Guacamelee! mixes the gameplay of Metroid with a frantic Mexican art style Guacamelee! is fantastic, but it could have been a disaster. The game is a Mexican-themed open-world action platformer from Toronto based developer DrinkBox Studios and the developers two previous games, Tales from Space: About a Blob and Mutant Blobs Attack featured excellent level design and a quirky art style. When I heard Guacamelee! would feature combat and open world exploration, a first for the developers, I was reticent for sure. Many have tried the formula of non-linear 2D platforming popularized by Metroid and Castlevania to varying degrees of success, but few have mastered the form.
But after playing the game, I can say my fears were quickly allayed. If the first two games from DrinkBox were pencil drawings, Guacamelee! is a Rembrandt. It is chock full of so much goodness it shouldn’t be missed. (DrinkBox Studios)
Graphic: Rise of the mobile phone Forty years ago this week, reporters watched amazed as Motorola electrical engineer Martin Cooper made the first public mobile phone call — to his competitor at Bell Labs, no less, reports Kristopher Morrison. It took 10 years before Motorola went from demo in New York to producing the first model for retail. Since then the technology has surged and this week Mr. Cooper said he believes the best is yet to come. “Technology has to be invisible. Transparent. Just simple. A modern cellphone in general has an instruction book that’s bigger and heavier than the cellphone. That’s not right,” Mr. Cooper told CBS.
Hands of Japanese engineer Yasushi Matoba (L) on water projecting lights as on a screen on March 20, 2013 during the 15th edition of Laval Virtual, an international meeting on vitual reality and converging technologies, in Laval, western France. (JEAN-FRANCOIS MONIER/AFP/Getty Images)
The announcement was quickly met with anger, as users threaten to shut down their accounts and switch to other photo-sharing services like Flickr, while others used the hashtag #quitstagram.
“To help us deliver interesting paid or sponsored content or promotions, you agree that a business or other entity may pay us to display your username, likeness, photos (along with any associated metadata), and/or actions you take, in connection with paid or sponsored content or promotions, without any compensation to you,” Instagram said in a blog post.
The changes are set to take effect on January 16, 2013. (KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)
The Conservative government revealed legislation on Tuesday that would increase online surveillance of citizens, as critics and privacy experts argued the bill would unjustly infringe upon the rights of Canadians and act as a magnet for data-hungry hackers.
“This is going to be like the Fort Knox of information that the hackers and the real bad guys will want to go after. This is going to be a gold mine,” said Ontario Information and Privacy Commissioner Ann Cavoukian
The Jobs tribute that went viral A Hong Kong design student’s poignant tribute to Apple founder Steve Jobs became an internet hit on Thursday with its minimalist, touching symbolism and brought a job offer and a flood of commemorative merchandise using his design. Jonathan Mak/Reuters/Courtesy
Steve Jobs: A visionary for the people Over the coming days and weeks, there will be much talk about the legacy of a man who created some of the most breathtakingly beautiful technology in the world, and the understated genius who unveiled it all while wearing blue jeans, black turtlenecks and sneakers. Photo: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images
iPhone 4S announcement disappoints Expecting a giant leap forward, fans of Apple Inc. have had to settle for one small step. Shares of the world’s most valuable technology company fell as much as 5% in Tuesday afternoon trading on the Nasdaq after chief executive Tim Cook unveiled an updated version of the 15 month-old iPhone 4, the iPhone 4S. The stock had mostly recovered by market close and was down 0.56% for the day.
On Tuesday, freshly minted Apple chief executive Tim Cook put an end to months of fevered speculation by unveiling the iPhone 4s, the latest iteration of the company’s popular mobile phone, at a closely watched event at the computer giant’s Cupertino, California headquarters. (Photo: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)