Cameron Jackson

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How A Link Between Worlds Rewrites The Rules of Zelda

Keza finds that A Link Between Worlds maintains an air of mystery despite its intoxicating nostalgia.<p>Zelda: A Link to the Past is the reason I'm …

The ESRB has failed your children

This post has not been edited by the GamesBeat staff. Opinions by GamesBeat community writers do not necessarily reflect those of the staff.<p>While the Entertainment Software Rating Board preoccupies itself with the more obvious evils of Grand Theft Auto and Call of Duty, it has allowed a far more …

Great tabletop games for video gamers: Boss Monster: The Dungeon-Building Card Game

<i>This new, ongoing series covers tabletop board or card games that video gamers should dig. Check here for more.</i><p>Boss Monster: The Dungeon-Building Card Game<p><b>Video games that Boss Monster reminds us of:</b> Dungeon Keeper, (Tecmo’s) Deception/Trapt, What Did I Do to Deserve This, My Lord?/No Heroes …

Pokemon-inspired 'Trainer’s Band' lets you put a ring on it

Jewelry shop Art & Gems crafted a Pokemon-inspired engagement ring, the "Trainer's Band," featuring a Pokeball as its centerpiece.<p>Art & Gems is known for its geeky work, including a Triforce necklace and rings inspired by Star Trek and Iron Man. The Pokemon ring's concept includes Cubic Zirconium …

This Water Droplet Maze Is Mesmerizing

Watch it in action. Plus: learn something about the Leidenfrost effect.<p>Have you heard of the Leidenfrost effect? If not, it's about to be your favorite effect. If yes, same.<p>The basic idea is, when a liquid comes in contact with something really hot--about twice as hot as the liquid's boiling point, …

MP3 Player Lives In Your Ear, Controlled With Your Teeth

It stores up to 24 songs with four hours of battery life for completely hands-free jamming.<p>Say goodbye to getting wrapped up in miles of cord connecting your MP3 player to your headphones as you listen to music. These little earphones, named Split, make up a completely wire-free music player in …

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Star Wars: A New Hope trench run recreated for Oculus Rift

Developer Boone Calhoun has recreated the trench run sequence featured in <i>Star Wars: A New Hope</i> for the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset.<p>As demonstrated in the video above, it features console controller input and users can look around the cockpit of the X-Wing, equipped with an R2D2 chirping in …

16 Reasons Paris Hilton Is A Painfully Underrated Musician

May we never forget she wrote a song called "Drunk Text."

Bundle In A Box offers 13 RPGs for less than $5

Thematic game collection Bundle In A Box is currently offering 13 titles on a slideable pay scale with the Indie RPG Bundle.<p>Buyers must pay a minimum of $1.99, but can choose to pay more if they wish. Proceeds are split between the Indie Dev Grant, which supports independent developers, and a …

Mega Man 2 lullabies offer a softer side of the Blue Bomber

For those seeking a <i>Mega Man 2</i> soundtrack with a gentler sound, look no further than Mark Polydoris' lullaby renditions.<p>Polydoris recorded 11 tracks for his nephew; songs include the opening and closing themes, "Crash Man," "Bubble Man" and more. Listen below, or check out the 30-minute collection …

Watch 974 time trials of Super Mario Bros. all at once

Maurice Guégan of Stabyourself.net collected and combined 974 time trial runs of <i>Super Mario Bros.</i> recorded during Gamescom 2013.<p>The result is the video above, which stacks Marios on top of each other like Solitaire cards. According to the video's YouTube description, the best run clocked in at …

Dragon Ball: Battle of Z studio bringing Madoka Magica to PS3

Artdink, the studio best known for its work on <i>Dragon Ball: Battle of Z</i>, is developing a new PlayStation 3 title based off of popular Japanese anime TV show <i>Puella Magi Madoka Magica</i>.<p>The upcoming game is being published by Namco bandai and will be split into two parts. During daytime sequences …

Why You Love Your Parents' Music

We have a "reminiscence bump" for the music our parents liked in their 20s--which they probably played around the house when we were kids.<p>People can often remember things from early in life better than more recent events, in what's called the "reminiscence bump." Other than explaining BuzzFeed's …

