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The Man At Arms Is Turning Fantasy Into Reality, One Weapon At A Time

Have you ever wondered what FFVII's Buster Sword might look like in real life? What about Gimli's Axe from LOTR, or the Kingslayer's Blade from Game of Thrones? Ladies and gentlemen, introducing The Man At Arms. Every week he selects a new weapon from the realm of fantasy...and forges it in reality.

Nostalgia Kick: A Host Of Classic Video Games Are Getting Revived Online

Though the video arcades and game rooms of yesteryear are long gone, they most definitely won't be forgotten. The Internet Archive this week launched an initiative called the "Console Living Room," which offers a host of pre-Internet era games to anyone who cares to check it out.

Want To Propose To Your Significant Other? Why Not Make A Video Game?

When you propose to someone, you're offering to pledge the rest of your life to them. It's not to be taken lightly.  For SuperGenius 3D artist and animator Robert Fink,  it wasn't enough to simply make the vow. He needed to do something more; something unique and special. He needed to create Knight Man.

World Chess Champion Feels Chess Will Outlast League of Legends

While touring in South Korea, chess grandmaster Gary Kasparov visited the Youth Mind Sports Fair, where he was party to the huge popularity of eSports, particularly compared to chess. He was unfazed, and simply explained this won't always be the case. He...actually raised some really good points.

Unlock A New World Of Mobile Gaming With The NEX Wristband

There's a new video game peripheral on the way, and it's all about style. The NEX Band is a modular wristband to which one can attach a number of different charms. These aren't just for show: different charms will provide different experiences when hooked up to a mobile device. Pretty cool, right?

Five Great Last Minute Christmas Gifts For The Gamer In Your Life

Christmas is around the corner - do you know where your gifts are? I'm sure at least a few of you have neglected to do your shopping and are desperately scrambling to get things done now. Let me help you along - here are a few last-minute presents every gamer would love to see under their tree.

Americans Spent Over Twenty Billion Dollars On Video Games This Year

If any of you still doubt the legitimacy of the games industry...I've some news. According to research released by NewZoo, gamers spent over $20.5 billion on video games this year in the States. That's pretty huge, no?

Intel's Oculus Robots Are All About Playing Games

If you've ever wondered how touch screens are tested for accuracy, Intel this week provided a bit of insight into the process. Turns out, they've invented The Oculus, a simple robotic array designed for one purpose: playing video games. That's cool and all, but...how exactly does that work?

Need This New Invention? The First Full-Size Lego Car That Runs!

It is the sort of thing little kids dream of -- making something real from their Lego building blocks. Australian entrepreneur Steve Sammartino and Romanian Raul Oaida, a self-taught tech guy, met online via Skype and togethe came up with the idea to build a real, working car out of Lego bricks. They turned to funding their project, called Super Awesome Micro Project, through crowd-sourcing. The result was a life-size car that runs on compressed air.

Indie Game of The Week: Starbound

This week's indie game is what I expect you'd get if you took Terraria, pumped it full of enough science fiction tropes and tech to fill an encyclopedia, and crafted a universe of planets which is effectively infinite. What's more, it's still in beta. Ladies and gents, say hello to Starbound.