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A New Book About Sega Includes Incredibly Detailed Pop-up Paper Models of Its Iconic Arcade Games

With a Sonic the Hedgehog film setting records at the box office, now’s as good a time as any to reflect on Sega’s glory days in the ‘80s and ‘90s. But instead of focusing on consoles, a new book takes a deep dive on Sega’s iconic ride-on arcade machines and includes intricate pop-up paper models of six standouts.Read more...
Tags: Gaming, Books, Games, Science, Design, Video Games, Sega, Pop Up Books, Read Only Memory


Hasbro Is Bringing Back Tiger Electronics' Handheld LCD Games

Toy Fair 2020 is just a couple of days away and soon the internet will be abuzz with all the new toys arriving this year, but all the old toys as well. Continuing a trend seen at the show for the past couple of years, Hasbro today revealed it’s bringing back Tiger Electronics’ handheld video games in four new…Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Toys, Science, Video Games, Tech, Hasbro, Consumer Tech, Toy Fair, Handhelds, Tiger Electronics, Toy Fair 2020


Sonic the Hedgehog Had the Best Domestic Opening of Any Video Game Movie Ever

It used to be conventional wisdom that video game movies were not a way to walk the path to success. Warcraft, Assassin’s Creed, and a whole pile of bizarre failed ‘90s game adaptations tell the tale of a film niche that was better left alone. But that may be changing, and Sonic the Hedgehog might be the harbinger. Read more...
Tags: Science, Video Games, Jim Carrey, Ben Schwartz, Sonic the Hedgehog, Sega, Paramount, Sonic


Kingdom Come Developers Turn the Tables on Pirates With Copyright Counter-Attack

The great ideological battles over internet piracy feel like they’re long behind us, but the developers of the action RPG video game Kingdom Come: Deliverance have come up with a tactic to combat their pirate foes that has us reminiscing about the old days. Rather than throwing a fit, the developers are monetizing a…Read more...
Tags: Science, Video Games, Copyright, Piracy, Posters, Kingdom Come, Dont Get Mad Get Even


Sonic the Hedgehog Is a Heartfelt Adventure for Kids and Twitchy Nostalgia Junkies Alike

It may come as a shock to adults who read genre news sites to hear that a movie like Sonic The Hedgehog—a movie so heavily influenced by the ‘90s video game IP it’s based on that it almost hurts—is squarely aimed at kids who just wanna see cute, fuzzy cartoon characters get buckwild and bash the hell out of some…Read more...
Tags: Science, Video Games, Ben Schwartz, Sonic the Hedgehog, Vfx, Sega, Paramount, Nostalgia, Josh Miller, Jim Carey, James Marsden, Tika Sumpter, Patrick Casey, Sonic, Jeff Fowler, Youre Too Slow


An iOS Game Where You Play Four Retro Games at the Same Time Might Break Your Brain

There may never be a more accurate way to sum up the experience of using a smartphone than Kieran Haden’s new iOS game: Quadracade. Players face a random collection of retro-inspired mini-games that on their own are each easy to beat, but here you’re challenged to play four of them at the same time.Read more...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Ios, Ipad, Science, Video Games, Quadracade, Kieran Haden


For $65 This Handheld Console Isn't Perfect But It Gets the Important Things Right

If you assumed that Nintendo was the only company still making handheld gaming devices, you’re missing out on some excellent hardware coming out of China. The New Pocket Go might not be as polished as the Switch or the 3DS, but for its price, it’s a fantastic little handheld that puts decades worth of emulated gaming…Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Gaming, Science, Video Games, China, Tech, Nintendo, Consoles, Portables, Consumer Tech, Handhelds, Pocket Go 2, New Pocket Go


'I Do Not Like Working Too Hard or Too Long': A Refreshingly Honest Talk With The Witcher's Creator

The Witcher continues its trek across the countryside. The popularity of the Henry Cavill-led show has led to a spinoff anime called Nightmare of the Wolf, a soundtrack featuring Jaskier’s tunes, and even a 500,000-book reprint of the original series. We reached out to Andrzej Sapkowski, creator of The Witcher, to get…Read more...
Tags: Books, Science, Video Games, Interview, Netflix, Streaming, Henry Cavill, Wolf, Witcher, Andrzej Sapkowski, The Witcher, JASKIER


Doomsday Clocks, Particle Physics Quandaries, and a Talking Mummy: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

Give yourself a pat on the back, folks, because we’ve almost made it through the first month of 2020. For those of you still grinding hard at your New Year’s resolutions, congratulations! As for those of you who’ve already flung yourself hurdling off the wagon, you’re still just as valid and lovely and tomorrow’s…Read more...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Science, Video Games, Tinder, Fda, Coke, Nancy Drew, Doomsday Clock, Best of the week, Best Of Gizmodo, Tiktok, Greta Thunberg, Best Gizmodo Stories


You Should Hoard Physical Copies of the Video Games You Love

When the Nintendo Switch arrived, I decided it was the first console on which I’d buy all my games digitally to improve its portability. Not having to wrangle a pile of cartridges was great, but I’m starting to rethink that approach after EA recently revealed its iOS version of Tetris was disappearing in a few…Read more...
Tags: Gaming, Science, Video Games, EA, Nintendo, Cartridges, Roms


