Despite a growing acceptance in many other arenas, LGBT characters are still in short supply in video games. But a new generation of games and gamers have embraced the concept to huge effect.
Did he invent the music video parody? Yeah, he pretty much did that. Did he precede the Internet altogether? You betcha. Did the Internet kill him off? Nope, it only made him stronger.
It's been a quarter century since the Game Boy first arrived in the U.S. market. Celebrate the silver anniversary of mobile 8-bit gaming with these odes to everyone's favorite little gray brick.
Fire-filled chasms, the most massive tree alive, ice caves, and other mind-blowing natural phenomena will leave you in awe at the scope and beauty of planet Earth.
From Barcelona to Burning Man, Shanghai to Sydney, Tokyo to the Tower of Pisa, these pocket-size peregrinations (tiny tours) of the world's most beautiful cities will have you grabbing your passport.
You don't have to be James Cameron—or have his budget—to CGI your way to cinematic brilliance. These ingenious auteurs utilize new tools and software to bring big-screen visions to your screen.
What would happen if Superman was real and he punched you right in the face? Could you heal like Wolverine? How much does Thor's hammer weigh? Scientists tackle your burning comi-questions.
Free runner, stunt coordinator, trainer-for-hire Ronnie Shalvis sprints, jumps, flips, and climbs from viral hit to viral hit. Is it possible that this man could be the Michael Jordan of parkour?
She performs spectacular live concerts, has hordes of fans, and even has her own video games. The best fact about Hatsune Miku, though, is that she's not even real: she's a vocaloid.
Forget Mom's meat loaf, smashed potatoes, or mac and cheese. These days it's all about lard biscuits, wok-fried peanut butter, rarebit, banh bao, mancakes, twice-grilled cheese, and loads of Sriracha.
Nicki vs. Iggy: the two (figurative) heavyweight contenders, Minaj and Azalea, face off in an epic battle that no one song can contain. At stake: who is the one true reigning queen of hip-hop charts?
Looking to go viral? These online favorites share their not-so-serious (and not-so-secret) secrets, leading to TOTAL INTERNET DOMINATION. When fame busts down your door, don't say we didn't warn you.
From autonomous autos to motorcycle/car hybrids to hands-free driving to an electric superbike that breaks the 100 mph barrier, the future of transportation could hit the roads as early as next year.
These videos explain the complex political and cultural crisis in Iraq, the roles that ISIS, Syria, Iran, and the U.S. play in it, and how the situation could have implications across the Middle East.
From his chart-topping collaborations with Disclosure and Naughty Boy to his breakout solo LP, "In the Lonely Hour," get up close and personal with the 2014 BRIT Critics' Choice Award winner, Sam Smith.
Many countries have experienced both the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat, as demonstrated by fútbol fans planet-wide celebrating the World Cup's most breathtaking moments.
These music videos substitute ingenuity and creative visual concepts for big-budget glitz, and they'll be stuck in your head long after you've forgotten the tune.
One of the most successful comedy shows in cable history? Check. Mysterious hiatus? Check. Re-emerging stand-up act? Check. A decade after stepping out, the comedy mastermind returns to the spotlight.
Using Legos, animations, and flip books, these creators re-enact some of the most famous moments in World Cup history, from the "Hand of God" to this year's most surprising goals.
Get up close and very personal with some of Mother Nature's creatures that you might not want to meet in person--including a scorpion, a puff adder, a very hungry jaguar, and more.
Get the buzz on one of nature's foremost pollinators and learn why those black and yellow friends really are the bee's knees. And even if you once had doubts, these videos will make you a bee-liever.
They're young, attractive, engaging, and are now headlining at shows and festivals around the country. They all got their start--and their fans--with simple vlogs and creative videos.
Introducing kitchen-step. Chefs-turned-musicians create original tunes with bottles, pans, salt shakers, and just about every other cooking item imaginable, including the kitchen sink.
Maleficent might not be the most iconic or noteworthy Disney villain, but Angelina Jolie's portrayal in the movie has caused quite the whirlwind of covers, makeup tutorials, and comedic send-ups.
Did you know "The Fault in Our Stars" was the brainchild of Vlogbrother John Green? Here's how both the book and movie came to be, and how fans have embraced the story--and awesomeness--since Day 1.
The present's so bright, you have to wear shades, and today you'll have to wear them longer than any other day. Here are 10 creative, extreme, and downright crazy ways to celebrate 2014's summer solstice.
Cyborgs at the World Cup, the Internet's new private investigators, how many people an NBA player is worth (salary-wise), why we have seasons, and boosting creativity round out this Week in Ideas.
Join the Made with Code movement to celebrate the women who've used coding to create toys, apps, and video games. Together, these leaders pave the way for more women to storm the tech industry and change the world.
No camera tricks, slick editing, or CGI here: just pure skill. Trick shot experts manipulate soccer balls, frisbees, bowling balls, basketballs, and more in jaw-droppingly unbelievable ways.
How do your ears work? These videos explain all sorts of auditory phenomena, including aural illusions, holophonic sounds, and the strange reason we dislike the sound of our own voice.
