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Playing Video Games with a Laser

Playing Video Games with a Laser

Techmoan is usually showing off unusual retro tech, this time host Mat has something a bit different. Here, he shows how to play vector-style video games using Wicked Lasers’ LaserOS. Check out StandupMath’s video for a more impressive demo of a laser-based game.

Nintendo Switch Pro Gaming Grip

Nintendo Switch Pro Gaming Grip

Satisfye’s Pro Gaming Grip makes playing with the Nintendo Switch in handheld mode more comfortable. Its asymmetrical design keeps your wrists in the proper position. It also has a built-in stand and comes with two pairs of pads for the Switch’s analog sticks.

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Kingdom Hearts III (Gameplay 3)

Kingdom Hearts III (Gameplay 3)
$60  Buy Link Comment

This brief trailer for Kingdom Hearts III showcases some of the minigames that you’ll be able to play in the Classic Kingdom. The games-within-the-game sees Sora playing on a Game & Watch style LCD handheld system inspired by classic Disney cartoons.

Spider-Man PS4 (Gameplay 2)

Spider-Man PS4 (Gameplay 2)

Insomniac’s Bryan Intihar sat down with Game Informer to give us a preview of the combat in the upcoming PS4 exclusive Spider-Man. This Spidey is like Batman in the Arkham games, armed with a combination of melee, stealth and gadget attacks.

ASUS Zephyrus M Gaming Laptop

ASUS Zephyrus M Gaming Laptop
$2199  Buy Link Comment

ASUS’ second Zephryus laptop has a more conventional keyboard and trackpad layout compared to its predecessor. It also has a 15.6″ 1080p 144Hz Gsync-enabled display, a GTX 1070 GPU with GPU switching to extend battery life, and an 8th Gen Core i7 CPU.

Street Fighter: The Miniatures Game

Street Fighter: The Miniatures Game
$80+  Pledge Comment

Co-created by video game critic Angry Joe, Street Fighter: The Miniatures Game is a card-based fighting game with nice pre-painted miniatures as well as stages and interactive props from the series. It has 1v1, 2v2, 3v3, free-for-all and co-op boss modes.

Microsoft Project Zanzibar

Microsoft Project Zanzibar

Microsoft Research shows off a tabletop mat that uses capacitive sensors and near-field communication (NFC) to detect the shape and position of objects, as well as touch, and gestures above its surface. It could be used for interactive games and other tangible interfaces.

PS4 Japan: We Can Do It!

PS4 Japan: We Can Do It!

Created by POOL inc., DENTSU, and Taiyo Kikaku Co. this Japanese commercial for the Sony PlayStation 4 is packed with creativity, with players not just dreaming about their superpowers and abilities from video games, but actually living with them.

Jurassic World Evolution (Gameplay)

Jurassic World Evolution (Gameplay)
$60  Buy Link Comment

This comprehensive gameplay video of Jurassic World Evolution shows us its construction, research and management aspects. Learn about its realistic dinosaur behavior, weather, and research, educational material such as real-world dig sites, and more.

Nintendo Switch LEGO Upgrades

Nintendo Switch LEGO Upgrades

The Nintendo Switch is a pretty nifty gaming system all on its own, but there are a couple of ways in which it could be improved. LEGO builder vmln8r shows off a few accessories they built to enhance the system. The controller rail is a 3D printed part you can download here.

Fortnite Mobile for iOS

Fortnite Mobile for iOS

After a brief public beta, Epic Games’ cartoonish battle royale game is now available for select iOS devices. Fortnite Mobile is still the 100-player free for all mode that’s become so popular, with added conveniences such as auto-aim. An Android port is coming soon.

Cuphead Animation Reel

Cuphead Animation Reel

Animator Tina Nawrocki shares a selection of some of the awesome 2D pencil animation work she did for the Studio MDHR and the wildly popular game Cuphead. It’s also a great way to see some of the characters we never got to, since the game is so damned hard.

The Messenger

The Messenger

What starts as a tongue-in-cheek Ninja Gaiden rip off turns into a legitimately fun action platformer. The Messenger combines tight controls with humor and crisp 8-bit and eventually 16-bit graphics. Coming to Windows and Nintendo Switch.

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Intel Hades Canyon NUC

Intel Hades Canyon NUC

Intel combined its 8th generation CPU with mortal enemy AMD’s RX Vega M graphics chip to create the world’s smallest virtual reality-ready PC, on par with mid-level desktop machines. Coming Spring 2018, the $800+ Hades Canyon NUC measures only 8″x 5″.

PC Building Simulator

PC Building Simulator
$20  Buy Link Comment

Build the gaming rig of your dreams without spending thousands. The only problem is that it only exists in the virtual world. PC Building Simulator lets you build virtual rigs with brand name components, benchmark them, and even run a virtual PC repair shop.

