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Monopoly gets a makeover in this Doctor Who Villains edition of the iconic game. It features six tokens including K-9, a gas mask, the pandorica, River Song’s diary, the 12th Doctor’s ring, and the TARDIS. Preorder now and take on the Doctor’s greatest foes when the game ships this July.

Product Page ($39.99)

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They’ve been making Risk based on movies and TV shows for a while now, but the wait for a Game Of Thrones version is almost over. The game is available for pre-order now with shipping slated for August 2015. If that wasn’t enough, a Marvel Cinematic Universe Risk can also be pre-ordered for release this September.

Product Pages: Game Of Thrones / Marvel ($74.99 / $49.99)

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If you aren’t familiar with Project Triforce, they make some of the best 1:1 scale gaming replicas out there. We’re talking stuff for fanatical collectors with deep pockets. Their Gears Of War 3 Locust Hammerburst II replica is a perfect example.

We got our hands on one. We needed both because it’s 36-inches long and weighs 35 pounds. It retails for $850 (on sale for $722.49 until midnight March 25th) and there’s even a gold version (on sale for $764.99).

It’s utterly (and delightfully) insane.

Check out more pics and info after the break…

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Man at Arms: Reforged follows the exploits of the Baltimore Knife and Sword as they go about recreating famous weapons from popular films and video games. For their latest YouTube video, they created a near perfect replica of Link’s Hylian Shield.

Check out the video after the break to see how it was done…

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As you can probably tell from this custom Wind Waker-inspired GameCube, artist Vadu Amka has a thing for The Legend of Zelda. It looks like some sort of ancient machine. The level of detail is impressive—it even features Hylian numbers for the joystick ports.

The custom cube took roughly three months to create, and while it isn’t for sale, you can check out a video after the break that Vadu shot so you can see it up close.

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Does this gif drive you crazy? Turns out our brains prefer left to right motion, which explains why old side-scrolling games were almost always set up that way. Looking at it feels wrong because we have a “fundamental bias for visual motion”. Even italics lean toward the right, conveying motion in that direction.

A study by Peter Walker published in the journal Perception confirms that we prefer left to right motion, but there is no explanation as to why. From the press release:

“What artistic conventions are used to convey the motion of animate and inanimate items in still images, such as drawings and photographs? One graphic convention involves depicting items leaning forward into their movement, with greater leaning conveying greater speed. Another convention, revealed in the present study, involves depicting items moving from left to right.”

However, this bias does not apply to people or objects which are stationary.

“Whereas a rightward bias is found for photographs of animate and inanimate items in motion (more so the faster is the motion being conveyed), either no bias or a leftward bias is found for the same items in static pose. This could indicate a fundamental left-to-right bias for visual motion.”

So left to right side-scrolling games are backed up by science, but we’ll have to wait for another study to learn why that’s the direction we all prefer.

(via Gizmodo)

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Skyrim has tons of hilarious mods including one with Thomas the Tank Engine and Super Mario. They’re great on their own, but YouTuber Videogamedunkey takes things up a few notches by mashing them all together in one insane video.

Make sure to stick around until the final battle at the end. The word “mayhem” doesn’t even cover it.

See the video after the break (NSFW language)…

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The latest giveaway in our Nerd Approved Deals Store gives readers the chance to win a Wii U complete with a copy of Super Smash Bros and two extra controllers!

Head on over to the contest page for all the details on how to enter.

While you’re at it, make sure to search around the store for deals on tech, apps, games and gear. You can also check out our giveaway page for more chances to win.

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I’m not sure I really need to say anything other than there’s a new Firefly Monopoly game. Do I need to say anything other than that?

Well, I guess I should tell you it’s coming in April and give you a link to buy it. Because it’s so very shiny.

Product Page ($39.99)

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This bit of gaming wizardry is the work of Jimmy Boswell who pulls off an incredible shot in Halo. It ricochets off of no less than six different surfaces before killing the enemy with a headshot. If that wasn’t enough, the shot was also part of a double kill.

See the video after the break.

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