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‘Calvin and Hobbes’: America’s Most Profound Comic Strip

The hilarity of ‘Calvin and Hobbes’ was rooted in a 6-year-old boy’s inability to control himself—or the world<p>In 1985, American newspaper readers met an appalling little boy. He taunted his mother (“Prepare for annihilation, pitiful Earth female”), tormented a classmate by telling her he had …

Calvin and Hobbes

Nasa finds evidence of a vast ancient ocean on Mars

A huge primitive ocean covered one-fifth of the red planet’s surface, making it warm, wet and ideal for alien life to gain a foothold, scientists say<p>A massive ancient ocean once covered nearly half of the northern hemisphere of Mars making the planet a more promising place for alien life to have …

Global Warming

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Online Life

Marvel's new Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer showcases robots, explosions and a few surprises

Marvel Entertainment may have held this new trailer for <i>Avengers: Age of Ultron</i> hostage until we all tweeted #AvengersAssemble enough times, but the joke's on them because ... we, uh, totally did. And has it got some goodies.<p>The unexpected return of one of <i>The Avengers</i>'s notable MacGuffins, hints at …

Joss Whedon Says AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON Was a "Nightmare"

9 Giant Lego Animals

You can jazz up your garden in lots of ways: A bench; a tasteful birdbath; a storm-resistant lawn gnome.<br>Or a bison that’s the size of an NBA player and is made of 45,143 Legos.<p>Artist Sean Kenney’s solo exhibition, <i>Nature Connects</i>, is touring botanical gardens and zoos all over the U.S. It features …

Phil Spencer announces new Xbox One, HoloLens and Windows 10 plans at GDC

Xbox head Phil Spencer used his GDC presentation this morning to talk about Microsoft's attempts to integrate Windows 10 with its Xbox and tablet businesses.<p>Spencer announced that Other Ocean's sports-platformer <i>IDARB</i> will be cross-play enabled for Xbox One and Windows 10 tablets and PC.<p>The ID@Xbox …

Where to Go When the Zombies Strike

If the Zombie apocalypse does hit, you’ll be safest up in the mountains in Montana, or perhaps the Nevada desert, physics students tell us.<p>The worst place to be? Northeastern Pennsylvania.<p>A team of researchers at Cornell University decided to make a computer simulation of what might happen in the …

Marvel’s Early Movie History - 1994 to 2003

Bob Dylan Performs Concert for One Guy

Experiment Ensam somehow convinced Bob Dylan to perform a concert for only one person in Philadelphia. The video is part of a series where a single fan is treated to an experience that would normally be enjoyed by a large crowd. Watch Dylan fan Fredrik Wikingsson sit alone in a large theater for a …

Music

Star Wars: The Force Awakens' crazy rolling ball droid is a practical effect, not CGI

The first trailer for the upcoming <i>Star Wars: The Force Awakens</i> has been picked apart almost literally frame-by-frame, but there are still a few surprises for fans. Mark Hamill, who is reprising the role of Luke Skywalker in the upcoming film, has revealed the rolling ball droid named BB-8 wasn't …

New A9 Chip Will Be 'Made in America' For The Powerful iPhone 7

The first A9 chips are rolling off Samsung’s fabrication lines in Austin (reports the Korean Electronic Times). The chips will be used in the next-generation iPhone smartphones from Apple, potentially exploiting Samsung’s 14nm technology. I’m confident that Phil Schiller will have a number of …

Mojang rejected plans for a 'Goonies-style' Minecraft movie, says director

The director Warner Bros. brought on to work on a <i>Minecraft</i> film has left the project, after Mojang shot down his idea for the film, which he called an adventure reminiscent of 1985's <i>The Goonies.</i><p>"How might this ever be a story for a movie?" Shawn Levy, director of <i>Night at the Museum</i>, explained …

