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You Can Shout ‘ENHANCE!’ Like a TV Detective With This Voice-Controlled Browser Game

Half the fun of watching CSI years ago was the over-the-top crime scene technology that detectives had at their disposal. Their impossibly-capable photo-processing software could turn a handful of pixels into a poster-sized print. It was equal parts ridiculous and hilarious, which is probably why this voice-controlled, image-enhancing browser game is so much fun. Read More >>

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The Minecraft Movie Has Lost Its Writer and Director

The adaptation of the juggernaut videogame is having some problems. Read More >>

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How Nathan Fillion’s Uncharted Fan Film Came to be

When it came to casting Uncharted star Nathan Drake for director Allan Ungar’s fan film, there was only ever one choice: Nathan Fillion Read More >>

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Online Child Gaming Company Roblox Says In-Game ‘Rape’ Was Caused by a Hacker

A seven-year-old girl was playing the online game Roblox a few weeks ago when her in-game character was assaulted by two other characters in the game. The girl’s mother, Amber Petersen, saw the incident unfolding on the iPad screen—two male characters sexually assaulting her daughter’s avatar as it was lying on the ground. Read More >>

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The Nintendo Classic Mini Returns Today But I’m More Excited About This Wireless Controller

When the  Nintendo Classic Mini: NES was first released, we deemed the £36 8Bitdo NES30 as the best wireless controller alternative for the tiny console. But now that Nintendo is selling the Nintendo Classic Mini once again starting today, I’m more excited for 8Bitdo’s new gamepad that’s an even better wireless alternative with a cheaper price tag and a dedicated ‘home’ button. Read More >>

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Don’t Play Yourself by Pirating This Nintendo Switch Piracy Software

In a hilarious twist of fate, the creator of Nintendo Switch jailbreaking software SX OS — which helps gamers play pirated games on the console — has been caught slipping anti-piracy countermeasures into its own code, Nintendo Life reports. Read More >>

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Minecraft Is Coming to Adventure Time for a Very Blocky Episode

Adventure Time already came to Mojang’s survival game/block building phenom Minecraft last year, and now the animated series is returning the favor with a special episode that sees Finn and friends having fun in a much more angular version of the Land of Ooo than they’re used to. Read More >>

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VR Shoes Were Thankfully Not the Best Hardware We Saw At E3

There were rumours of a PlayStation 5 and news on the next generation of Xbox, but this E3 was ultimately pretty light on the cool hardware. We knew that was the case given the sheer amount of VR accessories most of us can’t or won’t use any time soon. Read More >>

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Smartphones and Video Games May Make Teens Sadder Because of How They Affect Sleep

As smartphones and other highly portable devices have become omnipresent, some researchers and many parents have begun to worry about the mental health risks of excessive screen time on kids and teens. New research presented this week doesn’t debunk a link between technology and depression, but it could sharpen the reasons why it exists. Rather than social isolation or any direct effects on the brain, the study’s findings suggest, it’s the lack of sleep caused by web-surfing or gaming that’s most to blame. Read More >>

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An AI Created New Doom Levels That Are as Fun as the Game’s Original Ones

The technical skills of programmer John Carmack helped create the 3D world of Doom, the first-person shooter that took over the world 25 years ago. But it was level designers like John Romero and American McGee that made the game fun to play. Level designers that, today, might find their jobs threatened by the ever-growing capabilities of artificial intelligence. Read More >>

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Stare In Awe, Disbelief, and Envy at This Console-Covered Boombox for Gamers

YouTube’s My Mate VINCE has a knack for wiring modern video game consoles to old-school TVs. After perfecting his skills, he’s hacked together what is undoubtedly his greatest, most absurd creation: a resurrected boombox that lets gamers play their favourite titles anywhere they’re strong enough to carry this monstrosity. Read More >>

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Elon Musk Says the Boring Company is About to Offer Free Tunnel Rides

Elon Musk’s Boring Company has been busy digging a giant tunnel under Los Angeles, and it’s reportedly nearly done and ready for some human passengers. Musk announced on Thursday that the company “will be offering free rides to the public in a few months.” That is, if they get government approval. Read More >>

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The Many, Many Voices of Batman, Ranked

Many actors have donned the bat-mantle to provide a voice to Gotham’s Dark Knight—the latest example being the delightfully loopy Batman Ninja, out now on Blu-ray and DVD—over decades of film, TV, and games. But who’s done it best? Here’s our bat-ranking of Gotham’s finest voice actors. Read More >>

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Nintendo Labo’s True Promise

As far back as the NES, the video game industry has been trying to sell us unnecessary accessories. (Remember R.O.B.?) Companies have occasionally come up with fun alternatives to playing with a controller—think Guitar Herobut when you eventually finish or get bored of a game, you’re left with a mountain of unwanted plastic—think Rock Band. That’s where Nintendo Labo is different, it encourages gameplay experimentation, without all the guilt. Read More >>

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This Tiny Clone Perfectly Recreates the Commodore 64 Gaming Experience

Before the Super Nintendo, and even before the original NES arrived in the West, I cut my gaming teeth on the Commodore 64. It was sold as one of the first personal computers, but to many kids of the ‘80s, it was instead their first gaming console. I have many fond memories of the C64, but thanks to the C64 Mini, I’m also reminded that pre-NES gaming was kind of terrible. Read More >>