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  • Another black comic blast of ‘Borderlands’ Oct 24, 2014 6:00 AM
    Like dozens of other video games, “Borderlands” is all about killing — people, robots, monsters, whatever. But “Borderlands” has a not-so-secret weapon in its arsenal: an acidic sense of black humor that’s a welcome relief. In 2012’s “Borderlands 2,” the source of most of the comedy was Handsome Jack, the sarcastic yet charming villain. Jack is back in “Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel!” — and, in a characteristically perverse twist, this time you’re fighting on his side.

  • Podcasts geek out about Bond, movies, celebs Oct 22, 2014 5:30 AM
    They keep us company while we drive, work and work out. They’re also among the best things to happen in the 21st Century to radio junkies like me. We're talking about podcasts, and here are some worth checking out.

  • ‘Evil Within’ is a nightmarish head trip Oct 20, 2014 10:25 AM
    In the video-game world, Shinji Mikami’s name has the same cachet that George Romero and Wes Craven have among moviegoers. Mikami created “Resident Evil,” the 1996 classic usually credited as the first “survival horror” game. Mikami fans have been waiting a long time for a follow-up — and “The Evil Within” will scratch their survival horror itch.

  • Review: Aether Cone learns your music tastes over time Oct 18, 2014 7:31 AM
    The idea behind the $399 Aether Cone is that over time, it learns your listening habits and weighs such factors as whether it’s a lazy Sunday morning. It then plays what it thinks you’re in the mood for. I was skeptical because my music tastes vary depending on how I’m feeling at any particular moment. But I’ve come to enjoy its sometimes-surprising musical tours.

  • App reviews: Leaf Peepr, NBA Game Time Oct 18, 2014 6:56 AM
    The Leaf Peepr app offers a great guide if you want to catch the leaves changing color this fall. NBA's Game Time app lets users track their favorites teams and players.

  • ‘Walking Dead’ just won’t die Oct 17, 2014 7:23 AM
    “The Walking Dead” returned to AMC last week to huge ratings, and Sean doesn't really get why. But who cares what he thinks? The show is so big, it has its own pinball table. And speaking of pinball, Wheeling is the place to be this weekend for enthusiasts of the game.

  • ‘Alien: Isolation’ delivers sci-fi terror Oct 13, 2014 5:45 AM
    Ridley Scott’s “Alien” has inspired dozens of video games since its debut in 1979, but “Alien: Isolation” is the first in a while that has aspired to the claustrophobic terror of the original film. Is “Isolation” that bone-chilling and nerve-wracking? Not quite, but it does deliver some thrills. It takes place 15 years after the events of “Alien.” The protagonist, Amanda Ripley, is searching for her mother, Ellen Ripley, when she gets a lead drawing her to the decommissioned space station Sevastopol.

  • Study: Teens use voice search most, even in bathroom Oct 14, 2014 9:10 AM
    For teens, voice search comes as naturally as checking social media and they're getting very creative about how (and where) they use it.

  • ‘Twin Peaks’ is back on TV, so what’s next? Oct 10, 2014 5:30 AM
    "Twin Peaks" is coming back to TV in 2016, Jack Bauer already came back this summer. Wouldn't you like to see new episodes of some other favorites like "Star Trek," "The Wonder Years" and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"?

  • New ‘Skylanders’ delights and frustrates Oct 8, 2014 5:45 AM
    There’s a peculiar kind of tension at work in Activision’s wildly successful Skylanders series. If you just want a dozen or so hours of fun, with fast-paced action and an amusing story, a $75 starter pack will get the job done. But if you want to see every little thing packed into a Skylanders game, be prepared to spend a couple of hundred dollars more on additional toys. “Skylanders Trap Team” doubles down on the “gotta buy more” strategy.

  • ‘World of Tanks’ game finds ally in ‘Fury’ film Oct 7, 2014 10:27 AM
    “Fury” is rolling into “World of Tanks.” Before the World War II tank drama reaches theaters Oct. 17, video gamers can make like Brad Pitt’s character, Sgt. Don “Wardaddy” Collier, and steer a virtual rendition of the tank he commands in the film. It’s the latest example of a likeminded movie and game aligning to hype each other, and it marks the first Hollywood pact for the popular online tank combat title.

  • ‘Shadow of Mordor’ grabs the gold ring Oct 7, 2014 5:45 AM
    “The Lord of the Rings” has inspired hundreds of video games, but there’s never been a great one based directly on J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic. Until now. “Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor” is the most satisfying virtual adventure ever set in Tolkien’s world. And one big reason it’s so successful is that it jettisons so much of what you might expect from a “Rings” game.

  • Robert Morris bets video game scholarships can draw talent Oct 6, 2014 11:58 AM
    As a teenager, Youngbin Chung became addicted to video games. His grades tanked. His parents fretted. A few years later, the 20-year-old from the San Francisco area leads a team of headset-wearing players into virtual battle at Robert Morris University in Chicago. He's studying computer networking there on a nearly $15,000 a year athletic scholarship — for playing “League of Legends.”

  • Pop culture paints poor picture of women and technology Oct 4, 2014 7:35 AM
    There has been plenty of recent discussion about women and the Internet, from what law enforcement can do to make it safe for women to live, work and write online to economic schemes for rescuing the internet comments sections from their own worst tendencies. Pop culture this fall seems to have a novel and sour twist on the question, suggesting that women should stay away from the Internet and social media or risk turning into narcissistic, obsessive, mercenary morons.

  • Reviews: Stream-box gaming is a mixed bag Oct 4, 2014 7:32 AM
    As gaming consoles such as the Xbox and the PlayStation diversify into video, social media and other non-gaming apps, it seems only fair that streaming TV devices start nudging into gaming territory. Amazon’s Fire TV and the Roku 3 both offer a multitude of games, alongside apps to stream video on the big television screen from services such as Netflix and Hulu. The game offerings — some free, some for a fee — are a mixed bag thus far, ranging from solid to silly.

  • New ‘Alien’ video game promises stealth, smarts Oct 3, 2014 5:45 AM
    The franchise that began with “Alien,” Ridley Scott’s 1979 classic horror film, takes another crack at the world of video games Tuesday, Oct. 7, with yet another hotly anticipated title. “Alien: Isolation” seeks to replicate the spookhouse-in-space feel of Scott’s film instead of the shoot-’em-up action that one would normally associate with games based on the franchise.

  • Avengers assemble in ‘Disney Infinity 2.0’ Sep 30, 2014 5:45 AM
    For kids today, there’s no escaping The Walt Disney Co. The “Infinity” project is Disney’s attempt to link all its characters in one shared video-game world. This year, the company adds its lucrative comic-book properties to the fray with “Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Super Heroes.” The starter kit includes figures of Iron Man, Thor and Black Widow, as well as a clear plastic model of Avengers Tower.

  • Review: Samsung Alpha big on design, short on tech Sep 27, 2014 7:36 AM
    Apple filled a gaping hole in its product lineup with new iPhones boasting larger screens like Samsung’s flagship Galaxy smartphones. Now, Samsung is coming out with a smaller phone that looks and feels more like an iPhone.

  • The one big problem with the enormous new iPhone Sep 27, 2014 7:37 AM
    Just as I was getting ready to plunk down $399 for Apple's new iPhone iPhone 6, I freaked out. What if it's too big to fit in my pants? Turns out, that wasn't what I should have been worried about. There's another big flaw.

  • Ways to hide, secure data on your smart devices Sep 27, 2014 7:00 AM
    Beyond setting up passcodes, some phones have additional tools for hiding or securing sensitive photos and documents stored on the phone, particularly if you need to lend or show your phone to someone.

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