Gaming http://www.stuff.tv/gaming/all en-GB Fully Charged: Google offers USB verification, Xbox One digital tuner allows mobile device TV streaming, and Android enticing iPhone users with switching guide http://www.stuff.tv/android/fully-charged-google-offers-usb-verification-xbox-one-digital-tuner-allows-mobile-device-tv- <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Kick off the morning with a read through our need-to-know tech news roundup </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="Yubico Security Key" alt="Yubico Security Key" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/security-key-yubico.jpg?1413959581" /> </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="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</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"> Google adds USB verification option </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>Multi-factor verification has sadly become a necessity for many Internet users these days, and much of the time, that means fielding text message codes to access your accounts from new devices. However, if you want to add a physical element to your login process, Google is happy to help.</p> <p>Yesterday, the company announced support for Security Key, a physical USB stick that acts as a second factor to confirm your identity when logging into a Google account via Chrome. It uses the FIDO Alliance&rsquo;s open Universal 2nd Factor (U2F) protocol, and there are varying USB options to choose from; it&rsquo;s not like you have to buy a specialized Google stick to use the functionality.</p> <p>In fact, other sites that allow for physical two-step verification can also use such USB sticks in Chrome, and Google openly states in its blog post that it hopes other competing browsers add U2F support to allow users even more flexibility going forward. So if you want that extra step in the process or don&rsquo;t want to rely on mobile connectivity for Google verification, grab a FIDO-certified U2F USB key (like Yubico&rsquo;s option above).</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://googleonlinesecurity.blogspot.com/2014/10/strengthening-2-step-verification-with.html">Google Security</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/8-things-you-need-know-about-android-lollipop/news">8 things you need to know about Android Lollipop</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-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"> Xbox One digital TV tuner allows mobile streaming </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 promised, Microsoft just released its Digital TV Tuner for Xbox One, allowing those without a cable or satellite subscription access to the console&rsquo;s specialized television content-enhancing functionality. But there&rsquo;s an unexpected big perk in the tiny box. Seems that Digital TV Tuner owners can also stream their television content to a smartphone or tablet via the SmartGlass app.</p> <p>It works on iOS or Windows, and will function soon on Android via an upcoming update. So long as you&rsquo;re on the same home network, you can watch anywhere around the house, and even view TV on your mobile device while someone plays games on the actual television. Pretty handy! The Tuner also lets you pause and rewind live TV, although full DVR functionality isn&rsquo;t offered as of now.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-2CR0_gU-58">YouTube</a> via <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/10/21/7026671/xbox-one-digital-tv-tuner-stream-tv-tablet-phone">The Verge</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/digital-tv-tuner-brings-xbox-one-media-functionality-over-air-channels/news">Digital TV Tuner brings Xbox One media functionality to over-the-air channels</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/-2CR0_gU-58" 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"> Android launches its own switching guide </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Last month, Apple raised some eyebrows by issuing a guide specially designed to <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/fully-charged-android-silver-program-reportedly-halted-apple-luring-android-converts-iphone-">help Android users</a> make a relatively smooth transition to an iPhone - no doubt due to the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus finally offering larger screen size options - via select apps and services.</p> <p>Now Google has returned the favor by launching its own how-to for moving from an iPhone or iPad to an Android device, and it&rsquo;s heavily centered on Google&rsquo;s own services, which of course work on both platforms. It&rsquo;s all pretty straightforward in tone, but it&rsquo;s interesting to see these tête-à-têtes play out between the two mobile giants.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.android.com/switch/">Android</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/fully-charged-android-silver-program-reportedly-halted-apple-luring-android-converts-iphone-">Fully Charged: Android Silver program reportedly halted, Apple luring Android converts with iPhone transfer guide, and wild custom PS4 sneakers</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="Apple iPhone 6 Plus vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4" alt="Apple iPhone 6 Plus vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iphone6plus-vs-galaxynote4.jpg?1413959581" /> </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"> First Alien: Isolation DLC out next week </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>Experienced all that <em>Alien: Isolation</em> has to offer out of the gate and looking for more? You&rsquo;re in luck: <em>Corporate Lockdown</em>, the first add-on pack for the tense movie-inspired game, comes out next Tuesday, 28 October. The download delivers three new Survivor Mode maps with a new playable character (Seegson Executive Ransome), plus a Gauntlet game mode.</p> <p>It&rsquo;ll sell for &pound;5.59, with four other packs due out by March 2015. And if you&rsquo;re in for the whole lot, you can snag all five early at a discount with the season pass.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/alien-isolation/review">Alien: Isolation 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="Alien: Isolation" alt="Alien: Isolation" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/alien-isolation-dlc1.jpg?1413959581" /> </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/android/fully-charged-google-offers-usb-verification-xbox-one-digital-tuner-allows-mobile-device-tv-#comments Android Console games Gaming Google iOS Xbox One Wed, 22 Oct 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1451052 at http://www.stuff.tv All the details on Microsoft's Xbox One November update http://www.stuff.tv/one/all-details-xbox-one-november-update/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Pssst. Wanna know the new features wending their way to Microsoft’s console in a few days? </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="All the details on Microsoft&#039;s Xbox One November update " alt="All the details on Microsoft&#039;s Xbox One November update " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/xbox-one_3.jpg?1413947065" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Xbox One&rsquo;s latest firmware update is only a few days away, and Microsoft&rsquo;s Larry &ldquo;Major Nelson&rdquo; Hryb has revealed the changes and features it&rsquo;ll be bringing with it.</p> <p>In a blog post and accompanying video (which we&rsquo;ve embedded for your viewing pleasure below), Hryb said the November Xbox One update would be adding the number one fan-requested feature: custom backgrounds for the dashboard, which can either be a colour or art gained from unlocking an achievement.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><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 Gamer Profile has also been tweaked a little, with users now able to add location and bio information, as well as setting up &ldquo;showcase items&rdquo; &ndash; up to six accomplishments and Game DVR video clips of which you&rsquo;re particularly proud.</p> <p>You&rsquo;ll be able to link your Xbox and Twitter accounts, too, which means you can share Game DVR videos directly from your console to your timeline (previously clips were only directly shareable via your activity feed or a message).</p> <p>The Xbox One&rsquo;s TV section is also getting an overhaul, with a Live TV Trending tab appearing (for US, Canada and UK users) which displays the 20 most-watched shows, as well as a Twitter TV Trending tab that tracks the most talked-about shows.</p> <p>A few minor changes to the store, SmartGlass and Internet Explorer round off the update, which will be rolling out to Xbox One preview programme members from today and other One owners from November.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://majornelson.com/2014/10/20/xbox-one-november-system-update-new-tv-personalization-smartglass-features-now-preview/" target="_blank">Major Nelson</a>]</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/fFLxZI2tezo" 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/one/all-details-xbox-one-november-update/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/one/all-details-xbox-one-november-update/news#comments Games consoles Gaming One Xbox Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:20:23 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1450980 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Smart luggage weighs and tracks itself, Gmail for Android will support external accounts, and new Doctor Who game teaches coding http://www.stuff.tv/android/fully-charged-smart-luggage-weighs-and-tracks-itself-gmail-android-will-support-external-acc <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Begin the day informed by reading our latest tech news roundup </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="Bluesmart" alt="Bluesmart" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/bluesmart-woman.jpg?1413946577" /> </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="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</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"> Bluesmart luggage offers smartphone-connected features </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 most intriguing crowdfunding campaigns we&rsquo;ve seen in a while is for the Bluesmart, a smartphone-paired carry-on suitcase that comes with several intelligent features. Automatic locking with your phone as the key? Indeed. GPS tracking for when it&rsquo;s lost or stolen? Sure. How about the ability for the suitcase to weigh itself with a tug of the handle? Incredibly, yes.</p> <p>And the Bluesmart even has a hefty built-in battery that is advertised to recharge phones, tablets, and more up to six times over before it needs to be plugged back in. The makers claim that the suitcase will be compliant with all travel regulations, which is the one red flag we had coming into the campaign.</p> <p>A US$235 (&pound;145) investment now can get you one Bluesmart for yourself come next August, says the Indiegogo page, and the campaign has already caught fire, raising more than US$135,000 (about &pound;83,000) so far on a goal of just US$50,000 (about &pound;31,000) - and that&rsquo;s in just the first day. Barring unforeseen issues, this project is ready to follow through on its bold ambitions for next year.