The Worst Console Launches in History

Over the years, there has been a wide array of consoles which enriched consumers’ lives through joyous entertainment. For every success story, there are a huge amount of failed launches of quirky, poorly-designed products which barely worked. Listing the entire array of failed ideas would consume half the internet, so we’ve decided to narrow it down to a few notable examples.

First and foremost, we must honour the Amstrad GX4000, a gaming console with only 27 games and sold 15,000 units before being discontinued. Aesthetically, it looks fairly dull due to the white colour scheme and doesn’t evoke any kind of enthusiasm. From a technical standpoint, the console was a basic rehoused Amstrad CPC without keyboard and mouse controls, but it utilized a controller instead. Amstrad’s timing was absolutely terrible and launched in 1990 throughout Europe which is the same time as the SEGA Megadrive/Genesis. As a result, the console couldn’t compete with SEGA’s huge library of games and lovable characters like Sonic. Additionally, selling the games at £25 each compared to the much cheaper CPC versions was a marketing disaster.

The Mattel HyperScan is a hellish device based on radio frequency identification and designed to ruin the childhood memories of your favourite Marvel superheroes. Released in 2006, this console is almost devoid of graphics and well, gameplay too. Instead of playing each game with a traditional controller, the HyperScan relies on physical cards to select a character. The problem is, these cards rarely scan properly and involve a ludicrous number of attempts as your frustration builds. In fact, it’s quicker to visit your local supermarket than wait for the HyperScan to load a particular game. In total, there were 5 games released including X-Men, Ben 10, Interstellar Wrestling League, Marvel Heroes and Spiderman. Rest assured, every game is atrocious, the system is woeful and never give this as a present, even to someone you hate.

Finally, how could we forget everyone’s favourite handheld. the Tiger Game.com. Not content with a silly name, the Game.com, pronounced “Game Com”, features an invisible screen which is unable to capture moving life and can only been seen on the surface of the sun. It’s not all bad though, as the Game.com innovated with a touch screen interface and dual cartridge mechanism. However, the resistive, membrane screen wasn’t responsive and felt quite mushy. The game library consisted of 21 releases and included a number of iconic franchises such as Resident Evil, Duke Nukem and Sonic. Unfortunately, all the conversions suffer from ghastly motion blur which makes anything on the screen a complete mess. In retrospect, I have a soft spot for the Game.com as it tried to innovate but the end result was a complete disaster.

Any consoles you think launched even worse? Let us know!

Google Can Now Choose the Right Smartphone for Your Personalised Needs

It’s hard to se your mind on just one smartphone when you have so many to choose from, isn’t it? The good news is that Google can now do that for you, but of course it will only display its now Android handsets. If an Android phone is what you want to buy, then give Google a chance and let it show you some of its suggestions.

The search giant has just launched a website that allows Android users to choose the best smartphone tailored for their needs. Judging from the website, Google is using its own data processing algorithms to get the best results possible. This means it will ask you a lot of questions, however you may choose to answer only the basic or go deeper and give it more details for a more tailored result.

The initial questions involve how you normally use your phone, namely for taking pictures, calling, texting, using social media or listening to music, and so on. By selecting a feature, the website will take you to another page where it asks how long you are using the latter features for. If you do it right, Google will predict the best results for your needs.

I personally received some pretty neat ones, including the Nexus 6 which I was eyeing for quite some time. So to be fair, it really does lay down some solid results should you wish to use it. However, bear in mind that the website will show phones available only in the US, but you will figure that out yourselves when it asks what mobile carrier you are using.

All in all, you may skip the carrier selection and go straight to the smartphone results. Even if it misses some European or other phones available in specific markets, it does give you a general idea of what you need to choose to best suit your needs. If you want to give it a try, visit the website by clicking here.

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What is the Most Intagramed Place on Earth?

Why it’s “the happiest place on earth” – Disneyland of course! Yes, the original of Disney’s massively successful theme parks – Disneyland in Anaheim, California, is the most Instagramed place on earth.

The company released a list of places with the most images attributed to them in 2014 and the famous theme park took the top spot. The rest of the list, included bellow, gives some surprising locations, places you probably wouldn’t associate with Instagram, while there are others that are just plain obvious.

