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Researchers crack 320 million hashed passwords
Password research collective CynoSure Prime has been able to retrieve all but 116 passwords (roughly 99.9999%) from a blacklist of 320 million which was made public in an altruistic attempt to stop people...
Tales from Session Zero: the different paths to inspiration
In Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) and other games of its ilk, there is often what’s known as a ‘Session Zero.’ Think of it as the origin story or the part of the movie trailer with the line “in a world…” In...
Powers United VR will put you right in the Marvel universe
Disney and Oculus have announced a new virtual reality title that will put gamers right in the middle of the Marvel universe, though you're going to have to wait a while to play it: Marvel Powers United...
Strange Brigade was the game that made me proud to be British at this year’s E3
Some games click with you right away, but, for me at least, Strange Bridage was not one of those games. The title, which is being developed by the studio behind the Sniper Elite series, is a co-operative...
Why we love Star Wars
Happy Star Wars Day! We've chosen to republish this feature, which ran just before Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens came out, to remind fans and non-fans alike why the series means so much. May...
Mass Effect: Andromeda is 2017's ultimate love/hate relationship
Though the official release date of Mass Effect: Andromeda isn’t here just yet, saying the game’s reviews and fan first impressions from the early access trial are looking less than stellar would be an...
Cash, random chance almost ruin Nintendo’s first smartphone Fire Emblem
EnlargeNintendo reader comments 0 Share this story Fire Emblem Heroes sees Nintendo entering new game-design territory. Sure, Nintendo has previously toyed with free-to-play games on both 3DS and iOS,...
Roblox turning user-designed video game characters into toys
Online video game company Roblox hopes the virtual characters created by its youthful members can become big hits in the physical toy world. The San Mateo company, which sees about 44 million people,...
$432 million Super Nintendo World is coming to Universal Studios Japan by 2020
There will be characters and themes from the "Super Mario" series and other popular Nintendo characters. Japan will see 11.7 trillion yen of economic benefits with approximately 1.1 million jobs being...
The Last of Us: Part 2 revealed in trailer; Ellie and Joel return
reader comments 11 Share this story Sony revealed a teaser trailer for The Last of Us 2 at PSX 2016.The Last of Us, one of the finest story-driven games of a generation, is getting a sequel. Revealed...
20 years of Tomb Raider: Rihanna Pratchett on Lara through the ages
It has been 20 years since the first Tomb Raider came out. Two decades of gaming that have been full of trends, new genres, old ideas and, in some areas, remarkably little change. It’s been twenty long...
Joey from Friends is being immortalised in AI
The best character from the 90s sitcom Friends was Joey Tribbiani, and don't even try to argue with me. The womanizing Italian-American actor is simultaneously hilarious and adorable. Which is why it's...
Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson says yes we all could be living in the matrix
Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, like Elon Musk, says we could all just be living in the matrix. Musk, founder of tech companies SpaceX, Tesla, has said there is about a "1 in a billion chance" that...
Hundreds of Pokemon Go fans hit the streets of Taipei
Hundreds of Pokemon Go enthusiasts caused a stampede in Taipei on Sunday (August 21) in a rush to 'catch' rare Pokemons.The streets in Beitou were packed with people playing the location-based game and...
Apple To Swap Revolver Emoji For Water Pistol
The move follows a series of deadly shootings in America, including the killing of two black men by police and the subsequent slaying of eight officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge, Louisiana.The country...
Game of Thrones’ sixth season provided what the show sorely needed: Motion
Enlarge / Say it with me: FINALLY.HBOSpoiler alert: The below contains heavy spoilers for the Game of Thrones season six finale and the entire series to date. If you haven’t watched and want to go in...
The Warcraft fan’s dilemma: A movie, but it’s based on the 1994 DOS game?!
The stars of the Warcraft movie as they appeared in Warcraft I and II. (We cheated a bit for Durotan, who doesn't appear in the games.)Ron AmadeoEditor's note: This article contains minor spoilers throughout....
Review: Overwatch review
Page 1: The Super Best FriendsOverwatch is a game of balance and imbalance.Though this team combat game draws on the classic tank-healer-DPS triad of MMOGs like World of Warcraft, the characters you actually...
