The nominees for the Gamescom Awards 2015 have been revealed.
This year there are 174 entries across 17 categories. Though most of the winners are selected by a jury, the public are invited to vote in the "Most Wanted Consumer" category - you can do so via the official Gamescom app from today onwards.
The results will be revealed at 9am PT / 12pm ET / 5pm GMT on August 7 at the show itself - IGN will be there to bring you the winners as they're announced.
In the meantime, check out the list of nominees below:
Best Console Game Sony Playstation
The World Health Organisation has said that the experimental Ebola vaccine is 100-percent effective so far.
The vaccine has been propelled through a process that normally takes a decade in just 12 months. So far it has been 100-percent successful in preventing Ebola based on trials in Guinea, however WHO expects the final success rate to be somewhere between 75 and 100-percent.
Over 11,000 people have died since the initial outbreak of Ebola last year. It is hoped that this new vaccine will be the "silver bullet" against new outbreaks, however more testing is underway.
Earlier this year, Blizzard announced that it had raised nearly $2 million in support of the Red Cross' fight against Ebola. Plague Inc. also allowed players to donate money to Ebola relief.
An article in Japanese financial newspaper Nikkei paints a grim picture of the situation at Konami, suggesting employee morale is at an all-time low.
The article itself is in Japanese and behind a pay wall, but freelance localiser Thomas James has translated the salient information into a summary that's unlikely to prove happy reading for fans of the company.
The article claims Konami spent more than $80 million on the development of Metal Gear Solid V. While it's unclear whether the ballooning budget was a factor in the highly-publicised fallout between series creator Hideo Kojima and Konami, CEO of a Tokyo-based game industry consultancy Serkan Toto has claimed Kojima's fall from grace occurred because MGS V was delayed.
Dot, a start-up South Korean tech company, has announced a smartwatch for the blind.
Dot's CEO, Eric Ju Yoon Kim, said "until now, if you got a message on iOS from your girlfriend, for example, you had to listen to Siri read it to you in that voice, which is impersonal," to Tech in Asia.
Kim wants to make braille smart technology more affordable, aiming to release the Dot Braille Smartwatch for less than $300.
The braille display works using four depressed cells which rise and refresh to reveal new characters. The speed can be altered based on how fast the user can read.
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The European Space Agency has released a GIF of the Philae Comet Lander's descent.
The pictures show the Rosetta lander on its way to Agilkia, the first landing site, on 12 November 2014. A number of images were taken at 10 second intervals between distances of 3km and 9m from the surface.
hitchBOT won’t be reaching its west coast destination as the hitchhiking robot was vandalized beyond repair somewhere in Philadelphia over the weekend.
The robot left Marblehead, Massachusetts, mid-July in a quest to reach San Francisco before it met its demise in Philadelphia. The Canadian researchers behind the social experiment unfortunately don’t know its exact location because its battery is dead.
A statement from the hitchBOT team reads:
hitchBOT’s trip came to an end last night in Philadelphia after having spent a little over two weeks hitchhiking and visiting sites in Boston, Salem, Gloucester, Marblehead, and New York City. Unfortunately, hitchBOT was vandalized overnight in Philadelphia; sometimes bad things happen to good robots. We know that many of hitchBOT’s fans will be disappointed, but we want them to be assured that this great experiment is not over. For now we will focus on the question “what can be learned from this?” and explore future adventures for robots and humans.
The Kennedy Space Center has opened an exhibit honoring the astronauts from the Challenger and Columbia space shuttle missions.
The exhibit is called Forever Remembered, and is a collaboration between the families of the crews and NASA.
14 lives were lost in the Challenger and Columbia shuttle disasters in 1986 and 2003. This exhibit is designed to be an emotional experience about remembering them and learning from the past.
Real pieces of the ships are being displayed for the first time. A section of Challenger's fuselage and the flight deck windows of Columbia are placed in a gallery at the end of the first hall of the exhibit, each bearing scars of the explosions.
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Warning: Full spoilers for the episode follow below.
Well, it's official. That big red button from the series' poster has been pushed, and the fallout in the next three episodes is going to be of the "massive" variety. Not that we couldn't see that coming.
In its brief run so far, The Brink has proved masterful at making audiences feel as though the good guys are going to prevail and their plans might just work, only to have the rug pulled out in the episode's final moments, resetting the fresh hell for the following week. We saw it again as this week Walter Larson worked to convince Raja to take over power from his brother. Thanks to a little blackmail and the good old fashioned power of persuasion, Raja made his move and usurped Zaman, only to have the States bomb the heck out of the good brother -- Obsession cologne and all.
Warning: full episode spoilers follow.
This is the first (and so far only) episode of Rick and Morty named after the latter character. It was a fitting choice, as "Mortynight Run" was very much a Morty-centric episode. And even if it wasn't quite as clever or far-out as "A Rickle in Time" last week, it proved to be a consistently entertaining adventure for Rick, Morty and poor Jerry.
The plot itself was pretty simple as far as this show goes. Rick wanted to wile away his hours at an intergalactic arcade called Bits and Chitz, but instead he and Morty found themselves escorting a fugitive, sentient gas cloud back to its people with half the Galactic Federation on their tail. Jerry, meanwhile, found himself dumped off at a daycare center where all the Jerrys of the multiverse are stored to keep them out of trouble.
