Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Startup wants to raise $1.8 million to build giant fighting robots

Startup wants to raise $1.8 million to build giant fighting robots

The folks at MegaBots Inc. dream of making humongous machines: 15-foot-tall, 15,000-pound piloted robots to be exact. And they don't want to build them for rescue missions or military use -- nope, these robots are designed to duke it out in an arena à la Real Steel, except instead of using fists, they shoot each other with high-powered paint guns. A now-defunct convention called RoboGames used to have a real-life robot combat event, but this startup's plans are obviously a lot grander in scale. Each MegaBot is big enough to carry a pilot and a gunner within its body (just like in mecha anime), with the latter in charge of firing paint-filled projectiles going at 120 mph at their opponents. While all these giant fighting robots deal sound too unreal, the team has managed to build a prototype upper body, arm, gun placement and weapon system these past months. The startup obviously still needs a ton of cash to make its fantastical dreams come true, though, so it's trying to raise a whopping $1.8 million via Kickstarter. In case it does reach its goal, the money will be used to build two robots and make them "fight to the death," or more like fight until the other's armor and panels start coming off. A very generous $10,000 pledge will get your logo emblazoned on one of the MegaBots. But if you'd rather own it yourself, well, you'll have to empty your coffers, so to speak, as a single one will cost you $1 million.
 

The best 'Star Wars' games are actually, finally available for modern PCs

The best 'Star Wars' games are actually, finally available for modern PCs

LucasArts may no longer exist thanks to Disney, but that doesn't mean its legendary games are lost forever. Like we pointed out yesterday, Good Old Games posted the download links to the likes of TIE Fighter and X-Wing a bit prematurely. Well, the classic-game emporium's fixed that wrong and now you can grab those games from a galaxy far, far away right now. Need something a bit funnier perhaps? That's what Sam and Max: Hit the Road and Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition are for. Now if you'll excuse us, we have a Death Star to destroy.

Salva f/ Freddie Gibbs & Psyde (of Pyschodrama)

Salva f/ Freddie Gibbs & Psyde (of Pyschodrama) 

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angsta Gibbs connects with producer Salva (“Old English”) once again and this time around, they’re ready to get their pimp on. “Magic” flips Psychodrama’s classic of the same title and even features a verse from Psyde FX of the group. This joint comes to us via Salva’s Peacemaker LP, which also features guest appearances from Ballout and Tadoe and is available for streaming right here. Listen to “Magic” below.

Lil Wayne - Gotti f. The LOX


Lil Wayne - Gotti f. The LOX

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Who saw this one coming? Lil Wayne and 2/3 of The LOX go bar-for-bar on "Gotti," the latest single off his long overdue album, Tha Cater V. Actually, it will live on Part One of Tha Carter V. What's that? Well, as Wayne explains it, he's recorded too much (30+ songs) and has decided to split them up into two equal parts. The first portion is set to arrive December 9th. A week prior to Nicki Minaj's new date for The Pinkprint.

Ludacris - Ludaverses Vol. 1 (Video)


Ludacris - Ludaverses Vol. 1 (Video)

Chris Lova Lova has been on a lyrical tear over the last few weeks, slaying every beat from "Numbers On The Board" to "Hot Boy." In this new clip, Luda spotlights his recent drops as he takes us around the globe during his touring travels. Ludacris' Burning Bridges, is slated to drop in December. Expect the first single, featuring Miguel, to drop sooner than that.

Juvenile Signs Back to Cash Money

Juvenile Signs Back to Cash Money

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Juvenile is going back to where it all started. The New Orleans rapper has resigned with Cash Money Records. Juve made the announcement in an interview with MTV News. “It’s already done. I signed the paperwork a couple days ago. I’m signed back,” he revealed. “Rich Gang, I’m getting ready to get my little tattoo and everything. It’s all love, man. I’m back.” This comes as a surprise based on Juve and Cash Money’s rocky past. Juvenile, who used to be in the Hot Boys with Lil Wayne, left the label in 2003, claiming he was not properly compensated. But both parties have put aside their differences. “Even though we been through what we’ve been through, we older now ’cause we was younger then,” said Birdman. “We grown. We always spoke. Wayne did music with him [2012's "Picture Perfect"], but we spoke and I just wanted to feel if the time was right we could do it.” Juvenile released five albums on Cash Money since 1997′s Soulja Rags and scored hits with 1999′s “Back That Azz Up” and 2004′s “Slow Motion,” which went to No. 1 on the Hot 100. Birdman sees the potential for success once again. He’s already put Juve in the studio with London On Da Track, who produced Rich Gang’s “Lifestyle” and T.I.’s “About the Money.” “I’m excited about that ’cause I know what I could bring out [of] him,” said the Cash Money boss. “With the platform I have, he could be bigger than he was before.”

New Mixtape: Future – ‘Monster’

New Mixtape: Future – ‘Monster’

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'Just in time for Halloween, Future drops his Monster of a mixtape. Executive produced by Metro Boomin, the 16 tracks include additional production from DJ Spinz, TM-88, Nard & B, and Southside, plus a collaboration with Lil Wayne, who guests on “After That.” In April, Future released his sophomore album Honest, which debuted at No. 2 with 53,000 copies. Monster follows Future’s previous mixtapes including 2011′s Streetz Calling, 2012′s Astronaut Status, and 2013′s F.B.G.: The Movie and Black Woodstock with Freeband Gang.

New Music: Jay Rock f/ Kendrick Lamar & Chantal – ‘Pay for It’

New Music: Jay Rock f/ Kendrick Lamar & Chantal – ‘Pay for It’

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After dropping “Parental Advisory” earlier this month, Jay Rock connects with his Top Dawg labelmate Kendrick Lamar on their chilling collaboration “Pay for It.” As usual, K-Dot delivers an explosive verse (“I tell ‘em all to hail King Kendrick, resurrect in my vengeance”), Jay Rock comes alive with his impassioned rhymes, and singer Chantal lays down the haunting hook.

Video: August Alsina – ‘Grindin”

Video: August Alsina – ‘Grindin”

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Six weeks after collapsing on stage during his show at New York City’s Irving Plaza, August Alsina gets back to business. The New Orleans crooner, who was hospitalized for exhaustion, dehydration, and seizures, spent three days in a coma and was forced to cancel the remaining dates on his “Testimony Live” tour. But the hustle continues. On his first new song on six months, which was inspired by Lil Wayne’s “Grindin’,” he address the rumors, haters, and his now famous fall. “A lot of these lames kept hatin’ on a ni**a / When I took a little fall you was steppin on a ni**a,” he sings on the Knucklehead-produced track. He continues, “I just got of out of a coma / It showed me that when God is for me, no weapon can hold me / That’s why I go hard for N.O. and my homies, and I pay homage to ni**as before me.” August will perform for his largest audience yet when he joins Usher on his “UR Experience” tour beginning November 1 in Montreal.