Somebody Found the Most Appropriate Use For the Nintendo Virtual Boy

Remember the Virtual Boy, Nintendo's early, failed foray into virtual reality gaming? Twenty years after its release, somebody's finally figured out the best use for the unwieldily console: Giving all of your friends a handlebar moustache. » 3/28/15 5:00pm Saturday 5:00pm

This Guy Played Real-Life Space Invaders With A Laser Cutter

Space Invaders competes with Pac-Man for the title of the defining arcade game. But the 8-bit graphics always seemed a little unrealistic. So one engineer decided to make a real-world version, using lasers. » 3/22/15 10:30pm 3/22/15 10:30pm

You Have To Look Closely To See That This NES Is Actually a Cake

There's no shortage of wacky wedding cakes on the internet, but this creation is particularly noteworthy because until you get a good close-up look at it, it doesn't look like a cake at all. You'd swear it was a functional NES console complete with two controllers and a copy of Tetris, but in reality it's completely… » 3/17/15 12:38pm 3/17/15 12:38pm

​This Virtual Reality Snorkel Sounds Like A Great Way To Drown

I've used a lot of VR headsets, but the tagline of Nautilus VR's new Kickstarter project scares the hell out of me: "Virtual Reality Underwater." Call me crazy, but that sounds dangerous. And yes, also a little awesome. » 3/12/15 11:55pm 3/12/15 11:55pm

In the Season Finale of Haphead, an Unexpected Twist


io9 is proud to be presenting the final episode of season 1 of Haphead, the series about gamers in a dystopian future Toronto. Maxine finally discovers how her father died — and it's a very interesting twist that I didn't see coming. Plus we get a peek into the future world of biohacking, which is damn cool. » 3/10/15 7:50pm 3/10/15 7:50pm

A Ton of the Best Logitech Gaming Gear is Deeply Discounted Today

Today only, Amazon's blowing out a ton of popular Logitech gaming gear at terrific prices as part of their latest Gold Box deal. Inside, you'll find headsets, mice, mousepads, a gamepad, and even a programmable gameboard, almost all of which have been extremely popular among our readers in the past. » 3/10/15 9:31am 3/10/15 9:31am

A Scent-Blasting Face Mask: Because Virtual Reality Isn't Weird Enough

When you're hacking your way through a sweltering jungle in virtual reality, wouldn't you like to feel as disgustingly hot and humid as your video game character? To smell that distinctive jungle scent? No? Then you'd sure as hell better not pay $250 for the Feelreal this summer. » 3/06/15 3:20pm 3/06/15 3:20pm

15 Insane Indie Game Controllers For Even Crazier Games

Video games are pretty simple: there's a TV, a handheld controller and some buttons, right? Not at the Alt.Ctrl gallery at this year's Game Developer Conference. It's a handmade arcade filled with bizarre, custom game controllers that defy convention. » 3/06/15 1:40pm 3/06/15 1:40pm

It's Dangerous To Go Without Caffeine! Take This

This wonderful coffee mug, available over on Human, is the perfect way to show your love of the Legend of Zelda games without hitting your co-workers over the head with your obsession. The $19 mug is wrapped in a cartoony collage of items and treasures found in the games, and if coffee isn't what you use to replenish… » 3/06/15 10:28am 3/06/15 10:28am

Steam Machines Are Back

When I heard Valve wanted to take over the living room, I didn't believe it. When the rumors came true, I didn't think it could be done. When Valve failed to deliver Steam Machines last fall, I felt vindicated. Now, a year later, it's happening. I've tried them. I'm about to eat my words. » 3/05/15 5:13pm 3/05/15 5:13pm

5 Ludicrous Controllers That Help You Touch the Virtual World

Virtual Reality is a really neat idea but it's also problematic. The Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and Samsung Galaxy Gear VR all let us see new, virtual worlds but none of them let us touch it. How do you physically feel what's not really there? Maybe with one of these batshit crazy controllers. » 3/05/15 3:15pm 3/05/15 3:15pm

The Mystery Deepens, in the Latest Episode of Haphead

io9 is proud to be presenting weekly episodes of Haphead, the story of a gamer in dystopian future Toronto. In this week's episode, Maxine investigates the death of her father. Things start to get seriously disturbing, especially when she visits a mall that only allows people from the "right" income bracket. » 3/04/15 11:10pm 3/04/15 11:10pm

Most Popular Monitor Mount: Ergotron

Holding up more votes than the other three contenders combined, Ergotron is your choice for best monitor mount. Available in Dual and Single monitor options, you praised Ergotron mounts for their ease of movement, versatility, and premium quality. » 3/04/15 1:00pm 3/04/15 1:00pm

Nvidia Just Announced Its Own Android TV Game Console

Remember the NVIDIA Shield, the gaming handheld? How about the NVIDIA Shield, the Android gaming tablet? Soon you'll be able to replace them both with the NVIDIA Shield—the Android TV Console. » 3/03/15 10:20pm 3/03/15 10:20pm

Valve's First Steam Machine Is $50 and It's Coming This Fall

Been waiting for an officially endorsed Steam Machine? Well, here it is, sort of—the Valve Steam Link. It's a tiny, $50 micro-PC that seems to do absolutely nothing but pipe PC games in over a local network via Steam-in-home-streaming. » 3/03/15 8:50pm 3/03/15 8:50pm

NotCulus Rift: How I Hacked Together My Own Serious VR Headset

Oculus VR founder Palmer Luckey told me not to buy an Oculus Rift. That was two years ago, and he's repeated the plea every time I've seen him since. Don't buy it. It's not ready. It's just a developer kit. He's right, but I'm tired of waiting. I want a VR headset and I want it now. So I built one. Sorta. » 3/02/15 12:20pm 3/02/15 12:20pm

Throwing a Giant Gamepad Pillow When You Lose Is Safer For Your Walls

Even if you're the most well-mannered human being the rest of the time, your inner raging Hulk probably comes out whenever there's a video game controller in your hand. And the next time you're sniped by a cowardly camper, or put that straight Tetris piece in the wrong place, try throwing this soft Gamer Pillow at the… » 3/02/15 9:00am 3/02/15 9:00am

What's the Best Monitor Mount?

We touched on monitor positioning on our Office Gear Guide, and one of the best ways to elevate your monitor to the right height, utilize multiple monitors, and save space on your desk is with a monitor mount, but which one? Mount up and nominate your favorite in the comments. » 2/26/15 2:30pm 2/26/15 2:30pm