Michael Schiess started the Pacific Pinball Museum to house his obsession — and spare his wife a little aggravation. With over 1,700 machines, it's one of the biggest collections in the world, and Michael does as much maintenance as playing. From the earliest machines of the 1800s to the latest digital masterpieces, WIRED and Michael take look at the history of pinball.
Star Wars is making another leap into the VR world with Vader Immortal. The biggest VR Star Wars to date, the game will take the player to the castle of the Sith Lord, on the volcanic planet Mustafar. At the very least, you'll get to grab a lightsaber in a possible face-off with Darth Vader himself. Vader Immortal will launch on the Oculus Quest sometime in 2019.
Right on the heels of The Rise of Skywalker trailer, Respawn Entertainment and EA Star Wars release the first look at Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. The single-player game takes place after Episode III and follows one of the last remaining Jedi, Cal Kestis. It drops on November 15, 2019, for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.
The Small Change Arcade started when founder Matt had a problem — a love of classic arcade games and a small San Francisco apartment. To keep his hobby and living space in harmony, Matt started building his own miniature cabinets and has turned it into a business. Tested shows you how he does it.
For the upcoming game Anthem, developer BioWare enlisted District 9 director Neill Blomkamp's Oats Studios to create a live-action trailer. Called Conviction, the three-minute short takes place in the game's open world and shows off the customizable exosuits that characters wear called Javelins. The rest of the details will be available when the game drops February 22, 2019.
After 21 years, Capcom is remaking Resident Evil 2. Horror icon George A. Romero was responsible for the original trailers in 1998 so to pay homage to the late director, the video game developer released this live-action commercial inspired by his work. The game is slated for release January 25, 2019.
AirPods are great, As a result, they're also becoming increasingly ubiquitous. The Nomad AirPod Rugged Case protects their charging case while also giving it a unique look. Its two-piece construction incorporates a black polycarbonate shell and brown, USA-sourced Horween leather, giving the little white capsule a whole different personality. As a bonus, it will wear and develop its own patina over time, making it a great combination for a leather iPhone case. The cases now support AirPods wireless charging.
Truly wireless with a handcrafted tortoise brown acetate body, the MW07 earphones from Master & Dynamic strike an ideal blend of convenience, performance, and style. Inside each 'bud is a custom 10mm Beryllium driver that delivers impossibly good sound from a small package. Silicone "wings" in two different sizes ensure a secure fit, and MEMS mics let you handle calls easily. They last for 3.5 hours, charge inside the included stainless steel carrying case for a total of 14 hours of battery life, and have an IPX 4 splashproof rating, making them capable, although unlikely, gym companions.
Available in Matte Black or Tortoise Shell.
Dimensions (Earphones): 0.98" x 0.87" x 1.11" / Dimensions (Case): 2.54" x 1.06" x 1.78" / Weight (Earphone, each): 0.32 oz / Weight (Case): 2.68 oz / Wireless: Bluetooth 4.2 with apt-X / Connectivity Distance: 65+ feet
From wavy blades of grass to detailed facial features, all gaming worlds are made up of one thing — triangles. Although the humble shape is pretty basic, it allows computers to process more detail, evolving games from simple boxes like Pong into the intricate landscapes you see today in Red Dead Redemption 2 and Fortnite.
With the release of standalone VR headsets like the Oculus Go, virtual reality is now mobile. Holoride aims to add tactile sensory experiences to VR — something that dovetails nicely with wireless headsets — by adding AR and VR to your car ride. Using GPS data, Holoride merges the scenery around you with augmented or virtual worlds, making the commuting a whole new experience.
Curve Digital is bringing the crime-heavy Netflix series to a console near you. In the game, players can either build their own drug empire or lead the forces to take one down. The story will follow the same events of the show's first season with narration by the man himself, Pablo Escobar. Narcos: Rise of the Cartels will be available for play sometime in 2019.
