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Connected Dice Roll Themselves, Light Up, And Make Sounds


Dice have been around for a long time, but it seems it’s only lately that we’ve started seeing any sort of innovation brought to this centuries old product. First there was the Ako Dice a week ago, and now we bring you news of the Boogie Dice. While the Ako’s update was purely aesthetic, the Boogie Dice are high-tech. The biggest feature is that they’ll roll themselves: simply snap your fingers, clap your hands, or make a sudden loud noise to activate the rolling action. An internal vibrator will keep them dancing on the table between 2 and 4 seconds, long enough to make you feel like they’ve been properly tossed. “The Boogie app allows you to customize the dice by changing the length of the roll, color of the LED lights, the sound sensitivity and more.” A charging station also does double duty as a rolling arena, making sure the dice don’t fall off your table. On a full charge, you can expect 600 rolls.

It’s doing the Kickstarter dance at the moment, and you can get a pair for a $38 pledge, with shipping in March 2016.


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Ako Dice Reimagine A Centuries Old Design


Dice have looked just about the same for a very long time. But that’s no reason to keep it that way. Kacha, an architect, decided to redesign the iconic gaming prop into the Ako Dice, pictured above. The number of each face is represented by a line, giving the piece a Tron-like feel and a techno-futuristic aesthetic. He brought his idea to Kickstarter, where he successfully convinced 6,545 backers to part with their money. They might be getting their Ako dice soon, but if you want your you’ll have to sign up on his website and wait for his store to go online. We’re not sure what the price is, but the anodized aluminum dice could sure take their place in our next Monopoly marathon.


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Minimalistic Playing Cards


Ever ask yourself why it’s necessary for playing cards to be covered in ornamental drawings? If you really think about it, a typical set of cards is pretty gaudy; we understand there’s a strong connection to royalty and the like, but how necessary is it? Joe Doucet designed the above set, and it’s called Minim. It came about by wondering just how many design elements could be taken away from a regular deck of cards, while still retaining full functionality. The result is the above, where each suit is represented by a simple geometric shape, and the back of the card is marked with a single diagonal line. It’s a clean and elegant design, and we’d be happy to play with them, if only they were available… The $10 set is apparently sold out, and we have no idea when they’ll get more.

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Round Ping Pong Table Belongs In Our Offices


It’s not that we’re huge fans of Ping Pong or anything, but the thought of a bunch of us being able to play on the same table at the same time is kind of appealing. We’re guessing it’s the same train of thought that got Singapore artist Lee Wen to make the above Ping-Pong Go Round table… back in 1998. He’s been exhibiting it at various art galleries across Asia since, going so far as making a few models for some museums that were requesting them. It accommodates up to 15 players, although we imagine those in the middle might feel a little crowded. And it also apparently isn’t being manufactured so you can’t get a game on unless you travel to one of the few places where it is still being exhibited. Still, the concept is interesting.


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Keep Talking And Nobody Explodes: A Virtual Reality Game


So it looks like the time is ripe for virtual reality once again. The Oculus Rift started this latest wave of interest, but it’s now been picked up from several other companies, like Samsung. That’s all well and good, but once you acquire a VR headset… what do you do with it? Well, you could eventually play this cool game called “Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes”, by Steel Crate Games, a small Ottawa-based team of indie developers. How does it work?

One player puts on a virtual reality headset and finds themselves trapped in a (virtual) room with a randomly generated (virtual) time bomb. On the bomb are a variety of puzzles that need to be solved – but this player has no idea how to solve them. Instead, they must rely on their friends in the real world who have the manual describing how to solve all sorts of puzzles. The catch is that each side doesn’t know what the other sees. Now it’s up to everybody to communicate what they see clearly and quickly – did we mention there’s a bomb? It gets loud, it gets tense, but keep talking and maybe, just maybe, nobody explodes.

You might think the game would get old quick, but the developers insist that the random nature of each new puzzle, as well as the dense manual packed with reams of information would give the game enormous replay value. We’d like to believe them but we’re not sure when we’ll get a chance, nor for how much. It’s being developed for the Oculus Rift and the Samsung Gear VR. Still, it’s an interesting concept and we’ll circle back in a few months to see where things stand.

