Lists http://www.stuff.tv/lists/all en-GB The 20 most exciting games still to come in 2014 http://www.stuff.tv/20-most-exciting-games-left-2014/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> We may be more than halfway through the year, but there are plenty of top games still to look forward to </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Middle Earth: Shadow Of Mordor" alt="The 20 most exciting games still to come in 2014" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Shadow-of-Mordor.jpg?1410946279" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>It happens every summer: the impending holiday release schedule looks unbelievably stacked, and then one by one the big titles get put back to the following year.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 1. Hyrule Warriors </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Koei Tecmo&#39;s <em>Dynasty Warriors</em> series lost its lustre many years back, yet continues to pump out dull hack-and-slash entries &ndash; so it&#39;s easy to turn a cynical eye towards this mash-up with <em>The Legend Of Zelda</em>. But seeing Link, Sheik, Ganondorf, and loads of other playable characters battling waves of cartoonish foes can&#39;t help but get our nostalgic, Nintendo-loving hearts pumping like mad. Hope we&#39;re not let down.</p> <p><strong>Due: 19 September / Wii U</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/zlaPT08Tmxc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 2. Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Super Heroes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Last year&#39;s debut showed that Disney could hang with&nbsp;<em>Skylanders</em>&nbsp;in the toy-based game world, and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/disney-infinity-20-marvel-super-heroes/review"><em>Infinity 2.0</em></a>&nbsp;looks set to amplify the action with a bevy of superhero showdowns.</p> <p><em>The Avengers</em>&nbsp;characters are bundled in, plus there are&nbsp;<em>Spider-Man&nbsp;</em>and&nbsp;<em>Guardians Of The Galaxy</em>&nbsp;sets, and all other&nbsp;<em>Infinity</em>&nbsp;figurines work as well. The game worlds are also much larger than in the first version, and the freeform Toy Box mode has been simplified. So, whether you&#39;re genuinely buying it for your kids or just using that as an excuse, it looks well worth checking out.</p> <p><strong>Due: 19 September /&nbsp;PS4, Xbox One, PC, Wii U, Xbox 360, PS3</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/disney-infinity-20-marvel-super-heroes/review">Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Super Heroes</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/xvYYrEVtxpI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 3. FIFA 15 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em>FIFA</em>&nbsp;made a big splash on new-gen consoles last year, with&nbsp;<em><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/fifa-14/fifa-14-next-gen/review">FIFA 14</a></em>&nbsp;towering over not only the competition but also its own appearance on older platforms. The next version - unsurprisingly titled&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/fifa-15-first-play/review"><em>FIFA 15&nbsp;</em></a>- looks set to push things ever further ahead come September.</p> <p>While not representing a dramatic shift in strategy, EA&#39;s latest footie sim seeks to tap into more of that hardware power to deliver stadium-specific crowd interactions and more realistic player responses. But the changes aren&#39;t only cosmetic: we&#39;ve played an early version and also felt that the computer-controlled players made more intelligent runs, ball control is tighter and passing slicker.</p> <p>Whether it can make up for the disappointment of England&#39;s World Cup campaign remains to be seen.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Due: 26 September /&nbsp;Xbox One, PS4, PC, PS3, Xbox 360, Wii, PS Vita, Nintendo 3DS</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/fifa-15-first-play/review">FIFA 15 - First Play preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/2dDHWCZH9ZA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 4. Forza Horizon 2 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/xbox-one/forza-motorsport-5/review"><em>Forza Motorsport 5</em></a>&nbsp;was the Xbox One&#39;s flashy launch showcase, but&nbsp;<em>Horizon 2</em>&nbsp;shakes up the routine with an open-world romp through southern Europe.&nbsp;</p> <p>Expect a massive amount of terrain split between France and Italy, with loads of challenges, online Car Meets with other players, and a day/night cycle featuring dynamic weather. That&#39;s the new-gen version, at least; the Xbox 360 game may not share all features.</p> <p><strong>Due: 30 September /&nbsp;Xbox One, Xbox 360</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/AX7r61fyltc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 5. Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We&#39;ve played enough mediocre&nbsp;<em>Lord Of The Rings</em>&nbsp;games to know better by this point, but we keep hearing such excellent things about&nbsp;<em>Middle-earth: Shadow Of Mordor</em>&nbsp;that we&#39;re determined to give it another chance.&nbsp;</p> <p>Filling in the gap between&nbsp;<em>The Hobbit</em>&nbsp;and the main trilogy, this open-world action role-player makes bold strides in enemy AI and generally makes you feel like a bad, bad man in the familiar fantasy world.</p> <p><strong>Due: 30 September /&nbsp;PS4, Xbox One, PC, PS3, Xbox 360</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/stuffs-200-greatest-games-all-time/feature">These are the 200 greatest games of all time</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/55GJQQKKzuE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 6. Alien: Isolation </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The last&nbsp;<em>Alien</em>&nbsp;game was the Gearbox-developed&nbsp;<em>Colonial Marines</em>, and quite frankly it was an absolute stinker of a game. The good news is, the new one&#39;s being made by Creative Assembly, and it looks amazing.</p> <p>In&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/alien-isolation/review"><em>Isolation</em></a>, you play as Ellen Ripley&#39;s daughter trapped aboard a space station with the monstrous extra-terrestrial. So far, so haven&#39;t-we-been-here-before? But unlike the last effort, it totally nails the tension and fear of the 1979 flick,&nbsp;bringing welcome lashings of stealth and scares aplenty as you frantically try to escape ol&#39; toothy without packing any awesome firepower. In fact, without packing any firepower - in&nbsp;<em>Alien: Isolation</em>&nbsp;you&#39;re gunless. Now that&#39;s brave.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Due: 7 October /&nbsp;PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360, PC</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/alien-isolation/review">Everything you need to know about Alien: Isolation</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/3mfTajDgBH4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7. Driveclub </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Initially intended as a PS4 launch showcase,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/first-play-driveclub/feature"><em>Driveclub</em></a>&nbsp;quietly disappeared for a stretch, underwent retooling, and has now emerged seemingly ready to be the most enticing racing experience of this autumn.</p> <p>It looks absolutely stunning - as it should, given that it hails from the team behind the thrilling&nbsp;<em>MotorStorm -</em>&nbsp;but its biggest hook comes from online team functionality that lets you manage a virtual racing club with ease.</p> <p><strong>Due: 10 October /&nbsp;PS4</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/first-play-driveclub/feature">Driveclub: hands-on preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/lCHbRjsgXqE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8. Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>First launched a couple of years ago, open-world action game&nbsp;<em>Sleeping Dogs</em>&nbsp;returns in an enhanced new-gen re-release that bundles in two dozen add-on packs and surely delivers some kind of visual bump. While cut from the&nbsp;<em>Grand Theft Auto</em>&nbsp;cloth,&nbsp;<em>Sleeping Dogs</em>&nbsp;succeeded in large part due to its distinctive setting of Hong Kong, which gave the undercover cop quest its own added mystique. It&#39;ll be eclipsed by the&nbsp;<em>GTA 5</em>&nbsp;re-release this holiday season, but should be worth looping back on.</p> <p><strong>Due: 10 October / Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/0K6kZe35DKE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9. The Evil Within </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em>Resident Evil</em>&nbsp;has taken a seemingly permanent turn towards action, and&nbsp;<em>Silent Hill</em>&nbsp;has been patchy in recent years, so where does that leave survival horror? In the hands of&nbsp;<em>Resident Evil</em>&nbsp;creator Shinji Mikami, who aims to give the genre a shot in the arm with&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-3/evil-within-first-play/review"><em>The Evil Within</em></a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>Less a revolution than a modernisation of past ideas, it looks and feels deeply unsettling and throws up plenty of genuinely horrific moments. So, mission accomplished.</p> <p><strong>Due: 17 October /&nbsp;PS4, Xbox One, PC, PS3, Xbox 360</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-3/evil-within-first-play/review">The Evil Within hands-on preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/MMKhoHl9BnE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 10. Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Rather than embark on a new-gen journey, 2K Games opted to give Xbox 360 and PS3 owners one last wild romp through the world of&nbsp;<em>Borderlands</em>&nbsp;in the surely nutty&nbsp;<em>The Pre-Sequel.</em></p> <p>It fits between the two previous entries in terms of narrative, but story isn&#39;t really the big hook here &ndash; rather, it&#39;s the millions of possible gun combinations, the rampant oddball humour, and the new anti-gravity combat.</p> <p><strong>Due: 17 October /&nbsp;Xbox 360, PS3, PC</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/5DpJNBEEloI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-10"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 11. Fantasia: Music Evolved </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A Disney game for Kinect? Surely some mistake. But no,&nbsp;<em>Fantasia: Music Evolved</em>&nbsp;really is one of the most enticing Xbox games on the horizon, and it&#39;s all because of its maker: Harmonix, the music-centric team behind&nbsp;<em>Rock Band</em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em>Dance Central</em>.&nbsp;</p> <p>This interactive sequel to the classic animated flicks lets you interact with songs like a composer, swiping your hands to the on-screen prompts. Very charming stuff and truly original.</p> <p><strong>Due: 21 October /&nbsp;Xbox One, Xbox 360</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/LSAXQ13y7_k" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-11"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 12. Assassin&#039;s Creed Unity </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We enjoyed living a pirate&#39;s life in last year&#39;s&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-3/assassins-creed-iv-black-flag/review"><em>Assassin&#39;s Creed IV: Black Flag</em></a>, but we&#39;ve got an itch to explore a big, historical city &ndash; and&nbsp;<em>Unity</em>&nbsp;delivers in spades with French Revolution-era Paris.</p> <p>Even better? The campaign is playable in online co-op with up to four assassins in total, meaning you can carry out even more elaborate assaults with real-life comrades backing you up. And it&#39;s only for new-gen hardware, too.</p> <p><strong>Due: 28 October /&nbsp;PS4, Xbox One, PC</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/-ohFulrJKhI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-12"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 13. Sunset Overdrive </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>What happens when Insomniac Games (<em>Ratchet &amp; Clank</em>) tries its hand at a brash, open-world action game? Utter, delectable chaos &ndash; and candy-coated, to boot.</p> <p>More like&nbsp;<em>Crackdown</em>&nbsp;than&nbsp;<em>Grand Theft Auto</em>,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/xbox-one/e3-2014/first-play-sunset-overdrive/feature"><em>Sunset Overdrive</em></a>&nbsp;is a manic fever-dream of a game, tasking you with detonating mutants with wacky guns while grinding on surfaces, leaping with abandon, and having a blast. Seriously, watch the trailer.</p> <p><strong>Due: 31 October /&nbsp;Xbox One</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/xbox-one/e3-2014/first-play-sunset-overdrive/feature">Sunset Overdrive First Play</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/qmRR6MnS6dc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-13"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 14. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Last year&#39;s&nbsp;<em>Ghosts</em>&nbsp;was a bit of a low point for the&nbsp;<em>Call Of Duty&nbsp;</em>series,&nbsp;delivering a competent but rather unremarkable retread through tired ideas. But&nbsp;<em>Advanced Warfare</em>&nbsp;looks a lot better.</p> <p>For starters, it pushes things much further forward into the future: 2054, to be precise.</p> <p>It&#39;s brimming with more crazy gadgets than a James Bond film and also has a strong - and welcome - focus on narrative (look, Kevin Spacey!). Factor in a stunning new game engine and you&#39;ve got every reason to be excited about&nbsp;<em>Call Of Duty&nbsp;</em>for the first time in ages.</p> <p><strong>Due: 4 November /&nbsp;Xbox One, PS4, PC, PS3, Xbox 360</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/1sRUZ9p4oYQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-14"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 15. Halo: The Master Chief Collection </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We rarely get too excited about a re-release (excepting&nbsp;<em>GTA5</em>), but&nbsp;<em>The Master Chief Collection</em>&nbsp;just blows us away with both the quantity of what&#39;s on offer and attention to detail.&nbsp;</p> <p>The package features&nbsp;<em>Halo 1-4</em>, all remastered for the new-gen hardware and packing in the entirety of their original contents. That means that as well as the single-player story you also get each game&#39;s multiplayer package intact and playable online.&nbsp;</p> <p>As a further - and very welcome - bonus, many of the&nbsp;<em>Halo 2</em>&nbsp;maps have also been reimagined for the collection. So whether you loved the games first time round or are one of the 16 people in the world who&#39;s never played them, there&#39;s no excuse for not giving them another spin.</p> <p><strong>Due: 14 November /&nbsp;Xbox One</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/naughty-dog/last-us-remastered/review">The Last Of Us Remastered review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/aPGPiSpTw4w" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-15"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 16. The Crew </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>From the developers behind underrated racing gems such as <em>Test Drive Unlimited</em> and <em>Driver: San Francisco</em>, Ubisoft&#39;s <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/crew/review"><em>The Crew</em></a> is perhaps the most ambitious racer on the horizon.</p> <p>Single-player and online multiplayer action are merged in this jaunt across the United States, with coast-to-coast cruising and all manner of <em>Burnout</em>-inspired arcade antics along the way. Here&#39;s hoping it lives up to its massive potential.</p> <p><strong>Due: 14 November / PS4, Xbox One, PC</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/crew/review">The Crew First Play preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/AJQiyuX6VRA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-16"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 17. LittleBigPlanet 3 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Not only does&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/littlebigplanet-3/littlebigplanet-3/review"><em>LittleBigPlanet 3</em></a>&nbsp;arrive this autumn on a new lead platform with a new developer behind it, but Sackboy is also bringing some new friends with him. Now, when you play with three mates, each controls a different endearing felt creature &ndash; and each has a unique ability that really pushes home the need for teamwork. Otherwise, expect lots of wickedly charming terrain and fiendishly difficult platforming action.</p> <p><strong>Due: 18 November /&nbsp;PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/littlebigplanet-3/littlebigplanet-3/review">LittleBigPlanet 3 hands-on preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/ymCDdrMKPrY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-17"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 18. Far Cry 4 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Exploring the wild jungle as an everyman bro made <em>Far Cry 3</em> a one-of-a-kind experience, but Ubisoft&#39;s not resting on its laurels for the next instalment: it&#39;s shifting the action to the Himalayas. Snow! Elephants to ride! Drop-in co-op!</p> <p>From what we&#39;ve played, <em><a href="http://Exploring the wild jungle as an everyman bro made Far Cry 3 a one-of-a-kind experience, but Ubisoft&#039;s not resting on its laurels for the next instalment: it&#039;s shifting the action to the Himalayas. Snow! Elephants to ride! Drop-in co-op! From what we&#039;ve played, Far Cry 4 doesn&#039;t really feel like a huge leap forward in terms of gameplay, with the same crazed enemies and unpredictable terrain, but we suspect it&#039;ll still be a tough game to shrug off. And at least the change in location will make for some nice scenary. Due: 18 November / PS4, Xbox One, PC, PS3, Xbox 360 READ MORE: Far Cry 4 hands-on preview www.stuff.tv/playstation-3/e3-2014/far-cry-4-first-play/feature">Far Cry 4</a></em> doesn&#39;t really feel like a huge leap forward in terms of gameplay, with the same crazed enemies and unpredictable terrain, but we suspect it&#39;ll still be a tough game to shrug off. And at least the change in location will make for some nice scenary.</p> <p><strong>Due: 18 November / PS4, Xbox One, PC, PS3, Xbox 360 </strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-3/e3-2014/far-cry-4-first-play/feature">Far Cry 4 hands-on preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/04z45SOAH5k" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-18"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 19. Dragon Age: Inquisition </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>BioWare kind of blew it with&nbsp;<em>Dragon Age II</em>&nbsp;following the stellar original, but the beloved RPG studio is seeking to redeem the fantasy franchise with&nbsp;<em>Inquisition.</em></p> <p>The new title blends the better elements of the previous versions - for instance it will feature two combat systems, one of which resembles that from&nbsp;<em>Origins</em>&nbsp;and one that from&nbsp;<em>II</em>. As with the first game, you&#39;ll also be able to play as one of several races, among them humans, elves and dwarfs.</p> <p>While not quite as epic as the peerless&nbsp;<em>Skyrim</em>,&nbsp;<em>Inquisition</em>&nbsp;still looks like offering plenty of opportunities to create your own unique hero and seek adventure in an intriguing universe. And that&#39;s more than most games manage.</p> <p><strong>Due: 18 November /&nbsp;Xbox One, PS4, PC, Xbox 360, PS3</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/WDVdSPpCj7M" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-19"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 20. Grand Theft Auto 5 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Wait, isn&#39;t&nbsp;<em>GTA5</em>&nbsp;already our pick for the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apps-and-games/console-games/top-ten">best game in the world right now</a>? Indeed, it is - and the best is about to get better when it gets the new-gen treatment this autumn.</p> <p>Even if the visual overhaul is the only real addition, that&#39;ll be plenty, as the initial trailer looks downright stunning. In fact, the thought of exploring Los Santos all over again with some serious hardware powering the action is as enticing as a Chicago-soundtracked sunset drive with Trevor (ie very).</p> <p><strong>Due: Q4 2014 /&nbsp;PS4, Xbox One, PC</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/grand-theft-auto-5/grand-theft-auto-5/review">Grand Theft Auto 5 review</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apps-and-games/console-games/top-ten">These are the 10 best games in the world right now</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/3DBrG2YjqQA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The 20 most exciting upcoming games </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> From Destiny to Alien: Isolation, there&#039;s a lot to look forward to </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/20-most-exciting-games-left-2014/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/20-most-exciting-games-left-2014/feature#comments Console games Gaming Lists PC PlayStation 3 PlayStation 4 Wii Wii U Xbox 360 Xbox One Fri, 12 Sep 2014 16:31:18 +0000 Marc McLaren 1443762 at http://www.stuff.tv The 15 best podcasts of 2014 http://www.stuff.tv/15-best-podcasts-2014/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Education? Entertainment? Edutainment? We’ve got them all in our list of the finest podcasts to put in your ears </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The 15 best podcasts of 2014" alt="The 15 best podcasts of 2014" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/podcasts.jpg?1409562243" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Turn on the radio these days and 99 percent of the time you might as well be shovelling horse manure into your lugholes &ndash; but thankfully technology means you don&rsquo;t ever have to reach for that dial again. We&rsquo;re talking about podcasts, of course: basically the best bits of radio cut out and presented to you in a form that you can listen to anywhere at any time. But with thousands of podcasts around, where do you get started? Right here, that&rsquo;s where&hellip;</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Radiolab </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Science and philosophy are the chief concerns of this podcast and radio show from New York public station WNYC, but it&rsquo;s certainly not dense or exclusive &ndash; the idea is to make topics within these areas accessible and approachable. There&rsquo;s a lot of talking, obviously, but the tight editing style and use of experimental music keep things moving along swiftly and enhance the stories being told. If you like <em>This American Life</em>, you&rsquo;ll find <em>Radiolab</em> sits very much in the same category. Thought-provoking and compelling.