The Original NES Console Had a Motion Control Joystick 15 Years Before the Nintendo Wii Did

Remember how the Wii’s groundbreaking motion controls helped Nintendo sell over 100 million consoles? Well, it turns out it wasn’t actually the first Nintendo console you could play by flailing around a joystick. Thanks to a third party accessory called the Hot Stik, the original NES had rudimentary motion controls too, but there’s a good reason it took around 15 years for the idea to really catch on. Read More >>

American Express Customers Can Play Tennis With Andy Murray in an Exclusive Wimbledon VR Experience

American Express customers heading to Wimbledon next month can face off against Andy Murray on the iconic Centre Court - in virtual reality, that is. Although I don't know how fun it's going to be having him breathing down your neck. Read More >>

Adafruit Just Made It Really Easy to Build Your Own GameBoy

There have been countless Raspberry Pi builds over the years that have sought to cram the little boards into a handheld device. Yet nearly every single one required not just a basic grasp of coding, but also an understanding of soldering and sometimes a touch of electrical engineering. Adafruit’s new PyGamer looks like a perfect alternative for people who want a handheld system they built on their own. Read More >>

Forza Horizon 4’s Lego Expansion Is Gleefully Absurd

Lego is awesome. Driving the super realistic vehicles of Forza Horizon 4 is awesome. Driving the super realistic vehicles of Forza Horizon 4 through a brick-dotted landscape in the game’s Lego Speed Champions expansion increases the awesomeness exponentially. Read More >>

There’s an Entire Nintendo Wii Packed Inside This Custom Jumbo Game Boy Advance

Nintendo didn’t give us any new hardware during its E3 2019 presentation, so you’ll instead have to lust and drool over Bill Paxton’s latest creation. He reinvented the clamshell Game Boy Advance, but with the guts of a fully-functional Wii packed inside, allowing the portable to run a huge list of games, including those played with the motion-sensing Wiimotes. Read More >>

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Fortnite’s Creator Just Gave Us a Good Reason to Take It Seriously as a Social Media Company

Even if the days of your youth are long past, chances are you know Fortnite and that flossing dance are popular with the kids. Building on that success, Epic Games—the company behind Fortnite and creator of Unreal Engine—just acquired Houseparty, a social video app popular with teens. Read More >>

A Nerdy Theory About Why PS5 and Project Scarlett Aren’t Coming Until 2020

Let’s think about this. Disappointing as it might be, we’re not getting a new PlayStation or Xbox in 2019. There are a lot of reasons why. But I’ve been thinking about this quite a bit, and I think I have figured out at least one very good reason. AMD, Sony, and Microsoft all declined to speak about future products when I asked them about this theory, but just because they won’t talk to me about my theory, doesn’t mean it’s pointless. So what’s my theory? I think the graphics architecture Microsoft and Sony need to build their consoles just isn’t ready yet. Read More >>

Nintendo is Just Messing With My Emotions Now

Last night, while catching up on everything Nintendo announced but didn’t reveal during its streamed E3 2019 presentation, something caught my eye and made my heart skip. Read More >>

I Played Doom on a Chromebook

There’s a lot we still don’t know about Google’s forthcoming streaming game service Stadia, and we won’t know some of it until it’s available in the wild. But in a controlled demo of Stadia at E3, I was treated to a solid experience, as well as some fresh information about how the company plans to deliver Stadia to people with bad internet. And even better, I played the latest and greatest Doom right on a Pixelbook. No weird hacks. No fussy apps. Just me and a whole bunch of monsters on Mars. Read More >>

Corgi With Perfectly Heart-Shaped Corgi Butt Spotted in Pokémon Sword and Shield

There have been a slew of exciting announcements from this year's E3, but I'll be buggered if this little tidbit isn't right up there with the best of them. Corgis are coming to Pokémon Sword and Shield and we're thrilled about it. Read More >>

Why Seemingly Every Company Is Launching a Gaming Subscription Now

Much in the way that streaming has too many damn options now, gaming services are flooding the market as companies increasingly position themselves to compete for attention over singular domination of an entertainment medium. Netflix, for example, disclosed in an earnings report earlier this year that it viewed itself as competing with “Fortnite more than HBO.” If a recent survey is to be believed, they may be on to something. Read More >>

Amazingly, This Vile Contraption Would Make Video Game Chats Better

Be forewarned: the civil, polite, and respectful discourse that accompanies many online games could potentially devolve into something childish, even bordering on vulgar, with Nyko’s new Sound Pad. It’s a keyboard-like accessory that attaches to a controller allowing players to trigger sound effects in a game’s voice chat. Sound effects that could even include (brace yourself) flatulence. Read More >>

Hands-On With Watch Dogs Legion, A Radical Rework With ‘Something To Say’

There is no main character in the new Watch Dogs, no “guy on the box” in this adventure set in post-Brexit London, the game’s creative director, Clint Hocking, said during a behind-closed-doors demonstration of the bold game this past Sunday. Read More >>

It Took Over 400,000 Lego Bricks to Build This Car

For both Lego and Forza fans, one of the coolest things on stage during yesterday’s Microsoft E3 2019 press conference was a full-scale Lego brick McLaren Senna, punctuating the announcement of Forza Horizon 4's Lego Speed Champions expansion. It’s made of more than 400,000 Lego bricks, along with some real car bits. Read More >>