MacNN and Electronista deals for March 31, 2015
Welcome to Daily Deals, the regular post where we scour the Internet for discounts, offers, and deals for our discerning MacNN and Electronista readers. Today, we recap the still-active deals from yesterday, and the new additions to the list this time includes a 960GB SSD for under $300, discounted Mac minis and MacBooks at Micro Center, and a Fujifilm FinePix bundle at Best Buy.
Take charge of MLB in its entirety, now will full MLB licensing
Baseball. Even if you're not a fan if the game, you've heard of it. The greats of the game, such as Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron, and Lou Gehrig, are some of the most revered professional athletes in the history of sports. Even though there are international baseball leagues today, the sport of baseball will always be inextricably linked with the US. Baseball is kind of a big thing. Out Of the Park 16, from Out of the Park Developments, is leading the stats-gamer's pack.
Apple game roundup for March 31, 2015
On Tuesdays and Fridays MacNN takes a few minutes to round up important goings-on in the Mac and iOS gaming world. Today, we're looking the upcoming release of a Star Wars: Rebels table for Zen Pinball 2, the arrival of a Final Fantasy MMORPG on OS X, and the release of RBI Baseball 15 on both of Cupertino's current operating systems.
Staffers discuss new book, new gaming column, new apps
We're now at episode eight of The MacNN Podcast, which this week welcomes our new Apple Gaming column, as well as reminding listeners about our weekly game news roundup. We also discuss the book Becoming Steve Jobs, and Tim Cook's latest honor from the business world. More confusion about Windows 10 pricing outside China has come to light, and tech companies are asking for changes in the Patriot Act.
MacNN and Electronista deals for March 30, 2015
Welcome to Daily Deals, the weekday post when the staff of MacNN and Electronista take a moment to search retailers for offers, discounts, and other items for you, our beloved readers. Today, we wipe the slate clean of older deals, with the new deals including hefty discounts on Sony noise-cancelling headphones, a $65 Canon multifunction laser printer, and a sub-$400 30-inch display.
Give your elementary-school engineer a fun project to work on!
It's in a child's nature to be interested about the world around them, and as parents and teachers, there's a certain obligation you have to encourage that. Starting from age two, kids just seem to become more and more inquisitive, and while the "why?" phase is never fun, watching a child develop a genuine interest in the way the world works is one of the best things a parent gets to witness. Finding games that can help foster those interests isn't always easy, but we think that Crazy Gears is a good place to start.
Replacement for Sony Music Unlimited heads to PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4
The replacement for Sony Music Unlimited is going live on the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 today, powered by Spotify. Launching in 41 countries, PlayStation Music provides gamers with access to streaming music, allowing users to play their choice of soundtrack as a background to whatever game they are playing on the Sony game consoles.
News from the video game industry for the week of March 29
Every Sunday, MacNN and Electronista spend some time covering a few of the stories from the wide world of gaming that wasn't mentioned earlier this week. In today's Weekly Game Replay: the next Legend of Zelda has been delayed, a community patch for Half-Life 2 gives the game a visual overhaul, Blackrock Mountain heading to Hearthstone this week, and Microsoft is offering double the games to Xbox Live Gold members.
Uber launching licensed taxi services in Germany following ban
Uber is going to launch a new service in Germany, following its ban by a local court this month. The court banned Uber over its use of unlicensed cab drivers, reports Reuters, and intends to fine Uber drivers violating local transport laws. A new service will be launching this summer, with Uber paying the commercial passenger transport licenses and to register drives as taxi companies at a cost of between 250 euro ($270) and 400 euro ($435) per driver, most likely under the UberX brand.
What if Blooper from Super Mario Bros had its own game?
Zoidtrip by Arthur Guibert is a game about a squid-like sentient kite ... or something. It's a simple arcade-style scrolling game of avoiding walls for as long as you possibly can. It's free-to-play with advertisements, though an in-app purchase unlocks all the possible Zoids and removes the ads. Long story short, we found it to be a cheerful time-waster with a boppy soundtrack, and we're really bad at it.
