Pacific Rim, Guillermo del Toro’s blockbuster paean to classic Japanese monster flicks, seems tailor made for a video game adaptation, and Reliance Games' workmanlike effort dutifully pits enormous robot mechs (called Jaegers) against monstrous kaiju in a series of Infinity Blade-esque duels. Unfortunately, control issues and an irritating progression approach make what should be a cool experience feel instead like a grind.
Macworld is here! The biggest bestest event for fans of everything Apple kicked off today at Moscone West in San Francisco, with an all-day session on iPhoneography. If you're interested in the other sessions and speakers taking place throughout the weekend, be sure to download the official Macworld/iWorld official app, or visit macworldiworld.com.
Highlights of what I saw today (day zero?) after the jump!
Robots for iPad is equal parts creepy and cool, and it's one of the most informatively fascinating apps you'll find on the subject of artificial intelligence. Bursting at the seams with well over 100 real-world robots that range from freakish human lookalikes to quasi-sentient kids toys, this exhaustive app is a repository of incredible information about the history of our mechanical pals. Each entry features detailed photos, historical rundowns, tech specs, neat factoids, and embedded links to related articles about the robotic creation in question.
I've always found something deliciously epic about giant robots blasting and smashing the hell out of one another. Hunks of scrap metal flying everywhere and the sound of thunderous gunfire go together like peanut butter and jelly in my book. While it's certainly based on the venerable mech battling franchise, MechWarrior: Tactical Command doesn't quite capture the thrill of battling inside the cockpit of a huge death machine. But it does offer a mostly serviceable real-time strategy romp through miniaturized killer robot territory.
Even if you have a killer video game that's flying off both the physical and digital shelves, it never hurts to throw some freebies to the players who love it.
On October 4th, Valve released the first free downloadable content pack for its Portal 2 puzzle game. The additional content, which streams in as an update to the Mac OS X steam client, comes in at over one gigabyte in size and includes both single player and cooperative challenge modes as well as a slew of unlockable levels and challenges to feed your Portal 2 obsession.
Foxconn, maker of iPads and iPhones for Apple, announced at an employee dance party Friday night that the company would be replacing many workers with 1 million robots over the next few years.
Currently using around 10,000 robots, Foxconn plans to increase to 300,000 within a year, on the way to a 1 million robot goal within three years. How this will effect the 1.2 million workers at Foxconn, 1 million of which come from mainland China, remains to be seen.
We visited the annual Maker Faire and as usual, it was epic. If you enjoy robots, science, steam punk, giant mousetrap games, crazy vehicles and 3D printers, the Maker Faire is nirvana. If you couldn't make it to this year's event, don't worry, we took pictures of all the really cool stuff for you.