We Review: Skulls of the Shogun

While the Lord High Prawn doesn’t exactly enjoy strategy, and turn-based strategy even less (his preferred method of doing things is to get in there, kill, and dance over his enemies’ corpses), I do enjoy these types of game, however. So today we’re reviewing an Xbox 360 strategy game called Skulls of the Shogun by developer 17-BIT. I head for the strategic battlefields to dance over the corpses of my own enemies. And also to eat their skulls. Intrigued?

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Lego Pop Culture Riddles

The humble Lego brick is 55 years old. In 1958, Godtfred K. Christiansen bought the patent to the Lego brick and in the five decades that the company has been in operation, it has produced an estimated 400 billion blocks! To celebrate the anniversary, Lego teamed up with Canadian advertising agency Brad to create 55 minimalist posters that incorporate the Lego brick. The “Imagine a …” tagline gives a clue to the book, movie, or song that the poster refers to.

See if you can construct the answers to 10 of the Lego pop culture riddles. If you hit a brick wall, the answers can be found at the bottom of the post.

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“Better Man Than He” Music Video Shot in MRI Scanner

Artist Sivu needed to think up a music video to his song, “Better Man Than He”. He had a brain wave.

Sivu lay in an MRI scanner for several hours and as the machine subjected him to loud noises, he made music of his own. Director Adam Powell collected and edited the real-time footage that shows the workings of Sivu’s mind as he sang his single.

Check out the resulting anatomical music video to “Better Man Than He”.

[via Ufunk]

The Turret Anthem

Machinimist Zachariah Scott brings music to our ears in his latest video.

Using Valve’s Source Filmmaker software over the course of six months, Scott created a wonderful piece of Portal machinima. GLaDOS sees them as nothing more than spherical things that are full of bullets, so the Aperture Science sentry turrets decide to show their dislike for the monster. The turrets put on quite a show with a veritable orchestra of sounds. Check out The Turret Anthem below.

The tune was composed by Lars Erik Fjøsne. You can download it for free, here.

[via Vamers]

We Review: Parrot AR.Drone 2.0

Back in 2011, I did the one and only hardware review for this blog. It was for Parrot SA’s high-flying AR.Drone. I crashed it a couple of times, once into a light fitting at work. Mercifully no one was injured, except for my pride. Another time, an extremely high fence stopped what would have been a suicidal plunge into a ravine. It was the wind’s fault, honest.

Operator error aside, I lamented the AR.Drone’s terrible battery and even worse camera. And I said the price was too damn high. That’s just a quick summary though. You’re more than welcome to read my review of the original AR.Drone here.

Now, Parrot SA’s new AR.Drone 2.0 is not exactly new. It was announced at the Consumer Electronics Show of last year but was only available for purchase in South Africa several months later, in October. The new AR.Drone has been bumped up to version 2.0 and that would indicate some major improvements over its predecessor. What are they you ask? To find out, I decided to take it for a spin. See my flight log after the jump.

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Makin’ Bacon Pancakes

Here is a little song about making bacon pancakes. Why? Because bacon.

On a related note: if you’ve never made bacon pancakes, Martha Stewart dishes out a recipe although she doesn’t add glorious meat to the batter nor does she candy the bacon. That is a real downer, Martha.

Oh, hit the jump if you want to hear Rebecca Sugar singing the same ditty that she wrote for the “Burning Low” episode of Adventure Time.

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Stop Motion of the Day: Shugo Tokumaru’s “Katachi”

The dynamic duo of Adamski and Kijek make wonderful use of colour and stop motion in this music video for Japanese singer-songwriter, Shugo Tokumaru. Using what must have been thousands of silhouettes, the duo creates a continuous parade of shapes and characters that change with the rhythms of the song. Have a look at official music video to Tokumaru’s single, Katachi.

[via Colossal]

People Are Awesome 2013

If there’s anything for making you feel well and decently inadequate, then it’s watching videos of people doing awesome things. Let’s get you feeling properly down by showing almost five minutes of loads of people doing amazing stuff, shall we? The video was uploaded by a band member of the group Hadouken, so naturally the it features a track of theirs as well, called “Levitate”. The music is awesome, the people are awesome, and they can all do things you can’t. Feel good, now?

[via Reddit]

Meet Charlene, the Quadrotor With a Machine Gun

By his own admission, Dmitri Potapoff over at FPSRussia has seen some pretty crazy shit but Charlene is unlike anything he has ever seen. The Charlene that he is referring to is a prototype quadrotor that has a submachine gun mounted on it. Charlene can fly up to 50 KM/h and can soar up to 400 metres above the ground.

In this tech demo, Dmitri shows how Charlene deals with some unwelcome guests. She also lights up a dinner party that she wasn’t invited to.

[thanks Tim!]

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