Ty Thomas

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Origin PC, Velocity Micro jump on Intel's 10-core processor

You won't be hurting for choice if you want a gaming PC with the latest Extreme Edition chip.<p>Now that Intel has officially trotted out Core i7 Extreme Edition processors based on its shiny new Broadwell-E platform, gaming PC makers are coming out of the woodwork with systems that tout these …

'Until Dawn': Emily -- The Bossy One

Emily spends a third of her screen time arguing, another third complaining... and if you keep her alive long enough, a final third being badass. She has an evolutionarily ill-advised habit of insulting her would-be rescuer.

American Psychological Association affirms link between violent games and aggression

Playing violent video games is linked to increases in aggression and decreases in sensitivity to aggression, according to a review by the American Psychological Association (APA) of recent research. The review indicated that there is "insufficient evidence" about whether playing violent video games …

Psychology

The kinds of friendships you have in your 20s and 30s predicts your well-being later in life

A new study shows that when it comes to friendship, it’s quantity over quality that matters in your 20s—and vice versa in your 30s.<p>That pattern turns out to be a predictor of psychological well-being later in life, and it happens to be one that comes relatively naturally to many of us.<p>“Earlier on …

The Apple Watch's standing tracker is reliably unreliable

The other night, my Apple Watch buzzed right as I sat down for dinner. I had just finished cooking, cleaning, and setting the table, and there it was: <i>Tap Tap</i>. "Time to stand!"<p>Activity tracking is one of the most exciting things that wearables and smartwatches can do for us. But it's also something …

Despite Silent Hills' cancellation, Del Toro says he and Kojima will still work together

Even though their <i>Silent Hills</i> project was abruptly canceled by Konami, series creator Hideo Kojima and Guillermo del Toro still plan to collaborate on a future project, the director told IGN.<p>Del Toro (pictured) told IGN that he and Kojima "are still in touch ... and working into doing something …

Traverser’s dystopian, Tim Burton-like world values oxygen greater than oil

When you think of Adult Swim Games, you probably picture ridiculous, silly browser-based titles like Robot Unicorn Attack or PizzaWizard+. Traverser, the latest from Adult Swim, is not like those games.<p>With its dystopian, propaganda-littered world and its gravity-bending puzzles, Traverser (out now …

How Local Influences Drive Design In The Digital Age

It’s the regional innovations and variations that keep design relevant our hyper-connected digital age.<p>My wife is a hopeless flea market addict. I’ve been involved in this kind of scouting multiple times, exploring the same spot for years or rummaging through the oddest venues all around the world. …

The year's best rhythm-based roguelike is coming to PS4 and Vita with remixed music

<i>Crypt of the NecroDancer</i>, the roguelike that you play like a rhythm game, is on its way to PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita, developer Brace Yourself Games announced today.<p><i>Crypt of the NecroDancer</i> launched on Linux, Mac and Windows in April, following its debut on Steam Early Access in July 2014. …

What It's Really like to Play Minecraft on HoloLens

Breaking down the walls of reality.<p>Reality is no longer set in stone. Wiith Oculus and Morpheus both offering the means to escape into new worlds, …

Beyond Eyes makes you see the world from a different (and at times scary) perspective

It’s weird to say that a game about a blind girl made me happy.<p>But that’s how I felt at the end of my Beyond Eyes demo at this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo tradeshow. It stuck with me in a way that no recent game demo has (it was my favorite game from E3). Coming this summer to Xbox One and …

P.T.-like horror game Allison Road is creepy, creepy, creepy and we love it

Following the cancellation of <i>Silent Hills</i>, teaser <i>P.T.</i> is gone but not forgotten. And though it's doubtful it'll ever reemerge on the PlayStation Store, a U.K. studio called Lilith Ltd. could fill the hole it left in our horror-loving hearts with a new game called <i>Allison Road</i>.<p><i>Allison Road</i> is a …

Firaxis and 2K show off XCOM 2 gameplay

Firaxis and Take-Two Interactive’s 2K Games have spilled more details about the upcoming XCOM 2 sequel.<p>The game is a follow-up to XCOM: Enemy Unknown, a turn-based strategy game that debuted in 2012, and its expansion pack XCOM: Enemy Within from 2013. These rebooted the original XCOM series from …

Architizer

Elite: Dangerous' next update hopes to add a little character and a lot of strategy

