Call Of Duty World War 2 Developer Interview

Call Of Duty World War 2

Developer Interview: Michael Condrey

The How To Kill An Hour team recently headed down to a super secret, top location in London to play Call of Duty World War 2. There’s A LOT more gameplay content available for you soon! So keep an eye out for that! There won’t be any disappointment, that much we will say! However, check out what happened when our own Marcus Bronzy had an interview with chief operating and development officer of Sledgehammer Games, Michael Condrey.

Michael and Marcus discussed everything from the story mode to the multiplayer and even touched on the fan favourite: Zombies! Call Of Duty World War 2 is built for entertainment purposes. But the game is based on an important aspect of the world’s history, which brings authenticity and respect to the young men and women that lost their lives during one of the worlds most devastating wars. Michael really goes deep to tell us and explain what extensive lengths the Sledgehammer development team went to researching World War 2. To both teach themselves and those that play that game what went on during the times of 1939-1945.

Another interesting soundbite from the interview with Michael is how the guys put a stop to one of their developers! Sledgehammer Games hired an ex-pro, MLG star, Rambo Ray who kept on defeating all of us. So the devs put something in on their play tests to put him down a peg or two. Did it work? Check out the interview above to find out!

A MASSIVE THANK YOU!

Finally, a huge thank you to Michael and the team of Sledgehammer games for their time, we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves!

Call of Duty World War 2 releases Friday November 3rd on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows.

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Cozmo

Cozmo – Big Brain, Personality and SMART!

Cozmo – Big Brain. Big Personality. SUPER Computer.

 

Anki's COZMO robot is the coolest little pal you'll know

Ever wanted your own Wall-E? Well, this little guy may be the answer to your robo-BFF dreams. Meet COZMO, a small robot with a fully fleshed out personality and tricked out with the coolest A.I. Just don’t expect him to listen to you all the time. Where’s the fun in that?Find out more about Cozmo and its maker Anki at https://www.anki.com/en-us/cozmoNow on sale!

Posted by How To Kill an Hour on Thursday, 19 October 2017

 

We have reviewed some gadgets by Anki before and we were very impressed with what they had on offer. The upgraded, modernised version of scalextric, Anki Overdrive. Now they’ve moved into personal robots and introduced a tiny little robot called Cozmo. Don’t be fooled by it’s short size though, this little gadget packs an intelligent yet mean punch!

Made up of 300+ parts this little gadget has a big brain and can detect humans, even cats and dogs! Cozmo can even read your emotions and recognise the environment around him. Read Cozmo’s emotions right from the small screen acting as his face, coupled with a series of bleeps and technologic sounds it’ll be like having a mini conversation!

Have a bit of computer know how? Download the SDK kit off of Cozmo’s site and develop your own games and tasks for Cozmo!

So what can he do?

If you ever owned a tamagotchi you had to keep that little animal alive by feeding it and playing with it. Much like with a tamagotchi you have to to nurture your Cozmo to help it grow! By using the app you keep an eye on how well he is doing, feeling low? Feed him power cubes. Not performing to the best of his ability, run diagnostics to see if he needs a repair. While Cozmo may from time to time indicate that he is bored: play a game with him to cheer him up! Just try to beat him though if you do he may get upset. The more you play, the more you can upgrade and the more skills you can unlock.

Gameplay

Coz has a surprisingly large arsenal of games and features to keep both him and yourself entertained. He’ll sing if he’s bored and wants to play. He’ll raise his forks for a fist bump, though this is an upgrade skill. As stated earlier, Cozmo is incredibly aware  of you and it’s surroundings, you try and creep up on him with your finger and he’ll pounce!

Cozmo comes with a set of cubes that help to keep him busy. Using 1 cube, play keepaway with him, to well….keep the cube away! Put the cube close to him and pull away the cube before he drops his lift. He catches the cube he gets a point! Memory match is just like Simon if you’re old enough to remember. The cubes light up different colours and you take turns with Cozmo to remember and repeat the path. With Quicktap, both of you get a cube, the cube lights up and when it’s the same colour you have to beat Cozmo to tapping the cube. First player to tap their own cube wins.

It can see you, read your emotions, learn the world around him and plots quicker, easier ways to complete tasks. He’s almost human. He’s a supercomputer. As a result, we cannot call Cozmo a toy. He is far from it. Most of all though, he is a lot of fun!! So Cozmo is not just for children!

In Conclusion……

We fully recommend you him out , most of all we cannot reiterate enough that it isn’t just a toy. It’s far far faaaar to intelligent to be a toy. It’s a supercomputer and we can’t wait to see what the space of smart tech brings in the future.

