Apps and Games http://www.stuff.tv/my/apps-and-games/videos en-MY 10 weird and wonderful things to look forward to in The Sims 4 http://www.stuff.tv/my/electronic-arts/10-weird-and-wonderful-things-look-forward-sims-4/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> New ways of dying, fresh career options and a magic tree are just a few of your soon to be favourite Sim things </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="567" height="425" title="10 weird and wonderful things to look forward to in The Sims 4" alt="10 weird and wonderful things to look forward to in The Sims 4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/astronaut.png?1409638103" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>There are a lot of new features and interactions to be explored and unlocked in the latest version of the game. Here are just a few we got EA to spill.&nbsp;</p> <p>As for the rest? You&#39;ll just have to wait till we go full-on review mode with the game or find out for yourself when it&#39;s available from 2 September. In the meantime, see what sort of crazy shenigans the Sims are up to in their latest adventure.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;</strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/sims-4-first-play/review">First Play: The Sims 4</a></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="/my/users/elissa-loi" title="View user profile.">Elissa Loi</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"> Birthing process </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 a Sim gets pregnant, she can actually take a pregnancy test now. And when she actually gives birth, she can breastfeed the child as well. As usual, babies are the one age group that do not die. But if you were to neglect it, Social Services will take it away.&nbsp;You&#39;ve been warned.</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="567" height="425" title="Birthing process" alt="10 weird and wonderful things to look forward to in The Sims 4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Birthing%20process.jpg?1409638103" /> </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"> Buzz Lightyear </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>One of the new careers this time around includes becoming a moonman, because who doesn&rsquo;t want to be an astronaut at some point in their lives? If you choose that career path, you will actually have the ability to build your own rocketship and eventually blast off from your own backyard into space.&nbsp;Because crew safety guidelines.</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="567" height="425" title="Buzz Lightyear" alt="10 weird and wonderful things to look forward to in The Sims 4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/rocket_0.png?1409638103" /> </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"> Speaking of rocketships </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>Two Sims can get down and dirty in the rocketship, or in Sims terms, woohoo. And another Sim can actually watch it all go down via a computer as the rocketship is linked for live streaming of launches. Don&rsquo;t worry, The Sims didn&rsquo;t get perverse, the voyeur&rsquo;s mood doesn&rsquo;t fluctuate in any way.</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-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"> Work the wood </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>Woodworking, formerly only found in an expansion pack, now resides in the base game. As you get better at handiness, not only can you carve decorative sculptures using your woodworking bench, you can actually make usable furniture for your home as well. Money saved.</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/rTmKvQrQT10" 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"> Pen pal </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>Your Sim can start sending messages to a pen pal on the computer in game. And as he connects with these other Sims from other worlds and become better friends with them, they will start sending your Sim postcards from their words that he can hang up on his wall.</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="693" height="425" title="Pen pal" alt="10 weird and wonderful things to look forward to in The Sims 4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Pen%20pal.jpg?1409638103" /> </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"> Build me up, buttercup </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>Roofs for one have a whole lot more customisation than what was possible previously so you can start to drag up the height of roofs, add curves, and even adjust the eaves on roofs so you can make things like pagoda roofs in the base game now, without having to wait for a location-specific expansion pack.&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="567" height="425" title="10 weird and wonderful things to look forward to in The Sims 4" alt="10 weird and wonderful things to look forward to in The Sims 4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/build_1.jpg?1409638103" /> </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"> Magic tree </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 magical tree with glowing moss exists. Your Sim can start taking care of it by watering it and talking to it. Eventually, he will be able to step through this hole in the tree and appear in this magical forest glade on the other side where there are tons of collectibles, lots of unique plants to discover, and different fish you can catch.</p> <p>You just have to locate the magical tree first.&nbsp;</p> </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"> It&#039;s in them genes </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 can take a single Sim and generate genetics in either direction. Make a son or daughter, dad or mum, a sister or brother. Alternatively, you can take two Sims and from them create a child. And yes, you can create a child from a same-gender couple too.</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="850" height="425" title="It&#039;s in them genes" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/It%27s%20in%20them%20genes.jpg?1409638103" /> </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"> Too many feels </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 new ways to die. And one of them is via extreme emotions.&nbsp;You can die from being too angry, or even on the other end of the emotion spectrum, laughing too much. So feel free to push your Sims to the extreme.</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="567" height="425" title="Too many feels" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Too%20many%20feels.jpg?1409638103" /> </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"> Anger is healthy </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 Sim is feeling pissed, it means they&rsquo;re pumped up a little more and the adrenaline&rsquo;s flowing.&nbsp;In real life, we&#39;d just sulk, but in The Sims, they channel emotions in more constructive ways.&nbsp;So when you send them to the gym while they&rsquo;re feeling angry, they actually have a better workout as they&rsquo;re working harder.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;</strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/electronic-arts/electronic-arts-imitates-life-sims-4/feature">The thin fine line between virtual and reality in The Sims 4</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="567" height="425" title="10 weird and wonderful things to look forward to in The Sims 4" alt="10 weird and wonderful things to look forward to in The Sims 4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/TS4_E3_Treadmill.png?1409638103" /> </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> http://www.stuff.tv/my/electronic-arts/10-weird-and-wonderful-things-look-forward-sims-4/feature#comments Apps and Games Electronic Arts Mon, 01 Sep 2014 10:41:34 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1446264 at http://www.stuff.tv Google Glass can now detect emotions with this app http://www.stuff.tv/my/glass/google-glass-can-now-detect-emotions-app/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Called Shore, it enables you to determine a person’s emotional state </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="640" height="360" title="Google Glass can now detect emotions with this app " alt="Google Glass can now detect emotions with this app " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/20140827_BS_Shore_Google_Glass_happy_1.jpg?1409297839" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you can&rsquo;t tell that a person is happy by the smile on his/her face or unhappy by the tears streaming down their cheeks, here&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/glass/google-glass/review">Google Glass </a>to the rescue.</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="/my/users/hafizahosman" title="View user profile.">Hafizah Osman</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"> Shore is functional.. </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;It is the first emotion recognition software in the world to function in real-time with Google Glass. This opens up an entire spectrum of new smart eyewear applications, including communication aids for people with disorders,&rdquo; it claimed.</p> <p>What this communication aid does is display this real-time analysis in the person&#39;s field of vision on Google Glass, and if a visually impaired person uses it, they can choose to have the information fed to them via supplementary audio.</p> <p>Fraunhofer IIS hopes that the application will create a positive impact on people and highlights that it can also be integrated into other applications such as market research analyses or even interactive games beyond on just Google Glass. &nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/glass/patent-filed-google-suggests-there-s-new-glass-design-works/news">This pair of normal looking glasses is actually Google Glass&nbsp;</a></p> <p>[Source and image:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.iis.fraunhofer.de/en/pr/2014/20140827_BS_Shore_Google_Glas.html" target="_blank">Fraunhofer IIS</a>]&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/Suc5B79qjfE" 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> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/glass/google-glass-can-now-detect-emotions-app/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/glass/google-glass-can-now-detect-emotions-app/news#comments Apps and Games Glass Google Wearable tech Fri, 29 Aug 2014 05:54:01 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1446129 at http://www.stuff.tv Bioshock, one of the finest FPS games of all time, arrives on iPhone and iPad http://www.stuff.tv/my/bioshock-arrives-iphone-and-ipad/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Now you can blast your way around Rapture on your iOS device </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 arrives on iPhone and iPad" alt="Bioshock arrives on iPhone and iPad" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/bioshock-ios.jpg?1409283249" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Bioshock is without doubt one of the best-loved first-person shooters of all time, and now it&rsquo;s available to play on your iOS device.