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Are octopuses alien? New theory argues Earth was 'seeded' by interstellar genetic code

Octopuses are weird. This is not just because they look odd. It’s not because they’re disturbingly smart. It’s because they have a strange power.<p>The ability to edit their own bodies. This has biologists scratching their heads.<p>Evolution doesn’t work that way. It’s supposed to be spurred by genetic …

PlayBox Mod Combines Xbox One And PS4 Into A Single Laptop

One of the hardest decisions for gamers is whether to buy an Xbox One or a Playstation 4. What if you could have both and carry them around as if it were a laptop? Eddie Zarick, a firefighter from Fort Myers, Florida, has successfully combined an Xbox One and a PlayStation 4 into a single Vizio …

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Are Indie Games Given Too Much Leniency? - Podcast Beyond - IGN Video

A member of the Beyond Nation thinks indie games face a double standard that works in their favor.

Ready Player One sequel in the works, says movie screenwriter

If you like video games and you like a pacey novel, there's a fair chance you've come across Ernest Cline's <i>Ready Player One</i>.<p>The 2011 novel is the story of a skilled gamer living in a troubled future that is obsessed with 1980s popular culture. He is on a virtual treasure quest that is based on an …

A man named Doom helped create the first atomic bomb and we spoke to him

We first learned about Mr. Doom thanks to a tweet from nuclear historian Alex Wellerstein, who found a document signed by "L.G. Doom," and concluded that Doctor Doom helped the US become a nuclear power.<p>Like <i>Verge</i> reporter Arielle Duhaime-Ross, who became obsessed with a mystery woman at Los Alamos …

Gannett’s Next Oculus Rift Experiment Takes You Onto The Ski Slopes Of Vail

Last fall, Gannett unveiled its first attempt at journalism for the Oculus Rift — Harvest of Change, a series of stories in the Des Moines Register. Specifically, the series used Oculus to give readers a tour of the farm featured in one of the stories.<p>Now the media company is launching its second …

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 …

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Destiny - Destiny: Holiday Gifts From Bungie - IGN's Fireteam Chat - IGN Video

The guys from the Destiny podcast talk about what they received from Bungie for the holiday.

EA Sports rights wrong committed at last week's Cowboys-Lions game

Last week in Dallas, not only did the Detroit Lions get screwed by bad officiating in the game, one of their young fans got screwed by bad officiating outside of the game. But there's a happy ending to at least part of this.<p>A 10-year-old named Roman was treated to the game with surprise tickets …

Marvel Finally Acknowledges Japanese Spider-Man

In <i>The Amazing Spider-Man #12</i> Marvel have finally and officially acknowledged the Toei produced Japanese Spider-Man TV series from the end of the 70s.<p>The Japanese version, as you might expect, deviates from the classic Spider-Man in a multitude of ways. From an extra-terrestrial origin story to the …

10 years later, Resident Evil 4 still influences the industry

It’s rare that the fourth game in a series is its most influential installment, but that’s certainly the case with Resident Evil.<p>Resident Evil 4 came out for the Nintendo GameCube on Jan. 11, 2005. Yup, that’s 10 years ago today. And despite coming out a decade ago, the industry still feels its …

The Sega Dreamcast launched, and crashed, at a pivotal time in gaming history

The Dreamcast. Like Mars, Elvis and the St. Louis Browns, it is dead and defunct, but it still lives on as an ultimate symbol of what-if. Did You Know? Gaming's excellent video series chronicles it all in this video.<p><i>Jet Set Radio, Shenmue</i> and today's 2K Sports series are all touchstones of the …