PBS Idea Channel Explores the Connection Between Horror Movies and Cable News

PBS Idea Channel host Mike Rugnetta explores the connection between horror movies and cable news in their latest video. Specifically, Rugnetta notes that horrifying elements–and especially violence–are prevalent in both.

Halloween is almost here, and ’tis the season for copious horror movie viewing!! Lots of awesome smart people have talked about the reasons we love horror films. But why do we like to watch horror films with others? There seems to be a social nature to horror viewing, way more than other genres. It’s gotta be more than just safety in numbers, right? And does this apply just to movies, or does this social experience of horror seep into other aspects of culture?

About.Me Launches Intro, An App That Functions as a Simple Digital Business Card

about.me has launched Intro, an app that functions as a simple digital business card. Users can send their information to an email address, a phone number, or an about.me profile, and the app keeps track of sent and received digital business cards. More information about the app is available at TechCrunch. Intro is currently available on iOS.

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The Internet Arcade, A Large Collection of Coin-Operated Arcade Games Playable in a Web Browser

Internet Arcade

The Internet Arcade is a large collection of coin-operated arcade games hosted by the Internet Archive that are playable in a web browser. The collection, which specifically features coin-operated video games from the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s and is operated by Jason Scott, currently plays best when using Firefox.

The game collection ranges from early “bronze-age” videogames, with black and white screens and simple sounds, through to large-scale games containing digitized voices, images and music. Most games are playable in some form, although some are useful more for verification of behavior or programming due to the intensity and requirements of their systems.

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A Detailed Analysis of Stealth Mechanics and Visual Cues in the Video Game ‘Mark of the Ninja’

Game designer Dan “OtherDan” Emmons analyzes the stealth mechanics and visual cues in the video game Mark of the Ninja in a video narrated by Daniel Floyd. Mark of the Ninja is a 2012 side-scrolling stealth video game by Klei Entertainment. The analysis is part of the Design Club series by the folks at Extra Credits (previously).

How does Mark of the Ninja deliver the challenge and fantasy of stealth in a way that feels fair to the player? Game designer Dan “OtherDan” Emmons analyzes communication through visuals.

Stephen Colbert Interviews Anita Sarkeesian About Gamergate on ‘The Colbert Report’

Stephen Colbert recently interviewed feminist critic Anita Sarkeesian about the ongoing Gamergate controversy on The Colbert Report. Colbert prefaced the interview with a short segment about Gamergate itself.

An online debate over how women are portrayed in video games devolves into sexist bullying and violent threats.

An Illustration That Demonstrates the Six Types of Gamer Couples

Gamer Couples Comic

Illustrator George Rottkamp has posted an illustration over at Dorkly that demonstrates the six kinds of gamer couples. Though they appear to be playing only video games, the majority — such as “The One-Sided Rivalry” — would work equally as well for other kinds of games. The full illustration is available at Dorkly.

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An Interactive Ranking of the Most Popular Halloween Costumes in America From 2009 to 2013

Costume Ranking

NPR’s Planet Money blog has an interactive ranking of the most popular Halloween costumes in America from 2009 to 2013. Users can hover over a specific costume, like zombie, in order to see its rise and fall in popularity over time. Witches, vampires, and pirates seems to be a constant favorite but there are a few interesting additions. The chart — created by Quoctrung Bui and LA Johnson — uses data from the National Retail Federation.