E3 was this week, and we saw many different things appear onstage. Last week I asked you to create some images of the things that you wanted to see at the show, and golly did you deliver. The Electronic Entertainment Expo is the place where we learn about new games, get excited about upcoming ones, and generally just give our all to the weird hype experience of expectation. It is only fitting that we used our image editing skills to expand it beyond its bounds. After all, we’ve been promised a new Battletoads. Anything is possible. Our winner this week is Bob, who took a popular Xbox 360 game that was distributed through the Burger King franchise of fast food restaurants and took it into the future. Is it open world? You’re darn tootin’ it is. You’ve gotta recruit mascots by airlifting them out of the conflict zone with inflatable Burger King crowns. It’s great. There are lots of honorable mentions as well, though you should look at all of the awesome … [Read more...] about ‘Shop Contest: Your E3 Hopes And Dreams, Winners!
Reality and dream
Jordan Henderson has revealed he has dreamt of lifting the Champions League trophy. His musings started when he was a kid growing up in Sunderland and he imagined what it would be like to hold aloft the most-coveted prize in club football. Henderson has the chance to make that dream a reality and emulate former Liverpool captains Emlyn Hughes, Phil Thompson, Graeme Souness and Steven Gerrard by getting his hands on Old Big Ears, as the trophy is affectionately known. However Henderson knows he cannot look any further than Roma in the semi-finals, which is a repeat of the Reds’ famous 1984 Final triumph. “I think you dream about those things from when you are a kid really,” said the England midfielder. “Of course I have, as many other players have, but one step at a time. “Roma are a fantastic team and it will be a tough test for us, so we will just have to wait and see.” Henderson is wary of Mohamed Salah’s old club because they beat Barcelona … [Read more...] about Henderson hoping to emulate Liverpool greats Thompson, Souness and Gerrard
There’s an image stuck in my brain that’s been haunting me. It’s a matter of public record, and has even been published in the New York Times, but it’s my instinct to refrain from describing it here. On the off chance that you haven’t read much about the Krim children, Lucia and Leo, 6 and 2, who were stabbed to death by their nanny of over two years, Yoselyn Ortega, in their parents’ Upper West Side apartment on October 25, 2012, I’d rather spare you the details. Even just hearing about the butchery of the Krim children, as I did for the better part of two months, was enough to get to me, even though I never saw the actual photos of it. On the third day of the trial, March 5, jurors were shown pictures of the murder scene, of Lulu and Leo’s lifeless bodies face-up in a bathtub. Some openly wept. On day four, a juror was dismissed after he told the judge he no longer felt he could be fair. During jury selection, several potentials … [Read more...] about The Mess and the Murders
We’re just over a week out from Avengers: Infinity War, and folks, I’m a wreck. As of now, I’d put my average view count of all the 18 Marvel movies at around 3.0 views per film—the ceiling stretches up to seven or eight times for my favorite MCU flicks (Winter Solider, GotG, Avengers, Iron Man), with the floor being set at 1.5 times by Thor 2: The Dark World And Some Busted-Ass Elves And Good Lord Why Didn’t They Give This Series To Taika Waititi Sooner). I read the Infinity Gauntlet books as a kid and re-read them twice before this film; I did the same for the entire Civil War comics run, which, hot damn, was a long stretch. I understand and accept my obsession; likewise, I understand and accept that the magical feeling I get in my belly will probably wane a bit as we move into Phase 4. I hope not, but I do expect it to happen, one day. Accepting this, I thought I would put all my thoughts in one place, to be torn to shreds by fans more committed than … [Read more...] about Lord Help Me, Avengers: Infinity War Is Almost Here And I Am Not Holding It Together, So Here Is Literally Every Thought I Have On It
All the talk about virtual reality revolutionizing the gaming industry is “just first-day stuff,” says VR expert Peter Rubin. Forget 360-degree video and video games, he says. That’s just the beginning, and focusing too much on these uses takes away from the true potential of VR: a social technology to bring us together. Rubin is a journalist at Wired and the author of Future Presence: How Virtual Reality Is Changing Human Connection, Intimacy, and the Limits of Ordinary Life, out today from HarperCollins. The Verge spoke to Rubin about VR intimacy, its social powers and downsides, and why VR porn is surprisingly quaint. The interview has been lightly edited for clarity. Virtual reality is advancing quickly, but I wouldn’t say it’s mainstream yet. What are the biggest obstacles to mass adoption? A huge part of it is technological, but I don’t think it’s technological in the sense of issues like simulator sickness. When you get above the level … [Read more...] about Why the real promise of virtual reality is to change human connection
