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From Ghost-Gobblers to Princess-Saving Plumbers: the Birth of a Video Game Nation Happened in the Glorious 1980s

For the most part, I remember childhood birthday parties being held at someone's house, a fast-food restaurant or, if I was really lucky, a bowling alley. But there was one magical birthday party that this child of the '80s will never forget: it was at Mr. Arcade. Not only did I get to hang out with my friends and…

Scary Clowns and Snake-Haired Monstresses: Two Artists' Visions of the Next Robert Rodriguez Villain

Robert Rodriguez knows a thing or two about villains and monsters. With a resume that includes films like Sin City, Grindhouse, and Predators, Rodriguez knows that to make a good villain, you need to dig deep and develop a great monster. But now, he wants you to help him create the monster that will be featured in the…

The Technology Behind the Running Sneakers That Make You Feel Like You're Not Wearing Any

Ever since Christopher McDougall explained and espoused minimal running in his 2009 book Born to Run shoemakers have responded by trying to find the space between futuristic design and a return to nature with innovations like zero drop shoes (which don't elevate the heel), lighter footwear, sneakers that look like…