We Review: Shovel Knight (3DS)

If you haven’t yet heard of Shovel Knight, then you’ve probably no interest in gaming’s glorious 8-bit past. Shovel Knight was created as a homage to the wonder of 8-bit console gaming (with a few minor tweaks). He’s quite literally that: a knight armed with naught but a humble shovel to dig his way out of trouble. I take my vorpal sword shovel in hand, and off I trundle to seek the manxome foes. Continue Reading →

We Review: Borderlands the Pre-Sequel!

Borderlands The Pre-Sequel! (and not Borderlands 3, or even Borderlands 1.5) is the latest game in the Borderlands universe, and takes place chronologically between the first two games. The game serves as a way for players to get to know and understand how Handsome Jack, the villain from the prior game (reviewed here), became such an utter malignant misanthrope. I grab my vault hunting gear and head for the moon of Pandora to battle lunar-tics and see what manner of loot I can grab.

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We Review: Costume Quest 2

Costume Quest 2 is, for those not astute enough to ponder at the “2” at the end of the name, is the sequel to the 2010 indie hit, Costume Quest. Halloween is in danger, so I put on my favourite costume and go trick or treating to find some candy in this game.

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Perfect Loops: Burning Rubber

If you like cars, burning rubber, and perfect loops GIFs then you’ll have endless love for the works of Orbo.

This specific GIF is from the TX2K14 burnout contest where the winner blew a tyre and it caught on fire (video).

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Orbo works his GIF-looping magic on a Chevrolet Camaro, a Trans Am, and even a ’67 Ford station wagon. Check out the perpetual tyre smoke in more of his hypnotizing cinemagraphs after the jump.

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Win with #PureBeerOClock

I like beer. You like beer, or at least you know someone who likes beer. After all it is the most widely consumed alcohol drink in the world.

Windhoek Draught is a popular favourite amongst South Africans and certainly appeals to our tastes (and wallets) with its no-compromise approach to the German Reinheitsgebot, a brewing tradition that had its origins 527 years ago. That pared down approach carries across to the new designs of the Windhoek Draught bottle and can. It’s a cleaner look, elegant, and modern.

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Cymatics: Sound Made Visible

Cymatics is the process of making sound waves visible, and artist Nigel Standford shows just how that is done in a fantastic set of six audio-based science experiments. In one such experiment, Standford sends audio frequencies through a Chladni plate covered in sand and records the patterns that form in the sand. And in another experiment, he tapes a hose to a speaker and by matching the audio frequencies to the camera’s frame rate, he creates an illusion of water forming a spiral as it leaves the hose. It’s all very fascinating.

Check out CYMATICS: Science Vs. Music below.

To see the behind-the-scenes footage of these audio experiments, check out nigelstanford.com/Cymatics.

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We Review: Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

I don’t like Call of Duty. I don’t hate it either. When I reviewed Call of Duty: Ghosts last year, it was the first time I had played more than an hour in what is arguably the world’s most popular FPS title. I found the experience unmemorable. So I’ve been impervious to CoD fanaticism/hype and don’t have high expectations for this year’s iteration of the franchise, subtitled Advanced Warfare.

As the name implies, this tour of duty is set in the future of 2054 where clever human technology (no alien involvement here) has greatly improved soldiers’ mobility and combat skills. I don my exo-suit and jump buildings in a single bound to bring you this review.

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Anaconda Style

You’ve come here expecting something magical. Tumblr user chen doesn’t disappoint with this wonderful mashup of Anaconda and Gangnam Style.

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