Nov 302011
 

If you step back a bit and squint, you can see Minecraft as a microcosm of human development. Each player begins as a rugged caveman, punching trees, living in holes, and fashioning crude tools to survive in a hostile world. From there, he progresses to mining for resources, smelting ore, and even farming. By the time an experienced player has carved out a comfortable niche for himself in the blocky, auto-generated terrain, he is (more likely than not) a master of his own palace who’s sitting on a stockpile of weapons and resources, a “modern” person with all the pixelated comforts of an advanced civilization.

The game mirrors humankind’s ability to use whatever is available in our environment to fashion whatever we need to thrive. However, as one dedicated Minecrafter points out, the ecological effects of this relationship are not accurately reflected in the current build, so he decided to hack the game until they became more evident.

(More after the break.)

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Nov 292011
 

Since I already posted the new episode of Danger 5 yesterday, I thought I’d give you folks something even better today: it’s a video of Stephen Colbert (out of character) interviewing Neil Degrasse Tyson for 90 minutes (the interview itself starts around six minutes in).

(video and more after the jump)

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Nov 292011
 

If you listened to last week’s podcast, you would know that I’m a big fan of Minecraft, even though I never played the game. Since then, Minecraft has been officially released and I finally decided to download it and give it a try. What happened in my first week in game? Well check out the rest of the article after the break to see.

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Nov 282011
 

The second episode of the new web series Danger 5 is out today. I’ve decided that I’m going to keep pimping this show until I feel it’s reached sufficient saturation. So, without further ado, here’s The Diamond Girls, Part 2.

(Video after the break.)

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Nov 252011
 

I was shown this video by a friend the other day, and as a gigantic Mega Man fan, I loved it. It’s part of a new series by Egoraptor, who a lot of you may know from his various Awesome videos (Metal Gear Awesome, Awesome Center, Awesome Reach, etc.) centered on video games. It’s a bit of a long one, at just about 20 minutes, but every single minute is worth it. Video after the break.

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