</p> <p><a href="http://www.radiolab.org/" target="_blank">Listen to <em>Radiolab</em> </a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Radiolab" alt="Radiolab" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/radiolab.jpg?1409562243" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sodajerker </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Scouse songwriting duo Simon Barber and Brian O&rsquo;Connor make up Sodajerker, and when they&rsquo;re not locked in the studio crafting music for movie scores and pop artists they&rsquo;re making this fascinating podcast about the art of songwriting. Most episodes feature Sodajerker (the name refers to the person operating the soda fountain in a US drug store, apparently) in conversation with a noted musician, with recent instalments picking the note-filled brains of Loudon Wainwright III, Suzanne Vega, Squeeze&rsquo;s Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook, and Billy Bragg.</p> <p><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/sodajerker-on-songwriting/id479679002" target="_blank">Listen to <em>Sodajerker</em> </a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sodajerker" alt="Sodajerker" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sodajerker.jpg?1409562243" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Under the Radar </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you were wondering what had happened to 90s TV comedy stalwart Sean Hughes, wonder no longer: he&rsquo;s now hosting this podcast, in which he&rsquo;s in conversation with a different guest or guests from the world of entertainment and comedy every episode. Witty, sharp, intelligent and laid-back, <em>Under the Radar</em> is a pleasant, enlightening &ndash; and funny, of course &ndash; way to spend half an hour.</p> <p><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/dogsinthefield/id834968789" target="_blank">Listen to<em> Under the Radar</em></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Under the Radar" alt="Under the Radar" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/under-the-radar.jpg?1409562243" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Guardian Football Weekly </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Now that the football season is once more underway, it&rsquo;s the ideal time to start tuning into James Richardson and cohorts&rsquo; in-depth look into the week&rsquo;s games and goings-on. A world away from the blustery, sweaty, laddish and loud-mouthed world of sports-focussed talk radio, the always-amusing Richardson and his highly knowledgable guests offer the sort of witty, erudite and analysis-based view of the beautiful game that&rsquo;s seemingly impossible to find anywhere else.</p> <p><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/football-weekly/id188674007?mt=2" target="_blank">Listen to <em>Guardian Football Weekly</em></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Guardian Football Weekly" alt="Guardian Football Weekly" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/football-weekly.jpg?1409562243" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Fighting Talk </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Sticking with sport, this is BBC Radio 5 Live&rsquo;s weekly panel-show-cum-news-review, in which guests compete for points by dispensing well-informed nuggets of punditry. Ill-informed comments, meanwhile, see them penalised by having points knocked off. It&rsquo;s might be weighted more towards being entertaining and amusing than being an all-knowing look at the world of professional sport, but it&rsquo;s nevertheless a pain-free, lighthearted way to keep up to date with the past seven days&rsquo; of sporting happenings.</p> <p><a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/ft" target="_blank"><em>Listen to Fighting Talk</em></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Fighting Talk" alt="Fighting Talk" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/fighting-talk.jpg?1409562243" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The MCP </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Movie geeks should set aside a few hours every few months to catch up with the <em>Motion/Captured Podcast</em>, a lengthy and enthusiast-centric deep dive into the world of film hosted by screenwriter, journalist and former Aint-it-Cool-News blogger Drew McWeeny and his writing partner Scott Swan. The last episode was uploaded about a year ago (McWeeny seems to have put the podcast on hiatus in favour of running the <a href="http://www.hitfix.com/motion-captured" target="_blank">HitFix</a> blog), but there&rsquo;s still plenty from the back catalogue to get your teeth into. A great way to get an insightful insider&rsquo;s view of Hollywood.</p> <p><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/mcp-motion-captured-podcast/id399940870?mt=2" target="_blank">Listen to </a><em><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/mcp-motion-captured-podcast/id399940870?mt=2" target="_blank">The MCP</a></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The MCP" alt="The MCP" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/mcp.jpg?1409562243" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Freakonomics </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The podcast of the radio show of the bestselling book, <em>Freakonomics</em> digs into the world from an economist&rsquo;s point of view. What do we mean by that? Well, we mean that it examines and analyses interesting subjects by applying economic theory to them &ndash; and often comes close to explaining them in ways that may not have occurred to you. Religion, child-rearing, diet, tipping, foibles of human behaviour &ndash; when put through Stephen Dubner and Steven Levitt&rsquo;s witty, entertaining prism, these subjects become all the more enthralling.</p> <p><a href="http://freakonomics.com/radio/" target="_blank">Listen to <em>Freakonomics</em></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Freakonomics" alt="Freakonomics" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/freakonomics.jpg?1409562243" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Stuff You Should Know </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Did you know that the Male Pillow Octopus will sometimes break off one of his arms and use it as a sword to defend himself against bigger fishes? Have you ever wondered about the chemical properties in Play-Doh? We didn&rsquo;t, until we started listening to <em>Stuff You Should Know,</em> a twice-weekly podcast by American bloggers Josh Clark and Chuck Bryant, who like to talk about absolutely everything under the sun. Affiliated with website <a href="http://Howstuffworks.com/" target="_blank">Howstuffworks.com</a>, this podcast is wonderfully easy listening, and packed full of information you&rsquo;d never learn otherwise. There are 600+ SYSK podcasts to get stuck into.</p> <p>Listen to<em> <a href="http://Stuffyoushouldknow.com/" target="_blank">Stuff You Should Know</a></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Stuff You Should Know" alt="Stuff You Should Know" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/stuff-you-should-know.jpg?1409562243" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Pop Culture Happy Hour </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Do you like pop culture? Of course you do (or you probably wouldn&rsquo;t be perusing this list) &ndash; and therefore you should consider becoming a regular listener to this podcast from NPR (essentially America&rsquo;s answer to the BBC). Looking at mainstream films, television, books, music and more with a level of erudition, depth and intelligence rarely found on US broadcast media (there&rsquo;s very little shouting going on here), it&rsquo;s a fantastic way to keep up with what &ldquo;da kidz&rdquo; are into.</p> <p>Listen to <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/npr-pop-culture-happy-hour/id278974813?mt=2" target="_blank"><em>Pop Culture Happy Hour</em></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Pop Culture Happy Hour" alt="Pop Culture Happy Hour" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/pop-culture-happy-hour.jpg?1409562243" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Moth </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Quite simply, this podcast consists of stories. True stories to be exact, told to a roomful of strangers by a single person standing under a single light (hence the podcast&#39;s name) and recorded for everyone else in the world to listen to. Sometimes short, sometimes long, sometimes hilarious, sometimes heart-wrenching (and sometimes both) &ndash; but almost always totally gripping. The storytellers are a diverse bunch: some are famous, some are ordinary people, but all have extraordinary tales to tell.</p> <p>Listen to <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-moth-podcast/id275699983?mt=2" target="_blank"><em>The Moth</em></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Moth" alt="The Moth" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/the-moth.jpg?1409562243" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-10"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Welcome to Night Vale </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>More stories &ndash; but this time certainly fictional. <em>Welcome to Night Vale</em> is an episodic tale told through the medium of a community radio broadcast. Drily, darkly humorous, its fortnightly instalments of news, weather and bizarre adverts create a vivid picture of a small American desert town where weirdness is commonplace. If you loved <em>Twin Peaks</em>, you&rsquo;ll appreciate its offbeat tone. And you can keep up to date with town goings-on between episodes through the podcast&rsquo;s Twitter feed.</p> <p>Listen to <a href="http://commonplacebooks.com/welcome-to-night-vale" target="_blank"><em>Welcome to Night Vale</em></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Welcome to Night Vale" alt="Welcome to Night Vale" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/welcome-to-night-vale.jpg?1409562243" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-11"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Blue Jam </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>After finishing the incredible first series of satirical news show <em>Brass Eye</em>, Chris Morris returned to radio to create <em>Blue Jam</em>, broadcast on Radio 1 in the early hours of the morning between 1997 and 1999. Mixing surreal comedy sketches with ambient soundscapes and disquieting monologues delivered by Morris himself, <em>Blue Jam</em> was unlike anything else that had ever been &ndash; or ever would be &ndash; on the nation&rsquo;s premier radio station. You can download all 18 episodes in MP3 or OGG format from the archive linked below.</p> <p><a href="https://archive.org/details/chrismorris_bluejam" target="_blank">Listen to <em>Blue Jam</em></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Blue Jam" alt="Blue Jam" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/blue-jam.jpg?1409562243" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-12"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Flop House </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There&rsquo;s not exactly a shortage of geeks-making-fun-of-terrible-movies stuff on the web, but <em>The Flop House</em> stands out from the pack due to its presenters, a trio of friends whose quick-fire interactions with each other immediately make you feel like you&rsquo;re part of the group. They know a lot about terrible movies, too. Each of the 150+ episodes concentrates on one bad film, generally a new release &ndash; and dissects its awfulness in hilarious fashion.</p> <p><a href="http://www.flophousepodcast.com/" target="_blank">Listen to <em>The</em> <em>Flop House</em></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Flop House" alt="The Flop House" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/flop-house.jpg?1409562243" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-13"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Retronauts </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Again, there&rsquo;s plenty of retro gaming-related content available on the web, thanks largely to YouTube &ldquo;Let&rsquo;s Play&rdquo; videos, but if you can&rsquo;t or don&rsquo;t want to stare at some form of screen for an hour and half, it&rsquo;s good to know that there&rsquo;s a podcast that&rsquo;ll cater for your 8- and 16-bit needs. And <em>Retronauts</em> is that podcast. For better or worse, its indepth-ness verges on the nerdy at times, and it&rsquo;s lengthy &ndash; but as an exploration of brilliant games from a bygone era, there&rsquo;s nothing to beat it.</p> <p><a href="http://www.retronauts.com/" target="_blank">Listen to <em>Retronauts</em></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Retronauts" alt="Retronauts" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/retronauts.jpg?1409562243" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-14"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> All Songs Considered </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Another podcast from NPR, <em>All Songs Considered</em> is a frequently updated radio show-type podcast in which host Bob Boilen plays new music and chats to artists about their work and influences. It&rsquo;s been running since 2000 and became a podcast in 2005 &ndash; and it&rsquo;s simply a great way to keep up to date with what&rsquo;s going on in music (particularly indie rock, although other genres do feature). A must for anyone who knows their Ariel Pink from their Air Supply.</p> <p>Listen to <a href="http://www.npr.org/rss/podcast/podcast_detail.php?siteId=4819413" target="_blank"><em>All Songs Considered</em></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="All Songs Considered" alt="All Songs Considered" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/all-songs-considered.jpg?1409562243" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Education? Entertainment? Edutainment? We’ve got them all </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> Lists Fri, 22 Aug 2014 14:02:08 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1445535 at http://www.stuff.tv Robots vs PUNY HUMANS! http://www.stuff.tv/robots-vs-puny-humans/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The robots are rising, but can they ever really replace us meatbags? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Robots vs PUNY HUMANS!" alt="Robots vs PUNY HUMANS!" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Screen-shot-2014-08-15-at-15.19.44.jpg?1408605307" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Robots are everywhere already: they&rsquo;re making and sometimes driving our cars, hoovering people&rsquo;s houses and raining fiery death from the sky.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s impressive and occasionally frightening stuff - but while robots can clearly do our drudgery, wage war for us and stuff us at chess, what about the more valuable, beautiful things humans value so much, or the things that require human empathy and experience to handle correctly? Could robots ever make beautiful music, stop a riot or make sweet, sweet love? Let&rsquo;s find out.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/garymarshall" title="View user profile.">Gary_Marshall</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Can robots make art? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="339" mozallowfullscreen="" src="//player.vimeo.com/video/68859229" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="604"></iframe></p> <p><a href="http://www.informatik.uni-konstanz.de/en/edavid/" target="_blank">e-David</a> can: it&rsquo;s a robot arm that&rsquo;s been designed to paint, and unlike most robotic illustrators it&rsquo;s capable of making its own creative decisions. It photographs what it&rsquo;s going to paint and works out where it wants to put light and shade.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s still dependent on its programming, of course, but it&rsquo;s impressive stuff - although we&rsquo;re some way off from seeing robots create the kind of abstract and/or allegorical art that humans excel at. Don&rsquo;t expect a digital Dali or pixel Picasso any time soon.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Can robots dance? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>For no apparent reason the Chinese military has been making <a href="http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/07/22/china-insists-it-loves-peace-as-army-shows-off-robots-that-dance-to-shakira/" target="_blank">little robots that dance to Shakira&rsquo;s Waka Waka</a>. No, you&rsquo;re not reading <em>The Onion</em>.</p> <p>However, even the kindest observer would have to admit that while robots can dance, they haven&rsquo;t exactly got the moves to beat humans: while it&rsquo;s easy for us to do The Robot, it&rsquo;s much harder for robots to do The Human.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Wir90-9HmAI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Can robots make beautiful music? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We don&rsquo;t know about beautiful, but robots can definitely make music - and inevitably, someone&rsquo;s programmed them to make metal. The din of heavy metal robot band Compressorhead isn&rsquo;t typical, though: machines have been making ambient generative music, music that effectively writes itself based on programmed algorithms, for years. Electronica egghead Brian Eno is a big fan.</p> <p>But robot music isn&rsquo;t just about bleeps: in 2012, a string quintet made of robots didn&rsquo;t just play music, but <a href="http://www.newscientist.com/blogs/nstv/2012/05/smart-string-instruments-compose-and-perform-symphony.html" target="_blank">composed it too</a>. With human musicians using more electronic trickery than ever before, not to mention the ever-present AutoTune and related tools that can turn even the most horrible honk into something tuneful, the line between human and robot music is getting awfully blurry.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/3RBSkq-_St8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Can robots play sport? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Let&rsquo;s face it, the 2014 robot World Cup wasn&rsquo;t quite as exciting as the real one, and <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIIJME8-au8" target="_blank">KUKA&rsquo;s robots</a> need to team up to take on a single human table tennis player. But the real World Cup gave us an idea when Juliano Pinto, a paraplegic man, took the first kick courtesy of a robotic exoskeleton.</p> <p>Imagine sports played by human athletes, supplemented with robot powers. How exciting would that be?</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper brightcove-player-wrapper"> <script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script> <script src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/APIModules_all.js"></script> <div class="brightcove-player"> <object id="myExperience-2790157066001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#000000" /> <param name="playerID" value="" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAEgPmGlk~,Fzd-TvXcznw-P3piHaryQBMeIzWITldz" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="2790157066001" /> <param name="autoStart" value="" /> <param name="htmlFallback" value="true" /> <param name="includeAPI" value="true" /> <param name="templateLoadHandler" value="brightcoveTemplateLoaded" /> <param name="width" value="640px" /> <param name="height" value="360px" /> </object> <!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. If you wish to have the player instantiated only after the rest of the HTML is processed and the page load is complete, remove the line. --> <script type="text/javascript">brightcove.createExperiences();</script> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Can robots write poetry? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The same tech that makes Android typists faster can be used to write poems: SwiftKey&rsquo;s word prediction engine can be programmed to compose <a href="http://techcrunch.com/2014/01/26/swift-speare/" target="_blank">sonnets based on Shakespeare&rsquo;s writing style</a>. Who needs monkeys and typewriters?</p> <p>We&rsquo;ll be honest, we don&rsquo;t like it very much - but then, we don&rsquo;t like human poetry very much either.</p> <p><em>Image credit: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/tonynetone/2688212829/in/photolist-56xN24-7FG5wx-5RxjGs-EB2p1-9dn1PG-6xDEc5-CoiyG-3jXWH3-LucEx-by3Jwo-nyPb6n-6xDGSA-3cURew-fCk1jM-dj9bnc-45H3vf-9L7n-GP51q-aN7yA-79ZDed-caLjNd-7TGueh-ayDy3-sRsn6-doWoPx-2Pq1F-8pgGCw-sRt8g-3Vft5v-88wrFF-35p85q-5KGyeD-83P8h-doWm8v-a9tzd-oinK9c-do2qKE-4Bw5wA-cciWcf-9gvwfF-sUwE2-doWxbN-8AohbB-56YSWJ-czwJF5-doWxxm-4Bw5wy-3Vo8JU-4pdgHz-a3zN96" target="_blank">tonynetone</a></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="800" height="802" title="Can robots write poetry?" alt="Can robots write poetry?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/shakespeare.jpg?1408605307" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Can robots tweet? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>They do, in huge numbers: Twitter estimates that around <a href="http://gigaom.com/2014/08/12/heres-why-twitter-probably-doesnt-mind-that-some-of-its-users-are-robots/" target="_blank">20 million of its users are bots</a>. Most of them are spambots, but some - such as the decidedly odd <a href="https://twitter.com/KimKierkegaard" target="_blank">@kimkierkegaard</a>, a mashup of Kim Kardashian and Soren Kierkegaard - are more entertaining than human tweeters such as <a href="https://twitter.com/piersmorgan" target="_blank">@piersmorgan</a>.</p> <p><em>Image credit: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/jdhancock/3798008636/in/photolist-6MBMDw-6DL9XP--8vRkqQ-4TvwB7-7ocfXt-8JbcqB-8F3iRT-4hE8hZ-dcZpJ6-7shM5f-6H83Jw-aHNSK-5WkaAZ-6gydhT-AhpwF-9BczGJ-iLJgba-8cvtZ4-2FPptq-8DTb5u-5qAbFK-AhuKf-5xERGY-f4AJ49-8hRXoj-7k3qf2-7A9XpE-7YKftH-ni9Bzd-9BcWD7-ieG1K8-ojxdDi-5vDYZT-3A58xp-opodp-7rG9rD-nDkkwE-3876Zs-7rL3hL-4PmXTd-8Jegno-g4QZ6y-9B9HhD-4XQkxu-8NfZFP-aL4cLn-nn2HWx-bxcaXE-TuaKp" target="_blank">J.D. Hancock</a></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1024" height="882" title="Can robots tweet?" alt="Can robots tweet?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/metal-twitter-logo.jpg?1408605307" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Can robots stop crowd trouble? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Yes, but not in the friendly-local-policeman way you might hope. South African firm Desert Wolf has created the <a href="http://rt.com/news/167168-riot-control-pepper-spray-drone/" target="_blank">Skunk Riot Control Copter</a>, which can shoot pepper spray and non-lethal paintballs at a rate of up to 80 balls per second. It also has strobe lights and &ldquo;blinding lasers&rdquo; to make it that little more unpleasant.