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Why I Don't Plan To Go "Next Gen" Any Time Soon

Unless you've been living under a rock, you know the launch of the PS4 is just a few days away, with the Xbox One following soon after. Virtually every publication is buzzing about them; people are already lining up to buy them. Me? I think I'm going to wait - and maybe you should, too.

Teach Your Kids About Programming With Play-i's Adorable Robots

I've always sort of regretted never learning programming as a kid. With how digitized today's sociey has become, it seems a downright indispensible skill. Parents: do your children a favor. Teach them. There's even a robot to make the job easier: it's called Play-i.

 

The Unity Engine Is Diving Into The Second Dimension

Unity is one of the leading development engines in the world, and with good reason. It's compatible with a wide array of operating systems and features a powerful, visually-lead editor, to boot. That engine today just got even more attractive for game devs - the Unity team has added 2D game development tools.

Creative, Constructive & Fun: The Top 5 Activity Toys

Here’s the ultimate list of the best “Toy of the Year” industry-leading activity toys that will get kids to create, build and doodle from the past five years. These creation-centered toys promote inventive and artistic playtime, and they’re all together in one handy guide:

Get Your Hands On Beyond123’s Modern Sculpture Art Toys!

They’re beautiful, colorful and beg you to mold them as your creativity wills- The PlayableART sculpture art toy series from Beyond123 are equally captivating for anyone three to one hundred, as long as they have a speck of imagination!

Are VTech’s Switch & Go Dinos The Boy Toy Of 2013?

From what I’ve seen, it seems that VTech scored a homerun with their large lineup of colorful, educational and entertaining dinosaur/vehicle hybrids. Any toy that dares to teach kids about the long-clawed Therizinosaurus is a winner in my book!

Meet Momiji Dolls: The Toy With A Little Love Inside

The Momiji family of modern doll figurines continues to grow with darling new designs on a regular basis, and for good reason: Reading the sweet note tucked inside from whomever gave you the Momiji is half of the fun!

Independent Obsession: The Over-Romanticization Of Indie Development

Being an independent game developer is a lot like being an inventor. You need no small amount of creativity, skill, and persistence. There's more pitfalls than you might encounter in most any other career.  It's not as easy - and nowhere near as glamorous - as everyone seems to think.

Blockbuster U.S. Rings Its Final Death Knell, Closing 300 Stores

Rental shops were hit pretty hard by the birth of digital distribution. With platforms like Steam and Netflix around, no one bothers to rent anymore - no one really needs to. That's bad news for Blockbuster - which today finally signed off for good; its parent company plans to leave physical retail.

10 Funny Hanukkah Toys For Chewish Cats And Dogs

Chewish has, more or less, become the special attribution of pets who live with Jewish persons.  Or maybe it's just a great hook to sell more pet toys for Hanukkah. In any case, there are some real fun toys for cats and dogs who qualify - chewers, chasers, and swatters, who should not be left out of the Hanukkah festivities that begin early this year on Thanksgiving eve.