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Real FX takes radio-controlled cars to the next level

Slot car tracks were a ton of fun for racing with friends, but they came with some serious problems. Cars had a habit of flying off the track, pieces took a while to set up, and they required another person to race against. A new system called Real FX aims to bring the fun we all remember from slot-based racing to the modern era, with tracks that promise to be easier to set up, cars that actually assist the driver, and even AI opponents to race with when friends aren't around. Read More
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E3 2014 roundup: Uncharted, Halo and Zelda

With both Sony and Microsoft having had their latest consoles on the market for more than six months, this year’s E3 was always going to be about the games. There was a wealth of new titles announced, including appearances from Nathan Drake, the Master Chief and Link, as well as closer looks at previously revealed games. The sheer volume of announcements made during the press events makes it impossible for us to cover everything, but here are some of the highlights from E3 2014. Read More
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GameChanger brings virtual flexibility to tabletop games

For decades, tabletop gamers have crafted characters, dungeons, and war zones using whatever material was available, from a pen and paper to sculpted metal. But, like many hobbies in the modern age, these games may soon be getting a high-tech upgrade. UK-based company Splendiferous Press recently revealed its debut product, the GameChanger, a damage-resistant screen that acts as a virtual surface for tabletop games, such as Dungeons & Dragons and Warhammer 40K. Read More
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Microsoft to sell Xbox One without Kinect, and drop paid-only access to entertainment apps

Microsoft has announced a turn-around on its policy towards the somewhat controversial Kinect sensor, usually bundled with its next-gen Xbox One console. In what is likely a response to pressure from both consumers and the strong sales of Sony’s competing PlayStation 4 system, the company has today announced that it will sell its latest console without the Kinect sensor, lowering the price of entry to the system. Read More
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Video: Gizmag test-crashes the $250,000 Motionators Formula 1 simulator

Like a video game arcade on steroids, Motionators offers drivers the chance to experience the thrill of Formula 1 racing in a giant, lurching motion rig that simulates bumps, acceleration, deceleration and cornering G-forces – and crashes; very physical crashes, as the rather pedestrian Gizmag Race Team discovered. Thankfully we had budding US F2000 racer Scott Andrews on hand, who holds every lap record at the facility, to show us the way around Monaco. Read More
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NES reborn as aluminum-clad Analogue Nt

Many of those who cut their gaming teeth on Nintendo's original 8-bit console still hold a candle for the Nintendo Entertainment System, or NES (released as the slightly-different but compatible Famicom in Japan). Retro-gaming hardware company Analogue Interactive is set to capitalize on this nostalgia with the Analogue Nt, an updated NES that boasts modern upgrades and is housed in a case made from a single solid block of aluminum. Read More
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Audio-only game Grail to the Thief puts a blind-accessible spin on old-school adventures

Games that are accessible to the blind are few and far between, and – aside from a handful of stellar exceptions like Somethin’ Else’s Papa Sangre series on iOS – those that do exist tend to be amateurish at best. But a recently-funded Kickstarter project (which still has a few days to go) aims to rectify the problem. Grail to the Thief harks back to classic adventure games like Zork, Day of the Tentacle, and Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy, except that instead of text-only descriptions of twisty little passages and the like, it presents the entire game through audio. Read More
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