</p> <p>Meanwhile in the US, Chaotic Moon Studios has invented a drone that can zap people with 80,000 volts of electricity. The good news is that using such drones is currently illegal in most of the US, and to date law enforcements&rsquo; use of robot copters has been for observation rather than firing things at people.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/6f1nCDM9WGY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Can robots make sweet, sweet love? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A recent poll found that one in six Britons would consider having sex with a robot, although it&rsquo;s unclear whether they were thinking of the Terminator played by Summer Glau, of Metal Mickey or of <em>Doctor Who</em>&rsquo;s K-9. Sexbots haven&rsquo;t quite been built yet, but we&rsquo;re heading in that direction: there are already <a href="http://motherboard.vice.com/en_uk/blog/real-sex-virtual-reality-oculus-rift-tenga" target="_blank">Oculus Rift-enabled sex toys</a> (NSFW), although the much-hyped world of teledildonics - computer-connected sex toys - has been, ahem, coming soon for years now.</p> <p><em>Image credit: Fox</em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Can robots make sweet, sweet love?" alt="Can robots make sweet, sweet love?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/summerglaufox.jpg?1408605307" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> One final thought... </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We may not need to bend the knee to our new robot overlords just yet - but that doesn&#39;t mean we can sit on our laurels. This truly terrifying video says that automation is inevitable in all kinds of areas. Don&#39;t have nightmares...</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/self-healing-robots-are-real/news" target="_blank">Self-healing robots are real</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/7Pq-S557XQU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Can robots replace us? </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> Lists Robots Fri, 15 Aug 2014 14:38:43 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1444944 at http://www.stuff.tv Buy this, break that http://www.stuff.tv/buy-break/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> From dinosaur erotica to the Mail Online, many of the worst things in the world were the unintended consequences of cutting-edge tech, says Gary Marshall </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="That keyboard with no letters on seemed such a good idea at the time" alt="Good tech with bad consequences" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/buy-this-break-that-main.jpg?1407393294" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>We&rsquo;re all agreed that technology makes the world a better place - but sometimes progress comes at a price.</p> <p>And no, we&#39;re not talking about the &pound;600 you&#39;ll have to shell out on a new smartphone. Rather, we&#39;ve noticed that some&nbsp;of the things we love the best are responsible for some of the things we hate the most. And the more we thought about it, the more examples we found. </p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/garymarshall" title="View user profile.">Gary_Marshall</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> MP3s put ticket prices into orbit </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The rot started when eBay made it possible to be a ticket tout without leaving the house, but the big rise in concert ticket prices kicked in when music went digital.</p> <p>With the arrival of first Napster, then iTunes and lately Spotify, an entire generation stopped buying music in general and albums in particular. </p> <p>The result? Triple-digit ticket prices and eye-wateringly expensive fanclub meet and greets.</p> <p>Still, the existence of apps such as Songkick does at least soften the blow.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Who cares about downloads when you can sell VIP “Hot Tickets” for £180-plus?" alt="A Katy Perry VIP concert package" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/katy-perry.jpg?1407393294" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Kindles created dinosaur porn </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Amazon&rsquo;s Kindle threw open the doors to wannabe writers, enabling anybody with a word processor to publish an ebook. As a result all kinds of really weird stuff is now available for download, including entirely new genres such as dinosaur erotica and Bigfoot filth.</p> <p>Seriously - Virginia Wade, author of various erotic titles about Bigfoot, makes some US$30,000 a month from Kindle sales. Is it right that she earns so much from this&nbsp;anatomically unlikely prose&nbsp;while your hard work gets you so little? No, of course not. Not that we&#39;ve actually read any of it. Honest.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Don’t laugh: Virginia Wade is raking in US$30,000 per month from ebook sales" alt="The moan for Bigfoot anthology 1" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/bigfoot.jpg?1407393294" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sky+ ramped up product placement in TV shows </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>With the exception of the BBC, TV is usually funded by adverts - so what happens when everybody goes digital and either Sky Plus-es or torrents the programmes and skips all the ads? Or, increasingly these days, just watches on Netflix? </p> <p>The answer is simple: really invasive product placement and those really annoying &ldquo;bumpers&rdquo; that show sponsors&rsquo; messages when you think the ads are over.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Product placement here we come!" alt="Sky-Plus" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sky-plus-EPG.jpg?1407260069" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Smartphones killed leisure time </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Before the first BlackBerry arrived in 2002, when you left work you left work. Fat chance these days. </p> <p>Now you&rsquo;re expected to answer work emails on holiday, answer customer queries when you&rsquo;re out for dinner and if you&rsquo;re really unlucky, have your every movement tracked so you can&rsquo;t even skive when you&rsquo;re travelling from place to place.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="A rhapsody in monochrome" alt="BlackBerry Evolution" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/blackberry-evolution.jpg?1407393294" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Online ads created the Mail monster </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>When every site on the internet gives its stuff away for free in the hope that it can make cash from ads, the value of those ads falls through the floor - so the only way to make real money is to try and pander to the very lowest common denominator. </p> <p>That means pictures instead of words, celebrities instead of anything important and hundreds of daily articles so trivial you can feel your IQ dropping as you read them. All of these things have made Mail Online the busiest newspaper website in the world.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Must. Avoid. Looking. At. The. Sidebar. Of. Shame." alt="Mail Online" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/mail-online.jpg?1407393294" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Smartphones made everybody do video wrong </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We view the world in landscape - our field of vision is wider than it is high - and as a result our computer screens, TVs and cinema screens are all landscape too. </p> <p>Smartphones have spoiled all that, because they&rsquo;re designed to be held in portrait mode and hardly anybody flips them into landscape for shooting pictures or video. </p> <p>As a result, the world is watching its home movies as three-inch wide clips on 50in widescreen TVs. Well done, world!</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="604" height="453" title="To be honest, it&#039;s not going to make the most exciting home video anyway" alt="Smartphone video" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Cinamatic_0.jpg?1407393294" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> In-app purchases killed mobile games </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Fans of the 1990s classic <em>Dungeon Keeper</em> were excited about the new iOS/Android remake - until they played it. It&rsquo;s so bad that its <a href="http://www.metacritic.com/game/ios/dungeon-keeper" target="_blank">Metacritic user score</a>&nbsp;is an appalling 0.4 out of 10, and the reason is in-app purchases that mean the game is ridiculously tedious if you&rsquo;re unwilling to shovel cash into it. By cash, we mean potentially hundreds of pounds for a few days&rsquo; play. </p> <p>Sadly, such tactics aren&rsquo;t unusual in a market where developers can&rsquo;t persuade people to pay full whack for games and ads don&rsquo;t generate very much money. Even more sadly, kid-targeted games are particularly bad for it.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="EA’s Dungeon Keeper’s most fearsome villains are its own In-App Purchases" alt="Dungeon Keeper" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/dungeonkeeper_1.jpg?1407393294" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Google Chrome is killing your battery </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A long-standing bug in Google&rsquo;s Chrome browser is killing Windows laptop batteries, and Microsoft claims that it can increase energy consumption by as much as 25%. That&rsquo;s 25% less battery life when you&rsquo;re out and about, and 25% fewer days before it&rsquo;s new battery time.</p> <p>Google is working on a fix for the issue - but until it arrives, you might be stuck using Internet Explorer. And nobody wants that.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/pay-music-films-and-games-or-you-ll-be-left-garbage/feature">Pay for music, films and games or you&#39;ll be left with garbage</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Charge it up before you go-go" alt="A Windows laptop" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Lenovo%2520Flex%252015D-6.jpg?1407393294" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/buy-break/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/buy-break/feature#comments Lists Tue, 05 Aug 2014 17:33:14 +0000 Marc McLaren 1444019 at http://www.stuff.tv The 15 best Mac games right now http://www.stuff.tv/15-best-mac-games-right-now/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Think your iMac&#039;s only good for GarageBand and iPhoto? Then think again - because inside that aluminium shell lurks a potential gaming monster </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="BioShock Infinite: an AAA title... and it&#039;s available on Mac" alt="The 15 best Mac games right now" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/bioshock-infinite-review-main-image_0.jpg?1407400023" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Here&#39;s something you might have missed: the Mac is a great gaming platform now. No, really!</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/marc-mclaren" title="View user profile.">Marc McLaren</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 1. BioShock Infinite </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>You&#39;ve never seen a gaming world quite like Columbia. The floating city is a stunning but cruel place filled with warring factions - and you&#39;re the private detective sent into the mayhem to rescue a woman with a supernatural secret.</p> <p>Like the original <em>BioShock</em>, the heady narrative, super-powered combat, tremendous world design and period detail - the whole thing is set in 1912 - combine to create an unforgettable shooter.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/8870/" target="_blank">Buy BioShock Infinite here for &pound;19.99</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-3/bioshock-infinite/review">BioShock Infinite full review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/uB9yYfKq4ZA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 2. Castle Crashers </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The side-scrolling slash-&#39;em-up nearly perfected - and made absolutely loony. <em>Castle Crashers</em> is a cartoonish wonder, letting up to four players each command a colour-coded knight and charge into battle against an array of crazed monsters. </p> <p>It&#39;s not an especially long or complex game, but the co-op experience is hilarious fun, and it can be played again and again with wide grins intact. </p> <p><strong><a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/204360/" target="_blank">Buy Castle Crashers here for &pound;9.99</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/voQNKaG5gn8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 3. Tomb Raider </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Canning the swaggering sexpot routine that grew so tiresome, the new <em>Tomb Raider</em> starts afresh with an <em>Uncharted</em>-like reboot that&#39;s visually dazzling, incredibly intense, and has more of a story hook than we&#39;re used to from the series.</p> <p>You&#39;ll experience Lara transforming from a frightened young explorer into a confident killer when the need arises, and there&#39;s plenty to investigate and tackle. A welcome reinvention.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/203160/" target="_blank">Buy Tomb Raider here for &pound;14.99</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/tomb-raider/review">Tomb Raider full review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/j0EFEIwGaPI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 4. Portal </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Several years and a much larger sequel later, the original <em>Portal</em> still stands as an utterly brilliant shake-up of the puzzle genre as viewed through a demented, first-person lens.</p> <p>Trapped in an experimental facility on the fritz, you must solve physics-centric tests to break free - all while the chatty computer system drops memorable quips. It&#39;s short, sweet, and one of the greatest games you&#39;ll ever play.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/400/" target="_blank">Buy Portal here for &pound;6.99</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/TluRVBhmf8w" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 5. Batman: Arkham City </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>After loads of bad Bats games, <em>Arkham Asylum</em> finally did the Caped Crusader justice - and then <em>Arkham City</em> soared past it a couple years later.</p> <p><em>Arkham City</em> is the ultimate superhero simulator, letting you explore (and glide through) the open terrain and battle a who&#39;s who of iconic villains. Greatest comic game of all time? For now, at least - <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/batman-arkham-knight/review"><em>Arkham Knight</em></a> is just around the corner.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/200260/" target="_blank">Buy Arkham City here for &pound;14.99</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/batman-arkham-city/review">Batman Arkham City full review</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/batman-arkham-knight/review">Batman Arkham Knight preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/cczQjKGXwIQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 6. Limbo </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A side-scrolling, environmental puzzle-&#39;em-up, Limbo is mesmerising to look at and shot through with tension.&nbsp;With clever use of shadows and a moody soundscape, it&nbsp;builds atmosphere as well as any game out there.</p> <p>You&#39;re provided no context for who the young boy is or why he&#39;s in this hazard-filled setting, but you&#39;ll still feel compelled to push forward through the gripping, compact adventure.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/48000/" target="_blank">Buy Limbo here for &pound;6.99</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Y4HSyVXKYz8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7. XCOM: Enemy Unknown </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Brought back from the dead in glorious fashion, the <em>XCOM</em> franchise is arguably better than ever in the excellent <em>Enemy Unknown</em>. Blasting aliens in games is old hat, but Firaxis uses the premise to spin out an impressively extensive and challenging tactical campaign, and losing a comrade after a series of tough battles really stings - just as it should. The <em>Enemy Within</em> expansion adds further treats and is well worth trying.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/200510/" target="_blank">Buy XCOM: Enemy Unknown here for &pound;14.99</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/oz5ePZTXLOI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8. Gone Home </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em>Gone Home</em> is the rare first-person experience without guns or combat, and it&#39;s all the better for it.</p> <p>You take the role of a young girl visiting her parents&#39; new home for the first time after a lengthy spell away - only they&#39;re not there. What happened? Examining the contents of the mansion and piecing together the story is the only way to find out. It might sound boring, but instead it&#39;s affecting and fascinating.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/232430/" target="_blank">Buy Gone Home here for &pound;14.99</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/x5KJzLsyfBI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9. The Walking Dead </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Another licensed game? Believe it: Telltale Games&#39; point-and-click take on the smash comic series is a marvellous thing, generating incredible, gut-punching emotion as it pulls you through the undead uprising.</p> <p>Every decision you make, whether it&#39;s an action or a response, alters the path of your story, and it all carries across the five-episode season - and then into season two, complete with its big shake-up.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/207610/" target="_blank">Buy The Walking Dead here for &pound;18.99</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/ugsKLovWZt8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 10. Fez </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This mind-punch of a retro homage anchored <em>Indie Game: The Movie</em> and nearly drove its creator crazy - and its more perplexing puzzles might do the same to you.</p> <p>Fortunately, it&#39;s the kind of frustration made more than bearable by the brilliant platforming tweaks (you can &#39;rotate&#39; the 2D world) and utterly charming presentation, not to mention the treasure trove of alluring secrets buried within.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/224760/" target="_blank">Buy Fez here for &pound;6.99</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/destiny/review">Destiny beta review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/tfpKTclOnfI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-10"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 11. Half-Life 2 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em>Half-Life 2</em> is probably the only decade-old first-person shooter that we would put on this list in a heartbeat (to be fair, it&#39;s only been on Mac since 2010).</p> <p>It excels in all possible regards, whether it&#39;s the taut action against frantic alien beasts, the ambience of the world, or the enticing storyline with its very human-seeming characters. Play it - and don&#39;t miss the standalone follow-up episodes.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/220/" target="_blank">Buy Half-Life 2 here for &pound;6.99</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/25-best-fps-games-ever/news">The 30 best FPS games ever</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/ID1dWN3n7q4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-11"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 12. FTL: Faster Than Light </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you like your games unpredictable and simultaneously tough as nails, then <em>FTL: Faster Than Light</em> might be just what you&#39;re seeking.</p> <p>You&#39;ll guide your ship through a randomised galaxy and engage the various threats that emerge, working to keep your vessel intact all the while. The challenge will scare some off, but those who embrace it will fall hard for this engrossing sci-fi strategy experience.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/212680/" target="_blank">Buy FTL: Faster Than Light here for &pound;6.99</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Q4imWvoqxmc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-12"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 13. Minecraft </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em>Minecraft</em> has transformed from an indie game into an institution - 50+ million copies sold will do that, after all. But behind that madness is still (surprise!) a really entertaining little game.</p> <p>With worlds built from nothing more than pixelated blocks, <em>Minecraft</em> creates a real sense of wonder as you explore the terrain, discover its myriad secrets, and concoct all manner of LEGO-like structures.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><a href="http://minecraft.net/store" target="_blank">Buy Minecraft here for &pound;17.95</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/oTxrGZGfNJs" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-13"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 14. Sid Meier&#039;s Civilization V </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The game series that lets you redo the past is arguably one of history&#39;s greatest time sinks, and <em>Civilization V</em> is the culmination of everything that&#39;s enthralling about the strategy series.</p> <p>Streamlined and more accessible than ever while maintaining its complexity and richness, <em>Civ V</em> grants great power as you lead your people to prosperity (or poverty), and proves seriously satisfying as such.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/8930/" target="_blank">Buy Civilization V here for &pound;19.99</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/6z5WbNMRe_g" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-14"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 15. Sky Gamblers: Storm Raiders </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There were many more big-name AAA titles we could&#39;ve selected to round out this list, and still we kept circling back to <em>Sky Gamblers: Storm Raiders</em>. Why? It might be the most fun you can have on Mac for three quid, as this slick dogfighter is excellent both in its online aerial showdowns and its thrilling campaign missions based on World War II. Either way, it&#39;s a total blast, and super cheap too.