Infinity Blade II Clash Mobs Update Revealed
I’ve already done a review on Infinity Blade II’s multiplayer mode but now according to IGN we have an official release date for the upgrade….
"Infinity Blade 2 players will be able to participate in ClashMobs and experience the rest of these enhancements and additions when the game’s 1.1 update goes live Thursday April 12. In the meantime, be sure to ogle IGN’s gallery of exclusive screenshots.”
(image borrowed from IGN)
Stupid Addictive Games
I recently finished reading the article in the NY Times “Just One More Game” by Sam Anderson and it is beyond accurate. It came out yesterday and I passed over it as the title just made me role my eyes but I bumped into it again and sat down to read the whole article and I am glad I did. I am not going to even try to summarize it I will give a couple inserts from it but the link is here at the bottom click it and take a minute to read it.
“Games, he told me, are like “homebrew neuroscience” — “a little digital drug you can use to run experiments on your own brain.” Part of the point of letting them seduce you, as Lantz sees it, is to come out the other side a more interesting and self-aware person; more conscious of your habits, weaknesses, desires and strengths. “It’s like heroin that is abstracted or compressed or stylized,” he said. “It gives you a window into your brain that doesn’t crush your brain.”
Lantz told me that the deepest relationship he has ever had with a game was with poker, to which he was almost dangerously addicted. “Somehow teetering on the edge was part of the fun for me,” he said. “It was like a tightrope walk between this transcendently beautiful and cerebral thing that gave you all kinds of opportunities to improve yourself — through study and self-discipline, making your mind stronger like a muscle — and at the same time it was pure self-destruction. There’s no word for that in English, for a thing that does both of those at the same time. But it’s wonderful.”
I asked him if he knew a word for that in another language.
He said no, but then he thought for a minute.
“I think it’s ‘game,’ ” he said. “I think the word for that is ‘game.’ ”
Source: The New York Times
Rumors Of An iOS Controller From Apple
I won’t dwell on this to long as you have scene from previous posts this is the one thing I believe is needed to make the iPad a true console competitor. The graphics and speed capabilities are there along with titles for gameplay they just need a controller. The demand is also there, if it wasn’t there wouldn’t be so many people trying to make third party controllers. The ability to be able to bring something like the iPad with a screen that size, ease of portability, price and whip out a controller, sync it and game is every gamers dream. Will it happen I don’t know? It would be nice; if it does it’ll probably be one of the cleanest game controllers you have ever laid eyes on. However Apple doesn’t need it the iPad already has a huge market reach but we’ll see, wait and hope.
I’ve seen a lot of mini/handheld tripods on Kickstarter and until now none have really impressed me. I think the big thing is none have really left me thinking wow I need that, I want that, that was awesome but the Slingshot by Charles Waugh did. Take a few minutes to watch the video and Waugh’s very professional like pitch.
51% of all US households own at least one Apple-branded gadget
The Helo TC Assault Touch From Griffin Tech
Griffin Tech brings a new spin on iOS controlled RC Helicopters and throws in missiles for fun. There are already several app driven RC devices that are nothing more than a spin on the common control scheme allowing touch joystick control and accelerometer control. The Helo has those features as well plus missiles! Ok, that’s not all it has but shooting your coworkers with a flying helicopter is great. It also has flight pattern mapping allowing you to save up to three flights and the routes taken along with control of the Helo’s LED lights and an auto land feature via a quick tap. Little things can often make a big difference and let’s hope that’s the case for the Helo. This isn’t Griffins first round at an app controlled helicopter and the first one had a quirk or two we’ll see what the Helo brings it’s yours for $60.
Galileo Gets Your iPhone Moving
For many Facetime is an invaluable App whether it’s for business or communicating with family it’s a staple among most iOS users. However many of us find one problem with it is the lack of camera control and that’s where Galileo comes in to play with its unlimited 360 degree pan and tilt smooth moving platform. Setting up for a meeting using an iPhone as the conference camera is near pointless when everyone has to move or re-position the phone twenty times. Handing a bouncy five year old your iPhone to chat is even less appealing, besides the stickiness your cleaning off your screen you’ll never get them to keep that thing focused on them for more than two minutes. Now amateur photographers and the next big Youtube producer can have a stable smooth platform to shoot their videos on minus the shaking. Galileo is easily remotely controlled with your iPhone, iPad, iPod or web browser for unlimited 360 degree pan and tilt. It can also be mounted to a standard tripod mount making the applications for the Galileo battery operated base nearly endless. Currently on Kickstarter with a funding goal of $100,000 and 29 days to go you can get yours by pledging $85 or more to the funding.
