#23 LEGO Built A Drivable Bugatti

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Samsung’s 8K QLED TV looks great, but who needs it?

Samsung’s 8K ambitions became a bit more real today with the announcement of the Q900R, its first 8K QLED set that you’ll be able to buy. It’s the company’s follow-up to the Q9S concept we saw at CES, complete with the same AI processing to upscale content into something resembling 8K. That feature is particularly important, since it gives Samsung a reason to deliver an 8K TV before there’s any real content available. Based on my short time ogling the Q900R at Samsung’s IFA booth, it certainly looks great. But at the end of the day, I wonder who really needs it.

The upcoming Acer Predator Triton 900 laptop has a display that flips

Although it wasn’t included in Acer’s product announcements during the IFA 2018 show in Berlin, the company provided a sneak peek for a gaming laptop called the Predator Triton 900. We don’t know any hardware specifics just yet, only that it sports a unique display frame that enables you to “flip” the screen 180 degrees.

LEGO built a life size, drivable Bugatti from over a million Technic pieces

In what just might be the wildest thing anyone has ever built with Lego, the company behind the bricks has built a full-size, drivable model of the Bugatti Chiron supercar. Seriously. Built partly as a passion project amongst Lego’s creative team and partly as a promo to show off at the Italian Grand Prix, the model’s final piece count clocks in at over one million Technic pieces.

Battlefield 5 Delayed, New Release Date Announced

Battlefield V has been delayed. The World War II shooter will now launch for PS4, Xbox One, and PC on November 20, publisher EA confirmed in a statement. The company says the delay will give developer DICE additional development time to fine-tune the game as it sees fit.

RUMOR: PlayStation 5 Codenamed “Erebus”

Thanks to a recent post over on Resetera, the codename was found hidden away in the latest version of Unreal Engine 4. Additionally, they also found the abbreviation “TST2” also tied to what could be the next platform.

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Xbox One, Xbox 360 Game Sale: Call Of Duty: WW2 Discounts And More This Week

Microsoft Xbox One and Xbox 360 owners could now grab the best gaming deals for both popular gaming consoles. This comes after the software giant’s Major Nelson has announced recently the set of gaming deals that Xbox users could enjoy.

 

Check the latest Xbox One and Xbox 360 game deals

 

For Xbox One, there are several games that are on sale this week. This includes Call of Duty: WWII for $39, NBA 2K18 for $30, Battlefield 1 Revolution for $15, and Alien: Isolation for only $7.50.

Other games that have marked down prices were Monster Hunter World for $45, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered for $24 and, EA’s Star Wars: Battlefront II is on sale for only $24 this week.

 

Apart from Xbox One, Microsoft has also prepared several game deals intended for Xbox 360. Like = Call of Duty games—Modern Warfare for $15, Black Ops for $15, and Black Ops II for $16.50. In addition to this great deal is the Original Xbox game Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, that is playable on Xbox One with backwards compatibility for only $10.50.

 

On the other hand, you can buy other backwards-compatible Star Wars game, The Force Unleashed II, for $15. All of these are just random samples of the gaming deals both for Xbox One and Xbox 360.

 

 

If you want to see all the complete list of game deal offers, visit Major Nelson’s blog as the offer would run only until May 7.

Dead Space: EA’s Next Free PC Game Now Available For Download

Electronic Arts (EA) has announced on Tuesday that its popular Dead Space, a 2008 sci-fi horror game is now available on PC for free. This means that Dead Space fans can download the popular game from Origin. Dead Space is EA’s newest “On the House” game of the gaming studio.

 

EA’s Next Free PC Game Now Available For Download

 

What’s amazing with this opportunity is that players who downloaded Dead Space can keep the game forever. This scheme is the same with the previous On The House titles, according to EA.

 

 

But the only minor problem is that players won’t know if a game is out of the cycle already. This is because EA, as practiced, do not announce the On The House titles cycle out. Thus, players should download the game right now as long as it is available.

