Joel Lau

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8 Ways To Disconnect From Technology And Get More Done!

I believe multi-tasking is over-rated! Recently, I saw a study that said the average smartphone user checks their device about six times an hour. Small wonder so many people these days are feeling distracted and overwhelmed! Making matters worse is that we are the ones constantly interrupting …

Not a Hero is like a 2D, pixelated Gears of War

It’s a good thing <i>Not a Hero</i> turns out to be as inventive as it is derivative. At first glance this game barely stands out from the flood of indie titles over the past few years, with its standard-issue pixel art and conspicuous combination of neon palette, aggressive electro, and low-res …

Today in Photos: Is This FKA Twigs' Engagement Ring?

See the latest pics driving the cultural conversation.<p>Click through for the latest pics driving the cultural conversation.

Kim Kardashian

Viral stars of YouTube (pictures)

Gary Brolsma<p>Lonelygirl15<p>Evolution of Dance<p>"Leave Britney Alone!"<p>Antoine Dodson<p>Ted Williams<p>Keenan Cahill sings Katy Perry<p>"Last Lecture" by Randy Pausch<p>Charlie Bit My Finger<p>"Chocolate Rain" by Tay Zonday


EA's Humble Bundle expands with SimCity, Ultima and Wing Commander games

Electronic Arts' latest Humble Bundle kicked off last week, inviting PC gamers to pay what they wanted for nine EA, BioWare and PopCap Games titles. Today, the Humble Origin Bundle expands with four additional titles: <i>SimCity 2000</i>, <i>Wing Commander 3</i>, <i>Wing Commander 4</i> and <i>Ultima 7</i>.<p>If you didn't already …

Dragon Age

9 Morning Exercises To Start Your Day Stress-Free

Are you feeding your mind in the morning? (That jolt of coffee doesn't count because that's just artificial stimulation.) Exercise increases the birth and development of new nerve cells in your brain—the very components of your brain that slow down and even die because of stress. A recent study …

21 remarkable new animal species that will freak you out (pictures)

A see-through Kermit<p>So cute it's scary<p>Small shrimp, huge "appendage"<p>Hair down there<p>Elusive bird<p>See-through "shrimp"<p>Fairy-like moth<p>Toothy frogs<p>Fanged frogs give live birth<p>Red dragons<p>New fish<p>Living branch<p>Fearless ant<p>Vicious wasp<p>I'm hoppin' here<p>Glowing...thing<p>Battle-ready spider<p>Smallest sengi<p>Massive …


56 Ways to Start Losing Weight Today

<b>Limit Your Calorie Intake</b><br>Losing weight boils down to simple math. To lose one pound weekly, burn or cut out 3,500 calories in the course of seven days. That breaks down to 500 calories per day. It's difficult to cut out that many by dieting alone, especially for someone who loves to eat. The most …

The Workplace

Four Lessons Role Playing Games Can Teach You About Fitness

In most people's minds, gamers are the furthest thing from the muscular, toned athletes they aspire to be...possibly because video games are often …


We Happy Few is very British, very psychedelic and very scary

Compulsion Games' <i>We Happy Few</i> has a striking BioShock-esque art style, a terrific <i>Brave New World</i>-inspired premise and survival mechanics akin to <i>Don't Starve</i>. But after playing it for about 20 minutes at PAX East, I don't know yet if it's fun.<p>Neither does Compulsion, though — and that's totally …


You have Twelve Minutes to figure out what's going on in this game

Describing Luis Antonio's <i>Twelve Minutes</i> in traditional terms — "point-and-click," "adventure game," "top-down perspective" — may tell you about the <i>kind</i> of video game it is, but it does a poor job of explaining <i>what</i> it is.<p>"<i>Groundhog Day</i> + family mystery" is useful shorthand that comes closer. As in …

Groundhog Day

Troy Baker: Gaming's most recognizable voice is only getting started

The star of The Last of Us and Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor talks about where he's been and where he's going<p>"A long time ago, a friend of mine told me, 'Your life is a three-legged stool,'" Troy Baker says. "'You have your personal life, your professional life and your spiritual life. And if one …

Candy Crush Saga

What Gone Home owes to Ken Levine, and the 1992 Sears Home catalog

Prior to founding the independent developer Fullbright, Steve Gaynor was a level designer for Irrational Games best known for his work on <i>BioShock 2's Minerva's Den</i> expansion.<p>His research for that game, a dark and moody FPS set deep below the sea, included a tour of an actual submarine. So how did …

San Francisco

The Solitude of 'Skyrim' Remains The Remedy For An Overly-Connected Age

The first thing I did when I got my new gaming PC set up was to use Internet Explorer to download Google Chrome. The second? I downloaded Steam and installed Skyrim straight away.<p>I did it as a test of sorts. I’d never played Skyrim on PC before, because my past computers have always been too …

The Elder Scrolls
New Orleans

Homer Simpson 'discovered the Higgs boson'

Homer Simpson predicted the mass of the Higgs boson particle 14 years before it was discovered, a writer claims<p>Homer Simpson predicted the mass of the Higgs boson in a 1998 episode of The Simpsons, according to a science writer.<p>In The Wizard of Evergreen Terrace episode, Homer is shown in front of …

Computer Hardware

Gaming Deals: Get a PS4, a Free Game, and 6 Months of PlayStation Plus for $360

Ebay has the best new deal of the day, offering a PlayStation 4 with your choice of either Destiny, NBA 2K15, LittleBigPlanet3, or Far Cry 4, and six months of PlayStation Plus for just $360.<p>Target also has a "buy one get one free" sale on Ubisoft games, including Assassin's Creed Unity, Watch …

Oil Burns a Hole; Malaysia's Billionaires Reel As Ringgit Slips

Oil burnished many a Malaysian fortune a year ago. This time it scorched them. As global oil prices plummeted from a peak of $115 a barrel to below $50 a barrel, the wealth of the country’s oil and gas tycoons fell by hundreds of millions of dollars. No. 26 <b>Mokhzani Mahathir</b>, a large investor in the …


How A Tiny Bat Might Interrupt A Massive Oil Pipeline

A bat that may soon be added to the Endangered Species List could interrupt plans for a new oil pipeline in the Midwest. The proposed Sandpiper oil pipeline, intended to carry crude oil from South Dakota to Wisconsin, is nowhere near as big or controversial as Keystone XL. But it’s another flash …

Gaming Can Give Troubled Teens Another Shot At Learning

Students who get turned off by education can struggle to see the point of schools, but one project is showing how gaming can give troubled teens another shot at learning.<p>Games developer Kuato has already won plaudits for its work in schools, where students have to learn basic code to take a robot …


The Importance Of Exposing Children To Technology

We just got hit with a snowstorm here in the Northeastern U.S. a few days ago. My neck of the woods was spared the worst of it, but we got enough snow for the schools and roads to be shut down, so my kids got to spend a couple of days at home with Dad and Mom. I’ve got two young girls, aged 4 and …


Anita Sarkeesian Planning Two New Video Series For 2015

In the wake of Feminist Frequency’s annual report that showed it raised over $440,000 in 2014, Anita Sarkeesian has announced that she’ll be expanding from her Tropes vs. Women in Video Games series into two new topics.<p>While the original series will continue (and a new installment, Women as Reward, …


The history of flares - in pictures

Magnetic: Cage Closed is an attractive indie puzzle game coming to PC, PS4, Xbox One

<i>Magnetic: Cage Closed</i>, a first-person puzzler from Swedish indie studio Guru Games, is coming to PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One this March, publisher Gambitious Digital Entertainment announced today.<p>The game will be available for $14.95 alongside a PC-only special edition for $19.95, and …