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Alienware Alpha hits $400 price tag at Best Buy PC sale

<i>This sponsored post is produced by Dealzon.</i><p>Starting on Sunday of this week, Best Buy launched an “All Gaming PCs on Sale” promotion with literally hundreds of gaming laptops, desktops, and peripherals at deep discounts. While not exactly a 4th of July sale, the timing is also no coincidence. The …

Music Production

4 great free Android apps that do amazing things the iPhone can’t

We resurrected our recurring series on great Android apps that offer cool features iPhone users can’t have, and it was one of our most popular posts …

Making your own visual novel is becoming so much easier

From Unity to Twine, tools that allow individuals to create personal games are becoming more accessible and useful. Last week saw the launch on Steam of a simple program that allows just about anyone to create their own visual novels.<p>I have no programming ability and no great desire to make games. …

Steam Tops Concurrent User Record With 9 Million Players

Steamroll.<p>Steam broke its peak concurrent user record over the weekend when more than 9 million users logged in at the same time.<p>According to Steam’s …

Jenna

Father attends birth of his son from 4,000 km away via Samsung VR

An Australian man working 4,000 kilometres from home attended the birth of his child in real-time using virtual reality.<p>It's a fact of life: sometimes, you just can't be there for the important stuff. This was the case for Perth, Australia couple Alison and Jace Larke, when Jace had an unavoidable …

Virtual Reality

Dota 2 is Steam's first game with 1 million users playing at the same time

<i>Dota 2</i> broke the 1 million mark for concurrent users this weekend — that figure means people signed in and playing the game at the same time — and is the first to do so in Steam history.<p>That's easily dwarfed by the numbers that <i>League of Legends</i> puts up — anywhere from 5 to 7.5 million concurrents …

PlayStation Store’s best seller in January was a 20-year-old game

An HD remaster of a 20-year-old game claimed its space atop the PlayStation Store's list of best-selling games on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 last month, according to a post today on the PlayStation Blog.<p>While <i>Resident Evil</i>’s HD remaster took the top spot across both generations of consoles, …

Gran Turismo gamers race in real life — and win

Two drivers, chosen for a racing academy because of their skill at Gran Turismo, won an endurance race in Australia this weekend.<p>Wolfgang Reip and Florian Strauss won the Bathurst 12 Hour race in New South Wales. Both are graduates of the Gran Turismo Academy, created in 2008 by Sony, GT developer …

Sports Cars

Nintendo Excludes Smash Bros From YouTube Partner Program

Nintendo has excluded the entire lineage of Super Smash Bros games from its Content Creators Program, meaning that YouTube personalities who wanted to upload videos of the series will not be eligible for a cut of Nintendo’s ad revenue.<p>Also blocked are third-party games licenced by Nintendo, such as …

Retrogaming

Destiny's best weapon lovingly recreated in Lego

The Ice Breaker is arguably the best gun in <i>Destiny,</i> and the man behind the YouTube account ZaziNombies LEGO Creations has crafted the weapon out of LEGO bricks. The result is ... well, watch the video. The result is pretty amazing.<p>This isn't just a model of a well-known weapon from <i>Destiny</i>, but an …

Lego

Life is Strange: Episode One - Chrysalis review: so-called life

<i>Life is Strange is an episodic adventure game from Dontnod, whose previous game, Remember Me, was also its first.</i><p><i>In the style of most episodic games, Life is Strange relies on a choice-and-consequence narrative in which players take on the role of high school student Max Caulfield - a young woman</i> …

Time I

Microsoft’s HoloLens Headset Feels Like Science-Fiction Come to Life

The future could be a place where something doesn't have to be present to feel real.<p>Demos by nature are carefully aimed at razzling and dazzling …

Augmented Reality

NVIDIA's newest GPU crams in tons of power without a hefty price

If you've been tempted by NVIDIA's high-end GTX 970 and 980 video cards, but couldn't justify their high prices, the company's latest entry is made for you. NVIDIA is rounding out its Maxwell family of video cards today with the GTX 960, a desktop GPU that it describes as hitting the "sweet spot" …

Nvidia

Windows 10's Cortana: A Solution Without A Problem?