 

Unknown to many, the acclaimed 2008 sci-fi horror game, is actually EA’s first free game in On The House. The game studio’s freebie campaign started back in 2014. And Dead Space, is the first game title to have two runs in the On The House.

 

 

Also, the game was in the Origin Access free game library available on PC. So, if a player subscribes to the Origin Access service, they could play the game for free as of the moment. Dead Space was first released on Xbox 360, and the game can also be played on Xbox One via a backwards compatibility.

Mojang, Creator of Minecraft, Sells Out to Microsoft for $2.5B

 

In a stunning turn of recent events, Microsoft has acquired Mojang for a smooth $2.5 billion dollars. What more is there to say? The founders; Notch, Carl, and Jakob have moved on to greener fields, leaving Minecraft in the hands of this tech giant.

It was be expected, seeing as how Mojang treated the multiplayer community of server owners, developers and modders over recent months. More on that below. As for the players, nothing will change and you will still be able to play Minecraft on your tech gadget of choice. Microsoft plans to continue to make Minecraft available across all the platforms on which it is available today: PC, iOS, Android, Xbox and PlayStation.

According to Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft, “Minecraft is more than a great game franchise – it is an open world platform, driven by a vibrant community we care deeply about, and rich with new opportunities for that community and for Microsoft.”

The Minecraft community is among the most active and passionate in the industry, with more than 2 billion hours played on Xbox 360 alone in the past two years. Minecraft fans are loyal, with nearly 90 percent of paid customers on the PC having signed in within the past 12 months.

Minecraft has grown from a simple game to a project of monumental significance. Though Mojang is massively proud of what Minecraft has become, it was never Notch’s intention for it to get this big.

“The Minecraft players have taken the game and turned it into something that surpassed all of our expectations. The acquisition by Microsoft brings a new chapter to the incredible story of Minecraft, ” said Carl Manneh, CEO of Mojang. “As the founders move on to start new projects, we believe the high level of creativity from the community will continue the game’s success far into the future.”

As you might already know, Notch is the creator of Minecraft and the majority shareholder at Mojang. He’s decided that he doesn’t want the responsibility of owning a company of such global significance. Over the past few years he’s made attempts to work on smaller projects, but the pressure of owning Minecraft became too much for him to handle. The only option was to sell Mojang and move on to other projects.

My Opinion

I’m still deeply torn regarding this decision and the chaos happening with Minecraft in recent months. On one hand, I’m happy that this project is finally within capable hands but on the other I’m sad to hear of yet another indie game company being gobbled up by the tech giants. I’ve seen these acquisitions go both ways, some turn out pretty good but most plateau and fade away or take a quick nosedive.

I also have a personal investment in this. I’ve had experience in running a Minecraft server that’s accumulated over 11k+ unique players over several years, helped other server owners, tweaked plugins and am fairly active in several communities that touch the core of what makes up the Minecraft Community. That being the intense creative output of people working behind the scenes to make the game better for themselves, sharing it with others and then watching their creation become popular and in some cases bought/pulled into Minecraft.

Remember when Steve Jobs left Apple and the world watched Apple struggle until their creative leader returned to revitalize Apple to make it into the tech giant it is today? Notch, in a similar way, was that indie game leader, the creative force that allowed his community to take his creation and make it into what it is today. I do not believe Minecraft became what it is today because Notch wanted his players to “will it into being”. I do not believe Minecraft became what it is today because his minuscule staff exerted super-human effort into making notable changes that molded Minecraft into a smooth running machine. Matter of fact, I don’t believe players kept “sticking around” because making dirt houses and killing enderdragons would be “cool” for the next 5 years.

I am of the strong opinion that Minecraft became what it is because of the creative input of server owners, plugin developers and modders who tweaked the multiplayer aspect of the game to fit their visions. Because we know that just having Single Player would have fizzled out a long time ago. Their ideals for the game just happened to stick somewhere within the community and became part of the game in some way. Now I’m not discrediting the work that the “Mojangsters” have done with pushing out version updates nor the initial vision of the game as envisioned by Notch, but can you honestly give credit where credit is due? Yes, I’m looking at you Notch and whoever else works at Mojang/Microsoft. And by credit I mean doing something other then a tip of the hat to people who have spent, collectively, longer hours and sleepless nights and endless debugging sessions and serious medical/family issues and intense times of stress then you ever will, working FOR FREE on your stupid game to make their friends and the multiplayer community happy? Give them more then a tip of your fedora as you leave, because in many ways it feels like a slap in the face to them.

