How Neal Stephenson Is Helping To Make Snow Crash's Metaverse A Reality

Magic Leap's mysterious augmented reality tech promises to "bring magic back into the world." And now Neal Stephenson, who imagined the virtual Metaverse in his 1992 novel Snow Crash, has joined the company. He tells io9 why this technology may "demand a new way of thinking." » 12/16/14 1:37pm 12/16/14 1:37pm

The incredible evolution of video game graphics in one image

This picture represents over 30 years of progress in video game graphics. And my, how far we've come. On one side, we have Indiana Jones in the video game version of Raiders of the Lost Ark on the Atari 2600. On the other side, we have Nathan Drake in Uncharted 4 on the PS4. We'll let you guess which side is which. » 12/10/14 10:44pm 12/10/14 10:44pm

Showing off on social media is a stupid game

If life was a video game right now, it'd be a pretty terrible one. That's because it'd just be levels of Facebooks and Twitters and Instagrams and social networks that would encourage us to pimp our lives for likes. And push us to hashbrag what we do. And to make sure the world sees our selfies. Team follow back.… » 12/09/14 11:37pm 12/09/14 11:37pm

Unreal in-game footage makes GTA V totally look like a parallel reality

After seeing footage of GTA V on the next gen consoles, I'm beginning to think that GTA V isn't just a video game. A full blown parallel reality? That's more likely. A real life breathing city that exists somewhere? That'd be more accurate. This footage of Los Santos at night in GTA V is unreal. » 12/03/14 1:07am 12/03/14 1:07am

Walmart's Pre-Black Friday Sale Includes a 40" TV for $115, and More

Not content to wait around for Thanksgiving, Walmart has kicked off several of their best Black Friday deals early today. Our picks are below, but I suspect a lot of the best stuff will sell out early, so head over to their site to see the up-to-date list. » 11/21/14 8:20am 11/21/14 8:20am

Who would win in a fight between superheroes and video game characters?

You have Thor, Captain America and Wolverine on one side. Master Chief, Alyx Vance from Half-Life 2, Ash Ketchum and his trusty Pokeball and a blocky guy from Minecraft. It should be no contest, outside of some fancy weapons, the superheroes should destroy any video game character... but do they? » 11/18/14 2:35am 11/18/14 2:35am

This animation using CGI to create marionette puppets is just stunning

This ad was made by Elastic for League of Legends (a game of which half the world plays and half the world doesn't know exists) but really, it's just phenomenal animation work. I love seeing the marionettes move around and interact with the environment, it really feels like they're on strings. » 11/07/14 1:00am 11/07/14 1:00am

Movie filmed to look like a first person shooter game looks incredible

Here's an action scene from a movie called Hardcore that's filmed completely from one character's point of view so it looks exactly like a first person shooter video game. In fact, it's so good, it's as if those FPS video games like Call of Duty all of a sudden came to life. Watch it. » 11/03/14 10:13pm 11/03/14 10:13pm