Resident Evil 2 Remake: First Screenshots of Claire Redfield Released

Capcom has shown off the remade version of Resident Evil 2’s co-lead, Claire Redfield for the first time. As part of its Gamescom showing, the developer released a set of screenshots showing the teenager on the hunt for her brother, Chris: We’ll have more impressions on Claire’s portion of the campaign this week. We’ve seen a lot more of fellow star Leon Kennedy so far, with his section already indicating that Resident Evil 2 Remake is embracing the series’ horror roots in the best possible way. The Resident Evil 2 remake will be released for PS4, Xbox One and PC on January 25, 2019. Read the full article…

In Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Destruction Becomes Lara’s Closest Companion

In the latest demo of Shadow of the Tomb Raider, shown behind closed doors at Gamescom 2018, Lara is faced with yet another bout of destruction as a city faces the wrath of the encroaching apocalypse. This iteration of Tomb Raider shows Lara at the end of her origin story, and while the previous two games explored her ability to survive and what it means to be a Croft, Shadow is looking to explore what it means for Lara to be a Tomb Raider and the responsibility that comes with it. At this point, we’ve seen how Lara’s new adventure brings a bigger focus on puzzles and exploration and how she essentially causes an apocalypse and alienates herself in a darker story, but also how the hubs and gameplay feel very familiar to the previous Tomb Raider reboot games. This hands-off Gamescom gameplay, though short, shows off some more combat Read the full article…

GTA Online: This Classic Mode is Getting a Big Update

Hunting Pack, the popular Adversary Mode from Year 2 of Grand Theft Auto Online, is getting an update as part of the follow-up to the After Hours content pack. The mode focuses on a large vehicle with a bomb strapped to it that will explode if the vehicle’s speed falls too low for too long (like in the classic 90’s movie, The Bus That Couldn’t Slow Down). One team has a Runner, responsible for driving the bomb vehicle from the starting point to a Deactivation Zone that serves as the “finish line,” as well as two Defenders who protect the Runner from the other team. The second team is made up of Attackers, whose only goal is to stop or slow the target vehicle enough to trigger the bomb. Where the original version featured fairly standard vehicles battling through the streets of downtown Los Santos and greater San Andreas, the Remix Read the full article…

5 Tips for Making Better Video

Everywhere you look, there’s video. From social media sites to full-scale web projects, a video can be an integral part of today’s online user experience. We have five tips to help you make any web video better, and improve the quality of what you publish. While some projects require the time commitment of a professional production, other uses are perfectly suitable for DIY. How can you create better video to use in web projects yourself, without a full crew or large investment? 1. Invest in Your Mic Have you ever started to watch a compelling video only to find that the sound quality was poor or difficult to hear? Audio is a key component of video. If you plan to create video for online projects, invest in a good microphone now. The two main options for microphones include a lavaliere (clip-on style) and standard “mounted” mic.: A lavaliere is ideal Read the full article…

Fortnite looks terrible on my Android phone and I love it

As an Android user, I’ve been waiting a long time to play Fortnite on the go. First, there was the Nintendo Switch version, which I was incredibly excited about until I realized I couldn’t access my PS4 account on the tablet. Then, developer Epic announced that the mobile version of the battle royale shooter was expanding from iOS to Android, and it finally launched last week. For the most part, it’s just what I expected, apart from one major change: on my Galaxy S7 Edge, Fortnite looks like a low-poly PlayStation-era game. And I kind of love it. Once you get around the install process, Fortnite works surprisingly well on mobile. My phone isn’t exactly brand-new, yet the battle royale game runs pretty smoothly. I haven’t experienced any… Read the full article…

