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Star Apps: 'The Imitation Game'

Generally, victors win the spoils of war, but all Alan Turing got was a spoiled legacy. Winston Churchill called him the greatest contributor to Allied victory, and today's programmers call him the father of theoretical computer science and artificial intelligence, but Turing lived his post-World War II years disgraced by a homosexuality conviction. "The Imitation Game," starring Benedict Cumberbatch, aims to correct this wrong. I spoke with screenwriter Graham Moore ("The Sherlockian," "The Devil in the White City") and actor Allen Leech ("Rome," "The Tudors," "Downton Abbey"), … Read more

Star Apps: Jena Malone

Jena Malone ("Saved," "Pride & Prejudice," "Into the Wild," "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire") has been acting for almost 20 years and recording music for eight. She and Lem Jay Ignacio are The Shoe, which this year released its first full-length album, "I'm OK." You can see Jena Malone now in "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1." We talked about The Shoe, shooting nude, and balancing her music and film careers.

The band is called The Shoe because? The Shoe is whatever instrument I want to … Read more

5 frightening indie games

This has been a banner year for big-budget horror games: Guillermo del Toro and Hideo Kojima's widely acclaimed Silent Hills P.T. Demo, Resident Evil veteran Shinji Mikami's The Evil Within, Ridley Scott's Alien: Isolation. But indie shops are on the scream team, too -- check out our picks for the top 5 most terrifying of 2014.

Lurking ( WindowsMac)

In Lurking, you must escape an asylum and avoid capture by the twisted residents, using only your hearing and wits. You must rely on echolocation, each sound you make revealing more of the world you're … Read more

Letterpress Word Game review

Letterpress Word Game lets you challenge your friends or other random players to see what kinds of words you can each find in a 5x5 grid. Take turns capturing tiles and squeezing out words until there are no more moves left to make, and then find out who tallied the most points.

Pros

Nice interface: This app's appearance is clean and minimalist, with the letter grid dominating most of the screen, and two happy faces at the top identifying your score and your opponent's score. To pick a word, just tap on the letters you want to use (… Read more

Ticket to Ride review

Ticket to Ride is a brilliant adaptation of one of the bestselling board games of the last decade. Perfectly capturing the look and feel of Days of Wonders' first and most ambitious game, Ticket to Ride plays seamlessly on the iPad, whether you want to take on the computer AI, connect with players through Game Center, or challenge your friends in a pass-and-play match.

Pros

Fast and intuitive play: Whether you've played Ticket to Ride before or not, the app is very easy to pick up and learn. A tutorial mode shows you the basics, and the variable difficulty … Read more

E3 2014 recap: New PC games

Start saving your pennies and spring-training your thumbs. At this week's Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), developers announced dozens of games for every platform and showed some enticing trailers to boot. Many games won't be out until fall, or even next year, but a handful come out this month, and you can sign up for some betas.

Read on to find out which games are coming to PC in 2014 and 2015. For console news, GameSpot has the release lists for Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and Wii U.

PC games with release dates Alien Isolation, … Read more

EA launches Player Appreciation Sale on Origin

EA is kicking off the week by offering selected titles for up to 70 percent off with its Player Appreciation Sale. As a move to woo gamers to the Origin platform, from now until June 9, shoppers can get a deep discount on their favorite games. With big-name titles such as the Mass Effect series, Dead Space, and The Sims costing well under $10, this is a great opportunity to stock up for the summer season. Browse Origin.

Don't forget that Battlefield 3 is free until tomorrow. Just add it to your library now, even if you're not … Read more

Save up to 85 percent on PC games, $30 off PS4

Heads up Downloaders, you can now get a brand new Sony PS4 for just $370 on eBay. That's $30 off the regular price. This is the lowest price we have seen and most likely won't last long.

On another note, GameStop is having its PC Download Spring Sale from May 19 -- June 2. Save up to 85 percent on hundreds of PC titles.

There are almost 400 games in GameStop's sale catalog, but here are some notable deals on editors' favorites. More info over at GameStop.

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The Elder Scrolls Skyrim V -- $9.99 Mass … Read more

Microsoft offers $399 Xbox One, opens apps to all Xbox owners

Today Microsoft announced a cheaper, $399 model of its Xbox One system, which will be available June 9. The price cut comes from removing the Kinect, previously thought to be a required accessory. As to why Microsoft made this sudden change, the company said: "Since the beginning, we have focused on delivering great games and entertainment experiences for you. Your feedback matters to us and it shapes the products and services we build."

In another big policy change, all Xbox owners will get access to entertainment apps previously available only to Xbox Live Gold subscribers for a $60 … Read more

Temple Run 2 Game Guide review

In spite of its occasionally clumsy language and formatting, Temple Run 2 Game Guide proves to be useful for lovers of the second installment of the popular cross-platform, never-ending running game. This guide is especially appealing for beginners.

Pros

Useful, applicable tips: The 29-page Temple Run 2 Game Guide includes many practical tips and strategies for improving your game performance, though it does require that you apply them creatively.

Comprehensive: The guide does a good job at covering all aspects of the game, from character selection and basic game mechanics to more advanced tricks and strategies for dealing with the … Read more