One of the biggest criticisms of <i>Elite: Dangerous</i>, the vast spaceflight simulation now on Windows PC and Mac and slated for release on Xbox One and eventually PlayStation 4, has been that there's nothing to do. 400 billion channels, and nothing's on. While that's not entirely fair, the team at …

How friendship became a tool of the powerful

Imagine walking into a coffee shop, ordering a cappuccino, and then, to your surprise, being informed that it has already been paid for. Where did this unexpected gift come from? It transpires that it was left by the previous customer. The only snag, if indeed it is a snag, is that you now have to …

How PlayStation learned to speak to its customers between the PS3 and PS4

<i>Click here for all of our GamesBeat Summit coverage.</i><p>SAUSALITO, Calif. — Adam Boyes is a refreshingly honest kind of vice president.<p>Amid the unspoken formalities of the GamesBeat Summit’s second stage yesterday, Boyes offered a plain-spoken account of Sony’s rise from the mistakes made in the last …

The Next Big Thing In Design? Less Choice

In the future, the design around us will sweat the small stuff, writes Huge CEO Aaron Shapiro.<p>Choice is overrated.<p>Recently, I decided to buy Monopoly to play with my son. What I was sure would be a quick decision on Amazon turned into a learning experience for both of us. Did you know there are …

Photos Capture Life In One Of China’s Most Rapidly Developing Cities

What one of the world’s most rapidly urbanizing cities looks like today.<p>Chongqing, in southwest China, is geographically the country’s largest city. With a population of 36 million people, it’s also China’s largest direct-controlled municipality, meaning it’s basically a mini-province unto itself. …

Another Revolutionary 3D Printer: The Unibody Tiko Costs Just $179!

By going with a unibody and a delta mechanism, the developers have been able to maintain accuracy while greatly reducing cost<p>When we think of FDM 3D …

Architizer

The Golf Club has a tradition kinda like The Masters, if you know how to find it

Video game golfers jonesing for The Tradition Unlike Any Other got a double dose of bad news earlier this week: EA Sports' next PGA Tour game, which hasn't published since 2013, won't have Augusta National or The Masters, currently in the third round today.<p>They're not without alternatives, though.</i> …

The Hue Go: A Lantern For The Connected Age

Philips has unveiled a new, portable, color-changing lamp that’s like a lantern for the connected age.<p>The Hue Go will wake you up in the morning to the glow of simulated sunlight, then, thanks to an internal battery that lasts three hours and a body that’s cool to the touch, the Go can follow you …

Improve Your Photography Skills with These 9 Photo Composition Tips by Steve McCurry

Looking to up your photography game? Luckily, the Cooperative of Photography has created a fantastic video on photographic composition using tips and images by legendary photojournalist Steve McCurry. Each of the nine pointers is illustrated with examples from McCurry's stunning portfolio. Read on …

How Pillars of Eternity rewrites the rules for role-playing

You shouldn't have to put in hours of study to roll up a great character, and games shouldn't hinge on your ability to guess what combination of skills designers thought make the most powerful archetypes. The team behind <i>Pillars of Eternity</i> knew they could do better. So they threw out the rules, and …

Thumper is a gorgeous, terrifying new rhythm game from ex-Rock Band developers

<b>Watch in 60 fps on YouTube!</b><p><i>Thumper</i> is a game that snuck up on me. Over five years in the making, it's the debut title from Drool, a two-man indie team comprised of Marc Flury, an ex-Harmonix programmer living in Seoul, South Korea; and Brian Gibson, an artist at Harmonix who you may know as one …

Beyond Eyes puts you in the shoes of a blind person

Rae, a 10-year-old girl, walks towards what she thinks is a water fountain. She recognizes the sound from a fountain near her house. But Rae is blind, and as she gets closer she realizes that she's actually hearing water drip from a sewage drain.<p>Rae approaches laundry on a clothesline, only to get …

Paperspace Lets Anyone Access A Better Personal Computer That Lives In The Cloud

Imagine never having to buy new and expensive hardware to upgrade your personal computer with more speed and storage space. That’s the vision behind Y Combinator-backed Paperspace, a new company launching today, which is building a full, personal computer that lives in the cloud, which you access …

No Man's Sky is so big, the developers built space probes to explore it for them

There's a robot that lives inside <i>No Man's Sky</i> that nobody outside of the development team may ever see, because its entire purpose is to fly to each of the game's 18 quintillion worlds, take short videos and document its interstellar travels as a series of animated GIFs.<p>Developer Hello Games built …