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Mise-en-seen

Mise-en-seen

Mariana Podesta-Diverio wishes that she couldn’t see that you’ve ‘seen’ and when you’ve ‘seen’ it, because it’s deeply concerning

Pretending to be an immigration official: the video game ‘Papers, Please’

Pretending to be an immigration official: the video game ‘Papers, Please’

Samantha Jonscher reviews a gut-wrenching video game

NETIQUETTE: Love 2.0

NETIQUETTE: Love 2.0

When it comes to relationships on Facebook, it’s not all that complicated, writes Thomas Murphy.

Farewell @Horse_ebooks

Farewell @Horse_ebooks

Lane Sainty laments an equine tragedy: the loss of @Horse_ebooks

A league of legendary gentlemen

A league of legendary gentlemen

Lucy Watson watched some sports on the weekend

Living la video loca

Living la video loca

Ariel Castro-Martinez tells us about the links between stories and gameplay in video games

Tweeting from the shadows

Tweeting from the shadows

Hannah Ryan looks at how social media can bring sex workers into the public sphere

Pornsourcing

Pornsourcing

The internet grows curious crops: one of the latest is adult entertainment crowd-funding websites. A handful of sites dedicated to allowing users to fund whichever X-rated project piques their interest have emerged over the past year.

Fashion blogs: Gevinson, Rookie, and critique

Fashion blogs: Gevinson, Rookie, and critique

In the last decade blogging has been lauded for allowing the fashion scene to become more diverse and less exclusive. Fashion blogging is the new ‘it’ girl of the media scene. Bloggers have become brands unto themselves, as evidenced by the arrival of Tavi Gevinson, the 17-year-old fashion blogger and editor-in-chief of Rookie magazine, an […]

What’s the deal with online dating?

What’s the deal with online dating?

‘The eternal question is whether online dating is shameful”

A brave new world for Civ 5

A brave new world for Civ 5

  When Civilization V first came out in 2010, it was pretty terrible. For a game that was meant to simulate the rise and fall of the world’s greatest civilisations, it left a whole lot of stuff out. For instance, there was no religion, no real simulation of or reference to imperialism, and no espionage. […]

Art is in the eye of the player

Art is in the eye of the player

Videogames, by definition, have always had an element of choice within them. After all, interactivity separates games from other, more passive forms of entertainment. But what is extraordinary is the recent advent of games incorporating choice into their narratives and character arcs in order to say something meaningful either about the human condition, the wider […]

The internet we used to love

The internet we used to love

“Forward this email to everyone in your contact list by MIDNIGHT TONIGHT and your crush will realise how much they like you.” As terrible as those 90s chain emails were, they did add a little something to your inbox. I was the first to send them around in an attempt to claim that $1,000,000 the […]

Open access publishing: the way of the future?

Open access publishing: the way of the future?

Mischa Vickas questions a free for all publishing model

Top 5 Emoticons

Top 5 Emoticons

;P The wink tongue face combines two much-loved and ubiquitous emoticons into one catchall classic. Feeling saucy? Feeling ironic? Feeling like what you just typed could be grossly misinterpreted and shit is about to get awkward? This face fixes everything. Whack it in at the end of any and all sentences and you’ll come across […]

NETIQUETTE: An unlikely sage

NETIQUETTE: An unlikely sage

Humans search for meaning in all kinds of bizarre places. We might read too much into a small coincidence, take up prayer or meditation, or find the face of Jesus Christ in a piece of toast. But perhaps the most unlikely candidate to offer pearls of wisdom is the notorious Twitter spambot Horse_ebooks. Currently, the […]

NETIQUETTE: The battleground of online opinion

We’ve all done it on occasion. You’re halfway through a controversial opinion piece and you scroll down to see the comments. Perhaps you’ll hop onto Facebook, Twitter, or Reddit and see what’s being said about the latest news. Perhaps you’ll even vote in a poll just to see the current results. There’s something about the […]

When spell-check strikes back: the Cupertino effect

When spell-check strikes back: the Cupertino effect

Before there was Damn You Auto Correct, there was the Cupertino effect. The effect derives its name from the spell-check dictionary on Microsoft Word 97, which only contained the hyphenated spelling of ‘co-operation’. This meant the British form ‘cooperation’ would be automatically corrected to ‘Cupertino’ (in a bizarre coincidence, Cupertino turns out to be a […]

Don’t be a square and play The Cube

Don’t be a square and play The Cube

Late last year gaming studio 22cans released Curiosity: What’s Inside the Cube? and changed the world forever. John Gooding is not a fan.

