Tara Summers, the daughter of socialite and British Vogue editor Nona Summers and gallerist Martin Summers, was born with a silver spoon in her mouth. She had her first taste of success in the UK with an autobiographical play, "Gypsy of Chelsea," about her childhood with a socialite mother who counted numerous celebrities as personal friends. In the US, the actress first gained attention with a two-year turn on "Boston Legal." Now she hopes to find greater fame co-starring with Greg Kinnear on the new Fox series "Rake", Thursdays at 9 (8 central). Prior … Read more
You can now play games on an iPhone using an MFi controller case like the Moga Ace Power or Logitech PowerShell, but poor iPad users haven’t had a solution to play games like Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas without using touch. That’s finally changed with the SteelSeries Stratus, the first Bluetooth iOS 7 MFi game controller. But would you pay $100 for it? That's what it costs: a third of the price of an entry-level iPad Mini.
There’s nothing all that new about a wireless game controller for tablets. In fact, the Stratus is basically the … Read more
Do you need buttons to play games on your iPhone? Certainly not. And yet, iOS MFi-certified game controllers are here, giving you the promise of full game controller-like support for games and letting you theoretically use your phone or iPod Touch like a little Nintendo 3DS or PlayStation Vita.
The Logitech Powershell Controller + Battery is one of those accessories. As its name suggests, it's a case that adds physical gaming buttons, and also has a battery pack. It also costs $99.99. For most people, that's where the train skids off the tracks.
Whether you want an iOS … Read more
Baby, it's cold outside, but it's much warmer now than when I talked to "The Exes" star David Alan Basche, best known for playing uptight, neurotic Stuart Gardner for the last three seasons of the hit TV Land series. It was a frigid 3 degrees (according to Basche's Weather Channel app) when he called from New York, where he lives with his wife and daughter. We talked about his favorite apps, how he's similar to his TV character, how his Shakespearean training helps on the TV Land set, and the important lesson he learned … Read more
Not quite strong enough to stand on their own, the future of augmented reality games lies in ties to other media. At least, that's the plan that Niantic Labs appears to be pursuing.
As development continues on Ingress, Niantic's first offering which recently left beta, the quasi-independent startup within Google on Wednesday announced its next game: Endgame, a partnership with author James Frey's Full Fathom Five production company and publisher HarperCollins. Author Nils Johnson-Shelton is co-writing the books with Frey.
Details are light so far, but the game will tie into the young adult trilogy of novels … Read more
With the flood of Steam machines introduced at CES, both casual and hardcore gamers have plenty of console options. But gamers with maxed-out hardware -- or those who just don't want to shell out for a Linux system in a pretty case -- can build their very own Steam box using the beta build of SteamOS. Here's how to set up your Steam machine.
What You NeedProcessor: Intel or AMD 64-bit capable processor Memory: 4GB or more RAM Hard drive: 500GB or larger disk Video card: Nvidia graphics card (Sorry, AMD and Intel graphics folks AMD and … Read more
Ziggurat is an 8-bit-inspired survival game for iOS, set during an alien apocalypse. It's the project of Action Button Entertainment founder and director Tim Rogers, a Bay Area transplant recently nominated the Most Interesting Man at PAX Prime, and a regular contributor to geek-centric content farm Kotaku.
The story: Aliens have just wiped out humanity, and you are the last man standing. Literally standing: You're atop a ziggurat, above the clouds, armed with one BFG-like firearm, making a last stand. You shoot by tapping, charge by holding the lower portion of the screen, and fire when releasing. The … Read more
Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks' sixth release, "Wig Out at Jagbags," was worked out "on a computer on someone else's table in someone else's apartment" in Berlin and a studio in rural Belgium, but it sounds as casual, lived in, and American as a vintage Polo sweater. Grab the album (iTunes/Amazon) on January 7, and get tickets (Live Nation, StubHub, eSeats) for their upcoming U.S. tour, which kicks off February 12 in Denver.
Download.com caught up with the indie rockfather, following his return to the U.S., while he was out … Read more
The Ouya was supposed to turn the gaming world upside-down. It did not. More on that in a bit.
The little box normally sells for $99.99 plus shipping, but right now you can get an Ouya console for $59.99 shipped when you apply coupon code CALAMITY at checkout. That price also includes a $5 game credit.
Update: Giant sigh. It's always something. Although it worked when I tried it this morning, apparently this code had a fixed number of uses and has been effectively "used up." I'll contact Ouya and see if they're … Read more
If you're old like me, you can remember the first time you played Tomb Raider -- and what a thrill it was. Not only did you get a refreshing change of perspective (from first- to third-person), you also got to play as a female protagonist.
The game combined elements of Pitfall, the "Indiana Jones" movies, and old-school running-and-gunning, all unfolding with the character of Lara Croft, who would go on to join the pantheon of video game icons that includes Mario, Sonic the Hedgehog, and Duke Nukem. She would also spawn a steady stream of sequels, a pair of live-action movies, and various other related media.