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Is “Ni No Kuni” The Last Great Japanese Role-Playing Game?

View this image › Whenever I hear someone refer to gamers as uncultured, or incurious, or aggression-addled, or attention deficit disordered, I wonder if that person has ever seen a Japanese role-playing game. JRPGs are long — always more than 30 hours, and sometimes up to 60 or 70. They are slow. They are no […]

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8 Simple-But-Cruel Gmail Tricks To Prank Your Friends

View this image › 1. Move The Chat List View this image › Let’s start with the tamest prank. This just moves the chat list from the left hand side to the right hand side. Click to enable Right-Side Chat in Labs then click save changes and you ‘re done. This is also one of […]

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Brilliant Comment Perfectly Explains Google+

View this image › moviesfca.tumblr.com From Hacker News, via Ryan Tate: Google Plus is like the movie Dark City. It’s a group of technical aliens picking apart the human experience, trying different scenarios in order to find out what the human soul is. Once per day, humans wake up and find themselves in its meticulously-constructed […]

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Who Will Be The Next LucasArts?

View this image › vgblogger.com Guacamelee, the new game from Drinkbox Studios, arrives at a bittersweet moment in gaming. Late last week, flush with nostalgia for the just-closed LucasArts, the internet started passing around some wonderful photos of the studio’s staff boxing up retail copies of the original Secret of Monkey Island, circa 1990. It’s […]

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Let’s Stop Saying “Impactful”

View this image › BuzzFeed FWD contributor and Person Who Is Good With Words Maria Bustillos made a VERY important demand on Twitter this morning: @ Stop saying “impactful”!! BF_STATIC.timequeue.push(function () { if (bfjs.isMobile() || !isIE8()) document.getElementById(“update_tweet_posted_time_347012”).setAttribute(‘title’, ‘Time posted: ‘ + UI.dateFormat.get_formatted_date(‘Thu Jun 07 15:12:03 +0000 2012’, ‘UTC’) ); }); BF_STATIC.timequeue.push(function () { document.getElementById(“update_tweet_posted_time_347012”).innerHTML = […]

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The Essential Great Recession Simulator

Video available at: http://youtube.com/watch?v=BalcDEQKQIo. Games do the exceptional and the extraordinary, but they barely touch the everyday (and when they do, they have catastrophic server issues). There is no “kitchen sink gaming realism.” Richard Hofmeier’s Cart Life might be the first step in that direction. The black and white adventure game tasks you with simply […]

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Lifechanging Twitter Hacks

View this image › shutterstock.com / Creative Improv I have endeavoured in this ghostly little article, to raise the ghost of an idea, which shall not put my readers out of humour with themselves, with each other, with the season, or with me. I am here today, your digital Jacob Marley, to show you how […]

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11 Stunning Microscopic Photos

1. View this image › wired.com Subject: Section of a Coccinella (ladybug) legPhotographer: Andrea Genre, Department of Life Sciences and Systems Biology, University of Turin, ItalyMagnification: 10x 2. View this image › wired.com Subject: Pistil of the flower of Adenium obesumPhotographer: José R. Almodovar Rivera, University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez, Puerto RicoMagnification: 10x 3. View […]

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9 Insidious Ways Technology Replaced Our Parents

1. Childhood: Parents bitch at you to turn that damn music down before you blow your eardrums. View this image › 90s90s90s.tumblr.com “Adulthood”: Smart phone passive aggressively reminds you to turn that damn music down before you blow your eardrums. View this image › galaxy-note2.wonderhowto.com 2. Childhood: Parents run the vacuum, all you have to […]

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What Cheating Looks Like On OkCupid

View this image › Ever since human beings came down from the trees and decided that two-person monogamous sexual relationships were a good foundation for society, people have stepped out on those two-person monogamous relationships. Cheating is an old sin, but it adapts well to new mediums. So it’s no surprise that lots of people […]

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Steam’s Massive Annual Summer Sale Is Here

View this image › Yesterday, Valve’s Steam service launched its annual summer sale. The first batch of daily deals are astounding: Game of the year candidate BioShock Infinite is half off at 30 bucks; 2012 indie gem Hotline: Miami is $2.50; Civilization V is 75% off at 8 dollars. The daily deals are where the […]

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“Direct Access” Is The Defining Phrase Of The NSA Scandal

View this image › Jeff Chiu / AP Read all the tech giants’ denials regarding the NSA’s PRISM program and you’ll start to notice a pattern: Google CEO Larry Page: We have not joined any program that would give the US government—or any other government—direct access to our servers. Mark Zuckerberg: Facebook is not and […]

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Community Post: Tech Refugee John McAfee Answers 9 Questions

View this image › Q:Do you still write code, perhaps for fun? McAfee: I haven’t written code in 20 years. In truth I was a terrible programmer. At all the companies I worked at I did everything within my power to avoid coding tasks. I was just good enough though to be able to spot […]

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The Manliest Manly Men Movie On Netflix

View this image › If you’re in the mood for a hard-boiled noir with a neat twist and two great stars: I Walk Alone (1948, Byron Haskin) Even without its unexpected narrative wrinkle, Byron Haskin’s noir tale I Walk Alone would be worthwhile for the peek it offers at the then-dawning talent of its two […]

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Life As A Google Glass Photographer

1. Google Glass is coming soon to the masses… View this image › 2. …which means tons of beautiful and unique video footage! View this image › 3. And, sadly, probably a lot of this, as well… View this image › You’ve been warned. 5. Here’s the full video: Video available at: http://youtube.com/watch?v=qGxLkaCdpLc. youtube.com Read […]

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