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Brainstorming for The Last of Us sequel is put on pause as Naughty Dog focuses on Uncharted

Naughty Dog is taking a time out from brainstorming a possible sequel to <i>The Last of Us</i> as the team continues work on PlayStation 4 exclusive <i>Uncharted 4: A Thief's End,</i> Naughty Dog's Bruce Straley told Game Informer (as reported by GameSpot).<p>According to Straley, who is currently sharing directing …

Uncharted

A Star Just Got Swallowed By A Warp In Space-Time

Om nom nom<p>A star has slipped out of view thanks to the space-time warp it creates as it orbits.<p>The disappearing star is part of a binary star system called J1906. It's a pulsar, which means it's a rotating neutron star, the result of a massive star collapsing in on itself. Researchers have been …

The Legend of Korra: Book Four Blu-ray and DVD Cover Revealed

The legend concludes.<p>Rounding out Nickelodeon's beloved animated series, The Legend of Korra - Book Four: Balance is coming to Blu-ray and DVD on …

Here's what you missed on the first official day of CES

The doors opened; the masses piled in; and it began: Yesterday was the first official day of CES. It's perhaps the most frenzied day of the week, with hundreds of companies vying for attention within the halls of the Las Vegas Convention Center. So, what happened on the show floor yesterday? Check …

CES

2015: Montblanc Just Got Smarter

Montblanc starts the New Year with a smart move: just two hours into 2015, the brand unveiled the new Montblanc Timewalker Urban Speed e-Strap watch line.<p>Mind you, since Jerome Lambert (previously CEO of Jaeger-LeCoultre) took over the helm of Montblanc in late 2013, we have seen many great …

Mont Blanc

Get better at Super Smash Bros. with these technical training videos

If you're looking to make your favorite <i>Super Smash Bros. for Wii U</i> or <i>3DS</i> characters a bit more survivable, a YouTube channel titled Super Smash Academy might have some helpful tips for you. A new video from the channel, posted above, covers some recovery techniques for specific characters, like …

There's an argument for putting video games in the Olympics, former Blizzard exec says

Former Blizzard chief creative officer Rob Pardo discussed the idea of putting eSports in the Olympics in a recent BBC interview.<p>"There's a very good argument for e-sports being in the Olympics," Pardo said. "I think the way that you look at eSports is that it's a very competitive skillset and you …

This Ski Gear Adapts— So You Don’t Have To

Take your favorite winter sport to the next level<p>Skiing isn’t a static sport: On any given day, weather can whip from clear and sunny to stormy and overcast, and skiers might toggle between front-country groomers and out-of-bounds powder runs. Companies design gear for every condition, but that …

'The Legend of Korra' Delivers The Best Series Finale of 2014

During 2014, we watched many series including <i>The Newsroom</i>, <i>How I Met Your Mother</i>, <i>Video Game High School</i>, <i>The Killing</i>, <i>White Collar</i> and <i>Sons of Anarchy</i> come to a close. However, where there were things to be said about all of them on both the fronts of positive and negative feedback, there’s one series …

Miyamoto discusses next Nintendo console, amiibo cards, Mario movie

Nintendo, riding high on an increasing strong Wii U slate, has a lot in the works including possible Amiibo cards, discussions of a Mario movie and, yes, a new console, according to Nintendo chief creative Shigeru Miyamoto.<p>Miyamoto recently sat down with the Associated Press to discuss the year …

Minecraft to get an episodic, story-based game from Telltale Games

<i>Minecraft</i> has always focused on the creative, open nature of the game's world rather than try to craft any kind of story-based single-player mode, but today Mojang has announced a deal with Telltale Games that will lead an episodic game called <i>Minecraft: Story Mode</i>. The content will launch next year …

Astronomer Royal: Life on Mars would change everything we know

If life had originated twice, independently, within our solar system, we’d have to conclude that it can’t be a rare fluke, says Martin Rees.<p>More than 100 years ago, a French foundation offered the grand prize of 100,000 francs to anyone who could prove the existence of extraterrestrial life. But …

