Late Night Computing: December 3, 2012

By Tyler J. Smith, Dec 03, 2012 5:00pm PST

December 3, 2012 needs something of a jolt, so have a Late Night Computing!

I know you've been dying to learn how my Italian conquest is going, but the answer remains the same as last Friday. Incomplete. Frankly, I'm not even sure what happened this weekend. There were movies and books and all the types of things that are easy to lose yourself in.

One of those movies just happened to be The Amazing Spider-Man, and I haven't been able to escape the thought that Peter Parker might just be the perfect candidate to become a part of my group in Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood. How many times have you gazed at that Borgia tower, wishing there were a quicker way to traverse it? Peter and Leonardo should get together and figure something out.

News bits:

  • The United Nation's International Telecommunication Union begins treaty talks in Dubai over a controversial Internet governance ordnance. [via BBC]

  • What is it that NASA's Curiosity rover found in the Martian soil? Temper your expectations, but get excited never the less. [via Wired]

  • Star Trek Into Darkness gets its first teaser in the form of a poster. Not enough lens flare. [via Star Trek]

  • Earn a free certificate online from a leading higher university in late 2012 and throughout 2013. [via OpenCulture]

  • A close examination of how Syria completely removed itself from the Internet last week. [via ArsTechnica]

Chatty posts of the moment.

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  • "Just finished Assassins' Creed III. Anybody else? What a disappointment. Not only story-wise (to be fair, I haven't been following it too closely because at some point it became way too convoluted), but it seems that Ubi decided to cut some of the mechanics from Revelations off but didn't evolve from there or put anything else on it's place. Bomb crafting? Yeah, sure, let's cut that because it sucks and leave the smoke bombs to the player - too bad the environments are way too open and there isn't much of a point to use them. Hunting? Waste of time. Crafting? Waste of time. Put fast travel everywhere, except that now there's isn't much of a point to do the side missions." [by Nitrium]

  • "Playing for the story. This discussion starts with a question: What series of games did you continue to play for the story, while having problems/dislike for the gameplay? Maybe you thought Assassin's Creed 2's gameplay wasn't so hot, but really dug Ezio as a character so you picked up Brotherhood to see the rest of his story? Perhaps you weren't a fan of Mass Effect but really wanted to see the trilogy reach its conclusion? So Shack I ask you, which series of game - or solo videogame - did you continue to play for its story while 'putting up with' its gameplay?" [by eonix]

Nightly file.

  • Haunt: The Real Slender Game free game 1.0. "Haunt: TRSG is based on Slender: The Eight Pages game by Parsec Productions that was originally inspired by Victors Surge myth about "Slender-Man." Two words about Haunt. What will you find in the game? Everything you have already found in Slender games but in addition you will discover our story about Slender, mysterious Green Park and abandoned Power Station Building. All of that hidden deep in your worst nightmare... on the edge of your sanity." Download the free game for Windows in 32-bit or 64-bit versions, or for Mac.

Media.

Omerta - City of Gangsters combat trailer:

Hey, what're you looking at? Hopefully the combat trailer for Omerta - City of Gangsters.

Also new today is a second developer diary for God of War: Ascension looking at the progress of development.

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