What do you get if you put the ‘Merc with a Mouth’ aka Deadpool, one of the few characters in the Marvel universe who can actually break the fourth wall and who literally just can’t shut up with one of the most stoic characters in the entire Star Wars universe (both the Reimagined and Expanded version) and who spoke an entire five lines in all three of the original movies?
Well, you get this: an epic rap battle between two of the most famous fictitious mercenaries in the history of fandom. It’s too amazing for words. Look – just watch it, alright?
According to the good chaps at online shopping store Rakuten, Malaysians are apparently some of the most generous chaps in the world when it comes to donating to the needy. Now, rather than chunk out for another stocking stuffer, you can do put your dosh to a more noble cause as they’ve tied up with UNICEF and opened up an Inspired Gifts online store where you can purchase essential survival, medical and educational kit that can go towards helping the needy. You can swing by the Rakuten web store and then directly buy a gift pack and other items that will go towards deserving children. For every Inspired Gift purchased, Rakuten will give a 5% rebate in the form of Rakuten Super Points back to customers.
There’s a whole list of essentials available for purchase ranging from mosquito nets to education kits and even Polio vaccines that, when purchased, go towards the needy. Prices start from RM49 for a pack of pencils and notebooks all the way up to a water hand pump at RM1,711.
Some of the more interesting kit available include a Early Child Development kit that comes with a host of educational toys for kids to develop their learning and language skills.
Once you’ve made a purchase, you can dedicate a rather cute Unicef Paper Doll Gift Card to someone dear to you to commemorate the purchase. The gifts are available online at Rakuten starting this month. Catch a video of what Rakuten’s Inspired Gifts programme is about below and swing by www.rakuten.com.my/shop/unicef to chip in for a good cause.
While good things rarely come free, Epic Games has decided to buck the rule this time and has released, at least for the duration of the holiday season, their side scrolling action game Shadow Complex for the low low price of nought for the PC.
For the uninitiated, Shadow Complex is a post-modern side scrolling platformer made based on the Unreal engine. The game is a side scroller with you traversing across a 2.5D landscape replete with hapless grunts, boss battles and, of course, collectibles and a plethora of paths off the beaten track.
This should prove ideal to keep you distracted until Santa comes around. Give it a whirl here
If you’re still unconvinced you can catch a bit of the gameplay here. You’d best hurry though, the free offer lasts only for the holiday season.
The last part of Blizzard’s Starcraft II trilogy dubbed the Legacy of the Void has finally gone live for the PC. Featuring the Protoss, the standalone expansion wraps up the storyline for Starcraft II and features a single player campaign for the aforementioned race, co-op missions as well as a smattering of new units across the board for the other two races who’ve already had their own expansions released in the preceding few years. If you’re a fan of the game, you’ll be rather chuffed to know that they’ve also taken the wraps off some rather interesting Protoss merch .
The folks at ThinkGeek have unveiled a 7-inch high Protoss Pylon USB charger that you can use to juice up your devices via two USB ports, one of which has a 1 Amp and the other a 2.1 Amp output. No word on if it’ll charge energy shields or other Protoss hardware but it ought to reliably juice most conventional USB powered Earth-based tech in the market.
When charging, it’ll light up with the Protoss’ characteristic serene blue glow common to their military hardware though you can opt to switch it off if you deign to do so. The whole affair weights 170g and is officially licensed so you don’t have to worry about it being some dodgy piece of hardware that’ll spontaneously combust the moment you plug it in. Swing by the ThinkGeek link here to snag your very own Pylon.
If you’re working in an office, you’ll likely be familiar with some of the annoyances that go with it when it comes to ambient noise be it nattering colleagues, clacking keyboards or some oblivious janitor using the hoover even when you’re attempting to get work done. Plantronics’ latest business oriented headset the Voyager Focus UC aims to address all these annoyances with noise cancelling tech and quite a bit of comfort too.
The Voyager Focus UC has a mostly conventional design though it has several refinements to make it more comfier to use and more intuitive as well. The ‘UC’ stands for Unified Communication and the headphones have Class 1 Bluetooth to pair seamlessly via with up to eight compatible devices like your smartphone or tablet though it has a Bluetooth dongle if you aim to use it with a PC.
