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Which gaming mice are worth buying?

The peripherals you play with can be just as important to your gaming success as actual skill. A suboptimal keyboard or sluggish mouse can open the door to defeat, which is why it's a good idea to pick up equipment specifically made for the job. But like a lot of specialized tools, gaming mice …

The US gets its first professional gaming arena

Competitive gaming is practically an institution in countries like South Korea, but it hasn't really had a permanent home in the US. That's going to change pretty shortly, though; Major League Gaming has revealed that it's opening its first dedicated eSports location, MLG.tv Arena, in Columbus, …

Defuse a Bomb With Friends In This Brilliant Oculus Game

SEATTLE – It's a typical action-movie cliche. Someone has to disarm a bomb, but they know nothing about how to do it. Fortunately, they have a …

Microsoft, Samsung, and the inane battle for Terminal 5

The company formerly known as Nokia keeps up its trollish ways<p>Before Samsung took over as the most prominent advertiser at Heathrow's Terminal 5, it was Nokia that used to occupy the big billboards inside the home of British Airways. Unwilling to hand over the advertising crown with grace, the …

GTA V to Skyrim: the 10 most beautiful walks in gaming

Modern video game environments are often beautiful, exotic and atmospheric, and expansive enough to explore at leisure. Every virtual tourist should discover these examples, from Hebridean islands to the mean streets of 1940s Los Angeles

50 Websites to Waste Your Time On

Bored with your usual digital stomping grounds?<p>Don't fret! There are plenty of sites other than Facebook or Tumblr for you to waste countless hours. …

Battlefield 4 'Through My Eyes' offers a fan-made, cinematic view of war

Through My Eyes, a video released this week on The Two Scotsmen YouTube page, uses <i>Battlefield 4</i>, EA DICE's first-person shooter, to create a cinematic, third-person short film.<p>Press play above to watch the first installment in a planned series, according to the video's YouTube description. Using …

Watch_Dogs' Strong Sexual Content, Moral Choices and Topless Ladies Aplenty Revealed by New ESRB Rating (Mild Spoilers)

Today the ESRB finally published a new rating for Ubisoft’s upcoming <i>Watch_Dogs,</i> that will hit the shelves for PC, PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PS3 on …

At Long Last, Video Game Aggression Linked To Losing, Not Violence

Video games cause aggression. Lots of it.<p>Many times I’ve played a game and felt like I wanted to kill someone afterward, a statement that should delight many in the media.<p>But it wasn’t after gunning down 300 virtual souls in a Call of Duty campaign. Or chainsawing a humanoid alien in half in Gears …

Xbox One systems $399 at Amazon (update)

The Xbox One is currently on sale for $399 before tax, $100 off its regular price, at Amazon using code XIAMAZON.<p>The Amazon sale consists of the console, which is listed on the website for $449, and a free digital copy of <i>Forza Motorsport 5</i>. The $50 discount will be applied once the product is added …

This War of Mine offers a look at the civilian side of conflict

11 Bit Studios' upcoming survival game, <i>This War of Mine</i>, will flip a war-torn narrative to give players the perspective of civilians rather than soldiers, the developer behind the Anomaly series announced today.<p><i>This War of Mine</i> follows a group of civilians struggling to survive in a city under …

Mafia 3 May be Set in Louisiana According to Casting Call

Could a reveal be imminent?<p>Mafia 3 could take place in an open-world Louisiana, if a casting call from Take-Two is to be believed.<p>The casting call …

How To Get Out of a Gaming Funk

Can't find anything to play? Nothing really clicking for you right now? It's okay. This sort of thing happens. We're here to help you out of your …

Eve: The most thrilling boring game in the universe

"All of it surprises me."<p>Alex "The Mittani" Gianturco is a long-time <i>Eve Online</i> player. In real life, he's a retired DC attorney. In <i>Eve</i>, he's a ruthless space dictator. Thinking about his journey from fresh-faced player to being arguably the most powerful person in the game, he tells me none of it …

