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  • 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 Montreal 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.

  • Opinion: Have a dog laugh at you when you lose a ball in Duck Hunt Pinball

    Pinball is one of the very few games you can't play for real with a controller on a digital screen. Even with all the electronic counters, doohickeys, and bleeps emanating from the machine, it's still a game about the physics of a metal ball ricocheting around.

  • Opinion: Project Unity combines 15 retro consoles into one epic mashup system

    The master of gaming hardware moding, Bacteria has completed his ultimate retro console mod with his latest creation, named Project Unity. Incredibly, this box is a combination of 15 old-school consoles including the Sega Master System, Sega Genesis, Neo Geo MVS, GameCube, Dreamcast, Saturn, Intellivision, Colecovision, Atari 7800, Turbografx 16, Playstation 2, NES, Super NES, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo 64, and Amstrad GX4000. Play all the games?

  • Opinion: In defence of gaming

    As a relatively enthusiastic gamer, I'm often subjected to ridicule about time-wasting. What's more, despite the vast amounts of revenue that the gaming industry generates -- it's estimated to be worth $82 billion by 2017, according to research firm DFC Intelligence -- video games are still largely frowned upon by the mainstream press.

  • Opinion: This stop-motion Tetris game is made out of chalk and canvas

    If you thought Tetris can get tricky enough on a computer screen, imagine trying to play it in real life, with chalk.

  • Opinion: Free Game Friday: Play as Tim Schafer

    This week's collection of free games lets you play your city as a video game, pilot a swarm of bees and even lets you live a day in the life of Double Fine founder Tim Schafer. Truly, games make whatever you can imagine possible. Sorry, did that sound sarcastic enough?

  • Opinion: What I'm Playing: On magic, mechanics, and musical hotel management

    The Other Brothers (iOS; $0.99)

  • Opinion: This DOS emulator brings your favorite classic games to the Raspberry Pi

    The magnificent Raspberry Pi mini-computer has inspired a lot of geeks to come up with practical and interesting uses, many of which take us back to yesteryear to relive nerd fantasies of the past.

  • Opinion: Don't like Excel? This spreadsheet-based RPG might change your mind

    A lot of us buy into the cliché that accountants are boring and uncreative, but Cary Walkin has shown us how assumptions make an ass out of "u" and me.

  • Opinion: Angry Birds for Pokki lets you play the Chrome version on your desktop

    While known best for its mobile versions, Angry Birds is also available for Windows, but with its 50MB+ installer, a lengthy installation process, and a full-screen game that's hard even for medium-strength computers to haul, Angry Birds for Windows is not the best choice if you want to actually enjoy the game. Angry Birds for Pokki, however, is a delightful discovery, bringing the Angry Birds Chrome experience right to your desktop.

  • Opinion: Mayhem, chaos and the Just Cause 2 multiplayer mod

    I mentioned this JC2-MP six months ago when it was first generating some popularity in the PC gaming world. It was chaotic, buggy and a ton of fun. If you own Just Cause 2 (which is ridiculously cheap on most digital distribution platforms, including Steam) you need to play this mod. The fun factor of your weekend depends on it.

  • Opinion: The final verdict on Microsoft Kinect

    Two years into its lifecycle, PC World looks at what the Xbox 360 motion controller has achieved

  • Opinion: Free Game Friday: Weird platformers and 8-bit westerns

    In this week's collection of free games we've got two weird platformers that make you think before you jump. But first, we've got an epic western game that'll keep you busy all weekend.

  • Opinion: Gaming on Linux: A guide for sane people with limited patience

    So, you want to play games on your Linux machine. Oh, boy. Batten down the hatches, because we're about to show you how to do some real computing. You ever compiled something, kid? You ever compiled something like we did back in the '90s?

  • Opinion: Free Game Friday: A Post-Apocalyptic Platformer

    We've got a lot of action in this week's collection of games, with zombies and mutants and nightmare creatures for you to destroy and/or play as. We've also got a tie-in to a Disney Channel show for kids which doesn't really fit the theme, but, trust me, you'll want to play it too.

  • Opinion: Free Game Friday: New year, new games

    This week the free game scene is really coming back from the holiday lull with a vengeance. Today we've got great free games released in the new year along with the first few entries from another 48-hour game jam.

  • Opinion: Old console becomes new gadget

    Are you the type that thinks video games were so much better back in the simpler times, before 3D graphics and realistic settings? Perhaps you're a fan of the Super Nintendo? Hyperkin would like to speak with you.

  • Opinion: Free Game Friday: End your week on a bad (guy) note

    Last weekend saw another Ludum Dare 48-hour game jam. Dozens of teams raced to complete original games in two days on this Dare’s theme of Villainy. As a result we’ve got five great games that let you play the villain, often literally.

  • Opinion: Scribblenauts Unlimited brings your imagination to life

    If you want to keep your brain and creative imagination in shape it may be time to pick up Scribblenauts Unlimited.



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