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Mass Effect: Andromeda: 11 things you should know

After 25 hours, here’s what we can tell you<p><i>Mass Effect: Andromeda</i> is familiar, but different. And that can be a problem. Some of the things we assumed we understood didn’t quite work like we expected, and some new mechanics just weren’t explained. The game is all about exploring and gives you …

Take video games seriously! Yes, they’re fun, but they matter culturally too

Why do newspaper culture pages and serious radio and TV largely ignore the biggest entertainment medium in the world?<p>Why do video games receive so little coverage in mainstream cultural media? It’s a question that’s troubled me for years – I even made a programme about it for Radio 4. Games are the …

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How to be human: talking through a marriage-threatening porn addiction

<i>Leah Reich</i> <i>was one of the first internet advice columnists. Her column "</i><i>Ask Leah</i><i>" ran on IGN, where she gave advice to gamers for two and a half years. During the day, Leah is Slack’s user researcher, but her views here do not represent her employer. You can write to her at askleah@theverge.com.</i><p><b>Hi</b> …

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5 things Nintendo’s Satoru Iwata taught us about the game industry

The influential works of departed president Satoru Iwata left a legacy that will live not only in the games he created but in what he taught everyone — fans, developers, and marketers — about the business of making games.<p>From his beginnings as a freelance programmer to heading one of the biggest …

What does migration mean in the rest of the EU? A short guide to who's bad-mouthing whom

As David Cameron continues to seek support from other member states for EU reform, we take a look at how the rest of Europe regards its own migrants<p>Germans complain about Poles and Romanians<p><b>Justin Huggler</b> in Berlin writes:<p>Moaning could be said to be a national pastime in Germany, and Germans like …

An Unsettling Report on Iran and North Korea

<b>New York Times</b> - This article published in the New York Times, cites the Iranian Resistance’s new revelation on a malign cooperation between the …

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Remember Who You Are And What You Stand For

“All through my growing up years as I would run out the door of our home, my mother would yell the phrase “Remember who you are and what you stand for”. I would guess I have heard that phrase literally thousands of times as a child. Most days she said it I would roll my eyes like a typical …

Are you special, basic or complex? Behind North Korea's caste system

‘Songbun’ separates citizens according to ancestral and social standings - or whether they’ve had their photograph taken with the great leader. NK News wonders how will it coexist with Kim Jong-un’s proposed reforms<p>It might not be obvious from the outside, but experts agree that North Korea is …

Understanding Kim Jong Un, The World’s Most Enigmatic and Unpredictable Dictator

Everyone knows that North Korea’s leader is a bloodthirsty madman and buffoon—or is he really? Mark Bowden digs into the hard facts for an unusual portrait.<p>Does anyone make an easier target than Kim Jong Un? He’s Fatboy Kim the Third, the North Korean tyrant with a Fred Flintstone haircut—the …

A Branded Act of Kindness From Target That Will Warm Your Heart

It was an ordinary Wednesday afternoon for Audrey Shepps Mark in North Raleigh. She was shopping at the Super Target located at the Triangle Town Center. In the midst of buying some headbands and a ham, according to Audrey, she had her heart <b>warmed</b>.<p>It turned out that a young teenager boy had stopped …

SiriusXM Writes A Case History On How To Lose Customers

Bad customer service isn’t news, despite its pithy narration on social media (I’d actually posit that it’s worse now that accountability has been outsourced to customers). So, after I vented recently about an experience I had with SiriusXM, it occurred to me that it might be useful to explore what …

My summer vacation in North Korea

A journal of my week-long adventure inside the<br>world’s most reclusive and repressive country.<p><b>by Ryan Nee</b><p>Only about 750 western tourists visit North …

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North Korean defector: ‘I had never heard of human rights’

I was born in July 1963 in the Songpyeong District of Chongjin City, North Hamgyeong Province.<p>My family was neither from the elite class nor the lowest class, but as my parents were from South Korea, our songbun – a social categorisation that ranks people according to their family’s revolutionary …

A console launch in three acts: The birth, death and rebirth of Xbox One

The video game industry's most exciting story this generation can't be found in the likes of <i>The Last of Us</i>, <i>Halo 5</i> or the latest Call of Duty.<p>The most compelling narrative to arise out of this new crop of consoles isn't coming from any video game, it's the Xbox One's Miltonian fall from grace and …

