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John Bain, better known to gamers as TotalBiscuit, dies at 33

John Bain, better known to gamers as TotalBiscuit, dies at 33

Prominent YouTuber and gaming critic John Bain, better known as TotalBiscuit or the Cynical Britt, has passed away after a battle with bowel cancer. H ...
Fantage kids virtual world will shut after 10 years

Fantage kids virtual world will shut after 10 years

After 10 years, the Fantage virtual world for kids will shut down on June 30, according to a message from the company. The virtual world had a g ...
What Sony’s PlayStation 4 ‘end-of-life’ means for PSVR and PSVR 2

What Sony’s PlayStation 4 ‘end-of-life’ means for PSVR and PSVR 2

When Sony executive John Tsuyoshi Kodera told investors this week that the PlayStation 4 is entering the “final phase of its life cycle,” there ...
Why Facebook engineered the Half Dome Varifocal VR headset

Why Facebook engineered the Half Dome Varifocal VR headset

At Display Week in Los Angeles, Facebook revealed why its researchers and engineers built a varifocal VR headset. Over the last few years resear ...
Archangel: Hellfire is an epic mech game experience for VR

Archangel: Hellfire is an epic mech game experience for VR

We weren’t big fans of the single-player Archangel experience when it released last year. While not terrible, it just didn’t do enough to stand ...
Atari cofounder Ted Dabney passes away

Atari cofounder Ted Dabney passes away

Ted Dabney, video game pioneer and cofounder of Atari, has passed away. Dabney was one of the people who was there at the beginning of video gam ...
‘Solo’ includes a shout-out to one of the worst Star Wars games ever made

‘Solo’ includes a shout-out to one of the worst Star Wars games ever made

If you grew up with PlayStation, you may have recognized the obscure martial art practiced by Qi'ra in Solo: A Star Wars Story. It was introduced in a ...
‘League of Legends’ tournaments coming to ESPN+

‘League of Legends’ tournaments coming to ESPN+

ESPN is moving forward with its coverage of esports. The cable news network has announced a deal with Riot Games that will allow ESPN+ to begin stream ...
Firewall: Zero Hour tests how well you can target your enemy in VR

Firewall: Zero Hour tests how well you can target your enemy in VR

First Contact Entertainment is putting the finishing touches on its virtual reality first-person shooter, Firewall: Zero Hour. It pits four huma ...
DropMix review: Unleash your inner DJ

DropMix review: Unleash your inner DJ

Enlarge / DropMix, complete with phone and cards.Charlie Theel Welcome to Ars Cardboard, our weekend look at tabletop games! Che ...
A Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia hands-on — Fighting in the bloody woods

A Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia hands-on — Fighting in the bloody woods

Sega recently launched a new type of Total War game, Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia, as the latest in a long-running series of strategy ti ...
The Millennium Falcon is OK, but these pop culture ships make Ars hearts race

The Millennium Falcon is OK, but these pop culture ships make Ars hearts race

Enlarge / I mean, we're still in the hands of some master filmmakers when it comes to building moments.Lucasfilm It's been a goo ...
Comparing Samsung, JDI, and LG’s VR panels

Comparing Samsung, JDI, and LG’s VR panels

Google worked with LG to develop a display panel providing an astonishing 18.1 megapixels of detail per eye in a VR headset. While Facebook wasn ...
Russian unit, GRU officer linked to 2014 shoot-down of airliner over Ukraine

Russian unit, GRU officer linked to 2014 shoot-down of airliner over Ukraine

Enlarge / Eliot Higgins (C), founder of online investigation group Bellingcat, addresses a press conference on findings within research on ...
Cubism is a tranquil VR puzzler about building abstract shapes

Cubism is a tranquil VR puzzler about building abstract shapes

Cubism is an elegant puzzler about building 3D shapes in virtual reality. It’s the latest game from indie developer Thomas Van Bouwel, who previ ...
New Facial Recognition Software Tracks and Protects Endangered Primates

New Facial Recognition Software Tracks and Protects Endangered Primates

Facial recognition tech doesn’t have to be creepy or dystopian. We can actually use it for good. Case in point: Researchers at Michigan State U ...
This Week in Tech: May 19 – May 25, 2018

This Week in Tech: May 19 – May 25, 2018

The post This Week in Tech: May 19 – May 25, 2018 appeared first on Futurism. View the Original Article ...
Personalized, Brainwave-Guided Movies Are Cool, As Long As You’re The One Steering