</p> <p>That&rsquo;s right: 2K Games has managed to squeeze the entire underwater city of Rapture and all its demented denizens into a mobile game that, graphically, looks not too far off the 2007 Xbox 360 and PC original.</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="/my/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</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-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The game, which blends horror with philosophical musings on Objectivism and the very act of playing videogames, sees you exploring Rapture, a once-Utopian city that has since fallen to anarchy and terror. During your adventure you&rsquo;ll biologically modify your body using plasmids, giving you special powers, and have the opportunity to either save or exploit the innocent Little Sisters.</p> <p>You can buy Bioshock for US$14.99 (RM47.30) right now at the <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/my/app/bioshock/id871629757?mt=8" target="_blank">App Store</a>. It&rsquo;ll take up 1.65GB of space, and is compatible with iPhone models above the 4S, the fouth-generation iPad and above and the second-generation iPad Mini. It will not run on the iPod Touch.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/playstation-3/bioshock-infinite/review">Bioshock Infinite review</a></strong></p> <p>&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/7HAyShZw6mM" 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"> Welcome to Rapture: Bioshock hits iOS </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/my/bioshock-arrives-iphone-and-ipad/news#comments Apps and Games iOS games iPhone & iPad Thu, 28 Aug 2014 14:10:27 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1446117 at http://www.stuff.tv The thin fine line between virtual and reality in The Sims 4 http://www.stuff.tv/my/electronic-arts/electronic-arts-imitates-life-sims-4/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Electronics Arts producer Graham Nardone shows us the reality behind the studio&#039;s newest life simulation </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="567" height="425" title="The thin fine line between virtual and reality in The Sims 4" alt="The thin fine line between virtual and reality in The Sims 4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/The%20Sims%204.jpg?1409283237" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The life you&#39;re living right now is real. So do the Sims in their wacky world. Or so they think.</p> <p>Electronic Arts&#39; latest life simulator <em>The Sims 4</em>&nbsp;is clearly crossing the line between fiction and reality. At least, that&#39;s what we gleamed from our conversation with its producer Graham Nardone.</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="/my/users/elissa-loi" title="View user profile.">Elissa Loi</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"> How close is the Sims 4 to reality? </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>&quot;In terms of the situations you get into, The Sims as a franchise just takes a really optimistic view on life so you don&#39;t get into a lot of dark or violent situations. We placed a lot more emphasis on the way the Sims behave by giving them emotions and depth of personality through personality traits. All these choices have a significant impact on how they behave once they&#39;re in game.</p> <p class="p1">The emotion system we have this time around is really quite different from anything that was in the past Sims game because as you experience these emotions, different socialisation options with other Sims and interactions with other objects in the world are unlocked, so you discover a lot of gameplay paths that you can go down.&quot;</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="567" height="425" title="As real as it gets" alt="The thin fine line between virtual and reality in The Sims 4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/pancake.jpg?1409283237" /> </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"> Real life inspirations? </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>&quot;We like to look at some real world situations and then apply that information back into the Sims. If you compare one of the past Sim games with The Sims 4, you can see in the past that the Sims moved very robotically.</p> <p class="p1">One of the really interesting things that we did during development is that we had these social gatherings between different developers where we would put cameras up and watch their behaviour: how they moved around other people, how they engaged in conversations and put that information back into the game to make our Sims feel more natural.&quot;</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/XFQbNU5fgls" 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"> How have emotions 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>&quot;Emotions used to be black and white in past Sims games. They didn&#39;t have any real subtlety. Either your Sim felt good and that&rsquo;s a good thing, or your Sim felt bad and you want to get them feeling good as soon as you could.</p> <p>The real big change is that there&#39;s no right or wrong emotion to be in anymore. So even if you&#39;re in an emotion that&#39;s perceived as a negative, there are still positive things you can do within that. Traditionally a Sim will mope around and not get much done, but you can actually channel that in very creative ways in The Sims 4. A Sim who&rsquo;s an artist can paint a beautiful painting while he&rsquo;s sad, or compose great music if he&#39;s a musician.&quot;</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="567" height="425" title="Emo nemos" alt="The thin fine line between virtual and reality in The Sims 4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/music.jpg?1409283237" /> </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"> What about careers? </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>&quot;We want careers to be a little more involved now so your Sim gets a few little tasks to accomplish at home that will help his work performance.</p> <p>If painting is your career, it would make sense that a painter has his own art studio at home. While you can&#39;t build that initially, as you become more accomplished in that career, you&#39;re going to start unlocking objects that will allow you to build a realistic art studio at home.</p> <p>Decisions you make in your Sim&rsquo;s life can be reflected in their home environment as well so it feels more related to the game that you&#39;re playing.&quot;</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/rTmKvQrQT10" 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"> And the all-time favourite - deaths </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>&quot;Given how important emotions are in the game, there are new ways to die via some of those extreme emotions.</p> <p>One example was that I had my Sim propose to another to get married and she rejected him. He was already feeling embarrassed as it was out in public and then my Sim couldn&#39;t get to the bathroom in time and ended up wetting himself right in front of all those other people. It just pushed him right over the edge and he died of embarrassment. That&rsquo;s new but we still have a lot of the classic ones that players can expect.&quot;&nbsp;</p> </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"> Like setting yourself on fire while cooking a meal? </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>&quot;Fires are a little bit more dangerous now. They pass through walls and can go over foundation levels, so you kind of have to watch out.&quot;</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="567" height="425" title="Fire! Fire!" alt="The thin fine line between virtual and reality in The Sims 4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/fire.jpg?1409283237" /> </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"> So you took away the toddler life stage and pool-building… </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>&quot;When we were making a base game for The Sims, we had to think about what we&rsquo;re focusing on for the game and for The Sims 4, it was about bringing the experience back to the Sims themselves. So much of our resources and time went into making the Sims believeable by giving them personalities and emotions that bring them to life to create that strong foundation that we can continue to build upon in the future.</p> <p>Fans reacted very strongly to the removal of those two elements and of course we listen to that feedback. I can&rsquo;t discuss what&#39;s coming next, but if you look back at what we&rsquo;ve done with The Sims franchise in the past we&rsquo;re always very responsive to fans in terms of what they&rsquo;re asking for and where they want the franchise to go.&quot;</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="567" height="425" title="The thin fine line between virtual and reality in The Sims 4" alt="The thin fine line between virtual and reality in The Sims 4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/pool.jpg?1409283237" /> </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"> So fan feedback is valuable to you guys </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>Our community is huge with us, more than any other development team that I can think of. You&rsquo;ll find a lot of The Sims developers interacting with the community. There are 25 to 30 of us on Twitter. Not just producers, but designers, engineers, artists. A lot of different areas of the team are visible and people can just start having conversations with us. We&rsquo;re really accessible.</p> </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"> We have to ask, what’s the fascination with llamas? </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>I joined The Sims studio about five years ago and the whole llama thing was already well established by then. I don&#39;t personally know where that came from originally but I think it&rsquo;s Will Wright (game designer) or Tim LeTourneau (producer). One of them had a real fascination with llamas and they&rsquo;ve featured in the game ever since.</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="567" height="425" title="Yo momma is a llama!" alt="The thin fine line between virtual and reality in The Sims 4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/llama.jpg?1409283237" /> </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"> That’s not an option for a pet, right? </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>No, it&rsquo;s never been, but it should be. That would be a really fun one.