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Recommended Reading: NFL player turns mercenary in 'Call of Duty'

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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.

'The Whole Game is Beast Mode'
by Sam Alipour
ESPN The Magazine

Kevin Spacey temporarily shelved his presidential persona to play a private military contractor in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. For this year's title, Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch hung up his cleats to play a mercenary in Call of Duty: Black Ops III. ESPN The Magazine has a behind-the-scenes look at the process, from motion capture to facial scans required to construct the digital version of the NFL player.

It's Official: Everyone Has the Same Plan for Tech's Future
David Pierce, Wired

Did a lot of Apple's WWDC keynote sound familiar? The folks in Cupertino announced a collection of items that have already been done before by another company, whether it's Google, Microsoft or others. Are companies just borrowing ideas now?

The Day I Learned to Stop Hating Laptop DJs
DJ Rob Swift, Cuepoint

Have you wondered what a traditional turntable DJ thinks of folks who prefer to do their scratching with a laptop? DJ Rob Swift discusses his initial reaction and how he came to realize that the modern setup is nothing more than a tool.

Moog Music Gives Employees More Control
Joe Coscarelli, The New York Times

Moog Music's small size and workshop-like atmosphere are two things I've always loved about the company. This week, owner and chief executive Michael Adams told employees he was selling half of the company... to them.

The Unkillable Demon King
Mina Kimes, ESPN

A 19-year-old League of Legends juggernaut can kill more than half of an opposing team in under 40 seconds. ESPN's Mina Kimes takes a look at how Lee Sang-hyeok (better known at Faker) rose to superstar status.

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