Board Game "RISK" adapts to the Metal Gear Solid series

Snake? Snake! SNNNNNAAAAAAKKKKKE!!!!!!

Ah yes, RISK; the classic turn-based strategy board game in which two to six players attempt to occupy every territory on the board and eliminate all competing forces.  Over the past 10 years or so, RISK has been going under a series of changes; from the major streamlining of the game’s rules back in 2008, to the multiple amount of licensed versions (i.e., Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, Narnia, Transformers, and Halo among others), each version with their own unique set of rules.  Announced a few months back at San Diego Comic-Con 2011, it become knowledge that the popular and esteemed “Metal Gear Solid” video game series would be receiving its own version of the turn-based strategy game.

The Metal Gear Solid edition of RISK will feature the five private military corporations (PMCs) that were included in the 2008 PlayStation 3 game, Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots.  This version also gives the players the opportunity to launch a “nuclear strike,” utilizing the capabilities of the titular walking battle tank, Metal Gear REX (from the 1998 Metal Gear Solid game for the PlayStation), should a player have control of it during the game. Also included is a special dice and an Outer Heaven carrier piece used for stealthy sneak attacks in this versions other two rule options. If you just want to play the game the good-ol’ fashioned way, don’t sweat, my man; you’ll still be able to play the standard game of RISK sans the additional rules of the MGS version.

If the history of RISK adapting itself with a multitude of varied licenses into successful stand-alone games (rather than solely depending on novelty and promotion) says anything, I think we may have another amazing board game on our hands.  RISK: Metal Gear Solid Edition is available for pre-order NOW exclusively through USAopoly.com for $50.  I, for one, am very excited about this!!

[Thank you Destructoid & Joystiq]

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Have Martians Landed in the Netherlands? This Building Looks Like They Might Have!

TAKE US TO YOUR PROJECT MANAGER!!

What you see above you is the headquarters of The Decos Technology Group, a technology company located in Noordwijk, the Netherlands.  This building, which heavily resembles a meteorite that had just fallen from space, was designed by Dutch architectural studio Inbo Architects, and is located in a business park that is dedicated to space-related commerce, so at least the space-themed design of the building makes since.

The cladding on the building’s exterior consists of a smooth, seamless ice-blue synthetic skin that is cut through by a series of continuous horizontal ribbon windows.  The cladding also recurs in the building’s interior and is partially detached from the interior floors, resulting in creating views that are visible to all levels inside the building.  The building’s surrounding site appears to look like a moonscape (or the surface of Mars) with a large crater, in which the building resides.  The voids between the interior walls and the floors created numerous free views throughout the different open office floors, which resulted in the appearance of a transparent or non-existent organization of interior space. To add to the outer-space mystique of the Decos HQ, there was a solstice window installed that also operates as a sundial.
Now, how do I get to the bathroom?…..
The building’s design was also inspired by the symbolism of the “intangible cutting-edge technologies” that Decos develops and utilizes, coinciding with the company’s own business philosophy.  The Decos HQ interiors consist of a series of informal and formal meeting rooms, conference spaces, lounges, and flexible workstation areas that allow the employees to move between varied spaces.  The employees’ option of choosing their own workstation areas is made possible due the the company’s desire to go paperless in their work environment, which resulted in the architects having to reconsider the more traditional design strategies of office space design and how people work within them (i.e., no archival filing cabinet space necessary).  Inbo Architects came to the result of adapting those traditional office space design strategies in order to accommodate all the migration of employees and the multitude of adaptable interior spaces for working and meeting places. 

Actually, when I first caught a glimpse of the building, I have to say that it reminded me of this nice little relic from Star Wars (in particular “Episode IV: A New Hope), the infamous Sandcrawler from Tatooine:

Please tell me I’m not the only person who had THIS image in their head…

[Thanks Gizmodo & Dezeen]

It’s Cowboys versus Aliens!!!! Kinda….

They’re even battling it out at my local Hobby Lobby.  This whole thing has gotten out of control….

…..I gotta get around to watching that movie, though…

Turn Your USB HDD’s into a NAS with LaCie’s LaPlug…FOR $75 BUCKS!!

