In the 20+ years since the Fallout franchise was introduced to the world, all of the games have been met with praise—which means that ranking them isn’t easy. It’s especially difficult to pit the games against each other when you consider that the post-nuclear franchise underwent a genre change. Still, here we are. The Pecking Order god is not satisfied with our Grand Theft Auto, Pokemon, Final Fantasy and Halo rankings. It wants more. So we’ll feed the beast another feature, this one ranking the Fallout games, from best to ‘worst.’ Here’s some things you should keep in mind before we get started: 1) We’ll only be covering the main entries in the Fallout franchise; no spin-offs or DLC. Sorry, Tactics! 2) Remember, this is my personal opinion. You might disagree! You’re welcome to comment with your own rankings, if not debate my personal order—although naturally I’ll do my best to justify my choices. Let’s do this. … [Read more...] about Ranking the Fallout Games
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The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games has a roster of 18 sports and 7 para-sports, and a dazzling array of events within each of those. More than 70 teams compete, with athletes from Australia, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, South Africa and many more nations and territories descending on the Gold Coast in April. You might not be competing, or even have a chance to compete, but that doesn’t mean you can’t emulate the pros. You don’t need a sponsor or a bank account with more zeros than Australia has gold medals to be the best you can.How to watch the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia: Live stream every event onlineWe’ve distilled that array of sports to focus on three disciplines anyone can pursue: swimming, cycling, and running. Each sport will challenge you in radically different ways, and the tech is alluring and exciting. Everything here either shows you your metrics like heart rate, distance and power output so you can train smarter, or … [Read more...] about Commonwealth Games kit: the gear you need to train like the pros
Police in the state of Queensland have made a deal with DroneShield in order to secure the Australian company’s signature drone-blocking guns for use at this year’s Commonwealth Games.Since video drones have increasingly found their way into the hands of the everyday consumer, the need to protect against rogue users obtaining footage illegally, or using the device in other nefarious ways, has risen with it.The rifle-esque drone blocker that DroneShield offers (the aptly named DroneGun) has already been successfully employed at events such as the Boston Marathon (for three years running), and the Iron Man World Championships.The gun has a range of 2km and functions by jamming the transmission between the remote control and the unit itself. This disables the video footage and forces the ‘copter to 'return to home' or perform a controlled landing.The Games will take place in April this year on Queensland’s Gold Coast and is expected to pull crowds of close to … [Read more...] about Police at the Commonwealth Games will use anti-drone guns on rogue ‘copters
Olympic weightlifter David Katoatau, from the tiny Pacific island of Kiribati, has been making quite a name for himself during this month’s sporting extravaganza in Rio.Whether or not he successfully lifts the weights in front of him, the 32-year-old sportsman always follows up each effort with an entertaining dance, smiles ‘n’ all, enthralling the crowd in the process.And with the green color of the Olympic weightlifting backdrop perfect for a spot of special effects, YouTuber Night Lunch couldn’t resist chroma keying in some fitting movie clips to accompany Katoatau’s shimmying around the stage. Check it out above.Serious messageThere is, however, a serious reason for Katoatu’s shenanigans. The weightlifter says he wants to draw attention to climate change, and the risk it poses to the existence of Kiribati, a low-lying island with 313 square miles of land and a population of just over 100,000.Located 1,000 miles south of Hawaii, … [Read more...] about That dancing Olympic weightlifter just got the green-screen treatment
Fallout 4‘s Commonwealth wasteland can be a dangerous place. Walk around any given corner, and you could easily find yourself faced with packs of ravenous ghouls, a vicious raider patrol, or a bellowing army of super mutants, among other threats. A new fan-made mod has added what might be the most terrifying wasteland denizen of all: former pro wrestling superstar Randy “Macho Man” Savage (via IGN).The Machoclaws mod, created by NexusMods users AronaxAE and FancyPants, replaces Fallout 4‘s deathclaws — one of the series’ largest and most formidable foes — with a terrifying and gigantic wrestler, decked out in spandex shorts and his signature cowboy hat. He still shares the same general proportions of the deathclaw, however, along with its tail and horns, making for a nightmarish amalgamation.Machoclaws’ creators attributed its inspiration to musings while wandering around the Commonwealth wasteland: “When roaming through … [Read more...] about Randy ‘Macho Man’ Savage terrorizes the Commonwealth in this Fallout 4 mod
