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Pi-Boy Classic is an homage to the Gameboy

Pi-Boy Classic is an homage to the Gameboy

If you are looking for your next project to work on, something cool has turned up over at Thingiverse called the Pi-Boy Classic. The device is said to be an homage to the original Nintendo Gameboy, only on a smaller scale. The Pi-Boy is about 75% of the size of that original Gameboy Classic. The custom controller under the display is more like a SNES controller than the original Gameboy.

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China completely opens wide its doors to gaming consoles

China completely opens wide its doors to gaming consoles

In late 2014, China lifted an almost 13 year old ban that prevented gaming consoles from being sold anywhere in the country. But that new freedom came with one caveat: the companies making and selling these consoles can only do business in one specialized area. Now China is removing even that, which will allow the likes of Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo to sell their popular gaming hardware anywhere in the country. More than giving these foreign companies a new cash cow, this could also change the landscape of gaming in China, which is heavily slanted towards mobiles and PCs.

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Acer’s bringing gaming PCs and tablets to IFA

Acer’s bringing gaming PCs and tablets to IFA

This week invites are going out to Acer's big event series at IFA 2015 in Berlin, complete with a teaser image. The image you see here has a big ol' power button amid some Batman-looking black swooping lines. The power button and the lines belong to one of Acer's gaming PCs, a "Predator" machine revealed at a small event earlier this year amid a few other early-view pieces of hardware, all in the gaming space. All with sharp angles and an aim for a place in your extravagant gaming PC and Android tablet-loving heart.

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Fallout Shelter Android release this August with Mr. Handy

Fallout Shelter Android release this August with Mr. Handy

Smash hit mobile app Fallout Shelter, from the folks that brought you Fallout, is coming to Android. This app launched soon after the next Fallout game (Fallout 4) was announced earlier this year, launching only on the Apple App Store. That was June - almost immediately after launching, Fallout Shelter became the number one most downloaded game in 48 countries and the most downloaded app of ANY KIND in 25 countries. Needless to say, it's hyped up - and of course a very fine game in its own right.

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Half-Life on Android-powered LG G Watch? This modder made it happen

Half-Life on Android-powered LG G Watch? This modder made it happen

You can play Doom just about anywhere these days, from ATM machines, to graphing calculators, to even inside Doom itself. That means it's gotten boring. We need to spice up this whole FPS game on random devices/appliances thing, and it's time we went with a more modern classic, like Half-Life. Modder Dave Bennett already has the right idea, getting the Valve-made shooter to run on an Android-powered LG G Watch.

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Fallout Anthology announced with 5 PC games in a mini nuke shell

Fallout Anthology announced with 5 PC games in a mini nuke shell

Are you starting to get caught up in the hype for the upcoming Fallout 4, but have never really played any of the original games? Or maybe you only played the previous entry, New Vegas, and want to experience the full series? Well, developer Bethesda has just dropped a bombshell — literally — for players in your situation. Late September will see the release of Fallout Anthology, which includes Fallout, Fallout 2, Fallout Tactics, Fallout 3, and Fallout New Vegas. Priced at only $50, the whole collection comes inside a mini nuclear bomb.

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Nintendo taps Facebook to kickstart Mario Maker hype

Nintendo taps Facebook to kickstart Mario Maker hype

With the game, or rather game maker, delayed for nearly half a year, Nintendo really better make sure that Mario Maker will hit all the right PR notes when it does. And who better to know how to do that than the very people behind one of the world's greatest hype machines, Facebook. For two days next week, Facebook employees will have the exclusive privilege of doing something that many game designers and developers past could only dream of: creating officially sanction, accepted, and even distributed Super Mario levels.

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Rise of the Tomb Raider is coming to the PS4 and PC

Rise of the Tomb Raider is coming to the PS4 and PC

Rise of the Tomb Raider was snapped up as an Xbox offering, but as it turns out, it will be making its way to other devices as well: namely, the PlayStation 4 and PC. Square Enix announced that it will be available on Steam early next year, and that those on Sony’s gaming console will also get access, but will need to wait more than a year, as it won’t be arriving until 2016’s holiday season. Whether those with a PlayStation 3 will get access wasn’t mentioned, and therefore it isn’t looking likely.

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When not to upgrade Android: NVIDIA’s Lollipop edition

When not to upgrade Android: NVIDIA’s Lollipop edition

This afternoon NVIDIA gave one of the very rare examples of an instance in which you might NOT want to upgrade your Android device to a new software version. NVIDIA is upgrading their original NVIDIA SHIELD Portable to Android 5.1 Lollipop, and in the process they're having to remove a couple of features. These aren't necessarily features you'll have been using regularly, mind you, but this sort of thing DOES happen from time to time. Have a peek and see what you're getting - and what you're taking away.

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eSports league will start policing drug use among gamers

eSports league will start policing drug use among gamers

Drug testing athletes is nothing new, and the same sort of policy will soon apply to gamers. Earlier this month, pro Counter-Strike player Kory ‘Semphis’ Friesen admitted to using Adderall, along with others on his then-team Cloud9, during a big tournament. Some consider this cheating, as Adderall, much like Ritalin, can be abused to help improve concentration and focus for anything ranging from studying to playing video games. Adderall use among pro gamers isn't uncommon, and that's a problem.

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