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Nintendo announces new hybrid portable game console

Nintendo’s Switch is a touchscreen tablet with removable physical controls that turn it into a traditional handheld game console. It comes with a chunky dock to hook it up to a TV set for high-definition couch action; also announced is a traditional wireless gamepad to match the squared-off dark gray design. Introducing Nintendo Switch! In addition to providing single and multiplayer thrills at home, …

PBS debuts its own tablet for kids, the Playtime Pad

The public broadcaster PBS today unveiled a new plan to bring its children’s television programming to its young audience, who spend more time behind tablets rather than sitting in front of TV sets. It’s debuting its own branded tablet, called the Playtime Pad. The tablet, which is produced by Ematic will come preloaded with PBS Kids’ entertainment, including games, video clips, music videos, and more, as well …

Game developers say no to DRM: "hurts our customers"

The developers behind the hotly anticipated Shadow Warrior 2 have gone on record explaining why they didn’t add DRM to their new title: they themselves hate DRM, and understand that DRM disproportionately inconveniences legit customers, not pirates who play cracked versions without DRM. A frequent battle-cry of the copyright maximalist is that “you can’t compete with free.” It’s true that enticing people to …

The FEEL FLUX grants the sense of slowing down time

I’ve been playing with my FEEL FLUX for weeks and its hit rate in the amazement department is 100%. Each time you drop the metal ball through the copper tube you’d expect it to zip out the other end but instead, it lazily creeps from one end to the other and dribbles out into your waiting hand.   SILENT CATCH A “Silent Catch” is what …

Kid makes a diorama of her neighborhood disguised as an RPG rulebook

Jim Jones writes, “I have been playing The Warren, Marshall Miller’s role playing game about being rabbits, with my three kids for a little over a month. We play in an area based on our suburban neighborhood. My second grade daughter chose to do a diorama of a suburb for school so she could talk about our game and we built it so that …

Hand-Crafted Poké Ball May Be Peak Pokémon, But Is Still Totally Awesome

The artisan behind this Pokémon “Poké Ball” (aka Monster Ball) masterpiece is Jasper Hams. You can purchase one for about $133 on Etsy, which seems pretty reasonable given how fancy and perfect it is! report this ad Jim Jones writes, “I have been playing The Warren, Marshall Miller’s role playing game about being rabbits, with my three kids for a …

Will $120m video game Star Citizen ever be ready to launch?

Star Citizen is an epic game development project, crowdfunded to the tune of $124m (million!) and directed by industry legend Chris Roberts. But whether it’ll end up an epic game remains unclear, as endless feature creep, ambition and internal rancor see the project enter its fifth year. While Roberts was bothering his devs to add multiple layers of clothing to the game, each with different …

To do in San Francisco this weekend: the first-ever roguelike celebration

Noah writes, “This weekend a group of roguelike enthusiasts and developers are getting together for the first ever Roguelike Celebration. It’ll feature talks from developers of the game that spawned the genre – rogue – as well as the creators of Dwarf Fortress, Kingdom of Loathing, ADOM, Tracery and lots more. It’ll take place all day on the 17th and will be streamed live …

Pokémon Go will “likely” come to Android Wear

Pokémon Go will come to Android Wear, it seems. At TechCrunch Disrupt SF this afternoon, John Hanke, CEO of Niantic Labs – the company behind the most viral and profitable mobile game of all time – confirmed that his team will look into bringing game to other mobile platforms which are interesting in terms of both gameplay and mobility. Asked specifically if Android Wear was on that …

Obduction marks a comeback for the makers of Myst

Cyan, the company behind the legendary Myst adventure game, is back with an unexpectedly well-received sequel, Obduction. Though the original and Riven were huge hits, further sequels suffered from changing tastes, growing ambitions, and a crank-em-out publishing deal with Ubisoft. But 2016, it turns out, is a great time for perfectly-refined retro adventures in beautifully strange Art Nouveau worlds. After Myst 5’s release Cyan …