Aditya Ravi Shankar built the clone in an attempt to improve his coding skills. He set himself a month to rebuild the game in the browser, chopping through the original game's files to get sprites, sounds and specs exactly right.
"In hindsight, I might have wanted to take smaller steps and make a tower defense game instead of jumping directly into an RTS," says Shankar, in a post about the game's development on his blog. "Trying to do the whole thing in under a month all by myself wasn't the smartest idea."
Shankar's recreation of the game includes buildings, terrain, combat, tiberium harvesting and regrowth, and the ability to sell and repair buildings. It has fog of war, too, a pannable map, different cursors, tooltips, and drag selection for multiple units. For the time being, however, it's limited to just a few buildings and units, a very small map, and the occasional glitch -- a few of our tanks got stuck in the sea during testing.
Asus intends to up the ante when it comes to the world of gaming notebooks, this time round expanding the Republic of Gamers (ROG) collection with the G74SX model. Just what can you expect from the G74SX? How about incredible visual performance as a staple for starters, thanks to the use of a 2nd generation Intel Core i7 CPU and NVIDIA GTX 560M GPU with 3GB of GDDR5 VRAM? Not only that, the G74SX is said to support the latest Microsoft DirectX11 graphics, making sure your eyes will always experience popping visuals without dropping any frame rates in the process.
Not only that, the G74SX will work in tandem with NVIDIA 3D Vision and 3DTV Play technology, making sure the 3D revolution can be carried with you wherever you go – either that, or you can always hook it up to a 3D-capable HDTV just in case you need a larger viewing real estate.
During the E3 trade show, IBM unveiled its microprocessors that will serve as the heart of the new Wii U™ system from Nintendo to be launched by 2012.
The Power-based microprocessor will pack some of IBM's most advanced technology into an energy-saving silicon package that will power Nintendo's brand new entertainment experience for consumers worldwide. IBM's unique embedded DRAM is capable of feeding the multi-core processor large chunks of data to make for a smooth entertainment experience.
Nintendo has pushed back the anticipated release of Metroid: Other M from June 27 to August 31. Sin & Punishment: Star Successor, a sequel to a 2000 N64 game, has also been delayed from early June to late June.
Both are hotly anticipated releases for the Wii. Metroid: Other M is a refresh on the heralded shooter series that promises to bring back the classic feel of the Metroid games of yore.
Sin & Punishment: Star Successor is the sequel to Sin & Punishment, a Japanese Nintendo 64 game that lived in relative obscurity overseas until it was ported to the US Wii Virtual Console in 2007. That pumped a lot of fresh blood into the game - so much so that Nintendo decided to create a brand new installment under the Sin & Punishment name.
For the gaming lovers, toshiba has decided to unleash for you yet another highly outstanding laptop Qosmio X500 that offers high performance processing power, combined with the latest graphics capabilities, including rewritable Blu-ray, premium nVIDIA GeForce graphics technology and Intel® Quad Core processing drive to give you outstanding mobile gaming experience. This newest member of the acclaimed Qosmio family - the Qosmio X500 was announced yesterday (23rd/september/2009) by Toshiba UK
From the sleek, glossy black chassis with Toshiba Fusion grid design to the backlit keyboard and LED-feathertouch controls, the Qosmio X500 is designed to show its premium home computing and gaming credentials.
Immersive Gaming Experience
The Qosmio X500 is designed to deliver against future challenges in the rapidly evolving gaming market like HD content, fast moving scenes, and new types of interactive, online deliveries and gaming platforms.
Powered by Intel’s latest Quad Core processors and the latest nVIDIA® GeForce® graphics, the Qosmio X500 delivers a realistic gameplay experience with intense visuals, vibrant environments and dynamic character effects. The large 18.4'' TruBrite® Full HD LCD screen with 16:9 aspect ratio at a resolution of 1920x1080 pixels provides bright, immersive HD images. Completing its impressive AV setup are stereo speakers made by audio specialists Harman Kardon®, providing a rich and thrilling experience, perfect for PC gaming.
Elite Multimedia Performance
The 18.4'' TruBrite® Full HD 16:9 LCD screen is not only designed for gaming – the Qosmio X500 is packed with features to deliver a superior home entertainment experience in a laptop. The Qosmio X500 features a rewritable Blu-ray drive (BD-RE), delivering movies with breathtaking picture and sound quality on the go; alternatively, the power of the Intel® Quad Core processor makes editing home HD movies and backing up digital content to Blu-ray fast and simple.
The Qosmio X500 also features Toshiba’s Resolution+ upscaling technology, enabling the standard definition DVDs and video files to be upconverted to near high definition quality. It also features an HD web camera, allowing users to record HD video and webchat in wide screen 16:9 format.
Designed For Ease of Use
Each aspect of the Qosmio X500 is designed with usability in mind. The Touch Pad with Multi-Touch Control provides an alternative to conventional scrolling. For quick and convenient logon, the Qosmio X500 comes with a finger print reader and Face Recognition via the embedded HD web cam. The Toshiba ConfigFree™ utility facilitates wireless network configuration and online access via the embedded WLAN interface or via Bluetooth; and eight red-coloured feather touch buttons offer instant access to frequently used multimedia features such as volume control, fast forward, play, and stop.
Capacity and Connectivity
The Qosmio X500 offers up to 8GB DDR3 (1066 MHz) memory and features up to 1TB HDD (hard disk drive) storage. Peripheral devices can connect via three USB 2.0 ports or via an e-SATA/USB combo port. All USB ports support Toshiba’s Sleep-and-Charge technology, allowing users to charge mobile devices even if the laptop is switched off. Toshiba’s REGZA-Link HDMI-CEC (High Definition Multimedia Interface – Consumer Electronics Control) connects high-definition video and audio devices, so all can be controlled through one single remote control. Finally, a 5-in-1 Bridge Media port completes the connectivity features of the Qosmio X500.
As a responsible global corporate citizen, Toshiba ensures that all laptops are RoHS-compliant, effectively reducing the environmental impact by restricting the use of lead, mercury and certain other hazardous substances. Additionally, the Toshiba Eco Utility, accessible via a dedicated button, helps to reduce power consumption. It displays current power consumption and the power savings achieved by activating Eco Mode in Watts or translated into CO2 emissions.
via Toshiba UK