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E3 2016 Roundup: Microsoft Xbox Press Conference

As a Sagittarius, I don't know how to feel about Project Scorpio.

Now that we've recovered from that bout of contagious slow motion walking, we're here to share our thoughts on Microsoft's Xbox conference.

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Minecraft Film Announces Director: Rob McElhenney of It’s Always Sunny

Yes, you read that right. Rob McElhenney of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia has been chosen to helm the Minecraft feature film that's in the works.

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Things We Saw Today: Agent Carter’s Hayley Atwell and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D’s Ming-Na Wen

Artist Justine (@laurapetries on Twitter) drew this adorable interpretation of Hayley Atwell and Ming-Na Wen at C2E2, and The Cavalry herself took notice. We did, too.

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Things We Saw Today: Shoes Inspired By NASA

Yes, that's a moonwalk. Everything I do in these babies is a moonwalk.

Good showing so far, 2015: we've got Marty McFly's self-lacing shoes and two pairs of Adidas shoes inspired by iconic NASA space suits. Too bad these fly kicks will run you up to $455.

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Things We Saw Today: Buckyball Magnets In a Blender

If I were a scientist who knew how to do so safely and not die I would spend so much of my time just sticking stuff in microwaves and blenders and seeing what would happen. Today's blender contender: Some high-powered neodynium magnets

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Telltale Games Announces Episodic Series Based On… Minecraft?

Suck it, House Forrester!

No, seriously. It's happening.

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Aisha Tyler Speaks Out About Harassment and Women in Gaming

Press start to kick ass.

While the main focus of Monday night's Paley Center panel was discussing the ways in which women in STEM fields could be better represented on television, that didn't mean the video gaming industry didn't also come up in conversation as well. As a gamer herself and frequent host of Ubisoft's E3 press conference, actor and comedian Aisha Tyler had a lot to say on how women fit into the community, both as players and as characters.

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Things We Saw Today: This Shiny Serenity Is Nearly $8,000

Browncosts.

Sure, you might not be able to eat or pay rent for a year, but Qmx's $7,495 ship was forged using actual models from Serenity!

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Things We Saw Today: Join The Geek Girl Illuminati

We've got your back.

Valkyrie founder, comic writer, artist, and all-around extraordinary human Kate Leth has designed these Geek Girl Illuminati shirts, so you can spot each other in a crowd. Because if we don't have each other's backs, who will? (via Topatoco)

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There’s an Awful Lot of Running in the Doctor Who Minecraft Roller Coaster Techno Remix

The roller coaster is fast—faster than you can believe.

All of time and space squeezed into one Minecraft roller coaster. This was definitely made by a mad man with an Xbox. (Plus Minecraft's new Doctor Who skin pack for Xbox 360 after the jump.)

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Officially Official: Microsoft Buying Minecraft and Its Developer for $2.5 Billion, Creator Leaving the Company

What do you think Mojang will build with all that gold?

Reports were creeping around the Internet last week that Microsoft was looking to buy Minecraft developer Mojang, along with the game itself, for $2 billion. The sale is now officially happening with an even ridiculously higher price tag of $2.5 billion, and we're one step closer to every tech company just buying every other tech company until there's a giant tech mega-corporation that rules the world... and builds everything out of poorly-textured cubes.

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BREAKING: Microsoft Looks to Be Buying Minecraft For a Lot of Money

The Wall Street Journal is saying Microsoft is working on a deal to purchase Mojang AB, makers of Minecraft. Guess how much they're reportedly offering...

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Games for Girls? How About Games for Everyone?

Gender-neutral games are too hard to animate.

The portrayal and treatment of women in and around video games is a sore subject for a lot of us. It’s been talked about to death, and yet it still doesn’t seem like we’re making much progress. It’s a very polarizing but uniformly upsetting issue that lingers on in this otherwise great community like cat pee on an oriental rug.

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Is Minecraft Saving the World From Sheltered Children? [Video]

Not enough kids are playing "rock fights" these days.

Looking for some imaginary paradise in your childhood that never actually existed can be a dangerous trap, but it's hard not to notice that parenting has changed, and it might not be for the better. Today's overprotective parents might actually be depriving their kids of valuable life experience, and those video games some are so afraid of might actually be helping—especially Minecraft.

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Wander Through Westeros and Take the Stairs to the Top of the Wall With Virtuix Omni and Minecraft

Now with 100% less things that are trying to kill you!

Virtual reality is rapidly becoming reality with technology like the Oculus Rift, the Virtuix Omni VR treadmill, and more. That also means that our favorite fictional locations are coming a lot closer to reality, too. WesterosCraft has built the world of A Song of Ice and Fire into a Minecraft world that is roughly the size of Los Angeles, and the Virtuix Omni allows you to literally walk all over Westeros for yourself.

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Does This Nebula Look Like a Minecraft Creeper to You?

Quick, somebody send an ocelot up there!

Creepers, man. You think you're alone dutifully working on your Minecraft tribute to the USS Enterprise at night, when suddenly some green rectangular asshole sneaks up behind you and explodes you both to oblivion. Luckily this one's pretty far away from us. Like, at least a couple of light years.

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Neila Rey’s Nerdy Workouts Make Me Actually Want to Work Out, and That’s Saying Something

Maybe it's just that for the first time in my life I actually miss having time to work out, but Neila Rey's pop culture themed work outs are really  as physically challenging and logistically easy as one could hope, and for every kind of nerd reference you might care to make. We've posted only a few here, there are lots more at her site.

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Minecraft Wasn’t Hacked, But You Should Probably Change Your Password If You Use the Internet

But you already prudently change your password at regular intervals, right? Yeah, me neither.

No, I don't mean that in a hyperbolic, "hackers are going to steal your identity and become an evil pod-person version of you, freak the Hell out!" way. It's a good idea to change your password often, but it's an especially good idea if you use a site that employs an OpenSSL version that's vulnerable to the recently discovered Heartbleed bug.

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So It Begins: Minecraft Developer Kills Plans for Oculus Rift Integration Because of Facebook

This is why we can't have nice virtual things.

Amidst the obligatory Twitter jokes about Facebook buying VR system Oculus Rift for $2 billion dollars were some legitimate concerns: how will this acquisition change the flow of progress for the Oculus itself? Well, it means we won't officially get to kill creepers and farm for gold in virtual reality anytime soon.

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Not Only Might the Minecraft Movie Be a Thing, It Might Also Be Live-Action

What's the point of non-pixelated pick axes?

We were confused and pleasantly surprised last night when Markus Persson of Mojang AB tweeted out that he was in talks to develop a Minecraft film. Now, Deadline has reported some extra details about the movie deal that make even less sense.

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