GM is launching new car-sharing projects, including one in New York City

GM — like Ford — has dabbled in car sharing, but it’s expanding that effort today with the announcements of two new programs, including one launching today in New York City. (Details on that are still forthcoming.) The second program will launch “in another US city” in the first quarter of 2016.

Automaker-supported car-sharing programs seem counterintuitive in that they undermine a company’s ability to sell more cars, but if you assume that they’re inevitable — and in light of ever-increasing urbanization, they almost certainly are — the prevailing logic is that it probably makes some sense to get out ahead of it and own the programs that customers are using. By all appearances, GM is on the cusp of going all-in on that.

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Author: Chris Ziegler

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More Free Xbox One and Xbox 360 Games Now Available

With the calendar now flipped to October, the first of the month’s free Xbox One and Xbox 360 games are now available. These games, Valiant Hearts: The Great War (Xbox One) and Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes (Xbox 360), are free for Xbox Live Gold members as part of the Games With Gold program. Click through the links to queue up your download from the Xbox Marketplace online.

Valiant Hearts: The Great War (read our review), Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes (read our review).

Even if you don’t have an Xbox 360, it’s probably still worth picking up this month’s last-generation games, as they could one day be made playable on Xbox One through backwards compatibility.

As part of the Games With Gold program, you’ll have access to any of the free Xbox One games for as long as you remain a subscriber. Meanwhile, the Xbox 360 games are yours to keep forever, regardless of your membership status.

The complete lineup of Games With Gold titles for October 2015 can be seen below.

October 2015 Games With Gold Lineup

Xbox One:

  • Valiant Hearts: The Great War (October 1-31)
  • The Walking Dead (October 16-November 15)

Xbox 360:

  • Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes (October 1-15)
  • The Walking Dead (October 16-31)

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Author: Eddie Makuch

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Peeple is the ‘Yelp for people’ app your mother warned you about

Peeple is an app that lets users rate fellow human beings as if they were Amazon purchases. Its creators are calling it “Yelp for people,” with the app letting anyone review anyone they know and assign them star ratings out of five. Reactions on social media, however, suggest the idea isn’t entirely welcome, with the concept drawing comparisons with an episode of Community where a similar app turns the school into a Hunger Games-style dystopia ruled over by a five-star elite. Peeple, meanwhile, is simply marketing itself as a “positivity app for positive people.”

“Peeple is an app that allows you to rate and comment about the people you interact with in your daily lives on the following three categories: personal, professional, and…

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Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection Review Roundup

Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection bundles together what were considered some of the best action games released on the PlayStation 3.

It’s been some time since they were released, however, and developer Bluepoint was tasked with going back and sprucing up the trilogy for a re-release on PlayStation 4.

How does the clean-up job fare and do the games stand the test of time? We’ve gathered reviews of the collection to answer that question for you.

Take a look below and you’ll find the review scores issued by numerous publications, as well as a short excerpt from the review itself. By the time you’re done, you’ll have a good overview of the critical reception.

  • Game: Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection
  • Developer: Naughty Dog
  • Remaster: Bluepoint Games
  • Platforms: PlayStation 4
  • Release Date: October 7
  • Price: $60

GameSpot — 8/10

With Uncharted 2 and 3, Naughty Dog transcended Drake’s own small beginnings. The Nathan Drake Collection is a firsthand account of Naughty Dog’s growth as a storyteller, and this collection is the best way to relive that history, and witness its transformation up close. [Full review]

VideoGamer — 7/10

Time has not been kind to Uncharted, but the latter two games are still enjoyable, despite their many flaws. The obvious influence of Saturday serials of the 50s (and the films which were inspired by them from the 80s) is interpreted well, dragging players through to the next big set-piece, and while he is a serial killer and mad war/conflict profiteer, Drake is also a somewhat charismatic shit-eating grin of a man, as are his friends. It’s like an ultraviolent travel show, presented by three or four people who seem to be having a great time. It’s just a shame the player has to slog through so much nonsense to join them. [Full review]

USGamer — 4.5/5

Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection is probably one of the best remastered collections I’ve ever played. If you own the Uncharted games, they look much better in 1080p at a smooth 60 fps. If you’ve never played them, now is the time to get in on the action. Great games, great collection. [Full review]

EGM — 8.5/10

Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection is an exercise in reestablishing familiarity with one of Sony’s most recognizable faces. Almost everything new in the game is ancillary, but what makes this retrospective collection worth consideration is the the quality of design the original games brought to the table. [Full review]

Metro — 8/10

An excellent remaster of three of the PlayStation 3’s best looking games, but none of them have aged quite as gracefully as you might expect. [Full review]