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/sky-gamblers-storm-raiders/id575497998?mt=12" target="_blank">Buy Sky Gamblers: Storm Raiders here for &pound;2.99</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/25-best-iphone-and-ipad-games-you-can-play-right-now/feature">The 25 best iPhone and iPad games in the world right now</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/8jexQTLEN0I" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The 15 best Mac games </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It&#039;s not just for work, you know </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/15-best-mac-games-right-now/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/15-best-mac-games-right-now/feature#comments Apple Gaming Lists Mac OSX Sun, 27 Jul 2014 10:30:51 +0000 Marc McLaren 1443264 at http://www.stuff.tv The 100 Best Gadgets Ever http://www.stuff.tv/100-best-gadgets-ever/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Clever, cool, classy, crazy: Stuff presents the greatest hits of the technological age </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The 100 Best Gadgets Ever" alt="The 100 Best Gadgets Ever" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/100.jpg?1409019216" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The history of technology is a long and storied one, from the first caveman banging two rocks together to the latest smartphone equipped with 2K screen, fingerprint scanner and a rock-banging app.</p> <p>So you can imagine that putting together a list of the greatest gadgets of all time would be quite challenging. The Stuff team has shed blood, sweat and tears&nbsp;&ndash; our office arguments can be vicious&nbsp;&ndash; to put together our list of the best kit, going all the way back to the 19th century, and all the way forward to the present day.</p> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Engineering Age </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In the early days, gadgeteers didn&#39;t have touchscreens and octa-core processors to play with.</p> <p>In the very early days, they didn&#39;t even have electricity. But despite that, these gadgets from a time when technology went &quot;clunk&quot; have weathered the ages, and are still in widespread use even today. If it ain&#39;t broke, don&#39;t fix it. And if it is broke, fix it with a wrench.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/100-best-gadgets-ever-engineering-age/feature" target="_blank">READ 100 BEST GADGETS: THE ENGINEERING AGE</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="940" height="705" title="100 Best Gadgets Ever: The Engineering Age" alt="100 Best Gadgets Ever: The Engineering Age" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/mini-factory-2.jpg?1409019216" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The TV Age </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The period from the late 1950s to late 1970s may not be long in calendar terms, but looking back at it now it seems as if the modern world went through several ages of social and technological upheaval.</p> <p>It&#39;s a time that started with teddy boys and (via hippies and disco bunnies) ended up with punk rockers &ndash; not to mention man travelling to the Moon... and noodling on the Moog.</p> <p>As the period where mechanical gear started to be superseded by electronics, the 1950s to 1970s makes rich pickings for our ultimate gadget rundown.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/100-best-gadgets-ever-tv-age/feature" target="_blank">READ 100 BEST GADGETS EVER: THE TV AGE</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="940" height="705" title="100 Best Gadgets Ever: The TV Age" alt="100 Best Gadgets Ever: The TV Age" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/main-image.jpg?1409019216" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Silicon Age </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In one single generation, the invention of the integrated circuit and the silicon microprocessor took computers out of the laboratory and into the home. Computers went from being the tools of science and industry to the playthings of the proto-geek, finding their way into all kinds of tech.</p> <p>In short, The Silicon Age is where things start getting interesting. Games consoles, video recorders, portable music and personal computers - the modern world as we know it starts here.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/100-best-gadgets-ever-silicon-age/feature" target="_blank">READ 100 BEST GADGETS EVER: THE SILICON AGE</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="940" height="705" title="100 Best Gadgets Ever: The Silicon Age" alt="100 Best Gadgets Ever: The Silicon Age" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/100-best-gadgets-ever-silicon-age-main.jpg?1409019216" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> We got game </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A new crop of more powerful consoles was changing the way we played video games, while a few face-mounted 3D units allowed a glimpse at the future; technology was reshaping the way we listened to music; and Apple was making a really nice desktop computer you couldn&#39;t afford.</p> <p>When you think about it, the 1980s and early &#39;90s were just like today, only with different haircuts.</p> <p>Our tasting menu of history&#39;s greatest inventions continues with a trip through the era of the Game Boy, the MiniDisc and the first Apple Mac.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/100-best-gadgets-ever-we-got-game/feature" target="_blank">READ 100 BEST GADGETS EVER: WE GOT GAME</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="940" height="705" title="100 Best Gadgets Ever: We got game" alt="100 Best Gadgets Ever: We got game" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/wegotgameboy.jpg?1409019216" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Rise of the WWW </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>On 12 November 1990, Sir Tim Berners-Lee published a proposal to create a &quot;Hypertext project&quot; called the WorldWideWeb. 24 years later, you&#39;re probably reading these very words on a smartphone more powerful than the computer that helped man take its first steps on the moon.</p> <p>We use the internet to to stalk our friends and laugh at cats. Or sometimes it&#39;s the other way round. Either way, we couldn&#39;t live without it.&nbsp;</p> <p>The era which saw the exponential explosion in the internet&#39;s growth also introduced a plethora of era-defining technology, which we look back on with a warm, fuzzy sense of nostalgia.</p> <p>These are some of the best gadgets of the WWW era. How many of them did you own?</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/100-best-gadgets-ever-rise-www/feature-0">READ 100 BEST GADGETS EVER: RISE OF THE WWW</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Rise of the WWW" alt="100 Best Gadgets Ever: Rise of the WWW" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/www-era.jpg?1409019216" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Mobile Age </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The first iPod, the first BlackBerry, the first digital cameras... yes, in the late &#39;90s and early &#39;00s our gadgets began migrating to our pockets and going with us wherever we went.</p> <p>It was also the era in which Mark Zuckerberg launched his social networking site Facebook (although we&rsquo;re sure the Winklevoss brothers would disagree), meaning that you&#39;d pretty soon be able to carry your friends with you every time you got on the bus. And most importantly of all, maybe, it was the era in which the archetypal mobile phone, the Nokia 3210, arrived.</p> <p>All of which is why we&#39;re calling this one The Mobile Age. Read on to find out what&#39;s in it.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/100-best-gadgets-ever-mobile-age/feature">READ 100 BEST GADGETS EVER: THE MOBILE AGE</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1202" height="900" title="The mobile age" alt="100 best gadgets ever: The mobile age" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/mobile-age.jpg?1409019216" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Connected Age </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In the middle years of the first decade of this century, the internet got better. A lot, lot better.</p> <p>It got better mainly because using it got a lot faster, with many more people switching from 56k dial-up to relatively swift broadband. And that extra speed made a lot of things possible: internet video, for instance, and streaming music around the home, and taking virtual trips around distant cities.</p> <p>Cue the arrival of YouTube, Google Maps, Sonos and much, much more&hellip;</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/100-best-gadgets-ever-connected-age/feature">READ 100 BEST GADGETS EVER: THE CONNECTED AGE</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The connected age" alt="100 best gadgets ever: The connected age" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/100-best-gadgets-ever-connected-age.jpg?1409019216" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Web, Everywhere </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In the early days, we could only really access the World Wide Web from two places: home, or work. This all changed with the introduction of a phone from a company named Apple, which is still influencing our technology today.</p> <p>With many of us largely dependent on our pocket tech nowadays, it was this era that asked the question of not what you could do whilst on the move, but what you couldn&rsquo;t - and made it possible.&nbsp;Heck, you&rsquo;re probably reading this on the move. If you are, sit down (or don&rsquo;t), have a read, and let us know your views on it: #WebEverywhere also saw the introduction of the hashtag.&nbsp;<strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/100-best-gadgets-ever-web-everywhere/feature" target="_blank">READ 100 BEST GADGETS EVER: THE WEB, EVERYWHERE</a></strong>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="940" height="705" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Main%20Image.jpg?1409019216" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Little Green Robots vs The World </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As our rundown drifts into the last years of the noughties and into the beginning of the 21st century&#39;s second decade, things are starting to hot up: life-changing apps, laptops thin enough to fit in a manila envelope, drones, the first tablet computer that wasn&#39;t a total embarrassment and a smartphone platform capable of competing with Apple&#39;s iOS.</p> <p>From the first great Android phone to the iPad, this three-year period is packed with some of the most iconic gadgets and apps of the modern age.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/100-best-gadget-ever-little-green-robots-vs-world/feature" target="_blank">READ 100 BEST GADGETS EVER: LITTLE GREEN ROBOTS VS THE WORLD</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="604" height="453" title="100 Best Gadgets Ever: Little Green Robots vs The World" alt="100 Best Gadgets Ever: Little Green Robots vs The World" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ANDROID-ARMY.jpg?1409019216" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Future Starts Here </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In the early years of the 21st century, a flurry of new gadgets emerged - smartphones, tablets, digital cameras, laptops that weren&#39;t made of coal - and in the last few years we&#39;ve seen these devices outgrow their early, experimental versions to become fast, formidable fulfiments of their early promises.</p> <p>At the same time, a new crop of emerging technologies has emerged: 3D printing, virtual reality and wearable tech are all at that nascent stage that smartphones were 10 years ago. Our run-down of the greatest gadgets of all time concludes with a look at the last few years.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/100-best-gadgets-ever-future-starts-here/feature" target="_blank">READ 100 BEST GADGETS EVER: THE FUTURE STARTS HERE</a></strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/vote-best-gadgets-all-time-and-win-them/news" target="_blank"><strong>VOTE ON YOUR FAVOURITE GADGET TO WIN AWESOME PRIZES</strong></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/future2_0.jpg?1409019216" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Stuff presents the greatest hits of the technological age </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/100-best-gadgets-ever/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/100-best-gadgets-ever/feature#comments 100 Best Gadgets Ever Lists Fri, 25 Jul 2014 10:59:34 +0000 Stephen Graves 1442285 at http://www.stuff.tv 100 Best Gadgets Ever: The Future Starts Here http://www.stuff.tv/100-best-gadgets-ever-future-starts-here/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Our run-down of the greatest gadgets of all time concludes with a look at the last few years </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/welcometothefuture.jpg?1408579381" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>In the early years of the 21st century, a flurry of new gadgets emerged - smartphones, tablets, digital cameras, laptops that weren&#39;t made of coal - and in the last few years we&#39;ve seen these devices outgrow their early, experimental versions to become fast, formidable fulfiments of their early promises. And at the same time, a new crop of emerging technologies has emerged: 3D printing, virtual reality and wearable tech are all at that nascent stage that smartphones were 10 years ago.&nbsp;</p> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung Galaxy S3 (2012) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>When the S3 arrived it did something no other phone had managed: it knocked the latest iPhone (the 4S) off the top spot in our smartphones Top 10. With bags of power enabling it to play videos even while gaming, and a dazzling Super AMOLED screen it was unprecedentedly slick for an Android phone and marked the start of a fierce battle for the top spot.</p> <p>Read More: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/100-best-gadgets-ever-engineering-age/feature">100 Best Gadgets Ever - The Engineering Age</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/GALAXY%20SIII%202_0.jpg?1408579381" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Nest thermostat (2012) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There was a time when we would have said that making a thermostat a desirable object was impossible. Then ex-Apple iPod division senior VP Tony Fadell proved everyone wrong with the Nest thermostat and its designer looks. But it&rsquo;s not just all show &ndash; it has made itself indispensable thanks to its habit-learning skills and anywhere app-control which help to lower energy use and earn it a place in the high-tech eco chic elite.</p> <p>Read More: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/100-best-gadgets-ever-tv-age/feature">100 Best Gadgets Ever - The TV Age</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/4view-heating.jpg?1406728934" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Oculus Rift (2012) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Bringing another dimension to gaming, and making good on a tech promise first made by the likes of Virtuality arcade machines in the &rsquo;90s, the Oculus Rift is one of Kickstarter&rsquo;s biggest successes, pulling in over US$2 million in extra funding over its initial US$250,000 target. Though still not on full consumer release, it has gained huge momentum thanks to its compatibility across console and PC platforms and the enthusiastic reception by developers themselves. At a time when 3D TV uptake has been poor, sticking your whole head into the Rift&rsquo;s lag-free immersive 3D gameworld has got everyone excited.</p> <p>Read More: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/100-best-gadgets-ever-silicon-age/feature">100 Best Gadgets Ever - The Silicon Age</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="800" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Oculus_0.jpg?1408579381" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Google Nexus 7 (2012) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Google&rsquo;s first foray into tablets with this Asus-built 7-incher was the first to rival the iPad, changing the tabletscape from a land full of imitators to an exciting place of real competition. Launched months ahead of the similarly-sized iPad Mini, the Nexus showcased Google&rsquo;s slick new Jelly Bean OS and it was astoundingly good value, too.</p> <p>Read More: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/100-best-gadgets-ever-we-got-game/feature">100 Best Gadgets Ever - We Got Game</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/google-nexus-7_1.jpg?1408579381" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Raspberry Pi (2012) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It may look like an old PC sound card, but this tiny, cheap computer opens up programming and physical computing projects to the masses and was developed with the aim of getting kids into programming. From simple media streamers to Brew Pi &ndash; which controls a fridge to keep your latest batch of ale brewing at the perfect temperature &ndash; it&rsquo;s a versatile little board indeed. And the fact that it&rsquo;s UK designed and built is something to shout about too.</p> <p>Read More: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/100-best-gadgets-ever-mobile-age/feature">100 Best Gadgets Ever - The Mobile Age</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="854" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/RpiFront.jpg?1408579381" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung Galaxy Note 2 (2012) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>With its massive 5.5in screen the Note 2 went bigger than its already huge 5.3in predecessor, forcing us to rethink what size a smartphone should be and boldly declaring that phablets were here to stay. With much the same spec as the Galaxy S3, and a lovely full HD Super AMOLED screen for movie watching it persuaded many to skip buying a separate tablet, though it took a while to get over the embarrassment of holding it to our ear.</p> <p>Read More: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/100-best-gadgets-ever-connected-age/feature">100 Best Gadgets Ever - The Connected Age</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-note-ii.jpg?1408579381" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Up! Plus 3D printer (2013) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It certainly wasn&rsquo;t the most polished of products, but what the Up! lacked in aesthetics was more than compensated for by the fact that it was the first 3D printer we found that delivered consistently good results. When all around was failed prints and heartache, the Up! gave us a taste of the home fabrication future that we always dreamed of.</p> <p>Read More: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/100-best-gadgets-ever-web-everywhere/feature">100 Best Gadgets Ever - The Web, Everywhere</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/upplus.jpg?1408579381" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Nokia Lumia 1020 (2013) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Nokia&rsquo;s brightly-coloured Windows Phones is deserving of a position on this list for the achievement of cramming a 41 megapixel camera into a smartphone alone. The 1020 not only blew our minds with its camera-smashing pixel count, but also showed what a cameraphone is really capable of. The battery grip add-on was a bit much, though.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nokia_lumia_1020.jpg?1408579381" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Pebble watch (2013) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Finally, a smartwatch that made smartwatches cool, and saw the hunger for wearable tech really take off. A runaway Kickstarter success, it uses e-ink tech to give it week-long battery life and a host of useful apps to make it more than just a novelty, and it gave us a reason to wear a watch again; because who doesn&rsquo;t just look at their phone these days?</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1234" height="926" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Pebble_watch_trio_group_04.png?1408579381" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Fitbit Flex (2013) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Because we lack the willpower to get fit on our own and can&rsquo;t face forking out for a personal trainer to shout at us in the park, the Fitbit Flex was the answer to our prayers. One of the leaders of the fitness tracking revolution, the Flex packs leading step-tracking tech and adds an app that turns tracking daily activity levels, getting fit and even keeping a watchful eye on your sleeping habits into a big game with achievements, pretty graphs and everything. So while it may be easier to ignore than an intimidatingly ripped personal trainer in your ear, it&rsquo;s turned us couch potatoes into borderline fitness freaks. While the likes of Nike Fuelband beat it to the shelves, the Flex was far cheaper and features handy extras such as its vibrate alarm that make an active life just a little easier to achieve.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="675" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Fitbit_Flex.jpg?1408579381" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/100-best-gadgets-ever-future-starts-here/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/100-best-gadgets-ever-future-starts-here/feature#comments 100 Best Gadgets Ever Lists Fri, 25 Jul 2014 09:59:00 +0000 Will Dunn 1443041 at http://www.stuff.tv 100 Best Gadgets Ever: Little Green Robots vs The World http://www.stuff.tv/100-best-gadget-ever-little-green-robots-vs-world/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> From the first great Android phone to the iPad, this three-year period is packed with some of the most iconic gadgets and apps of the modern age </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="100 Best Gadget Ever: Little Green Robots vs The World" alt="100 Best Gadget Ever: Little Green Robots vs The World" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/android-army-100.jpg?1408507837" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>As our rundown drifts into the last years of the noughties and into the beginning of the 21st century&#39;s second decade, things are starting to hot up: life-changing apps, laptops thin enough to fit in a manila envelope, drones, the first tablet computer that wasn&#39;t a total embarrassment and a smartphone platform capable of competing with Apple&#39;s iOS.