Turning the Alienware Alpha Into a Steam Machine

There's nothing quite like the Alienware Alpha. For just $500, it's a competent Windows gaming PC. But it should have been the flagship Steam Machine. The Alpha was designed to be a Linux game console with a gamepad good enough to replace a mouse and keyboard. As easy to use as PlayStation or Xbox, but with more… » 2/20/15 3:00pm 2/20/15 3:00pm

Lonely Hacker Builds Arduino To Trade Pokemon With Himself

Pokemon: to catch them all, you have to have two of everything—two Game Boys, two (slightly different) copies of the same game and, if you're lucky, a friend to play with. Trading monsters was addictive, fun and included forced social interaction! Well, it used to: someone just built an Arduino so he could trade… » 2/14/15 1:00pm 2/14/15 1:00pm

New Nintendo 3DS Review: A Terrible Name for a Worthy Successor

Portable gaming is Nintendo's wheelhouse: it pioneered the category with the Game Boy, reinvented it with the Nintendo DS, and uses its current generation, the Nintendo 3DS, to help pay the bills in the wake of underwhelming Wii U sales. Starting today, you can buy the company's latest gaming handheld: The New » 2/13/15 1:00pm 2/13/15 1:00pm

At One Time These LED Consoles Were the Cutting Edge of Handheld Gaming

In the world of toys, nostalgia is an incredibly powerful sales tool. Because kids who begged their parents for a given toy eventually grow up to be employed adults willing to splurge on those same toys they remember from their childhood. Our smartphones have become almost as powerful as our home gaming consoles, but… » 2/04/15 2:11pm 2/04/15 2:11pm

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 1/21/15 11:35am

I Used the New 3DS On a Train and Didn't Want to Throw Up

Years ago, I mastered the art of playing Nintendo 3DS—finding and holding my head in the perfect position to peer through the console's 3D parallax barrier display and drink in its stereoscopic worlds. I'm so proud of this skill that I even use it to inflate my ego: yes, I am the best at looking at screens.… » 1/15/15 11:00am 1/15/15 11:00am

This Fake Famicom Controller Does Everything But Play Video Games

Despite their games being incredibly outdated by today's standards, anyone who grew up in the '80s has a perpetual soft spot for their first video game console, which, depending on where you're from, is either Nintendo's NES or Famicom. So while this card-reading portable charger from Datel isn't particularly… » 1/13/15 12:06pm 1/13/15 12:06pm

Some of the Best Mobile Games You Can Buy are On Sale for the Holidays

If you need some on-the-go games to keep yourself occupied over Christmas, you've got no shortage of great options on sale right now (including Goat Simulator for iPhone and Android!). Some of our favorite picks for iOS and Android are listed out below, but check out our daily App Deals post for more. » 12/23/14 9:45am 12/23/14 9:45am