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/bluesmart-world-s-first-smart-connected-carry-on">Indiegogo</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/these-suitcase-speakers-pack-bags-sound/news-1">These suitcase speakers pack bags of sound</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/iO3mQuAfp5M" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Gmail 5.0 for Android adds Outlook, Yahoo support </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>According to a report from Android Police, Google&rsquo;s next big revision of the Gmail app - which will be available in time for Lollipop&rsquo;s release and use the material design aesthetic - will expand its capabilities to allow Outlook, Yahoo, and other mail service users to access their accounts.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s a big shift for the service, but it makes sense for Google, as the company derives a significant portion of its income from advertising - the more users, the better, regardless of which mail provider they prefer. You can catch a leaked marketing video through the source link below.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/2014/10/20/check-out-gmail-5-0-for-android-and-googles-plan-to-handle-all-your-email-accounts-in-one-app/">Android Police</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/8-things-you-need-know-about-android-lollipop/news">8 things you need to know about Android Lollipop</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="780" title="Gmail on Android Lollipop" alt="Gmail on Android Lollipop" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/gmail-android5.png?1413946577" /> </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"> Doctor Who game teaches coding </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>Headlining an effort by the BBC to get younger folks interested in coding and digital tech, <em>The Doctor and the Dalek</em> is a new <em>Doctor Who</em> web game that will be available as of tomorrow, 22 October. The game uses puzzles to teach programming mechanics, and comes with supplemental materials for teachers and parents to use.</p> <p><em>The Doctor and the Dalek</em> features the likeness and voice acting from current actor Peter Capaldi, and was penned by a writer from the show, Phil Ford. Curiously, the game sees the Time Lord helping his robotic nemesis return to full strength to collectively battle a greater threat. (Let us guess: coding illiteracy?)</p> <p>[Sources: <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/latestnews/2014/bbctolaunchthedoctorandthedalekgameforkids">BBC</a>, <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/10/20/doctor-who-coding-game/">Engadget</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-s-made-code-initiative-encourages-young-girls-learn-coding/news">Google&#39;s Made with Code initiative encourages young girls to learn coding</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="733" title="The Doctor and the Dalek" alt="The Doctor and the Dalek" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/doctorwho-coding.jpg?1413946577" /> </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/android/fully-charged-smart-luggage-weighs-and-tracks-itself-gmail-android-will-support-external-acc#comments Android Crowdfunding Doctor Who Film and TV Gaming Gmail Tue, 21 Oct 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1450960 at http://www.stuff.tv 13 weird simulation games you won't believe actually exist http://www.stuff.tv/weird-simulation-games-you-wont-believe-actually-exist/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Updated: now with 100% more bread 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="1200" height="900" title="Best weird simulator games ever" alt="Best weird simulator games ever" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/street-cleaning-simulator_0.jpg?1413847697" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>You&#39;ve come first place in every match, your kill/death ratio is 5:1 and you&#39;ve unlocked every achievement worth unlocking. Finally, you can take a break from gaming and conquer some real-world challenges.</p> <p>But wait, there&#39;s one genre you&#39;ve overlooked &ndash; the magical world of simulators. Carry out real-life actions from the safety and comfort of your own home. You can be a lowly legal assistant by day... but in your time off you&#39;re one of the finest virtual civil engineers in the land. Or, you know, a bear.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</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"> Robot Vacuum Simulator 2013 (£free) </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>Touted as &quot;the most realistic vaccum simulator ever&quot;, Robot Vaccum Simulator 2013 gives you the chance to experience the thrilling lifestyle of a Roomba-like robotic vacuum cleaner. Offering single and dual-player modes with a fully open world and promising &quot;the greatest moment in gaming history,&quot; there is simply (and literally) no competition if you want the very best videogame vacuuming experience.&nbsp;</p> <p>​<a href="http://www.stolidus-simulations.com/robotvacuumsimulator2013/" target="_blank">stolidus-simulations.com</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/XlN64_oB5Og" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Farming Simulator 2013 (£12) </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>Available on PC, Mac, Xbox 360, PS3, PS Vita, 3DS, iOS, Android and Windows Phone, there is literally no one on Earth who has an excuse not to take Farming Simulator 2013 for a spin. Wipe some virtual sweat off your brow after an honest day&#39;s work by growing your farm in any way you see fit. From rearing cattle to growing crops, you&#39;ll experience the rush of expanding your agricultural empire. The 2013 update includes chicken and sheep, as well as potatoes, so there&#39;s never been a better time to jump into a combine harvester. We&#39;ll bring the brand new key.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/FOCUS-Farming-Simulator-2013-Download/dp/B00DEM58EY/ref=sr_1_4?s=videogames&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1395917626&amp;sr=1-4&amp;keywords=farming+simulator+2013" target="_blank">amazon.co.uk</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/0uRdmXKzrvA" 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"> Goat Simulator </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 requires absolutely no explanation. You will simply buy it, and lose yourself in its sheer brain-blowing awesomeness.</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/dvWGLcdI8o8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Street Cleaning Simulator (£20) </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>Police aren&#39;t the only force keeping the streets clean. Hop into the seat of a dirt-busting street cleaner and keep your turf free from litter. Avoid pedestrians, weave in and out of traffic and rack up adoration of the public with your mighty arsenal of three high powered brushes and powerful water jets. Street grime doesn&#39;t stand a chance in Street Cleaning Simulator 2013 (or Kehrmaschinen-Simulator to give it its delightful German name).&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.excalibur-publishing.com/streetcleaning.htm" target="_blank">excalibur-publishing.com</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/X6wpMcnVxZQ" 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"> European bus Simulator 2012 (US$20) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you&#39;re more of a people person you&#39;ll definitely want to get behind the large wheel of your very own meticulously recreated bus. Your domain is the fictional German town of Freyfurt where you&#39;re tasked with getting zombified members of the public from point A to B. With 450 stops over six town areas and challenges including hectic school runs, you&#39;ll be stretched to the upper limits of your vigorous training.</p> <p>​<a href="http://www.simulatorcentral.com/index.php/european-bus-simulator-2012.html" target="_blank">simulatorcentral.com</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/d3oM-1Z06MI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 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"> Surgeon Simulator 2013 (£7) </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 dreams of becoming a doctor might have flatlined years ago but that shouldn&#39;t stop you from saving virtual lives. Enter Surgeon Simulator 2013. Quite possibly the hardest game we&#39;ve ever played, you&#39;ll be helplessly butchering patients and making their predicaments a whole lot worse in no time. Imagine trying to play Operation while under the influence of heavy sedatives and you&#39;ve barely scratched the surface. Good stuff.</p> <p>​<a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/233720" target="_blank">store.steampowered.com</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/ZO10bAn_8M8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Woodcutter Simulator 2013 (£10) </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 magnificent beard, red flannel shirt and primal urge to fell nature, one trunk at a time. If you&#39;re the owner of all three of these then you owe it to yourself to pick up a copy of this wood cutting sim. Featuring all you need to chop down and transport a truckful of timber, it&#39;s the first and only tree cutting sim you&#39;ll ever need.</p> <p><a href="http://www.gamersgate.co.uk/DD-IMOK13/woodcutter-simulator-2013" target="_blank">gamersgate.co.uk</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/qOpNgGPPmNs" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Bear Simulator (£15) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Our rippling muscles and copious amount of body hair make Bear Simulator a redundant title for us, but for everyone else there&#39;s no better way to step into the huge paws of a salmon-eating, honey-swiping beast. Stroll around on two legs if you like, or run around on all four. Either way, you&#39;re king of the forest and ain&#39;t nobody gonna mess with you.</p> <p><a href="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1330754003/bear-simulator" target="_blank">kickstarter.com</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/A5rJk6tLRCw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 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"> Cart Life (£free) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you&#39;ve ever wondered what it&#39;s like being a street vendor then this is the sim for you. With glorious 8-bit greyscale graphics and a funky soundtrack to boot, Cart Life will take you on a journey through the highs and lows of selling goods on the street. Tweak your prices, pimp out your stand and keep on top of your stock. Buying questionable hotdogs on street corners will never be the same.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Update:</strong> Cart Life creator Richard Hofmeier has pulled the game from the Steam Store and has instead made it open source and available to download for free from his own website. It&#39;s currently down (presumably due to high load) but will hopefully be up and running again soon.</p> <p><a href="http://www.richardhofmeier.com/cartlife/" target="_blank">richardhofmeier.com</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/lFxeU8swXUc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Ski Region Simulator 2012 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>While Ski Region 2014 doesn&#39;t exist, we like to think it&#39;s because the 2012 version got it spot on. Show off your technical and managerial skills by maintaining and expanding your very own mountains and villages to ensure your ski resort is top of the pile. Keep on top of the snow with authentic snow groomers and expand your resort to keep those hard-earned skiers happy. Made by the creators of Farm Simulator 2013, as if you needed further recommendation.