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Recommended Reading: Why do we hate CGI so much?

Billy Steele
May 23, 2015
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Recommended Reading highlights the best long-form writing on technology and more in print and on the web. Some weeks, you'll also find short reviews of books that we think are worth your time. We hope you enjoy the read.

Why VFX Is Being Vilified
by Raqi Syed & Sonya Teich
Motherboard

By now, you've heard someone complain about the prevalence of visual effects in movies. Perhaps you've groaned about it yourself. Sure, there are varying degrees of execution, and some of the results that made the final cut have been downright awful. Take Avengers: Age of Ultron for example. The film was a massive success at the box office, but critics griped about the role visual effects played in the bulk of the action. Is all the post-production to blame for ruining movies?

Letterman's Musical Legacy
Paul de Revere, Pitchfork

David Letterman's decades-spanning run on CBS' Late Show came to an end this week, but his impact on music remains. On top of hosting some stellar performances from big-name acts, Letterman also provided a stage that introduced unknown artists to the world.

Selling the Young on 'Gaming Fuel'
Hilary Stout, The New York Times

Can getting hyped up on energy drinks make you a better gamer? The makers of G Fuel certainly think so. The beverage is being marketed as a way to keep focus and increase endurance during marathon gaming sessions.

Talking Turntable
Stephen Phillips, Shorthand Social

Remember Turntable.fm? The popular DJ-based music site shut down to focus on live events in 2013 and this interview with creator Billy Chasen offers a look at what went wrong.

'Game of Thrones' has a Pretty Serious Villain Problem this Season
Ben Kuchera, Polygon

Yep, this article contains massive spoilers, so best to avoid it unless you're caught up. That being said, Ben Kuchera hits on some points about what's missing this season.

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