Camp W is a great game for the end of summer

It can be difficult to find time to finish a video game, especially if you only have a few hours a week to play. In our biweekly column Short Play we suggest video games that can be started and finished in a weekend. Summer camps can be a magical time. They’re often the first time a kid gets to be away from home — and away from parental supervision — for an extended period of time. It’s a test of their independence, but also their ability to adapt to a new social situation by being thrown together with a bunch of new people. It’s almost like a dry run for going away to college or moving out on your own, except in theory it has some form of adult supervision. This aspect of summer camps is at the core of visual novel Camp W. It tells the… Powered Read the full article…

8 tools for creating better social graphics

The stats don’t lie: social media posts with compelling visuals boast significantly higher engagement. On Facebook, it more than doubles, while tweets with images receive 150 per cent more retweets on average than those without. All of which means a killer social media campaign needs its visuals to be spot-on. A lot rests on how to find the best images for social, but for speed and efficiency, a dedicated design tool for creating these kinds of graphics can really come in handy. Fortunately, there are a few of these tools around. Many are free or cheap to license, and often come with a selection of pre-set crops for different platforms, as well as templates to make the design process quicker and easier, especially for non-designers in the marketing team. So read on for 10 dedicated tools for creating engaging social media graphics, without the need to fire up Photoshop… 01. Read the full article…

Get 40% off Adobe Creative Cloud with this one-time deal

If you’ve recently been debating whether to sign up to Adobe’s Creative Cloud suite, now’s the time to take the plunge. For a limited time only, you can join Creative Cloud for almost half the price, with Adobe knocking a whopping 40 per cent off the price of an annual membership until 27 August 2018. That means instead of paying the usual £49.94/€60.49 every month, you’ll pay £30.34/€36.29 for the first year.  When it comes to finding Adobe deals, discounts on Creative Cloud can be few and far between, so this is great news for designers, illustrators and artists wanting access to this professional creative software. So if you’ve been debating whether to sign up, now’s your chance to get hands-on with Adobe’s stellar suite of world-class design tools – and save some cash in the process. The offer is valid from today until 27 August 2018 and covers EMEA and Read the full article…

Design Thinking and Digital Intent, Part 2

By Baruch Sachs As I discussed in Part 1 of this series, companies are focusing on design thinking and digital transformation these days, trying to come up with better solutions to the same old problems that still exist in business today. I also talked about the term digital intent. While this not my own term, I have applied it in a different way to describe the outcomes of design thinking. The popular business term digital transformation describes the journey companies are undertaking today as they integrate digital technologies into every aspect of their business. Digital transformation considers people, processes, organizational culture; and the how, what, and why of how customers engage with a business. While every major company is currently engaged in digital transformation, often undertaking multiyear transformation programs, their progress and digital maturity vary greatly as they grapple with legacy processes, technologies, and culture. As a result, many are Read the full article…

The Ebbs and Flows of UX Teams in Large Organizations

By Margot Dear When something’s level regularly becomes higher, then lower in any particular situation, it has an ebb and flow. There are multiple examples of such ebbs and flows in life. I remember, when growing up, my sister had a poster on her wall of a kitten hanging from a tree branch with these printed words: “Hang in there, baby,” shown in Figure 1. This metaphor has appeared in the arts many times: Frank Sinatra performed a song called “Ebb Tide,” the first episode of Season 2 of The Wire was titled “Ebb Tide,” and Ken Griffen’s “Ebb Tide” provided background music for Season 5 of Mad Men. In business, a company’s stock price reflects the daily ebb and flow of the company’s business performance. Read the full article…

Book Review: Design Leadership

By D. Ben Woods As the profession of User Experience matures and becomes more enmeshed in organizational strategy, we see a greater need for UX professionals to develop soft skills. It is this realization that led Paul Sherman, my colleague at Kent State, to give his presentation “The Unicorn Is Dead” at several conferences and for our Kent State UXD program to explore ways to incorporate leadership skills into our curriculum. Leadership is a learned skill that we need to apply at all levels of an organization—not just at the top. One of the books I reviewed during this exploration was Design Leadership: How Top Design Leaders Build and Grow Successful Organizations, by Richard Banfield. Read the full article…