Jesse Hollowell

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The US has reached the last stage before collapse

In <i>The History of the Decline and Fall of The Roman Empire</i>, Edward Gibbon luridly evokes the Rome of 408 A.D., when the armies of the Goths prepared to descend upon the city.<p>The marks of imperial decadence appeared not only in grotesque displays of public opulence and waste, but also in the collapse …

Big Ideas

Stephen King on Donald Trump: ‘How do such men rise? First as a joke’

He’s written novels with eerily similar plotlines – but how did Trump become president? The only way to find out: inject a panel of fictional voters with truth serum...<p>I started thinking Donald Trump might win the presidency in September of 2016. By the end of October, I was almost sure. Thus, when …

The groundbreaking app turning millennials into stock traders is now said to be worth more than $1 billion

The new round of funding is reportedly led by Yuri Milner's investment arm, DST Global, and values the investing app at over $1 billion. That makes it a "unicorn" in Silicon Valley terms.<p>Robinhood declined to comment on the new funding round. Fortune previously reported that the startup was looking …

Venture Capital

15 Things You Might Have Missed in Assassin's Creed's Trailer #2

For those who love action, adventure, history, open worlds and surviving leaps from improbably great heights, the <b>Assassin’s Creed</b> games have it all. …

How H.R. Giger Invented Sci-Fi's Most Terrifying Monster

Taschen's monograph on the late genius H.R. Giger took ten years to complete and is one of the most comprehensive examinations of the artist's inimitable work. In this excerpt, writer Andreas J. Hirsch explains why Giger's work is like a "Rosetta Stone."<p><i>The following excerpt from Taschen's</i> …

H. R. Giger

Ben Carson Lashes Out at West Point Coverage

Republican Ben Carson is lashing out at reporters for questioning his biography and complaining about what he sees as uneven media coverage.<p>An …

Why Fallout 4 Is the Most Ambitious RPG Ever Made - Gamescom 2015 - IGN Video

Bethesda VP Peter Hines explains why he thinks Fallout 4 will set a new standard for the genre.

RPGs

Snapchat is changing the way you watch snaps and add friends

A shift in Snapchat's core product<p>Snapchat is changing its own game yet again. With an update rolling out today for iOS and Android, you are no longer required to hold a finger down to view snaps and Stories. Watching is now triggered by a single tap on the snap or Story to make it begin playing — …

'The Walking Dead' Season 5 Premiere Review: No Sanctuary

<i>Spoiler warning through Season 5 of ‘The Walking Dead’ on AMC.</i><p><i>The Walking Dead</i> gets off to an action-packed start Sunday night, as Sheriff Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and crew make their bloody escape from Terminus, the creepy cannibal community that had imprisoned most of the survivors by the end …

How can the NRA block this? The gun reform everyone should agree on

Mandatory firearm training for gun owners wouldn’t just save law enforcement and bystanders — but NRA members, too<p>As the one year anniversary of the tragic Newtown shooting arrives next week, there will surely be talk about the current status of the gun safety reform movement. One area that ought …

Make fatherhood a man’s choice!

The burden of pregnancy will never be fair. Child support can be — but men need to have a chance to opt out<p>MY MOTHER WAS unable to obtain an illegal abortion, though she tried, in 1967 when she learned she was pregnant with me. Instead, she attempted paternity fraud—passing me off to her boyfriend …

Xbox One launch ad nails Microsoft's next-gen vision

All it took was zombies, Spock, supercars, and sports stars<p>Microsoft is kicking off its Xbox One advertising in a big way today. The software giant may have struggled with messaging and confusing policy reversals at its unveiling earlier this year, but it’s wasting no time trying to correct the …

Microsoft

Democracy 3 brings government to the people

As the U.S. Government grinds back into action today, the lesson is relearned that the D.C. power game is all about politicians prone to ethical flip-flopping, dodgy fund-raising, cynical media manipulation, venal posturing and base vote scrounging.<p>Very little of what politicians do is about actual …

Grand Theft Auto V - GTA 5 Cheats: Invincibility, Max Health and Armor and Free Weapons - IGN Video

Go on the ultimate GTA 5 rampage with all the most important cheats for Grand Theft Auto V, including max health / armor, free weapons and, of …

Threeview: Grand Theft Auto V reviewed by a critic, an analyst, and an academic

Grand Theft Auto V may be one of the best-reviewed games in all of history, but it does surprise us that it is also the highest-scoring GamesBeat Threeview to date. A 100 out of 100 … coming from Professor Murray?<p>Our academic reviewer wrote a beautiful piece below justifying that perfect score, but …

Dan Houser on Grand Theft Auto 5, metaphysics and the power of three

To those familiar with Rockstar and the studio's ability to deliver interesting narratives swimming in massive, compelling, completely open settings, it may come as a surprise to learn that <i>Grand Theft Auto 5</i> started not so much with a story, as it did a literary technique.<p>More interesting is that …

The Point

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Gamers Grow Increasingly Incensed with Microsoft’s Xbox One

With each new announcement about the upcoming launch of the Xbox One, Microsoft seems to be making a few more enemies.<p>Gamers and industry observers …

Advertising Industry

Aisha Tyler on privacy, technology and Watch Dogs

Aisha Tyler has a simple plan, one which she knows has absolutely zero chance of success.<p>She's going to attempt a "digital detox" for the month of August, during which she'll withdraw from Twitter and email and Google and all the other little techno-connections she makes with the world.<p>"I feel like …

Why Ubisoft thinks gamers will want always-online games

<i>Far Cry 3</i>, <i>Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag</i>, <i>The Crew</i>, <i>Watch Dogs</i>, <i>Tom Clancy's The Division</i>: Ubisoft's slate of recent and upcoming games increasingly seem to have one thing in common: Open worlds.<p>That's not a coincidence.<p>The push toward open world gaming, and with it the desire to blend single and …

Can Elder Scrolls Online Work on Consoles?

Thoughts on how ESO might succeed where so many others have failed.<p>An Elder Scrolls console MMORPG? Matt Firor, executive producer of ZeniMax, seemed …

Watch Dogs gives players the chance to become in-game pedestrians

<i>Watch Dogs</i> will use real-world gamers as inspiration for its in-game pedestrian, Ubisoft confirmed as part of a new competition.<p>The publisher is giving players the chance to get their name into the upcoming open-world title. Users need both a Facebook and Uplay account to enter their details into …

Elder Scrolls Online video reveals a new monster, the deadly marsh-dwelling Wamasu

A teaser posted by ZeniMax Online for <i>The Elder Scrolls Online</i> introduces a new monster not yet seen in <i>Elder Scrolls</i> lore.<p>The bulky, lizard-like wamasu lives in the Black Marsh where it threatens adventurers and passersby. It has some sort of innate electric power as evidenced by its lightning …

Game Informer Editors React To Xbox One News

Even with gaming taking a backseat to multimedia functionality, Microsoft threw a lot of new information at the public with its Xbox One press …