Fécondation in vitro un médecin américain sur la sellette après plusieurs grossesses

first_imgFécondation in vitro : un médecin américain sur la sellette après plusieurs grossesses douteusesÉtats-Unis – Le docteur Micheal Kamrava, connu pour avoir aidé Nadya Suleman à mettre des octuplés au monde en 2009, est à nouveau sous le coup d’une plainte de l’Ordre des médecins californien.L’affaire Nadya Suleman avait déjà fait du tort à la réputation de Micheal Kamrava. En effet, permettre à une femme sans emploi et déjà mère de six enfants de donner naissance à des octuplés avait été considéré comme une grave négligence.À lire aussiRecherche sur l’embryon : l’Assemblée favorable au texte sur l’autorisation encadréeAujourd’hui, le médecin pourrait bien être radié pour le traitement qu’il a fait suivre à deux autres de ses patientes. La première, une femme de 48 ans, s’est vu implanter sept embryons. Quatre fœtus se sont développés, dont l’un est mort. Les trois autres sont nés prématurément et l’un des bébés garderait aujourd’hui des séquelles de cette grossesse compliquée. Outre cette aberration médicale, l’Ordre des médecins reproche au docteur Kamrava de ne pas s’être plus penché sur l’état psychologique de sa patiente. Malgré des signes objectifs de problèmes, il ne l’a pas orientée vers un spécialiste. La deuxième femme dont le cas a motivé ce dépôt de plainte est une patiente que le praticien a maintenue dans son programme, à qui il a implanté un embryon, sans pratiquer les tests basiques qui auraient mis en évidence chez elle un cancer des ovaires.Dans un État où règnent Los Angeles et ses excès, l’Ordre des médecins veut montrer par ces plaintes que l’on ne peut pas avoir un enfant n’importe quand et n’importe comment.     Le 16 juillet 2010 à 11:43 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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La poule était là avant loeuf arguments scientifiques à lappui

first_imgLa poule était là avant l’oeuf, arguments scientifiques à l’appuiRoyaume-Uni – Qui de la poule ou de l’œuf est arrivé le premier ? Si la question restait sans réponse depuis des siècles, des scientifiques des universités de Sheffield et Warwick pensent aujourd’hui être capables d’y répondre. Selon les chercheurs, c’est la poule qui serait arrivée la première. Ils ont en effet découvert que la formation de la coquille d’œuf dépend d’une protéine trouvée uniquement à l’intérieur des ovaires de la poule. Le raisonnement est simple : sans poule, pas d’ovaires ; sans ovaires, pas de protéine ; sans cette protéine, pas de coquille et sans coquille, pas d’œuf. Ou autrement dit, un œuf ne peut voir le jour qu’à l’intérieur d’une poule. À lire aussiAlpha-foeto-protéine : définition, rôle, comment analyser les résultats ?La protéine en question, appelée ovocledidine-17, ou OC-17, agit comme un catalyseur accélérant le développement de la coquille, indispensable pour abriter le futur poussin et lui permettre de se développer. Grâce au super-ordinateur HECToR basé à Édimbourg, les chercheurs ont mis en évidence que l’OC-17 était cruciale dans les premières étapes de la cristallisation de la coquille.Pour le Dr. Colin Freeman de l’université de Sheffield : “On a longtemps suspecté l’œuf d’être arrivé le premier mais maintenant, nous avons la preuve scientifique que c’est en fait la poule qui était là avant.” Le 17 juillet 2010 à 12:22 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Découverte dune nouvelle espèce de calmar dans locéan Indien

first_imgDécouverte d’une nouvelle espèce de calmar dans l’océan IndienDécouverts par les scientifiques au cours d’une croisière de recherche dans le sud de l’océan Indien, les calmars de ce genre ont des organes producteurs de lumière qui servent à attirer leurs proies. Le calmar de 70 centimètres de long appartient à la famille des chiroteuthis. Il a été découvert au cours de l’analyse de 7.000 échantillons recueillis l’an dernier pendant la croisière “Seamounts” dirigée par l’Union internationale pour la conservation de la nature (UICN).Le projet a débuté il y a un an quand des experts maritimes ont embarqué pour une expédition de six semaines sur l’océan Indien. Le but de la croisière était de lever le mystère sur les montagnes sous-marines (“seamount”) et d’aider à améliorer la conservation et la gestion des ressources marines dans cette zone.“Voilà maintenant 10 jours que 21 scientifiques armés de microscopes travaillent sur une succession de jarres contenant des poissons, des calmars, des zooplanctons et beaucoup d’autres créatures intéressantes”, a assuré Alex Rogers du département de zoologie de l’Université d’Oxford. “De nombreux spécimens se ressemblent et nous devons utiliser des caractéristiques morphologiques élaborées comme l’orientation des muscles et la longueur des intestins pour les différencier”, a-t-il ajouté.Plus de 70 espèces de calmars ont été identifiées durant la croisière, ce qui représente plus de 20% de la biodiversité mondiale de ces animaux marins. Le 17 novembre 2010 à 11:16 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Un virus informatique attaque la Commission européenne

first_imgUn virus informatique attaque la Commission européenneHier, la Commission européenne a annoncé avoir été victime d’une cyber-attaque, à la veille d’un sommet à Bruxelles des chefs d’Etats et de gouvernement de l’UEAprès le Ministère des finances de Bercy, c’est au tour de la Commission européenne d’être la cible d’une cyber-attaque. Hier, deux de ses porte-parole ont en effet annoncé que plusieurs services avaient été victimes d’une “attaque sérieuse” via un virus informatique.À lire aussiPour prévenir les fusillades de masse, les Etats-Unis se tournent vers l’intelligence artificielleSelon un des porte-parole : “Tout le personnel a été averti que l’accès aux e-mails depuis l’extérieur n’était plus opérationnel et que plusieurs pages étaient inaccessibles” sur des sites Internet de la Commission. D’après les services de sécurité de l’UE, il s’agissait d’une attaque “classique” destinée à paralyser une partie des infrastructures informatiques. Contrairement à la cyber-attaque de Bercy, il semblerait que les attaquants n’aient pas cherché à accéder à des documents secrets liés au sommet qui se tient aujourd’hui et demain à Bruxelles. Réunissant des chefs d’États et de gouvernements de l’UE, celui-ci doit s’occuper de sujets sensibles tels que les opérations militaires en Libye, la crise de la dette en zone euro et la sécurité nucléaire. “Je n’ai vraiment aucune information reliant l’attaque au sommet”, a assuré à l’AFP un porte-parole, rappelant que la Commission subissait aussi des attaques en dehors des réunions de dirigeants européens. Le 24 mars 2011 à 13:53 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Quatre orangsoutans retrouvent la liberté sur lîle de Bornéo

