Storywriter Cameron Harris is Leaving BioWare

BioWare is known for their stories, from the magical world of Dragon Age: Inquisition to the space-faring scenes the of Star Wars and Mass Effect. One of the people responsible for these tales of adventure is senior editor, Cameron Harris. That is until April when she will leave BioWare.

In a series of tweets, Harris announced that she would be leaving the video game industry for “new opportunities”. Entering the video game in 2007, Harris has worked for everyone from Microsoft to Nintendo and ArenaNet but is clearly looking for something a little different.

In her tweets, Harris thanked everyone at BioWare for everything they’ve taught her, followed by everyone in the games industry as a whole and then thanking everyone who was a fan while she did her “games thang”.

https://twitter.com/camharr/status/705875693951791104

https://twitter.com/camharr/status/705875814106050560

This isn’t the first time someone’s left BioWare, and the third time this year alone. Previously Dragon Age’s lead writer, David Gaider, left in January followed by the lead writer for Mass Effect’s latest game, Mass Effect: Andromeda, Chris Schlerf in February.

Yet another great writer leaves the industry. I personally love the games where every minute you play drags you into their world more and more, with you eventually hating the bad guy and wishing you could have saved everyone from their fates. We wish Harris all the best in her future pursuits and hope she understands how much her tales have helped shape our smiles and lives.

Move Over Goosebumps 1 Because 2 Is Already Being Planned

From a personal perspective, I was indeed a fan of the original Goosebumps TV series when it aired on children’s TV on the BBC in the 90s and just into the 2000s with repeats thereafter. In my day, yes here we go, children’s TV was very much superior to today’s drivel and Goosebumps was part of that superiority. Below is the opening sequence to the show, yes could not resist it. See, this is great, today is rubbish.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gXiYpfR-cRE

Anyway, do you remember the adaptation which hit the silver screen? Of course you don’t as it’s not out yet but rather hitting cinemas as of October 16th, presumably to coincide with Halloween. That seemingly has not stopped Sony Pictures, again, as the corporation is looking for a “Screenwriter” for Goosebumps 2. Sony believes the first film will kick off a franchise and are aiming to produce a second instalment, the first film has Monsters vs. Aliens filmmaker Rob Letterman directing but it’s unknown if he will return, if indeed there will be a second film, which does look more likely considering speculation centres around key stars being contacted for further films in the soon to be franchise.

The trailer for the first Goosebumps film is below, first impressions for the film have been positive and the buzz with which it is generating can only be seen as an improvement for Sony. As yet I am not so sure considering Sony have produced a few terrible films recently.

Sony believes it will be a success, but this is a company which produced Pixels so anything is possible at the moment. Only time will tell. Now excuse me while I check out the “screenwriter” position… Turns out I won’t be leaving eTeknix anytime soon, (screams from editor).

Thank you ign and tracking board for providing us with this information

Image courtesy of cinemablend

ASUS Showcase Mini PC’s @ CeBIT 2015

ASUS, humble motherboard makers have now delved into the mini PC segment. This can only be a good thing, as ASUS know how to make the motherboards, maybe it can produce an extremely compact system from the vast company knowledge. We saw one regular (boring) looking mini PC, the VIVO mini, this could sit happily behind your TV without a fuss. The next was a Chromebox, a little more of a funky design with the power button on the corner, but still nothing too spectacular here. Then we move onto the ROG not-so-mini, mini PC. This little beast is something you want to shout about. Okay it only has a GTX 750Ti for the time being, but it’s only a matter of time before ASUS figure out how to squeeze a GTX 970 ITX graphics card into it. This is a serious bit of kit, with a serious ~£800 price tag. A little over priced for what it is, but innovation has to start somewhere right?

Along with the more consumer-friendly mini PC’s, we also saw ASUS keep things simple, displaying a small range of external Blu-Ray and DVD writers. It’s good to see a huge company keep the old technology users in the loop; maybe they don’t want to go digital just yet.

We look forward to seeing what else ASUS has to offer, maybe they do have a more powerful ROG gaming mini PC coming up, but it just wasn’t ready for the show?. Any news or updates from ASUS, we will keep you updated.

Tom Hanks’ Typewriter App is a Huge Hit

Not just a pretty face – Tom Hank’s typewriter app for the iPad has topped the charts in the iTunes App Store. Sitting in the top spot for both the productivity section and overall app sales, Hanx Writer has proven that Hanks’ name is not only a big hit for movies.

What exactly does it do? Nothing too fancy – but it does it well. This app helps transform your device into something of a pseudo-typewriter. It tries to give you the feel of the old school – complete with the banging of each key press and the chime of each new line reached. Thanks to the advancement of technology however, you’ve got the liberty of removing and replacing letters without creating a mess. You can also print, email or share your work once it’s completed.

The well constructed application offers you the ability to use an on-screen keyboard or utilize a Bluetooth device all for a price of $0. As with most applications, you can opt to purchase extras to assist funding of the developer. Hanx Writer gives you the ability to purchase different typewriter models including the Hanx 707 and the Hanx Golden Touch – the original writer being named the Hanx Prime Select.

Hanks actually released an ode to the typewriter in an edition of The New York Times, thanks to Tech Crunch we learned of his statements:

“Everything you type on a typewriter sounds grand, the words forming in mini-explosions of SHOOK SHOOK SHOOK. A thank-you note resonates with the same heft as a literary masterpiece.

In addition to sound, there is the sheer physical pleasure of typing; it feels just as good as it sounds, the muscles in your hands control the volume and cadence of the aural assault so that the room echoes with the staccato beat of your synapses.

You can choose the typewriter to match your sound signature.”

Hanx Writer is available for download now from the iTunes store.

Image courtesy of Warmjello

Asus Release External Slim Optical Drive For Ultrabooks

For a number of users, when buying a new notebook or ultrabook, one factor that they take into consideration is the inclusion of an optical bay. On the notebook front this is generally not a problem but when things are scaled down to the ultrabook size, potential buyers not the drop of the optical bay which for some people leaves them in a decision conundrum.

We do acknowledge that the use of optical media is generally not as profound as it used to be due to the presence of digital downloads, streaming services and overall faster internet speeds, but there is still a market for optical media and also a need for it as well.

As an addition to their product lines and targeted directly at their Zenbook range, Asus have released a line of three external DVD writers that come in three colours; Lively Mellow Metallic, Bright Berry and Dusty Rose and all feature a “concentric-circle hairline texture” in their 13mm thick, brushed aluminium frames.

The SDRW-08U5S-U comes with a built in stand that allows the drive to be left laying flat or stood up to take up a smaller space depending on the users preference. On top of this the drives support Asus’ Disc Encryption II which, as the name suggests, encrypts data with passwords and encoded file names to secure valuable data.

Whilst the drives have been announced, there is currently no word about pricing nor availability, but we will keep an eye out for this ideally suited add on to the Zenbook range.