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Jun 19

“Words With Friends” might come to the Xbox One

xboxonecorner:

In yet another case of mobile app developers not knowing when enough is enough, advertising campaigns appear to suggest that the popular mobile application and blatant Scrabble rip-off ‘Words With Friends’ will be released for the Xbox One.

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‘Words With Friends” is ‘developed’ by Zynga, insofar as much as a company whose fortune derives from shameless theft of intellectual property and Farmville (which is also, unsurprisingly, an exact clone of another, older Facebook app called FarmTown) can develop something of its own. Being a word-based game, Zynga has either a) invented a new, jaw-droppingly well-designed, astonishingly intuitive way to select and place tiles, or b) will rely on the time-tested, time-wasting, and universally irritating “point and click” method as adapted for a controller with two analog sticks. Company history suggests the latter is more possible.

I look forward to the release of “Words With Friends” about as much as I look forward to contracting tetanus.

See more: http://xboxonecorner.com/

Jun 19

Recap: The Kinect 2.0 - This is Impressive

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The old Kinect was already impressive enough as-is, what with its low-latency 3D imaging and gesture recognition capabilities. If the old Kinect was the Wright brothers’ first successful airplane flight, the new Kinect is an F16 screaming through the skies at Mach 2. It’s impressive, is what we’re saying.

The new Kinect comes bundled with the Xbox One. It has a fully upgraded depth sensor that is three times as sensitive as the old Kinect’s, capable of picking out the wrinkles in your shirt. The functional area of the Kinect is now wider (a 60º improvement in the field of view) and deeper, allowing for up to six people being tracked by the Kinect at once. Twin 1080p-cameras provide absurd picture quality, taking in scenes at 60 frames per second. New technology lets the Kinect count how long it takes for light to return, an operation on the order of nanoseconds.

It can now do all this in a completely darkened room, thanks to its new and powerful system of infrared sensing that can map its surroundings without any visible light.

New software developed by Microsoft, run by in-house designed hardware and architecture on the Kinect, will allow it to perform feats of skill with astonishing precision and speed. The new Kinect can measure your heartbeat at a glance, by watching the depth of prominent pulse points on your body and counting the seconds in between beats. Muscle tracking algorithms can calculate the biomechanics of your movements—how off balance you are, what parts of your body are under pressure, how much power and speed your movements carry. Skeleton mapping allows the Kinect to track hand motions, and orientation calculation plays into how a player interacts with the in-game world. Facial recognition, helped by the double HD cameras, can not only spot and identify your face, but also check if you’re engaged or not engaged and choose to ignore voice commands if they don’t seem to be directed at the Xbox One. Speaking of speech recognition, the Kinect microphones and speech recognition software help to pick out, once acclimated, your voice, from background noise or other acoustic distractions.

When Skynet becomes self-aware and begins building Terminators, the headless robot bodies will no doubt storm their nearest electronics retailer and mount Kinect 2.0s on their shoulders. And when the last vestiges of the human resistance against the machines begin to flounder, they will flee the robots with the twin 1080p cameras, perfect night vision. And they will know that, even as they run with whatever feeble power their weak legs can provide, their heartrates are being taken by the staggering capabilities of the Kinect 2.0.

Jun 19

Zumba Fitness World Party to be available for the Xbox One

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Software developer Majesco recently announced that it would be releasing Zumba Fitness World Party for the Xbox One later this year. The game offers players the luxury of their own living room and the comfort of knowing that as they dance sweatily in front of their TVs, the only things there to judge them are the watchful eyes of their Kinect.

Billed as a cultural journey around the world, the game will doubtless feature various multicultural backgrounds paired with ethnically appropriate voiceovers. The Zumba soundtrack has on it such stars as Lady Gaga, Daddy Yankee, and Pitbull; there are about 40 songs in total. As the player’s in-game character travels around the world and dances the frenetic, sweaty aerobic routine that constitutes Zumba, the player themselves will burn up to a thousand calories per hour—roughly a steak dinner, or an entire 10” apple pie. However, if you find that you are willing to dedicate this much effort to impressing the celebrity Zumba instructors that feature in this game (featuring the likes of Beto,  Gina Grant, or Kass Martin), perhaps it is more advisable to simply start running. Outside.

