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USA’s ‘Suits’ eyes ‘Recruits’ with social game

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USA is launching a  social game tied to the third season premiere of “Suits” tonight. “Suits Recruits: Class Action” has fans of the show play as first year associates at the fictional law firm. Players will need to navigate inter-office intrigue (often by answering questions about the show) while helping to solve a case. The winner will get a $25,000 prize.

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New Facebook Open Graph tags for writers and publishers

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You may be familiar with the Author and Publisher tools which Google+ offer to websites, and now Facebook has added some additional tools for publishers, journalists and writers to boost their content on the social network.

The new Open Graph tags were officially revealed yesterday, and are as follows:

  • article:publisher lets a publisher link an article to their own Facebook page. When the article is shared in News Feed, a “like” button is displayed so people can like the publisher page.
  • article:author lets a publisher link an article to the Facebook profile of the author. When the article is shared in News Feed, a “follow” button is displayed so people can follow the author. The author needs to have Follow activated on his or her profile for this button to appear.

They are coded as follows:

<meta property="article:publisher" content="https://www.facebook.com/thewayoftheweb" />

<meta property="article:author" content="https://www.facebook.com/danthornton" />

This means ‘Follow’ and ‘Like’ buttons will appear for those who haven’t already followed the author or liked the Publisher page, when that content crops up in their newsfeed.

The Facebook announcement includes this example:

Example of Facebook Publisher and Author Open Graph tags

So well worth implementing to make the most of your visitors sharing your articles and content on social networks.

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The Pace of Modern Life

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'Unfortunately, the notion of marriage which prevails ... at the present time ... regards the institution as simply a convenient arrangement or formal contract ... This disregard of the sanctity of marriage and contempt for its restrictions is one of the most alarming tendencies of the present age.' --John Harvey Kellogg, Ladies' guide in health and disease (1883)
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chrisamico
2667 days ago
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All of this has happened before, and all of it will happen again.
Boston, MA
oliverzip
2670 days ago
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Has twitter wrecked modern communcation?
Sydney, Balmain, Hornsby.
izogi
2679 days ago
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Fortunately, as I'm informed, it had all calmed down again by the time of my parents' generation.
antgiant
2679 days ago
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"Anything that is in the world when you’re born is normal and ordinary and is just a natural part of the way the world works. Anything that’s invented between when you’re fifteen and thirty-five is new and exciting and revolutionary and you can probably get a career in it. Anything invented after you’re thirty-five is against the natural order of things." -- Douglas Adams
Oviedo, Florida
bloodvayne
2678 days ago
Society will be society, what's interesting is how inherently the "nostalgia fallacy" is simply society's self-preservation against seemingly "hostile" undercurrent. Reminds me of this article from Art of Manliness, also a very thorugh read http://www.artofmanliness.com/2012/07/12/the-generations-of-men-how-the-cycles-of-history-have-shaped-your-values-your-place-in-the-world-and-your-idea-of-manhood/
stsquad
2679 days ago
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Nice commentary on modern commentary.
Cambridge, UK
bscherrer
2680 days ago
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@mahea50 Word.
San Diego, California
iridesce
2680 days ago
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now let's make one for "damn kids are spoiled and have no respect for their elders these days"
DC
iridesce
2680 days ago
whoops, nevermind, i see you 1906.
rgsunico
2680 days ago
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Brilliant.
Quezon City
marcrichter
2679 days ago
tl;dnr :P
redson
2680 days ago
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The Golden Age Fallacy in action.
claysmith
2680 days ago
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“What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.” — Ecclesiastes 1:9
Escondido, CA
dcwarwick
2680 days ago
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And on it goes.
Edmonton, AB, Canada
taddevries
2680 days ago
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Get off my internet lawn you free loaders.
mscholes
2680 days ago
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The summary is beautiful ;-)
benmurray
2680 days ago
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Anything that is in the world when you’re born is normal and ordinary and is just a natural part of the way the world works. Anything that’s invented between when you’re fifteen and thirty-five is new and exciting and revolutionary and you can probably get a career in it. Anything invented after you’re thirty-five is against the natural order of things. -- Douglas Adams
adamgurri
2680 days ago
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the public comments on this comic seem to imply everyone swallows the premise of the letters...I had though Munroe's point was more that we keep hearing the same arguments over and over again in each age.
New York, NY
btomhave
2680 days ago
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Those who fail to learn from history... yada yada yada...
Michdevilish
2680 days ago
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Definitive proof that human faculties have been dwindling since at least 1871, and show no signs of abating in their sad dwindleMent...
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the7roy
2680 days ago
1871? Try ~360 BCE when Plato wrote, "they will not use their memories; they will trust to the external written characters and not remember of themselves. The specific which you have discovered is an aid not to memory, but to reminiscence, and you give your disciples not truth, but only the semblance of truth; they will be hearers of many things and will have learned nothing; they will appear to be omniscient and will generally know nothing; they will be tiresome company, having the show of wisdom without the reality."
tfrab
2680 days ago
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O tempora, o mores
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pdp68
2680 days ago
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Nostalgia isn't as good as it used to be.
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yyota
2681 days ago
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Where will it stop?
internetionals
2681 days ago
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Nice to see it spelled out to people that "nostalgia" is of all times. And the that troubles of today were often already there earlier, but people just remember them differently.
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Ludwig
2680 days ago
Consider the possibility that the authors of these quotes were correct (well, except the divorce and nudity one,) like that Aristotle quote where he bitches about “kids these days,” instead of resigning it to “ah, it was ever thus.”

