Fallout 76 is Bethesda’s upcoming multiplayer wasteland domination experience, and there’s going to be a number of great things to discover in it. Your task is to depict those things. We all have memories of great experiences in games. I have nearly perfect sense memory of where I was when I crested the first hill in Fallout 3 and looked down into the Capital Wasteland from the mountain hole I emerged from. There was all sorts of stuff down there, and I could go play around in that stuff. The promise seemed infinite. Video games are always chasing that feeling, and this week’s ‘Shop Contest is all about depicting that moment that the player crosses over a rise and sees a beautiful valley down below. In the version that I made above, they’re seeing some fantasy-ass town from The Witcher 3, but I bet that you can come up with something even more astounding. Your task this week is to create something for the wasteland explorers to find. Below you will find a … [Read more...] about ‘Shop Contest:
We’re now living in the world of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, and I just think that the magical battle royale experience could be a bit more expansive. That’s where you come in. This week’s ‘Shop Contest is all about taking a game that is fundamentally concerned with zombies, hardcore PVP, and battle royale extravanganzas and turning it into an experience that allows for hijinks. This week, I want you to turn Black Ops 4 into a different kind of game. Add characters that change the tone. Create new game modes. Figure out new uses for those zombies. If the ops are so dang secret, then there have to be some zany ones, and I want you to find them. As you can see in my image above, I’ve imagined a world in which Black Ops 4 has a game mode where you find that dastardly criminal Toad and chase his diamond-stealing soul from here to Hell. I bet you can come up with something just as excellent. No .png this week, but here is a link to Activision’s media … [Read more...] about ‘Shop Contest: Expanded Ops
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey has been out for more than a week now, and people are discovering the wonders of Ancient Greece. Last week, I tasked our loyal ‘Shop Crew with the job of showing us some of the strangest stuff from the Classical Period. I was not disappointed. I’ve been having my own fun as Kassandra. I’ve discovered some cult-y stuff, fought some leaders of countries, and demolished my way through a whole load of mercenaries. I’ve walked from edge to edge of several islands. And yet the things that I’ve been shown in this ‘Shop Contest are somehow more fantastical than even my most exciting experience. Our winner this week is Done With Kinja, whose interpretation of the most scary thing to appear in Ancient Greece is accurate. As we all know, the Empire predates the Roman Empire, and as such they definitely invaded our planet during the classical period. There are also some excellent honorable mentions this week, and I implore you to … [Read more...] about ‘Shop Contest: Wonders Of The Greek World, Winners!
An image of Denmark's Kalbyris Forest took first place in the Nature category in this year's contest. Michael Bernholdt While the word "drone" popped up in a more sinister context over the past decade — referencing remote bombings and invasions of privacy, for instance — everyday citizens have warmed up to the commercial and hobbyist aspects of the flying robots. Drones have become popular in cinematography, speed contests, scientific experiments and innovative photography. That last use is the focus of the Dronestagram, a French online platform where users can share their drone-assisted photography and videos. In cooperation with organizations like National Geographic and the international hotel chain Sofitel, Dronestagram just hosted its third annual drone photography contest. Submissions came from across the globe, comprising pro photographers and amateurs alike. A panel of judges, including a number of National Geographic staffers, selected winners in three … [Read more...] about Stunning Images Win 2016 International Drone Photography Contest
This house has a lot of lights, but Christmas displays can get a lot bigger (and brighter)! iStockphoto/Thinkstock Your outdoor masterpiece has taken days of preparation, but you know it'll make your house the talk of the neighborhood. After placing a final string of lights on the bushes, you plug in the cord and voila! A stunning display of electric holiday cheer. But your neighbor is also finishing up his own massive Christmas lights spectacle. Maybe it's time for a friendly competition between the two of you, you think. Next thing you know, other neighbors want in on the fun, and you've suddenly got the makings of a Christmas contest that will make the holidays brighter -- literally. With a little organization and preparation, hosting a Christmas light contest is easy. First, define the contest area. This can be as small as a few homes or as large as a neighborhood competition. If the Christmas spirit is overflowing, it could even be a town-wide celebration. Next, define the … [Read more...] about How to Host a Christmas Light Contest