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OUYA ships early backer consoles, staggers delivery over the weeks ahead

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OUYA is true to its word: the company has confirmed to us that it's shipping the first units of its namesake game console to the many, many people who crowdfunded at a tier high enough to set aside a production system. If you've received a tracking notice, you should...
OUYA ships early backer consoles, staggers delivery over the weeks ahead

We're live at SXSW's Virtual Reality: The Holy Grail of Gaming panel with Valve, Oculus and more

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What? You didn't think we'd make it out of the first day of SXSW without some gaming coverage, did you? We're here at the show's Gaming Expo, a room full of the latest and greatest offerings from companies big and small. We couldn't help but do a doubletake when...
We're live at SXSW's Virtual Reality: The Holy Grail of Gaming panel with Valve, Oculus and more

EA plans to scrap Online Pass from existing games, enable access without a code

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EA's Online Pass program has been in the news a bit of late, but that'll soon change. The voucher's now set to be phased out completely -- earlier this month the company shared that it won't be including the certificates with new games, but now Game Informer reports that...
EA plans to scrap Online Pass from existing games, enable access without a code

Hands-on with Divekick's minimalist two-button controller (video)

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Just a couple days after we got our hands on Tenya Wanya Teen's crazy 16-button arcade stick, we were treated to its polar opposite; Divekick's two-button controller. Created by Iron Galaxy Studios just to show off the game at PAX East, the controller consists of two buttons slightly larger...
Hands-on with Divekick's minimalist two-button controller (video)

RetroN 4 plays NES, SNES, Genesis and GBA carts, hides its looks (for now)

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Hyperkin's fourth RetroN console wants to be the perfect way to enjoy gaming's past glories. Alongside the ability to play NES, SNES, Gameboy and Sega Genesis titles, it's compatible with PAL and NTSC formats, with ports for your NES, SNES and Genesis controllers -- you still have those, right?...
RetroN 4 plays NES, SNES, Genesis and GBA carts, hides its looks (for now)

Bomberman gets unofficial web-based version, crams in up to 1,000 online players

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This is about to ruin any hopes you had of a productive day. Bombermine, an unofficial version of SNES throwback, Super Bomberman, is a web-based gift that lets you face-off against up to 1,000 players in a single game. Borrowing the same scoresheet setup of a first-person shooter, you'll...
Bomberman gets unofficial web-based version, crams in up to 1,000 online players

Rosewill Helios RK-9200 double illuminates your keyboarding with two LEDs

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It's nearly CES, which apparently means announcements of several mechanical gaming keyboards. Roccat kicked off the announcements earlier today with its Ryos, and tonight Rosewill's showing off its Helios RK-9200 -- a mechanical keyboard with not just one LED lighting up the board, but two. Imagine the possibilities! Both...
Rosewill Helios RK-9200 double illuminates your keyboarding with two LEDs

Half-Life 2 crowbars its way out of Linux beta, brings Oculus Rift support with it

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Valve's Half-Life 2 along with Episodes One and Two are out of beta and available for download on Steam for Linux, the company announced today. While we welcome any Half-Life news, it's hard to not get disappointed when the number three isn't involved. Gordon Freeman's last known appearance uses...
Half-Life 2 crowbars its way out of Linux beta, brings Oculus Rift support with it

Ouya holding official unveiling on March 28th in San Francisco

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We're getting closer and closer to the launch of the much-hyped Ouya console. The Android-powered gaming machine will start shipping to backers on March 28th and to celebrate the company is having a little shindig in San Francisco that will serve as a proper "unveiling." The invite just arrived...
Ouya holding official unveiling on March 28th in San Francisco

Mojang's Scrolls launches in open beta today, $20 gets you access

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Mojang's best known for the indie blockbuster Minecraft, but today heralds the launch of the open beta for its new game, Scrolls. It's been a long time coming, and the title itself was the focus of a courtroom squabble, as much as Notch would've liked to hash out the...
Mojang's Scrolls launches in open beta today, $20 gets you access

How would you change Nintendo's 3DS XL?

