The Modding Community Has Given Half-Life 2 a Facelift

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Half-Life 2 is more than a decade old, and a community of modders on Steam has given it the remaster it deserves.  New lighting, particle effects, and fog really make it shine!  Check out the comparison trailer above, or learn more on Steam.

Kids in Northern Ireland are Living the Dream; Minecraft is Free in Every School

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Specifically, secondary schools across Northern Ireland are being given copies of MinecraftEdu, a version of the game designed to be educational.  This initiative is expected to bring Minecraft to 50,000 kids, and will be used to teach everything from art to history and computer coding:

Last week we worked with Artichoke and The Space to recreate, in Minecraft, a version of Burning Man artist David Best’s ‘Temple’ in Minecraft.

The real world Temple was a 70ft structure in the city that was ceremonially burnt. When we took it into the schools we were able to give young people a chance to create their own versions of the Temple, working alongside the artist. We’ve seen Minecraft being used to teach everything from coding to physics but I think that there’s a real opportunity to develop more of these kind of creative projects too.

Halo Online FTP Beta Launching in Russia

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Halo Online is a new free to play Halo game for PC that's launching a closed beta this spring in Russa.  It's likely to be full of microtransactions and possibly be terrible, but the game is said to be launching in Russia in an effort to combat the rampant piracy there.  Can't steal a game that's already free!  There are no current plans to expand the game outside of Russia, but "theoretically, any expansion...would have to go through region-specific changes to address player expectations."

I Have Never so Badly Wanted to Go to the Symphony

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The orchestral concert Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions is touring the US and Canada this year and tickets go on sale soon!

Tickets for all Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions performances go on sale on Saturday, March 28, 2015. But, loyal Pokémon fans have the opportunity to purchase tickets one day before the general public! Just use the presale code MELOETTA to purchase tickets on Friday, March 27, 2015.


Check out the tour stops here.  My ears are ready!

Boldly Become a Bird With This Oculus Rift Flight Simulator

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Ever wondered what it's like to be a bird?  Now you can find out!  Birdly is a full body flight simulator that combines an Oculus Rift with sonic feedback and a fan for wind.  Nevermind that you look like a dork while using it, you can fly!