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With the last batch of DLC for Final Fantasy XIII-2 released just a few days ago, a lot of major questions have emerged regarding the future of the XIII universe. The director originally stated in response to the controversial “to be continued..” at the end of FFXIII-2, that a sequel to the game is not guaranteed and that the message at the end of the credits was both an encouragement for players to unlock the other paradox endings, as well as play the consistently released DLC. However, the Requiem of a Goddess DLC, which basically explains to you what happened to Lightning while Serah and Noel were busy “saving the world”, has an ending that may in fact bring closure to the series. The ending of the DLC shows us why Lightning appears in a crystal stasis at the end of the game, and how she will preserve Serah’s memory in indestructible crystal for an eternity in the hope that it will guide Serah’s soul back to her someday.
However, in a secret ending of the DLC, we find that she does in fact wake up (I guess an eternity isn’t too long in the Final Fantasy universe) in what appears to be A Dying World, a playable part of FFXIII-2 that Noel resides from. If Lightning is waking up in this barren world it means one of two things. The first is that Square Enix is simply showing us how bad the world has gotten after the chaos of Vallhalla was released, and doesn’t plan to go any further. The alternative could be that the world she is waking up to still has hope, and that Lightning may take a major role in saving it in XIII-3. I personally vote for the latter idea.
The DLC also brought resolution to Serah’s death, something that the ending of the game did not. Lightning is torn apart by the guilt of setting Serah down this path, but Serah herself shows up and explains to Lightning that it wasn’t her fault, that she chose it. Serah continued to go on, knowing that each step would bring her closer to death. We see a very emotional goodbye scene between Lightning and Serah, and the leading cause for Lightning’s following decision.
It’s really hard to say how Square Enix could advance from this point. In a sense, they have brought the series to a close, just in a very dark and lonely way. When I witnessed the XIII-2 ending back in February, I was pretty outraged. I demanded that this horrible downward spiral of a closure on the last two games be met with some sort of equilibrium in a XIII-3. But now that I’ve experienced this DLC, I really don’t think it’s that necessary. My main anger towards the ending of XIII-2, with its abrupt and unresolving events, has mostly been compromised by this DLC’s bittersweet ending. Does Square Enix need a FFXIII-3? No, it does not. Although I’ve loved most of the characters in the FFXIII universe, and would enjoy another game, I think it’s safe to say goodbye, and look on to better Final Fantasy titles out there to be released.
For any of you who missed it, you have not seen the last of Angry Birds. It was announced a while back that the games were going to be coming to the 3DS, as well as consoles in the form of a collection including Angry Birds, Angry Birds Rio, and Angry Birds Seasons. Now, if you think about it, buying all three Angry Birds games offered on mobile devices, including all the DLC, would run you about $10 give or take. That being said, on what grounds does Activation justify selling this collection for $29.99 on the 3DS and $39.99 on the PS3 and Xbox 360? Here’s how.
Basically, Activision is basing their price on how much “extra” content the collection will have. First off, each and every level has been remastered in stunning HD graphics. It will also have 19 original levels that have never been seen before (though it’s not much when compared to the 700+ levels that already exist). On top of all those improvements to gameplay, the collection will also have artwork, new cinematics (that replace the pretty simple animations), surround sound, Move/Kinect support, 3D support, achievements, and plenty of unlockables like never before seen artwork. Not to mention the fact that instead of having all three games across three different iPod applications (which are so hard to open separately…like seriously, thank you Activision for not making me open separate applications to play these games), you can have all those birds in one convenient place. That’s pretty much all they have on the matter.
Sorry Activision, you don’t have me sold on this one just yet. Let’s take a look at why these “extra” things don’t make the game worth any extra money. First of all, why do you need to play Angry Birds in HD? I mean, the graphics are already simple enough that even in HD, nothing is really gained. The iPod versions had no troubles graphically that I noticed, so HD isn’t really a selling point in this case. Secondly, as I stated above, including that the game will have 19 new levels doesn’t make much of a difference either. How about instead of buying this and getting 19 new levels, I just buy a full new game for $39.99? I could most likely get a fairly recent one for that much. Lastly, can we just take a second to realize that this “collection” doesn’t even have every single Angry Birds game on it? I mean, why would they not include Angry Birds Space? If they had done that, I would consider paying like…$15 for it (on a good day).
Honestly, I don’t think that there is a single thing that Activision could do that could make me buy Angry Birds for $39.99 outside of literally giving me a giant slingshot with hand grenades, and lining up the Rovio employees for me to take aim at. Of course, maybe I am being too harsh. They did get all 3 Angry Birds applications in one easy place, making it so I don’t have to open each app individually to play each title.
