Gaming & Tech – Our Top Nerdy Picks for the Week Ending 6/09/2012
What Did You Think?
First a book series, then a major hit HBO tv series and now this? Cyanide has finally released(May 2012) their stunningly beautifully rendered Game of Thrones Role Playing Game within the infamous Steam Engine platform. $49.99 will ensure you are “put at the core of a thrilling plot, where your fate will be guided by vengeance, allegiance and honor.”
Steam describes this Epic adventure as…
ONE GREAT ROLE PLAYING GAME, TWO EPIC QUESTS
Experience an amazing adventure in one of the most complete and fascinating universes in medieval-fantasy literature. Game of Thrones is a great Role Playing Game that puts you at the core of a thrilling plot, where your fate will be guided by vengeance, allegiance and honor.
Play as two very different heroes across the two main quests leading you to the heart of mythical locations from Westeros. Amidst a background of conspiracy and betrayal, try to survive the orchestrated machinations around the Iron Throne.
Develop your characters, learn powerful skills, and participate in tactical and spectacular battles; sharpen your diplomacy skills to sometimes favor speech over violence. But more than anything beware… all your actions may have heavy consequences on your adventure!
I personally work within the UDK/Steam Engine and it’s capabilities have always exceeded beyond my expectations and Cyanide and just proven this again that you can have both savory graphics, smooth gameplay, and a solid storyline all within one program. But don’t just take my word for it, watch the Launch trailer and see for yourself.
Website of the Week:
I will admit, this isn’t so much techy as it is just freakin awesome. If you are like me, IKEA’s are the second best thing on Earth, right behind the Blizzard campus in Irvine, CA.
People from all over submit their creative designs along with a supply list and a photo of “hacks” that they have found useful.
Here is a lit up media display made entirely of 4 IKEA Lack tables. That is it.
And for all of us book lovers, this one actually took design of the year.
Invention of the Week:
This week while watching some TED videos, I came across a video from 2008 with Johnny Lee who spends 6 minutes showing some very inexpensive Wii remote hacks that ultimately creates a virtual white board for around $50, versus several thousand dollars which could revolutionize Title I classrooms who lack funding for these items. Throughout the 6 minutes he actually shows several items made from Wii remotes.
If any of his ideas catch your fancy and you think you just might want to try one of these, the source code can be found here-http://johnnylee.net/projects/wii/
Still haven’t had enough of Johnny? Keep up with him on his blog which entails even more awesomeness! http://procrastineering.blogspot.com/
Gadget of the Week:
The gadget here being the hacker….Were you one of the 6.5 million LinkedIn user this week whose account was hacked and password was stolen and posted on a Russian hacker website.? Don’t worry, you were not alone. So what can we learn from all of this. Well, we did figure out that people have some very creative passwords. Gizmodo lists some of the of the actual leaked passwords with “buttcrack” topping the list while Buzzfeed lists some of the most depressing passwords and I hope everyone has taken their Prozac today. From “divorce” to “iwishiwasdead” these are just a sample of the 23 on their website.
What have we learned from this? When N3rds tell you to compile a password of uppercase, lowercase, numbers, and symbols, it isn’t just to see if you can remember it the next time you try and login, it is to prevent this very scenario from being repeated. For now, head on over to leakedin.org to ensure you were not one of the 6.5 million users to have their passwords stolen.
Gadget “Coming Soon”:
I remember when I bought my daughter her first netbook. It was right before Valentine ’s Day and Best Buy had advertised a pink Asus netbook for $200. My husband went to pick it up and they hadn’t even bothered to take them out of the back storage room. That is how well they had projected them to sell. Four years later and the little netbook is still going strong. Sure it is missing several keys, and the A had to be completely stripped of wires as it stuck, but it serves its purpose as a desktop machine once I hooked up a 27” monitor and a keyboard 7 mouse and has no problems computing.
Asus has once again impressed me as the Eee Slate EP121 hits the market as possibly the world’s most powerful tablet on the market packed with an Intel Core i5 processor, numerous data input options, a 12.1” screen with built in speakers as well as an array of ports including mini HDMI, USB, and SD card reader. With an optional compact keyboard, this tablet easily changes role between ultrabook and netbook with ease and with a price tag of just under $1100, this is sure to be a family top pick this holiday season!
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