Tech News: hot new trailer for Unreal Engine 3

also out now is the  November UDK Beta . It’s already been a year since  UDK  launched(www.udk.com), the free edition of Unreal Engine 3, and there have been more than 450,000 unique installations of the toolset to date. UDK is proud of the game developers, simulation creators, architectural visualization professionals and digital filmmakers who do cool things with there technology. UDK showcase highlights outstanding projects, and the IndieDB UDK channel is another great source for UDK games.

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WORLD OF WARCRAFT®: CATACLYSM™ OFFICIAL GLOBAL LAUNCH EVENTS

Blizzard Entertainment today announced several official launch events to celebrate the upcoming release of World of Warcraft®: Cataclysm, the highly anticipated third expansion for the world’s most popular subscription-based massively multiplayer online role-playing game. Starting on the night of December 6, key retail partners in the US, Canada, France, Germany, Russia, Sweden, the Netherlands, Spain, the UK, and the region of Taiwan will welcome gamers who want to be among the first to purchase and play Cataclysm. Members of the World of Warcraft development team will be on hand at each of the events to meet with players and sign their copies of the expansion.

In the US, the launch event will take place at the Fry’s Electronics located at 10800 Kalama River Avenue in Fountain Valley, Calif., starting at 9:00 p.m. PST on December 6. Gamers will enjoy an exciting evening of entertainment before the expansion goes on sale at midnight, including a dance contest showcasing players’ favorite moves from the game and featuring great prizes for the winning competitors. There will also be an exclusive live performance by The Artist Formerly Known As Level 80 Elite Tauren Chieftain, Blizzard’s in-house and in-game band. For further details on each of the global launch events, visit www.blizzard.com/company/events/cataclysm-opening/. In addition to the official US launch event, other retail locations around the country will open at midnight to support gamers looking to pick up their copy of the expansion the moment it goes live. Please check with your local retailers for further details.

“After two years of development, we’re excited to now be just two weeks away from releasing our best World of Warcraft expansion yet,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. “Cataclysm will add a huge amount of new content to the game and change the face of Azeroth forever, and we can’t wait to celebrate this launch with players around the world.”

Attendees at the World of Warcraft: Cataclysm launch events will have the opportunity to purchase the standard edition of the expansion (suggested retail price $39.99) as well as the Collector’s Edition (suggested retail price $79.99), which contains the following bonus items in addition to the game disc:

  • An exclusive World of Warcraft: Cataclysm behind-the-scenes DVD including over an hour of developer interviews and commentaries
  • The World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Collector’s Edition soundtrack CD
  • The Art of Cataclysm, a 176-page hardback book featuring never-before-seen artwork from the development process
  • Starter pack and exclusive cards for the World of Warcraft Trading Card Game
  • Exclusive in-game pet, Lil’ Deathwing
  • A special-edition World of Warcraft: Cataclysm mouse pad

 

The first two World of Warcraft expansions, The Burning Crusade® and Wrath of the Lich King®, each shattered PC-game sales records upon their release.* In Cataclysm, the face of Azeroth will be forever altered by the return of the corrupted Dragon Aspect Deathwing. Players will explore once-familiar areas of the world that have now been reshaped by the devastation and filled with new adventures. In an effort to survive the planet-shattering cataclysm, two new playable races — worgen and goblins — will join the struggle between the Alliance and the Horde. As players journey to the new level cap of 85, they’ll discover newly revealed locations, acquire new levels of power, and come face to face with Deathwing in a battle to determine the fate of the world.

Coming out this week

Seek Your Own Proof Season One: The Guardian’s Guild Web Rocketfuel Games Nov 22, 2010

The Hidden Mystery Collectives: Drawn 1 & 2 PC Focus Multimedia Nov 22, 2010

World Supremacy PC Shrapnel Games Nov 22, 2010

Time to Hurry: Nicole’s Story PC (online) Funny Bear Studio Nov 23, 2010

Legend of Martial Arts PC (online) Perfect World Entertainment Nov 24, 2010

Anno 1404 Gold Edition PC Ubisoft Nov 26, 2010

SEGA Mega Drive Classic Collection – Volume 3 PC Sega Nov 26, 2010

Titanic – The Diving Simulator PC Excalibur Nov 26, 2010

A Christmas Carol-iPad App Trailer

we wanted to put a little steampunk in your day before you take off for the holidays. Check out the brand new trailer for A Christmas Carol coming to iPad and iPhone as an entirely new interactive experience.  Yes, I said steampunk AND A Christmas Carol… aren’t you curious??

