Aliens: Colonial Marines Is a Living Tableau of Death, Bloody and Alien

Aliens: Colonial Marines is everything I'd want in an Aliens game starring tragically overconfident space Marines. It is spectacular with sprays of gunfire, acidic green blood, and horrific death. » 6/09/11 2:00pm 6/09/11 2:00pm

You Will Not Believe These Star Wars Pictures Are Real

These photos (and they are genuine photos, not a photoshops), of Grand Moff Tarkin, were taken in 2011. Yet the man who played the Star Wars villain, screen legend Peter Cushing, died in 1994. » 5/23/11 6:30am 5/23/11 6:30am

Simon Pegg and Nick Frost reveal their greatest creation: scifi writer…

The funniest character from Simon Pegg and Nick Frost's Paul isn't the little gray alien — it's Jeffrey Tambor's Adam Shadowchild. We interviewed Pegg and Frost and got the backstory on Tambor's arrogant science fiction author. [io9] » 3/18/11 5:20pm 3/18/11 5:20pm

A Psychoactive Drug That’s Spread Through Unprotected Sex with Men

You're a nefarious supervillian and you want to transform this city into a hive of mind-controlled minions. But you also need the element of surprise. Two new scientific studies offer a possible solution: behavior-changing proteins in sperm! [io9] » 3/17/11 1:20pm 3/17/11 1:20pm

Forget therapy - you improve your mental health just by sitting at a…

A new therapy, called cognitive-bias modification, has allowed people to relieve anxiety and the strain of certain addictions. It doesn't involve a doctor or medications, just a few minutes a day on a computer performing some simple tasks.… [ io9 » 3/14/11 10:00am 3/14/11 10:00am]

The Dark, Lonely Art Of Dead Space 2

Since there aren't many (living) people around in Dead Space 2, you're left with more time than usual to admire the architecture of Titan Station. And what better way to admire it further than with this concept art. » 2/07/11 7:00am 2/07/11 7:00am

A Comic Book Game Restores A Feeling Of Power

Finishing off Giganta in D.C. Universe Online this week, I was treated to this scene, and a reminder that no matter how much the medium matures, comic books' emotional attachments are made in your youngest and most vulnerable years. » 1/27/11 10:00pm 1/27/11 10:00pm

A Surprise Batman-Joker Team-Up, But Is It Official?

This is either a new, possibly leaked trailer for Batman Arkham City. Or is this just a fan mod of the first game? Either way, who needs Robin, when the Joker can help Batman beat up the bad guys? » 1/26/11 12:36pm 1/26/11 12:36pm

The Surprise Dead Space Game You Need to Play

This week I found myself doing something I've never done before with an iPad. Playing a game, not to pass time, but because it was fun, frightening and I wanted to see what was going to happen next. » 1/25/11 10:00am 1/25/11 10:00am

Kinect Hacked To Perform Surgery

We've seen the Xbox 360 Kinect control robots before, but never robots with tasks this important. A group of graduate engineering students at the University of Washington are using Microsoft's device to guide the actions of surgical robots. » 1/18/11 11:20am 1/18/11 11:20am

The Secret, Terrifying Lives of Those Amazing Cosplayers

Ever wonder what those amazing cosplayers you see at video game and anime shows get up to when the crowds of photographers aren't around? » 1/14/11 11:00am 1/14/11 11:00am

A New And Maybe Better Way To Stop People From Being Jerks Online

The people running the video game League of Legends knew they had a problem. They had the same problem that makes much of the Internet unpleasant. Too many people were being jerks online. They're hatching a novel solution: citizen justice. » 1/13/11 10:00pm 1/13/11 10:00pm

They're Selling Comics On The iPad The Wrong Way

I primarily use my iPad for video games, but I realized recently that it could be perfect for reading comics, something I enjoy doing. But then I tried to buy some. » 1/06/11 4:20pm 1/06/11 4:20pm

Stunning Pictures Only a Gamer's Eye Could Have Captured

Trey Ratcliff runs the most popular travel photo blogs in the world, he is also the first person to have an HDR picture hang in the Smithsonian. His photos may feel familiar to gamers, perhaps because Ratcliff himself is one. » 1/04/11 11:00am 1/04/11 11:00am

The Year in Controversies

It was a controversial year for gaming. The past 12 months saw the in-game assassination of Castro, playable Taliban, a Freedom of Speech shaking Supreme Court case and the call for a ban on Blood Minerals in gaming consoles. » 12/30/10 1:30pm 12/30/10 1:30pm

Angry Psychology Professor Explains Angry Birds' Success

Why is Angry Birds such an addictive game? According to University of San Francisco psychology professor Mel Joseph Ciena, it's a combination of repetition and a "false impression you're competitive and achieving something." Oh come on, we're saving eggs! » 12/29/10 3:30pm 12/29/10 3:30pm

Marty McFly's Actor Infuses His Voice With 'Artificial Nervousness'

Here's the demo reel for A.J. LoCascio, whose dead-ringer Marty McFly voice highlights the Back to the Future game now out for PC. LoCascio gets into character by remembering how he'd ask a girl out in high school. » 12/25/10 4:00pm 12/25/10 4:00pm