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GTA V PC

Grand Theft Auto V PC will finally be available in stores, and this newly released video shows just how good it can look, running at a silky smooth 60fps. In addition to vastly increased draw distances, running at 60FPS with the ability to display visuals in 4K resolution, players will experience a range of additions and improvements including: New weapons, vehicles and activities; Additional wildlife; Denser traffic; New foliage system. Product page. Continue reading for the video and more information.

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Steam-Powered Game Console

Behold, Steam Machine, the world's first steam-powered game console. Priced at a reasonable $199.99, a stationary steam engine produces all the electricity you need to play your games, using a patent-pending miniature boiler mechanism. The coolest part? The Steam-Powered Gaming Cabinet will keep you gaming even if the electricity goes out. Continue reading for more pictures, information and the product page.

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Pac-Man Google Maps

Google is always coming up with quirky ways of sprucing up their services, and their latest project is PAC-Maps. This turns any Google Maps view into a playable game of Pac-Man, and to launch it, just find the desired location and activate the game by pressing a button in the bottom left-hand corner of the screen next to the Google Earth button. Or, just select the Pac-Man pin on the map where available. Try it out here. For those who don't have access to Google Maps for whatever reason, continue reading to see what it looks like when played on a smartphone using the app.

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Super Mario 64

Computer science student and developer Erik Roystan Ross has recreated the first level of Super Mario 64 - the "Bob-Omb Battlefield" stage - in Unity. All you need to play is Unity Web Player, or hou can also download desktop versions for Windows, Mac and Linux -- it works with your keyboard or Xbox One, Xbox 360, DualShock 3 and DualShock 4 controllers. The entire game was built using Ross's "Super Character Controller" program and offers graphics that are smoothed out and overhauled from the jagged edges present in the original Nintendo 64 version. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny work pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a kid who accidentally shoots a loaded Airsoft gun at his computer screen.

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Sony PS Vita Slim Hands-On

Sony's PS Vita Slim may not have hundreds of new games coming out for it each and every day, but for gamers who prefer a polished experience, you can pick one up for $169.99 shipped - today only. Approximately 20 percent slimmer and 15 percent lighter than original, Sony has over 900 games available for download through the PS Store including new hits, indie titles, PS one Classics, and PS Mobile games. Product page. Continue reading for a new 3DS comparison video and more information.

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RaspBMO

"3Derp", a Thingiverse user, has unveiled RaspBMO, a Raspberry Pi-powered portable video game console that's shaped exactly like BMO from Adventure Time. It boasts a full set of SNES controls and can play just about any Super Nintendo game ROM you find online, including "The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past". Click here to view the first image in this week's funny Facebook status updates gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of someone chiseling a perfect sphere of ice.

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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

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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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