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10 Great Invention Ideas for the Best St. Patrick's Day Ever

The following are my picks for the best St. Patrick's day ever, with a few post-St. Patrick's day reconciliation-style inventions thrown in for good measure.

This War Of Mine Is One Of The Most Realistic War Games Ever Made

Video games about war always seem to have players step into the shoes of an iron-willed, strong-jawed soldier. They don't usually address the impact war has on its victims - ordinary men and women. That's what 11 Bit Studios hopes to do with This War of Mine, a game more about survival than gunplay.

3 Spring Toys That Will Drive Your Cat Wild!

Cat owners have more than cat-loving in common. We have boxes of cat toys that our cats ignore. And, we've all spent a lot of time trying to figure out what toys can really keep our cats busy for more than a minute or two. Here's a tip: surprises.

Get A Basketball, Coach And Data Analyst With Smart Sensor Basketball

Smart technology isn't just for the computer geeks anymore. The 94Fifty Smart Sensor Basketball brings smart technology to the court. This Smart Basketball makes it easier for players to practice with purpose, instantly measuring different aspects of the players' offensive games. It also doubles as a coach, giving drills and feedback.

Razer Unveils Two New Ultra-Thin Laptops In The "Blade" Line

Razer - known for its gaming hardware and peripherals - today announced two new versions of their ultra-thin Razer Blade Laptops, bringing to the table better displays, enhanced apps, and overall better computing performance. They're pricy, but if you're into portability, it just might be a worthwhile purchase.

Can You Survive The Darkest Dungeon?

One thing that's always troubled me about many RPGs is that they fail to address the psychological, human side of things. It's just sort of assumed that the characters heroically fight their way through, standing against the stuff of nightmares. Darkest Dungeons isn't like that - and I'm intrigued.

The European Union Is Looking Into Regulation For Free To Play

he European Union is the latest regulatory body to turn its attention to free to play games - so named because their revenue comes not from sales, but from advertising and in-app purchases. This, my friends, is a very, very good thing - here's why.

To Build A #Dungeon: Interview With Sean Oxspring And Kieran Hicks

Earlier this week, I got the chance to host a Skype interview with Kieran Hicks and Sean Oxspring, developers of #Dungeon, a Roguelike which uses Twitter to build its levels. I was quite intrigued even before our talk, but now that it's done, I can't wait for the game to launch.

The Cure For Phantom Limb Might Involve Playing Trackmania

No one's quite sure what causes the phantom limb effect, nor do we have an adequate medical explanation for why an amputee might experience muscle cramps or pain in a nonexistant appendage. In spite of this, one researcher in Sweden thinks he might be zeroing in on a cure...and it involves gaming.

Seadelphica Will Use Tumblr Integration To Help A Dolphin Grow

We've recently seen a lot of games that use social media in some pretty incredible ways. Seadelphica is the latest in that crop: it's a story-driven runner with multiple endings and Tumblr integration. Apparently, it's going to use Tumblr to influence how its main character grows and develops.