first_imgQuatre orangs-outans retrouvent la liberté sur l’île de BornéoDans le cadre d’une campagne visant à rendre à la jungle indonésienne des centaines de primates vivant en captivité, quatre orangs-outans ont été relâchés mardi sur l’île de Bornéo, a-t-on appris de source officielle.Quatre orangs-outans s’ébattent désormais en toute liberté dans les arbres de la jungle de Bornéo. Mardi, l’Indonésie a en effet annoncé qu’elle venait de procéder à une remise en liberté des quatre primates qui vivaient jusqu’ici dans un centre de réhabilitation. “Les orangs-outans ont été transportés par air de leur centre de réhabilitation jusqu’à une ville près de la forêt de Bukit Batikap lundi. Une équipe de vétérinaires les a accompagnés en forêt ce matin en hélicoptère”, a déclaré à l’AFP Mega Hariyanto, responsable de la conservation au ministère des forêts de la province de Kalimantan Centre. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Mais les autorités ne comptent pas en rester et entendent bien prolonger l’initiative en libérant 600 autres orangs-outans dans cette région au cours des prochaines années, sur 1.200 individus vivant sur Bornéo. Mais ces libérations sont en vérité délicates. Après plusieurs années passées dans un centre, les animaux doivent retrouver l’habitude de se débrouiller seul. De plus, les spécialistes estiment qu’il faut environ 100 ha pour trois orangs-outans, ce qui n’est pas non plus la seule difficulté.En retrouvant la liberté, les orangs-outans retrouvent aussi les menaces qui pèsent sur l’espèce : le braconnage et la déforestation pratiquées à grande échelle dans ces régions. Les experts évaluent entre 50.000 et 60.000 le nombre d’orangs-outans vivant encore à l’état sauvage, dont 80% en Indonésie et le reste en Malaisie, qui contrôle une partie de Bornéo.Le 28 février 2012 à 19:59 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Contraception durgence la pilule du lendemain serait inefficace chez les plus de

first_imgContraception d’urgence : la pilule du lendemain serait inefficace chez les plus de 80 kgSelon le laboratoire qui commercialise le Norlevo, une pilule du lendemain, la protection est inférieure chez les femmes qui pèsent plus de 75 kilos. La pilule deviendrait même inefficace chez les femmes de plus de 80 kg.Contraception d’urgence, la pilule du lendemain peut être utilisée dans le but d’éviter une grossesse non désirée après un rapport non protégé. Pour cela, elle doit être prise dans les 72 heures qui suivent le rapport (dans l’idéal auc ours des 12 premières heures). Passé ce délai, elle est considérée comme plus assez efficace pour prévenir une grossesse éventuelle. Toutefois, c’est une chose que peu de femmes savent qu’a révélé le site d’information américain Mother Jones. La pilule du lendemain, vendue depuis 1999 en France sous l’appellation Norlevo par le laboratoire français HRA Pharma, fonctionne moins bien sur les femmes pesant plus de 75 kg. Plus sérieux encore, elle serait inefficace chez les utilisatrices de plus de 80 kg et ainsi déconseillées par l’agence européenne du médicament. C’est en 2011, 12 ans après le lancement de cette pilule que l’on s’est aperçu de ce travers, lors d’essais cliniques menés sur un autre contraceptif d’urgence de HRA Pharma, EllaOne, dite “pilule du surlendemain”.  Les chercheurs ont constaté que la protection variait aussi en fonction du poids de l’utilisatrice. Ainsi, parmi les femmes ayant utilisé le Norlevo, on recense de 1 à 1,4% de grossesses non désirées chez celles pesant moins de 75 kg, contre 5,7 à 6,4% chez celles qui dépassent ce poids. Rendus publics en octobre 2011 par la revue Contraception, ces résultats ont été confirmés.Sur les notices courant 2014 “Nous avons vérifié ces données puis prévenu l’Agence française du médicament (ANSM), qui fait office de relais européen dans ce dossier, en décembre 2012. Les autorités européennes ont donné leur accord pour modifier la notice fin octobre”, explique Frédérique Welgryn, directrice du domaine thérapeutique santé féminine chez HRA Pharma reprise par le Figaro.Toutefois, cette mise en garde ne sera pas visible par le grand public avant le premier semestre 2014. Cela est dû aux délais nécessaires à la production industrielle des nouvelles notices, indique le laboratoire. “Nous nous apprêtions à prévenir les médecins et les pharmaciens fin décembre, début janvier”, affirme Frédérique Welgryn. À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Selon cette responsable, l’impact du poids n’était pas évident lorsque la demande d’autorisation de mise sur le marché (AMM) a été déposée à la fin des années 1990. Elle explique : “nous avons utilisé des données provenant de l’Organisation mondiale de la santé, et les femmes étudiées étaient globalement minces. Aujourd’hui, ce serait différent”. La rapidité de prise, facteur le plus déterminantJoseph Emmerich, directeur des médicaments en gynécologie à l’ANSM, se veut lui rassurant, en affirmant qu’il n’y pas lieu d’alarmer les femmes de plus de 75 kg car le Norlevo fonctionne encore sur elles, bien qu’un peu moins. Pour les spécialistes, le facteur le plus déterminant reste la rapidité de la prise après le rapport non protégé. “Nous voulons éviter un surplus de grossesses non désirées en éveillant la méfiance autour de ce qui reste le seul contraceptif d’urgence disponible sans ordonnance”, souligne Joseph Emmerich.Le 29 novembre 2013 à 19:57 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Narcolepsie définition traitement symptômes de quoi sagitil

