This video is almost enough to make me regret doing a (mostly) non-violent playthrough of Dishonored. The only thing that gives me solace is that I'm nowhere near good enough to do any of this.
It's an spectacular playthrough of a section of Dishonored's Flooded District mission. The video is marked as High Chaos, although Highest Chaos might be a more accurate way of putting it. Aside from an absolutely beautiful trickshot, we're also treated to frenetic combat and some pretty convoluted traps. It's an impressive five minutes of work.
My favourite era of game-playing:
City of Heroes and World of Warcraft, circa 2005. They were all I cared about for months or maybe years, games whose systems I suspect I understood more than any other, due to sheer time spent with them, and talking about them with friends and allies. I couldn t realistically play an MMO now, as my affection has been dulled by a time-shortage and by ennui for their grand-scale Skinner boxes, but I am nostalgic for a time where they were my everything. Well-worn records I played over and over, and it felt special every time.
Remember when telephones were used for making actual phone calls? They used to have cords and a rotary dial, and they weren't very smart. Not like today's devices, anyway. The modern day smartphone is used for all kinds of tasks, even occasionally making voice calls, and models continue to get smarter. Enter Lenovo's concept phone called Smart Cast, which among other things can project a virtual keyboard onto whatever surface you're working on.
This isn't the first time we've seen a projected keyboard. Laser projection planks already exist, like the one Brookstone sells for $120. But unless someone wants to set us straight, Lenovo's Smart Cast would be the first phone to integrate a projected keyboard.
To use it, you'd flip the kickstand in the back and prop the device up in portrait mode. On top is a swiveling projector that you turn so that it can beam the keyboard onto your table, counter, or whatever surface you have in front of you.
What's neat about this is that you're not limited to just a keyboard -- it can project a virtual piano, games like Fruit Ninja, and whatever else developers conceive. Check it out:
"Whereas today smartphones are limited to consuming content, Smart Cast changes the paradigm by giving users a smart phone with built-in laser projector, infrared motion detector and high-performance algorithms," Lenovo explains. "This first ever technology combination opens a new world of interaction: Users can project a large virtual touch screen onto a table to type with a virtual keyboard and work with specific productivity apps (calculator, drawing, note-taking and even edit in Microsoft PowerPoint)."
As shown in the video, you can also use the built-in projector to show movies and video clips on a wall or give presentations.
Pretty neat, though whether it ever evolves from concept to shipping product remains to be seen.
If you hadn’t guessed from the fact that developers CD Projekt RED have just released one of the finest, biggest, and prettiest open-world RPGs I’ve seen in a jolly long time, their other big RPG won’t be along any time soon. But how soon is not-soon, and how soon is now? When can we play, or at least see, Cyberpunk 2077 [official site]?
I wouldn’t expect to hear anything substantial about the game this year and maybe next, going by recent comments. We live in the time of The Witcher, you see.
In what will likely be the only bit of positive news to feature the word "FIFA" this week, EA has announced that the upcoming FIFA 16 will, for the first time in the series' long history, feature women's teams.
Twelve women's national teams will be available to play, fulfilling what the studio calls "one of the most requested features in recent years." The full roster includes England, Germany, USA, France, Sweden, Brazil, Canada, Australia, Spain, China, Italy and Mexico.
The teams will be available to play in Kick Off, Offline Tournament, and Online Friendly Matches. Women's teams will, however, only be able to play against other women's teams. "Keeping in line with how women s football is played in real life at this level," is how EA puts it in a Q&A. That does somewhat ignore the fact that the FIFA series has always been happy to deviate from how football is played in real life—for instance, letting players pit a lowly League Two challenger against the world's best national teams.
Nevertheless, it's a good step, and an effective way for EA to demonstrate a meaningful new feature for the ongoing annual series.
Bringing some of the best women s players and teams in the world to our franchise is a massive event for EA Sports, and we are equally excited about bringing millions of fans a new way to play, said David Rutter, VP and GM of EA Sports FIFA, in a press release. We re making sure fans get an authentic experience when playing with Women s National Teams thanks to our innovative player capture and reference tools, as well as the sophisticated gameplay platform which we will continue to innovate on in FIFA 16.
FIFA 16 is due out in September. For more details, head over to the EA Sports website.