One of the biggest problems facing video games as an artistic medium is one of preservation. Thanks to HD remasters, digital distribution and the Internet Archive that’s becoming less of an issue. But we still need to do more to keep a record and constant catalog of gaming’s past moments. That’s the idea behind the awkwardly named “Intellivision Gen2 Video Games for PC & Mac” on Kickstarter. As you might imagine, it’s modernized versions of Intellivision titles. Astrosmash, Nightstalker and Shark! Shark! will get the new pixel art, expanded levels and scope should the project reach its $100,000 goal.
This robot was adorable and they were going to send him inside to get blasted away by a crazed killer. Not so. The robot inched along the street, then up the path to the house. It opened the locked door with ease and proceeded to follow and film the killer. He shot at it. It kept going. He went upstairs to escape it. It climbed up right behind him. He shot at it again.
Captain America: The First Avenger Here we meet the first Avenger and the beginning of their story. We are introduced to the Starks and the weapons they’re developing for the war. And, at the end, we meet S.H.I.E.L.D director Nick Fury…and the story begins…
Marvel’s Agent Carter: Season 1 This series was inspired by the Captain America films, so it only makes sense to watch this one in coordination with ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’ and early on in this list. It is intertwined with Howard Stark and set in 1940s America.
Iron Man Here the story of the Starks, specifically Tony Stark, develops. After being held captive in an Afghan cave, Tony creates his weaponized suit of armor to battle against evil; Iron Man is born.
May the 4TH be with you!
May 4 is considered a holiday by Star Wars fans to celebrate the franchise’s films series, books, and culture as well as strict religious rituals. The date was chosen for the easy pun on the catchphrase “May the Force be with you”—”May the fourth be with you”. Even though the holiday was not actually created or declared by Lucasfilm they still choose to embrace it annually. On this day many Star Wars fans across the world choose to celebrate the holiday. Some stores even have special promotions and other things that help support May 4th as a holiday
Apple Watch APP Roundup
It’s Apple Watch day. And whether you received one already, or are stuck waiting a few weeks for it, you’ll want apps to make the most out of your new wearable when the time comes. Thankfully, we here at Engadget are always thinking about you, the reader, so we’ve put together a list of third-party apps that stand out from the 3,000-plus expected to be available at launch. But first, let’s talk about some essentials. The Twitter and Instagram Apple Watch apps, for starters, will let you check out tweets and view photos right on your wrist, among other things. Sports fans, meanwhile, have access to apps like ESPN, MLB At Bat, NBA Game Time, which makes it easy to keep up with scores without having to pull out your iPhone.
Comcast-Time Warner Cable deal is dead
Comcast and Time Warner Cable’s decision to end Comcast’s proposed acquisition of Time Warner Cable is in the best interests of consumers. The proposed transaction would have created a company with the most broadband and the video subscribers in the nation alongside the ownership of significant programming interests.
All About Emoji
Forget typing emoticons on your smartphone, they’re so 2013. Emojis are where it’s at these days and the vast array available — from simple smileys to smiling poo — means that there’s an emoji for everyone. Here’s how to find the most obvious and the most obscure.
As an owner of a Moto 360 its great to see it still have a life and continues to get better. I am the kind of person that keeps his phone on silent so getting these little alerts helps me to respond in a timely manner when a message is received.
I am not going to lie. I am new to MAC and new to OS X. As I continue to learn the system I found I was stuck with video file formats. I found this info online and wanted to share…
Audio Video Interleaved (AVI) files are a common format for compressed video clips. If you are a Windows user and video downloader you are familiar with AVI. There are several ways to view them in Mac OS X.
Note: AVI files are often containers, and can contain audio/video compressed using varying different codecs (this is similar to an .mp4 file either using MPEG4 compression or H264 compression). Most AVI files use DivX, Xvid or 3ivX compression codecs.
Third Party Applications
There are 2 programs at present that can open .avi files and both are open source and free to download. Many users prefer to keep both installed to provide compatibility with as many file formats as possible.
- VLC Player is a cross platform application with a mac version available for download from the VLC website.
- Windows Media Player 9 is an application developed by Microsoft for Mac OS X.
- Elmedia Player is an application developed by Eltima Software for Mac OS X.
Note: Microsoft has stopped the software’s development for Mac OS X and instead promotes another third party plugin for QuickTime called Flip4Mac (See below).
There are several third party plug-ins available to allow users to watch .avi files using Apple’s native multimedia media program. These are installed into the QuickTime plug-ins folder and usually require little or no setting up.
- Perian. Currently the best and most all-encompassing Quicktime plugin that will guarentee to play almost any codec within an AVI file.Includes support for MS-MPEG4 v1 & v2, DivX, 3ivX, H.264, FLV1, FSV1, VP6, H263I, VP3, HuffYUV, FFVHuff, MPEG1 & MPEG2 Video, Fraps, Windows Media Audio v1 & v2, Flash ADPCM, Xiph Vorbis (in Matroska), MPEG Layer II Audio, AAC, AC3 Audio, H.264, MPEG4, and VBR MP3, (i.e loads of Codecs), to play windows media (.wma,.wmv) files you will also need Flip4Mac (See below).
- 3ivX codec. A free version of this MPEG4 codec is available for Mac users on their download page.
- DivX for Mac codec. A free version is available for watching DivX movies, a commercial solution for encoding movies is available as a free 15 day demo. Free beta versions (including DivX 6 for Intel based macs) are also available from labs.divx.com
- Flip4Mac. A free solution, offering playback of AVI, ASF, ASX and non-DRM protected WMA and WMV files. Microsoft site