  1. Disneyland — Anaheim, Calif.
  2. Dodger Stadium — Los Angeles, Calif.
  3. Times Square — New York, NY
  4. Siam Paragon (shopping mall) — Bangkok, Thailand
  5. Gorky Park (amusement park) — Moscow, Russia
  6. Musée du Louvre — Paris, France
  7. Red Square — Moscow, Russia
  8. Madison Square Garden — New York, NY
  9. Yankee Stadium — New York, NY
  10. The Dubai Mall — Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Source: Re/code

ECHO Urgent Messenger Aims to Notify Your Friends When You Are In Distress

A new personal SOS device is apparently in the works over at Indiegogo website, having it be able to let people know where you are and even speak to them after you press the ‘panic button’. The device by the name of ECHO Urgent Messenger, which basically has the same principle as a normal panic button, is said to fit on your keychain and help you in calling for help whenever you need it. The company is aiming to raise at least $5,000 in order to start production for the aforementioned gadget.

What makes the device stand out of the crowd is its ability to add friends to the contacts it sends a distress signal upon triggered. Aside from the staff, who will receive your distress signal and be able to talk to you (if you can) or at least listen to what is going on, the device is said to let users add individual phone, email and even Facebook contacts, who will be notified about your distress as soon as you press the button.

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The message sent when triggered is said to contain your location within five feet, based on GPS, GLONASS and cell tower triangulation. However, with all the privacy concerns out there, this might sound as a way people could track your every movement. Nonetheless, the company has stated that all location tracking features will only activate once the user presses the button and will remain deactivated otherwise.

In terms of power, the ECHO gadget is said to run on a AAA battery, having the company stating that it would last as long as 7 years in standby or 5 hours of talk time in the case where it has been triggered. People interested in acquiring one can pledge at least $144 and wait for it to be delivered in December, though the target crowdfunding plays an important role to its actual release on the market.

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Leaked Image Shows The Full Xbox 360 and Xbox One Achievements List

Respawn Entertainment’s Titanfall is one of the most anticipated FPS shooter games awaited from PC, Xbox 360 and One fans. The game has been made exclusively for Microsoft-based platforms due to a partnership with the company giant. Ahead of its release, it appears that a list of achievements for the title has been leaked.

Respawn Entertainment have launched the Beta testing stage for Titanfall, which turned out to be a great success having millions of Xbox One and PC gamers participating in the test. Having finalised the Beta testing, Respawn Entertainment is now focusing on polishing the bits and pieces for the official title’s launch date which will be next month.

The installation size for the Xbox One has been released by Microsoft, taking up 15.88 GB on the console’s hard drive. The PC versions should be expected at around the same size. Since its unveil at E3 2013, a lot of information has been released about the title, having gamers dribbling while anxiously awaiting its release. However, there has been one thing kept from Xbox 360 and One players. The Achievement list.

But thanks to neoGAF, and more specifically to user Sangreal, a leaked image of what looks to be Titanfall’s achievements has been revealed. It contains a total of 35 achievements, having the majority giving out a reward of 25G.

The similarity between the achievement names and in-game events adds some credibility to the leaked image, having one achievement in the list confirming Titanfall’s Prestige mode, also known as ‘Generations’. The achievement is named as “My Generation” and is described as “Become a second generation pilot.” No official confirmation in regard to the list has been made by Respawn Entertainment, therefore we will still have to wait for the game to be released in order to find out if the alleged Achievement list is actually in accordance with the game’s achievements.

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Sony Confirms Its 22 Official PlayStation 4 Titles


As the launch date for the PlayStation 4 draws closer, Sony wants to get users acquainted with what games are available on day one. The official list has been confirmed today and it lists 22 retail and download-only games in all, compared to 23 for the Xbox One (ten of which overlap between the two consoles), including 5 first-party titles, 12 third-party games, and 5 from indie developers.

Sony does note the list is still subject to change as Angry Birds: Star Wars got added to both the PS4 and Xbox One launch line-ups yesterday, but time is obviously fast running out for any major additions. Also, while this is the launch day line-up, Sony has of course announced a number of other games that are set to roll out by the end of the year or early next year, some of which were pushed back from launch due to delays.

Here is the official lists so far:

  • Sony Computer Entertainment Titles
    – Flower
    – Killzone Shadow Fall
    – Knack
    – Resogun
    – Sound Shapes
  • Third-Party Titles
    – Angry Birds Star Wars, Activision
    – Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag, Ubisoft
    – Call of Duty Ghosts, Activison
    – FIFA 14, EA Sports
    – Battlefield 4, Electronic Arts
    – Just Dance 2014, Ubisoft
    – DC Universe Online, Sony Online Entertainment
    – Injustice: Gods Among Us Ultimate Edition, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
    – Lego Marvel Super Heroes, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
    – Madden NFL 25, EA Sports
    – NBA 2K14, 2K Sports
    – Skylanders Swap Force, Activision
  • Indie Titles
    – Contrast, Compulsion Games
    – Pinball Arcade, FarSight Studios
    – Super Motherload, XGen Studios
    – Tiny Brains, Spearhead Games
    – Warframe, Digital Extremes

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