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Play this: 'The Queen of Snakes' is a gorgeous, free 'Indiana Jones'-themed adventure game

<i>The Queen of Snakes</i> has a lot going for it. It's a simple and fun point-and-click adventure game with an absolutely stunning comic book art style, as well as a treasure hunting theme that elicits some very strong <i>Indiana Jones</i> vibes. You'll explore a labyrinth temple full of secrets, treasures, …

Mozilla coder: Chrome violates Google's own Blink principles

Programmer Robert O'Callahan says Google's Native Client technology contradicts laudable Web standards principles the Net giant laid out for Blink, its new browser engine project.<p>With a project called Portable Native Client now making its way into Chrome and potentially onto the Web itself, Google …

Software

LAPD faces off with Call of Duty statue in game studio raid

Placing a life-size statue of a gunman in a window may not be the best idea, but that's what the LAPD confronted when officers stormed the offices of Robotoki.<p>In this day and age, perhaps it's not the best idea to erect a life-size statue of a gunman and place it in the front window of your …

Call of Duty

Google must obey FBI's warrantless requests for user data for now, judge rules

Google's attempts to fight FBI National Security Letters, controversial requests to hand over users' data without telling them and without getting a search warrant, aren't going so well. A US District Court Judge in California recently rejected Google's petition to have 19 letters requesting user …

Microsoft promises Surface Pro tablets will be back in stores later this week

When Microsoft's Surface Pro tablet went on sale earlier in February, prospective buyers quickly ran into problems finding it: retail stores like Best Buy were reported to have very limited stock, and the 128GB model quickly sold out online. Now, Surface team head Panos Panay has promised the …

Microsoft suggests throttling or blocking iOS 6.1 devices after bug slows down Exchange servers

Apple's iOS 6.1 update introduced some improvements to Siri and LTE compatibility, but for many users, it also cut their phones off from 3G networks or Microsoft's Exchange. The former issue has hopefully been addressed with a bug fix, but the latter apparently remains unsolved — and Microsoft is …

Facebook Tells Advertisers: No Pay, No Play

The message is clear: If you want to play with Facebook, you must now pay for the privilege — in the form of ads.<p>Separately, we noted earlier that Facebook wields a big stick when it comes to advertisers who don't want to follow the rules: They get banned, ultimately.<p>The policy change was …

Mark Zuckerberg

Wedding Photograph Features a Hungry T-Rex Chasing the Bridal Party

Here’s a fun wedding photo idea we’ve never seen before: dinosaur photobombing. Baton Rouge, Louisiana-based wedding photographer Quinn Miller …

What Science Says About Arousal During Rape

Yes, orgasms can happen to rape victims.<p>Rape. Most of us don't like to talk about it. We don't like to think about it. But when we do think about it, or at least when I do, it is always violent. I am struggling and overpowered. I am screaming. And I am certainly not getting off.<p>Although in the …

Take a Peek at Heath Ledger's Joker Diary From 'The Dark Knight' – /Film

Of the many comic book movie villains we’ve seen paraded across the big screen in the past 15 years, one of the most memorable has been <b>Heath Ledger</b>‘s …

Comic Books

Forget the Xbox One and PS 4 — the most powerful gaming device is your PC

Internet forums are full of discussions about the Xbox One versus the PlayStation 4 in the wake of announcements. But the high-end gamer PC is already running circles around those machines, six months before they hit the market.<p>In the past, the consoles leapt ahead of the PC, if only for a short …

American dream deferred indefinitely

Income inequality is now as high as it’s been since the Great Depression, and the middle class is nearly extinct<p>INEQUALITY IS NOW ONE of the biggest political and economic challenges facing the United States. Not that long ago, the gap between rich and poor barely registered on the political …

Sears Replaces Retail Stores With Data Centers

Recognizing the world needs less space for retail and more to store data, Sears (SHLD) plans to turn some of Sears and Kmart locations into data centers and disaster recovery spaces.<p>A new Sears subsidiary will be tasked with converting some of the more than 2,500 Sears and Kmart properties to data …

Tim Tebow's camp privately admits QB's NFL career probably over, according to report

The three-year vet may have played his last snap in the NFL.<p>The New York Jets cut Tim Tebow in April, and the quarterback hasn't been able to find a job in the NFL since then. There is a sense now that he may well be finished. People close to Tebow have privately admitted that his pro career is …

Jay-Z's New Sports Agency Is Being Investigated For Allegedly Breaking NFL Rules

New York Jets rookie quarterback Geno Smith denies that Jay-Z recruited him to his agency.<p>However, a source told USA Today's Mark Garafolo something different.<p>Citing an anonymous source, Garafolo reports Jay-Z told Smith that Kimberly Miale, a Boston-based attorney and NFLPA-certified agent, would …

Florida Friday: Court acquits man who killed his wife’s lover because of stand your ground law, they celebrate with waffles

Today’s Florida Friday story is both compelling <i>and</i> incredibly Florida, but before I get to the compelling, let me first lay out what was so Florida about it: a Tampa jury acquitted a man who admitted killing his wife’s lover in his own house, and one of the first quotes is about how the acquitted …

It's Too Early To Judge Microsoft Xbox One And Sony PlayStation 4

These days, negative press is what seems to drive the game journalism business. Writers specialize in finding multiple negative angles around a story in an attempt to garner hits from fan boys (a term called nerd baiting). The Internet and social media have literally made everyone a critic and …

Justice Department tries to force Google to hand over user data

Secret lawsuit in Manhattan filed last month asks judge to force Google to cough up user data without a search warrant. A different court has already ruled that the process is unconstitutional.<p>A new lawsuit in Manhattan pitting the U.S. Department of Justice against Google offers a rare glimpse of …

Surveillance

Most Men Can't Get Away With Being 'Alpha Dads'

Bloomberg Businessweek makes it sound easy.<p>Seelah Kolhatkar's cover story on work-life balance for men focuses on a group of "alpha dads" at Deloitte who boldly rearrange their schedules to make time for their kids.<p>"They don't believe in balance," writes Kolhatkar, "they believe in getting what …

Why the creator of the most realistic gaming gun ever isn’t backing down

Video games lead to violence. They warp impressionable young minds because titles like Call of Duty and Battlefield are so realistic that players can’t tell the difference. They are worse than guns.<p>We’ve all heard these extreme claims from the National Rifle Association, from politicians, and from …

Xbox One and PlayStation 4: Prepare for the least exciting game generation

This post has not been edited by the GamesBeat staff. Opinions by GamesBeat community writers do not necessarily reflect those of the staff.<p>I’m not particularly thrilled about the PlayStation 4 or Xbox One. I know I should be, considering what “next gen” usually means for gaming: fewer technical …

Infographic: Top colleges and highest salaries in gaming industry

Video games are not a waste of time if you’re a programmer who studied at the University of California and you work for Bethesda Game Studios (Skyrim, Fallout). At least according to this data.<p>Casual-game developer Big Fish put together a giant infographic that lists the best schools for gaming, …

The GOP’s habit of employing ‘bait and switch’ tactics

Chris Matthews discusses the GOP’s history of confusing facts with falsehoods with TheGrio’s Joy Reid and the Huffington Post’s Ryan Grim.