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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.

Morphex Is A Robotic Ball That Will Play With Your Kids So You Don't Have To

Norwegian engineer Kare Halvorsen has come up with a rather novel means of keeping his son entertained when he's too tired to play with him: he's built a robot. Morphex is a ball-shaped automaton which propels itself along on six feet, rolling and scuttling delightfully around.

PlanToys Are More Than Toys: They Have Plans For Our Kids' Future

We love our kids. And sometimes, sometimes, we buy them stuff. But the toys our kids play with should be more than toys. PlanToys was the first company in the world to manufacture wooden toys from rubberwood, an eco-friendly wood. Through their ideas and materials, the company continues to improve their manufacturing process while providing our children with fun and sustainable toys. PlanToys have several new products on the market, but two that go above and beyond being just toys.

KOR-FX Vest Will Let You Feel Your Games (And Other Media, Too)

I've previewed a few pieces of virtual reality tech in my time writing for Inventorspot, but KOR-FX may well be one of the most interesting yet. What makes it so unique isn't anything to do with its interaction with games, though - it's that it can be used with any other form of media, as well.

The Games For Change Festival Is Looking To Go Mainstream

Good news, everyone! The Games for Change Festival today announced a partnership with the Tribeca Film Festival. Seen by many as the Sundance of gaming, the festival this year is both narrowing its focus and broadening its context in hopes of showing just how important games culture has become.

Kronum: A New Sport Designed For An Athletic Era

The most popular sports around the world were all conceived over a century ago. Of course, there's nothing wrong with playing or watching something that old if it's exciting. However, there are new sports, like Kronum, that are just as exciting. Kronum, designed to display athleticism, is full of non-stop action.