MAKE YOUR OWN ROBOT FOR THE HOLIDAYS WITH ALIBRE

Alibre, Inc. www.alibre.com, the award-winning developer of the world’s most affordable professional 3D design software, announced today that Alibre Design 3D lets you create your own robots for the holidaysThe perfect holiday gift for anyone that loves science and creating robots, inventions, and gadgets, the award-winning Alibre Design was used by kids and adults to create one-of-a-kind robots, including “Stance” the walking robot, the “Skunksworks Lab” GPS controlled unmanned vehicle robot, and “SADBot,” the drawing robot that creates art according to the season and weather.  

“Stance,” the Biped Rebot that Walks & Sees

“Stance,” is a biped walking robot with a smooth human-like gait, created using Alibre Design, by Josh Sanderson, President of JGS Technical.  “Stance” walks through remote control and “sees” through a high-definition video camera.  Unlike most hobbyist robots that have a spasmodic and abrupt walk, the “Stance” robot walks smoother, with more realistic motion.  Sanderson found it is easy to build a customized robot using Alibre.  Once the basics of his design were created in 3D with Alibre, Sanderson tweaked it with the information he got from his study of walking, and added custom parts created in Alibre.  Alibre Design’s parametric controls allowed him to exactly adjust sizes and positions of parts during his experiments.

Do It Yourself Robot at Home

Anyone can create a robot like “Stance, which was made using Alibre Design with the basic building blocks of a small motor, servo, and mounting bracket from the hobbyist dealer, Lynxmotion’s Servo Erector Set.  Lynxmotion provides 3D part models in Alibre’s format, so designers can choose to configure the components in many different ways.  “If I need to make custom parts, it’s simpler to do the fitting on the 3D model with Alibre.  All the accurate measurements are right there,” Sanderson explains.  “I can adjust each of the parameters and have the models react immediately.  Alibre Design is a high-level parametric modeler, which makes it ideal for prototypes.”  

Students Create Award-Winning Unmanned Vehicle Robot

Students from the Southern Methodist University (SMU) SkunkWorks Lab created a GPS controlled unmanned vehicle robot activated via a cell phone interface.  Under the supervision of Nathan Huntoon, Director of the Innovation Gymnasium, SMU, the SkunkWorks Lab used Alibre to design all the parts of their vehicle, before they even built it.  “What is amazing, is the students designed the vehicle in 3D first and when it came time to fit all the parts together, every piece fell in place perfectly,” said Huntoon.  The Skunkworks Lab recently displayed their award-winning design at the TEDxSMU event in Dallas.

Solar-Powered Artistic Robot Created for New York City Gallery

 

Dustyn Roberts, Founder of Dustyn Robots, used Alibre Design to create SADbot (Seasonally Affected Drawing Robot), a solar powered, interactive drawing robot created in partnership with Ben Leduc-Mills for the Eyebeam Window Gallery in New York City.  Roberts and Leduc-Mills used two 18.5” x 13” solar panels to power two stepper motors which controlled a pen in two dimensions.  SADbot took input from people walking outside the gallery window by using a set of sensors which tell how much light they’re getting (photocells).  SADbot knew if someone was covering up one of the sensors, and could change its drawing behavior accordingly.  SADbot was also recently on display at the Maker Faire convention for inventors and makers, held September 2010 in NY.

New Alibre Design 2011 with Dramatic Improvements – Makes it Easier to Create a Robot

 

The winner of Maker Faire Detroit’s “Editor’s Choice” 2010 Award, Alibre is providing exciting new ways for people to create and design robots and gadgets in 3D.  Alibre recently announced the more powerful Alibre Design 2011 with dramatic improvements in ease-of-use, efficiency and performance.  Priced thousands less than competitors, starting at only $99 for Personal Edition (PE), $699 for Professional, and $1399 for Expert, new improvements and features include a full port of the code to C# (making it the first native 64-bit version), powerful sheet metal conversion tools, and a myriad of time saving tools and customization features. 

“Alibre Design 2011 lets people take their vision and turn it into a reality in record time by digitally prototyping or printing their 3D models, enabling everyone, from adults, kids, DIYers, inventors, tinkerers, entrepreneurs, designers, engineers and scientists to become entrepreneurs and set-up their own businesses in their homes and garages,” said J. Paul Grayson, Chairman and CEO, Alibre Inc. 

