Gaming & Culture

Review: Healing and hope in Star Trek: Discovery’s third season

Enlarge / “The Federation isn’t just about ships. The Federation is its people.” CBS | YouTube The most frequent complaint levied against Star Trek: Discovery during its first two seasons was: “This doesn’t feel like the Star Trek I remember.” The critics did indeed have a point—from the outset, Discovery tried to lean into the …

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DiRT 5 and our first Xbox Series X “enhanced” tests: 120Hz saves the uneven ride

Microsoft provided the following three images of DiRT 5 running on Xbox Series X, which line up with how the game can look in its sweetened “photo” mode. But how does it look in action? Read on to find out. Codemasters The best visual element in DiRT 5 is the dirt, which spews from tires …

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NY Comic-Con: the Dark Man cometh in first trailer for The Stand miniseries

James Marsden, Whoopi Goldberg and Alexander Skarsgård star in the new CBS All Access limited miniseries The Stand, based on the Stephen King novel of the same name. It’s Stephen King’s world; we’re just living in it. During New York Comic Con, CBS All Access dropped the first official trailer for its ten-episode limited miniseries …

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RIP to Crucible, Amazon Games’ first PC shooter: 2020-2020

Enlarge / We’ve previously put these Amazon Games mascots behind prison bars; now, they’re in flames. RIP, Crucible. We hardly knew ye. Amazon Games / Aurich Lawson As it turns out, Amazon’s idea of a Crucible couldn’t handle the intense heat and pressure of the games industry. After launching in May of this year, Crucible, …

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The future of the Belt has begun in first trailer for The Expanse S5

The fifth season of the sci-fi series The Expanse will begin streaming on Amazon Prime on December 16, 2020. Amazon Prime debuted the first trailer (embedded above) for the upcoming fifth season of The Expanse during the series panel at the New York Comic Con’s Metaverse today. And the stakes are high. According to the …

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All we want for Christmas is Mel Gibson’s Bad Santa in the Fatman trailer

Mel Gibson plays a bitter, hard-drinking Chris Cringle in the forthcoming film Fatman. If you’re one of those people who consider Die Hard and the first Lethal Weapon film a classic Christmas movie double feature, we’ve got good news for you. Mel Gibson plays a broke, embittered, hard-drinking, heavily armed Santa Claus in the forthcoming action/comedy Fatman. The official trailer …

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Publishers worry as ebooks fly off libraries’ virtual shelves

Enlarge Getty Images Before Sarah Adler moved to Maryland last week, she used library cards from her Washington, DC, home and neighboring counties in Virginia and Maryland to read books online. The Libby app, a slick and easy-to-use service from the company OverDrive, gave her access to millions of titles. When she moved, she picked …

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Going in-depth with Nintendo’s augmented reality Mario Kart RC car

Man, now I want a real-life hover-clown-car RC toy. Nintendo This underwater stage even affects the sound design for the game. Nintendo I believe this is the first Mario Kart game where you could say “Look out for that ottoman!” Nintendo Retro chic. Nintendo The virtual gate hazards can be arranged on the left, right, …

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Famous strange demises get a second look in The Curious Life and Death of…

Medical historian Lindsey Fitzharris hosts the Smithsonian Channel’s new documentary series The Curious Life and Death of…. Infamous historical cold cases get a scientific face-lift in The Curious Life and Death Of…, a new documentary series from the Smithsonian Channel. Hosted by author and medical historian Lindsey Fitzharris, each of the six episodes takes a …

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