first_imgNarcolepsie : définition, traitement, symptômes, de quoi s’agit-il ?La narcolepsie est un trouble chronique du sommeil. Ses symptômes sont des problèmes de sommeil et de brusques somnolence diurne. Quels sont ses causes et son traitement ?Définition : qu’est ce que la narcolepsie ?La narcolepsie, également appelée maladie de Gélineau, correspond à un trouble chronique du sommeil. Une personne narcoleptique manifeste un temps de sommeil excessif, une forte fatigue et peut s’endormir soudainement et involontairement. Ces somnolences diurnes peuvent survenir à n’importe quel moment, au travail, dans les transports ou dans la rue. La narcolepsie touche environ une personne sur 2800. Bien qu’elle n’entraine aucune complication pathologique, elle s’avère très handicapante dans la vie quotidienne.  Symptômes de la narcolepsieLes symptômes de la narcolepsie sont tous plus ou moins liés aux crises de sommeil. Celles-ci ont le plus souvent lieu alors que la personne narcoleptique est inactive ou s’ennuie (file d’attente, métro). Mais elles peuvent survenir à tout moment, même en plein effort physique ou intellectuel. Le sommeil peut durer entre plusieurs minutes et plusieurs heures s’il n’est pas interrompu. Dans la majorité des cas, une personne narcoleptique connaît également des crises de cataplexie. Il s’agit d’une perte brusque du tonus musculaire, sans perte de conscience, déclenchée par une émotion forte (peur, joie, colère).De plus, on constate une tendance à se réveiller plusieurs fois par nuit, une paralysie du sommeil de quelques secondes avant l’endormissement ou juste après le réveil et dans certains cas, des hallucinations.La narcolepsie n’entraîne par de complications mais il existe un risque d’accident. En effet, une crise peut survenir en conduisant une voiture ou une machine lourde.             Causes de la narcolepsie Les causes de la narcolepsie sont encore mal connues. On estime qu’elle serait due à une forte baisse de la concentration d’hypocrétine (ou orexine). Il s’agit d’un neurotransmetteur situé dans le cerveau dont le rôle est de stimuler l’état d’éveil. Une carence provoque donc l’apparition du sommeil paradoxal à tout moment de la journée. À lire aussiL’orexine, une hormone qui sème la paniqueLa narcolepsie pourrait également être liée à des facteurs génétiques, des antécédents familiaux, une exposition à des substances toxiques, des infections ou un traumatisme cérébral. Traitement de la narcolepsieLa narcolepsie ne se guérit pas mais ses symptômes peuvent être atténués.  Le traitement cherche donc à limiter les désagréments dans la vie de tous les jours et éviter de se mettre en danger. Afin de réduire les endormissements soudains dans la journée, du modafinil peut être prescrit, ainsi que des stimulants du système nerveux comme des amphétamines. Si l’envie de dormir persiste pendant la journée, il est conseillé de prendre plusieurs courtes siestes planifiées de 20mn. Des habitudes saines de sommeil doivent également être mises en place. Il est ainsi recommandé de se coucher tous les soirs à la même heure, de prendre une douche ou un banc avant de se mettre dans le lit ainsi que d’éviter les écrans, la caféine ou le tabac avant de dormir. Le 2 novembre 2015 à 18:08 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Exploration fonctionnelle respiratoire définition déroulement de lexamen et risques

first_imgExploration fonctionnelle respiratoire : définition, déroulement de l’examen et risquesL’exploration fonctionnelle respiratoire, ou EFR, est un examen médical permettant de mesurer le débit pulmonaire et de diagnostiquer un problème respiratoire.Définition de l’exploration fonctionnelle respiratoireL’exploration fonctionnelle respiratoire (EFR) est un examen au cours duquel on mesure le volume pulmonaire et le débit d’expiration à l’aide d’un spiromètre. Retranscrites sur un graphique, ces informations sont étudiées par le thérapeute, qui les compare aux courbes standards à la recherche d’une anomalie. En cas de problème, et grâce à la mesure de la fonction des alvéoles pulmonaires, cet examen permet ainsi de mettre en évidence un trouble respiratoire qui peut être pulmonaire ou bronchique, comme une bronchopneumopathie chronique obstructive (BPCO). L’EFR permet également de surveiller l’évolution d’une pathologie respiratoire déjà connue (asthme, myopathie, etc.). Enfin, réaliser une exploration fonctionnelle respiratoire est utile dans le cadre d’un bilan préopératoire avant une chirurgie thoracique.Comment se déroule une EFR ?L’exploration fonctionnelle respiratoire est un examen qui consiste à respirer uniquement par la bouche (le nez est bouché avec un pince-nez pendant tout l’examen) dans un tuyau spécial équipé d’un embout (spiromètre). Il est également possible de réaliser cet examen dans un caisson particulier (une cabine étanche), le pléthysmographe corporel. L’appareil va enregistrer les variations de pression, tandis que la courbe des volumes inspirés et expirés est tracée. Dans un premier temps, il est demandé de respirer normalement, le volume habituel normal étant compris entre 0,5 litre par cycle et 7,5 litres par minute.Dans un second temps, il faut inspirer à fond, puis expirer le plus possible (volume expiratoire maximum), ce qui permet de traduire les volumes pulmonaires et la capacité vitale. On fait faire ces exercices deux ou trois fois. On réalise alors un rapport entre les deux (rapport de Tiffeneau) qui doit se situer autour de 80 %. À lire aussiACC (anticoagulants circulants) : définition, rôle, comment analyser les résultats ?En dessous, cela signe une obstruction bronchique, ce qui révèle un asthme ou un emphysème, voire une fibrose pulmonaire. Par ailleurs, il reste toujours un peu d’air dans les poumons : c’est le volume résiduel. Si les premières conclusions sont négatives, on peut poursuivre en réalisant une mesure de la fonction des alvéoles pulmonaires. Pour cela, on fait respirer une dilution d’oxyde de carbone qui, après avoir été retenue une dizaine de secondes, va être mesurée à l’expiration afin d’évaluer la qualité des échanges gazeux entre l’air et le sang. En cas de mauvais résultat, on peut estimer que les alvéoles sont épaissies, comme en cas d’infection ou de fibrose. L’ensemble de l’examen dure environ 45 minutes.Exploration fonctionnelle respiratoire : quels sont les risques ?Il n’existe aucun risque particulier à réaliser une exploration fonctionnelle respiratoire puisqu’il s’agit simplement de mesurer la capacité respiratoire d’un individu. De plus, cet examen n’est ni invasif ni douloureux. La seule contrainte est qu’il faut s’abstenir de fumer une heure avant l’examen.Le 27 juillet 2017 à 11:56 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Geek deals Get 30 days of anime on Crunchyroll for free

first_imgIf you’re an anime fanatic, you simply must give Crunchyroll a try. With access to countless hours of high quality anime streams, live-action dramas, and plenty of manga, this service is an outstanding value at just $6.95 per month. Even better, you can get your first month free with today’s exclusive deal. First 30 days of Crunchyroll for free ($6.95 per month afterwards) With a wide selection of popular titles like Naruto Shippuden, Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn RE:0096, RWBY, and Kill la Kill, you can spend your spare time getting lost in some of your very favorite anime. And since your membership covers Crunchyroll’s entire collection, you can feel free to explore shows that you’ve never seen before.Never dipped your toe into Japanese dramas? Take this opportunity to check out the likes of No Dropping Out: Back to School at 35, Wild Mom, and Always the Two of Us for free. Give ’em a try, and you might just find a new favorite.And if you’re also obsessed with manga, Crunchyroll has Android and iOS apps available that let you read your favorite manga on your smartphone or tablet. Enjoy series like ReLIFE, Princess Jellyfish, and A Town Where You Live.While the typical free trial period for Crunchyroll is only 14 days, today’s deal gives you a full 30 days of access. Sign up, give the service a thorough look-see, and then decide if it’s worth the monthly fee. If you don’t absolutely love it, simply cancel before the trial expires, and you won’t be charged.Terms and restrictions apply. See Crunchyroll’s site for more details.Our commerce group sources the best deals and products for the Geek Deals posts. We operate independently of Editorial and Advertising and may earn a percentage of the sale, if you buy something via a link on the post. If you are interested in promoting your deals, please contact us at commerce@ziffdavis.com.For more great Crunchyroll deals, check back on TechBargains.last_img read more

