Review: Wolfenstein: The New Order (BulletStein)

Wolfenstein: The new Order is Bulletstorm with Nazis. I spent some amount of time attempting to tie the two monikers together. My favorites are WolfenStorm, and BulletStein. Actually, I’ll be referring to W:TNO as BulletStein for the rest of this review. Seriously, look at the first promotional image. Is that from Bulletstorm or Wolfenstein? You can’t tell, and neither can I. 24" title="" /> Bulletstein stars an invincible GI Joe, William Blazkowicz, who gets his “brains scrambled” during a classified WW2 mission, and subsequently

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Review: NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja STORM 3 Full Burst

Do you like the Naruto anime? If so, skip this review and go buy this game. You can find it for 20$ or less on sale and it’s like purchasing 36 episodes of the anime. That’s a great deal. For everyone else, let’s talk. This is a gorgeous game, with a diverse cast of ninja fighters from the manga/anime series. It’s a 3d fighter with a fun visual style and an interesting, engaging storyline (if you like that sort of thing.

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Using a Vendor-Locked VideoPhone as a Network Sharing MP3 Player

The AVN 3000 used to be a pretty interesting platform. Sadly, interest died off as people realized video-calling just wasn’t catching on in the way they thought it would. I picked one up at a thrift store for 12$ today, and decided to get it doing something. I cracked open the unit, and booted. I started out by setting a static IP address in the settings page. This way it doesn’t look for SIP servers while getting a DHCP address. Didn’t appear to

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Mario 3 Wall and Final Fantasy Freezer

I just got back from a camping trip this morning, so rather than spend the morning building things with bricks, I decided to continue on my kick of painting things. Right off I decided to paint my favorite Mario 3 character onto a basement wall: Angry Sun! I found a wall that was looking pretty empty in my basement. It’s a section I consider the “media and networking” room, so most people just walk through it like a hallway without even turning on a light.

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Sprucing Up A Basement Wall With Mario

So I have a blank wall in my basement. No big deal, but it seems like a great opportunity to do something fun, so I decided to re-create one of the classic mario scenes from world 1-1 of the original Super Mario Bros for NES. First, I used pencils to draw a grid onto the wall. 20140531143438" title="" /> I then transcribed this onto a sheet of paper… roughly. 20140531144823" title="" /> I realized I could use the stairs as part of the actual level and not have

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AutoRoboIntercom Now On Google Play

Because I realized that updating 12 phones at a time without the play store is a PITA. It’s 100% free, with no ads get it here. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.hunterdavis.autorobointercom

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The Secret Building: Part 4 (The End Of The Secret Building!)

So there I was, staring at a fixer-upper roto-tiller I may never use. I found it in a dilapidated shed that in the end was mostly supported by vines. How could I solve two problems at once? Then it hit me, I could put the tiller up for barter in exchange for the shed demolition and removal. I’ll save countless hours of time on both fronts and it’ll cost me nothing. And that’s exactly what happened! While many people responded, Scott over at

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The Secret Building: Part 3 (Safe-cracking)

After part 1(the unveiling) and part 2 (the opening of the secret building), there was only one major mystery left on my new property: what was in the locked safe? That mystery has now been solved. Read on for part 3 of my trilogy of mystery: Safe-cracking! For those unfamiliar with the tale, I found a locked safe in the house I just purchased. I checked under the safe and with a little bit of looking around I found where the safe had been screwed

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The Secret Building (Part 2 With Video!: Holy Crap There's Stuff In It!)

Check the video for how it went down. Here’s how it went down if you can’t see the video. I invited some friends and family over, we moved some boxes, cut some more vines, and opened up the secret building! The walls were starting to rot (turns out only the foundation is concrete), and there were many spiders. There were no windows. I’ll probably tear it down and build something new on the foundation this summer. And what did we find inside: Old

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The Secret Building (Part 1: That's No Berry Bush!)

My fingers tremble as I write this. My body is literally quaking with excitement. It takes all I have to write these words and not rush back out into the night towards it. For you see, I have found an ancient tomb. TLDR: I bought a house, found a hidden building, and oh yeah there’s a safe with no key too… I bought a house. My first one. It took 6 months, and many false starts. So when I finally walked out onto my back

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NDA Lifted! (OpenGL Cable Box Fan.TV Featuring Rhapsody Release Announcement!)

