From The Trenches
Spare a thought for the poor developers at a company that produces crap at an alarming rate. Shovel-ware if you will.
Often the company is own by a single man who has final say on everything. We are trying to make the best game we can with the constraints of a power mad dictator throwing tantrums day after day because people aren’t buying his crap games.
The hours are no less grueling.
The verbal abuse no less cruel.
The withheld pay while we wait for publishers to pay. (The boss is still driving his fancy Mercedes of course while you are using credit cards to pay rent)
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By Josh Tolentino from Japanator
D3 Publisher are promoting their new game, Oneechanbara Z2: Chaos
, and for that they built a booth at the Tokyo Game Show this year.
Destructoid founder Niero took a picture of that booth, and you can check out the whole thing below. I wouldn't advise doing so if you're at work, though.
I shall say no more, for words aren't needed now. We may never need them again.Read more...Read Replies (0)
By SilverOptimus from TFW2005
Transformers: Legends event Only Human is now live.
Event Synopsis:RODIMUS, ULTRA MAGNUS, SPRINGER and ARCEE foil VICTOR DRATH’S attempt to steal the powerful, but volatile, Newtronium. DRATH, fed up with their constant interference, calls on the mercenary OLD SNAKE for help.
VICTOR DRATH lures the AUTOBOTS into a trap, and using OLD SNAKE’S technology, transfers their minds into the bodies of synthoids. OLD SNAKE convinces DRATH to use the now-mindless AUTOBOTS as weapons, by outfitting them with controls.
Meanwhile, as the RODIMUS and his friends get used to their new bodies, they learn that DRATH and OLD SNAKE are going to use their bodies to blow up AUTOBOT CITY. It is now a race against time, as the now-human AUTOBOTS try to warn the city and stop VICTOR DRATH’S forces.
Will the AUTOBOTS reclaim their bodies, or will they be trapped in them forever? Will OLD SNAKE be able to help VICTOR DRATH destroy AUTOBOT CITY and claim his revenge? Find out on TRANSFORMERS: LEGENDS – “ONLY HUMAN”!
Also, we want to wish a Happy 30th Birthday to Transformers!
Note: A bug has been identified where the stats of this event's EVO cards are underpowered. Mobage/DeNA is working on a fix
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By Josh Tolentino from Japanator
Well, it took 'em long enough - the better part of a decade - but it looks like ordinary players might actually see Final Fantasy XV
in playable form before the heat death of the universe. And it might even be fun!
Alongside the spiffy new trailer above, Square Enix has announced that a playable demo of their long-gestating new baby will be included with copies of Final Fantasy Type-0
HD, which is scheduled for release in March of 2015.
They've also announced that Hajime Tabata, director of Type-0
, would be taking over Final Fantasy XV
's helm from Tetsuya Nomura. Given that Type-0
seemed to be well-regarded in Japan, and was one of the few pieces of the ill-fated Final Fantasy XIII
mega-project to come in on time, he might be the guy to "get 'er done" for the latest Final Fantasy
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By Salvador GRodiles from Japanator
With two more episodes left until Gaim
ends, a new trailer for Kamen Rider Drive
has entered the fast lane. Surprisingly, I've come to terms with the show's title, since it occurred to me that Knight Rider's
main character doesn't use a motorbike. Seeing that Drive
shares some similarities with the classic '80s TV series
, it's obvious that the show's staff wanted to use the "Rider"
term in the same manner.
Anyway, we get a better look at the Roimyudo and the professional hitman known as Chase in the show's latest trailer. Based on the clues present in the new evidence, Drive
will likely have a comedic and serious tone, with the latter focusing on the Roimyudo-related cases. Either way, I'm cool with Drive's
balance between its focus, since it continues to give off a Kamen Rider W
vibe. Also, I predict that Shinnosuke's tie antics'll be a fun running gag when the show premieres on Oct. 5.
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By samzenpus from Slashdot's help-me-please department
An anonymous reader writes I use email to communicate with my folks overseas. Their ISP only allows dial-up access to their email account (there is no option of changing ISP), that can receive messages no larger than 1MB nor hold more than 15MB (no hope of changing that either). They are computer-illiterate, click on everything they receive, and take delight on sending their information to any Nigerian prince that contacts them, "just in case this one is true". Needless to say, their PC is always full of viruses and spyware. In my next yearly visit, instead of just cleaning it up, I'd like to gift them with some "hardened" PC to use for email only that would hopefully last the year before someone has to fix it. So far, these are the things I have in mind:
Some kind of linux distro, or maybe even mac. Most viruses over there are windows only and propagate via Autorun.inf or by email attachments, not having Windows could prevent both.
Some desktop environment that hides anything unrelated to connecting to the net and accessing their account (dial-up software, email client, web browser, exchanging files between their hard disk/email attachments and USB drives). By "hide", I just want the rest to be out of the way, but not entirely removed, so that if necessary, I can guide them over the phone. For this, Ubuntu's Unity seems like a particularly bad solution, but a Gnome desktop with non-removable desktop shortcuts (is this possible?) for the file manager, browser, email client and dial-up program could work. An android system is unlikely to work (they have no wifi, and they were utterly confused with Android's UI).
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By Roblimo from Slashdot's you-put-your-right-foot-in-you-put-your-right-foot-out-you-pick-up-a-human-and-shake-it-all-about department
University of Arizona grad student Matt Bunting
doesn't come across as a mad scientist. That's a very good thing, because his robot hexapod creations are easy to imagine crawling across the USA in large hordes, devouring everything in their path and using all the electricity they come across to feed their Queen Hexapod, a 3-D printer mounted on a hexapod chassis that turns everything fed to it into more robots. Luckily, the real life Matt is an affable (self-described) "Roboticist, Electrical Engineer, Musician, and Rock Crawler" who freely admits that at this time his robotic creations have no practical application whatsoever. This is probably true, except for the fact that they can liven up a music video like mad, as you can see on YouTube in Pedals Music Video (featuring REAL robots)
. Our little video is a lot simpler, of course. In it, we interview Matt and he tells us what he's up to with his robots, and gives some
'how to get started with robotics' advice for budding young engineers. (Alternate Video Link
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By Tony_Bacala from TFW2005
Deadline is reporting that The Hub, a joint venture with Discovery Networks and Hasbro, is no more. The channel will be re-branded in "Discovery: XYZ" fashion, most likely Discovery Family. They will also be taking a larger stake of the channel by acquiring Hasbro shares. Hasbro will retain some interest and continue to provide programming from 9 AM - 3 PM, so we should still see Transformers and other programming on the station. Whether or not they will also get prime time slots for first run episodes, not mentioned here. Check the full details over at Deadline
and discuss on the forums!Read Replies (0)