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Legends of Tomorrow Brings Captain Cold to the Cold War

first_img We’re going back to the 1980s again, because who doesn’t love pastel shirts, shoulder pads, and the Cold War? We start off with a little bit of Miami Vice in 1987, where a coke deal is going down. Not for money, though. The seller is Damien Darhk, who is selling the drugs for an ancient Roman axe. The police arrive and arrest everyone, but Darhk shoots all of them with the help of Eobard Thawne, who offers to help him gain true power, not just a symbol of itOn the Waverider, Martin and Jax are arguing over whether they can change history for the better rather than simply cleaning things up after bad guys ruin it. Mick is training Ray on how to use the ice gun and how to work effectively as his partner. And Nate is working on a way to detect anomalies before they happen. Sarah gets a signal that something has gone wrong in 1981, the day before Reagan signs the INF treaty with the Soviet Union to reduce nuclear arsenals.Nate and Amaya visit the JSA’s secret training facility only to find it completely empty. Amaya wonders what’s happened in the years since she left when they are met by Obsidian, who asks Amaya why she abandoned them. Obsidian reveals that after World War II, the relationship between the United States and Russia went bad. The JSA was sent out on a final mission in 1956, from which they never returned. Obsidian is still alive because the rest of the team didn’t trust him enough to go.Ray (Brandon Routh) and Mick (Dominic Purcell) team up. (Photo: Screenshot via CW)The rest of the team goes to the White House to figure out exactly what’s going on. Ray is still learning how not to follow the rules as part of transitioning into the Captain Cold role. He gleefully steels jelly beans from Reagan’s jar. Martin sees his past self also working in the White House. The team comes across Darhk, who is an advisor to Reagan promising to convince the Russians to completely disarm. Sarah attacks Darhk to get revenge for her sister’s death, and the team is fired upon by the secret service. Mick and Ray fire back, but Ray crosses his cold stream with Mick’s fire. They’re knocked back by the blast, but Firestorm saves them from the secret service’s bullets.The team escapes and figures out that Dahrk is using the nuclear deal as cover for his own side deal with the KGB. Before they can figure out the exact details though, Martin’s past self confronts Darhk about meeting with a KGB agent. Darhk stabs the younger Martin, causing the older Martin to keel over and start bleeding. Not quite sure that’s how it should work, but hey. Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey stuff.Ray and Mick rush the young Martin to the Waverider for medical treatment, which is enough to save present Martin from dying. The team attends the state dinner to intercept Darhk, leaving young Martin behind to recover. Present Martin takes the opportunity to dance with his wife again and tells her that no matter how much her husband pours himself into work, she’s still the most important part of his life. The sweet moment is cut short when Darhk arrives.Martin (Victor Garber) shares a dance with his wife, Clarissa (Emily Tennant) (Photo: Screenshot via CW)The team follows him to the basement and interrupt his meeting with the KGB. They learn that Darhk has planted a bomb somewhere at the dinner. White Canary, Vixen, Obsidian and Citizen Steel remain downstairs and fight Darhk and the KGB goons. Firestorm, Heat Wave, and Captain Cold-ish evacuate the dinner and find the bomb. Ray says the device is too rudimentary for him to know how to disarm it, and Mick tells him to stop acting like his former partner. “You’re Ray Palmer and you can science your way out of anything.” That seems to be all Ray needed to figure it out, as he dismantles the cold gun and uses its power source to overload the detonator and stop it from going off. You know, science.Downstairs, after a passable action scene in which Obsidian gets shot, White Canary grabs Darhk and says she’s not going to kill him. She basically lays out the plot of Arrow Season Four and tells him he’s going to have to live through all that. Hey, if we all had to, the villain certainly isn’t going to get out of it. Darhk is whisked away by Eobard Thawne, revealing to Canary that the evil time-traveller they’ve been chasing is a speedster.Damien Darhk is now a time-traveler. (Photo: Screenshot via CW)Back on the Waverider, Martin makes sure to tell his younger self to make time for his wife. Obsidian gets patched up and turns down an offer to join the team. He’s settled down with someone and really should get home to him. Mick and Ray settle their differences and agree that Ray should be himself and not try to imitate Leonard Snart. As the episode ends, we see Darhk formally join Thawne. Darhk climbs into a pod and Thawne runs around it, allowing them both to travel through time.After last week’s Civil War zombie fun, this episode feels like a step down. The action was just OK, and the cold war drama has been done on this show before. What made it work were some great character moments. We got to see a little of Mick’s vulnerability as he tried to help Ray find his new superhero identity. And the relationship between Martin, his younger self and his wife was the most engaging subplot of the whole episode. Was it sappy? yes. Did it work? Absolutely. Next week looks to be a bit of a retread too, taking the team back to the old west. Let’s hope they find something new there. 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Mighty Gunvolt Burst is the Best New Mega Man Game

