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Crispy, Crunchy, Crackly, And Much Loved Dog TOYS!

Pet companies have finally realized that the toys most dogs love make a noise that's not a squeak.  It's the crisp, crunchy, crackly sound of a PET (as in Polyethylene terephthalate) bottle, the kind that water, soda, and other beverages are generally bottled in.  Whether it's a preferred sound or the feel of the crunch that attracts a dog to a water bottle, I can't say, but dogs love 'em.  The question is do you want your dog chewing on a potentially harmful bottle?

Superhot Is A First Person Shooter That Only Moves When You Do - And That's Awesome

Remember how, in The Matrix, Neo was able to basically stop time, stepping easily around his foe's bullets? Remember thinking about how awesome that was if you could do the same? Apparently, the folks who developed Superhot did - it's a shooter where time stands still until the moment you move.

If Your Teen Feels Depressed, Alone, And Desperate, This Game Might Be Able To Help

Depression is one of the most common ailments suffered by people in their teens - so it's not surprising that suicide is the third leading cause of death among teens and young adults. Independent studio PixelBerry feels this statistic needs to change - so they've released a game for just that purpose.

The Six-Legged Outrunner Robot Can Tear Up The Race Track

Scientists at Robotics Unlimited have created a six-legged robot called the Outrunner which is capable of reaching speeds of up to twenty miles per hour. The fact that it looks like a nightmarish amalgamation of a spider and a tumbleweed is only a happy accident, I'm sure.

Oculus Wants To Use Facebook To Build The MMO To End All MMOS: An Online Game With A Billion Subscribers

Looks like Oculus VR CEO Brendan Iribe is a bit starry-eyed after Facebook's acquisition of his company. The executive this week informed an audience at Techcrunch Disrupt that he hopes to build the largest massively multiplayer game ever made: an MMO with one billion simultaneous users.

Fans Noticed That This Game Was Missing A Few Levels...So They Rebuilt Them On Their Own

When it finally released in 2007, S.T.A.L.K.E.R: Shadow of Chernobyl bore very little in common with what fans were treated to when it was first unveiled in 2002. A group of modders has set out to address this problem, creating a mod which rebuilds the "lost content" seen in the alpha from scratch.

Oculus Rift Hack Shows How Much Lag Sucks In Real Life

Lag may well be one of the most frustrating things a gamer will ever experience; even a minor delay can be the difference between victory and defeat. But what if that lag were to be carried over into real life? A Swedish Broadband provider decided to test this with the Oculus Rift and Raspberry Pi.

Boomer The T-Rex Is Exactly The Robotic Pet You Need

Who says a robot can't be a ruthless killing machine and look adorable in the process? Meet Boomer - a tiny little pet T-Rex currently still in the prototype stages. Currently, he can sit down and speak on command, and react to 'food' by biting. When he releases, he'll be able to do a lot more.

Atari's Mythical E.T. Landfill Has Finally Been Discovered In New Mexico

E.T. The Extraterrestrial is widely held to be the worst game ever made - so bad it contributed to the video game crash of 1983. An urban legend grew up around this awful game: that thousands of cartridges were buried in New Mexico at Atari's request.

Turns out the legend was true. 


Denmark's Government Is Spreading The Word About Its Country With Minecraft

On the list of innovative ways to get the word out about your country, this one ranks pretty highly: The Denmark Ministry of Environment today announced that it has mapped out its entire country on a 1:1 scale in Minecraft. In other words, if you've ever wanted to explore Denmark, now's your chance.