Meet A Teenager Who Says He's A Swatter

A Runescape player was recently swatted while 60,000 people watched. When he tried to record a video about it, he broke down crying. A 19-year-old in Las Vegas was arrested for coordinating a swatting in Illinois. What motivates someone to take this dangerous step? I tracked down a self-professed swatter to find out. » 2/17/15 1:01pm 2/17/15 1:01pm

Why Five Nights at Freddy's Is So Popular

It's been called the "scariest game in years." It's at the top of iOS and Android app stores, it has torn up the Steam charts on PC. It has racked up millions and millions of views (and screams) on YouTube. It has hundreds of earnest fan games, and dozens of rabid fan theories. The Five Nights at Freddy's hype train… » 2/06/15 3:35pm 2/06/15 3:35pm

What People Get Wrong About PewDiePie, YouTube's Biggest Star

Four years ago, an account named "PewDiePie" uploaded a video to YouTube. It was about Minecraft. The video featured what sounded like a young man laughing heartily at an unlucky zombie that had gotten stuck in a tree. The commentary wasn't in English—it was in Swedish. » 12/19/14 6:38pm 12/19/14 6:38pm

Mad Max Fury Road/Road Warrior Trailer Mash-up

This is a nice exercise in film editing, and in comparing the new Mad Max movie to its predecessors. Youtube user Mad Max Dedication uses footage from Mad Max II that matches footage in the Fury Road teaser from ComicCon to make a trailer for The Road Warrior that looks really great. » 12/19/14 3:03pm 12/19/14 3:03pm

The Guy Who Hunts The Rarest Pokémon of Them All

Not all Pokémon are created equal. Some legendary Pokémon, like Groudon and Kyogre, feature more prominently in the games' stories. Other Pokémon, like Garchomp, have superior stats. And some, like Lucario, are fan favorites. None of those, however, are as coveted as the fabled Shiny Pokémon. » 9/03/14 5:25pm 9/03/14 5:25pm

Further proof that reality has become a William Gibson novel

While musing on Twitter about an app that could generate a "wholly fictitious but believable Facebook persona," William Gibson received confirmation (or at least, an anecdote) that reality is at least as weird as working for Bigend in his most recent trilogy. Here's what artist Greg Borenstein told him: » 1/30/13 7:30am 1/30/13 7:30am

The twisted, sexy, puppet-filled dreamworld inside Neil Patrick Harris'…

Neil Patrick Harris suffers from a little-known, yet incredibly goofy ailment: He dreams almost entirely in puppets (including the sex dreams). In order to raise awareness of this horrible, ridiculous disease, NPH has a new series titled "Puppet Dreams," debuting on Nerdist's YouTube channel on November 27th; you… » 11/21/12 11:40am 11/21/12 11:40am