The game also features two-player support on the Xbox One, presumably when you just aren’t dancing hard enough to Pitbull’s silky rhymes and need a friend to help you win.

The release date for the Xbox One is yet to be announced.

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Jun 19

Killer Instinct arriving on Xbox One (Trailer)

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Thought it’s had its dev team entirely eviscerated and re-constituted from the shattered hopes of its former developer, Rare, the fighter game Killer Instinct will indeed arrive on the Xbox One at launch. Microsoft showed an incredibly short trailer of the new Killer Instinct at its E3 presentation, which focused almost wholly on pre-rendered cutscenes, classic catchphrases (C-c-c-c-combo breaker!) and not much else. Memorable characters like Jago and Sabrewulf are in the game, and Madcatz is creating a fight stick accessory for the title. The graphics are reminiscent of Street Fighter IV, what with the 3D-style movement in a 2D-plane; the gameplay is much improved. The game also sports streaming features via game-streaming-monolith Twitch (on top of the Xbox One’s game recording capabilities). Update: New Trailer!

Jun 18

Mad Catz will be developing accessories

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Along with its competitor Turtle Beach, gaming accessory company Mad Catz is one of the two manufacturers officially contracted with Microsoft to develop equipment for the Xbox One. Mad Catz is better known in some circles as Tritton. The official press release is rather tightfisted as far as details are concerned; presumably, they will produce Xbox One-specialized gaming headsets and connectors.

The Xbox One has updated its chat port to a new, proprietary design, eliminating backwards compatibility with old audio and mic accessories. Currently only Tritton and Turtle Beach are the only two manufacturers advertising Xbox One equipment, however, additional companies are expected to announce their Xbox One wares at the E3 Expo.

Jun 18

Dragon Age III coming to the Xbox One

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Here comes another title with Roman numerals tacked on: the third installment of the Dragon Age franchise, arriving, most likely, on the Xbox One and multiple other platforms, later this year. Amazon Italy posted a product listing for Dragon Age III: Inquisition on Friday, a page that has since been removed. While the page was up, the game was classed as an Xbox One title, with no other platforms listed. An Electronic Arts representative was not immediately available to comment, presumably because they were too busy stealing teddy bears from orphans or being otherwise pointlessly evil. (I’m not the biggest fan of Electronic Arts, as you may gather.) Dragon Age III is built on the next-generation Frostbite 3 engine, which also powers the upcoming Battlefield 4, Need for Speed: Rivals, and the next Mass Effect sequel.

May 29

automotivated:

Puretone | Addicted to Bass | Music Video (by Exit Films

In answer to the questions - Both the cars we used were Australian ‘76 Ford Falcon XB Coupes - the base model for “Last V8 Interceptors” in Mad Max. They started as basic junker shells, the black one was found buried at the bottom of a paddock.

Max Action Vehicles build them up from scratch and did an incredible job for the budget. Aussie Muscle cars are tough… even after jumping the yellow one through the caravan we were still able to shoot pickup shots with it driving the very next day - albeit from the rear. They were a handful to drive and sounded very ugly. 

Both cars were sold on Ebay after the shoot … for $200 each. 

May 29
staff:


Hey there friends, it’s Tumblr Tuesday! Here’s a few of our favorite Tumblr blogs of the moment:
For 91 Days Select Traveling the world, three months at a time. Currently in Instanbul. Next up: Iceland. (Above: Foggy day in Istanbul.)
English to EnglishThe Guardian’s attempt to chronicle and catalogue cultural differences, slang, and pop culture between the UK and the US.
Batali Brothers Breakfasts Benno and Leo Batali share homemade breakfasts and other special dishes, because you’re never too young to start cooking. (Also, there’s a book!)
A Dinosaur A Day A new dinosaur every day is the perfect way to learn about the wide variety of animals from our past… and present.
Half the Sky Movement Raising awareness and inspiring action to turn oppression to opportunity for women worldwide.

staff:

Hey there friends, it’s Tumblr Tuesday! Here’s a few of our favorite Tumblr blogs of the moment:

For 91 Days Select
Traveling the world, three months at a time. Currently in Instanbul. Next up: Iceland. (Above: Foggy day in Istanbul.)

