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We Review: Wayward Manor

Amongst the well-read (and even the not-as-well-read), Neil Gaiman is a familiar name, and renowned for such works as Coraline, The Sandman, and The Graveyard Book. So it’s with some excitement that I discovered that Mr Gaiman was helping to work on a video game. The game—Wayward Manor—is now available for purchase via Steam, and I’ve taken to haunting houses to review it for you. Take my hand and I’ll show you just how wayward an entire manor can get. Read more

Take Me To The Movies

Nothing beats the excitement of watching a movie on the silver screen but at R75 a ticket, it’s hardly the attraction it once was. Catching it on the home cinema certainly diminishes the scale but at least there’s never a queue for snacks, the toilets are clean, and the cinema doesn’t smell of foot. With that in mind, we planned a special evening.

If you’re familiar with Flight of the Conchords, you’ll know that Wednesday night is business time. But for Mission Samsung, we put our romantic interlude aside for a group activity. It’s not what you’re thinking, sies on you :p

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Hello, LED!

You may or may not know but Onelargeprawn has been invited to participate in #MissionSamsung, an 8-month challenge that tasks bloggers to take select Samsung products for a spin. This is challenge 2 and we’ve got our eyes on the 40″ Series 6 Samsung LED Smart TV. In the coming weeks, we’ll be posting about our experiences with it right here.

To start off we wanted to get acquainted with LED TV technology so we tasked Gavin, a tech enthusiast over at Samsung, on a mission of his own. He needed to answer our questions, but keep it as easy to understand as possible and break that tech jargon for normal consumers such as ourselves.

Hit the jump to check out our LED Q&A with Gavin.

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Medieval Armour Barbie

Since her introduction in the last 50s, Barbie has found employment in practically every job industry from the arts and education to science, engineering, and military. She was also presidential candidate. And now, thanks to Jim Rodda from the 3D printing community Zheng3, Barbie can be of service to the King of the Andals and the First Men.

For his project Faire Play, Rodda 3D-printed medieval armour for Barbie with wonderfully intricate vine and rose designs on the pauldrons, tassets, greaves, cuisses, parade shield, and on the total 40 pieces that make up the armour. Check Medieval Armour Barbie after the jump.

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Prince Rupert’s Drop

What happens when you drip molten glass into cold water? You get a Prince Rupert’s Drop. It looks like a tadpole, with a bulbous head and a thin long tail. It also possesses some interesting properties — the drop can withstand blows from a hammer on one end but even the slightest damage to the tail will result in a shattering EXPLOSION. Destin from the YouTube science channel Smarter Every Day films this amazing interaction at 100,000 frames a second. Check it out below.

[thanks Claire!]

We Review: Z-Run

Runner games have recently earned a lot of popularity on portable devices for their “quick to get into” gameplay. Similarly, zombie games have also gained a lot of popularity lately, so of course it was about time that the two genres would mix. Enter Z-Run for the PlayStation Vita, a runner game featuring zombies. This should make everyone happy, right? Let’s find out.

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True Facts: The Floppy Floppy Spider of the Sea

For your education and entertainment, Ze Frank has created another “True Facts” episode. This time, it’s about the floppy floppy spider of the sea — the octopus.

[via Ze Frank]

We Review: Max: The Curse of Brotherhood

Back in 2010, developers Press Play released a game called Max and the Magic Marker. The game invited players to draw and create parts of the levels to solve puzzles and complete the game. The sequel to the game has just landed on PC and Xbox360 (after having a bit of time to itself on the Xbox One). I accompany Max on his adventure to see what The Curse of Brotherhood actually is.

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We Review: Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure All Star Battle

Hardcore anime and manga fans will most likely have heard of Hirohiko Araki’s Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure, a story set across several generations of the Joestar family, the main character of which is always nicknamed Jojo. The rest of you non-otaku will in likelihood have never heard of it. It obviously doesn’t have the western popularity of, say, Naruto. So it seems odd that Namco Bandai managed to localize All Star Battle and bring it to an audience that, frankly, isn’t too aware of it. Let’s delve in a bit and see if we can solve this mystery.
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Mouth-Watering Food Photos

Dr. Nathan Myhrvold may be lacking vowels in his last name but is certainly not short in cooking skills. The good doctor’s book Modernist Cuisine borrows techniques from the science laboratory and applies them to food preparation.

The photos from the 2438-page book have been extracted and presented centre stage in the coffee table stunner, The Photography of Modernist Cuisine. The dishes were photographed against minimal backgrounds, with cutaways and macro shots providing a fascinating view into the realm of cooking. Have a look at some of the mouth-watering images after the jump.

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