HTC marks the Vive’s first birthday with “Vive Day”

Today, marks the one year since the HTC Vive first launched. To celebrate, HTC is giving away a free month to their Viveport subscription service and a free copy of Arcade Saga to Vive owners.

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Happy 30th Anniversary, Pixar

February 3rd 2016 marked the 30th anniversary of Pixar. In that time, they have released 16 full-length animated films,  been nominated for 55 Academy Awards (two of which were for Best Picture) and they have won 15 Oscars including special one that was given to Pixar co-founder, John Lasseter for Toy Story, which pioneered this new era of film.

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Oscars aren’t the only awards that Pixar has earned, they have also earned 7 Golden Globes, 11 Grammys and countless other awards. Pixar’s movies so far have made over $9.5 billion worldwide which works out to be about $593 million per film.

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Android celebrates its 8th birthday

Eight years ago today, Android was officially announced and was the beginning of a new era.

It was also that start of the Open Handset Alliance which united Google, Samsung, HTC, LG, Sony, Motorola, software companies, chip manufacturers and some mobile carriers.

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The beta release of an early version of Android.

Android was shown as an open-source alternative to who at the time was the top mobile operating systems, Windows Mobile from Microsoft, Blackberry by RIM, Symbian OS by Nokia and the just few months before early days of iOS  by Apple.

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Happy 20th Anniversary to Rayman

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the release of the first game in the Rayman series.

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The box art for the first Rayman game in 1995

The character of Rayman came from a few sketches that Michel Ancel made in 1994. He was inspired by Russian, Chinese and Celtic fairy tales. At the time Ancel was begining to design his very first game at Ubi Soft. The original design had a big nose with beady eyes and was made using simple geometric shapes. Ancel has said in a interview from 2011 that “it was quite simple, but funny at the same time.” Ubi Soft eventually funded Ancel’s project which would include Ancel’s Rayman character.

 

Rayman himself hasn’t really change all that much since the first game. He has always been depicted as limbless humanoid with floating appendages (and no arms) which he can also throw at his enemies.

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The only thing that has change about Rayman’s appearance is that he has gone from 2D to 3D then back to 2D over the course of his games.

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So here is to many more years of Rayman games from the one and only Ubisoft.

Credit to Rayman2000 on DeviantArt (aka @Misterfan2000 on Twitter) for the Rayman 20th Anniversary artwork used in the featured image.