A large focus of Microsoft’s press event today other than high-concept holograms and Windows 10 itself was the personification of the OS, Cortana. We’ve seen the Halo-themed AI (complete with original voice actress Jen Taylor) on Windows phones for a while, but now its official, she’s going to be …

Software

Here's the code you need for Sony's 10 percent PSN store discount

Sony took a bit of flack over the Christmas break when its PlayStation Network was hit by a devastating denial-of-service attack. It took a few days for the gaming service to recover from Lizard Squad's assault and, to make up for the festive downtime, Sony is now rewarding its players with a …

How One Olympian's Failure Helped Her Land a Job at Google

Nine years ago, Emily Hughes was at the 2006 Olympic games in Turin, Italy, skating before millions of TV viewers. Today, Hughes is in the trenches …

Google Fiber

Awesome tech you can’t buy yet, CES 2015 edition

<i>At any given moment there are approximately a zillion different crowdfunding campaigns happening on the Web. Take a stroll through Kickstarter or</i> …

Crowd Funding

15 best MMORPGs for Android

MMORPGs are funny things. They have the ability to put you in a vast world filled with thousands of other people and you can play them almost infinitely without reaching the end. Their following is huge and vastly loyal. The experiences vary between Android MMORPGs quite a bit. Additionally, it can …

Disney's Beachbot is an artistic robot turtle that can draw in the sand

The robotic turtle above can't wield katanas, eat pizza or shout cowabunga, but it can still do something awesome: draw big sand sketches on the beach. It's named "Beachbot" and was developed by a team from ETH Zurich and the Zurich division of Disney Research, a network of labs responsible for …

Three of the Coolest Uses for Intel's 3D Camera at CES 2015

3D is here to stay. Well, probably not with TV’s, but instead with a number of technologies that can better interact with three-dimensional space, such as 3D printing and depth-sensing cameras. In fact, Intel’s RealSense camera has easily been the company’s greatest bullet point this CES, instead …

Make your first game right now, with no experience (really)

Tom Francis used to write for PC Gamer, and then he decided to make his own game. The problem was that he had very little idea of how to actually do that.<p>He started from scratch, and the result was <i>Gunpoint</i>, a successful title "about rewiring things and punching people." He's now working on a game …

Five Nights at Freddy's 3 is coming, prepare your nightlights

The nightmare-inducing, bizarre horror series Five Nights at Freddy's is due to get a third installment, according to an automated email response from developer Scott Cawthon.<p>Cawthon's message, which is delivered to anyone who reaches out, confirms that the game is in production. No other details …

LG Unveils Its G Flex 2 Smartphone

0.5 Inches smaller than the original.<p>LG has announced the G Flex 2 at this year’s CES.<p>The second entry in LG’s curved Android smartphone lineup comes …

Gear & Gadgets

Watch a robot tear apart and rebuild Super Mario World and Pokémon

Awesome Games Done Quick, the incredible charity event happening all week, is mostly about speedrunning, as its name suggests. But over the years, the folks behind AGDQ have created a tradition of taking a break from the speedruns to show off something a little more ... strange.<p>There's a subsection …

Consumer Electronics Show: Hidden tech gems to look for

The Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas is still worth watching.<p>While big tech names like Apple, Google, and Microsoft are noticeably absent from …

Consumer Tech

CES 2015: MSI's New Mechanical Keyboard Laptop Is Insane

Would you like a kitchen sink with that?<p>Among the products MSI will be launching during CES are a couple of notable new gaming laptops—and at the …

CES

TCL unveils 'record-breaking' 110-inch 4K TV

Chinese company TCL has announced its 110-inch 4K UHD Curved TV, which features glasses-free 3D and "infinite black."<p>LAS VEGAS -- Not content to let Samsung hog the the gaudy limelight, Chinese company TCL has delivered its own take on the massive statement piece with its 110-inch 4K UHD Curved …

Televisions

Dota 2 could get Valve founder Gabe Newell as a new shopkeeper model

Valve makes a significant amount of money from player-created items, and now one creator has used his powers to try to bring one of PC gaming’s favorite people into Dota 2.<p>Fan item designer Down Limit just released his latest work for the multiplayer online arena battler: a 3D model of Valve chief …

Intel’s 5th Gen Core processors are finally, really here

Better graphics and much better battery life are leading to the best laptops we've yet seen<p>The Broadwell codename has been on Intel's lips for many months now. The big chipmaker's move to 14nm production has proven bumpy and delayed the anticipated launch of its latest processor family, but today …

Computer Hardware