</p> </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"> Are simulation games still relevant in today’ gaming landscape? </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&rsquo;re more relevant than they&rsquo;ve ever been in a long time. You see these really niche games come out and I think it&rsquo;s great that there&rsquo;s an audience for this kind of stuff. Even recently with that <em>Goat Simulator</em> game. There&rsquo;s still a lot of interest around the simulation genre especially amongst the PC audience who really like that kind of in-depth experience that they can really sink their teeth into.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: </strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/goat-simulator-live-life-goat-michael-bay-film/feature">Goat Simulator:&nbsp;Live the life of a goat, in a Michael Bay film</a></p> </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"> What expansion packs are in the future? </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 nothing I can get into talking about just yet. i think we will see some interesting stuff this time around because of the difference emotions bring to the game. That&rsquo;s going to bring about new possibilities in how players want their Sims to engage in different themes in the future.</p> </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"> Do you think the game could ever get old? </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>(laughs) I don&#39;t think so. We&rsquo;re coming up on our 15th year anniversary. When you talk about a subject as broad as a life simulation, there&rsquo;s really limitless possibilities; not only where you can go with the game but what you can do in the game.</p> <p>Whether it&#39;s exploring your creative side, making some really strange Sims, or building a funky floating home, there are just so many angles in approaching situations that there&rsquo;s always something new to discover in-game.</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="567" height="425" title="Wacky fun never gets old" alt="The thin fine line between virtual and reality in The Sims 4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/new.jpg?1409283237" /> </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/my/electronic-arts/electronic-arts-imitates-life-sims-4/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/electronic-arts/electronic-arts-imitates-life-sims-4/feature#comments Apps and Games Electronic Arts Interviews Fri, 29 Aug 2014 03:30:00 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1446116 at http://www.stuff.tv First Play: The Sims 4 http://www.stuff.tv/my/sims-4-first-play/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Does the classic life simulation game still has its appeal in its fourth outing? We poked, manipulated and played with The Sims 4 to answer this burning question </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="567" height="425" title="The Sims 4 review" alt="The Sims 4 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sims4_0.jpg?1409532574" /> </div> </div> </div> <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="/my/users/elissa-loi" title="View user profile.">Elissa Loi</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Sims. An iconic game title that lets you create the reality you desire and makes you an all-powerful being that controls and dictates every single facet of your Sim&#39;s life.</p> <p>Since its inception in 2000, the wildly popular life simulation game has gone through various iterations on different platforms. Today, you can bring it along in your smartphone or tablet, but the real fun (and much of the crazy shenanigans) still resides in its original PC roots.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> RM-1.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default"> stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review 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"> Playing God </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 case you were wondering how we came up with those names, we didn&rsquo;t. Neither did we come up with their appearances. Because if we did, we&rsquo;d hardly get any gameplay time.&nbsp;To say the options are vast is an understatement. You can change body shape, features, clothing, and create the Sim of your dreams, much like the previous versions.</p> <p>But it&#39;s not all cosmetic. You can select an aspiration and up to three traits from four categories. Feeling nefarious? Make your Sim an evil genius who hates children.&nbsp;His unsupervised interactions with children could spell disaster in reality, but more of a humour mechanism for you.</p> <p>These traits aren&rsquo;t superficial factors either. They affect your Sim&rsquo;s life in different ways as he lives it out. More importantly, these traits affect your Sim&#39;s ability to learn certain skills.</p> <p>All that might be pretty similar to the other versions of The Sims games, but what&rsquo;s new this time around is the existence of genetics. You can combine two different Sims to get a Simling that won&rsquo;t leave you questioning if either parent has been unfaithful. Genetics doesn&rsquo;t just work for child creation, you can also create your character&rsquo;s parent or sibling.</p> <p>As for house creation, you can choose to build it from the ground up, or access the community directly from your game to download fan-made designs from entire houses to lone rooms. Yes, none of those messy file moving into the game folders or exiting the game to download the content like in The Sims 3.</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="567" height="425" title="Playing God" alt="The Sims 4 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/shape.jpg?1409532574" /> </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"> All work and no play </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 order to buy all that nice furniture, we need money so it&rsquo;s off to work the girls go. Even when they&rsquo;re at work, you still get an element of control over your Sims, choosing whether they socialise with their co-workers or simply bury themselves in work, which would in turn affect their job performance.</p> <p class="p1">Luckily, Marci Linn got to work as a tech guru. In Sims term, that means she gets to play four hours of video games every day. Precisely what we want to do in real-life, which does happen in our job once in a while.&nbsp;Occasional random happenings pop up during work in which you have to make a decision that will either reward or discredit you. A nice touch to the routine and very effective in boosting in job performance.</p> <p class="p1">Just like in real life, when your passions and job align, expect to do very well in life. This translates to furniture upgrading in Sim life and decking out that dream home you could never afford in your drab reality.</p> <p class="p1">Apart from career goals, there are mini goals that pop up over your avatar&#39;s head according to his personality. As our Sim was somewhat of a nature lover, one of her tiny goals was to harvest 10 plants, which would in turn earn her some Sim points. What&#39;s the point of those? You can spend them in the Rewards Store to get mood potions which would fill up your happiness bar instantly.</p> <p class="p1">The said rewards can also improve certain characteristics like Fertile which would go towards an easier time for your Sims when they&#39;re trying for a baby and ever a higher chance of expecting multiples.&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="567" height="425" title="The Sims 4 review" alt="The Sims 4 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/workwork_1.png?1409532574" /> </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"> Gameplay - love and war </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>Everyone who has played The Sims knows that it&rsquo;s not a game that you can easily dive in and do justice to in just two hours so we focused on emotions. More specifically, manipulating Aubrey Henry to get a stranger she&rsquo;d just met to fall in love with her isn&#39;t that easy. But in order to explore the romantic relationship aspect of The Sims 4, and just how accurately it simulates the tangled web of romantic emotions, we bit the bullet.</p> <p class="p1">We set her upon a random hapless chap just making his way past her house. After the initial niceties, we inched the interaction towards the romantic side, peppering it with friendly actions in between. Reality and virtual collide, as we realised much later that coming on too strong is just as much of a problem in The Sims 4.</p> </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-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As the love bar filled up, new romantic actions popped up, and we finally got the chance to ask the man on a date. Another interesting tweak to The Sims 4 is the ability to travel to other worlds, therefore increasing possibilities, and we chose a nightclub for our first date. Ask not why, ask why not instead</p> <p>Date goals were set, in this case to land a first kiss which we subsequently failed as the object of our desire roamed off to sit at the bar and chat up another chick.&nbsp;The nerve of some people.</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="567" height="425" title="The Sims 4 review" alt="The Sims 4 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/flirt_0.png?1409532574" /> </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-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As we pondered why the date went awry, we decided to explore the other end of the emotion spectrum - hate. That gave us free rein to explore our mean trait and experiment on the unfortunate Sim seated next to us. After we implied that her mother is a llama and threw a drink at her, we got into our first bar brawl ever. But its impact only went as far as the friendship bar turning red.</p> <p>We&rsquo;d love to see emotions have wider reach, affecting even friendships with other Sims, instead of having them stand around, eyes glazed over as a scuffle breaks out behind. Actually, this could be the most accurate representation of real-life as people tend to steer clear from a fight when it happens right in front of them.</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="567" height="425" title="The Sims 4 review" alt="The Sims 4 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/traitor_0.png?1409532574" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="567" height="425" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/fight_1_0.png?1409532574" /> </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 morning after... </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 for the man in question, he called upon us the next day. We tried to lay it on thick as the game issued us the new challenge of making the relationship official. Throwing caution to the wind, we made our poor Sim ask him a risque question. Unexpectedly, it backfired and left Aubrey Henry feeling embarrassed all over again. Men...