Friday, November 25, 2011

Minecraft 1.0- “Full Version” Review

Minecraft- if you haven’t heard about it, then that’s a shame. I’m here to fix that. Minecraft is an open-world sandbox game for PC/Mac/Linux released by Mojang. You start in a world made of pixelly blocks- the dirt, the mountains, the beaches, the snow, even the trees are made of blocks. Every block in the game is harvestable in some way, and can be used to craft tools, new materials, and things like beds and doors.

Friday, November 18, 2011

The Official Halo Combat Evolved Anniversary Review

We've come a long way since 2001 in the FPS category, as well as in the sense of gaming technology. Most of this advancement however, is due to the amazing product that was Microsoft's original Xbox and it's mega-blockbuster hit, Halo Combat Evolved. The original Halo game was no ordinary first person shooter- it was sleek, imaginative, extremely fun, had a kick ass story and was essentially the delivery of PC-grade technology to the console. Needless to say, it was an advancement beyond amazing.

So the question arrises- what could have been done, or more appropriately, what HAS been done to improve on this decade-old title that makes it BETTER than what we've seen in the past? Why should you buy it? Is it really worth the forty dollar asking price? Read past the break to find out- given that you're awesome of course.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Happy Tenth Birthday, Xbox!

Ten years ago, Microsoft created a legendary competing console to rival Nintendo, Sony and Sega back in 2001. It was called Xbox. It shipped with a few cool games, but the most popular and probably the only memorable from the bunch was Halo Combat Evolved. From then on, Microsoft had been responsible for launching two amazing brands- Xbox and Halo. And the rest, as they say, was history. Here's to the next ten years!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Editorial: Can Apple Conquer TV?

Max Bleich is the Editor-in-Chief of thetechtile, who monthly publishes to the website a long-form editorial on the world in consumer electronics. From Apple to Google to Sony and Samsung, just about every topic in the tech world has or will be hit at some point. This month, Max will be commenting on the Apple TV, and it's underlying ambition to rule the living room. 

Perhaps one of the loftiest news stories that we've seen explode over the 'net in the last few days has been CBS's public revealing of their denial of an opportunity to work with Apple, who would have brought CBS content to Apple's TV platform. For anybody who isn't aware, the current Apple TV is a $99 device that currently serves as a do-everything streaming box. It connects iTunes content with YouTube, Netflix, user photo slideshows and news. However, despite the low price point, the device still remains nothing more than a "hobby"- which the late Steve Jobs has considered it to be from the beginning. However, the surfacing of the situation with CBS has brought to light Jobs's desire to dominate the TV market somehow, revealing that this was likely his last big project at Apple before his death.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Angry Birds Reaches 500m Downloads

Perhaps one of the only games that has been available on just about every platform known to man, Rovio's Angry Birds has surprisingly experienced an unprecedented 500,000,000 downloads. No, not five hundred thousand. Five hundred million. That's a lot of dead pigs and a lot of pissed off birds.

Source Rovio