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Submission + - Game developer David Braben creates a USB stick PC (

KPexEA writes: Braben has developed a tiny USB stick PC that has a HDMI port in one end and a USB port on the other. You plug it into a HDMI socket and then connect a keyboard via the USB port giving you a fully functioning machine running a version of Linux. The cost? $25.

The hardware being offered is no slouch either. It uses a 700MHz ARM11 processor coupled with 128MB of RAM and runs OpenGL ES 2.0 allowing for decent graphics performance with 1080p output confirmed. Storage is catered for by an SD card slot. It also looks as though modules can be attached such as the 12MP camera seen in the image above.

We can expect it to run a range of Linux distributions, but it looks like Ubuntu may be the distro it ships with. That means it will handle web browsing, run office applications, and give the user a fully functional computer to play with as soon as it’s plugged in. All that and it can be carried in your pocket or on a key chain.

Role Playing (Games)

Torchlight II Announced For 2011 85

Runic Games has announced a sequel to the popular action RPG Torchlight, planned for release in Spring 2011. One notable improvement from the first game is Torchlight II's inclusion of online co-op play, with LAN support and a matchmaking system. "The sequel will feature an updated version of the Torchlight editor, randomized overworld areas complete with weather effects, random dungeons, a selection of pets, fishing, limitless loot, and a retirement system which will allow users to retire an older character and bestow some benefits of it to a newly created character." An MMO set in the Torchlight world is still in development.

Comment Re:Civ was my offline game (Score 1) 295

The install/activation limit can still apply with games on the Steam platform as well. It doesn't have any inherent advantage over other systems here. Products distributed via Steam are often still protected by another system such as Securom.

The convenience you're talking about with Steam is also a common property of other digital distribution systems as well. Stardock's Impulse for example also lets you log in on another computer and download your games - just as convenient as Steam.

Impulse has some advantages though:

  1. One-time activation - no need to keep checking if you're allowed to play it
  2. The Impulse client isn't required to play your games
  3. No need for an offline mode (see 2)
  4. Updates are opt-in instead of opt-out
  5. Offline activation method available - as long as you can get to another computer with internet access.

Comment Re:Civ was my offline game (Score 1) 295

Civilization 5 will be released as a boxed version in retail stores as well. You will still be required to install Steam because 2K Games have chosen to use Steamworks with it.

When you install Steam you are required to be connected to the internet for it to look for updates, and to sign in to, or sign up for, an account.

Comment Re:Virtual Box (Score 1) 261

sconeu's suggestion is still fine.

Put the .VDI on the flash drive, and then run it in VirtualBox on whatever system they have at home. VirtualBox works on Linux, Windows or Mac so there shouldn't be too many problems.

They don't need a linux computer at home, just a way to run the linux system he's using in the labs right?

Comment Re:Where to begin? (Score 1) 440

I remember playing the shareware versions of his Exile games when I was a kid - I was hooked on them then. They are fun games to play.

It's a niche market he's going for, but if you're in that niche then his games will probably provide far more entertainment than most new releases.

He also provides very generous demos of his games, so you can try out a good portion of them before deciding whether to make a purchase.

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