A cymbal flutters like a pancake after being struck in this video, taken at 1000 frames per second, by the Fluke Corporation, makers of sophisticated testing instruments. (via Neatorama)

Good Vibrations Stick Jockey: Don't Hate the Game, Hate the Player

Even as sports games implement more deterministic controls, more realistic ratings and more authentic player performances, little of that translates to the player taking responsibility for success or failure, in singleplayer games anyway. Regardless of our real-life ability to read a cover-2 defense or the green of No. 17 at Augusta National, we expect to execute against such things successfully in a video game, every time. More »

Good Vibrations Go-Karts? In Uncharted? It's More Likely Than You Think

What's next for Naughty Dog, makers of Crash Bandicoot , Jak & Daxter and Uncharted ? Tim Moss, the director of technology at Sony's Santa Monica studio thinks he knows . More »

Good Vibrations EA Sports Won't Say MMA's Dead, but Won't Say It's Getting a Sequel, Either

To many, the UFC's acquisition of the competing fight series Strikeforce in March spelled the end of EA Sports MMA . While EA Sports' chief of development did not say that a sequel is in development, he did not say the label was quitting the sport altogether. More »

Good Vibrations Chrome Skins are Gears of War 3's Unlockable Reward for Loyal Gears Players

n December, Epic Games creative boss Cliff Bleszinski said Gears of War 3 would feature unlockables that fans can acquire by playing other Epic games, such as the first two Gears of War . Yesterday, Gears 3 's executive producer let slip what some of them will be. More »

Good Vibrations Some of Ocarina's Original Glitches Were Deliberately Kept in 3DS Version

In building the 3D remake of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time , the mandate for the developer Grezzo was to preserve fans' memories of the original as much as possible. That meant, where possible, that bugs from the original Nintendo 64 game were intentionally left in. More »
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