Capcom digs deep into the vault to remaster DuckTales | Ducktales


Capcom digs deep into the vault to remaster DuckTales | Ducktales

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Capcom teams up with WayForward to remaster the classic NES platformer

Capcom finally gets the picture and gives the their fans exactly what they’ve wanted for so long…DUCKTALES!

It’s PAX East and Capcom has revealed their plans to remaster the classic DuckTales NES platformer. The company joins hands with WayForward (known for Mighty Switch Force and the Shante games) to remaster the game.

Now, if you’ve finished reciting the entire theme song, I should mention that they’re aiming for release in Summer 2013 for XBL, PSN, and the Wii U.

Thanks to KOTAKU & CAPCOM-UNITY

CES 2013 Video: Xi3 Piston ‘Modular Computer’ hints at possible future for Mac Pro

CES 2013 Video: Xi3 Piston ‘Modular Computer’ hints at possible future for Mac Pro

Xi3 is demonstrating a modular computer called the Piston Pro at CES 2013, and if rumours are to be believed it could help understand Apple’s next direction for the Mac Pro.

It is notoriously difficult to upgrade the internal components of Apple’s computers. The new MacBook Air computer, for example, has no internal upgrades available. You can’t change anything: not even the hard drive or RAM, let alone the graphics card.

One exception is Apple’s Mac Pro computer, which has historically allowed users to upgrade hard drives, RAM, graphics cards, and add internal PCI cards. The Mac Pro is designed to make these upgrades as easy as possible, with snap-connecting parts, and as few screws as possible (you don’t even need a screwdriver to open the computer). Although changing the motherboard and upgrade the processor has always been more of a challenge.

Why the interest in a Modular Mac Pro

Modular computing is a technology that is starting to arrive in the market. The idea is that instead of having a single computer with parts you slot inside, that the individual components are housed inside their own casing and are slotted together.

So instead of buying the box and slotting raw components inside, you’d buy a number of smaller boxes ‘cubes’ and connect them together.

See also: New Mac Pro Release Dates Rumours and leaked images

True modular computers can have parts added, and removed, without interrupting their operation. So if you have two 4GB memory ‘cubes’ for 8GB RAM. if you removed one of the cubes the computer would keep theoretically keep running.

Whether this is the sort of Mac Pro Apple is going to work on next is debatable, but we can certainly see how it’d appeal to Apple as a company.

Xi3’s Piston computer is aimed for gamers. Along with video editors, medical professionals, and 3D designers these are the main audience for such high-end computers. The motherboard of the Xi3 is split into three separate components that are placed in individual boxes and designed to snap together.

Project Piston is designed specifically for gaming and has been optimised for Steam’s Big picture mode, so in itself it isn’t that interesting to the Mac community. But it’s not small project either, Valve has already invested in Xi3.

Mac Pro 2013: Thunderbolt vs PCI Express

What’s making this sort of computer possible is the speed increase in external connections.

The current Mac Pro (Mid 2012) is using PCI Express 2.0 which operates at 8GB/s, which is actually slower than the current implementation of Thunderbolt in the iMac and MacBook Air.

Thunderbolt works at 10GB/s.Thunderbolt itself is based on a combination of PCI Express and DisplayPort, so it’s capable of not just transferring data, but also connecting graphics cards, monitors and other devices.

As long as they are designed to work with ThunderBolt. The only thing is they aren’t, at the moment.

But that doesn’t mean it has to stay that way, We can see how Apple could make, build and sell a modular computer made from small cubes that click together using magnets and ThunderBolt.

Whether Apple is interested in such a computer is another matter. It may choose to take the Mac Pro in another route, which integrates some of the technology from the MacBook Air (Flash RAM) and iMac (Fusion Drive) with the PCI Express expandability of the current Mac Pro. Whatever Apple does, we hope it does it in 2013.

 

US Mac books fly off shelves


US Mac books fly off shelves

Book publishers in the US are seeing a trend – PC-based titles aren’t selling, but Mac titles are.

