It's now possible to spend an entire match of Fortnite in the sky, and you don't need to build to get there. With Fortnite Season 7, the X-4 Stormwing has been added to the soldier stew as the first aerial vehicle, an addition that I never thought Fortnite would ever get, let alone one that was needed. I was so wrong. Dogfighting in Fortnite rules, and along the added verticality of the new snow biome, the sky poses as much of as a threat as anywhere else. Watch the short montage of my first match of the new season above. I land and try to gear up as quickly as possible, not too worried about the other player I hear gliding nearby. I get to the guns first, so I should be set. But they take a plane and book it out of there. I figure they know I was on my way to say hello.As I harvest materials, I hear the low rumble of an X-4 engine approaching. The building around dissolves as they circle back around with me in their sights. I manage to escape on a zipline and survive—it's … [Read more...] about Fortnite players are pulling off wild stunts with the new planes
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THE destructive power of earthquakes is measured in different ways, but the one most people have heard of is the Richter scale. Here's how the force is calculated - and what it means if you are caught up in a disaster like the Lombok quake that killed at least 142. What is the Richter scale? Seismologists have tried to measure the force of earthquakes for more than a century. One measure is intensity - how violently the ground and buildings shake. Intensity is greater close to the epicentre than further out, and is also greater if the quake strikes close to the surface. Generally this corresponds with how much damage is caused. Another measure is magnitude - the total energy released over the duration of the quake. The Richter magnitude scale was devised in the 1930s by American scientist Charles Richter as a way to measure tremors in California. A modified version became standard across the world but failed to accurately measure a number of super-energetic "great" earthquakes that … [Read more...] about What is the Richter Scale for earthquakes, how is magnitude measured and does it go up to 10?
It's Friday, January 19th, and the Florida Mayhem are about to take on the Shanghai Dragons. The Mayhem come galloping out in Gangnam Style fashion, big smiles on their faces. Once they've all reached the stage, they do a synchronized lasso move from the iconic dance before taking their seats. After moving into a downtown LA apartment, adjusting to rigorous practice schedules away from home, and getting used to the spotlight that comes with being an Overwatch League player, they prepare for a match that hordes of unsigned players wish they could participate in. Last spring and summer were dark times for Overwatch esports. Blizzard's ambitious Overwatch League had been announced back at BlizzCon 2016, but there were still many unknowns. Between a lack of many large-scale tournaments with attractive payouts and rumors of hefty buy-in fees to be involved in Overwatch League's nebulous future, many esports organizations began leaving the scene altogether. Deserving pros from around … [Read more...] about What it’s like being an Overwatch League pro
Ah, February. The month of Valentine's Day! The month of love. And what's not to love about some excellent free games on your Xbox courtesy of Games With Gold? This month, Microsoft is serving up only the most romantic and passionate games, including one about modern-day ninja warriors battling demons and immortal race car drivers who can call in freaking plane to crash and tear up the track they're driving on. Good times. Remember: any games you choose to download during their availability period will remain accessible so long as you have an active Xbox Live Gold membership. And don't forget too that any Xbox 360 games made available through Games With Gold are also backwards compatible with Xbox One. February 2018 free Games With Gold games Shadow Warrior (Xbox One) - Available: February 1 - 28A remake of a 90s cult classic, Shadow Warrior stars assassin Lo Wang - a wisecracking stereotypical action movie star kind of guy who loves the Stan Bush song "The Touch" (yes, the one … [Read more...] about Xbox Games with Gold for February 2018 will make you fast and furious with Split/Second and Shadow Warrior
InnerSpace was successfully funded on Kickstarter all the way back in 2014, and it’s come a long way since then. It's an exploration game where you zip about topsy-turvy worlds discovering relics of an ancient civilization, and the trailer shows a delicate, bird-like craft traveling past coral superstructures, stone ruins, and alien architecture. That ship, called the Cartographer, is also shown opening portals and crashing through glass, and becoming a submarine when it hits water. It's all a bit perplexing, but looks lovely nonetheless. InnerSpace is the first commercial release from indie studio PolyKnight Games. We spoke with artist Steve Zapata, designer Eric Grossman, and director Tyler Tomaseski about how they helped players learn to fly, and what their plans after release are. PC Gamer: How did PolyKnight Games come about and how did that lead into development of InnerSpace? Tyler Tomaseski: We started out at college, at University of Texas, Dallas. We originally … [Read more...] about How InnerSpace’s creators made their disorienting flying game playable