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How a basement hacker transformed Donkey Kong for the Atari 2600

Enlarge / If you’re unfamiliar with the name, “Atari 2600,” fellow kids, have a gander at this piece of hardware. (It actually worked, promise.) Wahyu Ichwandardi / Getty Images <div class=”article-intro”><em>The following excerpt comes from </em>Arcade Perfect: How Pac-Man, Mortal Kombat, and Other Coin-Op Classics Invaded the Living Room<em> by David L. Craddock</em>.</div> Sickly green …

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The Midnight Society is back in trailer for Are You Afraid of the Dark? reboot

There’s a new Midnight Society of scary storytellers in the Nickelodeon reboot of Are You Afraid of the Dark. Hot on the heels of this summer’s adaptation of Scary Stories To Tell in the Dark, Nickelodeon has dropped the first trailer for its reboot of the popular 1990s series, Are You Afraid of the Dark?, …

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Björk made music’s first “VR pop album”—she opens up about its heartbreak

Enlarge / Björk’s metamorphosis within VR already looks trippy enough as a sample image. It’ll blow your mind in VR. Björk “I often feel like some sort of [technology] bridge,” singer, songwriter, artist, and producer Björk tells me over the telephone from her home in Iceland. “I’m there in the middle, to translate nerddom to …

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Sega Genesis Mini review: Genesis does what Ninten-did, and that’s good enough

Enlarge / Tiny system next to giant pack-in controller. (It comes with two 3-button pads.) Sam Machkovech Shortly after NES Classic fever swept the United States in 2016, a series of underwhelming nostalgia systems followed, all designed to emulate classic games through modern TVs’ HDMI ports. None of them, other than Nintendo’s own SNES Classic, …

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HTC Vive Cosmos VR: We have the price, release date, and first hands-on

Say hello to the Vive Cosmos, HTC’s first PC-VR headset with inside-out tracking. Sam Machkovech Dummy head not included with the $699 retail price. Also not included: any extra lighthouse tracking boxes. It’s all inside-out tracking! Sam Machkovech That inside-out tracking is fueled by an array of six built-in lenses. You can see four of …

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Gears 5 review: An obvious gaming recommendation—if you already paid for it

Enlarge / A changing of the guard, as Kait Diaz assumes the role of the Gears series’ protagonist. And the results are pretty smashing. But does the full package deliver? The Coalition / Xbox Game Studios Game details Developer: The Coalition Publisher: Xbox Game Studios Platform: Xbox One, Windows 10 (reviewed), Windows 7 Release Date: …

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Ars goes back to school: The video games that threatened our college GPA

Enlarge / A photographer’s approximation of what LAN party life was like for Ars Technica staffers in the CRT monitor era. Getty Images With Labor Day out of the way, school is afoot here for most high school and college kids in the States—and that, of course, means procrastination by way of gaming. Ars Technica’s …

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Facebook dating is now available in the US. Here’s how it works

Enlarge Facebook Facebook has long been the place where everyone from college students to divorcées scope out their romantic interests. Now Facebook users in the United States can officially use the social network as a dating service—complete with specialized profiles, a matchmaking algorithm, and more. Facebook Dating, which began rolling out in other countries last …

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Review: IT Chapter Two is overlong, but Pennywise will still haunt your dreams

Young Mike Hanson (Chosen Jacobs). YouTube/Warner Bros. Mike (Isaiah Mustafa) is the only member of the Losers Club who stayed in Derry. YouTube/Warner Bros. Young Beverly Marsh (Sophia Lillis). YouTube/Warner Bros. Beverly (Jessica Chastain) is now a fashion designer in Chicago with an abusive husband. Young Richie Tozier (Finn Wolfhard). YouTube/Warner Bros. Richie (Bill Hader) …

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Say goodbye to a “regular schedule” of emulated classics on Switch

Enlarge / We’ll no longer be seeing regular monthly additions to this selection of SNES classics playable on the Switch, nor their NES counterparts. Fans of classic Nintendo re-releases got some good news this week, as Nintendo finally released emulated versions of 20 Super NES games as part of its $20-per-year Switch Online service. But …

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