Late Night Computing: January 17, 2013

By Tyler J. Smith, Jan 17, 2013 6:30pm PST

Thursday, January 17, 2013 ends on a quiet note with Late Night Computing.

Yeah, yeah, it's only Thursday and I've already run out of things to discuss. You'll have to excuse my brain, I guess, since its decided to take the day off. It's out running errands in the snow while I sit here and stare at my screen like a zombie for some reason.

News bits:

  • Next Media Animation discovers the Manti Te'o story, and does what they do they best. [via Youtube]

  • San Jose State University will partner with Udacity to provide low cost, online accredited college courses. [via SFGate]

  • The inside story of the development and future of the Raspberry Pi, which has sold over 700,000 units since its debut. [via ZDNet]

  • Nate Silver looks at the forces driving the government's monumental debt. The results are pretty much what you'd expect. [via New York Times]

  • Boeing's 787 Dreamliner is grounded at airports around the world, all thanks to a faulty battery. [via Wired]

Chatty posts of the moment:

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  • "I keep seeing Planescape: Torment on everyone's best game list and whatnot. I've never played it.

    Is it something that will stand up to the test of time or is everyone running on nostalgia?

    If I started today, would it be awful on a modern computer?" [by boarder2]

  • "One thing I dislike about Fallout: New Vegas which I think someone posted about here recently: it really discourages exploration in the early stages of the game. Every time I try to wander away from the main storyline, I end up in a cave full of deathclaws or something equally nasty and my companions will die before I can get away.

    Also, the inventory management in this game is terrible.

    Those are really my only two complaints however, I'm really enjoying the game otherwise." [by Captain Loco]

Nightly file:

  • One Late Night free game 1.0. "One Late Night is a short immersive horror-game experience, starring an unnamed graphic designer employee, working late one night at the office, until strange things start to happen. The basic idea is that players who have been in similar situations, and worked with similar office jobs, will relate themselves to the game setting and scenario and become immersed. Even if you can't relate to the game storyline, you will still get a good experience. The storyline is presented with short monologues, displaying the thoughts of the player, as you need to perform certain tasks to proceed in the game to continue discover new clues about what's going on. Use your surroundings to your advantage and hide under desks and in corners to avoid being taken by the ghost which haunts the office. Survive the night and find as many clues as you can about the threat." Download the free game for Windows here, or DirectX 11 version for Windows here.

Media:

The Showdown Effect movie trailer-trailer:

Blow stuff up with a few of your new favorite action heroes in The Showdown Effect from Paradox and Arrowhead.

MLB 13: The Show reveals changes to its Diamond Dynasty mode in a new trailer, Wargame: European Escalation comes to the Mac in a celebratory trailer, and Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Blacklist unveils its Inauguration trailer.

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