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The first few minutes of Below shows the start of a legendary adventure

Exploring the depths of a cavernous island, a tiny warrior rigorously battles their way through the unknown, struggling against a stream of enemies. The story of a small hero up against a dark scary world isn’t a new concept, but it’s a powerful one. In Below, this concept is put into practice, and the promise of the adventure of a lifetime is dripping in the atmosphere created by dark colors and wide shots of the world around the character, reduced to a pinpoint of light against the vast backdrop. Below is a roguelike adventure title, where exploration and survival go…

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Watch how a Japanese villager is replacing the dead with real-life NPCs

Take a moment and watch this micro-documentary on a 64-year-old Japanese woman who is sewing elaborate dolls, leaving them in the place of departed neighbors from her dying village in the valley of Shikoku. For the past decade, Ayano Tsukimi has been repopulating the remote village of Nagoro with arts-and-crafts people, sewing buttons on their eyes and coiffing their hair with yarn, because her home is becoming a ghost town. Why? Well, because, as we learn in the video, her village has dwindled down to 36 residents and doesn’t even have a general store or local school, though at one…

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This app is like Dark Souls’ note-leaving system IRL, minus the anguish

One of the coolest features in the Souls series is the ability to scrawl hints, boldfaced lies, and evidence of your existential duress on the ground for other players to read. The app Slice, available on iTunes, lets users mark their physical environment in a similar way, well, except for those bloodstains that reveal to others their grizzly deaths. Now that would just be morbid!  But everything else is pretty spot on, and it turns out Dark Souls makes a pretty awesome social app. You can drop a marker at your current locale on a GPS-enabled map and write a…