Late Night Computing: October 29, 2012

Monday is here, and even though it might be dark and gloomy out there for you East-coasters, take heart. Late Night Computing for October 29, 2012 is here.

Hello from the other side, Shackers. I upgraded to Windows 8 Pro on Friday evening, and spent the weekend getting used to the numerous changes. The Windows 8-style user interface doesn't bother me all that much, and I really like the integration of Xbox Music. My one complaint? Ads in pre-installed apps. Really, Microsoft? It might seem trivial, given that ads are everywhere on the Xbox 360 user interface even if you pay for a gold subscription, but something about this bothers me.

News bits:

  • Google offers a Crisis Map for the hurricane, soon to be superstorm, Sandy. Please take shelter if you need to. That's a lot of green. [via Google]

  • Even after the cancellation of their press event, Google went ahead and released a ton of new information and prices for their new devices, including the Nexus 4, updated Nexus 7, and Nexus 10. [via Google Blog]

  • Microsoft had a conference of their very own today, revealing Windows Phone 8 and the platforms features and devices. [via The Next Web]

  • Palestine sees the rise of venture capitalism and its very own Silicon Valley in Ramallah. [via Blog Maverick]

  • What would Geralt do? Gamasutra looks at CD Projekt Red's approach to decision making in The Witcher 2. [via Gamasutra]

Chatty posts of the moment.

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  • "You guys! Y'all need to play Hotline Miami. Also you could just start up a random level and just listen to it. I found a Walrus mask that makes me able to take two bullets to the chest! Also I threw a knife into a dude's face while he was chasing me with a golf club. I think this might even be a game dognose would like! I want to play it RIGHT NOW." [by Rauol Duke]

Nightly file.

  • Castle in the Darkness Prologue 1.0. "Castle in the Darkness is a retro-styled exploration platformer in development by Matt Kap. It is inspired by games like Castlevania, Megaman, Kirby, Metroid, Zelda, I Wanna Be The Guy, Ys and a lot more! It's currently in development for PC and iOS (with a release on other platforms/devices not out of the question) for release in early 2013! Keep in mind that this is NOT part of the main game, it is a separate scenario just to show the game's aesthetics and mechanics. It is more of an action level than an exploration level. Also, the .zip file contains a .PDF instruction manual! Make sure you read it!" Download the free prologue for Windows.

Media.

Assassin's Creed III launch trailer:

Connor sets out to take his place in history as the Templars and Assassins wage war once more during the American Revolution in Assassin's Creed III.

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IO Interactive also releases the dynamic audio developer diary for Hitman: Absolution, Humans Must Answer debuts a new gameplay introduction trailer, NHL 13 celebrates the upcoming Halloween holiday, and Rayman Legends has a few new screenshots for your viewing pleasure.

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