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Short Film Tells a Touching Story About a Father and Son's Relationship with Video Games

People leave memories in the most unexpected ways and when you run into them, you want to hold onto it forever because you don’t know when you’ll …

Hillary Clinton playing Game Boy makes an excellent desktop background

Game Boy-gate<p>A photograph of Hillary Clinton playing Game Boy, taken 22 years ago this month, is floating around the internet thanks to a post on the official Instagram account of the William J. Clinton library. With Clinton officially running for president of the United States, we can expect to …

Government

Terraria: Otherworld will include tower-defense gameplay

<i>Terraria: Otherworld</i>, the upcoming Re-Logic release set in the <i>Terraria</i> universe, will feature tower-defense style gameplay, the developer confirmed on the game's forums.<p>According to the studio, Otherworld will include a core storyline that can be played through freely - meaning there won't be a …

Self-Publishing

Teenagers, sex and selfies: Cibele is an uncomfortable, often beautiful game

I'm going through developer Nina Freeman's computer, and at the moment I'm flipping through pictures she's taken of herself. I'm afraid of seeing something I shouldn't, and I'm not sure how to react. It doesn't help that she's right behind me.<p>The entire situation is awkward, and it's hard to tell …

Watch the first episode of PlayStation's sci-fi original series Powers

Curious to see what PlayStation's first original series is like? The first episode of <i>Powers</i> is now available on YouTube in its entirety.<p>Based on a graphic novel of the same name, <i>Powers</i> stars Sharlto Copley (<i>District 9</i>) and Susan Heyward as homicide detectives who specialize on superpower-related …

PlayStation

Pokemon Dev Reveals PS4, Xbox One, PC Game About a Badass Elephant

Following an initial tease last week, Sega and Game Freak today announced a partnership to develop an all-new Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC game called Tembo The Badass Elephant.<p>The game, developed by Game Freak and published by Sega, is described as a "larger than life" 2D side-scrolling action …

Pokémon

Severed's first dungeon is a compelling, artful creation

<i>Severed</i> starts off a bit slow, a bit worrying.<p>The graphics initially feel too flat, the movement too canned, the gameplay too familiar.<p>But in time, those elements seem to stitch together to create something more fun, more compelling than it has any right to be.<p>In the PlayStation Vita title, due out …

Indie Gaming

Beyond Eyes puts you in the shoes of a blind person

Rae, a 10-year-old girl, walks towards what she thinks is a water fountain. She recognizes the sound from a fountain near her house. But Rae is blind, and as she gets closer she realizes that she's actually hearing water drip from a sewage drain.<p>Rae approaches laundry on a clothesline, only to get …

InterAct

How Crossy Road developers made $10 million in 90 days

SAN FRANCISCO — <i>Crossy Road</i> developers Andy Sum and Matt Hall never set out to rake in a pile of cash. They did, however, want to create a popular game.<p>“We wanted to make the next <i>Flappy Bird</i>,” said Sum at the duo’s Game Developers Conference session here Tuesday.<p>“But our goal wasn’t to make money,” …

How the PuzzlePhone Modular Smartphone is Shaping Up

Circular Devices, the company behind the upcoming PuzzlePhone modular smartphone, took to the stage at the Mobile World Congress’ startup conference 4Years From Now (4YFN) to reveal its progress.<p>The company has partnered with Spanish manufacturer ImasD, meaning that the PuzzlePhone will be powered …

Homer Simpson almost discovered the Higgs boson before any scientist

Some may refer to <i>The Simpsons</i> as "genius" but nobody expected this.<p>A new book titled <i>The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets</i> claims that …

The HTC One M9 Is A Sleek Smartphone Built For Photo Addicts

Same shiny aluminum body, much bigger camera<p>If you're always on Instagram, Snapchat, VSCO Cam, or pretty much any other photography app, HTC wants you to put its brand-new smartphone in your pocket.<p>The Taiwan-based phone maker premiered its latest flagship device, the HTC One M9, this weekend here …

Watch Google's smart AI figure out how to beat this video game all on its own

Google has invented an artificial intelligence that learns how to beat video games, from scratch, without any help or direction.<p>The experiment, from Google-owned DeepMind Technologies, is designed to show how intelligent AIs can figure out complex tasks for themselves. The company released some …

Artificial Intelligence

Watch us tour The Legend of Zelda as rebuilt in Minecraft

Two guys from Jersey, designer Evan Stanhope and programmer Jonathan Faulch, have embarked on a three-year quest to build the original <i>Legend of Zelda</i> entirely within <i>Minecraft</i>. And we do mean entirely.<p>Working two nights a week since September of last year, the friends have created the entire game …

