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Building a 4th-Generation RTS

Stardock's Brad Wardell dives into the past, present, and future of the genre.<p>Technology and Gameplay Are Partners<p>I remember when I first played …

This Is The One Difference Between A Gaming PC And A Consumer PC

<i>This question originally appeared on Quora: How do gaming PCs differ from regular PCs?</i><p><i>Answer by Jae Alexis Lee, Systems Designer & Technology Enthusiast, on Quora</i><p>We’ve all heard the term “Gaming PC,” alternately mentioned as the pivotal achievement in computer hardware or as bottomless pits into …

Gameplay

3 Ways To Teach Kids To Think Critically About Video Games

Thankfully, the discussion of media literacy is very prominent during Superbowl season. At this point, we are used to analyzing the commercials.<p>It must be one of the greatest accomplishments in advertising—talking about the ads is considered part of the tradition. People even say proudly, “I only …

College & University

A defense of Binding of Isaac from a former fundamentalist Christian

Why does <i>The Binding of Isaac</i> need a "defense?"<p>It’s already wildly popular, and the biggest fans on the game's subreddit would laugh at the mere 70 hours I’ve logged on <i>The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth</i>. I would have logged more if I didn’t have articles to write to pay my bills.<p>Its creator, Edmund …

Destiny: Patch 1.0.3 Tour and Why We Like It - IGN Plays - IGN Video

Destin and Alfredo are back taking a look at the new Destiny patch that just went live.

How Minecraft looks with realistic graphics

This animation of a realistic version of <i>Minecraft,</i> created in Blender by YouTuber Flashcode, prompted the following responses from my kids, ages 4, 8 and 10.<p>8yo: "Is this a real game?"<p>10yo: "No, idiot. But it's nice."<p>4yo: "Awesome."<p>It's a short film, in which Steve encounters a Skeleton, but …

33 Books You Should Read Now, Based On Your Favourite Films

From Pulp Fiction to pulp fiction.<p>I've only included films on this list that were made from original screenplays, so there's nothing adapted from another medium. Many of the films are taken from the IMDb Top 100. The books I've included on this list are ones that have not yet been made into films …

Here are the top 10 reasons Apple rejects apps

In the name of transparency, Apple has revealed the top reasons why it rejects apps from its App Store.<p>The most common reason Apple blocks apps isn’t censorship, as some folks might believe. About 14 percent of apps rejected during the seven-day period ending Aug. 28 were rejected because more …

Oculus and Samsung's rumored mobile VR helmet is perfect weapon in fight for mainstream acceptance

Samsung teaming up with Oculus VR for a rumored media-focused virtual reality headset makes sense for both companies. Samsung gets access to not only the best software for virtual reality, but also the best minds working in virtual reality. The team at Oculus is made up of an almost punishing …

The state of the art on video game design — the best comments from the Dice Summit so far

LAS VEGAS — The luminaries of the video game industry are gathered at the Dice Summit, the video game conference in Vegas this week. This morning, we heard a bunch of talks from some of them, and we’ve summarized the best moments so far below.<p>Hilmar Veigar Petursson, chief executive of CCP Games, …

The Future of Video Game Storytelling

Four game writers give us their thoughts on the 'next generation' of video game storytelling.<p>There is an old but still pertinent argument that …

GTA Online Glitch Lets You Revisit Prologue Area

North Yankton arrives in Los Santos.<p>A glitch has been discovered allowing you to access the GTA V prologue area of North Yankton in GTA Online.<p>Once …

Designing A Computer Game To Overthrow Capitalism

Paul Mason has an odd piece in The Guardian where he tries to sketch out how a computer game might be used to overthrow capitalism. Or rather, if we changed the economics within computer games then we might educate people to overthrow capitalism. Or something: it’s not entirely clear what he …

Why video games can make for great comics (and vice versa)

Unlike the uneasy relationship between movies and video games, comics seem to know how to deliver creative, expansive takes on the fiction made for game consoles.<p>Earlier this month at New York Comic Con, fans had a chance to check out a plethora of video game-inspired comics and comic-inspired …

The 19 Most Unnerving Spots On Earth

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Explore game landscapes in the Other Places video series

YouTube user ultrabrilliant launched Other Places this week, a series of videos that explore the tranquil beauty of video game landscapes without all the messy fighting.<p>Watch the video above for a bird's-eye view of <i>BioShock Infinite</i>'s city in the clouds, Columbia, created by Irrational Games. In …

Watch Seth Rogen play The Last of Us

In case you've ever wanted to watch Seth Rogen play a video game, now's your chance.<p>IGN posted a video of the <i>This Is the End</i> star and director making his way through Naughty Dog's <i>The Last of Us</i> with co-director Evan Goldberg. Rogen admires the game's visuals, questions the characters' accents and …

Google can predict a movie's success before release

Google has already proven surprisingly adept at predicting Oscar winners with search data, and now it says it's figured out how to predict box office results too. With between 90 and 92 percent accuracy, Google can tell how much money any picture will make during its first two weeks in theaters — …

Morphine-like drug may ward off PTSD

<b>EMORY (US) —</b> A new compound reduces PTSD-like symptoms in mice that have been exposed to stress, a finding that could lead to a treatment given to …

Neuroscience