&nbsp;</p> <p>​<a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B005IWCDXC/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=officfarmisim-21&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1634&amp;creative=19450&amp;creativeASIN=B005IWCDXC" target="_blank">amazon.co.uk</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/qNeizc-58TE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-10"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 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"> Viscera Cleanup Detail (US$7) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>After you leave an FPS level covered in blood, guts, bullet casings and brains, we bet you&#39;ve never once given a single thought to the poor sod with a bucket and mop who has to clean up the aftermath. Well now you can&nbsp;<em>be</em> that poor sod. Mediocrity awaits.</p> <p><a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/246900/" target="_blank">store.steampowered.com</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/Yq8Ghej--8A" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-11"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Rock Simulator 2014 (£TBA) </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>Sadly this game doesn&#39;t involve pumping iron at the gym for five hours before administering a People&#39;s Elbow to your long-time spandex-wearing rival.&nbsp;</p> <p>Instead, Rock Simulator has you staring at dozens of beautiful rocks in various environments from grass plains to salt flats.</p> <p>And that&#39;s it. You&#39;re not a rock. You&#39;re not a wolf, You&#39;re not a bear, or anything in between. You&#39;re just an ethereal, bodiless being, who stares at rocks.</p> <p>We&#39;re not quite sure what else to say, so we&#39;re going to stop now.</p> <p><a href="http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=274135797" target="_blank">steamcommunity.com</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="1778" height="1333" title="If you smeeeeeeeeeeeeell, what the rock.... is.... cooking." alt="12 weird simulation games you won&#039;t believe actually exist" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/rock-simulator-2014.jpg?1413814177" /> </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"> I am Bread (£TBC) </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>Just when you think things can&#39;t get any more ridiculous, there&#39;s this - a game in which you are a slice of bread, with the sole purpose of getting yourself toasted.</p> <p>We&#39;re not going to say any more. Just enjoy the preview, and keep an eye out for a release date. We know you can&#39;t wait.</p> <p><a href="http://www.bossastudios.com" target="_blank">bossastudios.com</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/GDE4rsLVB9A" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sim games you won&#039;t believe exist </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"> You won&#039;t believe these sim games really exist </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/weird-simulation-games-you-wont-believe-actually-exist/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/weird-simulation-games-you-wont-believe-actually-exist/feature#comments Gaming Mon, 20 Oct 2014 14:07:42 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1424711 at http://www.stuff.tv Middle-earth: Shadow Of Mordor http://www.stuff.tv/middle-earth-shadow-mordor/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The borrowed bits are solid, the new ideas inspired, and Shadow of Mordor is the best LOTR game of recent memory </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Middle-earth: Shadow Of Mordor" alt="Middle-earth: Shadow Of Mordor review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Shadow-of-Mordor-review-01.jpg?1413770003" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>It&rsquo;s been said that a man seeking vengeance should dig himself two graves, but perhaps that doesn&rsquo;t apply when said man is already a bit dead?</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"> £25.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Price from </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price-notes"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tested on PS4 (£40) </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">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> True to Tolkien </div> <div class="field-item even"> Nemesis System is ingenious </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Gameplay is fluid and fun </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Graphically underwhelming </div> <div class="field-item even"> Initial bombardment of instructions </div> </div> </div> <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"> Lore of the Rings </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 may be a surprise to today&rsquo;s whippersnappers, but The Lord of the Rings was sort of a big deal long before Peter Jackson&rsquo;s films came along, back when people used to read these weird things called &ldquo;books&rdquo;. That was mostly down to JRR Tolkien&rsquo;s perhaps still unparalleled ability to build an astonishingly deep and rich universe, populated with fantasy beings and characters that each have their own unique backstory and purpose. Shadow of Mordor follows that blueprint tirelessly, and works as a bridge between the prequel book The Hobbit and the main Trilogy.</p> <p>You play Talion, a ranger of Gondor who&rsquo;s murdered along with his family while guarding The Black Gate, but is then conveniently resurrected by a powerful Elven Wraith and imbued with spectral powers. The catch is that while on his path for vengeance against The Black Hand and his cronies, Talion must make pit stops throughout Mordor to help this Wraith retrieve his shattered memories and uncover his past.</p> <p class="p2"><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/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="1600" height="900" title="No cutesy hobbits here" alt="Middle-earth: Shadow Of Mordor review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Shadow-of-Mordor-review-02.jpg?1413799257" /> </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"> Inauspicious beginnings </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 setup may be intriguing, especially to Tolkienites, but it&rsquo;s very nearly ruined in the first half an hour by a constant bombardment of text popups as Monolith tries to teach you all of the slightly fiddly controls and complicated mechanics all at once.</p> <p>Perhaps the idea was that they&rsquo;d get all the boring instruction things out of the way early, but all it really means is that you get overwhelmed, forgetting the move you just learned to make room for the next button combination foisted upon you, and then you find yourself having to delve into the game menus to remind yourself.</p> <p>This is precisely the time that the game should be pulling you in with intriguing narrative while unobtrusively teaching you what you need to know. Instead you get an avalanche that could well put a lot of players off.</p> <p>But stick with it and you will be rewarded.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/top-20-games-you-can-play-free-your-browser/feature">Kill your productivity - 30 amazing games you can play for free in your browser</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/7fB64APq_jk" 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="1600" height="900" title="Shadow of Mordor review" alt="Shadow of Mordor review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/2_16.jpg?1413894853" /> </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"> Mordor in bloom </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 an open-world journey right from the start, and this version of Mordor is actually a rather pretty one.</p> <p>The desolate and charred Mordor many will know from Jackson&rsquo;s films is replaced with a landscape populated with lush greenery and expanses of water. This is a fantastic juxtaposition to common LOTR perception and really helps to establish the infancy of Sauron&rsquo;s claim on the land. It&rsquo;s also an ideal showcase for the strong visuals Shadow of Mordor has &ndash; it feels right at home on a next generation console, complete with gloriously gory animations to accompany Tarion&rsquo;s finishing moves.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/why-i-don-t-want-see-apple-games-console/feature">Opinion - why I don&#39;t want to see an Apple games console</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/55GJQQKKzuE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-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"> Cloudy, With A Chance of Gollum </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 doesn&#39;t always look so good, though. There are time of day shifts and dynamic weather, and while Mordor looks glorious at sunrise, at night time things feel more oppressive, with blacks and browns overwhelming the colour palette.</p> <p>Perhaps this was intentional but it makes playing at night far less impressive and enjoyable. Combine the dark with some rain and it even becomes rather hard to see, although the water effects on Talion&rsquo;s cloak are mesmerizingly good. Not so the hail effect, which looks more like an army of fleas.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/batman-arkham-knight/review">Batman Arkham Knight preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-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="1600" height="900" title="While controlling Talion you&#039;ll have access to the Wraith world" alt="Middle-earth: Shadow Of Mordor review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Shadow-of-Mordor-review-03.jpg?1413894853" /> </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"> A Tooth for a Tooth </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 core and pivotal concept at play here is the Nemesis System. This rather clever system basically means killing or sparing specific enemies affects the entire hierarchy of Sauron&rsquo;s army.</p> <p>And if an enemy does get the better &nbsp;of you it can help him gain notoriety and rise through the ranks. Even though the wraith powers mean you&rsquo;re effectively immortal, this cleverly puts a price on death as rather than losing items or progress you actually just make the game more difficult for yourself - next time you face that enemy he&#39;ll be tougher and accompanied by more allies. He&#39;ll probably even give you some stick for having been such a wimp the last time you met.</p> <p>And why would you spare an orc? Because instead they can be interrogated for intel on your bigger targets, namely uncovering their location or strengths and weaknesses.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apps-and-games/console-games/top-ten">These are the 10 best games in the world right now</a></strong></p> </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="1600" height="900" title="Nope, not looking like Assassin&#039;s Creed at all" alt="Middle-earth: Shadow Of Mordor review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Shadow-of-Mordor-review-04.jpg?1413894853" /> </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"> Killing In The Name Of </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>Other missions link directly to the Nemesis System and work to build Mordor as a living ecosystem that&rsquo;ll continue with or without you. Captains can often challenge one another in versus missions while some will celebrate their promotions with self-indulgent feasts.</p> <p>Up and coming captains will go out on recruitment missions to beef up their ranks and others go on hunting trips to prove their prowess. These parties can all be crashed by Talion and offer unique chances to alter Sauron&rsquo;s army and in turn your whole gaming experience.