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Wander is a non-combat MMO where you play as a tree and explore without maps

While wandering the Himalayas, a fellow traveler told Loki Davidson about a frozen waterfall.<p>After visiting the wonder himself, Davidson related his experience to another wandered, passing along directions on how to get there. This simple act was the seed that would eventually blossom into the core …

Sad, Beautiful Photos Of Video Games

Photographer Pavel Vesnakov is trying something cool: a blending of screenshots and real-world photography techniques to create images that are very …

Are video game art galleries art?

When you're done pondering, writing furious essays about, and ultimately denouncing this question, you might want to check out Gallery404, an oddly compelling vast white space where you can run around under Louise Bourgeois' 30-foot metal spider, turn Andy Warhol's Brillo boxes into a jump puzzle, …

Video games trick you into thinking you're in control, and that's bad

I can give you control of this story by simply writing five words: A man enters a room.<p>Instantly your mind is racing, giving substance to that room, life to that man. Perhaps it's a wood paneled room with plush velvet carpeting and a roaring fireplace, or it's bitterly cold in a castle keep, or the …

Virtual reality can help relieve an all-too common terror

Most dentists these days have the good sense to display a nice poster on the ceiling, above their chair-of-pain.<p>Gazing at this useful diversion, patients can switch their attention from the hairs inside the medical practitioner's nostrils, away from the incoming steel, whirring and singing and …

The guidelines for making a game a week, every week

Can you be creative without constraints?<p>Adriel Wallick, better known in the game jam community under the moniker MsMinotaur, has been making one game a week, every week, for the past 38 weeks. Her answer to the question above, following a period of pure creative freedom which resulted in a lot of …

Everything you need to know about the Oculus Rift

Like Willy Wonka, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is serenading us all with the promise of a world made of pure imagination. Only his requires a virtual-reality helmet and not a chocolate factory.<p>Oculus VR and its new parent company, Facebook, are preparing to unleash the next computing platform, …

Unlocking the Potential of Digital Ethnography

By Anne Lacey, antedote<p>The first time I drove across the United States, I couldn't help but be struck by how different each state and region feels. …

Ben Foster's Angular Animals Show Off Clean Color Palettes and Breathtaking New Zealand Views

There are two things that Ben Foster most certainly knows how to do well—create gorgeous industrial versions of animal silhouettes and compose a damn …

Nighttime Smartphone Use Can Sap Next Day's Energy

It may be better for all concerned to avoid work emails late at night.<p>Using your smartphone at night might not be the smartest plan. A pair of studies found that people who used the devices after 9 p.m. were more tired and less engaged at work the next day, even when compared to people who looked …

Self Control

Snow Pikachu Evolves into a Macho Hunk

Aw, snow Pikachu is so cute! So small. And now, let's see what he looks like in his evolved snow type.<p>Yikes! This muscle-bound Pikamacho comes …

Catlateral Damage encourages your worst feline instincts

Developer Chris Chung's <i>Catlateral Damage</i> is a free-to-play, browser-based game that indulges in one of a cat's worst habits: knocking everything it sees to the floor.<p>The "first-person destructive cat simulator" tasks players with pushing as many items to the ground as possible in two minutes. Pots, …

Slum-Like African Resort Gives Rich Tourists a Taste of Hard Life

A Shanty is a small hut made out of old corrugated iron sheets or other waterproof material. It is a place of dwelling for the poor, often lacking in …

Stephen Colbert

In Photo Essay, A Humanizing Look At Security Guards

This provocative art project challenges the fine line between public and private space.<p>A guard house is meant to be a symbol of authority, a physical representation that says if you want in, you’ll have to pass by this person whose job it is to keep riff raff like you out.<p>But behind the lens of …

Engineering Psychology Job Overview

Engineering psychology is an applied subfield that focuses on improving and adapting technology, equipment, and work environments to enhance human …

11 Psychological Stories That Will Make You Worry for Your Sanity

There are books that simply scare you, and then there are books that actually get into your head. Maybe you call them thrillers; others deal with …

Books

Art as Therapy: Alain de Botton on the 7 Psychological Functions of Art

The question of what art is has occupied humanity since the dawn of recorded history. For Tolstoy, the purpose of art was to provide a bridge of empathy between us and others, and for Anaïs Nin, a way to exorcise our emotional excess. But the highest achievement of art might be something that …

How IBM is making computers more like your brain. For real

ZURICH, Switzerland -- Despite a strong philosophical connection, computers and brains inhabit separate realms in research. IBM, though, believes the time is ripe to bring them together.<p>Through research projects expected to take a decade, Big Blue is using biological and manufactured forms of …

Lightwave: A Sculptural Bench by After Architecture

Situated on Cornell University’s campus in Ithaca, New York beside OMA’s Milstein Hall is Lightwave, a sculptural bench designed by After …

Addicted to Oreos? You truly might be

Oreos are as addictive as cocaine, at least for lab rats, and just like us, they like the creamy center best.<p>Eating the sugary treats activates more neurons in the brain’s “pleasure center” than drugs such as cocaine, the team at Connecticut College found.<p>“Our research supports the theory that …

The Infinite Beauty of Classic Japanese Architecture

Developed by photographer Yasuhiro Ishimoto, this amazing series of black and white photographs naturally blends centuries-old architecture with contemporary abstract art. In the project, Ishimoto approaches the Katsura Imperial Villa with a rare perspective that explores not only the completed …