 

For more info:

“Stance” robot, see:  http://www.alibrepowered.com/profile/jgstech

“SADbot” robot:  http://eyebeam.org/projects/sadbot

“Skunkworks Lab” robot: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PvV0CnNgesA

Alibre: www.alibre.com.  To purchase Alibre Design 2011:  www.alibre.com/store.

Coming out this week

Create Mac EA Nov 16, 2010

Create PC EA Nov 16, 2010

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 the videogame PC EA Nov 16, 2010

Need for Speed Hot Pursuit PC EA Nov 16, 2010

Dinner Date PC Stout Games Nov 17, 2010

Apache: Air Assault PC Activision Nov 19, 2010

TRON: Evolution PC Disney Nov 19, 2010

Win Gran Turismo 5 by Playing Superstars V8 Racing

O-Games, Inc. a publisher of family, social and sports video games and part of OG International LTD., announced today a new contest for players of Superstars V8 Racing, available now exclusively on PlayStation®Network in North America for $19.99.  The Superstars V8 Racing contest will result in O-Ges giving away 10 copies of Polyphony Digital’s highly anticipated Gran Turismo 5 whenever it ships.

“Critics say that Superstars V8 Racing is a worthy investment and does more than just fill the void for all the racing fans waiting for the launch of Grand Turismo 5,” said Greg Lanz, General Manager of O-Games, Inc. “Beginning next week and for the next ten weeks, we’ll be challenging players of Superstars V8 Racing on PlayStation Network to various leaderboard competitions, and award winners a brand new copy of Gran Turismo 5. Superstars V8 Racing is the perfect game for racing fans to sharpen their skills as they wait for Gran Turismo 5, and what better way than to reward fans with a brand new copy of the game.  Exactly when we can ship GT5 is anybody’s guess, but rest assured, we will send out prizes whenever it hits retail shelves.”

Weekly competitions will begin Friday, November 12, 2010, and all rules and regulations will be detailed on the Superstars V8 Racing Facebook page at the following URL: http://facebook.com/superstarsv8racing.

Players will need to stay tuned each week for updates on new weeklong in-game challenges that will pit players against racers across the globe for a chance to win brand new, full retail copies of Gran Turismo 5. An online connection will be required to compete, and players must also have a Facebook account and opted to ‘Like’ Superstars V8 Racing on Facebook.

Greg Lanz added, “For only $19.99, Superstars V8 Racing competitors get a brilliant racing experience with high performance cars, challenging tracks, and up to 12 player online multiplayer.  Additionally, drivers have a chance to win one of the most-hyped racing titles of all time, Gran Turismo 5, with a retail value of $59.99.”

Developed by veteran racing studio Milestone s.r.l., makers of premiere European racing franchise titles like the SBK: Superbike World Championship series and WRC: FIA World Rally Championship, Superstars V8 Racing is a feature-rich and disc-free retail racing experience that players can download straight from their homes, ushering in a new era of quality console titles that players won’t find in stores! Delivering the intense competition of the track-based Superstars Championship to the United States, Superstars V8 Racing shifts gears between arcade and sim-style racing at the flick of a switch, offering players the best of both worlds in addition to a host of other features.

Sony Online Entertainment Launches PoxNora Expansion,Maljaran War

The Epic Online Battle Continues With PoxNora® Maljaran War
Sony Online Entertainment LLC (SOE) today launched Maljaran War, the 15th
PoxNora® expansion. With the highly anticipated 2 vs. 2 team play feature,
players can now pair up and compete in ranked matches, or continue alone
and explore three new single-player campaigns.  Over 70 new runes,
increased avatar leveling and a new map of the Grove of Ash make Maljaran
War a robust offering for the free-to-play gamer and a must download for
the PoxNora Player.

Maljaran War is now available at www.PoxNora.com.

MALIJARAN WAR FEATURES:
New Runes: Play with over 70 new runes including new champions, spells,
equipment and relics for all factions.Player Dashboard: Players can now
complete daily missions for prizes and view walkthroughs, wins, losses and
Drums of War updates from the dashboardSingle-Player Campaigns: Adventure
through three new single-player campaigns in Bandit Prince: Ash’s Story,
The Last: Zeventrech’s Story and Hunt for Sarinda