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An Oculus Bedtime Story

Photo: The Verge

“Mommy, will you show me a bedtime story?” “Yes, dear. Now get ready for bed.” Charlie hops into bed, pulling the comforter tight over his little body. Wiggling his toes beneath the sheets in anticipation. Mommy opens the closet door

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Tapping Your Reservoir of Excellence

Olympic Swimming

“Practice makes perfect” sure sounds right. If you want to get better at something, what better way than to just do more of it? So, you decide to put 10,000 hours into something in order to become a master. You

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Networking Smart with Billboards and Magnets

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To the uninitiated, professional networking is an intimidating business. For veterans, however, it resembles something closer to hanging out with the purpose of getting to know others in your field for future employment, recruitment or collaboration opportunities. Once you grow

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Particle Mace: The Space Game About Selflessness

Particle Mace in action.

Nothing can match the power of subtext. In almost any interaction between sentient beings, the things that go unsaid tend to be the most powerful. One reason for why this remains an innate human truth is the power of the

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The Hidden Bias Behind Faces

Source: Futomaki

When you meet someone for the first time, a thousand things happen. Consciously and unconsciously you note their facial expressions, their body language, the tone of their voice – all of the myriad tiny movements that broadcast their essence as

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When Refusing to Grow Up Is Holding You Back

Photo: Oleg Kozlov

Being childish is a bad thing. The term brings to mind the kind of pure selfishness that comes with a lack of life experience, the inability to register the considerations of others and the solipsist belief that your concerns are

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A Game of This Year Award: Icarus Proudbottom Teaches Typing

Icarus Proudbottom Mission Complete

There are very few games that pull off comedic timing as well as Icarus Proudbottom Teaches Typing. As written about in an interview with developer Holy Wow earlier this year, IPTT is simultaneously a subversive parody of the classic hokey

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The Rise of the Artcade

Custom arcade cabinets at Fantastic Fest in Austin. (Photo: Fantastic Fest)

Arcades are making a comeback – but this time, you can keep your quarters. Those familiar pieces of vertical, freestanding furniture that once offered sweet release from boredom at the nearby pizzeria or amusement park have returned – but something has

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The Glorious Lie of the Indie Bubble

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Grab your laptops and head for the hills! The bursting of the great indie game bubble is upon us! Surely by now you’ve heard about the surfeit of worthwhile games available on Steam and elsewhere, the Kickstarter fatigue that’s stricken

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How to Serendipity

Voler plus haut by André Desjardins. (Photo: Gallerie Roccia)

It was my last day in Montreal. I had just finished lunch at a local landmark a friend had recommended. The rest of the day was wide open before a late flight back home to New York. I wandered for

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