside the game, and it's an issue that CCP …

Soon You Can Drink Beer Brewed With Space Yeast

Ground Control to Major Breweries<p>On April 13, at a few select places around the country, you'll be able to take a swig of space. Ninkasi Brewing Company in Oregon is releasing Ground Control, an imperial stout brewed with yeast that travelled (very briefly) to space last year.<p>The first batch of …

GDC 2015: MindMaze Unveils Thought-Powered Virtual Reality Game System

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DC Comics pulls controversial 'Batgirl' cover victimizing the beloved heroine

The revamped storyline for Barbara Gordon — a.k.a. Batgirl — was optimistic, lively and still packed with plenty of action. However, the cover art …

Crowfall soars into Kickstarter’s list of most-funded video games

It looks like people really do want a new massively multiplayer online experience.<p>The crowdfunding campaign for MMO Crowfall on Kickstarter is now one of the 20 top-funded video gaming projects in the site’s history (sitting at No. 19 right now). This game promises to revolutionize the MMO market …

Crowd Funding

Nvidia’s Titan X graphics chip can render 15M plants in a single scene

That’s a lot of flora.<p>Nvidia chief executive Jen-Hsun Huang showed today how the Titan X graphics chip — the fastest the company has ever made — can render 15 million plants in a single scene.<p>He showed it via a demo running Unreal Engine 4 software from Epic Games. It was a scene with a boy chasing …

GDC

40 books to unlock your creativity and get you started on your life's best work – Learn

<i>Reading about creativity is a great way to inspire yourself, learn about what others have done in your field and motivate yourself to do your best</i> …