VR has been around since the 1980s, but the tech required for legitimate mainstream use hasn't. Oculus brought the dream of VR to the masses with their 2012 Kickstarter campaign, followed by two development headsets before the official release of the Rift in 2016. But what if the Rift had been developed using 80s tech? Squirrel Monkey looks at what 80s VR might have been like with a vintage installation video from the 8-bit age — and all the batteries, PC peripherals, and vector graphics you could dream of.
College degrees, esports, video game tutors, streaming for a living — video games have come a long way from rotting your brain, ruining your eyes, and improving your hand-eye coordination. WIRED's Peter Rubin went up against League of Legends pro Matt Higginbotham at the Sports Academy in California, where pro gamers and pro athletes train under the same roof.
By 1899, the West had nearly been won. The age of outlaws was coming to a close, and the law was out to break what few gangs remained. A robbery gone wrong forces Arthur Morgan and the Van der Linde gang to make a run for it across the country, pillaging their way to a last stand against the Feds and bounty hunters. Rockstar's Red Dead Redemption 2 makes its long-awaited debut October 26, 2018 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
Game developer CD PROJEKT RED made their name with 2015's high fantasy Witcher 3 RPG. With their latest game, they're going from the past to the future. Cyberpunk 2077 takes the Cyberpunk 2020 tabletop game 57 years forward in Night City. The game hints at a massive open world with possible similar elements to Rockstar's GTA games. It'll be a while before you can get your hands on it but they did just release this 48-minute walkthrough.
Every pinball machine has similar features, but no two pinball machines are alike. Flippers, bumpers, and gravity combine to make for a game of randomness and chance — but it isn't as random as it looks. Vox digs deep into the theory of pinball to show how randomness isn't really a feature and how to dramatically increase your score.
The Club Campus family is one timepiece stronger and much sportier after the 2019 Baselworld announcement of the Club Sport. The Nomos timepiece expands the Club line with a new in-house automatic movement, and an unexpected all-new steel bracelet. Departing from the watchmaker's norm of only using leather and fabric straps, the steel bracelet is crafted in-house with 145 individual parts and an elegant deployment clasp. The watch also has an impressive 300 meters of water-resistance, a screw down crown, and a dark marine black dial with numerals, hands, and typography that are loaded with Super-Luminova — ensuring you're more than prepared for your next trip underwater. A red ring on the inside of the crown acts as a visible warning if it's not secure before you dive beneath the surface. Small seconds and date complication round out the timepiece, and the neomatik date caliber is protected by domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating inside and out. The Club Sport might be one of the toughest Nomos timepieces to date, and a versatile blend of a dress, dive, and everyday watch with a sporty feel.
Case Diameter: 42mm / Case Height: 10.2mm / Weight: 2.19 oz / Water Resistance: 30 ATM / Glass: Domed Sapphire Crystal / Lug Width: 20mm
Movement: Automatic DUW 6101 / Movement Height: 3.6mm / Movement Diameter: 15 1/2 lines (35.2mm) / Power Reserve: up to 42 hours / Jewels: 27
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There are plenty of natural bug sprays but few actually work. The Wooden Spoon Herbs Buggin' Out Bug Spray is one of those few. Using a blend of witch hazel, raw apple cider vinegar, and lavender hydrosol, the DEET-free mist wards off mosquitoes, gnats, and ticks without the chemical-filled fog, while its blend of blend of essential oils leaves behind a pleasant aroma.
Chris Redd, Nicki Minaj, and Lil Dicky recount the greatest playcall in Madden history. Executed by Will, the legendary play was so impressive it led to a Quavo song, a 30 for 30, and an episode of Spongebob Squarepants. Madden 19 is available August 10, 2018.
Racing games bring the excitement of pushing cars that you'll never own around tracks and streets to the comfort and safety of your living room. While you're distracted by the flashy graphics and sounds effects, there is a lot of math going on in the background. Real Engineering went to Red Bull Ring in Austria to hang out with Ubisoft software engineers and learn how they bring a real-life level of handling to their racing games.
