The future of virtual reality may depend on headcrab zombies.
Last week, game developer Valve Corporation made a bombshell announcement: it will release a new VR game, Half-Life: Alyx, in March 2020. The gaming and virtual reality communities are going nuts – gamer forums exploding with excited comments and complaints; nonstop articles in the tech press evaluating the announcement from every angle; emotions ranging from elation to anger; and mostly hope that the game will be good enough to justify all the angst. […] continuedRead more
Oculus released two virtual reality headsets a couple of weeks ago. Doesn’t mean anything to you? Trust me – this is the most fun you can have with technology in 2019. I’ll try to describe it but more important: if you have a chance to get a demo of a VR headset, take advantage of the opportunity, even if you know full well you’re not the kind of person who will ever own something like it. […] continuedRead more
The traditional picture of a “gamer” is someone using a Sony Playstation, Microsoft Xbox, or a powerful PC, playing one of the AAA blockbuster titles that get all the attention and prestige. The console & PC games industry today is like the movie industry: dominated by a relatively small number of big-budget productions from major studios, primarily sequels in longstanding franchises, each one with a big marketing budget. […] continuedRead more
All of the interesting developments in technology in 2019 are happening in the video game industry, a result of new technologies combined with savvy marketing to draw in audiences of all ages, driven by far larger amounts of money than you realize.
Everything else in technology is on autopilot. Very little has changed in the two years since I wrote this in Technology Is Boring: “Our technology world is built around phones, computers, and ecosystems of services and apps. […] continuedRead more
Pokémon Go was the most downloaded app in its first week of release in the history of Apple’s iOS App Store. Everyone has been playing Pokémon Go. It is the biggest example yet of Things That Unexpectedly Become Worldwide Obsessions Even Though They’re Pointless (TTUBWOETTP). (Also see Gangnam Style, vuvuzelas, Grumpy Cat, Flappy Bird, ice bucket challenge, and PewDiePie.) […] continuedRead more
Windows 10 has two new icons on the taskbar. One is Microsoft Edge, the new unfinished web browser that Microsoft should have kept under wraps for a while longer. You’ve noticed that one because the “E” is intentionally designed to resemble the old Internet Explorer icon.
The other one, on the far right in the above picture, leads to the Windows Store. […] continuedRead more
The new Dell Latitude 13 is being marketed as an “Education Series laptop” for classrooms because of its sturdy construction, but anyone can buy it. It’s a good choice for parents and might be a good fit for anyone who will be using a laptop in a tough environment.
The Latitude 13 has some of the characteristics of Dell’s usual business Latitude laptops, but Dell has added rubber around the edges, Gorilla Glass on touchscreen models, and a sealed keyboard and touchpad to resist spills. […] continuedRead more
Sony and Microsoft have now both shown off their next-generation living room consoles. The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One will be available this fall. Each will be solid gaming machines, as well as offering features for non-gamers – integrated access to the web, streaming video services (Netflix, Hulu, et al.), some TV integration, and more. […] continuedRead more
Gaming has been in the doldrums. Oh, sure, lots of people have been buying the latest installments in the war franchises (Call Of Duty, Battlefield, and others like them), but original and creative games have been few and far between.Read more
On 11/11/11, a new game will be released that has a lot of people panting in anticipation. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is the latest game in a series that goes back to the dawn of computer gaming when The Elder Scrolls: Arena was released in 1994 for DOS computers. Since then, each successive game has caused endless lost hours for computer gamers as they explored vast landscapes filled with open-ended fantasy adventures. […] continuedRead more
Machinarium is a stunningly beautiful game with hand-drawn characters and backgrounds that are packed with detail and personality. Better yet, it’s an adventure game in the old point-and-click style – no shooting, no running, no reflexes! The game has no dialog, so puzzles are solved the old-fashioned way, by hunting for hot spots and picking up items and trying to figure out a sequence that makes some kind of sense. […] continuedRead more
Sometimes it seems impossible to find a a couple of hours that can be spent away from the real world. People over 25 might find time for a good book but computer gaming belongs to the young – almost any good computer game requires at least a few hours to learn the controls and become familiar with the setup, and the best of them can easily hold your interest for anywhere from 20-60 hours. […] continuedRead more
There will be time next year for news about technology that affects your business. Let’s focus on something more important.
On Xmas day, a new Wallace and Gromit short film, “A Matter Of Loaf And Death,” was broadcast on British television! This is exciting news for anyone who enjoyed A Grand Day Out, A Close Shave, The Wrong Trousers, and The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit. […] continuedRead more
By the close of the 2008 Olympic Games, NBC will have broadcast 2,900 hours of live coverage – more than the total number of US television hours for all previous summer Olympic Games combined.
In addition to the broadcasts on the primary NBC channel, video coverage will be virtually nonstop on NBC’s Spanish-language outlet, Telemundo, and on five of seven major NBC Universal-owned cable channels. […] continuedRead more
If you are young or young at heart, and have the luxury of free time, it’s worth noting the release tomorrow for the PC, XBox 360, and PS3 of Grand Theft Auto IV, latest installment in an increasingly important franchise. Early reviews are flowing in and GTA IV seems on its way to becoming the best-reviewed game in history – currently standing at 99% at metacritic.com […] continuedRead more