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Indoor Cycling Meets Entertainment with Zwift
Whether it's the dropping of temperatures, shortening of days or just plain lack of free-time, hitting the road for a lengthy ride isn't always in the cards. While indoor trainers for stationary riding continue to advance, giving cyclists more detailed...
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Game Developer Other Ocean's #IDARB
From their headquarters Emeryville, CA and three studios in Canada and Northern California, game developers Other Ocean work on a multitude of projects that span mobile, handheld and console games. They've produced numerous noteworthy titles over...
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Kaho Abe of the NYU Game Innovation Lab
In anticipation of NYU's Brooklyn Polytechnic artist-in-residence Kaho Abe's presentation at Kill Screen's upcoming Two5six conference, we visited the one-time fashion designer, then wearable technology pioneer, now game developer on campus. The...
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Link About It: This Week's Picks
1. Vein$ Fingerprints aren't the most secure password—as any decent crime film shows, you leave them everywhere. Vein geometry, however, has been shown to be just as unique as fingerprints—even differing in twins—and could be a safer alternative...
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Outerlands: Season One
Every now and then a project comes along that can make even the most jaded curmudgeon crack a smile—Outerlands is one of those projects. Video games are a diverse form of entertainment, and one that is oftentimes misunderstood, vilified or mocked...
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Anki Drive
Video games, by nature, have always existed in the virtual world. While no less real or engaging to players, gaming has largely been contained to screens—at least until now. Anki Drive fuses robotics, artificial intelligence and video game styling...
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Xperia Play
We spent some time with Sony Ericsson's new Xperia Play mobile phone, which combines the latest Android Gingerbread operating system with a Playstation gaming console. Geared toward the gaming-first niche of smartphone users, the Xperia Play is essentially...
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Skylanders Spyro's Adventure
Among the many new exciting games and oddities at the 2011 Toy Fair, Activision's latest gaming experience for the Nintendo Wii stood out for its fresh take on role-playing games. Skylanders Spyro's Adventure is action-packed entertainment that lets...
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Alphabetical Poster
Channeling his ingenuous passion for video games into ingenious graphic design, Brazilian illustrator and designer Maicon Costa created his "Alphabetical Poster" to spark a nostalgic conversation that aims to "stimulate memory and sensitize the audience...
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Blur
If you're the kind of gamer (like us) who's tired of the hyper-realistic, hundreds-of-different-button games that flood the gaming consoles of today, then Blur might be for you. On the surface, the new racing game from Bizarre Creations is an absolutely...
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Luke Kopycinski
Luke Kopycinski is a concept artist for a game company in Melbourne, but his fine art transcends any niche genre with rough paint strokes converging into luminous and expressive figures.
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SwitchGames
For those who've ever tried to sell back a used game to Game Stop, you know the feeling when they give you your measly cash back or slightly-less-measly store credit and you have to swallow it. Unfortunately they've long been the only place...
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Tetrical
Tetris is one of the most straight-forward video games ever invented. It's also one of the most challenging, even with only two dimensions to worry about. Tetrical kicks it up another level by adding a third dimension. Try really hard not to...
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Jean-Philippe Rajotte
Montreal-based artist Jean-Philippe Rajotte has been working in the gaming industry for the past seven years doing 3D modeling, texturing, lighting, UI Design and now as an Art Director. Of his work, he says, "I am trying to achieve a strong...
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Moon Master
Moon Master: Rahkon is yet another totally addictive vector game where you are a little green ball that has to bounce around the screen avoiding exploding bombs, falling meteors, and malevolent, laser-shooting UFOs. The really fun part is that you...
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Wine no Hajimekata DS
Earlier this month, video-game maker Square Enix (the company behind the Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest series) released Wine no Hajimekata DS, a wine tasting game for the Nintendo DS. The game teaches wine enthusiasts how to taste and pair wines...
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Win a Wii from ThisNext and Cool Hunting
If you're one of those who wants a Wii, but is too busy reading Cool Hunting to go out and get one yourself, you have until this Friday, 31 August, to win one from CH and This Next. All you have to do to enter is contribute to Cool Hunting! Just...
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Cool Hunting x ThisNext: Wii Giveaway
Our friends at ThisNext have given us a Wii. As much as Wii here at Cool Hunting would love to keep the Wii for ourselves, Wii've decided to just give it away to one lucky wiiner. Get it? I'm replacing the word we with Wii, because that'...
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King of Kong
Though the complexity, graphic quality, and gameplay realism of video games have improved exponentially in the 30-or-so years since the genre became a staple of our culture, good old Donkey Kong is still considered the toughest game around. Reaching...
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Desktop Defence Tower
Need another way to procrastinate? You know you're in trouble when Techcrunch , the oracle of all things online, suggests that one play of the Desktop Defence Tower game—one harmless little dabble—and you can kiss your productivity for the day goodbye...
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Atari Flashback Portable
Because we think old school games are more fun, we like this upcoming Atari Flashback Portable that bests previous flashbacks by going mobile. The compact package holds dozens of Atari games and requires no cartridges. What's more, all games...
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GameOver
GameOver is a series of stop animation videos that use people to reenact classic video games Pong and Space Invaders. Created by Guillaume Reymond, founder of the Swiss design firm NOTsoNOISY, the videos were filmed perfomance art-style in front of...
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Jeremiah Palecek
Jeremiah Palecek can't help dreaming of video games. He believes that the dreaming world and the gaming world are incredibly close. The Prague-based artist is not only an avid gamer, but also creates oil paintings inspired by scenes from video...
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