Predator notebooks will have extensive cooling system, programmable buttons
Acer revealed more than its new device launches at yesterday's event, teasing to attendees some upcoming gaming devices. A collection of distinctive systems under the existing "Predator" name were unveiled, which will include high-specification notebooks and PCs as expected, but it will also count an Android tablet built for gaming as part of the same product range.
The quest for the crown continues
The third installment of Steve Jackson's Sorcery! game series is now available from iTunes. It isn't necessary to play the first two chapters to enjoy the third; each leg of the journey is its own self-contained quest and story. However, for those willing to put in the time, a magic word is given at the end of each game to add input into the next. Friendships, items, curses, abilities, and knowledge transfer from one to the other, giving the whole experience a richer feel.
MacNN and Electronista deals for April 24, 2015
Welcome to Daily Deals, the regular post where we search online and offline retailers for discounts, offers, and sales on an array of hardware and software for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. Today, we cover the still-active deals from throughout the week, while the new deals list includes a sub-$300 960GB SSD, the Pure Jongo T2 wireless speaker, and the Garmin Vivofit fitness band.
Apple Game roundup for April 24, 2015
On Tuesdays and Fridays, MacNN takes a few minutes to round up important goings-on in the Mac and iOS gaming world. Today, we're looking at Total War: Warhammer's announcement, Retina MacBook gaming benchmarks, Dungeons & Dragons downloadable content for virtual tabletop Fantasy Grounds, and Feral's release of Batman: Arkham Asylum – Game of the Year Edition
MacNN and Electronista deals for April 23, 2015
Welcome to Daily Deals, that time of the day when the staff of MacNN and Electronista search the Internet for sales, discounts, and offers, compiling the more notable items into a single post. The usual recap of still-active deals is joined by a Sony Action Cam, a 3D scanner, a Seagate 4TB NAS, and a new way to discover deals for yourself.
Smooth and faithful iPad version of the board game
If it were any more famous, you'd have heard of it. Or possibly also have been there. For Carcassonne is a French town, and it's a board game, and it's now an iPad app. Take on the world through Game Center, take on the people in your house, or just play against the iPad and not have to spend an evening with anyone. If you like board games, this is so good that you've probably got it already.
Classic RPG style reimagined for the modern age
Pillars of Eternity is an ode to classic Infinity Engine role-playing games (RPGs) that would likely not have been possible without the support of more than 70,000 backers on Kickstarter. The game, originally listed in 2012 under the name "Project X" and then "Project Eternity" on Kickstarter, launched with a goal of $1.1 million. Only five days after starting the campaign, Obsidian had already surpassed its initial goal by reaching the $1.6 million dollar mark, and announcing the game would be coming to OS X. When all was said and done, Pillars of Eternity managed to raise a total of $3,986,929, making it the most highly-funded video game on Kickstarter at the time. Now, two years later, Pillars of Eternity is here, meaning its time to see if Obsidian was able to live up to all of the hype and expectations that come with a highly-crowdfunded project.
Gaming news summary for April 22, 2015
The Game Replay is a twice-weekly look at the wider world of gaming by the staff of MacNN and Electronista, noting a few of the major stories in the industry from earlier this week. Today's story collection includes incoming Xbox One changes, Gearbox Software's loss of the Borderlands creator, and more Halo content
MacNN and Electronista deals for April 22, 2015
Welcome to Daily Deals, the regular post where the staff of MacNN and Electronista scour online retailers for discounts, offers, and sales for you, the discerning reader. A recap of still-active deals from earlier in the week follows the new batch, including a Core i7 notebook from HP, DJ headphones from Technics, and a pile of SSDs
Three compartments of CyberPower Trinity aids in component cooling
CyberPower has started accepting orders for its gaming PC in a uniquely-designed three-pointed case. The Trinity houses all of the components for the gaming system in three "blades," with each holding a selection of the high-end components, spreading them apart and allowing them to keep cooler compared to when the parts are in close quarters in a normal PC case.
Dystopian future point and click adventure, examined
Jack Drebin, member of the LSF (Local Security Force), finds himself embroiled in a chaotic adventure after a run-in with a suspected terrorist. This is the setup for Return NULL: Episode 1, a point-and-click adventure game from developer Michael Lückgen and publisher Digital Tribe Games.
MacNN and Electronista Deals for April 21, 2015
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Apple game roundup for April 21, 2015
On Tuesdays and Fridays, MacNN takes a few minutes to round up important goings-on in the Mac and iOS gaming world. Today, we're looking at our DiRT 3: Complete giveaway, a Carcassonne sale and forthcoming OS X version, Blizzard's Heroes of the Storm open beta and release, and Kerbal Space Program exiting Steam's early access program.
