“I had things thrown at me” – Xbox designer on how the ‘Duke’ controller went from joke to beloved misfit

If you were even vaguely paying attention to the original Xbox back in the early ’00s, it was impossible to ignore the infamous “Duke” controller. While not an official name, the controller certainly wore it well; with its massive size and heft, it evoked a sense of royalty and opulence (though the truth is it was named after a founding…

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Alicia Vikander was thrown down an Olympic whitewater course 25 times without a life vest for Tomb Raider’s biggest action scene

It must be pretty fun being Lara Croft, right? Just ask Alicia Vikander. Except I actually asked her to take me through one of Tomb Raider’s biggest scenes step-by-step and, honestly? It sounds harrowing. From getting spun upside down, to being chucked down rivers… I’ll stick to the day job, methinks. The scene in question which, if you’ve played the…

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“Can you just end the series already?” – The internet reacts to The Walking Dead season 8, episode 11

This was one of those The Walking Dead season 8 episodes. The kind that, unless you’re really invested in a handful of characters, chances are you’re not going to care all that much. This week’s episode 11 saw Gabriel battle against blindness, Negan concoct a new plan which sorta contradicts the entire series, and yet more people reacting to Carl’s…

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8 things to watch out for this week

1. Sam Barlow, of Her Story fame, is removing the barrier to interactive storytelling with #WarGames Unfortunately, it’s pretty rare that mobile games – despite their innovation and ingenious use of platform – get the critical recognition they deserve. But, with Her Story, creator Sam Barlow pushed into mainstream consciousness, and took home a sweep of BAFTAs and other awards….

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