Improving Freemium Design – Knight Storm by MunkyFun

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This is a guest post from Ben Sipe, crossposted from his blog.

I love medieval and renaissance themed entertainment so when I came across Knight Storm you bet I downloaded the game! I’ve been playing for a few weeks now and think some aspects of the game are really well done. However, like all games, I think there’s some room for improvement as well.

What they did right:

Graphics

Knight Storm looks amazing. At first launch, my character rode his horse out of the castle, the title appeared and then the horse stood up in front of an amazing looking castle… I was ready for an epic adventure! The horses look realistic and animate beautifully. I was pretty amazed but remembered that MunkyFun is also the developer of My Horse so it made sense, but it doesn’t discredit their ability to make beautiful graphics.

Also unhorsing my opponent feels very satisfying due to the visuals. I love the slow motion camera, his lance exploding into splinters and watching your opponent flip end over end off of his horse.

Blending game mechanics

I’m a big fan of breaking up tedious tasks or a single style of game mechanic with various other mechanics. In Knight Storm players not only joust and battle, but they also have a castle that acts like a home base that generates coins, experience and potions for the player. One can also upgrade their equipment and get more sigils from the castle.

Humorous dialog

I am the minority of players that actually read the in game text, but I enjoyed the bits of humor that the developers threw in. Instead of using “next” or “ok” buttons, they used more humorous options.

They also wrote the dialog options as if coming from their character’s thoughts.

There were a couple parts where I actually laughed out loud, but forgot to grab screenshots during those moments.

Upgrading makes you feel badass

When I upgrade a piece of armor or weaponry it really changes! You might not think this is a big deal, but so many games just change the color or give the equipment a better stat. I want to SEE the different item as well as the upgraded stats. Players need visual changes in order for them to feel like anything has even changed. Some games can get away with minor changes on smaller upgrades, but if you’re asking someone to pay premium currency then that item/equipment/weapon better look visually awesome!

Look at beginning gear, some middle of the road equipment and then what end game equipment looks like.

 

Adding a chance mechanic to battles

I like their addition of sigils to combat. It’s basically a game of rock, paper, scissors for bonus damage. It adds an element of chance to the battle without completely screwing the player if they don’t make the right decision.

I always advise developers to have an element of chance in their games if it’s going to be a more casual game or if they want mass market appeal. Some people love strategy, but even more love an element of chance. Take board games for example. Settlers of Catan has been one of the best selling modern board games. My wife doesn’t like to play me in competitive strategy games and doesn’t even enjoy medieval/renaissance themed games, but will play Catan with me because no matter how well I strategize the dice can make or break a game. It is one of the most brilliant chance/strategy combinations.

