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Because 'Dark Souls' is so easy, someone beat it with a 'Rock Band' guitar

Ornstein and Smough, slain by rock and roll<p>For a brief period in modern video game history, plastic controllers in the shape of musical instruments ruled the world. Much like <i>Dance Dance Revolution</i> before it, the age of <i>Guitar Hero</i> and <i>Rock Band</i> seems to have come and gone — but the hardware …

Violent video games for kids have a surprising upside

Eyes gazing straight ahead, backs caved, thumbs ceaselessly mashing buttons: It's a sight to make any parent cringe. Especially when the game involves rapid gunfire, throat-slitting, body-splitting and other gruesome acts.<p>The drawbacks of gaming are well known. Studies have linked video games to …

Steam Greenlight Passes 50 Games, 'Depression Quest' First Twine Game Lined Up For Steam Launch

While Valve Corporation CEO and guiding spirit Gabe Newell was in Las Vegas, unveiling a new range of third-party SteamOS gaming machines and possibly catching Britney, Valve’s digital store Steam rang in 2014 with the announcement of 50 successful games in its Greenlight program. These games’ …

I am ready to subscribe to a gaming PC

From Steam Machines to whatever the hell Xi3 is trying to sell, it's an interesting time in the hardware business.<p>The idea of what a gaming PC can and should be is in question, and Razer's latest innovation may change how you'll pay for your system. Are we ready to subscribe to a gaming PC?<p>You will …

DayZ's standalone beta is still a ways off — studio reveals tentative development timeline

The standalone version of DayZ is going to spend the majority of 2014 in its “alpha” testing form as developer Bohemia Interactive takes its time fixing bugs and adding features.<p>You can buy DayZ now through Steam’s Early Access program, but it’s currently far from a polished product. The next phase …

Valve Has No Plans to Release Its Own Steam Machine

"We really view our role in this as enabling," Newell says.<p>Although 14 manufacturers will be releasing their own Steam Machines, Valve won't be …

The Witcher Adventure Game brings Geralt to a tabletop

Noted witcher Geralt of Rivia is headed to a tabletop near you, according to a video released today from CD Projekt Red.<p>The Witcher series developer is teaming up with Fantasy Flight Games to create <i>The Witcher Adventure Game</i>. In the board game, monster slayer Geralt of Rivia, bard Dandelion, …

Pokémon Fan Loses Game Show, Wins Hearts

Most people might spend game show money on stuff like houses, cars, and other such investments. But this guy? All this guy on The Price Is Right …

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Steam Controller hands-on: It's only weird until it works

Valve's new Steam Controller is unlike any other gamepad we've ever used. At first, it's kind of a clumsy, alien experience trying to come to grips with Valve's solution for bringing control of PC games to the living room. But after spending some time with the Steam Controller at CES, its unusual …

CES: Steam Controller Hands-On Impressions

One IGN editor got a chance to try out Valve’s upcoming controller. Here’s what he thought.<p>Valve came to CES 2014 in Las Vegas with something to …

Bad online behaviour relies on group acceptance

It's not exactly news that anonymity causes some to feel they have carte blanche to behave badly online; but new research suggests overall group …

Steam Family Options now live

Steam Family Options is now live to all users of the digital platform.<p>You can use Family Options to limit an account's access to a subset of content …

Pregnant woman kept alive against family's wishes in Texas

The last time Erick Munoz saw his pregnant wife conscious, she had gotten up before 2 a.m. to give their son a bottle.<p>When Marlise didn’t return to bed and with the boy still crying, Erick went in search of her. He found her unresponsive on the kitchen floor, her face blue from lack of oxygen. A …

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Judge rules against brain-dead girl's family

An Alameda County judge declined Tuesday to force Children's Hospital Oakland to continue providing medical care to a 13-year-old girl whom physicians declared brain-dead nearly two weeks ago after tonsil-removal surgery.<p>But Jahi McMath will remain on a breathing machine for the time being, as …

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Snowden to deliver 'alternative' Christmas address to UK

NSA leaker Edward Snowden has been asked to by a British broadcaster to give an "alternative Christmas message" to the people of the United Kingdom.<p>Snowden's statement, which will be broadcast on Christmas Day on Britain's Channel 4, will compare government surveillance of people around the world …

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How To Build An Indestructible Gingerbread House

Here's the thing about gingerbread houses. You labor over them for hours. You painstakingly decorate them with gumdrops and candy canes.<p>And then, someone shakes the table it's sitting on, and boom! It all comes crumbling down, leaving a huge, house-shaped hole in your heart.<p>Never again, we …

Alan Turing, Who Cracked Nazi Code, Gets Posthumous Pardon

British mathematician Alan Turing, who helped crack Nazi Germany's 'Enigma' code and laid the groundwork for modern computing, was pardoned on Tuesday, six decades after his conviction for homosexuality is said to have driven him to suicide.<p>Following his singular contributions toward winning the …

A Guide To Spotting And Hiding From Drones

Like birdwatching, but for military robots.<p>Consider it a rough Audubon guide to the mechanical fauna of battlefields. Created by Amsterdam-based designer Ruben Pater, the Drone Survival Guide is, on one side, a rough bird watcher's guide to the modern robot at war. The other side is a short section …

Why do we kiss under the mistletoe?

Because it remains green year round, this parasitic plant has long been associated with fertility.<p>To the best of my knowledge, I never saw live mistletoe until after relocating to Europe. But the leafless trees in Germany make it plain that mistletoe is everywhere here.<p>European mistletoe, <i>Viscum</i> …

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