Legend of Zelda

Arkham Knight's 'M' Rating Shows That 'Teen' Games Are An Endangered Species

The ESRB has rated Batman: Arkham Knight ahead of its June release, and the result has surprised even the developer itself. After Arkham Asylum, Arkham City and even Arkham Origins all received “T for Teen” tatings, it seems Arkham Knight has gone a bit darker, and is now branded with an “M for …

Comic Books

This Game Sets Its Price According to the Weather

A new PC indie game from UK-based developers Alan Hazelden and Benjamin Davis launches Wednesday with a unique pricing model.<p>The game, the adorable A Good Snowman Is Hard To Build, will set its price according to the weather in London, according to Polygon. This will be determined by the …

Weather

We're 'really feeling' these 24 minutes of gameplay from Xenoblade Chronicles 3D

Like many folks, I missed <i>Xenoblade Chronicles</i> the first time around when it (finally) launched in North America back in 2012. However, Polygon's own Phil Kollar did <i>not</i>, which is what made him the perfect person to show off the upcoming New 3DS-exclusive port <i>Xenoblade Chronicles 3D</i>, a game we got …

Gaming

The Psychology Of Notifications

<b>Editor’s Note:</b> <i></i><i>Ximena Vengoechea is</i> <i>a design researcher at Twitter,</i> <i>and</i> <i>Nir Eyal is the</i> <i>author of</i> <i>Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products.</i><p>In his famed experiments, Ivan Pavlov trained his dogs to associate mealtime with the ring of a bell. Pavlov found he could elicit an involuntary physical response …

UX Design

Minecraft Breaks 12 World Records

An entire country was recreated in the game.<p>Minecraft has broken 12 world records, according to the newly released Guinness Book of World Records …

Minecraft

'Majora's Mask' 3DS Sells Out In 15 Minutes

UPDATE: The Majora’s Mask 3DS is, for right now, back in stock, this time at Best Buy.<p>Earlier today, Nintendo announced that it was shipping a special, limited edition 3DS with a Majora’s Mask-themed case, available only through Gamestop. It’s very pretty, designed to compliment a remastered, 3D …

Selling

Grand Theft Auto VI should be in Portland, argues these real estate experts

Rockstar Games usually chooses huge, internationally important cities to mock and borrow from for Grand Theft Auto. New York City, Los Angeles, and Miami have all served as the inspiration for previous entries in the series. But for the inevitable Grand Theft Auto VI, a group of real-estate experts …

FBI is confident North Korea is behind 'the most serious cyberattack' made against US

The FBI has "very high confidence" that North Korea hacked Sony, resulting in "the most serious cyberattack ever made against US interests," The Verge reports.<p>FBI director James Comey and director of national intelligence James Clapper spoke at a cybersecurity conference in New York today. Clapper …

North Korea

Tech Heads Unite! CES 2015 in Photos

The plague of buggy, unfinished games explained by a video about tanks. Yes, really

Have you ever wondered why big-name games, made by teams filled with industry veterans and coming from well-funded publishers, often can't ship in stable condition?<p>Keith Fuller shipped 12 AAA titles as a programmer, design manager and producer before starting his own company, Fuller Game …

Spectacular Death Star Fire Pit Welded by 84-Year-Old Grandfather

A steel fire pit handcrafted in the likeness of the Death Star has become a Reddit sensation and touched off a new family business. Jennifer Allison, who goes by Bandia5309 on Reddit, received the galactic fire pit as a Christmas gift from her 84-year-old grandfather. He welded the fire pit from …

Darth Vader

When Nature And Geometry Collide, These Photos Get Surreal

David Copithorne takes photos of classic subjects, mountains, beaches, street scenes, and then edits them to add floating geometric shapes which reflect the images around them, or twisting them into fractals-like forms. He uses Photoshop CS6 to create his work, and says he came upon his techniques …

Photography

Lawsuit Settled Involving Ferguson Officer Accused Of Choking, Hog-Tying A 12-Year-Old

WASHINGTON -- A lawsuit against a Ferguson, Missouri, police officer who was accused of choking and hog-tying a 12-year-old boy in 2010 has been settled for $4,500.<p>The 2012 lawsuit alleged that Ferguson Police Officer Justin Cosma, who was then serving as a police officer in Jefferson County, …

Cicret Bracelet Turns Your Arm into a Touchscreen Device

A Paris-based design company is taking wearable tech one step further with the <i>Cicret Bracelet</i>, a concept for a wristband that projects the screen of a smartphone directly onto the user's arm. Marketed as “Like a tablet…but on your skin,” the bracelet emits the interface of a remotely connected …

Wearable Tech

Report: Sony wants to make a Mario Bros. movie and they just landed the rights

Nintendo and Sony Pictures appear to have closed a deal for the film rights to the Super Mario Bros. video game franchise, according to a Buzzfeed report based on Sony emails recently leaked to the media.<p>While Buzzfeed's report includes a number of congratulatory emails between producer Avi Arad …