Aerodynamics of the World Cup's New Ball

In the 2010 World Cup, players complained the ball was wonky, so this year has an all-new ball. NASA used smoke, lasers, and fluid boxes to test out its aerodynamics. Aside from producing some awesome photographs, the actual science is pretty cool, too. » 6/13/14 8:00am 6/13/14 8:00am

Astronaut-History 2048

It looks like we've got another astronomy-themed version of the addictive 2048, this time for astronaut-history of who walked on the moon. With no dead ends, it's less tricky than the stellar nuclear fusion version, but I can't object to anything that honours moon-golf. » 5/03/14 12:30pm 5/03/14 12:30pm

This Stellar Fusion Game is Shockingly Addictive

Stars are colossal fusion reactors, burning hydrogen into helium. As the nuclei fuse lighter elements into heavier elements, massive amounts of energy are released. A new game sets you the task of nucleosynthesis, building hydrogen into iron, and it's surprisingly fun. » 4/17/14 11:00am 4/17/14 11:00am

11 Reasons We Hope the World Actually Ends Later Today

You know the deal: the world is ending today, Mayan Calendar, yadda yadda. You also know that it's extremely unlikely the world will crack in two later today, and that's a good thing, because the future looks pretty great. More Star Wars, Star Trek, Marvel movies, Doctor Who's 50th, Adventure Time, Justice League,… » 12/21/12 10:00am 12/21/12 10:00am

Computer teaches itself English so that it can play Civilization

Computers may be naturally fluent in binary, but how might they fare with learning human languages? Computers were tested by playing the game Civilization. Random chance let them win about half the time...but then they started reading the instruction manual. » 7/12/11 4:00pm 7/12/11 4:00pm

Flee the zombie hordes on the "Organ Trail"

The pioneers had it rough traveling the Oregon Trail, but they didn't have to contend with flesh-eating zombies. Can you survive the hazards of the Organ Trail, make it to Portland, and escape the zombie apocalypse? » 10/30/10 2:00pm 10/30/10 2:00pm

Scott Pilgrim vs. The Video Game

With the Scott Pilgrim movie nearing completion, it was only a matter of time before the video game-themed comic got a video game adaptation of its own. But don't worry, the game promises to be as nostalgic as the books. » 7/29/09 8:20am 7/29/09 8:20am

So When Does The Writers Strike Stop Ruining Movies?

Hollywood writers went on strike in 2007-2008, but we're only seeing the results now, in a crop of summer movies with half-baked scripts and abnormally dunderheaded writing. So when do we start seeing some movies that the strike didn't wreck? » 6/15/09 2:45pm 6/15/09 2:45pm

New Trailer Shows That Gamer = Crank + Death Race

The first U.S. trailer for Gerard Butler's Gamer has come out, and it shows a nice mix of rough-and-ready convicts-trapped-in-a-video-game action. It's like Statham's Death Race, only on legs and reimagined by the Crank guys. » 5/11/09 8:30am 5/11/09 8:30am

Italian Game Trailer Shows Who Pulls Gerard Butler's Strings

Poor Gerard Butler is doomed to serve the whims of his teenage controller as a real life video game character in the not too distant future. Check out the first leaked trailer from Game. » 3/25/09 4:00pm 3/25/09 4:00pm

Gears Of War Trilogy A Bloodier Lord of the Rings?

Turns out the Gears of War movie is actually a trilogy that's "basically a harder-edged Lord of the Rings," says director Len Wiseman. Now I'm envisioning Hobbits with chainsaw bayonettes — and it's beautiful. » 1/27/09 8:00am 1/27/09 8:00am

Alan Moore's Worst Nightmare: Watchmen Video Game

Click to view » 11/17/08 11:34am 11/17/08 11:34amIf Alan Moore had been even thinking about opening up to Zack Snyder's movie adaptation of his classic graphic novel Watchmen, this new video game ought to be the final nail in Moore's anti-social coffin. The game, entitled , has released a batch of stills that show Rorschach and Nite Owl cleaning up the…

How Long Before The Dystopian Fad Wears Off?

The bleaker our reality gets, the more we'll need bright, sunny escapism in our entertainment. But even though things are already looking pretty darn hard-scrabble, and we're still looking at another few years of eco-disasters, zombie holocausts and blighted landscapes in pop culture. Just how long will we be seeing… » 10/27/08 6:03pm 10/27/08 6:03pm

Game May Be One Big Game Over, According To Early Reviews

The future trapped-in-a-video-game thriller Game » 10/24/08 8:20am 10/24/08 8:20am had its first test screenings, and the results were not great. According to an Ain't It Cool News source that was in one of the screenings, the Gerard Butler-starring is a terrible fail and in need of a complete overhaul from start to finish. Even more disappointingly,…

Two New Possibilities For BSG's Final Cylon

Are you running out of candidates for the final Cylon on Battlestar Galactica » 10/14/08 6:00am 10/14/08 6:00am? We noticed a couple of guest stars appearing in the last few episodes, who are so out of left field, they could just be the answer. Meanwhile, Ludacris tells us the secrets of the dystopian game-playing movie , and we have some new set…

Big Prizes and Population Control Await Fortuna's Contestants

Winners of reality shows like American Idol » 10/08/08 10:14am 10/08/08 10:14am may go home with a ticket to fame and fortune, or risk disappointment, heartbreak, and public humiliation. But could any prize convince contestants to risk death? In upcoming movie , members of a desperate future underclass play a mysterious game where the winner gets to…

Would You Survive the Zombie Apocalypse?

Admit it: when you watch a zombie movie, you shout at the screen, telling the hapless survivors what they should and shouldn't be doing. But if all the decisions were in your hands, would you really survive the hoards of undead? Interactive movie The Outbreak » 9/28/08 8:00am 9/28/08 8:00am tests your horror move mettle by putting you in the midst…

Don't Hate The Mind-Controlled Player, Hate The Game

With Death Race » 8/21/08 2:30pm 8/21/08 2:30pm hitting theaters, some new details have come out about the movie about convicts battling on the Internet. , starring Gerard Butler, may have gotten delayed until next year, but co-star Ludacris (aka Chris Bridges) is already comparing it to the classic . Click through to find out more about the…