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E3 2014: Alienware's Dipping It's Toes Into The Console Space With The Alienware Alpha Steam Machine

Today - just a day before the Electronic Entertainment Expo kicks off - Alienware had a pretty exciting revelation for attendees - it's releasing a Steam Machine. Dubbed the Alienware Alpha, this device combines PC-level power with the form factor and utility of a game console, enabling it to fit just about anywhere - like the living room.

Want This New Invention? Giant Inflatable Cockroach

Cockroaches aren't exactly the sort of creature think fondly of. After all they are vermin and we spend a great deal of time and trying to kill them off. There is one amazing, fun giant cockroach -- it is THE giant cockroach from GiantCockroach.com. It is big. It is brown. It is ready to invade the pools and beaches near you. (Insert kitschy sci-fi scream here.)

7 Rainy Day Indoor Forts Perfect For Any Day

School will be out in a couple of weeks for most kids. Between the hot temperatures, bickering siblings, or rainy days, it might be a long summer for some parents. In our house, the theme for our daughter is Keep Her Busy. If we can’t get out of the house it’s a really long day. My three-year-old is pretty good at keeping herself entertained, but she also needs extra stimulation and ways to burn some energy on those long days at home. So I did all of us a favor. I found some pretty sweet indoor forts that are perfect for rainy days. Or any day.

This Guy Dropped $32,000 To Turn His Apartment Into A Fully-Functional Video Arcade. Jealous?

I love video games. They've been a part of my life since I was a child, and they always will be. Apparently, though, I'm not IN love with them. Not like Chris Kooluris, a man who sacrificed almost everything to turn his room into an old-school video arcade.

Are Video Games Too Expensive These Days? This Developer Certainly Thinks So

Bulletstorm's Creative Director this week sat down for an interview with gamesindustry International. He shared many details about what he learned during his time at People Can Fly - including that the price of modern games is far, far too high. Let's talk about that.

Light Stax LED Building Blocks, Lite Brite Meets Duplo?

Ever wonder what would happen if a Lite Brite and a lonely LEGO Duplo block got crazy one night, had a few juice boxes, and played Twister? Let’s just say Duplo wasn’t lonely anymore, and they created the coolest block ever. That’s what Light Stax look like to me: a glowing, stackable, love child. Light Stax are LED building blocks that light up when attached to their power generating base. And they look awesome.

What Could Former Sony CEO Jack Tretton Be Planning At Artificial Intelligence Startup Genotaur?

Jack Tretton made a very interesting announcement earlier today. Turns out Sony Computer Entertainment's former CEO has decided to join the advisory board of Genotaur, a San Diego-based artificial intelligence development firm. Wait, what? What could a former video game CEO possibly want with AI?

SlideRider Turns Indoor Staircase Into Indoor Slide

Kids love stairs. I don’t have scientific facts to back this up, just memories of childhood. As a kid, my brother and I would slide down our carpeted stairs on our bottoms. Then that became boring and we progressed to the ultimate, fear inducing thrill of going down head first, our heads bobbling and our teeth chattering. How did we not break our necks or bite off our tongues? Trisha Cleveland has come up with an alternative to bumpy, potentially unsafe rides down the stairs. SlideRider turns a staircase into an indoor slide.

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.