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20 Amazing Indie Games to Play Now

Right on the heels of VulcLAN 2014 we are featuring a news story that covers 20 amazing indie games that are available right now. A few years back, Indie games were really bad, but the quality of these independant studios has improved like crazy and they are definately worth checking out. I've never even heard of some of these before, and others I was surprised are classified as "indie" games.

Indie games are enjoying something of a renaissance of late, with digital distribution and a general malaise over disappointing big budget titles combining to form the ideal conditions for a resurgence of rejuvenated retro genres and new game types that tell their stories in ingenious ways. Here are some of our favourites.

Source: Stuff

iOS vs Android App Crashing

In a recent study done by Crittercism, they show that iOS apps seem to crash more than their Android counterparts. Other details included in this study also show what version of these two different OS's are more prone to crashing. Not only have more recent mobile operating systems added features and odd bug fixes - for the most part they have also added stability to the lineup.\

Not surprisingly, the study shows that newer versions of Android and iOS offer more stability than older ones. KitKat, Jelly Bean and Ice Cream Sandwich, for instance, showed a 0.7-percent app crash rate, while apps crashed 1.7 percent on the older Gingerbread OS. The same is true for iOS. The latest iOS 7.1 has a 1.6-percent app crash rate, while apps on iOS 7 crash 2.1 percent of the time. iOS 6 is even higher at 2.5 percent.

Source: Gigaom

What Will Facebook Look Like with Oculus

Last week Oculus VR was bought by Facebook as Facebook "really gets Virtual Reality" and apparently has some amazing plans for the future of their social network. Chaotic Moon Studios has put together a demonstration of what Facebook will be like with Oculus. Remember, progress is getting less done in more time - so this is really a great interface that will consume more time and keep you logged into their network longer. Good job.


Source: Engadget

Twitter- Now more Facebooky

Twitter has announced this week that you are now going to be able to put up to 4 pictures in each of your tweets and tag up to 10 people and none of that will count against your character limit. This might not seem like a huge deal but it will now allow people to basically turn your Twitter feed into something more like Facebook. I think this is one of those decisions that will make some people very happy and some very mad. Gizmodo has more details.

Now, how these new features will affect how people use Twitter is a curious mystery. On one hand, tagging features aren't necessarily Earth-shattering. Instagram got tagging almost a year ago, and it still works fine. On the other hand, when you couple the tagging with the photo album feature, it's pretty obvious that Twitter's opening itself up to me a much more image-driven platform. (And those rumors about streamlining mentions and hashtags might be true.) After all, it needs to compete with Instagram!

Minecraft says NO to Facebook

The guy who made Minecraft has apparently been working to bring Minecraft to the Oculus VR platform that was bought this week for a cool $2 Billion dollars by Facebook. Minecraft's founder has now formally announced that he has canceled his dealings with Oculus VR (Facebook) because he doesn't like Facebook and what they stand for. I am sure this will buy him some brownie points with the Anti-Facebook crowd but it could also backfire, only time will tell. Kotaku has the full story.

The people at Oculus VR are doubtless pretty psyched that Facebook just bought their company for $2 billion. Some game developers, not so much.P

Among the displeased is Minecraft creator Markus "Notch" Persson, who tweeted that in light of the Facebook acquisition, he's cancelled a deal he and his company Mojang were working on to bring Minecraft to Oculus VR.P

Facebook Buys Oculus VR for $2,000,000,000

Oculus VR has been getting tons of press for their Oculus Rift VR display and after you've used it for a while, you'll understand why. It's slick. It's so slick that they've outgrown their Kickstarter roots and attracted a buyer like Facebook. The downside to this is that every serious gamer just walked away from Oculus and in fact there have been a few game developers quite working on their titles for this platform. The upside is that everywere you look inside the VR, you'll see Facebook game request and way too many pictures of food. This may be a good day for Oculus VR, but its a crappy day for gamers, VR enthusiasts and Facebook users.

Mark Zuckerberg is following up his Whatsapp buy with another big acquisition: virtual reality company Oculus VR for $2 billion in stock and cash (curiously, news of the talks may have leaked on Reddit a month ago). In a post on Facebook, Zuckerberg talks at length about how Facebook plans to make Oculus a platform for "completely new kinds of experiences," and gaming is only the first one.

Source: Engadget

Another Reason to Hate EA

If you wanted yet another reason to hate EA, it might be this. They were recently hacked and Apple IDs were stolen. The big deal here is not that Apple users will suffer most - they already do by trying to play EA games on their systems. The big deal is that no one really cares that much about it anymore and EA has never issued a widespread alert about this. The actual website for EA was compromised and a very legitimate box showed up asking you to "Sign in to verify your Apple ID". Many users did and a lot of information was taken. Make sure to check your credit cards for charges from your Apple account - and for Pete's sake, go change both your EA and Apple passwords!

The attacker may have used the calendar’s vulnerabilities as an entryway to go deeper into EA’s network. “The mere presence of old software can often provide sufficient incentive for a hacker to target one system over another, and to spend more time looking for additional vulnerabilities or trying to probe deeper into the internal network,” Netcraft said.


Thanks to forum member swdswan for pointing this out.

Source: PCWorld


If you need a supercomputer under your desk, you may want to consider a TITAN Z. This is a dual-GPU graphics card from NVIDIA that has a mere 5,760 processor cores strapped onto a single PCB. This should accellerate pretty much any GPGPU program you have and take your gaming and 3D-Rendering computer not only to the next level, but it will create a level above that level and then magically teleport you there. Of course the only thing that won't arrive there with you is a lot of money. Still, this is crazy technology that they've crammed into a single card.

“If you’re in desperate need of a supercomputer  that you need to fit under your desk, we have just the card for you,” Jen-Hsun said. Unlike traditional dual-GPU cards, Titan Z’s twin GPUs are tuned to run at the same clock speed, and with dynamic power balancing. So neither GPU creates a performance bottleneck.


Source: NVIDIA Blog

NVIDIA Shield Now $199 (For a Limited Time)

The NVIDIA Shield was an interesting piece of hardware. While it was pretty nifty that it was the first device to tout the Tegra 4 processor, but at the initial price, nobody really needed and very few wanted a dedicated mobile Android Gaming platform. NVIDIA has been trying to push sales a bit lately as they dropped the price to $249 a while back and now it is at $199. While that may still not be enough to sway you, perhaps the fact that Portal is coming for the Shield just might.

This price includes the SHIELD along with a USB cable and AC power adapter. Users will also get Sonic 4 Episode II THD and Expendable: Rearmed for free. Of course, those are just two of the many available games. Aside from the recent mention of Portal coming soon, SHIELD users have recently gotten Rochard and R-TYPE II.

Source: AndroidCommunity

MSI Launches Next-Gen Ultra-Portable Gaming Notebooks

City of Industry, Calif. – March 25, 2014MSI Computer Corp, a leading manufacturer of computer hardware products and solutions, announces the immediate availability of the ultra-slim, yet powerful GS60 Ghost and GS70 Stealth gaming notebooks.  Now available in 17-inch and 15-inch models, the GS Series offers gamers unmatched gaming power in incredibly thin and light gaming notebooks.


 MSI - GS70 Stealth

Thinnest and lightest 17” gaming notebook, the GS70 Stealth, returns with next generation GeForce GTX 870M GPUs


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