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Culture & Gaming

You’ll never see a more touching film about a 72-year-old alien experiencer

Ars talks with Love & Saucers creators Matt Ralston and Brad Abrahams at Fantastic Fest 2017. (video link) AUSTIN, Texas—Perhaps no film has ever set its tone so clearly within its first line as the new documentary Love & Saucers : “When I was 17, I lost my virginity to a female extraterrestrial,” begins 72-year-old…

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Nintendo Switch’s first portable dock offers freedom, but with new shackles

Enlarge / The author’s Nintendo Switch, inserted into the Nyko Portable Docking Kit. (Cables aren’t inserted into its backside for this product shot.) (credit: Sam Machkovech) Nyko had clearly been watching my Nintendo Switch coverage. The accessory maker invited me to an E3 demo this summer with promises of all kinds of new, third-party Switch…

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Here are sci-fi inspired supplies for binging Stranger Things next weekend

Enlarge (credit: Aurich Lawson ) I love October. As an avid baker and Halloween reveler, I usually spend the whole month whipping up my favorite fall desserts and packing in as many gnarly sci-fi and horror flicks as possible. It’s just not October without the smell of spiced apples baking in the oven, knife-wielding serial killers, sage and sausage…

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Gran Turismo Sport review: A brilliant, but very new, direction for the series

Gran Turismo Sport is a great racing game. What it’s not is a simple PS4 port of the last GT game . Almost everything about this latest release is different from every game that has come before it in the series. There are way fewer selectable cars than the competition (and previous GT games). There aren’t many tracks….

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Report: Twitter CEO took a Russian impostor’s bait in 2016

Enlarge / Jack Dorsey, co-founder and chief executive officer of Twitter. (credit: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg ) As the public learns more about confirmed Russian troll accounts on social media platforms  over the past few years, reporters have begun digging into any ties they may have with major political or tech voices. The Daily Beast found a…

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In its new timeline, Twitter will end revenge porn next week, hate speech in two

Enlarge (credit: Thomas Trutschel / Getty Images) In the beginning of 2017, Twitter said it would take on harassment and hate speech . CEO Jack Dorsey said the company would embrace a “completely new approach to abuse on Twitter” with open dialogue along the way. For months, though, the company has offered few details about what it would…

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Windows now includes gaming cheat detection at the system level

Enlarge (credit: Aurich / Thinkstock / Taito) Developers that want to stop cheaters in their Windows games are getting a little additional system-level help from Microsoft via TruePlay, a new API being rolled out through Windows 10’s Fall Creators Update. The feature, which is now documented on the Windows Dev Center , lets developers easily…

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Denuvo’s DRM now being cracked within hours of release

When we last checked in on the state of Denuvo copy protection in PC games, the latest version of the best-in-class DRM provider had provided about a month’s worth of usable piracy prevention for survival-horror title 2Dark. Fast forward to the current holiday season, and major Denuvo releases are being publicly cracked within a day…

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Stardock CEO talks Star Control: Origins’ player crafting and upcoming beta

Enlarge / You’ll be given a lot of parts with which to build your custom ship. Stardock hopes each player will end up with a completely different ship at the end and compare screenshots. (credit: Stardock) Star Control is back—or at least it will be imminently. Next month, Stardock Entertainment will begin a beta test…

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Nintendo Switch tiptoes toward letting users back up their data

Enlarge / New Switch firmware, new Super Mario Odyssey profile-icon options! And that means T-REX MARIO! RWAAAR! (credit: Nintendo) As the Nintendo Switch loses some of its brand-new luster, fans have begun to question a few key missing features, from the long-running Virtual Console service to traditional apps like media players and Web browsers. Thus,…