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Win $1,000 Via Xbox One Wireless Controller Design Contest!

The Xbox One, Microsoft’s latest videogame console, launched on November 22nd, and with brilliant titles like Killer Instinct, Zoo Tycoon and Loco Cycle, the system has been a hit worldwide. The Xbox team is hoping to reward someone’s creativity with a $1,000 cash prize for reimagining the appearance of the Xbox One’s controller.

Five Fantastic Video Game Christmas Gift Ideas

If you're doing Christmas shopping for a friend or loved one who happens to be a gamer, why not try looking at some of these awesome gift ideas? Chances are pretty high that anyone who plays video games will appreciate at least one of the items on this list.

Develop Your Own Shameless Video Game Ripoff With Vlambeer Clone Tycoon

Vlambeer is no stranger to being stolen from and ripped off. Anyone who remembers the Gamenauts controversy or Skyclone ripoff can attest to that. But while most developers might give up or take legal action, Vlambeer did something entirely different...they released a game: Vlambeer Clone Tycoon.

How A Lego Robotics Competition Produced A New Tornado Warning App

So, there's kind of a problem with current storm warning systems: they're awful and horrendously archaic.  A group of students aged 8 to 13 participating in a global Lego robotics competition noticed this. Together, they've devised an application designed to modernize storm warnings.

Is Crayola’s Create2Destroy Series The Creation Toy Of The Year?

They’re just as destructive and creative as they are fun, and I really think that Crayola finally developed the art toy that every little boy on the planet wants: Something to build, smash and rebuild all over again. Then again, dinosaurs make everything better…

To Create A Clown: Interview With Dropsy Developer Jay Tholen

On Friday, I got the chance to have a sitdown with Jay Tholen to talk about his creation, Dropsy The Clown. Dropsy is to be the star of his own adventure game, set to release in early 2015. It's been a long road to get here, and Jay was happy to share some of the trials he encountered along the way.

Spot It! Reinvents Classic Matching Game Genre

Blue Orange, makers of the award-winning matching card game “Spot It!,” has made the most interesting innovation of the genre since Milton Bradley’s “Guess Who?” made its debut 1979. That’s a pretty remarkable achievement for a set of 55 cards and a tin!

Battroborgs: Punch-Powered Robot Fighters!

TOMY’s Battroborgs are an interesting combination of the Nintendo Wii’s motion controls and the classic Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots game that makes the theme of colorful pit fighting robots an exciting, innovative and exciting new toy.

Planning A Trip To Middle Earth? Don't Forget Your Travellers' Guide!

In celebration of the next installment of The Hobbit, a group known as HRS has created a quirky little infographic to take fans on a delightful romp through Middle Earth. Not my usual fare, but hey - it got a chuckle out of me. Maybe it'll brighten your Friday a bit, too.

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.