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Xbox One S Halo Bundle

The Xbox One 500GB Halo Collection Bundle may fetch a premium when it's released later this month, but a pre-order is being offered for only $299.99 shipped, today only. The bundle includes: an Xbox One S 500GB Console, Halo 5: Guardians (physical disc) and full game download of Halo: The Master Chief Collection (card with digital code included in box), Xbox Wireless Controller (with 3.5mm headset jack), HDMI cable (4K Capable), AC Power cable and 14-day Xbox Live Gold Trial. Product page. Continue reading for a full video review and more information.

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Lich King Statue

Blizzard Entertainment unveiled a 14-foot-tall, 4,000-pound bronze sculpture of World of Warcraft villain Lich King Arthas Menethil in Taichung, Taiwan this week to celebrate their 25th anniversary. Created by Taiwanese designer Steve Wang, the giant sculpture took over 30-people approximately 9-months to complete. Continue reading for an incredible "making of" video and more information.

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Pokemon Go Pets

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It's only a matter of time before Pokemon Go takes over the world, or so it seems, but just this past week, it was finally released in Japan. One player posted an image showing their cat apparently mesmerized by a non-existent character while trying to catch a Goldeen, and posted it on Twitter. Now players from all over the world have begun sharing this peculiar phenomenon, birds included. Continue reading to see more funny examples. Click here for a few bonus images.

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Mario Kart AI

AI and machine learning have been in development for quite some time, but MarI/O aims to bring them to video games. YouTube user "Seth Bling" first tried it on Super Mario World, and now, it's been reprogrammed from Super Mario Kart. Like the previous experiment, MarI/O wasn't taught anything beforehand, and only a few simple parameters were set. The AI uses a "fitness level" to determine what buttons to press and so forth, literally being incentivized to continue doing so. After many attempts, it finally managed to beat the computer, using several dirt paths to increase efficiency. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of a man who built an incredible flying chair.

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Nintendo 64DD Disc Drive

The Nintendo 64DD (Disc Drive) basically plugged into the extension port on the underside of the console, enabling you to use proprietary 64MB magnetic disks for expanded and rewritable data storage, a real-time clock for persistent game world design, and a standard font and audio library for further storage efficiency. Only ten titles were ever released, and the peripheral itself now fetches upwards of $1,000 on the secondary market. YouTube user "MetalJesusRocks" managed to snag one of them. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny Facebook status updates gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing why movie theaters in Korea are so much better than in the US.

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Pixel Vision Console

Swedish artist Love Hulten unveils Pixel Vision, a wooden box that opens up to reveal a functional portable game console. Measuring measuring 95mm x 95mm x 45mm, this console, made from American walnut, emulates classic portable gaming designs, complete with a cast acrylic interface that has a smooth satin finish. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and additional information.

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NES Classic Edition

Nintendo fans rejoice! The NES Classic Edition is coming this November, and it looks exactly like its predecessor, but this time, it comes loaded with 30-games, including all three Super Mario Bros., two Zeldas, two Castlevanias, Metroid, Punch-Out, and one of the most popular American football games ever released...Tecmo Bowl. Gamers connect this console to their TV via HDMI, and its controller can connect to a Wii Remote for use with Virtual Console games. Continue reading for two more videos, with a bonus one showing how teens react to the original NES, and more information.

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Pokemon Go

For those who don't follow the mobile game universe, Pokemon Go is essentially a free-to-play augmented reality mobile game developed by Niantic for iOS and Android devices, released just a few days ago. It enables players to capture, battle, train, and trade virtual Pokemon who appear throughout the real world. As you can see, some are already using drones to speed up the catching process. The video above shows exactly how to play, as well as providing a few tips and tricks. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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Steam Controller

The Steam Controller lets you play your entire collection of Steam games on your TV-even the ones designed without controller support in mind, and it's being offered for only $34.99 (order now and it ships when in stock), today only, originally $49.99. It sports dual trackpads, HD haptic feedback, dual-stage triggers, back grip buttons, and fully-customizable control schemes. Find your favorite mappings in the Steam Community, or create and share your own. Product page. Continue reading for another video review and more information.

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Logitech G430 Surround

Logitech's G430 Surround Sound Gaming Headset takes games to the next level, and it's being offered for only $39.99 shipped, today only, originally $79.99. Dolby 7.1 surround sound lets you experience an immersive 360-degree sound field, while its lightweight design and soft sport cloth ear cups with 90° swivel for maximum comfort and a personalized fit. Product page. Continue reading for another video review and more information.

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