Gaming exoskeleton to pair with Oculus Rift headset at CES 2014

LAS VEGAS -- The future of gaming, at least to those banking on the rise of virtual reality, lies not just with better graphics or voice control, but with sensor suits and headsets that bring our real-world movements to life onscreen. At CES 2014, the PrioVR full-body tracking suit is on display and the company behind it, YEI Technology, is partnering with VR headset maker Oculus Rift to showoff a fully immersive gaming experience later this week.

Sailing toward the far-off sci-fi future of those powered exoskeletons in "The Matrix" or the video game series Crysis, the PrioVR hardware is a string of strap-on sensors extensive enough to make anyone look like an actor in a motion capture studio. Its half-body system includes sensors for a user's head, elbows, and wrists that can be expanded into a full-body suit that tracks one's shoulder, waist and leg movements.… Read more

Zynga begins testing Bitcoin payments for some online games

Zynga has begun accepting virtual currency Bitcoin as payment for virtual goods in some of its games.

The social-gaming company has partnered with Bitcoin payment processor BitPay to test the cryptocurrency in a handful of its Web-based games, Zynga announced late Friday in a Reddit post. Players of FarmVille 2, CastleVille, ChefVille, CoasterVille, Hidden Chronicles, Hidden Shadows, and CityVille will be able to use Bitcoin to make in-game purchases, according to the post, which was confirmed by CNET.

"In response to Bitcoin's rise in popularity around the world, Zynga, with help from BitPay, is testing expanded payment options … Read more

Play Frogger, Asteroids free from your browser

Long ago, in a living room far, far away, games like Donkey Kong Jr., Frogger, Laser Blast, Joust, Pac-Man, Q-bert, Centipede, Burgertime, and Dig Dug ruled our every waking moment. Pixilated characters beeped their way across our TV screens as we challenged our friends and families to a match on our Atari 2600, Atari 7800 ProSystem, Magnavox Odyssey, ColecoVision, and Astrocade game console systems.

Now, thanks to The Console Living Room from the Internet Archive, fans of vintage video games can relive their high scores to their favorite games from the early '80s. … Read more

8-year-old finds Un-Nintended porn on Christmas DS

Christmas comes but once a year.

Tales of racy pictures on gadget gifts come slightly more often.

A Virginia father says that his 8-year-old son received a Christmas surprise when he and his friends took pictures of themselves with his new Nintendo DS.

He found a dozen pornographic images in a file that had been put there by someone else.

As WJLA-TV reports, the boy's dad, Tom Mayhew says he bought the device at Walmart.

"It was a shocker because we had the family here and there were a lot of kids here. The kids were the ones … Read more

Nintendo takes eShop offline to mend problems

If you can't get on to the Nintendo eShop to download games or updates for your game console, don't panic. Nintendo is taking the store offline to fix connectivity problems that cropped up over the last few days. The eShop will be unavailable from December 27 at 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT to December 28 at 4 a.m. ET/1 a.m. PT.

The issues arose on Christmas Day as people with a new Wii U or 3DS systems were setting up their consoles, creating new Nintendo Network IDs, downloading updates, and purchasing games. … Read more

The most anticipated games of 2014

Will 2014 be the year when next-generation consoles hit their stride? The following 12 months after a console launch are always very telling, but for now all we can do is wait.

Putting the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 aside, there's still plenty of gas left in the tanks of the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. We're still very much in the middle of their respective golden ages, and a lot of the games on this list will see releases on those platforms as well.

If there's anything I've learned from doing this list for the … Read more

Ask the Experts, Episode 7: Xbox One vs. PS4: Which one should you get?

So you've tuned in to Ask the Experts and you've learned all about the features (or lack thereof) inside these next-generation consoles. But what about choosing the machine that's right for you? In this season finale, Jeff and Peter discuss the pros and cons of owning the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4 to help you make a more educated decision for yourself.

Didn't get your question answered? Why not bug Jeff or Peter on Twitter?

Samsung GamePad may get bundled, courtesy of Galaxy Tab 3

Samsung's GamePad, a controller that's designed to make it easier to play games on mobile devices, will come in a bundle, a new leak suggests.

The folks over at All About Samsung in Germany on Thursday released a leaked image of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Game Edition. The bundle includes a Galaxy Tab 3 8.0, HDMI adapter, and the GamePad. According to All About Samsung, the price has not been announced.

Samsung unveiled its GamePad earlier this week. The device holds Android devices ranging in size from 4 inches to 6.3 inches, but can also … Read more

The most disappointing games of 2013

So you had your fill of the best games 2013 had to offer and now you're itching for the other side of the fence. That's where this list of the most disappointing games of 2013 has you covered.

2013 was home to a handful of titles that didn't live up to the hype, but only a select few can really be labeled as the most disappointing.

Documentary on Atari's E.T. to kick off Xbox film series

Xbox Entertainment Studios has teamed with a documentary production team for a series of film-length documentaries that will air exclusively on the Xbox One and Xbox 360.

The production company, Lightbox, is helmed by two-time Academy Award-winning producer Simon Chinn ("Searching for Sugar Man" and "Man on Wire"), and Emmy-winning producer Jonathan Chinn (FX's "30 Days" and PBS' "American High").

According to the Chinns, the film series will revolve around "the extraordinary events and characters that have given rise to the Digital Age." … Read more