Tech infiltrates board games of the future at Gen Con 2019

Posted On Sep 10 2019 by

first_img Gen Con 2019: See the mass of board games on display 28 Photos Originally published Aug. 5.  Post a comment Tyler Lizenby/CNET I’m somewhat new to board games (I’m deeply invested in my Gloomhaven campaign and games like Dead of Winter), but I’m enthusiastic enough about the hobby to have been thrilled at the chance to go to Gen Con over the weekend. For the unaffiliated, Gen Con is a massive annual board game convention in Indianapolis. And I do mean massive. Huge halls spread across multiple buildings demonstrate board games of mind-boggling variety. I didn’t come close to seeing everything over the three days I was there, but I did catch plenty of highlights. Here are my favorites. MechanicaGiven that I spend most of my time covering smart home tech, a board game called Mechanica immediately grabbed my attention. It’s about robot vacuums trying to take over the world. After squeezing through the crowd to sit on my stool at the demo table, one of the hosts launched into the instructions, all given in a satirical, post-apocalyptic tone. The premise is that “friendly” robots have pretty much conquered everything but keep humans complicit by giving them “useful” jobs in factories. Your goal is to build a production line for these robot vacuums. If your line is useful enough, the robots will kindly let you live and keep making more robots. gencon-2019-games-56 Tyler Lizenby/CNET Gameplay involves producing robots to make in-game money, then using that money to buy jigsaw-like pieces to upgrade your factory line and make it produce robots more quickly. The pieces offer an interesting variety of powers. Some help you bank money for the end. Some duplicate or upgrade your robots. Others redirect your pieces to help you make room for more. It can be tough to keep everything straight at first, but here’s where actual tech comes into play (the game is about technology, but you’re not actually playing with robot vacuums). The company behind Mechanica is developing an augmented reality app that you’ll be able to point at any game piece to see how it works. This should theoretically make learning the game much easier. mechanica-app-1 Mechanica’s AR app at work. Tyler Lizenby/CNET An AR instructions app also provides a notable thematic juxtaposition in a game about technology taking over the world. While clearly satirical, the theme of the game paints tech in a negative light as humans succumb to robot overlords, yet the game makes use of tech to help our little human brains learn the rules that much faster.Mechanica is made by Resonym, a game company with a mission to build socially conscious games. Buffalo, for example, tries to break down stereotypes by challenging social biases. You draw two cards at once, one with an adjective and one with a noun — multiracial superhero for example. The first person to come up with an example wins. The adjectives keep you on your toes to think creatively about your own assumptions regarding what the nouns might mean. Mechanica’s mission is less clear, but the AR integration is helpful and the game itself is fun, and maybe that’s all it needs to be. After a few minutes of playing, I forgot I was in a cramped demo hall surrounded by strangers. I was too busy trying to create the biggest and best robots I could. Pictionary AirMechanica wasn’t the only game at the convention to make use of cool technology. Mattel demoed Pictionary Air, which CNET tried in February at Toy Fair. The basic concept will be familiar to you if you’ve ever played the classic Pictionary. You try to get your team to guess words by drawing them. However, instead of drawing on a pad of paper, you’re actually drawing in the air. gencon-2019-games-68 Tyler Lizenby/CNET Augmented reality shows what you’ve drawn on a screen, so you’re literally drawing on air while the guessers get a view of the pattern on your TV or their cell phone. Pictionary Air is a really cool concept, but I struggled mightily to be able to draw without seeing my own results. The first image I attempted was the seemingly simple “tablecloth.” I was even surrounded by earnest guessers watching the demos, but try as I might, I couldn’t get them close to the right answer. In fact, they consistently guessed animals like dog and buffalo. Frustrated, I eventually turned around to see why they were struggling. I sympathized when I saw the scribblings of a madman I had created.The augmented reality aspect certainly adds a high-tech angle to a classic and can help even the odds among the participants, as I doubt many in your group will be practiced at air drawing. Star Wars, Thor, Overwatch: The hottest cosplay from Gen Con 2019 77 Photoscenter_img Toys and Tabletop Games Share your voice Augmented reality could theoretically bridge any number of analog games to tech. A company called Tilt Five was showing what could be possible. It had an augmented reality headset, a game board and a controller. With the headset on, the game board comes alive and lets you interact with a deep 3D model of a game world. I like board games as a reprieve from my normally tech-focused life, but between better instructions and richer interactions, AR and apps could certainly bring a lot of new features to this classic hobby. KlaskThat said, many board games still don’t need fancy tech to be enjoyable. Klask was the perfect example. Named Swedish game of the year in 2015, Klask is new to most people in the US, and the company behind it showed off a new four-player version of the game at Gen Con.gencon-2019-games-25 Tyler Lizenby/CNET In a fest filled with complex games that have layers of rules and intricacies, playing Klask was like drinking a cool glass of water. Many of the games on display at Gen Con take a long time to learn and involve multiple miniatures and boards and detailed setups, and I enjoy all of that. Gloomhaven is my current favorite board game. Still, I appreciated the contrasting simplicity of Klask. The only tech involved is magnets. It’s conceptually similar to air hockey. Your goal is to use your magnetic piece to whack a little plastic ball into the other player’s goal, but you have to watch out for a handful of traps. If you lose your piece in your own goal, or get stuck on the magnets in the middle, your opponent scores instead of you.I played more rounds of Klask than any other game at Gen Con. It’s quick and thoroughly enjoyable, with enough chaos to be consistently surprising and enough skill required to demand your full attention. It also provided a great counterpoint to lots of the other games on display, showing that board games at all levels of tech and complexity can still be really fun. 0 Tagslast_img read more


