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The war over “Wolf of Wall Street”

Does Scorsese’s would-be masterpiece glorify greed and debauchery or attack them? And how do we know for sure?<p>Here we are again: How does Martin Scorsese feel about Jordan Belfort, the debauched penny-stock tycoon played by Leonardo DiCaprio, who never quite receives his just deserts in “The Wolf …

Europa Universalis 4: Conquest of Paradise coming Jan. 14, pre-orders now open

Pre-orders for the first expansion to <i>Europa Universalis 4</i> titled "Conquest of Paradise" are now open, publisher Paradox Interactive announced today, revealing that the expansion will launch Jan. 14 for Windows PC, Mac, Linux via various digital distribution platforms.<p><i>Europa Universalis 4: Conquest</i> …

Wikipad announces detachable mobile controller, Gamevice

Wikipad, the company behind the 7-inch Android tablet of the same name, is working on a detachable gamepad for mobile devices called the Gamevice, the company announced today.<p>The Gamevice brings controls akin to a console gamepad or dedicated gaming handheld — dual analog sticks, a D-pad, four face …

Looking back: Watch Dogs: Invasion

In the future envisioned by Ubisoft’s unreleased open world game <i>Watch Dogs</i>, the city is tracking you. A massive piece of software, called the ctOS, makes every intersection, every police cruiser and every camera in every phone a threat. Polygon’s investigative report, conducted over two months in …

Dragon Ball Z’s Console Lineage

Dragon Ball Z first appeared on Japanese television in 1989. It took nearly seven years to make its way to North America. The show first showed up on …

Final Fantasy X|X-2 HD’s 90 Second Japanese Commercial

Plus, brand-new screenshots.<p>On December 26th, Final Fantasy X|X-2 HD launched in Japan on both PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita, and word out of …

The Worst, Most Disappointing And Controversial Video Game Moments Of 2013

Plenty of controversy hounded the video game industry in 2013, though I’m not sure any of it was quite as hot-blooded as the controversies we saw the year prior. (I’m looking at you BioWare.)<p>Still, there were some regrettable moments. Some embarrassing moments. Some downright <i>avoidable</i> moments. And …

CES Preview: Steam Machines, 4K TVs, PlayStation, and More

Get the lowdown on the biggest week in tech.<p>CES is to tech what E3 is to gaming, but there's more overlap than you might think. The annual Consumer …

How to politely rob someone in DayZ

You don't always have to be a giant dick towards other players in <i>DayZ</i>. I mean it's still pretty dickish to rob someone, but at least it was a nice …

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What Microsoft says it can learn from Sony

Sony's commitment to franchises and developers of "new things and creative things" is an attribute that Microsoft Studios corporate vice president Phil Spencer admires, according to a recent interview with OXM.<p>Spencer pointed to <i>Heavy Rain</i> and <i>Beyond: Two Souls</i> developer Quantic Dream as an example …

Obamacare Ad Spending Blitz Begins As Website Improves

An advertising and marking blitz that had been delayed launches this week as states and the U.S. government brace for a rush of uninsured Americans to sign up for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act.<p>The last day to sign up for coverage that will begin Jan. 1, 2014 is next Monday, Dec. 23, …

Has the Great Barrier Reef just been approved for destruction by the Australian government?

Who could forget, back in 2009, the launch of the "Best Job in the World"?<p>The campaign by Tourism Queensland generated global interest in the Sunshine State and the role of park ranger and "caretaker" of Hamilton Island in the Great Barrier Reef. Ben Southall was the inaugural winner, a Brit by …

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Everything you need to know about the YouTube copyright crisis and why you should care

At the center of this week's confusing thicket of news and outrage surrounding YouTube video game copyright sweep is a very simple issue.<p>It's about freedom-of expression and the ability of critics, commentators and journalists to speak to large numbers of people without fear of reprisals or …

Giant leap for China as moon probe lands safely in Bay of Rainbows

China successfully carried out the world's first soft landing of a space probe on the moon in nearly four decades, the country's state media announced on Saturday. The touchdown of the unmanned Chang'e 3 lander is the latest mission in the country's ambitious space programme, which is intended to …

China successfully lands spacecraft on Moon

China, whose lunar ambitions have only expanded in the last few years, has finally joined the United States and Russia in successfully landing a spacecraft on the Moon. The country's Chang'e-3 unmanned spacecraft, launched two weeks ago, landed on the moon today, the first craft to "soft-land" on …

In 2014, Every Business Will Be Disrupted By Open Technology

The most salient aspect of technology is its power to disrupt. The important innovations are the ones that change our world so profoundly that the previous order becomes not only untenable, but unthinkable.<p>Yet the true impact begins not with invention, but adoption. That’s when the second and …

Jennifer Lawrence's Photoshop Job On Flare Cover Makes The Internet Rounds (PHOTO, GIFS)

Leave it to the fashion world to find flaws in Jennifer Lawrence's appearance.<p>A GIF circulating the blogosphere has caused a June 2011 Flare magazine cover of the actress to resurface, bringing the gratuitous Photoshop job to the world's attention. In the resulting cover, it appears as if J.Law has …

It's official: Georges St-Pierre vacating UFC welterweight title

After weeks of speculation and a few days of true uncertainty, UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre today made it official: He’s vacating his …

China bitterly attacks Japanese prime minister over air zone remarks

China has condemned Shinzo Abe, the Japanese prime minister, for "maliciously slandering" its self-proclaimed air defence zone, ratcheting up the war of words between the neighbours over Beijing's annexation of the skies over a group of disputed islands.<br>Abe told a news conference that China's …

Over 60% of internet traffic doesn’t come from humans

It happened last year for the first time: bot traffic eclipsed human traffic, according to the bot-trackers at Incapsula.<p>This year, Incapsula says 61.5% of traffic on the web is non-human.<p>Now, you might think this portends the arrival of “The Internet of Things”—that ever-promised network that will …

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Entrepreneur finds remedy for water-damaged phones

Ever dropped your smartphone down the loo? Last year, 900,000 people did just that, according to gadget site Gizmodo. But water-damaged phones will soon be a thing of the past.<p>Oliver Murphy, a 20-year-old inventor turned entrepreneur has devised an ingenious system for bringing phones that have …

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Lost Egyptian City Discovered by Underwater Archaeologist After 1,200 Years

For many centuries the fabled city of Heracleion was thought to be a myth, a place of amazing affluence talked about by Herodotus, frequented by …

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How the PlayStation 4's 'Playroom' brought out the worst in gamers

Twitch bans streams of Sony's augmented reality game after sexual abuse and threats to children<p>The stars of Sony's <i>The Playroom</i> are meant to be its robots. Small, white, and cute, they jump and wiggle around at the feet of their owner. <i>The Playroom</i> — an alternate reality game that comes pre-loaded on …