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Why People Pirate Video Games

For such an important topic, it’s a shame that we can’t ever seem to have a real discussion about video game piracy. Any attempt normally goes down like this: people downloading games are painted as criminals, publishers trying to stop them are portrayed as monsters, everyone sticks to this division and nothing ever… » 7/09/15 9:45am 7/09/15 9:45am

How A Video Game Is Released In 2015

In 2009, publisher Electronic Soft released BloodDeath, a blockbuster video game that won 306 “Best In Show” awards at E3 and went on to sell 3.2 million copies worldwide. In 2015, Electronic Soft released BloodDeath’s sequel, BloodDeath: DeathBlood. This is the story of DeathBlood’s path from announcement to release,… » 6/09/15 11:41am 6/09/15 11:41am

Crapware Is a Horrible Problem and It's Our Fault

I love free apps. Who doesn’t love getting something for nothing? There’s just one problem: on the other side of that download link, every developer has to choose whether to charge money for their app, or offer it for free and find some other way to make money. And when we refuse to pay, we make that decision for… » 5/20/15 2:32pm 5/20/15 2:32pm

Here's Why Roku Has A Chance To Win The Streaming Wars

The single best reason to buy a Roku? You’re looking at it. Roku is the only streaming media box that does all the comparison shopping for you. Why pay $3 to rent a movie when you can stream it with your existing Netflix plan, or on Crackle for free? And soon, Roku’s comparison shopping will become more powerful than… » 4/06/15 9:33pm 4/06/15 9:33pm

Your New Galaxy S6 Will Have a Built-In Expiration Date

Your smartphone's battery life won't last forever. Today, your digital companion might work all day long, then party late into the evening—but a year from now, you'll almost certainly have depleted a substantial portion of its capacity. What happens when your phone no longer lasts the day? Time to replace the battery!… » 3/02/15 10:15am 3/02/15 10:15am

Father Makes Son Play Through Video Game History, Chronologically

For the last ten years, Andy Baio has been performing an experiment on his son. It is equal parts cruel and fascinating. Rather than let him play whatever video game he wanted, Baio made his boy work his way to modernity by playing through the history of video games chronologically. Starting with 1979's Galaxian. » 12/11/14 2:14am 12/11/14 2:14am

The Best Device For Reading Is Still the Phone In Your Pocket

For long-time book lovers, reading on an electronic device can be disorienting experience. The most obvious choice for those going down the e-book path is a device like the Kindle, completely and utterly dedicated to emulating the traditional experience of reading. I've been seduced by the promise of an e-reader… » 10/24/14 12:11pm 10/24/14 12:11pm

The Sony Z3 Compact Is Android's Best Kept Secret

Small and powerful smartphones are an endangered species, like the California Condor of the mobile world. If you want a top-tier phone that fits in a normal hand, the iPhone 6 is practically your only stateside option. But you know what? An exotic handset designed for Japan and Europe could have everything you've… » 10/14/14 12:33pm 10/14/14 12:33pm

The $800 Camera I Didn't Use To Share My Hawaiian Vacation Photos

My wife loves technology. Hell, she spotted the job posting that landed me my first tech writing gig. She also loves sharing snapshots with friends. So when I told her that the Sony RX100 III could sling amazing selfies to Instagram with a tap of her phone, she was understandably stoked. When we packed our bags… » 10/13/14 2:10pm 10/13/14 2:10pm