The Sims 2: Teen Style Stuff

For the first time, Electronic Arts has brought The Sims players a stuff pack with the exclusive intent of giving their teen Sims everything they need to express their unique style! The Sims 2: Teen Style Stuff, now on store shelves, lets your teen …continue reading

Scotts Snap Spreader for Lawn Gadget Lovers

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Scotts® for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

I have a love / hate relationship with the great outdoors.

When it came time to buy a house, my first question …continue reading

What Not To Do At A Holiday Party

With the holiday season once again upon us, it’s time for those office Christmas parties. I’m sure we’ve all seen “that” movie or heard “that” story about the guy who ended his career at the office Christmas party. If you’re office soiree is fast approaching, …continue reading

Making Tabletop Gaming Easier for the Next Generation

Adam “Cave” Johnson of the University of Northern Iowa Tech Writers writes:

We’ve all been there. Somebody’s playing a cool game, but “it’s really hard to explain.” Such is the case with many tabletop role-playing games (as I’m sure most of us are aware), like …continue reading

MUZU.TV Brings 80,000 Music Videos to Xbox Live

I’m generally not one to wax nostalgic about “the good old days.” That’s not to say that there aren’t some things I don’t miss about yesteryears, but I think living in the here and now has its pros vs. enough cons from olden times to …continue reading

Is the Xbox Becoming More Like a Set Top Box?

An Xbox Live promotion is circulating the tech realm today, giving a glimpse into the next project to come out of Microsoft surrounding its aging Xbox product line. Most recently, these efforts appear to be a voice-activated and motion-controlled set top box, featuring YouTube, …continue reading

How to Run Multiple EVE Online Clients on OS X

EVE Online is one of the most popular MMO titles available for the Mac, and many EVE players enjoy running multiple clients and controlling several characters at the same time. Unlike most MMOs, EVE doesn’t require the constant undivided attention that most online games …continue reading

What’s New in Minecraft 1.9?

In this video, Matthew Sabia takes us on a tour through the Minecraft 1.9 prerelease, which features NPC characters and pre-built villages. As you may already know, Minecraft might be one of the oddest games around, and this preview for version 1.9 seems to …continue reading

Five Reasons to Play Tabletop Role-Playing Games

It would seem that, with the proliferation of computer games based on popular pen and paper platforms like Dungeons & Dragons, Pathfinder, Cyberpunk, and others, the days of playing these games in person with friends are coming to a close. Bags of 20-sided dice, stacks …continue reading

Earth Networks Climate Intelligence Services and Technologies

Recently Earth Networks, owner of the WeatherBug brand, partnered up with Borrasca Iniciativas Atmosféricas S.L. (BIA). The goal behind this new business partnership is to provide the best climate data available to Spain, Portugal, and Latin America. By combining the resources of …continue reading

Minecraft Vs. Second Life

Comparing Minecraft to Second Life is a difficult task, especially when you consider exactly how different these two virtual world engines are. Each has its own appeal, yet they are constantly compared to each other to new users.

Second Life is a massive virtual world …continue reading

Diablo III Launch Delayed

For some people, a Christmas wish list only extends as far as a desire for two front teeth (a relatively small demographic, to be sure — usually eight-year-olds and that scruffy guy who shouts at traffic in front of the liquor store). For others, the …continue reading

RIFT Vs. Aion Online

There are a million reviews out there comparing virtually every MMO with World of Warcraft. Yes, World of Warcraft is the 800 lb. gorilla in the room, but some players have elected to try other titles that don’t have any direct association with the Blizzard …continue reading

Gambling on EVE Online

EVE Online has long been known for being one of those open MMOs that allows its player base to lie, cheat, and steal their way to the top of the game. Player factions are called corporations and how much money your character has is a …continue reading

Gamers Solve Puzzle That Could Lead to AIDS Cure

Gamers playing Foldit, a popular protein folding game that pits teams of players across the world against scientific puzzles, have solved a problem that has plagued scientists for years… in less than 10 days. This breakthrough occurred thanks to a combination of computer and human …continue reading

Sid Meier’s Civilization V Review

Are you a fan of real-time strategy games? How about a turn-based strategy game that acts more like an RTS? You might be interested in Sid Meier’s Civilization V, the latest in a series of games about building civilizations and world domination. Yes, …continue reading

What Can Game Developers Learn from Minecraft?

