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Spice Up Your Bathroom/Kitchen With These Awesome Retro Tile Designs

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Nintendo Entertainment System and the 25th of the Sega Mega Drive. To celebrate the occasion, the folks at Topps Tiles have let their inner geek shine through. They've unleashed a whole host of awesome, retro-themed video game tile designs, ideal for bathroom or kitchen.

Gaming For Knowledge: SimCityEDU Teaches Kids All About City Planning

I've long held that video games are a powerful educational tool in the right hand, and now one more organization is proving that notion correct. In a collaboration with EA and Maxis, non-profit Glasslab recently finished developing an education and formative assessment mod known as SimCityEDU.

Modder Creates Warcraft IV Using World of Warcraft And Starcraft II

There's a pretty good chance we won't be seeing a new Warcraft game for quite some time - Blizzard's pretty much focused entirely on World of Warcraft as far as that franchise is concerned. With no new Warcraft RTS on the horizon, one modder has taken it upon himself to create one on his own.

How Has Gaming Changed The World? A New Documentary Aims To Find Out!

Video games have had a huge impact on Western society, of that there can be no doubt. But just how have they impacted our lives and changed our culture? Charlie Brooker - a satirist and games critic from the UK - is going to find out with a new documentary titled "How Video Games Changed the World."

From Something Awful To Kickstarter: The Tall Tale Of Dropsy The Clown

Today, I'd like to tell you a story about a clown. A horribly overweight, ugly clown who stores things in his pants and paints his face on everything. His name is Dropsy, and he got his start on the Something Awful forums some time ago. He's come a long way since - he's now the star of a video game.

Meet Massbricks: My First Construction Toy

They’re huge, colorful, strong, your kids can’t choke on them, and they won’t hurt if you step on them a fraction as much as their smaller and more popular cousin, making Massbricks a great introduction to the wild world of construction toys!

Meet The Laserist: He Makes Cool Toys With Lasers!

Check out the laser-cut art, puzzles, toys and other goodies made by the Laserist: An inventor, industrial designer and someone who’s all-around handy with a powerful laser beam!

Nvidia's Got A Shield 2 In The Works With A Next-Gen Heart

At this year's Consumer Electronics Show, Nvidia unveiled the Shield- a handheld, high-performance games console. Now, according to CEO Jen-Hsun Huang, there's a sequel in the works: the Nvidia Shield 2, which will feature next-gen Tegra technology.

Startup Anki Wants To Make Video Games Real Using Robots

Virtual reality just got a whole lot more realistic. Consumer robotics startup Anki is hoping to take gaming to a whole new level, through the use of...well, robots. The firm's already created one such experience; a racing game that uses model cars.

Original, Innovative & Fun: The Top 5 Specialty Toys

Here’s the latest list of the most unique “Toy of the Year” industry-leading specialty toys that were originally available through select retailers from the past five years. These one-of-a-kind toys offer new entertainment experiences, and they’re all together in one handy guide: