Reagan's Star Wars Missile Program Had Its Own Video Game

Remember US President Ronald Reagan’s plan for space weapons in the 1980s? Today, it’s little more than a punchline, but it used to be serious business. How serious? Video game serious. Yes, there really was an SDI video game, and thanks to the Internet Archive you can even play it.


Sony Australia Wants To Know The Colour Of This PlayStation Gamepad

I think we’re all sick of hearing about a certain dress and its ongoing conflict with the colour spectrum. Sony Australia couldn’t help but get a laugh in however with this tweet during the height of the apparel’s perception-bending popularity.


The Chances Of Your Texas Hold'Em Hand Winning, Visualised

The baize rubs against your wrist. A small bead of sweat rolls down your forehead. You ease the corner of your two cards from the table to glimpse at what you’ve been dealt. “How much chance do I have of winning with this,” you think. Well, if you had this neat visualisation, you’d be all set.


Google's AI Is Now Insanely Good At Playing Space Invaders 

Since Google acquired the artificial intelligence company DeepMind for $US628 million last year, it’s put the software to hard work… playing Atari 2600 video games. Really. It’s learning how to play 49 different Atari games showcases the promises — and the weaknesses — of DeepMind’s software.


5 Things I Didn't Get About Making Video Games (Until I Did It)

Before I joined Gearbox Software, I worked at Destructoid as a features editor. I worked there from 2006 to 2010, and specialised in highlighting indie games and spewing vitriol at big-budget games I didn’t like. It turns out there were a shitload of things I didn’t know about games development.


Help Kanye West's Mum Get To Heaven In Yeezy's Video Game Debut

Noted Kanye West enthusiast Kanye West is many things. Today, that thing is grieving game developer. Because in Kanye West’s upcoming (official) video game debut, Kanye West wants you to help Kanye’s mum get to Kanye heaven.


CastAR's Vision Of Augmented Reality Is Fun For The Whole Family

CastAR’s projected augmented reality specs have come a long way. Back in May 2013, the headset was little more than a hacked together idea by ex-Valve engineers, formed under the new company Technical Illusions. Then that idea grew with a hugely successful Kickstarter campaign, and now the company has shipped its first developer headsets.


Turning The Alienware Alpha Into A Steam Machine

There’s nothing quite like the Alienware Alpha. For $699, it’s a competent Windows gaming PC. But it should have been the flagship Steam Machine. The Alpha was designed to be a Linux game console with a gamepad good enough to replace a mouse and keyboard. As easy to use as PlayStation or Xbox, but with more games. That didn’t happen. So I set out to fix it.


Cardboard Table Tennis Folds Down Into A Portable Cardboard Suitcase

The next time you’re stuck at an airport waiting for a delayed flight, instead of turning to your smartphone to pass the time, just make sure this cardboard version of table tennis is one of your carry-on items. In just seconds it can be unfolded and assembled into a working ping-pong table, complete with a cardboard net, cardboard, paddles and a cardboard scoreboard.


The Travel Version Of Settlers Of Catan Just Got So Much Better

For players who can’t bear the thought of being away from their favourite board game, there’s a Portable Edition of Settlers of Catan that’s been around for years now. But it comes packed in a flimsy cardboard box full of tiny cards and pieces that are easy to lose. That’s why this new Compact Edition of Settlers of Catan, which folds up on itself for easy transport, is vastly superior in every way.