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HBO mines Asian mythology for scary monsters in anthology series Folklore

[embedded content] HBO Asia’s new horror anthology series, Folklore, features six standalone episodes, each set in a different Asian country. Back in the 1990s, HBO notably produced the cult-classic horror anthology series Tales from the Crypt. For its new horror anthology, Folklore, the scary monsters are drawn from the mythologies of various Asian cultures. Instead […]

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, video games, and the new online town square

Enlarge Aurich / Getty Over the weekend, tens of thousands of people—including one sitting US Congressperson—gathered online to watch a marathon stream of someone playing Donkey Kong 64. The most notable thing about this, perhaps, was just how little organic interest in Donkey Kong 64 actually had to do with much of the gathering. Let […]

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Minecraft Marketplace December 2018’s top 10 creations: Exponential growth

December was the Minecraft Marketplace’s biggest month yet. Downloads skyrocketed to 10,872,443 on Windows 10, iOS and Android, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. December doubled the 4.57 million downloads from November, which in turn doubled October’s 2.26 million. The exponential growth for the Minecraft Marketplace is due to a number of factors. The Minecraft Team […]

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Old Gods and New Gods prepare for war in new trailer for American Gods S2

[embedded content] Second trailer for American Gods season 2, which debuts on Starz March 10. We’re less than two months away from the season 2 debut of American Gods, the TV adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s 2001 novel, and Starz has rewarded fans’ patience with a shiny new trailer. (Spoilers for first season below.) In season […]

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Goodbye, Machinima: YouTube gaming channel pulls the plug after 13 years

Machinima, the popular gaming channel on YouTube, has seemingly shut down, with its content no longer accessible, and without any public announcement. Machinima was founded in 2000, and its official YouTube channel, which was launched in 2006, has accumulated more than 12 million subscribers over the years. It remains one of the biggest gaming channels […]

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How Buke and Gase built a huge indie rock career—and its own guitars, software

L-R: Arone Dyer and Aron Sanchez perform as Buke and Gase in November 2018. Each holds one of the band’s titular, custom-built instruments: a baritone ukulele and a guitar-bass fusion. Sam Machkovech Sanchez’s seated position lets him activate the bass-drum switch with one foot and adjust samples with the other. Dyer relies more on this […]

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Mortal Kombat 11 Kollector’s Edition comes with a life-size Scorpion mask

Mortal Kombat 11, which is shaping up to be the wackiest, goriest, and most intense game in the series in years, gave hardcore fans a good reason to buy its Kollector’s Edition. NetherRealm Studios fully unveiled Mortal Kombat 11 in a livestream event on January 17, revealing new gameplay, fatalities, and Ronda Rousey’s addition to […]

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GamesBeat Decides 108: Rebooting Star Wars for fun and profit

The news has calmed down after last week, and the GamesBeat staff is playing a lot of games for review. That means we have a shorter episode of the GamesBeat Decides podcast for you this week. On this half-hour of power, GamesBeat reviews editor Mike Minotti talks about playing Tales of Vesperia on Switch. PC gaming […]

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Star Trek: Discovery’s second season may boldly go where the first did not

Enlarge / Michael Burnham is all of us. CBS Beware: this piece contains spoilers for seasons one and two of Star Trek: Discovery. In many ways, this season felt very much like a much-needed reset from the previous one. The Klingon war is over, and the Federation is consumed by a new scientific pursuit: mysterious […]

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Microsoft releases new Windows 10 preview with security, Narrator, and accessibility improvements

Microsoft today released a new Windows 10 preview with improvements to security, the Narrator app, and accessibility. The update bumps Windows 10 from build 18305 (made available to testers on December 19) to build 18309. These builds are from the 19H1 branch, which will arrive in the first half of this year. Windows 10 is […]

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God of War postmortem — Cory Barlog’s advice for game developers

God of War creative director Cory Barlog is sitting on top of the world after winning Game of the Year at The Game Awards. After a five-year journey (which was more like seven years for him), his story about a father-son relationship came together as both a gameplay and storytelling masterpiece. I did a long […]

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The best MacOS games for 2019

Gaming and Mac computers haven’t always been on the best of terms. Many believe the optimal PC gaming experience comes via a Windows-based machine and won’t waste their time shelling out the dough for a Mac. The argument usually begins and ends with most Macs’ lack of a powerful GPU and restrictive hardware designs. While the options […]

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This 87-year-old grandma eats, sleeps, and breathes ‘Animal Crossing’

How much Animal Crossing is too much Animal Crossing? One 87-year-old grandma knows the answer to that question: You can never play too much. But we imagine she’s logged many more hours in Animal Crossing: New Leaf than you. Paul Hubans’ grandmother has put 3,580 hours into New Leaf. Yes, you read that right. In a […]