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Watch this new MOCA documentary on how the FPS has evolved beyond shooting Nazis

We’ve written before about how the shooter genre is expanding into a wider variety of games that can do nicer things than shooting dudes in the head. We did a PBS Game/Show episode about that. Also, I collected interviews with the creators of games that use shooter mechanics in surprising ways, like Proteus, and MirrorMoon EP, among others.  Now Giant Sparrow’s The Unfinished Swan, a whimsical game about discovering a forgotten kingdom by splattering it with paint, is the subject of a new mini-documentary from Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. They beat a familiar drum: we need games that do…

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This app turns Google Glass wearers into no-scoping harbingers of death

Google Glass not only does useful and cool stuff like recording your mindless drive to work while making you look somewhat like a robot, but now it can help you kill things. As you can see in this video of one buff dude aiming a huge semiautomatic gun, Glass can display your crosshair and target so you can hide behind cover without even peeking your head out. How the Shotview app works is the sight of the scope is streamed to the head’s up display of your augmented eyewear. Man, this would be useful in Wolfenstein.  While this seems like…

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UN considers ban on killer robots, puts damper on our dream of owning a T-1000

The topic of banning deadly, autonomous robots is on the table in Geneva, meaning that Kill Screen’s plan for world conquest is temporarily on hold. Foiled again. But seriously, this is important stuff. The UN convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (read: killer robots) is a preliminary step on internationally outlawing any weapon that, once activated, can engage targets without a human controlling it, like drones that electrocute you, and possible these real-life aimbots, and that terrifying piece of machinery in the header.  The findings of the 4-day meeting on the humanity or lack thereof of autonomous killing machines will be…