Valve, who are basically the best video-game development house, like, ever, have announced the sequel to their wonderful 2007 first-person puzzler Portal. We're excited, but we're not going to make any references to "cake" or "the party submission position" or the companion cube or anything like that, though, as GLaDOS's lines have been abused enough by the internet by now. Portal 2 will release this fall.
The doorstop-size fantasy tomes in George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series should be on the bookshelf of every avid geek-lit reader. Martin's clever story-crafting might better be classed as magical realism rather than fantasy; it's as much about political intrigue as it is about dragons.
Last week's Lost was not a bad little episode; we got some nice character moments getting to know a not-excruciating parallel version of Jack, and we got to see that mirror device thingie, which may or may not be important going forward. The hot theory right now based on that episode is that, far from the savior everyone thinks he is, Jacob is actually the show's bad guy, and Locke/Smokey is the real hero.
Two years ago, Patrick Kierkegaard of the University of Essex asserted that video-games reduce violent tendencies. Today, there’s a new study making the rounds that claims video-games cause aggressive behavior. Craig Anderson of Iowa State has been studying this topic for years and has performed a variety of studies on gamers of all ages
There’s only one month left before PAX East comes to Boston (March 26-28). That’s right: one month until Penny Arcade’s author and artist duo Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik cordially invite 60,000 gamers and all the major gaming industry players to the Hynes Convention Center?xml:namespace>
As expected, last week's episode of Lost was pretty solid - easily the most enjoyable of this still-young season. We got a nice dose of both mythology -- Jacob's cave and its "candidate" names -- and the character moments that always separated this show from the sci-fi pack. Even if we're still not sure where all of this parallel world stuff is going.
Seth Horowitz, in a blurry iPhone snapshot of the photo that ran with the Globe's story. Yes, that is a bat in his pocket.We totally get why the Globe chose to frontload yesterday's profile of Brown University assistant research professor Seth Horowitz
with his accomplishments in the field of neuro-fuckery -- after
all, we're mighty intrigued by the notion that you can use sounds to
"hijack the auditory system" to improve concentration, cure insomnia,
and make your boss vomit.
Oh no: CBS is reportedly adapting the popular Twitter feed "ShitMyDadSays" into a television sitcom. William Shatner will play the titular Dad. We probably could think of a worse idea we've heard in the past few months, but . . . no. This is the worst idea we've heard in a while.
2K games and Firaxis (Sid Meier's gaming company) today announced the impending release of Civilization V for PCs this fall. Given that the last proper Civ title came out about five years ago (completely awesome and available cheap), this is welcome news for quite a few of us. The downside: productivity will likely slow to a halt in the weeks immediately following Civ V's release.
Concept art for Boston Dynamics' LS3In an uncertain technological future, it's nice to know we can depend on one thing: that the
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) will always be into some
seriously heavy shit. Responsible for such sinister-sounding past endeavors as the Sea Shadow and the MQ-1 Predator, DARPA permanently resides on the cutting edge.
Last week's episode of Lost, the third of its final season, was a little . . . well, let's just be direct about it: it was pretty bad. It could
be that our disappointment stems from the fact that our anticipation
has been heightened with each episode as the finish line approaches;
perhaps when viewed again as part of a DVD marathon, it will seem a lot
more palatable (a sentiment expressed in at least one recap we've come
Mattel's plastic princess has quite the well-rounded resume: Barbie has piloted a plane, run for President, and explored Space. In 2010, she'll try her hand at her 125th vocation, and Mattel decided to put it to a vote on their website: Architect, Computer Engineer, Environmentalist, News Anchor, or Surgeon.
The results were .
As far as monster mashups go, "Sharktopus" is pretty straightforward in its absurdity. Still, the imaginations of sci-fi fans have run wild in
the days since Karen O'Hara of SyFy Movies announced via Twitter that
low-budget schlockmaster Roger Corman's long-awaited Sharktopus is
finally in the works.
SyfyMovies Just got off the phone with the legendary Roger Corman who's doing a new movie for us this year.
Everybody recovered from the punishing, brain-bending wallop that was last week's two-part Lost premiere spectacular? Ready to get back to the Island, even if it's full of talking dead people and smoke-monsters-made-flesh, and cast-resurrecting alternate universes? Good. Then we hope you can join us for another installment of our live Lost chatjam.
One of the Macmillan titles pulled from Amazon.com
Right on the heels of Steve Jobs promising to change the way geeks read forever and ever, the first skirmish in the e-book wars hit the blogosphere this weekend when Amazon yanked the “Buy” buttons for all books published by Macmillan
as a hardball negotiating tactic against the company's plan to raise
prices on electronic editions.
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