This Homemade Witcher 3 Gwent Game Looks Awesome

Witcher 3 is a game that has a lot of fans, and for good reason. Where we find a lot of fans we also find a lot of cool creations, but digital and real ones. This falls into the last ones as someone went ahead and created an amazing looking real version of Witcher 3’s in-game mini game Gwent.

The Gwent game is quite complicated in comparison to many other mini games that mostly are copies of normal games such as blackjack, poker, and chess, but that’s not the case with Gwent. There are a lot of accessories, playing cards and the Imgur user waffleguru made this amazing set for her boyfriend who’s a big Wither 3 fan.

The handmade set comes with a chest to keep everything inside. There is a printed playing mat of sturdy cotton canvas blend for durability, a rule book printed on magazine cover paper, custom deck boxes for each faction, and plenty of cards for each faction including doubles to be able to build more useful setups. To top it off, there’s also a tiny chest inside with tokens and tiny pouches with gem counters. Everything you need to play this fantastic looking game.

I think there are quite a few out there that will be jealous of such a gift and wish that they had gotten it instead.

Fallout Nuka-Cola Quantum Soda Gets Real

Fallout 4 is probably one of the most anticipated games of the year and it has been waited for since the last game in the series. The release date is almost upon us and now we’re able to bring the true Fallout fans even better news. You can get your own and real Nuka-Cola Quantum on the same day as the game is released, the 10th November, as officially announced on Twitter.

Fallout developers Bethesda Studios partnered with the soft drink maker Jones Soda Company to create a cross-brand promotion. The downside is that this mainly will be for US-based readers as the soda will be sold there at Target. Nuka-Cola is best known for its caps that are used as currency in the game series, but the drink itself is just as iconic.

Okay, I have to be honest here. It isn’t completely like the drink in the game as it doesn’t glow fluorescent blue due to radioactive strontium. In reality, it is just a rebranded version of Jones Soda’s Berry Lemonade flavor. It is still pretty cool and I wished I would be able to get some of it here – if for nothing else than to place it next to my other game collectibles and figurines.

Will you be stocking up with the drink to play the game in style on release date or is that too much fandom for you? Let us know in the comments.

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Lexus Release More Footage of Their Real and Rideable Hoverboard

Marty McFly would be so proud of the people from Lexus, that is if he was a real person. Back to the Future 2 told us that there would be rideable hoverboards in 2015 and they were spot on. We’ve seen three different ones so far, but Lexus version is the most impressive to date. Other than Lexus’ hoverboard, there were the Hendo Hoverboard and the Leafblower build hoverboard – both work, but in a limited fashion.

Up until now Lexus had only teased us with a very short video that barely showed the board itself and no riding action at all, but all that has changed with the new video released yesterday. It works and it works on all surfaces as demonstrated by skating over a small pond. Again, Marty would be proud of the Lexus engineers.

The sad part is that we most likely never will be able to ride it ourselves, but we can dream and we can see that it is possible to create it. “There is no such thing as impossible, it’s just a matter of figuring out how,” said Haruhiko Tanahashi, chief engineer at Lexus.

There’s also something to laugh at as the riders aren’t the most skillful and fall on their rear a few times. It’s all in good fun and it is one of those videos that can put a smile on your face. So enjoy this footage of the first real rideable hoverboard Anno 2015.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZwSwZ2Y0Ops

Lexus Shows Real Rideable Hoverboard?

We’ve previously seen the some attempts to create hoverboards, but none of them were the real deal. The Hendo hoverboard requires a specialized metal surface to operate and while the leaf blower home build did work, it wasn’t any beauty nor was it as compact as a normal skateboard.

Now someone else enters the arena and it is a surprising contender. The car manufacturer Lexus has shown off a video on YouTube with what they claim to be the real deal. A working, real, rideable hoverboard. The demonstration video is very short and doesn’t show much, but what it does show looks pretty amazing.

The new hoverboard project is called SLIDE and it is the fourth project in the ‘Amazing in Motion’ series by Lexus where they challenge themselves in order to create something unique. The Lexus hoverboard

Lexus defines the SLIDE hoverboard as true engineering innovation, and they will bring regular updates on the progress of this extraordinary projects on the future.

