You Can Actually Play Tetris on This T-Shirt

Some computer games fade into the history books of technology. Then there are games like Tetris, which endure for decades, defying advancements in computer graphics and processor speeds to gain new players every year. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Tetris back on June 6, game enthusiast Marc Kerger applied his programming and hardware skills toward creating what might be the ultimate wearable tribute to the game: a playable Tetris T-shirt. See also: Stack Your Brain With These 11 'Tetris' Facts The Luxembourg-based tinkerer, inspired by an earlier LED hack of a pumpkin (yes, the fruit), used 128 LEDs, an Arduino Uno microcontroller board, 3D-printed housing and soft material for the buttons and two Adafruit Matrix controllers. Read more...More about Fashion, Gaming, Instructables, Tetris, and Video...

Why Indie Game Devs Thrive Without Big Publishers

We deserve better. It's a common refrain among video game developers who work with major publishers. Churning out the latest iteration of Call of Duty or Assassin's Creed takes its toll: inflated workweeks and 12-hour days, lists of notes and changes from the faceless entities of EA and Activision and the like, with simultaneous requests to pick up the pace — all the while making a tiny percentage of the game's profits, not knowing if there will be another job when the project ends. "The publishing people all watch [a game] and then make passive, aesthetic appraisals of active, functional aspects of a game," wrote an anonymous developer, delivering a blistering attack of major game publishers. "This is because the bulk of execs can't and don't want to play or understand how games work." Read more...More about Gaming, Developers, Features, Publishers, and Video...