Oldschool Awesome – Sword and Sworcery brings it!

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With an allusion to a massive psychological experiment, the new Superbrothers Role Playing Game release, Sword & Sworcery, brings a new / old 8bit look to iPad gaming. Oh, and the game can integrate with your Twitter account, extending the gameplay into the Social Media world.

While I download the app and start playing (for an upcoming review, of course), why don’t you check out this video and then read this excellent interview with the game’s creator / artist / animator, Craig D. Adams.

Audience Calibration Procedure from Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery on Vimeo.

Oh, almost forgot — it’s a Made in Canada game 🙂 or Art Project. Something.

Update: Currently iPad only, though an iPhone version is in the works.

My most anticipated game of 2011 [Video]

Portal 2

I loved Portal. It was a challenging, entertaining and darkly humourous puzzle game in a First Person Shooter style.

And later this month, Valve will release Portal 2. Yes, it’s more Fun, with Science!

Basically, you have a gun that creates a portable hole that is a gateway to another portable hole. The Blue-ringed hole is matched with the Orange-ringed hole. What goes in a Blue hole, comes out an Orange hole.

Your challenge is to work through increasingly difficult mazes. To what end? Well, that would be telling!

Simple. Then it gets complex! Check out this new video, and previous Portal2 videos below!

And a demo of one of the new game-play elements – bounce!

The April launch date can’t come soon enough. Available on Steam, and in the regular retail channels, on PC, OSX, and consoles.

Finally. The must-have app for your iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch

I’ve been in love with Dropbox for a while now, so much so I’m promoting it in my adspace in my sidebar.

Dropbox has made it much much easier to transfer files between computers. Sure, I could email them, but that’s not at all elegant. All I do with Dropbox is copy a file to a folder, and it’s automagically copied to a Dropbox folder on all my other computers, as well as a private folder in my secure Dropbox online storage space.

Now, there’s an app for that
So aside from the usual reason for running dropbox, the ability to sync your files online and across computers, we can now add iPhone and iPod Touch to that hardware mix, where previously we had to make do with a web-application interface.

Apple has finally approved the actual native app, so here’s what you get:

  • Access your Dropbox on the go
  • Download files for offline viewing
  • Sync photos and videos to your Dropbox
  • Share links to files in your Dropbox

What this means — you can now easily access all sorts of files among all your various computer on you iPhone or iPod Touch.

And, if you ‘favourite’ the document in the iPhone application, it’s downloaded to your device for offline viewing — great for iPod Touch use outside of a Wi-Fi zone.

So go ahead already, and download the app! And don’t forget to set up a Dropbox account if you don’t already have one.

Free Virtual PC from Microsoft — ArsTechnica

Interesting read. ArsTechnica has an article/review about Microsoft’s Virtual PC, now available free. Why would you want to set up another PC on your existing PC? Check out new operating systems, experiment, play…who knows.

I run a Ubuntu server for the home, on a stand-alone box. The article talks about installing Ubuntu desktop on a PC…takes about 3 hours, but at the end of the day, you’ve got a computer that will run another OS within the windows environment.

Is it better than creating a dual-boot PC? Likely. This way, you don’t really have to work at the hardware layer — formatting and partitioning your HD to support multiple OS. I’m tempted to try it out.

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Freelancer Trial Version

a snapshot review by Brad Grier

FreeLancer hails from a very rich lineage of games. Elite, the old Atari/Apple/Amiga classic, is probably the closest and earliest example of a game of this type – being a fairly rich space-combat-trading-ship-building-RPG style of game. Elite was one of the first that offered a 3d experience, albeit wire frame – you had to use your imagination a bit.

elite_1.jpgFreeLancer is Digital Anvil’s take on Elite and it’s brethren. You get cool ships. You get to fly from planet to planet using very funky space lanes. You get to blow things up in a future universe that’s chock full of people and places – and there’s lots of different things going on. You are not the focus of this universe, but what you accomplish does have an impact. Check out Microsoft’s site for the official background.

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