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Turn Your Home Into Aperture Science With Cool Portal Stuff!

Although you won’t find any big red buttons, repulsion gel or cake on this list, any fan of Valve’s videogame series will certainly enjoy thinking and living with Portals!

Get Plugged In To The 2013 Tokyo Game Show!

It’s almost time for Japan’s answer to America’s E3- Are you ready for the Tokyo Game Show?

LittleBits Brings Modular Design To Electronics Innovation

Inventor Ayah Bdeir thinks she might just have a lock on a reliable, unique way to foster electronics innovation in the average consumer: modular design. To that end, Bdeir has invented littleBits - circuit-board building blocks that quite literally make electronic design a snap.

Vanderbilt Literature Professor To Teach About MMOs Through Lord of the Rings Online

If you're interested in learning about MMORPGs - or the games industry as a whole - I've a spot of news for you. There's a course that'll teach you a great deal of what you want to know. It's called Online Games: Literature, New Media, and Narrative; and it's taught in Lord of the Rings Online.

Wrap Your Device In A USB Condom Before Using Strange Ports

No, this isn't a euphemism. There's actually a peripheral known as a USB condom; designed to keep you safe when using public USB ports. Designed by int3.cc, it works by allowing only the power pins of a USB jack to connect - meaning you can charge your devices in even the dirtiest port without fear.

SpecialEffect Launches Playing With Your Eyes Crowdfunding Campaign For Disabled Gamers

SpecialEffect is looking to unlock gaming as a pastime for more than just the (relatively) able-bodied. On Friday, the UK-based charity launched its first crowdfunding campaign on Gambitious. Its goal is simple: it wishes to purchase a specialized controller that will let the disabled play  video games with their eyes.

AbleGamers Launches Consultation Lab To Help Disabled Gamers

The fine folks over at the AbleGamers Foundation - an organization devoted to improving the lives of the disabled through video games - yesterday announced the opening of their first game lab, geared specifically towards gamers with special needs.

 

What Amnesia: A Machine For Pigs Can Teach Us About Video Game Design

Amnesia: A Machine For Pigs - the long-awaited sequel to The Dark Descent - finally released yesterday. After playing, I got to thinking - it does some innovative things with the survival horror genre; it uses techniques that I think any video game designer would do well to note. Let's look at those.

WTF Horse Head Mask? Creepy Masks For Halloween And Beyond

There are a lot of WTF creepy masks appearing on shelves as Halloween approaches. Visit and see some of the weirdest I found, and learn the history of the Horse Head Mask.

Celestial Buddies Are A World Of Huggable Fun!

The ultimate combination of an astronomy lesson and a new plush best buddy, Celestial Buddies are as close as you’re going to get to embracing planetary bodies. (Unless you happen to be a roving robot!)