Mojang, you owe your success of Minecraft to the multiplayer community that raised you to stardom. By selling out you may not have shown all your cards to the table, but you have shown us part of your true colors. Not necessarily bad in any way, but actions have a way of speaking louder then words do. Now I understand that a business can do whatever they want, whenever they want, because that is what businesses do all the time. Just don’t push the cash cow off the cliff, because it will soon start to cost you the integrity of your company name. All I need to do is say the name Enron to conjure up those enlightening memories, which I don’t ever want to see a company ever repeat again.

Microsoft, I’m hopeful you haven’t inherited a project that will soon fade out like Zune and the Halo franchise did. But if you’re listening, just please keep community involvement open source and encourage the creativity of server owners, plugin developers and modders to continue on to bigger and better ideas for the future. You’re nurturing a whole generation of programmers, video game developers/testers, business leaders and financial careers that would be in the worlds’ best interest to keep. As nasty as we are at times when it comes to changes and news, we’re human beings just like you.

My apologies, it appears my personal thoughts have leaked into this article. But I do hope, in some way, that you’ve finished reading this article with a bit more knowledge and an open mind. Thanks for letting me rant. 🙂

What are your thoughts? Share them in the comments and let’s start a conversation on this.

Nintendo launches Wii U console

At last, Nintedo has made the Wii U game console official after the company gave details on the aforementioned device during a press conference held in New York.

According to Nintendo, their newest game console will be available in the US beginning November 19.

The Wii U was first seen by the public during the E3 conference a year ago. Since then, only Wii U tests were conducted by reviewers and only for a limited number of games.

Nintendo is the first game console company to launch their latest device that would hopefully bolster their 2012 sales with the impending Holiday season. The Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 still haven’t made any announcement regarding future releases.

Nintendo will first launch the Wii U on two bundles. One bundle costs $299 and the other $349.

Here is a detailed piece on the differences between the two:

$299:

–          Wii U Game Console

–          One GamePad

–          Sensor bar

–          8GB SSD

–          HDMI cable

$349:

–          Wii U Console

–          One GamePad

–          Sensor bar

–          8GB SSD

–          HDMI cable

–          Charging Stand

–          Console Stand

–          32GB SSD

–          Nintendo Land game disc

Are you excited for the new Wii?

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Call Of Duty: Black Ops II coming to Wii U?

According to IGN, a QA tester from Activision has revealed in his social networking account that Call of Duty: Black Ops II is going to be available soon for Wii U.

IGN said that a certain Randall says that he tested the game for both the Wii U and the PS3 consoles.

The profile has since changed, namely the details inside it.

His profile also said that he did multiplayer testing and at the same time working with the team.

The report said that Randall has been doing this since last May. So it is good to speculate that development for Call of Duty: Black Ops II has been in the works for quite sometime.

Activision hasn’t confirmed nor denied the report. While Nintendo has also kept mum on the details of the Wii U.

Call of Duty: Black Ops II is currently only confirmed for the PC, PS 3 and Xbox 360. The game will be available for these consoles starting November 13.

Call of Duty games have been available in previous iterations of Nintendo’s Wii. So it wouldn’t be a surprise if the COD: Black Ops II will be available for the Wii U. The only COD game that hasn’t made its way to the Wii console is the COD: Modern Warfare II.

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Xbox 360 audio experience enhanced with the Tritton Warhead

Microsoft’s game console, the Xbox 360, has been lording it over the gaming console market. Compared to the PS3, the former’s fan base is much bigger. As to the games that it has to offer to their users, analysts believe that the Xbox 360 has more quality games than the PS3.

