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The Latest Google Algorithm Creates Video Based On a Few Still Images

Google’s engineers can do some pretty incredible things with the consumer technology it has developed—from “dreaming” neural networks based on …

For The First Time, Waves Are Adding Power To The U.S. Grid

Hawaii catches a wave<p>The waves of Hawaii are a big draw for tourists and surfers, but now they're also a source of electricity. For the first time in the United States, energy collected from waves is being turned into electricity that is heading onto the grid, and powering homes in Hawaii.<p>The …

Renewable Energy

Stop worrying about video game violence, and start thinking about dehumanization

I remember how happy I was the day Jack Thompson was disbarred.<p>Thompson, a Florida lawyer who brought repeated lawsuits against the videogame industry, was basically a joke to everyone I knew, and rightly so. It wasn’t like he had some "expertise" on the subject, or that he was responding to …

Bethesda had the perfect answer for people bothered by Doom's violence: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

That headline wasn't an exaggeration; Bethesda's Pete Hines literally shrugged on-camera when Polygon asked about criticism of the game's violence.<p>It was an appropriate, and in some ways powerful, response. Every game isn't for every gamer. There's little to be gained by interacting with someone …

How No Man’s Sky creator is using clever tech to build a truly indie game universe

Sean Murray isn’t creating just one new world. He’s creating a whole universe of them in his sci-fi game No Man’s Sky, which uses a clever technology to mathematically generate new worlds for players to explore.<p>This “procedural” technology has been around for a while, but it hasn’t been used on …

No Man's Sky

E3 2015: Mirror's Edge Catalyst Preserves the Original's Spirit

Having faith in DICE.<p>I love the first Mirror's Edge so much that I literally cheered when the reboot, now called Mirror's Edge Catalyst, was …

'No Plans' For Paid Mods In 'Fallout 4'

Don’t expect paid mods for Bethesda’s new <i>Fallout 4</i> anytime soon. The developer may have tried to work with Valve to implement a system where users would be able to pay money for certain user-created mods for <i>Skyrim</i>, but the whole thing crashed and burned in about a day. While Valve’s response to the …

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I wish more games were like Mirror’s Edge Catalyst

It's hard not to look around the E3 show floor and notice very strong patterns. There's <i>Military Shooter 4</i>, <i>Jump Scare Simulator: Legends</i>, and of course, <i>Racing Thing 2016</i>. <i>Mirror's Edge Catalyst</i> isn't an original IP — whether it's a prequel or a reboot is up for debate — but the follow-up to 2008's</i> …

Gaming Startup Code Kingdoms Exits Beta On A Quest To Get Kids Coding

Changes to the computing curriculum in England, which arrived last September requiring schools to teach bona fide programming skills to kids as young as five, are shaking out into increased opportunities for edtech startups in the U.K.<p>Making learning to code accessible, fun and engaging is the …

The leads of Star Wars The Force Awakens describe their new characters

It's hard to tell what's generated more speculation around <i>Star Wars: The Force Awakens</i>, the return of franchise veterans like Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford, or the creation of three brand new characters as the film's leads. The actors behind those characters have now given the world …

Crackdown vets’ Hollowpoint plays off 2D and 3D combat in a megacorp shadow war

Indie developer Ruffian Games and publisher Paradox Interactive have teamed up to create Hollowpoint for the PlayStation 4 and the PC. The companies previously announced the co-op or single-player shooting game, but I got the first hands-on preview at a Sony event this week.<p>In the dystopian future …

Destiny House of Wolves Release Date Revealed

<b>[UPDATE]</b> Activision has now formally announced that House of Wolves will launch May 19 for Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation 4. You can watch a trailer for the DLC above.<p>Bungie also revealed new details about the expansion, including the fact that it will not include a new Raid.<p><i>The</i> …

Activision Blizzard

U.S. Department of Education: The future of education includes video games in classrooms

A lot of modern students spend as much time playing video games as they do attending school, according to research by University of Indiana.<p>Some may view that as a shocking affirmation that video games are eroding the education of an entire generation, but the U.S. Department of Education sees it …

Education

Square Enix's version of Star Wars isn't messing around

If Square Enix had its way with Star Wars, Boba Fett, Darth Vader and your everyday Stormtrooper would be a much more fearsome force than what we've come to know over the years. Did we say if? We mean when.<p>As part of the Star Wars Variant Play Arts Kai line, Square Enix reimagined all three …

UK schools threaten to report parents who let their kids play 18+ games

If your child is playing 18-rated games such as <i>Call of Duty</i> and <i>Grand Theft Auto</i>, you could be reported to the police and social services. That's the message being sent to parents by a group of primary and secondary schools in Cheshire. In a letter, the Nantwich Education Partnership has warned …

