Friday, June 27, 2014

Weekly Link Roundup With More Boom

The best and fun on the web in today's weekly link roundup. Let's start off with splosions!

IGN reviews some of the best explosions in video games. Ever. It would make Michael Bay proud. The man does love to blow stuff up.

Did you know that over 100 Kickstarter games that were funded are available on Steam to play? Some are free downloads, others are pre-orders with beta game play up and running. Some are good and others are not so good, but hey. Crowdfunding in action! It's good to see that many of these games were fulfilled.

YouTube will soon be able to support 48 and 60fps videos, which is comparable to most of today's video games and high definition movies. For a lot of gamers, this is a huge leap forward in something that we did not expect to obtain. Most YouTube videos work on a 30fps, max. Which means games running faster then this resulted in dropped frames and unintentional appearance of "slowing down" when it isn't the case. Now this has the potential for real-time game play in real-time without the dropped frames.

We know about the PlayStation Now, Sony's new Netflix like streaming services for video games. Well they aren't content with just PlayStation owners. They want to go after those with Sony televisions as well. The service, which will release to the public on July 30th, will also be available to Sony TV's and the interesting part is you don't need a console to play. How is this possible you may ask? Well it's simple. The games are all stored on The Cloud. Nothing is downloaded to the consoles themselves, with the technology all being used at Sony server hubs. So you could feasibly play a game on your TV without having the console. But you do need a controller, and most Sony televisions today (even those made 5 years ago) come with Bluetooth and wired setups that getting a controller to work would be a cinch.

And in a fun twist to all of the morality, ethics posts I have made this week, here's a study from the University of Buffalo that trumps it all: being more violent in video games makes you more morally observant in the real world. It sounds counter-intuitive from everything we've been told regarding our subconscious, but the study is quite interesting when you pry apart the nooks and crannies of our mind.


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