I Played A Video Game On A Friggin' Rotary Phone

At last night's Itty Bitty Bash, an event to get Chicagoans in the same room to play games, I encountered something very strange. I've fought off an alien invasion millions of times, but I've never fired my lasers by entering numbers onto a rotary phone dial. This, friends, is Afterglow. » 2/27/15 3:27am 25 minutes ago

The CW's Making a Crossover Show With Atom, Firestorm, and Sara Lance?!

Rather than add a whole bunch of superhero shows to its line-up, the CW is currently developing a show which'll bring a number of the recurring heroes from The Flash and Arrow into one show. On deck? Brandon Routh, Victor Garber, Wentworth Miller and Caity Lotz. Wait. Caity "Sara Lance" Lotz? » 2/26/15 10:30pm Yesterday 10:30pm

The Greatest Advice For Science Fiction Writers: "Ask The Next Question"

Theodore Sturgeon, who would have turned 97 today, was one of the all-time great science fiction writers. And he came up with a great maxim that defines much of what SF authors do to make their work extraordinary: "Ask the next question." Some current authors explain how this maxim shapes everything they do. » 2/26/15 4:30pm Yesterday 4:30pm

A Field Guide To The World's Most Distinctive English Regionalisms

Why will asking for directions to a time machine get you sent to an ATM in Wisconsin, a request for a sarsaparilla spider gets you a root beer float in Australia, and someone wondering if you've seen their bunnyhug in Saskatchewan is actually searching for their favorite hoodie? Read on to find out. » 2/26/15 4:20pm Yesterday 4:20pm

How Anita Sarkeesian Wants Video Games To Change

Minutes after I walked through a metal detector—and some time before she was flocked by well-wishers at the best-attended gaming lecture I've ever been to at New York University—I recently listened to the media critic Anita Sarkeesian describe eight things she'd like to see changed in video games. » 2/26/15 5:32pm Yesterday 5:32pm

A Tim Burton-Inspired Short About A Little Girl Who Gets A Pet Piranha

Pets can be an excellent way to teach kids about responsibility and how to treat living creatures, but not all pets are a great idea for kids. And when the little girl in this cheerfully macabre short film accidentally ends up with murderous piranha instead of a goldfish, things get bloody very quickly. » 2/26/15 2:20pm Yesterday 2:20pm

Save 72% on the Power Vault: 18,000mAh of Portable Power

Don't let low battery life hamper the rest of your life. With the lightweight and durable Power Vault, you get 18,000mAh of portable power — enough to recharge your phone 10+ times while you're on the go. Right now, io9 readers can grab one for $29.99 - that's 72% off. » 2/25/15 4:53pm Wednesday 4:53pm