Samurai, gunfights and Ken Watanabe? What could make a better movie than that? Add in the fact that it’s a remake of Academy Award best picture and director winner Unforgiven and you’ve got the makings of a hell of a film. It’s called Yurusarezaru Mono, and here’s the newest (English subbed) trailer.
Unforgiven, a 1992 western directed and starred in by Clint Eastwood, tells the story of a man named William Munny. Munny was a bandit and stone cold killer back in the day, but is now retired and on the verge of financial ruin. He reluctantly takes a job to hunt down and kill men who cut up a prostitute, but things don’t quite go as planned. The remake, starring Ken Watanabe, is set in Hokkaido in 1880. Watanabe plays a retired samurai who thought he was out but gets pulled back in. You know how it goes. Unfortunately, there’s no release date yet.
The rest of the top ten was made up of all the usual suspects: Lego Marvel Super Heroes, Grand Theft Auto V, Battlefield 4, Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition, Killzone: Shadow Fall, and Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag.
Playing a new video game could actually help researchers find a cure for cancer. Cancer Research UK today announced Play to Cure: Genes in Space, a mobile game that aims to unravel gene data to help scientists answer “some of cancer’s toughest questions.”
Professor Carlos Caldas of the UK’s Cambridge Research Institute said that playing the game will “help us find ways to diagnose and treat cancer more precisely–sooner.”
Play to Cure: Genes in Space is available today as a free download for iOS and Android devices. In the game, you guide a spaceship through an “intergalactic assault course” in an effort to collect material called “Element Alpha.”
Every time you steer your spaceship towards this material, this data is fed to Cancer Research UK scientists, which in turn provides analysis of variations of gene data, the group said.
“Scientists need this information to work out which genes are faulty in cancer patients so they can develop new drugs that target them, speeding our progress towards personalized medicine,” Cancer Research UK said. “Each section of gene data will be tracked by several different players to ensure accuracy.”
More specifically, Play to Cure: Genes in Space aims to help scientists analyze massive amounts of data through a technology called “gene microarrays.”
“Researchers use gene microarrays to look for regions of our genome that are frequently faulty in different cancers–a sign that they may be responsible for causing the cancer,” organizers said. “If scientists can find genes that promote cancer development, they can design drugs to stop them.”
“Microarrays let scientists analyze DNA from many thousands of tumour samples simultaneously, to find the most frequent changes that are more likely to be the culprits,” the group added. “Many scientists are trying to use computer software to trawl through the huge amounts of data generated to spot the precise location of copy number changes, but in many cases these are not accurate enough. The human eye is still the best technology we have for picking up these patterns, and Play to Cure: Genes in Space is harnessing this power.”
While we’ve only had a Vita Slim in the UK office for a few hours, early impressions are that it indeed feels much lighter than the previous model, which should result in less arm fatigue over longer gaming sessions. The reduced thickness of the device makes it no less comfortable, even for someone with big hands like me, with the smaller rear touchpad making it easier to find a comfortable grip. The rounded off edges and matte, soft-touch plastic also do a great job of making the device feel more comfortable to hold.
The sticking point for many will be the change from an OLED screen to an IPS LED one, but there doesn’t seem to be much difference between the two displays, at least indoors. Both are equally sharp and bright, with games looking smooth in action. There is one aesthetic change that some may not like, with the Vita Slim’s screen sporting a noticeable join around the screen, versus the old Vita’s one-piece front.
If you want one of the original Vitas, though, you’d better snap one up now. Stocks of the old model are not being replenished at retail, so you’ll likely have just a few months to pick one up before they’re gone.
We’ll have a full review of the Vita Slim on GameSpot soon, but in the meantime you can check out more images of Sony’s latest handheld below.
The ratio of PS4 to Xbox One sales in the UK is currently at 1.5:1, PlayStation boss Fergal Gara said to an audience, including GameSpot, at an event in London today.
The UK MD was more than a little delighted to announce the figure, after revealing that the figure was currently reversed for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3–and that things had been even worse at one point for Sony’s last home console.