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/100-best-gadgets-ever/feature">CHECK OUT THE FULL 100 BEST GADGETS EVER LIST HERE</a></strong></p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Dropbox (2008) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>How did we live before Dropbox whisked us upto the cloud? A free service that allows you to share files across your PC, laptop, phone, tablet or pretty much anything that connects to the internet, it was the first real cloud storage service and a godsend for travellers who needed 24/7 access to their vital documents &ndash; or just that hilarious snap of Uncle Keith asleep on the toilet.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Dropbox (2008)" alt="Dropbox (2008)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/100-gadgets-dropbox.jpg?1408507837" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Pioneer Kuro (2008) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>&ldquo;None more black&rdquo; was the unanimous verdict on Pioneer&rsquo;s first Kuro plasma TV. Producing the darkest, deepest blacks ever seen on a flat screen, it presented films with a vibrance and depth no rival telly could come close to. Even now, years after a broke Pioneer left the TV business, many claim Kuro&rsquo;s picture quality has never been bested by a subsequent screen.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Pioneer Kuro (2008)" alt="Pioneer Kuro (2008)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/100-gadgets-pioneer-kuro.jpg?1408507837" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple MacBook Air (2008) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Famously removed from a manila envelope on stage by Steve Jobs the MacBook Air redefined what you could do with a laptop. It also redefined what you couldn&rsquo;t do, removing the disc drive, ethernet socket and all except one USB port. These days the speed of its all-flash storage and an all-day battery make it the best laptop on the planet &ndash; and it still fits inside that envelope.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-macbook-air-11in-2014/review">Apple MacBook Air 11in (2014) review</a></strong></p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="452" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/1CgAKBf4bbU" width="602"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple MacBook Air (2008)" alt="Apple MacBook Air (2008)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/100-gadgets-macbook-air.jpg?1408507837" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Spotify (2008) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>All the music ever, available on pretty much anything with an internet connection? Yeah, that sounds ok. And you only have to pay if you want to get rid of the adverts? Even better. We&rsquo;ll take 40 million, with a quarter of those subscribing to Premium. And did we mention it fights pirates better than a bag of termites let loose on their wooden legs.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/music/best-new-albums-spotify-so-far-year/feature">Spotify&#39;s best albums of 2014 (so far)</a></strong></p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="339" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/V1I6-wv0p8k" width="602"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Spotify (2008)" alt="Spotify (2008)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/100-gadgets-spotify.jpg?1408507837" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Olympus PEN E-P1 (2009) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In 2009, Olympus returned to its past in order to create its camera of the future. A mirrorless interchangeable lens camera that was much smaller than a DSLR while offering the same flexibility and performance, the PEN&rsquo;s real charm came from its retro design, which harked back to Olympus&rsquo; Pen cameras of the 1960s and 70s.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="339" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/LsucX21aiuI?rel=0" width="602"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Olympus PEN E-P1 (2009)" alt="Olympus PEN E-P1 (2009)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/100-gadgets-olympus-pen.jpg?1408507837" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> HTC Hero (2009) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Hero was only the third Android phone to go on sale &ndash; and the first that showed the world that Google&rsquo;s OS was capable of competing with anything Apple could make. Ironically, HTC did that by making some drastic changes to the stock Android platform. The result was &ldquo;Sense&rdquo;, a UI that added multitouch support, excellent widgets (including one for the then brand new Twitter) and no fewer than seven home screens.</p> <p>But it wasn&rsquo;t just a winner on software. The Hero&rsquo;s 5MP camera was a match for the iPhone&rsquo;s, and it also featured a proper 3.5mm headphone socket &ndash; a rarity in 2009. And as for that trackball&hellip; well, even brainbox smartphone designers get daft ideas sometimes.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-hero/review">HTC Hero review</a></strong></p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="339" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/FKTDSfbcbBU?rel=0" width="602"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="HTC Hero (2009)" alt="HTC Hero (2009)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/100-gadgets-htc-hero_0.jpg?1408507837" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> GoPro HD Hero (2010) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Tiny, lightweight and nigh-on indestructible, the GoPro swiftly became the Hoover/Kleenex/Sellotape of action cameras. Not only would this cube bolt onto almost anything (your car, your bike, your head, your dog), it&rsquo;d provide glorious hi-def footage &ndash; the best way to preserve your extreme exploits for posterity. Even Hollywood legend Peter Jackson was smitten, using GoPros in the filming of <em>The Hobbit</em>.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="339" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/yo3M6EB8kmk?rel=0" width="602"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="GoPro HD Hero (2010)" alt="GoPro HD Hero (2010)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/100-gadgets-gopro-hero_0.jpg?1408507837" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Instagram (2010) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Instagram could&rsquo;ve ended up being just another Hipstamatic-style vintage photo app &ndash; but it understood the power of social sharing better than anyone else, and within months of launch it had surpassed all rivals to become the de facto way to show your pals (and 150 million or so other users) how amazing your life was &ndash; or at least how delicious your dinner looked.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/6-pro-tips-taking-killer-instagram-photos/feature">6 pro tips for taking killer Instagram photos</a></strong></p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="339" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/O34JY-lC26E?rel=0" width="602"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Instagram (2010)" alt="Instagram (2010)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/100-gadgets-instagram.jpg?1408507837" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Parrot AR.Drone (2010) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Proving you didn&rsquo;t need a billion dollar defence budget to deploy a drone, this cut-price quadcopter, controlled via an iPhone app, was almost impossible to crash thanks to a bevy of sensors that kept it stable, upright and airborne. A pair of cameras let you view the world through its eyes, as well as play the various augmented reality games that give it its name.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ardrone-20/drone-wars/feature">Attack of the drones: why UAVs are taking off in a big way </a></strong></p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="339" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/gAStHbWiH-k" width="602"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Parrot AR.Drone (2010)" alt="Parrot AR.Drone (2010)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/100-gadgets-parrot-ardrone.jpg?1408507837" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple iPad (2010) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Tablets were the sad white elephant of the gadget world &ndash; they&rsquo;d been around for ages, but nobody could think of a reason to buy one. That changed the day Steve Jobs unveiled this sleek slab of glass and aluminium: not a PC, not a smartphone, the iPad found &ndash; or perhaps created &ndash; a sweet spot somewhere in between the two. And suddenly, everybody had a reason to buy a tablet.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="339" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/Ndnmtz8-S5I?rel=0" width="602"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple iPad (2010)" alt="Apple iPad (2010)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/100-gadgets-apple-ipad_0.jpg?1408507837" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-10"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Lytro (2011) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Once, cameras could only capture a single snapshot of a moment &ndash; whatever image the camera took, you were stuck with its focus point, exposure and perspective forever. With its light field sensor, Lytro&rsquo;s rectangular camera ripped up the rulebook.</p> <p>Thousands of microlenses on its sensor captured a complete four-dimensional &ldquo;light field&rdquo; of a scene &ndash; the direction and intensity of each ray of light &ndash; and this information allowed the user to take a &ldquo;living photo&rdquo; that could be refocussed or have its perspective shifted days, months or even years after it was taken. It seemed like nothing short of sorcery.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lytro/review">Lytro review</a></strong></p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="339" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/QcmEGmin8K0" width="602"></iframe></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Lytro (2011)" alt="Lytro (2011)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/100-gadgets-lytro.jpg?1408507837" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/100-best-gadget-ever-little-green-robots-vs-world/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> 100 Best Gadgets Ever Lists Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:30:57 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1442498 at http://www.stuff.tv 100 Best Gadgets Ever: The Web, Everywhere http://www.stuff.tv/100-best-gadgets-ever-web-everywhere/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Remember the dark days before the iPhone? This era saw its launch, making the internet accessible anywhere </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Web Everywhere" alt="Web Everywhere" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Main%20Image.jpg?1407888181" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>In the early days, we could only really access the World Wide Web from two places: home, or work. This all changed with the introduction of a phone from a company named Apple, which is still influencing our technology today.</p> <p>With many of us largely dependent on our pocket tech nowadays, it was this era that asked the question of not what you could do whilst on the move, but what you couldn&rsquo;t - and made it possible.</p> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Twitter </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>On the face of it, Twitter is merely a playground for egotists and bores. But enough about the Stuff editorial team&rsquo;s personal accounts &ndash; what Twitter has done for the way we consume information and interact with both brands and people is huge. Have you tried flicking through a daily newspaper recently? Why bother? Almost every single story you&rsquo;d want to read, you&rsquo;ve already seen on Twitter, neatly summed up in 140 characters (along with more than your fair share of cute cat photos and dinnertography). It&rsquo;s also empowered whole societies, exposed wrongdoing and created the &lsquo;second screen&rsquo; for TV commentary. Before too long there&rsquo;ll be an account set up purely to tweet old photos of newspapers and clips from the six o&rsquo;clock news. How sweet.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Twitter" alt="Twitter" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Twitter%20Final.jpg?1407888181" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Flip Video </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A gadget that just records video might seem quaint in today&rsquo;s world of 4K capturing mobiles but that&rsquo;s exactly what makes the Flip so important. Its popularity showed that people wanted to shoot quick and easy video for that newfangled YouTube without worrying about focus, white balance or any of that Spielberg nonsense. Until phones caught up, a Flip had the answer.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Flip Video" alt="Flip Video" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Flip%20Video%20Final.jpg?1407888181" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Nintendo Wii </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Nintendo Wii&rsquo;s heyday might&rsquo;ve been short-lived in console terms, but its effect on gaming is still evident in the motion-tracking PS Eye and Xbox Kinect. It got lazy gamers up from the sofa and using muscles they didn&rsquo;t know they had, and even made gamers out of people who&rsquo;d never inverted a Y-axis or pwned a n00b in their lives. For that, Nintendo, we salute you.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Nintendo Wii" alt="Nintendo Wii" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Nintendo%20Wii%20Final.jpg?1407888181" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple iPhone </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>With the benefit of hindsight, the iPhone is in its rightful position on the tech timeline. It sits alongside the Walkman or colour television as something that completely changed the way we see technology. It put the internet in our hands (albeit quite slowly until the 3G version arrived), made touchscreens useable with capacitive tech and multi-touch input, created a whole app industry, and spawned a new category of smartphones designed to be used by everyone rather than just those with a good grasp of JavaScript. Yep, even your mum&rsquo;s got an iPhone these days. It&rsquo;s got to the point where the call functionality is secondary to all of the other stuff it does, meaning you can take our phone, but you&rsquo;ll never take our iPhone.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple iPhone" alt="Apple iPhone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iPhone%20Final.jpg?1407888181" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Amazon Kindle </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The &lsquo;iPod of books&rsquo; hasn&rsquo;t had quite the same effect on publishing as Apple&rsquo;s thin white jukebox did on the music industry, but its low price, ease of use and whopping library of titles has made the Kindle a hit far beyond your average gadget fan and into the hands of commuters. Like the Walkman, the Kindle&rsquo;s been so successful it&rsquo;s become the default term for an ebook reader.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Amazon Kindle" alt="Amazon Kindle" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Amazon%20Kindle.jpg?1407888181" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Nokia N95 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>While the arrival of the first iPhone eclipsed the N95 in many ways, the dual-sliding Nokia was a superior smartphone &ndash; it just required a bit more tinkering to get the best out of it. Still, it came with an army of features: 3G, video recording, a camera flash, Bluetooth and support for third-party apps out of the box, which is more than could be said for the iPhone.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Nokia N95" alt="Nokia N95" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Nokia%20N95%20Final.jpg?1407888181" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> BBC iPlayer </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>For a company with a reputation for being stuffy and uptight, the BBC&rsquo;s iPlayer was way ahead of its time. Seven-day catch-up for TV and radio meant you no longer had to bother watching telly when the channels wanted you to, plus iOS and Android apps meant you didn&rsquo;t even have to be at home to watch it. The entire broadcasting world followed suit. iPlayer is worth the licence fee alone.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="BBC iPlayer" alt="BBC iPlayer" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/BBC%20iPlayer%20Final.jpg?1406727596" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Canon EOS 5D MK II </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Not just an incredible digital SLR, Canon&rsquo;s 21MP 5D Mk II was also the first to shoot 1080p video. Combined with the full-frame sensor, good low-light performance and relatively low price, it became popular among amateur (and not so amateur) film-makers for the cinematic look its footage produced. In 2010 an entire episode of US medical drama House was shot on one.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Canon EOS 5D MK II" alt="Canon EOS 5D MK II" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Canon%20EOS%20Final.jpg?1407888181" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Monster Beats by Dre </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It&rsquo;s hard to imagine a time when Dr Dre&rsquo;s Beats headphones weren&rsquo;t just decorations to hang off the head of every professional footballer on the planet, but the original Monster-made cans were genuinely brilliant. The latest ones don&rsquo;t sound so good, but what they&rsquo;ve done to the headphone industry is impossible to ignore &ndash; just ask Apple&rsquo;s bank manager.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Monster Beats by Dre" alt="Monster Beats by Dre" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Monster%20Beats%20Final.jpg?1407888181" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tesla Roadster </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Tesla&rsquo;s on a roll now with the S, an electric-powered luxury saloon. But it all started with the Roadster, the world&rsquo;s first battery-powered sportscar. Despite the fact that it was actually run by thousands of laptop batteries it was fast and fun. A lot of the credit for that can go to Lotus &ndash; the Roadster was also built by them in Norfolk. It didn&rsquo;t sell well, but it will go down in history.&nbsp;</p> <p>Chas Hallett, <a href="http://www.autocar.co.uk">Autocar</a></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/100-best-gadgets-ever/feature">CHECK OUT THE FULL 100 BEST GADGETS EVER LIST HERE</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Telsa Roadster" alt="Telsa Roadster" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Tesla%20Final.jpg?1407888181" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/100-best-gadgets-ever-web-everywhere/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/100-best-gadgets-ever-web-everywhere/feature#comments 100 Best Gadgets Ever Lists Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:51:54 +0000 Peter Rawlins 1442504 at http://www.stuff.tv 100 Best Gadgets Ever: The Connected Age http://www.stuff.tv/100-best-gadgets-ever-connected-age/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> As broadband replaced dial-up in the mid-noughties, internet use exploded. And with it came a raft of new services and web-connected gadgets... </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="100 best gadgets ever: the connected age" alt="100 best gadgets ever: the connected age" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/100-best-gadgets-ever-connected-age.jpg?1407814299" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Even in its early years the internet was a wonderful thing: a vast digital playground where we could debate which USS Enterprise captain was the best, or (very slowly) share our 1.2MP photos.&nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/stufftv-0" title="View user profile.">StuffTV</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> NINTENDO DS (2004) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>With a folding form factor reminiscent of Ninty&rsquo;s own Game &amp; Watch devices from the 1980s, the DS made touchscreen gaming massive, long before the iPhone came along and all but killed handheld consoles. Its simple, pick-up-&rsquo;n&rsquo;-play games hooked kids (<em>Pokemon</em>) and adults (<em>Brain Training</em>) alike, while its newer, less two-dimensional sibling, the 3DS, is an underappreciated gem.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Nintendo DS (2004)" alt="100 best gadgets ever: the connected age" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/100-best-gadgets-ever-nintendo-ds.jpg?1407814299" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> PHILIPS AMBILIGHT (2004) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As TV tech goes it might not be up there with colour or hi-def, but everyone who watches an Ambilight TV immediately wishes they had one in their lounge, throwing coloured hues on to the surrounding walls in response to what&rsquo;s happening on screen. These days it&rsquo;s even compatible with Philips&rsquo; Hue lightbulbs, so you can get the whole house in on the colour-changing action.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/6wVVFHdziBI" width="560"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Philips Ambilight (2004)" alt="100 best gadgets ever: the connected age" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/100-best-gadgets-ever-philips-ambilight.jpg?1407814299" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> TOMTOM GO 300 (2004) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In the time Before TomTom (BTT), swathes of people meandered blindly around the land, crashing into each other or hurtling off cliffs in the course of their quest to find the nearest Greggs. Then, the GO 300 arrived, with its integrated touchscreen and changeable bezels. All of a sudden sat-nav could be plonked on the dashboard and used by the masses, not just the military. Steak Bakes for all!