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Fun online color brightness vision test

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My daughter, her friend, and I had fun taking this non-scientific color brightness vision test. You have to identify the one square that has a different brightness level within a grid of similarly colored squares. It gets harder as you progress. It took me a few tries, but I finally received the "hawk" badge, with a score of 25.

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D20 Mug


The 12oz mug is dishwasher/microwave-safe: $13 at Thinkgeek.

Watch Minecraft become holographic in Microsoft Hololens E3 demo

Amazing gameplay footage: Minecraft through the Hololens. The VR demo from Microsoft executive Sax Persson today at the annual E3 games convention completely transforms the experience of Minecraft.

Microsoft acquired Minecraft Maker Mojang for $2.5 billion last year.

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From PopSci:

“This is a live demo, with real working code,” Persson said, before donning the HoloLens and projecting a Minecraft map onto a wall, and then a table onstage. Microsoft announced Minecraft would be a main attraction of the HoloLens earlier in the year, but this is the first working demo the company has shown to the public.

Viewers were able to see Persson’s augmented reality through a “special camera” outfitted to show the HoloLens display in real time, as he played the game on the wall with an Xbox controller.

Persson then walked over to the table, said, “create world,” and watched as the Minecraft world poured onto the table. This was met with perhaps the loudest applause of Microsoft’s presentation, as he continued to use voice commands and gestures to manipulate the world. The virtual projection constrained itself to the edges of the table well, and the camera was able to look inside of structures by moving through the virtual walls.

No HoloLens release date yet.

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The only things you really need to know about Microsoft's E3 press event

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Super Mario mugs


Mario Pipe Mugs: half-price at Thinkgeek: ($6.49). (via Geekymerch)

Kate Milford's Greenglass House: lyrical, tense YA mystery

Kate Milford made a name as a young adult writer able to tap into a rich Bradburian vein of lyricism with the Boneshaker -- now she shows us that she's an expect mystery writer as well, in Greenglass House, an illustrated middle-grades novel that will keep you guessing.Read the rest

Cthulhu Dice – Curse your opponents before you lose all your marbles and go insane

The Cthulhu Mythos is turned into a game of dice in Steve Jackson's Cthulhu Dice. The demonically beating heart of the game is a large, beautiful, and gem-like 12-sided die covered in Cthulhu-related runes. Each rune has a different effect in making one person or another go insane (or taking some of their insanity away from them). Players take turns choosing someone to curse and then casting the die against them. Every player has a stash of Sanity Tokens (little glass disks), a.k.a. “marbles,” and when you've lost all of your marbles, you go insane. But this is a game from the world of H.P. Lovecraft, so you're still not out of the game. Insane players continue to play just to try and drive other players mad. The goal of the game is to be the last sane Cthulhu Cultist standing. If everyone goes rubber room bonkers, Cthulhu wins.

Cthulhu Dice is very easy to learn and especially fun to play in situations where you want the social interaction of gaming, but don't want to play a long game, or you don't want to be tremendously engaged in the game you're playing. People always talk about “beer and pretzels” games, well this is a game you could actually play in a boisterous bar or as a sort of palate cleaner between main attraction games at a gaming night.

Cthulhu Dice
Steve Jackson Games
Ages 10 and up, 2-6 players
$7 Buy one on Amazon

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Spot It! is a fun game where you try to match the most pictures

Spot It! is a fun matching game that anyone can enjoy. It’s easy to play – just flip over a card and start spotting. Find the matching picture between your card and the card in the middle – there’s always a match. Whoever spots a matching picture first wins the card. When the deck is gone, count your cards to see who has the most. The spotter with the most cards wins. Fun, right?! And that’s just one of the many ways to play. I love how this game sharpens your sense and reflexes. Spot It is a favorite in our family, especially on road trips – it keeps everyone entertained! – Alyse Thompson

Spot It!
Blue Orange
Ages 7 and up, 2-8 players
$10 Buy one on Amazon

See sample pages from this book at Wink.

Long-delayed game The Last Guardian reportedly under new management

lastguardian-541-003 Mark Cerny, the system architect behind Playstation 4, is said to have been put in charge of finishing Sony's all-but-legendary project, described by Leigh as the lost game of a microgeneration.
The Last Guardian has had a rocky few years. Although Sony has repeatedly said the project won’t be abandoned, and that if it were we would hear about it, but did also say it wasn’t going to talk about the project until it was close to its final form.

Team ICO Leader Fumito Ueda left Sony, although he stayed on The Last Guardian as a contractor. There were rumours that other Sony studios had been called in to try and help Team ICO push through publicly acknowledged technical difficulties.

In the interim, the project has been significantly reworked. It now seems absolutely certain that The Last Guardian will be a PS4 game, meaning Team ICO skipped an entire console generation – assuming it ever releases.

UK regulators investigate games that rip-off kids

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The games targeted by the investigation have not been named, reports the BBC, but are three among many.

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Cute photo: Pac-Man Ghosts drive MINI Coopers

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Excellent marketing at a Jacksonville, Florida MINI dealership. Possibly promo for the forthcoming film Pixels. Either way, delightful. (via Reddit)

How big is the Minecraft universe?

Very big. Huge. MASSIVE.

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Dragon's Lair running on a Sinclair ZX81

The ZX81 was a remarkably inexpensive home computer released in the early 80s, notable for the charm of its low-end tech and the expertise required to glean even limited results.

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Are you a member of The Oregon Trail Generation, the last before mainstream social media?

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If you count yourself among The Oregon Trail Generation, count yourself lucky.

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Refrigerator full of Super Nintendo Jurassic Park cartridges could be yours

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It's on eBay for $1,500, but the seller is entertaining offers. "No questions or answers have been posted about this item." [via @toastmaster]

Just in time for the new Jurassic World (Jurassic Park) movie that is coming out, you can have your very own refrigerator full of Snes Jurassic Park carts!! There are just about 300 Jurassic Park carts including a handful of CIB copies and a PAL version CIB. I will also include the schlue of other Jurassic Park games: gameboy CIB, Sega Genesis, Sega CD, Sega Saturn CIB copies. Also have a CIB Jurassic Park 2 and sealed JP 2 for snes that will be included. And a laser disk movie for kicks and giggles. Fridge and Bacardi not included

Blizzard bans 100,000 Warcraft players


They were all running mods that let them automate away the tedious grinding that is so integral to the way that MMOs incentivize players to devote thousands of hours to their products.

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Garbage Cat accurately simulates the one great pleasure of being a cat

cat Ruining human sleep. Will Herring created this 5-minute browser game in honor of his "garbage cat."

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Iphone game that challenges you to not look at your Iphone

bsocial2collage To play B-Social, you turn the app on, and choose how long you want to ignore your phone. Unlock the screen before your time's up and you lose that round.

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