What makes it interesting is that the Voyager Focus UC packs Dynamic Mute Alert tech that mutes itself when the headphones were taken off and unmutes it when you put it back on. You’re also able to answer calls by wearing the headphones and it intelligently mutes any media you’re listening to when you make and take calls.
The boom mike lets you make calls and depending on orientation lets you wear it on your left or right ear as you see fit. The headband is aluminium though it’s suspended by means of an elastic headband on your head to avoid the usual feeling of donning a vice on your bonce while the swivelling leatherette padded headphones are cushioned for both comfort and passive noise insulation.
The Voyager Focus UC’s Active noise cancelling tech helps to mute external noises and the built-in battery offers up to 12 hours of talk time before needing a recharge via a micro USB port. It ships for RM1,518 along with a charging dock though it’s currently not sold in any retail stores as it’s intended for enterprise use. To find out more about the Voyager Focus UC you can swing by their official website here
While most smartphones these days lack water proofing, with only a select few like selected models of Sony’s Xperia range having the modest ability to survive for up to 30 minutes in a metre of water, tops, all of them unfortunately will sink like the Titanic and having the ability for your phone to keep working in the drink isn’t going to to much if you can’t recover it should you accidentally drop it in the deep or moving water. This new phone that’s just hit IndieGoGo for funding is not only water resistant, it floats too so that your blower doesn’t go off into the briny depths like a sub and surfaces more like a majestic well, er…whale.
The new floating smartphone, dubbed the Comet comes with a 4.7-inch Full HD AMOLED display, runs stock Android Marshmallow on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 2GHz processor, has 4GB RAM and has dual front and rear 16-MP camera that will feature optical image stabilisation. The built-in battery powering the phone clocks in at 2800mAh. Storage options run into either 32GB or 64GB variants though there’s no word on if there’ll be a microSD card expansion slot or dual SIM card slots.
One particular feature they’re keenly touting is end-to-end 256-bit AES milspec grade encryption so Big Brother or whatever sinister alphabet agency intent on keenly listening in can’t tune in to your nattering on the phone. The caveat here is that this encryption only works if the other side has another Comet phone too.
Prices for both variants run into about US$329 and US399 and according to their timeline it’ll, assuming it’s fully funded of course, be available to backers by April 2016. You can check out the campaign on IndieGoGo here
Further investigation reveals however that they originally started pitched the phone on Kickstarter to disastrous effect earlier in June which you can see here where they only managed to get 144 backers and a somewhat dismal US$25,304 out of a requested US$100,000. On Kickstarter, the phone has much of the same touted specs though with a design that has three fins popping out the back of the phone through some unknown means when it hits the water to get it to float. The jury is out on the Comet and more often than not, these crowdsourcing efforts fail but hey, if you have the cash and are keen on plunking down a few Benjamins for a phone that floats and has completely legitimate specs that would put a phone from any of the major vendors to shame you know where to go.
If you love vintage cameras and building things out of little blocks, rejoice as Nikon Japan has created something to indulge both your interests in the form of a special 1,000 piece Nanoblock set that, once constructed, resembles their first F SLR camera that rolled off the production lines back in April 1959 and saw production for some 14 years until they stopped making it in 1973.
It’s not exactly a 1:1 scale model as it measures in at about 84 x 148 x 75m but the Nanoblock model has loads of detail as you can see here compared to the original camera.
For the uninitiated, Nanoblocks are something akin to Lego blocks though rather than churning out playsets of popular franchises like Star Wars, Lord of the Rings and the like, their line-up of building sets primarily consists of popular tourist attractions and cute animals (oddly enough, Pokemon too) and, as mentioned earlier, features much smaller bricks. A 2×2 flat Nanoblock stud is just 8mm x 8mm and 5mm high. Plus side: they don’t hurt as much when you accidentally stomp on them compared to Lego blocks. True story.
For now, the Nanoblock Nikon F is only available for sale at the Japanese Nikon Direct website for about ¥3980 or about MYR139 though you’ll expect scalpers will be having a field day with this.
Alas, it’s unavailable outside of Japan so you’ll have to ogle it from afar for now though it’ll likely be available on eBay or through specialty importers.
