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  • Opinion: Roaches get put on autopilot with the power of Kinect

    We've been more than a little disappointed with motion controlled gaming ever since Microsoft and Sony released their respective hardware to compete with the Wii. It might not be the killer app the Kinect needs, but a group of NC State researchers have incorporated the motion sensor into a "system for automated control of terrestrial insect biobots." That's right, they are steering bugs electronically.

  • Opinion: Windows 8 game of the week: Where's my Mickey?

    The most famous mouse in the world now has his very own Windows 8 compatible game - this puzzle-based adventure takes you on a journey through physics with Mickey as your main character

  • Opinion: Take it easy: Nintendo's futile fight against the future

    In Nintendo's Animal Crossing, you're only ever punished for moving too fast. Run around the series' idyllic forest towns and you'll scare off bugs and fish--your primary source of income--crush flowers, and miss out on candid, comical conversations with anthropomorphic critters. But if you take it slow, saunter down those well-known paths and have casual chats with your virtual neighbors, you'll discover rich worlds and a striking amount of depth eked out of colorful vistas and familiar, simplistic systems.

  • Opinion: Backlit Mega Man 25th Anniversary NES is up on eBay, and it's totally the bomb

    Cue dramatic music, please. This backlit Mega Man 25th Anniversary NES is, according to its creator, the first and the only of its kind in the world. Maybe. Regardless of the veracity of that statement, however, a refurnished Blue Bomber-themed NES is still, well, the bomb. It has custom decals for the AV ports and the cartridge door, a backlit Mega Man comprised of 50 individual parts, and love. Lots of love.

  • Opinion: Free-to-play World of Tanks rumbles into your living room

    When World of Tanks arrives on the Xbox 360, it'll introduce the 48 million-userstrong Xbox Live community to free-to-play gaming on an unprecedented scale. The game's "freemium" model has earned developer Wargaming.net a tidy sum, but will console gamers long accustomed to upfront pricing and balking at downloadable content take kindly to--ostensibly--being nickel and dimed?

  • Opinion: Lego Songbird from Bioshock Infinite looks like it could sing you the song of its people

    Imagine Reyney's rendition of the Songbird from Bioshock Infinite makes my heart want to soar. The details are lovely, and the Songbird is pretty much a spot on replica--from the ever-so-slightly tattered wings to the building it has half-crushed below a claw. The chaos depicted on ground level is pretty awesome as well (though I am still undecided as to whether Lego minifig Elizabeth quite works). Be sure to check out the Flickr gallery for more photos.

  • Opinion: PCs share the love--and the games--with consoles

    Fate has a rep for being the most fickle of mistresses, but the highs and lows of destiny can't come close to touching the whirlwind of emotions generated by the state of PC gaming at E3.

  • Opinion: Drifting down memory lane with Mario Kart 8

    They say you never forget how to ride a bike; I'd imagine the same is true for go-karts. Mario Kart 8 for the Nintendo Wii U had only just been announced, but within seconds of picking up that quirky tablet-controller at Nintendo's E3 2013 press briefing, I'd fallen into the old ways--drifting expertly through unfamiliar curves, scooping up coins, and smiling genuine smiles with gamers I'd never met.

  • Opinion: Touring Tamriel in The Elder Scrolls Online

    It was a productive afternoon: I rescued a pig, solved a murder, and foiled a regicide--not bad for a sell-sword who's 90 years-young. At this year's E3 I scored some time with a beta build of Bethesda's new MMORPG, The Elder Scrolls Online. I explored the lands of Tamriel as a decrepit mercenary, bent on stealing anything and everything that wasn't bolted down.

  • Opinion: Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare brings a bit of green to the battlefield

    In a world ravaged by an undead horde, our last line of defense is held by garden variety plants--with attitude. That's the general premise of Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare, the plant-centric third-person shooter we've all been waiting for. At least, I'd imagine that's the story. Developer PopCap Games never felt the need to establish much in the way of narrative for its seminal tower-defense series. And to be fair, Garden Warfare is no less ludicrous than the third-person shooters it expertly lampoons. We got a quick peek at the game at Electronic Arts' E3 2013 press conference on Monday, and it's shaping up rather nicely.

  • Opinion: Free Game Friday: Making a PC-smartphone love connection

    Your PC and mobile device don't get to visit very often. In fact, other than special occasions where you're transferring that new album or movie over, they barely talk at all. It's time they reconnect--literally. Luckily, Chrome experimenters are playing matchmaker and hooking them up better than ever with these awesome free games.

  • Opinion: Five ways E3 2013 can surprise and delight us

    Hey, E3: It's time for a shake-up.

  • Opinion: This custom-designed Portal-themed bedroom would make Chell proud

    Video game-themed bedrooms are nothing new, but this one really caught our attention. Lauren, a self-described "accountant/painter/gamer/adrenaline junkie/nerd/everything enthusiast" was not content with her bland apartment, and having just completed Portal 2, the discovery of the infinity mirror was enough to convince her to design a Portal-themed room.

  • Opinion: Free Game Friday: You've got a job to do

    Games are often about escape, about trying to get away from life for a few hours to enjoy yourself in a fantasy world, but this week we've got games about work. Sometimes it's a traditional job you've got to do and sometimes it's a job you could only get in games, but all of them ask you to roll up your sleeves and get to work.

  • Opinion: GeoGuessr lets you get lost in a foreign country without leaving home

    Unless you're in a movie, the chances of you suddenly waking up one day in a random part of the world are fairly low. But if you want to live out your fantasy of being completely and abruptly lost, GeoGuessr is the game for you.

  • Opinion: VRcade aims to be the world's first virtual reality arcade

    Turn a corner on the Internet and chances are you'll collide with some news about the Oculus Rift. Almost everyone seems to be working on some way to capitalize on this renewed love for virtual reality. As such, it was only a matter of time before someone (or a team of someones) took it into their heads to combine virtual reality with those coin-operated arcades your parents keep telling you about.

  • Opinion: 'Gaming in Color' hopes to document diversity in gaming

    These days, gamers are a diverse bunch, comprising people from all walks of life--a message that Gaming in Color (funding through May 11) is hoping to drive home.

  • Opinion: Mind is what matters when you arm-wrestle with WrestleBrainia

    Due to my intolerable addiction to the Internet, I'm pretty terrible at arm wrestling. Luckily, the cutting edge of neurogaming technology proves that science supports my decision to never work out.

  • Opinion: Researchers use Tetris to treat lazy eye, give patients an excuse to play a game

    As it turns out, the falling blocks of Tetris can double as a treatment for adult amblyopia, otherwise known as "lazy eye." Researchers at the McGill University of MontrealĀ are testing the 80s puzzler as an alternative to using more conventional treatments for the disorder.

  • Opinion: Free Game Friday: Dinosaurs, dolphins and unicorns

    Free Game Friday is no stranger to bizarre games, but this week's collection is maybe even stranger than usual. This week's collection of free games has you playing a music video with thousands of other people, fighting space squids and running around as a majestic unicorn.



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