Launch of MacNN's twice-weekly Mac-specific gaming roundup
We've had some emails about our Sunday game roundup -- it turns out that some of you want Apple-specific gaming news, as sources for that seem to be in short supply these days. Today launches the first installation of a twice-weekly column, published on MacNN on Tuesdays and Fridays rounding up important goings-on in the Mac and iOS gaming world. Today, we're looking at an interview with the developers of This War of Mine, an iOS game boosted by Apple that we reviewed earlier in the week, and the spiritual successor to Baldur's Gate released as the fruit of a successful Kickstarter campaign.
E pluribus shoot'em
Trial of the Clone by Tin Man Games is an iOS-based Gamebook adventure of the book by the same name by Zach Weinersmith of Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal fame. Much like the other Gamebook adventure we recently covered, Ryan North's To Be Or Not To Be, the story is presented by the app in a choose-your-own-adventure like format. However Trial of the Clone makes better use of the Gamebook engine with inventory items, stats, and random number generators. On top of all that, it's read to you by Wil Wheaton, so if you don't like reading you're covered. Don't like Wil Wheaton? That's okay, you can turn him off in the settings. If you dislike both reading and Wil Wheaton at the same time, turn to page 7.
MacNN and Electronista daily deals for March 27, 2015
Welcome to Daily Deals, our regular look at the discounts, offers, sales, and other money-saving items for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. As usual, we recap the still-active deals from over the last week, as well as introducing new items, including a cheap Disney Infinity entry point, a Microsoft Xbox One to play it on, and 3TB WD Red hard drives.
Turn-based strategy war game about winning hearts and minds as well as battle set in the Drang Valle
Vietnam… '65 by Slitherine is a turn-based strategy war game set in, you guessed it, Vietnam in 1965. Specifically the Ia Drang Valley, right near the Cambodian border, where the player is in charge of a counterinsurgency effort. The enemy is sneaking in across the border, and the job gets more difficult when the player visits local villages to win hearts and minds, and constructs bases in the area.
MacNN and Electronista deals for March 26, 2015
Welcome to Daily Deals, our regular look at the discounts, offers, sales, and other money-saving items for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. As usual, we recap the still-active deals from over the last week, as well as introducing new items, including Sol Republic Master Tracks headphones, a $40 Linksys router, and OCZ Vertex SSD storage.
Look out Hypnotoad Look out Glow Cloud ALL HAIL TICKLEFLUFF
Attempting to describe Ticklefluff by Liger Games so as to properly prepare a person for what they're about to experience is a daunting task. It's a game where the player is given commands by an adorable tuft of fur. When we described it as that, and handed off our iPhone 5 or iPad Mini 2 with the game to other people, the reaction was usually the same. It would start with confusion. The chin tucked back, the eyebrows furrowed, and the lips pursed into a thin line. Then, like the sun coming through parting clouds, a smile begins to spread across the face. Then the giggling starts. Finally, they make their first mistake, displeasing Ticklefluff, and they pout.
A puzzler with a narrative that's either hilarious or chilling depending on your point of view
TouchTone by Mikengreg is a cloak-and-dagger themed puzzler where the player "hacks" into communication streams to spy on your fellow citizens for an organization that recruited you. Presumably, this organization is part of the government in some way, but they never really say. The data streams are represented by various colored waving lines and corresponding receptors. The player slides shapes around on a grid to redirect the lines and make connections.
Follow a funny retelling of Shakespeare's masterpiece of tragically awkward family conflict or go co
Ryan North's To Be Or Not To Be by Tin Man Games is a quirky presentation of William Shakespeare's Hamlet ... or at least that story as presented by Ryan North, and illustrated by a veritable who's who of web comics. The app is one of Tin Man Games' Gamebook Adventures, a platform for stories told in a choose your own adventure style, or "find your own fate" if you had the Indiana Jones versions of those kinds of books. Choices that more-or-less match up with Shakespeare's version of how things shook out are marked with an adorable little Yorrik skull.
