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Space Foosball table brings retro gaming up to date [Video]

Space Foosball table brings retro gaming up to date [Video]

Take one of the most iconic arcade games, mix it up with a classic real-world game, and you might be so lucky as to end up with Space Foosball.  The DIY handiwork of Young J. Kim's team at the Korean Ewha Women’s University Computer Graphics Lab, Space Foosball uses the familiar handle controls from a foosball table but encodes their movement digitally, with the university's own Everyware physics engine used to power gameplay.

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GP2X Wiz retrogaming handheld gets reviewed: expensive but brilliant

GP2X Wiz retrogaming handheld gets reviewed: expensive but brilliant

It's been almost three years since we last mentioned a review of one of GamePark's GP2X open-source handhelds, and as you might expect the company has made a few changes since then.  The latest-gen GP2X Wiz has a 2.8-inch 320 x 240 AMOLED touchscreen, customized Linux OS with 15-second boot and is available for $180; according to Boing Boing Gadgets, if you can stomach the price it's the best retro-gaming handheld around.

Palm Pre runs Doom [Video]

Palm Pre runs Doom [Video]

A platform can't really be taken seriously until it runs Doom, and so we're glad to report that Palm's webOS has graduated with (almost) flying colors.  Software tinkerer Sargun has managed to port the classic game to the Palm Pre, and it carries across "most of the functionality" of the original onto the new smartphone.

To do so, Sargun used the open-source version of Doom, PRDoom, which uses SDL for its rendering backend.  That meant he had to rework the game to use webOS' DirectFB graphics library, something which sounds difficult but which Sargun describes as "actually fairly trivial".

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