Facebook Shutting Down ‘Paper’

Via The Next Web:

Paper was beautifully designed and almost universally adored by the design community for its novel animations, clean UI and immersive experience that provided an entirely ad-free way to view your newsfeed. The app transformed the typical newsfeed into a Apple News-esque reader, complete with customizable sections for a variety of topics from food to politics.

Alternate title: “Facebook kills the best app they’ve ever made”.

“Pokémon Go Isn’t Very Good but It Will Be Huge Anyway”

Via VICE:

So, you connect and head to one landmark, you wait for it to load in. It fails to load in, but hey, there’s a Pidgey! You click on the Pidgey, the game crashes. When you boot it back up, the Pidgey is gone. You start to walk a bit further but in game but you’ve been locked in place, so you stand around and wait for it to catch up. You’re stationary and locked to your phone in a way that makes you look like a tourist in your own neighborhood. There’s no flow here, no rhythm to disappear into.

The strangest thing is none of that may matter. Because it’s Pokémon and it’s communal and every now and then you turn the corner and see a man slouching over a mailbox and there at is feet is an Ekans and you think hah, yea, okay, this works.

In my time with the game, I experienced an incredible amount of bugs and issues including constant logging out when the app was apparently still running in the background, numerous crashes, and a massive drain on my phone’s battery. To be honest, it also just wasn’t very fun to play.

People are clearly having a blast with the game (well, maybe not everybody), which is great, it’s just too much of a technical mess for me to spend any more time with.

Resident Evil 1.5 Revisited: The Mysterious Elza Walker

Via Dehorvie (Tumblr):

Elza Walker in Resident Evil 1.5 (バイオハザード 1.5) – The first footage of the game was shown at the V Jump Festival ‘96 in July

When I was a kid, I wrote into Gamepro magazine asking them who the heck Elza Walker was and why she wasn’t in the version of Resident Evil 2 I’d been playing. They printed my letter and explained the whole thing.

I’d love to see a brand new entry to the series with her as the lead character.

CD Projekt Red Announces The Witcher 3: Game of the Year Edition

Via Polygon:

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt developer CD Projekt Red is planning to release a Game of the Year Edition of the open-world action game, the studio confirmed today in a statement to Polygon.

A great value for an amazing game. Without question, the best game I played last year and (counting Blood & Wine) probably this year too.

Ironic that this news comes from Polygon of all places, which did NOT include The Witcher 3 in their Games of the Year list for 2015. Ridiculous.

Resident Evil 7 (Seems To) Return The Series To Its Roots

Via The Verge:

Not to take anything away from Resident Evil 4, which is one of the best and most influential action games of all time, but there’s a case to be made that it set the series on a path to irrelevance. Subsequent entries learned all the wrong lessons, unsuccessfully attempting to go toe-to-toe with action genre heavyweights while forgetting what made the series what it was back in the day: a relentless, foreboding sense of horror.

If a playable teaser released on the PlayStation Network shortly after Sony’s E3 press conference last night is anything to go by, Resident Evil 7: Biohazard represents a major course correction.

This looks great. A change this drastic is a breath of fresh air for a stale franchise. I can’t wait to see more and I hope they don’t change too much for the final release or, you know, cancel it entirely.