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There was a lot to see during yesterday's epic Apple event, and it all started with a very cool video called "Perspective." The 2-minute clip is a pretty standard event-opening video for Apple, stating some principles the company believes in and patting the user on the back for being part of it. I...

September 10th 2014 at 1:00pm 0 Comments
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I recently spent a week enjoying the hell out of Elite: Dangerous. CCP's Valkyrie project -- a virtual reality EVE Online riff powered by Oculus -- is apparently far enough along to merit public demos and a slow-burning hype train. And Star Citizen? Well, I can still solo around in my hangar, fitti...

March 9th 2014 at 6:00pm 0 Comments
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One of the subtle, but cool features of iOS 7 is the parallax effect that gives on-screen elements a sense of depth and movement as you tilt your phone. In a recent article, Macworld's Marco Tabini examines the science behind the visual technology. Tabini boils it down to our perception of perspe...

June 28th 2013 at 10:00am 0 Comments
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Two days ago, during an interview with Bill Shope at the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference, Apple CEO Tim Cook mentioned some 120 million people walked through the doors of Apple's 394 (approximately) stores open in 2012. To put the magnitude of those 120 million visitors into...

February 13th 2013 at 12:30pm 0 Comments
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There was a great quote from the second season of the short-lived sitcom Sports Night when one of the characters chastises a friend who's overreacting by saying, "You've got to be able to separate the stuff from the stuff." Translated from Sorkinese, it means you need to stop lumping everything i...

February 12th 2013 at 1:00pm 0 Comments
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While optional first-person perspectives are pretty common in MMORPGs, I'd be willing to bet that most of us spend our game time looking at the arse-end of our avatars. Some games limit you to intimate over-the-shoulder shots, while others give you such a huge range on your camera that you can p...

May 10th 2012 at 8:00am 0 Comments
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When I was younger, I got very excited at the thought that therapists would ask people to roleplay. In my mind, this was a great idea. After all, if Joe and Jane go to see a marriage counselor, they could walk out of the session realizing that each of them always has the other's back, especially...

November 4th 2011 at 7:00pm 0 Comments
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Disclaimer: The Soapbox column is entirely the opinion of this week's writer and does not necessarily reflect the views of Massively as a whole. If you're afraid of opinions other than your own, you might want to skip this column. It's a natural problem: MMOs are all about making you feel invest...

October 4th 2011 at 4:30pm 0 Comments
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Disclaimer: This editorial column is 100% the opinion of the writer and does not necessarily reflect that of Massively as a whole. If you're afraid of opinions other than your own, you might want to skip this column. If you ask a remarkably high number of players, World of Warcraft is a negative...

October 12th 2010 at 10:00am 0 Comments
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"Is the dark side stronger?" "No, no, no. Quicker, easier, more seductive." "But how am I to know the good side from the bad?" "You will know...when you are calm, at peace, passive." - Luke Skywalker and Yoda, The Empire Strikes Back, 1980 While diminutive Jedi Masters seem pretty sure that...

May 10th 2010 at 12:00pm 0 Comments
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MMOs are great when it comes to flexibility; you can play whatever classes you want and however you want as the situation demands. A friend of mine has just tempted -- nay ordered -- me back into the terrifying world of Second Life (via Virtual Ability Island). So I rerolled an avatar (with the som...

July 10th 2009 at 8:00am 0 Comments
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Just yesterday we were marching through the East Village, thinking to ourselves, "Wouldn't it be great if Manhattan were actually a floating ring planet, with no horizon in sight?" And wouldn't ya know it, someone was way ahead of us. Dubbed the "Here & There" map, Schulze & Webb ltd. has cr...

May 7th 2009 at 12:00am 0 Comments