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Thorpe Park Fright Night

Thorpe Park Fright Night 2017

AMC’s The Walking Dead x Thorpe Park

Thorpe Park Fright Night

Thorpe Park Fright Night

Thorpe Park Fright Night

Fright Night at Thorpe Park is back and this time it has been overran by Zombies from AMC’s The Walking Dead! Thorpe Park has teamed up with AMC to bring you right into the heart of the Walking Dead universe right in the heart of Thorpe Park to celebrate Halloween – only at night of course as “The Island Changes After Dark” – although some rides start transforming and become Zombified from 3pm. The real experience starts after it gets dark!

Thorpe Park Fright Night

Thorpe Park Fright Night

Rides

The Park transforms once darkness arrives, however there are some rides that are exclusive for the month of Fright Night. Two rides are brand new for 2017 and are Incredibly Scary!  Whilst there are several rides that are returning just for Fright Night, so if you missed them, you can get a second chance at survival!!

Brand New for 2017

Living Nightmare

This ride, or should we say nightmare, really is one of the most exciting mazes we have ever done here at How To Kill An Hour. Long time listeners will know that we love a Zombie or two. Hence this maze is no different. Lucille is on the way and your at the mercy of Negan from The Walking Dead, be careful though as one wrong turn in the maze and it’s game over for you and your friends.

 

Sanctum

This maze is similar to The Living Nightmare but your mission is to get to the sanctuary along with the survivors. Make sure you get your way through the maze, avoid any confrontation with the Zombies and just hope that it wasn’t a trap. Get through the compound, taking on the roaming walkers. So, to be safe, don’t get caught.

Returning Rides

Platform 15, the hugely popular Saw MazeContainment and one of our favourites from the night Big Top.  All return to scare the hell out of you this halloween. Big Top’s a carnival that has been overran by the undead Zombified. What’s scarier than a Zombie? A Zombie Clown. Didn’t think of that one did you?! It’s very impressive that Thorpe Park built a huge carnival in the middle of the park for Fright Night. It’s scary but very impressive, the team were lucky they didn’t get caught!

We arent giving away too much of our time there as it’s one of those things that you have to experience in person. Reading doesn’t do it enough justice. Fright Nights are an experience that requires you to be there to fully immerse and understand the feeling of the whole experience. It’ll ruin the surprise and secrecy of the whole night. Finally, be prepared to bring along with you an extra pair of trousers. You’re going to need them!

We loved being terrified during our stay and we fully recommend that you check it out for yourselves.

So, don’t say we didn’t warn you!

Thorpe Park Fright Night

Thorpe Park Fright Night

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What is Sky Q

What is Sky Q? All you need to know!

Sky Q

Sky are changing the home entertaintment game with Sky Q! They are letting you free from the home and giving you your entertainment anywhere! Find out all you need to know by clicking here: http://www.howtokillanhour.com/entertainment/what-is-sky-q-need-know

Posted by How To Kill an Hour on Wednesday, 18 October 2017

What is Sky Q?

All you need to know!

What is Sky Q? Sky Q is Sky’s latest Tv offering, bringing with it some next generation features to help fight the battle against Netflix and the rise of streaming online services. One major part with this is via Sky Q’s plethora of devices. Such as Sky Q’s mini boxes, allowing you to watch what is on the main Sky Q Box in another room. Furthermore Mini boxes also double up as Wi-Fi hotspots. (As they don’t connect to the dish and pull the footage over Wi-Fi) What comes with Wi-Fi connectivity comes a brand new ecosystem, as not just the boxes connecting to one another, you can view all your content that is on your Sky Q box, both LIVE and on the planner on your mobile device via the Sky Q app. Sky call this ‘Multiroom Viewing’

Multiroom Viewing

This essentially is freeing up Sky’s content offerings away from the main hub in your living room.

The main caveat of this is the ability to watch anything anywhere and then go in to a room that has a Sky Q box in it and continue watching right from where you left off!  Sky Q mini box paused and then resumed in another room, or by watching a piece of content on your mobile device and then shutting off the phone, walking into your house and continuing right from where you left off!

Features

Finally Sky Q is once again fresh faced and comes with a brand new TV guide.

  1. Multiroom Viewing and content on demand via the Sky Q App
  2. Touchpad Remote
  3. Record up to 6 channels and watch a 7th
  4. Watch 5 channels on 5 different screens at once
  5. Apps including YouTube and Vevo.
  6. Stream music via your mobile device using Airplay or Bluetooth.

Pricing + UHD

Sky Q are really pushing 4K, Ultra HD Content (here on out known as UHD) as the next big thing in home entertainment, however the only way to get UHD content is via Sky Q’s 2tb flagship box. While the standard box has replaced Sky’s regular box. Including all bundles that Sky offer, they’re all Sky Q bundles. Also previously Sky Q have offered things to sweeten the deal with offers such as a free 32″ Samsung Tv.

(As of October 2017 )Existing Sky+ multiscreen customers will pay £49 for a Sky Q 1TB box or £99 for a 2TB box. While those without multiscreen but wish to upgrade will have to pay £199 for either box.

Entry level Sky Q bundle comes in at £22 per month. Basic Box + Basic Sky Tv Channels and NO UHD content. The bundles that are available such as Variety (£32p/m) and Box Set (£38 p/m) , but again these don’t offer UHD.

