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Kobe Bryant has missed more shots than any player in NBA history

The King of Clank. The Baron of Bricks. Kobe Bryant has missed more shots than any player in basketball history, and for that, we salute him.<p>Its official -- Kobe Bryant is on top of the record books. He passed all the greats on the way up the leaderboard and now he's the greatest of all time. The …

School bets video game scholarship can draw talent

CHICAGO (AP) — As a teenager, holed up in his bedroom, illuminated by the glow of his laptop, Youngbin Chung became addicted to video games. Ten-hours-a-day addicted.<p>His grades tanked. His parents fretted.<p>A few years later, the 20-year-old from the San Francisco area leads a team of headset-wearing …

Former New York mayor Giuliani explains why Noriega's Call of Duty lawsuit is 'absurd'

Activision today announced that former New York City mayor and U.S. Attorney Rudy Giuliani will serve as co-counsel in defending the company against the lawsuit filed by former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega for the game's portrayal of him in <i>Call of Duty: Black Ops 2.</i><p>"What's astonishing is that …

Why Am I Afraid Of Hugh Jackman?

A reader asked us for help with a celebrity phobia. Here's what an expert had to say.<p>A reader recently wrote to <i>Popular Science</i> asking for advice on a... unique problem:<p>"I have a severe fear of Hugh Jackman. Are there any special methods for expelling the fear? My friends tried to take me to see his …

Because 'Dark Souls' is so easy, someone beat it with a 'Rock Band' guitar

Ornstein and Smough, slain by rock and roll<p>For a brief period in modern video game history, plastic controllers in the shape of musical instruments ruled the world. Much like <i>Dance Dance Revolution</i> before it, the age of <i>Guitar Hero</i> and <i>Rock Band</i> seems to have come and gone — but the hardware …

Can You Smell That? It's Microsoft's Brilliant Stealth Marketing Strategy For 'Destiny'

Microsoft is prohibited from running any advertisements for <i>Destiny</i>, Activision and Bungie’s wildly anticipated first-person shooter. While it’s not an exclusive title for Sony platforms, that clause is part of Sony’s exclusivity agreement with Activision. So Microsoft isn’t advertising <i>Destiny</i> the …

Violent video games for kids have a surprising upside

Eyes gazing straight ahead, backs caved, thumbs ceaselessly mashing buttons: It's a sight to make any parent cringe. Especially when the game involves rapid gunfire, throat-slitting, body-splitting and other gruesome acts.<p>The drawbacks of gaming are well known. Studies have linked video games to …

Smartphones are about to get awesome again

Smartphones. They’re all just a bunch of undifferentiated rectangles, right? You’d be forgiven for feeling a little jaded about the rate of innovation in smartphones over the past couple of years. A 4-inch iPhone still dominates the consumer landscape, HTC is still designing beautiful but flawed …

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This could be the Stars Wars: Episode VII Storm Trooper helmet

The website Indie Revolver has what it calls "very reliable information" about the new design of the Storm Trooper helmet from Episode VII, including images.<p>The RPF also has what it calls a "leak" of one of the actual props, which you can see via Indie Revolver if you don't want to sign up for an …

Empire Magazine Lists The Greatest 100 Games Of All-Time

Respected movie website and magazine Empire have listed what they declare to be the 100 greatest video games of all-time. There’s a nice mix or both …

Crytek CEO says he withheld pay in order to save the company

Crytek came perilously close to insolvency during the past few weeks, and CEO Cevat Yerli had to take drastic measures to save the company, he said in an interview with Eurogamer. An injection of cash, the source of which Yerli was unwilling to name, has propped the company up for now. Crytek is …

Paul McCartney will release his Destiny 'theme song' as a single

The music of <i>Destiny</i> was a collaborative effort between Bungie's former in-house composer Marty O'Donnell, his partner Mike Salvatori and former Beatle, Sir Paul McCartney. One of McCartney's contributions to the game's soundtrack, The New York Times reports, will be released as a single later this …

Great Job, Internet!: Now a fish is playing Pokémon over the Internet

Twitch, having dispensed with its need to play <i>Pokémon</i> by beating every single generation of Pokemon, has moved on to bigger and better things. Mostly …