Back in December Nokia created a limited edition of the Lumia 800 with the Batman logo engraved into the back in order to promote The Dark Knight Rises. Only a handful were ever made, and the last one in existence was given away at a Nokia event last Thursday. Nokia has taken to Twitter to announce that the Lumia 900 will receive the same treatment, with a full retail release planned.
Batman has gone through so many iterations that we’ve lost count, but one thing that’s always been consistent is his fantastic set of gadgets and toys. The grappling hook is the most famous of the bunch, propelling the dark knight to the city rooftops. Students at Brigham Young University has been tasked with a challenge: create a grappling apparatus similar to Batman’s that can get four people up a vertical structure in 20 minutes or less.
Batman has all kinds of cool toys and gadgets that he uses to fight crime. One of the most commonly used is his grappling hook gun that he can shoot at the top of the building or other structure, and then the gun will pull him to the top. A group of engineering students at BYU is working to bring that grappling gun to the real world.
As the personal technology landscape advances at a rate that's undeniably fantastic, we move beyond our obsession with the slightly lower-tech character Batman and advance to the top of the line equivalent Iron Man, as evidenced by the massive success of the most recent film series. Throughout the 1990s we saw a selection of high-cost Batman films and a fantastic Batman cartoon series well received by the public at the time because of their ability to connect with us on a non-super level, there's also almost always been some sort of representation of Batman on the small screen as well, no matter what year it is. Batman has always been a fantastic character for the average person to relate with because he's always using tools and technology to help him - he doesn't actually have super powers, so to speak. There's another character out there by the name of Iron Man that's also been around for several decades and represented in a series of cartoons, certainly, but up until now we've not had the technology in film production to represent him accurately: this is Iron Man.
One of the wackiest looking and feeling games to have been released in what seems like forever has been officially brought out of Beta yesterday and today, rolling out to the PC, Xbox 360, and Playstation 3 in turn. This game is a download-only game but looks to be a gigantic bash of a good time hit as the waves created by the smash hit game Gotham City is scooped up here in a comedic rendition of what would happen if Batman was no more. It's a first person shooter this time around, Batfriends, and noone is safe!
Nokia has revealed a limited Lumia 800Dark Knight Rises special edition, complete with a laser-etched Batman logo, to tie in with the upcoming feature film. Only forty of the handsets will be produced, seen here snapped by Jon Choo in London this morning ahead of IMAX previews of the Batman film itself.
The popular console and PC game, Batman Arkham City, is getting an iOS version for Apple's iPhones and iPads. The iOS version is called Batman Arkham City Lockdown and is powered by the same Unreal Engine behind the graphic-intensive Infinity Blade 2 iOS game, which we've positively reviewed before.
It's time for an update for all you gamers out there playing any of the newest round of ground-breaking NVIDIA-powered PC games, this GeForce 290.36 Beta Driver release correcting bugs and adding features you might never have known were there in the first place! NVIDIA lets us know that players of Batman: Arkham City, Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, should certainly update to this newest driver set, and Battlefield 3 as well as Crysis 2 will receive fixes for tiny broken bits like the "random appearance of triangular artifacts" in the former game. Grab it now!
When you speak about Batman: Arkham City, you speak about not only the next chapter in a line of games that've redefined the superhero genre of video games, but have taken the ultra-immersive nature of the detective / puzzle solving game and have made it intuitive enough to be enjoyable for all - and the graphics are absolutely unmatched. What we've got here is a rig provided by NVIDIA to test this game specifically, an Alienware M17xR3 gaming laptop with a GeForce GTX 580 DirectX 11 GPU inside, this along with the newest set of NVIDIA 3D Vision 2 wireless 3D glasses. It's a very GREEN situation, needless to say, and playing the most advanced game on the market with the most impressive graphics processor on the planet, this is almost a no-brainer.
It's time to check out Batman: Arkham City for the first OFFICIAL time running with NVIDIA's DirectX 11 Graphics and GPU Physics, certainly a sight to behold and set to be released on November 15th! In short, this game Arkham City builds on the ground-breaking 2009 game by the name of Batman: Arkham Asylum, one of the first games on the market to make use of Hardware-Accelerated PhysX effects which enhanced not only background details but incidental items as well, plus whole levels such as, as NVIDIA notes, the Scarecrow's nightmare world* (*included at the end of this post, for those of you that've never been there.) Now behold, footage from Arkham City, a game running with the graphics card it was made to run with, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560, with PhysX enabled for the greatest amount of detail you can imagine!