Has EA's Download Manager slipped Battlefield 3's release date? If so, it looks as thought the upcoming Frostbite 2-powered first person shooter will be released on November 2nd, one week before the next Call of Duty.
Although I think the next Call of Duty will be the end of the raping Activision has done to the franchise, Battlefield 3 will most likely be the FPS of 2011. The various trailers and teasers over the last month have caused quite the stir in the community and now that we have a possible release date, everyone has something to look forward to!
This gem is brought to you by my Kinect hashtag search on Twitter- I sincerely recommend all of you institute the same on your Twitter client, people do cool things with Kinect every day.
This doesn't look like a "hack" so much as some sort of partnership (I don't know if you're allowed to sell Kinect-based software). Win&I allegedly gives the user manual, sensory-based control over Windows 7, Safari, Firefox, Chrome, Windows Media Center- and evidently, "Thousands of Applications".
What? Really? C'mon. Thousands? Microsoft Office? What about typing? This sounds suspiciously like an April Fool's Prank.
Anyway, dubious as I am to its implementation possibilities, it is available for only 20 euros- which is pretty decent for the ability to turn your desktop into a pseudo Minority Report work-station.
The process still looks a bit...awkward. And there's that guy shouting WIN AND I at you the entire time. But this could be the real beginning of professional uses of motion-recognition. Check out the video, and tell us what you think:
Youtube user agwawaf has succeeded in "beating" Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 2, Super Mario Bros. 3 AND Super Mario Bros. The Lost Levels at the same damn time.
How is this possible? agwawaf's run-through(s) is tool assisted, meaning that he used 4 different emulators running simultaneously to play all four games with only one device, be it a keyboard or controller. The emulator(s) allowed him to slow down the gameplay to frame-by-frame and/or rewind the action of all or each game individually, thus preventing little Mario from meeting any fateful demise, regardless of which game.
What you're watching is essentially 4 NES games being played to completion with the same list of commands. Pretty impressive, but be warned that this thing wreaks havoc on one's ADD. I think I started frothing from the mouth around minute 5.
Basically, agwawaf clearly had way too much time on his hands and this task would have been impossible to duplicate without emulators, macros, and other tools. But there's nothing wrong with absorbing 13 minutes of pure nostalgia. On crack.
Sega announced today on their blog that Spiral Knights is finally available for free download and play on pretty much everything, including Windows, Mac OS and Linux (Yay!- Linux users got something to play besides Super Tux!) The game was developed by San Francisco-based Three Rings of Puzzle Pirates fame, and features impressive visuals as well as immediate accessibility. Whether you're a longtime MMORPG gamer or just new to internet gaming altogether, you'll still very much enjoy Spiral Knights.
I briefly took it out for a spin (download was fast, 2-3 min) to check out the visuals and familiarize myself with the gameplay.
Definitely going to revisit this one in the wee hours of the evening.
Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon will be available for the PS3 for the first time July 5th of this year. Hopefully you're not squeamish at all around bugs, especially gruesomely detailed ones rendered as large as your television- otherwise this might be one to skip.
Vicious Cycles released screenshots of the upcoming game introducing six very ugly giant insect classes: Wolf Spider, Tick (ew), Black Ant, Wasp, Daddy Long Legs, Bomber Spider, and Mantis. Despite what campy horror movies and the Japanese would have us believe, science and physics preclude building-sized insects from existing- but some of these screen shots made me shudder in revulsion, especially the ticks:
Evidently they try to run at you so they can explode all over you with corrosive acid. Ew ew. EDF: Insect Armageddon boasts the chance to destroy swarms of alien insect creature and classy arcade-style action, with online multiplayer available too! Even if you're an arachnophobe, here's your chance to get back at those creatures that have been tormenting you for years.
EDF in 3 different titles enjoyed a fair amount of success in Japan, but will now be available in non-import form in a brand-new title for America, and more importantly, PlayStation.
The game will be available for the PS3 for the surprisingly not-wallet-busting price of 39.95. Thanks, Vicious...
Our Download of the Day today is Foobar2000 1.1.6 beta 3.
foobar2000 is an advanced freeware audio player for the Windows platform. Some of the basic features include full unicode support, ReplayGain support and native support for several popular audio formats.
Supported audio formats: MP3, MP4, AAC, CD Audio, WMA, Vorbis, FLAC, WavPack, WAV, AIFF, Musepack, Speex, AU, SND... and more with additional components.
Full unicode support.
Easily customizable user interface layout.
Advanced tagging capabilities.
Support for ripping Audio CDs as well as transcoding all supported audio formats using the Converter component.
Full ReplayGain support.
Customizable keyboard shortcuts.
Open component architecture allowing third-party developers to extend functionality of the player.
The latest version includes the following changes:
Changes in Version 1.1.6 beta 3
- resolves multiple known problems with the new ReplayGain scanner.
Deal of the Day: CORSAIR Flash Voyager 16GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive - $17.99 after Rebate, Shipped Free!
Our Deal of the Day today is the Newegg - CORSAIR Flash Voyager 16GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive - $17.99 after Rebate, Shipped Free!.
Offer: Great price for this ultra durable Corsair 16GB USB Flash Drive. It's just $17.99 after rebate with free shipping!
$10 PREPAID REBATE CARD expires 04/07/2011.
The latest happenings from around the web - April 4th, 2011
- World exclusive: Asus P8P67 LE Motherboard @ ITShootout
- Sapphire Pure Black X58 Motherboard @ Legit Reviews
- ECS P67H2-A2 (B3) Motherboard @ ixbtlabs
- ASUS Sabertooth P67 Motherboard @ HiTechLegion
- Gigabyte H67N-USB3-B3 Mini-ITX and Intel Core i5-2500T / Core i3-2100 @ Hardware Heaven
- G.Skill Sniper SR2 8GB Kit @ Overclock3D
- Patriot G2 DDR3-12800 2x2GB Kit @ RBMods
- Patriot G2 (GAMER 2) 1600MHz CL9 8GB @ Vortez
The welcome screen for Windows 8 has been leaked (and confirmed as real). The below screen show is the current Windows 8 Welcome Screen and is visibly based on the Windows Phone 7 lock screen - which is impressive in itself.
You can only change the background image of the Welcome Screen at the moment, but the display includes the time, day of the week, the date (month and day) and icons for power management (for portable machines only) and ease of access. More things could be added in the future. Aside from the functionality that has been shown in the leaked builds, there is also evidence of more features to come.
Music video clips are great, but storing them and also the MP3 is not the best way of doing things. This is where Stereoclip comes in and it will synchronize whatever you're playing through iTunes with videos of the playing track through YouTube.
It's powered via Adobe Air and is a free download for OSX and Windows. When the app is running, it will play a YouTube clip of any song you're playing through iTunes, synchronizing the time of the song to the time of the video. If YouTube doesn't have an official video for that song - such as rare music selections or live tracks, the app will find live versions of people singing/playing the song in their bedrooms.