Masi Oka will reprise the role of Hiro for the Heroes reboot

After an absence of five years, <i>Heroes</i> is coming back to television with <i>Heroes Reborn</i>, and Masi Oka is now the second returning cast member to join the production. Oka played fan-favorite Hiro Nakamura in the 2006 series, a nerdy, young Japanese man who discovers that he has the innate ability to …

Anime

In Pillars of Eternity, you choose, and the world responds

<i>The writer backed Pillars of Eternity on Kickstarter but used a publisher-provided code for the review. –Ed.</i><p><i>Check out our</i> <i>Reviews Vault</i> <i>for past game reviews.</i><p>Forty-four hours in, I’m still marveling at the freedom that Pillars of Eternity gives me.<p>This Kickstarter darling (this ode to old-school role …

Indie Gaming

Indiana passes controversial 'religious freedom' bill opposed by Gen Con and others

Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed the state's controversial "religious freedom" bill into law today, leaving Gen Con and other companies that had publicly declared their opposition to the legislation to figure out next steps.<p>Gov. Pence signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act during a private …

PBS asks why Call of Duty isn't about duty, why Medal of Honor isn't about honor

Jamin Warren, founder of Kill Screen Magazine and host of PBS Game/Show has a dense 10-minute look at wargames that is worth your time if you play games, or are a citizen of any country that has ever been at war. So basically everyone should watch this.<p>Warren nimbly charts the course of wargaming …

World of Warcraft's latest patch paves the way for $20 Tokens

A <i>World of Warcraft</i> patch set for release today includes the structure on which $20 WoW Tokens will be based, according to a pair of Battle.net posts this week.<p>WoW Tokens, which will allow players to securely exchange in-game gold and game time, will arrive in the massively multiplayer online …

Nvidia's Titan X: The 4K Gaming Graphics Card You've Been Waiting For

Let’s skip the foreplay. Nvidia’s Titan X is the best single-GPU graphics card on the market, and a remarkable feat of engineering. This is an inarguable conclusion. <i>If</i> cost is no concern and you want exceptional 1440p gaming and/or surprisingly strong 4K gaming from a single-GPU graphics card …

Halo 5 Teaser Counts Down to March 22

A countdown timer tied to Halo 5: Guardians has gone live on Tumblr. Shared by Xbox senior public relations manager Rob Semsey on Twitter, the timer is set to expire on March 22, 6pm Pacific Time. The page features the image of a bullet embossed with the word "TRAITOR," the hashtag "#HUNTtheTRUTH," …

A five-year-old forum post led to one of the most amazing moments of Fanfest history

Around five years ago, an Eve Online fan posted the following request on the game's forums. There would be an eclipse in 2015, maybe that year's Fanfest could be timed to take advantage of the celestial event?<p>CCP CEO Hilmar Veigar Pétursson showed this image during the show's keynote; he liked the …

The Pirate Bay's new network is making ISP blocks useless

Despite global efforts to put the kibosh on infamous torrent site The Pirate Bay (TPB), the lair of internet swashbucklers is proving almost impossible to sack. Swedish police succeeded in taking the site down late last year, only for it to reappear the following month. And stronger than ever it …

Windows 10 will be free for software pirates

Windows 10 will be a free upgrade for Windows 7 and Windows 8 users this summer, but Microsoft is also extending its offer to software pirates. "We are upgrading all qualified PCs, genuine and non-genuine, to Windows 10," says Terry Myerson, Microsoft’s Windows chief, in an interview with Reuters. …

Windows 10

Age of Empires devs modernize the RTS genre with faster gameplay — and giant mechs

A few veteran developers are trading in their ancient empires for towering robots.<p>At this year’s Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, developer BonusXP unveiled Servo, a sci-fi mech game for PC that tweaks the real-time strategy (RTS) formula for modern tastes. Gone are battles that take 45 …

Hover X is the crazy desk that turns your lap — and anywhere you sit — into a PC gaming space

Lapboards aren’t necessarily new — Razer has a fancy one coming up, and Phantom Entertainment has a really nice one — but these are lap-friendly keyboard and mouse solutions, and they do nothing for the notebook user.<p>While the idea of a laptop computer for PC gaming seems nice, there’s one huge …

Laptops

Human Computer Interfaces: The Next Hot Innovation In PC Gaming?

I spent the better part of last week at the Game Developers Conference (GDC), checking out a number of new gaming-related innovations poised to hit the market in the next few weeks, months, and (maybe) years. I’m particularly interested in PC hardware, which was good because a number of the major …

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