Original American Crocker superbike expected to sell for $500,000+

Less than 100 Crocker v-twins were ever made with only the first 23 units having hemispherical heads. The bike being offered by Bonhams in Las Vegas on 26 January is one of just seven “hemi head” Crockers known to have survived and the earliest example ever offered at public auction. An extensive look at the America’s first superbike..
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The 10 most disappointing games of 2016

We’re not going to give you that whole “hasn’t 2016 been pants” spiel. In the world of gaming, it’s actually been quite good. Dishonored 2! Watch Dogs 2! Other things 2! But let’s not pretend every game has been astonishing. In fact there are plenty of games that came out this year that left us feeling deflated, whether it was because their premise was over-sold, their delivery fell flat, or some horrific combination of the two.Let’s tuck in.
No Man’s Sky
Let’s get this one out of the way, then. No Man’s Sky, by any metric, even if you’re being particularly generous, was a disappointment. This was because of the monumental promises made by some of the people behind its development – promises they perhaps knew, even then, that they couldn’t keep. The trailer showed giant sand worms, stampedes, seamless space travel; and the game delivered none of them. Without those promises, the game might have blown people away entirely, but as it was, it failed to match up to people’s expectations – expectations that were set by the company itself. At least, in future, studios will know to keep their trailers realistic.
Mighty No. 9

OH BOY, if you want an example of disappointing games, don’t look to No Man’s Sky – look at Mighty No. 9, a game that was crowdfunded for over $4 million and turned out to be a total hot mess. Mighty No 9 promised to be like the beloved Mega Man and turned out more like a lengthy, terribly voice acted demonstration of How To Get It All Wrong. The lighting didn’t work, the graphics looked like they were from a PS2 game, there were unexplained crashes and ugly, ugly boss battles. How did they get it so wrong with so much money and time on their side?!
Pokémon Go

It’s been a long road to get Pokémon Go back into the hearts of the public. When it first came out, everyone was thrilled and it was downloaded in the millions – which would have been great were it not was a lot more people than the developers, Niantic, had anticipated.Technical issues and the lack of promised features meant a drop off in users over the months after its release, and it’s only now – six months later – that the long-awaited “Nearby” feature actually works. Niantic didn’t exactly help their case by shutting down sites like Pokéfinder, which filled in the gaps in the game by helping players find the exact locations of nearby Pokémon. But it’s all okay now, right…?
Quantum Break

A much-hyped early 2016 game, Quantum Break featured some pretty big actors in Shawn Ashmore and Aiden Gillen, as well as being an anticipated release by the face of Max Payne and writer of Alan Wake, Sam Lake. Unfortunately, many found the game to be overly cheesy – partly because of the TV series on the side that gave the whole thing an inconsistent tone, and made everything look like a low-budget crime drama. The platforming in the game was lacklustre, too, and even the shooting sections weren’t exactly universally loved – pretty damning given that it’s ultimately a third-person shooter. 
Paper Mario: Color Splash

After the letdown that was the 3DS Paper Mario game, Sticker Star, fans were wary of what the Wii U’s Color Splash might bring. Turns out that they were right to feel that way: Color Splash is a drab shadow of what Paper Mario games used to be – full of life, humour and silliness. Color Splash felt polished to the point where it rubbed all the detail off, leaving players with a perfectly serviceable game that just never managed to hit the high points of the GameCube’s Thousand-Year Door, nor capture the spirit of what the games used to be. 
ReCore

We were excited about ReCore. With the director of the Metroid Prime series at its helm, and Mega Man cited as a key influencer, the game looked to be a refreshing throwback to the kinds of exploration games that aren’t as prevalent in modern gaming. It certainly had the best of intentions, but the final game felt like a repetitive chore across both its numerous fetch-quests and uninspired combat, a problem worsened by the game’s excessive length, which stretched an already thin premise to breaking point. At least the game launched the Xbox Play Anywhere initiative, which, though initially buggy, has moved the twinned pillars of PC and Xbox One ever-closer together. 
Battleborn