Review: The Sims 3: University Life

Review: The Sims 3: University Life

The Sims are all grown up and getting a tertiary education.

Netiquette: Facebook “friends”

Nathan Olivieri explores the validity of our hasty online relationships

Fanning the flames of trolling

Fanning the flames of trolling

You can’t stop the trolls if you don’t know who they are, writes John Gooding.

Storing your personal web data helps the government snoop on you

Storing your personal web data helps the government snoop on you

The data retention plan goes against public and industry opinion and raises mainly questions about its true motives, writes Andrew Passarello.

Apple’s absurd ‘patent war’ will stifle future innovation

Apple’s absurd ‘patent war’ will stifle future innovation

The world’s most valuable company is fundamentally redefining what it means to innovate, but not in a good way, writes Ben Brooks.

Pokémon Dating: I choose you!

Pokémon Dating: I choose you!

Erin Rooney reveals how Pokemon could help you find someone who puts the ‘magic’ in ‘Magikarp’ and the ‘charm’ in ‘Charmander’.

News Limited CEO: you are all “copyright kleptomaniacs”

News Limited CEO: you are all “copyright kleptomaniacs”

If you’re reading this there’s a good chance that you’re a criminal. At the risk of generalising, we are a generation of benign thieves. We steal as if there was nothing illegal about it. Hidden behind a desk and a monitor, otherwise law abiding Australians knowingly steal when it comes to streaming our favourite TV […]

Counter-Strike’s sequel is a blast but there’s no avoiding online bigots

Counter-Strike’s sequel is a blast but there’s no avoiding online bigots

CS Source had its issues, but Valve have learnt their lesson to create an inexpensive and enjoyable sequel, writes Andrew Passarello.

Chinese innovation should be welcomed with open arms

Chinese innovation should be welcomed with open arms

The world’s biggest maker of telecommunications equipment is now a privately-owned Chinese company, Huawei (pronounced hwah-way), which reportedly surpassed the earnings of Ericsson and Cisco in the first half of 2012. The innovation and tenacity of China’s first global tech giant has seen it become a market leader over the past decade and bring a communications revolution to Africa. However, over the past year Western countries such as Australia and the US have called into question the company’s true motives, citing security concerns.

How social media is changing the university learning experience

How social media is changing the university learning experience

Rob North reports on innovative uses of social media at Sydney University and conducts an interview, over Twitter, with Dr Richard Stanton.

Starcraft World Championship: eSports come to Australia

Starcraft World Championship: eSports come to Australia

As the popularity of eSports grows, Australia will play host to the world’s leading professional gaming tournament, reports Andrew Passarello.

Sydney Uni app stacks up against UNSW, Cambridge and Harvard

Sydney Uni app stacks up against UNSW, Cambridge and Harvard

Sydney University’s new mobile application has important features but fails in one key area, Honi Soit reports.

‘Mod’-ern Gaming: the zombie apocalypse game mod you have to try

‘Mod’-ern Gaming: the zombie apocalypse game mod you have to try

Rob North, reports on how a forgotten game became a top hit three years after its inital release and why game mods should be encouraged

Kickstarter: fund amazing creativity

Kickstarter: fund amazing creativity

Anyone can help make creative projects a reality, reports Joseph Wang.

Instagram: repainting our world?

Instagram: repainting our world?

Instagram is an enlightening and humanising way to share the lives of others,
writes Raihana Haidary.

Minecraft: Xbox 360 edition

Minecraft: Xbox 360 edition

Rob North discovers why Minecraft, even on the 360, is more than just a lego simulation.

3 Billion Dollars – What makes a game studio worth so much?

3 Billion Dollars – What makes a game studio worth so much?

Jeff Wong investigates the Steam behind Valve, one of the must successful video game studios in history.

‘Gay-mer’: Where are the gay characters in video games?

‘Gay-mer’: Where are the gay characters in video games?

Christopher J Browne investigates why LGBT characters should feature in modern day video games.

Mass Effect 3

Mass Effect 3

Sertan Saral decides that Mass Effect 3 is better than having real friends.

Shooting holes in your wallet

Shooting holes in your wallet

Joseph Wang investigates the growing trend in gaming of purchasable post-release content.

Alan Wake’s American Nightmare (Xbox 360)

Alan Wake’s American Nightmare (Xbox 360)

Rob North dives deep into into this horror game but is it scary?