IGN — 9.0

Missing bells and whistles aside, these three exemplary games have never looked or played better than they do here, so whether you’ve played them before or not, Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection should be in your library. These games have aged remarkably well, they’re still an absolute [joy] to play, and their characters are as charming and memorable as ever. [Full review]

Digital Spy — 4/5

While the original game shows its age more than most, Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection is a generous package that takes three of the best games for the PS3 – or any console, for that matter – and improves them with the kind of upgrades they deserved. This glorious compilation is the definitive way to experience the trilogy, whether you’re a returning fan after a recap ahead of Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End or a newcomer looking to pop your Uncharted cherry. Either way, you’re in for a treat. [Full review]

GamesRadar+ — 4/5

Playing every boisterous Uncharted back-to-back results in a pleasant sort of exhaustion, and maybe an unhealthy impulse to sidle alongside your bathtub and use it for cover. The narrative arc of Nathan Drake’s games pair with a technological arc of sorts, starting with the small beginnings of Drake’s Fortune and ending in the ‘climax’ of Uncharted 3’s stunning desert canyons and how’d-they-do-that lighting. If you value the craft of games and appreciate how they evolve, here’s your chance to see how Uncharted grew up. [Full review]

Jimquisition — 8/10

If you were already a fan of the series, this remastered bundle will be worth picking up. Those who are a bit more cynical, as I was, may very well find themselves surprised by the time they’ve slogged through all three of them. Pleasantly so. [Full review]

PlayStation Lifestyle — 10/10

Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection is not one or two, but three of the best PS3 games, remastered with precision, love, and care for the current generation. Bluepoint has taken three of Naughty Dog’s gems from the PS3, polished them up more than we imagined they could be, and put them back out into the world. Whether you’re new to the PlayStation family and want to catch up on the adventures of one of their titular characters, or your looking to relive Uncharted again before the release of A Thief’s End, there’s little reason not to own this phenomenally remastered collection of beloved PS3 classics and rediscover the treasures on PS4. [Full review]

God is a Geek — 10/10

Even if you played all three games on PS3, it’s worth picking up again now – but if for some reason you missed them first time round, maybe because you never owned a PS3 or simply overlooked them, the Nathan Drake Collection is utterly, maddeningly essential. With Uncharted 4 not too far away, this is the perfect time to go off the edge of the map all over again with Naughty Dog’s seminal franchise. [Full review]

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Author: Tamoor Hussain

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Project Moonspike wants to send the first crowdfunded rocket to the Moon

A group of independent rocket engineers wants to send the first-ever crowdfunded rocket to the Moon. The group — known as Moonspike — has come up with a design for a rocket that will deliver a 1-gram payload, shaped like a spike, to the lunar surface. To help fund the project, the engineers have launched a Kickstarter campaign today, with the goal of raising $1 million in 30 days.

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Author: Loren Grush

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Shuhei Yoshida Wants Gran Turismo 7 to Support PlayStation VR

Shuhei Yoshida, president of Sony’s Worldwide Studios, has said he’d like to see the next Gran Turismo game on PlayStation 4 support the company’s virtual reality headset.

In an interview with Eurogamer, Yoshida discussed gaming properties that would be well suited for the device, which Sony officially branded PlayStation VR at Tokyo Game Show 2015.

“[In the] many trial tests we’ve been doing, some genres just work fine,” he said. “One of those genres is racing games.

“So when Gran Turismo comes out on PS4, I’d like to see it support PlayStation VR, yeah.”

Although a new entry in Polyphony Digital’s simulation racing series has not been announced for the PS4 yet, Polyphony Digital boss Kazunori Yamauchi, who created the Gran Turismo series, previously said Gran Turismo 7 will probably launch for PlayStation 4 before 2017.

In September 2015, two years after the release of Gran Turismo 6 for the PlayStation 3, Polyphony released the course editor. Called the “GT6 Track Path Editor,” it lets users pick one of four themes and build a bespoke track around it.

Sony still has not confirmed when PlayStation VR will be available. PlayStation president Andrew House has said the headset will be priced “as a new gaming platform,” but did not provide any specific figures.

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Author: Tamoor Hussain

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Watch woman yell 'bear don’t eat my kayak' as bear eats kayak

If karma is real, then it’s neatly demonstrated by this video — starring a bear, a kayak, and an increasingly upset woman — from south-east Alaska. “Thank you for leaving my kayak alone,” camera operator Mary Maley shouts to a bear roving around outside a US Forest Service cabin in Berg Bay. “I’m going to pepper spray you in the face.” The bear, presumably annoyed by the burst of stinking, stinging liquid, turns on its furry heels and decides to set about destroying the thing the unseen Maley apparently loves the most.

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Author: Rich McCormick

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