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Many of the details of the chats between WikiLeaks head Julian Assange and Bradley (now Chelsea) Manning have been dissected in court and the public eye, but from a series of trial documents, Wired has unearthed a copy of long IM conversations between the two in March of 2010, just before the release of the "Collateral Murder" video. The chat logs between Manning and a "Nathaniel Frank" (believed to be an alias of Assange) reveal political pontification, emoticons, and terse strategizing about leaks that would soon put both Manning and Assange at the center of a political firestorm.
At the Spike VGX video game awards show, Respawn Entertainment introduced two more of the game's titular Titans, the hulking mechanized suits that bring devastating firepower to the battlefield. The trailers also introduce Hammond Robotics, the fictional company that designed the Titans in Titanfall's sci-fi world. Hammond Robotics now has a full website to its name, as well as a Twitter account.
Broken Age, a point-and-click adventure game from beloved studio Double Fine, is welcoming Lord of the Rings star Elijah Wood and several other veteran actors to the cast. In a pair of new videos, the studio has introduced the people who will breathe additional life into the game's already lushly illustrated world, and shared footage of both Wood and Wil Wheaton reading lines of dialogue for their characters. Wood will be playing Shay, one of the game's two protagonists, a young boy seeking to take control of an artificially intelligent starship which has been his parent and guardian ever since birth. Meanwhile, Wil Wheaton will be playing Curtis the Lumberjack, a character the company showed off in an early concept video (before the game was named or even really explained) but initially planned to cut.
Telltale Games, the studio behind the award-winning video game based on The Walking Dead, has said that it will give the same treatment to HBO's fantasy epic Game of Thrones. As with other Telltale releases such as The Walking Dead and the recently released The Wolf Among Us, the Game of Thrones title will be an episodic series, and is said to start in 2014. Telltale says it's working with HBO on the game series, suggesting it will bear more similarity to the TV show than George R. R. Martin's original A Song of Ice and Fire books. It's TRUE! We're working with @HBO to create an all-new episodic game series based on GAME OF THRONES in 2014! #VGX pic.twitter.com/d5GkhS2MOw — Telltale Games (@telltalegames) December 8, 2013
It's a big leap from cartoonish motorcycle racing game Joe Danger to a nearly infinite, sci-fi exploration simulator, but that's where British studio Hello Games looks to go with its just-announced title No Man's Sky. Unveiled this evening at Spike's VGX Awards, Polygon reports that the ambitious-sounding game is said to be procedurally generated down to "every atom," suggesting that the world that the player comes in contact with — or worlds, in this case — will be unique to their personal playing experience. Even the creatures you encounter are procedurally generated. ...
Lara Croft is making her way to Sony's and Microsoft's latest gaming consoles next month. At Spike's VGX show, we got our first glimpse of Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition, which will be available for both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on January 28th. The game, which is a collaboration effort between Crystal Dynamics, Nixxes and United Front Games, is essentially a new version of the 2013 game built specifically for the next-gen consoles, and is already up for pre-order on Amazon for $60.
At the end of October, Motorola made a surprising announcement: it was working on an open-source initiative called Project Ara that would allow for the creation of modular, customizable smartphone hardware. It's an ambitious and seemingly unlikely project, but Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside says it's all part of a plan to make consumers more involved with building their smartphones. "Moto Maker was the beginning of a much more exciting and longer-term story," Woodside says in an interview with YouTube personality Marques Brownlee. "The line between Ara and ... Moto Maker might converge."
Earlier this week, the Obama administration released its second Open Government National Action Plan, building on an earlier initiative to make government more transparent. Both documents were published to help meet the standards of the Open Government Project, an international agreement founded by the US and seven other countries in 2011, and they're behind much of the administration's "big data" push, which strives to put government records in the public eye. With the newest plan, the White House says it's committed to "concrete and measurable goals for achieving a more transparent, participatory, and collaborative government." Some of the plan is meant to streamline and expand services that were built under the first action plan, including White House petition platform We the People and Data.gov, a repository of data collected by federal agencies.
Most of us don't think twice about what it really means to switch on a light when night falls or to pour a glass of water to quench thirst, but there are billions of people worldwide who struggle for access to these simple things in life. These designers have created ingenious and inexpensive design solutions that address our most basic needs.
Earlier this year the Syfy movie Sharknado set the internet abuzz with a whirling mix of meteorological activity and razor-sharp teeth. Mega Shark vs. Mecha Shark is actually the third entry in the Mega Shark franchise, following such "classics" as Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus and Mega Shark vs. Crocosaurus.
After receiving significant criticism last night, SpaghettiOs has apologized for and removed a tweeted photo of its cartoon-noodle mascot waving an American flag in honor of Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. The tweet prompted a series of disgusted replies, with some questioning "who is going to be fired tomorrow" and others appropriating #UhOhSpaghettiOs — the brand's own advertising slogan — as a hashtag. Comedian Patton Oswalt took a number of shots at the tweet as well: "I know how we'll fix this! Somebody photoshop Mr. O shaking hands with Mandela!" -- damage control at the @SpaghettiOs Twitter feed — Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) December 7, 2013
Last year, Detroit decided that it needed RoboCop. Back in the near future of 1987, a corporate conglomerate named Omni Consumer Products had the same idea, but its RoboCop wasn’t a symbol of hope. It was a cynical solution to an ultraviolent future — and the protagonist of the action movie to end all action movies. RoboCop is part of my personal action-movie canon, which (like everybody’s canons, probably) is tailed by a dismaying list of sequels, prequels, and reboots.
Japan has enacted a new state-secrets law that strengthens punishments for journalists and government officials who leak or seek top secrets, reports Reuters. The legislation has been met with protests and criticism by the public, with many fearing that the law will be used to silence media outlets or allow government officials to cover up their actions. Reuters reports that under the law, public employees and others with access to state secrets could be jailed up to 10 years for leaking them, while journalists and other private sector employees could be jailed up to five years for seeking out state secrets through "grossly inappropriate" means. But many are concerned that private employees could be punished simply for seeking information that they weren't aware was a state secret in the first place.