No matter what you think about the Android/iOS divide from either a hardware or software perspective, there’s simply no getting around the fact that many developers still take an iOS-first approach with respect to app development. With games, where development costs are already sky-high, the dynamic is even more pronounced.
In what is likely one the most obscure and fascinating stories in video game history, Sony back in 1988 signed off on a deal whereby it would provide Nintendo with CD-ROM drives for the SNES. The thinking at the time was that the SNES, in addition to being able to play standard cartridges, would also be able to run disc-based games via Sony’s CD-ROM technology.
Ultimately, a contract dispute over money and various licensing issues killed the partnership, but not before 200 prototype units of the hybrid device, dubbed the “PlayStation” or “Super Disc”, were manufactured. This past July, a Reddit user posted a rare photo of the device after discovering it in his dad’s possession. Naturally, many commenters were quick to call it a fake.
The Assassins Creed video game franchise has been around for about 8 years now and shows no signs of slowing down. Just a few days ago, the ninth major release of the franchise — Assassin’s Creed Syndicate — was released to favorable reviews.
One of the more interesting and cooler additions to the game is that assassin Jacob Frye now has a new weapon at his disposal — a handy and useful wrist-mounted rope launcher that can be used to cross streets (like a zipline) or quickly ascend to the top of buildings.
The world of livestreaming has provided us with no shortage of entertainment in recent weeks. Hot on the heels of a poor fellow in Japan who inadvertently streamed footage of himself burning down his house comes a new video depicting a man not only being arrested, but robbed.
The video below comes courtesy of a Twitch streamer in Washington state whose online handle is Mr_13big. As the story goes, our protagonist Mr. Big was playing some multiplayer NewZ whereupon his excitement at certain points proved to be too loud for his neighbors. Eventually, someone calls the police to complain about excessive noise. Shortly thereafter, a police officer shows up to see what all the fuss is about, and from there, things comically and bizarrely spiral out of control.
For all you gamers out there, you know that having the skills is just half of what it takes to be a great gamer. Along with your hardware setup and your game of choice, you need to be able to talk with your fellow players and have them hear you loud and clear. In terms of gaming headsets, there is one company that takes the prize, and this deal will save you $40 on a Turtle Beach Ear Force Z22 amplified PC gaming headset. More →
Twice this year, SpaceX has tried to launch a reusable rocket and have it return to earth and land safely on a floating ocean platform. Both attempts ended in failure. Undoubtedly an engineering challenge of the highest order, a SpaceX rocket this past April came remarkably close to sticking the landing before swerving slightly off angle just a moment before touchdown.
Though watching video of the failed landing might make it seem easy, there’s literally no room for error when it comes to getting a 360+ ton rocket to land gracefully, right side up.
Have you ever wanted to take your gaming to the next level? Well if you play Call of Duty, Grand Theft Auto V, or any title with a large multi player game, you know that communication is key. Amazon has just kicked off an extended deal that will give you over 50% off a wireless gaming headset. That is right, you can grab a Turtle Beach Ear Force PX51 for just $119.99 — and to make this deal even sweeter, you can get free two-day shipping if you are a Prime member. More →
Hold on to your hats because this video is absolutely incredible. Realm Pictures, a UK-based film studio with a flair for narrative storytelling, created a live action zombie-based first person shooter and then invited unsuspecting Chatroulette, Omegle and Skype users to control the action from afar. All the while, a team of actors working alongside a team of tech producers pulled off what can only be described as video magic that has to be seen to be believed.
One of the chief criticisms levied at the Apple Watch in particular, and at smartwatches in general, is that there’s not really much you can do on such a small screen. So while we’re still waiting for developers to figure out how to squeeze a compelling gaming experience onto a small display, how about we sit back and watch Half-Life running on an LG G Watch.
Video games are well-known for depicting unrealistic versions of both male and female bodies. Often times, and perhaps more often with female characters, the body types used are so exaggerated that some become laughably unrealistic.
Though often exaggerated in popular culture, the old stereotype about gamers being overweight isn’t entirely without merit. A 2009 study, for instance, found that gamers do, in fact, tend to be on the heavier side of the scale relative to the population at large.
But might it be possible for video games to actually help gamers lose weight? Researchers at the University of Exeter believe so, as evidenced by a new study which shows that certain types of mental training can directly result in gamers consuming up to 220 fewer calories each day. Over time, that amounts to nearly two pounds of weight loss per month.
Forget about the gargantuan screens of today’s modern smartphones, if you want to play video games on a mega screen, you’ve got to check out the Game Boy XXL.
As the name implies, Game Boy XXL is a fully functional and absolutely gigantic Game Boy that can play all of your favorite Game Boy games of yore, from Tetris to Dr. Mario and everything in between. Even better, because the device is one gigantic emulator (powered by software from the retropie project), it can also play ROMs from other console systems, including the original NES, Atari, and Sega.