A team of scientists from the University of California, Los Angeles developed a robotic exoskeleton that’ll help paralyzed people walk with minimal assistance. Unlike other robotic suits that step for the person while they move along passively, the UCLA system uses spinal stimulation to trigger a patient’s muscles. This approach allows patients to control their leg muscles voluntarily as they take steps with the support of the device.UCLA’s system uses a battery-powered bionic suit built by California-based Ekso Bionics. The Iron Man-like exoskeleton allows people to move their legs in a step-like fashion. The suit is paired with a non-invasive spinal stimulation technique that makes it possible for people to relearn voluntary leg movements without surgery. Data collected by the suit’s sensors can be used to determine how much the person is actively moving their limbs and how much they are relying on the device. With training, the patient can … [Read more...] about By stimulating the spine, this exoskeleton helps paralyzed people re-learn how to walk
Lost in the furious run-up to the November elections was a Kentucky court ruling that could unravel a long-established legal argument supporting basic e-commerce activity: namely, that local or state governments cannot extend their reach into cyberspace to impose their own laws on a Web site.Because that precept is considered so fundamental to e-commerce, it is likely that any challenge to it will eventually be dismissed or overturned. If not, the ramifications would be chilling for e-commerce -- and would certainly not be limited to online gambling, which is the subject of the Kentucky case.Even if the case does go away, though, it has raised what remains a vexing question: What is the legal status of online gambling in the United States?The Kentucky case began the same way many other e-commerce legal battles have erupted over the years -- with a government irate over lost tax revenue and concerned that the Internet was undermining local businesses.Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear -- a … [Read more...] about Kentucky’s Legal Bet: A Case of Pushing the States’ Rights Envelope
Google may dominate Internet search in most of the world, but there are exceptions. One, of course, is China, where Google has largely backed out and relocated its services in Hong Kong to dodge China’s mammoth Internet censorship regime.But Google is also way behind in another world market, and it’s huge — at least in geographic terms: Russia. The Russian search market is strongly dominated by Yandex, and the company also has its fingers in most of Google’s other core businesses, from image search and shopping to social networking and cloud services. Although Yandex is not be a household name outside Russia and some former-Soviet states, the Russian market can bring a huge influence to Europe. After all, in terms of sheer number of users, Russia represents Europe’s largest Internet market.Now Yandex is applying more pressure on Google, announcing its own Web browser, its own Android app store, and a new deal with nemesis Apple to supply mapping data.What … [Read more...] about Is Russia’s Yandex beating Google at its own game?
The Summer Olympics officially open Friday, but as the games aretaking place in London, which is six hours ahead of the East Coast ofthe United States and nine hours ahead of the West Coast, it will bevery much a "tape delayed" affair.This isn't unusual in the world of international sporting events, butit's relatively easy to escape news on the recently concludedEuropean Cup or the Tour de France. Trying to avoid Olympic game outcomes, though, isturning into a challenge worthy of an Olympic event itself, thanks to social media.Fans who know the results are likely to tweet, post and share the results -- is this just a sign of the times?"All major sporting events face the same dynamics as the Olympics aredealing with when it comes to social media," said Josh Crandall,principal analyst at Netpop Research. "Super fans want to participatein the excitement of the moment and share their emotions with othersonline."About the only way to avoid it might be to disconnect entirely."You have to … [Read more...] about Will Social Media Spoil the Olympics?
As video games have gotten more expensive to produce, big publishers have naturally become a lot more risk averse. Shooters and sports games remain popular, so AAA publishers tend to stick to those.For those who want games that break the mold and not the bank, the indie market is a great place to look. There are lots of new and interesting game concepts coming out of indie studios, and the games they’re making can be rays of light shining through ominous AAA clouds. Here are some of the best indie games available right now.‘Tacoma’ ($20)Fullbright’s follow-up to the acclaimed Gone Hone, Tacoma, takes the indie studio’s narrative prowess to space for a sci-fi adventure that is equal parts moving and chilling. Whereas Gone Home was merely a superb character study, Tacoma builds a whole galaxy in a brilliant display of world-building. Set in 2088, you play as Amy Ferrier, a contractor tasked to find out what happened on station … [Read more...] about Explore new and different gaming worlds with 20 of the best indie games