Blizzards online collectable card game comes to mobile platforms
This reviewer has been avoiding Hearthstone since it first came out. We doubted our conviction in being able to resist spending scads of money on card packs, or spending on extra money on a card that represented something with which we had a particular attachment from our time playing World of Warcraft. Time and experience dealing with games with in-app micro-transactions later, we think we're finally ready to take the plunge, now that Hearthstone is on iOS. In a nutshell, we enjoyed the experience, and find the game as a whole charming.
Announcing expanded gaming news, examining the LA School iPad debacle, more
Another week, another roundup on the week in tech through the eyes of our MacNN and Electronista staffers! This week, The MacNN Podcast takes a poll on backup strategies among our writers, while Managing Editor Mike tells campfire tales of data loss from his days as a network consultant. We spend some time talking about our own expanded gaming coverage, adding more Mac game reviews and coverage as well as doubling our overall industry news. We dissect what's getting chipmaker AMD down, try to figure out the LA School District's iPad waffling, and more.
MacNN and Electronista deals for April 20, 2015
Welcome to Daily Deals, the post where the staff of MacNN and Electronista trawl the Internet for discounts, offers, and sales on electronic goods for you, the discerning reader. Since it is the start of a new week, all old deals have been removed from the list ready for new items, including discounts on the Apple iPad Air 2 Retina, Lenovo ThinkPad Edge, and the Kindle Fire HD 7.
Gaming news summary for April 19, 2015
The Game Replay is a twice-weekly look by MacNN and Electronista on the wider gaming landscape, highlighting some of the more notable stories from the last few days. Today's list includes improvements to security on Steam, "Timewalking" in World of Warcraft, and the small matter of a new Star Wars game.
An an epic quest in a vintage tabletop RPG style from Steve Jackson
The third installment of Steve Jackson's Sorcery will be out later this month, so we sat down with the first and second chapters in preparation. Sorcery and Sorcery 2 are, at their core, choose-your-own-adventure style experiences, but it all has a very vintage table-top RPG flair we really appreciate.
Curses. It's on the iPhone now. How will we get any work done?
Bad news for fellow addicts of the iPad game Sue Doku: it's been updated, and is now a universal app. You do hear that term a lot, and it often isn't explained, so let us clear that up now: a universal app means Sue Doku is now available on both your iPad and iPhone. Translation: distraction. It's just a sudoku app, we can stop playing any time, but it is a particularly well done one on the iPad, and enough so that we sidled back to our desk to quietly pick up our phones and download it immediately.
Apple Game roundup for April 17, 2015
On Tuesdays and Fridays, MacNN takes a few minutes to round up important goings-on in the Mac and iOS gaming world. Today, we're looking at Halo: Spartan Strike for iOS, Amplitude Studios' free weekend on Steam, WWE 2K for iOS, and the shipment of Age of Wonders III alongside its new expansion pack.
MacNN and Electronista deals for April 16, 2015
Hello and welcome to Daily Deals, the regular post where we find great offers, discounts, sales, and deals for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. Today's recap of still-active deals from earlier this week comes alongside new items including the Belkin WeMo Wi-Fi enabled light switch, an all-in-one laser printer from Dell, and the Garmin Vivofit Fitness Band.
Spacial reasoning puzzle may help you hone cognative ability
Puzzle games are considered casual gaming, requiring little skill to solve the problems presented. However, every so often we come across a game that poses an actual challenge, a game that is mind-meltingly difficult, and that's what we've discovered today. We took a look at Tapslide, a game that will give even the most battle-hardened puzzle players a mental workout.
Gaming news summary for April 15, 2015
The Weekly Game Replay is no more, because there will be more posts than just once a week, due to popular demand. Rebranded the Game Replay and published every Sunday and Wednesday, the staff of MacNN and Electronista provide a look at the wider gaming landscape. Today's list of noteworthy gaming items include the launch of Grand Theft Auto on PC, the return of Guitar Hero, and one gamer's attempt to recreate the ill-fated OnLive using Amazon Web Services.
MacNN and Electronista daily deals for April 15, 2015
Hello and welcome to Daily Deals, where the staff of MacNN and Electronista scour online retailers to find discounts, offers, and sales for you, our discerning readers. A recap of still-active deals from the rest of the week follows the new deals batch, which includes one of the cheapest 3d printers we've seen, a great gaming monitor from Monoprice, and a six-pack of LED lightbulbs to save even more money!
Hack and slash brought to you by the original designers of Diablo
Torchlight II is the second game in the Runic Games-developed Torchlight series, and after literally years of promises, is now on OS X. In this game, you guide a character and an animal companion through the wilds and places of the world of Torchlight, completing quests provided doled out by various personalities you encounter. Torchlight II is the type of game you can play for a short or long while, quit, then return later without really losing your place. The problem with Torchlight II is, being so much fun, one can find they are spending quite a lot of time just playing, and then playing some more -- until its 4AM, and work looms.
