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The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

The Wii U, Nintendo's new tablet-inspired game console, arrives in stores in just a few weeks. And since it's backwards compatible with existing Wii games and accessories, now is a good time to reflect on the top 15 best games the Wii had to offer. Even if you don't own a Wii, if you plan to buy the Wii U you should check these titles out.  Read More

AppToyz are physical attachments for smartphones or tablets which, it's claimed, add an ol...

AppToyz, the firm behind the AppBlaster augmented reality iPhone gun which proved popular last year, has revealed its smartphone-based offerings for this Christmas season. New toys include a fishing game which mounts an iPhone onto a toy fishing rod, a portable Karaoke machine, a quiz game with buzzer buttons, and an updated AppBlaster v2.0.  Read More

The real-life Myst linking book features a touchscreen allowing gamers to play all the Cya...

In Myst, the successful graphic adventure video game released by Cyan back in 1993, linking books are written by the D'Ni people using a process known simply as "the Art." The purpose of these linking books is to transport people to other worlds known to the D'Ni as Ages. Linking books play an integral part in Myst and its sequels, and now a working replica of one has been created. Not "working" in the sense that it can transport the reader to other ages, but working in the sense that the Cyan games can be played using this real-life version of the linking book.  Read More

The Pinball Machine built using only K'Nex

Do you remember those building toys called K'Nex? Well an engineering student at the University of Colorado (CU) named Andrew most certainly does. He actually managed to build a fully-functional pinball machine using only the tools available from the plastic building toy. Andrew spent over four months meticulously planning and building his K'Nex pinball machine that has functioning flippers and a plunger that is capable of launching the ball into the field of play. It also has a small gearbox that powers the two small chain lifts that help move the ball between the different features of the table.  Read More

Team attacks can be devastating

When it comes to martial arts madness, few games can claim the pedigree of the Tekken series. First arriving on the original PlayStation in the mid 90s, Tekken was seen as a genuine threat to Sega's then groundbreaking Virtua Fighter game. Several iterations later and Tekken has emerged as one of the most successful and long lasting beat 'em ups. Tekken Tag Tournament 2 has been released on the PS3 and Xbox 360 and we review the Xbox 360 version of the game.  Read More

Capcom's Resident Evil 6 is a worthy, though imperfect addition to the franchise

Resident Evil 6 is a game in the throes of an identity crisis. It's not quite willing to give up its survival horror roots and takes on more ideas than it can quite cope with. However, its strong action dynamic and moody, engaging creatures and environments, coupled with a very lengthy campaign, makes Capcom's latest an enjoyable installment in the series.  Read More

Duo Pinball adds a physical controller to enhance the gaming experience on the iPad

Until Apple, or another tablet manufacturer looking to one-up Apple, introduces haptic technology to mobile devices, gaming on the iPad is an experience that somewhat fails to invigorate the senses. This leaves iPad gamers reliant on third-party peripherals to turn the experience from an uninteresting series of finger swipes into a more interactive activity. Duo Games hopes to achieve this aim with Duo Pinball, an app-supported pinball controller for the iPad.  Read More

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

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