You Soon Won't Be Able to Play EA's Official Tetris Game On Your iPhone

In a stark reminder that you rarely actually own anything you buy digitally, Electronic Arts’ iOS Tetris games will not only be disappearing from the App Store on April 21, but the games themselves will no longer be playable on iPhones and iPads—even if you paid for them.Read more...
Tags: Ios, Gaming, Science, Video Games, EA, Tetris, Electronic Arts, Tetris Premium, Tetris Blitz


The N64 Controller Almost Had its Own Private Second Screen

Few controllers in the history of video gaming had to do as much heavy lifting as the N64's. It not only introduced Nintendo fans to analog control sticks, it also included a slot for memory cards, and eventually the heavy Rumble Pak accessory. A second screen accessory almost happened too, but instead found its way…Read more...
Tags: Gaming, Science, Video Games, Nintendo, Displays, Retro, Consoles, N64, Retro Gaming, Shane Battye, Dane Galden


Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Ginormous diamonds, living robots made from frog stem cells, and more from around the web Preserving the Scents of Everyday Life Researchers at the UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage are working double-time to identify and catalog scents that exist all around us—from the smell of an old book, to a pub at a particular time of night, and worn-in leather. Many of these are disappearing …
Tags: Art, Wearables, Weather, Music, Science, Design, Air Travel, Medicine, Video Games, Tech, Diamonds, Airplanes, Stem Cells, Meteorology, Exhibitions, Airbus


This Battery Pack With Built-In Games Lets You Never Talk to Another Soul Ever Again

Occasionally, the makers of the junk gadgets you can find at gas stations, convenience stores, and mall kiosks manage to come up with a genuinely useful piece of tech. Such is the case with this 8,000 mAh backup battery featuring its own built-in video game system so you can continue to ignore the world around you…Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Science, Video Games, Tech, Power, Batteries, Consoles, Portables, Consumer Tech, Handhelds


This Tiny Circuit Board Is the Last Ingredient You Need to Turn Your Car Into a Racing Game Controller

If you prefer racing games like Gran Turismo and Forza over Super Mario Kart and Crash Team Racing then you’re probably after as authentic a (simulated) driving experience as possible. And what’s a more authentic experience than the car you drive to work every day? With this $10 breakout board—and a couple of slightly…Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Gaming, Science, Video Games, Xbox One, Cars, Tech, Automotive, Hacks, Gran Turismo, Mario Kart, Game controllers, Consumer Tech, Controllers, Forza, Tindie


There's Something Very Wrong With Pokémon: Twilight Wings

While Pocket Monsters, the primary Pokémon anime, has already followed Ash Ketchum into Galar, the newest region where monsters from Pokémon Sword and Shield can be found, The Pokémon Company’s also just dropped Twilight Wings, a supplementary web series that more deeply explores the culture and lives of Galarian…Read more...
Tags: Science, Video Games, Nintendo, Pokemon, Pokemon Company, Ash Ketchum, Pokémon Sword, Galar, Pokémon Sword and Shield, Ello Ello Ello Wots All This Then, Pokemon Twilight Wings


The Witcher Does Fantasy Sex (Mostly) Better

Fantasy movies, shows, video games, and books that are geared toward an adult audience tend to repeat the same mistakes when it comes to how they portray sexuality—exploiting female bodies while adhering to archaic notions of what sex was like in the Middle Ages in Europe. (Hello, Game of Thrones.) But the latest…Read more...
Tags: Europe, Books, Science, Video Games, Sex, Netflix, Sexuality, Streaming, Henry Cavill, Andrzej Sapkowski, The Witcher, Lauren Schmidt Hissrich, Anya Chalotra


The Always Sunny Team Has Made Silicon Valley for the World of Video Games

What happens when the team behind It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia makes a show about behind-the-scenes drama on the (fake) biggest multiplayer video game in the world?Read more...
Tags: Comedy, Science, Video Games, Streaming, Silicon Valley, Philadelphia, Rob McElhenney, David Hornsby, Danny Pudi, Ashly Burch, F Murray Abraham, Apple TV Plus, Mythic Quest The Ravens Banquet, Charlotte Nicadao, It 's Always Sunny


The Super Retro Champ Plays SNES and Sega Genesis Cartridges, Bringing Peace to Retro Gaming

Following up on its Retro Champ: a portable 8-bit console that plays both NES and Famicom cartridge, My Arcade is introducing a new 16-bit version called the Super Retro Champ that plays both Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis cartridges. If you’ve held a longtime loyalty to either retro console, now’s the perfect time…Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Games, Science, Video Games, Tech, Ces, Nintendo, Retro, Sega, Sega Genesis, Genesis, Consumer Tech, Super Nintendo, SNES, My Arcade, CES 2020


