I'm your daddy

Perhaps you may have heard of a small game called BioShock. Despite having a site designed by a retard who loves size-heavy pointless flash front pages, it's quite a nice game. At Gamasutra they've just put up a post-mortem on the game. In case you don't know what a post-mortem is, it's where the developers say what went right and what went wrong with the project. They're quite interesting reads if you want to get an idea of what goes on in the games industry. They all inevitably include "Should have planned better so we didn't have to crunch for 3 months", but this one is slightly special as it also contains a link to download a 78 page pdf BioShock artbook. Which I've handily just posted here of course.

Mr. Bubbles, a design for one of the Big Daddies in BioShock

The greatest deal ever...

Why didn't someone think of this before? This idea is simply genius, a guaranteed money-maker. A new company called Piicron, or maybe PIICRON (which makes it easier on n00b's who talk about them in forums) has created a number of consoles that play every game every made. Yes, you read me. Every game ever. That's including cartridges. They're currently looking for investors, and to be honest, I can't see how you can lose. Reading the site is like a lesson in marketing and, what marketing people probably refer to as, "shazam". Check this:

Investing in PIICRON is not like putting your money under your madras[sic] or into your bank account. We offer a seemingly impossible return on your investment by nearly 1000 on invested capital by 2012.

I added the italics, but that's Your $ = Your $ x 1000 by 2012. Solid math, especially considering these guys have predicted sales of 20+ million a year. To put that into a bit of perspective, the Wii has shipped 29.62 million as of June 2008. And you can believe it too. Among the features sported are:

... combined fingerprint login & touch-pad, integrated cameras with pattern recognition, unparalleled & exact motion sensing technology, that you can[sic] record your gaming & share your greatest moments, flatrate global online connectivity, that the[sic] controllers can tell how excited you are from your heart rate?

The pick of the bunch has to be this - quite possibly the best titled console ever - the Übercron:

Check out the specs on PIICRON's Übercron

The fully specced out beast comes equipped with a 3.2GHz quad core processor, 4GB memory, 1TB Storage, 8 controllers, full compatibility with every game ever, and has has an anodized titanium cover. God damn I'm so hot for it right now. Presumably the center splits apart and a nubile, buxom young maiden emerges to take your media of choice. To get your hands on this Adonis will only cost you $2000, but if you invest $2 in the company, you'll have that by 2012! Capital.

Stop touching yourself

This is so awesome, it's like I'm making it up. Takayuki Iwamoto and some others at Tokyo University have come up with a way of using focused ultrasound to provide haptic feedback, meaning that you can feel 3D objects that are being displayed on your computer. It's called the Airborne Ultrasound Tactile Display and you really have to see it in action to understand how it works. Which, luckily, you can, by following the previous link. Did someone say porn...?

A demo showing off the Airborne Ultrasound Tactile Display in motion


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