</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="TomTom GO 300 (2004)" alt="100 best gadgets ever: the connected age" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/100-best-gadgets-ever-tomtom-go-300.jpg?1407814299" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> GOOGLE MAPS (2005) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The beginning of the end for London&rsquo;s <em>A-Z</em>, Google Maps (and particularly its mobile versions) means millions of people now travel around with absolutely no idea where they&rsquo;re actually going. Instead they rely upon the phone in their pocket to tell them where they are, which way to turn, and what the fastest route is. Traffic info, public transport details and Street View have turned it into an absolute essential.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" scrolling="no" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/91wuBqlny50" width="604"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Google Maps (2005)" alt="100 best gadgets ever: the connected age" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/100-best-gadgets-ever-google-maps.jpg?1407814299" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony Ericsson K800i (2005) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Dating from the time when phones were categorised by their main feature, the K800i was a cameraphone worthy of the name. With a 3.2MP sensor, it was the first phone you could consider taking out instead of your actual snapper. The pictures couldn&rsquo;t quite rival those taken with the best compacts of the day, but the xenon flash made it a worthy companion for a night out &ndash; and ensured that your incriminating photographic evidence was always much better than everybody else&rsquo;s.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/100-best-gadgets-ever-rise-www/feature-0">The 100 Best Gadgets Ever: Rise of the WWW</a></strong></p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/QdYfs8rq3f4" width="560"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony Ericsson K800i (2005)" alt="100 best gadgets ever: the connected age" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/100-best-gadgets-ever-sony-ericsson-k800i.jpg?1407814299" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sonos (2005) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Until Sonos came along, multi-room music was the exclusive domain of megastars such as Craig David and Francis Rossi from Status Quo, but these understated grey and white boxes made it easy. Since then it&rsquo;s gone from strength to strength, adding various standalone speakers, support for music streaming services and even a soundbar &ndash; but it&rsquo;s the falling-off-a-log simplicity that makes it a winner.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/ZoMB82gJO1M?list=PL4F4E6EB951775E74" width="560"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sonos (2005)" alt="100 best gadgets ever: the connected age" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/100-best-gadgets-ever-sonos.jpg?1407814299" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> XBOX 360 (2005) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Firing first in a console battle isn&rsquo;t always crucial, but it certainly helped the Xbox 360&rsquo;s case in its fight against the PS3. What it lacked in Blu-ray powers it made up for with a superior online system, a far better control pad and in 2010 the addition of Kinect, a camera capable of tracking your whole body and translating your gestures into in-game movements or menu navigation. In practice it was often hit and miss, but what Kinect has done for gaming can&rsquo;t be ignored. It now forms an integral part of the Xbox One package, with Sony also offering a motion-sensing cam as an accessory for the PS4.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Xbox 360" alt="100 best gadgets ever: the connected age" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/100-best-gadgets-ever-xbox-360.jpg?1407814299" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> YouTube (2005) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>What started with a clip of a man at the zoo and a desire to let people share their videos has become a cultural phenomenon, with over six billion hours watched every month. Ever expanding, YouTube now allows you to rent movies and TV shows, live stream a man falling from space in full HD, discover new music and share videos of your pet squirrel piloting a Parrot AR.Drone around the kitchen.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" scrolling="no" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/jNQXAC9IVRw" width="604"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="YouTube (2005)" alt="100 best gadgets ever: the connected age" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/100-best-gadgets-ever-youtube.jpg?1407814299" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yamaha YSP-1 (2005) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In 2005 no one knew they needed a soundbar or really believed there was an alternative to bulky 5.1 surround systems. It took five years or more for the genius of the YSP-1 to resonate with the world at large. So far ahead of the curve it was barely a gentle incline, the YSP-1 set standards that rival manufacturers still struggle to replicate.&nbsp;<em>Simon Lucas, <a href="http://www.whathifi.com/" target="_blank">What Hi-Fi? Sound And Vision</a></em></p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" scrolling="no" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/OW2i7woL8N4" width="604"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Yamaha YSP-1 (2005)" alt="100 best gadgets ever: the connected age" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/100-best-gadgets-ever-yamaha-ysp1.jpg?1407814299" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> B&amp;W Zeppelin (2006) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Bowers &amp; Wilkins makes the speakers used at Abbey Road Studios, the spiritual home of The Beatles. That should give you an idea of how highly regarded the company is. So when it produced a speaker dock for the iPod and embraced the (then) anti-audiophile world of digital music, it was a pretty big deal. The Zeppelin shared Apple&rsquo;s taste for premium design, but more importantly it sounded brilliant. Since then other hi-fi heavyweights have weighed in, including Marantz, NAD and B&amp;O, dragging the stuffy old kingdom of turntables and interconnects into the brave new world of lossless file formats and, eventually, wireless streaming. This is one Zeppelin that didn&rsquo;t go down in flames.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/destiny/review">Destiny Beta review</a></strong></p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/Ep6HPDH2yng" width="560"></iframe></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="B&amp;W Zeppelin (2006)" alt="100 best gadgets ever: the connected age" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/100-best-gadgets-ever-bw-zeppelin.jpg?1407814299" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/100-best-gadgets-ever-connected-age/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/100-best-gadgets-ever-connected-age/feature#comments 100 Best Gadgets Ever Lists Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:31:22 +0000 Marc McLaren 1442365 at http://www.stuff.tv 100 Best Gadgets Ever: The Mobile Age http://www.stuff.tv/100-best-gadgets-ever-mobile-age/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The dawn of the noughties saw our media making its way into our pockets, with the advent of the iPod, Napster and Facebook </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1202" height="900" title="100 best gadgets ever: The Mobile Age" alt="100 best gadgets ever: The Mobile Age" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/mobile-age.jpg?1407377192" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>It&#39;s difficult to imagine a time when you could go anywhere and not see someone sporting Apple&rsquo;s signature white headphones, but before 2001, it was an everyday occurrence.</p> <p>Yes, this was the era that saw Apple introduce the first iPod. Along with the first (successful) peer-to-peer downloading service, the noughties were the era when digital music came of age.</p> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony AIBO (1999) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>With AIBO, Sony demonstrated that the ideal pet of the future might well be an intelligent hunk of metal and plastic &ndash; after all, there&rsquo;s no need to housetrain a robot. While cute, AIBO was in fact a deceptively advanced robot packed with sensors allowing him to &lsquo;see&rsquo; and recognise speech commands &ndash; but tragically for techno-pet lovers, a cost-cutting Sony put him permanently out to pasture in 2006.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony AIBO" alt="Sony AIBO" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Sony%20AIBO%20Final.jpg?1407377192" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Napster (1999) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>While the MP3-friendly media player Winamp appeared two years earlier, digital music didn&rsquo;t truly take off until peer-to-peer download service Napster showed what was possible with an internet connection and some (OK, a lot of) patience. Yes, it was illegal but without this pair the digital music revolution would never have happened and without that we wouldn&rsquo;t have iTunes, Spotify, et al. Every cloud, eh? </p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="340" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/hctP7Kfs-qw" width="604"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Napster" alt="Napster" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Napster%20Final.jpg?1407377192" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Nokia 3210 (1999) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It&rsquo;s a tough call between the 3210 and its slightly smaller offspring the 3310, but the chances are you owned one of them. For most people the memory of a 3210 doesn&rsquo;t go much further than Snake, but there was more to the phone than that. It was one of the first to squeeze the aerial inside making it instantly more pocketable. Plus it came with T9 predictive text, use of which became a vital skill for much of the next 10 years. Aside from calls and texts it didn&rsquo;t do all that much, but what it did do, it did better than pretty much anything else.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="453" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/54caALGVjFs" width="604"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Nokia 3210" alt="Nokia 3210" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Nokia%203210%20Final.jpg?1407377192" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Creative DAP Jukebox (2000) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Inexplicably shaped like an overweight portable CD player despite the 6GB hard drive nestled inside, the DAP arrived a full year before Apple&rsquo;s Ive-designed iPod - although, given that you&rsquo;re not reading this on a Creative tablet while listening to music on your Creative smartphone, it doesn&rsquo;t take a genius to work out which one took off. Still, props for getting there first, Creative.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Creative DAP Jukebox" alt="Creative DAP Jukebox" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Creative%20DAP%20Final.jpg?1407377192" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony Playstation 2 (2000) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Officially the best-selling console of all time, over the course of its 12-year lifespan the PS2 saw more classic games than the Wembley arch, including Grand Theft Auto III, God of War, Ico, and the birth of the Guitar Hero series. It also put a DVD player in every home that bought one - a cunning stunt copied by the PS3 to help Sony&rsquo;s own Blu-ray disc format gain traction.&nbsp; </p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="453" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/N4HIW0kCUng" width="604"></iframe></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/100-best-gadgets-ever-rise-www/feature-0" target="_blank">100 Best Gadgets Ever &ndash; Rise of the WWW</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony Playstation 2" alt="Sony Playstation 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Sony%20Playstation%202%20Final.jpg?1407377192" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple iPod (2001) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Apple has a reputation for making existing technology work where others have failed. Apple didn&rsquo;t invent the MP3 player, but the iPod made it massive. That didn&rsquo;t happen immediately, though: it was Mac-only to begin with and used Firewire rather than USB. However, the click wheel is a design landmark and the signature white headphones, while hardly the best in the world, became iconic. The iPhone effectively killed it in its &lsquo;Classic&rsquo; form, with more touchscreen tech giving birth to the iPod Touch. Eventually the iPod was so successful it had all but eradicated the competition, despite a U2 special edition. And that&rsquo;s the sign of something truly unbeatable.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="453" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/kN0SVBCJqLs" width="604"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple iPod" alt="Apple iPod" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Apple%20iPod%20Final.jpg?1407377192" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sky+ (2001) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Remember adverts? They were the annoying things between TV programmes that we had to watch before Sky+ came along and allowed us to fast-forward through them. The original had just 40GB storage but these days there&rsquo;s up to 2TB on offer, plus mobile apps for remote recording and built-in Wi-Fi. Series Link, one of its original features, is now standard in all PVRs.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sky+" alt="Sky+" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Sky%20Final.jpg?1406727328" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Blackberry 5820 (2002) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>With the state BlackBerry&rsquo;s in now it&rsquo;s hard to believe there was ever a time when full QWERTY workhorses such as the 5820 often had to be surgically removed from the hands of helpless email addicts. A few devotees remain, but with all smartphones now offering instant email access and better on-screen keyboards the BlackBerry has become almost as antiquated as the Filofax or Rolodex.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Blackberry 5820" alt="Blackberry 5820" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Blackberry%205820%20Final.jpg?1407377192" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Pentax Optio S (2003) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In the early noughties, the world was teetering upon a precipice. The heights were built upon the glory days of film photography and a billion disposable cameras, while below was a new digital landscape of pixel-papping snappers. A hero emerged, its visage hewn from aluminium, and persuaded us to jump into its world of convenience and a decent digital image quality. And we&rsquo;ve never looked back.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Pentax Optio S" alt="Pentax Optio S" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Pentax%20Optio%20S%20Final.jpg?1407377192" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Facebook (2004) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Fundamentally changing the way we remember birthdays and discover our old classmates are not-so-closet racists, Facebook has done more for social interaction than the invention of the &lsquo;Blah Blah Blah I Can&rsquo;t Hear You&rsquo; earmuffs. If it were a country it would now be the second-largest in the world by population, while its purchase of Oculus Rift means our online friendships could soon become even more virtual.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/100-best-gadgets-ever/feature" target="_blank">The 100 Best Gadgets Ever</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Facebook" alt="Facebook" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Facebook%20Final.jpg?1407377192" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/100-best-gadgets-ever-mobile-age/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/100-best-gadgets-ever-mobile-age/feature#comments 100 Best Gadgets Ever Lists Mon, 21 Jul 2014 12:17:25 +0000 Peter Rawlins 1442503 at http://www.stuff.tv 30 best FPS games ever http://www.stuff.tv/25-best-fps-games-ever/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Stroll down a bullet-ridden memory lane as we take a look at some of the best pixellated trigger-fests ever made </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1202" height="900" title="Doom" alt="Doom" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/doom.jpg?1406089405" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Scopes up, safety catches off and trigger fingers at the ready? The best first person shooters ever made <strong>in no particular order</strong> are</p> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Halo: Reach (2010) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This prequel follows the eclectic Noble Team as they battle to save planet Reach from a Covenant invasion. A gripping campaign is supported by Firefight mode and a revamped online multiplayer experience, featuring jetpacks, shields and other powerups to add to the legendary mayhem.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/LeIdw31Ybvk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> GoldenEye 007 (1997) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Based on the 1995 Bond flick starring Pierce Brosnan, this N64 title is regarded as one of the most important milestones in FPS gaming, sparking off a surge in popularity for the genre among console gamers.</p> <p>Developers Rare packed in a raft of features, including localised damage&nbsp;&ndash; allowing for limb and headshots&nbsp;&ndash; and a revolutionary split-screen multiplayer mode. But remember: No Oddjob.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/a4qJ8wNfgXY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Team Fortress 2 (2007) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>TF2 is made up of three parts manic action and two parts charming humour, peppered here and there with crazy weapons and novelty collectible items, including a splendid array of hats.&nbsp;Choose from nine unique classes and go give &lsquo;em hell, soldier.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/9gv3XmD7-rk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Quake III Arena (1999) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Ditching the single-player campaign altogether, the third instalment in the popular Quake series focused solely on multiplayer action against computer controlled bots. The ability to also play with up to 16 real-life fleshy people offered new challenges and no doubt resulted in a slew of geek-filled LAN parties. The engine formed the spine of the online-only Quake Live, which let you engage in frenetic firefights with people all across the globe.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/laVpV1PFziw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Duke Nukem 3D (1996) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Arriving slap-bang in the middle of the moral panic over video games, Duke Nukem 3D was almost gleeful in sticking a middle finger up at political correctness. Its mix of questionable language, naked strippers and adolescent humour&nbsp;won it no friends among politicians and family values campaigners, but in hindsight, it&#39;s almost quaint. More importantly, it was a roller-coaster ride of alien-shooting mayhem, peppered with knowing references to Hollywood action movies. Come get some.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/100-best-gadgets-ever/feature" target="_blank">The 100 Best Gadgets Ever</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/H6JcZv3wPuU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Half-Life 2 (2004) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Fifteen years after the first Half Life, crowbar-wielding theoretical physicist Gordon Freeman returned to join the resistance against the tyrannical Combine rulers.&nbsp; Winning 39 game of the year gongs and numerous game of the decade accolades, this is a must-play for any FPS fan. Just as well it has plenty of replay value, really; with the wait for Half-Life 3 dragging into its tenth year.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/ID1dWN3n7q4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Unreal Tournament (1999) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Unreal Tournament focused primarily on head to head player and bot deathmatches where the AI could be set anywhere between novice and godlike. Classic battles such as team deathmatch and capture the flag ensured that a fully blown frag-fest was always on the cards.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/osJbZEvrSXI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Doom (1993) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Many moons ago, iD Software changed the face of gaming with their gory, violent shooter. Although its story was derivative &ndash; mashing up the plot of Aliens with Satanic imagery &ndash; the game itself was nothing short of revolutionary.</p> <p>Where previous FPS games had been built on simple grid-layout maps, Doom&#39;s expansive world featured verticality, angles and even outdoor sections. And shadows. Oh, the shadows &ndash; Doom made use of light and dark and off-camera noises to add an element of primal fear to gaming, inadvertently creating the survival horror genre in the process. That wasn&#39;t its only innovation, either; it pioneered network gaming and&nbsp;bespoke mods. Groundbreaking, and still influencing games today.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/jP2jI0BVG0w" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Metroid Prime (2002) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Nintendo&#39;s cheerful plastic GameCube struggled to shake off the impression that it was a kids&#39; toy; Metroid Prime proved that it could be a gaming machine for grown-ups, too. Taking the Metroid series into full 3D was a controversial move, but it paid off; putting you behind the visor of bounty hunter Samus Aran, the game hit the perfect balance of investigation, exploration and out-and-out action. Its most innovative move was its use of multiple visors with different properties, adding a&nbsp;puzzle-solving element to the gameplay.