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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.

Sir David Attenborough Is Making A Documentary With The Oculus Rift

For anyone who doubted that the Oculus Rift has some awesome applications outside video games, it gives me great pleasure to present to you "Conquest of the Skies," a nature documentary being developed by Sir David Attenborough. It'll be the first of its kind - and hopefully first of many.

Five Awesome Video Game Radio Stations For Your Listening Pleasure

One of my favorite things about video games is definitely the music.There's actually a great deal of talent, passion, and variety in gaming's music scene. Not surprisingly, there's a host of radio stations dedicated to the music - here's just a few of my favorites.

Are Video Games Making You Angry? You're Probably Just Incompetent

Gaming's foes have long held that there's a direct link between video games and aggressive behavior.  They were at least half right - scientists have just linked aggression to games with an interesting bridge: incompetence. Apparently, being bad at something - especially games - makes us angry. 

Share Secrets with Friends with Charming Electronic Smart Band

Collectible. Collectible. Wearable. Customizable. Electronic. These buzz word describe the latest in wearable bracelets: the Nex Band. This next generation charm bracelet comes with an initial set of modular components (mods) that include a microcontroller, a vibration motor, a low-energy Bluetooth radio and a battery that can last for 2-4 days, depending on how much you use it.

These Computers Are Learning By Teaching One Another Pac-Man

Researchers at Washingon State University have touched on a very fascinating way to improve machine learning and artificial intelligence: by having said machines teach each other to play video games. No, that isn't an April Fools' Joke: it's a legitimate scientific study.

So It Turns Out Gaming Is Integral To Modern Day Youth's Social Lives

One of the biggest criticisms I frequently see leveled at gaming is that it's an inherently antisocial activity; that it promotes introversion, inactivity, and generally poor behavior. Turns out, none of that is necessarily true - video games may actually form the foundation of modern youth culture.

Sony "Excited To Give Morpheus Units To Indie PlayStation 4 Devs"

Project Morpheus - Sony's upcoming virtual reality headset - won't just change AAA gaming on the PlayStation 4. Sony today revealed that it intends to provide Morpheus headsets to pretty much any independent developer who's the desire to work with the platform. There's a very good reason for that.