Personalized, Brainwave-Guided Movies Are Cool, As Long As You’re The One Steering

In the near future, there will be a global network of brain-computer interfaces that allow for a total distribution of information in addition to the ...
5 reasons why the new Razer Blade looks amazing

5 reasons why the new Razer Blade looks amazing

Razer introduced a new Blade gaming laptop, and it's a huge step up from the previous version. With a 144 Hz display, some top-of-the-line hardware un ...
Net Neutrality Bomb Threat Suspect has a History of Hoax Calls

Net Neutrality Bomb Threat Suspect has a History of Hoax Calls

A federal grand jury has indicted Tyler Barriss on two counts of making hoax bomb threats, including one that famously delayed the Federal Communicati ...
FBI tells router users to reboot now to kill malware infecting 500k devices

FBI tells router users to reboot now to kill malware infecting 500k devices

Linksys The FBI is advising users of consumer-grade routers and network-attached storage devices to reboot them as soon as possi ...
‘Solo’ references one of the worst Star Wars games ever made

‘Solo’ references one of the worst Star Wars games ever made

Solo: A Star Wars Story is in theaters today. It tells the exciting adventure of how notorious scoundrel Han Solo taught his Wookiee friend, Che ...
Qualcomm expected to reveal Snapdragon chip dedicated to VR, AR next month

Qualcomm expected to reveal Snapdragon chip dedicated to VR, AR next month

Qualcomm is expected to reveal a Snapdragon XR1 chip next week during the Augmented World Expo. It will be optimized for "extended reality" (XR) exper ...
Disney Researchers Built An Acrobatic, Backflipping Robot

Disney Researchers Built An Acrobatic, Backflipping Robot

Researchers at Disney are working on a robot that can perform acrobatics, like backflipping. The post Disney Researchers Built An Acrobatic, Backflipp ...
‘Madden NFL 19’ Launches August 10 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

‘Madden NFL 19’ Launches August 10 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

EA Sports announced that Madden NFL 19 launches August 10 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. If that sounds a little early for Madden, you’re right. Madde ...
Boba Fett joins the insane pile of upcoming Star Wars film projects

Boba Fett joins the insane pile of upcoming Star Wars film projects

Enlarge / Boba Fett's last major toy incarnation, from 2015.Sam MachkovechOn the eve of one major Star Wars film launch, fans ...
Game biz analyst Michael Pachter takes on E3, esports madness, and cloud gaming

Game biz analyst Michael Pachter takes on E3, esports madness, and cloud gaming

Michael Pachter, currently at Wedbush Securities, has been an analyst on video games for decades, and he is never shy about sharing his opinions ...
‘Fortnite’ Playground Mode Provides a Safe Place to Practice Skills

‘Fortnite’ Playground Mode Provides a Safe Place to Practice Skills

In a developer update, Epic Games shared a slew of changes coming to Fortnite, which include a new limited-time variant called Playground mode. A prop ...
The Crew 2 Hands-On Preview

The Crew 2 Hands-On Preview

Research Center: The Crew 2 Ubisoft’s 2014 open-world race ...
Trade group prez: Loot box regulation “challenges our freedom to innovate”

Trade group prez: Loot box regulation “challenges our freedom to innovate”

Unlike this ceramic replica, video game loot boxes are not filled with real candy. Video game loot boxes View more stories As g ...
The DeanBeat: The battle royale between Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 and Battlefield V

The DeanBeat: The battle royale between Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 and Battlefield V

Activision and Electronic Arts disclosed the war plans for their big first-person shooter games of the year, and now it’s time for one of those ...
Zombie adventure ‘State of Decay 2’ already has more than 1 million players

Zombie adventure ‘State of Decay 2’ already has more than 1 million players

Microsoft has revealed that the Xbox One and PC zombie game State of Decay 2 has already managed to attract more than 1 million players. The game is a ...
Apple Rejects Steam Link App For iOS Game Streaming

Apple Rejects Steam Link App For iOS Game Streaming

The Steam Link application that makes it possible for mobile gamers to stream their PC games to their tablet, smartphone, or connected TV, will remain ...
This Week in Science: May 19 – May 25, 2018

This Week in Science: May 19 – May 25, 2018

The post This Week in Science: May 19 – May 25, 2018 appeared first on Futurism. View the Original Article ...
Microsoft releases new Windows 10 preview with Edge, Narrator, Task Manager, and mobile broadband improvements

