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Razer's design shots show Assassin's Creed running on the tablet

The sky is the limit for tablet gaming. As technology advances, the devices can eventually combine the power of PC/console gaming with the portability of a PS Vita. More often, though, we see Angry Birds and Tiny Wings: great casual titles, but a far cry from Skyrim or Batman: Arkham City. Enter Razer, with its concept tablet dubbed Project Fiona. One of the hottest demo items at CES, the company just announced that it will be moving forward with the device.  Read More

The UT^2 bot faces off against an opponent in the BotPrize

For five years, the annual BotPrize competition has been using a variant of the Turing Test known as a "Computer game bot Turing Test" to challenge programmers, researchers and hobbyists to create a bot for Unreal Tournament 2004 (UT2004) that is indistinguishable from a human player. Fittingly, in the centenary year of Turing’s birth, not one but two teams have finally claimed the prize by achieving “humanness ratings” of over 50 percent. In comparison, human players received an average humanness rating of just over 40 percent.  Read More

A hacker has retrofitted a classic NES Zapper with a powerful laser, resulting in a gun th...

Remember the classic NES Zapper, as used in games like Duck Hunt? Well, an intrepid tinkerer at North Street Labs hacker space in Portsmouth, Virginia, has taken that same harmless toy and retrofitted it with a powerful laser. While not quite deadly enough to take out a real life mallard, you wouldn't want to point the NES Zapper Laser toward a TV either, as it's capable of doing considerable damage to whatever it shoots.  Read More

The Republic of Gamers Tytan CG8890 Gaming Desktop PC from ASUS  features three on-the-fly...

Originally unveiled at Computex in June and subsequently making quite an impression on European power gamers at IFA 2012 earlier this month, the Republic of Gamers Tytan CG8890 Gaming Desktop PC is now being prepared for release. It features one click overclocking of its liquid-cooled Core i7 CPU, a mesmerizing transforming case, powerful GeForce graphics and generous system memory and storage options.  Read More

The iControlPad2 is open-source, Bluetooth compatible, has a full keyboard and tons of gam...

Mobile gamers can't help but get excited at the prospect of a physical controller for playing games on a phone. Touch screens are great for certain types of games, but sometimes, you just need the feel of a real controller in your hands. The iControlPad2 hopes to bring that level of control, not just for mobile gamers, but for almost any device with Bluetooth.  Read More

The Microsoft patent application conceives of your whole living space being part of the vi...

Microsoft is beginning to emerge from what some have called "the missing decade" as a company eager to innovate and forge the future rather than be dragged along into it by its competitors. The Xbox brand is very much part of popular culture, and the Xbox 360 is expected to be superseded by a successor in 2013. But Microsoft is looking even further forward than that, with a recently revealed patent application suggesting the company wants to turn living rooms into something akin to the holodecks featured in Star Trek.  Read More

Boom! Mind powers equals exploding melons (Photo: Nick Elrod on Flickr)

Games that are played by using your hands are so last year – why not do something a little more fun? For instance, why not explode watermelons ... with your mind? One Kentucky-based hackerspace took that idea and ran with it, turning a mind-reading toy into a melon blasting machine.  Read More

Pong on the Atari Arcade

This year marks the 40th anniversary of Atari releasing its first arcade game. The name of that game was Pong, and although the gameplay consisted of nothing more than two paddles moved up and down to deflect a ball to the other side of the screen, it heralded the beginnings of a huge mainstream industry. What better way to celebrate that anniversary and the birth of the modern video game industry than by playing some Pong - and Missile Command, Centipede, and others - directly in your web browser thanks to Atari. With a little help from Microsoft.  Read More

Angela Bellotte demoing the Angry Birds live motion control system

Samsung gave journalists attending this year's IFA a treat with an appearance by Victoria's Secret model Angela Bellotte. Hot models on stage with her included the Samsung 75-inch ES9000 LED Smart 3D TV and the ES9500 55-inch OLED TV. Bellotte demoed the gesture-controlled version of Angry Birds that's included on the ES9000, and took part in Samsung's introduction of the new Multi View feature on the ES9500.  Read More

Horticultural-themed zombie defense game Plants vs. Zombies is set to return with a sequel...

Get your Cob Cannon locked and loaded, because the sequel to cross-platform zombie defense oddity Plants vs. Zombies is due to launch in the first half of 2013, with "late Spring [Northern Hemisphere]" cited as the likely release window. While details on the game are still rather thin on the ground at present, Plants vs. Zombies creator PopCap Games teased that the title will feature "Hordes of New Plant and Zombie Types and Mulch More" – all of which should suffice to whet the appetite of horticultural zombie slayers.  Read More

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