What’s the most frustrating thing about air travel? Besides long security wait times and the tiny seats, the clear winner is lack of free internet access. When you’re stuck on a plane, whether for an hour or ten hours, you want access to your music and games – but in an era of streaming music and connection-dependent gaming, you can easily find yourself without either. No, if you want play while on the plane, you’ll need to come prepared. [Read more…]
Let’s admit it. There’s something to be said about the stereotypical nerd who is not exactly the most socially adept person. There are always exceptions, of course – and people who would want to club me in the head for admitting to the reality stereotype.
But, going to comic cons (which are going mainstream, according to the “real” nerds), LARPing, tabletop gaming, and other similar events is another story. Many of us would not hesitate to go – or at least want to go. [Read more…]
It’s 7:45pm. I just got home from work.
I put my leftover spaghetti in the microwave and head to my closet-size bedroom to grab my laptop (disclaimer: I live in NYC where you’re lucky if you can get a 100-square-foot bedroom). I curl up on the couch outside my room with my laptop in hand and surf away to find players for a raid in The Secret World.
Tick tock…tick tock.
And so it goes, two hours later, I’m frustrated by the time wasted surfing the net filling out LFG requests on multiple forums, I give up. Netflix seems like a more productive use of my time…
When people think about apps, they think about apps that can make their voices sound funny in video or make themselves look like zombies, and there is nothing wrong with that. Fun apps are just that, a great way to waste time and have some laughs. But what many geeks do not realize right now is there are a bevvy of apps out there that can actually PUT money in your pocket as oppose to just spending it. I know, sounds too good to be true, but we have worked our way through many to bring you a list of the best five apps that can actually make you some (real and not virtual) cash.
So imagine, for a moment, a game that corresponded perfectly with an app. Perhaps the app would work as a second set of eyes in the game. Or maybe the app would be an elaborate mini-map that showed you things you couldn’t find in that game world without it. While it could be said some games have already implemented such ideas, it could also be said they have yet to be done seamlessly. The newFallout pip boy app might be just the kind of thing we are talking about. But we spent some time speculating about some other games that would be made far better if they had their own app to use while playing. Here are six we think would rock.
Being a true geek means living the lifestyle 24/7. But how do you do that when a significant amount of the day is devoted to relatively boring sleep? Enter ‘Hypersleep,’ the only app that allows you to geek out while sleeping. It uses ambient sounds and white noise to help you sleep better. Choose between the TARDIS, The Enterprise, and more. Check out these key features:
• Range of unique, continuous sleep soundtracks to choose from.
• Soundtracks specifically engineered to perform on small speakers as well as headphones.
• Optimised for low energy consumption.
• Each vessel includes a unique alarm.
It’s currently available for free on iOS devices from the App Store now.
“Do you know about the kids behind the Iron Curtain who put together their own gaming consoles not to be cool, but because they could not afford them otherwise? Or that the Yugoslavian scientist Nikola Tesla, the biggest “geek” in history, got celebrated by having factories named after him? Would you like to know why video games were pirated freely, with zero concern for private property?”
I don’t know about you, but those questions got my attention immediately. Forget liking “geeky” stuff just so others think you’re cool. This is the real deal!
I am talking about an app called Geeks Behind the Iron Curtain, which tells the story of real life geeks from socialist countries. This story has never been told, and what better time to do so than now?
Many of us probably know about the Iron Curtain – we learned about it in school, after all! – but we never will know just how it was like growing up or living in those circumstances. These geeks behind the Iron Curtain made the most of their situations and thrived in spite of the stifling atmosphere. In the confines of their bedrooms, or wherever they had space to do their explorations, the geeks behind the Iron Curtain were able to rise above their situation and make an impact on the world.
If anything, this app will be a very interesting read. To get your hands on it, go to the App Store. It only costs $3.99. If you’re a Kindle user, you can also get a copy of Geeks Behind the Iron Curtain.
Today, smartphone applications are available in so many iterations that it’s almost impossible to know which ones are worth the memory they’ll consume on your smart phone. When you’re searching for the best and most useful applications, you’re actually looking for those that will simplify your busy life. And when you’re on the road, apps can help you do everything from organizing your travel itinerary to finding the cleanest bathrooms.
It’s an app. No, it’s an ebook. Actually, it’s a combination of both, and it’s called The Numinous Place.
The Numinous Place is an app slash ebook project in the works, which promises to bring an adventure reading experience like nothing you’ve ever had. It’s a work of fiction by Mark Staufer, but thanks to the artful blend of storytelling, imagery, and technology, you will become so immersed in the story and might even feel as if things were real.
Oh, in case you’re wondering what “numinous” actually means, one of my best friends can help you with that. Merriam says that “numinous” is a synonym of “supernatural” or “mysterious”. ((M-w.com))
The Numinous Place is indeed a mix of supernatural and ordinary elements, but it takes the reader – you – on a ride where you get to be part of the story. For example, you get to view and/or read pieces of evidence like news reports.
You can examine blueprints as the main character does, and create plans/theories as you do so.
You can even learn about lucid dreaming! (Now that’s something that really caught my attention.)
One more thing: one of the featured characters is Russell Crowe himself. Okay, I understand that there are some people who may not like Russell Crowe, but I think he’s one fine guy. And of course, having a name like his associated with a project can always attract more attention.
Here’s a short video sharing more about The Numinous Place.
Now, let’s get down to business. The Numinous Place is on Kickstarter. We all know how Kickstarter works by now, although the funding and perk details differ from project to project. All you need to know about The Numinous Place, you can find on its project page. Do pay it a visit now as the deadline is August 9!