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New Video Game Releases: Week 12, 2011

Take on a wide variety of your favorite characters from the Final Fantasy franchise in its newest title, Dissidia 012 [duodecim] Final Fantasy. Shoot down some alien enemies in Crysis 2 or play as a tamer hero in PlayStation Move Heroes. If you have a passion for cars rather than guns then get ready for some wild racing with TrackMania Turbo: Build to Race. Take your sims to an all-new (or rather, old) level in The Sims Medieval and replay your favorite Star Wars scenes with a twist in LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars.

Prayers From Cosplayers: Japan Fans Give Back By Giving Hope

Cosplay (short for "costume play") has spread from Japan to become an international subculture phenomenon. In the aftermath of the Great Tohoku Earthquake, anime & manga fans around the world are joining Prayers From Cosplayers and offering their support to the land and people who inspired them.

Doubled Barreled Marshmallow Crossbow Makes For Sweet In-Home Combat

Kids love to shoot stuff, and often shoot it at each other. In an effort to keep things safe and home-friendly but with a distinct touch of cool, the Double Barreled Marshmallow Crossbow is one way parents can let kids have it out and still limit cleanups and trips to the hospital.

Run Your Own Theme Park in the Youda Safari Video Game

The Youda video game series has tried putting you in charge of a marina and a sushi restaurant and has made you try all sorts of activities and jobs such as camping and farming. This installment of the franchise brings you to six different countries all over the world as you bring some much needed life and energy back into the safari parks which will be turned into hunting grounds if you don't intervene and act fast.

Have Your Capacitor And Battery Too - A Battery That Charges Fast & Produces More Power

A new development in battery design promises batteries with the power of a capacitor coupled with the energy of a battery.

Stacrobats Provide Positive, Magnetic Fun

Stacking stuff is always fun for a child, especially if said stuff actually stays stacked. That's the idea behind Kushies Stacrobats, a set of plush stacking toys that are both fun and cognitively developing.

Find Out How Big Your Brain Is With the Biggest Brain iPod Game

We've all seen an influx of "brain testing" and "brain training" apps and games for the iPhone or the iPod Touch but Who Has The Biggest Brain? offers a unique and funny take on gauging your smarts by telling you how big your brain is after a series of tests. Do you have the brain of a Neanderthal or do you have what it takes to boast of a Calcubot brain?

Cool Off: Methods For Keeping Your Computer Cool

Let's face it. Computers- especially higher-end gaming pcs- generate a lot of heat. If there's not some way of dispersing that heat, well...there will be problems. These problems could range anywhere from hardware degradation to system components melting together to the computer actually lighting on fire, depending how hot the system gets. 

Hardware designers have thought of various ways to prevent this from happening, some more effective than others. 

How Prepared Are You For an Earthquake? Find Out by Playing Beat The Quake

Japan should then serve as an example for the rest of the world when it comes to preparedness and disaster relief when it comes to natural catastrophes. There is a wealth of information available readily on the net on what you can do to prepare yourself if an earthquake or some other natural disaster were to happen. You can either read about them–or learn what to do by playing a game like Beat the Quake.

Ma Cacabane Gives Toddlers Some Private Potty Time

Everyone needs some privacy in the bathroom from time to time.  Unfortunately for little kids who are potty training, time alone is often in short supply.  Ma Cacabane is a cardboard outhouse-like enclosure for youngsters to use when they are doing their business.