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Tapping Into the Emotional Side of Video Games: Developing Hope, Healing and Love

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“Video games have always been a part of my life,” said Jenovah Chen. “I always played games with my friends, but as I got older, my friends stopped playing.”

Chen, president and co-founder of thatgamecompany, wondered why that was. While his friends said they were too busy, it wasn’t that they didn’t have time for other forms of entertainment.

“People still read novels, watched movies, listened to…

NBCU Joins Online Shows Bandwagon, Invents ‘Twain and Tesla’

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The entertainment industry needs a new word — one that combines TV and online programming — because it’s really starting to all run together. (We can’t just settle on “content.”)

On Tuesday, NBCUniversal became the latest traditional media giant to jump in the online original programming pool, announcing a slew of digital-first shows including Tesla and Twain, a comedic series that imagines what would happen if Mark Twain and Nikola Tesla (who were real-life friends in their time) were…

Texting App Lets Users Anonymously Criticize or Flirt With Phone Contacts

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Secret and Whisper, the current darlings of the anonymous messaging market, are all about broadcasting your innermost thoughts — or Gwyneth Paltrow gossip — in a feed format

But the founders of Truth created an anonymous messaging app that sends private missives to people on your contacts list. It’s incognito one-on-one messaging between friends

When you send a “truth,” you are assigned an anonymous username and avatar (one of an assortment of playful owls). If the recipient already has the…

Next ‘Super Smash Bros.’ Coming to 3DS in Summer, Wii in Winter

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Nintendo’s next iteration of the popular Super Smash Bros. fighting game is coming to the Nintendo 3DS handheld this summer, and then several months later to the Wii U.

Super Smash Bros. director Masahiro Sakurai announced the news during Nintendo’s 35-minute streaming presentation Tuesday night. Sakurai highlighted the differences between the two platform’s versions, and unveiled new features and characters.

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Convies Debuts A Vine-Like Video Messenger For Chatting With Friends And Groups

Fresh on the heels of Vine’s expansion into private video messaging last week comes today’s launch of a new video chat app called Convies, offering a dedicated experience for sharing short video messages with friends or groups of friends, as well as with your broader social networks like Facebook and Twitter. Read More

Facebook Adds Free Voice Calls to Messenger App

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After Facebook acquired WhatsApp for $16 billion, some wondered what would happen to the company’s existing messaging app. Now it seems they had nothing to worry about.

The company updated the app Thursday with a major new feature — one that allows users to make free voice calls to their Facebook friends.

The new feature is similar to voice calling built in to other messaging apps such as Viber and WeChat. Users can make phone…

Chomping Piranha Plants and 4 Other Surprises From ‘Mario Kart 8′

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Mario Kart returns to the television in May in full, crisp HD glory in Mario Kart 8 on the Wii U, with enough new editions and old staples for fans of the series to drool over.

Mashable got hands on time with Mario Kart 8, and got to see how the improved graphics and new features fit together. Here’s what got us most excited:

1. Piranha plants and boomerangs will make other drivers cry

Since playing Mario Kart is all about ruining your friends’ perfect run with a well-placed item, it’s good…

I Used the Internet to Quit Smoking

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I started smoking for the same reasons most people begin the nasty habit: I was young and stupid

Like many teenagers, I could care less about the negative aspects of smoking. Money wasn’t yet a burden on my everyday existence, the long term effects meant little to nothing and I had myself convinced that quick spritz of spray deodorant and some gum masked the smell well enough

The truth was that smoking, once a fun and social activity then began to control my life

Don’t get me wrong, I still…

Looking Back on a Decade of Gmail

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I still remember where I was when I first heard about Gmail. It was April 1, 2004 and I was at my parents house, recovering from having my wisdom teeth removed. At 21, and finishing my third year of college, most of my recovery consisted of listening to my iPod (a 20GB third-generation model) and browsing the Internet. If you replace LiveJournal with Tumblr, Slashdot with Reddit and Hacker News and Gawker with, well, Gawker, the open tabs in my browser (Firefox 0.8 in 2004, Google Chrome…

Naughty ‘Sex Tape’ Trailer Explores Dangers of the Cloud

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Oops. After Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel’s characters in Sex Tape decide to spice up their relationship by filming one of their lovemaking romps via an iPad, the footage uploads itself into the cloud, making the video available on their loved ones’ gadgets

The film’s trailer, above, shows the longtime couple with two children plotting to destroy or delete the three-hour sex video on iPads they gave as gifts to friends and relatives.