Trawling the news today I discovered an interesting story detailing how video games can now be played without a games console. OnLive, a video game service hosted via the cloud, are to bring one hundred and fifty games to the UK when it launches the service – but what will this mean for us?
It seems that technology has proven itself to be useful once again as gamers succeed where scientists failed, solving in just a matter of weeks, a problem that troubled scientists for more than a decade.
The gamers were called in after scientists were unable to determine the
structure of a retrovirus enzyme. The enzyme belongs to a class known as
retroviral proteases and has a vital role in the development and
maturing of the AIDS virus.
When Scientists automated methods
failed to generate a result, Dr. Firas Khatib, a researcher at the
University of Washington's Department of Biology, explained that they
decided "to see if human intuition could succeed".
As you likely have heard, what with it being all over the news, the Microsoft's new Kinect motion controller was released earlier this week. However, before you go rushing out to buy one, you probably want to ensure that it's worth the investment. £130 is a rather large investment for an accessory for your gaming console, after all. I mean, with that much money, you could purchase a new clothes dryer from Asda. So, with options like those on the table, how do you choose where to spend your money? That's where Savoo comes in.
As Savoo's resident tech blogger, I spent much of the morning trying to decide whether I wanted to discuss the Queen recently joining Facebook, or last night's launch of Call of Duty Black Ops. I ultimately decided to go with Call of Duty for several reasons.
1. Her Majesty won't be my friend.
2. She won't let me poke her.
That said, the launch of Call of Duty has some rather large expectations to live up to. Its predecessor, Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 is the all-time record holder for the most successful entertainment launch, earning over £242.4m in its first day of sales and outpacing everything from films to books to music albums.
Recently, the Google co-founder told of what could only be described as an "Orwelian horror story of mass proportions" by fellow internet users. The claim was that other big companies, such as Apple and Facebook, were taking, or trying to take, the internet into their own hands. How much of this is true? Well, according to recent events, it's pretty much
all true and it applies not only to Apple and Facebook but to all the world's
superpowers. I mean, who can forget SOPA and all of that nonsense? Yes, that counts in the
"trying to rule the internet" category.
What does this mean for the average internet savvy saver like you or I?
Well, it could possibly be a disaster of epic proportions--or slightly
smaller less significant proportions. Imagine the internet but with a
subscription fee for different parts. Not like Xbox live but a
subscription for going to Amazon or for searching on Google.
Possibly even a little ticket booth on the side of your computer with
an annoying gnome who asks for ID when you go on to any unlisted
For years people have been making the assertion that PC gaming is a dying breed, but there's yet to be any concrete evidence of it ringing true. Both Valve and Blizzard, two of the top developers on ANY platform, have huge PC releases due out in 2011 in the form of Portal 2 and Diablo 3 respectively. Furthermore, with Games for Windows Live and Good Old Games making strong pushes in the distribution front, we may finally see a serious competitor to Valve's Steam platform. But that aside, what else does 2011 have in store?