In the time it takes most of us to get ready in the morning, one speedrunner completed Bethesda's massive open-world RPG.
By clipping through walls and skipping over dialogue, Speedrunner Rydou beat Fallout 3 in 18 minutes and 53 seconds. Most players beat the game in 20-40 hours, while completionists can easily spend more than 60 hours in post-apocalyptic D.C.
Rydou also held the previous record of 18:57, while the second-fastest time is 19 minutes and 17 seconds –– that's a 24-second difference between the two leaders, while subsequent ranks are much closer in completion times, according to the leaderboard.
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and Grand Theft Auto V led the way in the worldwide digital console game market for February 2015.
According to market intelligence provider SuperData, the digital version of Advanced Warfare made $31.6 million USD in February on last and current-gen consoles worldwide, with Grand Theft Auto 5 coming in at a close second with $29.7 million USD in sales.
FIFA 15 came in third place, with $23.5 million USD, followed by Dying Light's $13.6 million USD in fourth place. That's actually a 13% month-over-month increase for Dying Light. Our review of Dying Light called it "a blast" despite a mediocre story.
Compared to the flagship-esque Blu Vivo Air, the company's new Studio Energy phone is considerably more pedestrian in design. It's chunky (10.4mm) and a bit heavy (6.35oz) for a modern smartphone, with a more conventional design and a rubberized, removable backing. But that's because this budget phone's big perk isn't visible from the outside: it has a huge battery inside.
Palo Alto Networks has discovered a serious security vulnerability within Android which could allow malicious parties to replace normal apps with malware during installation. As noted by PC World, close to half of all Android devices are affected, as only some hardware manufacturers have released patches to address the issue.
Android installer hijacking, as it's called, exploits APKs (Android application packages) during the installation of otherwise safe apps. When you download an app, the APK can be swapped in the background without anyone knowing, and the malware will live on your device gathering passwords and other sensitive data.
Director Bryan Singer has revealed that newcomer Lana Condor will play Jubilee, a.k.a. Jubilation Lee, in the soon to be shooting X-Men: Apocalypse.
Jubilee had cameos in the original three X-Men movies (played by Kea Wong and Katrina Florence) and was also in the 1996 Generation X TV pilot that never went to series (played by Heather McComb).
Oscar winner (and self-proclaimed video gamer) Steven Spielberg will direct the big screen version of Ready Player One for Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow.
According to Deadline, Ready Player One is expected to be Spielberg's next movie after The BFG. Screenwriter Zak Penn (X-Men: The Last Stand, Marvel's The Avengers) adapted Ernest Cline's bestseller. Click HERE for our full rundown on the book.
Two main concerns in adapting the book for the screen are rights issues given all the pop culture references in the book and the technology needed to put the viewer into a virtual world.
While we all clearly strive to obey those speed limit signs on the road (maybe), there's always the possibility you'll miss the sign and ruin your day with a hefty speeding ticket. But as CNN reports, Ford has just debuted a new piece of auto tech capable of reading speed limit signs and slowing the vehicle down.
The technology will first make its way to Ford's S-Max, a crossover minivan for the European market, but the technology will eventually expand worldwide. Outfitted with traffic sign reading sensors, the vehicle will reportedly control engine torque, reducing fuel to the engine and smoothly bringing the vehicle speed down to the posted limit.
Like many other RPGs, Bloodborne has a fairly deep in-game character creation tool that allows for customization of everything from hair color to the height of an eyebrow ridge.
Many users treat character creation time as a sacrosanct ritual during which they breathe life into the hunter they'll spend the next several hours slaying demons with, obsessing over every detail.
And then, there's the ones who spend an equal amount of obsessive time creating...interesting - looking hunters.
Ranging from bespectacled characters with wavy mustaches to hunters who may need to visit Yharnam's plastic surgeon, check out these images of Bloodborne player characters, courtesy of NeoGAF and Reddit.
Marathons are grueling events, pushing almost any human to their breaking point. But when you're completing the same distance on the surface of Mars, well that's something unique; even if you're a robot. As mentioned by The Verge, NASA's Opportunity rover has completed a 26.219 journey on the Red Planet in just over 11 months--a first of its kind.
While much of the attention on Mars exploration is now focused on Curiosity, it's easy to forget NASA placed two other rovers--Spirit and Opportunity--on the planet back in 2004. While Spirit has now gone dormant, the Opportunity rover is still soldiering on, outliving its life expectancy by more than 10 years. Still, something could go wrong at any moment.
Every day hundreds of new apps make their debut on the App Store, and hundreds more are updated or reduced in price. We have sifted through the noise and highlighted those select few that might be worth your attention.
Note: The prices and deals compiled below are accurate at the time we published this story, but all are subject to change.
Beast Towers – ($0.99 Launch Sale, Normally to be $1.99)
The App Store's newest tower defender casts you as the keeper of a castle and your invading foes are wave of human would-be heroes. Summon beasts to put an end to their advance into your halls!
Minecon 2015 is coming up in July and Microsoft, which acquired Minecraft and its studio Mojang late last year, is vowing to keep its distance.
