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[AppleTell] E3 2015 game profile: Ace of Arenas for iOS and Android

Now that we’re a week behind the opening of E3 2015, it’s time to take a dedicated look at some of the more impressive titles we demoed on the show floor, starting with Ace of Arenas.

[AppleTell] iRig Mic Studio now available from IK Multimedia

Last week, IK Multimedia released Mic Room, a microphone modeling app with the ability to make your

[AppleTell] Guardians of the Galaxy coming to Marvel: Future Fight

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Netmarble Games has announced the

[GamerTell] Ubisoft's Zombi listed for Xbox One by Australian ratings board

zombiu wii uUbisoft is working on a new Xbox One game titled Zombi, according to the Australian Classification ratings board. The game’s file first appeared June 17, 2015 but has only recently been made public. Filed under “computer games,” Zombi is set to be developed and published by Ubisoft’s French studio if the file’s country of origin is any indication.

Naturally, the question on everyone’s tongue is whether the game is connected to Ubisoft’s 2012 Wii U exclusive, ZombiU . Unfortunately, aside from the obvious similarities in name and Australia’s stringent rating guidelines, which peg the game

[EntertainmentTell] This week in nonsensical titles: “Independence Day Resurgence”

Image Courtesy of the Guardian UK

Image Courtesy of the Guardian UK

Well, at least they spelled “Resurgence” right…

Next year’s 20-years-later, generally un-asked-for sequel to “Independence Day” will be called “Independence Day Resurgence,” the filmmakers announced Tuesday. It’s not clear what exactly the resurgence is, but I’d imagine it involves aliens who, unlike their 1996 predecessors, are able to outsmart a mid-‘90s-era Mac Powerbook.

Will Smith won’t be back, but Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum, Brent Spiner and Judd Hirsch will be, along with new star Liam Hemsworth. Original director Roland Emmerich is back, too.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, here’s the director’s description:

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[EntertainmentTell] Eli Roth might make a movie out of "MEG"

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I did my study-abroad program after my junior year in Florence, Italy, where I was stupid enough to have a girlfriend the entire time, as well as possess the wrong attitude about international travel; make a bee-line for the McDonalds instead of the local bistro, spend too much time in internet cafes wondering what this, “Blair Witch,” hype was all about, and read really dumb dime story novels.

Granted, I gave, “Dante’s Inferno,” a shot, but I also read this wacky Jaws-on-steroids rip-off called, “MEG.” Authored by Steve Alten, it was a quick and entertaining read, but the only thing I could think of upon finishing it was, “If they ever make a movie out of this, it’ll cost a mint, and it will be the dumbest movie. Ever. Battlefield Earth bad.”

Sure enough, it has languished in “development hell” since its initial publication in 1997, with directors such as Guillermo Del Toro and

[GamerTell] E3 2015: Hands-on demos at Nintendo's Best Buy Access event

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Ever since it was announced at last year’s E3 Digital Direct, I’ve only really kept Super Mario Maker (formerly Mario Maker) in the back of my mind. As novel as it seemed, the idea of making my own Mario levels never really grabbed me, probably because I never played any of the New Super Mario Bros. series that took advantage of their hardware to usher in new gameplay ideas. That changed yesterday, when I got my hands on the Super Mario Maker demo at Best Buy’s Nintendo Access event.

I witnessed a lot of diversity in Super Mario Maker‘s myriad of pre-made levels. The stage I saw the most was themed around being a Legend of Zelda dungeon, using Bob-ombs to destroy blocks and taking a Goomba’s shoe to defend against obstacles while descending into a pit. The only stage I personally played was a level featuring Monty Moles and Bob-ombs. The pace of the level changed from slow while waiting for Koopa shells and Bob-ombs to destroy walls, to fast when Bob-ombs threatened to destroy the ground I needed to jump on. The whole level seemed designed around throwing me for a loop by changing the pace on a dime. It was neat to see such a big shift in design dictated by the enemy choice. super-mario-maker-zelda

If the Access Event is made to get people hyped for new games then it worked: I’m pretty darn excited for Super Mario Maker now. I originally decided I’d pick up a Wii U when I heard that Fatal Frame 5 was going to get localized, but Super Mario Maker is definitely a game I’ll want to check out now. I’m not completely sold on changing into other Nintendo characters, perhaps because I didn’t see enough of them to see how they affect gameplay.

