The Best Free Tools for Making Your Own Video Games

With the recent release of the free version of the Unreal Engine and the announcement of the free Source 2 Engine, you now have even more options for making your own games. But picking out the best engine for you and your skillset is a little tough. Let's take a look at some of the best free software for a variety of… » 3/09/15 4:00am 3/09/15 4:00am

Five Best Desktop Comic Book Readers

Reading paper comics is fun, but if you want to take a ton of great reads with you on your laptop, or read your favorite titles on your computer's huge display, you need a solid comic reader. This week we're looking at five of the best, based on your nominations. » 12/28/14 8:00am 12/28/14 8:00am

Borderless Gaming Fixes Alt+Tab Issues in Full Screen Games

Windows only: Games are best when played full screen, but many won't play nice with Alt+Tab in full screen mode—which means you can't look at your browser for a guide or change the music playing in the background. Borderless Gaming fixes that problem. » 10/22/14 4:30am 10/22/14 4:30am

Flix Plus Customizes Netflix to Your Heart's Desire

Chrome: Flix Plus, a new extension from us at Lifehacker, adds new features and tweaks to, letting you filter its recommendations, remove spoilers, use keyboard shortcuts, and a whole lot more. » 10/01/14 8:30pm 10/01/14 8:30pm

Can You Run It Tests Whether Your PC Can Run That Game

PC gaming has a lot going for it, but figuring out if your computer can run a particular game is still hard to decipher. Can You Run It simplifies the process and tells you whether your computer is up to the task. » 9/08/14 7:30am 9/08/14 7:30am

Superhero Workout Turns Your Exercise Routine Into a Story-Driven Game

iOS: Gamifying workouts is nothing new, but Superhero Workout, a new game from the developers of Zombies, Run!, changes things up a bit by adding an actual story to your workout. » 8/21/14 12:30pm 8/21/14 12:30pm

Joystick Mapper Makes Your Favorite Mac Gamepad Work with Any App

OS X: Some games have gamepad and joystick controls functional out of the box. Some don't. For the latter, a little app called Joystick Mapper can allow you to use any compatible controller with any game—whether it supports your gamepad/joystick or not. » 12/12/13 2:30pm 12/12/13 2:30pm

How to Keep Your Overflowing Steam Library Neatly Organized

If you play more than a few games, you know the pain of a cluttered Steam library—whether you've spent a ton of money during Steam Sales or you just really love video games. Here are some tips to keep your library neatly organized so you can find what you want to play right away. » 9/20/13 5:00am 9/20/13 5:00am

Overwolf Adds Facebook, YouTube, and More to Your Favorite Games

Windows: If you've ever played a full-screen game and wished you could open a browser or respond to an IM without tabbing out, Overwolf is the utility for you. The app adds useful tools so you can look up strategies, chat with friends, control your music, and more, all without leaving the game. » 5/31/13 4:30am 5/31/13 4:30am

How Can I Play My Old PC Games on a Modern Computer?

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I have a couple old PC games from the Windows 95 days that I'd like to keep playing. However, I use Windows 7, which creates an obvious problem. Is there a way to play it on my current machine? More importantly, will I just have to give it up some day? » 5/22/13 10:00am 5/22/13 10:00am

In Four Days Temple Run 2 Has Been Downloaded 20 Million Times

Last week Imangi Studios surprised everyone with the stealthy release of the Temple Run 2. Being the finely-honed sequel to one of the most popular mobile games in the world, I can't say I'm surprised by massive reaction. » 1/21/13 12:55pm 1/21/13 12:55pm

I Learned How to Share My Toys By Kindergarten, But Modern Gaming Makes…

There are a few dozen games in our home that I haven't really ever been able to play. The same goes for my spouse. It's not a lack of interest, time, or ability that keeps each of us from experiencing these games; it's Steam. Although Steam is hardly the only culprit, of course. Origin now plays the same role, as do… » 8/28/12 6:00pm 8/28/12 6:00pm

Digital Distribution Gets Bigger Every Year, But A Third of the US…

Despite the many good reasons for digital distribution to be catching on, there are 119 million reasons why retail discs need to keep being an option. Why 119 million? That's the number of Americans that don't have access to broadband internet. » 8/23/12 1:00pm 8/23/12 1:00pm

Ms. 'Splosion Man To Splode on Xbox Live Arcade in July

Twisted Pixel's sequel to 2009 explosive action-platformer 'Splosion Man, the more feminine Ms. 'Splosion Man, comes to Xbox Live Arcade on July 13, boasting 50 all-new single player levels, 50 multiplayer levels and a "2 Girls 1 Controller" mode. » 6/23/11 4:20pm 6/23/11 4:20pm

Mortal Kombat Adds Klassic Costumes, Klassic Fatalities and Skarlet…

The first batch of downloadable... kontent for NetherRealm Studios' new Mortal Kombat keeps it "klassic" with fancy, old-school ninja duds, fondly remembered fatalities and (at least) one new character, red ninja girl Skarlet. » 5/26/11 9:00pm 5/26/11 9:00pm

Looks Like More Mass Effect 2 Is Coming With 'Arrival'

Plans for even more downloadable content for Mass Effect 2 is hardly surprising, given BioWare's extended post-launch support for the role-playing game. Somewhat surprising is how we've learned about Arrival, via a patch for the PlayStation 3 version. » 2/21/11 9:30pm 2/21/11 9:30pm

A Million Demo Downloads Unlocks Dragon Age II Prizes

If one million players download the Dragon Age II demo in the week following its February 22 release on the Xbox 360, PC, and PlayStation 3, magic artifacts will be theirs for the taking. BioWare issues its Dragon Age II Call to Arms. » 2/17/11 3:20pm 2/17/11 3:20pm

Mass Effect 2 Is Also Coming To The PlayStation Store

It may be a little late, but Mass Effect 2 for the PlayStation 3 is doing something seriously right. In addition to shipping on good old reliable Blu-ray discs next week, it's also coming to Sony's PlayStation Network. » 1/12/11 4:40pm 1/12/11 4:40pm