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Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD is ‘retiring’ from Steam

Tony Hawk Pro Skater HD is bailing out of Steam. Activision is pulling the updated version of its classic skateboarding hits from Valve’s PC gaming store July 17. The company is selling it at an 80 percent discount between now and then, which brings it to $2.<p>“This is your last chance to buy Tony …

Best C++ Books

by Bradley Nice, Content Manager at ClickHelp.co — professional technical writing tool<p>Let’s ask Wikipedia the general information about the</b> …

Programming

Check Out The World’s Trippiest Hotel Atriums

Saying someone is “ahead of his time” is typically regarded as a compliment. But in the case of post-modern architect John Portman, it’s somewhat backhanded: many of his buildings have become backdrops for post-apocalyptic futures in films like <i>The Hunger Games</i> and <i>Insurgent</i>.<p>The 92-year-old architect …

3 Things to Avoid When Designing a Dungeon

I’ve previously written loads of articles about good dungeon design. However, I haven’t thus far listed the things you absolutely should not include …

Xanathar’s Guide to Everything Offers New Options for Dungeons & Dragons

Wizards of the Coast offered a Stream of Annihilation this past weekend, chock full of fun people playing <i>Dungeons & Dragons</i> with the people who make …

The Best PC Gaming Controllers That Will Have You Playing for Hours

Become an even better gamer with one of these great controllers!<p>A dedicated controller makes a number of PC video games considerably more enjoyable. We rounded up the best offerings available on the market today.

Gear & Gadgets

Remnants Of Naezith Shows Gaming Needs More Grappling Hooks

<i>Remnants of Naezith</i> is a platformer that stars a grappling hook and wants to be the <i>Super Meat Boy</i> of twitch-based ledge swinging. There are dragon …

7 books that taught me how to code

As you might read in my recent post - coding without Google - I've started learning to program mostly from books. In the beginning, I read them from …

The Complete Beginner’s Guide To Starting A Bard In D&D

No class is so intrinsically tied to <i>D&D</i> than the Bard. Bards are incredibly fun to play and are able to offer support to your entire party. That’s …

The Best Wireless Speakers You Can Buy Right Now

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Thousands Of People Are 'Playing' A Hidden Steam Game

<i>Spacewar</i> is a game that draws thousands of players every day. If you search for it on the Steam store, though, you’ll never find it.<p>You might …

Up Your DM Level With The Kobold’s Guide to Game Mastering

The one thing that every game of <i>Dungeons & Dragons</i> needs is a Dungeon Master. The <i>Dungeon Master’s Guide</i> has been a great resource throughout every …

No 'Star Wars' game has ever looked this real

In the last two Star Wars games, "Battlefront" and "Battlefront II," you're given a sandbox of Star Wars characters and worlds to play in.<p>These games are <i>very</i> pretty — some of the best-looking games on any system — but they don't hold a candle to what one intrepid gamer turned the original …

Princeton's ad-blocking technology could be the 'end game' for online publishers

A new ad-blocking technology could mean trouble for online publishers.<p>Developed by researchers at Stanford and Princeton, this ‘undefeatable’ ad blocker breaks from the norm and detects ads much like humans do: by looking at it. Typical ad-blockers scan a page’s source code looking for signs of …

Astronomers Might Have Just Captured The First Ever Photo of a Black Hole's Event Horizon

Now we wait to see it.<p>Scientists around the world have spent five sleepless nights staring into the abyss, and are hoping they've been rewarded with …

Google’s AutoDraw uses machine learning to help you draw like a pro

Drawing isn’t for everyone. I, for one, am definitely not very good at it. But with AutoDraw, Google is launching a new experiment today that uses machine learning algorithms to match your doodles with professional drawings to make you look like you know what you’re doing.<p>You can use AutoDraw on …

What makes a programming language “cool?”

There are many programming languages today vying for your consideration, especially the “hot” (or “cool!”) new languages like Ceylon, Crystal, Dart, …

Gag ransomware forces you to play an anime shooter game

A typical ransomware takes your files hostage in exchange for money, but "Rensenware" asks for something else. It forces you to play an anime-type shooter game called <i>Touhou Seirensen (Undefined Fantastic Object)</i> and score 0.2 billion points in Lunatic mode. Based on what we've seen of the gameplay, …

RESTful API design with Node.js

<i>This article was first published on Medium. You can take a look at it here</i><p>It’s a remarkable beast of a tool, Node.js. If you’re a beginner, aspiring …

JavaScript

Jaw-dropping 3D-printed grotto explores the future of architecture

Architects Michael Hansmeyer and Benjamin Dillenburger unveiled their latest 3D-printed masterpiece—a full-scale ornamental grotto. Crafted with …

'Ghost Recon: Wildlands' Is Literally 'Open World: The Game'

I have been writing about video games full time for nearly seven years now, and I don’t know if I’ve ever experienced a month like this past one before. Not to complain about playing and reviewing games for a living, but <i>wow</i> this has been intense.<p>I started with 30 hours of <i>Horizon Zero Dawn</i> in a week …

Special Forces

These Cartographers Are Making Awesome Fantasy RPG Maps For Your Campaigns

Finding other encounter and campaign maps for your RPG is as easy as a Google search, <i>they say</i>. However, rummaging through a few million maps and …

Dungeons & Dragons app enters open beta next week

Here’s how to sign up<p>The venerable Dungeons & Dragons tabletop role-playing game is partnering with Curse to build a next-generation web application. The platform, called D&D Beyond, was unveiled last week during PAX East in Boston. The team has announced that it will enter open beta on Monday. …

Pressure wave in planet’s atmosphere was one of the largest ever seen in the solar system, stretching over 10,000 kilometres<p>A Japanese spacecraft that is circling Venus has beamed home pictures of one of the largest waves ever seen in the solar system.<p>The Akatsuki probe captured images of the giant …

Astronomy

Leaked NASA Paper Shows The 'Impossible' EM Drive Really Does Work

Did we just achieve fuel-less propulsion?<p>The results of NASA's tests on the 'impossible' EM Drive have been leaked, and they reveal that the …

Zelda fans are going nuts over rare title they've never heard of

Chances are you’ve never heard of ‘The Legend of Zelda: Ancient Stone Tablet.’ This forgotten title was stowed away for years after originally being made for Nintendo’s Super Famicom system in the 90s.<p>The most hardcore of the hardcore Zelda fans have undoubtedly been waiting to get their hands on …

A chore-tracking RPG improved my marriage

Tidying up is just the beginning<p>I learned about <i>Habitica</i> at E3 this year.<p>As a man with many habits, both good and bad, using a fantasy-themed mobile game to improve myself sounded interesting. What I didn’t expect was that the app would also improve my relationship with my wife.<p>The premise of …

The first pop song ever written by artificial intelligence is pretty good, actually

We already know that artificial intelligence systems can work in law firms and beat the world champion at a game of Go. Now it turns out that AI can write some pretty good pop songs, too.<p>Researchers at Sony have been working on AI-generated music for years, and has previously used AI to create …

Artificial Intelligence