Titanfall launched yesterday, a game that Microsoft was heavily invested in, but it looks like the company unfortunately experienced some issues during its launch with Xbox Live experiencing some serious downtime.
Microsoft's gaming network had gamers unable to sign into their consoles to play Respawn Entertainment's first game, a game that was quite the make-or-break it title for the company's next-gen console. Titanfall is a multiplayer-only game, which is another headache in itself, as all play with the game requires Xbox Live. The tutorial can't even be played without an Internet connection.
The official Xbox Support Twitter account has tweeted: "Thanks for your patience, Xbox Live is good to go! Try these specific steps to get back in the game now." So it looks like it's all good now, but it's not a first good step for Microsoft and Titanfall.
During next week's Philly Tech Week, Tetris will be played on the city's 29-story Cira Centre as screens. Frank Lee, a professor at Drexel University and founder of the school's Entrepreneurial Game Studio, is continuing what he did last year.
Last year, with the help of Brandywine Realty Trust, the company who owns the Cira Centre, played a special version of Pong on the side of the building. It happened during mid-April, when Philly Tech Week 2013 took place, setting a Guinness World Record for "Largest Architectural Video Game Display."
The massive game of Pong used 460 LEDs on one side of the building, taking up a giant 59,800 square feet of space. Lee's version of Tetris will take place on both the north- and south-facing walls of the building, expanding over a space of more than 100,000 square feet. Lee said in a press release: "One regret that I had was that we only used one side of the building. So it was only visible to half of the city. This year, I wanted to find a way to use all sides of the building and truly created an aesthetic of a unique and fleeting moment shared by all the people in Philadelphia."
This will all take place during Philly Tech Week 2014, which runs between April 4-12.
CD Projekt Red has some bad news for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, that it has been delayed until February 2015. The studio had originally pinned the release of the game for 2014, but the game is still in a technically "unfinished" state.
The delay comes at a time when the studio talked about other game studios bragging about the performance in their games when in an unfinished state, so maybe this delay has something to do with it. CD Projekt Red won't just release a game of this scale in an unfinished state, so some more time for the vast title is obviously needed, and welcomed.
The studio's official board members talked about the delay, saying they weren't happy with the game's overall quality and projected release date, as it wouldn't give them enough time to provide gamers with The Witcher 3 that the studio had originally envisioned: "We recently re-examined what we had achieved thus far, and faced a choice about the game's final release date. The decision we made was difficult, thoroughly considered, and ultimately clear and obvious."
This past weekend the WB film 300: Rise of an Empire made waves at the top of box office charts, bringing in a total domestic gross of $45,038,460, and a total worldwide gross of $132,838,460. The film is a sequel to the 2006 fantasy action film based on the highly popularized 1998 comic book series "300" by Frank Miller and Lynn Varley. Much like its successful predecessor, 300: Rise of an Empire is a dark, gritty, action-packed, historical fiction film that focuses on the Greek conflict with Persia.
300: Rise of an Empire was written and produced by Zack Snyder, and is supposedly based off of a graphic novel by Frank Miller that is pending release. Frank Miller, the master of darkness in the comic book world, is responsible for the dark, brooding tone of the 300 movie franchise. The film features a populous cast of beautiful actresses like Eva Green and Lena Headey, and bulked-up actors like Sullivan Stapleton and Hans Matheson.
Following the departure of all-star writer/cast member Seth Meyers from the popular skit comedy show "Saturday Night Live," all eyes were on his Weekend Update replacement Colin Jost, who stumbled to gain laughs after an already disappointing performance from "The Big Bang Theory" star, Jim Parsons. The 3/01/14 show suffered an abundance of performance issues including lackluster writing, failed attempts at slap-stick, and an abundance of pressure and scrutiny from uncertain fans.
