Top 10 Greatest Motion-Capture Characters Of All Time

This weekend, we'll witness the evolution of Caesar, the ape revolutionary played by Andy Serkis in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. And next month, we meet Vin Diesel's Groot. But motion-capture has a proud history of innovation and great performances. Here are the 10 greatest mocap characters of all time. » 7/08/14 1:23pm Tuesday 1:23pm

Tell Us About Your Favorite Gaming Gear

Before we move on to our next Gaming-centric Kinja Co-Op, we're giving everyone an open forum to share their favorite gaming gear. Mice, keyboards, furniture, third-party controllers, gaming glasses, home theater, tell us what you've got, and what you love or hate about it. » 6/25/14 10:15am 6/25/14 10:15am

Steam vs. Everyone Else: Who Really Has the Best Gaming Deals?

It's summer, and that means a Steam sale is just around the corner. But does Steam really deserve its reputation for amazing deals? Well, yes—but there are a lot of other stores that don't get credit for being just as good. Here's a look and see how often the competition matches up to Steam's prices. » 6/17/14 11:22am 6/17/14 11:22am

How to Build Your Own Do-Anything 4K-Capable Desktop

While it's a bit early to say that 4K has officially "landed," it's not far off. The benefits are tangible, especially if you have 4K-capable gear. That's right: There's more to a 4K PC than a display packed with pixels. Here's what you need—and need to know—to build a 4K desktop that handles anything you throw at it. » 6/04/14 6:26pm 6/04/14 6:26pm

The New D&D Adventures Will Include All the Dragons

This summer's Dungeons & Dragons relaunch includes a set of adventures focused on the rise of the dragon goddess Tiamat, designed by Wolfgang Baur and Steve Winter of Kobold Press. In this interview, they told us about adventure design and the joys of writing for a game system while it's still in development.
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How Do I Know When to Upgrade My PC or Just Build a New One?

Dear Lifehacker,
My computer is getting a little old. I built it myself, but I'm not sure whether it's worthwhile to upgrade individual things like my processor or video card or whether I should just start from scratch and build a new rig. How can I tell when it's time to upgrade and when I should start over? » 5/05/14 2:36pm 5/05/14 2:36pm

Top 10 Ways to Enhance Your PC Gaming Experience

PC gaming is great, but it's a bit more complex than console gaming. You have a lot of different hardware to choose from, tweaks to increase performance, and other ways to improve the experience—as long as you're willing to put in the time and effort. Here are our top 10 PC mods and tricks for better gaming. » 3/15/14 1:00pm 3/15/14 1:00pm

An Interview With the Teacher-Turned-Developer Behind 'Oregon Trail'

Oregon Trail, the computer simulation that sends students on a sometimes perilous journey west in the 19th century and that made its way into classrooms across the country in the 1980s and 1990s (and beyond), was originally created by three student teachers — two who led math classrooms and one who led a history class. » 2/24/14 12:03pm 2/24/14 12:03pm

The Game Release Calendar

Our game release calendar is our attempt to make sure you never miss the latest releases, their limited collector's editions, or pre-orders deals on them. This is a big undertaking, so jump in the comments and help everyone out by telling us what our list is missing. Also check out our Movie and TV Release Calendar. » 2/15/14 1:18pm 2/15/14 1:18pm