Tech Today w/ Ken May

Archive for September 11th, 2017

Super Mario 64 turned 21 years old back in June, but the classic title lives on in the hearts and minds of players. A new fan project has taken that collective nostalgia to another level with a downloadable version of the game allowing up to 24 friends to play through the (formerly) single-player adventure. But given Nintendo’s extremely low tolerance for unauthorized versions of its games, play it now before the company DMCA’s it off the internet. Built by modders Kaze Emanuar, Melonspeedruns and Marshivolt, the Super Mario 64 Online project is a downloadable ROM, so you’ll need emulator software that plays N64 games. The project requires a little tinkering with settings (tutorial video here ) and drawing straws to see who will host your game session. After that, it’s off to the races for you and your friends to fiddle around Super Mario 64 ‘s original levels with a sprawling cast of characters, all with different abilities. Sure, the game’s content is unchanged, so having multiple players likely makes acquiring stars and advancing through the story easier — if that’s your only goal. But idle hands are the devil’s playground, and stuffing a bunch of your friends in what’s supposed to be a single-player game makes for a wild sandbox. Think of it like Mario Party where you make the rules. If you’re planning to boot up Super Mario 64 Online , do so now. The last time somebody released a computer-playable version of the classic N64 platformer, Nintendo shut it down within days. And if you come to this post too late, just remember: People have tried to give Super Mario 64 multiplayer before , and they will probably do so again. The dream lives on. Via: Mashable Source: ‘Super Mario 64 Online’ (YouTube)

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Enlarge (credit: Marques Brownlee ) Apple’s latest and greatest iPhone is called the iPhone X, according to information pulled from a leaked “Gold Master” of iOS 11, the operating system said to power the new phone. The same software leak also reveals the existence of the iPhone 8 and and iPhone 8 Plus, which are based on a similar design to the existing iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. According to 9to5Mac , which was one of two blogs able to download iOS 11 before it was pulled from Apple’s servers, the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus feature a faster processor, wireless charging, and a new glass back panel. Unlike the iPhone 8, the iPhone X features an all-new design with an edge-to-edge 5.8-inch OLED display that removes the chunky bezels and home button. The design—which was originally shown in a separate software leak earlier this year—is a dramatic departure from iPhones to date, which have largely kept the same front-facing aesthetic since the launch of the original in 2007. By shrinking the bezels, much like Samsung did with the Galaxy S8 , Apple can cram a larger display into a smaller body, making the device more comfortable to use with one hand. Read 9 remaining paragraphs | Comments

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