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Kinect Hacks (Image Credit Pietro Guedes YouTube)

Kinect, as it stands right now, even with Kinect 2.0 for Xbox One, is hardly of any great use to “hardcore” gamers right now, but for the most intrepid of the modders, Kinect can be used to come up with something you’d never expect, and most of these things are cool.

Browsing The Web

One thing that some of the smart people found out is that you can actually use Kinect for navigating the web through Javascript.

A group of MIT people has managed to come up with a way to be able to browse web pages using the Kinect’s sensor with Javascript’s help. As shown in the video above, users can scroll through the tabs, move up and down on the page, click on links, go forward or backwards in the browser, and even zoom and pan. It may not seem to be more accurate than using a mouse, but the group believes that other applications that run on browsers, particularly games, can take advantage of this.

Shadow Puppets

We all know that shadow puppets were a great part of our childhood (especially for those born in the 80s and 90s), and they have been always amusing to every kid. Kinect amplifies this idea in a higher level, thanks to some developers. Imagine where you can do your usual shadow puppet thing, but you don’t just see the shadow of your hand. You also see a bird projected on the wall that directly responds to your hand’s movement. It is a bit far from perfect, especially the accuracy and latency, but it has the potential to open up new possibilities for Kinect and its uses.

Super Mario Bros.

Not exactly “Useful” for accurately playing the game or any side scrolling game like this one. Not yet at least, but it is useful for having some additional immersion in the game by being the controller yourself (as to how the Kinect sensor is originally marketed anyway). This little hack lets you play Super Mario Bros. by using the Kinect sensor. Kinect interprets your movements to specific button presses that controls the player. Again, don’t expect to beat the game easily using this method.

Prank Apps (Image Credit to Mobile Indian YouTube)

If you’re a fun-loving person who has  access to a slew of tech gadgets like an iPhone, then you might want to try out some of the pranking apps that are available. Pranking is fun to do with your friends, family and even unlucky (that is an overstatement) strangers who passes by. Pranking has changed over the years, and it is very convenient to have the ability to pull it off easily with a device that is literally in the palm of your hands, anytime.

Dude, your car!

This prank app is one of the most amazing pranking apps available. It’s great for tricking your parents, relatives, or any friend about their car getting some serious damage by sending them a photo of it with the believable wreck. How it works is very simple. You just take a photo of any car, apply the “damage effect” by adjusting the size, opacity, orientation, etc., and then send it to your victim.

The app is only available in iTunes for $2.99

iFool

A great prank app with limitless possibilities. What makes this prank app unique is that it takes advantage of your iPhone’s core capabilities like the use of its motion sensors, and not just buttons and switches. The pranks are basically split in three parts namely, the background, action and switches. You can either set a prank of a screeching or scary sound accompanied by a creepy picture by triggering a switch via shaking or moving the device. Pretty neat app. It comes with 35 pre-made pranks, 150 images and 77 sounds to mix and match. The app costs $1.99 in iTunes.

iForce

This isn’t much of a prank app, but by messing with your friends’ minds, it can potentially be a good joke, and an awesome one at that. It actually lets you pull off magic tricks that make you look like you can read your friends’ minds, or rather, the iPhone can. Actually, you only have to follow certain rules in performing the “magic” and it takes a bit of practice, but once you get the hang of it, you will be able to perform a variety of tricks that will truly leave your buddies amazed. This awesome app is available at iTunes for $2.99.

Weird Games Part 1

Playing or witnessing an extremely great game with a crazy twist is rare, but cool games with odd stuff going on that sends you scratching your head is twice as hard to come by. There are a handful of games that can fit into this category, but some are just plain too weird that they make you go “WTF”.

ANY Warioware (Gameboy Advance , Nintendo DS, and Wii)

What better way to start off this list with one of the best weird (technically) games in Nintendo’s handheld consoles? If you haven’t heard of Wariorware, it is a game composed of dozens of mini games, which are rather, quite an oddity. It has a small amount of storytelling into it, but you’re thrust into action right away. The mechanics are pretty simple if you’ll look at it. Play a series of mini games that gets harder and “fasterer”, the more you progress, until you reach the “Boss” mini game. The mini games, however, vary the difficulty and most of them are as weird as they get. Snivel your way out, pop balloons, blow candles, prevent bombs from blowing. Name them, you got them. Warioware started the trend of the crazy mini games we see on our iOS and Android devices like Dumb Ways To Die and Hardest Game.

WTF: Work Time Fun (PlayStation Portable/PSP)

Another handheld game and it is what the title suggests. (Or at least, how you will initially look at it) WTF is a game that has ridiculous levels  you’ve never encountered before. It might not be for everyone, but if you’re a fan of Japanese games and insane stuff, you’re in for a treat with this little gem. It is a game that is primarily composed of other mini games. The plot twist is, you’re a worker who will have to play these mini games. Your compensation? More tedious looking (for some) mini games. Seriously. WTF.

Mister Mosquito (PlayStation 2)

Like the game above, this one is a Japanese-oriented videogame and if you’re into such stuff, then this game might actually appeal GREATLY to you. It is a PlayStation 2 game where you take the role of mosquito named, well, “Mister Mosquito”. The goal of the game? Suck blood from the family members of Yamada. Simple enough? Not quite. You can’t just suck like there’s no tomorrow and you’ll have to time your moves properly in order to avoid getting swatted. This game is a nice change of pace for your usual shooter and it doesn’t necessarily “suck”.

