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Second Life's strange second life

Do you remember <i>Second Life</i>? Set up by developer Linden Lab in 2003, it was the faithful replication of our modern world where whoring, drinking, and fighting were acceptable. It was the place where big brands moved in as neighbors and hawked you their wares online. For many, it was the future — our …

Wind Waker devs say they considered having beams shoot out of Link's eyes

Early in the process of developing the 2003 original The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, Nintendo designers considered having beams shoot out of Link's eyes as a means to justify how large they were, it has been revealed.<p>"Now that the eyes had gotten much larger, we wanted to make their facial …

The Legend of Zelda

The gender inequality in core gaming is worse than you think

Statistics show that almost 50 percent of all gamers are women, but this information doesn’t tell the whole story. Gender inequality in the core video game audience is not only still rampant but even worse than we realize.<p>The Entertainment Software Association’s 2013 “Essential Facts About The …

The Best Things You'll Hear Today: The Poetry Of Dwarf Fortress And GTA V

Obviously, I can’t guarantee that these are the best things you will hear today. Later, you might hear the crying of your newborn child, or your baby’s first words. You might hear your boss congratulate you on your promotion, or your ageing parents tell you that they love you and are genuinely …

18 awesome selfies from Grand Theft Auto V

It seems we’re just as obsessed with taking fictional selfies as we are with snapping real ones.<p>In a stroke of genius, open-world action game Grand Theft Auto V allows its three main protagonists, Michael, Trevor, and Franklin, to turn their smartphone cameras on themselves.<p>The 18 awesome self …

You Can Buy This Underground Las Vegas Bomb Shelter Shaped Like A House With A Yard

Rather than flee underground when the bomb came, Girard B. Henderson and wife would live there all the time.<p>Now, his 1978 estate–comprising two …

Real Estate

A Pill That Tracks Your Health? The Reality Of The 'Quantified Self' Movement

Microsensors in your shoes compile data on where you go and what you do. Your workout clothes track your daily progress at the gym and tell you when to slow down or speed up. The pill you swallow reports back on the state of your digestion, vital signs, and overall well-being. And as you sleep, a …

Former Nintendo President Dies at 85

Hiroshi Yamauchi, the visionary behind Nintendo's journey into the video game market, has passed away.<p><b>Update:</b> Current Nintendo president Satoru Iwata …

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Perfecting Persona: How Atlus USA Bloomed

Atlus USA has become a go-to publisher for niche Japanese role-playing games, with Persona earning the company its reputation. The mature RPG …

The Best Games For Realizing Your Free-Falling Fantasies

Some people play every first-person shooter without exception. Others invest hours and hours into every turn-based RPG from Japan. I find myself …

Can Luigi Make It On His Own: An Analysis

Luigi has been the wingman on countless adventures over the past 30 years, but this weekend marks the retail release of the back-up plumber's very …