The other game on display at the Access event was the recently announced The Legend of Zelda: Triforce Heroes. This three-player game was demoed with a trio of New 3DS XL consoles conveniently provided at the Access event. I love cooperative gameplay, especially when it’s not solely based around combat and Zelda turned out to be no exception. Most of the gameplay is recycled from Four Swords, but the addition of a totem stance to reach faraway or high up switches was interesting, especially combined with using items to perform complex functions like extinguishing fires.

The totem stance presents some problems though, as I ended up being paired with strangers from the line for Super Mario Maker. I have nothing against strangers I meet in lines, but if you pick me up and don’t let me down in a game that revolves around cooperative puzzling, I’m probably not going to have a whole lot of fun. Additionally, it seems like the only way to put some items down is to straight-up throw them, meaning some puzzles end up becoming fiddly as all get out, resulting in losing hearts to avoid wasting excess time. This compounds negatively on the design choice of characters sharing a health bar, an otherwise fine choice which encourages teamwork in order to solve puzzles efficiently.

Triforce-Heroes-Emotes The emotes get an A+ though.

Even if Nintendo’s E3 2015 direct didn’t get me super hyped, I really enjoyed the games provided at the Access Event. Nintendo always creates fun experiences, evidence by my surprise enjoyment of these unusual entries into the Mario and Zelda series. As much as I would have loved to see a bit more from the Nintendo Direct (So many rad titles were left out!), at least I’m satisfied with the vision of the near future. If you missed out on the Wednesday event, Best Buy will be holding another one on Saturday, June 20, 2015 at noon.

Site [Nintendo’s Youtube channel]

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[EntertainmentTell] A presidential WTF moment: Obama to appear on Maron podcast

ObamaSome news I wasn’t expecting this morning: President Obama will soon appear on the “WTF” podcast with Marc Maron.

Maron announced the news on the episode of the show that went online Thursday (as reported by Entertainment Weekly):

“Brace yourselves. Are you sitting down? Okay. Take a breath. All right. If everything goes as planned, on Monday, I will post a WTF – an episode of this show that you’re listening to now – featuring myself in conversation, talking to at my home in my garage … me, talking to the President of the United States of America, Barack Obama,” Maron said at the start of his 612th episode, with guest Judd Apatow. “If everything goes well [Friday]. I’m talking to him [Friday]. If everything goes as planned.”

Not only that, but Obama will visit the “garage” at Maron’s house, with the Secret Service in tow.

If the history of Maron’s show is any indication, Obama will open up like never before about his childhood, personal life, and possibly even past drug use.

Believe it or not, it’s not the president’s first-ever appearance on a podcast. He appeared on Bill Simmons’ B.S. Report- in an interview taped at the White House- in May 2012.

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[AppleTell] IK Multimedia invites us into the Mic Room

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IK Multimedia has opened a world of amplifier sounds to us with their various guitar apps, and now they’re doing the same for vocalists. The company has just introduced Mic Room, a microphone-modeling app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

The app makes sense, considering the variety of analog and digital microphone hardware they’ve already made available to iPhone users. Now, users of devices such as the iRig Field, iRig Mic HD

[GadgeTell] Microsoft Lumia 640 available from T-Mobile at last for $130

Lumia 640It’s taken Magenta way longer than originally anticipated to put Microsoft’s newest Windows Phone budget soldier up for grabs, but all’s well that ends well and now, the ball is in AT&T’s court. Obviously, Ma Bell can afford the luxury of keeping its customers waiting a couple more weeks, since both the Lumia 640 and 640 XL should get the American number two carrier’s vote of confidence.

Meanwhile, T-Mobile only sells the non-phablet 5-inch version, and even that one remains hard to come by in brick and mortar stores. On the bright side, if you hurry and order the Microsoft Lumia 640 online today, free overnight shipping awaits to help seal the deal.

Not that there’s any need for sweeteners, considering the impressive bang for buck factor and hefty discount compared to Amazon’s unlocked $195 price tag. Like Cricket Wireless, T-Mo lets you have the no-contract quad-core, 720p, 1 GB RAM-packing handheld at a ridiculously low $130.

$129.84, to be exact, which you can always choose to evenly split in 24 monthly payments of $5.41 a pop. Remember, a Windows 10 update could be merely a few months away, and out the box, you receive other robust mid-range goodies such as 4G LTE connectivity, Skype, Office and Cortana support, an 8 MP LED flash rear camera, 2,500 mAh battery, 8 GB internal storage and microSD expansion.

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[GadgeTell] Microsoft Lumia 640 available from T-Mobile at last for $130