Unusual X-ray signals could reveal dark matter

Dark matter remains one of the most mysterious elements of the universe, because it's completely invisible to us. It neither emits nor absorbs light, so we can't observe it directly -- not even if we use our most powerful telescope. A team of researchers believe that they've come across important …

Xbox Live gave away $584 worth of games in 2014

Xbox Live's Games With Gold program gave away more than $500 worth of games — at current prices — in 2014.<p>Drawing off the PlayStation Plus analysis from Push Square, I did my own of Xbox Live's Games With Gold benefit to North American subscribers. Though the whole-dollar number — $584.67 — is much …

A tiny, epic ode to Nintendo: Zelda and Super Mario 64’s worlds recreated as miniature dioramas

We all know that Japan does “small” well. Whether it’s microtechnology, tiny houses or bonsai, the Japanese are known for their dexterity and being …

Halo: The Master Chief Collection review: Chief concern

Halo's first anthology is big enough, but is it good enough to rekindle nostalgia?<p>It's hard not to read between the lines about a package like <i>Halo:</i> …

Alien: Isolation - Review Discussion - IGN Video

Reviewer Ryan McCaffrey sits down with other IGN editors currently playing Alien Isolation to compare notes and discuss what makes this game so …

One Guy Is Trying to Sell More Video Games Than You've Ever Seen

Remember that one NES game that you played every night for weeks then never got back from a friend you lent it to? This guy probably has it. And …

Retrogaming

Enter Batman's Bat Cave in virtual reality later this year

You can now experience Batman's famous Bat Cave in virtual reality thanks to the work of Warner Bros., DC Entertainment and visual effects company OTOY, which aims to bring the location to life on Oculus Rift and Samsung Galaxy Gear.<p>This virtual reality Bat Cave will be based on <i>Batman: The Animated</i> …

Six months later, is Xbox One worth buying?

It wasn’t a good start for the Xbox One. Mocked and ridiculed for its emphasis on multimedia, its launch was rocky. The apparent indifference towards …

3 Lessons SWTOR Taught Us

<b>“Why did SWTOR Fail”</b> This question often comes up in discussions with friends of mine in the MMO industry. There have been dozens of MMO failures, …

Modern-Day Video Games Reimagined as Retro Atari Cartridges

Artist StarRoivas has used her digital manipulation skills to reimagine modern-day video game titles as retro Atari cartridges. You can view the full …

Retrogaming

17 Times 'Pokémon Snap' Was Too Adorable For This World

Gaming<p>Find out what the hottest game news, new game releases.<p>Gaming<p>'Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery' launched with much excitement, and with some …

The Nintendo Famicom turns 30 years old today

Most people may not have gotten their hands on a Nintendo Entertainment System until it was released in North America in 1985 and Europe in 1986, but 30 years ago today the NES' predecessor was unleashed on Japan as the Family Computer, or Famicom. Though it was launched earlier than the successful …

The Culture Of Now

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The Classics: ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ and the raw thrill of unchecked speed

Every ride home from the video game store was a strange exercise in lust and this one was no different. I sat in the passenger seat and immersed myself in the sacred act of unwrapping and popping open the big black container shell, fondling the rounded cartridge in my hands as if the magic on the …

It May Be Time For Nintendo To Make Games, Not Consoles

It’s a little worrisome, writing this post. The opinion I’m about to put forth is one that can get you laughed out of game journalism, and one few people in the industry will even entertain. It’s the idea that Nintendo has lost their way when it comes to the home console game, and they should pivot …

'Doom' at 20: John Carmack's hellspawn changed gaming forever

Two decades ago a demon infestation changed the way we play games. <i>Doom</i> was first launched 20 years ago today, and while it wasn't the first game to let you play from a first-person perspective, it was the game that ushered the FPS genre into the mass consciousness. Today the likes of <i>Halo</i> and <i>Call of</i> …

How To Connect Your Old Video Game Consoles To A New TV

If you've just rediscovered an old console in the back of your closet, or you're newly into retro gaming and want the genuine experience, you've …