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Racing game puts jumpy toy cars on top of tablets

Tablet games where you put an actual toy on top of the screen are nothing new, but what we haven't seen are toys that look like they're interacting with the game. Ptah Tech is a company that has launched a brand-new Kickstarter campaign for a game that will do just that – and the results look surprisingly fun.Read More

Computers

Google's Go-conquering AI proves it's no fluke with 4-1 series win over world's best

Due to its incredible degree of complexity, the ancient Chinese game of Go has been viewed as the Mt Everest of artificial intelligence research. But just as chess, checkers and Jeopardy fell before it, a Google-made computer program has finally taken the fight a top-flight human opponent, one regarded as the best player of the past decade, no less. In what marks a significant advance for the field of AI, AlphaGo has today claimed victory in a five-game series, but not before South Korean Lee Sedol could land a few shots of his own. Read More

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.Read More

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.Read More

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.Read More

Mobile Technology

The 25 best Android apps and games of 2015

Another year has gone by, and these are the most significant, influential and impressive apps we've seen released on Android over the last 12 months. From high-octane gaming and on-the-go productivity to sedate puzzlers and music streaming, our collection of the year's best Android apps and games has something for everyone.Read More

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