Automation Is The Hot New Game That Lets You Design CarFrom Scrch

Ever thought that you could do better than the top car manufacturers? Create your own car company from scratch and see what youre really made of!

When I first noticed thatAutomationwas in development, I thought here goes another build-your-own car game where reality and basic engineering principles dont exist. Oh well, Ill keep my eye on it. I downloaded the demo, and curiosity eventually got the best of me. I contacted the developers who kindly supplied a copy of the full game under the condition that I wouldnt reveal anything until it went to early release on Steam. As I began exploring the game, my desk became the epicentre of a massive facepalm storm. What is wrong with me? Why did I let other games destroy my faith? Why didnt I get my hands on this game sooner?

Now that Automations Early Access is open on Steam, Im free to spill the details! Automation is the first game developed by the indie start-up company,Camshaft Software. Based in New Zealand, the company is made up of a few extremely talented petrolheads who had an idea to make a game with way more detail and sense than those other car building games of the past. The result is a highly technical game where the player designs, builds, tests and rebuilds their cars to meet certain criteria.

Automation can be played in four modes:

Sandbox-Build any car from scratch. The only limit is your imagination. No rules here.

Scenarios-Learn from video tutorials or get to work designing engines or entire vehicles to fit certain needs. Stay within the predetermined criteria in weight, top speed, reliability, manufacturing time, material cost and more to earn the highest score. The scenarios vary in difficulty with Easy, Medium, Hard, Brutal and Insane tasks.

Multiplayer- (In Development)Co-op with your mates, using your combined knowledge to build the ultimate dream ride, or start an online challenge with up to seven other players.

Campaign- (In Development)You have from 1946 until 2020 to build a prosperous car company from scratch. This means more than just designing engines and cars. You must protect your good image, run advertising campaigns, perform R&D and manage production.

I highly recommend starting in the Scenarios mode, and trying to meet the various client requests. If youre over-ambitious, you can always go back to the tutorials, or click above each tuning spec for help understanding its role. You have to understand that this is nothing like tuning in other video games. Youre not going to slide thePowerandTorquescale all the way to the highest degree and be on your merry way. No, there are real decisions to make regarding the components. What block configuration? How many cylinders? What material is the block? What are your bore and stroke measurements? CompressionTimingFuel Mixture?

By now, only the true petrolheads (or those willing to actually learn a thing or two) have survived the game. After building your creation, you can watch an animated test of the engine running while the data is graphically presented. I admit I failed my first Easy Scenario, spending almost twice as much as I was allowed. I paid no attention to the cost during my first build. It was just too exciting, but it didnt take long before I figured out how to save manufacturing costs while hitting the requirements.

Right now, the price is 22.99 onSteam, which I feel is a fair tribute to an indie studio trying to survive its first release. The team has been working on this thing for years, and I have seen the huge leaps in progress first hand over the last several months. I have no complaints over the game being limited right now without the campaign mode. Its important to master the design and build areas first before establishing your place in the industry. I only wish I could time travel and give this game to my younger self before I had my first car, so that I may have opened my eyes to the world of tuning much sooner.

After I got hooked on Automation, I bought a copy for my little sister, who is a pure car idiot but likes to problem-solve. The way I see it is that Ive spent more than 23 on stupid rubbish for her in the past, and this may just teach her something. Anyone at any skill level can play the game, but its definitely more enjoyable when you know what youre doing. Yes, we all get very excited over free games, and I dont normally write about paid ones, but seriously, skip one useless purchase this week, and go buy Automation.

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This Company Lets Your KidDesign Their Own Clothes

I have one drawing from my childhood, its a book I made my mom one year for Mothers Day. When I was a kid, moms just didnt keep a lot of stuff that their kids made, and in retrospect its kind of a bummer. Now, the pendulum has swung in the other direction, with many of us filling our fridges, junk drawers, and endless Target plastic bins with our kids creations.

Theres a better way, people and here it is. Your kid can now wear her art, in dress form. And its totally adorable.

Jaimee Newberry had the brilliant idea of sewing a dress for one of her daughters based on a picture shed drawn, andPicture Thiswas born.

Heres how it works: You visit the website and print a dress design template, like the one you see the little girl holding above. Then you let your child go to town with their little imaginations, drawing whatever design they want on the template. Then you snap a photo of the finished design and send it to Picture This, they evengive you guidelinesfor how to take a good photo. The last step wait two weeks and your childs creation arrives in the mail.

These dresses are printed then hand cut and sewed upon order, made right here in the good ol U.S.A. (Las Vegas, NV to be exact), the site says. Dresses are made with a soft, lightweight cotton-poly blend fabric similar to a nice quality t-shirt material.

Newberrytells Babblethere are plans for more designs in the future. We launched with just the dress for two reasons, she explains.First, we wanted to test the market and see if people would actually buy the product! And second, we wanted to make sure the finished piece of clothing that arrives in your mailbox is a great piece of clothing. So our launch was very focused on accomplishing those goals.

Not only do they have templates for dresses, you can also get a matching dress for your kids American Girl doll or Barbie. They plan to offer designs for T-shirts as the company takes off and take off it has. The news of the new business has been spreading like wildfire on social media and in the few days since its launch its been covered extensively.

Its a great idea, started by a mom of two. Now off to hand my kid some crayons

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