first_imgStay on target ‘Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball FormSNES Games Officially Come to Nintendo Switch If you have a Nintendo Switch, chances are you also have The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The new Zelda is a massive, phenomenal game that you can and should play for dozens of hours. But eventually, you’re going to want to play something new on your Nintendo console/handheld hybrid. Switch Games That Aren’t Zelda is a new column highlighting cool, smaller Switch games to check out once you’ve saved Hyrule.Things have been pretty rough for Mega Man lately. The Blue Bomber, Capcom’s one-time mascot, used to be omnipresent. But now we’re lucky to see him make cameo appearances in fighting games while Capcom shifts its resources toward Monster Hunter and making Resident Evil great again. Even worse, Mighty No. 9, the theoretical spiritual successor from questionable Mega Man co-creator Keiji Inafune, blew millions of Kickstarter dollars on a straight-up bad Mega Man knock-off.If you want to relive Mega Man’s glory days, at least you can now easily replay them in the Mega Man Legacy Collections. But sometimes you want some original ideas mixed in with the nostalgia. Mighty Gunvolt Burst is a neat Nintendo Switch Game That Isn’t Zelda. It’s not Mega Man either, but these days it’s the best we can hope for.Mighty Gunvolt Burst is an expanded spin-off crossover between fellow Mega Man-esque shooter-platformer series Azure Striker Gunvolt and Mighty No. 9. All of these games were developed by Inti Creates, who recently brought us the great neo-retro Switch game Blaster Master Zero. It really seems like Mighty No. 9 was just an unfortunate anomaly, because Mighty Gunvolt Burst proves how casually excellent the studio is at making games like this.The game blends narrative elements from both series, and you can play as both heroes with their own tweaked movesets, but the framework is pure classic Mega Man. After an intro stage, players can jump into any of eight themed stages, skillfully hopping and shooting their way towards a colorful end boss. For high scores, the game wants you to kill enemies up close one after another to build a burst combo, but I never really bothered.It’s tough, but once you get a feel for the exact physics and enemy behaviors of an encounter the challenges are always fair. I must’ve played and replayed a section with rising water and fireball-spewing chimney robots over a dozen times, but I powered through. Once you vanquish the bosses, four more final levels are unlocked. It’s no Wily’s Castle, but again, we have to take what we can get here.The trademark mechanic of classic Mega Man games is equipping the guns of fallen bosses. Protective leaf shields, sharp spinning metal discs, hornet blasts, and countless other wacky weapons have been part of Mega Man’s arsenal over the years. Plus, beating the bosses in the right order to take advantage of their weaknesses to certain guns forms the Mega Man metagame. Mighty Gunvolt Burst expands on this system in a brilliant, utterly addictive way.In Mighty Gunvolt Burst you can make your own guns. Want to shoot three massive lightning blasts that explode on impact? Go for it! How about homing missiles? Sure! An aura of flame? It’s all possible. All of the core Mega Man gun concepts are there, including the elements stronger against certain bosses, but now they can be remixed into almost endless new forms.To keep yourself from being completely overpowered at the start, each attribute drains a certain amount of energy from your allowance you increase as you proceed. Some of the best (and costliest) powers, like better damage resistance and air dashing, also must be found in the world. One upgrade even vibrates the Switch when secrets are nearby.Like an RPG, these carrots on sticks just encouraged me to keep playing, to keep tweaking my loadouts on the fly to find better options. One ultra powerful bomb gun might be too slow as a base weapon, but as a charge shot for a fast wave blaster it’s perfect. It’s almost cheating. The system also makes you feel like you are really tinkering with a machine, a concept classic Mega Man just hints at. I love it. I even looked at the achievement conditions, which I never do.Mighty Gunvolt Burst is a cool little Mega Man homage, but the gun customization is a legitimately great mechanic that made me sink way more time into the game than I would’ve otherwise. Now that we’ve seen what Inti Creates can do with Blaster Master and (basically) Mega Man, I can’t wait to see their take on Castlevania with future fellow non-Zelda Nintendo Switch game Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night.Want to learn more? Here’s everything you need to know about the Nintendo Switch.Buy it now!The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the WindNintendo SwitchEssential Nintendo Switch AccessoriesView as: One Page Slides1/61. Blast enemies up close to build your burst combo.2. Vanquish colorful end bosses.3. Navigate treacherous platforming stages.4. Take advantage of an endless variety of weapons.5. Customize your weapon to build the perfect blaster.6. 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SDCC Announcement Hey Arnold The Jungle Movie Clip Renews Our Love of

first_img After more than a decade, Hey ArnoldI is finally getting its long-awaited Jungle Movie conclusion. Today at San Diego Comic Con, Nickelodeon showed off some footage from the upcoming continuation. The characters look a little different, and the voices aren’t quite the same (as the original actors are now adults), but everything about it feels like Hey Arnold! The clip recaps all the nice things Arnold did for people over the course of the series. It’s funny, it’s touching, and it has everything you remember from the series. It’s like Hey Arnold! never left.The new animation style looks great. It’s slightly more three-dimensional than the old show was, but still, retains its hand-drawn charm. It’s also different from the watercolor style featured in the theatrically released Hey Arnold!: The Movie. Even with the new style, hair and outfits, the kids are still instantly recognizable to anyone who grew up with the show.After the video runs down some of Arnold’s best moments from the original series, the intent becomes clear. The neighborhood is trying to win him a trip to San Lorenzo so he can find his parents. When the series ended, the plan was to wrap up the final episode’s cliffhanger with The Jungle Movie. Due to a dispute between Nickelodeon and creator Craig Bartlett, it never ended up happening. Arnold found a map in his parents’ old journal… and that was it. Since then, Bartlett has returned to Nickelodeon, and Hey Arnold!’s long-awaited conclusion will air this November. Judging by the clip they showed at SDCC, they’ve nailed the feel of one of Nickelodeon’s best cartoons.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. A Tale of Two Wonder WomenSDCC Announcement: IDW Games Brings 90s Nick to Life Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Once Upon a Time Starts a New Story with SDCC Trailer

first_img A Tale of Two Wonder WomenSDCC Announcement: IDW Games Brings 90s Nick to Life Last season of Once Upon a Time ended with a pretty intriguing cliffhanger. After wrapping up Emma’s story and giving everyone a happy ending, we jumped forward in time. Henry was now an adult living in Seattle. A strange girl shows up at his door, claiming to be his daughter. The first scene of the first season repeated itself, only now Henry was the confused parent. That’s where things ended. Today at SDCC, we got to see where they’ll begin when the show comes back this fall.I’ll admit, when I saw the end of last season’s finale, I was skeptical of their ability to start over with the story. This trailer put a lot of that skepticism to rest. After the first few moments of flashbacks, it kicks into high gear with a new curse, a new setting and a whole lot of new drama. We see a few new characters as well as some familiar faces. There’s Regina at a bar! There’s Rumplestiltskin! There’s… wait, why is Hook a cop now? A Seattle cop, given the monorail in the background. (Does this show think people in Seattle ride that thing?) Well, however, he got there, meet Captain Hook, I guess.After this trailer, I’m excited to see what stories they tell with the new setting. Is the magic actually going to happen inside a major city now, rather than constrained to a secret town behind a barrier? That would definitely be an interesting addition to the series. Whatever they do, it looks like the new season is going to be cheesy, melodramatic and oh so emotional. Everything we love about Once Upon a Time. Now, we just have to wait two and a half months to see more of it. Season seven premieres with its brand new story on October 5 on ABC.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetlast_img read more

