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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.

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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 ]

PS4 Obliterated With .50 Caliber Sniper Shot, In Super Slow Motion

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Like clockwork, as soon as a hotly anticipated device gets released, videos of that same item being destroyed in increasingly creative ways start popping up all over YouTube. The PS4 is obviously no exception, and the below video is a pretty satisfying account of what happens when you put a heavy duty .50 caliber bullet through the console, filmed at 50,000fps.

And no, we’re not making some kind of commentary on the already months-old new-gen console flame war. It’s just gratuitous destruction, because what’s not to like about that?

VIA [ DVice ]

A New Console, New Games Just Around The Corner

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This Is The Craziest GTA V Car Chase You’ll See All Day

It sort of goes without saying that half the fun in GTA franchises is not to follow the missions, but to cause as much havoc in the city as humanly possible, before being caught by the cops. How far can you get? The guy in the video above takes us through one of the most insane car chases we’ve ever seen in a game, throwing grenades at helicopters, jumping over hills, taking curves at mind bending speeds… It’s worth a watch.

VIA [ GeeksAreSexy ]

Travel Boy Carry On Luggage Is Avoiding Licensing Fees, But We Know What’s Up

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This is a cool looking carry-on bag. It looks like a Game Boy, but it’s called a Travel Boy. Clearly someone didn’t feel like sharing a portion of the profits with Nintendo, though we suspect that if the company gave a crap, they could probably still sue. Isn’t the design of the Game Boy trademarked, like the Coke bottle shape? We don’t really know, but we can tell you a least that the bag is all of $70, which is really not that much for luggage. Taking a look at the details, it doesn’t look like a toy/novelty bag either but something you could conceivably use in real life, all the while professing your love for the classic gaming device.

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This is What 974 People Playing Super Mario At the Same Time Looks Like

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Super Mario was one of the first games I ever played on our now-defunct Nintendo Family Computer. If you played video games in the eighties and nineties, then I’m sure you’ve probably had a go or two at Super Mario yourself.

A custom level of Super Mario was built especially for the recent GamesCon that was held in Germany, where 974 people played the game simultaneously. Every screen was recorded and then compiled into one video for no particular reason. Other than the fact that it’s admittedly entertaining to watch how close to a thousand people can play the same game so differently.

You can check the video out after the break.

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