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Travis Larchuk

  • Microsoft announced that it is eliminating clip art libraries from its suite of Office productivity software, and replacing it with Bing Image search. But the iconic illustrations may live on.
  • Every year, gamers turn their eyes to Los Angeles for E3, the Electronic Entertainment Expo. It's the annual video game industry convention.
  • A new high-tech game is a little like musical-chairs-meets-tag. Johann Sebastian Joust is a video game — but without the video. A technology expert sees it as a return to traditional types of play.
  • Many of these "empathy games" focus on smaller, more personal stories about everyday people. Today's developers grew up with the medium, says one designer. For them, it's "natural to consider that you can have a game about anything."
  • Disney is about to release the video game Disney: Infinity. Each game comes with a collectible toy figurine that activates parts of the game when placed on a special base. In the game, different Disney characters will interact with each other. Captain Jack Sparrow can play or fight with Mr. Incredible in the world of The Nightmare Before Christmas. To understand the new Disney game, you first need to look at another game that's been a blockbuster for Activision, Skylanders.
  • Jell-O launched an ad campaign last week called Fun My Life, which piggybacks off the profane Twitter hashtag #FML. Advertising consultants are divided over whether the campaign is brilliant or crosses the line of good taste.
  • In an alley in Washington, D.C., strangers came together to simulate Indiana Jones' boulder run, using a very big inflatable boulder.
  • While the cemetery that houses the artist's grave is conventional, the grave site itself is anything but. Fans and admirers regularly leave colorful mementos on his tombstone outside of Pittsburgh, and a local artist and Warhol historian even holds graveside birthday parties for the late pop art con.
  • When an intern accused author John D'Agata of embellishing the facts in an essay, the two began wrestling over the writer's responsibility to the truth, and even the meaning of truth itself. The Lifespan of a Factis the real-life record of their debate (or is it?).
  • There's a community of people who celebrate the films they love by attempting to recreate them using low-budget costumes, sets and special effects. The process, introduced in the movie Be Kind Rewind, is called sweding. Twice a year, these folks come together in Fresno, Calif., to showcase their work.