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A couple plays Scrabble on the Infinity Game Table. Photo: Tastemasters

For the last several weeks I have been trying out the Infinity Game Table, a touchscreen tabletop PC dedicated to playing card and board games, including popular titles like Scrabble and Monopoly.

State of play: One clear sign the game's makers are on to something: the only time my mother-in-law stops playing solitaire on it is when my son and I are playing a game of Sorry.

The big picture: The Infinity isn't nearly as expensive as its ancestor, the Microsoft Surface, but it's still a significant investment in both money and real estate, especially in a small home. That's not to say it isn't worth it, but it really depends how much time you want to spend playing digital board games.

Details: The Infinity Game Table needs an outlet and takes up about the same space as a good size coffee table.

  • Of note: Its makers say you can put your drink or snack on it and it is designed to survive a spill.
  • The legs are also detachable, should you want to place it on an existing table. (I tried, this but my spouse did not take to kindly to it residing on the kitchen table; it's currently in the living room.)
  • It comes with several dozen included games, featuring Hasbro classics such as Monopoly, Trivial Pursuit, Scrabble, Sorry and Operation.
  • The Game of Life and Hungry Hungry Hippos are set to arrive in the coming weeks as free downloads, with premium games Pandemic and Ticket to Ride to be offered for a fee.

The pros: The games have been thoughtfully designed specifically for the table and are fun and intuitive.

The cons: It's a lot of money and space to devote to board games. How many more games get developed for the table probably depends on how well it sells.

Practicalities: Infinity Gaming Table will be available for pre-order from Best Buy beginning July 17. Exact pricing hasn't been set, but when they were on Kickstarter the 24-inch screen version cost $500 and the 32-inch model was $700.

Go deeper: Tabletop computing gets a fresh start

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Marvel is now taking over video games, too

Image: Marvel, Take-Two Interactive

The rumored Marvel superhero game "Midnight Suns," from the acclaimed makers of “XCOM,” was officially revealed on Wednesday.

Why it matters: New games from Firaxis are always a big deal, but “Midnight Suns” also may serve as confirmation that video games, like movies before them, are now (and forever?) going to be a conveyor belt of major Marvel releases.

Brazil's health minister tests positive for COVID during UN summit in N.Y.

President of Brazil Jair Bolsonaro (L) and Health Minister Marcelo Queiroga in Brasilia, Brazil, in May. Photo: Andressa Anholete/Getty Images

Brazil's Health Minister Marcelo Queirog has tested positive for COVID-19 while in New York City for the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), he confirmed Tuesday night.

Why it matters: Hours earlier, Queirog had accompanied Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro to the UNGA. The Biden administration expressed concern last week that the gathering of world leaders could become a coronavirus "superspreader event."

Updated 2 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Trump sues New York Times and his niece over tax report

Former President Trump hosting a boxing match in Hollywood, Florida on Sept. 11. Photo: Chandan Khanna/AFP via Getty Images

Former President Trump filed a $100 million lawsuit against the New York Times and his niece Mary Trump on Tuesday over the news outlet's 2018 reporting on his tax records, the Daily Beast first reported.

Details: The suit, filed in New York's Dutchess County, alleges NYT journalists "engaged in an insidious plot to obtain confidential and highly-sensitive records" and that they "convinced" Mary Trump to "smuggle records out of her attorney's office and turn them over to The Times."