Warning: Full spoilers for the episode follow...
Now, I'm not going to pretend like I was automatically able to connect faces to all the sinister, scheming names rattled off during moments of "Black Maps and Motel Rooms" (the jewelry store daughter being Caspere's assistant was a deep pull that was at least explained), but I found the bulk of it all to be quite gripping. I mean, basically, all four of our main characters discovered that they were utterly screwed here. Frank found out that he was steps away from being muscled out of absolutely everything he was involved with and the three cops all of a sudden, after the orgy-gone-awry, found themselves on the wrong side of the law.
Warning: full episode spoilers follow.
With everything going on in The Strain right now, I don't know that another recurring character is really what the show needed right now. But regardless, that's what we got with "The Silver Angel" tonight. This episode introduced Joaquín Cosío (The Lone Ranger) as Angel Guzman Hurtado, a former luchador wrestler and movie star now eking out a meager existence as a dishwasher. While Angel has potential as a new addition to the cast, the show's overall momentum took a definite hit this week.
This episode certainly opened strong, with the extended look at one of Angel's cheesy cinematic adventures. The Strain has always had a bit of a campy, B-movie approach to horror. It was fun to see director J. Miles Dale go all-in in that regard and deliver ultra-low budget, black and white schlock fest worthy of Ed Wood. Though as intentionally goofy as that video was, it nailed home several key points - the tragic gulf between who Angel was and what he's become, why a young Gus would have looked up to Angel and why Angel might relish the chance to relive old glories by fighting some real vampires.
It’s been countless months since I played Animal Crossing New Leaf. I say countless because I lost track, not because I can’t count. I can totally count. Whoever says I can’t count is a liar. Who told you that anyway? Was it Jason?
As has been documented, Animal Crossing exists in a strange world of magic, coercion and nascent violence. This is a place in which you’re a puppet mayor, axolotls open nightclubs (in between chewing off their own limbs, apparently) and trees will grow and fruit in two days. It’s weird and unpredictable - to a point.
Spoilers for “Heaven is a Place” within.
With the close of Halt and Catch Fire’s second season, it’s clear to see that the show took note of its troubled waters in Season 1 and as a result crafted a tighter, more fulfilling second effort. “Heaven is a Place” was a satisfying finale, addressing all of the lingering plot threads while leaving enough meat on the bone to chew next year (pending renewal, of course).
While as a whole I’m not keen on the characters’ misguided opinion that moving to California will solve all of their problems – if there’s a Season 3, it most definitely won’t – but I do like the steps this episode takes to reposition them. For instance, there’s no happy ending for Cameron and Tom, despite a last ditch effort on Cameron’s part to win him back. It’s hard to feel sympathetic for Cameron’s heartbreak here, as she had more than one opportunity to try and patch things up and chose not to, even when the Mutiny team encouraged her to do so.
Note: Full spoilers follow.
After the action packed Tom and Pope face-off from last week it was disappointing to see the narrative slowdown to a crawl and deal with subject matter that felt more like a distraction than development. Tom Mason finds himself being nursed to health in a farm house that is inhabited by a family who has decided to ignore the fact that the entire human race is at war with an invading alien race. Meanwhile, Maggie has had enough of having Ben’s horndog thoughts in her head and is willing to submit herself to a potentially dangerous procedure to rid herself of the spikes that saved her life last season. Marty, who was introduced to the series last week, makes the only key discovery of the entire episode. Also - no Pope.
Designer Daniele Benedettelli has developed a system where he can remotely control humanoid robot Cyclops MK II using an exoskeleton of Lego.
Benedettelli began the project in 2011 and has made overhauls to the robot’s design over the years. The most recent test footage posted May (shown below) demonstrates the latest version of the humanoid robot being remote controlled by a wearable exosuit made of Lego Mindstorms NXT hardware.
The exoskeleton is equipped with potentiometers that captures the user's movements that is then sent to the robot via Bluetooth using an Arduino board.
The review for tonight's episode of Ballers, "Ends," will be up at a later time - possibly even Monday morning - so in the meantime scroll down and leave a comment about what you thought about it.
Chief Executive of Epic Games Tim Sweeney believes that in ten years time, augmented reality will have rendered traditional displays null and void.
“I believe that augmented reality will be the biggest technological revolution that happens in our lifetimes,” Sweeney said during a speech at the Chinajoy trade show, as reported by Venturebeat. “If we had this AR display, the deep thing to realize is this. Once you have an augmented reality display, you don’t need any other form of display. Your smart phone does not need a screen. You don’t need a tablet. You don’t need a TV. You just take the screen with you on your glasses wherever you go.”
Warning: Full spoilers for the episode follow...
"Episode 6" came not only with a staggering amount of answers, but also a sad, pivotal death right at the end when Max, running low on a 4% charge, sacrificed himself so that Leo could get escape Hobb's clutches. Even though, on the same episode, we found out that Hobb wasn't even as sinister as he made himself out to be.
Sure, the story tipped its hat a little bit when it had Max actually pray for his family's safety, saying that he didn't even need to see them again as long as they were in good hands. A surefire way to foreshadow someone's demise. But it was a really touching scene, and Ivanno Jeremiah brought a wonderful wide-eyed vulnerability to the moment. So the fact that it pretty much gave away the episode's closing scene is forgivable.