Valve Changes Steam Controller to Add a Thumbstick

steam-controller-july-2014The Steam Controller was one of three new Steam-themed projects that Valve announced last fall and it’s undergone a lot of testing and revising since the initial announcement. While it hasn’t been officially revealed, the latest Steam client beta was mined for data and it looks like the next iteration of the Steam Controller prototype will swap out the d-pad for a thumbstick.

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Harry Potter and the Mid-Life Crisis

J.K. Rowling recently released a quick look at the adult life of Harry Potter on the Pottermore website. In it, Rowling looks at your favourite characters, including auror Harry Potter and sportswriter Ginny Potter (née Weasley), as they attended the Quidditch World Cup of 2014.

Well, one good idea begets another. The folks over at someecards have come up with a few more concepts for future stories of an adult Harry Potter.

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New York City Wants to Turn Payphones into Free WiFi Hotspots

new-york-city-wifiSince payphone use is so amazingly low now, it surprises me that New York City reports having over 7,300 payphone kiosks in town. However, the city is planning to put them back to use. Rather than keeping them as simple payphones, the City of New York wants to convert payphones into free wifi hotspots.

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Britain Decriminalizes Online Piracy

copyright-bannerWhile American companies are still attempting to charge and sue digital pirates into oblivion, Britain is moving to a more progressive system that’s built on the basis of the old adage that you can attract more flies with honey and vinegar. Starting in 2015, Britain is introducing the Voluntary Copyright Alert Programme (VCAP) that will decriminalize copyright policy.

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Comic Book Pull List for July 23, 2014

transformers-vs-gi-joe-1There are a lot of new franchises this week for your perusal. Marvel continues to roll out new single-character focused series with the debut of Storm #1. For 90s nostalgia, there’s Super Secret Crisis War: Johnny Bravo #1. And for 80s crossover action figure nostalgia, you have to take a look at Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #1.

On the sci-fi franchise front, Titan takes over the Doctor Who franchise with new adventures of 10 and 11 in Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor #1 and Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor #1. And if Mass Effect fans want to keep giving money to Mac Walters, allegedly one of the two writers of ME3′s ending, the finale of the Mass Effect: Foundation series takes us right into the Citadel DLC with a tale about Maya Brooks in Mass Effect: Foundation #13.

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How Much of Your Brain Do You Use?

If you’ve been watching TV lately, it’s very likely that the incessant ads for an upcoming movie is rotting your brain. The promos for Lucy, the upcoming action movie starring Scarlett Johansson and Morgan Freeman, show that the movie is based on the premise of what would happen if humans used more than 10% of their brains.

Of course, that pseudo-scientific notion has been dismissed by the scientific community and anyone with half a brain (pun intended) for years. Unfortunately, many people still believe this. In fact, you use all of your brain in order to function.

Newbee Wins The International 2014

the-international-2014-headerA whole year of competition, two weeks in Seattle and one tournament featuring the top Dota 2 teams led to one final Best of Five series for the biggest prize in the history of eSports. But in the battle of #1 seed Vici Gaming and plucky underdog Newbee, there could be only one champion. After a long and odd season, it was Newbee who raised the Aegis of Champions and took home $5 million as The International 2014 champion.

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Game Trailers Roundup for July 21, 2014

It seems as though we do one week on, one week off for game trailers. One week, we get a whole pile of trailers for upcoming and announced games. The next, almost nothing. This week is a week with lots of trailers.

We lead off with the trailer for this week’s Episode Four of The Walking Dead: Season Two. I know I’m behind on the reviews for this season so I’m hoping to get both Episode Three and Episode Four done this week. From the triple-A ranks, E3 favourites AC Unity and NHL 15 get new trailers. From the indies, World of Speed and The Long Dark get trailers and I’m still excited about The Long Dark.

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Newbee and Vici Gaming Facing Off in The International 2014 Grand Final

the-international-2014-headerAfter two weeks of games, the nineteen teams that started in Seattle have been narrowed down to just two. Having topped the Phase Two round robin, Vici Gaming went the long way through the Main Event playoffs to make the final. They’ll do battle with a team that went through a 10th place qualifier to get out of the round robin, stormed through Phase Three and powered to the Grand Final through the Winner’s Bracket, Newbee.

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Sam Wilson, The Falcon, to Take Over as Captain America

captain-america-sam-wilsonFor 73 years, Steve Rogers has been protecting America and leading the Avengers. That’s come to an end (for now) in Captain America #21. With Steve’s Captaining days having come to an end, he needs a replacement to take up the shield. To do so, Marvel has called in one of his sidekicks, Sam Wilson, The Falcon, to take over as Captain America.

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