Audio player loading… Since the Unicron-sized toy company Hasbro owns both Magic: The Gathering and the Transformers, maybe it's not the strangest thing in the world that the robots in disguise will soon be appearing in Wizards of the Coast's collectible card game—at least from a brand synergy viewpoint. (In fact, there was a convention-exclusive Grimlock Magic card (opens in new tab) available at HasCon 2017.) During Hasbro's recent PulseCon (opens in new tab) it was revealed that 15 double-sided cards representing characters like Optimus Prime, Megatron, Starscream, Soundwave, Arcee, and Goldbug will be appearing in Magic: The Gathering. They'll be spread throughout booster packs for upcoming expansion The Brothers' War (opens in new tab) , a retelling of a classic Magic storyline from 1994 that will have its global release on November 18. On one side the Transformers cards depict characters in their robot forms, and on the other as vehicles or stereos or … [Read more...] about Transformers cards are coming to Magic: The Gathering
Audio player loading… Not long ago I played Last Call BBS , a puzzle anthology that included a minigame about assembling model robot kits—using tools to snip them off the plastic sprues, then connecting, painting, and even stickering them. I get a sense of the same pleasant tactility watching the release trailer for Retro Gadgets, an upcoming game that will let you build your own videogame handheld, calculator, digital pet, or chiptune starter kit. "Lose yourself as you build, solder, code, customise, and play with electrifying gadgets at your relaxing workbench", says the Steam page (opens in new tab) description. "Build video game consoles, weather machines, lightboards, radios, drum machines... any gadget you can think of. What will you come up with next?" If you can't think of what you'd like to build, Retro Gadgets will let you find projects other makers have shared via the Steam Workshop "Check out gadgets made by people all over the world", it says. … [Read more...] about Here’s a game about soldering and tinkering with old school electronics
Audio player loading… I knew Undetected (opens in new tab) , a new indie stealth game from Mexican developer Antonio Freyre, and I were on the same page when a pencil-pushing, no-nonsense general immediately started on with a mission briefing over scenes of the hero, Tenoch Kaan, sneaking through the jungle to his deployment point. I'm not 30 seconds in before proper nouns like "Raptrix units" and "Perpetual Energy Station" are thrown around. That's the good stuff right there. Don't even tell me what Raptrix means—I don't want to know. It sounds cool. Give me that absolute minimum context. There's someone that needs saving in a heavily fortified complex and I'm the only one who can do the job. Except, Undetected's Metal Gear Solid-inspired setup (not to be confused with last year's MGS parody game UnMetal (opens in new tab) ) is actually worth listening to. I had to watch it twice before I realized that general is actually briefing the bad guys about me , a … [Read more...] about This cool Metal Gear Solid throwback trades rocket launchers for sponge bullets
Audio player loading… At Tesla's AI Day 2022 presentation (opens in new tab) , the company's CEO Elon Musk unveiled prototype versions of the "Optimus" bipedal robot project. These were actual, mechanical demonstrations as opposed to the purely conceptual guy in a morph suit the company demonstrated at last year's AI Day (opens in new tab) . The first bot shown was a "development platform" with visible circuitry and few cosmetic elements. It walked unsupported from backstage, waved to the crowd, "raised the roof," and returned backstage. The presentation next switched to a pre-recorded video of the prototype, now tethered to an overhead rail, performing simple tasks like picking up a box or a watering can. The video portion also included segments of "robot vision" depicting how the Optimus scans its environment. Musk specified that the first model was built with "off-the-shelf" actuators, while the next model shown was constructed of Tesla-designed and … [Read more...] about Tesla unveils bipedal robot that is not a guy in a morph suit
THE PCG Q&A Find all previous editions of the PCG Q&A here . Some highlights: What should boomer shooters be called? Do you check how long games take to finish before you play them? Have you learned a real-world skill from a game? Do you care how your character's clothes and armor look in MMOs? Have you ever spent hours getting the perfect clothes to complete your outfit, or used transmog to make sure you stay looking slick no matter what loot you find? Or do you just wear whatever mismatched jumble of accessories gives you the biggest bonuses? How much time do you spend on MMO character fashion? Here are our answers, plus some from our forum . Robin Valentine, Print Editor: When it comes to MMO armour, I actually kind of enjoy just being a victim of the loot tables. By just equipping whatever I find that has a higher number, no matter how incongruous it makes me look, I get to see my character constantly evolving visually in this organic … [Read more...] about How much time do you spend on MMO character fashion?