I've been hearing it since the new year: "There are no games to play!"
Sure, we seem to have found ourselves in a bit of a lull when it comes to the big blockbuster video game. When I posted what I felt were 2014's most anticipated titles, I may have overlooked the fact that the beginning of 2014 was a bit on the light side for games.
Wrought with guilt that I may have in someway performed a disservice to you fine people, I felt compelled to compile a short list of interactive software worthy of your hard-earned income. The best part? Most of these titles are significantly cheaper than the $60 you're probably used to paying for a shiny new game.… Read more
Still, BART may have some interesting things to tell us about how the brain works, specifically in terms of risk-taking behavior.
You see, the game works by having you click that boring button to shoot a burst of air into the balloon. For every click that inflates the balloon without it popping, you "win" 5 cents (I still haven't figured out how to collect my stash from the developers). Pump up the balloon too much though, and you lose the cash you've accrued in that round.
So how does this provide information about our gray matter? … Read more
Gaming can be a great equalizer. A 13-year-old girl can take on a 72-year-old grandfather online and never know it because they're both just characters inside a game world. All they have to do is pick up a controller and play. Quadriplegics and people with limited use of their arms and hands, however, have a greater challenge. The QuadStick on Kickstarter hopes to be a gaming gateway for folks who need a different kind of controller.
The QuadStick was inspired by the work of Ken Yankelvitz, a pioneer in building mouth-controlled joysticks and other adaptive devices. Yankelvitz is currently not taking orders for new devices due to health reasons, leaving a gap in the market for gamers who can't use traditional controllers.… Read more
Only the geekiest among us will remember the short-lived 1995 television series "VR.5," an ode to virtual reality that was part Max Headroom, part fever dream, and oh-so-awesome at the time. Nearly 20 years later, the promise of VR has yet to be realized, but at least we're getting closer, as evidenced by a demo video from gaming treadmill maker Cyberith.
The Cyberith Virtualizer is an omnidirectional treadmill that is a direct competitor to the Virtuix Omni. The demo video shows the Virtualizer used in conjunction with an Oculus Rift headset and a Wiimote.… Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- Discussing five movies about relationships per month could cut the three-year divorce rate in half.
- Beware the one-ring phone sex scam.
- Tech is cruelly ripping teens from their natural shopping mall habitats.
- Facebook celebrates 10 years with Look Back.
There's something satisfying about the sound of a quarter rolling into an arcade game and plinking down with its brethren somewhere out of view. You won't get that noise if you try out Liberty Games' rigged-up Bitcoin arcade machine, but you will get to play your choice of Donkey Kong, Pac-Man, Space Invaders, or any of dozens of other classic games.
Liberty Games took a Cosmic II full-size arcade multigame cabinet and modified it to accept Bitcoin payments. You scan a QR code on the machine with your smartphone and then pay up in exchange for game credits. Once paid, you're free to blast away at the old-school video-game baddies.… Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- Make way for GameSpot's Ultimate Upgrade Sweepstakes.
Remember those telescoping toy lightsabers? You used to do battle with your siblings or friends, but nobody could ever agree on who actually won the fight. There won't be room to argue if you're using Sabertron foam swords from Kickstarter.
The glowing swords each have a health meter above the hilt, marked by strips of green, yellow, and red LED lights. When the swords strike blade-to-blade, they make a clashing sound. When the sword hits anywhere else, like on your opponent's arm, the health meter goes down. Run out of health and you lose the match.… Read more