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New Planet Discovered Most Likely Candidate For Life Yet

first_img Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferNASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This Weekend Stay on target Astronomers have announced that a brand new Earth-like planet has been discovered orbiting a nearby star — and this one holds the best chance yet for life. The star, Ross 128, is a calm red dwarf sitting about 11 light years away. That puts it quite a bit further than our nearest neighbor, Proxima Centauri. And it’s also relatively desolate, so far as we can tell — with just one major, Earth-sized planet that we can detect. But the key here is that Ross 128 is a far more relaxed star than the likes of TRAPPIST-1 or other nearby stellar friends.That’s important, scientists believe because it creates conditions more favorable for life. It’s hard to survive when your parent star is constantly slinging radioactive flares, or rapidly heating or cooling. Proxima, for instance, pelts its planets with high-energy flares all the time. On top of being dangerous for life on its own, these flares can also strip the atmospheres of their planets, weakening any natural radiation shielding that the planet would otherwise enjoy.Life doesn’t like that though. Life likes stability. It likes steady changes over time. And, many of the stars we’ve found planets zipping around thus far are… well… rowdy. “Those flares can sterilize the atmosphere of the planet,” astrophysicist Xavier Bonfils told the New York Times. “Ross 128b is one of the quietest stars in the neighborhood.”All of this and it sits right in the habitable zone of the star, meaning that it’s in an area where conditions may be right for liquid water. Combined with the relatively laidback nature of Ross, we now have our best candidate yet for a life-sustaining world beyond our own system.These findings were published in the academic journal Astronomy and Astrophysics. The team observed the planet using the perturbations in the star’s light caused by the planet. From that reading, astronomers have estimated the new planet is roughly one and a half times the mass of the earth.There is one big catch, however. The planet is much closer to its star and that, combined with the types of radiation the star emits means that life on Ross 128b would be subject to many times the x-ray and ultraviolet radiation. That could still be enough to torch the atmosphere. Still, this is the best shot we’ve got yet.“There is potential for an atmosphere and hence habitability,” William Danchu, a NASA astrophysicist said. “This is an important discovery and well worth many follow-up studies.”It’s fortunate, then that a new crop of telescopes will be able to yield more detailed measurements about the planet, including what types of gases it has in its atmosphere. If we also detect oxygen and nitrogen — which should be relatively easy — then we’ll have a better idea of whether it can sustain life. Science!One final bummer, though, would be the fact that even if it does show some positive signs of life, it’s going to take a while to get there. Even our best ships would take millennia. Space is vast and even our nearest neighbors are many, many years away. But it might be nice, even if we never cross paths, that we aren’t alone in the universe.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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Geek Daily Deals Overwatch for 12 65 4K Smart HDTV for 500

first_imgNew Humble Monthly PC Bundle includes Overwatch for $12This might just be the best Humble Monthly Bundle of the year. Overwatch was awarded IGN’s Game of the Year back in 2016. It has never been priced this low, and the PC version to currently has the highest player count of all the platforms.  Of course, that’s not the only game you get for $12. You’ll also get more game(s) to play about a month later when this bundle promotion ends, and these can be really good as well.Note: Technically this is called a “subscription” but you can just buy this bundle without buying any subsequent ones.Get it from Humble Bundle for $1265″ Hisense 465H6E Hisense 4K Smart HDTV for $498For less than $500 you can score a 65″ HDTV with 4K resolution and Smart capability. You also get free shipping on this deal and the option to extend to a 3 year warranty for only $54.Get it at Walmart for $498LEGO Ideas NASA Apollo Saturn V 1900-Piece Set for $105For the first time ever, the LEGO Saturn V has been discounted. Even at retail price, this is considered to be one of the best values compared to any other LEGO build. You’re getting a whopping 1,969-piece set that measures over 3 feet tall. 2000-piece sets usually run $200 or more and very few of them are this large.Get it at Walmart for $104.99 with Free 2-Day Shipping$300 off Razer Gaming SmartphoneThis is a flat out outstanding price for the best gaming phone on the market. The Razer Phone boasts a “razer” sharp 5.7″ 1440×2560 display with 120Hz refresh rate and wide color gamut, THX certified Dolby Atmos powered dual front facing stereo speakers with 24-bit DAC, a capable Snapdragon 835 processor with 8GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, dual 12MP cameras, and a huge 4,000mAh battery.Use code “WOOHOO” to get it at Razer for $399.99$9.99 Online Game Design and Development Courses at UdemyFor only $9.99 per course, you can train yourself in tools, software, and programming languages specific to the gaming industry. I and other people here have used Udemy and would easily recommend one of these hugely informative courses for the same cost as a Switch screen protector.Open in an incognito window to see this price.Get courses for only $9.99 each at Udemylast_img read more

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7 Cool Shipping Container Homes You Can Buy on eBay for 70K

first_img “Living large” has transitioned to “living small” over the past few years, as people continue to emphasize minimalism over materialism. But, if tiny houses and camper trailers aren’t your thing, eBay is offering a new batch of chic and sustainable dwellings for sale: shipping container homes.Yes, were talking about freight cargo here, but not the kind that’s been through major air, road, or ship travel. According to eBay’s pages, these shipping container homes give customers a taste of small living with some luxurious amenities. Enjoy your “home-in-a-box” with a fold-up deck, a roof that doubles up as a patio, indoor plumbing, and more. A shipping container home can be a sweet retreat as well, just in case you need an impromptu getaway after a stressful day.Photo Credit: eBayHowever, you’ll need at least $15,000 saved up for one of these petite beauties. While you could get a basic shipping container home at that price point, you’ll want to have $5,000 or more for additional remodeling. Afterall, your shipping container home should be a step up from your dusty backyard shed.Whether you’re looking for a man cave, yoga studio, or permanent habitat, eBay has a shipping container home for your residential needs. Read on for seven cool shipping container homes you can buy on eBay for $70,000 or less.40-Foot PreFab Luxury Ship Container Home(Photo Credit: eBay)Have your eye on an Airbnb income? This 40-Foot PreFab Luxury Ship Container Home has all the fixings for a small guest space. Built from scratch out of new ISO shipping containers and custom-painted, this small residence has a bedroom, a kitchen, a living room, and a bathroom with shower. Plus, there’s indoor insulation and indoor plumbing included. Your guests will adore this mini home on your property.Buy it Here20-Foot Shipping Container HomePhoto Credit: eBayWinter is coming, which means you need a cozy shipping container cabin, like this 20-foot one, for cold nights. Universal Container Homes, the company who builds these shipping container models, will work with you to create a personalized design and install Ikea hardware if needed. Plus, it already comes with cooling and heating, a bathroom, three sliding doors, and a fold-up deck.Buy it Here320 Square-Feet Tiny Container HomePhoto Credit: eBayMake all your #smallspacegoals happen with this 320 Square-Feet Tiny Container Home. It comes with everything found in most houses, including a small kitchen with counter tops, a burner stove wtih an oven, a bathroom and glass shower, a bedroom, and seating area with patio access. You’ll want to invite friends and family over for BBQs and game nights ASAP.Buy it Here20-Foot “She-Shed” Shipping ContainerPhoto Credit: eBayLadies listen up: we’ve found a chic shipping container dwelling for you. This vibrant 20-Foot “She-Shed” Shipping Container can be turned into your personal yoga studio, creative office, and more. If you’re looking for more of a home set up, the manufacturer offers amenities, like a kitchen, Ikea hardware, and a master bedroom, for an additional price. We’ll toast to that.Buy it Here20-Foot “Man Cave” Shipping ContainerPhoto Credit: eBayUnwind with the guys in this ultimate 20-foot “Man Cave” Shipping Container. You’ll have plenty of room for video game nights, parties, and more in this cool space. Even though a basic model will cost you $18,000, you could upgrade your cargo pad with a kitchen, roof patio, and more with some additional cash.Buy it HereSmall Container-Inspired HomePhoto Credit: eBayFor Insta-worthy home pictures, this Small Container-Inspired Home is definitely photo-ready. It comes with red and blue paint for a pop of color, and it can easily accommodate single individuals or couples. For less than $17,000, you’ll get a a bedroom, a kitchenette, a restroom, and more.Buy it Here20-Foot Shipping Container CabinPhoto Credit: eBayThe outside of this 20-Foot Shipping Container Cabin looks super ordinary, but there are hidden gems inside. Unlike other shipping container pads, it has a mini staircase and a rustic, cabin-like interior for those who love wooded retreats. Plus, you’ll get all the perks of other homes, including a kitchen area with appliances and the option to add eco-friendly solar panels.Buy it HereMore on Geek.com:Take a Virtual Tour of Santa’s House, Elf VillageThis Tiny House Literally Runs on Dunkin’ Modular 3D Printer Builds Sustainable Houses Stay on target PewDiePie Pulls $50,000 Pledge to Anti-Hate Group After Fan BacklashPolice Arrest Dutch YouTubers for Trespassing Area 51 Site last_img read more