Back at the beginning of 2016, the battle to bring the kind of strategy gameplay present in games such as DOTA2 and League of Legends to the first-person shooter genre was well and truly on. In one corner of the ring we had Blizzard’s Overwatch, and in the other we had Battleborn, a game developed by Gearbox, a studio that’s learned a couple of things over the years from its work on games such as Borderlands, Brothers in Arms and, ahem, Aliens: Colonial Marines. At the time it felt like a two horse race, but Battleborn was more or less completely obliterated by Overwatch, which has gone on to win multiple game of the year awards. Meanwhile Battleborn players have been forced to band together and coordinate to get the servers populated enough to find a decent game. Ouch.
Star Fox Zero

Billed as the game that would make full use of the Wii U’s complete set of bells and whistles, Starfox Zero ended up being nearly unplayable thanks to its overreliance on motion controls for aiming in addition to having you constantly switching your gaze from your gamepad to your television. It’s a shame, because we’ve long been of the opinion that the true potential of the Wii U’s innovative control scheme has never been fully explored. As it turns out, Starfox Zero ended up feeling gimmicky, and ruined what many believed had a half-decent StarFox game at its core. 
The Division

A lot of people loved the Division, but it’s hard to argue it was completely flawless. The missions got repetitive, there were long sections of uneventful walking, and the overall atmosphere was drab and dreary. Some of these criticisms can be brushed away by the game’s pseudo-MMO setup, but this genre makes the game’s unappealing atmosphere that much less forgivable. After all, if a game’s world is designed for players to spend time with each other in, it helps if it isn’t too bleak, depressing, and similar looking. This was something The Division suffered with. It’s definitely much more accomplished than a lot of the other games on this list, but when you’re coming up against the likes of Destiny even that’s not enough to polarise critics. 
Homefront: The Revolution

Nothing messes a game’s development up quite as much as a company going bankrupt, and Homefront: The Revolution was hit hard when its original publisher THQ went bankrupt. But the game’s difficulties didn’t stop there. Pretty soon it was hit by further financial difficulties via its co-publisher Crytek.In fact, the game faced so many challenges that the developers saw fit to include a message to fans addressing its troubled development. After all these difficulties, hopes weren’t exactly high for the game, and predictably the game was beset by technical problems that got in the way of the game’s original ambition. 
For a look at the better games out there, check out our 2016 Game of the Year Award winners
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10 games you should get excited for in 2017

2016 is said and done from a gaming perspective, but don’t fret –  there are enough great titles coming out in 2017 to put your New Year’s resolution of getting outside more or spending less on games in some serious jeopardy.The rules for this list are simple: It’s 10 games that are planned to come out in 2017 (unless they get delayed for some reason) that we are excited for. Our first eagerly-anticipated release is less than a month away, so let’s not waste any more time and start off with:
Resident Evil 7

The latest entry in Capcom’s survival horror series is a wild departure from its predecessors, but in the end that only makes us all the more excited to get our hands on it.Foregoing the guns-blazing action mentality that had come to define the series for better or worse in the past few years, Resident Evil VII comes at us with a much more subdued – but by no means less scary – take on the formula.A first-person horror adventure trapped in a musty, rotted house with a family of musty, rotted maniacs? Sign us up! If the demo that came out after its E3 2016 reveal was any indication, Capcom’s zombie-killing franchise may be coming back in style in a big way when it releases January 24. 
Horizon Zero Dawn

The newest project from Killzone series developer Guerrilla Games, Horizon Zero Dawn’s concept is far more unique and engrossing than the forgettable mashup of words that make up its title. (Seriously, we challenge you to leave us a more generic-sounding title in the comments below.)Thankfully, Horizon’s premise is far more original. An action adventure set in a world overrun with robotic fauna, Horizon casts you as a human hunter named Aloy who uses a mix of stealth, ranged combat, and a little improvisation to fell inorganic beasts and survive in the mecha-wilderness.Not just a unique take on an open world, Horizon is also crazy pretty. Guerrilla is really pushing what the PS4’s hardware can do from a graphical level, which only makes us all the more excited to play it when it’s expected to hit stores starting late February. 
Mass Effect: Andromeda

