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Luxury cruise ship has VR simulation arena, race track and waterpark

Luxury cruise ship has VR simulation arena, race track and waterpark

Norwegian Cruise Lines has taken the wraps off “Joy,” a new luxury cruise ship it will be deploying in China next year. The cruise ship is massive and comes with the luxury staples you’d expect — gambling and fancy booze and tastefully-decorated rooms — as well as a few that take things to a whole new level: a virtual reality arena, a two-level “hoverboard” bumper race track, and a full water park.

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Hot Toys has a life-size First Order Stormtrooper figure

Hot Toys has a life-size First Order Stormtrooper figure

Hot Toys has a new First Order Stormtrooper, and it's life-sized. The model is a tad over 70-inches high (sans the base, which adds another 8-inches), and is designed to look just like a stormtrooper from The Force Awakens, being the latest entrant in the Life-Size Masterpieces Series. Sideshow Toys says the figure is “meticulously sculpted,” and it includes a blaster in its hands. Sound like an awesome addition for the living room? You may think again when you see the price tag.

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You’ll be sleeping with the fishes in Airbnb’s underwater bedroom

You’ll be sleeping with the fishes in Airbnb’s underwater bedroom

Actually, you'll be sleeping with very large, very dangerous fishes. And while an underwater bedroom might sound scenic and lovely, unless you're hydrophobic, this one might not let you sleep in peace. That's because Airbnb's first ever underwater bedroom located in sweet, romantic Paris is actually a modified Shark Tank of the Aquarium de Paris. Don't worry, it's not a regular lodging, though listed in Airbnb. It is part of the Aquarium's marketing stunt that will reward chosen contestant with a sleepover they won't easily forget.

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Super Mario World turned into Flappy Bird, all done by hand

Super Mario World turned into Flappy Bird, all done by hand

The one-hit wonder and addictive mobile game Flappy Bird was noted to have a few art assets quite similar to those of a Super Mario game. It was only a matter of time, then, that things come full circle. Popular for being one of the most hackable games, Super Mario World, the SNES version, has been modded through code injection to run a totally new level that plays like Flappy Bird, with the eponymous hero as the bird. While that might sound unexciting at first, the whole process was actually done manually through a series of carefully calculated moves, using nothing but a controller.

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Arcade cabinet pits Tesla, Edison, your hands in mortal combat

Arcade cabinet pits Tesla, Edison, your hands in mortal combat

It seems to be the trend these days to pit famous dead people against each other. And now, we're not talking about disgusting, decomposing zombies. Last month saw the beginnings of what would be a "Science Kombat" game that pit pixelated embodiments of famous scientists, both dead and alive, imbuing them superpowers to inflict fatality on other scientists. At SxSW, someone cooked up a more limited yet more elaborate version of that concept, involving Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla. The catch? The players themselves will also be in a shock. Literally.

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LEGO ‘Adventure Time’ concept set gets greenlight

LEGO ‘Adventure Time’ concept set gets greenlight

LEGO Ideas, the company’s community platform for artists to submit their own set concepts, has announced the newest round of selected projects that'll be heading into production as official LEGO sets. Among them is the Adventure Time concept that caught the public's attention last year -- it made it through the first round of the process, scoring the necessary 10,000 supporters, and has since passed the second stage, too, with LEGO giving it the greenlight.

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Teens react to Windows 95: “It looks so dull and ancient.”

Teens react to Windows 95: “It looks so dull and ancient.”

Prepare to feel old, again. There’s another ‘Teens react’ video, and this time the kids are being introduced to Windows 95. The troubles and criticisms are quick to start: it takes a long time to boot up, for example, so long you could go get yourself a snack while waiting. Another issue is the lack of WiFi -- how are you supposed to get online without WiFi!? -- and the complete lack of personality.

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Universal Studios Japan to open Nintendo Land by 2020

Universal Studios Japan to open Nintendo Land by 2020

Nintendo diligently guards its brands and characters almost to the point of being stingy. That is partly to blame for the dearth of exciting real-world adventures you can have with Mario and Luigi, Link and Zelda, and Pokemon. In four years' time, however, that might change radically. Japanese media report that Universal Studio Japan, one of only four such theme parks in the world, will be opening a "Nintendo Land" section by 2020. And it won't simply be a building with Nintendo merchandise but something likened to the famous Harry Potter area in the very same complex.

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Marble Machine is a testament to human creativity and insanity

Marble Machine is a testament to human creativity and insanity

Over the centuries, man has developed wonderful and intricate instruments that would delight our ears and pluck at our heartstrings. But what if you could somewhat undo all that and replace them with marbles? Sounds insane? That is somewhat the quest that musician cum inventor Martin Molin of Swedish musical act Wintergatan has taken upon himself to conquer, a quest that took him 14 months to finish. Fortunately for us, and maybe for him, the end result is just as astounding as the concept of a marble-driven music machine is.

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First Order Stormtrooper helmet is a life-size wearable

First Order Stormtrooper helmet is a life-size wearable

In need of a proper First Order Stormtrooper helmet? ThinkGeek has rolled out a life-sized replica that is ready for you to put on, and it includes a convex tinted visor. According to the company, this new replica was based on digital scans of an actual prop from the Star Wars movie, and was made with lightweight injection-molded plastic for comfort while being worn.

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Star Wars BB-8 desk lamp shines at your touch

Star Wars BB-8 desk lamp shines at your touch

Need an adorable Star Wars droid in your life? Enter the BB-8 desktop lamp, a model of the BB-8 droid from The Force Awakens that functions as a reading light. The lamp has a trio of lighting modes suitable for different situations, and is made from high-quality aluminum, according to ThinkGeek. Even better, it’s available as of now. See it in action after the jump!

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New Monopoly edition replaces cash with scanner and cards

New Monopoly edition replaces cash with scanner and cards

Monopoly, the game that drags on forever and has caused more than a few family fights, is back with a new edition called Monopoly Ultimate Banking. Rather than including paper money, as has been the norm for most of the game's existence, Ultimate Banking ditches the physical cash in favor of player credit cards and a bank scanner that tracks funds.

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