</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="567" height="425" title="The Sims 4 review" alt="The Sims 4 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/rejection_0_0.png?1409532574" /> </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 Sims 4 initial verdict </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 cleaned up user interface and added community integration, The Sims 4 refreshes the experience and is more of a joy than ever to play with. More importantly, it retains that kooky sense of humour (and we might add, an obsession with llamas) that&#39;s the signature of EA&#39;s life simulator.</p> <p>We love the tech bits too, having our Sim take a selfie and possessing a smartphone (gone is that wall telephone). But we&rsquo;ve only just skimmed the surface in our short time with the game. In The Sims 4, the permutations of your interactions with other Sims are near limitless. Check back later to see how else you can prod, poke and abuse the Sims in our full review.&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="567" height="425" title="The Sims 4 review" alt="The Sims 4 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/phone.png?1409532574" /> </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-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Preview </div> </div> </div> <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"> First Play: The Sims 4 </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"> Life imitates reality in EA&#039;s updated simulation game </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sims4_0.jpg?1409532574" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/sims-4-first-play/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/sims-4-first-play/review#comments Apps and Games Electronic Arts Fri, 29 Aug 2014 02:08:53 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1446111 at http://www.stuff.tv Step into EA's world: The coolest chillest corners of the gaming giant's Sydney digs http://www.stuff.tv/my/inside-eas-sydney-digs-cool-chill-and-creative-corners-gaming-giants-australian-space/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> How could we possibly pass up on a chance to see where the world&#039;s most popular games are worked on? </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="567" height="425" title="Step into EA&#039;s world: The coolest chillest corners of the gaming giant&#039;s Sydney digs" alt="Step into EA&#039;s world: The coolest chillest corners of the gaming giant&#039;s Sydney " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/EA%20visitor.jpg?1409533220" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>We&#39;re in Sydney for a preview of The Sims 4 thanks to the nice people at EA.</p> <p>Besides getting our hands on the latest build of the game, we asked nicely and got an office tour at the same time, peeking into their meeting rooms and even their fridges.&nbsp;We hear that it&#39;s a work hard play hard environment, filled with folks who are all gamers on some level.</p> <p>Curious to see where they thrive? Follow us on this visual tour.</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="/my/users/elissa-loi" title="View user profile.">Elissa Loi</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"> Welcome </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 lift opens directly onto EA&#39;s floor, and the first glimpse shows you that this isn&#39;t an ordinary office...</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="1536" height="2048" title="Welcome" alt="Step into EA&#039;s world: The coolest chillest corners of the gaming giant&#039;s Sydney " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/photo%203.JPG?1409533220" /> </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 PHWOAR-yer </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 titles that grace the foyer are the latest and greatest. This time they&#39;re <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/e3-2014/first-play-battlefield-hardline/feature">Battlefield Hardline</a> and Dragon Age Inquisition. The trailer on loop is from the latter, fresh off the recently wrapped Gamescom.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: </strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/e3-2014/first-play-battlefield-hardline/feature">First Play:&nbsp;Battlefield Hardline</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="2048" height="1536" title="The PHWOAR-yer" alt="Step into EA&#039;s world: The coolest chillest corners of the gaming giant&#039;s Sydney " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/photo%201_4.JPG?1409533220" /> </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"> Trophy-full </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>These are nothing, just a few awards that EA has picked up over the years for being good at what they do. No biggie. And these aren&#39;t the end of them.</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="1536" height="2048" title="Trophy-full" alt="Step into EA&#039;s world: The coolest chillest corners of the gaming giant&#039;s Sydney " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/photo%202_2.JPG?1409533220" /> </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"> 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"> Meetings are war </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>Their meeting rooms are themed according to their core titles. Guess which one this was named in honour of?</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="1536" height="2048" title="Meetings are war" alt="Step into EA&#039;s world: The coolest chillest corners of the gaming giant&#039;s Sydney " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/photo%205_1.JPG?1409533220" /> </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"> Bullet points </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 military-themed desk wrap, it can only be Battlefield.</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="1536" height="2048" title="Bullet points" alt="Step into EA&#039;s world: The coolest chillest corners of the gaming giant&#039;s Sydney " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/photo%204_1.JPG?1409533220" /> </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"> Normandy </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 Normandy SR-2 from Mass Effect 3 was created by a sculptor based on the in-game model&#39;s specs. Fact: It used to be in the foyer but has since been moved inside the office as too many people had expressed their desire to steal 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="1536" height="2048" title="Normandy" alt="Step into EA&#039;s world: The coolest chillest corners of the gaming giant&#039;s Sydney " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/photo%201_5.JPG?1409533220" /> </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"> EA patchwork </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&#39;s play &quot;match the EA logo to the game&quot;!&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="1536" height="2048" title="EA patchwork" alt="Step into EA&#039;s world: The coolest chillest corners of the gaming giant&#039;s Sydney " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/photo%202_3.JPG?1409533220" /> </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"> 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"> Marks the spo(r)t </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 where does this hallway lead?</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="1536" height="2048" title="Marks the spo(r)t" alt="Step into EA&#039;s world: The coolest chillest corners of the gaming giant&#039;s Sydney " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/photo%204_2.JPG?1409533220" /> </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"> Game 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>This is where the EA people kick back and try out some of their games, all in the name of work, of course.&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="2048" height="1536" title="Game time" alt="Step into EA&#039;s world: The coolest chillest corners of the gaming giant&#039;s Sydney " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/photo%202_4.JPG?1409533220" /> </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"> Which console is the fairest? </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 are they gaming on? The Xbox 360 and the PS4. We hear they have an Xbox One too, just that it&#39;s hiding in one of the meeting rooms for the moment.&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="2048" height="1536" title="Which console is the fairest?" alt="Step into EA&#039;s world: The coolest chillest corners of the gaming giant&#039;s Sydney " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/photo%203_4.JPG?1409533220" /> </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"> Liquid 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>The EA folks are charged on a supply of Red Bull. They even have blueberry flavoured ones.</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="2048" height="1536" title="Liquid battery" alt="Step into EA&#039;s world: The coolest chillest corners of the gaming giant&#039;s Sydney " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/photo%204_3.JPG?1409533220" /> </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"> No boundaries </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 asked to look into one of their fridges and it&#39;s stocked with liquid gold otherwise known as beer. In case you think they&#39;re boozing on the job, this fridge is reserved for post-work relaxing.&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="1536" height="2048" title="No boundaries" alt="Step into EA&#039;s world: The coolest chillest corners of the gaming giant&#039;s Sydney " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/photo%205_3.JPG?1409533220" /> </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"> Cool </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>Even their fridges display Battlefield pride.</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="1536" height="2048" title="Cool" alt="Step into EA&#039;s world: The coolest chillest corners of the gaming giant&#039;s Sydney " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/photo%203_5.JPG?1409533220" /> </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"> 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"> Make a guess </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>Which title do you think this meeting room is based on now?