Given how the original Mass Effect trilogy wrapped up the epic tale of Commander Shepard’s battle for all sentient life with a nice lil’ bow, the next installment in BioWare’s sci-fi series has us intrigued. With essentially a blank slate to tell a new story, Andromeda is set far in the future, after the events of Mass Effects 1 through 3. In an expansive, open-world environment, players are tasked with exploring new planets with the aid of your own ship, the Tempest, and a customizable six-wheeled space whip called the Nomad. Of course, things don’t always go according to plan in the more roguish parts of the galaxy, so you’ll also be bringing your allies, laser weaponry, biotic powers, and other abilities both familiar and new to Mass Effect fans along for the ride.Given that it’s our first real dip back into the ME universe following the legacy of Commander Shepard, we’re excited to dust off our old N7 armor and see where BioWare takes its world(s) next with Mass Effect: Andromeda. 
Red Dead Redemption 2

One of the few sequels that can get us excited over an announcement of an announcement, Rockstar’s Red Dead Redemption 2 takes us back to the untamed, open-world expanses of the Wild West.The team over at Rockstar was kind enough to give the internet a passing glimpse of what to expect from  their next stint in the saddle, showing off gorgeous stretches of untamed prairie, pristine forests, not-so-pristine settlements, and of course – a posse of armed men on horseback seemingly up to no good.Rockstar has promised little of the next Red Dead installment, save for what the company calls “the foundation for a brand new online multiplayer experience,” leaving us desperate for details and counting down what seem like endless days before RDR2’s planned Fall 2017 release.
Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite

Announced during Sony’s PlayStation Experience event earlier this year, Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite looks to continue the unlikely crossover series’ ability to turn us into 11-year-olds that argue with friends over who would win in a fight between Mega Man and Iron Man.Oh wait, and Captain Marvel is now showing up to fight, too? Sweet! Given how esoteric the MvC series gets when picking representatives from each company to fight for each other, we’re already pumped for all the potential characters we could be playing as next year.Will Viewtiful Joe make a reappearance? Does Disney’s weird business grudge with Fox mean no more X-Men? Can we team up Black Panther with Leon S. Kennedy?In short, prepare to see a lot of nerding out from the internet when the roster reveals start flooding in later next year for this 2-on-2 fighting game extravaganza. 
Injustice 2

Marvel ain’t the only superhero property throwing down this coming year. NetherRealm Studios’ 2013 brawler Injustice: Gods Among Us is getting a sequel in 2017, returning to the DC Comics universe to knock some serious heads.With classic standbys like Batman, The Flash, and Wonder Woman going toe-to-toe with new additions like Gorilla Grodd and Blue Beetle, Injustice 2 is looking to be a from-the-pages slugfest both fighting game fans and comic aficionados alike can really enjoy.To that end, Injustice 2’s tagline of “Every Battle Defines You” isn’t just a dramatic piece of marketing text. Each time you step into the ring with one of the DC’s finest, that character walks away with new loot that enhances their skills, traits, or overall ability until you have a suped-up Superman tuned exactly to your tastes. 
Prey

From the ashes of the cancelled-before-its-time Prey 2, Arkane Studio’s revival of the Prey franchise is, well, some interesting branding.With little direct resemblance to the original Prey to be a reboot, nor anything really to do with its scrapped sequel, the upcoming Prey is more of a re-imagining of the series’s original concept – though we question what constitutes a series when only one entry ever saw the light of day, but we digress.What now stands in Prey 2’s place is something wild, intriguing, and plenty ambitious enough to be whatever it wants to call itself. Aboard a research vessel floating in space to study a mysterious alien life form, players will have to use their wits and resources to survive as a breach puts them – and possibly the entire Earth – in danger.Our impressions so far give us a “sci-fi BioShock” vibe (yes, we know what System Shock is, but you get what we mean), and given Arkane’s pedigree thus far with the Dishonored series, we’re ready to prey on Prey when it comes out in Q1-Q2 2017. 
Persona 5

