YOU don't need to spend close to £1,000 on a smartphone these days – and HTC's new mobile is proof. The new HTC U12 Life is a mid-range blower that costs just £299, but you'd never know looking at it. It's powerful, attractive, and has some really neat features – including a dual-lens camera. That's impressive given the low price, and proves your next smartphone doesn't need to cost the earth. The HTC U12 Life is a direct successor to last year's U11 Life, announced this week at Berlin's IFA 2018 tech show – and now has a slick two-tone design. Its top third is shiny glass, while the bottom two thirds offer a cool striped effect. These ridged glass stripes look great, but they also serve a practical purpose. "As great as glass looks, it always has two big disadvantages," HTC's Fabian Nappenbach explained. "One of them is fingerprints, where you spend all day making it shiny again. "The other one is that glass is really slippery. We addresses both of those … [Read more...] about HTC U12 Life is the perfect proof for why buying a £1,000 phone is stupid
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NERF is finally ready to give fans what they've always wanted: laser tag. The company's new blasters, the £30 'AlphaPoint' and £45 'DeltaBurst', pair with a smartphone app to let up to 64 players battle it out at once. Nerf Laser Ops Pro AlphaPoint for £22.99 at Amazon – buy now Nerf Laser Ops Pro DeltaBurst for £49.99 at Argos – buy now Nerf Laser Ops Pro AlphaPoint 2-pack for £44.98 at Amazon – buy now Both toys pack an infrared panel at the front that picks up the invisible beams you're firing off. Get tagged and the app will put you on a short timeout, while the other players keep duking it out for more points. At the end, the smartphone hooked to your armband will tally your scores and announce the winner. We tried it out in a dark room with three other (grown-up) noobs and had a blast ducking between obstacles, getting cover and shooting the opposition like a regular Han Solo (only sweatier and rather less charismatic). And … [Read more...] about Nerf Laser Ops Pro hands-on review – this year’s must-have tech toy for kids
If you haven’t started your first game and you might be a little bit scared we’re going to talk about how to overcome that, coming up. What’s up guys Tim Ruswick here from Game Dev Underground helping you build finish and launch better games. Today we’re going to be talking about something that’s really cool because I think it holds a lot of people back. (Video Transcription) And this is being scared of starting. Now I posted a video a while back called are you right when do you know whether you’re ready to start and I’ll link that above. And that was basically the premise of start now start now. But there were a few comments and messages that I got about that and a lot of people are still scared like they I think they understood the point of the video but they didn’t quite they just assumed that it was different than you know their situation. And and they were scared to start. So I figured I’d make a video kind of go through it and … [Read more...] about Are You Scared Of Starting Your First Game?
As Polygon's recent fifth birthday approached, we started thinking about what we could do to celebrate it. And what's more fun than ranking the 100 best games of all time? 500? So we did. We started by setting rules upfront. We asked everyone to vote based on innovation, polish and durability, rather than simply personal taste. We cut games released in 2017 to eliminate recency bias. And we left out sequels that we deemed too similar to the games that came before them. Then we voted, but we knew we had gaps in our knowledge on staff. So in addition to gathering votes from the Polygon team, we worked with a group of external and freelance writers to pull in their input: Kahlief Adams, Susan Arendt, Katherine Cross, Jon-Paul Dyson, Benj Edwards, Cara Ellison, JC Fletcher, Jenn Frank, Harold Goldberg, Janine Hawkins, Blake Hester, Laura Hudson, Henry Lowood, Jeremy Parish, Carolyn Petit, Andrea Rene, Jaz Rignall and Gary Whitta. Collecting all those votes together, we then combed through … [Read more...] about The 500 best games of all time: 500-401
Every December, we close out our year of coverage with our officially annual Platinum Chalice awards, choosing our Game of the Year and doling out accolades to the best games of the past 12 months. We won’t actually hand those out until next Friday, though; in the meantime, we’ve decided to unplug from the collective GamesRadar hive mind and take this opportunity to honor the games that really deserve it – which is to say, our personal favorites of 2011. Gary Steinman, editor in chief Personal GOTY: Killzone 3 A great game? Yes. A great shooter? Absolutely. Best game of 2011? For most of you, probably not. But for this long-time gamer, Killzone 3 was easily my most thrilling, pulse-pounding, and memorable experience this year. Now, keep in mind, I’m not the most hardcore shooter fan, nor am I a huge multiplayer aficionado. Killzone 3 stands out to me thanks to its extraordinary single-player campaign. Like all the best Sony first-party exclusives, Killzone 3 … [Read more...] about GamesRadar editors (personal) Games of the Year 2011