Rovio has been enjoying their sky-rocketing success lately and have TV/movie spin-offs happening but also a new 'collaborative' Facebook game coming out. Currently the PS3 has a version of Angry Birds out on the PSN with Wii and 360 getting their shot soon.
The Facebook version, "there will be completely new aspects to it that just haven't been experienced in any other platform," said studio boss Mikael Hed, who confirms that due to the social site's 'collaborative nature', "the pigs will have a more prominent role". Launching in a few days is "Angry Birds Rio" which is a tie-in with a Fox movie and swaps the evil pigs for monkeys.
There was a short period of time over the last few days where everyone thought Samsung were going to delay their Honeycomb-based, 10.1-inch tablet. But fear not my dear readers, Samsung are not scared of the iPad 2 and their tablet will ship as expected.
"We will continue to make every effort to provide the most powerful, well-designed and productive mobile device to customers," Executive Vice President Lee Don-Joo is quoted by Yonhap as saying. Samsung are being very mum about the release date, but it can't be overlooked that Apple is making it hard for everyone else trying to release tablets.
N64oid is a Nintendo 64 emulator optimized for Android. N64oid is capable of running most games smoothly with sound, but requires a high-end device like the Nexus S, Nexus One, Droid, Samsung Galaxy, etc.
The Nintendo 64 emulator also allows you to save or load from any point as well as use the in-game save support. Included is a configurable, translucent on-screen keypad that is very easy to use. Key mappings to map game keys to hardware buttons, option to use the G-sensor as the analog stick and a bunch of other settings that can be tuned to your needs.
Xperia Play is getting an exciting partnership in the form of the shake of hands with Havok and their Physics engine. Below is a video that shows off the engine running on a Sony Ericsson Xperia Play.
The video shows off what seems to be 30fps footage, with destruction that is actually quite impressive for a mobile phone. The physics seem natural for the small unit, and I'm guessing this is just the beginning of physics on a mobile device. It looks like we'll soon be tapping the power of current, oldish consoles in our mobile handsets sooner rather than later!
Our Aussie Flood Appeal is over!
We ended up gathering donations totaling $6,289.77 AUD - a great effort by everyone! This amount is sure to go quite a way in helping Queenslanders get back on their feet. We have converted to Australian Dollars since that is what will be given.
On behalf of the whole TweakTown team and all of the lovely sponsors involved, I would like to thank each and every one of you for donating. As previously mentioned, the lucky winner will be announced on Tuesday March 8th via video. Tomorrow we have the work of sorting out all 600+ raffle tickets that will be thrown into a box for the drawing.
Stay tuned and find out if you are the winner in a couple of days. This coming week a check will be written and sent to Queensland government Premier's Disaster Relief Appeal. We will take a photo of the check and post it alongside the winner video on Tuesday.
I'm here at the last day of the GDC in dowtown San Francisco, hanging out and checking out the cool tech. Most of the things I'm going to see here are demonstrations of products and games that everyone already knows about from former press releases and the like, but it's still going to fun to play around with it. I wanted to get a first hand look at Nintendo's much-heralded 3DS, especially the AR interface, so my first stop was the Nintendo booth.
The Nintendo array is great- demos of many games including the new Zelda. A very helpful 3DS rep named Jamie introduced me to the AR games. The 3DS uses marker-based augmented reality, meaning the the images and experienced are anchored to a physical object, like a sign or a barcode. In this case, Nintendo uses a small card with the familiar Nintendo Question Mark logo.
The latest happenings from around the web - March 4th, 2011
- HP's Pavilion dm1z Fusion-powered ultraportable @ Tech Report
- Apple iPad 2 vs The Droid Tablet Army @ Megatechnews
- PowerColor Radeon HD 6970 LCS @ Overclockers Club
- Diamond All-In-Wonder HD Premium AIW5000 @ Benchmark Reviews
- Zotac GTX 560 Ti @ TechReaction
- HIS Radeon HD 6850 IceQ X Turbo 1GB @ RWLabs
- MSI GeForce GTX 560 Twin Frozr II 1 GB @ Techpowerup
- MSI R6950 Twin Frozr III Power Edition @ Hot Hardware
Our Download of the Day today is Picasa 3.8 Build 117.38.
Picasa is software that helps you instantly find, edit and share all the pictures on your PC. Every time you open Picasa, it automatically locates all your pictures (even ones you forgot you had) and sorts them into visual albums organized by date with folder names you will recognize. You can drag and drop to arrange your albums and make labels to create new groups. Picasa makes sure your pictures are always organized.
Picasa also makes advanced editing simple by putting one-click fixes and powerful effects at your fingertips. And Picasa makes it a snap to share your pictures, you can email, print photos home, make gift CDs, instantly share your images and albums, and even post pictures on your own blog.
The latest version includes Web Albums (along with other improvements), but requires that you request an account from Google.
Our Deal of the Day today is the Logitech - Dented Box Special - Logitech X-540 5.1 Surround Speaker System - $51.41 Shipped!.
Offer: Great price on this dented box special from Logitech. Get the Logitech X-540 5.1 speaker system for just $41.99 + $9.42 shipping. There are some features I love about the X-540 like the LCD monitor clip so you can mount the center speaker to your monitor, a control pod w/ headphone jack, and matrix mode to transform older 2-channel sounds to all 5 speakers!
Use coupon code: logi_x540_3311 for the discount. Expires 03/06/2011.
The GDC is pumping out some great content today with Epic Games using the show as an opportunity to show off some updates to their Unreal Engine 3. The engine is now capable of DirectX 11 tessellation, subsurface scattering on characters, depth of field with bokeh effects for lights, fully modeled hair, and a new reflection effect that add a veneer of realism to the rain-soaked streets depicted.
The results of these additions are some very impressive looking screenshots, but for now the updates are near useless until we get some DX11-based next-gen consoles. The second we get next-gen consoles, I feel there will be an absolute explosion of graphics, right now we're very much held back. The tech and software is there, it's just a matter of time.