Daniel McKleinfeld

Daniel McKleinfeld

Former Digital Trends Contributor

Xbox Live getting its first free-to-play game: Happy Wars

Happy Wars will be Xbox Live's first free-to-play game, bringing the hip new business model into Microsoft's venerable gaming service

Gaming

Oculus cracks away at Rift VR gaming goggles in new South Korean offices

Oculus is using its Kickstarter windfall to bring the VR hardware to South Korea, suggesting a connected future for the technology.

Cool Tech

Indie game developers rally behind cheap-to-use Unity Engine at Unite 2012

Announcements from the Unite 2012 conference suggest that the Unity Engine could become the indie brand of choice.

Computing

The world ends for Nintendo? What the World Ends with You announcement means for the mini-console wars

The Nintendo DS flagship title The World Ends With You is coming to iOS, in what could be a harbinger of bad times ahead for The House of Mario.

Apple

Don’t trust that text: How the iPhone SMS spoof works

A hacker claims to have found an SMS trick to which iPhones are particularly vulnerable, but how does it work, and why can't Apple stop it?

Apple

OnLive cloud gaming service swears it’s alive

OnLive hasn't closed its doors, but the company's future remains murky, and employees may have a rough road ahead.

Computing

So long, Mr. Popular: ‘Fake Follower Check’ exposes surprising Twitter frauds

The Fake Follower Check application shows how many famous people's follower count has been wildly inflated by spammers and block purchases.

Social Media

Portal 2 map editor finally supports co-op

Valve has just released an update to the Portal 2 map editor that finally makes user-created co-op maps official.

Cool Tech

MadCatz S.T.R.I.K.E. 7 keyboard is as gratuitous as they come

The S.T.R.I.K.E. 7 keyboard from Mad Catz proves that the once-laughable controller manufacturer is now a respectable hardware company.

Computing

Oculus Rift gaming goggles are on their way to a face near you

With promising technology, high-profile developer support, and lots of cash, the Oculus Rift might be the gaming display of the future.

Cool Tech

Is iOS the best-selling gaming platform of this generation?

Comparing GameCenter numbers to console sales suggests that iOS is the most popular gaming platform of this generation.

Apple

Coming to America: How The Legend of Zelda made it from Japanese to English

Ace translator Clyde Mandelin has spilled a few new details on how The Legend of Zelda made its original journey to both English and America.

Gaming

Beck takes music technology back to the 19th century

Beck's new release won't be a record, but a book of sheet music, a product that suggests a future of the music industry based on its past.

Cool Tech

Watch your language in the living room: Kinect to punish gamers for potty mouths

Upcoming basketball game NBA 2K13 will use the Kinect to assign technical fouls for players who swear at the ref. If it's not the silliest use of Kinect ever, it may be close.

Cool Tech

EverQuest II characters mimic real-life facial gestures with SOEmote technology

Sony's SOEmote system translates real-life facial expressions to in-game characters, lending EverQuest II another layer of immersion.

Cool Tech