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The Story Of Indie Video Game Rime Is Proof That Inspiration Can Come From Anywhere

Independent developer Raúl Rubio Munárriz's game Rime was inspired by a rather harrowing experience. Apparently, when on vacation in the Mediterranean with his girlfriend, he almost drowned. Just goes to show, you can draw inspiration from just about anywhere, if you know where to look.

A Saint's Row Fan Is Developing A Working Replica Of The Fourth Game's Dubstep Gun

Most of us, when we like something, just tell our friends about it. This artistic inventor, however, has gone all-out with their love for Saint's Row IV; so much so that they're in the process of inventing a working replica of the game's iconic Dubstep Gun.

Meet The Oculus Thrift: Here's How You Can Make A Virtual Reality Headset With $21 And A Pizza Box

I love everything about virtual reality, and its potential to change how we connect. I believe money shouldn't be an object - everyone should have access to the tech. Apparently, Google shares my sentiments: they've designed a working VR headset which you can build with twenty bucks and a pizza box.

Alaska Couple Converts Pickup Truck To World's Largest Radio Flyer Wagon

Restoring an old Mazda pickup truck is one thing, restoring childhood memories is another. Why not both? Fred & Judy Keller of Wasilla, Alaska, answered that question in the affirmative by converting their 1976 Mazda B1600 pickup truck into running, roadable and VERY red Radio Flyer wagon.

Want An Athletic Scholarship, But Aren't Much For Sports? At Robert Morris University, You Can Just Play League of Legends

According to Robert Morris University-Illinois, an athlete is an athlete, whether their playing field is physical or digital. The institution this week announced that it has added the first ever eSports sector to its Athletics program. Four words, folks: League of Legends scholarships.

Throw to the Final Frontier with the U.S.S. Enterprise Flying Disc

Make it so!  A disc shaped like the flagship of the United Federation of Planets?!?!  And it actually flies?!?!?  How can any fan of Star Trek not want this?

Study Shows 'Cut The Rope' Video Game Improves Executive Function In Adults

Psychologists who study the impact of video games on the human brain have an interest in how games can be utilized to reinforce certain everyday thinking skills. Assistant Professor of Psychology at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, Michael D. Patterson, is considered an expert in the psychology of video games.  He has previously identified certain thinking skills enhanced by individual games, but the game 'Cut The Rope' is the first one, according to Patterson, that shows evidence of improving 'executive function' in adult gamers.

Want This New Invention? A Never Ending Slinky

It seems that just about everyone in the United States has owned a Slinky at one time or another. The mesmerizing toy has been around for decades and has entertained generations of young and the young at heart. The main problem with the Slinky was finding a staircase long enough to really be able to indulge in watching the metal spring "walk" its way downstairs. One company is seeking funding on Kickstarter to sell "A Never-Ending Slinky Machine" to keep those springs walking.

MaKey MaKey Makes Everyday Objects New Inventions

Kids have been singing about the Bananaphone since Raffi released a song and album by the same name in 1994. Fast forward 20 years, and Raffi’s silly song doesn’t seem so silly. Eric Rosenbaum and Jay Silver, two very smart and creative guys with MIT degrees, have invented MaKey MaKey, an invention kit that turns everyday objects into computer keyboards or touchpads. Move over Bananaphone, MaKey MaKey can turn bananas into a piano.

Apparently League Of Legends Developer Riot Games Is Paying Its Employees To Quit

League of Legends developer Riot Games is trying something very, very different with its new hires: it's paying them to quit. The developer this week rolled out a new program called Queue Dodge. The premise is simple: it's paying new hires cash to quit. Wait, what?