What do you think? Is it the real deal or just a clever marketing stunt? Would you want one if it is real? Let us know in the comments. We’ll make sure to keep you, our readers, updated with anything new in this area.

Virtual Reality Given Unconventional 4D Treatment

Virtual Reality (VR) is becoming a reality, Oculus have made multiple developer kits of the Oculus Rift VR headset. The only issue with VR headsets is the fact that you are stationary, not really giving you the ‘feel’ that you would want when trying to dodge bullets. Well, the VR technology has now been moved from the typical video game enthusiast genre and put into a car.

Oil giant Castrol has taken a 2015 Ford Mustang, a professional drift driver and an Oculus Rift DK2; bundled them all together and made it an awesome experience. Don’t take my word for it, let’s take a look at the video below. You can see Matt Powers thrash a Roush modified Ford Mustang around a seemingly ordinary straight of tarmac; it is then given a pre-defined overlay thanks to the Oculus VR headset.

https://youtu.be/wmZG50zltn4

That looks amazing, sign me up now. This is where VR needs to be, although maybe not in an actual car; more like a movie prop with actuators to shunt and give feel to the car. How would you like to try something like this out? Let us know in the comments.

Thank you to T3 for providing us with this information.

Apple Fighting to Prevent Release of Steve Jobs Deposition

The Associated Press, CNN and Bloomberg have filled a motion to have the video deposition of Steve Jobs released from the ongoing iPod lawsuit. The publications are in a battle against Apple’s lawyers who are actively seeking it stays confined to the courtroom.

Attorney Thomas Burke made the point that there would be no legal case to prevent its release, considering it was merely a “regular testimony” with a significant level of interest from the public. Apple’s lead attorney requested that the video should not be released. The video itself is 2 hours long, and features Steve Jobs discussing Apple, its competitors and iTunes, 6 months before his death in October of 2011. Subsequently, despite it having never been seen publicly, the deposition would not be the last known recorded footage of Jobs – that was his appearance before the Cupertino City Council in June 2011, concerning the new Apple campus.

The iPod lawsuit concerns the digital rights management of the devices between 2006 and 2009, when it’s alleged that the company acted unfairly by blocking users from installing content from competing music services on their iPods.

Source: CNET Via The Verge

Steve Jobs Still Delivering Sharp Opinions From the Grave

The other day we reported on the news that Steve Jobs was to appear in court over an iPod lawsuit via a video deposition recorded in 2011.

Well the trial began yesterday, and we have some of the first details of what was said in that video. According to Reuters, Jobs delivered a bit of a crushing blow to Real Networks, the company behind Real Player:

“During his 2011 deposition, Jobs displayed some of the edge he was known for, according to a transcript filed in court. Asked if he was familiar with Real Networks, Jobs replied: “Do they still exist?”

The video was shown alongside email exchanges between Jobs and other Apple executives. One of those emails from 2004, continued to add to the Real Networks bashing, with Jobs considering the release of a statement likening them to hackers:

“How’s this?” Jobs wrote. “‘We are stunned that Real is adopting the tactics and ethics of a hacker and breaking into the iPod.'”

Jobs said that Apple felt compelled to implement DRM on the iPod to make it more appealing to the music industry. At the time, illegal downloads had swarmed the internet, making iTunes something very difficult to get music executives to work with.

The trial continues, with current Apple SVPs Phil Schiller and Eddy Cue expected to make appearances.

Source: Reuters

Watch Tony Hawk Ride the World’s First Hoverboard

In March, Tony Hawk pranked us all by riding the fake ‘HUVr‘ hoverboard.

But now, he’s released a video of him riding another board, except this one is real. In October we reported on the successful Kickstarter campaign for the Hendo Board which uses magnetism to levitate you like Marty McFly. Or Tony Hawk. Hawk gets up to some pretty impressive stunts on the board, with him at one point spinning the $10,000 piece of kit at a frightening velocity.

