Android is Getting StreetPass-Style Local Multiplayer Ability

Asynchronous multiplayer gaming is all the rage these days. Whether it's taking on your pal's ghost-car times in Forza, or the more-interesting "ambient" multiplayer of the Nintendo 3DS's StreetPass system (letting you progress in games and trade items merely by being in proximity to someone who also has one of… » 10/17/14 5:45am Friday 5:45am

A Teenage Hacker Ring Stole $100 Million in Army and Xbox Tech

The U.S. Department of Justice just charged a group of four young hackers with a doozie of a crime. They're accused of breaking into both Microsoft and U.S. Army servers and stealing $100 million worth of everything from unreleased games to military training software. Two of the hackers have already pleaded guilty. » 9/30/14 4:00pm 9/30/14 4:00pm

Wrap Your Walls In a Glorious Tribute To Classic Cartridge Gaming

Nintendo has stuck with plastic cartridges for its portable gaming machines, but every other console you can buy today left them behind years ago. Which is too bad, because there was a certain charm to swapping those old seemingly indestructible game carts. And if you're feeling nostalgic for them, you can now deck… » 9/29/14 5:00pm 9/29/14 5:00pm

A Tetris-Playing Bracelet Is Where Fashion Meets Frustration

Earlier this year Kevin Bates revealed what had to be the best way to make an amazing first impression with any potential employer: a business card that actually played Tetris. That project is still in development (yes, you'll eventually be able to buy one) but in the meantime Kevin has reformatted the guts of his… » 9/27/14 12:56pm 9/27/14 12:56pm

These Tiny Game Boy Headphones Are Wonderful, Even If They Sound Awful

When it comes to buying gadgets and electronics there's always going to be compromise. To get the features you want, you'll have to learn to live with things you don't. Take these headphones, for example. For just $20 they probably don't sound amazing, but the inline remote and mic is shaped like an adorably tiny Game… » 9/25/14 11:55am 9/25/14 11:55am

The Best PCs You Can Build for $300, $600, and $1200

We've walked you through building your own computer before. In this post—which we'll update periodically as prices and components change—we'll walk you through the hardware we'll need for three different system builds: a budget workstation, a powerful all-purpose PC, and an enthusiast's system for gamers and media… » 9/24/14 11:29am 9/24/14 11:29am

This Laptop Can Voltron with Its Dock For an Extra Graphics Boost

If you want a laptop that can play graphically intensive games, you're in a tough spot. Generally you can opt for something crazy expensive but portable, or something hulking and a little but cheaper. MSI's new GS30 Gaming Shadow notebook offers a middle ground: Take a slim laptop on the go, and plug into a… » 9/11/14 6:14pm 9/11/14 6:14pm

Build Your Own Adorably Tiny Arcade Cabinet With This DIY Kit

If arcades were part of your childhood, you've probably yearned for a cabinet of your own for playing classics like Pac-Man or Galaga. The only downside is they're not exactly portable, here's a better solution. This arcade cabinet stands just eight inches tall, so you can carry it anywhere, and it uses a Raspberry Pi… » 8/26/14 9:30am 8/26/14 9:30am

Master Mobile Gaming With This Upgraded Bluetooth NES Controller

Touchscreens are fine for solving puzzles and flinging birds, but for action-based mobile games nothing will ever beat a physical controller in hand. The makers of the FC30, a Bluetooth controller that paid homage to the original Nintendo Famicom, are back with a new and improved wireless gamepad that now hearkens… » 7/23/14 9:20am 7/23/14 9:20am