Overwatch early impressions: A shooter with character
Game detailsDeveloper: BlizzardPublisher: BlizzardPlatform: Windows (reviewed), Xbox One, PS4Release Date: May 23, 2016ESRB Rating: T for TeenPrice: $60Links: Battle.net | Official websiteEditor’s Note:...
Boost for Twitter character count
Twitter set to change the way it counts characters with its 140 limit. TWITTER is reportedly set to make a big change to its 140 character count for each tweet. Rather than letting people make longer tweets,...
Another Mario movie? Nintendo discusses feature film plans
Oh god I just realized a lot of our readers weren't born when this movie came out.Nintendo is in the early stages of a plan to bring its familiar characters to the big screen through feature films, the...
How Kate Tempest created a genre-bending narrative epic
This article was first published in the May 2016 issue of WIRED magazine. Be the first to read WIRED's articles in print before they're posted online, and get your hands on loads of additional content...
New 'Game of Thrones' season 6 trailer ramps up the dread factor - CNET
The second full-length trailer for season 6 of HBO's "Game of Thrones" is a delightful, lighthearted romp featuring beloved characters laughing and singing under sunny skies. Just kidding. It's dark and...
What we can all learn from gaming's latest controversy - CNET
A few days ago, Baldur's Gate: Siege of Dragonspear went on sale. It's the first expansion to a beloved video game series in over a decade. But some fans' excitement quickly changed to anger. Within days,...
Zack Snyder on female empowerment and Batman's impotence
This article was first published in the April 2016 issue of WIRED magazine. Be the first to read WIRED's articles in print before they're posted online, and get your hands on loads of additional content...
Cartoon of the week: Gamification
Gamification has been shown to help improve engagement on sites. Is there a time, however, when things can go too far? Check out this new cartoon by Dave Blazek and provided by Yoh. Content is licensed...
Cartoon of the Week: Starting a Career in Game Development
Content is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License. Based on a work by Yoh at http://blog.yoh.com. Your name/nickname Your email Subject (Maximum characters: 1200)....
Gay Star Wars characters will 'of course' happen, J.J. Abrams says - CNET
Enlarge ImageSadly, C-3PO and R2-D2 don't count as an onscreen gay couple in "Star Wars." Lucasfilm Star Wars blockbuster "The Force Awakens" proved that a sci-fi film with female and black lead characters...
Here's the Star Wars universe like you've never seen it
The mythical world of Star Wars can feel almost as vast as the universe itself, with characters and events spanning not just seven films, but also a plethora of books, comics and video games. Now, thanks...
Netflix's The Characters is eight different sketch shows in one
On the heels of the award-season success of Master of None, Netflix's latest original comedy series, The Characters, promises chaos with an eight-episode sketch show with "no rules" and "no...
How visual effects brought 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' characters to life - CNET
While director J.J. Abrams was adamant in using old-school practical effects and puppets in "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," the blockbuster sci-fi film still relied quite a bit on computer-generated effects...
The 100 is the bleak sci-fi dystopia you should be watching
From tonight's episode of The 100, "Wanheda: Part One."Cate Cameron/The CWYou can be forgiven for not being caught up with The CW’s dystopian-future series The 100. Based on a decent but neglected young...
Heroes of the Storm gets Diablo's Necromancer and Wizard - CNET
Blizzard has announced two new characters for Heroes of the Storm, both of which come from its Diablo universe. Xul the Necromancer is the first of the Diablo II-exclusive classes to make an appearance...
Nintendo scraps controversial content for Fire Emblem Fates' western release
NintendoÂ has confirmed that a controversial scene in the strategy RPGÂ Fire Emblem FatesÂ will be removed from the upcoming western release. The series has long had relationship aspects as part of its...
Star Wars VIII delayed until December 2017
Rey is dismayed to find herself on a movie set, instead of on Jakku.DisneyThe eighth entry in the Star Wars saga was supposed to start filming this month, but production has been delayed so that director...
