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Fourth-grader says he has the One Ring, school suspends him for terrorist threat, dad says

A fourth-grader in west Texas has been suspended, his father says, because he pretended to have a ring like the One Ring from The Lord of the Rings canon, and said it could make a classmate disappear.<p>Dad Jason Steward said he was told his son's claim amounted to making a terrorist threat.<p>Steward …

Learning

Meet the controller that can teach you gun safety, or how to wield a lightsaber

The STEM system is a wireless series of motion controllers that work in three dimensions, similar to a much updated version of the PlayStation Move. The system was a Kickstarter success, raising over $600,000 out of a $250,000 goal, and the units are expected to be in backers' hands later this year.<p>…

'Tractor beam' for water can pull boats in any direction

It can be difficult to get waterborne objects to go in the right direction -- just ask any boat captain who has had to fight waves on a choppy sea. However, researchers at the Australian National University have developed a "tractor beam" (really, a wave generator) that would make it trivial for …

The guidelines for making a game a week, every week

Can you be creative without constraints?<p>Adriel Wallick, better known in the game jam community under the moniker MsMinotaur, has been making one game a week, every week, for the past 38 weeks. Her answer to the question above, following a period of pure creative freedom which resulted in a lot of …

Two board games you should play right now, and one to watch in 2015

A week from today in Indianapolis, Indiana GenCon will open its doors for the 47th time. At least 50,000 gamers will gather at the largest convention of its kind, bringing together pen-and-paper RPGs, live action role-play and table top games of all sorts.<p>The past eight years that I've attended the …

Comcast Is Boosting Speeds So You'll Forget About Google Fiber

Kansas City is the latest metropolis to see enhanced internet speeds at no additional cost to customers. Those paying for 25 megabit service will get 50 megabits, those paying for 50 megabits will get 105, and those paying for 105 will get a whopping 150 megabits, enough for all but the most …

Telecoms

Parkour group brings 'Assassin's Creed' to life in Paris

<i>Assassin's Creed</i> has always made it easy to pull off incredible acrobatic moves with little more than a tap of a button, but those video game leaps are nothing compared to seeing real parkour practitioners weave their way through the urban jungle. Just in time for Comic Con, developer Ubisoft has …

GOG.com accidentally gives away thousands of games

Earlier this week a five-minute glitch during GOG's Linux promotion accidentally made a bunch of games free on the site. A couple of thousand games were unintentionally given away through the site before the mistake was corrected, according to a spokesperson.<p>The mistake spurred a thread on the …

Samurai

Meet the 12-year-old boy who makes games instead of going to school

Sam Smith is a 12-year-old game developer. That’s rather young, sure, but that’s not even the strangest part.<p>Sam makes games instead of going to school.<p>Spacepants is Sam’s latest game, available for $1 on iOS and Android devices. It’s a brutally tough “endless runner” — like Jetpack Joyride or …

Extremely toxic League of Legends players threatened with instant and permanent bans

Riot Games is taking more severe measures in an effort to reduce "extreme" player toxicity in <i>League of Legends</i>, handing out instant 14-day or permanent bans to players who exhibit the worst behavior in its game.<p>Starting today, Riot began testing a new approach that attempts to curb racist and …

TSA ban on uncharged phones isn't as stupid as it sounds

The Transportation Security Administration has found yet another way to make traveling terrible: Passengers boarding US-bound flights at some foreign …

The Most Expensive Video Games Ever Made

In fact, some video games have ended up costing way more than even the most expensive feature films.<p>Unlike with movies, though, the amount of money it costs to make video games is a closely guarded secret. Most of the costs we see floating around are purely based on analyst estimates.<p>And when …

Red Dead Redemption

These Scientists Just Sent Smells Via Smartphone

We all agree that the main thing missing from your smartphone experience is the ability to send smells.<p>Right?<p>Well, anyway, a startup called oPhone …

Watch_Dogs – Unbelievable Hidden Comment Shows Ubisoft’s Arrogance Towards PC Gamers… Or NOT? | DSOGaming | The Dark Side Of Gaming

Ubisoft has been constantly claiming that it does care about PC gaming, however a hidden comment will surprise you about the company’s attitude …

Ubisoft

See Watch Dogs' Hidden Graphics Options In Action

How to use your Xbox or PlayStation controller on your PC

There's no need to go out and buy a separate controller for gaming on your computer. Here's how you can use the controller that comes with your Xbox 360, Xbox One, or PlayStation 4.<p>Using a mouse and keyboard is usually the most optimal solution for playing PC games, but sometimes a controller can …