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Lightsaber-style foam swords log your battle scores

Remember those telescoping toy lightsabers? You used to do battle with your siblings or friends, but nobody could ever agree on who actually won the fight. There won't be room to argue if you're using Sabertron foam swords from Kickstarter.

The glowing swords each have a health meter above the hilt, marked by strips of green, yellow, and red LED lights. When the swords strike blade-to-blade, they make a clashing sound. When the sword hits anywhere else, like on your opponent's arm, the health meter goes down. Run out of health and you lose the match.… Read more

Master swordsmith forges Zelda's Master Sword

Whether you know it or not, you've probably seen Tony Swatton's work.

The smith's swords, arms, and armor have appeared in more than 200 films and television shows, including "Pirates of the Caribbean," "The Hunger Games," "Hellboy," "Constantine," "Mystery Men," "Blade," and a whole massive bunch more.

He also likes to make replicas of famous fictional weapons for his Web series "Man at Arms." He made an "Adventure Time" sword! And a "He-Man" sword! Even a real Minecraft Diamond Sword!

His most recent piece is one that is very dear to our hearts: the Master Sword from The Legend of Zelda. … Read more

Review: PocketSword is an effective Bible browser with some issues

PocketSword is a Bible reading app -- it comes complete with the King James Version of the Bible when downloaded and offers a handful of useful, albeit often limited tools for reading the Bible. While the app doesn't offer quite the depth of other Bible readers on the App Store, it is free and clearly has the accessibility of the material in mind in each of its design choices.

After downloading, you can start reading right away. The app is expandable, as well, with options to download other versions of the Bible, search indices (you cannot search by default), … Read more

Blacksmith forges Minecraft diamond sword from steel

Armorer Tony Swatton wasn't content to stop at ax-sharp Batarangs. Nope, he had to go and forge a Minecraft diamond sword in his blazing hot blacksmith workshop of awesomeness. Somebody get that man a cold beverage, because he's on geek fire!

While Minecraft has multiple levels of swords, starting with wood, Swatton went with the highest level, diamond. It's all documented in sweaty, fiery detail in his YouTube series, Man at Arms.… Read more

Breakfast is coming: Combat Kitchenware for warrior chefs

Every Sunday morning, my squire helps me put on a full suit of chain mail before I head into the kitchen to do battle with cranberry muffins and eggs over easy. Now all I need is some Combat Kitchenware to truly force my hash browns into submission.

Combat Kitchenware is the melding of a sword with a pan. It swaps out the pan handle with a pommel, grip, and guard from a sword that could have been plucked off the set of "Game of Thrones." These pans would add a new dimension to Iron Chef battles, especially if the combatants were allowed to fight to the death. … Read more

Highly addictive simple-to-learn game

Disclosure up front: we've played and been addicted to Fruit Ninja for a couple of years now! The goal of Fruit Ninja sounds weird: you get a bunch of fruit tossed up on the screen and you have to slice each one in half with a swipe of your finger (which represents a blade). Miss three fruits and you die. Slice a bomb instead of a fruit, and you die. Successfully slice enough fruit and you get one mistake wiped off your record. Very simple. And fiendishly addictive fun.

Fruit Ninja installs quickly. The paid app is very reasonable … Read more

Friday Poll: Do you still use your Nintendo Wii?

I just slayed a nasty-looking giant spider in the Skyview Temple. I got there thanks to The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. It came out last year, but I'm a little behind the times with my gaming. Maybe that's why I'm still enjoying the Wii when so many have consigned it to collecting dust.

Wii sales have slowed to a crawl, leaving Nintendo in a tough financial position. When the Wii first came out in 2006, it was next to impossible to track one down. It was the Cabbage Patch Doll of game consoles that holiday season.… Read more

Can you stay alive long enough to complete your mission?

Spellsword is an excellent and almost blindingly fast-paced arena-combat arcade game with addictive RPG elements, super-cute 16-bit fantasy art, and often hypnotic chiptune sound.

At first glance, Spellsword shares some similarities with another great game, Super Crate Box: Both have you dodging enemies and chasing powerups around a satisfyingly cramped playscreen--but Spellsword adds a couple of twists, with a mini RPG-style purchasing system (you collect "rupees," which you can then use between levels to buy equipment and make your powers more effective) and a unique take on power-ups with "spell cards." As you bounce around the (… Read more

Turn-based combat-strategy that's crazy-addictive

Hero Academy is a fun and addictive fantasy-themed combat-strategy game in which you play short, asynchronous turns against friends (through GameCenter or Facebook) or randomly matched opponents.

Each game is a face-off between two teams trying to advance and destroy the other team's fragile "crystals," with combatants moving horizontally or vertically across a small, chessboard-style grid. You have a "hand" of six tiles that you draw from a limited deck -- including new units, such as knights and wizards, and temporary and permanent power-ups, such as shields and healing potions. Each turn, you have to … Read more

Man allegedly stabs PC with samurai sword during FBI raid

The FBI must prepare its agents for most things.

However, it might have been a first when special agent Jonathan MacDonald and colleagues forced their way into the Palm Coast, Fla., home of Kamil Mezalka, whom they suspected of being involved in child pornography.

For their report claims that Mezalka, standing in his underwear, began stabbing his computer with a samurai sword.

I am grateful to The Smoking Gun for making my Friday more complete by relating this detail.

MacDonald's affidavit presents a moving description of the proceedings.

He says the FBI executed a "mechanical breach of the … Read more