SkyDrive will be on Xbox 360 today.
The three primary use cases are:
- Shared photos & videos. Share a meaningful event with your friends or family by viewing photos & videos on your TV, or view photos & videos others have shared with you through SkyDrive. Imagine being able to view cherished photos and videos shared by friends and family —like a musical performance, a kid’s birthday, or baby’s first steps—on your TV.
- Snap and see. For Windows Phone users, snap a picture and see it appear almost immediately in your camera roll on the big screen. This feels like magic! For example, you could take a quick snapshot of your child making a funny face, fire up the SkyDrive app on your Xbox, and view it right away on your 50” screen. Just make sure you’re using the same Microsoft account sign-in for both Xbox LIVE and your Windows Phone.
- Party slide show. Plan a great slide show to play in the background of a dinner party. For example, you could start a slide show of a recent trip for friends, or have holiday-themed photos and videos playing during a holiday party.
The new game rig is finally up and running.
It consists of two Alienware X51 systems, featuring the new Nvidia GTX 660 graphics cards and finally running only on SSD drives. Very nice performance.
I also like the Microsoft Sidewinder keyboards which I used to replace the Logitech G15 & G19 keyboards.I wonder why they were never made with Swiss German keyboard layout. The mice are the highly configurable Cyborg R.A.T. Contagion models.
Thinking big: Microsoft transforms a country for Halo 4 launch
Microsoft changed the Principality of Liechtenstein to turn it into a real-life replica of the Halo universe for the launch of Halo 4 in early November. The Microsoft transformation lasted only a day as the landscapes of the countryside became the stage for an alternate universe inspired by the video game. Microsoft invited media and fans from 16 different countries to take part in the experience.
Full PC implementation of Unreal 3 Engine ported to Windows RT, available to developers
Great news for developers! Even before Windows RT is available, NVIDIA and Epic have teamed to port the full PC implementation of the Unreal Engine 3 to Windows RT (and Windows 8).
Developers can license the engine from Epic and will have a very easy job of making Unreal based games available on Windows RT. This is great news for gamers around the globe.
Check the video to see how nice the engine performs on a Tegra3 based Windows RT system.
First 40 titles of Xbox games for Windows 8 announced.
It looks like Windows 8 will be quite formidable for gaming. As with Windows Phone, the tie-in with Xbox live including achievements has been the source of some very good games becoming available on this platform.
Xbox games for Windows 8 too will have Xbox Achievements as well as the ability to take advantage of certain Xbox features such as leaderboards, multiplayer modes, and connecting with friends.
So here is the list of titles that will become available through the Games app which comes with Windows 8 and will be available through the Windows Store.
- 4 Elements II Special Edition
- A World of Keflings
- Adera: Episode 1
- Adera: Episode 2
- Adera: Episode 3
- Angry Birds
- Angry Birds Space
- Big Buck Hunter Pro
- BlazBlue Calamity Trigger
- Collateral Damage
- Crash Course GO
- Cut the Rope
- Disney Fairies
- Dragon’s Lair
- Field & Stream Fishing
- Fruit Ninja
- Gravity Guy
- Gunstringer: Dead Man Running
- Hydro Thunder Hurricane
- iStunt 2
- Jetpack Joyride
- Kinectimals Unleashed
- Microsoft Mahjong
- Microsoft Minesweeper
- Microsoft Solitaire Collection
- Monster Island
- PAC-MAN Championship Edition DX
- Pinball FX 2
- Reckless Racing Ultimate
- Rocket Riot 3D
- Shark Dash
- Shuffle Party
- Skulls of the Shogun
- Team Crossword
- The Harvest HD
- Toy Soldiers Cold War
Atari arcade classics brought back by Internet Explorer team in HTML5 with multi-touch optimization.
A very nice move. Atari and the IE team have teamed to bring back some of my favorite old arcade games including Asteroids, Centipede, Lunar Lander, Missile Command and Yars. They are available online at http://atari.com/arcade/ to be played in the browser using HTML5 and multi-touch.
There is more information about the project over on the “Exploring IE” blog.
WoW: Finally a victory over the Blood Prince Council in the Ice Crown Citadel.
What a chaos! But we finally did it. Next stop: Blood-Queen Lana’thel.
Bad at video games? Brain structure may be at fault (via arstechnica)
Prior cognitive, psychological, and neurological studies have shown that
expert video game players are capable of outperforming novices in measures of
attention and perception. They also have demonstrated that, when novices train
on video games for 20-plus hours, they experienced no measurable increase in
cognitive ability. These two pieces of information would seem to point to an
innate difference between expert and novices gamers, instead of suggesting that
gaming is a skill that can be learned.
New neurological research,
published in—and made freely available by—the journal Cerebral Cortex has found a correlation
between the size of a trio of structures in the human brain and their owner’s
ability to learn and play video games. Animal studies had focused the authors’
attention on three distinct structures deep within the brain: the caudate
nucleus and the putamen in the dorsal striatum, and the nucleus accumbens in the
ventral striatum. It was known that the striatum was used in habit forming and
skill acquisition, so a role in video games skills makes sense.
I know who I am going to blame bad dps or hps on next time! My underdeveloped brain, that’s who!
Machinarium is one of the most beautiful point-and-click adventures I have ever seen.
Machinarium is one of the most beautiful point-and-click adventures I have ever seen. Brilliant puzzles, beautiful graphics, an ultra-cute help system and a very interesting story. This definitely is for adventures what “World of Goo” is for action/puzzlers.
Give it a try, if you find any time. Absolutely!
Downloadable directly from http://machinarium.net
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