Meet Capy Games' sadistic, stylish experiment, Synchroma

The developer of <i>Super TIME Force</i> and <i>Superbrothers Sword & Sworcery</i>, Toronto-based indie Capy Games, brought another of its games to Seattle, Wash. last week, giving the public its first hands-on with an experimental title called <i>Synchroma</i>.<p>Inspired in part by Ninja Theory's <i>DmC</i> and the sadistic desire …

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The English language and a verbal warning

It is ironic, in an article that objects to changes in language (How language is literally losing its meaning, 15 August), that John Sutherland talks about "communication – verbal and written", thus losing an important distinction between oral and verbal, which used to mean "in words" in whatever …

The Hyperloop: flawed fantasy or achievable challenge

The Hyperloop, an ambitious new form of transport proposed by SpaceX and PayPal founder Elon Musk, could be possible but faces some flaws, according to those who have analysed his plans.<p>The unveiling of the designs of Musk's "fifth mode of transport", which would fire passengers in pods at speeds …

Watch This Bicycle Go 80 MPH

Probably not do-it-yourself<p>Tom Donhou, a bicycle builder based in Hackney, London, just went 80 mph on a bike. As a point of reference: You or I might hit 30 mph, tops, on a flat surface; a professional might max out at about 45 mph. But to get anywhere over that speed, you need a bike explicitly …

Payday 2 safehouse customization, missing enemy type still on the way

Additional features for <i>Payday 2,</i> including an enemy variant and safehouse customization, will be added to the game once Overkill Software is comfortable with their quality, according to a post from producer Almir Listo on the Steam forums.<p>Listo addressed questions raised by a Stream thread in which …

The emotional impact of Papers, Please

This post has not been edited by the GamesBeat staff. Opinions by GamesBeat community writers do not necessarily reflect those of the staff.<p>Recently, I’ve been playing a decent amount of Papers, Please (around three hours, according to Steam). If you haven’t heard of it, it’s a game where you sit …

Why Some Words Sound Fat

Doesn't caramel ice cream sound heavy? Where vowel sounds come from in the mouth influences how we think about a word.<p>Which sounds better, an ice cream called Frish, or an ice cream called Frosh? In an NYU study, people rated the ice cream Frosh as smoother, creamier and richer. Except both ice …

Beautiful, minimalist periodic table probably won't get you through chemistry class

London graphic designer Allison Haigh has designed what could easily be called the pinnacle of minimalist periodic tables. While it probably won’t get you through your chemistry mid-term, its elegant entries lay out the atomic structure of each element, making it a lot more suited to hanging on …

Microsoft spent "hundreds of millions" designing Xbox One controller

Microsoft spent "hundreds of millions" designing the Xbox One controller, Xbox Accessories general manager Zulfi Alam told CVG in a new interview.<p>"The investments in redesigning a controller go into the hundreds of millions of dollars in tooling and R&D costs," Alam said. "Bearing in mind we …

A Size Comparison Of Sci-Fi's Greatest Machines And Monsters [Infographic]

How does Godzilla compare to an AT-AT walker? Plus, how they stack up to real stuff, like the Sydney Opera House.<p>DeviantART user lexinator117 created this scale-map comparing the sizes of nerd- and pop-culture touchstones. Now we finally know: American Godzilla is lesser creatively <i>and</i> physically …

Could uneaten algae be the next biofuel?

<b>U. QUEENSLAND (AUS) —</b> Focusing on fast-growing and hardy microscopic algae, rather than the most oil-rich, could lead to cheaper and more efficient …

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City of London halts recycling bins tracking phones of passers-by

The City of London is halting a scheme that used recycling bins to track people as they walked by with their smartphones. The head of Renew London, which was behind the operation, wrote in an email, “I can confirm that we are not currently running any trials.”<p>Quartz was the first to report on the …

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Play video games while you jog

Feeling like a slouch? Have no fear, because playing video games while jogging in place is here — well, almost.<p>The Omni treadmill is designed to let you run, walk, or jump in place while you play games on Oculus Rift, the virtual reality headset for 3D gaming. The Omni, sold separately to the …

A new way of thinking about how the brain works

My book, <i>50 Human Brain Ideas You Really Need to Know</i>, is out now, and is available at a discount price from Amazon and the <i>Guardian</i> bookshop. (And here's a lovely review by Vaughan Bell, who calls it "a concise, solid grounding in neuroscience… remarkably lucid… balanced and entertaining".) When I …