Google Announces Their OWN Android Gaming Console

Well it looks like Google is finally wanting to get in on all the action and create their own version of an Android console. Now I know this is going to sound crazy, but apparently they are going to call it the Nexus Player (Taking a page out of Amazon's playbook on that one). Now of course this will probably integrate directly into the GooglePlay marketplace. I hate to say this but this might really kick the little guys around pretty bad. I'm talking to you OUYA, GameStick, and hell maybe even the Amazon Fire TV.

Now here's the bad news, they have suspended pre-orders until the FCC approval process is complete. So I guess all we can do is look at the goodies being listed, and of course watching the site to see when you can pre-order again.

Here are the components being listed:

  • 1.8GHz Quad Core, Intel® Atom™
  • Imagination PowerVR Series 6 Graphics 2D/3D Engine
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB storage
  • 18W DC power
  • HDMI out (1920×1080@60Hz)
  • Micro-USB 2.0
  • 802.11ac 2×2 (MIMO)
  • Bluetooth 4.1
  • 235g
  • 120mm x 120mm x 20mm

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Unique Co-op Stealth Game Coming to the OUYA

I'm not even sure where to start with this one, but basically a very creative development team has decided to create a local co-op stealth game, that is set in an alternate reality 1980s. You will have two very famous figures at your control, and it is through the teamwork of these individuals you will be able to save the day. So who are these people? Well it's Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev of course. These two leaders have been kidnapped, and it is going to be through their metaphoric high-five giving, bad-ass puzzle solving skills, and all of their character that they will be able to win. For a more thorough look into this game I give you the press release for the game Reagan Gorbachev, by Team2Bit, coming on October 21st to the OUYA:

Mr. Gorbachev, Tear Down This Wall! The Forces of East and West Unite in Reagan Gorbachev, Coming Exclusively to OUYA


The Ultimate Odd Couple Gears Up for their Digital Debut in New Action Puzzler from Team2Bit

SANTA MONICA, Calif. – Oct. 15, 2014 – Team2Bit, the developer that brought youFist Puncher, today announced that local co-op stealth game Reagan Gorbachev will be coming exclusively to OUYA on October 21.  Fans of local co-op and Cold War politics will be able to take up arms as the incorrigible patriot Ronald Reagan and the famously flexible Mikhail Gorbachev, in an epic struggle to prevent the Cold War from heating up.

Reagan Gorbachev is set in the 1980s in an alternate universe, in which Reagan and Gorbachev are kidnapped by militant extremists during the famous 1986 Reykjavik Summit. Of course, the enemy of your enemy is your friend, and these decidedly kick-ass new friends will need to fight as a team if they hope to escape with their lives.

In this top-down stealth game, players must arm themselves with a mélange of munitions – everything from poisoned darts to katanas to high-powered rifles – and sneak or slash their way through rooms riddled with radical extremists who want nothing more than to take their lives. Reagan Gorbachev can accommodate one or two players, and will be available for $9.99.

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Deponia On Sale, Limited Time Offer


Alright so I want to apologize, we are a bit late in posting this, so the 48 hour deal is going to be less than 48 hours, more like around 24 hours, but here's the deal. If you have still not, somehow, found your way to play the point and click adventure trilogy of Deponia, you can fix that for a 66% off discount. All you will need to do is go to the steam page, and then there you go.

If you are wondering if the series is worth picking up, well here's my very own reviews to all three pieces of the series:

Oh and in case 66% off means nothing to you without the actual money figures, even though you could just see if for yourself on the Steam Page. It would look something like this 13.59US$/ 13.59€/ 19,79 GBP.

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Anonabox and Kickstarter Stretch Goals

This week, Anonabox started a Kickstarter campaign to fund a networking device that transparently routes all Internet traffic attached to it.  The thing that initially caught my attention is how they massively exceeded their goal ($7,500 goal and they're up to $500,000+) and August Germar, the project creator, made a update stating that they'd soon create stretch goals (which they did) as a result.  Last week on the podcast, Charlie and I talked about the wisdom, or lack thereof, of Kickstarters creating Stretch Goals when their pledges plateaued, but well before the goal is met.  I think Charlie and I were both in agreement that creating stretch goals as a means to raise more money when the initial project isn't bringing in the target goal is questionable.  With Anonabox, on the other hand, I am actually incentivised to Kickstart with the additional stretch goals because they're already funded.  If this were a project I truly believed in, I would have no qualms monetary backing it, knowing the funds and support is there.  Contrast that with a project that is trying to meet its initial goal by implementing stretch goals, where meeting any funding goal is questionable.  It seems like the idea of stretch goals are more prudent in a project that has already exceeded its funding goal, especially in a case like Anonabox where those goals are relatively easily implemented by the project team.


Off the topic if Kickstarting, I personally will not be giving to the project.  There are objections over the openness of the project, specifically regarding the hardware.  While I like the idea of Open Hardware, I don't even know what that means in this project as the creator never specified hardware specs (and I don't mean specs on the side of a box - I mean what is the hardware made of?).  With the board most likely coming from a Chinese supplier, I'm not really sure how "open" this is.  I have nothing inherently against Chinese hardware - I wouldn't be using electronics if I did - but using an off-the-shelf board kind of negates the whole idea of a truly anonymizing piece of hardware, and brings into question the whole idea of an Open Hardware platform.  At least all the software is Open Source, and will be reviewable upon release (or is it? the code is available for download & review, but what's to prevent a hack being installed between now and release?  How does a non-expert know the code on their box is legit?).  Moral of the story?  IT Security people take things very seriously and know their shit (or in my job, Google Knows All).  Had this project only reached its goals of $7,500 or kept on the radar, chances are websites wouldn't be picking up on this story.  But raise half a million dollars, and people are going to ask questions and raise reasonable concerns.