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Passengers Freak Out Over Tesla Roadsters RecordSetting Acceleration

first_img Software Engineer Embedded Tesla Model 3 Key Fob In ArmTesla EV Catches Fire After Colliding With Tow Truck in Moscow When Tesla announced its new version of the Roadster, which can accelerate in zero to 60 mph in 1.9 seconds, a lot of people were doubtful.But a new video of the first test rides in the new Roadster, unveiled by Tesla on YouTube on Friday, shows that the “quickest car in the world” could actually be close to becoming a reality.The video shows passengers’ hilarious reactions as the Roadster demonstrates its record-setting acceleration.Reactions included a lot of “Holy S%!#” and “Oh My God” and “Holy F%!#”According to Tesla, the all-new Roadster can travel 620 miles on a single charge – a new record for an all-electric vehicle.“[It’s] the fastest production car ever made, period,” said Tesla founder Elon Musk. (Photo Credit: Tesla, Inc.)The four-seater supercar can go from zero to 60 miles per hour in 1.9 seconds and from zero to 100 mph in 4.2 seconds, and it boasts a top speed of 250 mph.The all-new Roadster will cost $200,000 at launch (the first 1,000 are available for a ‘Founders Series Price’ of $250,000), and will be available in 2020.More on Geek.com:Is This Robotic Hotel Room on Wheels the Future of Travel?The ‘World’s Smartest Motorcycle Helmet’ Puts Alexa and AR on Your HeadWaymo One Autonomous Car Service Rolls Out to Public Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Geek Daily Deals Avatar Transformers Xbox One S And More

first_imgBetter Than Black Friday – Xbox One S 1TB NBA 2K19 or Forza Horizon 4 Gaming Console Bundles for $199 EachBlack Friday saw the Xbox One S console hit $199, but the game bundles sold for slightly higher at $299. For a limited you can get the Forza Horizon 4 or NBA 2K19 bundles for only $199. That’s with free 2-day shipping that guarantees by-Christmas delivery.Get the Xbox One S 1TB Forza Horizon 4 Bundle at Walmart for $199Get the NBA 2K19 Bundle for $199 Transformers: Vintage G1 Autobot Hot Rod for $12.97Not only is this officially licensed vintage Transformers toys actually in stock, it’s discounted a whopping 57% off. As far as authenticity is concerned, the G1 Transformers reissues were made using “the original production tooling including die-cast parts and classic heat-sensitive stickers.”Get it at Walmart for $12.97 Arcade1Up Deluxe Edition 12-in-1 Arcade System with Riser for $349.99If you’ve been eyeing one of Arcade1Up’s arcade cabinets but you can only have one cabinet in your house and you just can’t pick which games to get, take a look at this. It includes a total of 12 games (Asteroids, Centipede, Major Havoc, Missile Command, Lunar Lander, Crystal Castles, Tempest, Millipede, Gravitar, Liberator, Asteroids Deluxe) and includes a 1-foot riser that changes the cabinet from a sit-down experience to the more traditional standing experience. Today it’s $50 off.Get it at Walmart for $349.99 HP OMEN 15t Intel Core i7-8750H 6-Core 15″ 1080p IPS Laptop with GeForce GTX 1070 for $1176Click HereSelect Processor and Graphics – Intel Core i7-8750H + GTX 1070 (+$570)Select Display – 15.6″ FHD 144Hz IPS 1920×1080 (+$70)At cart, apply 20% off code “20GAMERHOL“Final price will be $1176 Shipped Avatar – The Last Airbender: The Complete Series (Blu-ray) for $19.31Look, Avatar: The Last Airbender is not a show to pass up on and the complete collection contains a beautiful and heartfelt 61 episodes. Lowest price since it was released in June.Get it on Amazon for $19.31last_img read more

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HandsOn Alien Blackout Is a Mobile Game for People Who Hate Mobile

