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Video Game Movies Don't Work: A History, From Raul Julia to a Not-So-Persian Prince

Share Producers and directors, take note: the video game movie -- and the inevitable franchise that follows it -- will never succeed as a film. Sure, that may sound hyperbolic, especially since movies like 'Tombraider' and 'Pokémon' have had significant box office success, but the formula, as it is, it will never work. At Switched, we are the video game generation. We grew up with...

Essential DSLR Accessories for Shooting Oscar-Worthy HD Video

Shooting video with digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) cameras like the Canon 5D Mark II, 7D and T2i can produce some pretty fantastic results -- as a quick tour around Vimeo, or a viewing of films by Vincent Laforet or Philip Bloom will illustrate. But high-quality video doesn't shoot itself, and achieving superb results with a DSLR isn't as simple as pressing "record." Not only do you need to...

Classy DSLR Wooden Shoulder Rig Built From a Single Branch

Share Although film and TV markets are being shaken up by the low cost and high quality of DSLR cameras, many of the accessories still leave a bit to be desired. Cinema 5D reader Jonathan Clifford Berqvist worked with his father Erik to build a custom wooden shoulder rig from a single piece of wood. (Check out the video after the break.) The ingenious, handle-controlled follow focus allows the...

Roger Ebert vs. Game Designer: Can Video Games Ever Be Art?

Share So, this video game designer named Kellee Santiago recently gave a TED talk in which she argued that video games are art. Shortly thereafter, film critic and generally awesome dude Roger Ebert responded that video games can never be art. Those are some strong words coming from Ebert, but he does have a pretty decent argument to back up his stance. Of course, being the art-loving game...

Games on the Go: Our Next Round of our Fave Flash Games

For this week's round-up of the best in Internet-based Flash games, a casual gamer took the helm. In the interest of complete disclosure, the author has a weakness for cute animals, fun soundtracks, satisfying bouncy noises and a job well done. Our entries this week are neither mind-blowingly hard or incredibly fast-paced, but are rather relaxing, charming and craving-for-sushi-inducing games....

The Best DS Games You Should Be Playing

More than any other console or hand held currently available, the Nintendo DS has proven itself as a video game system with universal appeal. Even the Nintendo Wii has had trouble satisfying hardcore gamers, whereas the DS's game library is filled with current-gen classics for gamers of any inclination. Whether young or old, hardcore or casual, the DS accommodates audiences with tastes that...

High Tech Toys in Babeland: Inside a Sex Shop for the 21st Century

Spending a morning in Babeland, one of the country's most forward-thinking, pro-sex (and pro-women) toy shops, is one of those moments that simply makes us love our jobs. Sure, we got to squeal at the Skweel, and get our finger, er, caressed by the Tenga Flip (better than, say, a board meeting, we think), but we also saw firsthand what the writers at Switched discuss every day: how...

Switched Video: Peter Molyneux and Gaming From (and for) the Heart

Fresh off the plane from the Game Developer's Conference in San Francisco, Peter Molyneux sat down, er, took a walk with Switched at South by Southwest in Austin to chat about the roles of emotion, morality, and a sense of touch in gaming. With news of 'Fable 3,' the latest installment of his adventure-based RPG series, Molyneux was brimming with thoughts on the PlayStation Move, social gaming,...

Christina Aguilera? Reznor? 'iamamiwhoami' Baffles the Blogosphere

Share For over two months, music bloggers and journalists have been plagued by an intricate, creepy and riveting mystery: the identity of the mysterious and macabre iamamiwhoami. In December, a 55-second clip of a hyper-saturated, eerie (Scandinavian?) forest appeared on YouTube, making its way through critics' circles because of its catchy, pretty sounding music. No information was given,...

BBC Reporter Smashes 'Unbreakable' Cell Phone During CES 2010

Share If you're going to market a cell phone as "unbreakable," you better make darn sure that it is, in fact, unbreakable. Otherwise, it's like painting a bull's-eye on your back and walking around town telling folks you're Superman. During a CES 2010 demonstration, BBC News reporter Dan Simmons called one manufacturer's bluff, and felled its supposed cell of steel. In this hilarious outtake,...

Can Your Netflix Queue Reveal Sexual Orientation?

Share One feature Netflix users have always taken for granted, privacy, might be in danger if they're one of the 480,000 members whose information was shared as part of a contest to improve the company's popular movie recommendation system. According to Wired, a closeted lesbian mother going by the pseudonym "Jane Doe" filed a lawsuit yesterday against the rental giant, claiming it had, among...

Video: Camera Pro Chase Jarvis Preaches iPhone Photography

Share Our culture is more saturated with images than ever, but we're also more involved in creating and spreading those pictures through easily available technology and the Web. Cameraphones -- the standard phone type now, rather than the exception -- are plugged straight into the Web, enabling uploads in just a few clicks. Wi-Fi storage cards, as photographer Stephen Ferry explains, are...

70 Genius Tech-Themed Gifts For Under $70

Our Holiday Gift Guide is pretty comprehensive, especially when you are looking for that big gift to give to a special someone. But what about everyone else, like those hard-to-shop-for pals you don't want to shell out a ton of dough for or those that seem to have it all. Most of the Switched team, (Amar Toor, Caleb Johnson, Chris Morris, Jon Chase, Leila Brillson, Matt Zuras, Terrence O'Brien,...

Groom Whips Out Phone at Altar to Switch Facebook Relationship Status

Share These days, a crazy stunt or theme at a wedding is par for the course. Maybe it's the potential to create a viral video sensation (as well as lasting memories), or maybe people are just plain weird. But hey, if it's true love, who are we to judge? Take this couple in the video posted after the break, which we found on Mashable. The groom, Dana Hanna, is dressed in his crisp, black...

The 10 Most Annoying Things About Facebook

Sure, Facebook can be a lot of fun. It's a great way to reconnect with lost friends and to keep up with people on the fringes of your social circle. And as far as workday distractions go, there's nothing better. It's hardly a perfect service, though. Minor aggravations add up fast and can drive you nuts. We've combed through the annoyances to find the ten annoyances that bug people the...