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Jolly Jam: Angry Birds maker makes its own Candy Crush

Jolly Jam: Angry Birds maker makes its own Candy Crush

Rovio is about to try its luck with a Candy Crush-LIKE game, I suppose we should say. Not like it's the same game - and not like there isn't a precedent for creating games like this, like Bejeweled turning into a game about candy, or anything like that. And forbid it that there ever be a game like Bejeweled that takes what Dr. Mario was - or what Tetris was - and evolves it into something entirely new, with a smidgen of the old game in its bones.

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Virtual Reality will “change the world”, so says Tim Sweeney

Virtual Reality will “change the world”, so says Tim Sweeney

Tim Sweeney is the founder and CEO of Epic Games, the creators of Unreal Engine gaming software. Based purely on the demonstration of the Unreal Engine 4 engine software running on the Oculus Rift DK2 and Crescent Bay, we'd say Epic Games knows exactly what's possible in the Virtual Reality universe. Sweeny himself suggests that next year is going to be a "watershed time for VR," and that we've essentially only scratched the surface of what's possible in this VR headset realm.

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Finally! Xbox One, meet Screenshots

Finally! Xbox One, meet Screenshots

It is almost mind boggling that such a basic need, like taking a screenshot to boast about your latest in-game triumph, would take so long to implement. But they say that good things come to those who wait, and those who wait need to wait just a little bit longer. Screenshot capability is finally coming to the Xbox One console when the latest system update rolls to everyone in March. Fortunately, that's not the only reason to be excited about this update.

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Razer Tactical Bag Review: the gear backpack of your dreams

Razer Tactical Bag Review: the gear backpack of your dreams

My review of the Razer Tactical Bag began in January of 2015, about a month and a half ago. The bag was delivered to me right in time for CES 2015 - easily the most action-packed week for me out of the whole year - for tech, that is to say. During the week I carry a lot of weight. In past years, I've brought bags that weren't up to the task. I've had bags whose handles rip partway through the week. I've had bags that didn't end up having nearly enough space or pockets for organization of oddities. The Razer Tactical Bag was up to the task.

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ZRRO Android console challenges the status quo with zTouch

ZRRO Android console challenges the status quo with zTouch

By this time, the concept of playing Android games on the big screen is no longer a novel idea, but there doesn't seem to be a clear winner just yet. And neither has it caught on even with hardcore Android gamers. ZRRO, a new Android console vying for your attention and your support, thinks it knows the reason why. Almost all of these force Android developers to create or retrofit their games to their controllers. ZRRO's solution? A controller that lets you "Touch the TV screen from the couch without looking at the controller."

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Nintendo ships 5.7 million amiibo, most of them of Link

Nintendo ships 5.7 million amiibo, most of them of Link

Amiibo are dead, long live amiibo! Despite what rumors would have us believe, amiibo figurines are apparently selling well. At its investor briefing, Nintendo painted a rosy picture of its Skylanders-like toys, detailing where the figurines made the most money and which among the lot is actually the most popular. And if you thought it was your friendly, Italian plumber, better think again. Well, actually he is, but only in one very small part of the world and the amiibo market.

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InstaDoom is Doom with Instagram filters

InstaDoom is Doom with Instagram filters

If you are a gamer who has been playing on the PC for a while, you may remember just how Awesome the original Doom was when it came out way back in the early 90s. For the time, the graphics were great even if they look terrible by today's standards. Some geeks have got together and made up a new version of Doom called InstaDoom.

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Nintendo 3DS XL 2015 teardown: inside the tiny computer

Nintendo 3DS XL 2015 teardown: inside the tiny computer

There's really nothing too next-level about this little gaming machine - unless you consider all of its processing power and super-refined hardware. "If you think about it," says iFixit, "the newest of the new Nintendo 3DS XL is basically a small laptop." With a 3D screen, of course, as well as a triple-camera setup, CPU, RAM, Flash, and the ability to run high-powered software. That's a general way of looking at it - but it's true, isn't it? Let's have a peek inside.

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Upcoming Sword Coast Legend D&D lets you play Dungeon Master

Upcoming Sword Coast Legend D&D lets you play Dungeon Master

If you're any type of gamer, especially on PC, you've probably had your fill of memorable RPGs that inspire your imagination with their immersive stories and memorable characters. But what if you're so inspired you wanted actually wanted to control how the story goes. Then you, my friend, have a calling to be a Dungeon Master. Lucky for you, an upcoming Dungeons & Dragons game called Sword Coast Legend will let you do exactly that, playing the mastermind behind the adventure of your own design for four of your friends to enjoy.

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Dying Light’s March update to bring ‘Hard Mode’

Dying Light’s March update to bring ‘Hard Mode’

Dying Light, the zombie survival game that has only just recently been released, is set to get an update in March, and with that update the entire thing will be taken up a notch: Hard Mode is inbound. This comes after some gamers have finished the game, and are looking to start again in an apocalypse world that's a bit harder the second time around. The feature will be part of a free update that any Dying Light gamer can grab.

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