Scientists Rediscover A Part Of The Brain That Was Forgotten For 100 Years

In 2012, researchers made note of a pathway in a region of the brain associated with reading, but "we couldn't find it in any atlas," said Jason Yeatman, a research scientist at the University of Washington's Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences. "We'd thought we had discovered a new pathway …

Hacker finds Nintendo 3DS exploit, turning a forgotten game into a hot commodity

A 22 year old Parisian hacker named Jordan "Smealum" Rabet appears to have finally cracked the Nintendo 3DS in an attempt to enable homebrew software development on Nintendo's handheld gaming device. And the game that facilitates that exploit, a 2011 Ubisoft-published 3DS game called <i>Cubic Ninja</i>, is …

11 really cool space missions

It's hard to top the tricky, first-ever landing on a comet, broadcast live on the Internet.<p>That's what space lovers and other curious types got on Wednesday, when the European Space Agency's probe Philae touched down on Comet 67P.<p>It was high drama that continued into the afternoon as questions …

The 5 Best Reasons To Buy The Wii U Instead Of An Xbox One Or PS4

Here’s the thing about the world of video games right now: there are actually three competing consoles. I know! The console war is all about Microsoft's Xbox One going up against Sony's PS4, about Nathan Drake vs. Master Chief and all that good stuff. But while there’s no denying a certain binary …

Time travel and teleporting 'a reality for today's children'

Travelling through time, invisibility cloaks and teleporting could all happen within today's children's lifetimes, experts have predicted<p>Move over Marty McFly - time travel, invisibility cloaks and teleporting could all happen within today's schoolchildren's lifetimes, experts agree.<p>Children could …

Time Travel

Pumpkin geometry: stunning shadow sculptures that illuminate an ancient mathematical technique

Like a Halloween pumpkin, the hollow sphere casts a dramatic shadow across the room.<p>The curved lines on the spherical shell magically produce a grid of perfect squares. It would make for an amazing lampshade, or maybe even a disco ball.<p>The light sculpture is also a very cool reinterpretation of …

'Xbox Laptop' modder stuffs a 360 and Xbox One into the same console

The guy who made the Xbook and the PlayBook "laptops" that take Xbox One and PlayStation 4 gaming on the go may have outdone himself. The "Xbook Duo" at last unites the Xbox One and the Xbox 360 in the same console.<p>This is a proof of concept only. Master modder Ed Zarick is, alas, not making these …

Second secret mission found in Pokemon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire demo

The Pokemon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire has not one, but two secret missions. The second was uncovered only just recently due to its incredibly small …

Take-Two says all four of its October game launches have been 'flawless'

Take-Two Interactive has executed well on its launch of four high-quality games in a single month, according to Strauss Zelnick, chairman of the Grand Theft Auto V publisher in a conference call with analysts today.<p>Take-Two also released a half-dozen iOS and Android games during the second fiscal …

Xbox One Gets Another Price Cut

Slash, slash slash: the once-$499 Xbox makes its way all the way down to $349 with a special promotional offer from Microsoft taking $50 off the top (it lost those other $100 along with the Kinect a few months ago). This deal, for right now, is temporary and US only, though I can’t imagine we won’t …

35 Hilarious Chinese Translation Fails

China is fascinating, and visiting it is bound to leave you with some amazing impressions. Sometimes, however, the English-speaking guests might have …

Etymology

How The Brain Works

Parental Advice: Mom vs Dad

Need an advice? Your parents will gladly give you one, regardless if you want it or not. This chart above sums up the difference between the advice …

Snapchat Says Leak of Nude Photos Isn't Its Fault

Images from tens of thousands of Snapchat user accounts, many explicit, were leaked onto the internet late Thursday — but the messaging app said the …