A GIANT lizard that roamed the Earth 300million years ago has been brought back to life – as a robot. The curious creature was revived using "Hollywood-style techniques", and roamed Earth's ancient lands long before the dinosaurs. Scientists used fossils to "digitalise" the creature, then animate and convert it into a life-sized model. The creature, SWNS reports, is called OroBOT – named after the creature itself, Orobates pabsti. It's the first study of its kind, and could lead to other extinct creatures – like the woolly mammoth – being reborn in a similar way. Orobates was a tetrapod, and shares common ancestors with lizards, snakes, tortoises, crocodiles, birds and mammals. It measured an enormous five feet long, but only weighed 9 pounds – about the weight of a human baby. It had a long body and tail, but very short legs and a small skull, with some experts likening it to a crocodile. And it can offer major clues to understanding the history of land … [Read more...] about ‘Giant 5ft lizard’ dead for 300million years brought back to life as a ROBOT – and woolly mammoths could be next in line for resurrection
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Fans of Persona 5 are in for a treat as Atlus has shown off some new gameplay of the Phantom Thieves’ leader, Joker, in Catherine: Full Body. You can check out the gameplay for yourself down below courtesy of YouTube user CrimsonFist102. Joker’s gameplay is the latest content to be shown off during Studio Zero and Atlus’ Sheep Week. A week from the development team showing off all things Catherine: Full Body. We’ve been covering the multitude of announcements and trailers straight out of Japan as they’ve been revealed. Joker will be available as day-one DLC for early adopters of Catherine: Full Body. He’ll be playable as a separate character in the game’s Colosseum Mode as well as the Babel mode. He’ll be purchasable for all at a later date. Both Persona 5 and Catherine share many similarities as far as art style goes. Which makes sense since character designer Shigenori Soejima created … [Read more...] about Persona 5’s Joker Takes the Stage in New Catherine: Full Body Gameplay
It is better to innovate and fall short than to stagnate and succeed. Every misstep is a small success, a burst of inspiration telling us what can be improved. That’s why it’s so peculiar to see something flop without other innovators coming to pick up the pieces. One such case is Spore, which by most accounts is a mediocre game, but a great tool. Is that a fair assessment though? After all, hindsight is 20/20. Let’s dive into the primordial ooze to see if Spore deserved its ho-hum reception. Hype was certainly a major factor in the original reception. The free creature creator set the bar somewhere in the upper stratosphere. With all the parts at their disposal, players could create anything. Best of all was players could upload clips of their creations directly to YouTube. The result was a wildly successful demo that doubled as an engaging publicity stunt. Unfortunately, the creature creator represents only a small portion of the final product—less than a … [Read more...] about 10 Years of Spore – A Reputation Well-Deserved?
If there’s one piece of gaming hardware we’ve seen a whole lot more of in the last few years, it’s gaming chairs. DXRacer introduced the racing-style gaming chair to the masses more than ten years ago, but their popularity has grown as many high-profile Twitch streamers sit their butts in seats that look straight out of the Fast and the Furious.Bucket-style gaming chairs aren't intrinsically better than traditional office-style desk chairs for PC gaming (check our guide to the best traditional gaming chairs here), but they do feature a distinctive style and set of features that clearly appeal to gamers.We've spent the last year sitting in a variety of new racing-style gaming chairs to determine the most comfortable and high-quality pick. The Vertagear SL5000 still remains our top choice, but the new RESPAWN 200 gives it a serious run for its money. The best racing chair High-quality construction and materials Balanced comfort and support Good overall design Multiple … [Read more...] about The best racing-style gaming chair
Is Lara Croft the most physically-competent character in videogames? At the risk of upsetting fans of literally anyone else, let’s just go ahead and say: yes, yes she is. Ezio might edge it at parkour and swan-diving, Kratos is slightly better at pushing giant rocks, Snake is fractionally more advanced at judo and Drake is vastly superior at looking like he’s going to die whenever he tries climbing anything… but Lara can do all of those things and other stuff. In early games she was a front-somersaulting, shark-murdering polygonal uber-wench, and now she’s added archery, stealth and pickaxe-fighting to the list. Lara is the best, and you should be more like her. More importantly, you should train like her. “Training with functional movements, not just to burn fat or build muscle, has benefits that go way beyond looking good in shorts and a tank top,” says personal trainer Jessica Wolny. “As well as building you a more balanced, less … [Read more...] about Swimming, sprinting and *lots* of pullups: how to get a Lara Croft body