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Play NES Games On Your iPhone, No Jailbreak Needed

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Up until recently, if you wanted to get in on the sweet, sweet retro NES gaming action on your mobile device, you either needed an Android or a jailbroken iPhone. But now, thanks to Conrad Kramer, Jared Wright, Bogdan Vitoc and Evan Klein, you can have a full emulator directly on a web page, which is called WebNES. Simply visit the site at the link below and try any of the available games; better yet, load a ROM into your Dropbox account and play it. WebNES was made during the 2014 PennApps hackathon and while it’s a giant step forward for anyone looking to keep their iPhone in factory mode while playing some old school Nintendo games, it is far from perfect. You won’t be able to run the games at full speed, and some of them are quite slow. Additionally, if you want sound, you have to plug in some earphones.

Still, for now at least it’s better than nothing.

[ WebNES ] VIA [ Technabob ]

EA: You Can Leave Any Rating You Want, As Long As It’s A 5-Star Rating

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In a world where an app’s success or failure often depends on its rating, EA isn’t taking any chances and has started using some dodgy tactics to boost its image online. In the Android version of the freemium game Dungeon Keeper you get an occasional prompt to rate the game, which is normal practice in most applications. However, this particular prompt gives the following options: if you’re thinking of leaving a 5-star rating, you’re directed to Google Play Store where you can leave your glowing review; if it’s anything less, pressing that button will open a window where you can “leave feedback”, skipping the Play Store altogether.

Sure, you could still leave a 1-star review, but you’d have to manually go to the Play Store, find the game, and leave a review. This obviously stacks the deck in EA’s favour, despite the company’s claim that this tactic is employed to “collect valuable feedback from players who don’t feel the game is worth a top rating.” Given that the wording on the prompt is “5-Star ratings from you help us provide free updates!”, it’s clear that content is being held hostage in exchange for an artificially inflated rating, and isn’t sitting right with gamers. It’s no surprise then that the company was voted Worst In America, 2 years running.

VIA [ TheVerge ]

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 ]