The FCC’s War to Liberate Your Cable Box

You likely don’t think about your set-top box much, any more than you might think about your gall bladder. You live with the one you were assigned. The decision of which model you’d be stuck with was made long before your service provider arrived at your house to hook it …

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Your BFFs Are Back in Broad City’s New Season

  Is there any less satisfying TV-going experience than watching Broad City alone? After all, this is a show that, in just two short seasons, turned stars and co-creators Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson into “Ilana and Abbi” —a two-headed, high-as-balls hydra whose unflagging devotion and, yasss, secret syntax make …

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How System Shock Lured Warren Spector Back to Making Games

Warren Spector always knew he’d get back to making games. His return was just a little earlier than he had planned. After the release of Spector’s last game, Disney’s Epic Mickey 2, and the subsequent shuttering of Spector’s Disney-owned studio Junction Point, the designer left games for academia, leading a …

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95% of Americans Share Passwords With Friends and Family Members

Online security has been one of the hottest topics on the planet for the past several years. Between Edward Snowden, the Sony hack, the Target hack and Hillary Clinton’s private email server, you would think that Americans would be on top of their own personal security when it comes to online accounts that …

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Room-Scale VR Turns Your Whole Body Into a Game Controller

When virtual reality first crawled back onto the scene, many people cautioned that it would be wonderful for gaming—but not for first-person shooters. After all, playing with a traditional gamepad, with thumbsticks controlling your point of view, leads pretty quickly to simulator sickness. That hasn’t changed. What has changed is our input devices; the arrival of …

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Guillermo Del Toro Says He’ll Do Anything Hideo Kojima Wants

Hideo Kojima, creator of Metal Gear, and film director Guillermo del Toro will likely collaborate again at some point, the duo said during a discussion at the DICE Summit in Las Vegas on Thursday. “I’ll do whatever the fuck he wants,” said the director of Pan’s Labyrinth, gesturing towards Kojima. …

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