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Playing with the Oculus Rift is better with friends. You can get your head chopped off, or use them as your personal "gaming chair". The idea is simple: the player with the headset on enjoys the game, like this hang gliding simulator, while the others lift, tilt and push the player, following on-screen instructions.

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If you have a spare 30 minutes and feel like thinking about video games for a while, you could do a lot worse than this interesting talk by Ian Bogost. The word 'fun' is as common and dead as any word we use to describe video games. What do we mean when we use that word, and would we be better served by eliminating that word completely? Very interesting questions.

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The newly introduced "The Haven" stage for Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved demonstrates just how little music has evolved over the past 272 years. The dangers of being one of the world's most popular Baroque composers, il Prete Rosso.

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Typography plays an incredibly important role in establishing video game brands, to the point where a single letter torn from a title can evoke an entire franchise. Paul Brown, creator of the free Font Quiz app (available on iOS and Windows 8) assembled 48 of gaming's finest in font form, suggesting such an arrangement be an excellent use of our spiffy image annotation system. What a clever man.

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The constant progression of annual sport titles has another advantage besides the games getting more and more realistic every year. It creates moments where the players go nuts — suddenly, our ordinary game turns itself into Dragon Ball Z or Super Smash TV. We selected below a few of these from the last few years' FIFA, NHL and NBA titles.

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Roughly a week ago, I wrote a piece called I Like Games, which discussed my preference for games with set mechanics, games that are fundamentally fun. Some people agreed, some didn't, but it seemed like a topic worth exploring, so I gathered up a group of the best Australian academics writing about video games to ask them a simple question: do video games need to be fun?

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You can't take two steps in the world these days without having your image captured. Everywhere you turn there are people with mobile phone cameras, traffic cameras, Google Street View vehicles. How can we remain anonymous in this digital age? Why, with digital camouflage, of course. Enter Pixelhead.

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Last week's PopCap Games party at the Game Developers Conference wasn't just a chance to indulge in Plants Vs Zombies drinks and snacks while watching flowers cavort around the packed room. It was also a chance to check out some really neat concept art from the game and, you now, talk to people.

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It's the weekend, so I picked something lighthearted and fun for the daily Kotaku science post. Did you know male wasp spiders snap their genitalia off inside the female during sex? Don't worry, they have two sets.