Highlights from the 2014 LA Auto Show

Video Games

Baron von Brunk standing in front of his giant NES controller, built entirely from LEGO (P...

For fans of retro games there's nothing better than sitting down, controller in hand, with a classic title loading on the screen in front of you ... except perhaps for sitting down in front of a huge controller made out of LEGO. Which fully works. Yes, that would do it. Thanks to the hard work of one Baron von Brunk, Nintendo fans who never lost their love of the original NES can now see their dreams fulfilled.  Read More

Flying in a giant robot looks like fun, in Monolith Soft's new Wii U role-playing game

Nintendo isn't waiting until the annual Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) to tease gamers with upcoming titles for its fledgling Wii U console. In the latest Nintendo Direct video, the company showcased titles that it hopes will appeal to gamers of every stripe. It also spilled the beans on its plans for the Virtual Console service, its online store that offers downloadable retro game titles.  Read More

Jenga Tetris from Hasbro will combine the two well-known stacking games

If you've as much as looked at a computer in the past 30 years, there's a good chance you've played Tetris. The block rotating and slotting video game has been ported to almost every machine imaginable, and is played 35 million times per day online. But Tetris is about to break out into the real world, with toy firm Hasbro announcing a licensing deal which will see it release multiple face-to-face games based on the brand.  Read More

No griefing at the back (Image: Gordon Wrigley)

A Swedish school has made headlines, first at home and then abroad, by making super-popular build-em-up video game Minecraft compulsory for students aged 13.  Read More

IllumiRoom is a proof-of-concept from Microsoft Research that aims to bring gaming out of ...

The way we play video games is forever evolving. Nintendo brought motion control to the masses with the Wii, while the rise of smartphones and tablets has meant the number of casual games (and casual gamers) has grown exponentially over the past few years. What is next on the agenda? The signs all point towards a more immersive experience being the main aim and Microsoft Research is keen to lead the way with IllumiRoom.  Read More

Intellect Motion's GameCube and IM Gun, in use at CES

While opinions are divided on how video games affect young minds, one thing seems to be definite – spending a lot of time playing sit-down games makes kids fat. Fortunately, gaming systems like Wii and Kinect are getting players active. Now, motion capture and medical diagnostics company Intellect Motion hopes to take that trend farther, with a line of active gaming products aimed at keeping children fit.  Read More

The split of LG's first Dual Play game

Today at CES 2013, LG showed off the first Smart TV game that uses Dual Play 3D technology. With this tech, two players can play the same game at the same time, and each see their own independent full-screen view. While the tech itself might not be new, seeing it implemented directly into a smart TV is something we've never seen before.  Read More

The ARCHOS TV connect brings Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) to the big screen

Despite being developed primarily with mobile devices in mind, Android is finding its way onto bigger screens via Google TV set top boxes and games consoles such as the OUYA and GameStick. Already having mobile Android gaming covered with its GamePad, French company ARCHOS is adding to the Android-powered devices battling it out for a place on the big screen with the TV connect.  Read More

The GameStick is a tiny video game console

Just a few months back, the internet was gushing over the announcement of a tiny, Android-based video game console called the OUYA. Well, history may repeat itself with the introduction of the a new, and very similar, console called the GameStick. However, this Android-based system is actually cheaper and substantially smaller that the OUYA.  Read More

Spoil a party from long range

He may not be a nice guy to meet in a dark alley, but Agent 47 is always fun to take adventuring. 47’s latest game, Hitman: Absolution, shakes things up a bit too, with new features and a lovely twist in the tale narrative wise. Gizmag goes into stealth mode in this Xbox 360 review.  Read More

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