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Yesterday the world lost the man behind one of the most memorable movie villains of all time. HR Giger, the Swiss-born artist who designed the "Xenomorph" monster for the film Alien, passed away at age 74 after suffering injuries from a fall. While he'll be best remembered for visual effects in Ri...

May 13th 2014 at 10:31am 0 Comments
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While everyone (and everything) dies in time, just how and when they die has changed a lot in the past few decades; it's not necessarily clear how you're likely to kick the bucket. Thankfully, Bloomberg has used visual data to make sense of death trends in the US. Some trends aren't surprising --...

April 21st 2014 at 1:41pm 0 Comments
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Eliot's last Storyboard column about killing off characters in MMORPGs got me thinking how rare that practice is outside of permadeath MMOs, both in RP and a literal sense. It's rare that I delete a serious character that wasn't just a bank mule or throwaway toon, and in fact, the one time I did so...

February 14th 2014 at 8:00am 0 Comments
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If you've ever played Sewer Shark or other beloved full-motion video games of the '80s and '90s, then you're likely familiar with Ken Melville's work. Today we regret to report the famed FMV developer and Digital Pictures founder has passed away at the age of 65. Melville not only produced Sewer S...

February 11th 2014 at 4:00pm 0 Comments
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Dead is dead. I can't stand when comics endlessly bring back dead characters, I can't stand when shows bring back dead villains, and I can't stand when death is treated less like the final note and more like a brief inconvenience. If you want someone to come back from the dead, don't kill the chara...

February 7th 2014 at 9:00am 0 Comments
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Justin Carmical, a games writer and entertainer known for his You Can Play This series and "JewWario" persona, has passed away. Carmical's wife, Jenny Valentine, posted on Facebook that she was with Carmical when he took his own life on January 23. "He knew I loved him, he knew all of you loved hi...

January 26th 2014 at 11:30am 0 Comments
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Nvidia marketing manager Philip Scholz, 35, was killed on January 20 when a commuter train struck both him and an unidentified man whom Scholz was trying to help off the tracks. Mercury News reports that Scholz saw the man, who is currently in critical condition, down on the tracks and laid down to...

January 25th 2014 at 6:00pm 0 Comments
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They say death must come to us all, and that inevitability extends to our characters in MMOs. The death of our characters may be inconvenient when we want to plough through content, but penalising failure is an essential part of any MMO and further incentivises success by making you learn from your...

January 15th 2014 at 1:30pm 0 Comments
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We've sad news to report today in the world of audio: Ray Dolby has passed on. His death comes relatively soon after losing both Dr. Fritz Sennheiser and Dr. Amar Bose, and as with those two gentlemen, Dolby's legacy will continue to impact viewers and listeners around the globe for many years to...

September 12th 2013 at 6:26pm 0 Comments
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SOE hasn't mentioned much about about what it has in mind for the death penalty mechanic in EverQuest Next. You might recall that the original EverQuest was famous for its unforgiving death penalty, which included corpse runs and XP loss. EverQuest II, on the other hand, did what most newer MMOs do...

August 26th 2013 at 8:00am 0 Comments
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In last week's edition of The Soapbox, Mike Foster reminded us that the grim specter of death comes to us all and asserted that when your time comes, "you will not wish you had spent more time gaming." Mike took the stance that gaming provides temporary joys that can't replace real-life experiences...

July 16th 2013 at 11:00am 0 Comments