Gara admitted that his bosses at Sony had told him last year that PlayStation needed to recapture the UK market, after losing ground to Microsoft over the last console generation. He said he wanted the company to “rediscover some grit” and come out fighting, and believed that such an attitude was more inline with the original spirit of the PlayStation brand.
Perhaps with a bit of relief, then, Gara said that Sony’s market share of both home and handheld consoles in the UK had grown from 23 percent to 40 percent over the last two years.
Sony will release the slimmer and lighter PS Vita redesign in the UK next week, on February 7. The suggested retail price for the machine is £180 (roughly $300).
The PCH-2000 model, which supersedes the old PCH-1000 Vita, was originally released in Japan last October, is 15 percent lighter and 20 percent slimmer than the original Vita. The machine claims it features a 6 hour battery life for games, and 1GB of storage is built into the device.
There’s also a slight tweak to the machine’s edges–they’re slightly rounder–but the highly-praised OLED screen has been swapped out for an IPS LED one, though it’s still running at the same resolution of 960×544.
The PCH-2000 Vita will reach US shores down the line, though Sony is yet to announce when this might be. And while the Vita Slim’s Japanese launch saw the handheld available in lots of fancy colours, in the UK we’ll still have to make do with just regular black.
Stock of the old Vita model will not be replenished, so if you’re after one of the old models then you might want to think about investing in the next few weeks.
The Vita’s fortunes have been boosted slightly by the launch of the PlayStation 4, with Sony saying that its own internal data shows that many people are using the Remote Play functionality of the two machines.
Sony have announced this morning that the redesigned PlayStation Vita Slim will be releasing in the UK on the 9th February for £180. This is the “Slim” announcement which Sony teased last week, as most people expected. The new model is 20 percent slimmer, WiFi compatible and will come with a 1GB memory card. In addition, the OLED screen is replaced for a cheaper LCD screen, which means the battery life is also improved over the original model (which Sony hopes to replace entirely when the current supply is sold).
The Vita has been having a rough time lately being comfortably outsold worldwide by the 3DS, and although a new model may not be helpful in the long run, it should at least allow people who were on the fence about the console to take the plunge. In addition, a lower entry price could encourage some PS4 users who want to game on the go to invest in the system using the remote play functionality of the system.
The binary code then led users to several websites, including http://gl16790101.com/, where you can find the terms and conditions for the “Glitch Contest.” They state that the contest started on Jan. 23, and that it will end Feb. 23. You must be over 18 and a resident in the UK to participate.
“The entrant must complete the pre-determined steps that form a path with a dedicated start and end point. These have been created by parties working with Microsoft,” the site reads.
Prizes include an “Xbox console bundle,” “14 Xbox items,” digitally signed artwork, signed comics, game artwork, and codes for in-game extras.
Reddit users have found several links and images that indicate the promotion is linked to Titanfall. One address references Hammond Robotics, the fictional companies in Titanfall that produces its giant mechs, and Respawn also tweeted “No hints!” when fans asked it directly about the meaning of one of the images.
The Wii U has been out for over a year, but still the Nintendo TVii icon in Europe remains inactive. Now, after Nintendo have missed their 2013 target to launch the feature in Europe, Nintendo have updated their official Nintendo TVii UK page with an apology. In it, they encourage users to “continue to keep an eye out for further announcements regarding this service in the near future”. The full post is as follows:
“We would like to apologise that we were unable to bring the Nintendo TVii service to Europe in 2013 as originally planned.
Please continue to keep an eye out for further announcements regarding this service in the near future.”
Two listings have appeared online that point to a Dead RisingCollection, although they seem to point towards an Xbox 360-only release.
The listings state that the collection will include: Dead Rising Dead Rising 2 Dead Rising 2: Off the Record 2 Premium DLC packs of Case West and Case Zero
Most notable is the price. Amazon UK lists Dead Rising 2 new for £21. Granted, that is high, but the Collection is around £25 on both listings. The listings, which have since been removed, can be viewed below: