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  • 08Sep

    The code in ‘Dead Island’ just made me very sad

    Note: This contains some language that you may find issue with. Techland’s been working on Dead Island since 2005 now. It’s one of those games that has just taken forever to finish, and some would argue that there’s still a bit to go. But there’s no excuse for what one person found in the game’s code, then posted to the Steam forums for the game. One of the lead females in the game, Purna, has a skill called “Gender Wars” that allows her to deal more damage to male enemies. Once upon a time, however, the name of that ability wasn’t so nice. Let’s take a look at the code, hm? sub Skills_Purna(){ Skill("TeamSpirit1Purna"); Skill("SharpApprenticePurna"); [...] Skill("TeamSpirit2Purna"); Skill("FeministWhorePurna"); Skill("MeleeDurabilityPurna"); [...] } Well, great. Purna’s a feminist whore. What the heck? That ability is a little weird in itself (and that’s probably another discussion entirely), but its existence doesn’t warrant calling

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  • 08Sep

    Back to School Apps that Parents need

    It’s back to school time. I wouldn’t really know about that yet, except that my friend’s adorable two boys are now back in school. We celebrated the last days of summer with an awesome trip to Disneyland. But now that they are in school, it got me thinking, what apps out there will really help parents this year? The apps below are some of my favorite apps for being organized and productive with a few mixed in for the kids. 5. Evernote - I love Evernote. It syncs easily with my Mac from my phone. The program works on every device currently out. What do I use Evernote for? I use it to make my famous to-do lists. I love leaving myself voice messages when inspiration strikes (you never know when that blog post idea will hit you). 4. GooCal - I live in this app. I can’t recommend it

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  • 08Sep

    Comics on the Go: Comixology app

    Comics are not that accessible when you think about it. If a person wants a wide variety of new releases, back issues, and collected trades then the best place to grab these up is a local comic shop. Supporting this stores is of the utmost importance to keep them around. However, the digital age is upon us. Everything is going digital and comics are not left behind and with mobile phones heavily integrated into everyone’s lives, there’s an app for everything. Comixology is a website all about comics. It allows you create your very own Pull List, discuss comics, and has a wide array of digital comics for the technologically savvy to download legally. Even more convenient is the mobile app. On my Android phone, an HTC Evo, I have my Comixology app and I use it quite readily. Although I love prerusing my local comic book store, having the app allows me to

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  • 08Sep

    PAX Interview: League of Legends

    At PAX Prime 2011 I had the opportunity to speak with League of Legends’ Mark Norris, “DeathStryker” on the forums, the producer and product owner of Dominion, the next expansion for League of Legends.  Let’s just dive in into the questions. How do you plan on keeping balance in check between the three map types? “That’s a great question.  How we are going to keep the balance in check is to constantly play the game to ensure that balance is there. So what we have been doing, what we been saying for a long time now is that 90% of the fun comes in the last 10% of development and that’s where we are right now. We are in the balance stage. So we are playing all the champions a ton! And what we are really looking for is that  all champions are viable right? Because balance is always a

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  • 08Sep

    PAX Preview: Crimson Alliance

    PAX Prime brought tons of games to the show floor.  One of those games shined above the rest:  Crimson Alliance, an Xbox Live Arcade game set to be released September 7th. I had the opportunity to speak with Erin Reed, a Marketing specialist at Certain Affinity, who was showcasing the four player co-op of the game.   Crimson Alliance has three character classes: The Wizard: Long range attack The Mercenary: Melee attacks The Assassin: Long range and Melee attacks The assassin in particular was not unveiled until PAX.  Even though the game has only three classes, four player co-op is supported.  You will be able to tweak your character so it looks different than the other ones by changing your primary and secondary colors, changing your name, plus your look will also depend on how you equip your character since it will affect your fighting style.  You can mix and match

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  • 08Sep

    University of Missouri uses Microsoft Kinect to monitor older adults’ health changes

    Your grandmother might not want a Kinect, but it may end up being a good thing to have around if this study from Mizzou is any indication. Researchers there have been using motion-sensing technology to help evaluate seniors’ risk for falls for years, but they’ve recently expanded to giving Microsoft’s Kinect sensor a try — the Kinect sensor only produces silhouette images, rather than an identifiable image, which alleviates some patients’ fears. The sensors have been put into use at TigerPlace, an independent living community in Columbia, Mo., and they’re currently used to monitor behavior and routine changes in patients who live there. Researchers are also investigating the usage of Doppler radar sensors for the same ultimate goal: monitoring increased risk of falls. Each body part on a human creates its own Doppler “signature,” and the device can detect a fall based on the “signature” motions. “Falls are especially dangerous

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  • 08Sep

    They Canceled Eureka?! Those Bastards!

    Over the last few days, tweets from the cast and crew of Syfy’s show Eureka have regaled us with tales and emotions from their final experiences making the hit show. It is a bittersweet time because while they should all be proud of the work that they have done over the past four seasons, the way the show cancellation came about made a lot of fans, myself included, very upset. Yes, we get one more season with a bonus extra episode and a Christmas special before we reach the end of our time on the show, but the original expectation was that they would at least get half of a sixth season. Admittedly, to those of us who love the show, that still sucked, but at least it was something more. Then, within a couple of days, word leaked out on the Internet (as it does) that SyFy had actually

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  • 08Sep

    Square Enix announces first DLC for ‘Deus Ex: Human Revolution’

    This October, you’ll be exploring another conspiracy in Deus Ex: Human Revolution in the recently-announced DLC called “The Missing Link.” It’s coming to every platform the game is on — including OnLive. (Spoiler alert!) While Adam was investigating during the course of the game, he disappears for three days. (Aaaaand end spoilers.) Where did he go, and what did he discover? That’s The Missing Link. You’ll be fighting back against the group of Belltower agents that disabled Adam’s augmentations while also escaping from a freighter that’s going…well, somewhere. And you have no idea where. One of the best parts of this DLC is that you’ll be able to reassign Adam’s augmentations — good news for anyone who ever felt like they were “doing it wrong.” “We are very excited for Deus Ex: Human Revolution fans to be able to further develop Adam’s journey in the game with The Missing Link

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