Source: TIME Magazine

‘Serial’ Becomes a World-Class Podcast

The popular podcast was born ‘Serial‘ as a user report of a lengthy criminal investigation. In 1999, a school girl was murdered with her ex-boyfriend being sent to jail for the crime. Dedicated to the cause, Serial is still analyzing this case on a week-by-week basis and has become of one of the most downloaded podcasts available online.

Based around the accused, Adnan Syed, Serial explains of his life sentence which is currently being serves in Maryland correctional facility for the murder of his ex-girlfriend, Haw Min Lee. After a lengthy search for her body, it was established that her murder was conducted on the 13th of January, 1999. The Serial podcast was kicked off by Sarah Koeing, a journalist who was asked by a family friend to look at the case at hand – later becoming her obsession and turning into a weekly podcast for her to share her thoughts, discoveries and theories.

15 years since her tragic death, we’re now eight episodes into the series -which became the fastest podcast to hit 5 million downloads and streams on iTunes in history. Serial is now ranked one of the top offerings among iTunes’ 285,000 podcasts and 9.2 million episodes currently available for the consumer.

Podcasts are an ‘old technology’ that seemingly still has it place in our society – much alike radio. Whether you’re sitting on the train or driving to work, there’s no easy way you can sit down and watch a TV – so why not load up an interesting cast? we’ve heard that Serial will provide you with much better entertainment that your general murder-mystery fictional series, providing the listener with a connection to the people, places and things that occur within.

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The Worlds First Hoverboard on Kickstarter

It’s been 25 years since Back to the Future Part II was released and since then it has been every boys dream to have their own hoverboard. In the movie, Marty McFly is visiting the future 2015 where he ends up in some trouble with Biff and has to escape. For this, he uses the hoverboard.

Now that very same thing is becoming a reality with the new Hendo Hoverboard making its appearance on Kickstarter. The prototype is real, it works and it can be yours in the very near future. The company shortly mentions that there was a movie about something like this, but nothing more. There is no need to be drawn into any arguments with anyone that might delay the launch. Smart move.

This isn’t just some one-man idea put on Kickstarter in the hopes to get it off the ground. There is a big team behind the hover technology and the hoverboard is just one way to demonstrate their invention in a way that everyone can understand. It can be scaled up and down to suit almost any needs. The current version is the 18th prototype of the hoverboard, so there clearly went a lot of time, research and development into it.

The Kickstarter campaign is about getting the final production started and creating the physical skateparks where you can ride them. The hoverboard uses four disc-shaped hover engines that create a magnetic field which literally pushes against itself, thereby generating the lift which levitates the board and you off the ground. 250 pounds are the current limitation on the lifting power, so even large adults should be able to enjoy it.

When we’re moving off the ground, we’re also eliminating the directional boundaries of wheels and can move equally in any direction. The board is designed to work with your natural movements and can use the engines to propel you in any direction. There are only two factors that impact your movement, the applied force and its direction.

There is only pmr little hitch on the hoverboards, the surface currently needs to be a non-ferromagnetic conductor. That’s why they need to build special hover-skateparks, after all you’d want a place to ride your incredible toy. Right now sheet metals are used as the surface, but the company is effectively working on new compounds and configurations to maximize the technology.

The technologies used aren’t really new as such, but no one has ever brought them together like this and made it work in a usable size. The hoverboard of course features numerous safeguards from the ability to detect interference on the surface to automatic power down. Battery cells are located in the middle of the board so they won’t impact the balance.

You’ll really have to want this hoverboard to get it at the current state. Not because it’s shabby nor because of the surface limitations, but rather because of the price. If you want to be one of the first 10 world-wide to own these boyhood dreams, you’ll have to pledge a whopping $10,000 or more.

The price tag and limitation of just 10 devices will limit this technology from most of us, or will it? There is another option in the form of the Whitebox Developer’s Kit.  The box contains all the same technology used in the hoverboards, but in a scaled down version for you to take apart and apply to anything you’d like. You can then remote control you hovering items with an Android or iPhone app on the plus version.

 

This puts hover control and propulsion capabilities in your hands. The current version uses rechargeable LiPo batteries that give 12-15 minutes of hover with a charge time of about 2 hours. Make your model cars hover, or how about your PC case while the system boots or shuts down? There aren’t many limitations besides your fantasy and the battery time.

