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Weirdness: According to Iowa State, the Pokewalker is the most accurate pedometer ever

Chalk this one up to weirdness that I just couldn’t help but share. We know Nintendo has always strived to make quality products, but according to a …

X-rayed games consoles are art, look

ORIGINAL STORY 9AM GMT: Ever broken a bone and wondered, while being X-rayed, what your games console at home would look like examined in the same …

Meet Nvidia's GTX 800M Series: Maxwell, ShadowPlay, And GameStream Land On Laptops

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: PC gaming is dying. Of course if that had any semblance of truth, it wouldn’t be a $25 billion industry — actually edging out global box office receipts by a few million bucks in 2013. And while “traditional” desktop and laptop sales slide south, their …

NVidia

Two Incredible Glitches Make The First Pokémon Games Way Easier

One thing many Pokémon fans have in common is that growing up, we'd hear all sorts of stories about glitches and legendaries we could capture if we …

The indie game console may already be dead

Last year, I predicted that the rising tide of Android gaming would raise all boats — that indie game consoles like the Ouya, the Shield, and the Gamestick could mount a challenge against Xbox and PlayStation because of all the attention they were getting as a whole. Sadly, it looks like I was …

Indie Gaming

Say Hello To Maxwell With Nvidia's New GeForce GTX 750 Ti Graphics Card

When AMD showed the world their new Hawaii GPU last last year, their debut vehicle was the high-end flagship Radeon R9 290x. Nvidia is taking the opposite approach by giving us our first taste of their new graphics card architecture toward the tail end of their 700 series. Say hello to Maxwell via …

NVidia

Connection lost: The Cinderella story of online multiplayer - Slideshow

Over the past two decades, we’ve seen plenty of bizarre hacks, strange devices, and oddball services that enable online multiplayer gaming. …

SNES

Controllers? Pft. Watch This Guy Play Tekken With A Piano.

Sure, there are a lot of amazing fighting game players out there. But how many of them can kick ass and play the piano at the same time?

In the …

Piano

Striking Concept Art for BATMAN: ARKHAM ORIGINS BLACKGATE

Six things Nokia did to make the modern cell phone

Microsoft has completed its purchase of Nokia's phone business for $7.2 billion. For that cash, Microsoft is getting a lot of cell phone …

Symbian

Android KitKat unveiled in Google surprise move

Google is calling the next version of its mobile operating system Android KitKat.

The news comes as a surprise as the firm had previously indicated version 4.4 of the OS would be Key Lime Pie.

The decision to brand the software with the name of Nestle's chocolate bar is likely to be seen as a …

Google

Watch this: Official 'Street Fighter' documentary celebrates 25 years of the quintessential fighting game

Technically, 2012 marked the 25th anniversary of Street Fighter, the classic Capcom fighting game franchise that's made a comeback over the past few years. This weekend, however, Capcom has made "I Am Street Fighter," a 72-minute documentary film, available to stream free on YouTube. Originally …

Street Fighter

Microsoft buying Nokia's phone business in a $7.2 billion bid for its mobile future

One of the most enticing "what-ifs" of recent years has come true: Microsoft has purchased Nokia's devices and services unit, bringing the Lumia lineup under the Redmond roof. The move unites Windows Phone 8 with its biggest hardware supporter, giving the company the integrated mobile offering it's …

Nokia

VC&G | Why Super Nintendos Lose Their Color: Plastic Discoloration in Classic Machines

Sure, consoles age and get dirty. Heck, I remember a suspicious incident involving my Super Nintendo (SNES) console and a can of Coca-Cola in the …

Retro

Japanese animation legend Hayao Miyazaki to retire, says Studio Ghibli

Hayao Miyazaki, the legendary Oscar-winning Japanese animator known for directing Studio Ghibli movies such as Spirited Away, My Neighbour Totoro, and Kiki's Delivery Service, is retiring from feature-length film production. Studio Ghibli president Koji Hoshino made the announcement at the Venice Film …

Animation

Microsoft's mind-blowing IllumiRoom Xbox projector costs too much to release

Microsoft unveiled its Xbox coffee table projector concept earlier this year, but it's unlikely to see a release any time soon. After previously describing IllumiRoom — an augmented reality projector that expands content onto living room walls — as "just research," Microsoft now says cost is an …

Microsoft

Transparent gel speaker plays music, paves way for biocompatible 'soft machines'

Material scientists at Harvard University have developed a translucent speaker made out of a thin sheet of rubber squished between two membranes of saltwater gel.

By running a high voltage ionic signal across the surfaces, the rubber can be made to rapidly contract and vibrate, producing sounds that …

Music (UK)

Parallels Access: Run Mac and Windows Apps Like They Were Made for iPad

Parallels Access is a new iPad app launching tonight – that promises to let you experience Mac and Windows applications as is they were made for the iPad. It ‘applifies’ your Windows and Mac apps to make them feel as it they’re native iPad apps.

The app is published by Parellels, the makers of the …

This App Can Make Anyone A Video Game Designer

Draw the design for a level on graph paper, and Pixel Press can translate it into a real, playable game

Who hasn't sat on the couch at the end of a marathon gaming session and wondered what it would be like to make a game rather than just play one? With Pixel Press, anyone can do both—no coding …

Remote control your (now) headless Android phone

Last night a terrible thing happened, I dropped my Razr Maxx and shattered the screen. In its defense, I have dropped it on many occasions, including …

Remote Controls