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Stellaris review

Stellaris's early game is a wondrous thing. You, the ruler of a newly space-faring empire of mammals, avians, fungoids, or any one of a number of …

GIVEAWAY: Win A Limited Edition UNCHARTED 4: A THIEF'S END PlayStation 4 1TB Console

To celebrate the release of <i>Uncharted 4: A Thief's End</i> on PlayStation 4 on May 10th, we have an amazing prize pack to give away which includes a copy …

One of the best boardgames ever is on Steam, and it's great

Twilight Struggle, once called "the best boardgame on the planet" by FiveThirtyEight.com with only mild hyperbole, is the king of period-specific …

Kingdom Hearts II.8 announced for PlayStation 4 with old and new content

Square Enix really wants you to get ready for Kingdom Hearts III.<p>Kingdom Hearts I.5 and Kingdom Hearts II.5 collected just about every entry in the series in remastered forms for PlayStation 3. Now, Square Enix has announced that it will bring the final pieces of the puzzle to a PlayStation 4 …

League of Legends vs. Dota 2 vs. Smite vs. Heroes of the Storm - Which MOBA Is Right For You?

The popularity of the multiplayer online battle arena genre cannot be denied. With a massive player base and many games to choose from, it may seem difficult for a newcomer to decide on which title to play. If you've never played a MOBA game but wish to try, we round up the most popular names in …

The Shire from Lord of the Rings Remade in Minecraft With Stunning Detail

A new user-made Minecraft world deserves to be right up there with some of the best ever made in the open-ended sandbox PC game. A team of 25 builders spent close to one year re-creating The Shire from J.R.R. Tolkien's <i>The Lord of the Rings</i> franchise, and the results are stunning.<p>Uploaded on Imgur, …

Tolkien's The Story of Kullervo to be published this fall

J.R.R. Tolkien's <i>The Story of Kullervo</i>, an unfinished retelling of a Finnish myth from very early in the author and academic's career, will posthumously hit shelves in a stand-alone edition for the first time this fall.<p><i>The Story of Kullervo</i> is Tolkien's retelling of The Kullervo Cycle, one section …

Literature

Stellaris is Paradox’s first grand strategy foray into the stars

Think Crusader Kings — but in space.<p>Strategy game publisher Paradox Interactive returns to the stars today with the announcement of Stellaris, a space exploration title for the PC. It’s company’s first project set outside of Earth’s cradle since 2014’s real-time strategy release, Ancient Space.<p>The …

StarCraft 2 Meets League of Legends In New Sci-fi MOBA Supernova

It may be tempting to dismiss Supernova as another generic attempt to enter the multiplayer online battle arena genre. However, developer Primal Game Studio has taken elements usually found in a MOBA game and mixed it with the traits of a real-time strategy game. The result? Something that plays …

League of Legends

Finally! Woman to be on new $10 bill

Move over Alexander Hamilton. You're getting company on the $10 bill and <i>her</i> name is ...<p>On Wednesday, U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said a woman will be featured on a redesigned $10 bill in 2020 -- the 100th anniversary of the Constitution's 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote.<p>A …

Constitutional Amendments

How a scientist in a parking lot may have influenced the Pope and climate change

<b>(CNN) —</b> Professor Veerabhadran Ramanathan is a man of science who deals in data-driven evidence and provable facts, but he is absolutely convinced religion is the key to stopping global warming.<p>"The problem is getting worse, and society isn't fixing it," Ramanathan said.<p>Religion, he says, is the …

Telltale's Game of Thrones first episode is currently free on Android

The first episode of <i>Game Of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series</i> is being offered for free to Android users, via Amazon.<p>Based on George R.R. Martin's fantasy novels and the HBO TV series, <i>Game Of Thrones</i> places the player in the roles of various members of the Forrester family, struggling to cope with …

TV Series

Total War Battles: Kingdom Open Beta Hits PC

The open beta for Creative Assembly's upcoming free-to-play strategy game Total War Battles: Kingdom is now available on PC. You can download the game right now through Steam<p>Total War Battles: Kingdom, which was announced in December 2014, is described as a "persistent world strategy game." It's …

Social-good gaming will only reach its potential when women do too

Gaming isn’t just for entertainment anymore. It can make us smarter. It can make us safer. It can make us better citizens of the world.<p>“Can” is the operative word here. For over a decade, video games have been hailed as tools for strengthening human rights, increasing sustainability, and creating …

Steven Spielberg to direct Ready Player One film adaptation

The movie adaptation of <i>Ready Player One</i>, Ernest Cline's dystopian sci-fi novel centered on a virtual world steeped in video games and Dungeons & Dragons lore, will be directed by Steven Spielberg, according to a report from Deadline.<p>Cline's 2011 novel is the story of a skilled gamer named Wade …

How Pillars of Eternity rewrites the rules for role-playing

You shouldn't have to put in hours of study to roll up a great character, and games shouldn't hinge on your ability to guess what combination of skills designers thought make the most powerful archetypes. The team behind <i>Pillars of Eternity</i> knew they could do better. So they threw out the rules, and …

Dungeons and Dragons

Super Mario World's gravity isn't possible on any planet

It goes without saying that <i>Super Mario World</i> is unrealistic, but have you wondered just <i>how</i> outlandish it is? PBS has. The broadcaster's <i>Space Time</i> show recently went out of its way to calculate the gravity of the game's planet based on Mario's jumps, and it turns out to be nearly eight times that of …

Super Mario

What ISIS Really Wants

The Islamic State is no mere collection of psychopaths. It is a religious group with carefully considered beliefs, among them that it is a key agent of the coming apocalypse. Here’s what that means for its strategy—and for how to stop it.<p>What is the Islamic State?<p>Where did it come from, and what …

Religion

MineCon returns for 2015, coming to London this summer

After skipping 2014, the annual <i>Minecraft</i> fan convention, MineCon, has been scheduled for July 4-5 in London, Mojang announced today. Tickets go on sale this month.<p>At least 10,000 MineCon 2015 tickets will be sold in two batches of 5,000 on the same day, Mojang says. The exact date and time for the …

Gaming Conventions

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