The Unresolved Gaming Mysteries of 2013


In 2013, next-gen consoles — previously the dominant fodder of the rumor mill — were announced and released. Many next-gen rumors turned out to be true — unpopular and confusing DRM policies were announced and reversed, launch titles were delayed, game resolutions differed. Yet these next-gen matters were not the only… » 12/31/13 4:19pm 12/31/13 4:19pm

Amazon is making it harder to sell Bigfoot porn ebooks

Erotica featuring Sasquatch, minotaurs, aliens, and boar gods may not fit everyone's tastes, but some authors have made a killing selling monster sex ebooks. But some ebook retailers, notably Amazon, have been cracking down on cryptozoological smut, making it harder for writers to sell their books to readers who are… » 12/22/13 10:00am 12/22/13 10:00am

Failed Delivery Receipts From Our Future

Today, we took a moment to imagine the not too-distant future promised by Amazon, where all our packages would arrive borne upon the backs of flying robots, a mere thirty minutes after we ordered them. But what, then, of the humble delivery receipt? Surely that simple artifact would not survive into so grand future?… » 12/02/13 4:30pm 12/02/13 4:30pm

How the Tech Industry Is Quietly Changing the Face of American Cities

When Steve Jobs presented the initial design for his donut-like headquarters to the Cupertino City Council, in 2011, he described the building as a reaction against suburban office parks. “We’ve come up with a design that puts 12,000 people in one building; which sounds a bit odd,” he said. “But we’ve seen these office … » 6/18/13 6:42pm 6/18/13 6:42pm

Amazon Is Going to Start Selling Fan Fiction — Legal Fan Fiction

I personally am not the biggest fan of fan fiction, as some of you might know. But rest assured that the Scanners "Head Asplode" pic I've used to lead off this article doesn't come from a place of distaste as much as pure shock at Amazon's insane, bold, and genuinely brilliant plan to sell legal fan fiction. » 5/22/13 1:40pm 5/22/13 1:40pm

That Wonder Woman-in-high-school show will just not die

Did you exhale a sigh of relief when you saw that Amazon, The CW's in-development show about a young Wonder Woman attending high school right after leaving Themyscira, was not on their fall 2013 schedule? Your relief may be short-lived — the CW has announced the show is being redeveloped, with hopes of a premiere next… » 5/16/13 3:20pm 5/16/13 3:20pm

The Ultimate Guide to 2013's Science Fiction and Fantasy TV

This year marks a year of epic undertakings for the major TV networks, after a couple years of playing it safe. Syfy cranks out their long awaited MMO-meets-TV series Defiance, and ABC launches its crazy conspiracy drama Zero Hour. Also in store for 2013: a whole lot of new superhero shows, and Doctor Who's 50th… » 1/07/13 5:08pm 1/07/13 5:08pm

Amazon won't sell a self-published memoir that has Star Wars in the…

I have a bad feeling about this. Just after we heard Amazon stopped selling someone's novels because they contained the allegedly trademarked phrase "space marine," the online book retailer has also pulled a memoir whose title mentions Star Wars. » 12/26/12 12:40pm 12/26/12 12:40pm

Are we at the start of a new golden age of superhero TV shows?

Eight episodes in, Arrow is officially a mega-hit, at least by The CW's standards. And not only that, but Arrow is actually... pretty decent. The Christopher Nolan-inspired "gritty" superhero soap opera manages to be addictive fun, blending some solid action with the kind of relationship drama that makes Vampire Diaries » 12/07/12 9:00am 12/07/12 9:00am