After a highly successful opening to the shows 39th season, fans were sorry to see Seth Meyers go, and worried the show would decline in his absence, which is not quite unwarranted given the show's history of dry periods. This last Saturday however, "Saturday Night Live" made up for the poor performance the previous week with spectacular performances from the cast, special guests Liam Neeson and John Hamm, and host Lena Dunham -giving die-hard fans of the show a sigh of relief.
Sicilians that refer to themselves as the "Sicilian Space Program" began a lighthearted project to launch a cannolo siciliano into the stratosphere. Of course, launching a delicious cream filled pastry into the stratosphere on a low budget with no real planning would undoubtedly result in a light rain of cream, and failed aspirations, so the team worked tirelessly to bring their visions to reality. The result was a very well thought out design, and a delicious space traveling pastry -well sort of.
Getting a real edible cannolo into the stratosphere on a helium balloon without crushing it into an unrecognizable pile of mush or losing it all together isn't exactly a realistic aspiration, but that didn't stop Paolo Capasso, Antonella Barbera, and Fabio Leone from seeing their mission through. Instead of using a real pastry, the three Sicilian dreamers did the next best thing: they created a very realistic looking polymer replica cannolo out of Fimo.
This past weekend the first trailer for Frank Miller's new film Sin City: A Dame to Kill for hit the web and sparked interest among fans and critics of the Sin City film series. The fast paced film trailer features an all-star cast which includes Bruce Willis, Jessica Alba, Mickey Rourke, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Eva Green, just to name a few. Keeping with the theme of the Sin City franchise, and the graphic novel series, the film will be primarily monochromatic, with a few color highlights to accent significant items or aspects in the film, like Manute's golden eye.
Despite the initial doubts fans and critics had surrounding the film, as the trailer continues to gain more and more hits, and the film's release date inches closer, fans and critics alike are expressing resounding optimism toward the film. Critics on a variety of news outlets are showing optimism toward the outstanding cast, and fans on YouTube are showing quite a bit of excitement for the film's release.
As the auditions come to a close on NBC's hit singing competition The Voice, the internet is a buzz with its favorites for the big win. While Adam Lavigne, Blake Shelton, Shakira, and Usher were battling it out to see who gets who, fans are weighing in on their favorites for the overall win. So who's looking hot for the win? Based on chair spins and internet chatter, these are the likely winners:
Night 1: Christina Grimmie "Wrecking Ball" (Team Adam)
Night 2: Delvin Choice: "A Song for You" (Team Adam)
Night 3: Sisaundra Lewis: "Ain't No Way" (Team Blake)
Night 4: Emily B.: "Wicked Game" (Team Shakira)
Night 5: Kat Perkins: "Gold Dust Woman" (Team Adam)
In August of 2012, Vladimir Putin paid a visit to a 14th century monastery where he engaged in a meet and greet with members of the church. All seemed well until a Russian Orthodox priest attempted to greet Putin with a kiss on the hand, which Putin promptly rejected in disgust. Recently, someone has created a .gif of the incident, and it is hitting viral proportions on popular sites like Reddit, Imgur, and 9GAG.
As tensions in Asia heat up, all eyes have been on Putin, and the internet has been having a field day. Images much like this one have surfaced all over, depicting Putin in the manliest of ways, and often presenting him shirtless in a side-by-side comparison with president Obama. Unsurprisingly, these images often hit viral proportions.
Two men have been arrested and are allegedly involved in a cyberattack and data theft of KT Corp, a major South Korean phone company, with 12 million users affected. The breach took place over a long period, and the criminals took up to 300,000 piece of information at a time, and the South Korean government forced KT Corp to create an online database for users hit by the breach.
One of the suspects reportedly broke into the KT Corp computer system using custom-coded software he developed himself. During the breach, the accused hacker gained bank details, employment information and home addresses on 12 million KT - around 75 percent of the company's customers.
The information was later sold to another criminal, and he allegedly used the data to pose as a KT sales rep and sell mobile phones - the criminal scheme generated an estimated $10.8 million, according to reports.