Chip Shot: Largest US Hack-A-Thon to Help Solve Social Challenges

This weekend at over 83 U.S. Cities, the National Day of Civic Hacking initiative will bring citizens together with government and private organizations with the common goal of improving their community through the unique application of data. The world has been madly digitizing everything from music and books to business transactions and scientific data, but we are only just beginning to understand data’s potential when put in the hands of individuals. Intel Labs is sponsoring events like this to engage and empower people to explore novel applications of their digital information. Get the fact sheet.

Wield the SHIELD: Three Really Big Games For High-Powered Android Devices You Can Play Now

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When SHIELD ships next month there will be more than 25 titles tuned for our new Tegra 4-powered open gaming portable, in addition to the thousands of Android games on Google Play. But gamers don’t need to wait to play some of these Tegra-enhanced titles.

A number of these great games are locked and loaded in Google Play, and already work on Tegra 3 devices. Let’s take a look at three of the best…

Burn Zombie Burn
Developer: Tick Tock Games
Publisher: Kavcom, Ltd.

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Your mission is simple: Help Bruce survive hordes of zombies as he tries to keep Daisy alive. Burn, batter, shoot, maim, blow up, mince, and obliterate as many zombies as possible in pursuit of the damsel in distress. A variety of arenas, game modes and challenges provide hours of zombie-hunting excitement with the same graphics and features seen on PlayStation 3. SHIELD gamers will get access to exclusive levels.

Now with even more zombie-toasting action than when we showed this game in February. 

ARMA Tactics THD
Developer: Bohemia Interactive
Publisher: Bohemia Interactive

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The best elements of the renowned ARMA PC franchise came to mobile and launched exclusively for Tegra-powered devices. ARMA Tactics THD is an unusual mashup of genres. This turn-based close-combat strategy game lets players take control of a four-member Special Forces team in an open world that isn’t restricted by rails or pre-determined strategies. You’ll enjoy Tegra enhancements such as higher geometry count, post-processing bloom, increased objects, and improved shadows, weapon effects and physics simulation. Translation: it just looks really good.

Dead on Arrival 2
Developer: N3V Games
Publisher: N3V Games

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N3V Games is searching for a few good gamers. A zombie apocalypse is coming, and before the game launches for Android, the developer is looking for your help to beta test the game. As a beta tester, you’ll fight through hordes of the undead in this top-down, third-person shoot-em-up that features several specialized weapons and some seriously devious traps. Be one of the lucky few to experience wave after wave of zombie fighting pre-launch by signing up on their official website.

Burn Zombie Burn and Arma Tactics THD are featured in TegraZone and can be downloaded from Google Play.

Registration is ongoing for the Dead on Arrival 2 Multiplayer Closed Beta. So, be sure to sign-up here to be a part of making the zombie experience even better.

42 Elaborate SimCity Cities Shaped Like NVIDIA’s Logo

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Some great cities are built for commerce. Others are built around places of learning or government. These virtual creations were inspired by enthusiasm for NVIDIA. 

When the latest version of SimCity was released, Alexander Ivanov, a regional marketing manager in our Moscow office, got together with his friends at SimCity publisher Electronic Arts.

They then asked members of Russia’s SimCity community on the VKontakte social network to create virtual cities in the shape of NVIDIA’s claw logo.

The 42 cities created by SimCity mayors have amazed even us.

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A Classic, Updated

First released in 1989, SimCity was a revelation. The open-ended game has no winners or losers. Instead it challenges players to manage a simulation of an urban environment that only stops evolving when players stop playing.

While the game was an instant classic, it was limited by the crude graphics capabilities of the time. But even as new versions of the game grew more sophisticated, city streets – and the city’s built around them – couldn’t imitate the curves you’ll find in the real thing.

That changed with the latest version of SimCity. The city simulator now allows players more freedom to build create curvier roads and railroads, giving cities a slithery organic shape that can complement – or conquer – any landscape. They can even take on the shape of NVIDIA’s distinctive logo.

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The results of our two-week contest, which ended May 12, have been amazing: 42 cities ranging from a dense, tightly-packed metropolis to leafy suburbs with sweeping avenues.

The creators of the best two entries – Alexander Andaralo and Evgeny Nikolaev – got USB drives from Porsche Design, and praise from their peers on Russia’s largest social network.

“There are lots of NVIDIA fans among SimCity players who just loved to create something with the brand they love,” Ivanov said.

Check out all the entries on our official VKontakte page.