Image Credit: Carlo de Lacy

There is no more festival that’s more pop-tastic or nerd-gasmic than the San Diego #ComicCon2014. All things that are supposed to be geeky, from video games to movies and TV shows, were in blatant display there. The 4-day event attracts more than 150,000 guests and tourists each year. Here are some take-aways from the #ComicCon2014.

The Wednesday before #ComicCon, guests and frequent visitors alike are treated to what is known as “Preview Day” and it is a virtual kick-off for the festivities. The Preview Day of 2014 also happened to be Batman Day, or the celebration of Bruce Wayne’s 75 years of existence as the Dark Knight of Gotham.

Zack Snyder, director of the “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” movie, tweeted earlier an image of Affleck in the Batman cape and cowl. This would eventually be used in the movie, many thought, and even Bill Finger’s(Batman’s uncredited co-creator) family was in attendance for his very first Comic Con. Gal Gadot’s Wonderwoman poster was also in clear view, as they showed a teaser clip of the film.

TV seemed to take center stage this year. Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead held their ground in separate halls with their cast members and creators. Joel McHale discussed Community’s future, after news that it had moved to Yahoo. Guillermo Del Toro revealed news about his upcoming new vampire series The Strain. Sharknado, meanwhile, dropped in with stars Ian Ziering and Tara Reid. And of course, Orphan Black was on hand during the Comic-Con with star Tatiana Maslany.

Regular TV series lovers were able to catch panels for American Horror Story, The Big Bang Theory, Arrow, and Sons of Anarchy, among others. There were sneak peeks for the upcoming DC Comics TV series The Flash, Constantine, and Teen Titans Go!

Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Age of Ultron” and “Ant-Man”, both of which are set to come out in 2015 were also featured. Paramount showed further footage of their “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” movie while Warner Brothers brought out “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” and “Mad Max: Fury Road”.

Aside from many others that were either too much to fit in this one article, the Comic-Con was one massive event.

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Fans are expecting a lot from Bioware’s upcoming AAA sci-fi RPG, Mass Effect 4. And it appears that the development team has revealed some hints during the San Diego Comic Con on what we can expect from the game.

According to a source who attended Comic Con last weekend, the Bioware team at SDCC has “strongly implied” that the game will be set in a different galaxy. Thus, the plot of a new installment may stay away from the story of the previous trilogy’s main character, Commander Shephard. This also suggests that players will be playing a new character in the game.

The game will also feature familiar elements from the previous titles, but the game will be more focused on exploration of planets with the Mako vehicle, according to the source.

Nothing has been confirmed by Bioware though as these are just speculations at the moment. Regardless, we could only expect Bioware not to disappoint us in the upcoming sequel. Hopefully this new game will turn out as awesome, if not better, than the first three. They also recently asked their fans to answer a survey to help them improve the game.

Mass Effect 4 is Bioware’s latest installment of the highly acclaimed series. The developers have only showed us a glimpse of the game during E3 2014. However, they did not provide any gameplay footage. Bioware has not officially announced the release date of the latest installment though this suggests that the game may still have a long way to go before it gets a release date. Several reports say the game will be released sometime in 2015 but there have been other speculations that it will be ready to be shipped come December this year.

Source: Console Ctrl

Great news Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris fans! You can get your hands on this game later this year!

Yes! This is what its developer had announced at the San Diego Comic-Con 2014.

Developed by Crystal Dynamics, Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris is the sequel to Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light. With this new journey, Lara Croft will travel to Egypt and will join forces with rival archaeologist Carter Bell and imprisoned gods Horus and Isis, to defeat the evil god Set.

In the text accompanying the video released for the game, it says there that since the game features a four-player co-op story, players must work together to explore the temple, defeat hordes of enemies from the Egyptian underworld, solve devious puzzles, and avoid deadly traps. All the while, players will compete for treasure, powerful artifacts, and ultimate bragging rights.

“This all-new adventure takes place in the Temple of Osiris, hidden deep in the deserts of Egypt. Lara Croft arrives at the temple, hoping to be the first inside, but rival treasure hunter Carter Bell has beaten her to the entrance. They each seek the Staff of Osiris, but they discover more than they bargained for,” Crystal Dynamics said.

KEY FEATURES OF LARA CROFT AND THE TEMPLE OF THE OSIRIS

Critically Acclaimed Franchise
Sequel to the award winning Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light, one of the best-selling digital titles of all time.

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All-New Adventure
Lara must overcome deadly traps and forsaken gods to uncover the missing pieces of Osiris and change her fate.

Classic Arcade Action
First ever 4 player co-op multiplayer experience featuring Lara Croft. Have your friends play as Carter, Isis, and Horus while you play as Lara in the fully cooperative story mode – both offline and online supported.

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Competitive Co-op
Compete against your friends with seamless drop-in/drop-out co-op to earn bigger rewards, treasures, and powerful artifacts to boost your character. Will you work together or will you sacrifice your friends for a higher score?

Explore The Temple of Osiris
Lara’s return to a fan-favorite location featuring stunning visuals with dynamic weather and world state changes.

For more information about the Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris, stay tuned with us!

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