From Producers Chillingo comes Air Mail
A flight sim like experience mashed up with amazing Japanese Anime. Air Mail puts you in the seat of your own bi-plane as a young air mail pilot on a mission. With a great story line 25 missions and a free roam world Air Mail has a lot to offer. Unlocking certain items allow you to customize your plane and expand on your game experienced designed for novice and experienced gamers Air Mail will keep everyone engaged.
The New iPad As The Next Gaming Console
To deny the iPad’s gaming capability would be more than ignorant whether referencing the” New iPad” or the iPad 2. The graphics for games such as Infinity Blade are precise and crisp the latest iPad’s CPU only adds to strengthen that. With graphics processing capabilities to rival that of the current XBOX 360 and PS3 the iPad is both a mobile and console gaming platform to be recon with. At least it could be as it currently stands it’s missing a couple key elements.
The lack of physical controls is a huge one, though Epic Games has done a great job with the Infinity Blade Series and innovative touch controls, it’s still not the same. Now there are a few developers out their working on that, the problems they run into is getting the App programmers to integrate the controller code into their games. Though the codes are often free they require extra programming and the decision of which controller to pick. To get that actual controller in your hands for an iPad is really going to require one of two things. One Apple could make a physical controller and honestly I don’t know if that’s just a dream or not it would at least give game developers one controller platform to work with. The other option is the creation of an app similar to Joypad but done by Apple which would turn your iPhone or iPod into a controller for the iPad. The other key element lacking are console quality games however Mike Capps President of Epic Games said "Apple is definitely building their devices as if they care a lot about ‘triple-A’ games" and if anybody would know he would. If that’s true than drawing game developers or games already in the works to deliver that console quality probably won’t be a problem for Apple.
Office warfare is no laughing matter and the guys over at Think Geek realize that. Thus they introduce the iLaunch Rocket Launcher For iPhone. Annihilate the office pest in cube to cube warfare utter destruction!
Nerf guns are great, rubber bands guns genius but a mobile mission control system in the palm of your hand is diabolical. Have fear cube dwellers because this is Daddy’s new weapon. You get 270 degrees of horizontal turning to pin point in your launch and 40 degrees of vertical movement. Air pistons launch the rockets out at over 25 feet and their is a shake to fire if you need to be discreet. The base station has rechargeable batteries for ultimate portability allowing you to gain an upper hand. You can grab yours for $79 over at Think Geek.
Get your desk organized with the PHX Desk Organizer.
The all aluminium pen, cellphone, whatever you want to put in it stand, holds everything snug and safely with special silicone fingers. Flattened slip resistant feet on the bottom keep it from sliding all around and one of the nicest features are the slots in the back allowing for chord manamgement.
DrawRace 2 HD for iPad Is Addictive
DrawRace 2 HD is beyond addictive! I spent well over four hours on my iPad playing this last night. I just couldn’t put it down each race just made me want more and I couldn’t wait to see what my next win unlocked. The tracks vary in size and style from a standard NASCAR oval to off-road snow drifting as do the cars for each track. The principal is simple you draw a line around the track for each lap, fast on the straightaways and slow on the curves. Everything from ramps to wet snow make for variable and challenging races. Not to mention the multi-player feature that even my wife enjoyed. Hit up the app store it’s $2.99 and worth every penny. Their is also a free version you can try as well as one for the iPhone or iPod.
Apples New Mountain Lion Gets Game Center
It looks like Apple might finally be taking desktop gaming into consideration as the new OS Mountain Lion is slated to have Game Center included in it. It’s setup to work just like its iOS cousin allowing you to find friends and challenge them in matches whether it be another Mac, iPhone, iPod or iPad. It will also include AirPlay mirroring for the Mac streaming out the game to your Apple TV and screen of your choice at 720p resolution.
The gaming community has defiantly shown interest in the iOS devices as everything from the nostalgic 8-bit styles like League of Evil to high end 3D graphics like those found in the Infinity Blade Series have had gamers going crazy for more. Not to mention they have transformed the mobile gaming community so much so that even companies like Sony consider them competition. Hopefully we will see more App developers take advantage of things like the Joypad App ( an open source App that turns your iPhone into a controller for your iPad) incorporating them into their games and maybe we’ll see something along those lines for the Mac games, who knows.
Elevation Dock; their is absolutely no reason an iPhone user shouldn’t buy one.