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/far-cry-4/review" target="_blank">Far Cry 4 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="1600" height="900" title="Shadow of Mordor review" alt="Shadow of Mordor review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/3_18.jpg?1413894853" /> </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="1600" height="900" title="Shadow of Mordor review" alt="Shadow of Mordor review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/10_1.jpg?1413894853" /> </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"> Arkham Creed </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>Shadow of Mordor</em> has had many comparisons during it&rsquo;s short life, namely with the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/batman-arkham-knight/review" target="_blank"><em>Arkham</em></a> and <em><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/assassins-creed-unity/review" target="_blank">Assassin&rsquo;s Creed</a></em> franchises. It&rsquo;s easy to see the logic in these comparisons as, sure enough, Talion flows through combat with Batman-like composure and rhythm, and guts enemies from the shadows without a sound in a very Ezio style.</p> <p>But <em>Shadow of Mordor</em> has plucked the best bits from each title while formulating its own bespoke manner of gameplay that just works, jumping from stealth gameplay to an all-swords-blazing approach with satisfying ease and appealing to either play style in equal measure.</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="1600" height="900" title="Shadow of Mordor review" alt="Shadow of Mordor review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/6_7.jpg?1413894853" /> </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"> Skills Forged in Uruk Blood </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 further specialise in one play style over the other with an intuitive skill system that you gradually unlock as you earn XP. These skills include things such as throwing knives, special Wraith takedowns and even the ability to control Mordor&rsquo;s native canine-things, Caragors.</p> <p>Alongside the skill set, Talion is also able to use Runes to add special perks to each of his three weapons &ndash; his bow, sword and dagger. These Runes are collected from dead Uruk Captains and Warchiefs - the harder the foe the better the Rune you receive. This compliments the ingenuity of the Nemesis System beautifully as you consider cultivating certain Uruks, helping them grow in power so you can earn more boom for your buck when you take them down.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/alien-isolation/review" target="_blank">Alien: Isolation 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="1600" height="900" title="Shadow of Mordor review" alt="Shadow of Mordor review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/5_14.jpg?1413894853" /> </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"> 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>It would have been easy to dismiss <em>Shadow of Mordor</em> as a Lord of the Rings skin on <em>Assassin&rsquo;s Creed&rsquo;s</em> body, but it&rsquo;s actually more than that. Plenty is borrowed here, but despite (or perhaps because of) this the gameplay is really solid, with sneaky stealthing segueing effortlessly into fluid, rhythmic combat.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s not without new ideas, either, and we expect the Nemesis System will be &lsquo;borrowed&rsquo; by loads of other studios in years to come.</p> <p>The fact that the whole thing is wedded to a story befitting of the grand, texture-rich Rings universe means that despite the flaws this is still perhaps the best LOTR game ever released. If Monolith can tighten the presentation and find a way to teach the game controls and mechanics without endless text popups it could be onto a genuine classic in the sequel.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apps-and-games/console-games/top-ten" target="_blank">The 10 Best Games in the World right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-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="1600" height="900" title="Shadow of Mordor review" alt="Shadow of Mordor review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/1_9.jpg?1413894853" /> </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-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Graphics </div> </div> </div> <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"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> design </div> </div> </div> <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"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> depth </div> </div> </div> <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"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> addictiveness </div> </div> </div> <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"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Punishing yet intelligent and well executed, Shadow of Mordor firmly establishes itself as the best LOTR game yet</p> </div> </div> </div> <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"> Disabled </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"> Middle-earth: Shadow Of Mordor 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"> Everything we know so far about the eagerly awaited Tolkien actioner </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/middle-earth-shadow-mordor/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/middle-earth-shadow-mordor/review#comments Console games Gaming Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor PlayStation 3 PlayStation 4 Xbox 360 Xbox One Sun, 19 Oct 2014 14:59:51 +0000 Tom Parsons 1446012 at http://www.stuff.tv Ultimate gaming experience? Still on PC http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/next-gen-consoles-are-great-ultimate-gaming-experience-still-pc/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Want 4K graphics, the biggest selection of games and virtual reality? Chuck your console and pick up a PC, says Tom Parsons </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="Next gen consoles are great, but the ultimate gaming experience is still on PC" alt="Next gen consoles are great, but the ultimate gaming experience is still on PC" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/pc-gaming.jpg?1413626582" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://cdn.stuff.tv/new-perspectives"><img src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/imagecache/news_main_image/images/news/authorboxes_morelikethis.jpg" style="display:block; float:left; padding-right:10px;" /></a></p> <p>If you ask me, both the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/review" target="_blank">PlayStation 4</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-xbox-one/review" target="_blank">Xbox One</a> are pretty brilliant.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/tom-parsons" title="View user profile.">Tom Parsons</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-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Let&rsquo;s start with the basics: graphics. We were expecting 4K from the new consoles, but not only can neither the PS4 or Xbox One output a 4K signal at all, many games (especially on Xbox One) can&rsquo;t even hit the Full HD 1080p level.</p> <p>Meanwhile, in PC land, buy a decent graphics card and you&rsquo;ll comfortably get 4K. Not enough for you? Add more graphics cards, run them in tandem, and you can have three 4K displays side-by-side. Sound crazy? I&rsquo;ve played Project Gotham Racing on a triple-4K setup and it&rsquo;s mindblowingly brilliant, with the three displays combining to create the feeling you&rsquo;re genuinely looking through a car windscreen.</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/rSUSYaa6C9s" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>And if you want to take immersion to even greater heights, you need to get virtual reality. And guess what? You want a PC for that, too. Sure, Sony&rsquo;s got its own VR headset, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/head-hands-and-eyes-sony-s-project-morpheus/feature" target="_blank">Morpheus</a>, in development, but <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/oculus/new-oculus-rift-crescent-bay-prototype-headset-revealed-built-audio/news" target="_blank">Oculus Rift</a> is available right now, albeit in Development Kit form. What&rsquo;s more, because it&rsquo;s been in development much longer, has PC power backing it up and has an open development platform, it&rsquo;s already looking quite a lot more capable than Morpheus.</p> <p>Should you be excited about virtual reality? You sure should. Forget the blocky and slow VR of the mid-90s&nbsp;&ndash;&nbsp;this is the real deal. You&rsquo;re transported into the game like never before, and isn&rsquo;t that the whole reason we play games? Admittedly that level of realism isn&rsquo;t always an entirely positive thing&nbsp;&ndash;&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/e3-2014/alien-isolation-oculus-rift-so-frightening-you-might-not-want-play/feature" target="_blank">Alien: Isolation on Oculus Rift</a> is just too pant-wettingly frightening for a big wimp like me.</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/OlXrjTh7vHc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> READ MORE NEW PERSPECTIVES: promoted </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/time-vr-really-will-change-everything/feature?utm_source=Stuff.tv&amp;utm_medium=internal&amp;utm_content=Content%20promo&amp;utm_campaign=New%20Perspectives%20" target="_blank">This time, VR really will change everything</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/how-graphene-gadgets-will-take-us-back-time/feature-0?utm_source=stuff.tv&amp;utm_medium=Internal&amp;utm_content=Content%20promo&amp;utm_campaign=New%20Perspectives" target="_blank">How graphene gadgets will take us back in time</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/movie-industry-ditching-humans-and-getting-better-it/feature?utm_source=stuff.tv&amp;utm_medium=Internal&amp;utm_content=Content%20promo&amp;utm_campaign=New%20Perspectives" target="_blank">Death of Hollywood: the movies that direct themselves</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-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>Of course, PCs have always been capable of better graphics than their console counterparts. What&rsquo;s been missing in the past is a friendly console-like experience suitable for the regular lounge-dweller rather than the home office nerd. Now you can have that, too, thanks to <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/steam-home-streaming/review" target="_blank">Steam</a>.</p> <p>Once a simple download store for PC games, Steam is now effectively a platform of its own. Its Big Picture Mode is designed to deliver a console-like experience to a TV, rather than a monitor, and it&rsquo;s way, way nicer than the Xbox One dashboard. You can even set your computer to boot directly to Steam Big Picture Mode, so your senses aren&rsquo;t affronted by Windows at all. The next step is <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/valve/hands-steamos/feature" target="_blank">SteamOS</a>, which you install instead of Windows.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/video-games-are-good-you/feature?utm_source=stuff.tv&amp;u tm_medium=Internal&amp;utm_content=Content%20promo&amp;utm_campaign=New%20Perspectives%20" target="_blank">Video games are good for you</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/EFrL6-OhN94" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Let&rsquo;s finish with some stats. The PS4 has about a hundred games available right now, the Xbox One around 60. At the last count there were around 3700 games available on Steam. Enjoy playing with others? There are 100 million active Steam users&nbsp;&ndash;&nbsp;that&rsquo;s ten times the number of PS4s that have been sold so far, and we know the PS4 is outselling the Xbox One. And let&rsquo;s remember that Steam is just one way to get and play games on PC. Your options with a PC really are limitless.