Reggie Fils-Aime and Nintendo redefined the term “launch window”. After announcing the November release of their Wii U system, they announced a pile of titles, many of which would be available launch day, and another lot that would be available within a four to six month launch window. I suppose that when you consider the life cycle
When Nintendo announced its Wii U launch-window line up, there were a few games that caught my eye and Rayman Legends was definitely one of them. Looking forward to it being an actual day-one launch title, I ran to my local game shop to put down my pre-order money. Alas, I was dismayed to hear that not only would Legends
Were you just ever so excited to pop in Rayman Legends into your brand new Wii U this November? Well, Ubisoft said not until Q1 2013. That’s right folks, you’ll have to wait two to three more months to play a new and improved Rayman Legends. According to Ubisoft, the game has be delayed to give developer more time to fine
Ubisoft has already announced that they would be showing off Rayman Legends at Gamescom 2012, so there’s no surprise at this “new” trailer. Calling the trailer new would be strange, considering it strongly resembles the E3 footage that was shown during Ubisoft’s panel. Anyways, the trailer focusses on the Wii U gamepad, which gives you access to the frog character.
At E3, we were introduced to one new character that was making an appearance in Rayman Legends. The frog thing, which is exclusive to the gamepad, seemed to add another element to the already exciting gameplay exhibited by Rayman Legends. Now they are introducing a character that is a little bit more “in your face” about her problems. Everyone say hello to
Wii U Hands-On Videos get Personal with the Wii U’s Most Popular Games We still don’t know when Nintendo is going to release the Wii U, so I guess all we have right now is videos. At an event in Montreal over the weekend, the kind folks over at Jeux Online managed to snag some videos of some of Wii U’s most popular games in action. These include Rayman Legends; Pikmin 3; Project P-100;
Rayman Legends Might Not Be A Wii U Exclusive Since the official E3 demo last week, Rayman Legends has been labeled specifically for Wii U, with no confirmation for other consoles. Considering the amount of Wii U specific technology (near field communication, touch-screen based multiplayer, etc) that the game is designed around, it seemed pretty clear that the game would be a Wii U exclusive. However, if you were
With another E3 come and gone, and the console war just beginning the final leg of this generation, the digital gauntlet has been thrown down and the future spending for the holiday season is secured. Here at GU, the past week was full of debates, potential dreams, maybe a bit too much cynicism, and of course, heavy speculation. To wrap
PlayStation Vita, which will be available this fall for $249 or $299 depending on the wireless connectivity of choice, is on its way. After being fully unveiled and named at this year’s E3, we are now left to wait. In the meantime, however, we can speculate. We’ve got a pretty good grasp on the hardware, or at least as good as that will get until it becomes available. We know the 3G service is coming from AT&T, which means we know it will be terrible. Finally, we know some games are coming out. We don’t have solid release dates for any of them, but quite a few were shown at E3, and here they are.
This will be available after launch, probably even in early 2012. According to creative director Ken Levine, it will be a unique title, not a port of previous games in the series.
Street Fighter X Tekken
The cross universe fighting game from Capcom will easily be the best fighting game available this early in Vita’s life cycle. We know no more about this game than we do about its home console brethren.
Super Stardust Delta
Have you played Super Stardust HD? If you haven’t, go use your Welcome Back offer from Sony to get it on your PS3. For free. Its awesome. Bringing it to the Vita and adding tilt and touch controls should make this game, already perfect for portable platforms, a must-have.
Hot Shots Golf Next
The cartoony golf series, already a favorite on PSP, comes to Vita with upgraded graphics and touch controls. If you like Hot Shots Golf, you will like this. If you don’t, move along.
Virtua Tennis 4
What would a Sony hardware release be without an accompanying Virtua tennis game? Like Hot Shots Golf, you should already know whether or not you want this.
Shinobido 2: Tales of the Ninja
There is just about nothing to be known about this game yet, and it was barely even mentioned by Sony at E3. Expect more details soon
BlazBlue Continuum Shift
An updated port of the existing title, and expected to be available at launch. The developer is considering using the rear touchpad for “something,” but hopefully they’ll leave well enough alone.
A puzzle game in which the main character can decide at any point which direction is down.
Customiable kart racing comes to Vita. Should be perfect for the portable platform assuming track creation and customization is well executed.
A Diablo-esque dungeon crawler with a cloud saving feature that allows you to pick up and play on either your Vita or your PS3 at home.
