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What's Going To Come Of YouTube's One Billion Dollar Purchase Of Twitch?

Video game streaming has come of age - Twitch.tv earlier this month was officially purchased by YouTube, the largest video sharing site on the Internet. The jury's still out, though, on whether that's a good thing - or what's going to come of it. Let's see if we can figure that out.

According To Jeff Vogel, The Independent Game Development Bubble Is Popping. Is He Right?

The freedom afforded to indie developers means they produce some of the most interesting, creative, and entertaining titles on the market. Naturally, this has as a result sent the indie games market into the stratosphere - a trend which, according to one developer, might soon end. 

Black Edition: Gigabyte's Stress-Tested GeForce GTX 750 Ti Graphics Card

The Taiwanese company's new video card, based on Nvidia's latest GPU design, boasts sizable factory-overclocking and a large cooler. It also undergoes “server level” durability testing before arriving in your hands.

The Demo Of PlayStation Now is Officially Live On The PlayStation 4

The beta program for PlayStation Now is finally going next-gen. The games streaming service -which allows users to play PS3 games like they already stream movies on services such as Netflix - went live on the PlayStation 4 today; those who've registered should receive a voucher in short order.

Would You Use An Otteroo Baby Floatie?

Otteroo is a water floatie that fits around your baby’s neck and is meant to give her free range of motion while familiarizing her with water. By allowing your baby to move and float without restrictions, the designers of Otteroo believe their product will promote muscle strength, coordination, and give your baby confidence through independence. This product scares the bejesus out of me.

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.