Games and gear

Sesame Street, Fall Out Boy Flappy Bird clones arrive. Where's yours?

Everyone! Stop what you're doing and clone Flappy Bird, the recently departed mobile gaming sensation, before...

Oh, sorry. I got distracted there for a second. I had to address a bug that popped up in a new app I'm working on, a hipster-themed Flappy Bird clone called "Flappy Beard." It's going to be great -- old-timey looking facial hair styles flap their way through corncob pipes.

Anyway, as I was saying, it's not too late for you to join the party! If we all get busy creating and then playing everyone else's Flappy Bird clones, it will solve climate change...I think.… Read more

The 404 1,425: Where we dig up the dirt (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- Joke's on LA: Comedy Central behind Dumb Starbucks faux shop.

- Steve Jobs time capsule dug up after 30 years: Here's the video.

- Your brain on audio books: distracted, forgetful, and bored.

- Check out this year's Game Developer's Conference!

- Follow Meggan Scavio on Twitter.… Read more

You can't actually sell your Flappy Bird phone on eBay

Despite numerous headlines flying around this week about smartphones with the now-grounded Flappy Bird app installed selling for as much as $100,000 on eBay, it's unlikely any of those sales have actually gone through.

I've been in touch with multiple eBay sellers who have had their auctions pulled from the online marketplace for violating eBay's listing policies. Basically, selling copyrightable material (like an app) without permission from the creator (Dong Nguyen in this case) is a no-go. … Read more

Head butt! Goat Simulator to become a real Steam game

The news that Goat Simulator will become a real playable video game is another grand instance of a glorified joke becoming reality, much like when ThinkGeek's April Fools tauntaun sleeping bag became an actual product due to popular demand.

Goat Simulator roared onto the scene a few days ago with a trailer that racked up more than 2 million views on YouTube and left people clamoring for a playable version of the game full of head butts, tongue-wagging trampoline jumps, and gravity-defying leaps.… Read more

The 404 1,424: Where we say 'Good Night' to you (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- Check out The Sleep Doctor's new app, Good Night.

- Follow Dr. Michael Breus on Twitter!

- Check out The Insomnia Blog and get the newsletter!… Read more

No, Flappy Bird developer didn't give up on $50,000 a day

Don't worry folks, Flappy Bird developer Dong Nguyen is still getting paid. Big time.

Over the past few days, there's been a global outcry in the wake of Nguyen's seemingly inexplicable decision to stop making the game available for download. On the one hand, some people were terrified that they wouldn't be able to play the highly addictive game anymore. And on the other, people were dumbfounded that the developer, a single man living with his parents in Vietnam, would just up and walk away from the riches pouring in.

After all, Nguyen told The Verge … Read more

Are you Superman or Voldemort? Avatars may affect the real you

Video games have long provided a safe way for players to try out different personalities. In the land of pixels and pretend, we can try out the role of lithe, attractive do-gooder elf or become a hideous orc who leaves a trail of havoc (and dead elves) in our wake.

Most of us probably assume that after the game is over, we return to being simple boyfriends, moms, teachers, or accountants operating according to our own moral principles, regardless of the virtual personas we took on. New research, however, indicates that this just might not be the case. … Read more

Dragon Age: Inquisition character kits help with cosplay

Cosplayers, it can't be denied, put in a lot of work dressing as their favorite characters (to varying degrees of success, to be sure, but even throwing together the right elements can take quite some time to source). In many cases, they have to scour the Web for reference materials to make sure they're getting everything just right.

To help fans -- not just cosplayers, but fan artists, illustrators, and writers -- BioWare has announced that it will be releasing kits detailing characters and their costumes from the role-playing game Dragon Age: Inquisition, due out in the third quarter of this year. For a long time, the team at BioWare has delighted over fan creations, even going so far as to start designing costumes with more pockets so cosplayers can hide their phones and wallets, Bioware community manager Jessica Merizan wrote. … Read more

The 404 1,423: Where we let that baby settle (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- Bye-bye Flappy Bird -- popular game grounded by its creator.

- NYPD gets onboard with Google Glass. Relax everyone, it's just a test.

- How to hack a 3D printer into a surprisingly skilled air hockey robot.

- New study finds that moms aren't as annoying on Facebook as you thought.

- AMC's zombie stunt scared the hell out of these New Yorkers.… Read more

$100K? Used Flappy Bird phones not really flying so high on eBay

The Flappy Bird flap may have peaked over the weekend when the developer of the super-addictive smartphone game yanked the top free app from both Google Play and Apple's App Store. But it seems some people may be willing to pay to keep that silly little bird soaring -- although not nearly as much as you may have read elsewhere.

Just hours after it disappeared from the major online stores, used phones with Flappy Bird installed on them hit eBay, and you may have read that some of them appear to be fetching serious cash, as high as $100,000 in one auction.… Read more