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Tag Archives: Gaming

Silicone Power Glove For All Your Baking Needs

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Remember the Power Glove from Nintendo? No? Then you’ll have no use for this. For anyone else with a bit of nostalgia, the above Indiegogo project should help you bake cakes while reliving potentially embarrassing moments of your childhood. A $39 pledge will put you in line for one, but considering how far from their goal they are right now, this might all be a pipe dream in the end.

Pipe dream… get it? Because Mario? Nintendo?… No?

[ Project Page ] VIA [ Geekologie ]

Wood Veneer Cover For Your PS4

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Wood is the new black. Maybe. We’re not sure how cool wood is to be honest, but we can tell you we’re not hating on Balolo’s Wooden Cover for the Playstation 4. It’s made from a 0.7mm thin layer of actual wood, and you have the option of buying the cover and applying it yourself, or ordering a PS4 from the company with the cover already applied. You have a choice between walnut, bamboo, ‘zebra’, and cherry wood, and the cover only will set you back a hefty €149, or $205. Adding a PS4 along with that brings the price up to €599, or $826, which means there’s a roughly $200 bump for the cover’s installation. Maybe you can figure it out yourself?

[ Product Page ] VIA [ DamnGeeky ]

Sony May Kick The Oculus Rift In The Gonads

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Virtual reality made an early attempt at adoption in the mid 90′s; those of you old enough will remember the clunky helmets, the terrible lag and awful resolution. No wonder it failed. Now with the work being done on the Oculus Rift, there’s hope that the second wave of that tech will catch on. But as awesome as the Oculus Rift is, there are still many obstacles in the way of its mainstream adoption. Sony may have put yet another roadblock in the form of its Project Morpheus. This is going to be Sony’s own attempt at one-upping the Oculus. Whether the device itself is superior in the end doesn’t really matter, since the fact that Sony’s peripheral will be native to the console means it’s much more likely that developers will code around it over the Oculus. Yes, that does mean VR wars are shaping up, but we’re a little worried for Oculus. What does Project Morpheus have in the bag?

    1080p display
    1000Hz motion detection
    Only one headset at a time is supported
    Headset is currently connected to the PS4 by a 5-meter wire
    Positional/rotational head tracking
    Tracking is handled by the same camera that tracks PS4 Move controllers
    It works for people with glasses
    Content pushed to the Morpheus can be mirrored to a TV, but it sounds like it can handle asymmetric gameplay (different things on each screen) as well.
    An “Open air” design prevents the lenses from fogging up. (It’ll be interesting to see how they prevent light leaking in)

As for when this is ready for prime time? At this point it’s anyone’s guess.

[ Techcrunch ] VIA [ GeeksAreSexy ]

Chasing After Daleks: Doctor Who Invades Pacman

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The Doctor isn’t one to run from a fight, but he’s smart, so he’ll run if he has to. Like in the Doctor PacMan game, for example. It’s essentially PacMan injected with Whovian elements, where the usual yellow dot-chomping dude is transformed into Doctor Who with the addition of a messy mop of hair and a pixelated bow tie.

Instead of the usual ghosts, ghastly Daleks (that’s Caan, Thay, Jast, and Seec, if you’re curious) are chasing Doctor PacMan through the labyrinth, where the occasional sonic screwdriver will turn the tables and have the Doctor chasing after them instead.

The game was made by Ruben P. Vargas from Rarity Workshop and you can play it HERE.

VIA [ C|NET ]

Flappy Bird Playing Robot Is Better Than You

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We’d like to think the Flappy Bird mania is dying down, but we’re not sure. Just a couple of days ago we found out that someone had sold an iPad Mini preloaded with the game for $8,000, so crazy people are still crazy it seems. And it’s in the midst of all this craze that we now turn our attention to Liu Yang and Shi Xuekun, two developers from the Shaanxi province of China, who’ve created a robotic contraption that plays the game, and plays is well. Using a webcam, the swing arm of an old hard drive and a stylus, this machine manages to blaze through the pipes like nobody’s business.

The point? Really, there isn’t. This is just a fun project and maybe a demonstration of skill from two guys who claim they took only four days to build and code the whole thing. Check the video out to see how it fares.

VIA [ Walyou ]

Flappy Bird MMO is as Hard as It Looks

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Still can’t get over Flappy Bird, even though its creator has already removed it from various app stores? You can check out a host of clones (including Flappy Bert and Flappy Doge), in case you weren’t able to download the original. Or you can play with hundreds of others online on FlapMMO.

Flappy Bird can’t get any better (or worse) than that.

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Classic Arcade Wristwatch Misses The Mark By A Hair

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This is a watch that looks like a miniature arcade cabinet strapped to your wrist. It’s got the PEW! PEW! sounds and flashing lights, but what it doesn’t have is a working game. Unfortunately. The joystick is decorative and the button causes the thing to flash and make some sounds, but there’s no gaming to be had. With the size of modern LCD screens and chipsets, it seems at least a rudimentary game could have been included, but, well, there isn’t one. Still, $60 isn’t much to ask for a dork’s delight.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ UberGizmo ]

Play NES Games On Your iPhone, No Jailbreak Needed

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Up until recently, if you wanted to get in on the sweet, sweet retro NES gaming action on your mobile device, you either needed an Android or a jailbroken iPhone. But now, thanks to Conrad Kramer, Jared Wright, Bogdan Vitoc and Evan Klein, you can have a full emulator directly on a web page, which is called WebNES. Simply visit the site at the link below and try any of the available games; better yet, load a ROM into your Dropbox account and play it. WebNES was made during the 2014 PennApps hackathon and while it’s a giant step forward for anyone looking to keep their iPhone in factory mode while playing some old school Nintendo games, it is far from perfect. You won’t be able to run the games at full speed, and some of them are quite slow. Additionally, if you want sound, you have to plug in some earphones.

Still, for now at least it’s better than nothing.

[ WebNES ] VIA [ Technabob ]

EA: You Can Leave Any Rating You Want, As Long As It’s A 5-Star Rating

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In a world where an app’s success or failure often depends on its rating, EA isn’t taking any chances and has started using some dodgy tactics to boost its image online. In the Android version of the freemium game Dungeon Keeper you get an occasional prompt to rate the game, which is normal practice in most applications. However, this particular prompt gives the following options: if you’re thinking of leaving a 5-star rating, you’re directed to Google Play Store where you can leave your glowing review; if it’s anything less, pressing that button will open a window where you can “leave feedback”, skipping the Play Store altogether.

Sure, you could still leave a 1-star review, but you’d have to manually go to the Play Store, find the game, and leave a review. This obviously stacks the deck in EA’s favour, despite the company’s claim that this tactic is employed to “collect valuable feedback from players who don’t feel the game is worth a top rating.” Given that the wording on the prompt is “5-Star ratings from you help us provide free updates!”, it’s clear that content is being held hostage in exchange for an artificially inflated rating, and isn’t sitting right with gamers. It’s no surprise then that the company was voted Worst In America, 2 years running.

VIA [ TheVerge ]