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  • Rockstar confirms GTA V First Person Mode with chaotic kickass new video

    If you thought you were excited for GTA V before, wait until you feast your face on this new video. First-person mode is something not associated with the GTA series, but my, it has been needing it — not because GTA is useless fun either. Since gaming has evolved, and the power of consoles has increased exponentially, first-person mode is the perfect way to immerse the gamer in the chaos — exactly what any GTA fan wants. GTA is really a drunk-on-freedom FPS in hiding. The video blurb highlights the new additions and features available on GTA V and GTA Online: …a new targeting...

  • What’s in a traffic cone? An abridged biography of VLC Media Player

    We often get carried away with our gadgets here at Gearburn, but we also believe that the software running on these brilliant little things also deserve recognition now and then. VLC Media Player has been around for nearly 17 years now, back when people were using Windows 95 as their primary operating system and 16MB RAM was enough. Now it’s one of the first programs I download on Windows, and the first app for video playback on Android. It has come a long way from its humble college project roots to being one of the world’s principle media players on...

  • PS4 update 2.00 placing some Sony consoles into ‘Coma Mode’

    Firmware updates for the PS4 are lovely (and free). Most of the time, we get some decent changes such as themes, software fixes and bolstered online stability. This was the crux of PS4 update 2.00, which hit our machines late October. But, the update added a feature that’s leaving most PS4 owners quite frustrated. The new “Rest Mode” replaces Standby Mode and lets users turn their PS4’s off while still allowing their games to download, and their controllers to charge. The issue though is that some PS4’s (like mine) wouldn’t wake up or ever worse, it prompts a disc scan when it...

  • Exoskeleton hand lets you interact with the virtual world

    The first thing I thought of when I saw video demonstrations of Dexmo, an exoskeleton hand that uses force feedback to remotely control a virtual hand, is the movie Elysium. In that film, Matt Damon wears an exoskeleton over his entire body that gives him extra-human strength and the ultimate result is free health care for everyone in the dystopian future. The makers of Dexmo, Dexta Robotics, claim the device can be used for more modest and practical purposes than saving the world Hollywood-style. The self-described collective of “hardcore roboticists” made a demonstration video that shows the virtual hand being...

  • Internet Archive brings over 900 free classic arcade games to your browser

    The Internet Archive makes turning back the digital years a pleasurable ease, but its lesser known feature is its Console Living Room section and we’ve been using it for ages. A year back, the non-profit digital library embraced classic games from greats like the Atari 2600 to the Sega Master System. But now, it has gone 900 better, adding masses of classic arcade games forgotten by time to its stable. The newly-launched Internet Arcade will be the source of worldwide procrastination, no doubt and you needn’t stand in line or have a bag of coins at the ready either. All games...

  • Shadow Warrior (PS4) review: fun-tastic

    Games take themselves too seriously. Between the serious death and destruction of Mass Effect, Shadow of Mordor and Advanced Warfare, games like Hotline Miami, Sunset Overdrive and yes, the titular Shadow Warrior stand out as titles that just wanna have fun. So I’m here to tell you that Shadow Warrior, a remake of a fairly racist Nineties classic by 3D Realms, is fantastic fun. Here’s a game that doesn’t take itself seriously for even a split-second, even while you’re spinning through crowds of exploding demons with a fiery Katana. (As an aside, is Devolver Digital the best games publisher of...

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare meta-review: a return to form

    Today’s the day: Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare releases and there’s a few reviews currently out and about. Is this the next-generation shooter we’ve all been hoping for? Let’s see what these lucky publications have to say (spoiler alert: the game’s good): Let’s begin with Joe Anderson’s review (on PS4), off the lesser-known site ShopTo.net. In Anderson’s opinion, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is a solid return to form, with excellent use of the new EXO suit, lifelike graphics and addictive multiplayer. The new shooter isn’t going to convert non-fans though. “Whether Advanced Warfare is for you or not will be down...

  • Hardware hack of the day: make ice-cold candy from fridges’ ice dispenser

    We’ve seen some ridiculous hardware hacks on YouTube in the past, featuring mega-consoles and X-Men-inspired Wolverine claws but this is at least something that everyone with a fridge (and no need for an ice dispenser) can attempt. YouTuber Deric Peace decided that his fridge’s practical ice dispenser was too traditional, sensible and healthy for his Halloween plans. So, being a hardware hacker on the internet, he filled it with candy. The result? A continuous stream of ice cold, thirst quenching candies and confectioneries. We’re not sure how Peace has done it — he doesn’t exactly lay out any plans, unfortunately, or if...

  • This fanny-pack computer translates doggie body language

    A new device, trialed by North Carolina State University, hopes to enhance communication between us and our furry friends, which could find uses in a multitude of situations. The fanny pack loaded with a computer the size of a “deck of cards” sits on the dog’s back and harnessed for added stability (should you throw that stick a little too far). It might sound ridiculous, but the backpack will allow humans and dogs to communicate more effectively, which could benefit ordinary potty training to search and rescue missions. Perhaps the most obvious application would be for us with guide dogs. “Dogs...

  • Battlefield vs Call of Duty: and the victory goes to…

    In much the same way as we see a yearly iteration of most sports games, we also see regular releases of Call of Duty and Battlefield. Because they are of a similar nature, quite naturally there is a certain amount of rivalry between the two, and an associated fanaticism that accompanies its release. Call of Duty is a shooter characterised by a history of memorable characters and single player campaigns, as well as fun and addictive multiplayer gameplay. Battlefield is specifically known for its innovative multiplayer maps, and the freedom to play in whichever way suits you. And so we’ve decided to...