It’s a good day to be a geek. If you call yourself a fan of movies, television, or comic book superheroes, set aside about twenty minutes to watch some of the sweetest video you’ll see all week.
If you think that your iPad is the best thing that Apple has ever come up with, think again! The rumor mill is ablaze with talk that the iPad 2 is coming out very very soon; although, as usual, no one can give any conclusive data.
If you are detail kind of guy, then you will love this video I discovered earlier today. Somehow, this guy got his hands on the much awaited Apple iPad 2. Being the sharing person that he is, he decided to share his experiences with the iPad 2. He even made a very comprehensive video, which reviews practically all the features that the new iPad has to offer.
Here’s the best review of the Apple iPad 2 that you will ever see. It’s a little long, but hey, if you want to get the dish, you’ll have to watch the whole thing!
What did I tell you? It can’t get any better than that, can it? As for me, I can’t wait till they actually get the iPad 2 out. It will certainly add some value to my
non-existent jogging routine. For some, it will be the perfect upgrade for the drinks coaster that the first iPad already is.
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You know what is cooler than a infographic about the history of gaming? A video about the history of gaming. You see someone playing these games, starting with an Oscilloscope from 1958, and I thought I had a hard time finding a NES console in good working condition.
The ‘History of Gaming’ video was made by “Game Design” students from Munich. It is a very simple video but pretty geek and retro considering they actually use working consoles, even the TV gets updated when updating the console.
You can see the following games in the video:
- Tennis for Two, Oscilloscope, 1958
- Pacman, Arcade, 1980
- Donkey Kong, NES, 1986
- Sonic the Hedgehog, Sega Mega Drive/Genesis, 1991
- Street Fighter II. SNES, 1991
- Super Mario 64, Nintendo 64, 1996
- Final Fantasy VII, Sony Playstation, 1997
- Need for Speed: Hot Pursiut 2, Sony Playstation 2, 2002
- Ecco the Dolphin, Sega Dreamcast, 2000
- Super Smash Bros. Melee, Nintendo Game Cube, 2001
- Wii Sports Golf, Nintendo Wii, 2006
- God of War III, Sony Playstation 3, 2010
- Rock Band, XBox 360, 2008
A noticeable absence is the Atari console, a pity the didn’t include it as it is one of the most memorable consoles till today.
From these games I have only played Sonic the Hedgehog on the Sega Mega Drive. It was one of the first video games I ever played. The only console I ever owned was the NES, I only owned a couple of games, Mario Bros. with the Olympic set and Duck Hunt, Duck Tales, Top Gun and a memorable one, Bump ‘n Jump.
All games and consoles I have played I did at friends, Playstation 1 and 2, XBOX, Nintendo 64, Game Cube and once a Wii. Now the most close I come to playing video games is on my iPhone; Angry Birds, Fishing Kings and Tony Hawk.
Ever wonder what happened to your lost LEGO Bricks? This (sort of) stop-motion short film explains where they’ve gone. (Spoiler: they’ve found a happy place.) The whimsical video takes you inside the mind of an inventor who cooks up ideas using LEGO Bricks as his inspiration.
The Brick Thief is the second “LEGO Click” short film; the first can be seen below. Both were created by a company called Blue Source, which has made music videos and advertisements for the likes of Virgin Mobile, Pizza Hut, Snickers, Honda, and many more.
Everybody has their favorites. Any good list of upcoming games ought to include triple-A titles like Diablo III or Call of Duty 37 (or whatever CoD is sure to be out by year’s end). But this ain’t that kind of list. These are the top eleven games I can’t wait to see in 2011 — the games that I expect to innovate and enhance the medium. Some are personal favorites; some just look flat-out astounding.
Here we go, in no particular order.
Batman: Arkham City
Batman: Arkham Asylum was not only the first superhero game to actually satisfy superhero fans, it also had the audacity to be one of the most gorgeous games ever made. The sequel already has fans like me salivating for more. With a much larger playing area and new twists like multiplayer added to the mix, Arkham City is a an absolute must-play.
Duke Nukem Forever
What more can be said about the game that almost never was that has suddenly become a reality? Those who’ve gotten their hands on it say that it more than lives up to expectations. Can’t wait to find out for myself.
Mass Effect 3
Just announced a few weeks ago, but not a surprise to anyone, Mass Effect 3 is set to answer the cliffhanger at the end of the last game and bring this epic science fiction series to an Earth-shattering conclusion. Literally. The technology BioWare uses in this franchise has always been impressive, but when it comes to Mass Effect, the play’s the thing, and I’m hoping for a killer crescendo.
Undoubtedly Media Molecule will deliver another unforgettable platforming experience, but the real excitement here comes from seeing what the LBP community will come up with, using LBP2‘s expansive set of creation tools. Especially since beta users have already created everything from Portal to Windows XP. The explosion of creativity that’s about to happen should be simply amazing.
Deus Ex: Human Revolution
As a major fan of the original Deus Ex, I have high hopes that Eidos Montreal will revive the series with gusto and flair. The studio has strong pedigree but creator Warren Spector’s absence is worrisome. Oh please oh please… give us a great Deus Ex or no Deus Ex at all.
The buzz of late has been all about that advanced facial-tracking technology, which is allowing Team Bondi to create CGI characters that emote better than any ever seen in a video game. But the late 40s setting, the stylistic, gritty visuals, and the crime-noir story promise for some truly intriguing gameplay.