Randeep Hooda takes a dig at Kangana Ranaut is it an act

Posted On Sep 5 2019 by

first_imgFor you,she might be an occasional actor. For us, she is a 3 times National Award winner and the leading actress of Bollywood. Her opinion made you tweet.That’s enough to know where the power lies. Good luck appeasing the nepo family, hope you find good work. Jobless flop Actors bhi gyan dene Lage ab Vaibhav‏ @vaibhavsalonia Didnt believe from u sir.  U lost a fan respect. I knw it wont affect anything. God bless u. Unfollowing.. QueenBee‏ @artemis_ari Mental Ram Sharma‏ @raaam06 That’s fine.But u need to tell her to make a voter ID.she works in the indian film industry n says I can’t vote coz I am a British citizen!!There’s a life outside the glamour world n I think kangana is better in that matter..in acting too btw 😉 Mil gai attention ho gya kush aagya limelight me Dont worry nxt dharma movie me karan koi b role dedega!  Shame on u hooda!  She is the no 1 actress of bollywood n kisiki chatiti nehi hain bo khud ke dam pe hain aur aage b rahegi  more power to u kangana Shibu Prasad Rath‏ @Shibu_Rath Kangana naaam leni tak hi aukaat hai ni tumhari…aaya bdaa occasional. Victims my foot. Translation: I did (bootlicking) taunting to earn brownie points(Role in films) from Dynasts dominated Bollywood gang. After all Kangana is a common enemy of @karanjohar Alia etc. FYI-Kangana is bigger self made star than U. DIGEST IT RANDY Sunil gupta‏ @its_sunilgupta That occasional actor got 3 national awards ..how many have you got?? Poor guy wants a cameo in Dharma s next production SlayingDeepika‏ @Sandhya_Sophi Rupa‏ @RupakalaKamathcenter_img Unfollowing you for choosing nepotism over raw talent. Bodhisatwa‏ @Bodhi_scb Raj_uttam❤‏ @raj65463602 Ran notsodeep Hooda Kangana is the best thing that happened to Bollywood. And she is fearless, honest and genuine which is rare in Bollywood You can all close ranks against her but she will survive Fake ppl Susaggya-Suriya‏ @Susaggya Waah @Randy..jabardast tweet kiya lekin..ghanto mein famous ho gaye ho tum..ab toh kal tak purein news mein chaa jaaoge tum..yahi toh chahte thein naa aap sir ji Annu‏ @annu116294 Rahul Pandey‏ @k_rahuk The only difference between kangana and alia is talent . Kangana is far far better than her रघुवंशी‏ @Raghuva69480747 Randeep Hooda and Alia Bhatt in HighwayFacebookBollywood actor Randeep Hooda has taken an indirect dig at Kangana Ranaut by calling her a chronic victim and netizens trolled him saying that it an act to hog the limelight of Alia Bhatt’s Kalank.Randeep Hooda has worked with Alia Bhatt in Highway (2014), which has become a huge hit at the box office. A day before her upcoming movie Kalank hit the screens, the actor took to his Twitter account to praise her. Meanwhile, he took a dig at her naysayers  Randeep Hooda tweeted on Tuesday night, “Dearest @aliaa08 I’m so glad you are not letting the opinions of very occasional actors and chronic victims affect you and your work.. kudos to you for your continued efforts to outdo yourself “It is known that Kangana Ranaut is one of the naysayers of Alia Bhatt. In fact, she was recently in news for her comments on the latter’s acting skills. Randeep Hooda’s remark was apparently aimed the Manikarnika actress and it did not go down well with many of her resorted to troll him, while a few announced to unfollow him on Twitter. Kangana Ranaut in ManikarnikaTwitterKangana fans said that she is one of the best Bollywood actresses and she has won three National awards. They asked Randeep Hooda how many awards he has won. They also questioned him on supporting nepotism and dynasts dominated Bollywood gang. Some also mocked him, saying that it is an act to score some brownie points and he will soon a get film offer from Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions.A few feel that it must be a publicity stunt of Randeep Hooda, who might have intended to the steal the hype of Karan Johar’s much-talked-about and highly anticipated movie Kalank, which is released in the cinema halls today. Here are some replies of Kangana’s fans to the Sarbjit star. Alia Bhatt and Varun Dhawan in Kalank.YouTubeAnkit Kumar‏ @AnkitKu061189 Whatever!! Everyone Knows well that #KanganaRanaut was absolutely correct with her statement. Only they r not able to confess because of jealousy, personal conflicts, fright,…..etc. and u also joined the list. But congratulations!! U have won so many haters with this tweet. Not just #AliaBhatt, there r so many other hardworking and talented actors in Bollywood but they r undeservingly being ignored. Akhilesh vashisht.‏ @dil_se_re__ U lost one fan and U ll lost more in coming days. BTW how many national awards u r having and how many solo hits u r having in your pocket. I think nothing so keep ur mouth shut otherwise jo side roles mil Rahe Hai na wo bhi Nahi milega. Loser.last_img read more