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The Nintendo 3DS XL improved on the original in a wide variety of ways, including better ergonomics and playability. The chunkier body and bigger screen was key in helping to coax the console out of the shadow of its predecessor, and we were full of praise when we reviewed...
How would you change Nintendo's 3DS XL?

Insert Coin: Virtuix Omni VR treadmill gives gamers the run around from $249

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In Insert Coin, we look at an exciting new tech project that requires funding before it can hit production. If you'd like to pitch a project, please send us a tip with "Insert Coin" as the subject line. If the unison of Virtuix's Omni Treadmill and Oculus Rift got your...
Insert Coin: Virtuix Omni VR treadmill gives gamers the run around from $249

OUYA console gets torn down, found to be highly repairable

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Now that OUYA consoles are shipping out to the masses, the folks at iFixit were able to grab a box and immediately undo all of the precious packaging work accomplished at the factory. In its usual style, the site gently dissected the world's best-known Android game console, commenting on...
OUYA console gets torn down, found to be highly repairable

OptiTrack debuts $3,700 PRIME 17W mocap cam for small spaces

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Independent creators keen on motion capture have had affordable solutions like cheaper sensors and Kinect-based implementations for awhile now, but a large space for moving around has usually been required. OptiTrack has come up with an answer to that problem, however, in the form of the PRIME 17W mocap...
OptiTrack debuts $3,700 PRIME 17W mocap cam for small spaces

Sony's Yoshida: 'used games can play on a PS4'

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In news that should keep parties going until the early morning at Gamestops everywhere, Sony Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida tells Eurogamer that used games will still play on the PlayStation 4. Despite some issues with the translation, he stated clearly that "used games can play on a PS4."...
Sony's Yoshida: 'used games can play on a PS4'

Controller designer, hardware lead Jeri Ellsworth out at Valve

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We're still eagerly awaiting Steambox-spec'd hardware in our living rooms but Valve's endeavor into hardware will move on minus one party member, noted inventor / hacker Jeri Ellsworth. She reported the firing in a tweet earlier today, however any reasons, future plans or possible link to the project itself...
Controller designer, hardware lead Jeri Ellsworth out at Valve

Harmonix drops the mic, Rock Band weekly DLC ending on April 2nd

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After 275 consecutive weeks of DLC that produced over 4,000 songs, Harmonix is tuning up Rock Band for its final content release on April 2nd. As the once-prominent rock star sim walks up the Stairway to Heaven, its studio will release additional tracks and pro guitar upgrades. This final...
Harmonix drops the mic, Rock Band weekly DLC ending on April 2nd

iam8bit Entertainment System retro gaming console / art project to debut during E3

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The iam8bit collective has presented intersections of art and old-school gaming frequently over the last few years, and at an LA event during E3 this hand-built console will join the show. Designed "specifically with retro gaming in mind" and put together by artist Travis Chen, the iam8bit Entertainment System's...
iam8bit Entertainment System retro gaming console / art project to debut during E3

Humble Bundle game sales now coming weekly, starting with Bastion

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Who would've thought that letting consumers pay what they think is fair for quality games would prove popular? That's the concept behind Humble Bundle, and so far, it's been rather good to developers and charities alike. Now, deals from the company are set to get a whole lot more...
Humble Bundle game sales now coming weekly, starting with Bastion

Who should I follow on Twitter? Gaming edition

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A couple of days, and another "Who should I follow?" in the run-up to the holidays. This time around we're wading into Twitter missives concerning gaming. We've pulled together our favorite sites, writers and luminaries to ensure you'll never go wanting for 140-character gaming snippets. Glaring omissions should be...
Who should I follow on Twitter? Gaming edition