Minecraft is one of those overnight successes that left gaming pundits scratching their heads. In its simplicity, Minecraft has redefined the standards of a successful game, forcing developers from all genres to take a hard look at where their priorities are in their game design. …continue reading

Using WeatherBug API with WinForms

In previous articles I’ve discussed the WeatherBug API, while sharing some great examples of people coming up with creative uses for the WeatherBug API during their own development process. Today, I came across a new example that I think really hits the nail on the head. …continue reading

LEGO Star Wars 2011 Advent Calendar Review

It seems the Northern Hemisphere is beginning its long cooling period, and what has been a harsh summer for many is starting to fade into a long-awaited fall. With this change in seasons comes a reminder that the holidays aren’t very far away. What better …continue reading

Why Are Frame Rates and Refresh Rates Important in Gaming?

We’ve all had it happen at one point or another. You’re playing a game and every time you rotate the screen, even by only a bit, the familiar line can be seen splitting one frame from another on the screen. To some, this is only …continue reading

How to Make ISK on EVE Online

All right, so you’ve decided to take the dive into the world of space adventure and subscribe to EVE Online. You might have noticed, during your tutorial, that this MMO doesn’t work quite like so many others out there. You don’t move from city to …continue reading

Wireless Controller Latency: is It a Problem?

Back in 2001-2002, I remember posing the question at a LAN party of whether or not a wireless controller negatively impacts gaming. At the time, half of the room said it doesn’t, and the other half went on and on about half-second latency and how …continue reading

Wired Vs. Wireless Networking

LockerGnome’s Brandon Wirtz weighs in on a big question that everyone’s been asking. Which is a better network for gaming: wired or wireless? He says:

“When you have an Xbox, you have a choice between using wired or the wireless connection, and the same is …continue reading

IBM Deep Thunder and WeatherBug Analyze Irene

By now, most of you living here in the US have been alerted to the weather event known simply as Hurricane Irene. What you may not know, however, is which technology is being used to model the likely urban path for this hurricane. As reported …continue reading

Will Gaming Graphics Ever Match Reality?

The idea of in-game graphics being photorealistic has long been the dream of many gamers across the world. From the wow factor early VGA graphics offered to the more advanced rendering engines of today, developers have been striving to achieve a more realistic rendering engine …continue reading

Five Popular Toys That Have Been Around for over 75 Years

Looking past the sounds and blinking lights of modern technology, you may have fond memories of toys and games you enjoyed in your youth. Chances are, your parents (and their parents) may have played with the same things you did growing up. They say some …continue reading

Why OnLive Doesn’t Work

A few years ago, the announcement that we would soon be able to play virtually any game from any device with an Internet connection seemed too good to be true. Unfortunately, it was. The idea of freeing yourself from the need of a high-end gaming …continue reading

Rift Celebrates a Happy Half Birthday

They grow up so quickly. It’s hard to believe that Rift, the MMORPG that introduced itself to the pool of World of Warcraft weary players by proclaiming that “we’re not in Azeroth anymore,” is already going to be half a year old (that’s six …continue reading

Make Your Own Video Game with the Help of Pixaquarium

Ever wanted to make your own video game? Whether you’re paying heed to the idea that you could do better than what’s already out there or answering an inherent calling to customize the experience into something that’s more “you,” I’m willing to bet that the …continue reading

How to Play a Custom Map in Minecraft

LockerGnome’s Robert Clarke writes:

Minecraft is a fun game on its own, but a lot of people don’t realize that you can play a variety of other mini-games that have been made in Minecraft by others. One great example of this is Escapecraft, which …continue reading