Here come the K-Cup drunks

imageMy desire for a mechanized mixologist is as strong as an overproof rum. Much to my chagrin, and despite a long history of inventors toiling to perfect the drink-mixing machine, the practice is still largely the domain of human beings. That said, two …

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Worms WMD announced

Worms WMD - Screenshot 5 - Gamescom 2015

It’s been over a month since Team 17 last announced a Worms game, and so Team 17 has announced another Worms game. This one is called Worms WMD.

In a format familiar to people who have played previous Worms games, Worms WMD is a 2D turn-based team deathmatch. This time, though, there are a couple of new twists. For the first time in the series, players will be able to use vehicles and enter buildings, increasing the options for invertebrate mayhem.

Worms WMD planned for release early next year, on PC and Xbox One. If you’re going to be at Gamescom between August 6 and August 9, you’ll be able to try out an early hands-on demo.

Worms WMD - Screenshot 1 - Gamescom 2015

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NORML’s ‘My Canary’ app knows if you’re too stoned to drive

imageWith cannabis legal in nearly half the US in some form or another, there are a lot more opportunities for people to drive while high. While a number of studies have suggested that driving stoned may not be as dangerous as driving drunk, you try expla…

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The thirteenth ‘Angry Birds’ game is ‘Angry Birds 2′

imageIt might have the number two in its name, but don’t be fooled: the new Angry Birds game is just the latest in a seemingly endless trickle of apps featuring Rovio’s feathered friends. We’ve seen Angry Birds interpretations of Star Wars, Transformers a…

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Razer’s Android gamepad is now on Google Play for $80

imageIf you’re tired of having to pause games on your Android mobile device just to wipe finger grease off the screen, you are in luck. For $ 80, the Bluetooth-connected Razer Serval gamepad will ensure that you never touch that screen again (at least unti…

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Retro City Rampage for DOS is out now, and Windows 3.1 is next

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Continuing VBlank’s efforts to make Retro City Rampage available on as many platforms as possible, it’s now playable in MS-DOS. We knew this was happening weeks ago, and you can check it out right now, but an MS-DOS version clearly wasn’t enough: VBlank head Brian Provinciano is now developing a Windows 3.1 version.

The Windows 3.1 prototype is available now, as are boxed copies of Retro City Rampage for DOS on a 3.5 inch floppy disk. The retail version is being manufactured as we speak, but if you already own the game digitally on Steam, GOG or the Humble Store you can download the DOS, Windows 3.1 and a Linux version for free. To sweeten the deal for newcomers, it’s currently the daily deal on Steam.

That’s all fine, but the burning question on everyone’s lips is why? Provinciano explains on the RCR website that the reason is that, in a nutshell, he wanted to see if he could.

“Porting RCR to MS-DOS had been on my mind for years,” he writes. “It was something I wanted to explore before RCR was even released. Could I crunch it down to run on old PCs? A Pentium? A 486? Even a 386? How little RAM and HDD space could I get away with? Could I build an installer that fits the entire game on a single floppy disk? The computer programmer in me had this burning fascination, and I should’ve realized sooner that it was only a matter of time before I finally had no choice, but to finally scratch that itch and find the answers to these questions!

“Leaving my job at another game studio to start my own and develop RCR put the heavy weight of responsibility on my shoulders,” he continues. “Those realities meant that current, more sustainable platforms had to take priority. However, two years after the release of RCR, things had calmed down and I was able to take a vacation. While that “vacation” instantly turned into long days at the computer porting RCR to MS-DOS, it was the most fulfilling time I’ve had programming in years.”

You can read the full story on the RCR website.

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Rainbow Six: Siege trailer shows TerroHunt in action

Ubisoft has released an “interactive trailer” for Rainbow Six: Siege’s recently revealed Terrohunt mode. The interactive element is perhaps being a little oversold. It’s little more than the option to click on the screen as a man jumps through a window, triggering a text box pop-up that explains the concept of jumping through a window.

More useful is the chance to see Ubisoft’s brand of Very Professional Gamer tackle a section of the Human vs AI mode. Make sure to full-screen the embed above so as not to have the action covered by the subtitles of serious men doing serious war things.

For more on Terrohunt, see Wes’s hands-on impressions and footage. Rainbow Six: Siege is out October 13.

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Microsoft now rolling out free Windows 10 upgrades

imageToday’s the day! Windows 10 is now available in 190 countries as a free upgrade to Windows 7 or 8.1 owners. Replacing an OS is no one’s idea of fun, but we’re actually looking forward to this one. First off, we’ll be leaving behind the most hated ver…

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What’s on your HDTV: ‘Review’, ‘American Summer’, ‘Reading Rainbow’

imageWe’re checking in a bit late with this week’s selections of what to watch — luckily the highlights are yet to come. For anyone who writes or reads reviews, Comedy Central’s Review with Forest Macneil is ready to scratch your scoring itch in a funny,…

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