Super Mario Run is Only Playable Online

first_img The world’s most famous video game plumber will soon be making his debut on iOS with Super Mario Run. As great as this is for fans of Mario, there is something about this release which could sour the whole thing for some players: Super Mario Run can only be played using an internet connection. If you aren’t connected to a WiFi source, you won’t be able to go beyond the game’s main screen.During an interview with Mashable, Super Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto explained that the reason Super Mario Run is only playable online was to combat piracy — something that is rampant in the mobile market.“For us, we view our software as being a very important asset for us. And also for consumers who are purchasing the game, we want to make sure that we’re able to offer it to them in a way that the software is secure, and that they’re able to play it in a stable environment,” said Miyamoto.“We wanted to be able to leverage that network connection with all three of the [Super Mario Run] modes to keep all of the modes functioning together and offering the game in a way that keeps the software secure. This is something that we want to continue to work on as we continue to develop the game.”Most of Super Mario Run is a single player experience, with only the game’s Toad Rally Mode needing an internet connection to compare scores with other users. However, there are certain links to other parts of the game that Nintendo wanted to keep online-only.The fact that the game is playable across many different regions on hardware that isn’t under Nintendo’s control was another factor in making Super Mario Run online.“Unlike our dedicated game devices, the game is not releasing in a limited number of countries. We’re launching in 150 countries, and each of those countries has different network environments and things like that. So it was important for us to be able to have it secure for all users.”Even with WiFi being more readily available in public places, users will no doubt have to use their own phone’s internet connection to play the game while outdoors. The always-online nature of Super Mario Run may not be a major concern for some users, but for those who don’t have unlimited data plans on their phones, it could be a deal breaker.Super Mario Run will be released on iOS next week on December 15. Super Mario Run Didn’t Meet Nintendo’s ExpectationsSuper Mario Run Comes to Android This Week Stay on targetlast_img read more

MIT Has the FlyingDriving Drones Youre Looking For

first_imgStay on target Orville and Wilbur Wright may have paved the way for aviation. But a team of researchers at MIT are adding a new twist on human-invented flight.Students of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) are developing robots that can maneuver on land and in the sky.In a new paper presented in Singapore earlier this month, the group outlines a system of eight quadcopter drones that fly and drive through a “city” with terrestrial and atmospheric obstacles.“The ability to both fly and drive is useful in environments with a lot of barriers, since you can fly over ground obstacles and drive under overhead obstacles,” Ph.D. student Brandon Araki, lead author on the paper, said in a statement. “Normal drones can’t maneuver on the ground at all. A drone with wheels is much more mobile while having only a slight reduction in flying time.”This project builds on Araki’s previous work developing a “flying monkey” robot, which crawls, grasps, and flies—but can not travel autonomously.Enter independent drones. By integrating “path-planning” algorithms (ensuring the unmanned aerial vehicles don’t crash into each other) and installing motors with wheels, the robots were able to fly nearly 100 yards and drive 275 yards on their own, before the batteries ran out.Developed by Araki and CSAIL Director Daniela Rus, the program was helped along by MIT undergrads John Strang, Sarah Pohorecky, and Celine Qiu, as well as Tobias Naegeli of ETH Zurich’s Advanced Interactive Technologies Lab.Initial tests saw eight robots successfully navigate from Point A to Point B on a collision-free path.“As we begin to develop planning and control algorithms for flying cars, we are encouraged by the possibility of creating robots with these capabilities at small scale,” Rus said.“While there are obviously still big challenges to scaling up to vehicles that could actually transport humans,” she continued, “we are inspired by the potential of a future in which flying cars could offer us fast, traffic-free transportation.”In the latest step toward the futuristic utopia of The Jetsons‘ Orbit City, manufacturer PAL-V in February began sales of the Liberty Pioneer and Liberty Sport flying cars/driving planes. A month later, Intaldesign and Airbus unveiled their modular, fully electric, zero-emissions Pop-Up concept vehicle, which can be operated on the ground or in the air.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. This Robot Is Equal Parts Lawnmower and Snow BlowerWatch: Drone Captures Incredible View of Sheep on Colorado Peak last_img read more