</p> <p>So it&rsquo;s got more games, better looking games, fancier tech, and with Steam a proper lounge-friendly, console-like user experience. The downside? A PC capable of doing all that is going to cost a great deal more than an Xbox One or PS4. But this isn&rsquo;t about value for money.</p> <p>This is about what&rsquo;s best. And that, demonstrably, is the mighty PC.</p> <p><strong><em>Tom Parsons is reviews editor of Stuff.tv</em></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Together with O2 and the Amazon Fire Phone, we&rsquo;re celebrating a fresh take on technology with New Perspectives. <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/new-perspectives?utm_source=Stuff.tv&amp;utm_medium=internal&amp;utm_content=Content%20promo&amp;utm_campaign=New%20Perspectives%20">Read a different view on tech every day here...</a></strong></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"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/next-gen-consoles-are-great-ultimate-gaming-experience-still-pc/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/next-gen-consoles-are-great-ultimate-gaming-experience-still-pc/feature#comments Amazon Gaming New Perspectives O2 Thu, 16 Oct 2014 16:11:00 +0000 Stephen Graves 1450485 at http://www.stuff.tv Halo: The Master Chief Collection release moved up, has 20GB day-one patch http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/halo-master-chief-collection-release-moved-has-20gb-day-one-patch/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Xbox One compilation is ready to go - well, it will be after that huge download </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="Halo: The Master Chief Collection" alt="Halo: The Master Chief Collection" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/halo-masterchief.jpg?1413617992" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Microsoft&rsquo;s <em>Halo: The Master Chief Collection</em> looks to remind Xbox One players why the shooter series is such a smash, and now with development complete, it&rsquo;ll happen a sooner than expected.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><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-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/microsoft/halo-master-chief-collection-release-moved-has-20gb-day-one-patch/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/halo-master-chief-collection-release-moved-has-20gb-day-one-patch/news#comments Console games Gaming Microsoft Xbox One Fri, 17 Oct 2014 19:30:33 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1450627 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Archos’ US$30 phone VR headset shell, Will.i.am reveals smartwatch cuff, and big update to spice up PlayStation 4 interface http://www.stuff.tv/android/fully-charged-archos-us30-phone-vr-headset-shell-william-reveals-smartwatch-cuff-and-big-upd <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> After an Apple-centric Thursday, here’s the rest of the tech news you might’ve missed </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="Archos VR Glasses" alt="Archos VR Glasses" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/archos-vr-glasses.png?1413618669" /> </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="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</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"> Archos making cheap VR phone shell </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>Samsung <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note-4/samsung-s-gear-vr-expected-cost-us199-without-galaxy-note-4-course/news">reportedly wants US$199</a>&nbsp;(about &pound;124) for the Gear VR headset for the Galaxy Note 4. Archos? Well, Archos says just US$30 (about &pound;19) will get you its VR Glasses, which accommodate a range of phones - Android, IOS, and Windows Phone all included - and are due out next month.</p> <p>The Archos VR Glasses accept phones with displays ranging between 5in and 6in, and the company recommends something with at least a Full HD 1080p display. Granted, this won&rsquo;t be as custom a fit as the Gear VR for the Galaxy Note 4, nor will you have access to those specialized experiences, but that price makes it a lot more appealing for the average, casual consumer.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.archos.com/corporate/press/press_releases/US_Archos_VR_Glasses_PR_20141016.pdf">Archos</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gear-vr/samsung-gear-vr/review">Samsung Gear VR hands-on preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Will.i.am’s smartwatch is not a watch, says Will.i.am </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>After months of teases, Black Eyed Peas frontman Will.i.am announced his smartwatch, the Puls, at an event Wednesday night. Except he claimed repeatedly that it&rsquo;s not a watch. In fact, it&rsquo;s a smart fashion cuff. But really, it&rsquo;s just a different-looking smartwatch.</p> <p>The Android (but not Android Wear) powered cuff is a standalone device with its own SIM card and 3G service, provided by O2 in the UK and AT&amp;T in the States, so it&rsquo;ll make calls, send texts, and surf the web without a paired phone. It has a Snapdragon processor with 1GB RAM, 16GB of internal storage, and fitness-tracking capabilities, along with a Siri-esque voice assistant.</p> <p>The Puls is &ldquo;for the dreamers who bring tomorrow today,&rdquo; reads the website. &ldquo;Welcome to nexterday.&rdquo; If you read that and weren&rsquo;t immediately turned off, then you&rsquo;ll be able to snag the cuff this holiday season for an as-yet-undisclosed price.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://iampuls.com">Puls</a> via <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/10/15/will-i-am-puls-smartwatch-reveal/">Engadget</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/william-s-eco-friendly-3d-printer-runs-recycled-coca-cola-bottles/news">Will.i.am&rsquo;s eco-friendly 3D printer runs on recycled Coca-Cola bottles</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="693" title="Puls" alt="Puls" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/puls-smartwatch-cropped.png?1413618669" /> </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"> Updated look at PlayStation 4’s v2.0 firmware </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>Nearly a full year after its release, the PlayStation 4 is on the verge of being updated with a big v2.0 system software upgrade. As you can see in the image above, themes will be a huge and very welcome addition, but even if you don&rsquo;t want graphic backdrops, you&rsquo;ll also be able to change the standard background colour.</p> <p>Other fresh additions teased include the ability to play music from a USB stick, as well as broadcasting improvements, additional voice commands, and more. Sony says more additions will be revealed before the firmware update goes live, which should happen before we get too deep into the holiday season here.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://blog.us.playstation.com/2014/10/16/ps4-system-software-preview-usb-music-player-new-home-screen-colors-more/">PlayStation.Blog</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/review">Long-term test: Sony PS4 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="675" title="PlayStation 4 themes" alt="PlayStation 4 themes" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-ps4-themes_0.jpg?1413618669" /> </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/android/fully-charged-archos-us30-phone-vr-headset-shell-william-reveals-smartwatch-cuff-and-big-upd#comments Android Archos Gaming PlayStation 4 Smartwatches Virtual Reality Fri, 17 Oct 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1450555 at http://www.stuff.tv Far Cry 4 http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/far-cry-4/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Another holiday doesn’t quite go to plan in Ubisoft’s latest tropical island adventure, now with added elephants </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="Elephants yeah" alt="Far Cry 4 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/FC4_resized.jpg?1413795536" /> </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="/users/tom-wiggins" title="View user profile.">Tom Wiggins</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If Kyrat were a real place, <em>Far Cry 4 </em>would give its tourist board a heart attack.</p> <p>If it&rsquo;s not crackpot dictator Pagan Min and his army of occupying henchmen trying to kill you, it&rsquo;s the local wildlife - but having played a few hours of the game&rsquo;s single-player campaign and an hour of co-op, there&rsquo;s definitely plenty to write home about.</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"> £-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-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Taking the excellent Far Cry 3 as its blueprint, the series&rsquo; first next-gen outing is bigger, badder and wilder than before, and it&rsquo;s shaping up to be one of this year&rsquo;s must-have games.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apps-and-games/console-games/top-ten">The 10 best games in the world right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Big country </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>Kyrat is huge, so it&rsquo;s handy there are new vehicles in <em>Far Cry 4</em>, including hovercrafts and gyrocopters, to help you get around. Just don&rsquo;t fly too high in the latter or it&rsquo;ll splutter and conk out.</p> <p>Pick-ups, hatchbacks and other cars now also have cruise control, so those bullet-spraying drive-bys are easier to pull off. While Kyrat itself is fictional, its inspiration isn&rsquo;t, with snow-capped Himalayan mountain peaks emerging from dense vegetation. At lower altitudes it doesn&rsquo;t feel hugely different to the pacific-style islands of <em>Far Cry 3</em> but that&rsquo;s no bad thing.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s easy to lose track of time just exploring the landscape on foot, in a 4x4, or stampeding into an enemy outpost on the back of Dumbo&rsquo;s big brother, a tactic that&rsquo;s likely to result in a call from the WWF (the wildlife people, not the wrestlers) if you try it on one of the game&rsquo;s new heavily fortified Elite Strongholds.</p> <p>Eventually the call of the mountains will come, though, and there are new grappling hooks to help you climb sheer rock faces on your way to those snowy peaks.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/xbox-360/forza-horizon-2/review">Forza Horizon 2 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="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="1920" height="1080" title="Far Cry 4" alt="Far Cry 4 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/FC4_Screen_C4_Preview_141014_6pmCET.jpg?1413795536" /> </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"> Animal instinct </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>Humans aren&rsquo;t the only animals that inhabit the upper reaches of Kyrat. Dive-bombing birds of prey mean you have to keep an eye to the skies, plus there are now macaques, bees, honey badgers and more, many of which can be killed and harvested to upgrade your gear (although sadly you can&rsquo;t craft a bee skin hat; that&rsquo;d take ages).