&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="1536" height="2048" title="Make a guess" alt="Step into EA&#039;s world: The coolest chillest corners of the gaming giant&#039;s Sydney " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/photo%204_4.JPG?1409533220" /> </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"> Obviously </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 space is suitably decked out in sporting regalia, befitting EA Sports&#39; game titles including the best-selling FIFA.</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="2048" height="1536" title="Obviously" alt="Step into EA&#039;s world: The coolest chillest corners of the gaming giant&#039;s Sydney " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/photo%205_5.JPG?1409533220" /> </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"> Also featured </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 walls are also real awards that the EA folks have won in sport competitions against other game publishers. They&#39;re not just gaming geeks, you know. We hear competition gets pretty intense...</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="1536" height="2048" title="Also featured" alt="Step into EA&#039;s world: The coolest chillest corners of the gaming giant&#039;s Sydney " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/photo%203_7.JPG?1409533220" /> </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"> 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"> Make your Sim </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 walls were print outs of Sims that the team had made for an in-house competition. But what caught our eye was a familiar figure, immortalised in Sim 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="2048" height="1536" title="Make your Sim" alt="Step into EA&#039;s world: The coolest chillest corners of the gaming giant&#039;s Sydney " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/photo%202_5.JPG?1409533220" /> </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"> Not all meeting rooms are created equal </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>No, this isn&#39;t an upcoming Australia-themed game by EA. Their main meeting room pays tribute to Australia instead.&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="1536" height="2048" title="Not all meeting rooms are created equal" alt="Step into EA&#039;s world: The coolest chillest corners of the gaming giant&#039;s Sydney " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/photo%203_8.JPG?1409533220" /> </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"> And that&#039;s the end </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>Don&#39;t forget to return your visitor&#39;s lanyard before you leave!</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="1536" height="2048" title="And that&#039;s the end" alt="Step into EA&#039;s world: The coolest chillest corners of the gaming giant&#039;s Sydney " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/photo%205_6.JPG?1409533220" /> </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"> Welcome to EA&#039;s awesome Sydney office </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/EA%20visitor_0.jpg?1409533220" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/my/inside-eas-sydney-digs-cool-chill-and-creative-corners-gaming-giants-australian-space/feature#comments Apps and Games Console games Electronic Arts Thu, 28 Aug 2014 09:21:07 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1446063 at http://www.stuff.tv Uber app under scrutiny in Malaysia http://www.stuff.tv/my/uber-app-under-scrutiny-malaysia/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Popular car-hire app said to be flouting regulations and angering local taxi drivers </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="567" height="425" title="Uber app under scrutiny in Malaysia" alt="Uber app under scrutiny in Malaysia" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/uber_01.jpg?1409198571" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Uber&#39;s certainly been grabbing the headlines. The service has been rolling out fairly quickly across the world but it has gotten quite a lot of flak from, notably, taxi drivers as well as regulatory bodies. Malaysia is the latest country where the app is facing issues as yet again, taxi drivers are unhappy the service exists and it seems Uber is flouting local regulations.</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="/my/users/erna-mahyuni" title="View user profile.">Erna Mahyuni</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"> Uber ban in the works? </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 SPAD has not outright announced the service&#39;s ban, it could be a possibility seeing that the app has been banned in countries such as South Korea. SPAD has attempted to contact Uber but the company has remained incommunicado, not responding to phone calls or emails, the commission said in its statement.</p> <p>Uber&#39;s vehicles are also not covered by commercial insurance and do not go through mandatory semi-annual inspections by local car inspection company Puspakom.<br />tion.</p> <p>SPAD however did state that it would take a &#39;pragmatic approach&#39; and allow Uber to continue operating so long as Uber properly licenses its vehicles and drivers.</p> <p>On Sunday, local taxi operators called on SPAD to act against Uber, calling it a threat to their incomes. Taxi drivers in Europe and the US have also held protests against Uber&#39;s encroaching on their territory but the company is taking it in its stride, continuing to expand to new cities.</p> <p>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/cars">If you&#39;re more keen on your own ride, we&#39;ll keep you informed</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="567" height="425" title="Uber app under scrutiny in Malaysia" alt="Uber app under scrutiny in Malaysia" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/uber_02.jpg?1409198571" /> </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/my/uber-app-under-scrutiny-malaysia/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/uber-app-under-scrutiny-malaysia/news#comments Android apps Apps and Games iOS apps Thu, 28 Aug 2014 04:02:52 +0000 Erna Mahyuni 1446038 at http://www.stuff.tv Fixd helps your car tell you when it needs an oil change http://www.stuff.tv/my/fixd-helps-your-car-tell-you-when-it-needs-oil-change/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> You could think of it as fitness tracker for your car or the next best thing to it telling you to go to a mechanic without breaking down </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="567" height="425" title="Fixd helps your car tell you when it needs an oil change" alt="Fixd helps your car tell you when it needs an oil change" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/fixd.jpg?1409130073" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Wil Wheaton complains we don&#39;t have a flying car yet. Well, we think a talking car would probably be more practical and feasible in the long run (all those flying car accidents, man).</p> <p>Enter Fixd, a handy device with accompanying app that monitors your car&#39;s system and lets you know if stuff needs fixing.</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="/my/users/erna-mahyuni" title="View user profile.">Erna Mahyuni</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"> Plug-and-play diagnostics </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>Fixd will apparently work with any car sold in the US since 1996 and needs only to be plugged into the car&#39;s OBD-II&nbsp; (onboard diagnostics port) to work as an &#39;onboard translator&#39; of sorts. It will check your car&#39;s current status and let you know if any problems are detected. If the situation is severe enough, it will even prompt you to stop the car.</p> <p>What&#39;s even cooler? It will even give you an estimate of how much repairs will cost. Bear in mind that since the Fixd is optimised for US users, the estimates might be far-off from what your local mechanic charges.</p> <p>Another useful thing it does is give you reminders to do the usual maintenance work. Whether it&#39;s oil changes or servicing, Fixd will not let you get too busy to tend to your car. Another nice point? It supports multiple vehicles so you can manage the family&#39;s pool of cars.</p> <p>Sadly, despite the novel premise, the<a href="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/847389453/fixd-your-car-is-talking-to-you-are-you-listening" target="_blank"> Kickstarter campaign</a> isn&#39;t exactly a great success at barely US$4,000 of its US$30,000 goal. One likely reason why it&#39;s not gaining as much momentum is because it&#39;s only shipping in the US.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: </strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/cars">What&#39;s happening in the world of the automobile? We tell you what&#39;s what.</a></p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://mashable.com/2014/08/26/car-sensor-tracker/" target="_blank">Mashable</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="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/DjVS-vd7ZaU" 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> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/fixd-helps-your-car-tell-you-when-it-needs-oil-change/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/fixd-helps-your-car-tell-you-when-it-needs-oil-change/news#comments Apps and Games Cars Wed, 27 Aug 2014 07:18:40 +0000 Erna Mahyuni 1446003 at http://www.stuff.tv Instagram’s got a new standalone app, and it’s called Hyperlapse http://www.stuff.tv/my/instagram-s-got-new-standalone-app-and-it-s-called-hyperlapse/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It lets you present your videos in a seamless fast playback </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="567" height="461" title="Instagram’s got a new standalone app, and it’s called Hyperlapse" alt="Instagram’s got a new standalone app, and it’s called Hyperlapse" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/hyperlapse.jpg?1409123810" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Instagram&rsquo;s multiplying, and by that we mean it&rsquo;s extending its reach with a new, free video-sharing app called Hyperlapse. This makes it the second app the online mobile photo-sharing platform&rsquo;s announced this year &ndash; just a month back, it <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/instagram-s-bolt-slowly-quietly-and-surely-here/news">quietly unveiled Bolt</a>. &nbsp;&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="/my/users/hafizahosman" title="View user profile.">Hafizah Osman</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-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="281" mozallowfullscreen="" src="//player.vimeo.com/video/104409950" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="500"></iframe></p> <p>If you attempted to do this on Instagram itself, you won&rsquo;t be able to increase the pace of the video play back (Hyperlapse does this up to 12 times the speed), and you&rsquo;d have to select a small portion to put online.