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Japanese Men Are Marrying Anime Characters

Virtual Reality weddings have become increasingly popular as technology has evolved, couples capture their most special day in 360-degree videos to relive them at a later stage. While one can do with or without virtual reality at a wedding, some modern day marriages would not have been possible without the technology, at least not for this Japanese man who married his favourite Anime character, one he could only kiss and exchange rings within VR. In 2017 you no longer have to be human to get married because the future is now and it’s a little creepy. A romance and dating simulator, Niitzuma LovelyxCation is a game developed by Japanese studio Hibiki Works and lets players court any one of its three anime characters. Players can eventually marry these characters in real life wedding ceremonies held in actual chapels. The first of these virtual reality weddings took place in Tokyo where…

Nintendo Classic Is So Popular It’s Selling Out

The Nintendo Classic Mini: Super Nintendo Edition has been selling like hot cakes, with pre-orders getting snapped up fast. Game, Argos, the official Nintendo UK Store, ShopTo, Very, Smyths and Amazon UK have all sold out of Super Nintendo Mini pre-orders on their websites. The retro console was announced earlier this month and is the second of Nintendo’s attempts to revive its old consoles and games for new and old audiences. But just like the NES Classic Edition that came before it, it’s all but impossible to actually buy the console. And if you’ve placed a SNES Mini pre-order from Amazon UK you will need to check your e-mail inbox. Amazon UK has been sending out e-mails to customers who purchased more than one Nintendo Classic Mini: Super Nintendo Edition. SNES fans are reporting online that they have received emails from Amazon saying that they can only buy one console…

Samsung is Disrupting the Ultra-wide Monitor Market

Samsung has announced that they are to produce an ultrawide monitor, the CHG90. A monitor of mega proportions, plans revealed that the monitor will be 32:9 aspect ratio. To put this into perspective, in general, ultrawide monitors have a ratio of 21:9, while normal monitors have an aspect ratio of 16:9. The 49 inch CHG90 sets a new standard for monitor display. Coupled with 3,840×1,080 double full HD (DFHD) resolution, the new monitor offers users a unique experience. Colours will appear deeper and brighter, offering more realistic visuals. Samsung may have tapped into a market of various customers for ultrawide monitors. The world of business, finance, and tech are well accustomed to using a multi-screen platform. Utilizing several screens simultaneously, allows professionals to use a multitude of apps, or follow a number of trends at the same time. However, this often isn’t the most productive method of monitoring your workflow,…

Geeks Make a Giant Working 6502 Chip 7,000 Times Bigger Than the Original

One of my favorite projects at the 2016 Maker Faire Bay Area was Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories’ insane MOnSter 6502 board. The MOnSter 6502 is a “dis-integrated” circuit project, a transistor-scale replica of the classic MOS 6502 microprocessor. This year, the MOnSter is back, now with more MOnStrousness. It is now a fully working board capable of running programs in assembly, BASIC, and Forth. Another 100 LEDs have also been added to the board to further visually illustrate the status of the board’s operations. For those who aren’t up on their computer chip history, the MOS 6502 holds a significant place there. It was the processor at the heart of the Apple ][, Commodore PET, Atari 400 and 800 game consoles, the BBC Micro, even Tamagotchi digital pets! Variations of it were also found in the Commodore 64, Atari 2600, and the original Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). This thing really…

A Museum That Lets You Play 23 Classic Video Games from the 80s? Yup.

An interactive exhibit at the Museum of Moving Image recreates the once grand youth entertainment complex. At the height of the video arcade boom in the 80s, more than 10,000 individual arcade centers could be found in the US. These hubs of youth entertainment and favorite funnel for preteen pocket money generated nearly $8 billion in quarters alone in 1982. The sensation and allure of the relatively obsolescent video arcade still lives on today inside an exhibit at the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens, New York. Preserving each game in its first edition, the exhibit titled Video Arcade , gathers 23 vintage game machines for the public to play. Pop culture touchstones like Frogger and Pac-Man are open for visitors to use alongside the more obscure but beloved additions, Galaxy Force II and Q*Bert. Visitors to the exhibit should come with a pocket of quarters for their gaming.…

‘Project Rap Rabbit’ Shows How Not to Launch a Kickstarter in 2017 (Video)

With no gameplay footage and misguided stretch goals, this dream music rhythm game is already sputtering. PaRappa the Rapper and Gitaroo Man are some of the best games the music rhythm genre has to offer, and the prospect of the designers behind both games teaming up for something new should be enough to get people—like me!—excited. But raw excitement isn’t enough when you’re asking for people to crowdfund your project in 2017. The landscape has changed dramatically, yet the Kickstarter pitch for Project Rap Rabbit, which launched earlier this week, pretends it hasn’t. There’s a reason Project Rap Rabbit’s campaign is already scrambling to save itself. The first few years of crowdfunding, whether through Kickstarter or elsewhere, were full of optimism. Finally, there was an avenue for fans to directly fund the games they wanted to see made, even if the “market” had suggested there was no one to buy…

Call of Duty: WWII confirmed, full reveal next week

The next game in the Call of Duty first-person shooter series will be set during World War II, Activision announced today. In a brief announcement, the publisher said that the Sledgehammer Games-developed Call of Duty: WWII will be more fully revealed during a livestream next Wednesday. The company also released a promotional image (pictured above). Activision did not give a release date, although the company generally launches Call of Duty games in November, following spring announcements. No platforms were specified. via GIPHY The full announcement states: “Call of Duty returns to its World War II roots with Call of Duty: WWII, developed by Sledgehammer Games. More details are incoming during the game’s Worldwide Reveal livestream on Wednesday, April 26 featuring Sledgehammer Games co-studio heads and founders Michael Condrey and Glen Schofield. Fans will be able to tune in to get a first look at Call of Duty: WWII and get…

The Apps That Make Keeping Up With Soccer Easier

As a soccer reporter, you must be savvy about video-streaming apps and gear like antennas. What are your favorite tools for staying on the ball, so to speak? The ones I use the most are Virgin Anywhere and Sky Sports Mobile TV, the two official apps from the two major cable networks in the U.K. Sky holds the rights to most Premier League games; subscribing to Virgin means I can watch the rest of the major European leagues, too. I have friends, more technologically minded than me, who prefer streaming matches through a Kodi box (a set-top device that runs an open-source media app that can be used to stream pirated content, including illegal sports streams). I can see why they’re tempted: The cost of subscriptions is considerable. I can justify it — to my wife, and to myself — as a professional necessity, but many can’t. It is worthwhile…

‘Everything’ Is A Must-Play Game Like Nothing You’ve Seen Before (video)

I AM A polar bear, careening over snowy hills in continuous cartwheels. Then, I am a pack of Douglas firs, our branches undulating like snakes. Then an elk. A galaxy. A desert. A streak of light imported from deep space. In Everything, out now on PlayStation 4 (and slated for PC next month), I am the essence of creation moving through all these things. That title isn’t a feint or an oversell: In this game, you can be everything. Everything is the brainchild of David O’Reilly, an artist and digital creator who’s probably best known for designing the videogame interfaces used in Spike Jonze’s Her. In the videogame world, though, he’s celebrated as the creator of Mountain, a beguiling and confounding title about the life of a single mountain, suspended in space. It lived on your computer. Life grew on it. It talked to you. Eventually, it would leave. Mountain was a polarizing work, the…