Lethal League Blaze turns handball into a stylish fighting game

It can be difficult to find time to finish a video game, especially if you only have a few hours a week to play. In our biweekly column Short Play we suggest video games that can be started and finished in a weekend.

Lethal League Blaze is a game that feels like a distillation of the things I loved about games on the Sega Dreamcast. During that time I was really into sports games like NFL 2K and Virtua Tennis, and also fell hard for fighters like Soulcalibur and Capcom vs. SNK. At the same time, I was also enthralled by the incredibly creative gameplay and aesthetics Sega produced with Crazy Taxi and Shenmue.

Lethal League Blaze combines all of these elements. It’s the sport of handball turned into a fighting game, with the brightly…

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An artist on creating the retro art for a new edition of Robert Heinlein’s Starship Troopers

The Folio Society is responsible for a number of beautiful editions of classic works of science fiction. Earlier this fall, it began offering another fan-favorite edition: Robert L. Heinlein’s Starship Troopers.

The specialty publisher has released high-end books for more than 50 years, has only recently begun to issue its own editions of genre works like Frank Herbert’s Dune, Isaac Asimov’s I, Robot, Ursula K. Le Guin’s The Left Hand of Darkness, and others, which Starship Troopers now joins.

Heinlein’s controversial book was first published in 1959 at the height of the Cold War, depicting a brutal war between humans and a civilization of insectoid aliens. Heinlein uses the novel to muse about a citizen’s responsibilities to their…

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This map lets you hear what the world sounds like without humans

“Humans are a really, really noisy bunch and we’re getting louder all the time,” says composer Stuart Fowkes, creator of the “global collaborative sound project” Cities and Memory.

Since its beginning in 2014, Cities and Memory has created sound maps focused on protest, sacred places, and photographs. Its newest project, however, steps away from humans and instead focuses on the areas where the natural world is undisturbed. Sounding Nature is the biggest global collection of nature sounds, featuring nearly 500 sounds from 55 countries, from jungles to glaciers to underwater shrimp recordings. The map has two parts: the field recording of the sound itself, and then the musical remix it inspired.

The Verge spoke with Fowkes about the…

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Amazon is selling a Kindle Paperwhite and Audible bundle

Last year, Amazon began adding Audible to its Kindle Oasis, the entry-level Kindle, and the latest Paperwhite, allowing users to listen to their audiobook library, provided they had a set of Bluetooth headphones. Now, Amazon is selling a Kindle package that includes a Kindle Paperwhite, a set of Bluetooth headphones, and a three month trial for Audible.

The Good eReader spotted the deal, which will run you $139 for the 8GB Kindle, and $179 for the 32GB model. The package comes with the latest Kindle Paperwhite model, as well as a set of Amazon’s POP Design headphones — which Good eReader points out retails for $79 on their own.

The deal also comes with a starter subscription Gold Membership for Audible, which will provide you with…

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