Publishers Weekly has a report on the ailing computer book industry. “With a few exceptions, computer book sales have gone south,” the report begins. It explains that publishers customarily expect to see sales pick up in August, but this has not occurred.

However, it seems Apple’s ongoing strategy to re-ignite interest in the company and its products is paying off beyond the Apple box. The report says: “Macintosh titles, particularly those relating to Mac OS X, such as ‘Mac OS X: The Missing Manual’ (O’Reilly), and graphics-related books, such as those on Adobe Photoshop, Web publishing, digital photography and digital video, are selling well, buyers report.”

Linux, Java and security titles are also selling well, the report claims.

New Overlord announcement teased for tomorrow


New Overlord announcement teased for tomorrow

If Dreamworks has taught us anything, it’s that minions, through no fault of their own (okay, sometimes through fault of their own) will often wind up without a master to serve. They’ll go from master to master, but something will always go wrong and they’ll wind up back at square one. The minions from the Overlord series appear to be no different, as indicated by a new video issued by Codemasters.

The next game in the Overlord series has been officially teased, with a 6AM PDT reveal promised for this Thursday, April 23. The new video looks into the history of the series, examining each individual Overlord game. The common factor? Something has always gone wrong to leave the minions starting from scratch. This time around, however, it appears that four new Overlord characters are being teased, hinting at four-player multiplayer, which would be a first for the series.

The tease is available below. Come back tomorrow for the full announcement.

Super Smash Bros. For 3DS Amiibo Support Finally Arrives | Code Name S.T.E.A.M | Super Smash Bros. for Wii u | Super Smash Bros. for 3DS


Super Smash Bros. For 3DS Amiibo Support Finally Arrives | Code Name S.T.E.A.M | Super Smash Bros. for Wii u | Super Smash Bros. for 3DS

You’ll finally be able to use your Amiibo in Super Smash Bros for 3DS. You just need the new 3DS to do it!

The New 3DS is coming out this week and one of the games that will take full advantage of the new system is Super Smash Brothers for 3DS.

The 3D will look better thanks to improvements in the rendering tech of the system. The NFC reader that comes with the New 3DS on the lower screen will bring new gameplay aspects to 3DS games like Super Smash Brothers for 3DS. Super Smash Bros. will be getting an update this week that allows for Amiibo interaction. But you’ll have to have the New 3DS since it’s the only 3DS that has NFC-reading technology.

Players will be able to use their favorite Amiibos from the Wii U version of the game on their new 3DS system, complete with power-ups and levels. This feature will only work on the New 3DS until Nintendo decides to release a partner piece of tech that allows NFC/Amiibo functionality for older 3DS systems. Games like Code Name S.T.E.A.M will take advantage of the NFC reader built into the new 3DS to allow Fire Emblem characters to become playable. In theory, if the Amiibo keep their figure data from Wii U to 3DS, the same should be true and you should be able to transfer the data you achieved on the 3DS to the Wii U. Training also shouldn’t take as long now since you have two places to level up your Amiibo!

iPad 2 to hit 12 more countries this week


iPad 2 to hit 12 more countries this week

The iPad 2 will launch in Japan tomorrow and in 11 other markets on Friday 29 April, Apple has announced.

The device was supposed to launch in Japan on 25 March – the same day as the UK – but this was postponed after the devastating earthquake and tsunami in the north east of the country.

The iPad 2 with Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + 3G in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB models will be available in Japan on April 28 and Hong Kong, India, Israel, Korea, Macau, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, Turkey and UAE on April 29.

Apple iPad 2 review

A Wi-Fi only model will be available in China on May 6, and further international availability will be announced at a later date, Apple said.

Pricing will vary from country to country, so check with local resellers for accurate prices.

For those of you in the UK still waiting to get an iPad 2, the Apple website is still listing a shipping time estimate of one to two weeks.

