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8 changes experts made to vastly improve the real résumé of a mid-level job hunter

As an experienced talent acquisition professional, Lewis (not his real name) knew his résumé would be held to a higher caliber.<p>Despite his years of experience in the recruitment field, he says even he needed help pulling the right information together for his résumé so he could better highlight his …

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“War Machine” reveals the mentality behind America’s longest war — and the maddest of them all

<b>Brad Pitt in "War Machine"; Medics carrying a wounded US soldier to Kandahar Hospital Role, August 23, 2011. (Netflix/Getty/Johannes Eisele/Salon)</b><p>Brad Pitt’s devastating caricature of Gen. Stanley McChrystal anchors a dense critique of our Afghan catastrophe<p>Anis Shivani<p>July 9, 2017 2:00pm (UTC)<p>When …

BioWare reveals its Destiny-like project Dylan, now called Anthem

Electronic Arts and BioWare have reportedly put the Mass Effect series on hold, and that has the renowned developer preparing something new.<p>BioWare revealed its project Dylan during EA’s media presentation before the Electronic Entertainment Expo tradeshow in Los Angeles. The game is now called …

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The Story Behind Mass Effect: Andromeda's Troubled Five-Year Development

In 2012, as work on <i>Mass Effect 3</i> came to a close, a small group of top BioWare employees huddled to talk about the next entry in their epic sci-fi …

Xbox chief: we need to create a Netflix of video games

In a frank discussion about the modern games industry, Phil Spencer discusses the potential of episodic games and the pros and cons of downloadable content<p>Something big has happened to the video game industry over the last five years – you may have noticed. All the old rules about consoles – the …

‘No Man’s Sky’ Is Like 18 Quintillion Bowls of Oatmeal

Sean Murray didn't lie about 'No Man's Sky.'<p>I know a game has captured the imagination of the mainstream when my mom asks me about it, and I know <i>No Man's Sky</i> is an exception in this rare category of games because she asked me about it twice: Once when Hello Games founder Sean Murray demoed it to …

Do you want to write video games?

An industry veteran explains the difficulty in getting the position everyone wants.<p>Do you want to write video games? Do you? Do you <i>really?</i> Be honest with me.<p>I mean, I don’t want to shoot down your dream. There are lots of people who’ve done the research, who know exactly what they’re getting into …

Working on Fable destroyed my life, but I don't regret it

An insider's look at what he gave up to create a classic game<p>"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was …

How Blizzard stayed laser-focused on quality games for 25 years

Blizzard Entertainment celebrates its 25th anniversary today, a milestone that very few video game companies achieve in a very Darwinian industry. It has survived this long, and thrived, because of a relentless emphasis on quality. The company, which has been part of Activision Blizzard since 2008, …

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Keith Stuart on violence in crime fiction and video games

In 2007, game developer Clint Hocking wrote a hugely influential essay about the problem with video games. Entitled Ludonarrative Dissonance in …

Computer learns like a human and (sort of) beat the Turing Test

There is a fundamental difference between the way computers learn and the way humans learn. Humans can see one example and intuit what that object or …

How ISIS Spread in the Middle East

And how to stop it<p>“It is perfectly true, as the philosophers say, that life must be understood backwards. But they forget the other proposition: that it must be lived forwards.” This observation was made in 1843 by the Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard in a journal entry, but it might have been …

What Makes Uber Run

The transportation service has become a global brand, an economic force, and a cultural lightning rod.<p>Jordan Kretchmer remembers what Travis Kalanick was like before Uber was Uber.<p>Kretchmer was a 25-year-old college dropout with a lot of ideas, and Kalanick had even more. He was in his early …

Did Religion Make the American Civil War Worse?

Faith may have inflamed the conflict, but one lasting legacy of the war may be the toll it took upon American faith.<p>If there is one sober lesson Americans seem to be taking out of the bathos of the Civil War sesquicentennial, it’s the folly of a nation allowing itself to be dragged into the war in …

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League of Legends Reporting System Has Reduced Verbal Abuse to Only 2% of Matches

Harassment and verbal abuse sometimes occur in competitive online games. As a result, developers often try to monitor their games to reduce instances of harassment, to varying levels of success. Riot Games, developer of League of Legends, seems to have created a system that is very effective in …

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America's Largest Mental Hospital Is a Jail

At Cook County, where a third of those incarcerated suffer from psychological disorders, officials are looking for ways to treat inmates less like prisoners and more like patients.<p>It was 9 o’clock in the morning at Cook County Jail, but in the subterranean holding cells where dozens await their …

Gaming’s veterans tell how to break into the business (part 2)

<i>Disclosure: The organizers of the Quo Vadis event paid my way to Berlin, where I moderated this session. Our coverage remains objective.</i><p>People around the world want to make great games. And American game creators are eager to impart their hard-earned knowledge. I traveled to Berlin with a group of …

Teen Girls Don't Care What We Think of Kim Kardashian

A couple of weeks ago, I called up my 15-year-old sister. I wanted to ask her about a certain celebrity.<p>"Hey...are you playing that Kim Kardashian …

Lessons in game marketing from the Ubisoft guy whose team just won 27 awards for it (interview)

Every year, the French video game publisher Ubisoft convinces gamers to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on games like Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag and Just Dance 2014.<p>Tony Key, the senior vice president of sales and marketing at Ubisoft, is one of those people behind that clever marketing. …