This Guy Got Half-Life Running on a Smart Watch

Half-Life originally launched on PC in 1998. Now, 17 years later, it is playable on a smart watch.

YouTube user Dave Bennett got the game working on an Android Wear watch by using an app called SDLash to emulate the Goldsource engine that runs the original Half-Life. Originally, Bennett got Half-Life working on other Android devices, then realized that the same process could get the game running on an Android Watch.

The game works surprisingly well, too. Its frame rate is inconsistent, ranging from 2 to 60 frames per second depending on the setting. However, the game is fully functional, and the watch effectively renders its graphics.

If you’ve got an Android smart watch and want to try it out, you can read Bennett’s tutorial here.

Recently, modders and programmers have worked on getting other games running in unusual ways. One person managed to get Doom playable within Doom, and now it’s possible to play thousands of MS-DOS games directly through Twitter.

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Author: Alex Newhouse

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Acclaimed RPG Odin Sphere Getting HD Remake in North America

Odin Sphere was originally released on the PlayStation 2 in 2007, and now it’s getting an HD remake on Sony platforms called Odin Sphere: Leifthrasir. Publisher Atlus confirmed today that the remake is coming to North America.

The acclaimed RPG from Vanillaware is being overhauled, and Atlus promises that it won’t just be a visual upgrade. Alongside redrawn art and graphical enhancements, Vanillaware is updating combat and RPG mechanics. The game is also receiving some new content, including additional monsters and fully voiced story scenes.

It’s going to be available either physically and digitally on the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and Vita. It will launch sometime in 2016, but there’s no word on an European release yet.

When it was originally released on PS2, it was lauded for its beautiful art and good story. In our GameSpot review, critic Greg Mueller praised its music, art, and action, but knocked it for an obtuse inventory and technical issues. You can read our review of the original Odin Sphere here.

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Author: Alex Newhouse

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Verizon's upcoming video service has a truly terrible name

Verizon seems to be nearing the launch of its long-in-the-works internet video service, and now Variety has given us the name: it’ll be called Go90. That’s some absolutely horrid, nonsensical branding, but the actual product doesn’t sound nearly so bad — and apparently it’ll be completely free (at least to start). Over the last several months, Verizon has quietly rounded up some important partners like Viacom, ESPN, CBS Sports, the NFL, and DreamWorks.

Variety reports that a website for the service was accidentally made public this week, revealing the name and also showcasing TV shows from AMC and Fox, two content providers that Verizon hasn’t yet announced. GoPro and Vevo are also said to be contributing content to the service, and…

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Fallout 4 Gets New Details at Quakecon 2015

Developer Bethesda showed off a new demo of Fallout 4 today at its Quakecon conference, and it explained a bunch of the new features coming to the game.

Dog Meat, your canine companion, is physically based on the game’s lead designer’s dog. The studio has filmed the real-world dog doing many different things to make Dog Meat the best possible representation of a dog. You’ll find Dog Meat when you leave the Vault early in the game, and he can be sent into buildings to explore for loot as you do something else.

One of the characters you’ll meet in game is named Preston Garvey, who leads the Commonwealth Minutemen faction. You can join this faction, which is based in Concord, Massachusetts. Another companion, Piper, is found near Diamond City, a settlement in the ruins of Fenway Park. She’s charismatic and can lie really well to get her way.

There are a dozen possible companions, including Mr. Handy (the robot assistant), Piper, Dog Meat, and Garvey. You can romance your human companions regardless of gender. You can also play without a companion if you so choose, and you can learn perks for playing this way.

There are 70 perks, and each perk has a set of ranks. These total 275 different iterations of ranks.

A lot of animations are created via motion capture, but faces are procedurally animated–meaning that there are pre-defined mouth movements that correspond to letters and syllables.

You’ll also be able to go to the towns of Lexington and Quincy.

Fallout 4 launches on November 10 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. At the presentation, Bethesda also announced that Fallout Shelter is making its way to Android devices next month. Keep an eye on GameSpot for more news coming out of Quakecon, and check out our Quakecon impressions of Doom’s multiplayer.

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Author: Alex Newhouse

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Fallout Shelter is coming to Android on August 13th

At E3, Bethesda both announced and launched Fallout Shelter, a mobile game where players could manage their own underground vaults in the aftermath of a nuclear disaster. It had all of the dark, quirky humor the series was known for, but unfortunately it was only available on iOS — but that will change very soon. Bethesda announced today that an Android version is in the works, and will be launching on August 13th. It seems 2015 is shaping up to be a big year for the post-apocalyptic RPG series; in addition to Shelter, there’s also a new anthology collection launching in September, as well as the big release of Fallout 4 on November 10th.

Very excited for Android users to begin playing #FalloutShelter on August 13th. p…

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Author: Andrew Webster

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