There's been much speculation about what Microsoft's acquisition of Minecraft for $2.5 billion last November could mean for the game's future, including the annual Minecraft convention, Minecon.
Speaking to GamesBeat, a Microsoft spokesperson assured that Minecon 2015 would be run by Mojang the same way it has in the past, stating, "We’re playing a supporting role; we want to listen, learn, and be inspired by the community that has made Minecraft great."
Warning: Beware of spoilers for Amazing X-Men #18!
In Amazing X-Men by Chris Yost and Jorge Fornes, "The Once and Future Juggernaut" storyline has been teasing a new Juggernaut, and now in the last of its four chapters in issue #18, we have our new unstoppable champion of Cyttorak.
Before we get to the identity of the latest Juggernaut, here's a bit of history.
A software update is coming tomorrow for PlayStation Vita owners which should bring several enhancements to the handheld.
According to a post on PlayStation Blog, update 3.50 for PS Vita adds support for streaming in 60 frames-per-second for enhanced Remote Play.
Additionally, the update adds enlarged text and increased contrast options to make the device more accessible to a wider range of consumers.
PlayStation 4's software system update 2.50 rolls out tomorrow as well, and will allow users to finally suspend and resume their games at will. Social features, including enhanced Facebook integration, are being included in the update, too.
Bloodborne is all the rage these days but that's not the only Souls experience we're getting this year. Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin is headed to PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360, and PC on April 7th. Since more Souls is always a good thing, we're going to play it today for your enjoyment…live.
To watch us die in horrible ways, tune in today at 1PM PT (4PM ET / 9PM GMT / Thurs, 8 AM AET).
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RadioShack recently filed for bankruptcy and has begun the process of closing down about 2,000 stores. It'd be a typical affair, if not for the millions of customer names, addresses, and emails the company is selling as part of its "assets."
Bloomberg is reporting that private data belonging to 117 million RadioShack customers – including 65 million names and addresses and 13 million emails – are up for sale as part of the retail chain's bankruptcy auction.
This is all according to Hilco Streambank, an asset monetization service, which also states that any attempt to seal a deal on the private data would probably be blocked by the bankruptcy court.
They're currently busy chasing a National Championship in the NCAA tournament, but that doesn't prevent the Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball team from taking the occasional video game break to recharge.
Choosing to forgo network connections and HDMI cables, they've brought along a Nintendo 64 and a copy of 1999's Super Smash Bros. to do so.
It's become something of a ritual for the team. In fact, it's so important to them that an entire Wildcats TV episode was dedicated to it. You can view the full episode below.
According to the team members, they mostly play in hotel rooms while on the road. Roster favorites among them tend to be standouts like Pikachu, Fox, Yoshi, Mario, and Luigi.
Idris Elba is in early talks to play the villain in Star Trek 3.
Variety reports that the Pacific Rim and The Wire actor would be the latest high-profile thesp to take on the antagonist role in the rebooted Trek series, following in the footsteps of Eric Bana and Benedict Cumberbatch.
It’s not clear what the role might be, nor whether or not it will be a new character like Bana’s Nero or a figure from the classic series as was Cumberbatch’s Khan. According to Variety, early chatter indicates that the Klingons will be the main villains in the film, though that is not confirmed. But would Elba really want to be saddled with all that prosthetic make-up?
Language learning tool Rosetta Stone is coming to Xbox One via a Discover Languages app.
The app will teach English and Spanish "by way of immersive simulation", says the announcement on the Rosetta Stone website. "Virtual travel experiences teach you the vocabulary and grammar necessary for real-world interactions.
Chatting with characters in locations like the Discovery Zone and the Training Zone will help teach you the languages. You will receive "study recommendations, cultural tips, phrase books, and of course, more games!"
If interactive apps on the Xbox is your kind of thing, IGN released its own Xbox One App recently.
Update: More Halo Online details were just shared on the Halo Waypoint blog.
Halo Online will launch this spring, only in Russia. It's designed to run well on lower-end PCs. There's no campaign mode, but the game is set on a secret UNSC space station called "Anvil" where Spartans train together and test new technology.
During the upcoming closed beta, the developers will monitor and adjust gameplay, features, and the in-game economy.
There are no plans to bring Halo Online to the Xbox One.
Original Story: In a move that nobody could have predicted, Microsoft has announced a new free-to-play, PC-exclusive Halo game for Russia only.
Turning a video game into a live-action movie remains one of Hollywood’s most elusive achievements. Even the best game adaptations -- Resident Evil, Mortal Kombat, Prince of Persia -- are barely competent from an artistic standpoint. Dead Rising: Watchtower, a Crackle original available starting March 27th on Xbox One and Xbox 360, isn’t as good as any of those movies but it's infinitely more watchable than abominations like Street Fighter or Doom.
Many video game adaptations bear little resemblance to their source material. (Lookin’ at you, Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within.) Watchtower doesn't suffer from this particular problem. If anything, writer/producer Tim Carter (Mortal Kombat: Legacy) delivers a movie that’s too faithful to its origins, focusing on gimmicks that work in the heightened reality of a video game but feel silly in live action.