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Could Analyzing How Humans Think Make Better Video Games?

Trying to get more players to that unique state of gaming nirvana<p>Recently, on a cold, solitary evening, I decided to reprise one of my teenage pastimes: I played Super Mario 64. At first it was a little different than I remembered—the picture grainier, the music tinnier, my computer keyboard …

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Videogames: The Ultimate Spectator Sport?

More fun to watch than it might seem, watching people play videogames has become a huge business—from PewDiePie to Twitch to League of Legends tournaments. Here are three ways to find out what all the cheering is about<p>IT’S EASY TO UNDERSTAND why people watch professional sports. But the appeal of …

Cookie Monster wants to take over your browser

The entire Engadget staff is pretty excited about Cookie Monster's first PBS Kids movie "<i>The Cookie Thief</i>," (which premieres this Monday, February 16th). In celebration, our entire site is now a veritable sea of Cookie Monster GIFs! Well, sorta.<p>If you head over to Omnomnomify.com, you can turn any …

After Glass, what next for Google? In 45 seconds

Google has announced that it's pulling its Google Glass from sale "in its current form".<p>But what can we expect next from the tech giant and its secretive "X-Lab"?<p><i>Video produced by Mohamed Madi.</i>

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10 Classic PC Games You Can Play Right in Your Browser

See the beautiful, nightmarish patent illustrations for a Google-funded augmented reality device

It's been almost three months since Google lead a $542 million round of funding for the Magic Leap, an augmented reality project shrouded in mystery. Aside from vague claims about a "biomimetic Dynamic Digitized Lightfield Signal," the CEO of Legendary Pictures calling it "jaw-dropping," and Neal …

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This artificially intelligent Mario learns how to chase coins and navigate the Mushroom Kingdom

Anybody can make Mario, Nintendo’s world-famous little plumber, race through the Mushroom Kingdom, chasing coins. But what if Mario could do it on his own?<p>That’s the goal of the Mario A.I. Project: to develop an artificially intelligent Mario agent that becomes aware of himself and his environment, …

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Super Mario AI learns how to play by listening to your advice

As fun as <i>Super Mario Bros.</i> games are to play, wouldn't it be nice if you could coach from the sidelines every now and then? The University of Tubingen has developed an artificial intelligence that lets you do just that. Its Mario AI project makes Nintendo's plumber both aware of his environment and …

'That Dragon, Cancer' Video-Game Sparks Creative Responses To Cancer

That Dragon, Cancer is a video-game about a child with cancer. Today, a Kickstarter campaign launches to complete its development on Mac/PC/Steam as well as Ouya.<p>As put on the Kickstarter page, “a significant portion of the game has already been developed, and the entire game is now planned out …

Tales of Hearts R - Launch Trailer - IGN Video

The Bandai Namco RPG comes out this week on PlayStation Vita.

'The Tale of the Princess Kaguya' is a surprisingly feminist fairy tale

The Tale of the Princess Kaguya is a beautifully drawn, tender, heartfelt film. I knew going in after watching a few trailers that it was going to be an emotional experience, and it was.<p><i>Warning: spoilers for The Tale of the Princess Kaguya ahead.</i><p>What I didn't expect was how relevant and resonant it …

Framed - Release Trailer - IGN Video

Check out the launch trailer for this stylish noir-inspired puzzle game.

Monument Valley: Forgotten Shores Review

For a mobile game to be deeply moving, but also minimal enough to satisfy the needs of a casual player, is a very, very impressive feat. Ustwo accomplished that with Monument Valley, and they’ve managed it all over again with Forgotten Shores. Despite inferences that Forgotten Shores takes place as …

Tengami - Wii U Launch Trailer - IGN Video

Explore ancient Japan in a 3D pop-up book art style.

Monument Valley - Forgotten Shores Trailer - IGN Video

The expansion to Monument Valley features 8 new chapters.

Kalimba - Trailer - IGN Video

A trailer for Press Play's upcoming puzzle platformer Kalimba, formerly known as Project Totem.

League of Legends crushes other PC online games in October, finds Raptr

These Raptr online game usage stats are getting boring. Every month, Riot Games’ League of Legends comes out on top as the most-played game of the month. October was no different, with League of Legends commanding 22.25 percent share of the total playtime, according to gamer social network …

This beautiful stop-motion game is made of cardboard, clay, and broccoli

The game starts out with a young couple moving into a new apartment. It's a slow burn through episode one, as you learn about the couple's history and how they're expecting a child. You'll also discover their new neighbors, some of whom are a bit strange. But then something weird happens when you …

Capsule Force - Announcement Trailer - IGN Video

This retro-inspired, multiplayer action game is the brain child of developer Klobit.

App Store Update: November 14

GOLFINITY wants you to go mini-golfing forever (for free), while the rest of today's crop mostly want you to go to outer space.<p>Every day hundreds of …

Smash Wii U: Xenoblade's Guar Plains Looks Great in HD - IGN Video

IGN's Jose Otero and Brendan Graeber team up to take on six other opponents on Smash Wii U's Xenoblade stage.

This modern 'Empire Strikes Back' trailer is just fantastic

Earlier this week, Star Wars fans running a Mark Hamill Facebook page shared this modern cut of a <i>Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back</i> trailer (below). Created by Cameron Arrigioni in the style of modern trailers, it sets the scene for the sci-fi classic, by focusing on the dark designs of Darth Vader …

What Microsoft’s CEO Means When He Says He Wants to Unify Windows

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella caused a stir during an earnings call yesterday when he started talking about merging the company's desktop, mobile, and …

Apple Launching 5.5-Inch iPhone 6 After 4.7-Inch Version to Avoid Competition Between Two Models?

Apple will launch the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 several months after the 4.7-inch version to avoid competition between the two models, according to a new report from <i>DigiTimes</i> citing supply chain sources.<p>The different timetables have been set as Apple does not want to repeat the mistake it made in 2013 when …

Google Voice offers web-based calls through Hangouts, no G+ profile needed

The rumor is that eventually we're going to see Google Voice merged completely into Hangouts, and that's getting even closer to becoming reality. You can now make phone calls via Hangouts directly from the Google Voice website, no Google+ necessary. As Mountain View's Alex Wiesen notes on G+, the …

Nokia Lumia 930 review: the best Windows Phone yet

Microsoft’s latest Lumia 930 top-end smartphone is still a Nokia for now, and shows promise as a viable competitor in the flagship smartphone battle with Apple, Samsung, HTC and Sony.<p>Aluminium meets glass and plastic<p>The Lumia 930 is another example of Nokia’s legendary hardware build quality. It’s …

‘The iPhone 6 Effect’ helping boost Asian economies by as much as 8.6 percent, say analysts

Component orders by Apple for the iPhone 6 are a significant factor in the current thriving state of a number of Asian economies, say analysts and government officials cited by the <i>WSJ</i>.<p>Analysts expect companies from Taiwan, Japan and South Korea that supplied earlier versions of the iPhone to …

Language Learning App Lingua.ly Lands for iPhone

Lingua.ly‘s language learning mobile app is now available to download for the iPhone, following its release on Android back in April this year and its launch on the Web just a few weeks back.<p>The company said that in the month following its Android launch, the app attracted more than 100,000 …

Bēhance concept shows gorgeous (if impractical) Apple 4K display renders

When Apple made a big fuss over the ability of the Mac Pro to support three 4K displays, it signalled that it could only be a matter of time before the company created its own. As I predicted back in October of last year, the company made no attempt to rush this, but we’re now hearing that Apple is …