We Review: Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed

The other day I lamented about the lack of arcade racers but November saw no less than three *kart* racing games appear on the circuit. Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed is certainly the wordiest of the lot.

UK developer Sumo Digital have a track record with creating some of the Outrun games, and recently received a boost to their racing pedigree with the inclusion of staff from the now-defunct game development studios Bizarre Creations and Black Rock Studio. Taking cues from their previous outing in 2010’s Sonic & All-Stars Racing, the developers have added all new transformative elements to their mascot-based kart racer.  Is it a welcome change? Let’s find out.

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Dumb Ways to Die

Life is full of death traps and the Metro Trains Melbourne in Australia is trying to warn passengers not to do dumb things.

Reminiscent of the Happy Tree Friends, this cute and somewhat morbid public safety video shows a collection of animated creatures as they die in a number of horrible ways. Using your private parts as piranha bait, poking a grizzly bear, and taking your helmet off in outer space are just a few of the Dumb Ways to Die. Have a look at the rest below.

Dumb Ways To Die was animated by Julian Frost and performed by a Melbourne band, Tangerine Kitty. To download the catchy jingle, its instrumental version, or the ringtone, visit Soundcloud. All the GIFs can be found on Tumblr.

[via Huffington Post]

Under the Skin

The Dermestidae family of beetles have a fondness for eating dead things. Proving yet again that there is no such thing as a free lunch, these little scavengers have to work for their food at the Natural History Museum in London, UK.

When the museum needs to prepare a skeleton for showing in a collection, they don’t use chemicals that can damage the bones. Instead they turn to their tiniest of employees, the Dermestes haemorrhoidalis. Watch as these flesh-eating beetles strip the tissues off a great green macaw, a tawny owl, and a pheasant in this time-lapse video. There is no musical accompaniment so might I suggest you play an appropriate Frank Sinatra song in another browser tab.

[via Obvious Winner]

Cheetahs Finish First

We’ve seen Phantom cameras being put to good use before. Tom Guilmette was stuck in a hotel room with one, while Ty Migota had fun with cocktails, and Zach King broke up a tea party. And Gallagher, well, he’s just Gallagher.

This time, National Geographic in collaboration with the Cincinnati Zoo used the pricey Phantom gear to shoot one of nature’s fastest creatures. In full stride, the cheetah can reach speeds up to 120 km/h, and the team used the high-speed camera to capture the animal’s gait at 1,200 frames per second. Expectedly, the results are stunning. Have a look at Cheetahs on the Edge below.

[via io9]

Tune for Two

In a frozen part of the world, a man is dragged through the snow. His vision is blurry but he sees someone digging a grave. He expects the inevitable as his killer points a gun at the back of his head, but the execution takes an unexpected turn when the man says his last words. Have a look at Tune for Two below.

Tune for Two was created by alfa primo.

[via SA Gamer]

We Review: Okami HD

One of the most beautiful games in existence makes an HD return to the PlayStation. Thanks to the wonderful folks at Capcom, I got a chance to review this game. Does it stand up to memory? Is it still as good as before? Let me paint you a (verbal) picture of what I found.

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Atomic Orbits: Colourful Light Paintings by Andrew Hall

Photographer Andrew Hall is fascinated by patterns. In a series of long exposure shots that he calls Orbs, Hall rigs up multi-coloured LED lights to spin in circles on different axes. His light paintings result in wonderfully colourful and hypnotizing three-dimensional patterns that look like electrons spinning around an atom. He says all the shots are produced in a singe exposure, with no retouching at all. Have a look at some of Hall’s atomic orbits after the jump.

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Lovely Little Lies

We tell little lies all the time. Just one more level and I’ll come to bed. I wouldn’t eat KFC without you. I did not move your cheese.

In Daily Dishonesty, graphic designer Lauren Hom shows her love for typography by drawing out the lies that she tells herself on a regular basis. Have a looks at some of them after the jump.

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