Wolfenstein 3D’s 20th Birthday. Online Free To Play Version Released To Celebrate…

Wolfenstein 3D by id software, the seminal moment in PC gaming. A game burnt into the retina’s of all people near a PC at the time, has turned 20 years old.

id’s current owners Bethesda Software have joined the original development team to celebrate the occasion. Helping to foster the nostalgia they have made Wolfenstein 3D available free to play online. Currently browser only play with support for version 16 and above of Chrome, Firefox 11 and IE 9, Safari 5.

Also included for your viewing pleasure are two video’s, the first is a 25 minute interview with John Carmack, Wolfenstein 3D’s Director Commentary with an interesting perspective and history of developing the game. The second video is a catchy Wolfenstein mix down, nice work OriginalVMix.

Time to return to the original key mashing fun that was Wolfenstein 3D. Arrows move and x key shoots, z key for the extra damage of strafe fire.

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Diablo 3 Preview, The Darkness Draws Near…

In the build-up to Diablo 3’s imminent release and the battle against evil that will surely ensue, a new video has been released. Along with Blizzards TV spot or commercial, in old school terms, we also have an amazing Diablo themed anime depicting the battle of light and dark that is Diablo. The last installment of Darkness Falls, Hero’s Rise promotion for the new RPG (Role Playing Game) wonder Blizzard has pulled out all of the stops for this one.

Once again set in Sanctuary, the world of Diablo is a dark fantasy world sure to horrify as it slowly drags you in with its vice like grip. The action is fast paced and tense, keeping you on the edge of your seat.

The first two Diablo games established this franchise as the leading immersive role playing games, of the isometric kind. The gameplay is of course set in an Isometric birds eye view of the world. Blizzard is introducing new graphics and physics engines with Diablo III both of which have been hand crafted in-house to guaranteed smooth gameplay even on pre Direct X 10 hardware. Continue reading Diablo 3 Preview, The Darkness Draws Near…

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, The Super Stylised Finger Friendly Tablet…

Samsung’s immensely popular Galaxy tablet family are due for an upgrade, a true successor to the Galaxy Tab 10.1 not just a tweak to the existing hardware. With rumours circulating and demonstrations to quiet the impatient masses Samsung’s latest slab of fantastic draws near.

Initially set for a June release, Samsung has had a number of difficulties that have slowed the development process, pushing the release date out to Q3 2012. No word on pricing from Samsung but expect it to be leading edge expensive.

February saw Samsung preview the pre-release systems at Mobile World Conference in Barcelona. While the demonstration model was a fully working tablet the hardware it contained was pure current generation, taken from the current Tab 10.1.

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Elder Scrolls MMO, The First Official Trailer…

Wizards and Warlocks, Elfs and Fairies prepare to rejoice, Bethesda’s Elder Scrolls universe is growing once more.

Bethesda Softworks and Zenimax Online Studios have teamed up to bring another corner of the Skyrim world to life. Elder Scrolls Online brings hard core adventuring to the masses, online. As the first incarnation of an Elder Scrolls MMO – Massively Multi-player Online – Zenimax has taken upon themselves a mighty challenge.

Elder Scrolls Online brings together the unmatched exploration of rich worlds that the franchise is known for with the scale and social aspects of a massively multiplayer online role-playing game.

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An Alien Stow-Away And The Family Drive From Hell, It’s A Subaru…

Often in life things that seem too good to be true are just that. The latest UFO video to create a stir may just fall into that category, far too good to be true. This highly unusual video has seemingly captured a grey alien hitching a ride on the underside of a families car. Unknown to the family at the time their car is carrying one extra creepy passenger.

Website ThirdPhaseOfMoon first released the video April 22, while the are keeping the video’s source close to their chest they assure us that the video isn’t just an in-house marketing coupe for their site.

If the video is indeed a fake it is a glorious fake that is bound to have cost a pretty penny to create, requiring good money be spent putting talented videographers to work.

While most will have already formed an opinion there are some interesting qualities to the video. The alien is rendered perfectly in sync with the hand shake of the camera and car movement. Also while under the car the darkened shadowed alien is impressively rendered, close to perfect. Things that are difficult for an amateur videographer to achieve.

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Samsung Galaxy SIII Superphone Launch Party, The SIII Is Revealed…

The launch event in Earls Court assembled the who’s who of the Mobile world to view the Galaxy SIII, an introduction to the iPhone’s arch enemy.

With more organic lines than the previous generation the new Galaxy SIII has been designed to make life better, your own personal digital assistant perhaps. Not only is it a technology powerhouse but it is one intelligent smartphone. With facial recognition integrated throughout, the phone even knows who’s in your photo’s.

The phone will be available in Europe first, May 29, with a 10 city tour and rolling release for the rest of the world. The USA release date will be mid 2012 while no exact date is known for Australia or New Zealand.

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Silicene, The Battle Against The Laws Of Physics, Moore’s Law…

In the battle to keep laws of physics at bay for another 18 months, keeping Moore’s Law ticking over research groups from around the world have been locked in a race to produce silicene. A race that appears to have ended in a four way draw, four teams from around the world have succeeded in growing silicene on a silver substrate.

Silicene is a single atom thick layer of silicon that scientists hope to use to make our gadgets of the future. A wonder material of the future it is one of the most conductive materials known to man. In the same class of nano-materials as graphene these highly conductive materials see atoms travel upon their surface like light-speed ice-skaters.

A French and German team have now published their results, with initial testing demonstrating they have produced a single atom layer of silicon on a silver substrate. The production process not only uses common ingredients such as silicon and silver but it also relies on standard production processes, showing promise for easy integration into current chip making equipment.

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NVidia’s GTX 690. The Kepler Twins, A Tale Of The Über Video Card Times Two…

NVidia has this week introduced the world to The Kepler Twins. Sounding like a new duo of Adult Entertainment superstars the Kepler Twins are instead the foundation of the world’s fastest video card, the new King of the Über video cards.

Some say everything is better in pairs. NVIDIA must agree as the GTX 690 sees NVidia pairing two GTX 680 Kepler GPU’s into a single video card. Available May 7 for $999 USD. Expect a plethora of full reviews once released. NVidia have a firm hold on the dual and single GPU performance crowns.

The GTX 690 is a spectacular piece of hardware, with its chromium-plated aluminium frame, molded magnesium alloy fan housing, and dual vapour chamber with nickel-plated fins the card resembles a piece of industrial artwork. At the rear are three dual link DVI ports and a mini Display port, with an adaptor for HDMI, the GTX 690 is able to drive a wall of 6 monitors for that fully immersive experience.

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