Space-exploration quest marred by mobile roots, frustration factor
Few would have expected -- when the iPhone was released almost eight years ago -- that our phones would become a major platform for gaming, but they did. One result of this phenomenon has been the odd movement of some games from mobile-first to the desktop. One of the most recent games to make this backwards leap is Out There from French developer Mi-Clos Studio.
Apple Game roundup for April 14, 2015
On Tuesdays and Fridays, MacNN takes a few minutes to round up important goings-on in the Mac and iOS gaming world. Today, we're looking at an iPhone-specific Hearthstone update, cheating in an international chess tournament with an iPhone, the Steam user survey showing millions of Mac gamers, sales of Cities: Skylines, and Metro: Last Light Redux debuting on OS X.
MacNN and Electronista deals for April 14, 2015
Hello and welcome to Daily Deals, where the staff of MacNN and Electronista scour online retailers to find discounts, offers, and sales for you, our discerning readers. A recap of still-active deals from Monday follows the new deals batch, which includes $100 off the Alienware Alpha, a triple-pack of Seagate storage drives, and a heavily-discounted Lytro camera.
Top-down warfare chaos on OS X
"War, never been so much fun" was the refrain from the opening theme for one of my all-time favorite Amiga games, Cannon Fodder. Little soldiers running around, blowing things up, it was Codemasters' finest hour. It was this treasured classic gaming memory that was firmly planted in my brain when I first spied Modulaatio Games' overhead tactical shooter Running With Rifles.
Cute and challenging arcade game
Cute games often get a bad rap for being too easy, and we tend to agree. Cuteness is often one of the first bullet points on the list of things that make up casual games, and even the look alone tends to tell you what's in store, even before you begin playing. Well, fortunately for those of you who like cute games but wish they were a bit more challenging, Orisinal must have had you in mind when he designed Casanova, an absurdly challenging and absurdly cute arcade game.
Trusted Voice Smart Lock option rolling out to stock Android devices
Owners of devices running stock Android will be able to unlock their smartphones and tablets by uttering "OK Google." Following changes to Google Play Services, Android Police reports that the Trusted Voice unlocking option is starting to roll out, appearing in the Smart Lock settings. Users are warned before setting up Trusted Voice that it is "less secure" than a knowledge-based security measure, such as a PIN or a pattern, as "someone with a similar voice or a recording of your voice could unlock your device."
MacNN and Electronista deals for April 13, 2015
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Peaceful puzzler markets itself as 'meditative'
Meditation has been proven, time and time again, to be good for you. Even five minutes in the middle of a particularly stressful day can help lower blood pressure, clear your head, and prevent the onset of stress-related disease. But what if you're not used to meditating? What if you're not the type to sit in silence? The makers of Breath of Light have a solution for that, and it might not be one that you'd expect.
Tactical resource management title adds new improvements to the genre
Tactical games are popular these days, in no small part to how well they translate over to a mobile platform. Clash of Clans has seen substantial success, and since then the App Store has exploded into similarly-designed titles. We took a look at DomiNations, a tactical resource management game that attempts to put a new spin on a developing genre.
News from the video game industry for the week of April 12
Every Sunday, MacNN and Electronista take a moment to look back at some of the notable stories in the world of gaming. This week, the EFF take on the ESA over potential DMCA exemptions, Microsoft makes the Xbox One less power hungry when switched off, and Blizzard enabled a system for purchasing of in-game World of Warcraft gold using real-world money.
MacNN and Electronista deals for Friday April 10, 2015
Hello and welcome to Daily Deals, the time of day when the staff of MacNN and Electronista trawl the Internet for offers and discounts for you, our discerning readers. A recap of earlier still-active deals follows, headed up with news offers, including a heavy sale on refurbished Linksys routers and access points, the Roku 3 streaming media player, and a rare sale on the Sonos:Play 5 streaming speaker.
Space strategy game has players conquoring planets and batting aliens
If you're a strategy game fan, chances are you're aware of 4x games, like Sid Meier's Civilization series. 4x stands for "eXplore, eXpand, eXploit, and eXterminate," which means that the player is in control of an empire that's eager to expand. Popularized nearly three decades ago, 4x games are gaining some traction in the gaming community again, especially with players who grew up playing the genre in the 1990s. Because of this, titles like Galactic Civilizations II and Civilization V have seen some decent success. We checked out StarDrive 2, a space-themed 4x that has players expanding their empire across the vast reaches of space.