There’s this company that I have never heard before of until today called LaCie, and apparently they have a history of creating and releasing network storage devices that are visually restrained in design in their presentation (by the way, that’s fancy talk for saying that most of their devices look like boxes).  There’s the LaCie “CloudBox” that works as a hybrid 100 GB HDD that backs up your data locally AND in the cloud simultaneously, and the LaCie “Wireless Space” (it’s kind of like Apple’s “Time Capsule”) that works as a network-attached storage (NAS) local backup drive AND and wireless (WLAN) router.

A PS3 and Xbox 360 in ONE CASE!! TWO for ONE, FOLKS!!!

1) Cut a hole in the box
2) Put a PS3 & 360 in the box
3) Then you turn on the box…..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I personally own about 20 video game systems and over 500 games in my collection.  Whenever I travel, I typically bring my PSP and my DSlite, but if I’m going somewhere where there’s going to be a television, I’m going to bring along a gaming console, and it’s usually between the PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360.  Often, this decision takes about a day or so so I can think about what games I’m currently playing on what system, and the system with the most currently played games ends up winning that decision, but I believe that it is safe to say that this gamer may not have similar first-world issues like mine in the near future.   Continue reading A PS3 and Xbox 360 in ONE CASE!! TWO for ONE, FOLKS!!!

China Is Cloning This Entire European City

Many say “nobody likes a copycat.” If you’re just going to redo something that already exists and make no type of change to make it something unique, then what’s the point? One the other hand, many see it as a form of flattery; acknowledging the positives and influence of the already existing entity, and wanting to pay respect to it through replication. Well, this plan being put into action by China may as well be tethering back-and-forth over this issue.   Continue reading China Is Cloning This Entire European City

Tully Blanchard vs. Magnum T.A. ("I Quit" Cage Match at Starrcade 1985)

Okay everyone: THIS. IS. WRESTLING.

Above is the final 8:30 minutes of the “I Quit” Steel Cage Match at NWA Starrcade 1985 between Tully Blanchard (Champion; accompanied by Baby Doll) and Magnum T.A. (Challenger) for the NWA United States Heavyweight Championship. This match (in its entirety, anyway) embodies my opinions of the best types of wrestling matches: it depended more on telling the story of the match to the audience through the flow of the match, rather than depend on a series of disjointed short spots like most wrestling matches today do.   Continue reading Tully Blanchard vs. Magnum T.A. ("I Quit" Cage Match at Starrcade 1985)

Ladies & Gentlemen, The "Inception" Meme!

Cue the sound effect: BRUNNNNNHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!

Anyways, here we have a TV, an iPad, and an iPhone, all of them stacked up “on top of” each other—you know, kind of like in the dreams in “Inception.”  This pic brings back memories when nearly everyone I came across who saw the movie, as we all attempted to make sense of the whole thing.  As far as I’m concerned, this combo of devices illustrates an almost perfect example of Inception.   Continue reading Ladies & Gentlemen, The "Inception" Meme!

Cut Your Energy Bill By 1/3 with Modern Tech & Common Sense

This image from Lifehacker pretty much explains the post and linked article…

With the economy still slowly recovering and as people struggle with finances to pay their bills and their debts, many people are looking into and developing strategies on how to better save money.  For example, many people have been figuring out how to better budget their money for their utility bills (like water and power), because not too many things suck more than receiving that expensive utility bill seemingly out of nowhere. Continue reading Cut Your Energy Bill By 1/3 with Modern Tech & Common Sense

A Nursery inspired by "Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island." Adorable, ain’t it?

Okay everyone, say it with me:

“D’AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAWWWWW!!!”

Without a doubt, “Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island” for the Super Nintendo ranks as one of my favorite games of all time.  The game is a prequel to the Super Mario series, in which players control various Yoshi dinosaurs rather than the usual hero himself, Mario, who appears as a helpless infant in need of Yoshi’s protection. From the graphics that resemble as if they had been drawn with crayons and felt-pens, making them more cartoonish, to the familiarity of Mario games with an added egg-throwing mechanic, it’s an absolute joy to play time and time again. Continue reading A Nursery inspired by "Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island." Adorable, ain’t it?

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