It might be a stretch to call games like The Secret of Monkey Island and Lemmings "modern", but compared to the Apple II they're decades in the future. And yet they and other newer titles are being "demade" to play the old hardware—a painstaking process of compromise, ground-up reimagining and deep expertise in ancient technology. One guy is on top of the genre: check out Vince Weaver's incredible lineup of Apple II demakes, from Duke Nuke to Doom (his Myst was previously at BB). Some are demos, but others are more fleshed-out replicas.
"Pristine nostalgia, potentially worth millions, gone in a night," goes the subheading of Justin Heckert's article in Vanity Fair, telling how Jason Brassard spent a lifetime building an astounding collection of classic games only to lose them to a thief. The contents of that safe had taken him nearly 30 years to acquire, a few… READ THE REST
One of the grand ironies of life is how naturally inquisitive children are before attending school. At the beginning of their formalized education, children will use knowledge as a form of social currency among their peer groups. Kids will gleefully flaunt whatever information they possess to symbolize their maturity and presumed superiority. However, after sliding… READ THE REST
As cryptocurrency loses its value, less electricity is being used, reports Alex Hern for The Guardian. It's a simple problem: the cost of energy isn't falling, so it's becoming uneconomical to mine crypto. Who benefits? Gamers! A GPU-buying tip tip, though, from James Archer at Rock Paper Shotgun: skip the shady mass-seller eBay deals, as… READ THE REST
Whether you are a professional chef or just a novice making yourself dinner in your kitchen, you should always make sure that you have the best tools at your disposal. You may ensure that you have great ingredients, frying pans, and glassware, but proper preparation doesn't end there. A complete master knife set is the perfect way to step… READ THE REST
If you're like most people, you probably feel a little jealous when you hear someone who's multilingual. And that's with good reason. It's an impressive and handy skill to have. Being able to travel internationally and communicate with people can be invaluable. So, if you want to become multilingual yourself but only have some basic language skills, then you're in… READ THE REST
As much as you hate it, sometimes we have to search for things in places we never want to go, like the kitchen sink's drain, the dusty attic, or the spider-web-laden area underneath the house. Your shrieks might just bring music to their ears! But as much as we don't want to see what's in these… READ THE REST