How to Set Up Triple Monitors for Super-Widescreen Gaming (and Work)

Using more than two monitors used to be a luxury for those with the biggest PC building budgets. These days, large, high-resolution displays are affordable, and graphics cards are more powerful than ever. If the thought of gaming (or working) on three displays at once entices you, here's how to make it happen. » 1/21/15 11:35am Wednesday 11:35am

The Olympics Are Broken and Boston Can't Fix Them 

Last week, the United States Olympic Committee chose Boston as tribute to bid for the 2024 Olympics. Many Bostonians were not super happy about it, and it's easy to see why. The prospect of footing the bill for a $4.5 billion party excites very few cities these days. Boston winning the games could be a major loss for… » 1/13/15 10:06am 1/13/15 10:06am

Who Would Ever Feed Quarters Into a Flappy Bird Arcade Machine?

Admittedly there is some appeal to playing your favorite smartphone games on a giant 42-inch display, but Flappy Bird isn't the first title to come to mind. Nevertheless, Bay Tek Games is capitalizing on the fading popularity of the game with this full-on arcade machine featuring nothing but a giant single red button… » 1/09/15 10:09am 1/09/15 10:09am

There Are No Dangerous Metal Tips With This Unusual Magnetic Darts Game

There's no denying a round of darts can be tremendously challenging and fun, but it's definitely not a game for kids, and those pointy-tipped projectiles can really do a number on your walls if you've got terrible aim. Kooba promises a slightly safer experience, for children and walls, with darts that use magnets to… » 12/31/14 12:45pm 12/31/14 12:45pm

Skechers' Game Kicks Sneakers Are a Wearable Version of Simon

A distracted kid is more often than not a well-behaved kid. So for those times when a child's phone or tablet has run out of power, Skechers is introducing a new line of shoes called Game Kicks that feature a built-in musical memory matching game that is played like Simon, except that these remain strapped to a kid's… » 12/24/14 10:12am 12/24/14 10:12am

New trailer for Star Citizen shows our space dreams come true

Star Citizen's new trailer claims all the footage is taken from the in-game engine, no pre-renderings, but it is so amazing, so detailed and beautiful, so impossibly complex, that I just can't believe it. If it is really this way, I will buy a PC, an Oculus Rift, and disappear forever from the face of the Earth. It is… » 12/23/14 7:10am 12/23/14 7:10am

How Neal Stephenson Is Helping To Make Snow Crash's Metaverse A Reality

Magic Leap's mysterious augmented reality tech promises to "bring magic back into the world." And now Neal Stephenson, who imagined the virtual Metaverse in his 1992 novel Snow Crash, has joined the company. He tells io9 why this technology may "demand a new way of thinking." » 12/16/14 1:37pm 12/16/14 1:37pm

80th Anniversary Monopoly Set Includes Game Tokens From Across the Ages

There have been so many versions of Monopoly released that your eyes probably glaze over when you're trying to choose one. But if you're looking for as pure a Monopoly experience as possible, this$25 80th Anniversary Edition features a game board that's as close to the original version as possible, and a collection of… » 12/11/14 4:07pm 12/11/14 4:07pm

Gigantic Wooden Dice Fill Your Yard With Yahtzee

Like giant Koi in a pond who've grown larger than their goldfish siblings trapped in a bowl, this set of six over-sized wooden dice is designed to be tossed around in your spacious backyard. They say everything is better when it's super-sized, right? So playing with Yahtzee with five of these dice might actually come… » 12/10/14 3:25pm 12/10/14 3:25pm

Design and Detonate a Simulated Fireworks Show With No Risk of Injury

If you ask someone what their favorite toy was growing up they'll probably say something like Lego. But deep down, it was really the illegal fireworks their friend's cousin's uncle got from his neighbor. Nothing can quite match the thrill of something going boom, and now amateur pyrotechnics enthusiasts can safely… » 12/05/14 9:49am 12/05/14 9:49am

A Card Game That Requires You To Keep Your Phone Out Is Genius

Tired of being guilted into putting your phone away while you and your friends have gathered for an evening of Catan? Try convincing them to play Game of Phones instead. It's a simple card game that requires everyone playing to have a smartphone chock full of music, photos, and social media apps—at least if they want… » 12/04/14 9:57am 12/04/14 9:57am

Even Tic-Tac-Toe Has Jumped the 3D Shark

It doesn't take long after learning to play Tic-Tac-Toe to realize that once you've mastered the basic tactics, your games will end in an infinite run of ties. But Pressman Toy has done the impossible and made Tic-Tac-Toe actually sound interesting again by upping the challenge with the introduction of a third… » 12/03/14 3:42pm 12/03/14 3:42pm

8-bit Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles looks like a game I played as a kid

I didn't watch that new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie with Megan Fox because I was pretty sure it was going to suck. Anytime adult me makes an informed decision like that, I imagine childhood version of me shaking his head in disappointment and howling in sadness. Growing up is lame. » 11/25/14 10:05pm 11/25/14 10:05pm

You Can Actually Play a Game Of Snake On This Hacked Backlit Keyboard

If Solitaire and Minesweeper have been stripped from all the computers at work but you're still after a discreet way to kill a few minutes, you owe a debt of gratitude to Jeroen Domburg who successfully hacked a backlit Coolermaster QuickFire Rapid-I mechanical keyboard to play the classic game of Snake—which you… » 11/25/14 8:38am 11/25/14 8:38am

The Nostalgia Nerds Who Rescue Old Games From Oblivion

Do you remember the first computer game you played? What about the first program you downloaded? Unless you've just emerged Brendan-Fraser-in-Encino Man-style from the earth, wholly unaware of computers (in which case, I have several questions for you), your early digital distractions are probably years, if not… » 11/21/14 10:45am 11/21/14 10:45am