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Smurf, Nerf, Buff, and More Old Words With New Meanings You Should Know

The spread of modern technology has changed nearly everything in our lives—including what even the most common of words mean. Rather than invent a word for each novel thing or concept, our language is flexible enough that we can just borrow old words and tweak their meanings. We don’t even need to think about it […]

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Smurf, Nerf, Buff, and More Old Words With New Meanings You Should Know

The spread of modern technology has changed nearly everything in our lives—including what even the most common of words mean. Rather than invent a word for each novel thing or concept, our language is flexible enough that we can just borrow old words and tweak their meanings. We don’t even need to think about it […]

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What’s New on Disney+ November 2021

There’s plenty to disagree about when it comes to the Marvel Cinematic Universe—I’m a Thor and Doctor Strange apologist myself—but until recently, it seemed like all of fandom could heartily agree on one thing: Hawkeye sucks, and is definitely the worst Avenger. But then Disney had to go and ruin it with the trailer…Read more… […]

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What’s New on Disney+ November 2021

There’s plenty to disagree about when it comes to the Marvel Cinematic Universe—I’m a Thor and Doctor Strange apologist myself—but until recently, it seemed like all of fandom could heartily agree on one thing: Hawkeye sucks, and is definitely the worst Avenger. But then Disney had to go and ruin it with the trailer…Read more… […]

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How to Figure Out If It’s Worth Paying to Get Rid of Ads

People seem to be split down the middle on ad-supported TV streaming—49% of subscribers saying they were “very satisfied” with it in a recent survey, while 54% of those same respondents say they plan to switch to ad-free tiers of TV streaming in the “next 2-3 months.” That suggests many of us are still making […]

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15 Sci-Fi Podcasts to Listen to When You Need a Break From This Reality

Definitionally, science fiction is a genre built on the power of imagination—both for those who create it and those who consume it. Though expansive sci-fi films abound, like horror, the genre works just as well—or better—when it unfolds inside your mind, the confines of which aren’t limited by the budget for CGI. …Read more… Continue Reading […]

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15 Sci-Fi Podcasts to Listen to When You Need a Break From This Reality

Definitionally, science fiction is a genre built on the power of imagination—both for those who create it and those who consume it. Though expansive sci-fi films abound, like horror, the genre works just as well—or better—when it unfolds inside your mind, the confines of which aren’t limited by the budget for CGI. …Read more… Continue Reading […]

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Streamers React To Leaked Twitch Income Rankings With Jokes, Criticism

An anonymous hacker leaked payroll information for every streamer on Twitch yesterday, and predictably, the revealed incomes have become an inescapable topic of conversation for streamers in their Twitch chats and on social media. The range of reactions to the leak has been vast, with some streamers making light of…Read more… Continue Reading at https://kotaku.com

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How to Sneak Food Into the Movies Like a Criminal Mastermind

Now that the COVID is on a downward trend, it’s vital that we pretend it was all a bad dream and exuberantly return to what we were doing before without changing our behavior in any way whatsoever. And that means heading back to the movies! And going to the movies means brushing up on our […]

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Twitch Announces Test Of ‘Pay-To-Win’ Promotion Feature

Yesterday, Twitch announced it will test a new feature that allows streamers and their audiences to pay for heightened visibility. Currently, only a select number of accounts participating in Twitch’s research initiative have access to the feature. Despite this, streamers are, unsurprisingly, not very happy about this…Read more… Continue Reading at https://kotaku.com

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20 Horror Podcasts That Will Scare the Bejesus Out of You

When I was a odd little kid, I’d pull up the covers and listen to episodes of creepy old time radio shows before bed. (Listening alone to decades-old radio dramas was a very cool thing for children to do back then; I had tons of friends and was in no way considered a weirdo.) Popular […]

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20 Horror Podcasts That Will Scare the Bejesus Out of You

When I was a odd little kid, I’d pull up the covers and listen to episodes of creepy old time radio shows before bed. (Listening alone to decades-old radio dramas was a very cool thing for children to do back then; I had tons of friends and was in no way considered a weirdo.) Popular […]

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Twitch And Music Industry Strike A Deal, But It’s Not Great

Last year a music industry crackdown on streaming site Twitch resulted in copyright strikes and a mass deletion of videos, as the National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) sought to cut down on streamers playing licensed music. Twitch has now made a deal with the NMPA, but for streamers it’s not exactly a…Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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Detroit Dev Quantic Dreams Wins Lawsuit Without Actually Disproving Misconduct Allegations

Quantic Dream, creators of “so bad, they’re bad” games like Heavy Rain and Detroit: Become Human, recently brought libel action against two French newspapers which had jointly published allegations of misconduct against individuals at the company back in 2018. Now the court has ruled both for and against the…Read more… Continue Reading at https://kotaku.com

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Migrants And Refugees Make A Home At Spain’s Abandoned Valencia F1 Track

Spain’s Valencia Street Circuit housed Formula One racing for a five-year period during 2008 through 2012, when it was known as the venue for the European Grand Prix. Now that the sound of engines have died down, however, the track is now home to an entirely different group of people: migrants, refugees, and unhoused…Read more… […]

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Migrants And Refugees Make A Home At Spain’s Abandoned Valencia F1 Track

Spain’s Valencia Street Circuit housed Formula One racing for a five-year period during 2008 through 2012, when it was known as the venue for the European Grand Prix. Now that the sound of engines have died down, however, the track is now home to an entirely different group of people: migrants, refugees, and unhoused…Read more… […]

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Star Citizen Gets Slap On Wrist Over Selling Ships That May Never Exist

Star Citizen, the Winds of Winter of video games, has recently come under fire for misleading advertising practices, at least in the eyes of one British regulatory body. Eurogamer reports that the United Kingdom’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has told developer Cloud Imperium Games to clarify that Star Citizen…Read more… Continue Reading at https://kotaku.com

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The Verge’s ‘Infamous’ PC Build Gets Fixed

Back in 2018, The Verge released a guide to building a new PC that was, well, from where I was sitting it was not ideal. From where some angry PC nerds were sitting, though, it was an outrage.Read more… Continue Reading at https://kotaku.com

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I Still Can’t Listen To Genshin Impact’s Inaccurate English Voice Acting

Whenever I download Genshin Impact onto a new device, the first thing I do immediately is download the Chinese voice pack. I’m not a snob about dubs versus subs. The problem is that the English voice over turns my favorite characters into unrelatable strangers that I barely recognize. Read more… Continue Reading at https://kotaku.com

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I Still Can’t Listen To Genshin Impact’s Inaccurate English Voice Acting

Whenever I download Genshin Impact onto a new device, the first thing I do immediately is download the Chinese voice pack. I’m not a snob about dubs versus subs. The problem is that the English voice over turns my favorite characters into unrelatable strangers that I barely recognize. Read more… Continue Reading at https://kotaku.com

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