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/XgtCMq0eWFs" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Crysis (2007) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If your gaming rig could run Crysis at max settings upon its release chances are it was a quantum computer. A couple of years ago, tech benchmarking site <a href="http://www.anandtech.com/show/4254/triplegpu-performance-multigpu-scaling-part1/4" target="_blank">AnandTech</a> estimated that you&#39;d be able to run the game on max settings using a single GPU &quot;by early 2014&quot;&nbsp;&ndash; so we&#39;ve only just caught up with its eye-watering graphical gorgeousness.</p> <p>The plot may not have been particularly inspiring&nbsp;&ndash; something about super-soldiers, archaeological digs and aliens&nbsp;&ndash; but the game mechanics were innovative. Kitted out with an advanced nano-suit, you could toggle between&nbsp;super strength, lightning speed, armour and invisibility, to suit all styles of gameplay.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/music/best-new-albums-spotify-so-far-year/feature" target="_blank">The best Spotify albums of 2014</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/UMHgBplll8Q" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-10"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Perfect Dark (2000) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A sequel to GoldenEye in all but name, Perfect Dark saw developers Rare ditching James Bond and putting you in the shoes of special agent Joanna Dark. Although the setting was changed, and Joanna couldn&#39;t be more different to the libidinous agent 007, the gameplay was all but untouched; hi-res graphics and Dolby surround sound complimented the polished shooter perfectly.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/VuGZ2n6VcYQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-11"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Deus Ex: Human Revolution (2011) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Where Deus Ex 2 abandoned the original game&#39;s open approach in favour of a straightforward shooter, this prequel went back to basics; as augmented security specialist Adam Jensen, you use your cybernetic abilities to&nbsp;take down your foes by any means necessary. The freedom to achieve your objectives with ninja-like stealth or all-out trigger spraying is a refreshing feature and ensures plenty of replay opportunities.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Kq5KWLqUewc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-12"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Counter Strike Source (2004) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This remake of the classic Counter Strike was well known as the hardcore FPS players&rsquo; game of choice. Little touches like body-location shot damage, recoil and no respawns meant no room for n00b errors. Boom, headshot.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/-kkEj4rI2t8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-13"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Call of Duty: Black Ops (2010) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Its multiplayer may have been plagued with obnoxious prepubescent teens, but that hasn&rsquo;t stopped COD: Black Ops from grossing over a billion dollars in sales and selling over seven million copies in its first 24 hours. Shoot, blow up or knife down enemy soldiers in fast-paced battles. Its Cold War setting made for a refreshing change from the usual Tom Clancy-esque modern warfare shenanigans, and added some welcome shades of grey to its storyline.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/OPTOVQFRggI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-14"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Titanfall (2014) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Titanfall is an FPS on steroids. Take a traditional shooter with grenades, guns, bullets and two teams blasting the hell out of each other. Now, give each player a jetpack and the ability to run along walls and leap over obstacles like a bunch of wired-up parkour kings.</p> <p>Now throw in huge mechs with guns the size of cars, and fists capable of smashing through concrete like Mike Tyson uppercutting a wet piñata.&nbsp;</p> <p>The end result is a frantic FPS like no other, full of traditional battlefield scraps, rooftop leaping and, of course, giant mech battles. &quot;Standby for Titanfall&quot; - no words have sounded sweeter.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/25-best-things-watch-netflix-right-now/feature" target="_blank">The 30 best things to watch on Netflix right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/z5sqPxbLmIU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-15"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Marathon (1994) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Marathon was that rarest of things &ndash; a Mac exclusive game that held its own against rival platforms&#39; offerings. The fact that it was created by Bungie, who would later go on to produce Halo for the Xbox, may have had something to do with that. Its slick game mechanics were bolstered by&nbsp;a refreshingly intricate storyline, casting you as a security officer responding to a spacecraft&rsquo;s mysterious distress call. It&#39;s an intriguing hint of what could have been; a world in which Apple poured its efforts into hardcore gaming. On this evidence, it would&#39;ve been quite a contender.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/3d-xkxdwW8U" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-16"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Deus Ex (2000) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This gripping cyberpunk adventure pushed the boundaries of what was possible with an FPS. Its branching storyline and cybernetic &nbsp;augmentations allowed for endless variations in playing style&nbsp;&ndash; it was even possible to complete the game without killing anyone&nbsp;&ndash;&nbsp;while its compelling plot drew you into a shadowy world of conspiracies and double dealing.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/khQ4owaUURo" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-17"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Resistance 3 (2011) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Chock full of explosive action, Resistance 3 conveys a powerful sense of desperation in the human race&rsquo;s fight against the Chimera alien forces. A cavalcade of fancy weapons is an adequate solution to painting the walls red with alien insides and online multiplayer offers a chance to hone your l337 skillz.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/ZjfSikNgYKQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-18"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2 (2007) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Improvements in enemy AI made this sequel to the first Advanced Warfighter a much more polished experience, in which teammates could be usefully controlled thanks to the Crosscom 2.0 technology &ndash; if only ordering around people in real life were as easy.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/NbXjW3NhP3M" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-19"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Borderlands (2009) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>With gorgeously cartoonish cel-shaded graphics and a Mad Max aesthetic, Borderlands looked like nothing else on the market. Its gameplay was unique, too; a loot-collecting upgrade extravaganza that lends itself to co-op gaming. Gleefully chaotic.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/25-best-android-games-world-right-now/feature" target="_blank">The 25 best games on Android right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/7CwOUJ7Xn9U" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-20"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Bioshock (2007) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Many&#39;s the gamer who, having sat through the opening cutscene of Bioshock, sat there floating in the ocean for a few minutes&nbsp;&ndash; having not realised that the game had started. It was <em>that</em> beautiful. </p> <p>That first glimpse of the underwater city of Rapture was breathtaking&nbsp;&ndash; an Art Deco paradise curdled by ambition and insanity&nbsp;&ndash; while the game itself posed moral conundrums aplenty. The gameplay itself was innovative, too, as you crept among the shadows, collecting plasmid upgrades to take on Big Daddies and Splicers.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/FZmW_5eIM6o" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-21"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Half-Life (1998) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>From that opening tram ride, it was clear we were in for something special. Half-Life changed the face of FPS gaming, plunging you into an immersive experience that did away with cutscenes and presented all the action though the eyes of scientist Gordon Freeman.</p> <p>And that action was pretty special stuff, too; enemies used actual tactics for the first time, with AI-savvy soldiers flanking you and chucking grenades from cover.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/oEgO16JaW4Y" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-22"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Medal of Honor: Frontline (2002) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>American spelling aside, Frontline&rsquo;s epic portrayal of the D-Day landing from a first person perspective was supplemented by historically correct speeches and footage. One for the history buffs as well as trigger-pulling virtual soldiers, earning medals has never felt better.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/bvrUg5-sBV8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-23"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Wolfenstein 3D (1992) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It wasn&#39;t the first FPS, but it&#39;s fair to say that without Wolfenstein 3D there wouldn&#39;t be an FPS genre. It courted controversy with its Nazi iconography and graphic violence, but its fast-paced, stripped-back action created the template for every FPS to come. And it was bloody hard, too; boss sprites didn&#39;t rotate, so if you caught sight of mecha-Hitler, you were about to get a faceful of lead courtesy of his twin chainguns.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/R1i78lOxPsI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-24"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Star Wars Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II (1997) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The original Dark Forces was a perfectly adequate Doom clone in Star Wars togs, but what we really wanted was a lightsaber. For the sequel, LucasArts kitted you out with that elegant weapon, for a more civilized age&nbsp;&ndash; and more besides.</p> <p>As Jedi-in-training Kyle Katarn, you could wield Force powers, follow the Light Side or the Dark Side of the Force, and battle through vast, expansive levels drawn from across the Star Wars universe. As close to being in Star Wars as you could get&nbsp;&ndash; even the ropey FMV cutscenes were an exciting glimpse of a&nbsp;galaxy far, far away.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apps-and-games/console-games/top-ten" target="_blank">The 10 best games in the world right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/9ATRegtQgDA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-25"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Halo: Combat Evolved (2001) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Long ago in the faraway time (alright, <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6eZ2yvWl9nQ#t=17" target="_blank">Macworld 1999</a>), Steve Jobs unveiled Halo, a Mac-exclusive game from a little studio called Bungie. It caused such a stir that Microsoft snapped it up for its Xbox console&nbsp;&ndash; and the rest is history. From its vast vistas to perfectly-pitched gameplay, set to an epic soundtrack, it was a powerhouse that would dominate FPS gaming for years to come. And it was nearly an Apple exclusive; Steve Jobs must&#39;ve been spitting tacks.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/i2X6JH4riIY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-26"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Far Cry 3 (2012) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Each Far Cry game has taken a radically different tack to its predecessors, and Far Cry 3 was no exception. The savannah setting and malaria mechanics of Far Cry 2 went out the window; in their place was a lush tropical island packed with pirates and lethal wildlife (who can forget their first encounter with a cassowary?) and a compelling story of madness and obsession. The highlight? Sneaking through a pirate base, bow in hand, only for all your efforts to be undone by a stray tiger.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/ctSO3U_0vCg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-27"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Killzone: Shadow Fall (2013) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Yes, it&#39;s Killzone with a prettier paint job &ndash; but this PS4 launch title was the first to really deliver on the promise of next-gen console gaming, with its 1080p, 60fps gameplay. Set some 30 years after the events of Killzone 3, Shadow Fall follows a new set of characters and two rival factions who live side by side divided by a vast wall, casting you as an elite soldier crossing swords with an intelligence operative. The recent 4-player co-op update has gone a long way to address complaints that the game was a little too linear, earning it a place on our list.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/8ptA6fCNPeg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-28"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Crysis 3 (2013) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Although we&#39;ve already covered the original Crysis on our list, it was that game&#39;s success that caused the franchise to expand onto the console platform. Set in the future in New York City, your character works in the signature Nanosuit whilst you use advanced weaponry to take down your prey and prevent mankind&#39;s extinction. Players can choose a gameplay style based on direct confrontation or a more stealthy approach in order to deal with enemies, and as to be expected, it&#39;s visually stunning &ndash; though inevitably, PC gamers were quick to complain about the jump to consoles.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/WK0YhfKqdaI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-29"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Battlefield 4 (2013) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Another game that ushered in the era of next-gen gaming, Battlefield 4&#39;s multiplayer experience is second to none. With 64 players duking it out across a battlefield where every building is destructible, in tanks, choppers, and boats, it&#39;s a staggering spectacle. Add to this Levolution, which changes the landscape in real-time with interactive environments that react to your every move, ensuring no two matches are ever alike, and you&#39;re on to a winner.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/icheapskate-25-amazing-free-games-ipad-and-iphone/feature" target="_blank">iCheapskate: 30 amazing free games for iPad and iPhone</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/wJ_F525yHVY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /news/past-and-future/gaming-greats/25-best-fps-games-ever </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/25-best-fps-games-ever/news#comments Apps and Games Console games Lists Fri, 18 Jul 2014 16:58:53 +0000 Stephen Graves 417986 at http://www.stuff.tv 100 Best Gadgets Ever: Rise Of The WWW http://www.stuff.tv/100-best-gadgets-ever-rise-www/feature-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> These are the best gadgets which lined our pockets and graced our homes during the glorious rise of the internet </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Who wants to translate the binary?" alt="100 best gadgets ever: Rise of the WWW" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/www-era.jpg?1407296916" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>On 12 November 1990, Sir Tim Berners-Lee published a proposal to create a &quot;Hypertext project&quot; called the WorldWideWeb. 24 years later, you&#39;re (probably) reading these very words on a device no larger than a calculator, and more powerful than the computer that helped man take its first steps on the moon.</p> <p>The World Wide Web birthed the internet, and we&#39;re dependent on it to such an extend that the UN described access to it as a basic human right.</p> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Lotus Type 108 (1992) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>After mustard and Alan Partridge Norfolk&rsquo;s finest export is probably the Lotus Type 108, as ridden by Chris Boardman at the &#39;92 Olympics in Barcelona. Sportscar manufacturer Lotus turned its engineering expertise from four wheels to two, using carbon fibre mouldings to create a monocoque frame that broke the world record and won Great Britain&rsquo;s first cycling medal in 72 years. And look where we are now.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Looking very good for its age" alt="100 best gadgets ever: Rise of the WWW" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/100-best-gadgets-ever-lotus-type-108.jpg?1407296916" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Dyson DC01 (1993) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Or the DA001 as vacuum cleaner hipsters call it, James Dyson&rsquo;s first dual cyclone&nbsp;vacuum cleaner sold under his own name. Subsequent models have seen the addition&nbsp;of digital motors, a ball (as seen on JD&rsquo;s first invention the Ballbarrow), and most&nbsp;recently the Cinetic technology that removes the need for a suction-sapping filter.&nbsp;Despite its success, the verb &lsquo;to Dyson&rsquo; still hasn&rsquo;t replaced &lsquo;Hoovering&rsquo;. Poor&nbsp;Jimbo.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="We were actually excited to do some housework the day the Dyson arrived" alt="100 best gadgets ever: Rise of the WWW" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/dyson-dc01_0.jpg?1407296917" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Netscape Navigator (1994) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Or THE INTERNET as it represents here. Remember the fuzzy cacophony that spewed forth as a 56K modem connected to the world wide web, clogging the phone line for hours at a time and connecting you to a glacial feed of very little information? Bet you never thought that 20 years later we&rsquo;d be streaming 4K video, did you?&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Ah, Netscape. our first navigator" alt="100 best gadgets ever: Rise of the WWW" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/NetscapeNavigator.jpg?1407296916" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony PlayStation (1994) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>When Sony entered the console market it was still a two-way battle between Sega and Nintendo. Many thought there was no room for a third way. But they didn&rsquo;t count on Tekken, Gran Turismo or Metal Gear Solid. Developed over eight years, originally in partnership with Nintendo, the PlayStation emerged victorious, leaving Sega all but out for the count.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="So many hours invested..." alt="100 best gadgets ever: Rise of the WWW" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/playstation-100-best-gadgets.jpg?1407296917" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> B&amp;O Beosound 9000 (1996) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Denmark&rsquo;s Bang &amp; Olufsen has a reputation for turning high-end hi-fi into something that wouldn&rsquo;t look out of place in an art gallery. The Beosound 9000 is a classic example, although it perhaps took the whole minimalism thing too far with space for just six CDs. That&rsquo;s probably still enough for at least one album by each successful Danish band, mind.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sounds as good as it looks" alt="100 best gadgets ever: Rise of the WWW" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/9d960423813763ef_org.jpg?1407296917" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Motorola StarTAC – 1996 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There are those who consider a mobile phone to be nothing more than a tool to talk to people with. To those people the Motorola StarTAC meant nothing. To anyone with even the faintest love of technology within them it marked the point when the mobile phone became more than that. Its new clamshell design &ndash; one that was copied many times afterwards, most notably by the fashion conscious RAZR &ndash; meant it folded neatly in half, instantly setting it apart from the bricks everybody else had. Like it or not, the age of the mobile phone as a fashion accessory was here and the StarTAC was one of the first mobile phones to sell like the proverbial warm afternoon snack.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="We actually miss playing around with the aerial." alt="100 best gadgets ever: Rise of the WWW" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Motorola-StarTAC.jpg?1407296916" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Palm Pilot (1996) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Kind of like a fossilised smartphone, the Palm Pilot was the first of a new breed: the PDA. Tech archaeologists can trace the modern smartphone back to this digital organiser with its 128kb of internal memory, enough to store the names and addresses of all your yuppie mates. Plus it came with Solitaire, which is a bit like black &lsquo;n&rsquo; white Candy Crush.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="So sleek." alt="100 best gadgets ever: Rise of the WWW" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/PalmPilot_Professional.jpg?1407296917" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Netflix (1997) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Although nobody was streaming Breaking Bad on Netflix in 1997 that was the year it set up a pay-per-rental DVD service. 10 years later it started streaming via the internet and in 2013 its own House of Cards won the first ever Emmy Award for an internet-only TV show. This year it became the first place you could watch 4K content. Quite the rise, huh?</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="House of Cards gets Stuff&#039;s seal of approval." alt="100 best gadgets ever: Rise of the WWW" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Netflix_0.jpg?1407296916" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple iMac (1998) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The all-in-one design was not new but the lounge-friendly choice of colours certainly was, turning the home computer from something you&rsquo;d hide in the study into a dinner party talking point. Not everything about the iMac (technically the G3) was a success, though, with the &lsquo;hockey puck&rsquo; mouse a particular target for scorn. Still, it remains one of Apple&rsquo;s most iconic designs.