Whereas the first game was a cheaply-made mod of Half-Life 2, Valve is going all out for Portal 2, with its own art assets, a longer game, and far more fiendish puzzles. Seriously, how can you not be excited for this?
Child of Eden
Since its unforgettable debut at last year’s E3 (seen in the video above), Tetsuya Mizuguchi’s spiritual sequel to Rez combines touch, visuals, and sound in a breathtaking shooter experience that’s part science and part art. And with a design intentionally constructed with Kinect in mind, Child of Eden might just be the motion sensing device’s long-awaited killer app.
Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception
Naughty Dog carries video gaming boldly forward as a legitimate medium for storytelling with every new entry in the Uncharted series. Nathan Drake’s next big adventure plops him down in the desert, which in anyone else’s hands might be a snoozefest but with Naughty Dog at the helm, I can’t wait to see how they rise to the challenge and make this Drake’s most exciting and dangerous environment yet.
Kid Icarus: Uprising
As Nintendo’s flagship title for the new 3DS, Kid Icarus has a lot riding on his feathery shoulders. The future of the 3DS doesn’t hinge on this title’s success by any means, but it’s definitely going to be the first benchmark for what the platform can do. Is 3D gaming the future? How does it change the dynamic of a third-person game? We’re about to find out.
Assassin’s Creed III
Ubisoft has found its answer to Activision’s annual game franchise (Call of Duty) with a completely different and wildly original formula. All we know about 2011’s entry is that Ubisoft is planning a major AC game for release by Christmas, but I’m betting it’ll be the debut of a third historical hero for Desmond Miles to vicariously live through. Or might Desmond himself be the hero, climbing and assassinating his way through the concrete jungles of the 21st Century?
THQ doesn’t have the best track record as an FPS developer (looking at you, Frontlines), but there seems to be a creative renaissance taking place behind THQ’s doors these days. And their “Call of Duty on occupied home soil” shooter Homefront — set in the near future in an America that’s been invaded and overtaken by North Korea — has some major talent onboard: John Milius, the screenwriter behind Apocalypse Now and Red Dawn. Throw in some real-life CIA consultants and you’ve got the promise of both a gripping story and super authenticity. Homefront promises to show us a possible future that’s frighteningly realistic, and I’m certain it’s going to generate some controversial headlines.
What’s on your 2011 must-play list? Dead Space 2, Bulletstorm, Rage, Elder Scrolls V, Gears 3, Twisted Metal, Zelda: Skyward Sword, or countless others? Care to speculate on sequels or games that haven’t yet been announced?
Ghostbusters: Sanctum of Slime is the name of the next entry in the Ghostbusters video game franchise. Ghostbusters: The Video Game (man, I still need to play that one sometime…) was enough of a hit that Atari and Sony are planning a pseudo-sequel.
It’s not a traditional sequel, because where the first game was an off-the-shelf third-person adventure, Sanctum of Slime takes a top-down view (similar to Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light), and it’s not selling in stores. Xbox Live Arcade, PlayStation Network, and Atari.com will be selling the game for consoles and PC.
As developed by creative studio Behavior Studios, this new game finds you taking on the role once again of the “rookie” Ghostbuster that debuted in the first game, and fighting a major new paranormal threat to New York City. The downside: the original four Ghostbusters will not be part of this (or presumably, any future) game. Instead, Sanctum of Slime offers players the chance to team up with local or online co-op for up to four players. Atari also promises big boss battles and even a new Ghostbusters SUV/jeep for players to drive.
Ghostbusters: Sanctum of Slime drops in Spring 2011. Check out the first screenshots for the game below.
What do you think? Are you interested in playing a Ghostbusters game without the original four main characters?
“Once you go MacBook, you won’t go back.”
So I took a little liberty with that expression, but who cares? I think that anyone who has worked on one of these babies knows that it is quite hard to go back to a Windows machine – hard but not impossible. Now, if you were to have a MacBook that behaved just like Optimus Prime and the rest of the gang, then turning it in would be a hideous thought at best. [Read more…]
The biggest change in the history of the internet has to be the emergence of video and streaming platforms over the last years. We here at FG obviously are big fans and stream anything we can get our hands on. Whether it’s a Youtube video or Hulu, using tools such as the built-in iPlayer on the PS3 or even software such as Boxee.
Can you remember life without online video? I know I struggle. Our colleagues over at The Blog Herald had a look at the history of online video in the alst 5 years and created an awesome infographic for TechSmith, the creators of the awesome Camtasia screencasting software.
Here’s a teaser of the infographic but you really should check out the full infographic over at The Blog Herald.
I am completely mesmerized by this. Steve Jobs take note: this might be the most ingenious use of an iPad yet.
A group of filmmakers made this nifty little film to explore three-dimensional typography. They use a proprietary program to show shapes on the iPad’s screen, and then drag those screens through a space that’s being filmed using long exposure. The result is what appears to be 3D words and objects that float and move through air. It’s so cool, it makes me wish I had their iPad app and a long-exposure camera so I could make a film of my own!
The film is part of an science/art project called Making Future Magic. Note that there’s a brief introduction to the film at the start of this video, so give it about a minute and a half before the actual film starts.