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In my informal survey of comments on Massively, one of the common dealbreakers that I see for MMOs is a combat system that just doesn't feel right for the player. Maybe the animations are off, the sounds are too wimpy, or the pacing is annoying. Whatever the case may be, the art of war isn't enjoya...

July 17th 2013 at 8:00am 0 Comments
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Opinions about Bose's consumer audio products aside, there's no discrediting the extensive contributions its founder added to the world of amplified sound. On that note, we're saddened to report that its Founder, Chairman and Technical Director, Dr. Amar Gopal Bose, has died -- this, just two year...

July 12th 2013 at 6:11pm 0 Comments
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Whenever you hear that "boop-boop" drop-chime of Achievement on the Xbox 360, picture this floating, green jellyfish-like image, because that's what it looks like. This is according to design company Born of Sound, which makes noises into "sound-forms," or physical art.

April 11th 2013 at 11:30pm 0 Comments
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In the annals of "clever patents that may never amount to anything," we now have an entry from Sony: a method of sensing touch strength with sound. Since capacitive touchscreens can't detect pressure on their own, a second film is needed that can add weight and cost. Sony's freshly granted patent...

April 2nd 2013 at 10:41am 0 Comments
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Nobody expects studio quality recording from a smartphone, but the technology in HTC's recently launched One at least allows distortion free audio to be nabbed in the quietest or loudest environments, according to the company's blog. Describing BoomSound tech, HTC says the system brings two dual-m...

March 6th 2013 at 8:41am 0 Comments
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The San Francisco-based Exploratoruim has a long history of promoting science, arts and hands-on learning. The science museum has a physical location with more than a thousand exhibits, a website with more than 50,000 pages of content and now it is launching its second interactive iPad app, Sou...

February 12th 2013 at 1:00pm 0 Comments
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A rustling of brush behind you. The click of a gun safety switching off. A low growl off to the side. While seemingly minor details, even the smallest of sounds give us important information about the world around us, especially when we're playing our favorite MMOs. Two weeks ago, WildStar's week...

November 28th 2012 at 2:00pm 0 Comments
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Sounds aren't often something you think about within a game. A one-second audio clip that plays when an ability activates isn't a major draw of your attention. But it's also more relevant than you might think in the long run -- that sound is what draws your attention, lets you know what's going o...

November 14th 2012 at 9:00pm 0 Comments