</p> <p>It&rsquo;s the humans that will do you most damage though. There&rsquo;s a new Hunter class of enemy who&rsquo;ll sneak up on you with a bow and the first thing you&rsquo;ll know about it is when the flaming arrow hits you in the chest. The game&rsquo;s stealthy takedown manoeuvres are still brilliantly brutal and chaining them together never ceases to be hugely satisfying; at one point we stabbed a geezer in the neck and looted him for his spork in one slick movement.</p> <p>Looting and scavenging is in fact a big part of <em>Far Cry 4</em>, allowing you to sell gear in order to buy more weaponry and ammo. We found everything from vintage porn to a phablet (described by the game as a &ldquo;6.5in monstrosity&rdquo;, big-phone fans). Along with the car&rsquo;s propaganda-filled radios they help to give the world a real feeling of life and genuine inhabitance.</p> <p>Aside from the main story-driven missions there are still plenty of radio towers to scale (in order to &lsquo;hijack the signal&rsquo; and uncover more of the map), outposts to conquer, animals to hunt, hostages to save, and all kinds of mini-missions. It&rsquo;s almost RPG-like in its structure but without the strictly regimented feel that those games often have. Indeed, you&rsquo;ll embark on most of the mini missions without even planning to. It makes for a game that feels wilder and more alive than <em>FC3</em>, with more to do on the way to liberating Kyrat.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/alien-isolation/review">Alien Isolation review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="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="1920" height="1080" title="Who you callin&#039; Dumbo?" alt="Far Cry 4 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/FC4_Screen_Arena_Elephant_Preview_141014_6pmCET.jpg?1413795536" /> </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="1920" height="1080" title="Boooom!" alt="Far Cry 4 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/FC4_Screen_GLA87_Explosion_Preview_141014_6pmCET.jpg?1413795536" /> </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"> Better together </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 <em>Far Cry 4</em> is likely to be a game you can lose yourself in for weeks, it also has a proper co-op mode that&rsquo;ll allow you to get lost with somebody else too - and they don&rsquo;t even need to own the game. They will, however, need a PS4 rather than an Xbox One or PC.</p> <p><em>Far Cry 4</em> gives you a set of 10 keys to Kyrat and you can send one to a friend, giving them access to your co-op game for a limited time of two hours. They&rsquo;ll even earn cash and rewards that&rsquo;ll carry over if they do decide to buy the game.</p> <p>While it&rsquo;s essentially just a timed demo, it&rsquo;s a neat way to convince your friends to join you in Kyrat on a full-time basis. So pack your bags and don&rsquo;t forget the medi packs. We&rsquo;ll see you in Kyrat on 18 November.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/driveclub/review">Driveclub review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/MLjvRTkqDYo" 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-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> http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/far-cry-4/review#comments Console games Gaming PlayStation 4 Xbox One Tue, 14 Oct 2014 19:08:22 +0000 Tom Wiggins 1450234 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Will.i.am’s smartwatch about to launch, Windows 10 preview nets massive downloads, and Assassin’s Creed Rogue also coming to PC http://www.stuff.tv/littlebigplanet-3/fully-charged-william-s-smartwatch-about-launch-windows-10-preview-nets-million-do <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Wake up, plug in, and read our morning tech news roundup </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="Will.i.am&#039;s smartwatch" alt="Will.i.am&#039;s smartwatch" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/will-i-am-smartwatch_0.jpg?1413340222" /> </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="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</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"> Will.i.am’s smartwatch launching this week </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Remember when music producer and Black Eyed Peas member Will.i.am revealed that <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/fully-charged-webos-never-was-and-william-s-big-smartwatch-revealed/news">he created a smartwatch</a>? Turns out it&rsquo;s actually a real thing, and it&rsquo;s apparently launching later this week at an event happening on the same day as <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/new-ipads-new-macs-no-u2-hopefully-what-expect-apple-s-16-october-event/feature">Apple&rsquo;s planned iPad reveal</a>.</p> <p>Will.i.am&rsquo;s effort was first shown on <em>Alan Carr: Chatty Man</em> back in April, and he claimed it to be a standalone device with the ability to make calls - like Samsung&rsquo;s Gear S - as well as play music and access Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. The rounded design also looked quite large on his wrist, as you&rsquo;ll see in the clip above. Android, perhaps? It&#39;s not clear just yet.</p> <p>His company, i.am+, will reveal the watch in San Francisco this Thursday, 15 October, at software expo Dreamforce 2014. The press release claims it to be a &ldquo;bold new device that allows for a sixth sense mentality and represents a new way of being connected.&rdquo; Can the real thing live up to that masterful PR fluff? We&rsquo;ll have a better sense in a couple days.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.virtualpressoffice.com/RODAccess?did=1264261163127&amp;pid=1765437&amp;ct=C">PR Newswire</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/fully-charged-webos-never-was-and-william-s-big-smartwatch-revealed/news">Fully Charged: The webOS that never was, and Will.i.am&rsquo;s big smartwatch revealed!</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/Rj7IfmUbF0M" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Windows 10 preview nets a million downloads </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>Microsoft surprised some folks by making the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/windows-10-technical-preview-now-available-download/news">Windows 10 Technical Preview</a> available to freely download about a year before the planned full release, and intrigued users have responded by flocking to the first look at the company&rsquo;s next big operating system.</p> <p>According to Microsoft, more than a million users have downloaded the preview, with more than 200,000 feedback pieces sent from within the OS. Almost two-thirds of the installs are on actual PCs, as opposed to virtual machines, and the overall download tally is sure to rise as the program continues on into next year.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://blogs.windows.com/bloggingwindows/2014/10/13/checking-in-on-the-windows-insider-program/">Blogging Windows</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/6-things-we-love-about-windows-10-and-3-we-hate/feature">6 things we love about Windows 10 - and 3 we hate</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="800" title="Windows 10 Technical Preview" alt="Windows 10 Technical Preview" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/windows10-preview-desktop.png?1413340222" /> </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"> Assassin’s Creed Rogue also coming to PC </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>Surprise, surprise: <em>Assassin&rsquo;s Creed Rogue</em>, which was slated to be an Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 exclusive to sate fans without new-gen consoles this holiday season, will also come out on PC.</p> <p>However, the computer version won&rsquo;t see release until early 2015, while the console versions are due out next month. Don&rsquo;t be remotely surprised if <em>Rogue</em> eventually also does make its way to Xbox One and PS4 in one form or another once <em>Assassin&rsquo;s Creed Unity</em> makes its mark.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://blog.ubi.com/assassins-creed-rogue-story-trailer/">UbiBlog</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/assassins-creed-unity/review">Assassin&rsquo;s Creed Unity preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/h-dgUPQVnv0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> LittleBigPlanet 3 delayed a week </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you&rsquo;re anxious to reconnect with Sackboy and meet his new pals in <em>LittleBigPlanet 3</em> next month, we&rsquo;re afraid you&rsquo;ll have to wait a little longer: Sony announced yesterday that the European date has slipped a week to 26 November to &ldquo;give Sackboy the best opportunity to shine.&rdquo; We&rsquo;re not so sure that digital burlap is supposed to shine, but we understand the intent.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://community.eu.playstation.com/t5/LittleBigPlanet/LittleBigPlanet-3-Coming-to-Europe-26th-November/td-p/22400611">PlayStation</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/littlebigplanet-3/littlebigplanet-3/review">LittleBigPlanet: First Play preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/dyxKIP8KNgk" 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/littlebigplanet-3/fully-charged-william-s-smartwatch-about-launch-windows-10-preview-nets-million-do#comments Console games Gaming LittleBigPlanet 3 Smartwatches Sony Windows 10 Tue, 14 Oct 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1450182 at http://www.stuff.tv Carl Zeiss' US$99 VR One brings the fight straight to the Oculus Rift and Samsung Gear VR http://www.stuff.tv/carl-zeiss-us99-vr-one-brings-fight-straight-oculus-rift-and-samsung-gear-vr/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> You don&#039;t have to be a model for companies to fight over your face </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="586" height="439" title="White Rift" alt="Carl Zeiss&#039; US$99 VR One brings the fight straight to the Oculus Rift and Samsun" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/carl-zeiss-vr.jpg?1413252871" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Your wrist isn&#39;t the only part of your body that manufacturers want to claim.</p> <p>Ever since the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/oculus/gamescom-2014/oculus-rift-dev-kit-2-eyes-preview-gamescom-2014/feature" target="_blank">Oculus Rift</a> first began wowing eyeballs, VR headsets have cropped up left right and centre.</p> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Enter Carl Zeiss and its VR One headset.</p> <p>Priced at a wallet-friendly US$99, it too acts as a cradle for your smartphone, using built-in lenses to manipulate the screen into a retina-friendly experience.</p> <p>Unlike Samsung&#39;s offering however, the VR One can be used with multiple devices between 4.7-5.2 inches.</p> <p>While that rules out larger devices like the 5.5in LG G3, it&#39;s still a lot more flexible than the Gear VR, and it&#39;s presumably cheaper than the yet-to-be-released Oculus Rift.</p> <p>Users will have to drop an extra US$10 on different &#39;drawers&#39; to hold their smartphones, but apart from that, it looks like this could be one of the more accessible ways to jump into the face-hugging world of virtual reality.</p> <p>Whether or not all supported smartphones will be able to provide the same fluid experience as the Oculus Rift and Galaxy Note 4 however, remains to be seen.