Weather Factory’s Cultist Simulator has a straightforward name, but the game itself isn’t so easily defined. It’s interactive fiction that trades in digital cards. It’s filled with intricate text describing otherworldly events, but players are urged to make quick decisions by ticking clocks. It’s a roguelike, where death is final and characters and items arrive in mysterious, randomized ways. After a successful Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign, the developer’s debut effort is slated for a May 31 release on PC. Failbetter Games founder Alexis Kennedy and Failbetter producer Lottie Bevan started the studio to experiment further with narrative games. And Cultist Simulator does have the hallmarks of Kennedy’s previous works like Fallen London and Sunless Sea, both of which feature Lovecraftian gothic terrors and cryptic adventures. Likewise, Cultist Simulator is set in an enigmatic world that seems to exist in a reality fractured by some ineffable … [Read more...] about Cultist Simulator is how Sunless Sea’s creators play with cards and reality
Taken at face value as an isolated incident, Facebook's most recent data breach leak allegations may seem like a plausible case of corporate malfeasance. But that's giving Zuckerberg way too much credit, as someone who has been gifted every olive branch possible from his global community of users. And yet one who has consistently, and awkwardly, dropped the ball each time. Are we dealing with a case of a CEO who can't keep the wheels straight? Or is there more going on behind the veil then anyone wishes to admit? I've been pondering this question more and more recently. It seems like Facebook can't go more than a few months without another bullet that needs to be dodged. It used to be that Facebook was navigating user blowback due to feature changes. But it's quickly getting into incessant hot water about privacy blunders and functional changes purely centered on being able to siphon every last drop of data out of users. I've previously raised my concerns with the … [Read more...] about Crony Capitalism: Zuckerberg and the never-ending stench of Facebook
Posted on March 22, 2018 in IOT Ryan Ayers [email protected] Contributing Writer Up until a few years ago, interconnected devices were more dream than reality, and it’s easy to feel like the fitness tracker fad was the beginning of wearables. In reality, of course, the groundwork was laid decades before— years even before the Internet was launched. With all the amazing potential for wearable IoT devices, it’s important to realize how far we’ve come—and how many devices didn’t end up changing the world, but did make important contributions to the future of IoT. Even dreams of the future in culture and art laid the framework for one of the world’s most exciting industries. Let’s take a look at how we got to today’s incredible wearables—wearables that will one day be replaced by even more sophisticated technology. The First Wearable Computer Surprisingly, the first wearable computer on record was created in … [Read more...] about From Lip Reading to Google Glass and Beyond: The Evolution of Wearable IoT Devices
As digital technology continues to seep into every aspect of our analog lives, it seems it was only a matter of time before it started to replace our plain old visual experiences with something a little more tantalizing. Head-mounted displays, or HMDs, are an almost ancient piece of tech which have begun to see a reboot in the past few years as computers get more powerful, and the games inside them more visually spectacular by the day. In this article, we’re going to cut through the noise and give you the basics of the HMD revolution. We’ll cover the terms you need to know, the history of where they came from, and how far the technology might be taking us next. So if boring old regular reality just isn’t enough anymore, maybe it’s time to take a dip into the world of the virtual and see where you end up on the other side. Seeing Things Differently: a (Brief) History of HMDs Back in the 1960’s, a cinematographer named Morton Heilig had a crazy idea: what if … [Read more...] about Head Mounted Displays: What’s the Difference between Augmented and Virtual Reality?
When tickets for Black Panther first went on sale late last month, we here at The Root just knew it was our duty, as the unofficial news source of Wakanda, to be there on the first night. Luckily, our Editor-in-Chief Danielle Belton was able to score tickets so that we could be there to give you our impressions of the film (Though we’re not too spoilery, if you’re afraid to know too much, it might be better to see the movie first). Danielle Belton, Editor-in-Chief For most of Black Panther, I couldn’t believe what I was watching. An African nation that was never colonized? Two black women talking to each other about their mission and not, I dunno, either not talking at all or talking about a man? Moments that went on forever where no white characters spoke or were summarily chastised for speaking? Black women who were fully realized characters with agency and their own beliefs? Black men who were completely confident and actualized in their ideals, even if the … [Read more...] about We Went to Opening Night of Black Panther and Now We Want to Live in Wakanda Forever