When I was 19 years old, about the only thing I thought hard about was landing a date with the hot blonde in my Anatomy class in college. I certainly wasn't thinking about starting a business. 19-year old Chris Romberger is thinking about a business and the teen has launched his own, and it's very cool.
Romberger has Down Syndrome and autism. He worked with a job coach to figure out what he wanted to do with is life. His goals involved the comic books he loves. Since retail space is expensive to rent and maintain, the teen and his coach went with a vending machine.
Rather than filling the vending machine with snacks or gadgets, Romberger filled his with comic books. The machine has an assortment of single-issue comic books that you can buy. It appears that prices range from $2.00 to $4.00.
GDC 2014 - Epic Games announced that it is now offering its Unreal Engine 4 on a subscription-based model, which will open the graphics engine up to many more developers, but now Crytek has entered the same market - announcing the "Engine-as-a-Service" (EaaS) program.
This will allow developers to use CryEngine and its associated development tools for a flat monthly fee. This all kicks off in May, starting with the first tier of $9.90 per month, which gives developers access to the engine, without a royalty fee attached to sold games. There's not much more known on this at the moment, but Crytek will unveil more details on the service in the coming we eks.
GDC 2014 - It looks like AMD's Mantle API is gaining some traction, with the chipmaker announcing a new deal with Crytek, the developer behind CryEngine, and the popular Crysis games, Forbes reports.
The news is coming directly from Matt Skynner, who is the Corporate VP and GM of AMD's Graphics Business Unit, who said the company has had productive couple of months. We've seen the chipmaker team up with Roberts Space Industries - the developer behind the upcoming Star Citizen, which is built on CryEngine, as well as the very popular Battlefield 4, which runs on Frostbite 3 from EA and DICE.
With over 35 studios working with CryEngine and over 50 games powered by the engine, this is quite the coup for AMD. This new announcement of a partnership between AMD and Crytek is an interesting one, as it seems AMD's API is picking up some steam. We still have to see how DirectX 12 fares, and then we have SteamOS and Steam Machines coming out later in the year.
Australian distributor Icon Home Entertainment have announced the forthcoming Blu-ray release of 2013's feature film adaptation of Orson Scott Card's novel Ender's Game, which hit cinemas worldwide late last year.
Releasing on April 4, Ender's Game comes with a generous collection of extra features, including two audio commentaries featuring Director Gavin Hood and Producers Gigi Pritzker and Roberto Orci, a 50 minute making of documentary entitled "Ender's World", a collection of Deleted and Extended scenes along with multiple Easter eggs.
Whilst the film was a box office disappointment that barely recovered production costs, the film fared much better with critics and currently enjoying an aggregate 61% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes and praised by fans of the novel.
Closer to the film's release, in conjunction with our friends at Icon Home Entertainment TweakTown will give readers the opportunity to take the release home in an exclusive promotion, so stay tuned for that.
Sony will soon be pushing out a new update for the PlayStation 4 which will allow PS4 owners to save screenshots and videos to a USB drive, as well as supporting HDMI video capture by offering the option to disable HDCP.
Future updates to Sony's next-gen console will improve Twitch streaming, too. The company has promised an HDCP off option since the PS4 launched in November last year, as the PS4 only outputs to HDMI, the presence of HDCP means that PS4 users could only capture video using the share button on the PS4 controller, uploading it to social media, or streaming it through Twitch.
The PS4 update will also add a new video editor, which will allow gamers to personalize their clips. From there, you can save clips and screenshots to a USB device, as well as the Share button on the PS4 controller. There will be other features rolled out with the new update according to Sony, one of which will be the ability to archive Twitch broadcasts at a resolution of 720p.
GDC 2014 - Massive Entertainment, the developer behind The Division, has shown off a new trailer for the game's engine, Snowdrop, which you can check out below.
It looks absolutely beautiful, one of the first games that truly looks next-gen. The team talks about how versatile Snowdrop is, and how great it is to develop with. The video shows off some bits where you can see it is quite like connecting Lego together, in terms of ease. The last time we saw The Division we thought it looked great, but this video is a big step up on that.
Remember, the team has said that The Division won't just be a port on the PC, but it will "stand out" on PC. Hopefully Massive keep to its word, and we don't see the game being scaled down in terms of graphics and features when it gets closer to release.
According to a GameSpot article and Polygon's sources, EA has just landed the deal for the sequel to Titanfall 2 from Respawn Entertainment. Polygon's sources have said that Titanfall 2 will this time around, not be exclusive to Microsoft platforms.
Titanfall, which was only released a couple of weeks ago, was exclusive to Microsoft platforms: Xbox 360, Xbox One and PC. An EA representative told Polygon that it wouldn't talk about the rumor, saying: "We do not comment on rumor or speculation. Right now all our focus is on supporting all the fans worldwide enjoying Titanfall."
Rewinding back to October, Respawn co-founder Vince Zampella tweeted that his company would eventually make games for the PS4, implying that Titanfall's exclusivity to Microsoft platforms was limited to just the first Titanfall. Hopefully we see this materialize into Respawn making Titanfall 2 for the PS4.
Until now, developing with Unreal Engine was an expensive affair, easily costing hundreds of thousands of dollars for some developers. Well, Epic Games has announced that Unreal Engine 4 is taking a very different approach.
The maker of Unreal has introduced a new model that costs just $19 per month, and a 5% cut of any gross revenue made from a commercial product. What this means for most, is that anyone can get into working with Unreal Engine 4 because of the low costs, but if you make money with your game, you'll owe Epic Games a 5% cut of it.
Tim Sweeney, Epic Games' founder, when showing off a demo called Tappy Chicken, said: "It's not a shooter engine anymore, it's for whatever you want to build."
The Raspberry Pi is one of those micro-computer development boards that I often wonder how we ever lived without, and in recent months, the add-on board market for the Raspberry Pi has exploded with several high-quality boards that do everything from add Add Arduino Support, to increasing Audio capabilities.
Today I stumbled across a new add-on board for the Raspberry Pi that adds in HDMI input functionality that has the ability to let users stream HD video footage straight from their camcorder to the Pi and on to the Internet with very little effort. This new add-on board allows users to connect any HDMI video source and sent it straight to the Raspberry Pi. This could come in handy for those who use the Raspberry Pi as a media center and would allow Blu-ray playback or allow streaming directly to the internet.
Anyone who follows my articles here at TweakTown knows that I am a sucker for new Arduino-compatible development kits, and I especially like the micro-sized boards that are easily hidden inside projects. As such, a new Kickstarter campaign has caught my eyer and I just had to share it with everyone.
The MicroView is a "Chip-Sized" arduino-compatible that features a built-in OLED display, and is sized perfectly for bread boarding, or use in many different projects. Unlike many of the Arduino-compatibles that pop up on KickStarter every month, MicroView includes a purpose designed course that walks users through building 11 different circuits, making the MicroView an ideal development kit to use in a classroom environment.
A pledge of just $45 gets you a single Micro-View with OLED Display, while $55 lands you the MicroView plus USB Programmer. $95 lands you the MicroView, USB Programmer, Learning Kit, and a Cross-Platform Interactive Course. For educators, a pledge of $1350 will land you 15 of the Learning Kits and Teaching Materials. At just $55 for the MicroView and Programmer, I think I just might add one of these to my ever expanding collection of development boards.