first_imgStay on target Hopefully Alien: Blackout Isn’t The Next Diablo Immortal Last week, I got to check out the upcoming Alien: Blackout. Naturally, I went in with some mild skepticism given the platform it’s on. Thankfully, this isn’t the typical mobile game experience most of us dread. Developers Rival Games, D3 Go!, and publisher FoxNext are doing justice to the Alien franchise by staying true to its sci-fi horror roots. They’re also showing the world that a mobile game doesn’t need to have microtransactions or superfluous add-ons in order to make it engaging. Alien: Blackout is a mobile game for people who hate mobile games.Alien: Blackout stars Amanda Ripley, who is the daughter of perennial Alien protagonist, Ellen Ripley. Those who have played 2014’s Alien: Isolation are no doubt familiar with Amanda. Though Blackout takes place after Isolation and Aliens, it isn’t exactly a sequel. It is certainly situated in the Alien universe, but it is its own distinct story. Still, as a fan of Alien: Isolation, I’m happy to play another game with Amanda Ripley. I don’t know if and when we’ll get a sequel to that title, but this is a nice nod to fans of Isolation.When you think about Alien games, mobile isn’t necessarily the first thing that comes to mind. Because of this, Rival Games knew it had to remain true to the spirit of the franchise (specifically, the original film), in order to make it all work. This is something TQ Jefferson (Vice President of External Development, FoxNext), gave the developer credit for.“Rival Games and D3 Go! came to us with a really compelling pitch for a game,” said Jefferson. “The gameplay mechanics, the way the story unfolds, it was something that we haven’t done on mobile before. It got us excited right away on it. Part of what I give them credit for is holding true to their vision. They were very clear about the game they wanted to make and not diluting it down by adding additional features to it. Rather than let it morph into design by committee or into a different game entirely, they held true to what it was.From the onset, it felt like it was right in the wheelhouse of Alien and very appropriate for the brand, the characters, and the alien. It also hearkens back to what originally scared the bejesus out of us from the first film. Put all that together and we had something we felt excited about and we felt fans would be excited about.”Blackout is set on a malfunctioning space station which is now the home of a nasty xenomorph. Hidden inside of a security terminal, Amanda Ripley must help guide a group of four crew members to key points of the station in order to repair it. Fixing broken components isn’t exactly difficult for the experienced crew. The real challenge comes from repairing the ship while keeping the crew and Ripley away from the alien. This is a deadly game of cat and mouse, to be sure.You can guide the crew by pointing to objectives or drawing lines with your finger to said objectives. The user interface players interact with is identical to the one Ripley uses. The interface looks like something straight out of the first Alien film, with its simple, monochromatic display. Players can instruct crew members to stop, hide, or hurry up. Cameras within each area give players a clue to the xenomorph’s location. Motion sensors help as well. However, not every room has motion sensors or cameras so it’s easy to lose track of the alien, especially when it crawls into a vent.As you help guide the crew, you can open/close doors and turn cameras on or off. All of this consumes power. If you only have five power nodes, you’ll need to be aware of how many reserves you have left. You don’t want to have zero power at a time when you need to close a door to save a crew member. You also only have eight minutes to complete each of the seven levels. Given the limited power supplies, time restraint, and keeping track of four individuals, things can get very tense. Players need to keep their wits in order to get everyone out alive.The best way to experience Alien: Blackout is with a good pair of headphones. Sounds are extremely important. They literally mean the difference between life and death in certain cases. For example, if Ripley makes too much noise by issuing orders, the alien can and will find her. The alien makes noise when it enters a room, letting you know if you need to tell crew members to hide. The sounds of closing doors are a great way to distract the xenomorph. The game forces you to constantly keep your ears open, which is essential for survival.Visually speaking, this doesn’t look like a typical mobile game. The graphics are akin to Alien: Isolation, which was itself heavily inspired by the art design of the first Alien film. If you didn’t know better, you’d think this was a console or PC game. It really looks phenomenal for a mobile title. The dimly lit hallways filled with retro-futuristic technology help give players the feeling they’re in the Alien universe. This is by far the best-looking mobile game I’ve ever seen.“These guys [Rival Games] are so respectful of the IP that they wanted to recreate the cinematic experience wherever they could,” said Jefferson. “That first film is seminal in so many different ways. It’s a beautiful film. It’s beautifully shot, beautifully lit and they wanted to do that justice. Being so focused on their design and scope helped them to push the visual quality.”You’ll be happy to know Alien: Blackout has absolutely no microtransactions of any kind. After the initial $4.99 asking price, you’ll never have to spend another penny. This is not only great news for consumers, it also speaks to the confidence the team has in the game. It doesn’t need to have any crazy add-ons to make it a compelling experience. Also, things like boosters or power ups wouldn’t exactly jive with the atmosphere Blackout is trying to convey. One has to respect the level of restraint in this regard. The devs had a very specific vision and didn’t want to tarnish it with unnecessary add-ons.“This game was originally pitched as a premium product,” said Jefferson. “It was never at any point in time free to play. This is true to the original vision, which I think is rare these days and it’s refreshing. It’s incredibly authentic to Alien and you can see the care that went into it and we’re proud of it.”Alien: Blackout is not at all what I imagined. It does an admirable job of capturing the tension and suspense of the Alien franchise in a unique and enjoyable way. It also manages to avoid all of the negative aspects of mobile games; namely, cheap graphics and microtransactions. As a person who normally doesn’t give these titles a second glance, Alien: Blackout demonstrates the untapped potential of mobile platforms. Hopefully, we’ll get more games of this kind moving forward.Expect Alien: Blackout in the Apple and Google Play stores on January 24.More on Geek.com:After Bungie and ‘Destiny,’ Please Free Blizzard From ActivisionOf Course, ‘Red Dead Online’ Is Getting A(nother) Battle Royale ModeRazer HyperSense Is an Entire Rumble Ecosystemlast_img read more

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Kodaks Worlds Largest Puzzle Has 51300 Pieces and Costs 600

first_img PS4 Hits Turn Tabletop With ‘God of War,’ ‘Bloodborne&…‘Metal Gear Solid’ Board Game Is Tactical Tabletop Action Stay on target Need to find a special gift for the photography lover in your life? Feast your eyes on Kodak’s “World’s Largest Puzzle,” a massive beast of a puzzle that boasts 51,300 pieces and features some of the most amazing wonders of the world, captured by professional photographers.But prepare for the price tag: a whopping $599.95.The mammoth puzzle is actually 27 separately packaged puzzles – 1,900 pieces each. They all interlock to create one giant puzzle – 51,300 total pieces – approximately 28.5 feet x 6.25 feet.“The World’s Largest Puzzle” features images of some of the most amazing wonders of the world, captured by professional photographers. (Photo Credit: Kodak)Created in partnership with toy and art supply manufacturer, CRA-Z-ART, the World’s Largest Puzzle aims to “celebrate the heritage of Kodak and beautiful photography.” Each photo was initially taken by a professional photographer, then digitally enhanced and printed in high quality, according to Kodak.“The colors and pictures are the most crisp, realistic images ever created in a puzzle,” Kodak said.Some of the world wonders featured in the puzzle include the Great Pyramids of Giza, the Eiffel Tower, and the New York City skyline.Last year, CRA-Z-ART said in a press release that the company plans to have the Guinness World Records officially designate the puzzle as a record breaker.Get Kodak’s “The World’s Largest Puzzle” at Amazon.More on Geek.com:Watch: ‘Tetris’ Is a Game to Play Before You DieMIT Robot Learned to Play Jenga Through Vision and TouchDeepMind’s AI Can Now Beat Humans at Board Gameslast_img read more

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