PC Buying Guide | Polygon

Now’s the time to go PC.<p>Forget the new consoles. Forget the tablets and phones. Forget the handheld devices and their great games. Forget all of that. The PC as a gaming platform is in ascension. If you've been holding off buying or building a gaming PC, or just need an upgrade, now's the time.<p>PC …

Catch Thief's first mission in 17-minute pure gameplay video

Prospective <i>Thief</i> players can judge whether the first-person stealth action game is right for them with a new gameplay video released by Square Enix and Eidos Montreal today.<p>The 17-minute gameplay clip features a "pure, unedited, uncommented playthrough" of the game's first mission, "Lockdown." In …

PS4 owner finds PS Plus loophole, subscribes until 2035 without paying a penny

PlayStation 4 users can currently claim a free 14-day PS Plus trial subscription for free via the PSN store, and one gamer has found a loophole on …

To create the 'ultimate open world' two ex-Ubisoft devs are scanning the planet

Would the thrill of surviving in a post-catastrophic video game world be more thrilling, more real, if it was your city, your street and your home at stake? Would it be more fun to explore if you were given the chance to climb the Matterhorn or safari in the Serengeti? The creators of the …

How To Build A Liquid-Cooled Mini Gaming PC For Under $1,000

If you go into your local technology store and look at the PC section, most if not all will be standard black towers. However, on the enthusiast scene, there’s a seismic shift going on with many people ditching their large tower cases and opting for shoebox-size ones.<p>The latest motherboards aimed …

One man's quest to reach the end of Minecraft

A <i>Minecraft</i> player by the name of Kurt J. Mac is on a mission to reach the end of the world, and he's documenting it for all to see, The New Yorker reports.<p>Mac began his journey on March 28, 2011. His aim was to reach what <i>Minecraft</i> developer Markus Persson calls the Far Lands, the area at the very …

Sinister controller looks to ease the horror of WASD

On the migratory road from consoles to PC there is a place of desolation where many gamers fear to tread. It is marked with the dread letters WASD.<p>If you are like me, someone more comfortable playing action games with a controller than with a keyboard, this place can be avoided. Many action games …

How To Build A 4K Gaming PC For Less Than $2500 -- Ultra HD Monitor, SSD, And Windows Included

If you approached me toward the end of 2013 and suggested I could build a 4K gaming PC for about $2500, I would have erupted into laughter. But in this post-CES 2014 world, what once seemed impossibly expensive is now approaching the realm of affordability. Not only does this system clock in at …

Kickstarter Goes Tube Clock Crazy, Pick Your Crowdfunded Retro Timekeeping Poison

Kickstarter has a fever at the moment, and the only cure is more tube clocks. For those unaware of this type of gadget, a Nixie tube clock uses heated cathodes in a glass-encased gaseous mixture to display the time, and there are currently two undergoing crowdfunding campaigns on Kickstarter, both …

DayZ Getting New Weapons, Vehicles, and Buildable Structures

Hall says to expect the updates within six months.<p>After this week's DayZ standalone update, creator Dean "Rocket" Hall took to Reddit to discuss big …

Five Underrated Stealth-Action Titles

Thief is just around the corner and looks to break new ground on the stealth-action genre for the next-generation. So what better way than to welcome …

BBC iPlayer planned for Wii U

BBC senior product manager Peter Lasko has confirmed the company’s plans to bring its iPlayer app to Wii U.<p>Sadly, Lasko wasn’t able to provide any …

Spelunky mod lets you replay exact levels, share with friends

A key component of Spelunky's brilliance lies in its randomly generated levels, but sometimes you just want to be given a second chance when a …

Watch a DayZ player demonstrate how to be a 'better class of criminal'

A video from YouTube user Joab Gilroy proves that while <i>Arma 2</i> mod <i>DayZ</i> can be an unforgiving game for its newest players, not everyone will leave you for dead.<p>Calling himself a "gentleman bandit," Gilroy accosts a new and unsuspecting player. Instead of killing the player on sight, however, Gilroy …