Small indie studios are all the rage these days, often creating something that outsells the Triple A companies that have dominated gaming for so long. The mainstream trend right now seems to be bringing back gaming gems from the past; Crash Bandicoot being last years big reskin and this year we’re set to get both Spyro the Dragon and Medievil, two games I adores from my childhood. However, remakes don’t need to be the only way to bring a bit of classic gaming back, as Two Point Hospital is coming to prove.
So if you have heard about reddit then you may of heard that it’s full of trolls, hate speech, nudity, utter pointless conversations and all sorts of other things. It’s usually all the bad rumours that gets spread about reddit and all of those rumours are true but if you dig a little and are selective about what you read then it can be full of very useful bits of information.
We’re back once again ladies and gentlemen for another awesome edition of The Week in Geek. This week we ramp up the extremely exciting by bringing you… Mathematics? Also in the news this week, we see the return of a gaming legend, Avengers, Antman, Spiderman (Marvel madness in general) and an update to Gerry Andersons Firestorm.
This was one very eventful week in geek!
This might be one of the coolest bits of software I’ve seen in some time.
What PhotoMath does is literally allows you to scan over an equation or maths problem of some kind and once it’s focused on it, it’ll try to resolve the problem for you. Now, that could be thought of making people lazy, but it does a lot more than this.
Not only does it solve the equation, but it tells you how to work it out for yourself. Step by step instructions for the scanned equation appear on your smartphone. This is one seriously powerful bit of technology. It’s already available on iOS and it’s also available on Windows Phone. It’s due to be released on Android in early 2015. Watch this space, Android fans – iOS and Windows Phone fans, go look this app up. It rocks! Let us know how good it is!
There’s one thing I’ve failed to mention… This is a free app. They also have provided an SDK for their camera text scanning software which can be implemented in any of your apps. It appears the SDK is free to obtain, too. Is this the beginnings of a truly augmented reality, perhaps?
Follow these links for more information on PhotoMath as well as the rest of the MicroBLINK family. Seriously – Exciting times are ahead of us!
3D Realms is back
To all of you out there, this is a very small announcement by the 3D Realms team.
If you don’t know who 3D Realms are, all I can say is “It’s time to kick ass and chew bubblegum… and I’m all outta gum.” These guys made Duke Nukem and I assume with them coming back, they might have re-acquired the rights to the Duke Nukem name. That’s pure speculation of course, but they might be coming up with completely new franchises after a long period of absence. Watch this space as this is a small developing situation right now. Let’s hope they produce more gems like their games of yesteryear!
But for now, they’ve given us a 32-game anthology pack… That’s a great way to make a return guys!
Marvel Cinematic Universe News
Kudos to Marvel this week for recognizing the power of the internet. As they began a countdown to the release of the Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer the leaked footage spread faster than their countdown ever could, so – being the sensible types they are – Marvel cancelled the count and released the HD version within 24 hours. It looks spectacular without giving a thing away about the plot that we didn’t already know. Biggest and most gleefully received reveal would be the Iron Man Hulk-Buster that comic book fans have been dreaming of since the incredible film project was announced at the end of the first Iron Man film. Check out the trailer here:
The beleaguered Ant Man project is due to follow it later next year in July. Original director Edgar Wright (famous for the Cornetto Trilogy) left the project following creative differences. Still, I am looking forward to the lesser known Marvel Property joining the big-screen cast.
And finally, it has been revealed that not only can we expect an Iron Man 4, but the plot of Captain America 3 is looking likely to be the story of the comic series Marvel Civil War, in which Stark and Rogers divide the world’s super-heroes over the topic of power registration! It’s a huge undertaking, and one that should, ideally span both films. More importantly it begs the question, will Andrew Garfield’s Spider-Man be integrated at last? I won’t spoil it for those who don’t know, but Spider-Man plays a somewhat pivotal part in the storyline.
More of our coverage on the Gerry Anderson Kickstarter project, which is now in it’s final few days and still a long way away from it’s highest stretch goal, a 22 minute pilot episode! It looks unlikely but the fact that they’ve achieved funding so quickly is still fantastic news. Here are a few more sneak peeks at some of the work being done:
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