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Life is a game. This is your strategy guide

Real life is the game that – literally – <i>everyone</i> is playing. But it can be tough. This is your guide.<p>Basics<p>You might not realise, but real life is a …

Violent Video Games Can Turn Kids Into Progressive Intellectuals

According to a number of recent articles like this one from the BBC, “Violent video games leave teens ‘morally immature.’’”<p>The BBC writes about work done by Mirjana Bajovic, a researcher at Brock University, who published an article in the journal <i>Educational Media International</i> entitled: “Violent …

The Man Who Thinks He Never Has to Eat Again Is Probably Going to Be a Billionaire Soon

Rob Rhinehart's hobby of <a href=http://www.vice.com/read/rob-rhinehart-no-longer-requires-food>eating nothing but a smoothie that looks like semen</a> has become a career thanks to a crowd-funded campaign that gave him $800,000 to produce his product...<p>Remember Rob Rhinehart? I'm sure you do …

The pill that might give you perfect pitch by altering your brain

Takao Hensch, professor of molecular and cellular biology at Harvard University, believes that absolute pitch — the ability to identify or sing a specific note without any reference points — is a learned ability, normally only acquirable by humans in a "critical period" early in our lives. In the …

75 Years In The Making: Harvard Just Released Its Epic Study On What Men Need To Live A Happy Life

In 1938 Harvard University began following 268 male undergraduate students and kicked off the longest-running longitudinal studies of human …

The Psychology of Getting Unstuck: How to Overcome the “OK Plateau” of Performance & Personal Growth

<i>“Any sequence of mental action which has been frequently repeated tends to perpetuate itself,”</i> William James wrote in his influential meditation on habit, <i>”so that we find ourselves automatically prompted to think, feel, or do what we have been before accustomed to think, feel, or do, under like</i> …

Why We’re More Creative When We’re Tired, And 9 Other Surprising Things About How Brains Work

You may be hardwired as an introvert or an extrovert. But don’t worry, there are ways to change how our brains work.<p><i>Editor’s Note: This is one of the most-read leadership articles of 2013. Click here to see the full list.</i><p>One of the things that surprises me time and time again is how we think our …

The Brain

Should you spend your next-gen console cash on a PC instead?

You've got $400, maybe $500 sitting around and you're thinking that it's time to buy into some next-gen gaming. Sounds great, but maybe you shouldn't invest in a PlayStation 4, or an Xbox One. Maybe it's time to drop some cash on the most established gaming platform in history: The PC.<p>The question …

Kingdom Hearts 3 trailer highlights gameplay features, pre-orders open

Shown during the recent D23 Expo in Japan, a new PlayStation 4 gameplay trailer for <i>Kingdom Hearts 3</i> highlights the game's new abilities, attacks and enemies.<p>According to game director Tetsuya Nomura, the new title will "wrap up story elements present since the first game," yet the series will …

Philip Kaplan Officially Launches DistroKid, A Cheap, Efficient Way To Distribute Lots Of Music

Philip Kaplan, AKA “Pud”, AKA The Guy Who Made Being Online In The Late 1990s Bearable has just announced the official launch of DistroKid, a service for musicians to release unlimited tracks to various online music stores for a flat yearly fee. Folks wanting to try it out can upload any song for …

League of Legends' newest champion gets her own music video

Jinx, the Loose Cannon, Riot Games' newest addition to the <i>League of Legends</i> champion lineup, gets her own official music video today, featuring the song "Get Jinxed."<p>The animated clip show's off Jinx's personal set of abilities, from riding on oversized death rockets Major Kong-style to firing her …

How Kingdom Hearts III Will Grow Up With Its Players

"It’s very contemplative, and will match the personal experiences of much of the audience very closely."<p>I’ve got a confession to make: when my 12 …

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 …

7 Secrets We Learned About The 'LEGO Marvel's Avengers' Game

Gaming<p>Find out what the hottest game news, new game releases.<p>Gaming<p>Actors from the 'Harry Potter' films will also reprise their roles in the …

'Mirror's Edge' parkour recreated in unbelievable real-life video

EA announced a next-gen sequel to parkour-influenced cult hit <i>Mirror's Edge</i> at this year's E3 conference, but didn't show off much of the actual game. If you're feeling optimistic, though, you might dare to hope that it'll turn out something like this stunning video recorded from the perspective of …

How Pax Became The Biggest, Greatest Fellowship Of Gamers, Geeks And Civility In The World

Pax started as a small, local gaming festival in Bellevue, Wash. in Aug. 2004. It has grown to become the world’s largest, multinational festival and pop culture movement, where more than 70,000 fans and friends gather to delve in gaming, geek interests, consumer technology, comics, cosplay, and …

League of Legends fan film explores the history of the Blind Monk

<i>Blind Ambition,</i> the first of two Machinima-produced <i>League of Legends</i> short films debuting today focuses on the history of Lee Sin, the Blind Monk.<p>Once an ambitious young summoner, Lee Sin was eager to progress beyond his studies and move on to controlling the champions who fought in the League of …

Terraria arriving on iOS tomorrow

Re-Logic's adventure role-playing game <i>Terraria</i> is arriving on iOS tomorrow for $4.99 with Android and Windows Phone versions "to follow soon," according a post on the game's official Facebook page.<p>Developed by Codeglue, the iOS version features new controls adapted for mobile gameplay to encourage …

A Gaming Ultrabook Grudge Match -- Razer Blade Pro Versus MSI GS70 STEALTH

The next-gen marriage of Intel‘s Haswell CPUs and NVIDIA’s GTX 765M mobile graphics card in tandem with some genius design chops has created an entirely new class of product: the gaming ultrabook. In the 17″ class, Razer’s Blade Pro signaled a bold shift away from bulky 2-inch tall monsters, …

Every GameStop Manager To Receive An Xbox One And PS4

It’s a good time to work for GameStop as this new console generation dawns. Specifically, it’s a good time to be a general manager there.<p>There’s news out of GameStop EXPO in Las Vegas via Joystiq and Neowin (and confirmed by GameStop PR) that the store’s general managers will all be receiving a …

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