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Home Improvisation: the game that has you build IKEA-style furniture

Home Improvisation: the game that has you build IKEA-style furniture

Everyone loves putting together IKEA furniture, right? You just grab your toolbox and follow the steps in those cute, cartoonish instructions, and eventually you end up with something that at least resembles what you saw in the store. But what if you didn't have those instructions? Then you're entering a depth of hell that few escape from without having smashed something in frustration. On the other hand, if that sort of puzzle sounds fun to you, then the game Höme Improvisåtion is just what you're looking for.

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Alibaba to invest in OUYA to bring games to set-top boxes

Alibaba to invest in OUYA to bring games to set-top boxes

Seems like it's an investment run this week. After the rumored Microsoft investment in Cyanogen, Inc., another startup is getting an infusion of cash from a giant. This time, that startup is former crowdfunding darling OUYA and the giant is Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba. Word on the street is that Alibaba is investing around $10 million in OUYA with the goal of putting OUYA's catalog of Android games inside Alibaba's set-top boxes for the Chinese market.

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LEGO Jurassic World game covers all 4 movies

LEGO Jurassic World game covers all 4 movies

That's right, Ian Malcolm fans, you're going to see everyone's favorite Chaos Theorist appear in LEGO form. In the new LEGO Jurassic World game, at least. This new game is set to be released alongside a new Avengers LEGO game this year, starting in June with the Xbox One. You'll also see this game released for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PC soon after. You'll also see versions released for PlayStation Vita, Wii U, Nintendo 3Ds, and Windows PC - through Steam, most likely.

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Battlefield Hardline beta 2015 starts February 3rd

Battlefield Hardline beta 2015 starts February 3rd

This morning Visceral Games announced that the next release of Battlefield Hardline will be in the form of a new Beta. Visceral Games suggests that "we consider this to be a real beta - we need your feedback on balance, economy, and to help identify and iron out the last remaining bugs." This beta will be open to all those who wish to participate on Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PC. There won't be any cross-play action between PC and game consoles, but there may be cross-pollination between console generations.

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Nintendo issues “Creators Program” control over YouTube content

Nintendo issues “Creators Program” control over YouTube content

Instead of just issuing takedown notices to those gamers that hoped to share Nintendo content on YouTube, the company has decided to launch a "Creators Program" this week. Instead of aiming to take down all content or take control of all revenue, Nintendo has started a program which aims to share revenue. This program requires that content sharers register with Nintendo and report every video they share - or they can share their entire channel if it's entirely Nintendo-based. Then there's a 3-day wait period.

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Sony to axe PS Vita Maps, near, YouTube apps

Sony to axe PS Vita Maps, near, YouTube apps

It seems like Sony is putting to rest a few of its services, probably much to the dismay and even worry of its customers. Hot on the heels of an announcement that will swap out its Music Unlimited service for a Spotify-powered PlayStation Music, the tech giant is now announcing the impending shtudown of two PS Vita apps, Maps and YouTube. It isn't saying exactly why it is doing so and, in at least one case, isn't offering a replacement.

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Unreal Engine 4 Paris virtual tour: indistinguishable from reality

Unreal Engine 4 Paris virtual tour: indistinguishable from reality

A virtual Parisian apartment has been rendered in video form for your enjoyment this week. Not by an architecture firm, nor a home furnishings group, but by a video game developer by the name of Dereau Benoît. This short journey through a virtual space was made real with Unreal Engine 4, the latest from Epic Games in graphics engine delivery. Everything you're seeing here - modeling, texturing, lighting, and post-production - have been created with Unreal Engine by Benoît. The music you're hearing comes from Sigur Rós.

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Spotify partners with Sony: Music Unlimited is dead

Spotify partners with Sony: Music Unlimited is dead

This week the folks at Sony Network Entertainment International have announced a strategic partnership with Spotify on a global level. According to Sony, Spotify's streaming music network will be pushed to PlayStation Music as an exclusive partner. Spotify on PlayStation Music will be sent out to 41 markets globally (initially), moving first with PlayStation consoles and Sony Xperia tablets and smartphones. Users with PlayStation Network wallet accounts will be able to subscribe to Spotify directly with this setup, bypassing the need for a separate account.

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Alpine Vision GT concept races onto the virtual track

Alpine Vision GT concept races onto the virtual track

Renault has rolled out a slick looking concept car called the Alpine Vision Gran Turismo concept and it looks really cool. The car has lots of curves and reminds of something that Speed Racer or one of his pals would drive. The car is set to make its debut in the racing game Gran Turismo, but Renault has also produced a full size scale model of the car to show off at auto shows as well.

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Razer Nabu X sneaks out for sale to the public

Razer Nabu X sneaks out for sale to the public

Earlier this month at CES 2015 we first heard about the 2nd tier wearable device from Razer, one called the Nabu X. Here less than a month later the device is already on sale to the general public. This device went on sale to Razer Insiders before, coming in at a price that very well could be kicking the device out at a loss - $20. Now the device comes to the public at a still-reasonable $49.99 USD - very similar to its competitors in the field.

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