Bioware reveals first Mass Effect: Andromeda gameplay footage

09/24/2016  •  Filed under Video Games

While the footage is light on action, graphically, it looks incredible and definitely feels like a Mass Effect game. I can’t wait to (hopefully) see more of Andromeda in the next few months leading up to the game’s release sometime next year.

Hideo Kojima is wisely getting as far away from Metal Gear Survive as humanly possible

09/24/2016  •  Filed under Video Games

Via IGN:

Kojima took the opportunity to distance himself from Konami’s forthcoming game Metal Gear Survive, a spin-off from Kojima’s acclaimed Metal Gear series. When asked whether the idea for Survive had come from Kojima himself, he replied, “That’s nothing to do with me!”

“The Metal Gear games are about political fiction and espionage,” he continued. “Where do zombies fit in with that?”

‘Nuff said.

Telltale releases trailer for second episode of Batman – The Telltale Series

09/16/2016  •  Filed under Comic Books, Video Games

Via The Beat:

Last month Telltale Games made a huge splash with the debut of their new Batman inspired series. It was a ballsy shake up of the established Dark Knight mythos while still retaining the essence of what makes the character great. Today the studio unveil the gripping new trailer for BATMAN – The Telltale Series – Episode 2: Children of Arkham.

I played through the first episode right after release in August and loved it. I might even go so far as to say it’s the best game Telltale has made so far, including the original Walking Dead, but we’ll have to wait to see how it all wraps up. They’ve more than lived up to the legacy of Batman and have been able to put their own spin on the world too.

I can’t wait to jump into this one.

Early thoughts on Android’s Pixel Launcher

09/16/2016  •  Filed under Design, Technology

Via Android Police:

First off, this new launcher does away with the app drawer icon. The drawer itself remains, but it now hides under a “frosted glass” section along the static set of icons on the bottom of the homescreen, which have been increased in capacity to five as a result. To access the app drawer, you have two options. First, you can slide up anywhere in the “frosted” zone, including on the small arrow above the zone. Alternatively, you can just tap the arrow itself, which will instantly reveal the drawer. To close the drawer, you can swipe down from anywhere (except the notification and nav bars) or hit the back button. The new drawer has a large restyled search bar up top, but otherwise isn’t especially different from the current Now launcher’s.

Moving to the homescreen, we see that the standard Google Search widget has been removed. In its place is a calendar widget (this cannot be moved or removed), opposite of which you see what looks like a “G” pull-tab. Tapping the G launches search on the version of the launcher our sources showed us (this launcher is not running on final Nougat), but pulling it does nothing.

I’ve tried using the leaked Nexus/Pixel Launcher APK on my Nexus 6 a few times over the past couple days and my experience has been mixed. While I really like what they’re doing with the app drawer, the new way to perform a Google search is clunky and less clear than the existing Google Now Launcher. While I think there’s some work that can be done to make the top of the screen more useful, this doesn’t help matters much in my opinion. Also, aesthetically, both the top button/tab and new look for app folders just don’t look very good. I’m hoping, as they mention in the piece above, they add a little more stylistically to the button/tab before it’s released.

Without question, the coolest part of the launcher is the new wallpaper app that leaked alongside it which features a ton of beautiful new (and constantly updated) background images. The app also includes the option to have your wallpaper automatically change after a period of time. It’s really nice and just replaces the standard wallpaper fuction of the device and doesn’t require the launcher to work.

I’m assuming this will all make more sense and work much better when (or if) the launcher arrives on Google’s rumored Pixel devices in October. Until then, I can’t see using this thing on my phone in its current state. If you want to give it a shot, you can grab the APKs for both the launcher and the wallpaper app here.

Belkin’s $40 (USD) iPhone 7 port splitter

09/12/2016  •  Filed under Design, Technology

Via TNW:

As its name suggests, the device is simply a Lightning port splitter. All you have to do is attach it to your iPhone and plug in a charging cable and a pair of EarPods; then you’ll be good to go.

Those interested in the adaptor will have to fork out $40 for the privilege of rocking out to their favorite tracks while their shiny new iPhone charges.

This thing looks ridiculous. God forbid you have to unplug your headphones for twenty minutes and let your phone charge. That said, it’s easy to see where they found inspiration.