Hand-based motion controls added to developer version of Razer VR headset
Razer's virtual reality headset will include the ability to track the motion of the wearer's hands. The OSVR Hacker Dev Kit from Razer will include an optional faceplate with Leap Motion hardware embedded inside it, allowing for developers to create apps that take into account the wearer's hands, and potentially allowing for a more intuitive and realistic virtual reality experience for users.
MacNN and Electronista deals for March 25, 2015
Welcome to Daily Deals, the regular post where we, the staff of MacNN and Electronista, search online retailers for discounts and savings on general tech, gadgets, and software, for our discerning readers. Today, we recap the still-active deals from earlier this week, with the new deals including $100 off the iPad Air 2, an external 750GB drive for $35, and a 49-inch LG 4K TV for less than half price.
Unscramble letters on a beautiful game board and a relaxing soundtrack
Alpha Omega by BorderLeap is a puzzle game where all the letters in a series of intersecting words are mixed up, except for the first and the last -- hence the name. We enjoyed the clean style of the game boards and tiles, as well as the "relaxing soundscapes" vibe of the accompanying music. We tried it out on an iPhone and an iPad Mini, and it looked great on both -- and provided a lot of entertainment.
YouTube Live apparently being retooled for live game streaming to compete with Twitch
Google may be planning to boost its live streaming functions in YouTube by taking on Twitch. A report claims YouTube will soon launch a game streaming service on the video site, one that is set to directly compete against the Amazon-owned service, by providing viewers access to live streams of esports and other similar content in a refreshed YouTube Live.
A single player boardgame with tabletop RPG style flair
Paper Dungeons by Valverde Stephane is a board game in the time-honored fantasy tradition of rolling dice to kill monsters and take their stuff. The app provides adorable art, nice sound design, and lots of board game action using a pay-once-and-play model. The look and feel of the game invokes the graph-paper mapping of table top RPGs. Everything about the art style is ... we're pretty sure the word is "adorkable." It's cute without being cutesy. Well, except for the female warrior death screen, that's pretty cutesy, but we think it's okay in that case.
MacNN and Electronista deals for March 24, 2015
Welcome to Daily Deals, the post where we search for offers, discounts, promotions, and other money-saving schemes on hardware and software for you, the glorious MacNN and Electronista reader. Along with our regular recap of still-active deals from yesterday, today's deals include discounted iTunes gift cards, the Intel NUC, and a large collection of SSDs
Card designed for maximum performance for desktop performance
HyperX, a division of Kingston Technology Company, today announced the immediate availability of the HyperX Predator PCIe SSD. The HyperX Predator PCIe SSD pushes up to 1400MB/s read speeds, and comes in a M.2 version, with a half-height half-length standard PCI-E adapter available.
Game streaming service resets all accounts as security measure
Twitch has warned users that their account information may have been compromised in a breach. The game streaming service has attempted to protect its users from any further potential security issues arising from the possible intrusion, by reseting the passwords and stream keys for all accounts, as well as disassociating them from linked YouTube accounts.
Adorable game offers casual play, cute art, and relaxing music
Casual gaming gets a bad rap these days, but there's something to be said for a game that allows you to sit back, relax, and experience it as a whole. Ferry Halim could be regarded as one of the grandfathers of casual gaming, as he launched his Flash-based game website, Orisinal, back in 2000 -- and has been hard at work creating games for it ever since. Luckily for us, some of his games, such as Orisinal Rainmaker, have made it to iOS.
MacNN and Electronista deals for March 23, 2015
Welcome to Daily Deals, the weekday post where the staff of MacNN and Electronista trawl the Internet for price cuts, discounts, and offers on hardware and software for you, our discerning readers. Today, the deals slate has been cleaned of old offers, with the new list including a Razer mechanical keyboard, Samsung 4K televisions, and the Lenovo Flex 2 notebook.
Devilish platform promises to challenge
We love games across every genre. We like tactical games, shooters, survival games, and puzzle games. Sandbox games? Sure, we're in! But if there's one game that we love the most, perhaps even more than open-world RPGs, it's probably platformers. Yes, your basic, run-of-the-mill platformer, capable of invoking nostalgic feelings from our childhood. That's why we checked out Mr. Jump, as we were expecting a fun trip down memory lane, but instead we found a surprisingly brutal foray into the world of digital free-running.