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Which colour was your favourite?" alt="100 best gadgets ever: Rise of the WWW" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iMac_3q.jpg?1407296917" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Pro–Ject Debut (1999) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In the year that Napster changed music forever, Pro-Ject released a turntable &ndash; essentially a development of the phonograph invented by Thomas Edison in 1877. Obviously Pro-Ject didn&rsquo;t get the memo. But it&rsquo;s great-but-affordable turntables like the Debut and its two sequels that have kept vinyl alive, resulting in the mini renaissance seen over the past few years thanks to many records coming with free MP3 downloads as well. More money will get you more frills and better performance but for a portal into the warm-sounding world of vinyl the Pro-Ject Debut is impossible to beat.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/100-best-gadgets-ever/feature" target="_blank">CHECK OUT THE FULL 100 BEST GADGETS EVER LIST HERE</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="It&#039;s like a huge CD player. Except it&#039;s not digital. And sues a needle instead of a laser." alt="100 best gadgets ever: Rise of the WWW" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/debut_1.jpg?1407296917" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/100-best-gadgets-ever-rise-www/feature-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/100-best-gadgets-ever-rise-www/feature-0#comments 100 Best Gadgets Ever Lists Fri, 18 Jul 2014 10:29:30 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1441761 at http://www.stuff.tv 100 Best Gadgets Ever: We Got Game http://www.stuff.tv/100-best-gadgets-ever-we-got-game/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Our tasting menu of history&#039;s greatest inventions continues with a trip through the era of the Game Boy, the MiniDisc and the first Apple Mac </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="It&#039;s a tiny, pixelated SMACKDOOOOOWNNN!!! " alt="100 best gadgets ever: we got game" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/wegotgameboy.jpg?1407114108" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>A new crop of more powerful consoles was changing the way we played video games, while a few face-mounted 3D units allowed a glimpse at the future; technology was reshaping the way we listened to music; and Apple was making a really nice desktop computer you couldn&#39;t afford. When you think about it, the 1980s and early &#39;90s were just like today, only with different haircuts.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/stufftv-0" title="View user profile.">StuffTV</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> tomytronic 3d (1983) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Its binocular stylings, complete with neck strap, belie the fact that Tomytronic 3D was the first 3D home gaming system. OK, so its gameplay and graphics were a bit repetitive, but chasing high scores in the likes of&nbsp;<em>Shark Attack</em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em>Thundering Turbo</em>&nbsp;ensured an immersive experience full of flashing, bleeping fun.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="340" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/vJOLOxKvds0" width="604"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Tomytronic 3D (1983)" alt="100 best gadgets ever: we got game" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/TomyTronic.jpg?1407114108" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple Mac (1984) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><style type="text/css"> </style></p> <p class="normal">Try to imagine using your computer without a mouse. Go on. You&rsquo;ve given up already, haven&rsquo;t you? That&rsquo;s because it&rsquo;s practically impossible &ndash; and the mouse&rsquo;s existence is all down to the Apple Mac. What it lacked in expandability (a theme that pops up frequently with Apple even today) it made up for in performance (ditto) and price (er, nevermind) but there were other neat touches that would go on to be influential. The all-in-one design lives on today in the iMac while the handle on the top for easy transporting demonstrated the kind of fresh thinking Apple would become famous for. Microsoft&rsquo;s Windows-powered machines might&rsquo;ve gone on to rule the world but they&rsquo;d be nothing without the Apple Mac.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="340" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/BC65jAAZH54" width="604"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="675" title="Apple Mac (1984)" alt="100 best gadgets ever: we got game" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/applemac.jpg?1407114108" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Casio Databank CD-40 (1984) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>While you couldn&rsquo;t exactly call it a smartwatch by today&rsquo;s standard, the Databank was a trailblazer in wearable tech. Casio had already made watches with calculators in them, but this was the first to include a &lsquo;databank&rsquo; which would hold up to 10 phone numbers right there on your wrist. Wearable digital storage in 1984? Yes please.</p> <p><em>(Image credit: pocketcalculatorshow.com)</em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="948" height="900" title="Casio Databank CD-40 (1984)" alt="100 best gadgets ever: we got game" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/casio-cd-40-4.jpg?1407114108" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tamiya Hornet (1984) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Hornet wasn&#39;t Tamiya&rsquo;s first, nor its fastest remote control car, but its lightweight polycarbonate body meant it could take a Grasshopper at the playground lights. Although it was a sturdy piece of kit, careless Hornet drivers spent as much time fiddling with pranged steering servos or mixing epoxy to glue the spoiler back on as they did racing the thing.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="453" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/5QsIXzMRXLI" width="604"></iframe></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/100-best-gadgets-ever-silicon-age/feature">READ MORE: 100 Best Gadgets Ever - The Silicon Age</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Tamiya Hornet (1984)" alt="100 best gadgets ever: we got game" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/hornet.jpg?1407114108" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Commodore Amiga 500 (1987) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>While Commodore 64 owners sat waiting for their tapes to load, the Amiga 500 galloped ahead with its new-fangled 3.5in floppy discs. The Atari ST&rsquo;s MIDI support meant it was popular with musicians such as Jean Michel Jarre, but gamers took to the stunning 16-bit &lsquo;HAM&rsquo; graphics of the Amiga 500, which gave us classics such as&nbsp;<em>Sensible World Of Soccer</em>,&nbsp;<em>Lemmings</em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em>Prince Of Persia</em>.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="453" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/DaRkacQ-YMg" width="604"></iframe></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/100-best-gadgets-ever-engineering-age/feature">READ MORE: 100 Best Gadgets Ever - The Engineering Age</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1159" height="900" title="Commodore Amiga 500 (1987)" alt="100 best gadgets ever: we got game" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Amiga500_system.jpg?1407114108" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Acorn Archimedes (1987) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Archimedes was the first home computer to use an ARM chip. That makes it an ancestor of your iPad, your Kindle, your Pebble and, well, pretty much every smartphone and tablet around today. Yes, even that one. More powerful than the Amiga and Atari that came just before it, the Archimedes reigned in classrooms for the next five years.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="453" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/hrj-EEnsacQ" width="604"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1110" height="900" title="Acorn Archimedes (1987)" alt="100 best gadgets ever: we got game" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/AcornArchimedes.jpg?1407114108" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Nintendo Game Boy (1989) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><style type="text/css"> </style></p> <p class="normal">The Wii wasn&rsquo;t the first underpowered Nintendo console to succeed against the odds. Despite the Game Gear having a colour screen and the 16-bit Atari Lynx also being more powerful, the Game Boy&rsquo;s dual-pronged attack of&nbsp;<em>Tetris</em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em>Mario</em>, plus a longer battery life than its technically superior rivals thanks to the greenscale screen, meant Nintendo won the first handheld console battle.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="453" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/yB7kcH3Xv6M" width="604"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Nintendo Game Boy (1989)" alt="100 best gadgets ever: we got game" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Nintendo_Gameboy.jpg?1407114108" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Super Nintendo Entertainment System (1990) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Following swiftly on the heels of the Game Boy was the SNES. School playgrounds buzzed with debate over which was better: the SNES or the Megadrive. It was the SNES, obviously, with its &lsquo;Mode 7&rsquo; 3D graphics (remember the polygons of intergalactic nature-reserve-at-war&nbsp;<em>Starwing</em>?), the greatest multiplayer game ever (<em>Mario Kart</em>) and the first console version of&nbsp;<em>Street Fighter II</em>.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="453" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/pzFnyHD_O7k" width="604"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Super Nintendo Entertainment System (1990)" alt="100 best gadgets ever: we got game" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/SNES.jpg?1407114108" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> IBM Thinkpad (1992) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Thinkpad might be about as exciting to look at as sloth Royal Rumble but as laptops go it&rsquo;s one of the most influential ever made. It introduced the TrackPoint &ndash; a pressure-sensitive nubbin for moving the mouse pointer &ndash; and a system that shuts down the hard drive when the laptop detects it&rsquo;s been dropped. And did we mention it&rsquo;s the only laptop certified for use on the International Space Station?</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="IBM Thinkpad (1992)" alt="100 best gadgets ever: we got game" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IBM_Thinkpad_R51.jpg?1407114108" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony MZ-1 (1992) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><style type="text/css"> </style></p> <p class="normal">Like a cross between a floppy disc and a shrunken CD encased in plastic, MiniDisc might&rsquo;ve turned out to be a stepping stone between CDs and MP3s but it&rsquo;s one-mixtape-makers will always remember it fondly for its cassette-thrashing sound quality and recordable versatility. The MZ-1 was its inaugural vessel &ndash; a real slab compared to what came in the years after, when the players slimmed down to barely bigger than the disc itself and also allowed you to record directly from a computer. Of course, as soon as the MP3 player emerged MiniDisc&rsquo;s days were numbered but it lived on in radio production &ndash; and our hearts &ndash; for some time.</p> <p class="normal"><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/100-best-gadgets-ever-tv-age/feature">READ MORE: The 100 Best Gadgets Ever - The TV Age</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="869" title="Sony MZ-1 (1992)" alt="100 best gadgets ever: we got game" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Minidisc_Sony_MZ1.jpg?1407114108" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/100-best-gadgets-ever-we-got-game/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/100-best-gadgets-ever-we-got-game/feature#comments 100 Best Gadgets Ever Lists Thu, 17 Jul 2014 12:10:06 +0000 Will Dunn 1442049 at http://www.stuff.tv 100 Best Gadgets Ever: The Silicon Age http://www.stuff.tv/100-best-gadgets-ever-silicon-age/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Games consoles, video recorders, portable music and personal computers - the modern world as we know it starts here </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Silicon Age" alt="100 best gadgets ever - the silicon age" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/100-best-gadgets-ever-silicon-age-main.jpg?1406769841" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Not that long ago computers were made from vacuum tubes, resistors, capacitors and goat dung and were so big they had their own weather systems. In an alternate universe, humanity continued down that path and your alter-ego is reading this on a mobile phone the size of a kettle.&nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/marc-mclaren" title="View user profile.">Marc McLaren</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> JVC HR-3300 (1976) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Arriving in 1976, the HR-3300 VHS VCR was yet another life-changing Japanese product. No more would you miss your favourite episode of&nbsp;<em>Columbo</em>&nbsp;because you were out disco dancing &ndash; this hulking beast would record every minute of it for you. Amazingly, it didn&rsquo;t use any custom-made parts: all its innards can be purchased in any electronics store, even today.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="JVC HR-3300 (1976)" alt="100 best gadgets ever JVC HR-3300 (1976)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/100-best-gadgets-ever-jvc-hr-3300.jpg?1406769841" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> ATARI 2600 (1977) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>With its wood-effect case, simple one-button joysticks and blocky graphics the 2600 looks like a bit of a relic today &ndash; but then again, it&rsquo;s easy to underestimate what a revelation it was being able to play <em>Battlezone</em> and <em>Pac-Man</em> at home with your friends. This was the console that really brought the arcade machine experience into the front room &ndash; the grandfather of the PS4, if you will.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/YJNbhekKShI" width="604"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Atari 2600 (1977)" alt="100 best gadgets ever Atari 2600 (1977)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/100-best-gadgets-ever-atari-2600.jpg?1406769841" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony Walkman (1979) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Before the Walkman, listening to your own music involved a plugged-in hi-fi or a giant boombox on your shoulder. The idea of a &lsquo;personal stereo&rsquo; was a mere fantasy until the magicians at Sony managed to shrink a cassette player to a size that would run on batteries and clip to your belt, though to begin with it was still pretty big. They continued to be produced until 2003, overlapping with the first iPod by two years.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/0sL5j5fYYgo" width="604"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony Walkman (1979)" alt="100 best gadgets ever Sony Walkman (1979)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/100-best-gadgets-ever-sony-walkman.jpg?1406769841" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Roland TR-808 (1980) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A gadget that was out of the limelight but still touched the lives of nearly every music lover through the tracks it produced and styles it influenced. The TR-808 was an &rsquo;80s analogue synth drum machine that provided the signature sounds for everything from Marvin Gaye&rsquo;s &#39;Sexual Healing&#39; to tracks by Public Enemy. The band 808 State even named themselves after it.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/iE9qem7gDKk" width="604"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Roland TR-808 (1980)" alt="100 best gadgets ever Roland TR-808 (1980)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/100-best-gadgets-ever-roland-tr808.jpg?1406769841" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Audi Quattro (1980) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Nissan, Porsche and even Ferrari are proving that you can often go much faster with power in all four wheels. And, obviously, rally cars have been 4WD for years. The daddy of them all is the Audi Quattro, which proved devastatingly effective as both a road and rally car, not to mention one of the coolest cars of the &rsquo;80s. Audi keeps threatening to bring it back. Let&rsquo;s hope so.&nbsp;<em>Chas Hallett,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.autocar.co.uk" target="_blank">Autocar</a></em></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/100-best-gadgets-ever-engineering-age/feature">The 100 best gadgets ever: The engineering age</a></strong></p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/8sX_k1yGmzM" width="560"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Audi Quattro (1980)" alt="100 best gadgets ever Audi Quattro (1980)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/100-best-gadgets-ever-audio-quattro.jpg?1406769841" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> IBM PERSONAL COMPUTER (1981) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The start of the movement of computers into the home was heralded by IBM&rsquo;s entry into the burgeoning market. By flinging open the doors to its technical specifications and software, IBM encouraged the development of third-party software and peripherals, helping to create the &lsquo;IBM PC-compatible&rsquo; standard and helping young companies such as Microsoft get a foothold at the same time.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/39jtNUGgmd4?start=511" width="604"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="IBM Personal Computer (1981)" alt="100 best gadgets ever IBM Personal Computer (1981)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/100-best-gadgets-ever-ibm-personal-computer.jpg?1406769841" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> SONY CDP-101 (1982) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Introducing Sony and Philips&rsquo; own &lsquo;compact disc&rsquo; format to the world, the CDP-101 was the very first commercially available CD player. It brought digital music to the masses and was the death knell for the magnetic cassette tape thanks to CDs&rsquo; higher quality, longevity (when treated well and put back in the case) and ability to skip almost instantly between tracks.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/gItmsZq9j5g" width="604"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony CDP-101 (1982)" alt="100 best gadgets ever Sony CDP-101 (1982)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/100-best-gadgets-ever-sony-cdp-101.jpg?1406769841" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> SINCLAIR ZX SPECTRUM (1982) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Spectrum is one of Britain&rsquo;s great computer triumphs, cooked up by the brilliant but bonkers Sir Clive Sinclair, who went on to invent the even more bonkers Sinclair C5 electric trike. The Spectrum was tiny (everything was contained inside the keyboard) and it was cheap thanks in part to the fact that you could plug it into the TV you already owned. It also allowed users to write their own programs, encouraging a flood of bedroom programmers to begin tinkering and eventually create some mighty fine games such as <em>Jet Set Willy</em> and <em>Manic Miner</em>. The unmistakable sound it made when loading a game off a cassette tape is imprinted in the minds of a generation.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/WUDPSzhfPQo" width="604"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sinclair ZX Spectrum (1982)" alt="100 best gadgets ever Sinclair ZX Spectrum (1982)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/100-best-gadgets-ever-sinclair-zx-spectrum.jpg?1406769841" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Seiko TV Watch (1983) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>With a tiny 1.25in LCD screen that you could watch TV on, this watch was nothing short of miraculous considering electronic digital timepieces had only been around for a decade. Still, when you did want to watch telly, you had to connect it up to a receiver box that would fit in your shirt pocket. It even appeared on James Bond&rsquo;s wrist in <em>Octopussy</em>, though with a fake colour screen.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/NFo1S8tsaw0?start=138" width="604"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Seiko TV Watch (1983)" alt="100 best gadgets ever Seiko TV Watch (1983)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/100-best-gadgets-ever-seiko-tv-watch.jpg?1406769841" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> NINTENDO ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEM (NES) (1983) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The console that launched Nintendo&rsquo;s unique brand of gaming and introduced the portly plumber Mario and his pals, the 8-bit NES took three years to make it from Japan to the UK. Bringing Nintendo out of the arcades and into the home revitalised the market that many thought had run out of steam after the Atari 2600. It even let us shoot ducks from our sofa with its light gun accessory.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/cssV9F6JhbE" width="604"></iframe></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/25-best-things-watch-netflix-right-now/feature">The 30 best things to watch on Netflix</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Nintendo Entertainment System (1983)" alt="100 best gadgets ever Nintendo Entertainment System (1983)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/100-best-gadgets-ever-nintendo-entertainment-system.jpg?1406769841" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/100-best-gadgets-ever-silicon-age/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/100-best-gadgets-ever-silicon-age/feature#comments 100 Best Gadgets Ever Lists Wed, 16 Jul 2014 10:51:26 +0000 Marc McLaren 1441556 at http://www.stuff.tv