- CNET at Plugged In13 hrs ago
Real estate blog Movoto has stacked up superhero hideouts, from the tiny Shady Shoals Rest Home to the giant planet of Oa. The results are supercool.
By Michael Franco, CNET
We've covered superhero suits a few different times here on Crave, but the folks over at real estate blog Movoto have just taken a look at superhero suites. They've cataloged and compared 35 different lairs used by everyone from Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy (the smallest) to Green Lantern (the biggest, seeing as it's a whole planet).
The results appear in this really cool interactive infographic that lists the digs according to size. They've also been compiled into a flip book we've linked to below, because -- you know -- who's your hero now?
- Chris Morris at Plugged In14 hrs ago
Griefing over Xbox Live has taken on new, dangerous proportions.
One particularly bitter opponent called the Long Island SWAT team on his opponent after losing a game of Call of Duty.
Rafael Castillo, 17, had just finished a round of the popular shooter game and somehow raised the ire of someone else on the server, big time. That still unidentified player called the police near Castillo's home via Skype and told them he shot his mother and brother - and said he might shoot others.
That resulted in a two-hour standoff involving over 60 officers, a helicopter and fire trucks. Castillo, who had headphones on, reportedly continued to play games the entire time, unaware of the scene outside.
His mother, who is of course alive and well (as is his brother), was quick to notice the police action as she made coffee in the kitchen. Police removed from the house, though it took a while before they realized they had been hoaxed.
- Ben Silverman at Plugged In1 day ago
Parents might not understand exactly how Skylanders works, but they most certainly understand what kind of damage Activision’s mega-popular franchise can do to a checking account.
The pioneer of the “toys-to-life” genre has made a mint selling mountains of collectible toys, which gamers then warp into virtual worlds by way of a handy little portal device connected to their console of choice. It’s been wildly lucrative for Activision and mildly debilitating for those of us sucked into its OCD world of collection and completion.
But for its next trick, the game that brought real-world toys into video games will attempt to reverse the magic.
Due out October 5 for pretty much every console under the sun, Skylanders: Trap Team will assault your poor wallet with new toys, a new adventure, and one very cool new shtick: the ability to ‘trap’ in-game villains inside of real-world toys.
“In the past we brought toys to life. Now we’re bringing life to toys,” Jeff Poffenbarger, executive producer at game developer Toys for Bob, told Yahoo Games.
That’s a million-dollar marketing line, but he pretty much nails it.
- Chris Morris at Plugged In1 day ago
Start prepping your cosplay getups -- BlizzCon is a go.
Blizzard Entertainment, the developer of World of Warcraft, Diablo and StarCraft, will host fans on Nov. 7-8, offering untold swag, big name music and first looks at some of the company's upcoming products.
Want tickets? Good luck. The event tends to sell out in minutes. Passes will go on sale in two batches: First on May 7 at 7:00 pm PST and then on May 10 at 10:00 am PST via Eventbrite. Admission price to the show is a hardy $199, though if you're a big enough fan to drop $750, you'll also get to enjoy a pre-event dinner that benefits the Children's Hospital of Orange County.
- Chris Morris at Plugged In2 days ago
Franklin, Michael and Trevor -- the three protagonists of Grand Theft Auto V -- are a potty-mouthed bunch. But now there's conclusive proof that they’re among the crudest characters in video game history.
Youtuber TheMediocreScot spent the last five months compiling every F-bomb from last year's biggest release, and it’s pretty, um, "impressive": the game drops it some 1,018 times from beginning to end.
The game uses it an average of nearly 15 times per mission, and it throws in plenty of other curse garnish. There's no count, though, of how often words like "damn," "hell," and the S-word are dropped in the game. TheMediocreScot only tracked spoken dialogue, so curses found in in-game texts weren’t included.
He also didn't count the number of times the N-word was used, which in many instances seems more prevalent than the F-bomb. However, he explains, "With Lamar in the game, doing that might just kill me."
- Chris Morris at Plugged In3 days ago
Microsoft vs. Sony is no longer the biggest battle in the video game world. These days it's Apple vs. Google -- and it's proving to be a lucrative fight for game makers.
Just as the console giants regularly battle it out for third-party exclusive games, the kingpins of mobile are turning their sights on game developers as they look to widen their market share.
Things are a little different this time around, though. Instead of direct cash outlays (as console exclusive deals tend to be), Apple and Google are offering premium placement on the homepages of their respective app stores, reports The Wall Street Journal.
That, in turn, raises visibility, which increases the number of downloads, which can mean more money. In fact, notes the Journal, an app that receives good placement in an app marketplace can see its daily downloads increase by a factor of ten.
- Ben Silverman at Plugged In6 days ago
Once a year, millions of kids transform into amateur detectives sleuthing for hidden treasures. But all year round, millions of gamers do the exact same thing in their favorite video games. Digital Easter eggs have become as commonplace as that ‘extra’ scene at the end of a Marvel movie, though some are more interesting than others. Here are ten of our favorites.
- Chris Morris at Plugged In6 days ago
As cancer began taking its toll on Roberta Firstenberg, it started stealing things she had long loved and taken for granted. Chief among those was the ability to take a simple walk around her yard.
Granddaughter (and game artist) Priscilla Firstenberg, though, managed to outwit the disease and give Roberta a few final strolls using an Oculus Rift headset.
"You think you're all prepared for it and it's like dropping straight into a mirage, like dropping straight down into a bubble of new life. It's beautiful," Roberta said after seeing the demo for the first time.
Priscilla is a game artist with Camouflaj, makers of the iOS stealth game République. The idea to re-introduce her grandmother to the world through VR came as she and coworkers debated the merits of next-generation systems. She decided to reach out to Oculus.
She explained the situation and the fact that her grandmother was only expected to have another month or two left to live, but said that still she wasn't expecting to hear back from the company.
- Chris Morris at Plugged In7 days ago
Gamers may not be buying a ton of games these days, but they're sure gobbling up game systems.
Sales of video game hardware in March were up a massive 78 percent in March as compared to a year ago, according to The NPD Group. Console sales more than doubled as demand continues for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. That surge in hardware sales led to a 3 percent climb in overall sales versus March 2013.
While NPD does not specifically break out sales numbers by system, the company's analyst Liam Callahan noted that PS4 sales once again outpaced the Xbox One.
“In March 2014, Sony’s PS4 led hardware sales for the third month in a row,” he said.
That's bound to be a disappointment to Microsoft, which bundled EA's critically-acclaimedgiant mech shooter Titanfall with the Xbox One to promote sales of the system. Many retailers offered discounts of $50 on top of that bundle.
- Ben Silverman at Plugged In7 days ago
Amazon has become a hard company to define. E-tailer? Yep. Tablet maker? Sure. Cloud streaming service? Okay, why not. The company hasn’t met a business idea it doesn’t like.
Now add ‘set-top box manufacturer’ to the list, with a side of ‘video game console maker’ thrown in for good measure. It earns these monikers courtesy of the Amazon Fire TV. Much like the complicated company behind it, the new device does a lot of things, but not necessarily better than the competition. How much you’ll like it is inextricably tied to your budget, how much you use Amazon’s suite of services, and what kind of other electronic gadgetry you already own.
The Fire TV is an internet-connected set-top box that lets you stream content to the TV from a variety of services, such as Netflix, Hulu, and of course Amazon’s own store. At a mere $99, it’s priced to compete with the likes of Apple TV and Roku. And at first blush, it’s a winner.