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New research demonstrates that action video games can result in improved learning capabili...

You're moving ever so cautiously through the abandoned village, with one eye on the radar and the other trained on the vacant window ahead. Then in an instant the enemy appears, causing you to spray your weapon in the general vicinity, guided partly by your action hero instincts but mostly by pure hope. Thinking through these video game situations may take less than a second, but new research shows it can also enhance real-world learning capabilities, enabling the brain to better anticipate sequences of events.  Read More

There's a lot to look forward to on next-gen consoles this holiday season

It’s been almost a full year since the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 hit the shelves, but it's only now that the game selection is really starting to catch up with their gargantuan sales figures. From survival horror to online, open world racer, there’s a lot to look forward to in the build up to the coming holiday season.  Read More

RoomAlive is the latest prototype from Microsoft Research

Microsoft Research has moved on from IllumiRoom, its concept for adding visuals to the periphery of gamers' television sets. After concluding that that system -- which used a Kinect camera and a projector to bring video games into the living room -- was too expensive to be released commercially, the company has revealed RoomAlive, which is even more expensive and even less practical. Thankfully, it's also an intriguing glimpse at the possible future of gaming.  Read More

Roccat's Tyon packs in new controls to help you gain the gaming edge

Roccat’s Tyon offers everything you would expect from a wired gaming mouse, including a wealth of customizable buttons and a precision laser sensor. The new peripheral goes a little beyond this however, introducing new controls that the company calls the Dorsal Fin Switch and X-Celerator thumb paddle.  Read More

It might not be the actual open road, but staring at a Zwift world like this might beat ju...

Indoor bicycle trainers may allow cyclists to keep fit and go through the physical motions of riding a bike, but let's be honest ... as compared to actually riding outdoors, they're stunningly boring. Among other things, one of the problems is the fact that riders tend to use them in isolation, with no real incentive to push themselves. Zwift, however, is designed to change that. It's a massive multiplayer online game (MMOG) platform that lets real-world cyclists ride with or race against one another in 3D computer-generated online environments. Just think of it as World of Warcraft for riders.  Read More

Mars – not a bad place for a stroll

Despite its hugely successful launch, the reviews of Destiny have been underwhelming. Being the new online first-person shooter from Bungie, the creators of Halo, that comes as something of a surprise. Having just hit level 27, Gizmag's James Holloway shares some things he's noticed, not all of which fit the prevailing narrative...  Read More

Hybrid Play fuses playground time with mobile games by turning swings and slides into game...

Playgrounds may seem old school to some kids when compared to the latest video games, but Hybrid Play’s interactive game system turns swing sets and seesaws into games controllers through a mobile app available for iOS and Android devices. The company hopes this open-source, customizable toy will encourage kids to play outside more and spur social interaction.  Read More

Swedish design firm Love Hultén's R-Kaid-R is an elegant retro arcade that you can fold up...

The humble video game arcade may now be a shadow of what it once was, but Swedish design company Love Hultén's beautiful R-Kaid-R ensures that your nostalgia-filled gaming can be just as magical as your memories. It's a portable arcade system that comes with built-in support for MAME and a variety of console and computer systems – including Neo Geo, Atari 2600, Super Nintendo, and all of the point-and-click adventure games playable in ScummVM.  Read More

Razer's upcoming Android micro-console

After yesterday's announcement of Android TV, we can soon expect to see a steady stream of home entertainment products running the new platform. One of those devices is going to be made by popular gaming hardware OEM Razer, which announced its micro-gaming console plans at Google I/O.  Read More

The Real FX R/C car system works like a slot track, but with some major advantages

Slot car tracks were a ton of fun for racing with friends, but they came with some serious problems. Cars had a habit of flying off the track, pieces took a while to set up, and they required another person to race against. A new system called Real FX aims to bring the fun we all remember from slot-based racing to the modern era, with tracks that promise to be easier to set up, cars that actually assist the driver, and even AI opponents to race with when friends aren't around.  Read More

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