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iam8bit Entertainment System retro gaming console / art project to debut during E3

The iam8bit collective has presented intersections of art and old-school gaming frequently over the last few years, and at an LA event during E3 this hand-built console will join the show. Designed "specifically with retro gaming in mind" and put together by artist Travis Chen, the iam8bit …

PlayJam Sticks It To The Video Game Giants

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Ross Rubin is principal analyst at Reticle Research and blogs at Techspressive. Follow him on Twitter @rossrubin.</i><p>It’s been six months since PlayJam’s GameStick started its off-again, on-again Kickstarter campaign that netted it nearly $650,000 — well beyond its $100,000 goal. While it …

Play this: 'Save the Date,' a dating sim like no other

Paper Dino Software's <i>Save the Date</i> is a rather unique game. You play as an unnamed character who is tasked with arranging a date with the object of your affections, Felicia. It plays out as series of multiple-choice questions, but after spending some time with the game, you'll discover that the …

Warren Spector Said If Publishers Didn't Overcharge For Games People Wouldn't Have To Buy Them Used

With Microsoft officially revealing the details of its used games offerings last night online, the Xbox One has come under attack from gamers and members of the press. While Microsoft is allowing the playback and re-sale of used games at approved retailers after the publisher has enabled the …

The Playroom shows off PS4 augmented reality, motion control

A brief YouTube video showing off an unannounced PlayStation 4 augmented-reality game called The Playroom just might make you giggle.<p>The video, released by Sony's Japanese PlayStation division Tuesday, shows how the upcoming PlayStation Eye camera can track the DualShock 4's "light bar" to provide …

Augmented Reality

The Sony vs. Microsoft price war is a side-show to the death of console gaming itself

It’s a tough time to be a hard-core gamer. Veterans of the gaming industry are declaring that we are in the midst of the death of “console gaming” itself—i.e. the end of those set-top boxes made by Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo that have long been the staples of video gaming. Sales of video games …

Mobile Devices

Did Sony Already Win Gaming's Next-Gen Console War?

OK, so it might be a little presumptuous to call a winner considering that neither Sony's nor Microsoft's new console is on the market quite yet.<p>On Monday, however, on the first day of the Electronic Entertainment Expo, where the gaming industry tells consumers what to buy this holiday season, Sony …

Testing the Virtuix Omni: a walk on the virtual side

First you put on the shoes. They're Converse knockoffs, and you don't even like Converse to begin with, but you don't care because they're special shoes. There's a plastic plate on the bottom, which lets you skid across the floor like a bowler. You walk across the floor carefully to the harness. …

Sony's Jack Tretton says publishers can enforce DRM (update)

Less than 24 hours ago, Sony Computer Entertainment of America president Jack Tretton was met with uproarious applause after revealing that PlayStation 4 disc-based games can be freely given to friends and purchased on the used market. "PlayStation 4 won't impose any new restrictions on used …

Super Smash Bros. Headed To Wii U And 3DS In 2014, Plus Tons Of New Screenshots

<i>Super Smash Bros. is coming to Nintendo’s Wii U and 3DS in 2014.</i><p>I can’t decide which upcoming Nintendo game has me most excited—it’s really a toss-up between <i>Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze</i>, <i>Super Mario 3D World,</i> and <i>Super Smash Bros.</i> though <i>Mario Kart 8</i> will probably suck up the most of my time …

Wii U brings out the big guns … at last

Whichever way you look at it, the Wii U hasn't been a success – and it has failed to sell due to a glaring lack of compelling, exclusive games. Which …

No internet for Xbox One? Get a 360, says Microsoft

Microsoft's confused and controversial online requirement for the Xbox One finally got cleared up last week, with the company confirming the console needs to connect to the internet every 24 hours. At E3 this week, a common trend is emerging about how Microsoft is dealing with future offline …

EA denies lobbying for Xbox One used game restrictions, calls Online Pass program a mistake

Electronic Arts COO Peter Moore has said the company made no attempt to push Microsoft and Sony into implementing restrictions on used games in their next-generation consoles. "EA did not aggressively lobby for the platform holders to put some gating function in there to allow or disallow used …

Boot up: more on iOS 7, Galaxy S4 card update, US hacking China, and more

A burst of 9 links for you to chew over, as picked by the Technology team<p>Is the new Apple iOS 7 look an improvement? >> Quora<p>Do pitch in. One …