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Above: This remote controlled Russian KV-1 also shoots BB pellets. Be careful when firing
This week, we’d like to say “tanks” to our regular readers with this excellent RC battle tank. As you can see, this 1/16 scale replica of a Russian KV-1 isn’t just some cheap toy. It’s an incredibly expensive and dangerous toy! Look at the detailed craftsmanship, admire the moveable turret, and check out those treads. This RC tank is the real deal – and even fires BB pellets. Just make sure to be careful when firing, those beads will bounce and ricochet all over the place...
Indie Game: The Movie – the indie film documentary about the making of several high-profile indie game hits, scored by indie-music composer Jim Guthrie – is so close to coming into being. Take a look at this trailer and tell us this isn't a slice of game-themed media that deserves to be welcomed to the world. Then, find out what you can do to help this project get the love it deserves...
In his Father's Day email, President Obama challenged fathers to have their kids “turn off the videogames and pick up a book.” The President of the United States refers here to what a new European study calls the “incapacitation effect” of videogames: if your mind's mired in Cyrodiil or Liberty City or wherever-have-you, it's easy to neglect other avenues of imagination or application unless reminded. But the study also stresses that the incapacitation effect isn't all bad for society: time spent playing, after all, is time that can't be spent lawbreaking...
Disney has announced a new movie based on the world of videogames, but the premise of the film – in an effort to make you finish reading this sentence, let alone buy a ticket to the picture – isn't the standard “you like this, so here it is without any controls!” formula. Wreck-It Ralph follows the saga of the bad guy from an old-school arcade game trying to change his life; director Rich Moore describes the character as “struggling with the complex question: Isn't there more to life than the role I've been assigned? So it's like Hamlet, set in a milieu that predates its target audience by twenty-odd years? No, they can swing this!...
Nintendo has confirmed that the Wii U will not ship with the ability to play DVDs or Blu-rays. Following the console's reveal last week at E3, Nintendo told investors and analysts that while the system is designed to chug away on Nintendo's own “proprietary high-density [12-cm] optical discs”, it would not support a playback feature for commercial DVDs and Blu-rays, explaining that most consumers already have umpteen ways to enjoy media of this ilk. According to Nintendo, it just wouldn't make fiscal sense to add to the clutter.
"We feel that enough people already have devices that are capable of playing DVDs and Blu-ray, such that it didn't warrant the cost involved to build that functionality into the Wii U console because of the patents related to those technologies"...
As true and exciting as it may well be, this report of the Wii U's supposed monster horsepower is like a perfect storm of all the elements that make a rubbish video game new story. Analysts. Un-named sources. Vague, fanboy-baiting tidbits. It has it all. If ever there was a story to parody crap internet news reporting, this is it. But still, it's potentially awesome news if true, so I'm going to report it anyway. On the internet. But I've acknowledged all of the above up-front, so I'm not doing it in a crap way, obviously. Just so we all understand each other.
“It's very strange,” muses Nintendo's Satoru Iwata. He refers to a troubling disconnect: the largely optimistic show-floor reaction to the unveiling of the Wii U device even as Nintendo's share prices dropped almost 10% to their lowest point in over five years. While Iwata is still confident that the Wii U can marry its predecessor's mass appeal with the hardcore cachet of the Nintendo of old, he admitted to Reuters that the console's unveiling could have gone better: “We should have made more effort to explain how it works.”...
Three major gaming companies had their public networks attacked by hackers over the weekend, with customers' personal details being placed at risk. Nintendo Europe, Codemasters and Epic Games all had their databases compromised by attacks and have been in contact with users who may have had personal information compromised. According to all three companies, payment and credit card details were not compromised by the recent attacks...
If you read my rather schizophrenic personal appraisal of Nintendo's Wii U following its reveal at E3 last week, you'll know that my biggest worry for it at the moment is the potential longevity of the machine (or not) resulting from the proximity (or not) of its launch date. Basically, as brilliant as it looks, I fear that if it takes too long to release it could end up being the new Dreamcast, packed with power and innovative features but smashed to death too soon by more advanced succeeding rival hardware.
Now, rather ironically, Sega seems to have let the console's release window slip in a recent interview. Is the time-period mentioned likely? Is it soon enough? These questions and potentially more will be stumbled around after the jump.
A few months ago rumors started popping up that Batman’s sidekick and constant chum Robin would make an appearance in Arkham City. Though we had fun speculating on it, the rumors slowly faded away as new info was revealed on Riddler, Penguin and a playable Catwoman. Now, thanks to what seems to be a big mistake on the part of retailer Best Buy, it looks like Robin is almost certainly going to appear in the Bat-sequel, and be playable too. Posted as part of the major US retailer’s online advertising, apparently pre-ordering the game at Best Buy grants you access to two “Challenge Maps” where you can play as Robin. The situation sounds similar to the PS3-exclusive Joker maps for Arkham Asylum, so perhaps the Boy Wonder won’t be playable in the main story, but it’d be strange if the team at Rocksteady designed Robin and not had him make an appearance in the campaign...
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