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Games

— VR

The inside story of Lucky's Tale, the Super Mario Bros. of virtual reality

You may not have yet heard of Lucky's Tale, but if you're going to be testing the waters of virtual reality anytime soon, there's a good chance you will. We sat down with the mastermind behind VR's answer to Super Mario Bros., to talk about the making of the Oculus Rift launch title, the challenges that went along with it and the potential parallels between early VR and early Walt Disney.

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— Robotics

Modular ZoZbots can be programmed for all kinds of modern household games

Not all that long ago a bag of marbles or a deck of cards might have been the go-to tools for a bit of family fun, but today's households harbor all kinds of games, both virtual and real-world. Combining the two by bringing robotics into the mix promises an interesting blend of education and entertainment, something startup CutThroatRobotics is aiming to achieve with ZoZbot. A basic omnidirectional rover at a minimum and a customizable, multi-purpose gaming platform at most, ZoZbot can be put to work in everything from lounge room floor soccer matches to table-top games of pool.

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— VR

As Oculus announces a second bundled game, some speculation on the Rift's price

A few decades ago, the Nintendos and Segas of the world used to bundle a flagship title with their gaming consoles: be it Super Mario Bros. or Sonic the Hedgehog. That doesn't happen with today's systems, apart from special edition bundles – which often cost around US$50 more than buying the system by itself. With VR, though, Oculus is going one-up on those old-school game consoles, bundling not just one but two highly-anticipated games with the Oculus Rift. When we add this together with some other recent clues, we think this could mean roughly a $500-600 price tag for the Rift.

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— Mobile Technology

The 25 best iOS apps and games of 2015

There are around 1.5 million apps for iOS devices available in the Apple App Store, and picking out the gems from the pile isn't always easy. To save you the time and effort of searching yourself, we put our heads together to bring you the very best apps and games released this year: no matter what your tastes, you should find plenty of useful and entertaining apps here.

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— VR

The best VR content for Google Cardboard

The release of Google Cardboard last year gave a lot of us an early taste of the "nearly here" world of virtual reality. Early content offerings were pretty underwhelming, but to be fair, it was only ever meant for developers and was not released as a consumer product. That hasn’t stopped developers from getting on board early and producing and distributing new content – some of which is genuinely worthy of downloading. Here's a look at our favorite VR experiences for Google Cardboard.

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