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Swedish Airport Arcade Wants Your Coins for a Good Cause

Sweden’s “Charity Arcade” gives travelers the opportunity for some retro gaming with a do-good twist.

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Most travelers stuck in international airports have two things to kill: time, and money. Specifically, the foreign currency that visitors have yet to exchange to match either their country of origin or destination. With that in mind, Airports have devised any number of ways to separate guests from their various coins. Shops, kiosks, and food courts all exist to entice air travelers into spending money while laid over in various concourses and terminals around the globe.

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What Belongs In The “World Video Game Hall Of Fame”?

Nominating is as easy as up up down down left right left right B A

Courtesy of The Strong, Rochester, New York.

In a sign of just how far video games have come as both a medium and an industry, Rochester, NY’s The Strong Museum Of National Play has announced the creation of the World Video Game Hall of Fame. The museum, which already houses the International Center for the History of Electronic Games and the National Toy Hall of Fame, is launching the initiative to “advance understanding and appreciation of the impact of video games on culture and society" according to a statement made by Strong president and CEO G. Rollie Adams in recent press release.

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Here’s That IKEA-Inspired Furniture Construction Game You Always Wanted

All the fun of modular furniture-building with none of the actual furniture to show for it.

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What is it that makes us go nuts for ready-to-assemble Scandinavian construction sets? Is it because building Lego models and IKEA furniture allows us to pretend—if only in a brief, superficial way—that we’re highly-skilled, master-craftsmen? Is it because there’s just something inherently satisfying about pieces designed to fit seamlessly into one another doing exactly that? Whatever the reason, our love for modular construction has turned Lego sets into movie stars, and IKEA furniture into a default dorm-room furnishing. And now, as Consumerist points out, there’s even a video game—the IKEA-inspired “Höme Improvisåtion”—to scratch your ready-to-assemble construction itch:

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Rahmcast: Chicago Mayor Partners with Media Giant to Bridge the Digital Divide

Rahm Emanuel and Comcast have teamed up to provide discounted computers and internet access for the city's low-income students.

Is Chicago eliminating the digital divide? On Tuesday Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced a new partnership between the city and the media conglomerate Comcast to provide computers and web access to the city's 330,000 low-income public school kids and their families. "Internet Essentials" will provide each family with a $150 voucher from Comcast that can be put toward the cost of a refurbished computer valued at up to $500. The company will also provide heavily discounted internet service for $9.95 a month and train families on digital literacy.

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Fate of the World: The Video Game That Lets You Solve Global Warming

Watch the trailer for and order the much-anticipated video game that challenges you to solve climate change.


Last fall I wrote about Fate of the World, a new video game in development at the time that asked players to figure out how to avoid the worst fates of climate change and secure a livable future for our planet's citizens.

The game is available today. (For PC only, alas. The Mac version is still under construction.) Better still, if you buy it before Thursday, March 3rd, all proceeds will benefit TckTckTck, a very important global coalition of NGOs working together to combat climate change.

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