Sunday, October 31, 2010

QTE Tweets Of The Week

This top 10 shows the most clicked tweets from my News in brief Twitter stream. Last weeks number 2 story has become this weeks number 1. new about the white iPhone also makes 2 appearances on the top 10, which isn't surprising as there's been little news about it for a while now. Due to a technical snafu with the first Sony Phone story, news about the phone only appears once in this weeks chart. Most of the big news story for the week are here and its great to see 3 stories from the site making it into the top 10.

10 QTE Blog: Telltale Have Released Behind The Scenes Looks At Back To The Future: The Videogame

9 More pictures and details have emerged about the Playstation Android Phone from Sony Ericsson, Codename Zeus

8 iPhone: White iPhone briefly listed on the Apple Store App but now removed

7 QTE Blog: Pelfast Announce Bionic Swarm, An Upcoming Expansion Pack For Comet Crash

6 QTE Blog: Nintendo Announce 65.3 Million Wii Remote Controllers Have Been Sold In The USA

5 Germany Has banned the EU version of Call Of Duty: Black Ops. the only version than can be sold is the Steam version

4 360: Microsoft say that even tho the Kinect camera is always on, its not "looking" at you when its not being used

3 iPhone: A DOS emulator, called iDos, is out now on the app store. nearly any DOS code should run on it

2 iPhone: Apple announce the White iPhone 4 is not coming out until Spring 2011

1 360 version of Fallout New Vegas reportedly now updated, similar patch to PC. PS3 patch out in EU, coming else where

What Have You Played This Week?

This weekend turned into another where I had high hopes of playing lots of games, but ended up playing very few. Lol, who knows, perhaps next week i'll do better.

Flight Control HD – PS3 – this game is cheap and makes use of my PlayStation Move controller. I know its been popular on the iPhone/iPad and I was curious to see what all the fuss is about. The menus are simple and to the point as are the controls. Trophies are also fairly easy to get. Truthfully I enjoyed the game, its simple and addictive and well priced. Its no graphics powerhouse but it doesn’t really need to be.

BIT. Trip Beat – Wii – I had got some WiiWare points and looked for a couple of games. I had played the demo for this game when Nintendo experimented with demoes. Its fun and and has great music, but ultimately the game is hard. The graphics are good, but can get in the way of the blocks you have to hit. The game also makes great use of the speaker in the WiiMote. It will take some time before I can say i've completed the game.

Art Style: Light Trax – Wii – this was the other game I bought with WiiWare Points. The game has a great minimalistic look to it and some suprising depth to gameplay. It lacks explaniation of controls, but with the WiiMote's few buttons its easy to work out what does what. This is a racing game that looks like the bike racers from Tron, but it does have some simple yet clever puzzle elements. This is another game that could take me a while to complete.

Did you manage to play more games than I have over the week, or do you have any comments on my experiences or questions about the games i've played? If you do, feel free to add them in the comments section.

EA Have Released New Trailers For EA Sports Active 2 On The Wii, Xbox 360, And PS3

EA Have released new trailers for the PS3, Xbox 360, and Wii versions of EA Sports Active 2. the PS3 video focuses on the games main features, whilst the Wii version shows the Wii Balance Board Additions and the Xbox 360 version focuses on the Kinect exercises.

Xbox 360 Trailer

PS3 Trailer

Wii Trailer

Konami Have Released New Screenshots For NeverDead

Konami have released new screenshots for NeverDead, their upcoming PS3 and Xbox 360 game. NeverDead is a action title featuring two protagonists. These screenshots are in-game and show action from both protagonists, but they also show the unique ability from the main character, who can still fight and pull himself together even after being blown apart.


Namco Bandai Have Released New Screenshots And A Trailer For Pac-Man Championship Edition DX

Namco Bandai have released some new screenshots and a trailer for their upcoming PSN and XBLA game, Pac-Man Championship Edition DX. the trailer focuses on the new train mode, and the use of Bombs, that have been added. The screenshots also show the train mode as well as two graphical styles in the game.


Sony, Polyphony Digital, And Red Bull Racing Reveal The X1 Prototype

Sony, Polyphony Digital, And Red Bull Racing have revealed the X1 Prototype. the car has been designed with no limits due to regulations. Kazunori Yamauchi, from Polyphony Digital, asked Red Bull Racing's Adrian Newey to design the fastest racing car. The result was the X1 Prototype which, with Sebatian Vettel driving it in Gran Turismo 5, broke the course record at Suzuka by more than 20 seconds. Artwork and screenshots of the car have been released as well as a video showing the car driving around the Nurburgring, where Vettel posted a fastest lap of 1.04.853.



Press Release

London, 28th October: Sony Computer Entertainment today revealed details of a fantasy racing car built using very real technologies. The X1 Prototype is the answer to the ‘What if’ dream of a world where racing car design is no longer limited by regulation. Forged by Polyphony Digital, working with world-class racing car constructor Red Bull Racing and aerodynamics expert and racing car design genius Adrian Newey, the result goes far beyond the startling new look. If the performance of test driver Sebastian Vettel in a shakedown run at the Suzuka Circuit is to be believed, the driving experience, available exclusively through Gran Turismo®5 on PlayStation®3, will be unbeatable.

