always known that robots would take over the world someday. And thanks
to this fascinating, slightly horrifying presentation shown at last
Tuesday at TEDxBoston, seems clear that we're just a little bit closer
to our inevitable droid-dominated future.
Or at least the droid-dominated future of online commerce: Mick Mountz, the founder of the Woburn-based Kiva Systems,
has enlisted an army of robots to take over order-fulfillment for such
online-retail behemoths as Zappos, Staples, and Diapers.
it's the clacking of the Orange Line as it comes above ground or the
unmistakable screeching of a B train pulling into Park Street, there's a
rhythm to the T. And public transit in Boston is an emotional
experience -- an express train can make your day; a missed one can break
your heart.Where there's rhythm and emotion, poetry logically follows, so a collection of local writers took to the stage at the Cantab Lounge Wednesday for Boston Poetry Slam's tribute to the MBTA.
Google's Tuesday launch of its new social network Google+ has had the Internet abuzz (not to be confused with the clunky Google Buzz communication platform that never really took off, was pretty much forgotten about, and apparently still exists).Buzz didn't turn out to be the Twitter-killer some initially hailed it as, and its precursor Google Wave didn't really do much other than confuse people
Boston. We know a little bit about revolution here. We've also got a
pretty good handle on innovation, meaning we know that whole
"tea-in-the-harbor" thing probably won't work more than once. So how
can you get people talking? Enter TEDxBoston,
a conference that brings local luminaries to the stage for a chance to
share their revolutionary ideas and inspire others.
No one is playing Hunted: The Demon's Forge. No one
has heard of Hunted: The Demon's Forge. It's a forgettable, poorly made
co-op game that tries to put a Gears of War-inspired cover system in a
fantasy RPG. I have nothing but pity for anyone who bought and played Hunted:
The Demon's Forge.
I'm saying that I feel very sorry for myself for having bought and played Hunted: The Demon's Forge.
We have finally reached that point in the summer where all
the local schools are out. Swarms of children roam free; already, their
vacation-slackened brains have started atrophying, their feral
instincts taking over. Ice-cream-truck drivers patrol the streets with
caution, fearing the packs of errant urchins who might ambush them.
Do you ever wonder how a video game company feels about their own game? Meet Eitan Glinert of Fire Hose Games, the Cambridge-based developer that made the PSN game Slam Bolt Scrappers. Last Tuesday at The Skellig in Waltham, as part of the monthly Boston Post Mortem
series, the beer-wielding Glinert revealed how the local company
screwed up, got lucky, and made really difficult decisions in their
two-and-a-half years making the multiplayer puzzle/brawler.
Everything I thought I knew about TV is wrong. Seriously. On Sunday, the two-hour premiere of Falling Skies
aired, and an alien apocalypse descended upon the fair city of Boston; I
didn't notice, but apparently 5.9 million viewers did. It's not hard
for me to think of reasons why this show was so off my radar.
Gaiman is about as ubiquitous as a modern fantasy writer can be. He's
written comic books, and an impressive stack of novels for kids, teens
and grown-ups alike. Then there are his screenplays: he wrote the
scripts for the film adaptations of Stardust and Coraline, adapted Miyazaki's Princess Mononoke into English and penned a recent episode of Doctor Who
Unmitigated crapfest that was Green Lantern got you down? Worry not, because we've got plenty to tide you over until Cars 2. That
includes fantasy films, classics, and free TV preview screenings right
here in Boston, plus a great film festival in Nantucket. For the more
esoteric, there is also a film about a rubber tire that comes to life
and kills people.
It's been a long, arduous 14 years
since the aptly-named Duke Nukem Forever was first announced, but
congratulations, we've made it! After nearly a decade and a half in the
development cycle, Gearbox Studios finally released the game last week...
and it was totally not worth the wait.
J.J. Abrams made a lovely movie about coming of age in a small Ohio town, and stuck an alien invasion in the middle of it.
Because everything's better with an alien invasion ... right? Well, these films sure
would be. Here are a few Abrams-helmed movies we'd like to see. 1) Super 8 Mile [original]Eminem
plays a young factory worker who just wants to rhyme his way out of
Prepare to ride the waves of nostalgia! Two weekends ago, the Phoenix made the trek up to Funspot in Laconia, NH, for a day of retro gaming at the International Classic Video Game Tournament at the American Classic Arcade Museum (which you may remember from indie doc The King of Kong).
In these days of sleek white nunchuks and motion-sensor controls, it's
easy to forget the unique aesthetic of an old-timey videogame console.
Much of the publicity for Catwoman's inclusion in Arkham City, the sequel to Rocksteady's hit Batman game Arkham Asylum, has revolved around her sex appeal. The new Arkham City
trailer above features the pounding drums of Lykke Li's "Get Some" while Catwoman does some unforgettable Bayonetta-esque
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