Eagle-eyed readers may recall about a year ago I mentioned that I was working on an exciting futuristic cable box with a gorgeous API backed by OpenGL. Imagine my excitement when I saw the official product announcement begin to hit the newsfeeds! Full Disclosure: I work at Rhapsody and was the sole developer of the Rhapsody app for Fan.TV. It’s one of the many cool things I’ve gotten to do at Rhapsody. (one of many.) Last summer the trial of the (now known

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Review: Cubivore (Gamecube)

I am a three-legged flying bear with vampire fangs. I pounce upon my prey like a lion, ripping meat from their dazed (but still-alive) corpses. This is the wonderful world of Cubivore, and I have no idea how I missed it until now. All those hours I spent waiting for Spore to be released and Cubivore was there all along. I was casually reading /r/gaming and a commenter mentioned Cubivore as the spiritual successor to E.V.O., the Super NES game of evolutionary darwinism.

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Location-Based Advertising For The Thrifty Hacker

So you’re a budget-conscious hacker looking to advertise. A few years ago this would have been an article about soldering boards and compiling kernels. Not to worry. The world has significantly changed for the thrifty hacker over the last decade. While once you needed to carefully scrounge and make sacrifices for your hack, those days are long gone. This is an article about re-using the ever-increasing horde of technological gold we’ve amassed and discarded en-masse. You see, unbeknownst to most individuals (but perhaps sensed

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How To Fix A Bug (Android Edition)

For all those who need to know, here it is. Have you ever wondered what it is we programmers do when we say we’re “fixing bugs?” Here’s a helpful guide for those who may find themselves in a “oh snap I need to fix a bug” situation. #gallery-9 { margin: auto; } #gallery-9 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 100%; } #gallery-9 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-9 .gallery-caption { margin-left: 0; } /* see gallery_shortcode() in wp-includes/media.php */ So you have a bug.. Android Edition

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Rhapsody and Napster Add ChromeCast Support

Quick feature update from my 9-5. As of today, Rhapsody and Napster have ChromeCast support (full disclosure, I wrote this and I work for Rhapsody/Napster.) I implemented the Android side of it, and my talented coworker Mihovil did the web receiver side. It’s a neat experience, and it even includes some nice animation to prevent screen burn-in. If you’re a subscriber with a ChromeCast, I think you’ll find yourself using it daily. It’s pretty great. You’ll see your versions of

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Review: The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

16,900. That’s how many rupees I collected during my time with the newest Legend of Zelda game. It told me, as the credits screen rolled past. It struck me then, two dozen hours into an epic quest, A Link Between Worlds is a triumph. I didn’t need a gigantic pile of rupees to tell me though, it absolutely dripped with quality from start to finish. Nintendo has somehow managed to capture the essence of the original SNES Link to the Past, as well

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Open-Sourcing a Fable (Oubastet's Repository)

I wrote a fable when I awoke this evening. It wasn’t perfect, but it’s out there and I like it. How then, will I track and improve it, sharing it with others? How would we know fables if they had not been shared? Where will our new fables come from? So I’m open-sourcing my fable. Your move Peter Molyneux. Here it is on GitHub, with a Readme.md and everything, BSD licensed so you can use it wherever.

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Oubastet's Wager

Thousands of years ago, man was the dominant species on this earth. Horses, camels, mules, dogs, all manner of beasts bowed to his might. Man tilled the earth, brought forth grain for beer, raised cattle for meat. There was no species considered greater than man, for man had conquered all. Then came Oubastet’s wager. Oubastet was a day laborer. Each day he would walk down to the banks of the Nile and take what work was available. Some days he would help to form great

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AutoRoboIntercom Updated With Remote Command Protocol, Battery Monitor

AutoRoboIntercom has been updated to include the underpinnings of a remote command protocol, as well as the first example “Battery Monitor”. Simply click on any of the clients in the client list, select ‘Battery Level’, and you’ll shortly hear a voice say to you “The Battery in “Room Name” is X Percent Full”. Under the hood there’s a network call/response mechanism between the clients requesting battery info from each other and filtering out unnecessary messages. In this way it is much like the

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Idea: Using Gamification and Brand Identity to End Hunger Now

The “Right To Eat Card” (i.e. Let The People Put Their Money Where Their Mouths Are) I am known for hacking computers, but why can’t we hack charity? Here is my concept to end hunger completely. The RTEC card. Concept: 1. Anyone can deposit money into an RTEC card at any ATM, this is a DONATION, and tax deductible. 2. Anyone can use their RTEC card to purchase 20$/day worth of food. 3. Everyone gets an RTEC card. 4. Everyone can see the

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