It’s been a decent few years for reboots of old gaming franchises, from Syndicate to Duke Nukem to just about anything in-between. The latest game to receive this sort of treatment is XCOM: Enemy Unknown, a reboot of the 90s game series, XCOM. The original series was an amazing tour-de-force of strategy gaming, and set an incredible bar for other games in the genre. Let’s see if the reboot is worthy of its ancestors.
Many decisions go into choosing to eat a meal at a new restaurant: will be it nice? Might it give me indigestion? Will I tell my friends about in the morning? (Ed: Will I live to tell my friends about it in the morning? We’ve all been to that restaurant.) Some of the similar decisions go into choosing the games we play. Arkane Studios’ latest stealth/action FPS title, Dishonored, is all about exploration and choice. Is deciding to play this game a bad decision? Let’s find out.
In Alphabot, designer Tony Bui creates a cute A to Z of his favourite robots from various TV shows, games, and movies over the past 30 odd years.
There are nods to Star Wars, Transformers, 2001: A Space Odyssey, and RoboCop to mention a few. Have a look at Bui’s 26 mechanical marvels after the jump.
Two years ago, his daughter starred in an adobable parody of Iron Man. His latest short film stars Iron Baby’s little brother as he takes on a stuffed dragon in an epic battle to the death. You’re sure to spot the nods to Bruce Lee and The Bride from Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill. Check out Dragon Baby below.
Everyone loves zombies, and everyone loves cheerleaders. What happens when you mix the two, along with a heavy-handed dollop of rainbows and sugar? You get Lollipop Chainsaw, of course, a game that’s about zombie slaying, complete with rainbows. And lollipops. How bad could it be? Let’s find out.
John D Boswell, the brains behind the Symphony of Science ditches vocals and auto-tune in favour of visuals and music in his latest video. Set to a piece of original music, Boswell uses compiles footage from a variety of documentaries to create Our Story in 1 Minute, a journey that takes us from the big bang over 13 billion years ago to single-celled microbial beginnings to the peak of human endeavour.
According to the history books King Solomon had some 700 wives and a further 300 concubines. Can you imagine what sweet-nothings the king would utter to get more notches on his royal bed post? In a series of illustrations, CollegeHumor thinks up cheeky pickup lines for the king and some of history’s other famous figures.
From a rumbling in Marx’ lower classes to Nostradamus’ prediction of a good night, have a look at CollegeHumor’s imaginary pickup lines of famous historical figures after the jump.
L.A. Photographer Tim Tadder combines water balloons and bald people to produce a rather comical photo series. To create the effect of Water Wigs, Tadder would either drop balloons onto the domes of his subjects or use skinny balloons to form the shapes around the bald heads. He’d pop them and capture the resulting explosions.
Have a look at some of Tadder’s watery wigs after the jump.
This presentation by UK car dealers Evans Halshaw takes us on a ride through the history of Bond cars. Classics include the open-top Sunbeam Alpine seen in Dr. No, the submersible Esprit Series 1 in The Spy Who Loved Me, and the comically unconventional Citroen 2CV. The quintessential Aston Martin makes no less than eight appearances, including a vintage silver-birch DB5 in the upcoming Bond film, Skyfall.
Have a look at some the wonderfully minimalist illustrations of the Bond vehicles after the jump.
Will over at Doghouse Diaries has four doctorates in “dogsareawesomeology” and used all that knowledge to create an infographic on the workings of our canine companions including their cyclical inside-outside thoughts, their irrational fears, and which end the drool comes out of.
See the Science of Dogs after the jump.