Finally to watch Sky’s UHD content you require the Sky Sports and Sky Cinema packs, currently priced (at time of writing) at £27.50 p/m and £18 p/m respectively (on top of the other original box sets that you have to pay for)

‘So now you’ve answered the question ‘What is Sky Q?’ where can I get it?’

So we hope this answered the question rolling about now which is ‘What is Sky Q?’

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good nights sleep sleep calculator

What time should I go to bed?

What time should I go to bed?

Sleep Calculator

Ever wondered why you wake up tired in the morning? Struggle to get out of bed? Well we have just the solution for you! Check out the sleep calculator here: howtokillanhour.com/entertainment/what-time-should-i-go-to-bed

Posted by How To Kill an Hour on Tuesday, 17 October 2017

The age old question, what time should I go to bed?  The sleep calculator from Web-Blinds allows you to find out the best way to wake up feeling fresh! No longer find yourself struggling to get out of bed or hitting that snooze button half a dozen times.  Sleep calculator finds out the best time that you should go to sleep based on when you wish to wake up. The best thing about this calculator is that, uses a formula that is based on the bodys natural rhythms. It even sets apart 14 minutes for you to get to sleep and it counts in sleep cycles so you wake up at the end of a cycle and not during the middle. If you wake during the middle of a 90min ‘sleep cycle’ you will wake up grumpy and groggy.

What’s even better is that if you feel sleepy right now, you can use the sleep calculator to take a nap! It’ll give you 90min intervals to take your afternoon nap in and wake up feeling even more refreshed!

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Castle Creeps: Tower Defense

Castle Creeps: Tower Defense

Castle Creeps: Tower Defense is an epic tower defense game that is built for mobile devices (ios/Android) It comes complete with a stunning fantasy story written by James L.Sutter, making it the first mobile Tower Defense title with a story! Furthermore, the plot which revolves around a cast of memorable Heroes and Warlords each with intricate backstories and personalities, updates every two weeks!   

With over 40 battles over 12 chapters to complete and conquer there is more than enough to keep you busy! Build and upgrade your Towers as well as customising your Heroes to fight and defend your kingdom! Castle Creeps: Tower Defense is also highly detailed making it one of the most visually appealing mobile games. In addition, the simple intuitive playability makes for pick up and play for even the most casual of gamers.

Top Tips

  • First of all, upgrade your Heroes to unlock extra abilities, this will help you immensely in battle!
  • Also, check out the Creep Book to check out an opponent’s weaknesses.
  • Log in to Castle Creeps every day to open the Tower Chest and collect resources! Even replay completed missions to help gain more!
  • Send sentinel charges to your Facebook friends to receive some in return!
  • Complete quests to earn keys to unlock Hero Chests! These contain resources needed to improve your Heroes!
  • Aim to take out the Goblin Saboteurs and Ogre Gunners first as they can cause serious damage to your Towers!
  • Most of all, use your elixir boosts and reinforcements to take down bosses easily!

Castle Creeps: Tower Defense reached over 2 million downloads during the first five days of release!

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Wonderball Bounce Ping Pong

AR Ping Pong is here! Wonderball Bounce Ping Pong

Wonderball Bounce Ping Pong!

We recently attended Wonderball Bounce Ping Pong a facility where you can listen to great music and eat glorious food! (side note: the wings/nachos are absolutely incredible, as a result, the whole team got through them in minutes!) and play ping pong with one another.

There’s a twist in Bounce’s Ping Pong since they are the only venue to have Wonderball! A unique, 21st century twist on the classic game of Ping Pong, by utilizing Augmented Reality it displays various different images on the table. Consequently these images correlate to various different games available to play. So, bounce your ball on the various selections (Hexogasm, Hit Machine, Odd Bod Squad, Swarm Geometry and Splat) and away you go!

All the games available are great to play, we recommend two of the games, Hit Machine and Hexogasm. Hit machine required you to work as a team and gain as high of a rally as possible. It gets nerve racking the closer you get to your high score! Most of all Hexogasm is where its at! Bounce a ball into different sized Hexagons to gain points, be careful of the skull otherwise scoring is temporarily stopped! Get the ‘HEXOGASM’ shape and you then are able to get triple points! The game is timed and winners/losers can change at the last second, as a result making for a very competitive game!

Where to play

Wonderball is available now be quick and get your reservations in as this is a very popular attraction! Either Bounce venues have Wonderball tables (Old Street and Farringdon)

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Don’t forget to check out the video above to see more and check out the infographic below!

Wonderball Bounce Ping Pong

What is Augmented Reality Ping Pong?We found out exactly that means when we visited Bounce Ping PongFind out more by clicking here:howtokillanhour.com/entertainment/wonderball-bounce-ping-pong-old-street

Posted by How To Kill an Hour on Friday, 13 October 2017

 

 

 

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