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Whoever is behind this is a huge fan of Quake 3 or the Arnold Schwarzenegger movie, Eraser. The Navy has been doing some serious upgrades to it's hardware, 3 years ago they were pushing 8 megajoule blasts and now, that number has improved somewhat to 33 megajoules accelerating them using magnets (as you do).
With this power, it can push at speeds of up to Mach 7 for the slug and a current range of 100 miles - with the hope of doubling that by the time these Rail Guns get mounted on decks of battleships by 2025. By that time they won't have such a large power draw and the dangers of exploding shells.
Zynga's new game, CityVille is officially the fastest growing game in the company's history. It had just on 300, 000 users in the first 24 hours and 3 million daily in it's first week.
Thought that was impressive? Well, two days after it broke through the 3 million user mark it is hitting the 6 million daily active users, a fact that Zynga is proud of. To put this into perspective - this achievement is four times quicker than FrontierVille and more than five times faster than FarmVille.
A break down in the games hitting the 6 million daily active users:
FarmVille: 46 days
FrontierVille: 32 days
CityVille: 8 days
Why is CityVille so big? It was the first game Zynga did an international launch of in five languages (English, German, French, Spanish, and Italian) and also included a large marketing push and localized games in different countries.
Keeping the large group of Team Fortress 2 fans happy is no easy task, constant tweaks and updates to TF2 is a weekly thing and has been for years now. Now the guys at Weta Workshop have created a life-sized build of the Sentry Gun that the Engineer uses.
It's only the Level 1 Sentry Gun, so there'll be no remote control goodness - but it does feature a motion sensor for tracking anyone in front of it. Where can I buy one of these things?
Just don't whack a wrench into it...
Lots of gaming news today - mainly because these games are some of the best in a series of games over the last few years and very, very popular to boot. Anyone who played Uncharted 2 would agree with me, right? Nod if you agree, yes, thanks!
Entertainment Weekly of all places unveiled Uncharted 3: Drakes Deception this morning and since then PlayStation Blog has updated with information, images and box art.
Fan of the original, amazingly atmospheric Dead Space? Well, you're in luck! Dead Space 2 is set for release early next year and a demo for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 is due out on December 21!
Unfortunately, no PC demo will be released. EA and Visceral have been kind enough to get their scares in before Christmas for the consoles with Dead Space 2 making it's debut on the Xbox Live Marketplace worldwide on December 21 with a PlayStation Network release the same day but for North America only. European PS3 owners will have to wait an extra day.
Sony has today unveiled the PlayStation Move Sharp Shooter controller, a US$40 Killzone 3-compatible plastic housing for your Move and navigation controller.
The controller also works with SOCOM 4 and Dead Space Extraction and will obviously get more support for games in the future. Included with your purchase is an adjustable shoulder stock, a digital trigger, a firing mode selector and "realistic" pump action.
Epic's Infinity Blade is now available on the App Store. From the makers of Unreal and the ever-so-popular Unreal Engine 3 comes a hack and slash Action RPG on the iOS platform.
Infinity Blade costs $7.99 - has Game Center support, and Epic have promised more goodies in the future in the form of multiplayer updates, more areas, weapons and armor.
Tron was the coolest film ever when I was a kid and the movie is still really cool. I spent many a Saturday in the arcade in the mall playing the Tron video game when I was a kid. I loved the light cycle game and the one where the face was inside all the swirling tiles you had to destroy. I recall there were several different games you could play on the arcade game, but I forget what the others were now. Disney Interactive Studios has announced a new Tron: Evolution video game to go with the flick launching this month.
The game is on every game console and on Windows as well. Not surprisingly considering it's based on what will be one of the biggest flicks of the year, the title is offered in a few versions for other game systems. On the Xbox 360 and PS3, it will sell for $59.99, which is the typical price of a new game. The Wii Version is $49.99 and is called Tron: Evolution - Battle Grids. The DS and PSP versions are $39.99 and the Windows game is $29.99.
Angry Birds - it's in the hearts of casual gamers virtually everywhere. iOS, Android and now Nokia. Nokia's Ovi Store has just gotten Angry Birds and it is already popular.
Nokia have also announced they've been pushing out 3.5 million downloads per day with 250, 000 users signing up to the store daily. Angry Birds is currently the #1 downloaded app in Australia.
Finally! Australian gamers might soon find themselves unshackled by the current limitation of the MA15+ rating for video games, whilst movies can hold an R18+ classification, games in Australia are limited to an MA15+ classification.
Even if you're 18 or 118 you cannot buy an R18+ game in Australia as they do not currently have an R18+ classification for video games, but this is hopefully... all set to change.