Rainbow Six Siege's new operators gear up in new screenshots - CNET
Images of two new operators for Ubisoft's Rainbow Six Siege have appeared online, offering an early look at the characters set to be included in the game's next DLC release.The pictures, which were posted...
Your tweets could soon be 10,000 characters long
Tweets are known for their brevity, and at 140 characters or less, they are designed to be quick, sharp snippets of text. But soon, fans of the hugely popular social media platform might see messages...
Jack Dorsey Thinks Adding More Text To Tweets Is A Swell Idea
As you know, reports are surfacing about Twitter’s interest in potentially monkeying around with the number of characters you can tweet…or share along with a tweet. 5,000? 10,000? Well,...
Twitter to allow users to go on and on
For Jack Dorsey, being the CEO at Twitter and Square means 18-hour days, a meticulous schedule and impromptu business meetings. Tweets too short? ... Twitter is reportedly mulling a 10,000 character limit....
Twitter to allow 10,000-character tweets as it prepares to abandon famous limit
The company has previously been reported to be raising the tweet limit above 140-characters, which was chosen when the service launched in 2006 to allow tweets and usernames to be received in a single...
Twitter Partners With Chat App Lookup To Let Users In India Shop In 140 Characters
Twitter has announced a partnership with Lookup, a chat app that connects consumers with retailers, which will allow its users to make purchases and find information using 140 characters. Read More...
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a great starter film for a new generation
Ars Technica has taken pains not to reveal major and even minor spoilers in our review of The Force Awakens. Still, please note that our review does touch upon a few basic and previously revealed plot...
Scientists Coax Computers to Think Like People
For artificial intelligence and smart machines to really take off, computers are going to have to be able to think more like people, according to experts in the field. Researchers are now making important...
Gamaya launches Ramayana based video game for kids
Comments By: Tech Desk | Published:December 5, 2015 4:05 pm The characters of the game include Rama, Mahiravana, Hanuman, Sugriva, Sita, Jatayu, Lakshmana, Indrajit, Anjana and Ravana. Gamaya, an Indian-American...
Disney joins Hour of Code to teach young people coding skills
Female heroines Characters will include the droids R2-D2, C-3PO and BB-8 – as well as the universe’s heroines Rey and Princess Leia. In 2014, Hour of Code featured characters from Disney’s Frozen, and...
Amazon’s Man in the High Castle is a good adaptation but a merely OK show
Amazon Joe Blake (Luke Kleintank) and Juliana Crain (Alexa Davalos) are two of our lead characters, but they aren't as interesting as they could be. Amazon Joe Blake (Luke Kleintank) and Juliana Crain...
Why 'Overwatch' is Blizzard's riskiest game yet
BlizzardÂ is known primarily as a developer of strategy games andÂ MMORPGs. Recent years have seen it expand those boundaries though, with MOBAÂ Heroes of the StormÂ and trading...
Brick house: Lego Dimensions is a mighty, mighty take on 'toys-to-life'
The genius of Lego Dimensions is that it feels like the kind of game a kid would make up. The crazy, cross-franchise mashup from TT Games and Warner Bros. Interactive is built around one idea: making...
If 'Game of Thrones' characters had Tinder profiles
Enlarge Image Ashley Nawn There's not a whole lot of dating going in the world of popular HBO series "Game of Thrones," what with all the sword slashing, scheming and singeing from fiery dragon's breath....
As you'll probably guess from the name, RansomFree is an entirely free anti-ransomware tool from the enterprise security company Cybereason. Not ‘free for personal use’, not a cut-down version of something...
Developed by the Korean security company CheckMAL, AppCheck is a comprehensive and easy-to-use anti-ransomware tool for Windows.AppCheck offers three layers of protection. The first is a real-time detection...
Burn4Free DVD Copy
The Burn4Free DVD Copy installer uses an irritating download manager which tries to install a couple of unwanted extras, but they are optional if you keep your eyes open.Burn4Free DVD CopyWhere to download:...
Google Drive App for Mac and PC Will Shut Down on March 2018
Google has officially announced in a blog post that its Drive application for desktop is being shut down to make way for the next generation cloud synchronization solutions. Support for the existing app...
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