Westworld Season 2 has been surprisingly slow so far, compared with Season 1. Bernard has been piecing events together, while Dolores is making her way to The Valley Beyond. In Season 2, Episode 4, "The Riddle of the Sphinx," Bernard investigated a secret lab with Elsie (who's alive--yay!) and last week's mystery woman turned out to be William's daughter, Emily. But let's not gloss over the extraordinary revelation: Delos, under William's guidance, has been trying to recreate actual people, memories, tics, and all, as android hosts.Or, more specifically, they've been making a person. Jim Delos died decades earlier than the show's present, but some version of him--an endless succession of twisted, twitching golems--has been alive in a secret lab under Westworld for all the intervening years. William has been working for 30 years to perfect the technology to make a being who's more than a host, but less than a person. And he failed.Undoubtedly this is William's "greatest mistake," as he … [Read more...] about Westworld Season 2, Episode 4 Review: Westworld’s “True Purpose” Revealed?
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Microsoft announced during their CES keynote that Kinect controls will be coming to both Netflix and Hulu Plus this spring.The actual controls weren’t shown at the keynote, nor was an official date announced, but it is expected to be implemented in the next couple months.While I don’t own a Kinect, this excites me and almost makes me want one. In fact, if it cost less, I’d buy one just for this function.Next I hope they announce that Netflix’s suggestions feature will draw information from your movements. “You gently gave Parks and Recreation: Season 2 five stars, but vehemently slammed a one out of five on The Big Bang Theory. Would you like more shows like Parks and Rec?” … [Read more...] about Kinect Controls Coming to Netflix, Hulu Plus
Although the Oculus Rift is already gaining a tremendous amount of buzz thanks to two solid showings at E3 2013 and E3 2014, the VR headset is still a growing technology. The folks at Oculus VR know that, developers know that, and even Facebook, who purchased Oculus for $2 billion, know that.How the technology will continue to grow is a two-part process. Oculus VR will need to improve the design of their headset to decrease latency and increase resolution; while developers will need to craft interactive experiences that leverage the Oculus Rift’s strengths and prove VR is more than just a gimmick. And while we are nearing those two goals, there is still a lot of work to do.This week, however, the Oculus Rift is taking the next big step towards entering the retail market with the release of of Development Kit 2. Some 45,000 units are said to be shipping to developers within the next few months, starting with a 10,000-unit shipment very soon.Development Kit 2, or DK1, is a refined … [Read more...] about New Oculus Rift Dev Kits Now Shipping; Explore ‘South Park’ in VR
Hobby games giant Mayfair Games, makers of Settlers of Catan, is bringing to life The Cones of Dunshire, the fictional game from NBC's Parks and Recreation with its first ever Kickstarter campaign.The game may to be so large that it might actually need to be shipped in a wooden crate.Cones was developed by accountant Ben Wyatt (actor Adam Scott) during a single, manic day between jobs in season six. It is, by its very nature, inscrutable. Take a look at the bit. At GenCon 2014 Mayfair hosted a charity play session of Cones in the lobby of the Indianapolis Convention Center. Exactly 33 tickets were sold, with the non-player role of Ledgerman being auctioned off. The proceeds benefitted Gleaners Food Pantry, a charity in Indianapolis, Ind. that helps fight hunger.As originally written, this Kickstarter seems to be an elaborate joke. But Mayfair's Charles Rice assures Polygon the game is real, and that the Kickstarter is all in good fun."Is the whole thing a joke? Yes and no, … [Read more...] about Parks and Recreation’s fake board game is now a really expensive Kickstarter reward
The magic of Master of None is that it tells universal coming-of-age stories yet feels like it was crafted specifically to appeal to me.Co-created by comedian Aziz Ansari and Parks and Recreation writer Alan Yang, the wide-ranging Master of None touches on topics such as racism, sexism, privilege, the immigrant experience, dating in the 21st century and Eminem's "Lose Yourself." All of it is filtered through Ansari's worldview, making Master of None a deeply personal series that's cut from the same cloth as Louis CK's Louie and Lena Dunham's Girls.Anything as auteur-driven as those kinds of projects runs the risk of becoming self-indulgent. But where something like Girls can occasionally devolve into millennial wankery, Ansari and Yang manage to avoid that pitfall — mostly — by focusing on relatable stories told with Woody Allen-like naturalism and observational humor, such as the aforementioned music argument. Much of the material is drawn from Ansari's stand-up … [Read more...] about Aziz Ansari’s Master of None is a terrific, groundbreaking, important TV show