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Kellen Beck

Online journalist

Brooklyn, New York

Kellen Beck

I am an esports reporter at Mashable, reporting on the daily happenings of the esports world with news and feature articles. I have a Bachelor's degree in journalism from Ithaca College, 2016.

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Tom paces under the stage light with an air of fear. His posture tense, his eyes searching. His left arm is set stiffly in his pocket, his right arm juts out unnaturally, holding the microphone, like he doesn’t remember how he’s supposed to position his limbs. Words are tumbling out of his mouth.
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Hotter than the sun: GE’s hot sauce combines the world's hottest peppers and science

There’s something unsettling about 10^32 Kelvin. The deep, red-orange body of the hot sauce looks almost like Frank’s Red Hot, but menacing flecks of red, brown and yellow set it apart from your run-of-the-mill, diner table Cholula or Tabasco. Black-gloved hands stick a baster into the glass bottle of the 10^32 Kelvin hot sauce and suck up a bit of it, releasing a few drops onto a little cardboard tasting boat.
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How to build a VR-ready PC for less than $800

If you've tried the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive virtual reality headsets, you know that their high-end VR is in another class above mobile VR experiences like the Samsung Gear VR and Google Cardboard. Problem: the headsets are expensive ($599 for Oculus, $799 for the Vive and its controllers) and the powerful PCs you need to run them even more so, since they're typically well north of $1,000.
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The saga of the Coolest cooler: How a Kickstarter campaign goes south

The Coolest cooler, a souped-up cooler complete wth a cutting board, blender, Bluetooth speaker and USB charger, started out as Kickstarter's own Cinderella story. When creator Ryan Grepper first launched his "portable party disguised as a cooler" in 2013, it failed miserably. He went back to the drawing board and returned in 2014 with a lower funding goal and a better product, which went on to raise more than $13 million and break Kickstarter's funding record.
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10 games that took Pokémon in a new direction

Sometimes when you have a property as massive as Pokémon, you can’t just relegate it to one series or one type of game. You need your spin-offs, offshoots and weird departures to give a rounded experience within the universe. And wow, Pokémon has had a lot of spin-offs. From fighting games to photography simulators, racing games to adventures, Pokémon has run the gamut of genres featuring its Pocket Monster cast.
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Netflix has tons of hidden categories — here's how to see them

The vast amount of content on Netflix can get pretty unwieldy. Luckily, there's a secret, better way to browse the swaths of mediocre titles on the service to get to what you're really looking for. Netflix has a master list of categories that go far beyond the usual Action, Drama, Sci-Fi and the like.
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New setting expands store's rhythmic offerings

Bongos, congas and djembes line the walls of the recently reopened Rhythm Connect LLC. On Friday nights, visitors can find classes that combine wine tasting and hand drumming. Owner Ed Keegan’s goal is to create a unique environment in his Fairport music store. “I knew the one thing that I wanted—I didn’t see a lot of music stores have this—was a place where there could be a lot of hands-on,” he says.
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RAW FROM THE SAW: Death Grips

The Powers That B is a two-part album. The first part, Niggas on the Moon, was released in summer 2014; the second part, Jenny Death, released March 31 this year. Death Grips is genre-defying — a twisted amalgamation of hip hop, electronic, industrial, hard rock, thrash and punk. They are barely a band; instead, they consider themselves a performance art project that produces music.
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About

Kellen Beck

I'm an editorial intern at Mashable, an Ithaca College graduate and currently living in Brooklyn, NY.