</p> <p>Another difference is that Hyperlapse uses an in-house stabilisation feature to smooth out the video in motion from your handheld shoot. This gives the video a cinematic feel, instead of the shoot and post as-is limitation on Instagram itself.</p> <p>This also means that you don&rsquo;t need a bunch of bulky, expensive tripods and camera equipment to recreate a moment that looks like it came out of a David Attenborough documentary.</p> <p>And sorry all you Android kids, Hyperlapse is <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/app/id740146917" target="_blank">only available for iOS users</a> at the moment.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/take-killer-instagram-pics-6-pro-tips/feature">6 pro tips for taking killer Instagram pictures&nbsp;</a></p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.businessinsider.sg/instagram-launches-hyperlapse-2014-8/#.U_05EcfEaRc" target="_blank">Business Insider</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-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/my/instagram-s-got-new-standalone-app-and-it-s-called-hyperlapse/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/instagram-s-got-new-standalone-app-and-it-s-called-hyperlapse/news#comments Apps and Games Instagram iOS apps Wed, 27 Aug 2014 06:55:37 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1446002 at http://www.stuff.tv OPINION: Why I don’t want to see an Apple games console http://www.stuff.tv/my/why-i-don-t-want-see-apple-games-console/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Innovation within a medium doesn’t come from a return to the status quo, argues Craig Grannell </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="Apple gaming is already a big deal commercially" alt="Why I don’t want to see an Apple games console" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/apple-games-controller-moga-1.jpg?1408844851" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Three Apple products routinely fail to appear during the company&rsquo;s live events: a smartwatch, a television, and a games console.</p> <p>The much-rumoured <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-iwatch/review">iWatch</a> has stolen everything else&rsquo;s thunder of late, but the idea of an Apple games console continues to bubble away under the surface, like grim, stinky water threatening to explode from a drain.</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="/my/users/craig-grannell" title="View user profile.">Craig Grannell</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"> A chequered history </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 unlikely today&rsquo;s Apple would churn out something as grotesquely awful as the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/bad-apples-%E2%80%93%C2%A0six-apples-greatest-blunders/news">Pippin</a>, but the only official authorised gaming hardware for iOS devices hardly smacks of a company brimming with confidence and interest in the games industry.</p> <p>Third-party iOS games controllers based around official Apple specifications and - according to underground murmurings - manufacturing limitations and demands, remain badly supported and overpriced; with the odd exception, they&rsquo;re also not terribly well made - a far cry from the devices they&rsquo;re designed to be used with.</p> <p>On the App Store, Apple has recently made some smart decisions regarding the curation of its gargantuan games selection, to help people avoid countless dreadful titles that lurk, ready to make you wish you&rsquo;d instead hurled your 69p at a squirrel.</p> <p>Quality collections pepper App Store pages and there&rsquo;s a regular indie game showcase to surface little-known gems. However, pride of place is still often taken by grindfests designed to suck coins from your bank account, like a demented, malevolent vacuum cleaner with a cash addiction.&nbsp;</p> <p>Apple seemingly recognises the value of games as part of a greater ecosystem, but not always the value of quality titles in and off themselves; or alternatively, it doesn&rsquo;t care and is simply happy making money by foisting freemium garbage on to as many people as possible.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-iphone-6/review">Apple iPhone 6 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="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="The app store has had a revamp recently" alt="Why I don’t want to see an Apple games console" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-games-app-store-1.jpg?1408844851" /> </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"> A DIFFERENT KIND OF GAMING </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>Perhaps most importantly, the cream of iOS has always been heavy on innovation, in part due to the lack of traditional controls on touchscreen devices. And the more games I play on the iPhone or iPad, the less I clamour for traditional gaming experiences.&nbsp;</p> <p>Perhaps it&rsquo;s a question of age - wanting something new after the countless games I&rsquo;ve played since first gawping in wide-eyed wonder at a <em>Space Invaders</em> cabinet as a kid. Or maybe I know I can grab my Vita if I want something with a D-pad and buttons. But I&rsquo;d sooner immerse myself in intuitive multitouch titles such as <em>Year Walk</em> and <em>Eliss Infinity</em>, and encourage more such innovation, than hope Apple desperately tries to shoehorn iOS gaming into an Xbox- or PlayStation-shaped mould, on a relatively distant TV screen, with all the associated baggage and expectations.</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-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-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Even if the company instead went with an overhauled, powered-up Apple TV that took gaming more seriously - something I&rsquo;ve previously&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/amazon/opinion-amazon-s-fire-tv-shows-it-s-time-apple-tv-embrace-gaming/feature">argued Apple should consider&nbsp;</a>- there&rsquo;s a risk of fragmentation and further c<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/will-objectivity-be-thrown-under-bus-google-and-apple-trade-video-game-exclusivity-promotion/feature">lamouring for exclusives</a>, along with additional demands on developers already struggling to cope with increasingly diverse iOS hardware.</p> <p>With traditional consoles firmly entrenched in a hardcore gaming mindset, but mobile&rsquo;s tendrils snugly enveloping the mainstream consumer, it&rsquo;s hard to see how Apple would benefit in squaring up to Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo. Perhaps there&rsquo;s something obvious no-one&rsquo;s really considered - that &lsquo;Aha!&rsquo; moment in gaming Apple could crack and everyone else would then clamour to copy. But maybe that&rsquo;s already occurred, and no-one really noticed.</p> <p>It could be we don&rsquo;t need an Apple games console, because the second screen has for many already become the first; even if Apple unveiled a console tomorrow, those wedded to an Xbox or PlayStation wouldn&rsquo;t budge, and those already gaming on their iPhones and iPads don&rsquo;t want or need another piece of hardware anyway.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/25-best-iphone-and-ipad-games-you-can-play-right-now/feature">The 25 best games right now for iPhone and iPad</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/VuKGJyJZY7s" 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> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/why-i-don-t-want-see-apple-games-console/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/why-i-don-t-want-see-apple-games-console/feature#comments Apple Apps and Games Games consoles Gaming iOS games Opinion Thu, 21 Aug 2014 16:46:51 +0000 Elissa Loi 1445733 at http://www.stuff.tv Flappy Bird creator follows up with annoyingly addictive second effort Swing Copters http://www.stuff.tv/my/flappy-bird-creator-follows-annoyingly-addictive-second-effort-swing-copters/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Warning: downloading this game might result in you dealing damage to your phone </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="567" height="425" title="Flappy Bird creator follows up with equally annoyingly difficult second effort Swing Copters" alt="Flappy Bird creator follows up with equally annoyingly difficult second effort S" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/swing%20copters.png?1409533220" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Thought the killing of Flappy Bird was the most irritating thing the creator could do? You&rsquo;re wrong. Meet Swing Copters, Dong Nguyen&rsquo;s latest effort at pissing you off.</p> <p class="p2">The background is similarly pixellated and your character, a propeller hat-wearing bird of some sort (do not ask us why a wing-equipped bird needs a propeller hat to fly) that looks vaguely familiar. Except this time, the game moves vertically instead of horizontally.</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="/my/users/elissa-loi" title="View user profile.">Elissa Loi</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"> Sucker for punishment </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>Apparently, more characters can be unlocked once you get medals. Unfortunately, we aren&rsquo;t in the position to fill you in as the farthest we&rsquo;ve gone is past the first level of hammer swinging, and that was by a stroke of luck accompanied by tons of cussing.</p> <p class="p1">Once the bird-brain takes off, it will naturally gravitate towards doom so get ready for some frantic tapping and restraint when you eventually get mashed into pulp by a wild hammer. Remember not to hurl your phone at the wall. But as much as you hate it, you will want to play it. Over and over again till your fingers turn blue.</p> <p class="p1">Swing Copters is free to download for both <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/my/app/swing-copters/id905639750?mt=8" target="_blank">iOS</a> and <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.dotgears.swing" target="_blank">Android</a>&nbsp;with&nbsp;an option to remove banner ads for US$0.99. Download it quick before the man changes his mind and pulls it from the store.