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Culture & Gaming

Four book series that are shaping the future of science fiction on television

Enlarge (credit: Who Fears Death ) If recent Hollywood deals are any indication, science fiction on TV is about to get even more interesting and complex. The trend started with the surprising announcement in late 2016 that Lin Manuel-Miranda’s next project—after completing his run on Hamilton and writing the music for Moana—would be to adapt…

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Nidhogg 2 review: Violent, disgusting, and hilariously fun

Enlarge (credit: Messhof) Of all the fighting video games I imagined might ever get sequels, Nidhogg was pretty low on my wishlist. The 2014 sword-duel game was a masterwork of simplicity , and it benefited from looking and playing like something from an early ’80s home console. Two-button controls. Minuscule color palettes. A simple directive to stab…

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HP vs. Acer: comparing Windows VR headsets

For the past year and a half the world has known two primary PC VR ecosystems: the Oculus Home-powered Oculus Rift (and Touch controllers) and the SteamVR-powered HTC Vive (although the Rift works on SteamVR too, but that’s beside the point sort of). There have been a handful of others that popped up, like OSVR,…

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In a great year for space music, Quindar’s Hip Mobility most puts us in orbit

Shawn Brackbill/Courtesy of the artist It has been a great 12 months for space music, but to our ears much of this burgeoning scene doesn’t quite sound spacey. The Sufjan Stevens-led Planetarium is a modern Holst-ian work, more at home in the concert hall than the Milky Way (and we’d take Gustav’s “Mars” over Sufjan’s). Ennio Morricone’s newly reissued SPACE: 1999 is…

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The PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Family Dinner continues tonight

Crime Time™ is back at 8 p.m. Pacific tonight. That’s when the Games Industry Family Chicken Dinner Invitational Tournament returns to GamesBeat’s Twitch channel. Like last week, this is a silly night of custom PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds matches where folks that work in and around the games business come together to murder each other in the…

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The Next Star Wars Miniatures Game Is All About Boots on the Ground Action

Fantasy Flight Games’ line of excellent Star Wars tabletop games have covered conflicts on a galactic scale at the dizzying speeds of starfighter combat—but their next game isn’t going to be played out among the stars. It’s all about the troopers on the ground fighting the Galactic Civil War. Read more… Read full post on…

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Bandai Namco is taking Tekken into the fight on iOS and Android

Bandai Namco is bringing its hit fighting game franchise Tekken to iOS and Android. The mobile version of Tekken soft launches in Canada today, although the publisher plans for a global launch at an unspecified date. Tekken on mobile will feature a single-player story mode and online versus matches. Players can collect over 100 characters,…