</p> <p>It&#39;s not due to land till next year however, so you&#39;d better get cracking with a homemade <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-io-2014/how-google-cardboard-scratch/feature" target="_blank">Google Cardboard</a> alternative for the time being.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-io-2014/how-google-cardboard-scratch/feature" target="_blank">How to make Google Cardboard from scratch</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> <p>[via <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/10/11/carl-zeiss-vr-one-is-a-99-answer-to-the-samsung-gear-vr/" target="_blank">Engadget</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="558" height="419" title="APPLY DIRECTLY TO THE FACE" alt="Carl Zeiss&#039; US$99 VR One brings the fight straight to the Oculus Rift and Samsun" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/carl-zeiss-vr-2.jpg?1413252871" /> </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/carl-zeiss-us99-vr-one-brings-fight-straight-oculus-rift-and-samsung-gear-vr/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/carl-zeiss-us99-vr-one-brings-fight-straight-oculus-rift-and-samsung-gear-vr/news#comments Gaming Geek accessories Smartphones Virtual Reality Mon, 13 Oct 2014 11:21:00 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1450132 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Microsoft’s Android Wear keyboard app, the first trailer for PlayStation’s Powers TV show, and Netflix charging extra for 4K content http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/fully-charged-microsoft-s-android-wear-keyboard-app-first-trailer-playstation-s-powers-tv- <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Start the week strong with our quick-hit morning tech news recap </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="Microsoft&#039;s Android Wear keyboard app" alt="Microsoft&#039;s Android Wear keyboard app" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/microsoft-androidwear-keyboard.jpg?1413251002" /> </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="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</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"> Microsoft made an Android Wear keyboard app </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 their small screens, Android Wear smartwatches have made voice commands the primary way to input text as needed - and curiously, it&rsquo;s Microsoft (not Google) paving the way for a tiny touch keyboard option on the devices.</p> <p>As seen in the above video, Microsoft&rsquo;s keyboard lets you use your finger to draw each individual letter on the smartwatch screen to tap out a quick text message response or search query. It&rsquo;s more time-intensive than simply speaking out your command, but if you&rsquo;re in a quiet space and don&rsquo;t want to pull out your phone, we could see it being a handy feature.</p> <p>The keyboard comes from Microsoft&rsquo;s Research arm, which recently unveiled a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/transparent-tablet-cover-multi-layer-input-microsoft-s-latest-experimental-wonder/news">transparent tablet cover</a> that adds a physical layer for creative work, along with a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/kinect/microsofts-roomalive-project-turns-your-entire-living-room-video-game-level/news">room-transforming gaming concept</a>.&nbsp;The app only works with devices with square 320x320 displays, along with the Moto 360, and it&#39;s <a href="http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/downloads/3e3aaa26-804c-486e-b3d7-d394c733da90/">available to download</a> for free right now.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/downloads/3e3aaa26-804c-486e-b3d7-d394c733da90/">Microsoft Research</a> via <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/10/11/6961447/microsoft-android-wear-keyboard-download-features">The Verge</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/moto-360/motorola-moto-360/review">Motorola Moto 360 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/_Iu7bUKKrJE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> First look at Powers comic adaptation </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>Sony&rsquo;s first foray into episodic television for its PlayStation Network service is <em>Powers</em>, an adaptation of the Marvel Icon comic about homicide detectives investigating superhero-related cases. It&rsquo;s slated to debut this December, and Sony premiered the first trailer during New York Comic-Con this weekend. Be warned, the language is rather salty.</p> <p>Powers stars Sharlto Copley (<em>District 13</em>) as the lead, Christian Walker, a former hero stripped of his abilities and turned into a cop, and he&rsquo;s flanked by a supporting cast led by Susan Heyward and Eddie Izzard. The show will be available free to PlayStation Plus subscribers, although all PlayStation Network account owners will be able to view the first episode.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://blog.us.playstation.com/2014/10/10/powers-stream-nycc-panel-tomorrow-first-look-at-eddie-izzard-as-wolfe/">PlayStation.Blog</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/powers-playstation-4s-first-exclusive-tv-series/news">Powers is the PlayStation 4&rsquo;s first exclusive TV series</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/P02QmncDOzM" 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"> Netflix bumps fees for Ultra HD 4K streaming </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>Got one of the 4K TVs that Netflix supports with select programing? Unless you&rsquo;ve already enabled your account to run the content, you&rsquo;ll have to pay extra going forward. According to HDGuru, the US price for 4K access has just jumped from US$8.99 (about &pound;5.50) a month to US$11.99 (about &pound;7.50) a month.</p> <p>Those already on the Netflix 4K bandwagon luckily won&rsquo;t see an increase in rate for almost two years - until 12 August 2016, it appears. Otherwise, for new members or those who hadn&rsquo;t previously taken advantage of the 4K programming, the price is increasing 33% in the States, and we imagine the UK jump should be similar in scale.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://hdguru.com/netflix-quietly-raises-its-4k-ultra-high-definition-subscription-rates/">HDGuru</a> via <a href="http://techcrunch.com/2014/10/11/netflix-raises-the-price-for-those-who-want-ultra-hd-video/">TechCrunch</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/netflix-time-broadcasters-are-doing-4k-we-ll-be-next-thing/news">By the time broadcasters are doing 4K, we&rsquo;ll be on to the next thing</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="675" title="House of Cards" alt="House of Cards" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/netflix-houseofcards_0.jpg?1413251002" /> </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"> Minecraft coming to Windows Phone </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 not remotely surprising at all, but indeed, Mojang is working on bringing <em>Minecraft: Pocket Edition</em> to Windows Phone. This, of course, follows the recent news that <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-acquires-minecraft-and-creator-mojang-us25-billion/news">Microsoft purchased Mojang</a> and the <em>Minecraft</em> brand for a cool US$2.5 billion (about &pound;1.55 billion).</p> <p>Mojang&rsquo;s Jens Bergensten says there&rsquo;s &ldquo;still much to do before any release,&rdquo; but the Windows Phone version is already up and running at the studio. That&rsquo;s great news for a platform that still has a ton of holes in it when it comes to headline games, although we can happily <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/15-best-windows-phone-games-right-now/feature">point you in the direction</a> of some of the best.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://twitter.com/jeb_/status/520631803837960192">Twitter</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/15-best-windows-phone-games-right-now/feature">The 15 best Windows Phone games right now</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="Minecraft" alt="Minecraft" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/microsoft-minecraft.jpg?1413251002" /> </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/microsoft/fully-charged-microsoft-s-android-wear-keyboard-app-first-trailer-playstation-s-powers-tv-#comments 4K Android Wear Film and TV Gaming Microsoft Minecraft Netflix PlayStation 4 Smartwatches Windows Phone Mon, 13 Oct 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1450095 at http://www.stuff.tv Niantic Labs' John Hanke: alternate reality games are the future of storytelling http://www.stuff.tv/google/niantic-labs-john-hanke-talks-wearables-location-based-gaming-and-augmented-reality/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The brains behind Google Earth and location-based game Ingress talks augmented reality, wearable tech and ARGs </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="Niantic Labs&#039; John Hanke" alt="Niantic Labs&#039; John Hanke" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/john-hanke.jpg?1413086165" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Location, location, location.</p> <p>Niantic Labs founder John Hanke has been helping people find their way in the world for years, from the computer globe that he pioneered at Keyhole &ndash; later to become <a href="https://earth.google.com" target="_blank">Google Earth</a> &ndash; to his time as head of Product Management for Google&#39;s Geo division.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/stephen-graves" title="View user profile.">Stephen Graves</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-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>The key to location-based games is the story </strong><br />Ingress has a game mechanic, but it also has a story; I think the story is important to give some emotional resonance to the experience, so that it&#39;s not a completely abstract experience like chess. We definitely want Ingress to have a beginning, a middle and an end; we&#39;re kind of in the middle right now.</p> <p>But I would imagine drawing that story to a conclusion so that we don&#39;t leave people hanging like a popular television series; &quot;it&#39;s working really well in season three, so let&#39;s drag it out to season five, and make sure that we don&#39;t reveal too much because there could be a season six.&quot; And it loses momentum.</p> <p>There&#39;s no reason why the underlying mechanic shouldn&#39;t continue to exist. But the important thing is planning from the beginning to actually pull things to a conclusion; you&#39;re not just trying to stay in the middle forever, which I think is a dangerous place to be.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/92rYjlxqypM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>I can imagine playing Ingress completely through a smartwatch </strong><br />I could be going for a walk, hands-free, eyes-free, completely taking in my environment, talking to the people around me, and tapping my watch every now and then, reading or listening through an earpiece &ndash; getting the historical background to my environment whispered in my ear. And doing it an a way that&#39;s a lot less disruptive than the phone is today.</p> <p>So I think wearables are the answer to that; it&#39;s just finding the right ones, and having them work in the right way, at the right price point, with the right fashion factor.</p> <p><strong>Wearable tech shouldn&#39;t mimic existing form factors</strong><br />I think a watch in some ways has fewer barriers than Google Glass. And I love the watch form factor for wearables, I don&#39;t want to knock it. But with every step forward, you don&#39;t want to be constrained by what&#39;s existed previously. You can make an automobile look like a horse and buggy because people are more comfortable with it, but it might not be optimal for an automobile.