Monday, August 31, 2015

My favorite screens from Lara Croft Go

Lara Croft Go is a nice combination of Hitman Go and Monument Valley, but lacks what made those games special. The levels in Hitman Go felt like real places, and there was ample variety. By comparison, with only a few short exceptions, the Lara Croft Go locations are all extremely similar and dull, and feel like video game puzzle screens rather than a mysterious tomb. And unlike Monument Valley, with its subtle narrative, this game has no story at all.

Definitely worth playing, but it's mostly just a great foundation to build a far superior sequel.

Art roundup

Bryan Hitch drew a few issues of Transformers.

Cover of Games magazine.

Prints by Mike Mitchell.

Poster for Antigone.

Red Sonja and Conan by Becky Cloonan.

Kamala Khan commission by George Kambadais.

Video game box art.

Casshern & Friender action figures available for preorder

At the BBTS.

Official video for Downtown by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis

Jurassic World (Blu-ray + DVD + DIGITAL HD) for $19.86

at Amazon.

Pancake Prince

By Vaughn Pinpin.

Furiosa's War Rig

By Bruce (who is working on the tanker).

Marceline Dr. Martens

"Take a signature 8-eye shape with marceline print and contrast black fur lining on the tongue. Add a zip down the inside to make them easy to get on and off, and you've just made yourself an instant classic." Via.

Art roundup

Tony Cypress.

Knights of Sidonia by Tsutomu Nihei via.

Jupiter Ascending: Kalique by Michael Kutsche.

Judge Dredd #1 cover by Paul Hanley.

Prints by Jon Klassen.

Highlights from the VMAs

The giant and everyone else from Downtown by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis.

Tori Kelly's Giger-esque gold suit.

The astronaut dancers from Nick Jonas's Levels performance.

Three discounted books on my wishlist

Rome: An Empire's Story is $1.99

The Great Sea: A Human History of the Mediterranean is $2.99

Bismarck:A Life is $2.99

Sunday, August 30, 2015

"What if Stephen Hawking's voice box is actually the first A.I., using its robot brain to theorize on the universe and he's just riding along, as tripped out as the rest of us but unable to show it?"

"And the voice box is recommending that we don't create AI because it fears another AI would instantly recognize the voice box as AI and out it." Via.

$60 mini bust commissions

By the sculptor I featured earlier this week.

Uber riders in Seattle had a chance to get a ride in a Mad Max-inspired car

Link roundup

1. "Pixar in a Box"

A collaboration between Pixar Animation Studios and Khan Academy. Sponsored by Disney.
2. "Earth’s ancient history is full of giant versions of modern animals. Evolutionary forces (competition for resources, changes in climate) pushed these species to become incredibly large. And I’m not just talking about giant dinosaurs - there were huge mammals and marsupials too."

3. Maybe they haven't found the Malaysian flight:
When a wing section of a Boeing 777 washed up on the Indian Ocean island of La RĂ©union last month, the Malaysian government quickly ascribed the part to missing Malaysian Airlines Flight 370. But an ongoing investigation has failed to verify this claim, and the story just keeps getting weirder.
4. These The Force Awakens alien character action figures have a real vintage feel.

5.  Panther enthusiastically teething on a human hand.

Witcher 3 and Mortal Kombat X at Dead End Thrills

Lots of new artistic gems at Dead End Thrills--screenshots from Witcher 3, Alice Madness Returns, MKX, Lif Is Strange, Watch Dogs, and more.

Friday, August 28, 2015

"Survival Suit Batman"

Coming next year.

Star Wars: The Card Game - Arden Lyn

Jake Murray:

Card art for the "Jump To Lightspeed" set of Fantasy Flight Games' "Star Wars: The Card Game." This character was first introduced in the Masters of Teras Kasi Playstation game, and is notorious for having a pretty impractical costume. So I really had a blast getting the opportunity to redesign her into something that I think is more reflective of her actual personality and fighting style.

Play Arts Kai - Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain: D-DOG


Thursday, August 27, 2015

Gif of the remote control BB-8 in action

Supposedly $80.

"a painstaking yearslong effort to reproduce 100 studies published in three leading psychology journals has found that more than half of the findings did not hold up when retested"


“I think we knew or suspected that the literature had problems, but to see it so clearly, on such a large scale — it’s unprecedented,”
See also: Wikipedia's summary of glaring flaws in the famed Stanford Prison Experiment.

Lego Wasp

By Tim Lydy.

Link roundup

1. "Two top executives at Dole are on the hook for $148 million after a judge ruled that CEO and chairman of the board David H. Murdock, and the company’s former chief operating officer, C. Michael Carter fraudulently drove down their company’s stock price so they could shortchange shareholders and buy the business on the cheap."

2. A claim that DC movies are killing DC comics sales (people watch the Watchmen and Dark Knight Returns movies instead of buying the comics).

3. "Welcome to your dystopian future. Reports from yesterday say that a US drone strike in Syria has killed a British-born computer hacker who had joined ISIS and was involved in that group's online activities"

4. A prestigious Los Angeles private high school had to drop its JV football team for lack of interested players:

“I think this is a bubble,” [the school's Athletic Director] said. “We feel this is a temporary situation.”
(NFL player Jonathan Martin attended that school.)

5. Grand Theft Auto 5 mod puts a Mass Effect Reaper over the skies of Los Santos.

6. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss is $1.99 right now at Amazon.

New Batgirl and Seth Rollins challenges on the Injustice and Immortals iOS games

The Martian is $1.99 today

The Martian: A Novel is $1.99.

Also on my wishlist, Station Eleven: A novel is $1.99.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The Indoor Kids with Max Landis

Aside from describing his pitch for The Fantastic Four movie, in this podcast, Max Landis explains that Twitter is a perfect tool for super villains.

New Avengers Infinite figures including Juggernaut Colossus, Deadpool, and Emma Frost available for preorder

Avengers Infinite 3.75" Figure 2015 Series 03 set and individual figures available.

"Greenpoint's Growing Taxi Graveyard"

Uber's impact on taxi drivers in New York:

As the number of drivers continues to dwindle, between 80 and 120 cabs sit empty on any given shift. Yossri recalls one day recently when there were only enough drivers to send out 24 cabs, and 147 of them sat empty.
When he can, Kiouvas moves the cabs directly from one spot to another while still abiding by alternate side parking rules. More often, he parks them in the dispatcher's crowded lot temporarily. When street cleaning ends at 1:00 p.m. dispatchers, mechanics, and body men pitch in to help Kiouvas get all of the cabs back onto the street—quickly, before neighbors' cars fill in.

Boston Comic Con sculpture commissions by Jesse Farrell

Jesse Farrell:

Here are my 2015 Boston Comic Con commissions! People made requests and I did my best to sculpt them on the fly. I got a great bunch of requests this year.

Black Manta
Raptor with comic books
She-Hulk 1
Captain America
Sailor V
She-Hulk 2

Getting hired by Google by stumbling onto an ARG


One morning, while working on a project, I Googled “python lambda function list comprehension.” The familiar blue links appeared, and I started to look for the most relevant one.

But then something unusual happened.

The search results split and folded back to reveal a box that said “You’re speaking our language. Up for a challenge?”

I stared at the screen. What? After a moment, I decided yes, I was most definitely up for a challenge.
Over the next two weeks, I solved five more problems.

The Book of Nightmares (in Lego)

By 6kyubi6.