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Gone Home Will Grab Your Attention Without Using Guns

The games industry has something of a problem expressing itself without using violence in some way, shape, or form. Not even narrative masterpieces like TellTale's Walking Dead and 2K's Bioshock Infinite stand apart from this trend. That doesn't mean it's impossible to tell a good story without violence, though.

The Fullbright Company has certainly managed with Gone Home. 

Add Some (Expensive) Class To Your Office With Empire Steampunk Speakers

I've always enjoyed the visual style of Steampunk. There's just something about the combination of elegance and artifice that draws me in. You can all understand, then, why I'm positively enchanted by Airhammer Industries' speakers. Unfortunately, they just so happen to cost over 12 grand.

Photography 2.0 - Time is A Dimension

When it comes to art mediums, photography is traditionally the most controversial, and the one that raises the most questions about where the limitations and boundaries of artistic creation begin and end. For more than 150 years, photography has been limited by its two-dimensional form, but Singapore-based photographer Fong Qi Wei has found a way to break out of that narrow structure and play within a new dimension of photography - Time.

Weight of the World: Hermit Crab Shell Art!

Combining art and nature is nothing new, but having live animals as participants in exhibitions is a bit more unusual. Luckily, these hermit crabs don't move too fast, particularly since they have entire artistic cityscapes on their backs, fashioned meticulously out of plastic by Japanese artist Aki Inomata.

The CowboyStudio Shoulder Support Pad for Video Cameras -- Is it Good? Product Review

Having worked in the film/video industry for about 20-years, I've had my experiences with camera mounts.  Some are great.  Some... well, just plain suck.  This device is quite innovative and may just be the answer to getting the jitters out of a shot without the weight of a steady-cam.

Color Me Impressed: The Crayon Sculptures of Herb Williams

When was the last time you thought about crayons? More specifically, when was the last time you bought over 100,000 of them in order to make a sculpture? The answer is probably never, unless you're Herb Williams. He is the Cezanne of Crayon, the Calder of Crayola, and his playful works often hold many more shades of meaning and depth than meet the eye.

Developer Of New Oculus Rift Cover Based Shooter Warns Players Not To Lean Against In-Game Objects

It's been only a few months since the Oculus RIft devkits shipped out to developers, and we've already seen some positively mind-blowing stuff, from remote-controlled drones equipped with cameras to full-motion VR simulations. Today, I came across what might be the most fascinating demo yet: a cover-based shooter so realistic that the developer has cautioned players not to get too absorbed, lest they try leaning against something that isn't there.

Seriously. 

The Geek Shall Inherit The Earth, So Sayeth YouTube

Chances are if you're meek, a dweeb or scored low on your most recent IQ Test, you are oblivious to YouTube Geek Week. However, with over 9 million subscribers, obviously being geek isn't for the weak of heart any more (for those who remember when Charles Atlas use to get sand kicked in his face).

Strung Out: Unbelievable Thread Spool Mosaics

Imagine an artist that can create installations that look just like Picasso, Warhol, Rembrandt, Monet, and DaVinci...more impressively, she can do it without every picking up a paint brush. Devorah Sperber creates massive mosaics using thousands of spools of thread, but the image is upside down and backwards. She relies on reflections, the physics of sight, and subjective reality to give her re-mastered masterworks an unusual, unforgettable twist.

The Entertainment Consumers Association is Fighting S. 134: Why You Should Care

In the wake of the Newtown shooting, the United States Congress proposed a bill that would fund research into violent video games and their connection with violent behavior.  For most of us, this isn't terribly surprising. What happened at Newtown was the worst sort of atrocity - people need to find a reason for it.

Video games aren't it, and The Entertainment Consumers Association is stepping forward to make that clear.


How To Create Your Own Livestream On A Budget

So, you want to start streaming, do you? Believe it or not, it's actually a lot simpler (and considerably more cost-effective) than most people believe. So long as you've got a system that can handle it, it's most definitely something you can do - even on a budget.

Tricking the Eye: Phenomenal 3D Art

The art world is full of surprising and unexpected styles, but there have always been some clear separations. Paintings, drawing, and photographs stay on the two-dimensional canvas, while sculptures exist in 3-D. Those boundaries are difficult to cross, unless you are Ramon Bruin, a Dutch artist who excels at blurring the lines between reality, art, and the physical boundaries of a 2-D world.

Aireal Airgun Lets Players "Feel" Virtual Objects

Disney Research has been hard at work on a very exciting new piece of technology. It's called Aireal, and it lets you 'feel' virtual objects. Chalk up one more step towards virtual reality, and one more into the realm of science fiction.

The Incredible Bone Flowers of Hideki Tokushige

We think of flowers as some of the most delicate creations in nature. We think of bone as hard and durable. Japanese artist Hideki Tokushige disagrees with that traditional separation, and in his spellbinding Bone Flowers (Honebana), he shows that artistic brilliance can turn flowers into stone and bone into silk.

Impossible Sculptures Bring Magic Back to Art!

It is not uncommon for art to be described as spectacular, fascinating, or profound, but art that seems genuinely magical is something altogether different. The mysterious and impossible sculptures of Tom Eckert challenge the perception of reality, allowing this wizard of woodcarving to bring his viewers a little closer to the magic of the art world.

A Layer of Love: Amazing Paper Art!

Many people enjoy books because they come alive and allow the author's message to blend with the creativity of the reader. Some artists take a more direct approach, like Luciana Frigerio, and choose to share their artistic message in words made out of pages, rather than in words printed on them.

The Gallery of Nature: Art of the Earth

It often seems that the modern generation of artists has become obsessed with using the most outlandish or unusual materials to create their work. Richard Shilling chooses to return to the literal roots of art and uses the elements of the natural world to inspire awareness and delight the senses.

Roblox Launches Dynamic Lighting On iOS

ROBLOX - the world's largest user-generated gaming site - is looking to expand beyond the PC. To that end, it recently launched its lighting and shadow engine, Dynamic Lighting, on iOS. I had the opportunity to sit down with ROBLOX's Arseny Kapoulkine and Simon Kozlov to discuss the details.  

“Play a Game” iPhone 5 Case Adds Analog Fun To Digital Communications

The “Play a Game Addiction iPhone 5 Case” from Elecom brings back your favorite analog games, shrinks 'em down, and slaps 'em on the back of your shiny new iPhone 5. Not only does the colorful polycarbonate case protect your high-tech lifeline, it allows you to keep on gaming even after your phone battery runs out of juice.

Which Next-Gen Console Is Best For You?

Deciding which console to buy in amongst all the buzz about next-gen gaming isn't exactly an easy task, and everyone's got an opinion. Today, let's try to sift through the noise, and take an in-depth look at the three contenders.