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Gaming Bits: Gat's back, E3 in L.A., and more

Welcome to another edition of Gaming Bits, an infrequent feature by Playing Critic columnist Joel Leizer, where he shares a few of the latest gaming announcements to hit his inbox.

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Out-of-this-world exhibit debuts Sunday at Champaign library

CHAMPAIGN — The Champaign Public Library is taking its "The Sky's the Limit" summer-reading program to extremes with a new exhibition opening this weekend.

"The NASA Space Exhibit," to be unveiled Sunday, will feature 18 objects from NASA displayed at nine stations throughout the library, rather than gathered in one spot.

Gaming Bits: Syberia coming to Switch, and more news

Welcome to another edition of Gaming Bits, an infrequent feature by Playing Critic columnist Joel Leizer, where he shares a few of the latest gaming announcements to hit his inbox.

Switching to a new console

French production studio Microids announced Thursday that all of the "Syberia" games to date will be re-released on the Nintendo Switch.

Playing Critic: Nintendo's Switch-ing up online play

Nintendo has decided to follow the example set first by Microsoft, later by Sony.

At some point in 2018, gamers will have to pay if they want to play any Nintendo Switch games online: $3.99 for a month's access; $7.99 for three months; or $19.99 for a whole year.

Will it be worth it?

Joan Griffis/Illinois Ancestors: Alaskan genealogy cruise set for 2018

Unlock the Past will be hosting its 14th genealogy cruise Sept. 7-14, 2018, aboard Royal Caribbean’s Explorer of the Seas, leaving Seattle and visiting Juneau, Skagway and Tracy Arm Fjord, Alaska, and Victoria, British Columbia.

Wired In: Eli Lazar

Each week, Paul Wood chats with a high tech difference-maker. This week, meet ELI LAZAR, an inventor who graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois and lives in Champaign. He invented Snooz, an inexpensive device for problem sleepers. It generates white noise for eight hours a night, for about $2 a year.

Playing Critic: 'Embers of Mirrim' taxes your ability to multitask

"Embers of Mirrim," metaphorically speaking, is a game that challenges you to pat your head and rub your belly at the same time — and, occasionally, simultaneously hop on one foot, too.

The heroes of this beautiful puzzle platformer are two unique catlike-alien creatures, Mir and Rim, who come from what appear to be related yet feuding tribes.

Rich Warren: Internet getting faster in area communities

Speed limits just increased for Champaign-Urbana's hinterlands. Now many small-town dwellers can zip along the information highway as fast as in C-U and other tech metropolises.

MakerGirl hitting the road again to show girls the world of 3-D printing

CHAMPAIGN — According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, women hold only 24 percent of science, technology, engineering and math jobs.

Some University of Illinois students are trying to improve that STEM statistic.

They started MakerGirl, which hosts 3-D printing sessions for girls to introduce them to computers and technology.