English to English
The Guardian’s attempt to chronicle and catalogue cultural differences, slang, and pop culture between the UK and the US.

Batali Brothers Breakfasts
Benno and Leo Batali share homemade breakfasts and other special dishes, because you’re never too young to start cooking. (Also, there’s a book!)

A Dinosaur A Day
A new dinosaur every day is the perfect way to learn about the wide variety of animals from our past… and present.

Half the Sky Movement
Raising awareness and inspiring action to turn oppression to opportunity for women worldwide.

May 29

mydecemberisms:

i cannot pinpoint the day i fell in love with you,
nor the moment i realized it.
i have a pocketful of memories that have made it
despite my wobbly brain and it’s incapability to
harness the notion of a past,
and i think that’s because i want a past, present, and future with you.
.
i can recall the moment i smoothed my palms over your broken heart,
bleeding, but alive, and that is such a phrase to describe you:
“bleeding, but alive,” and it made me so sad.
i had phantom pains in my own chest, a twitching mess of arteries and veins,
i felt for you, deeply. this was no shallow emotion:
i felt for you to the very marrow of my bones.
i hurt because you hurt, cried when you cried,
worried for not the first time i was going to lose this kindred spirit of mine,
this beautiful darling.
.
there was a midnight you asked me in the most broken way if i needed you.
i knew the implications and it felt like a bullet to my chest;
i was too scared to look down and see if i was bleeding, see if it had hit home
in a way that was fatal.
i told you of course. of course i needed you. how could i not?
and i suppose despite the catacombs of your mind
that you’d got lost in, throwing the map at the entrance with reckless abandon,
you found fit to hear me calling.
i thought to myself without permission that i could love you better,
that i could take of you and take the bullets for you,
because i couldn’t stand to see you holding a gun in your pale, delicate hands
ever again.
.
i can recall our thinly veiled jokes, your voice on the other side.
your voice did such things to me;
it made the invisible creatures in my stomach do acrobatic acts worthy of the circus.
i felt our hearts in twin movement, beating together. thump, thump, thump,
and the rhythm became my new favorite song.
as it began, it continued without permission,
this entanglement of love like vines around the most tender and vital of organs.
i knew if i opened up my insides to see, it would be beautiful,
but the possibility of not being able to sew myself back up terrified me.
i could not and would not ruin you, so i had to be sure.
i had to have a guarantee in a world rumored to have no guarantees.
.
i can recall planning our future together as if we had passports in our hands right then,
with cherry-red cheeks and trembling hands.
i wanted to tell you how impossibly lovely you were, how iridescent and ethereal,
unlike any person to walk this charred and scarred earth. truly, a goddess among men,
a goddess in my arms.
so i did.
you had always been my cure, my medicine, my salve, my healing herbs,
you brought me back from the brink of death.
i listened as you told me you were a ghost, but it didn’t matter to me if you were:
phantoms had always intrigued and frightened me, much like my love for you.
i’d never fallen so entirely for a someone before:
to put it bluntly, it scared the hell out of me and thrilled me to my core.
the ache in my chest became a sweetness.
you are a sweetness.

May 29

Shiva-Loka

museproxy:

Itching contacts adjust to off-black hallways. There is a scorching trumpet in your right ear. You notice your feet and also the source of light: a blanket of soft obsidian glow emanating from the floor. You lay on it and soak up it’s warmth. Sleep stirs in to agonizing simple descension; a relentless free fall. You howl to be awakened and pull yourself in to a similar plane in which you plummet thousands of feet in to a motel ceiling. Your head reaches for where it once had derived and finds a cutout of a sleeping you(!) that penetrates a moon above. It becomes smaller, still mimicking the cutout you are about to make through the shingles of Motel 6.

“Congratulations,” rings through your invaded canal. “You left it all behind.”