Monthly Archives: May 2014

May 31, 2014

Mario Kart 8

Mario Kart 8 is just as good as all the reviews make it out to be. The driving feels sublime, the balance seems good, and the colourful graphics help the game feel vibrant and alive. Not to mention the framerate—it is hard to explain just how big of a difference a solid 60 FPS makes.

The famous Nintendo polish is in full effect here.

★★★★★

May 30, 2014

THQ's abandoned office is a ghost town full of video game relics

… the office is also littered with video game awards, boxes and promotional materials for former THQ games like South Park: The Stick of Truth, which found new life at Ubisoft, Saints Row the Third: Enter the Dominatrix, a planned standalone expansion that was eventually incorporated into Saints Row 4, and posters for Darksiders 2, a franchise that Nordic Games acquired.

May 21, 2014
May 19, 2014

YouTube to Acquire Videogame-Streaming Service Twitch for $1 Billion

The deal, in an all-cash offer, is expected to be announced imminently, sources said. If completed the acquisition would be the most significant in the history of YouTube, which Google acquired in 2006 for $1.65 billion. The impending acquisition comes after longtime Google ad exec Susan Wojcicki was named CEO of YouTube earlier this year.

May 14, 2014

The main issue I raised in the “About the decline of the mobile web” post was that apps and the web aren’t one and the same thing due to the lack of hyperlinking standards in the former.

Turns out I’m not the only one thinking about this. In fact, Facebook has done more than think about it—they’ve launched App Links.

Right now, linking on mobile is a lot more frustrating and complicated than it is on the web. There isn’t an easy, consistent way to control what happens when someone clicks on your content in mobile, which makes it difficult to provide the best experience for your users. It’s also hard to find out when—and how—to send people out of your app and directly into another.

We built App Links to help with that. It’s an open, cross-platform solution for app-to-app linking that gives you the tools you need to expose deep links in your app or to link out to others.

May 5, 2014

I’m humbled to say that my Shortcode plugin has reached the 10,000 download mark. Many thanks to all that have tried it!