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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 The Xbox brand is very much part of popular culture, and the Xbox 360 is expected to be superseded by a successor in 2013.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

Retro Alien Couch is the perfect sofa for retro gamers

Gaming is always evolving, with the technology forever pushing the boundaries of what is possible. This means there's a heavy dose of nostalgia lurking inside all gamers of a certain age who once played Tetris and Pac-Man and now play Call of Duty and Halo. Retro gaming is big business, on eBay and beyond, and it isn't just about the games themselves but all the merchandise associated with them - even furniture, such as this Retro Alien Couch from designer Igor Chak.  Read More

ArmA II zombiepocalypse mod DayZ has its sights set on a a fully-fledged standalone title

DayZ, a zombie survival horror mod for PC military simulator title ArmA II that has attracted rave reviews, has been given the green light by developer Bohemia Interactive to make the step up into a fully-fledged standalone title. The mod, which according to its New Zealand creator Dean Hall has attracted over one million users in the four months since its release, has propelled ArmA II back to the top of the Steam sales charts a full three years after that title's release and it's expected the standalone game will enjoy the same kind of success.  Read More

GameKlip in action - with Samsung phone and PS3 controller

Handheld games consoles such as the impressive PS Vita, though still popular, are in danger of being sidelined by increasingly capable smartphones and the games that are available to play on them. There is one problem with this transition however: the control system on touchscreen phones and tablets leaves a lot to be desired. Which is where GameKlip enters in to the equation.  Read More

A computer model (left) and a physical model of it, created using the new software

Take a look at all the Portal toys that are currently available, and you’ll realize just how much gamers like to own physical models of the digital characters that they know so well. When it comes to characters that are really physically “weird,” though, there can be a problem – goofy anatomy that works in a computer-generated world may not work in the real world. In other words, a physical model of a monster from a video game may be too top-heavy to stand up on its own, its arms may positioned in such a way that they can’t bend properly, or it may otherwise just be plain ol’ gimped. However, new software has been designed to solve those problems – it takes any three-dimensional computer character, and then uses a 3D printer to create a fully-assembled articulated figure based on it.  Read More

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