If your wanderlust and thirst for shooting up Super Mutants and nutty wasteland survivors cosplaying as murderous Roman legionnaires with a gatling laser hasn’t been slaked just yet, you’re in luck as Bethesda has finally confirmed the launch of Fallout 4 with a rather stonkingly good trailer that adds tantalising hints as to what you’ll get to do in the game.
What’s clear is that it’ll involve a certain Vault 111 and takes place in Boston with all the trappings common to the franchise like powered armour suits, desolate wastelands to explore, Protectron robots shamblnig about the wastelands and, most important of all – Dogmeat is back! Well, Dogmeat or at least one of his possible descendants. There’s no inlking as to where or when in the timeline Fallout 4 occurs but we’ll just leave you with the trailer so that you can bask in its glory. Preorders are open on Steam with the game retailing for US$59.99 or about RM199. More updates available as they come in on www.fallout4.com
If you’ve missed out on Relic Entertainment’s delightful ensemble of real time strategy games, you’re in luck as the latest weekly Humble Bundle let’s you, assuming you’re insanely frugal, get your hands on a selection of their best games. For the low low price of entry of less than a cup of coffee, you get for your money the following:
– Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II
–Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War Game of the Year Edition
– Company of Heroes 2 – The Western Front Armies: Oberkommando West
– Company of Heroes 2 soundtrack
– digital artbooks for Space Marine, Company of Heroes and Dawn of War.1 and 2
If you chunk out and beat the average price which is, for now USD6.68, you can get:
Company of Heroes 2 Company of Heroes 2 – The Western Front Armies: US Forces Warhammer 40000: Dawn of War II: Retribution Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine
If you’re feeling generous and have a bit more cash to spare, you can hash out USD15 and get all the the above and the mini campaign Company of Heroes 2 – Ardennes Assault. Feeling magnanimous? You can pay US$30 and get everything including a Relic T-shirt that has an image of cut-out sprue with some of their most famous games depicted as miniatures on it.
While the deal looks good – there are some caveats. The Dawn of War 1 package you get is just that – the original campaign without any of the additional races so you’ll just get the original Space Marine campaign and full multiplayer with Orks, Eldar, Space Marines and the forces of Chaos. Ditto for Dawn of War 2 as you only get the Space Marine campaign in it starring the Blood Raven chapter’s equivalent of Commander Vanilla Ice with the funky hairdo.
The Oberkommando West package does offer multiplayer in Company of Heroes 2 with other factions though you do not have a campaign to go with it. You’re also only stuck with the Oberkommando West as a playable faction unless you ante up and pay for the basic Company of Heroes 2 game in the second tier which also unlocks the US Armies as a playable faction as a bundled expansion pack. The Company of Heroes Complete Edition fortunately comes with the original game and its expansion packs Tales of Valour and Opposing Fronts.
All in all, not a bad deal if you haven’t played any of the original games before. You better hurry though – it’s on only for the next 96 or so hours.
If you’ve been around the block, you’ll likely remember the gaming trainwreck that was Ultima 8: Pagan. It was a radical departure from the overhead perspective, inventory-intensive, RPG-enriched experience that was Ultima VII: The Black Gate along with its pseudo sequel, built with the same engine dubbed Serpent Isle. Instead, Ultima 8 is an isometric hack-em-up with the worst jumping platform mechanics in the history of gaming cobbled together in a Frankensteinish way to the Ultima mythos. The banal plot has you tossed off into the mythical world of Pagan by said Guardian in a fit of pique after the events of Ultima VII. You wash up on the shores of Pagan without a friend in the world and are expected to discover the lay of the land and find your way home. This leads into an extended clickathon like a primitive precursor to Diablo bolted on with fiddly RPG bits for a good dozen plus hours of gameplay.
The combat system involves you sidling up to a hapless target before whacking away with a weapon. The magic system was overly intricate, with you having to cobble spells together by finding ingredients and then creating expendable tokens. Back before online FAQs and built-in help files, this invariably involved you leaving constantly through the manual. Now, you can relive all that again, except this time, for free as Origin is offering Ultima 8 as a free download on their On the House service, albeit temporarily as they usually rotate their free game on a monthly basis. Take a jaunt down memory lane here.