BioWare took home the award for Best Action Game from the 2018 E3 conference with its first new IP in 20 years Anthem. Now, instead of cinematics and descriptions, BioWare has released a 20-minute gameplay demo. The demo details the inner workings of combat, travel, customization, loot, and multiplayer systems, giving a good idea of what to expect when the game releases in early 2019.
After five years, The Last of Us sequel has finally arrived. The first gameplay trailer for the Naughty Dog survival series debuted at Sony's E3 event and revealed the return of a more grown-up Ellie and Joel as well as some new characters as they enjoy a community party. But don't let the opening full you, things get violent fast.
Hideo Kojima's Death Stranding has had one of the strangest, fascinating, most confusing build-ups in the history of video games. The previous teasers focused on a baby and some sort of invisible enemies, and with the release of the E3 trailer, the picture hasn't exactly gotten any clearer. The game looks to feature some of Kojima's trademark gameplay aspects, but the storyline seems as bizarre as ever. Whatever it is, Death Stranding is sure to be huge.
Grab your shotgun and prepare for an epic war against the forces of Hell itself — the sequel to 2016's DOOM reboot is coming. id Software dropped the trailer for latest in the DOOM franchise at the 2018 E3 conference, and it looks like a stunner. Expect to see a host of familiar enemies along with some new gameplay mechanics, according to id.
It's brief, but it's there: The best-loved character in the Halo universe is returning with Halo Infinite. While it's more of a demo of the new Slipspace game engine, this glimpse at the next Halo shows a surprisingly peaceful setting that will no doubt get shattered in the first few minutes of gameplay. The design also hints at a return to the original Halo art style and a Master Cheif-centric story. No other details are available but expect more to come out soon.
Happy Reclamation Day, Vault Dweller. It's 2102, the fallout has settled, and it's time to rebuild society. Bethesda's latest entry in the Fallout series is a prequel to all of the other releases and is their biggest one yet. The story will unfold in the Appalachian Mountains of West Virginia as the first group of survivors emerge to discover a dystopian wasteland. The game is scheduled for release November 14, 2018, but until then, keep your Pip-Boy at the ready.
It's that time of year again — time for the annual Call of Duty reveal. The series has taken some knocks over the years for being repetitive, but Black Ops 4 looks to have added some interesting features into the multiplayer game. For actual gameplay footage, check out this Black Ops 4 playlist, until the game releases on October 12, 2018.
The controller has been a staple of gaming since the Magnavox Odyssey 100 shipped in 1972. Since then, we've seen paddles, joysticks, an explosion of buttons, trackpads, and controllers with no wires at all. 4096 breaks down the evolution of the game controller, starting with modern-day hardware and going back in time to the 70s.
Nintendo has been gaming for over 127 years. Starting with playing cards, the company got a boost in early years by being the favored card of the yakuza, before branching into hotels, taxis, and instant rice. Those experiments were short-lived, and a manufacturing line manager inadvertently gave the company a new direction that took it back to its roots in games.
Frank Cifaldi is on a mission — a mission to save lost video games from disappearing forever. He founded Video Game History Foundation and not only saves games from the trash heap of history, but also the packaging, manuals, and culture of games from the past.
Burnout Paradise was one of the best arcade racers around. Full drifts, wrecks, and flashy sports cars, it's easily the best in the Burnout franchise. Now you cam relive the glory days with Burnout Paradise Remastered, at 60 FPS, 4k resolution, and all eight DLCs.
It's been nearly 25 years since we last got to go Shaq diesel on some zombies. And to be honest, it really wasn't that great. But Shaq is back, in a 21-century beat 'em up that's a remake of a game you didn't even know you wanted to be remade. Shaq-Fu: A Legend Reborn is coming to PlayStation 4 spring 2018.