‘Lovely Planet’, A First-Person Shooter Video Game With Intensely Colorful Backgrounds and Enemies

Lovely Planet is a first-person shooter video game by developer QUICKTEQUILA with intensely colorful backgrounds and enemies. The game, which was published by tinyBuild, recently released and is currently available on Steam and the Humble Store for the PC.

With boots of speed on your feet, an infinite supply of bullets for your semi-automatic and the ability to jump over twice your own height, you’re well equipped to go up against any enemy on your quest. You’ll find yourself trying to balance between jumping around dodging bullets and taking aim for a better shot at your enemies. The gameplay, should you choose to play a particular style, doesn’t involve camping at cover spots and waiting for enemies to pop out. Defeat the baddies and avoid the onslaught of bullets to get to the next stage – perhaps it’s a kind of play not suited for a 3D First Person Shooter game, but Lovely Planet hopes to translate the old formula into a version of its own anyway.

Lovely Planet

Lovely Planet

Lovely Planet

Lovely Planet

images via QUICKTEQUILA

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Tested Takes the Video Game ‘Elite: Dangerous’ for a Spin on the Oculus Rift DK2 Virtual Reality Headset

Norman Chan of Tested recently took the upcoming video game Elite: Dangerous by Frontier Developments for a spin on the Oculus Rift DK2 virtual reality headset. Chan uses a HOTAS setup to zoom to and fro in virtual space for nearly 30 minutes.

Norm flies through the basics of Elite: Dangerous using the Oculus Development Kit 2 and a joystick plus throttle setup at home. Here’s how the space flight simulator integrates head-tracking for its in-cockpit user interface, and why it’s one of the best uses of the Oculus headset so far.

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Anthony Carbajal, A 26-Year Old Man With ALS, Bravely Talks About What the ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’ Means to Him

Anthony Carbajal, a 26-year old man who was diagnosed with ALS in January 2014, bravely talks about how the disease has affected his family, what is currently happening to him and what the “Ice Bucket Challenge” means to him. Anthony is currently taking care of his mother who is in the late stages of the very same disease.

This is the first successful advocacy that we’ve ever really, really, really had and I am so, so, so grateful. You have no idea how every single challenge makes me feel. Lifts my spirits, lifts every single ALS patient’s spirits. You’re really truly making a difference. We’re so, so, so grateful.

Anthony had been a photographer, but had to give up his trade because of the effects of the disease. His friend, theavni, made Inevitable, a short film about Anthony and his family.

Anthony also shared his heartbreaking diagnosis in May.

Donations can be made to help Anthony and his family on the You Caring page that his friends set up.

We are fundraising money because Anthony is not working anymore and is taking care of his health & spending time with family full time. On average, ALS patient care can be upwards of 200K a year. Although, Anthony is currently not at that point of depency, ALS only gets worse and is a progressive disease…we know it too well. This is why we’re attempting to prepare for a financially stress free life. We have their wedding to plan, health/car insurance, future medical expenses, phone, car, rent, basic living expenses… etc and hopefully a little room to enjoy his healthier years… -

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Japanese Mother Creates Bento Lunches Representing Each Prefecture in Japan

Japan Prefecture Bentos

As an educational treat for her children, Japanese Twitter user Sasariri has been creating bento lunches that highlight each of Japan’s prefectures. Each bento includes an intricate map of the prefecture that Sasariri cuts out of seaweed. She says she has made a bento lunch for every prefecture — that would be 47 in all. Sasariri has more creative bento lunches posted on her Twitter account.

Japan Prefecture Bentos

Japan Prefecture Bentos

Japan Prefecture Bentos

Japan Prefecture Bentos

photos by Sasariri

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Vine Update Adds the Ability to Import Existing Videos Into the App

Vine has released a new update that adds the ability to import existing videos into the app. Vine now also supports mixing two different videos together. The app has also been streamlined despite adding features like a mute button, a duplicate button, and a preview and undo button. The new update is currently available on iOS with an Android release expected soon.

Every day, millions of people open Vine to share memories in the moment. Today, Vine unlocks a new camera that gives you the freedom to create a Vine in any way you want. The new camera offers powerful ways to edit your videos as well as the ability to import existing videos on your phone and turn them into Vines. Simply put, this release gives you total creative freedom –– and it’s all within the app.

Vine Update

Vine Update

images via Vine

‘Bodega Cats In Their Own Words’, A Series Telling Stories of New York City Bodega Cats from Their Own Perspective

Bodega Cats In Their Own Words is a wonderful web series from WNYC that tells the stories of different cats who reside in various corner stores (bodegas) around New York City and all its boroughs. Each cat’s story is told in the first person, incorporating in what life had been before the store.

Oliver, who lives on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, tells the story of how he was rescued.

There’s no cat quite like the New York City bodega cat—killer of rats, fixture of the detergent aisle, silent observer of the human condition. If only these cats could talk. Well, now they can. In this episode, Oliver talks about the luxuries of bodega life, and how one Upper West Side lady saved him from the streets of Yonkers.

Little Carmel, a kitten in Ridgewood, Queens, tells the story of her brief life so far.

Carmel is a fixture of this Polish deli, where dodging kielbasa and pouncing on pickles is all in a day’s work.

And then there’s Victoria and Sheeba of Park Slope, Brooklyn

Everyone knows cats can’t talk, not even bodega cats. So we asked the bodega owners to let the cat out of the bag and they did not pussyfoot around. Imad tells us about Victoria’s comings and goings. Sam gives us the scoop on Sheeba.

via WNYC