Battle for the land of Gilrand in this complex, immersive tactical wargame
It seems odd, considering how the hobby started, but fantasy war gaming is a welcome addition nowadays to the world of an overload of World War II-based games. There's something familiar, almost cozy, about being able to rally the troops to defeat the dragon. We took a look at Hell: Fight for Gilrand, a tactical war game by Slitherine, to see how it stacks up to other war games we've played.
News from the video game industry for the week of March 22
Every Sunday, MacNN and Electronista takes a moment to gather together some notable stories from the world of gaming. In today's Weekly Game Replay, Atari blocks the man behind Tempest 2000's programming from making similar games, Final Fantasy XI will be heading to mobile devices, rumors of a Metal Gear Solid rift, and the transfer of ownership of Hawken.
Techland's attempt to spruce up horror survival with parkour ends up a slow grind
For a few years, developers Techland subjected gamers to harsh teasing as it showed off footage and minor details of its entry into the horror survival game genre. With Dying Light, Techland looked to upend the typical zombie game, opting to challenge players with faster, smarter and more dangerous foes. But how are players to cope with new zombie hordes when their preconceptions are broken? By going vertical with a new parkour system. Dying Light attempts to change everything people know not only about zombies and survival, but also the first person shooter. Are the changes enough to inspire players to rise up, or does Dying Light merely blend into the shambling masses?
Feral bringing Shadow of Mordor to OS X, Linux 'later this year'
Acclaimed action/strategy title Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor is coming to OS X. Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor is an open-world video game, where the player controls a man who seeks revenge after his entire family is wiped out by Sauron's armies. Pricing and system requirements are not yet known for the title, which will ship "later this year," but on Windows the title requires at least an i5 processor running at 2.66GHz, and a Radeon HD 5850 or greater.
A cute little puzzle-adventure-platformer involving eyeballs and tentacles
Swing Tale by FDG Entertainment is 100 levels of adventure for an unnamed cyclopean creature from whom tentacles suddenly sprout to grab onto things and swing its bouncy spherical body around the world. That may sound terrifying, but it's actually all quite adorable. We enjoyed the personality of the game, and playing around with the physics inherent in the use of tentacles as a means of transportation.
A wing-suit game that's free-to-play but also pay-to-play
Yeah, that's right. It's a game called YoloDude. Developed by Roberto Salas and produced by South Rocket Droogs, it's a survive-as-long-as-you-can arcade game. The titular "YoloDude" is a wing-suit flyer, and the player's job is to keep him in the air as long as they can. Each YoloDude, just like all of us, only has one life: hence, the name. The developers acknowledge there are people who believe in reincarnation, but state it doesn't count for the purposes of their game.
Smartstrap efforts for enhancing Pebble Time functionality will gain extra backing
Projects to create a Pebble smartstrap, add-ons for the Pebble Time smartwatch introduced on Kickstarter late last month, will be getting a development boost from the company itself. Developers creating their own smartband for the wearable device will be eligible to apply for funds from Pebble to create their smartstrap, with the manufacturer pledging $1 million for the handouts.
PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 works with PlayStation Vue, iPad app incoming
Sony has launched its PlayStation-based Internet television service, just as the company hinted last week. PlayStation Vue has gone live in Chicago, New York City, and Philadelphia, with subscribers able to watch live channels and on-demand shows from their PlayStation game consoles, without requiring an accompanying cable or satellite subscription.
MacNN and Electronista deals for March 19, 2015
Welcome to Daily Deals, the post where we scour the Internet's major retailers to uncover the finest price cuts and discounts on technology and software for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. Today's recap of deals from earlier in the week is accompanied by a swathe of new additions, including a GoPro Hero4 bundle, the SteelSeries Stratus, and an extremely cheap memory upgrade.
Learn about the history of the space race, or create your own history
Buzz Aldrin's Space Program Manager by Slitherine depicts the Cold War space race from the perspective of those on one of the front lines. While populated with soldiers and military, this time, we're talking about NASA and the Soviet Space Agency. This game isn't about artillery barrages or submarines lurking about, but one of managing departments, selecting and training personnel, and balancing budgets.
