Games and gear

The 404 1,432: Where we tell him about the Twinkie (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- Samsung Galaxy S5 has tepid design, but plenty of specs appeal (hands-on).

- Are selfies causing the spread of head lice?

- BroApp sends automatic text messages to your girlfriend or SO.… Read more

Be the Monty Python foot in 'Holy Grail' stomping game

Few feet are as famous as the one that stomps from the sky in the opening credits of "Monty Python's Flying Circus." A free online game dubbed Holy Stomping turns that foot into the lead character, letting you smoosh characters that would be right at home in "Monty Python and the Holy Grail."

The action starts slow enough. You click on the screen to control where the foot lands, aiming for the medieval maidens strolling along the bottom, with bonus points for taking out a knight. As the rounds go by, the action ramps up, and hazards like unstompable angels and archers shooting arrows appear.… Read more

Rideable Super Mario Kart races into reality (for kids anyway)

Super Mario Kart's plumber-driven vehicle is driving into the lives of children as an actual rideable toy car. The brightly colored cart sports the Mario "M" on the front and the exaggerated design features of its video-game counterpart in Mario Kart 7.

The battery-powered vehicle has forward and reverse, functioning pedals, brakes, and a seat belt to keep your little Mario from flying out of the cart. It also makes sounds from the games. You will have to provide blue overalls and a red hat if you want to achieve the full Mario look.… Read more

Seth Rogen to helm film on '90s console wars

Long before Sony and Microsoft became the chief combatants in the video game console wars, Sega and Nintendo were kings of the gaming roost. Blake Harris chronicles their rivalry in the upcoming business thriller "Console Wars," which traces scrappy Sega's rebel bombardment against the Nintendo juggernaut during the 1990s. The book is scheduled for release in May.

According to Variety, the book will be adapted into a film co-directed by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg for Sony Pictures. Rogen and Goldberg have also been tapped to write the script.… Read more

The 404 1,431: Where we hide our philtrum (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- The future of sports photography is drones!

- Moviefone hangs up forever.

- Facial recognition can now diagnose you.

- Seth Rogen to write/direct film about '90s console wars.… Read more

Beautiful Tengami papercraft game plays like a dream

Sometimes a game comes along that urges you to take your time -- to soak up the gorgeous atmosphere, explore the world, and solve puzzles at a leisurely pace. It's about the journey, not the finish line.

The Room is one such game. Year Walk is another. And now we have one more to add to the list: the newly released Tengami from Nyamyam.

And yet, Tengami isn't quite like any game we've seen. It's based on the idea of a pop-up book and set in a sort of mythical feudal Japan. You control a young Japanese man -- although the actual details of the plot remain to be unfolded as the story progresses, with very minimal exposition and even fewer directions. … Read more

The 404 1,430: Where we flail away with Spotify's Shanon Cook (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- Dragnet Seiko wristwatch TV from 1984.

- It doesn't get better: the US has the second slowest 4G on EARTH.

- Google wants to do the end of "The Dark Knight" in real life.

- Follow Spotifier Shanon Cook on Twitter.… Read more

Crave giveaway: Kisai Rorschach wristwatch from Tokyoflash

Congrats to Kelly W. of Twentynine Palms, Calif., for winning four waterproof iDevice cases from LifeProof and and Incipio in last week's giveaway. What do you see when you look at this week's prize? Think carefully; your answer might say a lot about you. We're giving away a Kisai Rorschach wristwatch from Tokyoflash.

Like other watches from the purveyor of wacky timepieces, this one takes a circuitous route to telling you it's 5 o'clock. It uses an e-paper display from E Ink to create inkblots in increasing levels of difficulty. … Read more

The 404 1,429: Where it's good enough to snoop through (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- If portrait video is wrong, these artists don't want to be right.

- iPhone app invites strangers to eavesdrop and solicit advice.

- Tinder flaw may have exposed members' exact whereabouts for months.

- E-cigarette meets Bluetooth speaker: a perfect pair.… Read more

CodeCombat: Learn to code through dungeon crawling

Looking at a bunch of code for the first time can be something of a daunting affair. All those strings and symbols can simply look like a mess to the untrained eye, and can be a bit off-putting to anyone who's toying with the idea of learning how to code. It's not nearly as difficult as it looks, however -- if only one can find the right delivery method.

Codecademy does a pretty good job, but one group of programmers wanted to make it a little more accessible. Enter CodeCombat, a browser-based game where your in-game actions are dictated by the Javascript code commands you type. … Read more