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Not Just For Gaming: Smoking Out of a GameCube and the E-Cig Connection

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What have you done with your GameCube aside from play games on it? Most people would say that’s all they did, but the dudes from the Nebula Vaping Lounge who were behind this awesome modded GameCube e-hookah can say that they at least smoked a few on theirs. E-hookahs and e-cigarettes are closely related, with the latter being such a hot topic these days.

In fact, my friends and I debated on the merits of e-cigs over our weekly Saturday brunch and things got heated pretty quickly (okay, enough with the puns!)

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Trade Your PS3 For An Xbox One, Get $100 Off

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Been thinking about switching sides? If your PS3 is gathering dust in a corner, and you’re intrigued about the Xbox One’s Kinect 2.0, or the new controllers’ rumble triggers, or the HDMI-in for cable TV passthrough, or voice commands… then you should know that Microsoft has just sweetened the deal for you. If you bring your old PS3 to a Microsoft retail store in the US, they’ll give you $100 off the price of the new console. This brings it on par with the PS4, at $399.

If you don’t have a PS3 but still want in on the action, you should know that they’ll also take an Xbox 360 S or E as a trade-in for the $100 rebate.

VIA [ UberGizmo ]

Project Christine Is The PC Gamer’s Dream Concept

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The console vs. PC gaming war rages on, and Razer may have recently dealt a pretty serious blow to the console folk. Project Christine from Razer is an eye grabbing concept for a liquid cooled PC that features a bunch of swappable modules. Each component of this gaming rig (RAM, hard drives, graphics card, etc.) can be replaced by another, making the PC easily upgradeable and configurable. Every module features an input and output connection for the mineral oil liquid cooling solution, which not only will help keep the temperatures down but also significantly lower the noise levels. The pump for the oil is housed in the main unit, along with the heat exchangers that do the actual cooling.

The idea behind the project is to remove some of the complexity involved in building your own PC, while at the same time mating an attractive design to a powerful and convenient gaming solution. Project Christine is only a prototype at the moment and there is no firm release date or projected price. But don’t expect anything until at least 2015.

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Nintendo Controller Rings FTW

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If you “intendo” to get serious-o with your significant other, then you might want to present her with this Nintendo Controller promise ring. Fancy gems? Check. Unique design? Check. Gamer-approved? Check, check, and check!

The ring was designed by Paul Michael Designs, who have cleverly dubbed their design as the “Intendo.” With gemstone buttons, a gold D-Pad, and silver “wire” that goes round and round your lovely lady’s finger, I doubt she’d turn you down. Just make sure you follow through and go for the ultimate level-up in your relationship: marriage.

VIA [ Fashionably Geek ]

CES 2014: CyberPowerPC Unveils Customizable Steam Machines

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Who doesn’t love announcements about new Steam Machines? Not just upgraded models, but fully-customizable ones that you can tweak and modify to your liking at that. CyberPowerPC made the announcement at CES 2014, with prices starting at $499. The gaming consoles (or is it gaming PC?) will feature Bluetooth connectivity, WiFi, USB 3.0, 8GB of RAM, and will come with a Steam Controller.

Steam Machine A, which is the cheaper of their new offerings, is equipped with a 3.9GHz A6 CPU from AMD and a 2GB Radeon R9 270 graphics card, which should be enough to run most games without a hitch. Meanwhile, Steam Machine I, which is the higher-end model, comes built with 3.5GHz Core i3 and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 graphics. The former starts at $499, while the price for the latter starts at $699.

VIA [ Engadget ]

Help DARPA, Play a Video Game

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Be a good citizen: help DARPA by playing a video game today! The agency has created Verigames, which features puzzle games that are a lot like the games you probably already play on your smartphone or tablet. The difference is that there’s a bit more to these games than meets the eye. DARPA is on a mission to hunt down bugs in commercial software. Since money is pretty tight in the government (now that I think of it, it’s probably tight everywhere), they’re indirectly sourcing the work out to the public by bundling the software up in the form of a fun game.

Each of the games DARPA is offering features a possible that must be solved before they can move on to the next level. But what does this have to do with the bugs? Well, the code behind each game is actually math problems that represent specific programs. When the player passes a certain level, algorithms are created that reveal security bugs in the software itself. Fresh puzzles are generated on the spot for the problems that need further review.

When a player stumbles upon any issues while they’re playing, DARPA will contact the company responsible for the software, who will then deploy a team of professional analysts to study and fix the problems.

The five games are called CircuitBot, Flow Jam, Ghost Map, Stormbound and Xylem and can now be played on Verigames.

VIA [ Dvice ]

Poptopia Gives You a Popcorn-Scented Gaming Experience

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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.

[ eBay Listing ] VIA [ C|NET ]

Spotted At Harrod’s: 24K Gold Plated Xbox One

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Harrod’s, the UK department store that caters to those of us with more money than sense, seems to be selling the above Xbox One. From the looks of it, it’s a 24K gold-plated console with a slight price increase due to the paint job: they’re asking for £6,000. That translates to about $9,770 USD, an amount that can purchase a small new car, or pay the rent for a year. But hey, how else are wealthy people supposed to feel special if products like this didn’t exist to remind them of how freaking rich they are?

VIA [ LuxuryLaunches ]

Christmas Dinner In A Can For Those Too Busy Gaming To Bother Cooking

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Hot on the heels of last August’s 12 course meal in a can comes news from the UK of a Christmas dinner in a can, allegedly being sold by gaming retailer GAME. It’s called the Christmas Tinner, and is supposed to contain the following:

Layer one – Scrambled egg and bacon

Layer two – Two mince pies

Layer three – Turkey and potatoes

Layer four – Gravy

Layer five – Bread sauce

Layer six – Cranberry sauce

Layer seven – Brussel sprouts with stuffing – or broccoli with stuffing

Layer eight – Roast carrots and parsnips

Layer nine – Christmas pudding

We have to admit, that sounds tasty. And looks awful. And the only reason it’s being marketed to gamers is because, well, GAME is supposed to be selling it. But here’s the thing: it’s “sold out”. And it’ll only be available Christmas 2014, if that. Frankly, we’re smelling a hoax but we could be wrong. Any of you managed to buy this? They’d allegedly sold for £1.99 (roughly $3.30).

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Geekologie ]