Embrace your inner consumer with this rapid-reflex game
Twitch-based games are games that require players to make quick decisive movements in order to complete objectives. The array of games found within this genre are fairly broad -- most shooters are twitch-based, and a lot of classic arcade games are known to employ similar rapid-reflex strategies as well. We checked out Moneygrabber, a twitch-based arcade game with a weird, consumerism-driven spin, just because it seemed so quirky.
MacNN and Electronista deals for March 18, 2015
Welcome to Daily Deals, that time of the day when we compile a list of discounts and sales on hardware, software, games, and gadgets for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. Alongside our regular recap of still-active deals from earlier this week, we have LG's 40-inch 4K Smart TV, an extremely cheap RAVPower external battery, and some JBL over-ear headphones.
Free app builds on acquisitions, provides easy 3D printing of built models
Autodesk has announced the launch of Tinkerplay, an app designed for kids of all ages that introduces creative play through 3D design and 3D printing. The Tinkerplay app allows users to design and customize characters and creatures digitally, with the option to 3D print afterwards.
Luck and skill combine in slick match-3 puzzler
We like match-3 games over here, including everything from the classic Bejeweled, the unique choose-your-own adventure Matchstick Memories, and even the quirky dungeon-crawler-meets-RPG Gunspell. We pride ourselves on knowing what can make such a simple concept fun, which is why we checked out App Store newcomer Dotello, a simple and streamlined match-3, to see how well it fits into the genre.
MacNN and Electronista deals for March 17, 2015
Welcome to Daily Deals, the weekday post where the staff of MacNN and Electronista scour online retailers to find offers and discounts on hardware and software for you, our discerning readers. Today, we recap the still-active deals from yesterday, with the new deals including an Asus notebook for $350, a Dell mono laser all-in-one printer for $70, and a 1TB notebook hard drive for $50.
Meet the new, fendishly simple lateral thinking puzzle ready to test your skill.
Sometimes the best games are the most simple. There's a lot to be said for games like Solitaire, classics that have clearly-defined rules and a simple win condition. We enjoy simple games, especially ones that are so simple that they seem to have emergent complex properties. We found one such puzzle game, Rop -- a game that will challenge your ability to recreate what you see.
New games using Nintendo characters heading to mobile devices in future
Game producer Nintendo is finally going to be making more of an effort to produce mobile games for smartphones and tablets. At a press conference streamed earlier today, Nintendo revealed it will be working with gaming company DeNA to create the apps, with the two companies also working together on an "online membership service" that spans across mobile devices and Nintendo's current generation of consoles.
Puzzle combines turn-based action with platformer in this treasure hunting game!
We check out a lot of puzzle games here, and one quick glance at the App Store will tell you why. The sheer amount of puzzle games that are out there is staggering, and we feel a lot of them get lost in the crowd. However, every so often we stumble across a little gem of a game that we're genuinely glad we found. Today, that game is Zuki's Quest, by Arnold Rauers, who also made Card Crawl, another game we've recently enjoyed.
The best whimsical silly awkward mobile device dancing game we've ever seen
Bounden by Game Oven is a game for two players, and a reasonable amount of room. The developer's mission statement is to create games that encourage people to play together while being silly and awkward. Most of us here at MacNN are frequently awkward and often silly, so this is something we can definitely get behind.
MacNN and Electronista deals for March 16, 2015
Welcome to Daily Deals, the time of the day when we search the Internet for discounts and offers on a variety of hardware, software, and gadgetry for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. Today's post has wiped the slate clean of older deals, meaning that all the ones listed are brand new deals waiting for your attention, including some JBL headphones, external storage from LaCie, and a discounted iPad Air.
News from the video game industry for the week of March 9
Every Sunday, MacNN and Electronista takes a moment to round up a collection of stories from the world of gaming into one post. In this week's Weekly Game Replay, the second game in the Titanfall series will be heading to more than the Xbox consoles and PC, BAFTA held its annual game awards show, and the trials and tribulations of the development of Grand Theft Auto is being turned into a BBC drama.