Apple releases iOS 114 update with features including AirPlay 2 and HomePod

Posted On Aug 26 2019 by

first_imgA week before its annual Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple released iOS 11.4 for iPhones, iPads, and iPods. The new update got released just a month after the release of 11.3.1. The new release includes features such as AirPlay 2 multi-room audio, HomePod stereo pairing support, and storing messages in iCloud. Let’s have a look at the key features and upgrades in this new iOS 11.4 release: Major updates and highlights AirPlay 2 AirPlay 2 was announced by Apple last year at the Worldwide Developers Conference. It is Apple’s proprietary system that enables users to stream audio and videos from Apple devices to any other device with the help of wifi or other wired networks. It comes with following features: AirPlay 2 lets you play a particular song on different speakers situated throughout the house. It allows you to play music in a room from another room using an iOS device, HomePod, Apple TV, or Siri voice commands. After AirPlay 2’s integration with HomeKit, you can find the AirPlay 2 devices now displayed in the Apple Home app. AirPlay 2 allows you to control where music plays with the help of control center, lock screen or within apps on an iOS device. You can ask Siri to play music for you in any or multiple rooms with a device compatible with AirPlay 2 such as iPhone, iPad, HomePod, or Apple TV. Picking a call or playing a game on your iPhone or iPad is possible with AirPlay 2 without interrupting the playback on speakers. HomePod Stereo pairing HomePod which is Apple’s powerful speaker has also been updated in iOS 11.4 and has gained support for stereo pairing which allows you to group two HomePod speakers within a room as one. Updates to the HomePod Stereo are as follows: You can set up the HomePod stereo pair using iPhone or iPad. HomePod pair senses the location automatically and balances the sound on the speakers depending on its location. Messages in iCloud First promised as an iOS 11 feature, you’ll now be able to synchronize and store the Messages app history across all of your iOS and macOS devices in iOS 11.4. You can store all your messages, videos, photos, etc for free on iCloud. This helps free up space on your Apple device. On signing into a new device with the same iMessage account, all the messages appear. On deletion, conversations and messages are instantly removed from all your devices. All conversations are end-to-end encrypted. Apart from these key features and upgrades, there have also been certain improvements and fixes which can be found on the official iOS 11.4 update release notes by Apple. Read Next WWDC 2018 Preview: 5 Things to expect from Apple’s Developer Conference MariaDB 10.3.7 releases TensorFlow.js 0.11.1 releases!last_img read more