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Genius In A Bottle: Amazing Wine Cork Mosaics

Lord Byron once said, "Let us have wine and women, mirth and laughter, sermons and soda water the day after". Conrad Engelhardt, a London-based artist, has certainly taken that advice to heart with his stunning wine-inspired mosaics made entirely out of corks. Wine and women indeed....

The Real Story Behind the Failed Sale Of The Sega Pluto

Some time ago, a fellow on Destructoid who goes by the handle "kidvid666" made a very exciting revelation. Apparently, he owns one of the only two Sega Pluto units in existence. He decided to see what he could sell it for, and opted to put it up for auction. Unfortunately, things didn't exactly go as planned. 

Nicholas Cage To Act... As Chinese Automaker's Brand Ambassador

American actor, producer and director Nicholas Cage can add another line to his resume: brand ambassador. Following in the footsteps of Brad Pitt, the face of Cadillac vehicles in China, the oft-controversial and occasionally IRS-investigated Cage has signed up to flog re-badged Saabs for China's Beijing Automotive Industry Corp.

Dreams On The Wind: The Incredible Sand Art of Kseniya Simonova

Some artists use paint, while others choose charcoal. Some paintings take years, and others take hours. Some hang on gallery walls, while others simply lie forgotten on easels. Kseniya Simonova's art is different... it's made entirely of sand, she can create some of them in mere minutes, and when they are finished, she simply blows them away to start something new. 

The Business Of Butting: Disabled Escorts For Short Amusement Park Lines

"The Happiest Place on Earth" is what the Disney franchise has been called for multiple decades. Unfortunately, the long wait times can drasticaly reduce the enjoyment that visitors take from the day. Those waiting for hours can often be heard making statements like "are we there yet?", "why isn't this line moving?", "I'm hungry or have to pee" and "my feet hurt." Some travel agencies are getting fancy and are taking measures to skirt the system so that their clients do not have to wait in such long lineups.

There's A Rash Of 'Jash' On YouTube's First-Ever 'Comedy Week' [Videos]

To understand Jash, you need to know what the YouTube Channel Initiative is all about. Funded by Google with the specific goal of bringing innovative content to YouTube, it's a 100 million dollar program that kickstarted Google TV's entree into original programming.

The Exciting New Frontier of Brainwave Control

Brain wave control is hardly a new concept. It's something scientists, designers, and inventors have been fiddling around with for years. Now, however, there might be a new source of innovation and advancement in the field: gaming.

Up In Smoke: The Revolution of High Art

4/20, International Pot Smoking Day, has come and gone, but Chronic artist Cliff Maynard never stops celebrating the holidaze. His mind-blowing portraits made of the burnt-out roaches from thousands of joints prove that drugs don't just inspire art, sometimes they actually make it. Put that in your pipe and smoke it.

Gaming With Spreadsheets: A Closer Look at Arena.Xlsm

Game development's big business these days, but what a lot of developers - and gamers- seem to have forgotten is that you don't need top-tier development tools to create a great game. Sometimes, all you need is an idea and a bit of knowledge: that's all it took for Cary Walkin, who created a whole RPG using nothing but Microsoft Excel.

Valve Is Considering Eye-Tracking and Sweat For Gaming

In the games industry, Valve is widely known as an innovator - and one of the most beloved organizations to boot. One of their biggest focus of late is bio-feedback: control of digital devices through one's own body. To that end, they're toying with some pretty absurd concepts...including using sweat. 

Roll 20 is Bringing the Spirit of D&D to the Silicon Screen

Although this isn't necessarily my regular fare (if indeed I can be said to have anything of the sort), I'd argue that it's close enough to video games that it qualifies for this blog. After all, a great many video games could very well be said to owe their roots to table-top roleplaying; D&D is considered the grandfather of all RPGs by many. But we're getting a touch off track, dear readers. Today, I'd like to discuss an innovative new tool known as Roll 20. 

Is The OUYA Worth Buying?

The OUYA looked incredibly promising when it first debuted on Kickstarter. Since then, a series of unfortunate revelations have made it look less and less impressive. At this point, one can't help but question if it's even worth the purchase.

Feeling Hungry? Try These Video-Game Themed Bento Boxes

For the uninitiated, Bento is a type of lunch-time meal which consists of rice, meat, and vegetables, the whole array arranged together in a box. It's a fairly traditional dish, often prepared for school and work lunches; it's also available at most restaurants which serve Japanese food. Those mass-produced meals rather pale in comparison to the stuff I'd like to share with you folks today - calling the ordinary stuff downright inadequate wouldn't be much of a stretch.

The Neon Lovechild of Modern Art

Paint splatters and graffiti might look like accidents or vandalism to some people, but the eye-catching, genre-bending artwork of Rowena Martinich is redefining ideas of art and beauty, while answering one very important question; what would it look like if Warhol, Pollock, and Picasso got together and went wild on a wall?

E3’s Almost Upon Us: Get Ready For The Latest Videogame Tech!

It’s that time again! Videogame enthusiasts from all over the world will be tuning in to their favorite gaming websites and video portals from June 11th through the 13th for huge reveals of brand new videogames, technology and other electronic entertainment related goodies. As always, I can’t wait!

How Torment: Tides of Numenera Kicks Traditional Morality Systems Aside

Moral Choice systems have always been a bit of a sticky subject in gaming. Most of them tend to be terribly simple, and as a result, thoroughly boring. Torment: Tides of Numenera is looking to change this, with its revolutionary "Tides" system.

Organic, Vegetable Based Wee Can Too Finger Paints Make Creative Time Safe for Babies

Created by two moms, Wee Can Too Finger Paints use vegetable and fruit powders and other plant based ingredients to take away all the worry so that kids and parents can completely enjoy finger painting time.

A Closer Look at the Mega Man That Almost Was

Mega Man X was almost a first person shooter. For one brief moment, Capcom was considering rebooting the Blue Bomber in a way very similar to Metroid. After all, if it worked for Samus, it should work for Megaman, right?

Razer Comms Could Blow Video Game VOIP Out of the Water

Now, I'm no Razer fanboy (yes I am), but I figured I might as well give its VOIP app Razer Comms a try, in spite of my inborn skepticism. After all, why would Razer release a product if it wasn't good? They've an image to maintain, and tossing out a shoddy, poorly-realized application would more or less ruin said image. So far, I'm quite impressed.

Hands-Free Maps Turn Tourists Into Locals

Traveling in a strange city can be intimidating enough, without the embarassment of having to pull out a map every two blocks. These Metro cuffs might not give you the layout for whole cities, but at least you'll look like a pro in the subways when you never have to look at a map...except for the one on your wrist.