Sackthings on the go. Much like ModNation, it all comes down to the execution of the customization features.
Harley Quinn’s Revenge isn’t the DLC that gamers need, but the one that they deserve.
Rarely does a downloadable expansion satisfy the way Harley Quinn’s Revenge does. Not only is it a well-constructed narrative, it throws players into a fresh cowl to boot (outside of challenge mode at least). By having players take on the role of Robin instead of Batman for much of the expansion, Rocksteady was able to continue the story right where Arkham City ended without it feeling rehashed. The Boy Wonder keeps the gameplay fresh by presenting the player with new combat moves and ways to solve puzzles. This makes the DLC feel new and familiar all at the same time.
Don’t underestimate Robin. While Tim Drake may be considered a lowly sidekick, he can still kick some low life backside with the best of ’em. Utilizing his bo staff as a battering ram and his grapple hook to zip kick the baddies, Robin’s fighting style feels inherently different from that of Batman’s.
Story-wise, the expansion picks up just a few weeks after the events of Arkham City. Harley Quinn has become madder than the man in the top hat since losing her beloved Mr. J and has managed to lure in and capture the Caped Crusader. Enter Robin. The sidekick extraordinaire, disturbed by Batman’s disappearance, heads to Arkham City to save his mentor. While attempting to save Batman, there’s a continual sense of desperation in the air. Time is running out and lives are on the line – namely, Bruce Wayne’s. The story is enough to draw players in and keep them hooked, but ends rather abruptly and could have used a bit more fleshing out in the closing. Especially in the department regarding Batman’s psyche.
Throughout the course of the story players learn that Batman has been secluded since the deaths of Talia Al Ghul and the Joker. What’s most disturbing about this is that the expansion makes it seem like Batman not only blames himself for Joker’s death, but has actually been mourning the loss of his archenemy. Unfortunately, it’s never fully expanded. Much like their fighting styles, those closest to Batman find it better to move around the topic instead of attacking it head on. Still, this is more than forgivable. The ‘saving Batman’ narrative is front and center for this expansion and by only hinting at Batman’s deepening misery, Rocksteady has left open their options for further additions; whether it be another DLC, a new game, or a comic.
The missions and enemies throughout Harley Quinn’s Revenge feel like a condensed version of Arkham City and that’s not a bad thing. Think of it as a sampler platter for Arkham City. Players get to experience a bit of everything that made the main game such a success. There are new puzzles to be solved, timers to be beaten, shadows to be skulked, and, of course, mobs of enemies to be pummeled. The expansion is a blast to play from beginning to end and never gets old. Granted, it’s only two hours long but it’s so much fun that it warrants more than a single play-through.
Harley Quinn’s Revenge is one DLC that no Batfan should miss out on. For it’s low price and lasting appeal, this is a DLC that stands cowl and cape above the rest. Needless to say, this expansion is no joke.
In what may be one of the greatest stories we have covered this year, a brand-new firm, Carbon3D has basically emerged from stealth method, revealing an entirely brand-new revolutionary 3D print, which is anywhere in between 25 and also 100 times faster than just what’s offered on the market today.The privately-held Redwood City, California-based business, Carbon3D, was started in 2013, and since then has been covertly improving a new 3D printing modern technology which guarantees to alter the industry forever.
The innovation that the business calls Continual Liquid Interface Manufacturing go technology (CLIP) works by harnessing the power of light and oxygen to cure a photosensitive material. Seems a dreadful lot like Stereolithography (SHANTY TOWN) innovation, does not it? While it makes use of concepts we see within a regular RUN-DOWN NEIGHBORHOOD procedure, where a laser or projector cures a photosensitive resin, Carbon3D’s CLIP process wanders off significantly from the technology that we are all used to viewing. Instead of printing a things layer-by-layer, which brings about exceptionally slow down speeds and also a weak general structure similar to that of shale, this brand-new procedure utilizes light bulb as a method to cure the material, and also oxygen as a hindering representative, to print in true 3-dimensional style.
“Current 3D printing technology has actually failed to render on its guarantee to revolutionize manufacturing,” claimed Dr. Joseph DeSimone, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Carbon3D. “Our CLIP modern technology supplies the game-changing rate, constant mechanical homes as well as choice of products needed for complicated business quality components.”.
