CleverPet’s game console for dogs shows they can see colors

Most people think that dogs are color blind and are only able to see in shades of gray. But CleverPet, which has made a game console for dogs, has made a new game that shows how good dogs are at seeing colors. The San Diego, California-based company teamed up with neuroscientists and animal cognition experts to make a color-based puzzle for dogs. CleverPet’s own survey of 300 adults found that 64 percent believe that dogs are color blind in comparison to humans, and 57 percent believe that dogs can only see in shades of gray. “Dogs – and cats too – definitely see the world in color,” said Daniel Knudsen, CleverPet cofounder and chief science officer, in a statement. “When people say they’re ‘colorblind’, they mean it in the same way that some humans are colorblind. Millions of humans and probably all dogs have trouble distinguishing between red and green Read the full article…

Blizzard shuts down “legacy” WoW fan server hours after it goes up

Enlarge / The error message that greeted thousands of Felmyst players after the server was shut down by a legal threat mere hours after launching Friday. A highly anticipated private server intended to emulate the state of World of Warcraft during the decade-old “Burning Crusade” expansion was shut down by a legal demand delivered by Blizzard representation mere hours after the server launched on Friday. The planned launch of the Felmyst server had been heavily anticipated in the “legacy server” subcommunity of WoW players who seek to emulate a “vanilla” version of the game as it existed before the current slate of expansions and updates changed how the MMO looks, plays, and feels. While other fan-run, “Burning Crusade”-era legacy servers exist, Felmyst had already earned a reputation before launch as one of the best and most complete efforts to capture that well-remembered era of the game in a playable way. But Read the full article…

Hour of Devastation review: The evil elder dragon god-pharaoh has arrived. RIP.

Magic: The Gathering has expanded yet again with Hour of Devastation, a follow-up to Amonkhet that continues to riff on Egyptian mythology with a large helping of dragon-led apocalypse. We’ve drafted, built decks, and played a bunch of Hour of Devastation matches—read on for our review! We’re also going to dive into some of the recent news around the game, including changes to set structure and release cadence, and the future of Magic’s digital offerings. Elder dragon planeswalker deity Nicol Bolas is here, and he’s going to royally ruin your day. What happened to Amonkhet? Hour of Devastation (HOU) is set on the world of Amonkhet (see our review of the original set for more info) as the prophesied “hours” arrive, momentous events that promised glory and eternal life. It turns out, though, that those events were the machinations of Nicol Bolas, the major antagonist of the set. Read 23 remaining paragraphs | Read the full article…

Inferno Squad author Christie Golden on injecting moral ambiguity into Star Wars

When Star Wars Battlefront II hits stores in November, it will present the Star Wars universe in a way that’s seldom seen: from the viewpoint of the Empire’s soldiers, who are fighting against the characters we usually root for. Next week, the game will get a prequel in Christie Golden’s Inferno Squad, which will unveil the origins of the game’s characters, and set after the events of Rogue One and A New Hope. Del Rey Books published a special San Diego Comic-Con edition of the novel this week, and Golden was on hand to sign copies and meet fans. I sat down with her to talk about how she tackled writing Inferno Squad, working with the video game designers, and why the lead character, Iden Versio, brings a new level of complexity to the S… Read the full article…

Community and fandom ruled Pokémon Go Fest amid devastating technical problems

To put it lightly, Pokémon Go Fest, Niantic’s first in-person event for the game, did not go as planned. Roughly 20,000 fans came to Chicago’s Grant Park for the fest, which promised Trainers (the game’s name for players) a chance to catch a variety of pokémon, team challenges throughout the day, an exclusive medal to unlock, special rewards, and of course, the opportunity to meet and spend time with Pokémon Go community members from around the globe. Unfortunately, the event was plagued with limited cellular reception and server problems, which rendered the game unplayable for the most of the day. Many couldn’t even log in, and those who could found the game crashed within seconds. To appease disgruntled attendees,… Read the full article…

Sell your crappy MS Paint creations in this very zen art simulation game

They say art is a good outlet for expressing your thoughts and feelings, but since I’m not one to keep a notebook full of doodles, I have found peace within Passpartout: The Starving Artist, a recently released game where you make MS Paint-style drawings and sell them for your digital livelihood. The game is super simple: you start out in a garage with nothing but your canvas and small art stand, painting away until local Parisian passerbys stop to offer you money. your garage is an art factory At first it felt like one of those time management games where your garage is an art factory, and you’re encouraged to churn out as many paintings as possible to make your weekly bills (which consist of rent, wine, and baguette. Passpartout is all… Read the full article…

Pyre Review

Watching Pyre’s emotionally gripping story unfold, precisely and enjoyably punctuated by exciting, tactical, real-time battles, is to witness just about everything I look for in a video game executed all but flawlessly. Developer Supergiant’s latest is an experience on par with watching a world-class musician perform a difficult piece with equal parts talent and soul. And speaking of which, the music is superb. The intricate but easy to follow story casts you as the Reader, an unseen character flung into the center of momentous events that are shaking the foundations of a finely crafted fantasy setting best described as some kind of beautiful cross between Dr. Seuss and H.P. Lovecraft. Like Bastion and Transistor, it’s an imaginary world where the dark and the whimsical mingle like they’ve always belonged together, subverting familiar stereotypes and treating lore nerds to layers and layers of detailed, expertly penned history and legend to uncover. Read the full article…