Microsoft releases new Windows 10 preview with Edge, Narrator, Task Manager, and mobile broadband improvements

Microsoft today released a new preview for PCs with Edge, Narrator, kernel debugging, Task Manager, and mobile broadband improvements. This buil ...
Apple has rejected iOS version of Steam Link app, Valve says

Apple has rejected iOS version of Steam Link app, Valve says

Enlarge / A screenshot from the beta version of the Steam Link app, which has been denied approval by Apple. Valve says Apple ha ...
Here Are Our Favorite Memorial Day Laptop Deals from Dell, HP, and More

Here Are Our Favorite Memorial Day Laptop Deals from Dell, HP, and More

If you’re shopping for a new notebook, now is the time to invest. Manufacturers are slashing prices for Memorial Day including big blowouts by Dell, H ...
The DoJ is reportedly probing the murky world of bitcoin trading

The DoJ is reportedly probing the murky world of bitcoin trading

Enlarge / A 12-month snapshot of bitcoin prices. Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies have taken a wild ride over the past 18 mont ...
Xbox One ‘PUBG’ Players Can Finally Get Lost in the Desert of Miramar

Xbox One ‘PUBG’ Players Can Finally Get Lost in the Desert of Miramar

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds‘ second map, Miramar, is now available on Xbox One for all players. The arrival of the map comes six months after its re ...
The latest Asus gaming monitor will be insanely expensive

The latest Asus gaming monitor will be insanely expensive

Hot on the heels of Acer's $2,000 Predator X27 desktop monitor, a similar model manufactured by Asus for the same price will ship in June. Both are ba ...
Microsoft Side Clutch Adds Drag to Make VR Experiences Feel More Real

Microsoft Side Clutch Adds Drag to Make VR Experiences Feel More Real

Microsoft’s patent for an augmented and virtual reality accessory could make interacting with the virtual world feel more realistic by giving users mo ...
Steam’s Spring Cleaning event is a challenge to play your pile of shame

Steam’s Spring Cleaning event is a challenge to play your pile of shame

Valve knows that deep shame you carry with you everywhere. It knows that you’ve maybe played 20 percent of the games in your Steam library for a ...
Head to Vietnam June 5 in the ‘Far Cry 5’ DLC ‘Hours of Darkness’

Head to Vietnam June 5 in the ‘Far Cry 5’ DLC ‘Hours of Darkness’

Far Cry 5‘s enormous Hope County setting is filled with missions to complete, animals to hunt, and collectibles to find, but if you’ve been looking t ...
‘H1Z1’ PS4 Open Beta Brought in 1.5 Million Players in One Day

‘H1Z1’ PS4 Open Beta Brought in 1.5 Million Players in One Day

As it turns out, Fortnite and PUBG aren’t the only battle royale games that can garner some serious player numbers. H1Z1 made its console debut on PS4 ...
The IndieBeat: Tips from publishers and how to pitch to them

The IndieBeat: Tips from publishers and how to pitch to them

Lately, more and more companies are getting into the publishing business, and even some indie studios are trying their hand at helping their fel ...
Nintendo starts selling cheaper, dock-free Switch, but only in Japan

Nintendo starts selling cheaper, dock-free Switch, but only in Japan

Enlarge / The 2nd Switch comes with everything you see here! Your parents help set it up! Batteries included, from NINTENDO! Nin ...
A Year Later, Mads Mikkelsen Still Doesn’t Understand ‘Death Stranding’

A Year Later, Mads Mikkelsen Still Doesn’t Understand ‘Death Stranding’

Hideo Kojima’s PlayStation 4 exclusive Death Stranding has confused just about everyone with its bizarre trailers, which have shown a baby connected ...
PS5: News, rumors, and everything we know

PS5: News, rumors, and everything we know

Ready for new game consoles? Well, some analysts believe that the PlayStation 5 launch is right around the corner. Predictions range from 2018 to 2021 ...
FIFA 18 esports tournament season draws 20 million players

FIFA 18 esports tournament season draws 20 million players

Electronic Arts and Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) announced that more than 20 million players participated in FIFA 18 ...
Detroit: Become Human review: Robotic in all of the wrong ways

Detroit: Become Human review: Robotic in all of the wrong ways

Enlarge / You can practically hear the dramatic music swelling in this screenshot, can't you? For a game so focused on presentin ...
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