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June 5, 2019

War Stories: How Subnautica made players love being hunted by sea creatures

Directed by Sean Dacanay, edited by Jeremy Smolik. Transcript available shortly.

In the aftermath of the Sandy Hook school shooting, game designer Charlie Cleveland had a goal: he wanted to make a game that wasn’t built around guns and combat. The underwater exploration game he and the folks at Unknown Worlds Entertainment eventually built is a sleeper masterpiece—a game that manages to evoke awe and wonder while also not really requiring you to kill anything.

But getting from prototype to release took years of iterating, including an Early Access period for pulling in lots of player feedback. Cleveland’s core [...]

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May 30, 2019

War Stories: How This War of Mine manipulates your emotions

This video contains some minor spoilers for a non-critical location in the game.

Video shot by Dawid Kurowski, edited by John Cappello. Click here for transcript.

Chances are good that you already have This War of Mine in your Steam library. The side-view, survival-horror adventure game is a perennial favorite on various Steam sales, and at least 4.5 million people have picked up a copy since its release in 2014. But as with many Steam sale titles, it’s perhaps a bit less likely that you’ve played the game—and if you haven’t, that’s a shame, because it’s damn good.

But it’s also a [...]

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May 28, 2019

Honda’s compact EV swaps mirrors for side cameras

Not only will Honda’s cool little electric vehicle, the Honda E, come with cameras instead of side mirrors, they’ll be offered as a standard feature. The compact cameras will sit where their mirror predecessors did, and inside, drivers will find a si…
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May 14, 2019

Facebook revives ‘View As Public’ profile feature

Today, Facebook announced two changes that could make it easier to manage your publicly visible info. First, Facebook is bringing back the “View As Public” feature that allows users to preview their profiles as they appear to the general public. The…
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