Unfortunately for the Xbox 360, the PS3 is leaps and bounds better when we speak about in-game communication. The PS3 has always been the better console to connect a communication device to.

Now, that may change.

The Tritton Warhead 7.1 Wireless headset for Xbox 360, which was introduced at this year’s CES, would want to change that.

The headset is marvelous. The sound quality it emits and the incredible range makes it a must-have for hardcore Xbox 360 gamers.

The Tritton Warhead 7.1 Wireless headset is powered by two rechargeable lithium ion batteries. The great thing about this, is that you only use one battery every time. While you use one, the other one is charged by the device.

It features a 5.8 GHz wireless technology and 7.1 Dolby surround sound thus, emitting a great sound quality. It also supports wireless voice chat.

The Tritton Warhead 7.1 Wireless headset is expected to be available to consumers this summer at around $299.

Prepare for audio overloud!

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A sigh of relief for Motorola, a huge step back for Microsoft

In bizarre turn of events, a US International Trade Commission Judge David Shaw found probable cause against Microsoft and ruled for Motorola Mobility’s claim that the former infringed some of their patents.

The six member commission has the power to ruled out and block imports that have been found to have infringed US patents. The commission is set to review their decision and release a statement this coming August.

Motorola was all smiles after hearing the news.

A spokesperson from the company said, “We are pleased that the [administrative law judge]’s initial determination finds Microsoft to be in violation of Motorola Mobility’s intellectual property. Microsoft continues to infringe Motorola Mobility’s patent portfolio, and we remain confident in our position. This case was filed in response to Microsoft’s litigate-first patent attack strategy, and we look forward to the full commission’s ruling in August.”

Microsoft on the other hand issued a statement regarding the recent turn of event.

A Microsoft spokesperson said, “Today’s recommendation by the administrative law judge is the first step in the process leading to the commission’s final ruling. We remain confident the commission will ultimately rule in Microsoft’s favor in this case and that Motorola will be held to its promise to make its standard essential patents available on fair and reasonable terms.”

The two companies have been locked in a patent battle since 2010 when Microsoft filed a case against Motorola over wireless and video encoding patents.

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Apple unlikely to surpass Microsoft in TV arena

The late Apple founder Steve Jobs was once quoted as saying that, “It’s not a problem of technology; it’s not a problem of vision; it’s a fundamental go-to-market problem.”

Steve Jobs was too blunt on saying this not to annoy Apple-watchers. But tech guys just never took the problem of televisions future or an entertainment showcase just to seriously. Apple developers aren’t excused from this mistake even if they are trying to solve the problem with their fully integrated big-screen Apple television.

Microsoft’s approach to the entertainment future is commendable and the path they have taken is quite remarkable. It differs completely to that of their rivals in the entertainment arena. What sets Microsoft apart from their counterparts is their Xbox franchise. They clearly dominate and constantly upgrade their features.

We can’t single out one feature of the Xbox. But what we can do is to look at the constant upgrades it has over its short stay as a market giant. In the U.S. alone, Xbox consoles sold 960,000 units. Their Kinect sensors sold 750,000 units. These are both standalone and bundled Kinects with the Xbox package.

What does this mean? This implies that people don’t buy Xbox’s because of the Kinect. Though majority of those who purchased the gaming console bought it with the Kinect package, but still 200,000 individuals chose to purchase the Xbox without the Kinect. This shows that there are still thousands of individuals out there who are willing to purchase the Xbox as a standalone unit.

We can also take a look at the games selection out there for the Xbox. The titles have improved and have been on the forefront of the Xbox rampage to the top.

As for Apple’s plan for the future, we don’t have any idea. Apple is shrouded with mystery. According to Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster, he thinks that he knows what Apple will do telling his audience at the Ignition conference that they should wait to buy a new TV set when Apple releases it very own next year.

Many people doubt Apple’s entry on the television market. If Apple decides to release their TV, it would be a TV set that costs much higher than other HDTV sets out there in the market today. It’s not going to be a step forward but backward.