It hasn’t been a great first month for Ouya. The best reviews of the console have been mild in their praise. Lots of day-one backers (mostly overseas) didn’t get their unit until after it was commercially available. Ouya offered store credit as a make-good, but no one is buying anything online.
Maybe Ouya can turn its fortunes around with its latest initiative, though it looks to me like a variant on the usual Kickstarter shell game in which products that don’t exist are bought sight unseen. Ouya’s “Free the Games Fund,” beginning today through Aug. 10, 2014, is self-interest disguised as philanthropy—the self-interest being there are currently very few games worth playing on Ouya, and the philanthropy being Ouya itself.
Leading up to the September release of Rockstar’s “Grand Theft Auto V,” modders have gone all out and then some with “GTA IV.” The community has come up with some of the wackiest, coolest, craziest stuff around, including a new modded weapon that comes straight out of “Saints Row IV”… the one and only Dubstep Gun.
So what exactly does the mod do (for those of you who haven’t clicked the play button yet)? Well, it dubs it up… it dubs it up real good. You fire the weapon and dub beats blast out in an arched motion, turning whatever it lands on into a moving, breathing, beating dubstep dancer…
After winning today’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Watkins Glen, Brad Keselowski talked about his affinity for the legendary New York road course and how visits there with his father led to an appreciation for the track’s “atmosphere and ambiance.”
But in an interesting tidbit, the reigning Sprint Cup champion also mentioned that he first learned to drive the Glen through video games – which he said “absolutely” translated to the real world.