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Original Legend of Zelda, Now in 3D

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When I first saw The Legend of Zelda for the NES, it seemed unbelievably big—an immersive world of mazes, mysteries, and wooden swords. Of course, that was in 1987, when my standards for "immersive" gameplay were lower: Seeing some 8-bit dudes running around was good enough. To bring the game into the modern era, an enterprising programmer has adapted The Legend of Zelda into a first-person 3D game, tailored to the Oculus Rift head-mounted display. The result is truly impressive, looking like a cross between Minecraft and good old Zelda. Have a look (and be sad that you're seeing it in 2D):

If you'd like to see a complete play-through (with commentary), check this out (play starts around 4:10). You'll see that the beta doesn't include all the maps and dungeons yet, but apparently will soon. Behold:

You can download the game for free (in beta form), if you've got an Oculus Rift.

(Via 1 More Castle.)

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Mattel Unveils New Uno Edition for Colorblind Players
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On the heels of International Colorblind Awareness Day, Mattel, which owns Uno, announced it would be unveiling a colorblind-friendly edition of the 46-year-old card game.

The updated deck is a collaboration with ColorADD, a global organization for colorblind accessibility and education. In place of its original color-dependent design, this new Uno will feature a small symbol next to each card's number that corresponds with its intended primary color.

As The Verge points out, Mattel is not actually the first to invent a card game for those with colorblindness. But this inclusive move is still pivotal: According to Fast Co. Design, Uno is currently the most popular noncollectible card game in the world. And with access being extended to the 350 million people globally and 13 million Americans who are colorblind, the game's popularity is sure to grow.

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Lightning-Fast Teen Sets New Rubik’s Cube World Record
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In less time than it takes some people to open a pickle jar, 15-year-old Patrick Ponce can solve a Rubik’s Cube. His total time of 4.69 seconds makes him the new holder of the world record for fastest 3-by-3 Rubik’s Cube completion, as highlighted by Compete (and seen in the video below).

Ponce achieved the impressive feat of dexterity at a tournament in Middletown, Virginia, on September 2. He takes the title from the previous Rubik’s Cube speed record holder, Feliks Zemdegs, who solved the puzzle in 4.73 seconds at a competition in Australia in December 2016.

But the teenager may not hold his new position at the top for very long: Expert Rubik's Cubers have been steadily lowering the speed record beneath the 5-second mark since 2015. And human competitors still have a long way to go before solving a cube in 0.887 seconds—that’s the record that was set by a robot in March of 2017.

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