By bringing oxygen right into the formula, a traditionally mechanical technique for 3D printing unexpectedly ends up being a tunable photochemical process which quickly reduces production times, eliminates the layering result, and also supplies an innovation which could simply take 3D printing to the following level. The device after that is able to regulate the exact quantity of oxygen and also when that oxygen is permitted into the material pool. The oxygen hence acts to prevent the substance from healing in particular areas as the light remedies those areas not exposed to the oxygen.
For those of you that are believing right now, “This firm must be a fluke. How can they have developed such an innovation 3D printing technique but we have actually yet to hear a peep from them,” the following bit of information will certainly decrease your doubts.
Carbon3D has actually managed to companion with Sequoia Capital, among the oldest and most successful venture capital firms on earth, to lead their Series A round of funding in 2013, as well as with Silver Lake Kraftwerk for their Series B round. In total amount, they have increased $41 million to this day, all almost under the radar.
“If 3D printing wants to burst out of the prototyping particular niche it has actually been caught in for decades, we should locate a disruptive innovation that attacks the issue from a fresh perspective and also addresses 3D printing’s fundamental weaknesses,” claimed Jim Goetz, Carbon3D board member as well as Sequoia partner. “When we met with Joe and saw what his group had designed, it was instantly clear to us that 3D printing would never coincide.”.
The CLIP process was initially created by the company’s Chief Executive Officer, Joseph DeSimone, along with his colleagues Lecturer Edward Samulski, as well as Dr. Alex Ermoshkin. It’s going to be really fascinating to view just exactly how this technology ultimately plays out, and when it could pertain to market. Since the company runs out stealth mode, will the bigger gamers within the area try obtaining them?
In what could be one of the biggest tales we have covered this year, a brand-new firm, Carbon3D has just arised out of stealth method, revealing a completely new development 3D printing process, which is anywhere between 25 as well as 100 times faster compared to just what’s available on the market today.The privately-held Redwood City, California-based company, Carbon3D, was started in 2013, and also since after that has been privately improving a new 3D printing technology which guarantees to change the industry for life.
The technology that the firm calls Continual Liquid User interface Production go modern technology (CLIP) works by using the power of light and also oxygen to cure a photosensitive resin. While it makes use of concepts we see within a typical SHANTY TOWN process, where a laser or projector remedies a photosensitive substance, Carbon3D’s CLIP procedure wanders off substantially from the innovation that we are all made use of to seeing. By bringing oxygen right into the equation, a traditionally mechanical strategy for 3D printing suddenly comes to be a tunable photochemical procedure which rapidly minimizes production times, removes the layering effect, as well as offers an innovation which may simply take 3D printing to the next degree.
How To Find 3D Printable Shapes For Your 3D Printers Finding appropriate 3d printable shapes these days is easy, if you know where to look. With the advent and popularity of 3d printers these days, it comes as no surprise that associated printable shapes are also in demand.
What are they?
If you are wondering what these 3d printable shapes are, here is your answer. 3d printable objects are objects, which are available in a unique three-dimensional format and can be easily downloaded as well as printed via your own 3d printer. Right from educational models to 3d objects in other genres, these models are being increasingly used to get a better visual and learning experience. These models are often build according to scale and thus can represent a powerful learning and visual aid in classrooms and educational institutes.
Many of the modern available 3d printable shapes are made and designed in such a manner that you can print them out on your 3d printers and make customized 3d pattern models from these printouts. Most of these printouts even have dotted lines on which you need to fold the printout. Then you need to cut out the 3d printable shapes as per the outline and then fold in the mentioned corners. In this manner, you get a unique 3 dimensional shape, which is great for learning as well as simulation sessions.
The common 3d printable shapes available in the online world are mainly focused on geometric shapes. These include everything from circles, triangles, rectangles, elliptical shapes, squares as well as many other complex shapes. In the sphere of science and technology learning, such shapes prove to be invaluable. You can simply print out these 3d printable shapes and then use your 3d printers to print them out.
Easy to use
The main reason for the immense popularity of these modern 3d printable shapes is the ease of use they provide. You could sit in the comfort of your own home and choose to print out these complex shapes using your 3d printers. Many of the highly complex geometric designs, which cannot be printed using conventional printers can now be printed easily using 3d printers. In fact, these 3d printable shapes are now being used as powerful visual as well as educational aids for children in schools as well as colleges. Elaborate subjects like physics and chemistry can now be explained in simpler, easier visual mechanisms by using such 3d printable shapes.