Apple game roundup for April 10, 2015
On Tuesdays and Fridays, MacNN takes a few minutes to round up important goings-on in the Mac and iOS gaming world. Today, we're looking at Radiation Island on OS X, a "best of" MMORPG guide for our favorite operating system, the beta test for quick-to-play real-time strategy title Interloper, discovery title Albedo: Eyes From Outer Space, and the upcoming release of RuneBlade for the Apple Watch.
Frogger meets Burnout in this strangely fun arcade game.
We love arcade games. We love arcade games so much that it wouldn't be a stretch to say they're probably one of our favorite genres around these parts. There's something about the "beat the high score" mechanic, the simple controls, the overall nostalgic feel. That's why we were so excited to try Carnage Crossing, a funny little Frogger-type arcade game.
Space adventure allows players to explore and quest at their own pace
There's something to be said about games that give you the chance to do whatever you want, however you want, and as fast or slow as you want to do it. Not sandbox games, but rather games with solid objectives but no heavy-handed storylines or time constraints hanging over your head. That's exactly the type of game you get with the very Escape Velocity-like VoidExpanse, a charming little space-shooter that lets you play at your own pace.
MacNN and Electronista deals for April 9, 2015
Hello and welcome to Daily Deals, the time of day when the staff of MacNN and Electronista trawl the Internet for offers and discounts for you, our discerning readers. A recap of earlier still-active deals follows, headed up with news offers including the Slingbox M1, some open-box Vizio ultrabooks, and some Sennheiser Audiophile headphones.
Point your ship at the bad guy. Hit fire.
There are a lot of very complex gaming experiences out there, from the strategy of games like Civilization to in-depth RPGs like Final Fantasy. But, sometimes, you crave the straight-up simplicity of a good shmup (shoot 'em up for the uninitiated). Just run and gun everything in sight, and don't get hit. Sun Blast, from Oblone Software, fits the bill quite nicely.
Lego Dimensions combines real minifigs, models with console game
Warner Bros. is using the popularity of The Lego Movie franchise to produce a game that uses Lego figurines. Lego Dimensions will compete directly against the similar Disney Infinity and Skylanders games and play systems, by allowing players to bring specific Lego figures and models into the game using an accompanying kit of parts that constructs a "portal" between the worlds.
While many choose to go the route of building their own gaming PCs, there are a number of companies that thrive on a market looking for pre-built options. Over the past few years, Origin PC has built a reputation for offering powerful systems and top-notch customer support.
What if we dropped everything but the monolith bits from 2001?
Last Voyage by Semidome is a series of mysterious and visually-striking puzzles. The player is given little to no explanation or context for these puzzles, and figuring out the goal is as much a part of the puzzle as actually slotting everything into place. Throughout the experience, there seemed to be some kind of story that was always, tantalizingly, just out of reach.
MacNN and Electronista deals for April 8, 2015
Hello and welcome to Daily Deals, the post where the staff of MacNN and Electronista search the Internet for discounts, offers, sales, and other items for our discerning readers. Today, the catch-up of still-active deals is accompanied by a new wave of offers, including a large collection of notebooks, the Sony NEX-F3K/S for $200, and a 240GB SSD for $100.
Combining choose-your-own-adventure elements mixed with travel strategy
Is there such a genre as "Travel Strategy?" We suppose if there is, it would have started with Oregon Trail. In 80 Days by inkle, there's considerably fewer broken legs and people dying of dysentery, although at one point we were trying to stay ahead of a cholera outbreak. The game is, as the name would suggest, based on the book Around the World In 80 Days by Jules Verne. Everybody always talks about the English Gentleman, Phineas Fogg, but as anybody who has played 80 Days knows, the real brains of the adventure was his French Valet, Passepartout, and it's the role of the valet the player takes on.
Who doesn't love running through a high school full of zombies and guns?
Corridor Z by Mass Creation is about the last three living people in a high school full of zombies. Supposedly, there's a way to exit the building to safety, and the three characters must sprint through the hallways between fortified classrooms if they want to live. The game is free with ads, and includes in-app purchases. Thankfully, they manage to not be totally evil when it comes to either of those things, leaving the player free to actually ... you know ... play and enjoy the game.
Apple game roundup for April 7, 2015
On Tuesdays and Fridays, MacNN takes a few minutes to round up important goings-on in the Mac and iOS gaming world. Today, we're looking at data mining for the iPhone Hearthstone launch, Shadow Warrior on OS X, Professor Layton on mobile in Japan, and an outside chance of Hyperkin developing an iPhone 6 case for Gameboy cartridge use.
MacNN and Electronista deals for April 7, 2015
Hello and welcome to Daily Deals, where we scour online retailers for offers, savings, and discounts for you, our discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. As well as a recap of still-active deals from yesterday, today's new items include the Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 Neo, a 27-inch WQHD monitor, and the Sony Alpha A3000.