Posted by Alan Buckingham at 12:53 PM on August 13, 2012
It’s one thing to be arrested for trying to rob a convenience store or “knock over” a bank, but Humza Bajwa is facing up to 15 years in prison for trying to steal pretend currency with pretend cash and using a pretend gun. The bizarre crime took place recently at Fordham University in New York.
Allegedly students David Emani and Jonathan Dokler decided to sell their RuneScape coins for the real money sum of $3,300. The buyer, Bajwa, initially tried to pay with counterfeit money, but Emani recognized the fake cash. At that point, Bajwa pulled a fake gun and forced Emani to call Dokler and initiate the transfer. The gun Bajwa pulled on Emani turned out to be a BB gun, which he held to the victim’s head during the phone call. Once the transfer was complete Bajwa left the scene, leaving the counterfeit money behind as evidence.
Bajwa has been charged with second degree robbery and grand larceny with a bail set at $20,000. He faces up to 15 years in jail. For the record, RuneScape doesn’t endorse selling or trading of the coins and may begin enforcing lifetime bans for those caught doing so.
Posted by Alan Buckingham at 7:29 AM on August 4, 2012
This week game maker EA held their Summer Showcase event, at which they unveiled, among other things, Real Racing 3. The trailer video has now been posted online for those gamers who didn’t get to the show or watch the live stream that was broadcast.
The footage is branded “pre-alpha”, which indicates this is still very early in the build process. However, if this is not even close to polished, then the final release should be stunning. As you can see in the footage below, the video and audio are already amazingly realistic. The new game is also expected to incorporate some real life tracks like Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Laguna Seca.
There is no official release date yet, but the game is expected before the end of this year. In the meantime, you can get Real Racing 2 from the Google Play Store for $0.99. It’s not available for iOS.
Posted by Alan Buckingham at 5:45 PM on July 12, 2012
Game of Thrones, the popular series of books by George R. R. Martin, has become the runaway success story of TV over the past two seasons, with a top-rated HBO series. Now it’s coming to the internet in the form of an MMORPG (massively multi-player online role playing game) from Bigpoint.
The online release is still a little ways off – beta testing won’t begin until later this year – but they have released the first trailler to whet everyone’s appetite. Best of all, from what we’re hearing, the game will be free to play. That almost certainly means in-game ads, but that’s a minor annoyance.
With the tagline “you win or you die”, users will have the chance to experience player versus player action, siege combat and politics in a bid to take control of Westeros. The :41 second clip is posted below.
Posted by Alan Buckingham at 9:38 AM on July 10, 2012
Rovio, the popular Finnish game studio behind the Angry Birds franchise, announced their next game release, Angry Alex, a while back. They even included a teaser in a recent Angry Birds level update. Today the company announced that the game will officially launch this Thursday, July 12th.
Amazing Alex will be immediately available in both the iTunes Store and Google Play Store, and “More platform versions will be announced in the near future”. To get users excited about the launch, Rovio has already created both Twitter and Facebook pages and there is an Amazing Alex Game Hub. In addition, Rovio posted a one minute launch trailer to both their site and YouTube, which can find embedded below.
Posted by Alan Buckingham at 10:23 AM on June 28, 2012
Rovio has been on a roll recently. They have launched the fastest selling mobile game in history with Angry Birds Space and also updated both Space and Seasons with new levels, as well as adding a Facebook version of the original Angry Birds game. Now they are pimping their next game, “Amazing Alex” with a new trailer and a couple of wallpapers for your computer.
Game play is essentially a series of Rube Goldberg machines that you create to solve problems and accomplish common tasks like cleaning Alex’s room. The game also allows the users to create their own levels. ”Got a great idea for a level? Design intriguing new levels using 35 interactive objects and share them — with friends or with the whole world! With other fans constantly creating and uploading new levels, there are always new challenges to check out!”
Rovio isn’t giving many details, only stating that the game is “coming soon”. They also aren’t talking price, but many versions of the Angry Birds series have been free. You can check out the trailer below and head over to Rovio to grab the wallpapers.
Posted by Alan Buckingham at 4:22 PM on June 22, 2012
Many of you are probably too young to remember the 1983 movie War Games, and the name Matthew Broderick will only conjure memories of the guy hanging from the antique Ferrari California 50 floors high in Tower Heist. But, if you remember that classic movie that introduced a generation of kids to computers and hacking then Android has a treat for you. War Games: WOPR has launched and it’s time for you to destroy the world.