Splatoon 2 – Final Review

It feels as if the paint had just begun to dry on Splatoon after its release on the Wii U in 2015 when Nintendo applied a fresh coat and relaunched it with Splatoon 2 on the Switch. That may be why this sequel feels less like a whole new game than a new version of the first one that rolls up the best post-launch updates to the colorful and adorably non-violent team-based shooter and adds some new toys. Of course, considering the first game is a lot of fun, that’s not necessarily a bad thing, especially if you missed it for lack of a Wii U. And despite some questionable choices that can leave you trapped in matchmaking purgatory, the addition of a standout and clever take on a co-op horde mode provides some seriously addicting fun that has me coming back for more. Read the full article…

Microsoft’s Phil Spencer on Xbox One X Pre-Orders

It won’t be long before Microsoft opens pre-orders for Xbox One X, according to head of Xbox Phil Spencer. “Our plan is set for this,” Spencer said on Twitter when asked when the console will be available for pre-order. “All approvals are done so now just landing the announce with all the info, won’t be too much longer.” Last month, Microsoft confirmed that all Xbox One games that feature 4K support will download its 4K assets for all Xbox One X users, regardless of their TV. Read the full article…

Pokemon Go Fest Represented the Best and Worst of a Bumpy First Year

I’d only been at Pokemon Go Fest for five minutes the first time I heard someone shout that an ultra-rare Pokemon was nearby. With 20,000 of the most dedicated Pokemon Go fans from around the world in one spot, it wasn’t surprising to see that people were passionate, and the friendly, cooperative spirit that started the day represented everything great about Pokemon Go and its community. As players ran past me, I joined them, running toward a 10-foot tall physical PokeStop and excited for my first chance to catch an Unown, one of the rarest Pokemon in the game. People were laughing, the weather was great, and everyone had a smile on their face. As I got closer to where the crowd was gathered, I saw Unown pop up on the in-game map. Pokemon Go Fest was already a blast, I thought to myself. Read the full article…

A cultura dos cartuchos e locadoras dos anos 90

Uma breve análise sobre a vida dos cartucheiros há 20 anos O período dos anos 90 foi, sem dúvidas, a época de maior popularização das locadoras de jogos de vídeo games. Em uma década onde o hábito de apreciar jogos virtuais eram restritos em maior parte aos seus próprios aparelhos (vídeo-games) de simulação, e anterior à fase de maior disseminação dos jogos através dos computadores cada vez mais potentes lançados posteriormente. As maiores guerras travadas durante esta década entre as grandes empresas Nintendo, Sony e Sega, eram inocentemente apreciadas em lojas próprias do segmento, onde além de realizarem a venda de consoles e games, também trouxeram uma opção que ajudou totalmente à popularização dos jogos eletrônicos: a opção de alugar jogos e consoles. Este último que funcionava como uma “lan-house” da época (sem o “lan”, óbvio), mas digamos que funcionava como uma “game-house”. Cena típica em uma vídeo locadora dos anos Read the full article…

Sony Using Copyright Requests To Remove Leaked PS4 SDK From the Web

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Sony appears to be using copyright law in an attempt to remove all traces of a leaked PlayStation 4 Software Development Kit (PS4 SDK) from the Web. That effort also seems to have extended in recent days to the forced removal of the mere discussion of the leak and the posting of a separate open source, homebrew SDK designed to be used on jailbroken systems. The story began a few weeks ago, when word first hit that version 4.5 of the PS4 SDK had been leaked online by a hacker going by the handle Kromemods. These SDKs are usually provided only to authorized PS4 developers inside development kits. The SDKs contain significant documentation that, once made public, can aid hackers in figuring out how to jailbreak consoles, create and install homebrew software, and enable other activities usually prohibited by the hardware Read the full article…

Atari Is Back In the Hardware Business, Unveils Ataribox

Reader MojoKid writes: Atari CEO Fred Chesnais confirmed the company was working on a brand new console back in June this year at E3, but today the company has officially unveiled the product. The new Ataribox console draws on some of the classic styling of the original Atari 2600 console but with a modernized flare, though still sporting that tasty wood grain front panel. Atari is also looking to make the Ataribox a bit more user-friendly and expandable than its Nintendo rivals through the addition of an SD card slot and four USB ports (in addition the requisite HDMI port). The new console will be based on PC component technologies but will be available with a number of classic games to let you bask in the early days of console gaming. However, Atari will also be bringing what is being billed as “current content” to the console as well. So, Read the full article…

ViveNChill wants to end sweaty and foggy VR lenses

I sweat a lot. If I’m standing outside with the sun up and a little breeze, it’s only a matter of time before I start sweating. Going for a jog? I’ll be pouring with sweat before most people are even breathing heavily. In fact, I often sweat without even the need for my breathing or heart rate to increase. If I’m in VR for more than 10 minutes I’m probably sweating regardless of what the experience is. My hands get sweaty all the time without cause, especially when holding a game controller. It’s just kind of part of who I am and bless my wife for dealing with it. In that way, the ViveNChill cooling fan for the HTC Vive by RedRotor (currently running an IndieGoGo campaign that’s fully-funded with a little over a week left as of the time of this writing) almost feels like it was made for me. The Read the full article…