How to find such shapes
It is easy to get access to state of the art 3d printable shapes online. In order to do this, you need to visit any of the popular search engines and type in specific keywords. The main keywords to be used are phrases like ‘3d shapes for printing’, ‘3d printed shapes’ etc. You will get access to numerous results in this manner. Before downloading any shape or pattern, make sure to check if the site is free or paid. There are scores of free sites offering such 3d printable shapes online so there is no need to pay a hefty fee for these services. Check the reputation of the site and if they have any viruses or malware present. You can go ahead and download these latest 3d printable shapes for your printing purposes. This Article is written by John C Arkin from myofficeportal.org the contributor of Office Supplies Information & Resources. More information on the subject is at How To Find 3D Printable Shapes For Your 3D Printers, and related resources can be found at Printer Ink Cartridge.
The Sense handheld 3D scanner by 3D systems is possibly the best 3D scanner you will find on the 3D printing market. Unlike Makerbots Digitizer and Rubicon the Sense is a handheld device where you aim at the object within a certain distance to capture the 3D image. This gives a big benefit for scanning large objects.
The Sense has a similar resemblance to a staple gun, Its roughly about the same size and you would hold it as if it were one. It can capture 2 3 meters of volume with a resolution polycount of 20,000 – 400,000 triangles every scan.
Sense is very similar to the Mircosoft Kinect as it uses a Class l laser from a company Prime Sense – these are the same people that produced Kinect.
The device is plastic and coated with black soft rubber on the out side and the inner handle is made out of white plastic. The soft rubber allows the scanner to have some grip if it is placed down on a table.
Funny enough the first time i held a scanner up to a person i felt as if i am holding them hostage lol. If you are scanning a person you have to tell them to stay very still.
Load up the the software currently only on Windows and select the corresponding option (Person or Object etc) you will see a white screen this is where your scanned image will be.
Next hit the start scan button from the software and hold up the scanner, it does not matter if you start at the head or the body. You will start to see flash going off but just this just means its working. Slowly move your arm up and down and around the object to capture the whole object remembering to keep your distance to about a half a meter to a meter.
The Sense is connect via USB so just beware how and where you are moving around.
As you scan the person or object whatever you have captured will show up on the screen, usually this is where most of your attention will be as you have to make sure you get all the detail otherwise, the other attention will be moving around the object or person. So good hand eye coordination will be a benefit. Otherwise give it a few goes and you will be alright.
The software has the ability to mesh multiple scans easily together, this is a big benefit as you can just add certain details to the original scan.
Cubify has a few value packages that bundles a Cube 3D printer, a choose of 4 filaments and the handheld 3D scanner for £1149. A Cube X Duo is also available for £2099
Having a 3D printer is awesome, but you don’t have any 3d modelling software experience?! so you’ll just download 3d designs from Thiniverse or Shapeways.
When people think of 3d software they usually think of Autocad, you know the pink and blue wireframe, or you might think of 3d Studio Max or Maya. Well these software packages are proper professional and they have been around for a very long time. They can be overwhelming when you see the user interface with many buttons and functions. So I can relate to your frustration.
These days because of the start up of the 3D printing industry many companies are realising that consumers have little or no experience with 3d packages at all. So in developing easy to use software for beginners, they hope that it will help move everyone all together.
Do you remember when you typed on a qwerty keyboard for the first time? it was mind boggling right? but eventually you remembered where the letters was. Its the same with all things new we do. At first its alien to us but once you get the hang of it then your all good. You just have to get familiar with the button and how they work.
Almost all 3D software they will always be basics. These are usually the navigation stuff like ‘Zoom in/out’ with the mouse wheel and ‘Orbit’ around the object with the left mouse button. If you have ever used Google Earth or Apple maps in 3D its similar to that but instead of using your fingers on your iPad it would be the pointer.
One of the best things to start designing in my opinion would be something symmetrical, you don’t want to go straight into organic shapes just yet because it can be jumping ahead. You want to get the foundations right, so in copying a simple glass bottle that is in front of you would be the best practice. Just like drawing with pencil but on software. This will teach you some of the main functions like ‘Extrude’ ‘Rotate’ and ‘Scale’ as well as selecting ‘Face’ and ‘Edges’ – this gets me excited just talking about these buttons there are so many more cooler buttons.
Most of the time when you want to start its more of a ‘how to approach it” meaning “if I am going to make this wine bottle should I start with a cylinder and then narrow it near the top for the bottle neck?” in some ways yes you can do that, but again it depends on what software you are using and how much detail you want – something like a wine bottle can be harder to design in than other software because of the lack of functions and freedom. Sometimes its just easier to draw half of the bottle (like as if it was cut vertically) in 2 dimentional and then ‘Revolve” in 360 – all done!