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Win Mario Kart by Using Data Science to Choose Your Character Win Mario Kart by Using Data Science to Choose Your Character

One night at my church youth group, I thought I played the best game of Mario Kart in my life. Somehow the controller perfectly interpreted my moves better than it usually did—I wasn’t crashing or going the wrong way at all! At the end, I realized I had actually been watching my opponent’s screen, and I’d never caught…

Instead of Buying Bitcoin, Play This Bitcoin Trading Game Instead of Buying Bitcoin, Play This Bitcoin Trading Game

I’ve lost over $300,000 worth of bitcoin so far. Now’s the bit where I’m supposed to tell you it’s all fake, and I only lost it in the cryptocurrency trading simulation game Bitcoin Flip. But no, I actually bought $400 worth of bitcoin back when it was cheap, then left it in the hands of the Mt. Gox online exchange,…

Before You Buy Something New, Shop Your Own Stuff Before You Buy Something New, Shop Your Own Stuff

Most of the time, saving money is more about knowing what not to buy then it is about squirreling cash away. If you’re an impulsive shopper like me, that can be a problem. That’s why I recommend you shop at one particular store before all the others: your own.

Can the Nintendo Labo Turn Your Kid Into a Maker? Can the Nintendo Labo Turn Your Kid Into a Maker?

Every parent has been there: It’s Saturday. It’s raining, snowing, or nuclear winter, and for whatever reason, your kid can’t play outside. Then junior hits you with that age-old kid lament: “I’m bored.”

How to Get Your Clingy Significant Other to Give You Some Alone Time How to Get Your Clingy Significant Other to Give You Some Alone Time

This week we have a newlywed woman who’s desperate to get some time to herself. Is there a way for her to ask her husband to leave her alone? Will her husband finally let her get her game on in peace?

How to Keep Track of All Your Steam Games How to Keep Track of All Your Steam Games

Having too many games is a great problem to have. And it’s great that you’ve been taking advantage of Steam sales, packaged promotions, and possibly a tax refund or two to buy tons of games on the digital distribution platform. Only now, you realize the unintended effects of your buying binges. You have no idea how to…

How to Level Up in Fortnite Without Killing Anyone How to Level Up in Fortnite Without Killing Anyone

Playing Fortnite is a lot of fun when you aren’t getting filled with holes or kissing other players’ Infinity Gauntlets. Looking for weapons? Exciting. Chopping down trees? Soothing, in a Ron Swanson-like way. Scavenging for items across the map? Just think of how much fun they’ll be to not use when another player…

Where to Waste Time Online Where to Waste Time Online

Where do you go to waste time on the internet? Facebook and Twitter, the usual default answers, are exhausting. Scrolling through them feels like work. “I don’t know how to waste time on the internet anymore,” says Dan Nosowitz in the internet-culture blog Select All. We agree with him that it’s way too easy to get…

Play Mario Kart in Your Browser With This CSS Clone (Updated)

Lightning bolts suck. Thankfully, the painstaking work of software engineer Stephen Cook doesn’t include any of these (cheater) tricks. In his simplified version of Mario Kart, which you can play right in your browser, you just have to worry about easy driving, not item management.

Bill Nye's Tips for Getting Kids Excited About Science  Bill Nye's Tips for Getting Kids Excited About Science 

Bill Nye, the ‘90s television icon, the teacher who helped kid-me understand topics like buoyancy and momentum, the man whose mission it is to help make science more accessible to the masses, is back. (Not that he ever left—he’s always been really, really busy.) These days, Nye is teaming up with Nintendo to help…

How to Get Started Playing 'Fortnite Battle Royale' How to Get Started Playing 'Fortnite Battle Royale'

If you haven’t played Fortnite yet you probably know someone who has. The free battle royale-style game is pretty much unavoidable in 2018. Kids can’t stop playing it. Even rappers and NBA players are getting in on the action.

What to Do When Your Husband Is More Into Gaming Than Sex What to Do When Your Husband Is More Into Gaming Than Sex

This week we have a newlywed woman whose husband plays way too many video games, and it’s affecting their sex life. Game over?

This 'March for Our Lives' Browser Game Helps Spread Awareness for Saturday's March This 'March for Our Lives' Browser Game Helps Spread Awareness for Saturday's March

On Saturday, March 24, people will be gathering all over the country for the March for Our Lives. This browser game, Game for Our Lives, was built to help spread the word about the protest, and give you a nice distraction on Friday afternoon.

The Best Websites to Get Your Retro Gaming Fix The Best Websites to Get Your Retro Gaming Fix

Ready to relive some retro games directly in your web browser? If you’re bored at work and your mind suddenly drifts to those hours you spent punching a Nintendo Power Pad as a child, don’t worry. You can warp back to your youth without ever having to leave your desk. Check out some of these amazing websites that…

How to Set Up the PlayStation 4's New Parental Controls How to Set Up the PlayStation 4's New Parental Controls

The PlayStation 4 just released a firmware update (5.50) that brought a ton of great features, like comprehensive parental controls. Here’s how you can set age restrictions for certain types of games and movies, set spending limits in the PlayStation Store, and regulate game time each day using the new Family…

Can a Video Game Teach Your Kid to Play an Instrument?  Can a Video Game Teach Your Kid to Play an Instrument? 

I learned how to play the piano the old-fashioned way—by being dragged by my mother to weekly lessons taught by an elderly woman in the neighborhood, and yawning at the sheet music as my kid-fingers played a clunky rendition of Für Elise. Since then, music instruction has evolved. There has been a crop of video game…

GeForce Now Will Let You Stream Games By the Hour GeForce Now Will Let You Stream Games By the Hour

You might have some ultraportable laptop or entry-level MacBook, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be able to enjoy the pleasure of a triple-A video game. Nvidia’s game streaming service, GeForce Now, is already on its Shield set-top box but you can try it out on your Mac or PC and get started streaming games from…

Learn About Fake News With This Web Game Learn About Fake News With This Web Game

In Bad News, a ten-minute web game by Cambridge social psychology professor Sander van der Linden, you play a devious conspiracy theorist spreading fake news. The point, van der Linden tells Fast Company, is to teach people how disinformation is made and spread.

You Could Win a Bitcoin By Beating This New Video Game You Could Win a Bitcoin By Beating This New Video Game

If you wish you could go back in time and buy a Bitcoin when it only costs a few bucks, now is your chance—sort of. A new video game (spotted by Motherboard) is offering players a shot at winning a single Bitcoin (currently valued at just over $10,000). All you have to do is buy the game on Steam for $1.99 and be the…

Use IFTTT to Find Cheap and Free Video Games Online Use IFTTT to Find Cheap and Free Video Games Online

If This Then That is great for everything from managing your savings to archiving your favorite songs on Spotify, but did you know you can also use it to find free video games? There are dozens of applets (IFTTT’s name for any combination of triggers and actions used through the service) designed to help you track…

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