The next major entry in Atlus’ Persona series – which is itself a spin-off of the long-running Shin Megami Tensei series that became so beloved that it’s essentially a separate series – Persona 5 is the next big JRPG to watch out for in a post-Final Fantasy XV world.For the many of you out there who aren’t obsessed with Persona 4 and are excited on the namesake alone, Persona 5 is a role-playing game with social sim elements.Players take on the double-life roles of a high school student juggling the usual everyday hassles of school and socializing with the not-so-everyday hassles of fighting demons with your powerful inner manifestations, called Personas.- and yes, technically Persona 5 did come out in Japan this past September, but we’re specifically talking about the worldwide release that’s pushed back all the way to April 4, 2017. Surely it won’t be delayed again after that, right? Right?  
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Look, if you’re doing a list of anticipated games for a year that a new Legend of Zelda game is expected to come out, you’re almost definitely required by law to add it to that list.The next big step for the storied Nintendo franchise, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild takes the adventuring shenanigans of Link and blows it up onto a sprawling open world where players can explore at their leisure and daring. Even the series’ trademark dungeons can be played in whatever order the player wants, making Breath of the Wild a game that is just as much about maintaining the long-standing series status quo as it is breaking it.While previous entries in the Legend of Zelda series like Ocarina of Time and Wind Waker have played with the concept of a large explorable map, Breath of the Wild is taking things to ambitious new heights. We can’t wait to see how it turns out when it hits the Wii U and Nintendo Switch this coming year, which reminds us…
Whatever the heck is launching on the Switch

…as it nears its March launch window, Nintendo’s shiny new Switch is due for some games. While we can only really say with confidence that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is planned for the new console at this point in time, we can only help but wonder what else could be coming to the handheld/console hybrid.Will there be a new Mario game? Will Splatoon get a sequel? Are the rumors of a console version of Pokemon Sun & Moon true? Will other mobile-friendly Nintendo franchises like Fire Emblem or Advance Wars make an appearance?It’s all speculation at this point, but Nintendo plans to give us the hard deets in January, which should include the Switch’s launch line-up. In the meantime, however, all we can do is cross our fingers and hope Nintendo has a liiiittle more to offer this coming spring besides a possibly late-to-the-party Zelda game and 2011’s The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. 
Five reasons the Switch may be the console you’ve been waiting for
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GTA 5, Portal 2 Among First Steam Awards Winners

The winners of the 2016 Steam Awards have been announced.
Grand Theft Auto V, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and Portal 2 were among the winning titles of the first ever Steam Awards. Valve’s portal-focused puzzle game won “Villain Most in Need of a Hug,” while Rockstar’s open-world hit received both the “Whoooaaaaaaa, dude!” award and the “Game Within a Game” award.
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Reverse-engineering the universal translator

 Cinema critics keep raving about Arrival, a sci-fi drama focusing on one linguist’s attempts to decipher an alien language. Star Trek recently celebrated its 50th anniversary. As a language geek and a sci-fi fan, I felt it only logical to look into the feasibility of the universal translator, the device used by the crew of the Starship Enterprise. Read More


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Beauty and the Beast: Here's a Bit of Emma Watson Singing

Disney has released a short preview of Emma Watson singing a classic Beauty and the Beast song from the upcoming live-action remake.
You can listen to Watson via a 30-second audio snippet on Twitter, where she performs “Something There.” Though brief, the clip does give a decent preview of just how different Watson’s rendition of the song might be from the version sung by Paige O’Hara in the original 1991 animated film

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US government subcontractor leaks confidential military personnel data

The leak exposed personal data including Social Security numbers to the assigned posts of critical members of the US military, some of whom hold the highest levels of security clearance.
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