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 Tuesday 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

Someone Figured Out How To Turn Puzzles Into a Board Game

Puzzles can be a fun way to kill some time with friends or family, but there's no real competition until someone claims the last piece. How are you supposed to know who's superior to who? The folks at GameBrotherZ have come up with a solution with a board game called Tracktic that combines your love of puzzles with… » 11/19/14 3:05pm 11/19/14 3:05pm

The Choose Your Own Adventure Books Were the First Interactive Games

Since 1975 the Choose Your Own Adventure books have given millions of kids the chance to determine their own destinies (at least in a literary sense). Sadly, the author and publisher of those books, R.A. Montgomery, died this week. But he leaves behind an incredible legacy in both publishing and, perhaps surprisingly,… » 11/14/14 7:05pm 11/14/14 7:05pm

There's Now a Game You Can Play Right In iOS 8's Notification Center

Now that Apple has finally introduced widgets for iOS 8's Notification Center, we're starting to see some great ways to quickly access important info on our iPhones. But a few clever developers are pushing those widgets beyond just notifications. A new iOS game called Overglide can actually be played directly from… » 11/12/14 9:49am 11/12/14 9:49am

A Board Game That Teaches Four-Year-Olds How To Code

When was the last time a champion speller rolled up to a Bee in a Ferrari? Never. If you really want to guarantee your kids make something of themselves one day, you'll want to forget board games like Scrabble and focus on building real-world skills. Not only does Robot Turtles teach a love of Herpetology (the study… » 11/10/14 12:50pm 11/10/14 12:50pm

That Hovering Tetris Tower Game Is Finally Available To Drive You Mad

First revealed at Toy Fair 2014 way back in February, ThinkGeek's Hoverkraft Levitating Construction Challenge game is finally available. It promises all the fun of Jenga and Tetris, but with the added twist that you have to build your tower atop an unstable platform that's actually floating. So all that fun instead… » 11/07/14 10:26am 11/07/14 10:26am

The Guy Who Patented the Ouija Board Has a Oujia Board Gravestone

If you're really serious about communicating with the dead, one would guess you'd get the best reception with a Ouija board that's conveniently installed in a cemetery. This is the headstone of Elijah Bond, who patented the Ouija board, the beloved game that's entertained and terrified people for over a century. Can… » 10/31/14 4:20pm 10/31/14 4:20pm

Virtual Table Tennis Finally Gets Rid Of That Expensive Plastic Ball

How often do you find yourself interested in playing table tennis only to discover that small plastic ball either missing, crushed, or too sticky from a round of Beer Pong to bounce? The Sharper Image has the solution in the form of this $60 Virtual Pong game that projects a ball of light on the walls and ceiling,… » 10/27/14 2:41pm 10/27/14 2:41pm