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Free: ToneMatrix

Free: ToneMatrix

ToneMatrix is a sinewave synthesizer with a series of triggered steps; confused? Just press the buttons and you’ll get what it is: a highly addictive music/noise app. Thanks, Mike!

Custom Halo 3 Desktop

Custom Halo 3 Desktop

It looks like a Halo 3 screenshot, but this is actually a working desktop UI: the player indicators are program shortcuts, the radar displays temperature and ammo shows laptop battery life.

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Soviet Arcade Machines

Soviet Arcade Machines

Proof that even stodgy socialists needed to get their button mashing on: if you’re in Moscow, visit the Museum of Soviet Arcade Machines; it’s filled with 37 machines from the 70s and 80s.

DC Trailer: The Conduit

DC Trailer: The Conduit

Wii-only shooter The Conduit launches June 23; check out this DC/Launch Trailer, which mixes energy weapons and Washington’s greatest landmarks (with predictable results).

UK Launch Trailer: ArmA II

UK Launch Trailer: ArmA II

Yanks will have to wait for ArmA II, but this UK Launch Trailer should tide us over for now: with no scripts, preset pathways or outcomes, it could be pure genius or utter disaster.

Papercraft Ninja Gaiden

Papercraft Ninja Gaiden

You won’t need to be an origami master to fold this papercraft Ninja Gaiden, which is why it’s full of win: simply download the rar’d PDF here to build yourself an 8-bit diorama.

Diablo 3: Overthrown

Diablo 3: Overthrown

Diablo’s Barbarian class gets his moment in the sun with a fantastically detailed (but pricey) 18″ polystone statue; Overthrown wields dual axes and an interchangeable helmet head.

Resident Evil Last Escape

Resident Evil Last Escape

The video is pretty choppy, but we appreciate the merger of two great zombie games in Resident Evil Last Escape: it creates RE3’s Raccoon City using Left 4 Dead graphics.

Free: 1066

Free: 1066

1066 looks simple, but we easily burned an hour playing it; it’s a turn-based strategy game which recreates medieval battles in England with battle charges, arrows and taunts.

Xbox 360 Wireless Guitar

Xbox 360 Wireless Guitar

Xbox 360 owners finally get their own Logitech Wireless Guitar Controller; just like the PS3 version, it features a rosewood fingerboard, metal frets and a whisper-quiet strum bar.

Gameplay: IL-2 Sturmovik

Gameplay: IL-2 Sturmovik

It’s been ages since we played a decent flight sim, but based on the sweet graphics in this IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey gameplay trailer, it may be time to dust off those aviator goggles.

Worms 2: Armageddon

Worms 2: Armageddon

Coming soon to XBLA, Worms 2: Armageddon is packed with features worthy of the franchise: gorgeous new vertical levels and more weapons than you can shake a worm at.

Mountain Dew x WoW

Mountain Dew x WoW

Seeing two hot chicks go at it in the supermarket over Mountain Dew is about as likely as seeing the same two playing World of Warcraft, so consider the TV spot above a gift from the gods.

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Free: ARhrrrr!

Free: ARhrrrr!

Developed by Georgia Tech’s Augmented Environments Lab, ARhrrrr! is a shooter with a twist: it uses a Tegra devkit as a gun to take out zombies shambling about a 3D city.

Free: We Are Autobots

Free: We Are Autobots

The technology isn’t perfect, but there’s just something awesome about wearing an augmented reality-generated Optimus Prime helmet; it uses your eyes as a point of reference.

Video: Chessboxing

Video: Chessboxing

A crazy mix of brains and brawn, Chessboxing is an actual sport where you alternate between 4-minute chess rounds and 3-minute boxing rounds; checkmate and K.O., anyone?

Free: Star Beacons

Free: Star Beacons

Kind of like Pachinko in space (think pinball), Star Beacons tasks you with firing a series of balls down a gauntlet of obstacles; the teleport in the bottom “recycles” the ball.

Air Guitar World Record

Air Guitar World Record

The 2008 record of 318 was smashed this weekend by 440 gamers in Brutal Legend tees rocking out to Motorhead’s Ace of Spades; it’s now the world’s largest air guitar gathering.

Pac-Man Coffee Table

Pac-Man Coffee Table

Converting a coffee table into an homage to Pac-Man was a no brainer for Syd Bolton–the dude has over 5,000 games in his collection and curates the Personal Computer Musem.

Hunting is No Joke Tee

Hunting is No Joke Tee

Available today only (6/17) at TeeFury, David Staffell’s Hunting is No Joke t-shirt is a tongue-in-cheek look at what happens when you blend retro graphics with real-world expectations.

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Theremin Mario Bros.

Theremin Mario Bros.

If you can’t wait for Project Natal, this theremin-controlled version of Super Mario Bros. can be controlled by 1 or 2 people–ensuring that you and a friend can look like total spazzes.

Driver Trailer: NFS SHIFT

Driver Trailer: NFS SHIFT

This Driver Profile trailer for Need for Speed SHIFT plays like a high octane movie trailer; it repeatedly bashes you over the head with badges you can earn, yet hurts so good.

Free: HoverKart

Free: HoverKart

Get 7 of your friends or randomly join a game for instant MarioKart-style racing with HoverKart, which includes 20 tracks; note: if you FAIL at driving like we do, try out the tutorial first.

Preview: Ghostbusters

Preview: Ghostbusters

Available 6/16, check out this preview for the Ghostbusters game; it introduces you as the fifth Ghostbuster, talks about the various weapons/tools and shows off plenty of gameplay.

iPhone App: iSamurai

iPhone App: iSamurai

We’ve seen swordplay iPhone apps before, but iSamurai communicates with your opponent’s iPhone via Wi-Fi to (semi) accurately produce sword strike and block sounds.

Free: Little Wheel

Free: Little Wheel

Little Wheel may be a linear game, but it’s fantastically done: it’s a robot story with a steampun graphics and a jazzy soundtrack; we only wish it were longer. Full walkthrough above.

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