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1">[Source: <a href="http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2014/08/20/new-game-from-flappy-bird-developer-swing-copters-goes-live/">WSJ</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="567" height="425" title="Flappy Bird creator follows up with annoyingly addictive second effort Swing Copters" alt="Flappy Bird creator follows up with annoyingly addictive second effort Swing Cop" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/game%20over.png?1409533220" /> </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"> Flappy Bird creator is back, meet Swing Copters </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/swing%20copters_0.png?1409533220" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/flappy-bird-creator-follows-annoyingly-addictive-second-effort-swing-copters/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/flappy-bird-creator-follows-annoyingly-addictive-second-effort-swing-copters/news#comments Android games Apps and Games iOS games Thu, 21 Aug 2014 06:29:17 +0000 Elissa Loi 1445492 at http://www.stuff.tv New on Vine - import videos, pretty them up with sharper editing tools http://www.stuff.tv/my/new-vine-import-videos-pretty-them-sharper-editing-tools/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Currently only live on iOS but Android update is in the works </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="567" height="425" title="New on Vine - import videos, pretty them up with sharper editing tools" alt="New on Vine - import videos, pretty them up with sharper editing tools" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/vine_01.jpg?1408593442" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Vine&#39;s novel featureset - shoot and share video quickly - is getting a bit of a boost by allowing you to use videos already on your phone and sharing them on the Internet. Now this seems a bit of a change from the &#39;freshly captured&#39; model the app has used for so long but sometimes oldies can be goodies?</p> <p>Users are encouraged to share their old phone videos and tag them on the service with the #VintageVine tag</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="/my/users/erna-mahyuni" title="View user profile.">Erna Mahyuni</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"> Prettier Vines to ward off Snapchat </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 trend being for quick, easy photosharing on services like Snapchat, Vine is trying to get people as excited about sharing their Vines as they used to be in the early&nbsp; hey-day for the app.</p> <p>Besides adding import functionality (slow-motion videos also supported by the way), Vine&#39;s editing tools are now speedier and allowing for more precision. To access the new tools, simply tap on the scissors icon on the prevew screen. New features include the preview and undo button which allows you to see your last clip with its edits and then press undo.</p> <p>Vine&#39;s also included a duplicate button and a mute button (useful to filter out unwanted noises).</p> <p>For video capturing, Vine has added a torch feature to add in light for low-light situations, a focus-lock that works with both rear-facing and front-facing cameras, a ghost mode to display the last frame of your most recent shot and also grid view.</p> <p>Adding these features will at least help users create viewable Vines without needing multiple retakes or bemoaning the lack of a full-blown video editing app. The app update is already available on iOS while you Android Vine users will just have to wait for a bit.</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/how-take-great-low-light-photos-your-phone/feature">On the subject of low-light photography, why don&#39;t we help you figure out how to do it better?</a></p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://blog.vine.co/post/95288683756/new-vine-camera-shoot-import-edit-and-share-fast" target="_blank">Vine</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="567" height="425" title="New on Vine - import videos, pretty them up with sharper editing tools" alt="New on Vine - import videos, pretty them up with sharper editing tools" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/vine_02.jpg?1408593442" /> </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> http://www.stuff.tv/my/new-vine-import-videos-pretty-them-sharper-editing-tools/news#comments Apps and Games iOS apps Thu, 21 Aug 2014 03:57:23 +0000 Erna Mahyuni 1445477 at http://www.stuff.tv Assassin's Creed Unity http://www.stuff.tv/my/assassins-creed-unity/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The open-world favorite makes its biggest leap yet – into the French Revolution and a truly new-gen engine </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="Assassin&#039;s Creed: Unity" alt="Assassin&#039;s Creed: Unity" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/assassins-creed-unity-01.jpg?1408503969" /> </div> </div> </div> <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="/my/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Last year&#39;s <em><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/playstation-3/assassins-creed-iv-black-flag/review" target="_blank">Assassin&#39;s Creed IV: Black Flag</a> </em>was a welcome seafaring deviation from the usual historical city-tromping escapade, but <em>Assassin&#39;s Creed Unity</em> is the coming-out party for the series on new-gen hardware.</p> <p>Let&#39;s check off the list: a nearly 1:1 scale Paris in the time of the French Revolution; four-player campaign co-op missions; totally reworked gameplay fundamentals; a cracking new game engine.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> RM-1.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default"> stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review 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"> United, we revolt </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 late 18th century is much too early for an appearance from the Eiffel Tower, but Paris remains a pretty perfect pick for a wide-open city to explore &ndash; particularly given the presence of the massive Notre-Dame Cathedral, which Ubisoft spent a year crafting to resemble the real thing. The city of love won&#39;t be so welcoming as the French Revolution rages on, but that ought to make for a great action-game setting.</p> <p>This time around, you&#39;ll take the role of Arno Dorian, an Assassin whose adoptive father was an enemy Templar. His love interest? Also a Templar, named Elise &ndash; so expect some tricky business there.</p> <p>Like his series predecessors, Arno is skilled in both combat and speedy navigation, but has been described by Ubisoft as &quot;more ruthless&quot;. His Phantom Blade modifies the usual hidden blade with a throwing ability, plus Arno wields a French cutlass and a multi-barrel pistol. In sum? Expect plenty of conflict around ol&#39; Paris.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/25-best-fps-games-ever/news">The 30 best first-person shooter 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/esHd9JlpR2Q" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </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="Assassin&#039;s Creed: Unity" alt="Assassin&#039;s Creed: Unity" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/assassins-creed-unity-05.jpg?1408503969" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Assassin&#039;s Creed: Unity" alt="Assassin&#039;s Creed: Unity" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/assassins-creed-unity-03.jpg?1408503969" /> </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"> Live together, die alone </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 the past few entries, <em>Assassin&#39;s Creed</em> has split its gameplay between the standard single-player campaign and a separate online multiplayer mode. And that&#39;s been a largely successful approach &ndash; sometimes more on the competitive end than the narrative adventure side of things.</p> <p>But as its title implies, <em>Unity</em> is all about teamwork, and not in some walled-off side mode &ndash; it&#39;s within the campaign. Granted, the four-player online co-op doesn&#39;t extend throughout the entire campaign, but numerous missions allow you to link up with others and execute grand assaults and assassinations, with each player taking on a unique skill that benefits the team. The fluid, complex E3 demo was enough to convince us of its potential brilliance.</p> <p>Alas, the trade-off here is that <em>Unity</em> will be the first core series entry in five years without a competitive multiplayer component. Still, that seems a fair omission, and since Ubisoft is always working on multiple entries at once across its numerous studios, that&#39;ll give them time to shake things up for next year&#39;s inevitable release.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/20-most-exciting-games-left-2014/feature">The 20 most exciting games still to come in 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="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="Assassin&#039;s Creed: Unity" alt="Assassin&#039;s Creed: Unity" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/assassins-creed-unity-06.jpg?1408503969" /> </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"> Back to basics </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>Unity</em> looks really fabulous in the demos, but we&#39;ll see if it actually runs that well on an <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/microsoft-xbox-one/review" target="_blank">Xbox One</a> or <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/playstation-4/review" target="_blank">PlayStation 4</a> &ndash; considering what happened with <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/playstation-4/watchdogs-preview/review" target="_blank">Watch_Dogs</a> between its first demo and eventual release, we&#39;ll have to play this one to believe it. But alongside the promised new-gen visual upgrade comes tweaks to the core fundamentals of the series.</p> <p>For example, the parkour and climbing action features new &quot;Parkour Up&quot; and &quot;Parkour Down&quot; input options, which allow you to better navigate the terrain and chain together really fluid, tricky commands &ndash; such as leaping downwards, swinging from a post for a moment, and then grabbing on to a ledge on a perpendicular wall.</p> <p>On the stealth side of things, you&#39;ll be able to take cover throughout the world rather than relying on groups of gypsies or sitting on benches; you can now crouch to hide behind objects and slip into alleys to try to disappear. And the combat has been overhauled and simplified to focus on attacking, dodging, and parrying, with the footage showing a more diverse array of group kill animations.