</p> <p>A certain amount of that might be helpful in the early adoption phases, but ultimately we will want these technologies, wherever they are on your body, to be totally optimised based on the job they&#39;re doing, not on what is more socially acceptable at that first moment of creation, just because it reminds people of something they&#39;ve seen in the past. But if a watch helps us get there, that&#39;s fine with me.</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/yyRJG2rrw0E" 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="Moto Hint" alt="Moto Hint" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Moto-Hint.jpg?1413086165" /> </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><strong>Endgame is a game, not a marketing stunt like previous ARGs</strong><br />We actually brought in a guy on our team recently who worked on A.I., I Love Bees, Why So Serious, the Nine Inch Nails ARG. He&#39;s masterminding our Endgame ARG; we&#39;re trying to learn from what&#39;s gone before.</p> <p>A lot of those were done as marketing stunts, for Halo or the Batman movie; so they were designed to build up a frenzy around launch and then fizzle out. Sometimes they end with a bang, other times they struggled on. So what we&#39;re doing is inspired by ARGs, but it&#39;s really not like any of those ARGs.&nbsp;It&#39;s an ARG style of storytelling; but we&#39;re not hardcore about denying that it&#39;s a game, for example, like a lot of early ones were.</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/KRZMQh-QNLk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>In 10 years&#39; time, we&#39;ll all be walking around in augmented reality worlds </strong><br />I think Vernor Vinge in Rainbows End did the best job that I&#39;ve encountered of depicting AR. He imagines this future where everybody has this implanted augmented reality capability; and everybody lives in this stylised version of the world that suits them. So some people live in this dark, Gothic world, and others live in this bright, shiny rainbow world. People play games, some people stylise their surroundings to help their mood, there are different ways that people use it. I think that&#39;s a technology that&#39;s going to happen, and it&#39;s probably going to take a decade or more to happen in that 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-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="Rainbows End" alt="Rainbows End" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/rainbows-end.jpg?1413086165" /> </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><strong>The ARG is the future of storytelling </strong><br />You&#39;ve got a whole industry with 100 years of experience in making films, you&#39;ve got a couple of hundred years of experience of people writing novels. You&#39;ve got two years of experience of people tying those forms together, with games, movies, books and social media &ndash; which is brand new.</p> <p>I think it&#39;s absolutely the future of storytelling and entertainment, though. It&#39;s as natural as the evolution from book to movie to television. Not that those other things can&#39;t still exist, in the same way that books and radio still exist &ndash; but it&#39;s just a much more open-ended, flexible, immersive, deeper, longer-lasting way of telling a story. At least for certain types of fantasy, science fiction, those things where you really want to create alternative worlds, that really should be the primary form, not a secondary thing. You start with a giant palette, creating the universe, and then start firing off different narratives and experiences within that. If Tolkien was around today, he would do that.</p> <p><em><a href="http://thisisendgame.com/" target="_blank">Endgame: The Calling</a>, by James Frey and Nils Johnson-Shelton, is available now</em></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/9nTHFEcPpxA" 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/google/niantic-labs-john-hanke-talks-wearables-location-based-gaming-and-augmented-reality/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/google/niantic-labs-john-hanke-talks-wearables-location-based-gaming-and-augmented-reality/feature#comments Gaming Google Niantic Labs Wearable tech Fri, 10 Oct 2014 17:32:52 +0000 Stephen Graves 1449922 at http://www.stuff.tv Sony announces PlayStation Experience expo in Las Vegas http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/sony-announces-playstation-experience-expo-las-vegas/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Not content just to show at wider events, the console maker claims its own space </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="PlayStation 4" alt="PlayStation 4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/playstation4_0.jpg?1412999462" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Eager for hands-on time with the next big PlayStation 4 games, and maybe even a first glance at some unannounced titles? Better book a flight to Vegas, since Sony&rsquo;s planning a public event of its own.</p> <p>The PlayStation Experience will be a two-day event held in Las Vegas, Nevada in the United States on 6-7 December, and unlike PAX and other expos, Sony won&rsquo;t need to fight against Microsoft, Nintendo, and others for attention: it&rsquo;s all about PlayStation.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><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-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/playstation-4/sony-announces-playstation-experience-expo-las-vegas/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/sony-announces-playstation-experience-expo-las-vegas/news#comments Gaming PlayStation 4 Sony Fri, 10 Oct 2014 20:36:26 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1449936 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Apple’s U2 album download numbers revealed, Amazon opening retail store, and Minecraft on PlayStation Vita next week http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/fully-charged-apple-s-u2-album-download-numbers-revealed-amazon-opening-retail-store-and-mine <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The weekend is mere hours away - but first, read all of this tech news </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="U2&#039;s Songs of Innocence" alt="U2&#039;s Songs of Innocence" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/u2-apple-songsinnocence.jpg?1412995279" /> </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="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</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"> Apple shares U2 album stats </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 free release of U2&rsquo;s new album&nbsp;<em>Songs of Innocence</em>&nbsp;to all iTunes users proved controversial, as some didn&rsquo;t want an album forced into their libraries, while others didn&rsquo;t really understand how it got there in the first place. But free is free, and a fair number of the 500 million iTunes users took advantage of the offer.</p> <p>According to Apple&rsquo;s Eddy Cue, serious VP of Internet software and service, the album was downloaded some 26 million times in full, while 81 million iTunes users listened to at least one song from the album. And if you did either and don&rsquo;t want it on your computer anymore, well,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/fully-charged-iphone-6-notches-record-pre-orders-first-windows-only-branded-phone-spotted-and-">there&rsquo;s a tool for that</a>&nbsp;now.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/6274359/itunes-numbers-u2-songs-innocence-album">Billboard</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-s-free-u2-album-exercise-tone-deaf-music-spam/feature">Apple&rsquo;s free U2 album is an exercise in tone-deaf music spam</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-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"> Amazon opening New York store </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Amazon may be a massive online retailer, but the company still understands the value of putting devices into people&rsquo;s hands - especially when it comes to distinctive tech like the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazon-kindle-phone/review">Fire Phone</a>. To that end, Amazon will reportedly open a store in the heart of Manhattan in New York City very soon.</p> <p>The pop-up store is said to function like a convenient urban mini-warehouse, allowing customers to order select items for same-day pickup, but CNBC says the store may also host demonstrations for the Fire Phone,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazon-s-refreshed-kindle-fire-lineup-includes-6in-us99-tablet-plus-kid-centric-variant/news">new Kindles</a>, and perhaps the Fire TV.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.cnbc.com/id/102070643">CNBC</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/ifa-2014/amazon-fire-tv-hits-uk-23-october-79-prime-members-can-get-it-cheap/news">Amazon Fire TV hits UK on 23 October for &pound;79</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="778" title="Amazon Fire Phone" alt="Amazon Fire Phone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/firephone-launch_1.png?1412995278" /> </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"> Minecraft ready to roll on Vita </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 Microsoft&rsquo;s recent acquisition of Mojang and the Minecraft franchise, some PlayStation Vita fans might have worried that the promised port wouldn&rsquo;t make its way to the Sony-made handheld. No need for concern, however, as the game has been announced for release next week.</p> <p>The Vita version will debut in Europe on 15 October, delivering a compact version of&nbsp;<em>Minecraft</em>&nbsp;that features controller support, making it a whole lot more appealing than the phone and tablet versions.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/4JStudios/status/519987042139525120">Twitter</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-acquires-minecraft-and-creator-mojang-us25-billion/news">Microsoft acquires Minecraft and creator Mojang for US$2.5 billion</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/QFZoDbgncJA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disney’s Tomorrowland teased </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>Tomorrowland</em>&nbsp;- loosely inspired by the Disney park attraction of the same name - is out next May, and the first teaser trailer above shows a bit of the digital wizardry being put into the live-action film.</p> <p>Before you shrug the film off for its thematic origins, know that it&rsquo;s directed and co-written by Brad Bird, the man behind amazing films like&nbsp;<em>The Incredibles</em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em>The Iron Giant</em>. He even directed a rather excellent live-action film with 2011&rsquo;s&nbsp;<em>Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol</em>. Fingers crossed that he scores again here.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1k59gXTWf-A">YouTube</a>&nbsp;via&nbsp;<a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/10/9/6953069/the-first-tomorrowland-teaser-trailer-and-poster">The Verge</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/1k59gXTWf-A" 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/amazon/fully-charged-apple-s-u2-album-download-numbers-revealed-amazon-opening-retail-store-and-mine#comments Amazon Apple Film and TV Gaming Minecraft Music PlayStation Vita Sony Fri, 10 Oct 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1449850 at http://www.stuff.tv