Tossing out that ceremonial first pitch is a pressure-packed moment: a fan-filled stadium, a menacing mound, and a throw that looks easy on TV but is w-a-a-a-y longer--60.5 feet, actually--in real life.
All dads are awesome, but these guys one-up the cool quotient by drifting, riding motorcycles, drumming, catching fly balls, and ... singing "Bohemian Rhapsody" in the car on the way to school!? Wow.
This Friday the 13th, celebrate the funniest moments caught on camera as folks at weddings, game shows, and performances discover unforgettable fortune and misfortune.
Ever dreamed of being a real life superhero? Like Bruce Wayne and Tony Stark before them, DIY enthusiasts and scientists create superhero-worthy powers without the supernatural backstories.
The world's biggest sporting event (and advertising opportunity) is upon us; these commercials, featuring the creativity and budgets of feature films, will have even non-soccer fans cheering.
What's on the menu, say, 50 years from now? These fantasy foods, where science and gastronomy intersect, may already be here. Some of them you can do at home, but others will require that you make a reservation.
Two great tastes that taste great together: the seemingly adversarial genres of country and hip-hop have joined forces into a legitimate down-home sound that's being embraced across the nation.
Musicians often profess that they wouldn't be where they are without their fans. And nowhere is that sentiment better represented than with these fan-created, devotee-fueled mega-collabs.
The moon has inspired poets, scientists, explorers, and dreamers for millennia. These moon watchers explore the truths and myths surrounding our rocky friend nearly a quarter million miles away.
Today, YouTube Nation highlights amazing performance art involving everything from projection mapping and awkward PlayStation games to Jay Z and Yoko Ono.
Today, YouTube Nation delivers PewDiePie's million dollars for charity, a surprise wedding on a plane, Gwyneth Paltrow's head, GoPro yo-yo, and a look back on the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster.
Around the World? Walking the Dog? Mere child's play. These yo-yo megastars kick the simple yo-yo up to a new level, creatively spinning new life into an ancient pastime.
It's a day you'll remember for the rest of your life, when one chapter closes and another begins. These notable commencement speakers use the occasion to offer advice, perspective, and some goofy giggles.
Some tots are mud cakes and cooties, these kids are tuxedos and tiaras. Whether it's with subtle life lessons or bold, brassy personalities, these young ones redefine smooth for a new generation.
Forget the skywriting and flash mobs; these lovers engaged the services of the entertainment world's heaviest hitters--from John Legend to Miss Piggy--to help drive home their marriage proposals.
Today, The Black Eyed Peas' Taboo stops by with Zumbao, Geek & Sundry premieres a new web series about discount ghost hunters, and two friends throw down in a Twitter flame war.
Today, Ariana Grande drops the official video for the song of the summer, PewDiePie takes over Google Glass, and an X-Men fan becomes a human flamethrower.
There's been lots of media chatter lately about gluten allergies, gluten intolerance, gluten sensitivity, and all things gluten. Don't fear: these intrepid creators are here to set the record straight.
When South Korean singer PSY uploaded a song from his sixth album in July 2012, it rippled across the airwaves, talk shows, and red carpets. Witness the journey that's made "Gangnam Style" YouTube's most popular video of all time.
Grab your safety goggles and gloves and learn how to freeze soda instantaneously, explode a bar of soap, turn a lemon into a battery, pull iron out of cereal, and more in the comfort of your own home.
Today, YouTube musicians throw a karaoke mashup party, an adventurer soars through the air with his dog, and apartment hunters become surprise talk show guests.
Just a wee lil' child, YouTube's been churning out the unexpected music hits since 2005. Hear some of the biggest tunes that made it into the karaoke celebration.
Today, rock legend David Bowie looks back on Ziggy Stardust, a 9-year-old skater girl lands her first 540, and PBS Digital Studios offers up fun art assignments.
With the passing of legendary author and poet Maya Angelou, take a moment to remember her fortitude, courage, and power with words in these rare and inspiring interviews and speeches.
Today, YouTube Nation brings you the best comedy videos around, including Broad City's wacky race through New York, guys being super creepy, and humans yelling like goats.
For more than 20 years, Vancouver-based guerrilla journalist Nardwuar the Human Serviette has frightened, confounded, and impressed pop music's biggest stars with his unconventional interviewing style.
In honor of the Memorial Day holiday in the United States, YouTube Nation looks at what it's like being a soldier from entering boot camp to coming back home from combat.
On International Geek Pride Day, it's time to give that video game-playing, comic book-reading, cosplay-dressing, lightsaber-wielding, Klingon-speaking inner nerd his—or her—long overdue props.
Around the world, these lava-filled tinderboxes rumble underground, ready to release their megaton explosions. These spectacular videos inspire awe at the tremendous power locked in the Earth's core.
Today, J.J. Abrams offers fans the chance to be in the new "Star Wars" movie, Hugh Jackman jumps behind the bar, and a cattle auctioneer turns into an amazing rapper.
While robots may one day be our overlords, they make mighty impressive athletes right now. Running, swimming, table tennis, soccer ... even in parkour, they're gaining on us. Plus, some can even fly.