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Wizards of the Coast Is Making a Transformers Card Game

The company behind Dungeons & Dragons and Magic: The Gathering is adding another card game to its tabletop roster, only it’s slightly less weird than fantastical loot-happy heroes or elemental-plane-hopping monsters summoners. It’s about those giant robots in disguise that you know and love. Read More >>

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You Can Rearrange the Letters and Spell Out Any Message On This Scrabble Tile Rack Lamp

The most effective way to tell your co-workers you don’t want to be bothered is to close your office door. But if you’re stuck in cubicle purgatory, that’s not an option. Instead, try this Scrabble tile rack desk lamp that lets you spell out seven-letter warnings like ‘GO AWAY’, ‘NOT NOW’, or other, blunter messages if your office lets you get away with it. Read More >>

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Self-Taught AI Masters Rubik’s Cube in Just 44 Hours

Meet DeepCube, an artificially intelligent system that’s as good at playing the Rubik’s Cube as the best human master solvers. Incredibly, the system learned to dominate the classic 3D puzzle in just 44 hours and without any human intervention. Read More >>

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Fortnite Is Bad But Sony’s Refusal to Play Nice Is Worse

Earlier this week, Nintendo delighted Fortnite fans by announcing that the game, which might just be the most popular game being played right now, was coming to the Switch immediately. Even better, Switch players would be able to compete with PC and Xbox players, too—instant digital distribution and multiplayer open to all! Nintendo’s announcement felt like a dream come true after years of console makers refusing to play nice. But it isn’t a dream, because Sony continues to flip the bird to its competitors and Fortnite players on the PS4 are being left out in the cold, unable to play with Xbox or Switch gamers. Read More >>

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BBC’s Sherlock Transforms into a Live Puzzle Challenge

Some of the creative forces behind the BBC's occasional Sherlock series have joined a new entertainment vehicle, one that wants to turn the investigative TV show into a live event. Read More >>

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All the New AR Features Coming to iPhones This Autumn

Apple’s World Wide Developer conference kicked off earlier this evening, and among the refinements that we’re seeing for iOS is increased support for augmented reality. A brand new ARKit is dropping and along with it some impressive apps and features could make mixed reality more than just a novelty. Read More >>

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A Critical Analysis of Kinect Star Wars’ “I’m Han Solo” Song, the Definitive Text on the Character

Solo: A Star Wars Story has hit cinemas, in Lucasfilm’s latest attempt at exploring the man behind the mythos, Han Solo. But it is not the first time the company has deeply explored the beloved smuggler, scoundrel, and hero. It’s done so before, in one of the greatest works of art in our modern times: Kinect Star Wars. Read More >>

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Microsoft’s Controller for Gamers With Limited Mobility Comes with 19 3.5mm Jacks 

Aside from whatever motion-control tech Nintendo has tried to push, game controllers haven’t actually changed much over the last 15 years. And for a lot of people, that’s been a good thing, as it makes transferring years of hand-eye coordination from one console to another pretty seamless. Read More >>

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Does Ready Player One Director Steven Spielberg Know What the Heck a Playstation Is?

Steven Spielberg is the director of very profitable movie and shameless gamer nostalgia cash-in Ready Player One, which is mostly set in virtual reality. While doing an international press tour for the movie, he also allegedly told Japanese news agency Kyodo that his favourite VR experience was playing Mario... on, uh, a PlayStation. Read More >>

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The World’s Most Impractical Chess Set Can Fit Inside Your Wallet

If your wallet serves as more of a toolbox than a place to stash a few bucks, alongside a flat-pack knife and credit card-sized multi-tools, you can also slip in this super tiny, 3D-printed chess set. Compared to playing rock-paper-scissors, it’s a far more civilised way to make important decisions. Read More >>

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My Ultra-Competitive Side Loves This Sensor-Packed Smart Ball

A Bluetooth-connected foam ball packed with sensors and a battery you need to charge sounds like one of Silicon Valley’s worst ideas. Haven’t balls been adequately entertaining kids for centuries already? But it only took one toss of Play Impossible’s Gameball for me to understand why a ball upgraded with stat-tracking technology isn’t actually a terrible idea—I just wish it wasn’t so expensive. Read More >>

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To Fight Fake News, This Game Teaches Players How to Spread Misinformation

A video game intended to help people become less susceptible to misinformation just rewarded me for pretending to post a tweet from a fake NASA account warning of an incoming meteorite. The object of the new browser game, Bad News, is “to get as many followers as you can while slowly building up fake credibility as a news site,” according to its site. Read More >>

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Carbon and Dust Fitness RPG Mixes Role-Playing, Exercise, and Kicking Ass in Space

By now, about 80 per cent of people have already given up on their New Year’s resolutions. Luckily, resolutions don’t mean crap and you can try to reach your goal again whenever the hell you want. For those who’ve been wanting to work on their physical health, Darebee has released its highly-anticipated space opera fitness role-playing game, Carbon and Dust, which by the way is totally free. Read More >>

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What Are the Most Controversial Video Games of All Time?

We’ve all been there, casually browsing a forum with nary a care in the world. The sun may be shining but you’re safe in a darkened room absorbing top-tier video game chat when boom – some little scrote called ‘XXb0ngsm0kA98XX’ throws a hand grenade into the room. “Bloodborne is overrated emo bullshit, like all of Miyazaki’s games.” Read More >>

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Which Console Has The Best Exclusives?

If you’ve read our breakdown of which platform holders produce the best games, you might be having a little deja vu. But wait! This is a very different question. What we want to do here is look at each of the three major systems while applying a specific set of filters that, in theory, should give us a good idea of each console’s exclusive offering. Read More >>