Footage from next-generation blockbuster shooter Call of Duty: Ghosts premiered at Microsoft's Xbox One event, demonstrating the graphical capabilities of the new console and Activision's new gameplay engine.
Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg described Call of Duty: Ghosts as a huge leap forward for Activision and developer Infinity Ward.
"We're pushing the genre and forward with Ghosts. I think a lot of people were expecting us to create Modern Warfare 4, but we didn't want to rest on our laurels," Hirshberg said. "We wanted to press the franchise forward with a new world and new engine."
This "new world" is a totally unique experience for the franchise, Hirshberg said, because players will experience an alternate history in which America is on the decline, and the player "will no longer have numbers on their side." Read more...More about Gaming, Activision, Call Of Duty, Entertainment, and Call Of Duty Ghosts
At Microsoft's Xbox One event Tuesday, the company announced the next evolution of its entertainment focus: Halo the TV series.
Halo the TV series will be a live-action show coming to Xbox Live. That's right, Xbox is becoming its own TV network of sorts. Even better, Steven Spielberg will be involved — likely as an executive producer.
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We'll update this post with more details as it develops. Let us know in the comments what you think about a Halo TV series.
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ESPN is laying off as many as 400 employees Tuesday in an effort to boost profit margins, according to reports.
A spokesperson for the Disney-owned network confirmed in an e-mail to Mashable that layoffs were taking place. The spokesperson declined to discuss numbers or details, saying only that the company is "implementing changes... to enhance our continued growth while smartly managing costs."
"While difficult, we are confident that it will make us more competitive, innovative and productive," the spokesperson added.
The staff cuts are surprising and unexpected, given the profitability of ESPN's businessAccording to Deadspin, which broke news of the layoffs, Disney is asking all of its divisons to reduce costs. A source who said he was laid off "out of the blue" after nine and a half years at the company told Deadspin that ESPN isn't meeting its profit margin requirements, in part because of the lavish sums it's paying to secure rights for live events coverage. The technology group is among the hardest hit, with "at least" 40 layoffs in that division, Deadspin said. Read more...More about Espn, Business, Media, Tv, and Sports
Anjan Contractor’s 3D food printer might evoke visions of the “replicator” popularized in Star Trek, from which Captain Picard was constantly interrupting himself to order tea. And indeed Contractor’s company, Systems & Materials Research Corporation, just got a six month, $125,000 grant from NASA to create a prototype of his universal food synthesizer
But Contractor, a mechanical engineer with a background in 3D printing, envisions a much more mundane—and ultimately more important—use for the technology. He sees a day when every kitchen has a 3D printer, and the earth’s 12 billion people feed themselves customized, nutritionally-appropriate meals synthesized one layer at a time, from cartridges of powder and oils they buy at the corner grocery store Read more...More about Hunger, World Hunger, 3d Printers, 3d Printing, and Dev Design