5 Things We Loved, and 3 We Didn't, About The Witcher's Netflix Debut

This past weekend, Geralt of Rivia got moody, got on his horse, and “hmmed” his way onto Netflix for the first season of The Witcher. While our review got into a few of the things that worked or didn’t over the first five episodes, with the full season out, we took a spoiler-filled look at a few of our biggest likes…Read more...
Tags: Books, Science, Video Games, Netflix, Streaming, Henry Cavill, Witcher, Andrzej Sapkowski, Geralt, The Witcher, Rivia, Freya Allan, Anya Chalotra


The Witcher Takes Way Too Damn Long to Get Interesting, But It Gets There

The Witcher knows when to not quite take itself seriously. For every bloody battle, gruesome monster, or dire portent, there’s a gag, a cheesy bard song, or, indeed, Henry Cavill in a bathtub. At its best, it balances these elements to create a story that, if not quite the most dramatic fantasy saga, is fun to watch.…Read more...
Tags: Books, Science, Video Games, Netflix, Streaming, Henry Cavill, Witcher, The Witcher, Lauren Schmidt Hissrich, Freya Allan, Anya Chalotra


The Jedi That Fucked

The Jedi Order has long been an establishment of hypocrisy. It’s what led to its undoing across generations of its existence multiple times. Its hubris is what brings about the fall of Anakin Skywalker and its destruction in the Star Wars movies. One such hypocrisy? Those infamously loveless warrior monks sure did…Read more...
Tags: Star Wars, Books, Science, Video Games, Sex, Disney, Lucasfilm, Luke Skywalker, Anakin Skywalker, Jedi, Obi Wan Kenobi, Expanded Universe, Qui Gon Jinn


2019: The Year in Babies

It’s been a long year, we’re going to have some silly fun, dammit.Read more...
Tags: Star Wars, Hbo, Science, Video Games, Disney, Pokemon, Lucasfilm, Year In Review, Pikachu, Watchmen, Io9 Year In Review, The Mandalorian, Baby Yoda, 2019 Year In Review


The Witcher Guide: Who's Who, What's What, and Which Is Witcher

This week, Netflix finally launches its highly anticipated fantasy series The Witcher. If you’re not familiar with either the source material or just why people have gotten so excited about a white-haired Henry Cavill in a bathtub, you’re probably not sure what all the fuss is about or why this is so exciting. Allow…Read more...
Tags: Books, Science, Video Games, Fantasy, Netflix, Streaming, Henry Cavill, Andrzej Sapkowski, CD Projekt Red, The Witcher, Lauren Schmidt Hissrich


If You Collect Doomed Technology, Valve Is Now Selling Off the Steam Controller For $5

Valve’s Steam Box consoles weren’t the runaway success that the gaming giant hoped they’d be, but the accompanying Steam Controller still stands out as a truly innovative gamepad design. However, the time has come for it to ride off into the sunset, and Valve is now clearing out the last production run of the…Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Science, Video Games, Tech, Steam, Valve, Steam Machines, Consumer Tech, Steam Controller


What You Need to Know About Star Wars' Imperial Inquisitorius

Jedi: Fallen Order presents Star Wars fans with a foe that may be a bit unfamiliar to them, as young Jedi purge survivor Cal Kestis goes up against the sinister agents of the Emperor known as the Inquistorius. But these saber-spinning acolytes already have a rich and tragic place in Star Wars’ canon. Here’s what you…Read more...
Tags: Star Wars, Science, Video Games, Marvel, Disney, EA, Animation, Explainer, Lucasfilm, Marvel Comics, Star Wars Rebels, Jedi, Respawn, Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order, Cal Kestis


To 15 Years of World of Warcraft, and All the Pups I've Loved Before

This coming weekend, on November 23, the Warcraft franchise marks some significant birthdays. Not only is it 25 years since Blizzard’s fantasy series first kicked off with the release of Orcs and Humans, it’s also 15 years to the day since Azeroth became open to all in World of Warcraft, changing video games forever .…Read more...
Tags: Science, Video Games, Dogs, Corgis, Blizzard, MMORPG, RPG, World of Warcraft, Activision, Warcraft, Azeroth, Good Boys


Climate Change Is Even Ruining Pokemon Now

It’s not enough for humans to screw up our planet . Apparently, we’ve screwed up Earth in the Pokemon universe as well.Read more...
Tags: Science, Video Games, Earth, Pokemon, Coral Reefs, Coral Bleaching, Earther Is A Gamer Blog Now


Someone Stuffed an Original NES With a Smaller NES and Its Own Built-in Projector

Like the gaming version of a turducken (those Thanksgiving abominations with a chicken and a duck stuffed inside a turkey) but less horrifying, YouTuber Geeksmithing has created a self-contained portable version of the original NES console that even includes a tiny projector for big screen gaming anywhere.Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Science, Video Games, Tech, Nes, Hacks, Nintendo, Consoles, Projectors, Consumer Tech, Geeksmithing


AI Bot Is the First to Play StarCraft II at the Grandmaster Level

Computer scientists at DeepMind have developed an artificially intelligent bot capable of defeating the world’s best players at StarCraft II, the popular real-time strategy video game.Read more...
Tags: Gaming, Science, Video Games, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Ai, Computer Science, Bots, Starcraft Ii, Deepmind



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