This Guy Played Real-Life Space Invaders With A Laser Cutter

Space Invaders competes with Pac-Man for the title of the defining arcade game. But the 8-bit graphics always seemed a little unrealistic. So one engineer decided to make a real-world version, using lasers. » 3/23/15 1:00am 3/23/15 1:00am

In the Season Finale of Haphead, an Unexpected Twist


io9 is proud to be presenting the final episode of season 1 of Haphead, the series about gamers in a dystopian future Toronto. Maxine finally discovers how her father died — and it's a very interesting twist that I didn't see coming. Plus we get a peek into the future world of biohacking, which is damn cool. » 3/10/15 7:50pm 3/10/15 7:50pm

The Mystery Deepens, in the Latest Episode of Haphead

io9 is proud to be presenting weekly episodes of Haphead, the story of a gamer in dystopian future Toronto. In this week's episode, Maxine investigates the death of her father. Things start to get seriously disturbing, especially when she visits a mall that only allows people from the "right" income bracket. » 3/04/15 11:10pm 3/04/15 11:10pm

It's a New Episode of Haphead, the VR Gamer Dystopia Series

io9 is proud to be distributing new episodes of Haphead every week. In episode 3, we start to see the results of all Maxine's haptic brain interface gaming — she's become a serious ninja. But at home, she's still fighting with her old-school punk dad about being a wage slave. » 2/03/15 11:09pm 2/03/15 11:09pm

The Gorgeous RPG Shadows of Esteren Gets A Whole New Occult Sourcebook

Shadows of Esteren is a tabletop fantasy RPG with some of the most gorgeous art and design we've ever seen. The upcoming Occultism book lets characters gain esoteric knowledge, but life is Esteren is plenty dangerous even when you know the unknowable. » 1/21/15 12:00pm 1/21/15 12:00pm

No, This Artificially Intelligent Super Mario Is Not Self-Aware

German researchers have created a version of Nintendo's Super Mario Advance in which the videogame hero can learn and venture through the game according to his "feelings." It's an exciting advance, but the claim that Super Mario is now "self-aware" is grossly overstated. » 1/20/15 9:40am 1/20/15 9:40am

Amazon's Year-End Game Sale is Here to Save You From Holiday Boredom

If you're going to have some time off of work in the next few weeks, Amazon's having a nice sale on downloadable PC games to help keep you occupied. There will be more deals as the week progresses, but today's limited-time offers are listed below. [Amazon] » 12/22/14 9:45am 12/22/14 9:45am

How Neal Stephenson Is Helping To Make Snow Crash's Metaverse A Reality

Magic Leap's mysterious augmented reality tech promises to "bring magic back into the world." And now Neal Stephenson, who imagined the virtual Metaverse in his 1992 novel Snow Crash, has joined the company. He tells io9 why this technology may "demand a new way of thinking." » 12/16/14 9:00am 12/16/14 9:00am

The New Dungeon Master's Guide Is Like a Hacker's Manual for D&D

The final installment of the core D&D books has arrived, and it's really a hell of a book. I would even argue that this is the best Dungeon Master's Guide of any edition of D&D, ever. This is mainly because they've finally figured out what the DMG is: It's the hacker's guide to D&D. » 12/15/14 8:00am 12/15/14 8:00am

This Nature Documentary Was Made Inside the World of Grand Theft Auto

Lots of things are wrong with the Grand Theft Auto franchise - violence, sexism, and so on - but I think it's still pretty cool that the GTA 5 universe has wildlife running (and swimming) around. A YouTuber recorded the CGI wildlife and created a tribute to the Attenborough "grandeur of nature"-style documentary. » 12/01/14 4:40pm 12/01/14 4:40pm

Save $15 on the Brand New Dragon Age: Inquisition, Today Only

Even at full price, Dragon Age Inquisition is a bargain in the sense that it offers over 80 hours of entertainment without breaking a sweat, while delivering one of the 12 best gaming experiences currently available on the PS4, Xbox One, and even PC. With that in mind, this deal should be a no-brainer for anyone… » 12/01/14 3:18am 12/01/14 3:18am

The Best Cyber Monday Deals

Cyber Monday incoming. Bookmark this page and get ready. We'll be adding deals as we get them and hyperlinking as they go live. Follow us on Twitter to make sure you never miss a deal and follow our deal coverage year round on Kinja Deals. » 11/30/14 2:07pm 11/30/14 2:07pm

The Best Black Friday Gaming Deals

Retailers took their time, but this is an amazing set of Black Friday gaming deals. Deals will be hyperlinked as they go live. » 11/27/14 1:09pm 11/27/14 1:09pm

The Best Black Friday Deals

You've reached our hub for 2014's Kinja Deals Black Friday coverage. The deals are already coming in, so start saving right now. Be sure to check out Kinja Deals for our year-round deal and product coverage, and follow us on Twitter to never miss a deal. » 11/24/14 11:16am 11/24/14 11:16am

Here are the Best Black Friday Deals We Know About So Far

We've populated our Black Friday hub with the best deals to be revealed so far. Of course, we expect price matches, undercuts, and alternate options to pop up as things get underway, and we'll be updating constantly. » 11/23/14 12:47pm 11/23/14 12:47pm

A Tabletop Game Where You Fight Other Humans... Surrounded By Zombies

Dead Meat: Quarantine Zone America is a skirmish game that pits human factions against each other, fighting to meet their own goals while the board fills with mindless undead. Innovative rules and world-building make it stand out in the crowded zombie genre. » 11/19/14 1:00pm 11/19/14 1:00pm

So. Much. Armor: A Collection Of Glorious BlizzCon Cosplay!

BlizzCon was this past weekend in Anaheim, and fans of Blizzard's games and other game franchises descended on SoCal to celebrate their greatest heroes and inspirations. Which involved a LOT of incredible armor and painstaking recreations of weapons. Check out some of our favorites from BlizzCon below. » 11/10/14 3:12pm 11/10/14 3:12pm

A Ton of Video Game Deals Just Went Live, Including a $272 Xbox One

Best Buy and Target have kicked off some impressive pre-Black Friday video game promotions today, and Kohl's has an insane stackable coupon deal on the Xbox One if you're in the market for a new console. » 11/09/14 10:09am 11/09/14 10:09am