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Digital Deal: Up to 50 percent off EA/Origin games

From 4/17 through 11:59p.m. PST on 4/23 Origin is running its Gigabytes of Deals promotion with most games and expansions up to 50 percent off. Selected titles are available for both PC and Mac -- Origin client required. You can get Battlefield 4 for half off and discount pricing on a BF4 Premium Membership Bundle and Titanfall Digital Deluxe.

Popular Titles:

Titanfall -- $47.99 Titanfall Digital Deluxe -- $67.99 Battlefield 4 -- $24.99 Battlefield 4 Digital Deluxe -- $29.99 Battlefield 4 and Premium Membership Bundle -- $72.98 Need for Speed Rivals … Read more

Get Ashampoo WinOptimizer 11 free for 40 days -- at 30 percent off

Clean out your PC just in time for spring with the new Ashampoo WinOptimizer 11. Try it out for free with full support for 40 days (details below) or just purchase it now for $27.99, at 30 percent off the regular price.

Consistently one of our users' favorites in the optimization category, WinOptimizer 11 is the Pro version of the free WinOptimizer 2013 with some great additional features:

A comprehensive User Right Manager module, giving you more control of Windows operations. Game Booster to free up resources for those intensive applications. Detailed System Information to give you the scoop … Read more

Animals Memory Game For Kids review

With Animals Memory Game For Kids on your Android tablet or phone, youngsters stay busy sharpening their memory skills -- only they think it's fun. Softdiv's free but ad-supported game challenges kids to flip and match animal cards by memory. Gameplay involves tapping squares, so even small children can manage it on a tablet or smartphone.

Pros

Easy in concept, challenging in play: The game's concept is easy to grasp: kids tap squares to briefly uncover cards bearing pictures of different animals, and then tap the matching card to create a pair that then disappears. The further … Read more

Animal Puzzle Game for Toddler review

Softdiv's Animal Puzzle Game for Toddler keeps little ones busy and entertained while they learn fine motor skills and visual cognition. As the name suggests, this free app is more or less an Android rendition of the classic wooden picture puzzle for very young children. Youngsters drag shapes into outlines, aided by sound effects.

Pros

Easy to play: With no more than three or four shapes per animal, and many in single pieces, Animal Puzzle Game for Toddler is suitable for any child old enough to swipe a finger on a touchscreen.

Sound effects: Audible feedback lets players know … Read more

Plants vs Zombies 2 Game Guide review

As a 33-page guide to the popular tower defense mobile and PC game, Plants vs Zombies 2 Game Guide does help you become a better player, but it reads awkwardly at times. Don't expect to find any cheats or special tactics in it.

Pros

Concise: Plants vs Zombies 2 Game Guide tells you the essentials about the game, covering the gameplay and all the plants and zombies you must deal with. It's a quick read from start to finish.

Includes graphics: Every plant and zombie covered in this guide has its own icon, so that you can easily … Read more

1Mobile Market review

1Mobile Market brings you a selection of some of the best and most interesting Google Play apps as chosen by a group of editors. With its extensive yet specific categories and helpful autocomplete search feature, it can make it easier for you to discover and install top apps.

Pros

Fast and accessible: Because it features only free, mostly top-rated apps, 1Mobile Market proves easier to digest than Google Play, helping you to discover interesting titles that you might otherwise miss.

Powerful search: The autocomplete feature for the search bar, rather than showing you suggested keywords like in Google Play, provides … Read more

2048 starts easy; gets hard. Here's how to make it easy again

Like the popular iOS and Android puzzler Threes, from which it borrows its core concept, 2048 is a game as much about numbers as it is about space.

You have a limited number of free squares, and each move introduces another tile into the mix. But combine like numbers into their sum and you've opened up the board for the new tile and simultaneously progressed a little further toward your goal of making a magic 2048 tile, a feat accomplished by combining two 128s into a 256 and two 256s into a 512 and so on.

The HTML5 game, … Read more

Flame-breathing RC dragon flies for only $60,000

Lately, with the number of us who are obsessed with "Game of Thrones" and Dragon Age: Inquisition, I can comfortably say that dragons are once again "on fire" without having to worry that I'll be fired for making such a geektastic pun. I think it's safe to say that even Madonna would approve.

So it makes sense, then, that this would a good moment in history for Hammacher Schlemmer to begin a selling an actual flying, propane-flame-breathing, remote-controlled dragon for a mere $60,000 per beast.… Read more

GDC 2014's virtual-reality highlights

Eddie Cho looks at the latest developments in immersive gameplay, including the second version of the Oculus Rift dev kit, Project Morpheus, and the Virtuix Omni controller.

Also check out the IGF winners from GDC.

The 404 1,450: Where we play by ear (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- That story of the marooned woman on a Hawaiian island getting saved thanks to Google Earth is totally fake.

- Chordify makes it easy to cover any song by transcribing sheet music from YouTube and Soundcloud links.

- Funk band games the Spotify system to fund upcoming nationwide tour.

- Virtual screaming babies squirm their way into teenage cellphones in new pregnancy campaign.… Read more