As with all design masterpieces, the Red Bull X1 has been through several iterations. The starting point was a low drag single seat wing car with a glass canopy and covered wheels, powered by a forced induction engine. The result was a startling set of figures; 1,483hp at 15,000rpm, a top speed of 400kmh and up to 6G of lateral G-force. However under the expert eye of Newey and driven by his passion to realise the dream, the initial concept then took a big step forward. He proposed the use of ‘Fan Car’ technology - last seen and rapidly banned from F1 in the late 70s - where a fan is used to force air out from underneath the car, lowering the air pressure creating a huge amount of downforce.

A redesign of the car showed its value on the track where traditional low speed corners could be taken at significantly higher speeds. The new figures showed a maximum lateral G force exceeding 8G, pushing the limits for the human body, and a top speed of more than 450kmh. The killer combination of low air resistance due to body styling, glass canopies and full tire cowlings; increased low speed down-force courtesy of the fans; and stability at high speed due to front and rear wings and rear diffuser, are what brought about this result.

For a nervous design team the last stage of the journey was the shakedown test. Enter Sebastian Vettel who, on his first run, slashed more than 20 seconds off the course record on the Suzuka Circuit.

As Adrian Newey, Chief Technical Officer of Red Bull Racing puts it: “The results were thrilling. X1 is about evolution. Delivering the optimum combination of tested technologies in a single integrated design. This would be the future of racing were we not bound by regulations, but one that is achievable today. And as Sebastian has shown, it is about devastating speed coupled with real handling control. Today thanks to PlayStation®3 and Gran Turismo we can test drive the future.”

Kazunori Yamauchi, President, Polyphony Digital Inc and creator of the Gran Turismo series commented: “X1 sees the marriage of virtual and real worlds as we explore the boundaries of our technology and aesthetic senses. The X1 Prototype Project has been motivated by curiosity and passion, powerful forces that brought together the best the world has to offer in design, physics simulation, racing car product technology and driving.”

Welcome to the personification of the Dream for Speed, to the marriage of imagination, of expertise and of technology. Welcome to a unique combination of Gran Turismo and Red Bull realised in the X1 Prototype Project.

Gran Turismo 5 will contain more than 1000 perfectly recreated cars ranging from the latest supercars to the cars of NASCAR and WRC. Standing proud will be the fastest car in the game - and one of the fastest to ever leave the drawing board - the Red Bull X1. Earn your chance to drive the Red Bull X1 when Gran Turismo 5 goes on sale later this year.

Performance Specification:

"X1 Prototype" Technical Specifications

Length: 4.75m
Width: 2.18m
Height: 0.98m

Wheelbase: 2.9m
Front Tread: 1.85m
Rear Tread: 1.78m

Dry Weight: 545kg
Wet (gross) Weight: 615kg

3000cc V6 Twin Turbo Engine (Direct Injection)
Maximum Output: 1106.0kw(1503.8ps)/15000rpm *1483hp
Maximum Torque: 714.1Nm(72.9kgf*m)/12000rpm

Full Active Ride Suspension

Maximum output 9800N(1000kgf), equal to 1.63G

At 100km/h: 1044.7N, (106.6kgf) equal to 0.17G
At 200km/h: 4181.7N, (426.7kgf) equal to 0.69G
At 300km/h: 9412.9N, (960.5kgf) equal to 1.56G
At 400km/h: 16732.5N, (1707.4kgf) equal to 2.78G

Test Calculation: Cornering G at 300km/h

Total tire load: Equivalent to 4.19G (=Gravity 1.00G+downforce due to fan 1.63G+downforce due to wing 1.56G)
Coefficient of Friction of Tires: μ=1.97 (baseμ=2.16, model calculates a efficiency reduction to 91.5% under high load)
Cornering G that can be exhibited by tires: 8.25G (4.19 * 1.97)

*Specs in consideration for correspondence with diagram
Test Calculation: Cornering G at 300km/h
Total Tire Load: 2575.6kgf (Front Wheel 1142.7kgf+Rear Wheel 1432.9kgf)
Coefficient of Friction of Tires: μ=1.97 (baseμ=2.16, model calculates
an efficiency reduction to 91.5% under high load)
Cornering force that can be exhibited by tires: 5073.9kgf
Cornering G: 8.25G (= 5073.9kgf / 615kg)

0-60mph: 1.4sec
0-120mph: 2.8sec
0-200mph: 6.1sec
Maximum Speed: Over 280mph (450km/h)
Maximum Longitudinal or Lateral Acceleration at 300km/h: 8.25G

THQ Have Released A New Smackdown Vs Raw 2011 Trailer

THQ have released a new trailer for WWE Smackdown Vs Raw 2011. this trailer is a launch trailer and it shows many of the games features and improvements, using in-game action to show examples of it.