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Game Developers Conference '14: The Experimental Gameplay Workshop

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There are a few regular, unmissable sessions at the annual Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, sessions that have achieved Legendary status, a catalogue of extreme and memorable moments.

Hannibal is the best buzzkill "Takiawase" [s2e4]

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After the relative quiet of last week’s episode, “Takiawase” threw one punch after another, with a few eyeball kicks to round the hour out.

Hannibal's justice is more than blind in "Hassun" [s2e3]

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The trial of Will Graham gets off to a bloody start in this week’s episode of Hannibal.

We open with a disorienting dream of Will BBQ’ing himself in an electric chair, then get a mirroring scene, set in reality.

Meet Jeopardy!'s new master--and his controversial strategy [Podcast interview]

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Arthur Chu is mopping the floor at the American game show Jeopardy!, a program that combines trivial knowledge, speed on a signaling device, game strategy, a mind for wagering, and flopsweat.

True Detective ends its first season as it began: with two indelible performances [Recap: season 1, episode 8]

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Kevin McFarland reviews the finale of HBO’s crime drama “True Detective,” starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson. If you’re new to the show, start with our introduction here. This post contains spoilers.

Hannibal's terrifying gaze inward, in "Sakizuki" [s2e2]

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Hannibal’s premiere hit the ground running, but it felt like half of an episode. We barely even met the “artist” behind the giant corpse-eye mural, because there was so much fallout from Will’s incarceration.

The anxiety of unplugging and why we should disconnect to connect

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Clinical psychologist Catherine Steiner-Adair, author of The Big Disconnect, studies why it’s so hard for us to disregard the digital disruptions around us. Tanya Schevitz, spokesperson for Reboot’s National Day of Unplugging, talked to Steiner-Adair about our aversion to disconnecting and the power of real presence.

Suspicionless searches at US border: the next battleground for press freedom

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US Customs and Border Patrol agents can detain American citizens for hours and seize laptops and phones without evidence or suspicion of wrongdoing. This has happened to a number of journalists, and press advocates worry that the frequency of these incidents is increasing.

The return of Hannibal Lecter

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Mikkelsen’s civilized serial killer returns in “Kaiseki,” the eye-opening premiere to season two of Hannibal. Theresa DeLucci takes a bite out of the show’s mad metaphors.

'After You’ve Gone' sets everything up for True Detective finale [TV recap: season 1, episode 7]

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Kevin McFarland reviews episode 7 in season 1 of HBO’s crime drama “True Detective,” starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson. If you’re new to the show, start with our introduction here. This post contains spoilers.

Choosing a Secure Password

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As insecure as passwords generally are, they’re not going away anytime soon. Every year you have more and more passwords to deal with, and every year they get easier and easier to break. You need a strategy.

True Detective drops more hints about the possible identity of the Yellow King [Recap: season 1, episode 6]

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Kevin McFarland reviews episode 6 in season 1 of HBO’s crime drama “True Detective,” starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson. If you’re new to the show, start with our introduction here. This post contains spoilers.

Venezuela: 15 Years of Solitude

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“The democratic Venezuela that so often received exiles from neighboring countries and gave asylum to political refugees fleeing military governments is once again alone.” Maruja Tarre, a Venezuelan journalist, reflects on the violent situation in her home country. Previously: “Snowden and Venezuela: My bizarre experience in the surveillance state,” an essay on Boing Boing by her daughter Isabel Lara, about the experience of being spied upon in Venezuela.

Venezuela: 'After being promised paradise we are living in a nightmare.'

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A first-person account of the current chaos in Venezuela from Guido Núñez-Mujica, a Boing Boing reader and biotech entrepreneur who calls the South American country his homeland.

RoboCop in review

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Ethan Gilsdorf watches RoboCop (2014) and remembers RoboCop (1987). The PG-13 remake isn’t without its qualities, but has less to say than the original, and, worse, is not as funny.