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Portal Mirors

For those who don't know, Portal consists primarily of a series of puzzles that must be solved by teleporting the player's character and simple objects using "the Aperture Science Handheld Portal Device", a device that can create inter-spatial portals between two flat planes. This fan decided to create real-life Portal mirrors that are activated with a homemade Portal gun. Continue reading for more fascinating images from around the web.

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Steam Controller

Valve's Steam Controller lets you play your entire collection of Steam games on your TV - even the ones designed without controller support in mind, all for $34.99 (Prime members) shipped, today only, originally $49.99. Features 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 a play test video and more information.

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PC Gamepad History

PC gamepads may not be as popular as their console counterparts, but that doesn't mean you have to use subpar versions. This infographic shows us the many different types of gamepads that can be used with PCs and the drivers required to use them. They include: Xbox One, Wii U Pro, SteelSeries Stratus, and several third party knockoffs that resemble ones bundles with famous game consoles, such as the SNES, SEGA Saturn, etc. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny autocorrect texts gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a laser cleaner being used to restore a rusty fireplace to its former glory.

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Xbox Live Xbox One

Microsoft's Xbox Live 12-month Gold Membership is a must-have for all those looking to game online, and it's being offered for only $39.99 (digital delivery), today only, originally $59.99. Experience games like Halo and Minecraft on a network powered by hundreds of thousands of servers that maximize performance and reduce lag. Get free games every month, worth up to $700 a year, and receive discounts up to 50-75% on games in the Xbox Store. Product page. Continue reading for another video of a custom Xbox Elite controller and more information about Xbox Live.

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Pong Table

Pong, the first sports arcade game, has been given an analog, yet modern, makeover. Gamer Daniel Perdomo and friends spent 2-years creating the Pong Table, which boasts functional rectangular paddles and a square ball to maintain authenticity. Players move the paddles mechanically, while magnets underneath guide the ball glides across the playing surface. Perdomo added LED scoring lights and retro decals to give it the in-game look. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Xbox One 1TB

Microsoft's Xbox One 1TB Console with 5 games (Halo 5 Limited Edition / Forza Horizon 2 included), 2 wireless controllers and a $50 Amazon gift card is being offered for only $369 shipped, today only, originally $490.70. The Xbox One 1TB Console - 3 Games Bundle includes: 1TB hard drive console, full-game physical discs of Gears of War: Ultimate Edition and Rare Replay, digital download of Ori and the Blind Forest, newly updated Xbox One black wireless controller with a 3.5mm headset jack so you can plug in any headset, 14-day trial of Xbox Live Gold, AC Power Cable, and an HDMI Cable. Product page. Continue reading for a Halo 5 Limited Edition unboxing video and more information.

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Xbox One Halo 5 Bundle

The Xbox One 1TB Halo 5: Guardians bundle not only includes a custom-designed console, but other goods as well, all for $399 shipped, today only, originally $499.99. In addition to the 1TB hard drive custom Halo designed console, you'll also get a uniquely designed Spartan themed Steel Book containing a full game digital download of Halo 5: Guardians, matching Spartan Locke wireless controller, Chat Headset, Warzone REQ Pack which includes 14 Premium Requisition packs, FOTUS-class armor, a multiplayer emblem, 14-day trial of Xbox Live Gold, HDMI Cord, and an AC Power Cable. Product page. Continue reading for the "Making Of" video and more information.

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Bionic Arm Konami

James Young, a biological scientist and video game fanatic from London suffered a freak accident while out with friends at age 22. It all began when he lost his step at a London train station, falling between two carriages as the train pulled up, thus suffering injuries that included a severed left leg below the knee, collapsed lungs, a fractured skull, and cracks along his spine. Though surgeons attempted to save his left arm by removing dead and infected tissue, it had to be amputated. Approximately 4-years later, Young was fitted with a futuristic limb, designed by prosthetics artist Sophie De Oliveira Barata and game developer Konami. This limb uses electronic sensors to detect movements in his shoulder muscles, giving him full control over the battery-powered hand and arm. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny school pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a crazy cheese puff machine gun.

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AI Super Mario World

We have seen the future, and artificial intelligence takes over. MarI/O, created by gamer Seth Bling, is just the tip of the iceberg. This AI had no idea how to play the game at first, but after some simple parameters were set in the form of "fitness" levels, it was incentivized to continue trying new ideas. You read that right, each level used new ideas, and it remembers what worked, while discarding its mistakes. After 34 steps, using NeuroEvolution of Augmenting Topologies, MarI/O figured out that jumping was the key to complete the stage. What's crazy is that the AI is so good now that any further attempts on the stage will all result in successful completion. 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 90-minute tour through Shanghai Disneyland.

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NVIDIA GTX 1080

Behold, the all-new NVIDIA GTX 1080 graphics card, which is touted as being more powerful than the Titan X. At $599, it boasts a new GPU Pascal microarchitecture combined with a TSMC 16nm FinFET manufacturing process, as well as faster Micron GDDR5X memory, resulting in an incredible 10Gbps memory pipe. The GTX 1080 is expected to hit 9 TFLOPS of performance from a chip based around 7.2 billion transistors - the Titan X hits 7 TFLOPS from its 8 billion transistors. Continue reading for two more videos and information. Click here for more pictures of the 1080.

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