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The Harmony of Harmonix: Guitar Gamers' Newfound Interest in Bands Fuels Music Sales

I can still remember the confused look on her face as I scrolled down the page. It was like watching a second grader open a Calculus textbook.

"What the hell is a Freezepop? Coheed & Cambria--isn't that somewhere in Polynesia? Oh, Iron Maiden! Like from Teenage Dirtbag, right?"

But a few weeks later, my friend was drumming along with Boston, growling out Metallica lyrics, and looking up the Yeah Yeah Yeahs on iTunes. Read more »

"I think you're confusing things a bit. Technical skill does not obviate the other important ..."
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An Elven Exodus: As WoW Players Look Forward to Lich King, Some Say Goodbye to Dying Dungeons

The town is quiet. Not a monster is stirring. The villagers stare straight ahead, painted faces frozen, waiting for someone to talk to. Nobody ever comes.

Nothing is more sad than an empty MMO. What was once a bustling crossroad of virtual activity becomes a dead, static mountain of data. Without human players to fill in the roles, whole continents can be reduced to lonely collections of unused backdrops. Even mindless gold farmers can become a welcome sight. Read more »

"It's bizzare. People reminisce about old zones as if they were vacation pictures."
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Top Games

  1. Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord
  2. Resistance 3
  3. DayZ
  4. Red Orchestra 2: Heroes of Stalingrad
  5. Frozen Synapse
  6. Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII
  7. Space Pirates and Zombies 2
  8. Hearts of Iron IV
  9. The Walking Dead: Season Two
  10. MX vs. ATV Supercross

Most Anticipated

  1. Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord
  2. DayZ
  3. Space Pirates and Zombies 2
  4. Hearts of Iron IV
  5. The Walking Dead: Season Two
  6. MX vs. ATV Supercross
  7. Frozen Endzone
  8. Batman: Arkham Knight
  9. Survarium
  10. Kerbal Space Program

Top Rentals

  1. Grand Theft Auto V
  2. Beyond: Two Souls
  3. Batman: Arkham Origins
  4. Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag
  5. Call of Duty: Ghosts
  6. Battlefield 4
  7. NBA 2K14
  8. Diablo III
  9. Madden NFL 25
  10. The Last of Us