• NXT robot solves Rubik's Cube without a PC

    When I was a boy, Legos were good for having crash-em-up derbies (Instructions: You and your friends take a big green board each and build cars. The owner of the Legos gets all the good wheels. Crash the cars into each other. Repeat.) Now they have the damn things solving Rubik’s Cubes like some sort of manic hog-skinning machine that needed some time off. The full instructions and code… Read More

  • Something mysterious is happenning on the Blizzard Web site

    What’s up with Blizzard’s Web site? For the past several days, the splash page on has shown this mysterious, ice blue image. (I’ve been AFK since Monday, so this is all news to me.) As such, Internet speculation is in high gear. Is it Diablo III? Maybe a new race from Starcraft II? No one knows, which makes all the speculation particularly fruitless. Given… Read More

  • "Taterf" worm steals your WoW password, epic l00tz

    The MMORPG world is too big a target to resist, I guess. Worm-wranglers in China created a worm falled Frethog, which this new one Taterf is based on. It copies itself around, executes whenever you look at it, and by means of keylogging, packet sniffing, or other methods, determines your online game login info. It’s targeting the big ones, like WoW, Lineage, and even Steam. Once… Read More

  • More Surface secrets – you'll wish you were here

    There were still a few surprises up Microsoft’s sleeve today at this little conference I’m at. They’re talking about the SDK, testing the surface with robotic arms, and they demoed some totally freaking awesome apps they’ve got running in launch or alpha state. Believe me, you do wish you were here. Lots more pictures inside. Read More

  • WoW gaze interaction: Necessary? Probably not. Cool? Yes.

    We tested some eye-tracking software like this at CeBIT this year but this takes the concept to a whole other level. It’s basically a system for tracking your gaze that has been retrofitted to work with WoW. Why? I guess it could let the handicapped or, sadly, the catastrophically lazy, play the game without having to touch a keyboard. My money is on the former. Eye-gaze systems… Read More


    Flying SPACE MARINES! FLYING SPACE MARINES! FLYING… SPACE MARINES! THAT SHOOT EACH OTHER! FLYING ONES! The manifold wonders of nature are truly bounteous and only $49.99 for two! Read More

  • From the "I told you so" Dept.: Study shows violent games relax players

    I take issue with the classification of World of Warcraft as a “violent game” in this study, but I suppose it’s more violent than Animal Crossing. The study, done at Middlesex University in the UK, had just under 300 people of all ages playing WoW for a couple hours, and found that players were more tired and calm after their gaming session. It’s not a really… Read More

  • Black Rolly in Japan

    Hard, impacted stool? Try Grape Nuts. Isn’t there a war on? Shouldn’t Sony be doing something better with its R&D budget? Read More

  • CrunchArcade: WoW Patch 2.4 now live: There's a new island to explore

    [photopress:wow24.jpg,full,center] A day late and several thousand experience points short, I forgot to mention that World of Warcraft Patch 2.4.0 went live yesterday. Compared to the previous release, 2.3.0, this latest upgrade doesn’t seem as significant, though it still adds a decent amount of new content. There’s a whole new island to explore, for one. The Isle of… Read More

  • Department of Warcraft

    [photopress:azeroth.jpg,full,center] Having found Osama bin Laden, making Iraq a safe place to live, and winning the war on conventional terrorism, the Department of Homeland Security is going after terrorists in the last place they can hide: World of Warcraft. Your tax money is going to the Reynard project, where US intelligence agents are scouting out Azeroth for “suspicious… Read More

  • Warcraft PVP contest has $75,000 grand prize

    Flickr’d And who said World of Warcraft was a waste of time? Turns out you can win a couple of ducats if you’re good enough. Starting in April, Blizzard will start a contest where players will compete for a grad prize of $75,000. It’ll be a 3v3 Arena contest where players will try to out-PVP each other. To make things intersting, the… Read More

  • Facebook's yearly revenue pales in comparison to Warcraft's monthly

    [photopress:wowfacebook.jpg,full,center] If we believe the numbers that came out yesterday showing that Facebook makes $150 million in total revenue, then we’ll have to question that $15B rating the site has earned. Analysts are now starting to realize what we’ve been saying for quite some time, that people on social networks aren’t there to buy stuff, but to screw around… Read More

  • IRL: Warcraft Mana Energy Potion has lots of caffeine

    [photopress:manaenergypotion.jpg,full,center] Like the Final Fantasy potion before it, this World of Warcraft-inspired Mana drink is silly and only for uberfans. $7 (plus s/h) will get you two, 40mL bottles of Mana Energy Potion, which promises to give you 5-8 hours of “jitter-free” energy. It’s essentially citrus-flavored caffeine: there’s approximately two Red Bulls… Read More

  • Video: I'm a Night Elf pimp

    We can close YouTube now. This is the best video that will ever be uploaded to it. (It’s a parody of the recent WoW ad campaign, in case you’re lucky enough to have a life.) WoW Moviewatch: Belated pimp parody of WoW commercials [WoW Insider] Read More

  • Sony's medium-sized OLED TV is gorgeous

    Not a lot of info on this one, but you have to see it to believe it. The thing is about as thick as a laptop screen, and the picture is stunning. It’s sharp as hell and the contrast was excellent. Considering the little ones (as opposed to this ~24-in. guy) are going to cost $2,500, though, I don’t even want to think about the dent this one is going to make in your bank account. Read More

  • Video of Nicholas reaching level 60 in WoW – Watch more free videos At least, I imagine this is what Nicholas will do when he reaches level 60. via Krunker Read More

  • World of Warcraft Patch 2.3 goes live today: New instance, easier leveling

    Today’s a big day for World of Warcraft fans. Once the servers come back online at around 1:00 pm EST, users will experience the ecstasy that is Patch 2.3. This is one of the bigger patches of late, with several changes and additions, including Guild Banks, easier leveling from levels 1-60 (increased XP, less XP required to level up, etc.), changes to pre-level 60 dungeons and the… Read More

  • Geek wants you to level his WoW character – sort of

    Are you a leatherworker? Doesn’t matter, because even if you can’t stitch a baseball cap together, you can always play a video game. One Queens resident in NYC is looking for someone to help him level his leatherworking in World of Warcraft from 356 to 375. The job pays $20 and if you get him the materials for the hawt epic lewtz, you get $40 of cold, hard cash out of the deal. Dorky? Read More

  • iPhone 1.1.1 Firmware? You're all set, Mr. Hacker

    To jailbreak your 1.1.1 firmware iPhone or Touch, begin by gathering the following tools: A screwdriver A putty knife That blue stuff barbers put their combs in Pop Rocks A couple in 18th-century ball garb 2 cans of Lestoil A sense of wonder The tail of a gilded Tibetan Wombeast Step 1 – Point your Safari browser on the Touch or iPhone to
    Step 2 – Wait.
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  • Leopard on a PC?

    Looks like the impossible — should I say Kim-possible — is possible. With the help of a patched DVD, you can now install Leopard on any PC, young or old, fancy or non-fancy. This means two things for Apple — they will sell more iPhones and copies of Leopard than they ever thought possible — and the world will soon see the might of a complete and fully operational… Read More

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