The Whitebox Developer Kit will set you back a pledge of $299, or £349 if you’d like one with a nicer skin. If you’d just like to support the project there are smaller pledges that will reward anything from stickers to desk memorabilia. If you can’t afford the hoverboard itself with its steep $10k price, you can get a replica without the technology inside, to display on your wall or trophy case. The replica will set you back $449.

This is all very cool, but as we know not all Kickstarter projects become reality within a timeframe we’d like. Hendo has a nice looking timeline with the first merchandise delivered Q1 2015. Whitebox Developer Kits and hover-replicas will be delivered in July and August 2015 whereas the actual hoverboard will launch at the Hover Event on October 21st 2015. If the date sounds familiar to you, there might be a reason for this.

No one has grabbed any of the 10 hoverboards at the time of writing this, but I’m sure it won’t take long before they’re gone.

Thank you Kickstarter for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of Kickstarter

US Government Hire Call of Duty Creator As a War Advisor

America has been looking for the ‘military advantage’ over the last decade or so, ever since the terror threat was brought to their shores though the disastrous 9/11 attacks.

The Atlantic Council think tank has decided to think outside of the box, hiring Dave Anthony – the creator of the famous Call of Duty franchise. Anthony is said to be playing a part of ‘The Art of Future War Project’ run by the aforementioned think tank in an effort to work on the way that the US military conduct their campaigns. Launching next week, this project will see famous authors, screenwriters and entertainment personalities all banding together to share their knowledge and expertise.

Originally announced by former Pentagon official Steven Grundman, the idea was introduced by him witnessing his son play Call of Duty: Black Ops II, claiming that “he was struck how realistic our portrayal in ‘Call of Duty: Black Ops II’ was of a future conflict.” Grundman, in an interview with the Washington post commented “It occurred to me that the perspective of artists on this question is compelling and insightful, and it’s also different. One feature that struck me was the combination of both familiar technologies and novel ones” continuing to say “I didn’t want to satisfy myself with an approach everyone was doing. It’s a crowded field of ideas”.

A direct statement from the Atlantic Council think tank reads:

“Writers, directors and producers and other artists bring to bear observations derived from wholly different experiences in the creative world. They can ask different kinds of questions that will challenge assumptions and status quo ways of tackling some of today’s toughest national security problems”.

So what will these stars, screen genius’ and game developers actually be working on? That’s classified. But the main question being asked by the public after this release echoes “Is it worth it?”. Many users of online social media outlets have become seemingly outraged since the release of this information, claiming a waste of their tax dollars and the governments time. But as with every negative, there’s also a positive side of views where some are keen to see what this new collection of talent can produce.

Could this be the beginning of game-style technology coming to life? We hope so.

Image courtesy of Gameplanet

Information thanks to RT and Tweaktown

In-Game Thieves Should Be Treated Like Real Criminals, According to UK Politician

Mike Weatherly, Conservative MP in the UK, is said to have brought up a new initiative. He wants to prosecute in-game thieves like real criminals, which is really disturbing news.

The UK Politician is said to be a World of Warcraft player himself and ‘understands’ that in-game items can be traded for substantial amounts of real world money. Therefore, he as called upon the parliament to consider prosecuting account hackers and in-game scammers like real world criminals.

It is said that the initiative is not outside the ‘realm’ of possibility, having game hackers being arrested and jailed in other countries before. Last year, a group of Chinese World of Warcraft account hackers were prosecuted and jailed and there is world that last week, a League of Legends hacker has been jailed for hacking in to Riot servers and stealing premium services, earning him around $1000 a day.

The Conservative MP has requested that the UK Justice Department consider establishing the law urgently to give gamers the same amount of legal protection over digital items as they already have in the real world. Weatherly added that only serious or repeated offenders should be targeted rather than just anyone found guilty of committing a minor felony.

Digital items are now considered to be in the grey area, but the fact still remains that some of them might be worth a lot of money and can take a long time to acquire. However, the law can also backfire and have gamers under surveillance and booked for just ‘having fun’. What the outcome from the above mentioned law will be is everyone’s guess.

Thank you KitGuru for providing us with this information
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