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20 of the Most Popular Video Game Consoles

What is the most popular video game console? We’ll let you decide! Well, we’ll look at the most popular game consoles by overall sales, but we will</i> …

Retrogaming

Strange lights on dwarf planet Ceres have scientists perplexed

A dwarf planet is shining two bright lights at a NASA spacecraft right now, and our smartest scientists are unsure what they are.<p>As bizarre as that …

7 of the world's coolest commutes | CNN Travel

Spawn can join the cast of Mortal Kombat X, creator says

Spawn creator Todd McFarlane gave his blessing to add the devilish comic book character to NetherRealm Studios games like <i>Mortal Kombat X</i>, according to an interview with GamerFitNation.<p>When asked about Spawn’s possible appearance in games like <i>Injustice: Gods Among Us</i> and franchises like Mortal …

Gaming

Mars One shortlist: the top 10 hopefuls

Selected from more than 200,000 applicants, the 50 men and 50 women are a step closer to taking part in the one-way mission. You can read more about Britain’s five hopefuls here. The organisers ranked the candidates by points: here are the top 10.<p><b>Christian O Knudsen</b><p><b>Age:</b> 34<b><br>From:</b> Denmark<p>Christian …

Sustainability

When space expanded faster-than-light

New maps from Planck mission support theory of cosmic inflation, the idea that, in the moments following Big Bang, space expanded faster than the …

Meet the 100 people hoping to live and die on Mars

We're one step closer to finding out who could be the first humans to live on another planet. Mars One, the private organization planning to find and train a group of four astronauts to send on a one-way trip to Mars, has reached the third round of its selection process and has narrowed its …

One-way Mars trip: shortlist includes seven Australians

Seven Australians have made a shortlist of 100 candidates competing for a one-way trip to Mars to establish the red planet’s first colony.<p>Nineteen-year-old Sare Teah, stand-up comedian Josh Richards and geoscientist Electra Navarone were among the Australian finalists for the Mars One project, …

Mars

Sony tests the waters for self-driving cars with a small investment

Apple and Google aren't the only tech giants exploring the brave new world of self-driving cars. <i>Financial Times</i> tipsters report that Sony has invested roughly $842,000 into ZMP, a Japanese autonomous vehicle startup. While it's a small start, Sony apparently has big plans -- it wants to combine its …

Autonomous Cars

A Mysterious Plume Over Mars Confounds Scientists

A strange cloud or haze rising extremely high above the surface of Mars has astronomers struggling to come up with an explanation for the phenomena that fits with the existing scientific understanding of the Martian atmosphere.<p>A paper examining a pair of 2012 observations of the large, bright plume …

Astronomy

What are some good PC game soundtracks?

ask pc gamer<p><b>What PC game soundtracks should be in my playlist? — Gary K.</b><p>Oh my goodness, I love telling people what music to listen to! But I don't …

Centireading force: why reading a book 100 times is a great idea

I have read two books more than a 100 times, for different motives and with different consequences. Hamlet I read a 100 times for my dissertation, The Inimitable Jeeves by PG Wodehouse a 100 times for comfort. The experience is distinct from all other kinds of reading. I’m calling it centireading.<p>I …

Literature

Atari's new Asteroids game is nothing like Asteroids — it's a sandbox survival game

Atari announced <i>Asteroids: Outpost</i> today, calling the new take on the 35-year-old <i>Asteroids</i> a "bold re-imagining" of the brand. That's a pretty accurate statement, since <i>Asteroids: Outpost</i> is not an arcade space shooter, but an open-world, sandbox-style survival game.<p>Players will mine, build and …

Asteroids

Tropico Developer Haemimont Games Announces Its Next Game

A far cry from tropical city-management.<p>Developer Haemimont Games, best known for the Tropico series, has revealed a Diablo-style monster hunting …

Week’s Best Space Pictures: Sun Sparks, Rover Parks, and Moons Leave Marks

A nebula’s veil parts, a Mars rover is revealed, and moons make tracks across Jupiter in the week’s best space pictures.

