Bioshock’s Acclaimed Studio Is No Longer


The studio responsible for Bioshock and Bioshock: Infinite? Currently being broken up, for some reason. Actually, creative lead Ken Levine said on the company’s website that himself and “about fifteen members of the Irrational team” formed a new, smaller venture within the parent company that owns Irrational (who also owns Grand Theft Auto-developer Rockstar Games). The result will be”To make narrative-driven games for the core gamer that are highly replayable.”

Basically, he’s handing over the responsibility of BioShock to Take-Two and him and the rest of his team are going to pursue other projects. As for the future of the franchise; that’s all speculation or unconfirmed, as of yet.

ViaIrrational Games

HTC Books A Press Event For March 25th In Both NYC And London

save-the-date-htc-2014-02-18-01Much like the press event in 2013 that was simultaneous in both NYC and London, HTC is ready to unveil the successor the well-reviewed but not hotcake-selling handset, the HTC One. In this case, whatever HTC brings to the event is going to decide its future, once and for all. And that is both incredibly interesting and frightening.

Booked for March 25th, we’ll be ready to give the coverage you all so longingly desire — for example, if HTC will just call the new device the HTC Two. Hopefully not.

The McLaren 650S Is A Unqiue Bridge Of Comfort And Speed

mclaren-650sThis is the McLaren 650S, a solid supercar with design traits taken from its fellow brethren — the MP4-12C and the hypercar of dreams, the P1 — and in the end, is designed to be a comfortable yet fast supercar.

Pushed along the road by a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 engine cranking 641 horsepower, the 650S also features the British’s company’s ProActive Chassis Control system, which helps you make those corners, safely and quickly.

As for comfort? LED headlamps, satellite radio and navigation, Bluetooth, and even a rear parking camera all round out that section of the feature list.

More will be revealed at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show in March, but for know, gaze upon another beautiful idea of engineering and design. PR after the break.

Google’s Acquisition Of SlickLogin Could Mean Even Bigger Things For The Death Of Passwords

slicklogin-tech-crunch-startup-logosOr rather, the reincarnation of passwords. It doesn’t take a security expert to see the flaws the exist in traditional passwords: they need to be remembered, can easily be stolen or cracked, and generally multiple variations or complete unique passwords need to be made to manage an individual’s social, financial, or business accounts.

That’s where the team of SlickLogin was trying to make big changes: by emitting an almost-inaudible tone from a computer when logging-in, a user would hold their smartphone to the speaker, hear the tone, and send the credentials to the requested form or app.

This way, 2-step authentication via a code sent to your phone via text is obsolete, and the use of your private credentials to log-in somewhere requires your very presence, and your trusty smartphone.

The details of the acquisition (i.e. how much, why, what’s going on) haven’t truly been revealed by either company, but at the very least, Google is continuing its journey in finding out new ways of protecting information, as their researchers have done in the past.

Via: SlickLogin, TechCrunch

Titanfall Becomes An Open Beta On PC And Xbox One

TitanfallRevealWell, after some Microsoft Azure server maintenance which took the Titanfall beta servers offline for a while, developer Respawn Entertainment has flipped the switch on beta codes and invitations; instead all Xbox One users can partake in the beta, until a systemic limit is reached. The same arrangement is being prepared for PC users later on.

Meanwhile, I’ll still drop Titans on your shoddy battle maneuvers. Be ready, pilots.

ViaMajor Nelson

The First Xbox One Spring Update Is Here

xbox-one-dash-leadIntroducing a ton of fixes and improvements for Microsoft’s gaming console, the first spring update for the Xbox One has arrived. First off, there’s better Kinect voice recognition, more stability, dashboard fixes, support for a USB keyboard, and onscreen meters for both controller batteries and available hard drive space.

Availability of said update? During “off-peak” hours in local time zones; alternatively, as Microsoft’s Larry Hryb put it, “never fear you’ll see it sometime over the weekend.” Well said, well said.

ViaMajor Nelson

Microsoft Outs Windows 8 Sales: 200 Million Licenses And Counting

win-8-startThe sale of 200 million Windows 8 licenses sounds like a big number, but it is a fraction of the overall Windows 7 sales that have been reported in the past. In a 12 month period of availability, 240 million copies of Windows 7 were sold; in contrast with Windows 8, which took 15 months to reach the 200M mark. Granted, they’re different operating systems, with pros and cons, and one being older than the other, but it can’t be helped that Windows 8 isn’t as favored as its predecessor.

Meanwhile, the Windows 8.1 Update 1 addition to the OS family aims to fix many of the still-lingering issues that users have, but Microsoft has not commented on it. Look for it later in April, however.

Via: ZDNet

Arma 3’s Zeus DLC Brings Immense Control To Multiplayer Battles, And For Free

arma-3-zeusSo, get this: Arma 3 “Zeus” is a DLC that allows more a new kind of multiplayer: players enroll as soldiers, and another player controls the game environment, causing obstacles, new scenarios, objectives, and environment changes along the way — to create a dynamic, unpredictable storyline.

Plus, the player can “become Zeus”, and use a lightning bolt to resolve any particular enemy actions that would threaten the other players (or cause them harm). It’s all very deux ex machina, but it sounds fun.

Best of all, the DLC is free so you can come to expect it available for download sometimes in Q2 of 2014 — nearly the same time the “Win” campaign conclusion arc episode launches, which is also free.

Video after the break.

Via: Arma