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Every Beer Pong Tournament Needs A Ball Washer


If you’ve been to college and haven’t participated in any beer pong related shenanigans, you haven’t been to college. Like it or not, it’s a staple drinking game, but it is also one in dire need for a product like the The Clean Cup. Yes, many beer pong sessions involve a “wash cup” to remove the dirt, dust and crap that sticks to your wet ball every time it falls to the floor, but how effective is a simple dunk in the water? The Clean Cup goes a few steps further.

“Using a combination of a high pressure stream of water and bursts of air to ensure full cleaning coverage, the ball is then returned to the user, “floating” on a stream of air as if it was sitting in the regular wash cup. The entire cycle lasts only five seconds, perfect to get a good rinse in before your next turn.”

There’s a filter that removes the hairs, crumbs and other particles that normally remain floating in the wash cup, so that every rinse returns a fully clean ball. Granted, when you’re drunk you may not really care. But if you’re organizing an evening where you know people will play this, maybe getting a Clean Cup isn’t such a bad idea. You’ll have to pledge $60 to get your hands on one, which is a tall order given its marginal utility. Still, if you take the game seriously, it might be worth it.

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Poptopia Gives You a Popcorn-Scented Gaming Experience


Poptopia is making a splash as the first scented mobile game in the market, although I’m not sure how the added smells enrich the gaming experience. The game itself is relatively simple enough. All you have to do is pop kernels into popcorn to feed the on-screen mouth and keep going for as long as you can.

The scent is care of the Pop Dongle, which contains enough essence of pop corn to emit the delicious scent of popcorn 500 to 1,000 times. Unfortunately, only a few people will be able to experience the game with the accompanying scents, as the dongles aren’t available for sale. The Pop Dongles are only up for bidding on eBay, with previous listings bringing in bids of up to $315.

That seems like an atrocious price to pay for a mobile gaming accessory, but it’s all for a good cause: 100% of the proceeds from the auctions will go to the American Red Cross. To bid or to find out more about the Pop Dongle, you can check out the listing here.

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Limited Edition 3D Monopoly: Same Classic Game With a Three-Dimensional Twist

3D Monopoly

Monopoly has been around for decades and it’s one of the most played and well-loved games for family game nights. When you played it as a kid, I bet you didn’t really consider the more serious implications of what the game stood for. Could this game have shaped the minds and motivations of countless tycoons throughout the world? We’ll never know.

But the game itself is all about fun and absolute control of the properties on the board, and that much stays the same in the new limited edition version of the game: Monopoly 3D. Board Walk is still one of the most coveted properties, and people will still be on a race to acquire all the utilities and rail roads. What’s obviously different in this edition are the game board and tokens, as they have been done up in three striking dimensions.

Only 2,000 pieces of Monopoly 3D edition have been made, with each set being signed and numbered by artist Charles Fazzino, who designed the elements on the board that depict NYC. This includes six pewter game pieces, play money, title deeds, chance and community chest cards, wood houses, hotels, and the banker’s tray aside from the 3D artwork with embedded crystals and foil accents on the board. It’s an impressive set that carries an even more impressive price tag: $500.

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Now Available: Plants vs. Zombies 2 for iOS–It’s About Time!

Plants vs Zombies 2

It’s about time they released the sequel to 2010’s hit game, Plants vs. Zombies. In case this is your first time hearing about PvsZ, it’s a tower defense action-strategy game that pits plants against brain-seeking zombies.

The follow-up is called Plants vs. Zombies 2: It’s About Time and it brings back most of the beloved plants from the first game, plus a bunch of brand-new ones. But with new plants comes new zombies, and you’ll encounter new ones including Ra Zombie from Ancient Egypt, the Swashbuckler Zombie from the Pirate Seas, or the Chicken Wrangler Zombie from the Wild West.

The best part? You can download Plants vs. Zombies 2 for free on iOS! You might, however, feel compelled to spend a buck or two since are a bunch of power-ups and plants are only available with in-app purchases.

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