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Darius Disproves the Lazy Weed Smoker Myth on 'Atlanta'

"Everything's made up, nigga. Stay woke."<p>When we were young, many of us were told marijuana users are lazy, irrational, dumb people. We were forced …

Cute cat beats the Japanese summer heat by chilling out in a watermelon

The <b>summer sounds</b> and the <b>relaxed kitty</b> make this <b>one of the most calming clips we’ve ever seen</b>!<p>One of the great things about summer is tucking into a …

This Illustrated Guide Shows You When to Wear Different Dress Shoes

You might not need to wear dress shoes that often. When you do, you need to know which ones are appropriate for your outfit. This handy illustrated …

Our favorite Overwatch fan art

We can easily identify with Overwatch's characters because how they play and who they are are one and the same. When I play as Roadhog, I take on his …

PC Gaming

Short Film Tells a Touching Story About a Father and Son's Relationship with Video Games

People leave memories in the most unexpected ways and when you run into them, you want to hold onto it forever because you don’t know when you’ll …

The 17 best icebreakers to use at awkward social events

But talking to new people doesn't have to be such a drag.<p>There are ways to get the conversation going without resorting to irritating clichés.<p>Check out these 17 icebreakers that will help ease you into an engaging conversation with people you've never met before.

Viewpoint: How creativity is helped by failure

<b>When it comes to creating a great work of art, practice makes perfect, writes Matthew Syed.</b><p>A design college in the United States has just started a new exhibition about creativity, which will run till January. It is called "Permission to Fail". The curator asked a group of 50 prestigious designers …

O’Donnell case is a window into Activision-Bungie creative-freedom dispute

Tension between creative freedom and business is often the norm with publishers and developers. In the alliance between publishing giant Activision and famed development studio Bungie over the shooter game Destiny, that tension was evident again because of a court case that gave a rare look inside …

Gaming Industry

Why are cats attracted to people who don’t like them?

<i>This question originally appeared on Quora, the best answer to any question. Ask a question, get a great answer. Learn from experts and access</i> …

Take a look at the Game of Thrones Risk game

In <i>Risk: Game of Thrones Edition</i>, you play on a map of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros as well as on the wider known world of Essos.<p>In a Wall Street Journal reveal today, the board game is being shown for the first time. Created by USAopoly under license from Hasbro and in partnership with HBO, it …

This is What a Realistic Gundam Suit Will Be Like

Remember <i>Gundam?</i> The ‘80s sci-fi anime set in a futuristic space world where humans battle each other in “mobile suits”? Basically combat vehicles …

The beauty of a Lego Star Destroyer exploding at 1,000 frames per second

The Lego Super Star Destroyer is made of over 3,000 pieces. It's over four feet long, and weighs over eight pounds. You can't even buy the model anymore officially, although you can find them on Amazon for around $900.<p>Wired built one. And then they dropped it. And filmed the ensuing carnage at …

Eye tracking a Street Fighter pro

Competitive Street Fighter is an amazing thing to behold, more so when you can see how the players watch the action on screen as they dish out damage.<p>In this video, we get to see where one of Japan's top Street Fighter players, Sako, is looking as he plays a match as Elena. A SteelSeries Sentry …

Dog Whisperer Cesar Millan on success

The "Dog Whisperer" Cesar Millan is a world renowned dog behaviorist and entrepreneur. The Mexican-born immigrant rose to fame in 2004 with a hit TV show "Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan" on National Geographic, and founded the Dog Psychology Center for the rehabilitation of aggressive dogs.<p>But in …

Move over, silicon. Gallium nitride chips are taking over

Silicon chips have had a decades-long run as the foundation for modern electronics. But a new kind of chip, based on the compound material gallium nitride (GaN), promises to unseat silicon because it has higher performance, less power consumption, and lower cost.<p>That might sound crazy, given the …

GANs

The Zen of Bloodborne: What gaming can teach us about repetition

We tend to think about repetition incorrectly.<p>In gaming, as in life, we crave novelty. New experiences excite us, and we often plow through actions that must be repeated over and over in order to get to the interesting and novel things that are waiting on the other side.<p>I often do a poor job when …

I'm taking a break. It's not you, gaming, it's me

It's a strange, almost scary thing to look out at the landscape of games, which encompasses hundreds of genres and hundreds of thousands of titles, and find nothing that grabs you.<p>I'm in the middle of one of those funks where no game interests me at the moment, and I don't have a big project on …

Board Games

Oddworld Creator Says Capitalism Is Killing Games

In an interview with Games Industry International, Oddworld creator Lorne Lanning is wary of how capitalism encourages constant, exponential growth and massive game budgets. Instead, developers should cater to niche audiences, making games for smaller, dedicated communities.<p>"As craftsmen, " Lanning …

Gaming Industry

Putting a virtual nose on video games could reduce simulator sickness

Virtual reality can be nauseating. It tricks a part of the brain into believing the body is moving, when it's not. A disconnect between the systems (somatosensory and vestibular, to be precise) can make some people want to throw up. But an ongoing study at Purdue College of Technology suggests that …

Gaze upon the realm of Dark Souls, in one single image

Earlier today we showed you one artist's rendering of Skyrim as a subway map. Now, here is Lordran, the realm of <i>Dark Souls</i>, fit for a tapestry.<p>This is the work of Judson Cowan, an artist some may remember from concept art he developed for a game he — deliberately — will never make. This is his …

Meet Mary Jean Dundson, The Pin-Up Marijuana Chef Who Puts The ‘Baked’ In Baking

Mary Jean Dundson (her parents missed nailing her name by just thismuch) is a pin-up-worthy chef who cooks exclusively marijuana-based concoctions. One of you <i>Weird Science</i>-d her into existence, I know it.<p>For 13 years, Dundson has been cooking with weed, four of them on her show “Baking a Fool of …

Andy Murray, Roger Federer’s hilarious Twitter conversation

A tweet by the Wimbledon champ and world no. 4 to his 2.9 million followers yesterday sent his Twitter account “into meltdown” when some of the …

Games Are A Challenge Because They Are Cognitive Firmware

There tends to be a perennial meme that emanates from games publishing management, specifically that games are too hard to learn. They still mistakenly think games are a form of passive entertainment and that you can make a game for everyone. This is indeed a strange assessment of the medium and …

Cognition

This device could eradicate software-based cheats in competitive gaming

The stakes on competitive gaming are only going up; these days it's not rare for huge, real-money stakes during events, and the specter of software-based cheats surrounds the business.<p>Catching software that's meant to give someone an unfair advantage, and using other forms of software to try to …

Riot Games’ Brandon Beck says game industry doesn’t invest enough in its people

<i>Click here for all of GamesBeat’s coverage of the 2015 DICE Summit.</i><p>LAS VEGAS — A cofounder of one of the most important companies in gaming kicked off the 2015 DICE Summit with an impassioned plea to the game industry to invest more in its people.<p>Riot Games cofounder Brandon Beck addressed an elite …

Gaming Industry

B.C. regulator slams agent who hid high commission

Buying a house is almost always the biggest investment of a lifetime. We hire real estate agents because we want the best deal possible, and we want the process to go smoothly. But what if it turns out your agent has been acting in his own interests, rather than yours?<p>This happened to a couple who …

Children Internalize Parents' Guilt About Screen Time

My nine-year-old son’s teacher told me that when they talked about New Year’s resolutions in school he announced that he wanted to play less video games this year. Many parents would be thrilled. I’m not. His misplaced guilt and repentance troubles me.<p>Why does he want to play less video games? …

Parenting