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New PS4 Limited Edition Taken King

The Limited Edition 500GB PlayStation 4 Destiny: The Taken King Bundle can be pre-ordered for $399.99 shipped, and if the past is any indicator, you'll be able to resell them for $500-$550 once supplies dry up. In addition to the special console and 500GB HDD, you'll also get Destiny: The Taken King, Destiny, Expansion I: The Dark Below, Expansion II: House of Wolves and also includes three emotes, three shaders, and three class items from the Digital Collector's Edition Upgrade. Product page. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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Most Realistic Racing Simulator

There are racing simulators, and then this high-tech piece of wizardry. Officially called "The Most Realistic Racing Simulator," it was selected by Ford Motor Company to demonstrate ride experiences, and the simulator uses linear servo actuators that cause its monocoque fiberglass chassis to roll, pitch, and rotate 360° at up to 0.5G acceleration. In other words, it's as close as you'll get to simulating entering a turn at 200MPH or moving up a bank in the slipstream of an opponent, at home. The chassis' front end even dips when braking at hairpins, pushes forward when accelerating during passes, and rumbles when driving on an apron. One caveat: it costs $185,000. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Half-Life LG Watch

Texas Instruments' Ti-83 graphing calculator can run DOOM, as well as hundreds of other games, but let's face it, smartwatch games leave a lot to be desired, that is unless you have an Android Wear LG G Watch with the SDLash app. YouTube user "Dave Bennett" managed to get Half-Life running on his watch, and while it's not exactly practical for this type of game, it does give us a glimpse at the future of smartwatch gaming. "Thanks to the SDLash app, which emulates the GoldSource engine, it runs on your smartwatch. Keep in mind that this is only a proof of concept and is far from the ideal gaming situation," said Bennett. Continue reading to see it in-action.

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SteelSeries Gaming Headset

SteelSeries' Guild Wars 2 Gaming Headset is not only travel-friendly, but can be picked up for $13 with coupon code: L4NMYLX9, today only, originally $99.99. This headset is a slim-profile, on-ear design featuring mesh ear cushions that filter excellent sound via its 40mm driver units. A 3.5mm PC cable with an Omni-directional microphone and mute controls is included. Product page - be sure to enter coupon code: L4NMYLX9 during final checkout for the additional discount. Continue reading for a video review and more information.

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R2-D2 PS4 Laptop

Photo credit: Eddie Z.

Ever wonder what R2-D2 would look like as a PlayStation 4 laptop? If so, the wonder no more, as expert game console modder Eddie Z. has you covered, with his latest creation, the R2-PS4. Yes, it even talks. Eddie said: "Thanks to the forum www.astromech.net, I was able to get sound effects and 3D printed parts to use on this system. This system has real scaled down R2 parts installed everywhere." Continue reading for an in-depth video overview.

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LEGO Tomislav

Building LEGO sets is one thing, YouTube user "ZaziNombies" takes the bricks and builds life-sized video game weapons with them, like the Team Fortress 2 Tomislavy above. "Weighing in at over 10 pounds, and 3 feet long, we bring the Heavy's Tomislav to life entirely from LEGO bricks. Complete with its oversized drum magazine, and custom wooden furniture, here is the gun's real life, and oh so heavy, replica," said its builder. Continue reading for more.

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World of Warcraft Westfall

Gamer Daniel L. has recreated World of Warcraft's Westfall, the abandoned agricultural center and low level zone of the Alliance that borders the Elwynn Forest, with Unreal Engine 4. In the early build video, you'll enter Westfall from the Elwynn Forest. "I wonder if we'll see this zone in the upcoming movie. Based on what we've seen so far, its aesthetics would be similar to this," says Kotaku's Gergo Vos. Continue reading for the video, plus a bonus clip.

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Nintendo Smartphone

Photo credit: Pierre Cerveau

If Nintendo were to release a Game Boy-inspired Android smartphone, it would probably look something like the Smart Boy, a concept by Pierre Cerveau. You can easily swap out components like a game cartridge, whether it be the camera module, battery, or even additional storage. Of course there's an optional Game Bat gamepad for those marathon gaming sessions while on the road. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny Facebook status updates gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing why you should never get too close to rally cars in a race.

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Satoru Iwata

Satoru Iwata, President and CEO of Nintendo, has died of cancer at the age of 55. Iwata underwent surgery last year and had resumed his duties after a brief period of recovery. He is a highly admired figure in the Japanese gaming scene and considered the leading figure behind Nintendo's successful turnaround after he joined the company in the year 2000. Continue reading for a video news report and more information.

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N64 Coffee Table

Photo credit: Mark Haggett via Kotaku

This may not be the most complex modding project of all-time, but it does see an N64 installed inside a table, with the controller leads built in under the surface of the wood to keep the wires tangle-free. This leaves the top free for all of your drinks, snacks, Nintendo Power magazines and whatever else your heart desires. To top things off, there's even an in-laid pixel Mario made from wood blocks. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny internet trolls gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of what it's actually like to be in a coma.

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