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Whether you’re a hardcore gamer or a casual mobile player, you’ve probably heard the term “Auto Chess” floating around over the last few months. Categorized as a strategy game, this new “auto battler” genre has been making waves across the Internet. What is it? Like many popular games, Auto Chess was born from a mod. We can trace its origin from Dota 2 which, not surprisingly, came from the...
E3 2019: Best in Show
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The video-game industry is huge, and our quest for entertainment is unending. At E3 this year, there was lot to show, but we can't all be winners all the time. Finishing up our E3 coverage, here's what a few of our staff members were taking out their wallets for. Cyberpunk 2077 I've been following the development of Cyberpunk 2077 since it was first announced, in May 2012. My excitement...
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Join B&H expert Shanay Cook in the Tech Corner as she tackles your most frequently asked questions about the Microsoft Surface Go. This tablet is perfect for everyday carry and maintains a large 10" PixelSense display that can make it a very practical setup for productivity. Cook...
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Wikipedia says, “An electronic game that involves interaction with a user interface to generate visual feedback on a video device such as a TV screen or computer monitor.” Urban Dictionary says, “The only thing that’s fun anymore.” Alec Kubas-Meyer says, “The most important medium—art form(?)—of the 21st Century.” Let’s unpack these. What Is a Video Game? In literal terms, a video game is even...
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September 8, 2016, marks the 50th anniversary of the premiere of Star Trek The Original Series (TOS), and as I write this piece (with my Tasha Yar and Hugh the Borg action figures staring back at me from my desk), it’s hard not to dwell on the legacy of this franchise with which I have a borderline odd preoccupation, going to the lengths of getting B&H’s head editorial honcho to agree to let...
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It’s not a secret that the tech industry is never content. Virtual Reality is having a Moment, but though the high-end HTC Vive and Oculus Rift headsets are finally available, consumers are already looking for the Next Big Thing. Conveniently, it’s right around the corner. Of course, I’m talking about...
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You have to start small, with disruptive technology. You set the groundwork and build upon it. Allumette, an animated VR short from Penrose Studios, which premiered at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival, is a perfect example of this. Allumette is, to understate it, a huge step forward in narrative storytelling, but the story that it tells is a fairly simple one. It takes place primarily in a single...
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One of the big lessons you learn working in VR is that you shouldn’t make assumptions. Whether you’re working for it artistically or designing for it, it really does end up confounding you.” Eugene Chung is two things: He’s a creative type pioneering an entirely new way of telling stories, and he’s a Tech Startup Founder & CEO in Silicon Valley. Chung is the writer and director of Allumette,...
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It has never been easier—nor more worthwhile—to get into virtual reality. After decades of disappointment, the VR revolution is finally coming. The inciting incident was the Kickstarter for Oculus Rift, in 2012. The device passed its $250,000 goal in fewer than 24 hours and ended up pulling in nearly ten times that much from interested and eager backers. The team expanded and was ultimately...
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So, you want a Microsoft Surface Pro 3 but you can’t justify the hefty price tag? I hear you, brothers and sisters. We want the smooth look, the flexibility of a tablet that can double as a laptop and the perks and refinements that made the Surface Pro 3 one of the most sought-after tablets this year. Microsoft heard you, too, and took everything that we loved about the Surface Pro 3 and made the...
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A laptop by any other name is a laptop. Unless it’s a tablet. Or a gaming laptop. Or a workstation. Or a hybrid. Or a 2-in-1. Now that we bring it up, all laptops are not made the same. They can be modified or configured to match any need, and can be as unique as the consumer who buys them. What do you need your laptop for, some gaming? Maybe some light video editing (or even some heavy video...
by Kevin Bostic
4 years ago
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One day, while you're putting the final touches on a big project and sipping your coffee—black, unsweetened, like nature intended it to be consumed—it dawns on you: you're working from home for a living, and you’re actually living. You've made it. Congrats! Now it's time to flesh out that dream and put the pieces in place to build the ultimate home workspace you never thought was possible. An...
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Purchasing a laptop for yourself or a loved one this holiday season? It’s not an easy decision. You have to ask yourself what you need the laptop for—some heavy writing, with a little entertainment thrown in? How about some heavy graphic design with an emphasis on gaming? Or, how about you go all grown up and get a laptop that can handle a heavy workload, no frills included? The buzzword this...
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When it comes to Mac computers, there are people who absolutely love them, and people who have the opposite opinion. You can say what you want about their operating system, their pricey hardware, their sleek, slightly elitist aesthetic—but the fact is, if someone were giving out free Macs, both kinds of people...
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