Is Internet Addiction a Real Thing?

Dear Lifehacker,
Is it possible for someone to actually be addicted to the Internet? I mean, we all love our phones, and maybe I check mine whenever it buzzes, but is that the same as being addicted to alcohol or drugs? I've heard of people being so addicted to video games that they forgot to eat or feed their kid.… » 3/25/15 11:29am 3/25/15 11:29am

Facebook Went Down, FIVE People Called 911

Facebook went down for a little bit on Monday, which for most people was a slight inconvenience. Others, however, lost their shit a little. » 1/28/15 2:30pm 1/28/15 2:30pm

That's It, I'm Done With Facebook Games

Today Facebook announced its 2014 Games of the Year. The top winner? Cookie Jam, a Candy Crush Saga clone. If this is the best Facebook has to offer, I'm done. » 12/09/14 10:40am 12/09/14 10:40am

Facebook Makes About $407 Every Second

Yesterday evening Facebook was was down for a little over 30 minutes. In that time, the company lost somewhere in the ballpark of $854,700 in revenue. That figure's based on a revenue report for last quarter. The company's total takings from July to September? $3.2 billion. » 10/29/14 5:53pm 10/29/14 5:53pm

Fed Up With Steam, Devs Unite To Get Extra Greenlight Votes [UPDATED]

Steam Greenlight was originally envisioned as a way for fans to help select which games would make it onto Valve's ridiculously ubiquitous PC gaming storefront. Unfortunately, it's kinda busted sometimes. A group of game creators has decided to take matters into their own hands by gaming the system. Kinda. » 10/28/14 6:00pm 10/28/14 6:00pm

Candy Crush Saga Sequel Arrives To Refresh A Faltering Fanbase

After two and a half years of candy crushing, fans of King's massive gem-matching hit could use a little break. Enter Candy Crush Soda Saga, released today on Facebook and coming soon to mobile. » 10/20/14 1:45pm 10/20/14 1:45pm

Ten Times Using Facebook Got People In A Ton of Trouble

Just because you're on the internet doesn't mean you don't have to be careful about what you say. Too bad some people learn this lesson the hard way. » 10/02/14 5:30pm 10/02/14 5:30pm

Oculus CEO On Microsoft's Minecraft Acquisition: "How Ironic"

When Oculus was purchased by Facebook for $2 billion earlier this year, Minecraft creator Markus "Notch" Persson famously cut ties with the VR company. Now that Notch has sold his company to Microsoft for $2.5 billion, Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe has a little something to say. » 9/20/14 2:01pm 9/20/14 2:01pm

This Is The New Oculus Rift Prototype: Crescent Bay

No, you still can't buy a consumer version of the amazing Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, but it's getting really, really close! Oculus just announced a brand-new prototype at the company's Oculus Connect conference in Los Angeles, and they claim it's a GIANT leap forward. » 9/20/14 1:33pm 9/20/14 1:33pm

The Future of Oculus Rift, According to the Man Who Invented It

If anyone knows what's going to happen to virtual reality it's Palmer Luckey, the founder of Oculus VR and inventor of the Oculus Rift. So I asked him. » 8/15/14 11:00am 8/15/14 11:00am

Facebook Has Banned Likes-For-Content

Yesterday, Facebook tweaked its Platform Policies, and while some of the changes are subtle, there's one which is very welcome: from now, the concept of offering access to apps or content in return for Likes is banned. » 8/08/14 9:46am 8/08/14 9:46am

Guy Asks Out Girl Through... EA's Facebook Page

Last night, the Facebook page for EA's Origin—a video game distribution service—asked a girl named Emily if she'd go out with a boy named Nathan. » 7/11/14 10:00am 7/11/14 10:00am

The Most Popular Current-Gen Game Console, According To Facebook

While sales numbers are the tried and true method of calculating the most successful video game console in a generation, on Facebook everything's a popularity contest, and the most popular console in the U.S. is the Xbox One. » 6/21/14 5:11pm 6/21/14 5:11pm

Oculus Rift Will Sell "At The Lowest Cost Possible"

There are reasons for concern following Facebook's purchase of Oculus Rift, but one massive benefit - at least for users - will be the way the social network giant is able to influence the headset's price. As in, it's going to be cheaper. » 6/11/14 9:00pm 6/11/14 9:00pm

The Avengers Turn-Based Tactics Game Is Ready And Waiting

Watch me play a little of Marvel's Avengers Alliance Tactics, the strategic sequel to that weird Avengers turn-based role-playing game. Or just play it yourself — it's not half-bad. » 6/03/14 2:30pm 6/03/14 2:30pm

The Next Avengers Game Takes On Turn-Based Tactics

We may never get a proper, big budget action/adventure game based on the Earth's Mightiest Heroes, but the success of turn-based social RPG Marvel: Avengers Alliance suggests fans are willing to accept substitutes. Well, here comes Marvel: Avengers Alliance Tactics. » 5/12/14 4:00pm 5/12/14 4:00pm

The Perfect Murder, With Help From Snapchat

Once a Snapchat message is over, that's it. You can't look at it anymore (without technical kn0w-how, anyway). And that's exactly what makes Snapchat the perfect vehicle for some messed up messages in this short film by James Corbett. » 4/23/14 7:30pm 4/23/14 7:30pm

Why Those Dumb Buzzfeed Quizzes Are Actually Great Video Games

I don't remember how long I've been here. Has it been minutes, hours, months? I've lost all track of time. Oh gosh, have I forgotten to feed my cat? Do I have a cat? » 4/05/14 5:53pm 4/05/14 5:53pm