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apps-and-games/console-games/top-ten" target="_blank">The 10 best console 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/cOJ1fG7gc2U" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </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="Assassin&#039;s Creed: Unity" alt="Assassin&#039;s Creed: Unity" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/assassins-creed-unity-04.jpg?1408503969" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Assassin&#039;s Creed: Unity" alt="Assassin&#039;s Creed: Unity" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/assassins-creed-unity-07.jpg?1408503969" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Assassin&#039;s Creed: Unity" alt="Assassin&#039;s Creed: Unity" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/assassins-creed-unity-08.jpg?1408503969" /> </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"> Rogue remains </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>Due to its enhanced engine and massive world, <em>Assassin&#39;s Creed Unity</em> won&#39;t be playable on older consoles &ndash; or dated PC hardware, for that matter. But Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 series fans won&#39;t be left in the cold this autumn, as they&#39;ll get their own original entry, <em>Assassin&#39;s Creed Rogue</em>, in November.</p> <p><em>Rogue</em> is set in the timeframe after <em>Black Flag</em> and before <em>Unity</em> &ndash; during the Seven Years&#39; War &ndash; plus it&#39;ll tie back into <em>Assassin&#39;s Creed III</em> to some extent, making this a good way for longtime aficionados to tie up loose ends before grabbing a new console for <em>Unity</em>.</p> <p>The campaign features <em>Black Flag</em>-like ship combat and navigation in the frigid North Atlantic, but also includes diverse land action, with stops in the River Valley and New York along the way. Multiplayer has also been cut from this entry, but here&#39;s hoping the campaign proves essential enough for even day-one <em>Unity</em> buyers to go back and fire up a last-gen console to dig into.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/gamescom-2014/gamescom-2014-ultimate-roundup/feature" target="_blank">Gamescom 2014: the ultimate trailer and news round-up</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/R6M_jpmLydw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </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="Assassin&#039;s Creed Rogue" alt="Assassin&#039;s Creed Rogue" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/assassins-creed-rogue-01.jpg?1408503969" /> </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"> Vive la révolution! </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>Assassin&#39;s Creed Unity</em> launches worldwide for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC on 28 October, and what we&#39;ve seen thus far has truly impressed throughout.</p> <p>The series has had a real up-and-down trajectory in recent years, with <em>Revelations</em> and <em>Assassin&#39;s Creed III</em> both underwhelming, but <em>Black Flag</em> representing a nice twist. With luck, <em>Unity</em> is the game Ubisoft has been saving all of that old open-world magic for.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/playstation-3/assassins-creed-iv-black-flag/review" target="_blank">Assassin&#39;s Creed IV: Black Flag review</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="Assassin&#039;s Creed: Unity" alt="Assassin&#039;s Creed: Unity" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/assassins-creed-unity-02.jpg?1408503969" /> </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-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Preview </div> </div> </div> <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"> Assassin&#039;s Creed Unity preview </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"> Vive la révolution! The open-world stab-em-up goes truly next-gen </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/assassins-creed-unity/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/assassins-creed-unity/review#comments Apps and Games Console games Gaming Mon, 18 Aug 2014 16:24:25 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1445357 at http://www.stuff.tv A Blind Legend takes the video out of videogames http://www.stuff.tv/my/blind-legend-takes-video-out-videogames/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It&#039;s audio-focused entertainment for the blind </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="567" height="425" title="Blind Legend takes the video out of videogames" alt="Blind Legend takes the video out of videogames" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/blind_legend.jpg?1408436067" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>On the count of diversity and inclusivity, the video game industry is hardly ahead. Of course, while sight seems so intrinsic to the experience of watching something on a screen for stimuli, a new mobile game is part of an emerging genre catering to the visually challenged.</p> <p>&ldquo;Blind Legend&rdquo; is told from the point of view of a blind protagonist and also presents players with one of the big intricacies of being blind &ndash; relying almost completely on sound to navigate the world.</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="/my/users/erna-mahyuni" title="View user profile.">Erna Mahyuni</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"> Imagination is the best worldbuilder </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 dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-82d9b5eb-ed29-32f3-f304-eaa931a226ac">To create the game, Dowino studios of France uses a technique called binaural recording which uses a dummy fitted with tiny condenser microphones that mimic the way humans naturally hear sound. Every scene in the game is recorded binaurally for an accurate and purportedly immersive aural experience &ndash; hugely important when audio is supposed to be the main sense used.</p> <p dir="ltr">The game follows a knight who has lost his eyesight and must venture into the forest to rescue his wife from violent kidnappers. Along the way, he is guided by his daughter. But the point of view is maintained throughout &ndash; the screen is completely dark during the entire game while you use finger swipes to swing a sword or move your feet.</p> <p dir="ltr">And as expected, the superb audio is your main source of information regarding your surroundings. Nordine Ghachi, one of the men behind the game, says &ldquo;You should definitely wear headphones to get the full benefits. You can hear what&#39;s happening all around you. The noises of the forest, the birds flying above and the river flowing. You hear these sounds, and that information helps the gamer locate themselves in that environment.&rdquo;</p> <p dir="ltr">Dowino Studios used a crowdfunding campaign to raise over 40,000 euros to launch production of the game, which is currently being beta tested. The game should be available via the App Store sometime next year.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/25-best-iphone-and-ipad-games-you-can-play-right-now/feature">The 25 best iPhone and iPad games you can play right now</a></p> <p dir="ltr">[Source: <a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-28757186" target="_blank">BBC</a><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/ios/ios-games">]</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="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Tk2z7WwjZeM" 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> http://www.stuff.tv/my/blind-legend-takes-video-out-videogames/news#comments Apps and Games iOS games Tue, 19 Aug 2014 07:32:27 +0000 Erna Mahyuni 1445270 at http://www.stuff.tv Twitter still trying to be Facebook, angers users by tweeting their Favourites http://www.stuff.tv/my/twitter/twitter-still-trying-be-facebook-angers-users-tweeting-their-favourites/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sponsored tweets are one thing but cluttered feeds? No go </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="567" height="425" title="Twitter still trying to be Facebook, angers users by Tweeting their Favourites" alt="Twitter still trying to be Facebook, angers users by Tweeting their Favourites" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/twitter.jpg?1408355743" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Twitter&#39;s been busy lately. Tweaking <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/facebook/twitters-new-profile-pages-look-lot-facebook/news">profiles</a>. Testing <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/twitter/twitter-quietly-testing-out-buy-now-button/news">Buy Now buttons</a>. But its latest quiet experiment - tweeting users&#39;s favourited tweets to their timelines - is not sitting well with users.</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="/my/users/erna-mahyuni" title="View user profile.">Erna Mahyuni</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"> Current mood on Twitter: annoyed </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>Twitter has stated that it is still considering its service a <a href="https://blog.twitter.com/2014/building-a-twitter-we-can-be-proud-of" target="_blank">constant work-in-progress</a>. Don&#39;t like what they&#39;re doing? Tweet them.</p> <p>It is pretty easy to see that a lot of users find the whole &#39;reveal your favourite&#39; feature very annoying with<a href="https://twitter.com/search?f=realtime&amp;q=twitter%20%22follow%22%20OR%20%22favorite%22%20timeline&amp;src=typd" target="_blank"> just a cursory search</a>. The general consensus: the feature clogs up timelines, makes it even more tricky for users who follow a lot of people to keep track of important Tweets and it&#39;s just really annoying.</p> <p>No word on if and when Twitter will stop showing favourites seeing as how it hasn&#39;t exactly copped officially to implementing the feature in the first plays.</p> <p>But Twitter has still a long ways to go in shutting down problematic accounts or addressing Twitter trolls, only responding in a big way when Zelda Williams announced she was closing down her Twitter after receiving a lot of Twitter abuse.</p> <p>So rather than annoy your users, how about figuring how to keep the bad apples off your service Twitter?</p> <p>In the meantime, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/platforms/twitter">get up on speed by all things Twitter</a>.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://thenextweb.com/twitter/2014/08/17/twitters-latest-experiment-turns-favorites-into-retweets-and-its-annoying-lots-of-people/" target="_blank">TheNextWeb</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="567" height="425" title="Twitter still trying to be Facebook, angers users by Tweeting their Favourites" alt="Twitter still trying to be Facebook, angers users by Tweeting their Favourites" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/fave_01.jpg?1408355743" /> </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/my/twitter/twitter-still-trying-be-facebook-angers-users-tweeting-their-favourites/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/twitter/twitter-still-trying-be-facebook-angers-users-tweeting-their-favourites/news#comments Apps and Games Twitter Mon, 18 Aug 2014 03:55:00 +0000 Erna Mahyuni 1445149 at http://www.stuff.tv