Thursday 28 April will be a busy day for Apple, with the white iPhone 4 due to launch in 28 markets around the world, including the UK.

PS4 vs Xbox One: Xbox Denmark Responds To Sony's Trolling Welcome Video, says "Expect A Friendly Revenge"


PS4 vs Xbox One: Xbox Denmark Responds To Sony’s Trolling Welcome Video, says “Expect A Friendly Revenge”

Last week, PlayStation Denmark welcomed Microsoft’s Xbox One late arrival in the country by means of a trolling video. If you missed out, watch it below again. Many termed the video welcome as aggressive, whereas other called it just another gimmick of playful competition.

Xbox One vs PS4

The footage did fuel fanboy war between PlayStation and Xbox fans, however Xbox Denmark took it in good spirit and via Facebook has posed an official reply to it.

The message from Xbox Denmark reads: “Thanks for the welcome! Let us give the Danes some great gaming moments. P.S. Expect a friendly revenge on the PS office”

Does the text “expect a friendly revenge of PS office” hints that Xbox Denmark have some thing in store for Playstation? well, according to me, this is not the time for them to indulge in these type of things, how to sell as many Xbox One units as possible after a delay arrival must be their initial target.

Competition between Xbox One vs PS4 is heating up with the arrival of Xbox One in rest of the European territories, we just hope that fanboy wars dpdn’t get too far and ugly.

Apple, publishers warned over collusion over e-book pricing


Apple, publishers warned over collusion over e-book pricing

The U.S. Department of Justice has warned Apple and five U.S. book publishers that it is planning to file lawsuits against them for allegedly colluding to fix the prices of e-books, according to a media report.

The DOJ is preparing lawsuits against Apple, Simon & Schuster, Hachette Book Group, Penguin Group, Macmillan, and HarperCollins Publishers, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal, quoting anonymous sources.

A DOJ official told U.S. lawmakers in December that the agency was investigating e-book pricing. That announcement followed one by the European Union, which said it was investigating Apple and the same five publishers.

A DOJ spokeswoman declined to comment on the new report, but said the e-book investigation is still open.

Apple didn’t immediately respond to a request for comments.

Critics accuse Apple and the five publishers of setting prices in response to Amazon.com’s attempt to introduce a US$9.99 rate for most e-books.

Perfect World Upcoming Games! – Gamescom 2013 


Perfect World Upcoming Games! – Gamescom 2013 

During this year’s Gamescom I had the opportunity to talk with Nic van’t Schip, product manager at Perfect World and all around good guy. Although Perfect World has yet to officially confirm what’s up next on the publisher’s plate, Nick and I had an interesting conversation concerning what the future may hold in store for Perfect World’s next MMO ambitions.

We now know for sure Perfect World is currently examining whether there is a market in Europe and the U.S. for the following three games: Saint Seiya Online, Swordsman Online, and Legend of the Condor Heroes.

Saint Seiya Online is an MMORPG that’s already being published by Perfect World in China. The MMO is based on an old Manga series called Saint Seiya which hasn’t been published since 1991.

Swordsman Online happens to be an MMO based on a popular Chinese martial arts novel by Louis Cha. If the MMO looks eerily similar to Age of Wushu and for good reason. The MMO uses an upgraded version of Age of Wushu’s engine which has had a noticeable impact on the game’s overall fidelity. Whether Swordsman Online represents an upgraded Age of Wushu or an entirely new martial arts MMO remains to be seen.

Finally, Legend of the Condor Heroes represents Perfect World’s first self-developed action MMORPG. No Neverwinter doesn’t count, Cryptic Studio had a hand in that one. The MMO has yet to be released in China, so unless Perfect World plans on releasing it in various regions simultaneously, chances are we won’t see Legend of the Condor Heroes anytime soon.

In conclusion, whether Perfect World opts to release these titles in the West all depends on the market. If you are really interested in playing those games in Europe or United States, now is the time to let Perfect World know. So what game interests you the most?

By Luis Dobreira