Astronomy

The Ubuntu phone is real and going on sale next week

It's been a long road, spanning more than two years of adversity, but Ubuntu finally has a smartphone to call home. It's called the Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition and is built by Spanish company BQ. This little-known manufacturer of tablets and e-readers is adapting one of its Android handsets to run …

I played Mortal Kombat X for an hour and, yeah, it was pretty disgusting

"Ugh, that's gross. Show me more."<p>So said my eight-year-old son, upon watching a recent trailer for <i>Mortal Kombat X</i>. It's a sentiment we can all share, and which has underpinned this fighting franchise for the past two decades.<p>Bone, skull, sinew and spine are all flayed and arrayed in this …

Mortal Kombat

Nintendo Is Shooting Itself In The Foot, And It Needs To Stop

Quick question: you’re a video game company, and you want to make money off of YouTube videos of your game. What do you do? Nintendo seems to feel that the answer lies in some sort of byzantine, bureaucratic nightmare, but there’s really only one feasible answer: nothing.<p>Nintendo is already running …

Olympus Air is a lens camera that pairs with your smartphone

We knew it was coming, but it's finally here. Not to be outdone by Sony, Olympus revealed last year, during Photokina 2014, that it was working on a lens camera of its own. And now we're starting to learn more about it. Meet the Olympus Air, the company's first attempt at this type of remote …

Olympus

14 of the best indie games at Taipei Game Show 2015

Taipei Game Show 2015 had an expanded indie game section compared to last year’s show, and boy was that investment worth it. Approximately 45 indie …

This gorgeous pixel version of The Simpsons intro is amazing

Pixel artists Paul Robertson and Ivan Dixon have recreated the iconic opening to <i>The Simpsons</i> for a tribute video that's so fantastic, it's hard to believe it's not official. Featuring music from Jeremy Dower, an interpretation of Danny Elfman's theme, the pixelated, chippy take on <i>The Simpsons</i>' …

The Simpsons

Madden correctly guesses the final score of the Super Bowl

Madden NFL has correctly predicted the winner in nine of the past 12 Super Bowls, but may have pulled off its most remarkable tout yet — nailing both the winner and the exact final score.<p>The New England Patriots just triumphed over the Seattle Seahawks, 28-24. On Monday, <i>Madden NFL 15</i> said that's …

NFL

This Paris apartment is a better Unreal 4 demo than Epic's own trailers

"Unreal Paris," a portfolio-builder from level designer Dereau Benoit, is a quietly flashy piece of work. It's low on the particle effects and cityscapes, but impressive in capturing things we know well: the reflection of sun off a kitchen counter, the way shadows fall across the rough fabric of a …

Check out this kid's Super Mario Bros. 4 pitch, and read Nintendo's reaction

In early 1990, an 11 year old Jason Venter sent Nintendo a design document proposing a new entry in the Super Mario Bros. franchise. Twenty-five years later he dug it out for us, along with the reply sent back to him from Nintendo of America HQ.<p>The adorably hand-made design document is 13 pages …

Retrogaming

New York snowstorm will be one of biggest in city history, De Blasio warns

Snowplows at the ready, the Northeast braced for what forecasters warned could be a “crippling and potentially historic blizzard” that could dump up to 3 feet of snow from Philadelphia to Boston starting Monday.<p>Tens of millions of Americans live in the path of the storm, which is expected to hit …

Microsoft's hologram glasses change the way you see the world

Microsoft's hologram headset is real, is absolutely coming to market, according to the company, and, for the most part, does what it says it does: creates interactive holograms in a user's view of the real world.<p>Early builds of the HoloLens device allowed me to walk on the surface of Mars and talk …

Augmented Reality

Conservative, stuffy old Nintendo and its weird habit of wild radicalism

Every big game company has its own personality, its own quirks and idiosyncrasies. Few companies are as quirky and idiosyncratic as Nintendo.<p>One of Nintendo's characteristics is the fierce loyalty of its employees (and its fans), and their everlasting fealty, even after they have moved on. It's …

Gaming

Man dies in Taiwan after 3-day online gaming binge

<b>Hong Kong (CNN) —</b> A 32-year-old man was found dead in an Internet cafe in Taiwan after a marathon three-day gaming binge, the island's second death of an online gamer this year.<p>The man, surnamed Hsieh, entered the cafe in Kaohsiung, Taiwan's second largest city, on January 6, Jennifer Wu, a police …

Hong Kong