Web

Hasbro, TripAdvisor update the Game of Life with vacation options

Game of Life
You know your brand name has hit mainstream recognition if Hasbro makes a board game out of it. The company worked with the travel site, TripAdvisor, to bring vacation-themed cards to the new version of Game of Life: TripAdvisor Edition. The partnership follows another recent techie collaboration, between Hasbro and Nintendo, for Monopoly Gamer.

It’s the first time vacation cards have appeared in the 60-year-old board game. Players can choose from “a ski trip, a beach day in Punta Cana, hiking the Great Wall of China, and visiting the Eiffel Tower,” Hasbro says. And to make it relevant to modern travelers — painfully — players will encounter setbacks, like a flight cancellation.

In addition to helping travelers book their trips, TripAdvisor also researches trends. The travel themes in the game reflect a 2017 TripAdvisor survey of family vacation preferences, in which 86 percent of the 1,600 U.S. travelers surveyed said “taking a vacation is an essential part of life,” while more than half thought vacations brought family members closer together. Florida, one of the vacation options, was the top family vacation destination among those surveyed.

More commonly known as Life, the board game of chance is a simulation that involves the player going through the process of, you guessed it, life – college, career, marriage, buying a house, raising a family, and retirement. Like most traditional board games, it follows a track, from start to finish. Just as in real life, players encounter obstacles. It’s like the analog version of The Sims, but less time consuming and frustrating to play.

“Graduating from college, getting married, buying a house, and having a family are all major life milestones, but we realized we were missing one important element — vacations!” Jonathan Berkowitz, senior vice president of Hasbro Gaming, said in a release. “Through our work with TripAdvisor, we’re introducing vacations and adventures into the iconic board game for the first time to encourage families to take a break, connect, and make lifelong travel memories together.”

This isn’t the first “digital” partnership on a variation of the game, but it’s the first time, to our knowledge, Hasbro has worked with a website, especially one that deals with something players can actually relate to (sorry, Game of Life: My Little Pony Edition).

Gaming

These are the best video games you shouldn't leave 2018 without

Developers showed up with a number of amazing games this year. Each capitalized on something unique but there's always one that outdoes them all. Here are our picks for the best video games of 2018 and game of the year.
Gaming

You're not a true fan without these Nintendo Switch exclusives

Who doesn't love a good Nintendo game? If you're looking for great first-party titles for your Nintendo Switch, take a look at our list of the very best exclusives available right now.
Gaming

The hottest Nintendo Switch games you can get right now

The Nintendo Switch's lineup started off small, but games have steadily released as the console continues through its second year. Here are the best Nintendo Switch games available now, from Super Mario Odyssey to Fortnite.
Gaming

Apple Mac users should take a bite out of these awesome games

Contrary to popular belief, there exists a bevy of popular A-list games compatible for Mac computers. Take a look at our picks for the best Mac games available for Apple fans.
Computing

From beautiful to downright weird, check out these great dual monitor wallpapers

Multitasking with two monitors doesn't necessarily mean you need to split your screens with two separate wallpapers. From beautiful to downright weird, here are our top sites for finding the best dual monitor wallpapers for you.
Web

Google Translate updated to reduce gender bias in its translations

Google is changing how Google Translate offers translations. Previously when you entered a word like doctor, Translate would offer a masculine interpretation of the word. Now, Translate will offer both masculine and feminine versions.
Web

Encryption-busting law passed in Australia may have global privacy implications

Controversial laws have been passed in Australia which oblige tech companies to allow the police to access encrypted messages, undermining the privacy of encryption with potentially global effects.
Web

Can Microsoft’s Airband Initiative close broadband gap for 25M Americans?

A new report from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) says that 25 million Americans do not have access to broadband internet. Of these, more than 19 million are living in rural communities. Can Microsoft help out?
Computing

Microsoft’s Chromium Edge browser may be adding your Chrome extensions

Fans sticking to Google Chrome because due to its vast extension library might be able to switch over to Microsoft's latest iteration of Edge, as a project manager confirms that the company has its eyes on Chrome extensions.
Computing

If you've lost a software key, these handy tools can find it for you

Missing product keys getting you down? We've chosen some of the best software license and product key finders in existence, so you can locate and document your precious keys on your Windows or MacOS machine.
Computing

Google+ continues to sink with a second massive data breach. Abandon ship now

Google+ was scheduled to shut its doors in August 2019, but the second security breach in only a few months has caused the company to move its plan forward a few months. It might be a good idea to delete your account sooner than later.
Social Media

‘YouTube Rewind 2018’ is about to become its most disliked video ever

YouTube is about to achieve a record it really doesn't want — that of "most-disliked video." Yes, its annual recap of featuring popular YouTubers has gone down really badly this year.
Computing

Want to save a webpage as a PDF? Just follow these steps

Need to quickly save and share a webpage? The best way is to learn how to save a webpage as a PDF file, as they're fully featured and can handle images and text with ease. Here's how.
Mobile

5G: Why everything is about to change

Curious about the many ways 5G will change and enrich your life? Here’s our guide to all things 5G.