Play a Game of Snake on Your Keyboard

I still remember the old Nokia 3310, the indestructible brick. I would steal it off my family and load up the only game worth playing. Snake, the classic tale of food and growth, was all the hit back in the day and even with its evolutions, from being able to travel from one side of the map to the other to including powerups, the classics are sometimes the best. So why not play it on your keyboard?

Created by the Youtuber Mythic Maniac, the colourful version of snake, played using only a Corsair K70 keyboard was created using C# and is publicly available. Available to download from the code repository site Github, it is noted that while it was only tested and used on a Corsair K70 “there’s a high possibility of it working with others as well”.

With everything you need to download, install and play the game I can see many hours fading away as we get used to the new and colourful version of Snake. Be warned, if you are after “good code” you may want to be wary of the warning posted on the GitHub page,

“I never intended to release this at all, so the source might have some silly things lying all over the place.

If you choose to clone this and use for your own purposes, you might want to clean this up a bit.”

So will you be downloading and playing Snake on your keyboard? Who can get the highest score? Tell us yours in the comments below

Tesla Demonstrates New Snake Like Charger

We’ve all seen the spaces, car parking areas with small rods sticking out the floor and a big sign saying “electric car parking space”. With electric cards on the rise, charging them is becoming more and more important to companies and their users. One of the big issues is the cable you need to plug in. Imagine leaving your car pumping fuel into itself while you went into the supermarket to do your shopping? Now imagine not having to plug your car in at all, instead it plugs itself in! Tesla’s new charger does exactly that.

Back in December, Elon Musk, product architect at Tesla Motors tweeted saying that they were working on a charger that “automatically moves out from the wall & connects like a solid metal snake”. Today, they revealed that project.

The actual design does look like a solid metal snake, and the way it moves just seems to be like it’s taken the concept from a creepy science fiction film.

Soon you may just have to park up and walk away as your car gets plugged into and charged while you’re doing your weekly shop, nothing could go wrong right?

Thank you to the Verge for providing us with this information.

Metal Gear Solid V Box Art Removes Kojima Branding

The public spat between Kojima Productions and Konami has become extremely petty in recent weeks and culminated with the final retail artwork removing any mention of Kojima Productions. Previously, Metal Gear Solid V was proudly displayed at press events as a Hideo Kojima game and advertised on the basis of his reputation.

So what caused such a bitter rift between both parties? Nothing has been confirmed but rumours suggest the fiery exchange revolved around the implementation of microtransactions. Supposedly, Konami wanted to enhance the game’s momentary avenues and Kojima was vehemently against this. However, this is all speculation and there could be other underlying tensions which may have been going on for some time.

Konami’s handling of the affair has been nothing short of a PR disaster. They cancelled production of Silent Hills and removed the publicly available demo. This caused a great deal of controversy as the demo was well received and offered a terrifying experience which many modern horror games fail to reproduce.

This follows the recent news from Otsuka Akio, the Japanese voice actor for Solid Snake who said,

“[Kojima Productions] has been disbanded,”

“It appears that the work that the team has been putting their utmost effort into is nearly complete.”

Metal Gear Solid V will be released on September 1st on Playstion 4, Playstation 3, Xbox One and Xbox 360. The PC version is estimated to arrive two weeks after this launch date.

Are you looking forward to the game or do you feel this escapade has reduced your enthusiasm?

Thank you CNet for providing us with this information

Play Snake with no Monitor on CoolerMaster’s QuickFire Rapid-i

Feeling a bit bored and looking for something extra to do? Work or school computers have locked down every game and Reddit links are all purple, even on the 120th page? It’s time to get yourself a CoolerMaster Quickfire Rapid-I mechanical keyboard which will give you the ability to play snake – without any monitor involved.

Jeroen Domburg has hacked CM’s new device, allowing you to play a classic game of snake as seen on the old Nokia phones – utilizing the back-light and arrow keys for all operation. Designed as a little side-project and something to make you look like you’re working, Domburgs hack see’s your snake travel across the whole keyboard face, picking up the tittle extenders along the way, making the game harder and your snake longer.

If you’re looking for an alternative to games on your smartphone and the possibility of looking like you’re working whilst at work, look no further than this handy crack.

Image courtesy of TechPowerUp

Search and Rescue Operations to Get Assistance from Robot Snake

A team of engineers in Israel have developed a new search and rescue robot to help them search dangerous sites. The new snake-like robot is capable of crawling through rubble to aid in the search of people and more, and it’s especially adept at tight spaces where a human could not search.

The snake robot is perfect for searching under collapsed buildings and that has obvious benefits to saving time, when it comes to saving lives in these kinds of situations, knowing where to dig can mean the difference between life and death for those trapped in the rubble.

Amir Shapiro’s lab at Ben-Gurion University in the Israeli city of Beersheba is no stranger to creating robots, and Mr Shapiro’s robots are often funded for the Israeli Army who often deploy his creations, and the new snake-bot is likely going to aid in the army search and rescue efforts in the very near future.

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Thank you Telegraph for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Telegraph.

5 Classic Cell Phone Games You Almost Forgot About

With smartphones able to play games that are roughly on par with console games, you may have forgotten how the original cell phones games looked and played. Here are 5 classic games that pioneered cell phone gaming.

Image via Flickr by arvidr

1. Complete Rows of Blocks in Tetris

Tetris was originally a computer game made in Russia. Players needed to create rows of blocks made of different shapes. Completing a row causes the entire row to disappear from the screen, which subsequently makes space for the blocks above it. If the blocks stack up to the top, the player loses. It’s not just a stacking game, you need to strategize and plan where to place the blocks so that you can score the maximum amount of points.

2. Chase Down Food in Snake

Another old game that made its appearance on cell phones is Snake. In this game, the player guides the snake to dots of food inside a box and consumes them, causing the length of the snake to increase.

As you consume more and more food, the length of the snake becomes a disadvantage because it becomes harder to maneuver around the box. In later versions, different foods appear in the box, including rats. The point value for this was much higher than the regular food. But you had to react quickly to these tempting rats, because they would disappear quickly from the screen.

3. Blast Aliens Before They Get You In Space Invaders

Space Invaders is another classic cell phone game that originated as a popular arcade game. Players needed to shoot down aliens as they approach them. Move your trigger across the bottom of the screen to aim at the targets and blast them before they reach the bottom of the screen. Some versions have additional features including bunkers protecting your position and special enemy aircrafts that become targets.

4. Avoid Getting Caught While Eating Pellets in Pac-Man

Pac-Man is an arcade game originally made in Japan that quickly gained popularity among video game fans. Even now, almost four decades later, the cell phone version is still wildly popular. The game essentially consists of guiding Pac-Man through a maze filled with pellets.

Eat all the pellets to get to the next stage, while avoiding ghosts, which roam the maze chasing after anyone in it. If the ghosts touch Pac-Man, one turn is lost. If all your turns are lost, the game ends. Pac-Man is available on virtually every device such as smartphones, notebooks and tablets. So if you can’t find an arcade cabinet, you can still enjoy this classic.

5. Blast Asteroids Before They Crash Into You in Asteroids V1.04

Asteroids was originally an Atari game. The main objective of the game is to shoot down asteroids to earn points. The game features a triangular-shaped spaceship placed in the center of the screen. You can rotate the spaceship 360 degrees to face any direction. As asteroids approach your spaceship, the objective is to fire on them to destroy them. While it’s similar to space invaders, the game play is considerably different in terms of the graphics and gameplay.

The next time you get bored; download one of these classic cell phone games. They’re so fun and addictive, you’ll wonder where the time has gone after getting sucked into them.