North Korea sets trial date for US man Matthew Miller

<b>A US citizen detained in North Korea after allegedly tearing up his visa will be put on trial on 14 September, North Korean state media report.</b><p>Matthew Miller, 24, was arrested in April at North Korea's immigration. He is one of three Americans currently held in North Korea.<p>On Monday, Mr Miller and …

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How To Fail Slowly At Customer Service: Three Hazards That Can Kill Your Business Over Time

Dramatic customer service flameouts aren’t necessarily what will kill a business, even in this age of social media. What will get you, surely and relentlessly, are the little things.<p><b>1. Cutting corners.</b> During the first of the recent recessions, the Ritz-Carlton consciously decided to not match …

Why Pyongyang's restaurant scene is thriving

While malnutrition is widespread in North Korea, the restaurant scene in Pyongyang is thriving. It is never a problem to find a really good meal if you can afford it – and you know where to look. The newer, semi-private eateries tend to keep a low-profile, and often have their windows covered with …

10 Lessons I Learned from a Year of Productivity Experiments

Over the last 12 months I have conducted countless productivity experiments on myself, interviewed some of the most productive people in the world, …

Wolfenstein Let's Play - Exploring Your Base - IGN Video

Alex and Krupa explore the base, home to the resistance... and also a pretty sweet Easter egg.

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Vigilantes enter Mexican drug cartel's stronghold in Apatzingan

Members of civilian 'rural defence force' in Mexico enter bastion of Knights Templar drug cartel, manning checkpoints to "check who goes in and out" along sided federal forces<p>Vigilante militias that have fought a drug cartel in western Mexico for a year entered a key gang bastion on Saturday, …

North Korea: inside 'the most amusing destination on earth'

Sombre music leaked from somewhere above, or possibly below; women in brightly coloured chiffon dresses that flared from the bust glided towards us on a moving walkway. A companion later asked if I'd noticed how "glassy" the women's eyes were.<p>The women were on their way in. The group I was with had …

Seized N Korean ship: Cuban weapons on board

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/995000/995527_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524656673_ebf3f356b55e86ebbe1fce02d5d8ba2c<p><b>Cuba has admitted being behind a stash of weapons found on board a North Korean ship seized in the Panama Canal.</b><p>The Cuban foreign ministry said the ship …

The Best Soccer Players Of The 21st Century

World Soccer magazine has been the bible for English language fans around the world for decades. Long before television offered us access to games from around the world on a daily basis, World Soccer was a link to the sport beyond domestic and regional boundaries.<p>No edition of a World Cup could be …

9 Job Mistakes That Could Stall Your Entire Career

Clinical psychologist Dr. Meg Jay doesn’t subscribe to the theory that your 20s are a throwaway time to just have fun and decide what you want to be when you grow up.<p>While popular media often depicts 20-somethings as aimless wanderers lounging in extended adolescence, the truth, according to Jay, …

Phone etiquette at a shopping till is a grey area, but basic politeness isn't

There was another "Who's right out of these two arseholes?" debate in the papers last week. I'm not talking about a hate cleric and the home …

Why next-gen consoles won't run games at 4K

Back in March, Microsoft's CVP of Marketing and Strategy Yusuf Mehdi told <i>Forbes</i> that the Xbox One would support 4K gaming, saying that there was "no hardware restriction there at all".<p>However, some testing from <i>AnandTech</i> suggests that while that statement might be technically accurate, whether it's …

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A Job-Hunter's Bill Of Rights

<i>This is a guest post by Lydia O’Connor, a recent graduate who is now job hunting.</i><p>After completing my Master’s in public health several months ago, I eagerly embarked on a job hunt, well aware of the tough economic climate. Having digested the standard advice on interview etiquette, including don’t …

14 Bad Habits That Can Cost You Your Job

We all have bad habits. Perhaps you procrastinate, gossip, or lack punctuality. These negative behaviors don’t necessarily make you a terrible person—but as an employee they can reflect poorly upon you, and even cost you your job.<p>“A single bad habit is not likely to get you fired immediately, but …