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Wow, It's Possible to Make Jenga Even More Fun

Jenga is amazingly fun and in need of no innovation. However, as this video shows, it is possible to make Jenga even more fun. Just add a chess clock into the mix. Read More >>

A Brief History of Easter Eggs in Tech

The Easter egg—as in a hidden surprise or in-joke, not the chocolate treat—can be dated back to the last Russian imperial family who gifted people with jewel-encrusted Fabergé eggs containing additional surprises tucked away inside. Read More >>

Space Invaders Should Have Been a Biblical Epic all Along

Artist Dan Hernandez has an absolutely awesome new show up in New York City at the Kim Foster Gallery. combining Renaissance theology with the iconography of early computer game art, or Space Invaders meets the Book of Genesis. Read More >>

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Watch Five Cat Excavators Play the World's Biggest Game of Jenga

Twenty-seven wooden blocks weighing 272 kilos each? That's no regular game of Jenga—that's a job for a team of five giant, yet agile, Cat excavators and telehandlers to take on. Just some machines having fun. Read More >>

Get Money Off a Pre-Order Copy of Watch Dogs With Your "Save a Tenner" Deal of the Day

Sitting on your arse all day, playing video games, is one of the most noble pursuits in which a human can indulge. Lock yourself away from tedious people taking photos of their cats in favour of a universe of fantasy and, ultimately, the kind of ultra-violence that allows you to de-stress from all those online dunderheads. Read More >>

This Game Might Actually Get You to Learn In-Flight Safety Procedures

Unless you're a first-time passenger who's a little anxious about flying, you probably pay more attention to your phone than a flight attendant's safety spiel. But since it really is important to pay attention, researchers from the University of Udine's HCI Lab are developing smartphone and tablet apps that gamify in-flight safety info. Read More >>

Frustration at Games' Difficulty is What Really Makes Us Aggressive

New research into the hot potato of video games and if they cause violence or not has uncovered a new aspect of the problem, claiming that it's our fury at frustrating level design and our inability to master situations that triggers the HULK SMASH impulse. Read More >>

Xbox 360 Last Hurrah Titanfall YouTubed by Early Buyers

Titanfall is about to be the only thing men between about 14 and 34 ever talk or think about, with the sci-fi shooter launching on Xbox 360 in the US today and the UK on Friday. Thanks to the wonders of the internet, it's already been captured and uploaded by plenty of buyers, so we can see what it's really like on Microsoft's older machine. Read More >>

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Here's What Playing Tetris on a 29-Storey Skyscraper Looks Like

Over the weekend, hundreds of people crowded around the 29-storey Cira Centre building in downtown Philadelphia to fulfil every classic Game Boy lovers' dream—playing Tetris on 100,000-square-foot screen for all the world to see. Read More >>

There are More Ways to Arrange a Deck of Cards Than Atoms on Earth

When you're shuffling a deck of cards, you're trying your best to ensure everything gets as mixed up as possible. But it turns out you might not have to try so hard. In this wonderful TedEd animation, Yannay Khaikin outlines the staggering number of ways a deck of 52 cards can be arranged. Read More >>

It Turns Out the Straight Line Isn't the Most Useful Tetris Piece

If someone asked you what the most coveted Tetris piece was, you'd instantly say the straight line, right? After all, you're always building your stack to leave a thin gap down one side so that when a straight piece does fall, you can clear out four rows at once. But in real life, at least thanks to this multitool, the T-shaped tetromino is far more useful. Read More >>

Creator of Shenmue Researching Kickstarter Options for Shenmue III

Yu Suzuki, architect of many Sega classics and creator of the Shenmue trilogy that was abandoned after only two chapters, is "researching" the idea of crowd-funding a Shenmue III. At a GDC presentation he said he'd like to make it if "the right opportunity" came along, expanding on this to tell Eurogamer he's looking at ways to get the lost Dreamcast generation to pay for its creation. [Eurogamer] Read More >>

Google Joins Set-Top Gaming Box War With Green Throttle Gaming Team Hire

It looks like Google will be joining Amazon in launching a casual gaming console at some point in the next year, with Google picking up the remnants of Green Throttle -- a startup that offered its own OUYA-like Android Bluetooth gaming controller option. Read More >>

Oculus Rift Production Stops as Developer Rush Uses All Components

The maker of the Oculus Rift VR headset has run into some trouble sourcing materials to build the developer hardware it's currently shipping, saying that the frenzy to pick up a dev unit means they've run out of (or can no longer buy) some critical components. Read More >>

Sony to Film Sega/Nintendo Console Wars Movie

Scott Rudin, the producer behind not-disastrous Facebook film The Social Network, is looking to do for gaming what he did for nerdy programmers, with Sony Pictures said to be planning a movie based on the Sega/Nintendo battle for dominance of home gaming in the early 1990s. Read More >>

Building a Tetris Tower is a Nightmare When the Game Board is Hovering

Refusing to acknowledge that Tetris and Jenga are both incredibly challenging in their own rights, ThinkGeek has mashed the two of them up into a new game that has you stacking 3D tetromino-like pieces on a game board that actually hovers. Not even that crazy multi-level chess game in Star Trek seems this futuristic. Read More >>


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