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If you’re a gamer who’s over 24, then I’ve got some bad news for you. According to a new study titled, “Over the Hill at 24,” a  gamer’s “self-initiated response time” within a video game tends to decline once they hit 24. Scientists from Simon Fraser University in British Colombia observed 3,305 StarCraft II players between the ages of 16 and 44, and concluded that a player’s response time and overall speed declines a lot earlier in life than you might expect. But, on a good note, the scientists also found out that a decline in dual-task performance and in-game multitasking doesn’t have any relation to a player’s age, which would explain why my Grandma was so darn good at Sim City. Her ability to raise taxes and put out fires at the same time is legendary.

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Video games are great fun and we all love playing them, right up until the moment we get so frustrated we nearly throw the controller at the screen. This BuzzFeed Pop video gathers together 50 of the most frustrating things that happen when playing video games, all in one place, so you can enjoy the frustration all over again.

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These RiftCycles designed by video game maker Luis Sobral aka The Arcade Man let you feel like you’re riding a Tron lightcycle. He uses Oculus Rift to create an “immersive virtual reality light cycle battle, fighting in an arena with their bikes until deresolution” with players riding RiftCycles he made out of metal and cardboard. The bikes even lean from side to side to add to the whole experience.

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This Miata was purchased for just $1,000 by Brian Young with the idea of turning it into a drift car—but that wasn’t enough. He modified the ignition so that to start it you have to turn the key and insert a quarter into the arcade-style coin slots on the dashboard. He says the next step is to add a “Player 1″ button to trigger the ignition.

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These incredible Titanfall weapon replicas are the work of Nick Brick. There’s a EVA-8 Shotgun, Smart Pistol MK5, and R-101C Carbine and each is life-sized. He made the pistol and rifle months before the game came out so they’re not exact replicas, but they’re still darned amazing. He’s even got videos showing how each works.

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In Pete Holmes’ latest sketch comedy video, we finally get to see what Mario’s 8-bit world would be like if it was a little more realistic. And… Oh, God, it’s painful. I heard it snap too, Mario. I heard it snap too.

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Urban legends are everywhere, in every community, and in the world of gaming, one such legend is about the fate of millions of unsold E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and Pac-Man video games made by Atari. They were a flop and legend has it that tons of unsold copies were dumped into a New Mexico landfill never to be seen again. However, Fuel Entertainment has been trying to get permission to dig up the game for months, and they finally got it.

Fuel acquired the exclusive rights to excavate the Alamogordo landfill, and they took the opportunity to Xbox Entertainment Studios. And now, Microsoft is including the dig in a documentary series.

They’ll excavate the burial site on April 26, 2014, and the public is invited to attend to see what happens. Director Zak Penn will be recording the dig, and people involved with the creation of the E.T. game will be there as well. Will they find a massive graveyard full of Atari cartridges? Or just a bunch of junk? We’ll know soon!

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Handmade portable game consoles are neat, and Bungle’s N64 mod is just awesome. It includes a custom controller-shaped case with hand grips, a 3.5 inch screen, custom buttons, a GameCube analog joystick, HMDX amp and speakers, and four hours of battery life. The guy’s got skills.

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What happens when Mario leaves his cat home alone? It plays – like, actually plays the game. YouTube user Mr.TVCow put together this amusing video that features a cat going through the familiar Super Mario landscape. The cat runs around collecting coins, beating the tar out of Goombas, and smelling the flowers. It will make you smile.

Mr.TVCow achieved the effect by inserting the game graphics around the cat’s adventures, and I can’t get over how great it turned out. See for yourself in the video after the break.

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Have you ever wondered what it would look like if Mario could get out of your game console and jump around your house getting power ups? Well, this video by YouTuber Jhoofnail explores that, complete with Big Bullet Bill in a completely new environment.

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