The game, roughly at least, follows the characters and plot of the original movie. Game play involves basic puzzle-solving, but you are the computer playing against characters from the movie. You’re goal is to launch your missiles and destroy the world. There are more than 40 levels of play and in-app purchases along the way.
The game costs only $0.99, but it’s said that users will need a few of the in-app purchases in order to beat some of the tougher, later levels. War Games: WOPR is officially the licensed game of the movie franchise and it can be found in the Google Play Store.
The Immersive Motion Accessory System comprises small black boxes worn on bands that connect wirelessly to a master controller which in turn, is connected to PC or game console via USB. Each box has an accelerometer, a magnometer and gyroscope to accurately track motion. No optical sensor or camera is needed.
Once the boxes are in place on the player’s head, arms, legs or plastic sword, actions such as hitting, pushing or kicking in the real-world get translated into similar actions in the game. Cleverly, the system converts the gestures into standard game controllers actions such as button presses or joystick moves. Consequently the system can be used with nearly any game console straightaway; there’s no need to wait for developer support.
Posted by Alan Buckingham at 7:04 PM on November 28, 2011
If you grew up in the era of Atari then you probably still get nostalgic for it once in a while. Thankfully, there are still ways to get your Atari fix. I occasionally fire up an emulator on my computer from time to time and play a game of Centipede or Asteroids. But, if you don’t want to sit in front of your desktop or laptop, you can now take your Atari addiction mobile.
Atari’s Greatest Hits is now available in the Android Market. The app itself is free and comes with Missile Command. Additional games packs are available for $0.99 each, or you can purchase all 100 games for $9.99. The game packs can only be purchased from within the Atari’s Greatest Hits app, and are sold through the Amazon Android App Store.
Atari requires you to be running Android 2.2 or newer. If you’re looking for a fun way to waste some time and take a stroll down memory lane then this is a must-have app for a reasonable price – and, hey, if you just like missile Command, it’s even more reasonable at the price of free. You can check out the brief intro video below.
The 4th of July is coming up here in the U.S. on Monday, which of course means a lot of parades and firecrackers. Unless it rains, which of course somewhere it will. If it does rain in your area there are a couple of iPhone and iPad application, that may help some. The first application is called Firework Arcade by Mike Newman. This is a free app, with ads although if you pay .99 cents you can get rid of the ads. It has two modes a gaming mode and a show mode. The gaming mode has 5 versions you can play, Spark Samurai, Zen Warrior, Minefield, Spark-A-Mole and Someone Said. They all have the same basic premise swipe or tap the fireworks to make them go off before they disappear from the screen, but watch out for the bombs. The faster you go the more points you get. You also get points by popping multiple fireworks at a time. This method has been used in many games it is easy to understand and rather addictive. If you just want to watch some fireworks just hit the Firework Show on the menu and sit back and relax.
The second application is more for information and learning it is Declaration, There is a copy of The Declaration of Independence you can read. A picture of the Declaration on parchment and an engraved copy of the Declaration of Independence. It also has a short biography of all the signers of the Declaration. A brief history of its creation and how it was publish. There is also a copy of the famous picture by John Trumbull of the signing of the Declaration and some information about it.
I know these applications have little to do with technology, but on The Fourth of July things should be about fun and if you learn something along the way thats ok too.
Posted by KL Tech Muse at 6:38 PM on January 26, 2011
Ten One Design introduced the Fling at CES 2011. If you like to play games on the Ipad but find the virtual joystick hard to maneuver, then the Fling maybe exactly what you are looking for. It is an analog joystick that is made out of flexible resin ,machined aluminum and two suction cups.
Start your favorite game and then place Fling over the virtual joystick. The suction pads will stick insuring that Fling does not move. Then just start playing your game, Fling will give you a direct response, allowing you better control and accuracy. The Fling is transparent so you don’t miss any of the action in the game. It will work even if you use a screen protector on the iPad. Great for games such as Meteor Blitz, Across Age, Super Mega Worm, along with a ton more. Once you are finished with the game, the Fling comes off your iPad easily and stores in its own micro fibre bag. The bag can also doubles as an iPad screen cleaner.
The response for the Fling has been so good that they are now selling a two pack for $29.95 and a single pack for $19.95. If you like to play games on your iPad, the Fling is a must have.