Multiplayer

Almost all games should have some multiplayer aspect and Knight Storm does too. Players can joust against each other for glory points which determines your leaderboard ranking. In addition to glory points, players can also earn fragments which are used to forge sigils at your castle. This gives players an additional benefit to the single player game for taking up your lance against other players.

What could be improved:

Balancing potions

As you can see from the screenshot below I have over 300 of each potion. I could play for hours with that many potions. Now I realize why there are potions and I think it’s great to allow players to create potions so they can continue to play, but I wouldn’t allow players to stockpile so many. There needs to be a better balance between potion creation and consumption.

Also having this many health or stamina potions makes their “Potion of revival” pointless. Why would I ever drop 5 gems on the “Potion of revival” when I can just forfeit back to the map screen, drink a bunch of health/stamina potions and try again?

 

Lack of customization

I love that I have a castle, I love the armor and weapon models but I just wish I could customize them! Having a little more control over what is happening and where in my castle would make me feel more attached to it. Same goes with my jouster. I would like to customize his armor, banner, color, something! I can upgrade him which is nice, but it would be awesome if I could design a crest for him or choose armor customization options from a predesigned list.

Repetitive and a little time consuming

I mentioned earlier that unhorsing your opponent feels satisfying, but after 10 jousting battles it becomes a little tedious and time consuming to have to watch all of the slow motion, body flailing and your character ride around in victory. I would appreciate at least a fast forward button.

Also during every joust battle, players need to move their lance to the left and down. It’s always to the left and down. It would’ve been nice to make the lance harder to aim to give battles more of a challenge. I have never missed or been outside of the red + sign during a joust. Perhaps the lance would bob up and down with your horse’s strides, maybe don’t have the game go into slow motion or perhaps your character’s aim gets better as you level?

Awards for glory points

I like the addition of multiplayer, but I wish there was something more I could earn with the glory points. Perhaps after X amount of glory points players would get a gem, could earn aesthetic items like banners or streamers to hang from their lance? It would give players more incentive to battle online besides leaderboard positioning. Players’ interest in global leaderboards will diminish over time as the leaders further distance themselves from the rest of the pack and other players churn.
It would also be cool if MunkyFun hosted some sort of tournament for a reward. Jousting was almost always a tournament event back then, so the context fits perfectly.

Better sense of damage

You can knock off shields and helmets, and I’m sure it technically gives that player/opponent a disadvantage but it’s not as drastic as one might think. In a real jousting battle if one lost a helmet you’re pretty much dead next round, and if you lost your shield then you’d most likely be unhorsed the next round. However in Knight Storm, when losing a shield or helmet it just places a broken armor icon at the bottom of your stats and doesn’t appear to decrease them.

Sigils with multiple attributes

I talked about the rock, paper, scissors aspect to battles as a nice addition, but players can also get sigils with two attributes. Then it gets confusing which is considered the main and secondary. Is there even a main and secondary attribute? I’m not even sure. If sigils with multiple attributes are used in battle then I just have to wait for the game to tell me which wins and I don’t have a concrete answer as to why. Players can also aim at two or three areas on an opponent with these sigils, but I don’t think it matters which target they choose. Does the head deal more damage than the shield or left arm? It would also be nice if certain areas took damage so players would try to target the same area repeatedly.

Knight Storm certainly piqued my interest when I saw it. It’s a great example of how games can look, and worth a play. I don’t know if the game has the ability for mass market penetration because of the theme, but a successful game doesn’t always need that. If they just tweak some of the monetization mechanics and increase the difficulty then I think they’d could really boost their metrics. I look forward to seeing how they update on this one!

If you’d like to talk about this or any other games you can find me here at my blog, the NativeX blog or on Twitter.

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Planet Online

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the modern web meets early 1990s children's toy commercials  
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This is soooo awesome. Thanks Andy!
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Netflix, Reed Hastings Survive Missteps to Join Silicon Valley’s Elite

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Ashlee Vance profiles Netflix and Reed Hastings for Businessweek:

On a normal weeknight, Netflix accounts for almost a third of all Internet traffic entering North American homes. That’s more than YouTube, Hulu, Amazon.com, HBO Go, iTunes, and BitTorrent combined.

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waxis
2717 days ago
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The other 2/3? Porn.
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