Xi3 starts Piston pre-orders: buy an early Steambox for under $1,000

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While Xi3's Piston may only be a Steambox through its software optimization, that still leaves us with a milestone on our hands now that the system is available for pre-orders: it's the first Valve-blessed PC on sale. If you're willing to set aside just under $1,000 ($900 during SXSW),...
Xi3 starts Piston pre-orders: buy an early Steambox for under $1,000

PSA: SimCity now available, go realize your city-building dreams

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Who wants to build a beta city? The final version of EA's long-awaited followup to its city-building classic goes live today in North America for all of you aspiring mayors out there -- well, those of you with a PC at least (the Mac version is still forthcoming). You...
PSA: SimCity now available, go realize your city-building dreams

Early-backer GameStick consoles delayed to June, dev units now shipping

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Fancied PlayJams' GameStick Android gaming console enough to back it on Kickstarter earlier this year? The good news is that Dev units have been shipping to the roughly 600 who signed up, with the remaining ones set to head out within a week. The bad news? The early-backer versions...
Early-backer GameStick consoles delayed to June, dev units now shipping

Sega Pluto prototype console surfaces: the Saturn / NetLink mishmash that never was

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So, first things first. Sega actually shipped some pretty insane gear. A handheld console that used full-size Genesis cartridges? Check. A sophisticated Tamagotchi that our own editor-in-chief developed games for? Yessir. Something called a "32X" that stacked on top of an already sizable home console? Sure, why not? Given...
Sega Pluto prototype console surfaces: the Saturn / NetLink mishmash that never was

Alienware X51 gaming PC now available with Ubuntu, starts at $600

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While the Alienware X51 has been slated by Valve as a currently available Steambox, consumers still have to get rid of that pesky Windows to install the Linux-driven platform. As we've seen with the Razer Edge, a Windows 8-powered gaming system just doesn't work well for living rooms because...
Alienware X51 gaming PC now available with Ubuntu, starts at $600

Live from the Engadget CES Stage: an interview with Stern Pinball's Gary Stern

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Yep, pinball at CES. We'll be chatting up Gary Stern, the CEO of Stern Pinball, one of the remaining few companies out there keeping the silver ball dream alive. We'll be discussing the state of the game in an era dominated by console and mobile gaming and what the...
Live from the Engadget CES Stage: an interview with Stern Pinball's Gary Stern

Twitch goes premium with Turbo: no ads and priority support for $9 a month

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Twitch has been a popular destination for video game-voyeurs for some time. Now, to boost its bottom line and please the more ardent ad-haters out there, the service is rolling out a premium tier of service dubbed Twitch Turbo. For $8.99 per-month customers not only get to avoid being...
Twitch goes premium with Turbo: no ads and priority support for $9 a month

Live from the Engadget CES Stage: an interview with Razer's Heath Hatcher

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Sure plenty of companies are waiting for devoted conferences like E3 to launch their peripherals, but this year's CES has afforded an interesting opportunity for smaller organizations to steal the spot light. We'll be meeting with Razer's Heath Hatcher to discuss the Edge, and what it's like launching gaming...
Live from the Engadget CES Stage: an interview with Razer's Heath Hatcher

Valve experiments with players' sweat response, eye-tracking controls for future game design

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Valve has a surprisingly varied staff roster. Mike Ambinder is the company's very own experimental psychologist and he's been outlining some of Valve's work with biofeedback technology, including eye-motion controls for Portal 2 and perspiration-based gaming adjustments on Left 4 Dead. Mentioning these developments at the NeuroGaming Conference last...
Valve experiments with players' sweat response, eye-tracking controls for future game design

Live from the Engadget CES Stage: an interview with Sifteo's Dave Merrill

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We've been hearing a fair amount about the Sifteo Cubes over the past couple of years, but we haven't had nearly enough opportunities to actually see the things in action. The company's president and co-founder Dave Merrill will be kicking off the second day of our CES stage by...
Live from the Engadget CES Stage: an interview with Sifteo's Dave Merrill
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