Feel just a little bit more like James Bond, thanks to Brookstone!
The next time you’re through an airport with an extra $250 in tow, why not pick yourself up a pair of WiFi-enabled cufflinks.
That’s right: they’re silver cufflinks with little WiFi USB access points hidden in them. Or, well, included in them; they’re not really hidden per se.
Zynga is losing up to $150 per new paying customer.
I wish I could say I feel bad for them, but I really don’t like Zynga.
Marketing costs, in case you’re wondering, appear to be what’s doing them in. They’re spending more to show off their wares than they are pulling in with new purchasers of same. Gee, darn, eh?
Related: What’s a maker of imitation games to do when the chips are down and money is going out the door? How about online gambling?
Speaking of Zynga’s penchant for building clones of other successful games in the social, mobile, and casual spaces…
So has everyone heard of Bioshock Infinite’s “1999 mode”?
A new post on the Bioshock Infinite blog describes the new mode. “With every choice you make, there are irreversible implications,” the post says. “If your choices guide you down a path not suited to your play style, you will suffer for it.”
Bioshock’s distant cousin, System Shock 2 was released in 1999, and the new difficulty mode promises strict resource limits that may prove familiar to long-time Shock fans. Combat specialisation will be an important factor, too. Irrational say that “you’ll need to develop them efficiently and effectively throughout the story; any weapon will be useless to you unless you have that specialization.”
The post also says that your health will be “set to an entirely different baseline.” Unlike some hardcore modes, your progress won’t be wiped on death, however. Ken Levine says “there are game saves, and you’re gonna f***cking need them.”
I take it you’ve all heard about the MegaUpload shutdown?
Who needs SOPA and PIPA? It would seem that extant laws are quite suited to taking file-sharing websites offline as is!
I’m of two minds about the takedown, personally. One one hand, MegaUpload was a visually offensive monstrosity that I never quite felt save grabbing files from, no matter how convenient it was that the service was there. On the other hand, I’m not exactly a huge piracy fan, am I…and I am well aware that there was lots of pirated material being hosted through the site. There was also lots of legitimate material, and I’m not trying to say that the takedown was the right thing to do…but neither am I saying that the authorities involved lacked for a case according to extant laws.
End of an era: Kodak goes bankrupt.
I…okay, here, I have no words. As an amateur photographer, I recognized Kodak as an icon of the photography industry (although, as a digital photographer shooting on a Canon system, I haven’t actually had a use for Kodak products since the last millenium).
Ubisoft has one of the ugliest, most restrictive DRM schemes going…
…but I’m sure we’re all relieved to know that the “vast majority” of their customers never experience DRM-related problems.
Because that is reassuring, and stuff.
Life on Venus?
That is evidently what at least one Russian scientist is claiming, based on evidence (pictures, mostly) sent back by the short-lived probe the Russians sent to that planet back in 1982.
What can social gameplay offer to different player types?
Gamasutra looks at results from a recent “player motivation factors” survey conducted by Relentless Software and Vertical Slice. For those of you wondering what Richard Garriott is probably thinking about on a fairly constant basis in regard to his upcoming “Ultimate RPG”, this is a decent article to read through.
Origin is EA-exclusive no more!
Eleven new publishers and some number of non-EA games have been added to Electronic Arts’ digital distribution service.
My question is: can I import keys for non-EA games available through Origin from other digital distribution services? I only ask because every EA game I purchased through Impulse could be added to my Origin account simply by providing the game’s registration key. It would be cool if I could do that with any non-EA games I own which Origin has for sale.
Australia may add an R18+ game rating this year!
You know, so games like Syndicate (the new one) can be sold there.
Apple might have just set the new standard in EULA “dick moves”.
And yes, I know that’s a tall damn statement, but let me explain.
You see, with Apple’s newly-launched iBooks Author application, you have two choices as an author looking to distribute your new work that you’ve just completed with it. You can distribute it through any other digital bookselling service beside’s Apple’s…but you can only do so by offering the work for free. If you want to charge for your work, you have to use Apple’s iBooks storefront…exclusively. You can’t later start selling your work through another service, once it’s hit the iBookstore.
Ars Technica smells a possible antitrust suit. I’m inclined to agree.
XCOM: Enemy Unknown video interview!
GameInformer sits down with the legendary Sid Meier to talk about the upcoming remake of the tactical sci-fi game.
Minecraft-themed LEGO is coming!
The proposal for the creation of Minecraft-themed LEGO sets has passed review, it would seem, meaning that the proposal is now officially on its way to becoming an actual LEGO product.
Imagine that: a whole box full of the 1×1 LEGO pieces. Thousands and thousands of them. Or, well, a hundred or so. It is LEGO, after all.
The twelve best games on PC?
Well, according to Kotaku, at least. Prepare an appropriate quantity of salt grains before watching.
Jar Jar Binks saved Star Wars?
Okay, 1UP wasn’t dumb enough to actually assert that the nasal-voiced Rastafarian Gungan was the element — the necessary change-up, the dramatic shift — that kept the Star Wars series from sliding into obscurity and the dustbin of history.
But they did just publish an article arguing that Diablo saved CRPGs. Which is basically saying the same thing, only in a way that doesn’t sound so obviously stupid.
Tomorrow, they’ll be publishing another feature expounding on the reasons why Star Trek: Nemesis saved the sci-fi franchise Gene Roddenberry created. Okay, not really…but it’d be fitting if they did. You know, in keeping with the “stupid” theme they have going now.
Windows 8 will restrict desktop customization?
That’s the inside skinny from PC Gamer, at least:
One of the very few choices we have left in this world is the ability to put a picture of family, friends or favourite frags on our desktop backgrounds, but even that facsimile of free will is being withdrawn. According to an interview over at our sister site TechRadar, customisation of Windows 8′s new Metro interface will be limited to decisions about the solid colour background.
The reason given is that a photograph wouldn’t scale and slide as the icons shift beneath your fingertips — although as the owner of an Android tablet I’m pretty happy with the way Google’s got around this issue. Android simply makes the desktop smaller than the image, so that it moves in the background as you scroll.
Thanks to iOS, though, desktop customisation is going out of fashion fast and it’s not surprising that Metro introduces more limits. Even Linux is becoming more proscriptive by the day.
It’s worth noting that iOS still allows you to use a bloody background image!
This is a conundrum: I am actually a really big fan of the Metro UI concept, but it’s still nice to have customization options available in case I feel like messing around. I’m big on workspace personalization, and that applies as much to my virtual workspaces as my actual one.
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