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New Madden ad is expensive, idiotic and unmissable

Reveling in self-consciously moronic dudebro fireworks, the new Madden commercial is a 21st-Century ad creative's wet dream.<p>Featuring Kevin Hart, Dave Franco and a hatful of athletes, it follows a grandiosely blokey video game sporting rivalry, festooned with low-hanging cultural references, stupid …

Gaming is not the most important thing in my life

"What’s your favorite video game?"<p>This is what people ask when they find out what I do. I have a stock answer: <i>Super Mario 64</i>. It's probably not my favorite game, but it satisfies people. It's a game they've heard of and that we all can agree was important. It's one of my favorite games, sure, but …

The Most Expensive Video Games Ever Made

In fact, some video games have ended up costing way more than even the most expensive feature films.<p>Unlike with movies, though, the amount of money it costs to make video games is a closely guarded secret. Most of the costs we see floating around are purely based on analyst estimates.<p>And when …

The Week in Review: Marijuana Goes Mainstream

In recent years, American social policy became a very sticky subject. Issues ranging from gay marriage to gun ownership are hotly politicized, and …

Scientists simulate time travel using light particles

We may never see practical time travel in our lifetimes, if it's possible at all. However, a team at the University of Queensland has given the Doc Browns of the world a faint glimmer of hope by simulating time travel on a very, very small scale. Their study used individual photons to replicate a …

Game of Thrones' Horrible Humans Somehow Get More Horrible

One of the great strengths of <i>Game of Thrones</i> is that it isn't afraid to change. Not only has it killed off some of its most popular characters, but …

Watch every SNES start screen ever made in this nine-hour video

Start screens may not serve much of a purpose, but over the years they've acted as a canvas for game developers to show off their hard work. And those start screens have a lasting impact: if you hammered away on a game when you were a kid, that start sequence probably has a special place somewhere …

What happened in Rwanda is happening again in Central African Republic

Drive north from the capital, and you soon discover why relief workers call the Central African Republic a post-apocalyptic country. After a year of mass murder, the villages are abandoned and the roads eerily empty and desolate.<p>The checkpoints are controlled by cold-eyed men from largely Christian …