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Sony Project Morpheus Prototype

First announced nearly a year ago, Sony's Project Morpheus VR headset made its official debut at the Games Developer Conference 2015 and will hit stores sometime in 2016. One of the main changes in this prototype is a new 5.7" (1920 x 1080 resolution) OLED display, which expands the field of view and enables low persistence, removing motion blur. Also, to make positional tracking more precise, they've added three LEDs to the headset - one on the front and two on the side - for a total of nine LEDs to support robust 360° tracking. Continue reading for a video, more pictures and additional information.

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Super Nintendo Revolution

If the Super Nintendo were released today, this is probably what it would be like: wireless controllers, USB drives loaded with games, internet connectivity to download more content, and possibly even Roku-like functions for watching Netflix, Hulu, etc. when you're not gaming. Click here to view the first image in this week's geek life gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing what a Wes Anderson-directed X-Men movie would be like.

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Nintentoaster Nintendo Toaster

Photo credit: VN

This may look like a toaster at first glance, but insert an NES cartridge, and it becomes a functional game console when turned on. Officially called the "Nintoaster 2.0", it was designed by Finnish artist Jarno Kotavuopio and the usual bread slots serve as the connections for the game cartridges. This console plugs into a TV the way any console would, complete with themed orange controllers. The coolest part? Pushing down the lever actually turns it on. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading to watch the top five most popular viral videos of today - including a robot that can play the violin.

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League of Legends Zapper

Gadget hacker Patrick Priebe unveils his latest creation, a real-life League of Legends Jinx gun. Sporting a rosewood grip, white / blue LEDs in the barrel, gold-painted aluminum accents, and Steampunk-inspired brass. It comes equipped with a balloon-popping/hole-burning 1.6-watt blue laser and a "lightning-in-a-jar"-type feature in the rear filled with xenon gas - when voltage is applied, the arcing electrical "streamers" are the result. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Pokemon Smartphone

If Nintendo ever gets into the smartphone business, this Pokedex smartphone might be the geekiest (and smartest) idea ever. They could take the theme even further by incorporating a messaging system, complete with freemium stickers, as well as a special Pokemon game that lets you battle it out with others who also own the phone(s). Click here to view the first image in this week's funny internet trolls gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of the truth about meeting attractive women.

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Super Mario Bros.

These days, freemium is the way to go for game developers, or at least if they are targeting mobile / social media users. In other words, to unlock certain levels, users need to share things. Or, they could buy points to let them skip to the next level should they not be able to complete it normally. Thankfully, Nintendo has not yet invaded the mobile platform, especially with Super Mario Bros, unlike SEGA's Sonic the Hedgehog franchise. Click here to view the first image in this week's WINS gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a teacher who loves Indiana Jones.

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Solid Snake Dog

This looks like a normal sleeping dog at first glance, but once you zoom in on its ear and flip the image, Solid Snake's face suddenly appears. Gamers know him best as a fictional character and one of the main protagonists of Konami's Metal Gear series created by Hideo Kojima. Solid Snake's character is a combination of a spy, mercenary and special operations agent. Unfortunately, this dog is none of those. Continue reading for an up-close look and comparison.

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H1Z1 Early Access

If you've never heard of H1Z1, it's basically a survival MMO sandbox video game in development by Sony Online Entertainment. This free-to-play game is currently being developed in Early Access Alpha release for Microsoft Windows on Steam, and later due for full release on PlayStation 4. It's set a short while after a zombie apocalypse in rural United States, in which players will have to survive against the natural elements, hordes of undead, and thousands of potentially hostile survivors through interaction, scavenging for resources, building shelters, and crafting. Continue reading to watch "The Beginning" gameplay, more screenshots and additional information.

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Playbox PS4 Xbox One Laptop

Project credit: Eddie Zarick

We've featured Eddie Zarick's work before, but now he's outdone himself with the Playbox, the world's first PlayStation 4 and Xbox One hybrid laptop. Best of all, it includes a large 22-inch display so even multiplayer games should be enjoyable. Zarick only encountered one issue, detailed here: "The only issue I had with this unit was the PS4 capacitive Power button will not work consistently. I have determined it has something to do with interference with the XBOX ONE being so close. Luckily it turns on perfectly fine using the PS4 controller, and still will turn on with the button if you have patience." Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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DOOM Toaster

With one third of the game, nine levels, distributed as shareware, Doom was played by an estimated 10 million people within two years of its release, popularizing the mode of gameplay and spawning a gaming subculture. In addition to popularizing the FPS genre, it pioneered immersive 3D graphics, networked multiplayer gaming, and support for customized additions and modifications via packaged files in a data archive known as "WADs". Now one geek has managed to hack a few toasters to use as controllers for the game. Continue reading for the video.

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