WipEout Omega Collection VR

WipEout Omega Collection VR
$40  Buy Link Comment

The PlayStation 4-exclusive enhanced collection of WipEout games now supports the PSVR virtual reality headset. Not only does it make the game more immersive and runs smoothly, it’s also the most natural way to play, letting you look around and ahead of corners.

If Kirby Existed in The Real World

If Kirby Existed in The Real World

Nintendo’s puffy pink ball of goo is so fun to play with because of all the crazy things his (or her?) body can do. But what would a creature like Kirby be like if it actually existed? Play Noggin answers another question that nobody was asking.

Deal: Uncommon Carry Bows

Deal: Uncommon Carry Bows
$26  Buy Comment

Launch Q-Tips, matches, and toothpicks with these teensy desktop crossbows. Choose between a Dark Knight or a Phoenix design. Grab one for 35% off the regular price in The Awesomer Shop.

New Gundam Breaker (Teaser)

New Gundam Breaker (Teaser)
$60  Buy Link Comment

New Gundam Breaker is an action game for Windows and PS4 where you play with living versions of Gunpla, or Gundam model kits. Collect parts as you battle and use them to build your own mech. You’ll also be able to swap parts while in battle. Drops 6/22/18.

The Oregon Trail Handheld Game

The Oregon Trail Handheld Game
$25  Buy Link Comment

You can play The Oregon Trail on your phone and even in your browser. But Basic Fun’s port adds a fair amount of nostalgia with its chiptune music, retro case and large buttons. It’s officially a Target exclusive, but you can also order it from Amazon.

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Silicon Valley VR (Trailer)

Silicon Valley VR (Trailer)

(PG-13) Silicon Valley VR: Inside the Hacker Hostel is a virtual reality experience for the HTC Vive. It will let you explore the familiar incubator home where the main characters live and work. It has hundreds of interactive objects, games and interactions with the characters.

The Philosophy of Deus Ex

The Philosophy of Deus Ex

(SPOILERS) Wisecrack takes on two of the main themes explored across the Deus Ex games. One is how paranoia can and is used to manipulate society. The other is the danger of developing technology before understanding its moral implications.

Mii Channel: Ska/Jazz Cover

Mii Channel: Ska/Jazz Cover

The appropriately-named Ska Tune Network presents a wonderfully upbeat cover version of the background music found in the Mii Channel on the Nintendo Wii. We’re pretty sure its impossible not to move and groove while listening to this.

Evolution of Rhythm Matching Games

Evolution of Rhythm Matching Games

A great compilation of some of the many rhythm matching games, kicking off with the awesome 1996 PlayStation classic Parappa the Rapper, along with hits like DDR, Beatmania, Samba de Amigo, Rocksmith, and a plethora of obscure titles only found in Japan.

PUBG Mobile

PUBG Mobile

Can’t run Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds on your computer? Perhaps your phone can handle it. The wildly successful and fun online action survival game is now on iOS and Android as a free-to-play game. Go get that chicken dinner.

God of War (Gameplay 3)

God of War (Gameplay 3)
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(Gore) PlayStation presents a 15-minute gameplay video of the upcoming PS4 exclusive God of War. It doesn’t show the series’ weapon switching mechanic, but between the Leviathan Axe, Atreus and his bare hands, Kratos already has a lot to work with.

Gunship: Art3mis & Parzival

Gunship: Art3mis & Parzival

(Spoilers) This music video from the band GUNSHIP serves as a wonderful tribute to the characters in Ready Player One, as told through 16-bit pixel art. The band is also giving away a custom arcade cabinet if you can figure out the secrets hidden in the video. (Thanks Lee!)

Deal: Wanle Gamer’s Console

Deal: Wanle Gamer’s Console
$34  Buy Comment

Protect your iPhone and transform it into an old school gaming device with this offbeat case. The retro-style LCD-screened handheld comes with ten classic games, including Snake and Tetris. Get it for 57% off the regular price in The Awesomer Shop.

Iron Harvest

Iron Harvest

King Art Games’ mechs-meets-1920s real-time strategy game is on Kickstarter. Iron Harvest promises gameplay that’s more tactics than twitch, engaging single player campaigns, and of course badass mechs and weapon systems. It’s coming to Windows, PS4 and Xbox One.

How to Make an Automatic Dice Roller

How to Make an Automatic Dice Roller

Adafruit shows us how to make an electronic and portable dice roller. It uses a small motor to spin a small platform, which in turn rolls the dice. As others have pointed out, it would be better if you make the platform uneven to shake the dice even more. Full guide here.

Logitech G560 Lightsync Speakers

Logitech G560 Lightsync Speakers
$200  Buy Link Comment

Logitech’s G560 is a 2.1 sound system with Lightsync technology. Its two satellite speakers have RGB LEDs that can provide ambient lighting based on what’s on screen when the G560 is connected to your PC via USB. It also has 3.5mm and Bluetooth inputs.

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